While the first Cornish new crop grown under polythene have been lifted and making around £1.30/kg, the recent cold wet weather has generally delayed planting according to the British Potato Consortium. The 40,000 hectares compared with 46,200ha at the same time last year. Faced with an old ware stock situation of some 2.4 million tonnes, the market continues to be sluggish and there are now signs of the quality of stored potatoes deteriorating, with poor skin finish a major fault. At present the bulk of imports are coming from Majorca which is shipping at a rate of 500 tonnes a day. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}