Poor weather continues to plague Jersey’s new potato farmers. The island’s agriculture department said too much rain and low temperatures had been hampering lifting.
But a spokesman said: “Despite weather conditions, daily export volumes have increased significantly, with almost 800 tonnes leaving the island on peak days.”
Estimates were that 9,000 tonnes of potatoes had been harvested by the end of last week, compared with 11,000 tonnes in 2004. However, one grower said: “It’s one of the
heaviest crops I can remember, with plenty more to come.”
Meanwhile, the British Potato Council claimed that competition between two marketing groups on the island was making selling conditions difficult. Last year, Jersey Royal Potato Marketing sold the whole crop. But this year a group of farmers set up a rival, Jersey Quality Produce.