By FWi staff

POTATO futures escalated last week as the effects of the weather on lifting conditions begin to take their toll.

April contracts saw big increases to 115/t in London and 48.90/t in Amsterdam at Fridays close, an increase of 33 and 9.96 on the week respectively, reports the British Potato Council.

“Physical markets offered less response but there were around 10/t increases for quality material,” said the BPCs Rob Burrow.

In East Anglia and Lincolnshire bulk whites are fetching 80-140/t, reds 95-150/t. Grade 2 samples are from 45/t.

Bags are mostly 125-130/t, up to 160/t for best Edward and Maris Piper.

Bulk whites in the south and Wales are 90-125/t up to 145/t for best Maris Piper.

Average whites are lower at 60-85/t. Bagged whites are mostly 80-90/t, reds 85-110/t.

Lifting conditions in the Midlands are strengthening prices with bulk whites mainly 90-130/t, reds 90-140/t.

Grade 2 samples are 60-80/t. Bags are 80-100/t, up to 120/t for Maris Piper.

In the north, bulk whites are mostly 60-80/t, up to 100/t for Cara. Reds are fetching 90-120/t.

Bagged whites are worth 90-100/t for best up to 120/t for best Maris Piper.

In Scotland bulk whites are mostly 70-105/t, up to 130/t for Edward and Desiree. Bagged whites are mostly 65-80/t.

The BPC weekly GB ex-farm average price rose for the first time this season by 4.32 to 89.48/t (ex bags), compared with 60.68 in 1999.