17 June 1999
Scots potato growers head for surplus

SCOTTISH potato producers are likely to produce a surplus this season, claims Fergus Little, president of the Scottish Early Potato Growers Association.

The larger planted area combined with expected higher yields and few reports of blight, means the market could be over-supplied, he said.

But the appeal of freshness meant producers had a new weapon to market of potatoes because was, added Mr Little.

He told the associations annual general meeting that some new potatoes went onto supermarket shelves just 24 hours after they were lifted out of the ground.

Damian Baker, head of field services at the British Potato Council, advised against holding onto supplies in the expectation of higher prices.