By FWi staff
HIGH volumes of suspect material being offered are continuing to put pressure on the UK potato market.
Apart from the wide range of non disease-related faults, incidents of rotting and breakdown are also increasing “to higher levels than I can remember in 20 years,” said one grower, noted the British Potato Council in its price report.
Bulk grade 1 material continues to be in strong demand with the majority selling between £60-£90/t.
Best Cara and similar are £60-£90/t, Piper between £100-£115/t and Edward £90-£100/t, noted the BPC. However, sales of grade 2 are slow, ranging from £20-£50/t.
The bag trade is also sluggish and lower-quality samples are difficult to sell.
Better quality is moving. Piper is trading from £40/t with most between £50-£60/t, with top material at £70-£100/t. There are reports that in East Anglia values for Piper have now reached £100/t.
The BPC weekly GB ex-farm average eased 67p over the week to £66.40/t, including £6.60 bags. This compares with £157.87/t in 1998.