There has been a slight increase in new season early potatoes on the market, however, it will be another two weeks before we see any volume on the market.
Prices remain very strong and it now looks likely that due to the continuing drought that Queens will remain in short supply for the remainder of the season. There are now serious concerns about the supply of potatoes for the coming season.
It is estimated that only 20% of the potato crop is irrigated to any great significance. With current moisture deficits of up to 95mm, any rain which will now fall will be too little too late for many crops. In fact, continuous rainfall could do more harm than good at this stage as there will be problems with secondary growth, delayed maturity etc.
The poor yield prospects for the crop is being reflected in the peeling price of potatoes which has doubled in price this week to €200/tonne.
Munster Regional Chair Hustings
|Monday 16th October||Munster Chair||Cahir House Hotel, Cahir||South Tipperary|
|Wednesday 18th October||Munster Chair||Corrin Mart, Fermoy||Cork North|
|Monday 23rd October||Munster Chair||Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh||North Tipperary|
|Tuesday 24th October||Munster Chair||The Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland||Clare|
|Wednesday 25th October||Munster Chair||Manor West Hotel, Tralee||Kerry|
|Thursday 26th October||Munster Chair||Lawlors Hotel, Dungarvan||Waterford|
|Monday 30th October||Munster Chair||Woodlands House Hotel, Adare||Limerick|
|Wednesday 1st November||Munster Chair||Kingsley Hotel, Carrigrohane Road||Cork Central|
|Thursday 2nd November||Munster Chair||Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway||Cork West|