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Digging is well under way this week with many potato growers taking advantage of the mild conditions present to harvest the crop. It is estimated that up to 25% of the main crop harvest is complete, with this figure on the rise daily.

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Potato growers are currently busy digging crops, with mainly early sown crops being sold at retail level. According to reports from growers around the country, although yields are variable, the potatoes are of excellent quality.

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IFA President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support National Potato Day.

He said the Irish potato industry is an important indigenous sector worth €80m at farm gate. 500 growers plant over 9,000 hectares annually.

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As we enter October, all growers thoughts have turned to digging their crops of potatoes, and hope that the yields and quality have not been too badly affected by the difficult conditions experienced from sowing, right until burning off.

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With the weather turning slightly after the occurrence of Storm Ali last week, ground frost has began to have an impact on crops of potatoes as it has slowed down growth in the past week. Many growers have began to burn off their main crop potatoes and are hoping for favourable digging conditions in the next couple of weeks, as we move into the unpredictable back-end of the year weather conditions to allow them to maximise their yield in what has been a difficult year in the sector.

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