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Irish Potato Retail Demand Remains Buoyant, Says IFA

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) said that potato retail demand and consumption remains buoyant this week as restrictions remain in place.

Another week of good weather across the country, with the exception of rain over the weekend, has meant that early plantings have continued at pace, night temperatures, however are still low, the group said.

The IFA said that some growers are considering main crop plantings also as ground conditions improve.

International Markets

Ireland's farming representative organisation noted that in the U.K, the market situation remains much unchanged.

The demand for free buy supplies was minimal this week, anecdotally it is reported that supermarkets and packers over-purchased last week and they are still working through supplies, the group highlighted.

Restrictions remain in place across Europe and the uncertainty of how long restrictions may remain causing market disruption, is hanging over growers who are trying to make planting decisions, it said.

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