Scottish potato farmers left in the lurch

Brexit uncertainty is threatening Scotland’s potato farmers. The Scottish seed potato industry is one of the biggest exporters for the production of chips and crisps in the world. Scottish seed potatoes are seen as the Gold Standard, as they’re less prone to disease than potatoes grown in warmer climates.

The farmers have been told by the UK Government that they will be unlikely to be able to export to Northern Ireland from 1 January as things stand. This is a huge problem for Scottish farmers, as Northern Ireland’s crisp-making industry is of their biggest markets for potatoes.

[Source: The Guardian, 2 November 2020]

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