Brexit could be ‘mixed blessing’ for potato sector

Leaving the European Union could be a mixed blessing for the UK potato sector, says an industry analyst.

While most other areas of agriculture needed frictionless trade with the EU to remain viable, “a bit of friction” could actually be good for ware growers, said David Swales.

Mr Swales, head of strategic insight with the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB), was speaking at the Potatoes in Practice (PiP), held outside Dundee.

“The domestic market is very important for those who grow ware crops – and as the country also imports a lot of value added processed potato products, import substitution would offer considerable opportunities for this sector of the UK potato industry,” he said.

(Source: The Scotsman)

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