Australia: Potato prices soar to record levels in wake of autumn harvest washout

Pulling potatoes on the Atherton Tableland in far north QueenslandWidespread flooding in Australia’s potato-growing regions has prompted record prices for far north Queensland growers who are long overdue for a pay rise. David Nix is one of them and he says growers are fetching the best prices in 60 years as a result of the failed autumn harvest in southern growing regions. “We got up to $1500 a ton for bulk Sebago potatoes which is absolutely unheard of. [The] normal price is about 400.  It’s been a tough few years for potato producers on the Atherton Tableland “Also Kipfler has been dire straits all year and they’ve reached $4000 a ton.” More