‘Worst harvests in living memory’ for Northern Irish potato farmers

Potato farmers are experiencing one of the ‘worst harvests ever', a farming union has explainedNorthern Irish potato farmers are experiencing one of the worst harvests in living memory, according to a farming union. The long stretch of wet weather that has blighted Northern Ireland has meant that fields have been virtually inaccessible until recently. Some growers have only been able to get into their fields for the first time this month, explained Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) potato chairman Robert Sibbett. “Potatoes are rotting in the field because it’s so wet. I’m normally finished harvesting the potatoes by the time the clocks change. I don’t remember it being this bad since the wet weather in 1985. It’s having a knock-on effect on everything else,” said Mr Sibbett. In some cases, the situation is so bad growers have abandoned harvest attempts until the New Year due to the poor ground conditions. More