The summer’s wet weather has caused farmers to predict one of the worst potato harvests in decades
Crops are expected to be as low as 50% of a normal year because of torrential rain, Scottish farmers have warned.
This could leave the country with a domestic shortage, forcing retailers to sell imported potatoes at a higher price.
A spokeswoman for the UK Potato Council said, “We will strive to produce enough British potatoes, but the poor harvest could lead to a shortage of supply and in some cases, the prices going up.”
The UK usually produces almost six million tonnes of potatoes every year, with 870,000 tonnes coming from Scotland.