The latest potato stock statistics from 500 potato growers nationwide show Scottish growers hold 34% of Britain’s total stocks, up markedly from 25% at the previous count, reports The Courier.
Scottish potatoes are becoming increasingly important to maintaining supply across the UK after prolonged droughts in England in 2018 resulted in lower yields.
Scotland avoided the worst of last year’s drought with production only slightly below average.
Heavy demand and issues with ambient storage saw above-average drawdown of potato stocks in England and Wales between November and January.
In Scotland, however, drawdown rates remained steady with better quality helping potatoes keep better in stores.