French potato farmers, suffering from a huge surplus following this year's potato harvest are urging their government to seek access to the British market.
French potato farmers, suffering from a huge surplus following this year's potato harvest are urging their government to seek access to the British market. They believe they could be ruined if a British ban on the import of French new potatoes is not lifted.
SYNOPSIS: In Brittany the potato farmers have already begun taking action to highlight their plight. This week (4 July) farmers of Saint Meloir des Ondes, near Saint Malo, buried nearly fifteen hundred tonnes of new potatoes to prevent a further price fall. They say that at present they are recovering only fifty percent of their production costs.
The French agricultural authorities have promised action. They say the British ban seems an obvious violation of the Common Market free trade agreement. Last year the European Court forced Britain to lift a ban on the import if main crop French potatoes ...which are harvested when Britain is self-sufficient. However, it was thought unlikely that the Court would take the same view of the ban on new potatoes. The ban which has produced this glut aims to prevent the spread to Britain of colorado Beetle.