Europe heatwave shrinks potato crops

Paris: Europe’s blisteringly hot summer is forecast to result in the smallest potato crop in years, threatening further price rises for popular foods such as fries just as consumers contend with spiralling inflation. Potatoes, a staple for households whether bought fresh or as prepared items such as fries or crisps, are among summer crops to have suffered this year from record temperatures and Europe’s worst drought in 500 years. Parched conditions in Germany, France, the Nether lands and Belgium – the north-western belt that accounts for most EU potato output – could push EU production to its lowest on record, according to analysts World Potato Markets. Soaring energy and food prices have fanned a sharp rise in inflation, which in the euro area has risen to 9 %.

Europe heatwave shrinks potato crops
Europe heatwave shrinks potato crops

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