IFA predicts wipeout for Donegal potato farmers

The freezing weather conditions of the last fortnight have had a devastating impact on potato producers, with initial estimates showing losses of over €15m on potato crops still in the ground.

Donegal IFA County Chairman and potato grower William Monagle said 6,000 acres of potatoes across the country remain unharvested due to the disastrous wet weather in November and early December, and the frost in the last few weeks. Estimates by growers on the ground quantify that at least 75% of these crops will be lost to frost damage.

Mr Monagle today described the situation as a wipeout for growers.