MAJORCAN potato exports grew by 22.5 percent this year, reaching 13'100 tonnes, the main market being the United Kingdom, which on this occasion took 61 percent of the potatoes exported. According to the cooperative S'Esplet of Sa Pobla, the total production rose to 25'000 tonnes, some 26 percent more than in 2005, when it was 18'500 tonnes. This makes this year's harvest the “best in the history of the island” according to chairman Joan Company. He explained that 92 percent of the total Balearic potato exports went to the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavian countries, with 61 percent going to the British market and 31 percent to the other major markets, while the other eight percent was divided amongst Belgium, France, Switzerland, Ireland and Poland. The head of S'Esplet said he was very pleased that his was the Spanish cooperative which exported the most potatoes to the United Kingdom and Scandinavian countries, as “our work puts us at the head of the potato export table for the whole country”. Farmers received 0.75 euros per kilo at the beginning of March, while at the end of May it was just 0.27 euros.

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