Potato prices up 213% compared with April 2012

Monday 17 June 2013 11.32
Agricultural output prices were up 11.6% in the year to April
Agricultural output prices were up 11.6% in the year to April

Potato prices were more than 213% higher in April compared to the same time last year, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Cereal prices have risen by over 30% in the same period, according to the CSO’s latest Agricultural Price Indices, while vegetable prices rose by 1.6%.

The price of animal products – like milk, eggs and wool – was slightly up on a monthly basis but 14.3% higher year-on-year.

Meanwhile, animal prices were 4.1% higher overall, with pig prices in particular rising by 10%.

Overall, output prices were up 1.1% between March and April and 11.6% higher year-on-year.

This compares to a 7.6% annual rise in input prices, which were flat between March and April.

The cost of feeding stuffs was up by nearly 20% in the year to April, though down marginally on a monthly basis.

Meanwhile the cost of energy fell 1.4% between April 2012 and April 2013, despite a 7.8% rise in the cost of electricity.