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Subject: German chips feel heat as sizzling summer shrinks spuds

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/25/10 at 1:51 am

German potato lovers will soon have to put up with shorter chips and smaller crisps, the country's Farmers' Association (DBV) has warned.

The current heat wave is producing smaller potatoes, DBV spokeswoman Verena Telaar told the BBC.

"The potatoes are just not growing as they normally would," Ms Telaar said.

"As a result, this year's harvest will not produce enough potatoes of the size needed for fries and crisps."

In order to be turned into chips, spuds have to be 5cm wide and 10cm long, Ms Telaar explained.

Farmers expect to produce up to 30% less of the larger potato varieties than in an average year.

However, it is still unclear if they will be able to minimise their financial losses by charging higher prices.

"The contracts between producers and the industry have been signed before this crisis," Ms Telaar said. "Farmers are now trying to renegotiate those contracts".

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