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NEPG: Slight rise in European potato acreage, uncertain outlook for markets

The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that the area for consumption potatoes in North-Western Europe increased with 0,5% compared with last year and is estimated at 621,148 hectares.

Under current market conditions, this is considered as too large an acreage, however, the COVID-19 situation arrived at a time when growers have already ordered their seed potatoes and rented land for potato planting, and for many it was too late for an area reduction.

Most of the increase is in Germany and France where it seems that transfers from processing to table potatoes have taken place. The Great Britain figure has been from the five-year average, as this is not split yet without seed potatoes.

The NEPG stresses that it is always the yield and not the area that makes the volume of the upcoming harvest and it is still too early to estimate these yields. The dry conditions at the start of the crop cycle may well have already limited the potential available.

According to the NEPG, there are many more questions than answers during the current growing season in most potato producing countries around the world.

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