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Europe: Latest NEPG figures show higher potato harvest estimate

Although the full harvest is not in the stores yet, the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates the actual harvest at 28.9 million tons (brut weight) for the 5 countries (Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France and the UK). This is more than the estimate issued by NEPG last September . NEPG stresses that especially in Great Britain and The Netherlands there are still at least 10-15% of total planted area to be harvested – mostly under wet conditions. The projected harvest is 17,7% more than last year, 15,6% compared to the 5 year average and slightly more than the large harvest of 2014. All countries, except Great Britain, where final yields are not yet known, larger yields per ha are reported. In France and Belgium the yields vary enormously, some growers cannot even supply their minimum contracted volume. Apart from the higher yields, the total planted area increased in all NEPG countries with 5,9%. Germany is on the forefront with 8,8% more planted compared to last year. More

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