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Belgapom reacts to a potential fries boycott by Russia

Related imageThere might be a Russian boycott on European fries. In response, Romain Cools said closing the borders is purely a form of protectionism.  He is from Belgapom, the Belgian potato trade and processing industry Association. “Russia has been trying to get their potato cultivation on track for years now. The average yield has, however, remained low. For a competitive production of fries, it is essential to have constant, profitable potato production and storage. Russia has been investing in this for years. Despite this, the continental climate and specificity of the agricultural sector have caused problems”, he said. “The effect of the possible boycott on the Belgian potato chain looks to be very limited to me. This is in contrast to the Dutch market. There is also a chance that competition on the European and world markets may become fiercer. More

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