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Hungary: Lower potato yields will drive prices up

The potato harvest is approaching its end in Hungary, as reported by the National Chamber of Commerce. Due to the bad weather conditions, the yield this year will only reach 23.9 tons/hectare, considerably less than the 40 tons that are obtained in optimal conditions.

Also, according to producers and traders, the price per kilo could rise up to 300 forints (0.93 Euro) for Christmas. This, however, does not mean the end of the upswing, as prices may continue to rise up to the spring.

Since 1960, potato production in Hungary has decreased to less than one tenth of the original figure. 75-80 percent of Hungary’s consumption is covered by domestic crops, and in recent years, 22 to 28 thousand tons of potatoes have been imported. The largest suppliers are France, the Netherlands and Slovakia.

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