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Europe: Potato cropsize below 5-year average

The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) expect the total potato production (excluding seed and starch potatoes) of this year’ s harvest to amount to 24.5 million tonnes. This is 14.1 percent below the potato production last year and 2.9 percent below the 5-year average. This is lower than the estimate NEPG provided in June, when the organisation predicted a total yield of 0.9% below the 5-year average. The NEPG predictions are mainly based on sampling of the growing crop in the five NEPG countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and France). The total acreage in the five NEPG countries has dropped 3.7 % to 527110 hectares. More