EU potato production trends

According to Eurostat estimates, the EU-28 potato production in 2016 stood at 56.9 million tonnes, up 5.6% compared to the previous year. In the EU-5 (Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) the total potato production decreased by 0.5% compared to the previous year. High prices in the 2016/17 season have motivated growers in most Western European countries to expand their potato acreage, which in the EU-5 amounted to about 579 thousand hectares in 2017; an increase of 4.6% compared to the previous year. The acreage also grew in the Scandinavian countries. In 2017, the total potato production in the EU-28 has grown from 56.9 to 62.0 million tonnes, up by 9%, largely due to an increase in Poland’s potato production (by about 1 million tonnes). In the EU-5, the potato production amounted to 37.2 million tonnes and was 10.5% higher than in the previous year. Yields in Belgium and France increased by 15-16%, and in Germany and the Netherlands by 2-3%. More