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Chile: Potato producers end a complex season

Potato producers aren’t very happy with how the 2016/2017 season ended. High production and low prices were the keynote of the period, according to The Potato Market 2016/2017 Season, a report published by Javiera Pefaur, of the Department of Market Analysis and Sector Policy of Odepa. “It has been more than five years since the national average prices to wholesalers have been as low as in this season.” The causes of this decrease in prices aren’t completely clear, but authorities estimate it was caused by the increase in production in the south. Another possible cause is that this year’s production increased because many farmers opted to plant potatoes, which they feel is a relatively safe alternative, because their usual crops didn’t have attractive prices. More

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