Prices below the production costs

Spain: Leon potato prices down 80%

On Wednesday 27 September, potato prices in Leon were oscillating between 40 and 90 Euro per tonne, depending on the variety. This means that, compared to the previous campaign, the price has dropped by about 80%, since on 28 September 2016 it stood at an average of 300 Euro per tonne.

Also, the current price can be considered to stand below the production costs, which are estimated to amount to approximately 100 Euro per tonne.

This season, the province of Leon has planted 1,527 hectares, practically the same as in the previous campaign, when the acreage reached 1,600 hectares.

Yields can be considered acceptable, with potatoes being one of the few crops that have mostly escaped the impact of drought. Current estimates point to about 50 tonnes per hectare.

It should be noted that these prices meet the prospects that had been announced by the sector itself. In fact, the president of the National Association of Potato Storage (Asonal), José Ramón Aguado, has assured that the potato campaign of Castile-Leon, the region with the largest production, will be "very short, because it will end in October and some of the production will remain unharvested."


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