German potato harvest 2014 surpasses long-term average by more than 5%

This year's potato harvest in Germany has turned out larger than average, German website Fruchthandel.de reports. The 2014 potato harvest reportedly amounts to nearly 11.5 million tonnes; 18.8% more than last year's lacklustre result. With that, the long-term average is surpassed by 5.4%. 

The cultivation area was slightly expanded compared to last year. Consumption potatoes were grown on an area of around 102,500 hectares, which is 42% of the entire potato acreage. Thus, it's the second year in a row that the trend of a decreasing potato acreage hasn't continued. Looking at the long-term average (2008 until 2013), however, Germany is still seeing an acreage decrease of 3.1%.

In the states of Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt and Schleswig-Holstein, the potato acreage did increase somewhat this year, compared to the long-term average.

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