The association that brings together potato producers from northwestern Europe (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom), NEPG, expects the potato production in 2019 to amount to between 27 and 27.3 million tons; a volume that is 3% higher than the 5-year average and 12% higher than last year's.
The increase in the production is due to an expansion of the crop's acreage in 2018. All NEPG countries, except Britain, planted more potatoes. France actually exceeded the average area of the past 5 years by 14%.
In the 5 countries, the average yield is currently estimated at 44.7 tons per hectare, compared to the average 47.1 t / ha of the past 5 years. Last year, the average fell to 40.9 t / ha due to the lack of rainfall.
Given the small percentage of irrigated land in Belgium, as well as the lower rainfall, the country recorded the lowest yield estimates. In addition, there are huge differences in the five countries depending on the variety and location. The areas with low irrigation opportunities have recorded the lowest yields.
The NEPG hopes that the price can increase in the coming weeks. Since the first days of summer, there has been a rise in the demand for raw material from the processing industry, as the warehouses were empty and the sector has improved its processing capacity.
Eastern European countries report much lower yields. The EU MARS satellite program points to a 5 to 10% lower harvest (compared to the 5-year average) in Poland and several other eastern countries.
Exports from NEPG countries to Poland and Romania are already lively.