The expansion of the acreage devoted to potato cultivation and the consequent increase in the production, especially in France, has put more pressure on the marketing of Spanish potatoes, whose price remains unchanged at 15 cents per kilo, according to the Council of Agriculture of La Rioja.
There were no changes either in the Lonja de León and prices ranged between the 70 Euro of the Red Scarlett and Yona and the 160 Euro per ton of the Agria, Kennebec and Red Pontiac varieties.
However, if the price of potatoes is compared with that recorded in the same week last year, there is a 34.78% drop. The price of Agria potatoes then amounted to 23 cents per kilo.
Regarding the national average price, according to the Weekly Report of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for week 44 (October 28 to November 3), the price of potatoes shows a falling trend once again (-3.69 %).
The forecasts point to a 10% increase in the production
The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) has published a new estimate of the potato harvest in the five main countries (France, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium), reporting an increase of 10% compared to the previous campaign and a volume 1.8% above the five-year average, standing at 26.9 million tons.
According to this association, which will present the final figures for 2019 at the end of November, this year the global average yields are estimated at 43.9 tons per hectare; 6.8% below the five-year average, although 3 tons above the figure registered in 2018.
This is due to the expansion of the area dedicated to potatoes for consumption in these countries (+9% compared to the average of the last five years). Given that there is a real risk of excess production by 2020 in the EU-04 zone (Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands), the NEPG advises no further expansions of the acreage in the coming years in order to avoid imbalances in the market.