The Netherlands has begun supplying potatoes, originally intended for processing, to Ukraine. This is a step in the right direction as, due to the closure of restaurants, cafes and hotels, in the Netherlands and Belgium the production of French fries has stalled. Market participants estimated the remnants of potato, which was intended for processing, at 2 million tons. The Netherlands announced a commitment of € 50 million to support potato producers and processors affected by the situation.
However, Dutch potatoes are not wasted - they are already actively supplying them to the Ukrainian market. Despite the fact that these varieties are not intended for fresh consumption, potatoes from the Netherlands sell well, as they have high quality parameters and its price is comparable to prices for Ukrainian potatoes. This is very beneficial for Dutch suppliers, otherwise the product would have to be disposed of.
On average, Ukrainian wholesalers for potatoes from the Netherlands ask about 30-35 US cents per kg (8-9 UAH / kg) of potatoes for delivery to Kiev. There are also offers on the market for the supply of potatoes from the Netherlands to order. At the same time, prices for potatoes in Ukraine remain stable, and consumer demand begins to switch to early (young) potatoes, which are already entering the market.