Secretary General of Belgapom, Romain Cools, gave an interview to potatobusiness.com, talking about the current situation of potato consumption and trade in Belgium, on the background of the pandemic. He also discussed the future of the Belgian potato, from farm to fork and the impact that foodservice industry closure has had so far on the overall potato business.
When asked how much the overall potato sector was affected by the pandemic, Cools said: “It’s hard to say. A lot depends on the availability of vaccination and the prevention of a ‘second wave’ of the virus. We have decided to have our international potato event Interpom taken place in November, especially as the industry have insisted to do so."
"The need for personal contacts in the potato value chain is high. We also hope that the World Potato Congress in Dublin Ireland (end of May) can take place, for the same reason. The expected shortages of rice and other cereals in the world have again illustrated the need to set up local potato production.”