In the first three months of 2020, Croatia imported 16,064 tonnes of seed, young and ripened potatoes worth €8.03 million. This is almost half the total value of potato imports in 2019, shows an analysis by the Smarter consultancy. In 2019 Croatia imported 30,462 tonnes of all kinds of potatoes, worth €16.68 million.
In the first three months of this year, Croatia imported seed potatoes the most – 8,310 tonnes worth €5.33 million, which is more than in the entire 2019, when 8,171 tonnes of seed potatoes were imported, worth €6.08 million.
At the same time, the country exported 5,033 tonnes of other kinds of potatoes, worth €1.37 million.
The maximum area sown with potatoes in recent years was 10,310 hectares, which is how much land was sown with potatoes in 2014, while last year potatoes were sown on an area of 9,387 hectares. Last year’s yield was 173,149 tonnes, with the self-sufficiency rate being between 80 and 85%.
The deficit in Croatia’s potato trade in the first three months was €7.54 million while in 2019 it was €13.5 million.