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Rich potato crop expected in China

With potatoes being the only crop that can be grown relatively easily in all regions of China and in 2018, China's potato production coming in at about 18 mln tons, more crops are expected this year.

Although the growing season has not gone smoothly, the expansion of planted areas in the main production sub-regions, more crops are expected this year. The potato market in China was very active in 2019, which is why growers have increased their planted areas this season.

The humble potato ranks 6th in terms of total production area in China (after corn, rice, wheat, soybeans and rapeseed).

As reported on¸Guizhou, Inner Mongolia, Gansu and Yunnan traditionally lead the four largest cultivated sub-regions in China. Potato planted areas in Gansu have increased by 7% this season and in Inner Mongolia by 10%.

Nevertheless, in the northern part of the country - in several important regions of potato growing - the weather conditions during the season left much to be desired: frosts in April, hail in May - all this will affect the yield.

In terms of prices, the recent wholesale price for potatoes was about 2,4 yuan / kg (about 30 Russian rubles), which is 7,2% higher than last year.

Harvesting season is approaching in many important production areas and the market supply will continue to increase. Due to heavy rains this year, the risk of damage to tubers during storage is higher. Therefore, potato growers are expected to reduce their stocks and maximize sales.


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