Russia’s potato exports are skyrocketing

EastFruit analysts claim that Russia’s 2020 commercial potatoes exports will continue to grow very fast. While in 2019, Russia was the 11th largest potato exporter, in 2020 it could be among top-10 for the first time in history. In the past, Russia was one of the largest global importers of potatoes, but this is changing rapidly.

Russia’s potato exports to Central Asian countries  in 2020 were growing particularly fast. Shipments to Uzbekistan increased tremendously. In the first nine months of 2020, Uzbekistan bought 65,200 tons of potatoes from Russia, trying to maintain the country’s food security during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In the same period, other countries of the region also largely increased their purchases of Russian potatoes: Turkmenistan (almost 800 times to 16,000 tons), Tajikistan (900 times to 5,400 tons), Kazakhstan (by 65% ​​to 3,600 tons), and Kyrgyzstan, which has not previously imported potatoes from Russia.


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