Fewer potatoes produced by Belgian farmers in 2021

The definite agricultural figures for 2021 show a concerning decline in the production of the nation’s favorite root vegetable: potatoes. The total area for potato production decreased by 7.6%, in order to clear the large stocks caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The scarcity of potatoes was larger in Wallonia than in Flanders (-8.5% and -6.9% respectively) according to a Statbel trend report.

The report shows that Wallonia and Flanders differed greatly in total outdoor vegetable area production: the large increase in Flanders (+5.5%) was offset by the large decrease in Wallonia (-10.2 percent). Both regions experienced decreases in the production of peas, French beans and spinach. Onions, leeks, Brussels sprouts and chicory roots, however, increased in production.

Source: brusselstimes.com


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