According to the field study carried out by the French potato sector (UNPT) on behalf of the CNIPT inter-branch organization, the area destined for the production of ware potatoes (fresh and industrial) in France in 2022 will increase by 1,480 hectares, i.e. 1% more than in 2021, amounting to 152,520 hectares. "This figure shows a positive dynamic, but it won't compensate for the decrease in the surface area recorded in 2021, while the sector plans the 2023 campaign in a context of unprecedented tensions," the UNPT said in a statement issued recently.
"The positive momentum remains, despite everything, contained, after the 3.0% decrease in the area observed between 2020 and 2021, a sign that the uncontrolled increase in costs, the instability of the market in certain segments, and a delicate climate for several years have undoubtedly slowed down the initial dynamics of producers, which despite all are promising in 2022. Will the same happen in 2023?” the organization highlights.
The Hauts-de-France region (Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie) is consolidated as the most productive region with 53.00 hectares and an increase of 1,800 hectares, linked to the very strong demand of the French and foreign processing industry (French fries, etc.) and to possible transfers of areas initially destined for potato starch to the potato industry.
The extreme heat episode of July 18 and 19, as well as the evolution this summer, will have to be taken into account when the performance is evaluated.