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Mainly due to increases in processing

Russia might face potato shortage in 2022

In 2022, Russia might face a potato shortage. The capacity for processing tubers is expected to increase by 50%, while the production of potatoes on personal subsidiary plots will be reduced. A lower yield due to local droughts will also affect this.

Market participants told the Ministry of Agriculture that without subsidizing production, only imports can halt the impending shortage.

Sergei Lupekhin, the chairman of the Union of Potato and Vegetable Market Participants, stated that in 2021, about one million tons of potatoes were processed in Russia. This number will however, go up to 1.5 million tons in 2022 and by 2026 the number will be 3 million tons.

In turn, the Ministry of Agriculture stressed that the preconditions for increasing the harvest of potatoes have already been created. According to the ministry, as of December 2, 6.68 million tons of potatoes were harvested in the Russian Federation, while in 2020 these figures were equal to 6.64 million tons.


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