Decreasing acreage in Belgium


26 July 2022
Fewer potatoes produced in 2021

THE total area of potatoes in Belgium decreased by 7,418 hectares in 2021, according to the Belgian statistical office Statbel.

The organisation reports a decline of 7,418 hectares, signalling a reduction in the total area of potatoes in Belgium by 7.62%, in its final agricultural figures for last year.

To clear the large stocks caused by the COVID-19 crisis, fewer potatoes were produced and the percentage reduction was slightly higher in Wallonia than in Flanders (-8.5% and -6.9% respectively). There was a decline of around 3,700 hectares in both areas.

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* At the end of the first quarter, independent provider of global commodity price data, Mintec, reported benchmark prices of processing potatoes in Belgium rose by 11% in the two weeks up to 20th April 2022, and were up 264% year-on-year. This was largely attributed to rising costs of inputs combined with firm demand for processing potatoes. This rise followed a slight decline in prices in mid-March amid fears of trade disruption resulting from the Russia-Ukraine geopolitical conflict. The uncertainty led to many processers withdrawing from the free-buy market and relying on contracted supplies, yet prices still remained well above 2021 levels.

Photo: Vincent Foret

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