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The Potato Sector
For most of the 20th century, Europe was the undisputed world leader in potato production.

While that honour has now passed to Asia, seven European countries are among the top 10 global producers.

The continent also has the highest level of potato consumption in the world (almost 90 kg per capita per year).

Many western European countries are shifting from potato growing to processing and production of seed tubers for export. (Source: International Year of the Potato)

Top Potato Producing Countries in Europe

Year: 2012.Source: FAOSTAT, 2014

Rank Country Potato Production [tonnes]
1 Russian Federation 29,532,530
2 Ukraine 23,250,200
3 Germany 10,665,600
4 Poland 9,091,900
5 Belarus 6,910,945
6 Netherlands 6,765,618
7 France 6,340,807
8 Turkey 4,822,000
9 United Kingdom 4,553,000
10 Belgium 2,929,800

Consumption Statistics

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 84.16 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 80.78 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 84.68 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 85.18 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2007: 85.32 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2006: 85.73 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2005: 86.49 kg/capita/year Calculated data

Agricultural Statistics

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Potato Production in 2013: 114,295,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2013: 17,884,400.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2013: 5,725,560.00 Ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2013: 199,622.00 Hg/Ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2012: 116,558,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Seed in 2012: 17,854,100.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2012: 5,980,170.00 Ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data