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The Potato Sector
In Cyprus, potatoes can be harvested almost year-round, due to its mild climate and topography.

Four crops are distinguished:

  • The WINTER crop

    The winter crop is planted in August/September and harvested in November until February. This crop is destined for about 50% for local consumption market and 50% is exported.

  • The SPRING crop

    The spring crop is planted in November/February and harvested in March/June This is the ‘Main Potato Crop’ on Cyprus and is primarily destined for the export market.

  • The INTERMEDIATE crop

    The intermediate crop is planted in October and harvested in late February, beginning of March. This is a small crop mainly produced for export.

  • The SUMMER crop

    The summer crop is planted in April/June at altitude in the Troodos mountains. Only very small quantities are produced, mainly for the local market.

In Cyprus, all potatoes for export (except in special occasions) comply with the Geneva definition of 'New Potatoes' because they are lifted fresh, marketed fresh and have a very loose peel

Source: Cyprus Potato Marketing Board

Agricultural Statistics Cyprus

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Potato Yield in 2017: 256,909.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2017: 135,083.00 tonnes Official data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 5,258.00 ha Official data
Potato Yield in 2016: 214,403.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2016: 74,312.00 tonnes Official data
Potato Area Harvested in 2016: 3,466.00 ha Official data
Potato Yield in 2015: 202,579.00 hg/ha Calculated data

Consumption Statistics Cyprus

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 23.76 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 0.03 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 30.62 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 0.05 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 30.36 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 0.04 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 32.10 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)