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The Potato Sector
The potato was introduced to the Korean peninsula - probably from China - during the early 1800s. It became a staple crop during the Japanese occupation from 1910 to 1945, replacing rice exported to Japan, and saved many farm families from starvation during the Second World War.

The potato remains an essential food security crop in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In 2007, it produced an estimated 1.9 million tonnes, placing the country among Asia's top 10 producers.

The area under potato has grown from 36 000 ha to almost 200 000 ha since 1960, while potato output has increased fourfold over the past decade.

Farmers' average yields, however, have barely improved over 1960 levels, mainly owing to shortages of agricultural inputs and the lack of virus-free seed potato. To boost production, the government is promoting a potato farming revolution - innovations include a low-input potato-rice cropping system that produces, in a relatively short growing season, 32 tonnes of potatoes and rice per hectare.

Agricultural Statistics Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Potato Production in 2016: 1,698,510.00 tonnes FAO data (imputation)
Potato Area Harvested in 2016: 140,168.00 ha FAO data (imputation)
Potato Yield in 2016: 121,177.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2016: 436,873.00 tonnes FAO data (imputation)
Sweet Potato Yield in 2016: 135,897.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2016: 32,147.00 ha FAO data (imputation)
Potato Production in 2015: 1,683,000.00 tonnes Unofficial figure

Consumption Statistics Democratic People's Republic of Korea


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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2013: 49.02 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2013: 14.13 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2012: 47.62 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2012: 11.97 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 48.21 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 13.90 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 47.04 kg/capita/year Calculated data