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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 Europe


Source: FAOSTAT (Retrieval Date: January 5, 2019)

Rank Country Potato Production 2017 in tonnes
1 Russian Federation Russian Federation 29,590,000
2 Ukraine Ukraine 22,208,200
3 Germany Germany 11,720,000
4 Poland Poland 9,171,730
5 Netherlands Netherlands 7,391,880
6 France France 7,342,200
7 Belarus Belarus 6,414,760
8 United Kingdom United Kingdom 6,218,000
9 Belgium Belgium 4,416,660
10 Romania Romania 3,116,910

Agricultural Statistics Europe

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Potato Production in 2017: 121,762,000.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 5,365,040.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2017: 226,953.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017: 247,476.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017: 85,652.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 3,461.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Production in 2016: 117,556,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics Europe


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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 84.16 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 0.10 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 80.78 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 0.11 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 84.68 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 0.10 kg/capita/year Calculated data
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 85.18 kg/capita/year Calculated data