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Sudamérica South America

The Potato Sector
The potato originated in South America yet the region has the world's lowest level of potato production, less than 16 million tonnes in 2007.

The potato remains a traditional crop for small farmers in the Andean region, where it is cultivated along with potato species unknown elsewhere.

In other countries - Argentina, Brazil and Colombia - production of Solanum tuberosum by large scale commercial growers is increasing.

Top Potato Producing Countries South America


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

Rank Country Potato Production 2017 in tonnes
1 Perú Peru 4,776,290
2 哥伦比亚 Colombia 2,819,030
3 Аргентина Argentina 2,454,000
4 智利 Chile 1,426,480
5 Боливия Bolivia 1,174,740
6 厄瓜多尔 Ecuador 377,243
7 Venezuela Venezuela 200,000
8 乌拉圭 Uruguay 90,772
9 Paraguay Paraguay 3,760

Agricultural Statistics South America

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Potato Production in 2017: 16,979,200.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 935,598.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Yield in 2017: 181,479.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017: 1,549,770.00 tonnes Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017: 137,002.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 113,121.00 ha Aggregate, may include official, semi-official, estimated or calculated data
Potato Production in 2016: 15,503,000.00 tonnes Aggregated Data

Consumption Statistics South America

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Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 29.65 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 2.35 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 28.33 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 2.16 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 28.03 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2009: 2.12 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2008: 28.16 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)