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The Potato Sector
Potatoes were introduced to Tanzania in the 1920's by German mission stations in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania (then the German colony of Tanganyika), where local farmers began cultivation in small scale gardens.

Other variety introductions likely arrived via Kenya and Malawi as farmers designate older local varieties by the names of these countries.The potato made it possible for farmers to move their cultivation to higher altitudes.

Agricultural Statistics Tanzania

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Potato Production in 2017: 1,749,210.00 tonnes FAO data based on imputation methodology
Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 211,927.00 ha FAO data based on imputation methodology
Potato Yield in 2017: 82,538.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Sweet Potato Production in 2017: 4,244,370.00 tonnes FAO data based on imputation methodology
Sweet Potato Area Harvested in 2017: 800,057.00 ha FAO data based on imputation methodology
Sweet Potato Yield in 2017: 53,051.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2014: 1,738,020.00 tonnes Official data

Consumption Statistics Tanzania

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Item-consumption: translated
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2013: 46.63 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2013: 22.09 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2012: 45.36 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2012: 12.95 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 45.19 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2011: 19.78 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2010: 42.31 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes