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The Potato Sector
Although potatoes have been grown in Ukraine since the 18th century, the crop adapted slowly to the Ukrainian climate and was initially used mainly to produce starch and alcohol. It was only during the 20th century that the crop came to be widely cultivated for food, to the point that it now revered as the country's "second bread", and potato-filled perogie dumplings are a favourite national dish.

Ukraine is the world's No. 5 producer of potatoes, after China, the Russian Federation, India and the United States, and consumes per capita a very high 136 kg a year. Around half of the country's 1.5 million hectares of potato farms are located on the black soils of the forest-steppe zone in central Ukraine, although the best yields are obtained in the Polesye wetlands of the north.

Production in 2004 reached a record 20.7 million tonnes, with average yields of around 13 tonnes per hectare. Despite its great production volumes, however, Ukraine is not a potato exporter: a large part of the crop is lost each year to pests - mainly the Colorado potato beetle - and inadequate storage. (Source: International Year of the Potato)

Agricultural Statistics Ukraine

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Potato Yield in 2013: 159,664.00 hg/ha Calculated data
Potato Production in 2012: 23,250,200.00 tonnes Official data
Potato Production in 2012: 23,250,200.00 tonnes Official data
Potato Seed in 2012: 5,115,000.00 tonnes Unofficial figure
Potato Area Harvested in 2012: 1,444,100.00 ha Official data
Potato Area Harvested in 2012: 1,444,100.00 Ha Official data
Potato Yield in 2012: 161,001.00 hg/ha Calculated data

Consumption Statistics Ukraine

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Item-consumption: translated
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2001: 0.00 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000: 135.41 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 2000: 0.00 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999: 122.52 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1999: 0.00 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes (Fresh and Processed), Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998: 129.99 kg/capita/year Calculated data Potatoes (Fresh and Processed)
Sweet Potatoes, Consumption (Crop Equivalent) in 1998: 0.00 kg/capita/year Calculated data Sweet Potatoes