The total harvest estimate in the five NEPG countries has now been established at 24.3 million tonnes. These countries are Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands. .
The expected final harvest is 18% lower than last season and nearly 8% lower than the five-year average, says the North Western European Potato Growers organization (NEPG) .
The most important cause for the lower harvest is said to be the lower yield per hectare due to adverse weather during the growing season, despite the fact that the planted area for consumption potatoes in NEPG countries grew slightly by one per cent.
This week, the UK published its estimated harvest: 4.2 million tonnes. This is their lowest harvest since 2012. Last week, France published adjusted figures of 5.8 million consumption potatoes in total.