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do we risk lacking potatoes in the coming months? Very weakened by strong heat and drought, the tuber harvest promises to be "catastrophic" and could be ...

2022, dark year for potato? This year's harvest is promised in any case "catastrophic", as revealed by the National Union of Potato Producers (UNPT) in a press release. In question ? The different waves of heat and the drought that struck France this summer and which stopped the development of the tubers. Bad news more for the French already very impacted by inflation and who consume 52 kg per year and per inhabitant*.

The worst harvest of potatoes since 2000?

In its text, UNPT underlines "a historical degradation of national yields" and anticipates a loss of 20 % compared to the average of the last twenty years, or 1.5 million tonnes less. This figure could even be around 30 % -Voire 50 % from some producers - for non -irrigated potatoes, those watered with rainwater. "On my farm, near Compiègne (Oise), where I have no irrigation system, the impact is very strong: it is 50% less production," said AFP Geoffroy d'Evry, the president of UNPT. If the estimates are confirmed, this harvest could be the worst ever recorded since 2000.

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We risk a shortage of potatoes ?

Concretely, what will be the consequences for the consumer? It is first of all the chips and fries industry, which uses cultivated potatoes with rainwater, which will be affected. “Not only will there be fewer volumes, but the quality will not necessarily be there. But it is unthinkable to spoil the material, "said the president of the UNPT to LSA . On the side of the table potatoes, those which are sold in the premiere or in the fresh radius of the supermarkets, the lack should be felt less because they benefit from an irrigation system and the harvest, therefore, been slightly better. If there will be a priori no shortage, as was the case for mustard , an increase in the price of the potato is in any case to be anticipated.

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The potato sector requires "an emergency plan"

to try to get out of this unprecedented crisis, the sector met the Minister of Agriculture in early September. Objective: the implementation of an "emergency and safeguarding plan for potatoes in France". Among the requests made, exceptional financial assistance to support the producers most impacted by the drought.

*Insee and OpinionWay Studies, relayed by the CNIPT

CP Unpt - Potatoes: 2022, The end of abundance? Faced with the worst harvest to come since 2000, the @Uunpt_france calls for the general mobilization of economic actors and public authorities to come in urgent support for production and producers pic.twitter.com/ncjfugmojq

- UNPT (@UNPT_FRANCE) August 26, 2022

[CP UPE] Potato crisis: @UNPT_FRANCE Intale, the expected government. Back on the crisis meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Pic.twitter.com/klnpyki3vl

- Unpt (@Uunpt_france) September 2, 2022 récolte de la pomme de terre 2022 supplied by Femina version From Earth 2022

Drought stopped the growth of the tubers. The potatoes will be smaller this year.

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