Due to the hot weather in Europe, our country may have problems with the supply of seed potatoes, experts predict.
As the executive director of the Potato Union Alexei Krasilnikov told reporters, in 2017, the import of this product from Europe has already decreased significantly. And this year, due to bad weather conditions, it will fall to a minimum.
“This season, our country will face a deficit and a significant rise in prices for seed potatoes,” the head of the union said.
As for ordinary potatoes, there will be no problems with it. As calculated in the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2018, 6,9 million tons of potatoes will be dug up in the commodity sector, which is higher than last year.
By the way, Russians eat 25% more potatoes per year than they should. The Ministry of Health recommends 90 kg, and we use 112,6 kg.
For reference: according to the Federal Customs Service, in the first five months of this year, our imports of seed potatoes amounted to 14,3 thousand tons for $ 11,9 million. The main suppliers are the Netherlands (33% in value terms) and Germany (27%). We also purchase this product in Belarus (4,5% of supplies) and China (3,1%). Insignificant volumes - less than 1% - fall on Kazakhstan and India.