Russia provoked a shortage of seed potatoes in the European Union
Published Feb 1, 2022
The events in the seed potato market of the EU countries are developing interestingly. According to EastFruit analysts, prices for seed potatoes this season are significantly higher than usual, especially against the backdrop of relatively unsuccessful previous seasons. However, even at a high price, it is now very problematic to buy seed potatoes in significant volumes in a key exporting country of this product.
And although the Netherlands does not currently supply seed potatoes to Russia, it is Russia that is the main culprit for a certain shortage of seed potatoes in the Netherlands. By the way, before this season, Russia itself was a fairly large exporter of seed potatoes. At the end of 2020, Russia entered the top seven world exporters of seed potatoes, with an export volume of more than 70 thousand tons. The main markets for seed potatoes from Russia were Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Belarus. How could Russia be involved in the shortage of replaceable potatoes on the European market? We already wrote that in the 2021/22 season, Russia faced a serious shortage of potatoes, which was very difficult to compensate. This led to a domino effect and potato prices began to grow rapidly in many countries of the region, especially in Central Asia, where Russia had previously exported potatoes. Now the countries of Central Asia have begun to compete for potato imports ...