Russia provoked a shortage of seed potatoes in the European Union
Published Feb 3, 2022
Although the Netherlands does not currently supply seed potatoes to Russia, it is Russia that is the main contributor to a shortage of seed potatoes in the Netherlands. By the way, Russia itself used to be a fairly large exporter of seed potatoes. It entered the Top-7 global exporters of seed potatoes at the end of 2020, with an export volume of more than 70 000 tonnes. The main markets for seed potatoes from Russia were Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Belarus. How could Russia be involved in the shortage of seed potatoes on the European market? We already wrote that Russia faced a severe shortage of potatoes in the 2021/22 season, 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. The countries of Central Asia have now started competing for potato imports with Russia in Iran and Pakistan. Egypt, ...