The NEPG fixes the harvest estimate to 24.5 million tons after bottom

The official NEPG (North-Western European potato growers) crop estimate for the 5 major producing countries has been adapted to lower this week. For this season we the total harvest at 24.551.000 tonnes estimated (gross amount of harvest). This is 3% less than last year and is around 3.6% below the average of the last 5 years. The main reasons are the wet and fresh time in May and June, as well as the (very) dry and hot summer. Especially the new industrial potato varieties were not as good this year.
To expect higher deductions
In General, the qualities are good. However, the NEPG expected higher deductions in
This year and the growers the specifications should be with the customers
Discuss delivery of the contract goods. All available potatoes are
It was processed, imports from Poland, oversized, double use varieties or even
Potatoes with cracks or deformed. Growers have noticed, that the height
the prints can be very different between the processors. Since the
Processing capacity was greatly expanded and the export to non-EU countries
increased, expected the NEPG certain tensions between supply
and demand. Highlight the currently high price and the market for April 2017
This is.
Usually the official harvest estimates are the NEPG early November
announced. However this has been delayed by the late harvest.
Next season
There are signs that the contract prices will be raised. The first contracts
for processing goods in Germany will be announced soon. There will be
expect higher prices compared to last year. It is questionable whether enough
Seed potatoes of the industrial varieties available will be available. Bintje
Seed potatoes for next year are more expensive than normal. Although the demand for
Processing potatoes rises, the NEPG is concerned, that is the area under cultivation and
next season the scales keep the demand.

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