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Discover the leading potato exporters worldwide and Belarus’s role in the global market. We delve into the latest statistics to unveil the top players in potato exports and shed light on Belarus’s standing among world suppliers.
Potatoes, often considered the humble backbone of agriculture, are a staple in diets across the globe. But have you ever wondered which countries dominate the potato export market? In this article, we’ll delve into the latest data to uncover the top players in global potato exports and shed light on Belarus’s noteworthy position.
Global Potato Export Overview
According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), the global export volume of “Fresh or Chilled Potatoes” reached a staggering $5 billion in 2022. This highlights the sheer scale of the potato trade on the international stage.
Leaders in Potato Exports
The Netherlands, renowned for its agricultural prowess, has consistently secured its position as the leader in global potato exports by value. In the past year, the Netherlands earned a remarkable $964.5 million from potato shipments. Following closely behind are France at $849.2 million and Germany at $461.5 million. Canada and Egypt round out the top five exporters, with earnings of $427.9 million and $316.0 million, respectively.
Top Ten Potato Exporters in 2022
The top ten largest global potato exporters in 2022, in terms of value, also include:
- United States – $303.7 million
- China – $248.8 million
- Pakistan – $216.6 million
- Belgium – $216.0 million
- United Kingdom – $170.8 million
Significant export volumes were also recorded for Spain ($144.4 million), India ($95.6 million), Israel ($73.3 million), Denmark ($58.5 million), and South Africa ($48.3 million).
It’s worth noting that obtaining a comprehensive picture of global potato exports can be challenging. Some suppliers irregularly report to the United Nations’ statistical department, and certain countries restrict the dissemination of detailed foreign trade data.
Belarus in the Potato Export Arena
Belarus, while not always in the spotlight, has been making strides in the global potato export market. According to Belarus’s national statistics agency, Belstat, in 2021, the country exported potatoes worth $67.7 million. The majority of these exports, amounting to $65.2 million, found their way to Russia. Smaller quantities were shipped to Ukraine ($1.2 million), Uzbekistan ($696.2 thousand), and Kazakhstan ($352.8 thousand).
When examining the export dynamics from 2010 to 2021, the highest value of potato shipments was recorded in 2017 ($65.7 million) and 2021 ($67.7 million), while the lowest figures were observed in 2012 ($7.7 million).
Belarus’s Position in the Global Rankings
According to ITC data, Belarus’s position in the global potato export rankings (by value) fluctuated as follows:
- 2017: 14th place
- 2018: 17th place
- 2019: 17th place
- 2020: 18th place
- 2021: 15th place
As of August 2023, the Belarusian Ministry of Agriculture and Food has reported that Belarus supplies potatoes to Russia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Moldova, Montenegro, and several other countries.
In conclusion, the global potato export landscape is dynamic, with the Netherlands leading the pack year after year. Belarus has been steadily climbing the ranks, showing promise in the potato export market. As the potato industry continues to evolve, it’s essential for farmers, agronomists, agricultural engineers, farm owners, and scientists to stay informed about these trends for a successful and sustainable future in agriculture.