Potato Market in Italy
In value terms, potato production reduced slightly to $ in estimated in export price. Overall, production recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. Potato production peaked at $ in 2009; however, from 2010 to , production stood at a somewhat lower figure.
In , the average potato yield in Italy dropped modestly to tons per ha, which is down by -% compared with figures. Over the period under review, the yield, however, recorded slight growth. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2009 when the yield increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the average potato yield reached the peak level at tons per ha in , and then declined slightly in the following year. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
The potato harvested area in Italy contracted slightly to ha in , remaining stable against the previous year's figure. In general, the harvested area showed a perceptible shrinkage. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of %. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to potato production attained the maximum at ha in 2009; however, from 2010 to , the harvested area remained at a lower figure.
The size of the potato market in Italy amounted to $ in , remaining stable against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Over the period under review, consumption, however, recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. Potato consumption peaked at $ in 2010; afterwards, it flattened through to .