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Potatoes Reference Guide

Potatoes Reference Guide

Wednesday 8th April 2020
(Updated Thursday 23rd July 2020)
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Potatoes

Potatoes

Potatoes are the most important vegetable crop grown in Ireland. They are also the most widely grown fresh food crop for human consumption in this country. Worldwide potatoes are one of the most important sources of carbohydrate and they are grown in almost every country around the world. In Ireland we have seen the area grown decline over the last number of decades as competition from other carbohydrates such as rice and pasta has impacted on the demand for potatoes.

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

National Area
(ha)*

8,500

9,000

9,200

8,200

8,700

National yield

Rooster (T/ha)

46

43

48

33

47

Kerrs Pink

(T/ha)

38

37

37

28

35

*Source CSO – Area includes maincrop, early and seed potatoes

**Source Bord Bia

However potatoes are still the largest source of carbohydrate consumed in Ireland with 212,000 tonnes were sold in Ireland in 2019 with 97% of households buying potatoes (Kantar survey 2019). They were the seventh most purchased item in supermarkets in 2019.

Rooster, which was bred in Teagasc Oak Park is the most widely grown variety and accounts for over 50% of the area grown. Other important varieties grown are Kerrs Pink, British Queen, Golden Wonder, Maris Piper & Markies.

 

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