Potato production in Europe - a gross margin analysis

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Søren Marcus Pedersen, Jan Bizik, Luisa Dalla Costa, João Coutinho, Frantisek Dolezal, Anna Gluska

The purpose of this paper is to examine different cropping practices, cost structures and gross margins for producing conventional table potatoes in 6 different regions within the European Union: Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia. Findings from this study show that potato cropping practices varies signifi-cantly between these countries with major differences in yields and costs. Italy and Denmark are the two regions with highest gross margins due to high yields and reve-nues. Poland is by far the largest potato producing country among the 6 countries ex-amined in this study. However, the production is primarily based on small scale farm-ing with low yields and low economic revenues.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
PublisherFødevareøkonomisk Institut, Københavns Universitet
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2005
SeriesFOI Working Paper

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