From Veendam, 18th March 2013
This week, the AVEBE sites in Ter Apelkanaal and Gasselternijveen will process the last potatoes and that brings the 2012 starch-potato season to a close. This was a special year, as 2012 was the first season without subsidies for starch-potato cultivation.
Generally the season went well.
The starch percentage of the supplied potatoes is more than 20 percent, which makes it 0.8 percent higher than the long-range average. On average, the potatoes had a good storage life due to an advantageous growing season and favourable harvest and storage conditions. The tare percentage remained less than the multiannual average.
Although the yield varied from region to region, the high starch percentage delivered by the AVEBE growers produced a relatively high starch yield per hectare. Generally, in a European context there is a shortage of potatoes for the processing industry.
For more information on AVEBE, please see: http://www.avebe.com