n Farmer’s Weekly - Superspud! : on the market floor

Volume 2016, Issue 16024
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



At a recent Potatoes South Africa (PSA) information day, I learnt a number of facts about our favourite vegetable (and the biggest-selling crop on our fresh produce markets). Consider the following, gleaned from the PSA booklet 'The South African Potato Industry in Perspective' : Africa grows 1,9 million hectares of potatoes. South Africa's contribution is less than 50 000ha, or 3% of that. But our average yield of 44t/ha far outstrips the continent's average of 15t/ha. This tells us something about the prowess of our potato farmers.

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