PotatoEurope is an European Trade Fair dedicated to the whole potato chain. The trade fair is taking place on an annual rotating basis in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany.
The theme of this year’s edition – ‘Potatoes feed & meet the world’ – is linked to the potato’s huge potential to feed the world’s growing population. In addition, PotatoEurope 2022 is the leading platform for the exchange of information related to precision farming for potatoes. This year, PotatoEurope is highlighting the opportunities and practical applications of precision farming for potato growers with a large-scale practical demonstration. This is aimed at showing chain professionals how they can benefit from the use of drones and digital information. An entire crop season will be examined in conjunction with the main sponsor, Case IH. To safeguard the objectivity, students from CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences in Dronten will translate the information into practical recommendations. For the first time ever, this unique collaboration will bridge the knowledge gap between theory and practice in the area of precision farming in the potato sector.
Visitors can ‘feed’ their knowledge even more by attending high-quality seminars that will be held during the show. Current and future potato professionals alike are assured of interesting and informative sessions in which chain partners themselves can become involved in the discussions. Some of these sessions are designed for all visitors, while others are aimed at specific target groups within the potato chain such as students.
Furthermore, the event will include its traditional elements, such as the machinery demonstrations, the trial fields and the innovation award, all of which have proved extremely popular over the years.
For the past several years more than 10 million t potato have been produced in Germany every year on over 200.000 ha (Source: AMI). That makes Germany the EU's largest potato producer. With regard to sales as well, Germany holds a top position due to its large population, although the consumption of fresh goods have been on the decrease for several years, and this is only partially compensated by the simultaneous increase in the sale of processed goods.
Germany is both an importer and exporter of potatoes, as well as an important processing location for potatoes. With approx. 3.5 million t, German ranks behind Belgium and the Netherlands with the third-highest processing capacity in the EU. Potatoes are increasingly exported as french fries.