Starch potatoes overdue

After collapsing during the Covid crisis, the price of starch recovered without returning to its 2019 level, characterized by a significant price difference compared to other starches derived from cereals in particular.

The soaring prices of fossil hydrocarbons have not yet had an impact on the prices of biomaterials, and in particular potato starch.

In 2023, starch potato producers could also be tempted to produce more economically less risky cereals.

In addition, starch potato growers face the same constraints as their ware potato ranks: production costs, longer rotations, etc.

The GIPT hopes that “ the price increases made by the manufacturers at the end of June reassured the producers and stopped the denunciation of the contracts. But he deplores the lack of involvement of the Ministry of Agriculture while certain measures within the framework of the PSN (including recognition of crop protein production) were requested “.

Finally, it should be noted that, to support its cooperators, Tereos decided, on September 6, to adjust the potato deposit price upwards for the 2022-2023 campaign from €63 to €85/t to €17. Added to this price is the commitment bonus given to the cooperators in July 2022 for a surface renewal of up to €150/ha. This boost was expected by producers, who faced dry and hot July and August which accelerated the senescence of potatoes. Tereos forecasts a yield lower than the 5-year average, which should stand at 39 t/ha at 17% with a lower difference of 3 t/ha compared to the 5-year average, depending on future climatic conditions. Wealth remains high at 22.8% (+1.9 points compared to the 5-year average).

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