China is boosting potato acreage to transform the crop into the country’s fourth staple food after rice, wheat and corn, said Yu Xinrong, vice minister of agriculture, at a seminar on Tuesday [6 January 2015]. It is time for potatoes to become a staple food, given China’s rapid urbanization, and they can diversify the dinner table, said Wan Baorui, director of China’s state food and nutrition consultant committee…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015

Key Point

  • According to the Ministry of Agriculture, China cultivates potatoes on approximately 5 million hectares and plans to expand 10 million ha (unspecified timeframe).

ChinaAg Comments

  • According to FAOStat, in 2013, China produced 88.9 million MTs of potatoes, 79 million MTs of sweet potatoes, 4.5 million MTs of cassava, and 1.8 million MTs of taro.

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