DEVELOPING WORLD POTATO BOOM THREATENED BY RECESSION

BY KEITH NUTHALL

POTATOES have become a lucrative cash crop for many developing countries, but this boom may shudder to a halt because of the credit crunch and its spawn, the global recession. UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) statistics in a report 'New light on a hidden treasure' claim the potato has become the world's number one non-cereal food crop, with global production reaching a record 325 million tonnes in 2007: more than half in developing countries. The FAO has said China is now the world's biggest potato producer, with ...


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