Cusco will host the World Potato Congress in 2018

Friday May 27, 2016
Cusco will host the World Potato Congress in 2018

Cusco will most likely host the World Potato Congress in 2018. A ministerial resolution will be released in the next days to establish a working group to plan and organize the event.

Peru’s annual potato production has increased to 4, 7 tons, makingg Peru is number 12 in Latin-America among the largest producers in the world. They cover an area of 317, 000 hectares with the plants with an average yield of 14, 9 tons per hectare.

The potatoes are produced in 19 different regions throughout the country, including Huanuco, Puno, Cajamarca, Cusco, Junin, Huancavelica and many more. These potatoes are a part of the diet for over 711.313 families.

According to Peru’s head of Agriculture and Irrigation the potato consumption per family in Peru has increased with over 17% over the past 10 years. With this increase the numbers almost reach the target of 100kg of potatoes per person in a year.

The minister’s principal actions include a more intense campaign to promote the benefits of potato consumption. The measures helped to increase the annual consumption per capita from 76kg in 2005 to 89kg now a days.

The growth was underpinned by the Peruvian chicken restaurants which used the Andean tuber in their dishes.

The goal of the potato sector is to reach the 100kg per capita per year before the year 2021, when Peru will celebrate its bicentennial.

Peru has several different potatoes with a high level of vitamins and antioxidants, this way the country contributes to food safety and humanity on a global scale.

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