Potatoes

Overview

Since the 1960s, Lebanon has been an important regional producer of potatoes using quality seeds from western countries, such as the Netherlands, exporting to markets mainly in Arab countries. Akkar and Bekaa are the major production areas. The different climatic zones in Lebanon ensure diversity in harvesting periods and year-round availability.
At the moment there are 8 potato farms GlobalGAP certified.

Varieties

The main potato varieties produced in Lebanon are Spunta and Agria.

Production

The area under potatoes increased by more than 17.4% between 2015 and 2021 to some 23,607 ha, while production increased by 25.8% to over 659,481 tons in 2021.*

Export

Exports of potatoes reached an all-time high of USD 48 million in 2014. For the past 3 years, the average values ranged from USD 16,7 million in 2020, then USD 14,3 million in 2021, to reach USD 20,7 million in 2022 (59,988 Tons; 18% decline in 5 years). In this trade line, the growth is expected to further increase with key markets showing growing imports of Lebanese potatoes.**

Destinations

The main destination markets for Lebanese potatoes are UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, and Iraq. As of recent, Lebanese potatoes also found their way to European markets like Germany and The Netherlands.

Availability

Lebanese potatoes are available all year, which gives the country a competitive edge over other countries like Israel, Egypt and Morocco, that only have availability in the first half of the year.

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* Production data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2023
** Trade data from Trade Map – International Trade Centre, 2023

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FAV

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