Vietnam imports 60 percent of potatoes for processing hinh anh 1Potatoes for processing (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Vietnam’s factories need some 180,000 tonnes of potatoes for processing a year, but domestic production currently meets only 40 percent of demand, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

However, the ministry said that despite increasing demand, the total potato planting area is decreasing dramatically.

Last year, the country’s potato area was 19,700 hectares, equivalent to one-fifth of the area at the peak time, turning out an output of 313,000 tonnes.

The ministry aims to raise the figure to 30,000 hectares in the next five years.-VNA