Vietnam has favourable condition to grow potatoes, with supply abundant in many localities. However, domestic potato processing firms are facing supply shortages. 

In 2018, Orion Vina confectionery Company needs 18,000 tonnes of potato. To ensure local potato supply, the company has collaborated with 15,000 potato farms nationwide. However, they can only meet 40 percent of the company’s need.

Orion Vina’s demand for potato supply will increase in the future. Specifically, in the next two years, it needs up to 22,000 and 25,000 tonnes of potato each.

Vietnam produces 350,000 tonnes of potato each year. However, only 100,000 tonnes can be used for processing. Therefore, numerous companies are importing potato for processing.

Vietnam now has only three varieties of potato suitable for processing.

The potato crop lasts for only three months in the winter. It is necessary to create potato varieties which are more heat-resilient to ensure potato supply throughout the year./.