South Australia is the nation's largest producer (38%)

  • Potatoes represent the largest horticulture contribution to gross food revenue (>$500 million)
  • On average more than 500,000 tonnes are produced annually
  • 140,000 tonnes are processed annually (French fries and crisping)
  • Produces 80% of the nation’s fresh washed potatoes (380,000t)
  • 20,000t certified seed
  • Employs more than 2000 people
  • More than 12,000 hectares are under cultivation (including seed and new ground developed)
  • Approximately 80 potato businesses across the value chain of which approximately 40 are producers
  • Five vertically integrated grower/washer/packer facilities (4 on NAP, 1 in Adelaide Hills)
  • Exports represent 3% of production (largest of all states; S Korea the largest importer)
  • Fresh sector exports valued at $16.1m (26,295 t), doubling since 2017’18
  • In horticulture, potatoes contribute to 33% of interstate trade