The FAO Committee on Agriculture recently endorsed a Peruvian initiated project to have May 30 designated as “International Potato Day” worldwide. The Committee aims to get the proposal approved by the FAO Council and Conference, and also presented to the United Nations General Assembly.
According to Peru’s Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, the proposal was unanimously supported by the representatives of governments in America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. If approved by the UN General Assembly, the first International Potato Day will be celebrated globally on May 30, 2024.
The Ministry points out that Peru leads the Latin American continent in potato production, surpassing countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Ecuador. Worldwide, Peru ranks 16th in terms of production, led by China, followed by Belarus, Poland, Kazakhstan, Holland, Germany, among others.