WA has a bustling potato industry with production standing at nearly 100,000t per year. Of this volume 78 (many 2nd or 3rd generation) growers produce around 50,000t a year for the fresh market with the remaining volume split across the seed, processing and export sectors.
Fresh potatoes are grown in four distinct regions across the State; Baldivis / Gingin / Dandaragan; Myalup; Marybrook/Busselton; and Manjimup/Pemberton. Each region is selected based upon soil type and weather conditions.
Did you know that even before our fresh potatoes are ‘born’ the actual seed is grown in an area near the small hamlet of Elleker (between Albany and Denmark on our south coast of WA) by specialist seed growers who often take up to four years to cultivate the seed for just one variety?