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The average Israeli eats 34 kilograms of potatoes each year, less than half the 80 kg eaten per capita in the US and Western Europe and the 120 kg eaten by the average resident of Russia and Eastern Europe, the producers of Dod Moshe potatoes said Monday, citing agricultural sector data.
In 2005, Israel produced 515,000 tons of potatoes, worth approximately NIS 800 million (exporting NIS 420m.), on 160,000 dunams of land, mostly in the northwestern Negev. The Besor Region Potato Festival will be held at Mitzpe Gvulot on May 12-13, and will include a local farmers and arts market and activities for all ages ranging from cooking workshops and potato-sack fashions to storytelling and mashed-potato sculpture.