But, Belgium seems to have found a way to stop the potatoes from going to waste.
Apparently, Belgians are being asked to eat extra fries as more than 750,000 tons of potatoes are at a risk of getting dumped.
Yes, it’s true. They are being requested to eat fries twice a week to deal with the surplus.
Belgians urged to eat fries twice a week as coronavirus creates massive potato surplus https://t.co/3eunszl5lp— CNBC (@CNBC) April 28, 2020
And, this accounts of nearly 75% of Belgium’s potato processing which is a lot.
During an interview with CNBC over the phone, Romain Cools, Secretary General of Belgian potato industry body Belgapom, said:
Around 750,000 tons of potatoes — enough to fill 30,000 big lorries — would probably not be processed because of the pandemic.
We’re working with supermarkets to see whether we can launch a campaign asking Belgians to do something for the sector by eating fries — especially frozen fries — twice a week during the coronavirus crisis. What we are trying to do is to avoid food waste, because every lost potato is a loss.
This is quite an unusual request made by any comapny but, as usual, netizens were up for the challenge. Here’s what they had to say:
I have no issue with this— Brianna.Delaurier (@Delaurier29) April 29, 2020
I was born for this— Adam Schlutt (@bigmaac24) April 28, 2020
I’d have no problem with this. I’m obsessed with anything potatoes. 🍟— MistressVictoria (@MissVikkiLynn) April 29, 2020
I’ll help!!— Paul Porter (@katheyandpaul) April 30, 2020
Fine, if I must. But not with mayonnaise.— Martin Collinson (@redskinsfanuk) April 28, 2020
Doing my part from India, we’re in this together 🙏🏻— Aayushi (@aayushichadha) April 28, 2020
I’m all in.— Spencer Cain (@LSpencerCain) April 28, 2020
Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes announced that the lockdown would ease in three phases but, cafes and restraunts will not be allowed to reopen until June 8.
So far, 48,519 cases have been reported in Belgium, out of which, 11,576 people have recovered and 7,594 deaths have been reported.
We are also ready to accept the challenge. Can’t say no to delicious potato fries, can we?