KEY POINTS
  • Belgians are being called upon to eat fries at least twice a week as more than 750,000 tons of potatoes are at risk of being thrown away.
  • Romain Cools, secretary general of Belgian potato industry body Belgapom, told CNBC potato producers faced a long-term crisis.
  • Belgium’s government implemented a nationwide state of lockdown on March 18, and will begin lifting shutdown measures in early May.

Belgians are being called upon to eat fries at least twice a week as more than 750,000 tons of potatoes are at risk of being thrown away.

The coronavirus crisis has led to a surplus of potatoes in the small European country, as demand for frites — a national dish of twice-fried potatoes often eaten in bars and restaurants — has slumped amid Belgium's government-enforced lockdown.