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Potatoes and Onions

India and Thailand cooperate to help farmers
India and Thailand have agreed to work together for the benefit of farmers, traders and manufacturers in the area of tuber crops like tapioca. This matter, along with others, was discussed by Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare S S Ahluwalia and a delegation headed by Thai Vice Minister of.....

India: Half of buffer onion stock left to rot
In April and May onions were procured for the Union government as buffer stock. The government is accused of neglecting to distribute the stock and subsequently, half of it is said to have rotted in storage.''Nafed procured 5,000 metric tonnes of onions and stored them at its storage centres at Pimpalgaon,.....

Cuba: Las Tunas working to increase onion production
The Ministry of Agriculture (Minag) in the province of Las Tunas is working to increase onion cultivation by nearly 115 hectares more than was planned to gradually meet the demand of the population.If it were possible to increase the area to the extent expected, the producers from Las Tunas could make.....

Spain and Chile the second and third destinations
US the main destination for Peruvian sweet yellow onions
According to statistics of Peruvian onion exports, in 2015 the main target market for sweet yellow onions was the United States (with 84%), followed by Spain and Chile with 8% and 5%, respectively. Meanwhile, the main target market for red onions was Colombia, which accounted for 41% of shipments.Onions are.....

Spain: French potatoes compete with the Galician
Portugal has recorded losses in its potato harvest; therefore, prices can be expected to increase moderately, although this trend could be affected by the entry of foreign potatoes. The most feared enemy for producers is the import of French seasonal potatoes.Early potatoes come from Egypt, Israel and.....


Honduran sweet potatoes compete with American supplies in the market
The increased popularity of sweet potatoes in Europe has prompted producers and importers on the Continent to source from Central America.“The market, in general, is growing all over the word,” noted Mauro Garcia with Don Limón in Germany. “New concepts of having a healthy life and better nutrition have.....

Promising markets for onions, oranges, potatoes
Egyptian exporters set their sights on the Far East
Egyptian exporters of agricultural products have set their sights on Far East markets, particularly those of India, China, Malaysia, and Japan. Over the past few years India and China have both been importing large quantities of onions, oranges, and potatoes.Calls have been made for more support and export.....


Frozen potatoes and veg performing well despite crisis
The frozen potato and vegetable sectors have been performing well despite the consumption and price policy issues of the past five years.Between 2010 and 2015, the Italian processed, frozen and packaged potato and vegetable market experienced an increase in total volumes and sales. Volumes went from 299.....

Potato output dropped
India: Record breaking onion output
India's government has reported that the country's onion output in the crop year ended in June 2016 reached the 21 million tonne mark- a new record. Tomato production also rose 12 per cent to 18.4 mt in the 2015-16 crop year as against 16.3 mt in the previous year.However, potato output declined 9 per cent.....

Armenia: Potato harvest increases to 210,000mt
As of September 5, Armenian farmers had harvested 210,000 metric tons of potato - 40,000 tons more than the year before, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The land under potato has also increased this year by 771 hectares to a total of 34,077 hectares.The ministry also criticised farmers in Lori and.....

Thailand: Soldiers seize 7,000 kgs of smuggled onions and garlic
Following a tip-off that vegetables were being smuggled into Thailand from a neighbouring country, a team of authorities and soldiers at the border ofMukdahan province have seized 7,000 kilograms of dried garlic, and red and white onions.The police had arrived just in time before more than 300 sacks of dried.....

The how and why of onion price drop
The cultivation range of onions in China is very extensive. Wherever you go, from North to South, everyone's growing onions. But the onion market situation is bad this year. Prices have been low all month and threaten to drop below production and operation costs for cultivators and storage traders.Why do.....

Marcel Fernando Bertin, Daros BR:
"The volume of limes from Brazil will increase in September"
The Persian lime season is about to end in Brazil, and this year the production has suffered a setback because of the weather. The lower production period, between June and August, has lasted longer than usual because of the lack of rainfall, as explained by Marcel Fernando Bertin, of the export company.....


AU: Grower will eat his 'space-age' potato
In all his years of gardening, 82-year-old Bob Strickland has never seen anything like it; on July 27 he dug up what he is calling a ''space-age'' potato at his home garden plot.“It’s the first time I’ve grown something weird,” Bob said.“But then again I planted spinach and that went berserk after a couple.....


Only at Warnez!
Potatoes are washed in Jacuzzis
The potato company Warnez has recently installed pre-soak tanks, also known as "Jacuzzis for potatoes". “This is unique in Belgium and still unprecedented for potatoes. The potatoes will have to spend less time in the washing installation due to this investment, thus decreasing the probability of damage and.....

Panama: Onion and potato producers are disappointed
The producers of potatoes and onions are disappointed with the results of the meeting they held on Monday August 29 with a Commission from the Government because, apart from a breach of agreements, there are no clear measures that would allow them to defend themselves.The president of the Association of the.....


Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:
“Large but one-sided onion export”
Many onions are currently being exported. “Volumes are large, but Senegal is practically the only destination. The Tabaski holiday of 11 September traditionally causes a peak in sales, so I suspect it will become slightly calmer from next week. Some onions have been sent to Central America, but other than.....


India: New potato plant will process 35,000 tonnes annually
On August 28, the Indian manufacturer of French Fries and Potato Specialities, HyFun Foods, formally inaugurated its new production plant. HyFun Foods is a unit of M/s. Asandas & Sons, a firm that has existed for over 50 years, engaged in the wholesale business of vegetables such as potatoes, onions,.....


Too many producers have led to a drop in prices
We are in the middle of the Borettana onion campaign - so far, there have been no problems concerning demand, however there were a few problems price-wise."The Piacenza Chamber of Commerce is registering around 15 cents per kg, while we are trying to obtain higher prices to guarantee a minimum to producers......


Norway's PM tours Tomra's new facility in Slovakia
Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, has expressed her admiration for Tomra Sorting Solutions’ purpose-built 12,600 sq m state-of-the art manufacturing and distribution facility after visiting it at the Prologis Park Bratislava in Senec, Slovakia.The Slovakian facility manufactures sensor-based sorting.....


Florida researchers explore sweet potato as alternative crop
Back in the 1920s, Danny Johns’ great grandfather was the first farmer in the Hastings area of Florida to use a tractor instead of a mule. Now, in a region known for producing potatoes for the potato chip industry, Johns, like his ancestor, isn’t afraid of trying something new.As of this year, Johns is one.....

AHDB conference
Potato, cereal and oilseed agronomy developments on show
AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes are uniting to showcase evidence-based developments in agronomy this December.Initially a single day focused on cereals and oilseeds, a second potato-focused day has been added to the AHDB Agronomists’ Conference this year to bring extra rotational breadth to the.....

Manitoba seeks the perfect sweet potato
Sweet potatoes aren’t a common crop in Manitoba, but the province is funding research into new varieties that can better handle the local climate. The provincial and federal governments announced a $210,000 investment in agricultural research Monday 29 August, focused – at least in part – on building a.....


Poland: Potato variety knowledge increases consumption
The new potato harvest started in Poland approximately two months ago, and during this period, imports from other countries such as Cyprus, Italy and Mallorca have ceased. Since that time, Lukasz Ostrowicz from Bugaj Sp Zoo reports that there are now only domestic potatoes on offer.Production is going well,.....

Genetic improvement provides opportunities for potatoes
The potato is an important crop for Latin America and especially for South America, where it originated. Genetically improving potatoes can be a way to produce varieties that are resistant to pests and climate change, said Arnulfo Gutierrez, an expert on potatoes and a Panamanian official.There are no.....

India: Kharif onion planting drops 68%
In Nashik, India, the area planted with kharif onions has dropped by 68% compared to last year, due to the delayed monsoon and the crash in the prices of summer onions.The total area under kharif onion plantation in the district was projected at 20,584 hectares (ha), but only 3,434 ha (17%) has been planted.....

Bangladesh: Potato production hits all-time-high
In the last fiscal year (FY'16), Bangladesh's potato production hit an all-time-high of 9.47 million tonnes, the latest data showed. However cold storage facilities showed little progress compared to the higher output.While the country maintained its seventh position among top potato-producing countries by.....


Photo report open days
Potato trader Flevostar Potato expands its activities in seed and industry cultivation
On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, Flevostar Potato kicked off its new style with two open days. “We had two fantastic days,” new general manager and co-shareholder William Verhage reports. “We had over 400 visitors, from domestic and international customers to cultivators, friends and family.....

Greece: Potatoes gaining ground in Foufas
The potatoes grown in the Foufas community of the Eordea Municipality, in Greece, are gaining more and more popularity amongst consumers. For the past 40 years, potato growers in the area have seen their efforts to build a reputation for the area's production pay off; the acreage in the region has reached.....

Maharashtra govt's onion grant won't be of much help
Maharashtra state government's proposal to give a grant of Rs 100 per quintal to loss making onion farmers is unlikely to be of much help;according to industry experts a farmer in Maharashtra spends Rs 845-900 to grow one quintal of onion and currently he is getting a poor market rate of Rs 550-600, making a.....

India: Calls to export onions to stabilise prices
In order to stabilise prices, the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) has urged the Union government to allow central agencies like it, and the Small Farmers' Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) to export onions under the Price Stability Funds (PSF). Nafed made such a.....

For varieties Challenger and Fontane
Belgium: Potato association to provide more pricing info
Belgapom, the association of the Belgian potato trade and processing industry, has through its price committee since 2000 every week quoted the Belgian free market price for potatoes of the Bintje variety for storage potatoes and for various varieties of early potatoes. In addition, the market sentiment was.....


Jining Green Living launches new sweet potato varieties
“We have just launched the harvest of two new, exciting sweet potato varieties: the red skinned White Flesh sweet potato (known as the GL18 variety) and the Purple sweet potato (the GL98 variety). We have developed these varieties to serve overseas markets including Canada and Europe. Their skin colour is.....

Polish Potato Association seeks to remove export restrictions
Poland is the only country in the EU where the export of potatoes is restricted, which is why it continues to be the main focus of the entire Polish industry.Up until recently the Polish potato industry was not really united like other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, where the sector will band.....

Sri Lanka: Special goods tax on imported potatoes increased
With the intention of safeguarding the local potato farmers, the government has increased the special goods tax on imported potatoes.The special goods tax on potato has been increased to Rs.40 from Rs.35 per kilogram. The revised special goods tax on potato became effective from midnight on August 24.The aim.....


Potato plantings by variety in Great Britain in 2016
AHDB Potatoes has now produced provisional estimates of planted areas by variety for Great Britain for 2016. These are shown below with comparisons to the five previous seasons – for the full breakdown of the top 50 varieties click here.The total planted area for GB, estimated at 116,000ha*, remains.....

Cut out exploitative middlemen
Laikipia potato farmers turn to digital marketing
Farmers in Nyandarua county are turning to digital marketing to eliminate exploitative middlemen. All they are required to do is register and subscribe to OLX through SMS to be linked with buyers.“The main challenge farmers in this region face is selling potatoes through middlemen, who dictate the prices,”.....


Lower Saxony, Germany:
Acreage of onions increases
In the past year 2,325 hectares were used to cultivate onions in the German state of Lower Saxony. In 2012 the acreage used for onions was still below 2,000 hectares states the Landvolk-Pressedienst, the press service of the farmers’ association in Lower Saxony.Onion harvest 2016About a third of the onions.....

Latin America loses up to 20% of its potato to the drought
Several experts on potato crops stated in Panama that global warming destroyed between 10% and 20% of Latin America's annual potato production and that it had become the main threat faced by this crop, even more than the late blight, an aggressive fungus that affects this crop."The high temperatures and the.....

Gijsbrecht Gunter, onion trade committee GroentenFruit Huis:
"Onion has been one of the most profitable crops over the years”
During the 2015/16 season, the Netherlands exported a record volume of 1,035 million kilograms of onions to 119 countries. This morning, Gijsbrecht Gunter, chairman of the onion trade committee of GroentenFruit Huis, dilated upon the success of the Dutch onion. “In the last ten years the Dutch onion sector.....

Croatian potato growers unable to compete with imports
Consumers in Croatia say that local potatoes should not be more expensive than German or French potatoes.Croatian farmers must set aside 40 percent more money for seed, fertilizers and other costs involved in potato growing and they cannot compete with prices abroad, says Damir Mesarić, potato producer.....


Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:
"Consumer consciously buys Belgian products"
Potatoes are being harvested and growers are trying to bring in as much as possible, this way they will not have to harvest in the hot weather this week. The volumes in Belgium are lower than expected this season. “Not everything has been harvested at the moment, but the yield is expected to be lower due.....

Louisiana flooding creates uncertainty
Sweet potato market is mixed
“Our market is hot right now. It’s all over the board because we don’t have much supply of sweet potatoes, but the demand is still high,” said an industry source. “The demand has been consistent, even though we have little to no supply.”“Right now, we’re working with the old crop, which was planted in 2015......

"Panama is self-sufficient in potato production"
"Potato production in Panama has increased in recent years," said Arnulfo Gutierrez, president of the Committee Organizing the XXVII Congress of the Latin American Potato Association.He added that "more and more producers in different parts of the country are dedicated to this crop, taking advantage of the.....


Lower Saxony, Germany
Satisfactory end of the early potato season
The 2016 early potato season ended on the 10th of August. And according to the Lower Saxony Potato Producers Association the early potato harvest was satisfactory. At the end of February the seed potatoes could be planted without interruption, while in the large cultivation areas in Southern Germany the.....

Kenya: Service to bypass brokers in potato farming
OLX wants to discard middlemen in the potato farming industry through the launch of its SMS service targeting farmers without smartphones.The online classifieds company seeks to help farmers deliver potatoes directly from the farm, by linking them to customers and retailers in markets, restaurants and potato.....

Danish onions, shallots early with good numbers
The Danish onion season is going well. The harvest for shallots started two weeks ago, with early onion varieties set to start next week. According to a major Danish wholesaler, only domestic onions are available on the market from now until October/November.Average production is expected, if not slightly.....


Erik Waterman, Waterman Onions:
"The Dutch onion sector has great trump cards with good quality and the right price"
The Dutch onion season had a good start. “The demand in this period is even higher than the supply, because the weather determines the volumes. Besides, it takes time to dry, ventilate, and sort the product to deliver a quality product. This takes a lot of time and attention,” says Erik Waterman of Waterman.....

Colombia: Peruvian onion replaces the onion from Ocaña
The crops of onions from Ocaña, known as Ocañera onions, were replaced by Peruvian onions. The producers of Ocaña decided to replace their crops because the Peruvian seed has a much higher yield than the local onions. A hectare planted with Peruvian seeds produces three times what it would produce with.....

Colombia: Sweet potato has export potential
Given their export potential, especially to the United States and Europe, the Motilonia Research Center of the Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation, Corpoica, is concentrating its efforts on investigating the benefits of sweet potatoes.Agricultural researcher, Ivan Javier Pastrana Vargas, said the.....

Sri Lanka increases import taxes of big onions
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance announced today that the special commodity levy on imported big onions had been increased with immediate effect.Accordingly, the import tax for big onions will be increased by Rs. 15 per kilo from Rs. 25 to Rs. 40 with immediate effect.As the locally produced big onions are.....

Exclusively domestic onion supply for Russia
Russian onion production has been steadily increasing during the last 2 years which has meant that the potatoes on the market between June through April are almost 100% domestic. More and more suppliers are using modern techniques and a contact from a major Russian supermarket chain said that they are.....

Angola: Investing in potato production
In the Condê commune, coastal Cuanza Sul province, Angola, the administrative authorities plan to increase potato production by investing in individuals and smallholder farmers.The administration is working to acquire potato seeds in order to empower the smallholder farmers in the production of this crop,.....


AU: Research looks at producing the best sweetpotato sprouts
Australian growers plant their fields with vigorous cuttings of "disease-free" sweetpotato vines, harvested from on-farm nurseries, or sourced from dedicated cutting suppliers. This allows them to produce the highest per hectare yields of quality sweetpotatoes anywhere in the world.Currently the bulk of.....


Peter de Clercq, DCU Potatoes:
“A potato wholesaler is a glorified transporter”

With more than 50 years of experience, DCU Potatoes in Zwalm, Belgium, grew rapidly in recent years. The company invested heavily in new packaging lines. Plans for the future are also focused on the further expansion of packaged potatoes. “At the end of this year or the start of 2017, another.....


Innovation in potato handling
Kiremko offers a wide range of applications for potato product handling and transport. Throughout the production process, from raw material to end product, potatoes in various stages are transported from machine to machine for the next process phase.Each step in the process has its own demands of transport......


New York’s onions will be “fair”, challenged by weather
New York growers have not started with their own crops yet but are seeing a decent supply of medium yellow and jumbo yellows with California crop coming off and Washington starting up for the season. “Right now we’re not into our own crop yet,” said Michelle Gurda of A. Gurda Produce. “Inventory is adequate.....

Fairer prices for Aussie onion growers?
Aussie onion consumers only have a matter of weeks to wait until the new Australian onion season comes online, kick-started by the northern Australian onion growers in Queensland and the Northern Territory.The majority of the southern Australian long-day onion crops were all harvested by mid-May and are.....

Jamaica: $19-million boost for Irish potato industry
Jamaica’s capacity to produce clean Irish potato seedlings has been enhanced with a $19-million allocation from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The programme is set to cut the money spent annually on importing 90 per cent of Irish potato seeds to the island, while guaranteeing the availability of.....

AU: Predicted rise in potato imports threatens local industry
A significant rise in potato imports into Australia is forecast for 2016, sparking concern about the profitability and competitiveness of the Australian potato industry over the coming months.New data from Global Trade Atlas for the first quarter of 2016 has revealed potato imports into Australia have.....

Algerian potato exporters wait for days at Tunisian border
Algerian potato exporters are being forced to wait for days at the Tunisian border crossing point of Tebessa. Although all the legal procedures are being followed by the exporters, they allege that the Tunisian customs are not allowing the trucks carrying tons of potatoes to enter the country.The exporters.....


Higher sweet onion prices without greater profits
Record sales of 'calçots' in a difficult onion campaign
'Calçot' onions, a spring onion variety from Catalonia, continue to grow year after year in Spain and outside its borders. According to Ramón Llanes, manager of Cebes Morano, "demand and prices are still very good and he expects a record year in terms of kilos sold.""To grow 'calçots' we plant some bulbs.....


British onions again facing challenging weather
Most UK onions are grown in the east of England where they are again facing challenging weather, but quite the opposite to conditions seen last year. This season it is too hot and too dry. "The crops are on time, but are desperately short of water," according to Colin Galbraith from Moorhouse & Mohan......

Peru: Junin sends 76 tons of garlic to Brazil
The National Agrarian Health Service, SENASA - Junin, certified that Junin exported 76 tons of garlic to Brazil during the first months of 2016.The certification process conducted by SENASA consisted in the inspection of 1% of the cargo, which was sent in batches, to evaluate the presence of pests, soil.....

UK: Potato event showcases latest industry developments
The Potatoes in Practice event held near Dundee, Scotland, showcased the latest industry breakthroughs in breeding, pest and disease control, storage and marketing. Journalists for FG Insight visited the event to provide an overview of these industry developments.Correct depth key to nematicide successCare.....


Procecam: "The situation is not critical, but it is serious"
Spain: Onion prices plunge in a context of global oversupply
The medium-term storage onion harvest is underway in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha, the country's largest producing area, which will soon start harvesting long-term storage onions. Although the product comes this year with better quality and better calibres than last year, the imbalance between.....


Investment pays off due to exports to UK and the Netherlands
Irrigation gives sweet potato harvest head start
“We started our sweet potato harvest last week on August 10,” says Thomas Chancy with Millstream Farms in Dunn, North Carolina. “Part of our crop is heavily irrigated, allowing us to start harvest a few weeks early.” This year, 200 out of a total of 3,000 acres of sweet potatoes were irrigated. “Irrigation.....

Study reveals true cost of developing GMO potatoes
A recent study has revealed that the cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact not that much more than for conventionally-bred varieties. The study published in the International Journal of Biotechnology demystifies the belief that releasing a GM crop costs tens, if not hundreds, of millions of U.S......

Pakistan to export kinnow, potatoes to Iran
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Vice President and Regional Chairman Riaz Khattak has said that Pakistan is engaging with Iran to increase trade between the two countries.FPCCI Regional Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad said, “We are looking forward to the Iranian.....