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Potatoes and Onions

Peru increases fresh garlic exports

Fresh garlic exports present an interesting growth in Peru. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and April this year, Peru exported 5,165,785 kilos of this product at an FOB value of US $8,509,018. The upward contrast is evident when compared to the 2,812,032 kilos worth US$4,246,810 shipped.....

Italy: Is this the potato of the future?

PK060108 might be the perfect new potato selection for Romagna. This option was discussed on 29th May 2017 inSan Mauro Pascoli (Forlì-Cesena) during a technician day held at azienda agricola Fratelli Tramonti organised byConsorzio Agrario Adriatico.Giancarlo, Luca and Filippo Tramonti"The PK060108 selection.....

New potato freshness sachets and barbecue vegetable kit

Following the successful launch of 1kg sachets of new potatoes in spring 2016, Prince de Bretagne has created a new packaging for them this year. Prince de Bretagne’s new potato producers are based on the Northern coast of Brittany and their Breton identity cannot be missed on the 1kg sachets of Primabreizh.....

Cees Bruyn, Staay Food Group:

“Broad demand for Egyptian red onions in the Netherlands”

The Egyptian red onion season was started mid-May for the Staay Food Group. “The start was two weeks earlier than last year, and volumes are at a similar level. Stocks of Dutch red onions have decreased considerably, so there’s plenty of room for the Egyptian ones on the market,” Cees Bruyn says.The Staay Food.....

Poor storage causes $130m in losses for Kenyan potato farmers

Potato farmers incurred losses to the tune of Sh13 billion ($130million) due to lack of proper storage facilities, poor harvesting and handling mechanisms.A meeting of agriculture stakeholders heard that the losses in the sub-sector were being made worse by a lack of suitable finance products and the.....

China: "Hainan sweet potato production booms"

"This year, the production season of Hainan sweet potatoes started in April, and will continue until the end of September. After that, the production season of Shandong sweet potatoes will start in October, and will continue until March next year. This year's production volume of Hainan sweet potatoes has.....

First batches of white spring garlic cost the same as last season

Spain: "The quality of early onions has been improving in recent years"

The new Spanish onion season has kicked off with the first spring onions produced in Seville and Cordoba, which have already started to be marketed by companies such as Cebollas Cifuentes, of Almansa, in Albacete; a later onion producing area."We market both our own production from Albacete and onions from.....

Jining Greenstream

China adds 45,000 hectares of new garlic plantations

"Our research lasted for six days, from 16 May until 21 May 2017, and comprised a journey of over 3000 km. We have visited the main export sites for Chinese garlic: Jinxiang and surroundings in Shandong, Pingyi, Laiwu, Zhongmu in Henan, Qixian, and Pizhou in Jiangsu. These sites constitute 70% of the total.....

Fiftieth anniversary of potato process innovator

Magical opening of new commercial premises by Kiremko

On Friday 19 May, the official opening of Kiremko’s new commercial premises took place. The company from Montfoort designs, produces and installs machines and complete production lines for making chips, crisps and various other potato products. Younger than ever, the company also celebrated its 50th.....

Hort Connections: Inside the world's largest onion exporter

The world's number one onion packer and exporter says the secret to the Netherland's dominance in the global market is down to the low cost of transporting the produce.Wiskerke Onions from the Netherlands, producesone million consumer packs per month. This year its volume is on track to reach 172,000 tonnes,.....

Dutch specialists help Myanmar boost potato production

Specialists from the Netherlands are helping local farmers in Myanmar boost their potato yield with training in land development, systematic seeding, and proper storage. The Dutch agriculturalists have also introduced a new potato species.A Dutch enterprise agency began helping farmers in 2014, and a Dutch.....

Kenyan potato stakeholders vow to improve yields

Kenya’s potato stakeholders have vowed to revamp potato farming to help to increase supply as demand for the produce, mostly consumed as fries, rises in both urban and rural areas.Speaking at a national conference in Nairobi on Friday, the stakeholders vowed to increase annual potato output by addressing the.....

Keith Masser: "North Carolina's May potato crop is the best I've seen it"

The potato association in North Carolina kicks off each season with a gathering of buyers and growers in Elizabeth City each year, a process that’s been going on for decades. The buyers get a chance to see what’s in the ground first-hand and the growers get a chance to pitch their crop.Chairman and CEO Keith.....

Oregon onion industry expects a challenging season ahead

As local onions packers in Oregon are wrapping up sorting, packaging and shipping the 2016 crop, they are looking ahead to 2017. This year, packers will deal with a variety of challenges brought on from several sources.One of the main sources was a winter not seen in decades. It dumped piles of snow and took.....

Healthy compounds

Spain: Advances in genetic improvement of potatoes

The Basque Agricultural Research and Development Institute, NEIKER-Tecnalia, has made advances in the genetic improvement of potatoes with the goal of obtaining varieties with high levels of bioactive compounds (anthocyanins, phenols and total carotenoids), as well as a healthy antioxidant capacity, adapted to.....

Scottish college to train next batch of "potato disease police"

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth around £100 million a year depends on the work of “tattie roguers” - and it needs more of the potato disease police.Scotland’s Rural College Campus in Aberdeen is looking for any "rogues" to complete a five day course in June and successfully identify.....

Sweet as candy

Mildest sweet onion is in first year of production

Sweet onions have certainly gained footholds in the market, thanks to the big buzz created by Vidalia marketing, but the title of sweetest onion of all likely now has to be handed to the HoneySweet onion. The HoneySuckle red onion was recently introduced in limited quantities at the CPMA tradeshow in.....

Simplot cancels plans to grow commercial GMO potatoes in Canada this year

There will be no commercially grown GMO potatoes on Prince Edward Island this year, according to Simplot Plant Sciences, the company that developed the Innate potato.Innate potatoes bruise less and have less black spots than conventional potatoes.Doug Cole, director of marketing and communications, said the.....

Potatoes cheaper in Poland than in Ukraine

"If we look at prices in all European countries, potatoes are sold for the cheapest price in Poland," stated Oleksy Dorosenko, president of the Retail Chain Association of Ukraine. He noted that, in Poland, vegetables are actually cheaper than in Ukraine."We compared the prices of potatoes in some of the.....

Walmart stores to test skinny potatoes

Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the U.S. is expected to begin testing the Skinny Potato this month, says Scott McDulin, vice president of Schmieding Produce Co. in Springdale, Ark.“I talked to [Walmart’s] category manager two weeks ago, and he loved the idea,” says McDulin, who added that the test will be in.....

International Sweet potato Centre training Ghana farmers on production

The production of sweet potatoes in Ghana is less than 20 percent of targeted production levels, mainly hindered by perceptions that the crop is food for poor people.But the role of sweet potato is becoming more important and substantial in fostering household food and nutrition diversification.Interest groups.....

Peru is Latin America's largest producer of potatoes

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru had become the main producer of potatoes in Latin America.Peru produces more than 4.6 million metric tons of potato, and its followed by Brazil with 3.5 million metric tons, Colombia (with 2.13 million), and Argentina (with 2 million).Peru.....

Zimbabwe potato producers seek import permit amid shortage

Zimbabwe has run out of potatoes for making potato crisps, prompting a company in the Southerton industrial area to approach the government seeking an urgent import permit to buy potatoes from South Africa, as heavy rainfall affected local supplies.Hanawa Super Foods, a potato chips company, made the appeal to.....

Sweet onion grower-shipper launches How to Speak Southern 2.0 campaign

Shuman Produce has launched the second installment of its How to Speak Southern Campaign. This social media-driven promotion, which runs through June 30, is aimed at educating consumers on the uniqueness of Vidalia onions while also highlighting some of Shuman Produce’s favorite true Southernisms. How to Speak.....

Indian potato seed company receieves $4.6m investment

Bengaluru-based potato seeds firm Utkal Tubers India Pvt. Ltd has raised around USD $4.6 million from Zephyr Peacock India Fund and CapAleph Indian Millennium SME Fund, according to a media report.“We have taken a controlling interest with this investment. We aim to create a good franchise for potato seeds as.....

Hundreds of tons of potatoes go to waste after Australian trade restrictions

The repercussions of the tomato potato psyllid outbreak are taking shape in Western Australia, with seed potato growers starting to feed hundreds of tonnes of perfectly good produce to their cattle.With exports of WA potatoes and tomatoes still ground to a halt, and a fully supplied local market, seed potato.....

Peru becomes the leading potato producer in Latin America

Peru has managed to consolidate itself as the first potato producer in Latin America and the second in the American continent, only behind the United States, the Andean country's Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry (Minagri) reported on Monday."Indicators tell us that we are already the first [potato producer].....

China: Six weeks of rising prices for Yantai garlic ends

A continuous rise of the garlic price finally ended after six weeks, now that there has been a clear drop. In June last year, under the influence of a tight supply, the price of Yantai garlic started to rise, and continued to stay high.The decrease in prices was caused by seasonal factors. The main reason is.....

Honduras to export a second container of sweet potatoes to Spain

At the beginning of this year, Spanish entrepreneurs toured Honduras in search of sweet potato and Hass avocado plantations in different regions of Honduras, such as Ocotepeque, Comayagua, El Paraiso, Intibuca, Francisco Morazan, and Santa Barbara.According to the Minister of Economic Development, Arnaldo.....

Asda now selling purple fries

From acai bowls to purple sprouting broccoli, the trend for purple food in all shapes and sizes has been sweeping the UK. Following this trend, Asda has released purple fries, called Majesty Chips.The chips are made from Purple Majesty potatoes which have 100% naturally occurring purple pigment. The colour.....

NW Europe potato planting area grows to 10 year high

The first estimate of acreage planted to potatoes in the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) region is projected to have reached a 10-year high.Excluding plantings of potatoes for starch or seed, the total planned area is about 1.41million acres. The season estimates revealed that all five countries.....

Zimbabwe to lift South African ban on potato chips

The Zimbabwean government says it will lift a ban on some imported products from South Africa, a year after it was first imposed.The ban triggered angry demonstrations, some of them violent, by cross-border traders. Industry Minister Mike Bimha says the ban, imposed last June, had achieved its purpose.State.....

US officially begins process to renegotiate NAFTA, Potato Council applauds

The United States has officially indicated its desire to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before formal talks begin.The clock was set ticking today in a letter from U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says he is.....

UK approves GM blight resistant potato field trial

In the United Kingdom, farming minister George Eustice (DEFRA) has approved a four-year trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich between 2017 and 2021.The trial site, which is at the John Innes Centre, must meet various restrictions, including maintaining a width of 20.....

Chile leads organic ginger production

The US prefers Peruvian ginger

In 2016 China was the world's leading producer of organic kion (ginger), as it accounted for about 42% of the world production. It was followed by Peru with 41% of the production, according to the Peru's Commercial Office (Ocex) in New York.The marketing of kion or ginger, a root containing a variety of.....

China: Garlic prices dropped over 30% in the last week

According to the latest market statistics, the garlic price has dropped dramatically. In one week it fell by over 30%. The latest data show that the distribution price is now between 1.3 and 2.2 yuan/500g. Compared to last week, that is 36% lower, and compared to last year it is a decrease of 32%.The reason.....

Belgium: Colruyt tests new collaboration directly with potato producers

Colruyt is the first distributor in Belgium to initiate a cooperation with potato producers. Nine producers, working directly with Colruyt, have just planted 5,000 tons of potato plants. Colruyt says that through the project, they want to “offer their clients potatoes that are of an even more stable quality,.....

Improved fruit and veg prices increase UK farm income by 3.3%

Figures released from UK farming ministry Defra reveal UK farmers’ income increased by 3.3% last year, with the sector’s contribution to the UK economy down slightly to £8.548billion.Provisional figures from the UK Government’s food and farming department suggest Total Income From Farming (Tiff) in real terms.....

“Potato variety Divaa could possible replace Kennebec”

Potato variety Kennebec is a well-known mid-early to late variety in southern countries. It’s a white-fleshed variety and is used for chips year-round. In the future, it could be replaced by a new variety. “Divaa is a new variety. It looks better, is stronger and has higher yields,” says Francis Binst from.....

Heavy supply sends Indian onion prices falling at Lasalgaon market

A lack of demand due to the ongoing wedding season and the heavy arrivals in the market have brought down onion prices well below the Rs 5 per kg mark to Rs 3.50 per kg in Lasalgaon — the country’s largest wholesale market for the bulbs. According to senior officials of the Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market.....

Nigerian potato value chain project to commence by June

The Coordinator of the Potato Value Chain Project in Plateau state (Nigeria), Mr. Thaddeus Yelwa, said the project would commence by June, 2017.Yelwa made the disclosure when Mr. Henry Yunkwap, the Majority Leader, Plateau House of Assembly, visited him in Jos on Thursday.Thaddeus Yelwa stated, “The potato.....

Tanzanian partnership to support horticulture industry

In an effort to promote and support the transformation of agriculture from subsistence to a commercial undertaking, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) and the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) are in the process of developing a partnership to safeguard the horticultural industry.TADB's.....

HZPC Holding share value increases by 10% in 2017

The value of the certificate of share of HZPC Holding, a potato breeding and seed potato trade company, is determined on € 165.65 at the bi-annual stock trading day.This means again a maximum increase of the value of 10% and it brings the market value to € 129.8 million. On this stock trading day 5.607.....

Canadian potato planting still on track after wet weather

If the good weather from early last week had carried over into this week, Peter Griffin suggests his planting crew would have been on the land by now.But, considering the recent spate of wet weather, the WP Griffin Inc. owner admits he’s glad his seed grain and potatoes are still indoors.While Griffin admitted.....

UK potato stocks keep pace with 2015/16 season

GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the end-March 2016 and 300Kt less than the end-March 2015 according to an AHDB estimate. Despite the similarity in stock levels, any repeat of the high prices seen in 2016 will depend on a number of factors including.....

Change in regulations for export of Polish potatoes

This year, the regulations governing the shipment of Polish potatoes to other EU countries have changed. At the end of April, a revised regulation of the Minister of Agriculture came into force on how to deal with and prevent the spread of Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. Sepedonicus (CMS), which causes potato.....

Spain: Potatoes from storage sold when there are already new potatoes

The Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables in Andalusia and Extremadura (Asociafruit), which brings together 80 percent of the companies producing and marketing potatoes in Andalusia, has denounced that retailers continue to offer potatoes from storage, whose "quality is worse after.....

Maine, US approves GMO potatoes, growers worry about impact

With little fanfare, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control unanimously approved on Friday morning the registration of three new types of genetically engineered potatoes that have been developed by a major Idaho agribusiness company.The move means that the J.R. Simplot Co.’s Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and.....

Side Delights® announces summer potato promotions

Fresh Solutions Network (FSN) announces the launch of its Side Delights® celebration of summer promotional programs with three promotions, one for each month of the season: “Meet Your New Flame” (June), “Star Spangled Steamables” (July) and “Grill Potatoes” (August).Each month-long promotion includes themed.....

La Fenice network for Cipolla Rossa di Tropea Calabria IGP producers

Sharing strategic ideas, favouring cooperation and combining strengths and resources are the main objectives of new business network La Fenice."These are essential concepts that sum up the idea of working as a team to reach goals that would be difficult to achieve individually," explains Giuseppe Larìa,.....

Potandon Produce showcases new Vidalia onion packaging

Potandon Produce LLC recently updated their Green Giant™ Vidalia Onion carton for the 2017 shipping season. Last season, Potandon updated their consumer bag, which had a visible impact on the retail shipping community, prompting the update to the master case. Potandon’s main shipping point for Green Giant™.....

The US is the main destination of Peruvian sweet potatoes

Peru exported 1,460,409 kilos of sweet potato for an FOB value of US $809,300 between January and April this year. Exports increased when compared to the 1,091,503 kilos worth US $541,168 shipped in the same period of 2016.The United States was the main destination for this product, as 45% of the total.....

Japan's potato shortage could last until the fall

Hokkaido’s potato farmers haven’t recovered from last summer’s typhoons, which means consumers will have to wait until at least fall before the usual range of potato chip products returns to store shelves.The farm ministry expects the chip shortage to last until the island prefecture’s next harvest gets.....

Indian government refusing to buy potatoes according to growers

The state government had announced on April 11 that it would procure potatoes directly from farmers at Rs 487 per quintal to cut wastage of the crop due to a shortage of cold storages. However, farmers in Meerut say they have been unable to sell their produce as they are being turned away from procurement.....

Rwanda Defence Force boosts food security with sweet potatoes

The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has undertaken a big commitment to counter food insecurity which is threatening to hit several communities in Rwanda following a disease that affected essential crops recently.The plan kicked off two weeks after army worms, a pest that surprisingly attacked hundreds of hectares.....

Acreage up again after ten year downward trend

Great demand and high prices expected for Spanish new potatoes

The start of the new potato harvest in Seville has suffered some delays due to heavy rains, although it is estimated that significant volumes will start arriving by the middle of next week without interruptions.For this campaign, what stands out the most is the quality, which is expected to be better than last.....

Rene Tiggelman, Van Langevelde Handelsmij:

"Dutch trade in onions bad at the moment"

The short-lived upturn in the onion market is a thing of the past. "There was increased demand from Brazil and from Africa for Ramadan at the same time, but sales are bad again," says Rene Tiggelman, Export Manager at Handelsmaatschappij Van Langevelde in Kruiningen. "Brazil is shortly going to have its own.....

Zimbabwe & Ghana see potential in sweet potatoes

Countries in Africa are beginning to see the potential for sweet potatoes as demand grows, especially in Europe, opening up doors for more exports. Growers in Zimbabwe are being encouraged to take advantage of this fact, and to ramp up production while Ghana's growers see it as a means to improve its economy.....

Castile-Leon

Spain: Potato harvest could be 25% lower due to impact of frosts

While the lack of rainfall had already become a serious problem for many rainfed and irrigatedcrops in Castile-Leon, heavy frosts in recent days have had a particular impact on crops such as potatoes, fruit trees, beets and on vineyards.Potatoes have actually has been one of the most affected by this climatic.....