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Pepsico buys potatoes from struggling Bengal farmers
While a number of potato growers are facing huge losses, a section of Bengal farmers is set to make money from potato cultivation after a collaborative farming arrangement with multinational food giant PepsiCo.PepsiCo officials led by Jaideep Bhatia, director agro division, on Friday met potato farmers who.....

Iran's Ministry of Agriculture rejects potato import rumor
Close to 5 million tons of potatoes are produced in Iran every year, which meets domestic demand and a portion of which is exported, Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture announced.The ministry was reacting to a report published by Indian newspaper, the Hindustan Times, claiming that 5,000 tons and 2,800 tons of.....


Italy: Borettana onion district is born
There is the will to improve and promote Borettana onions, but this will only be made possible by creating a production district. This is the idea presented on March 2nd 2017 by Matteo Freddy from FreddiSant'Iliario (Reggio Emilia) to leading local producers, cultivating between 10 and 60 hectares of onions.....


Bart van der Heyden, Armando Papa’s:
“It is going to be less and less like a market”
Last week, sales were calm at Armando Papa’s. “This is mostly due to the spring half-term. Many people left for a holiday. But we cannot complain regarding trade. We have had Moroccan early potatoes in our assortment again as of a few weeks. The earlies season has started again. We do about 3/4 pallets of.....

Fiji Ministry launches new potato variety
A new variety of potato has been launched by the Agriculture Ministry.While launching the 2017 potato farming season at Natadola on Friday, Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay said the local potato variety "Red Pontiac" was bred locally and is well suited to grow in Fiji's tropical climate."The.....

Punjab to export potatoes to Russia and Iran to prevent distress sales
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) today said it will soon facilitate the selling of potatoes in Punjab to avoid farmers making distress sales.Part of their plan will include exporting potatoes to Iran and Russia. The state agriculture department and the Punjab Agro Industries.....


Unique grading system guarantees quality produce
High-tech storage for year-round onion supply in Quebec
There’s good supply of yellow onions currently in storage on Quebec’s south shore region. Customers on the east coast of Canada and the United States (New Brunswick to Florida). “Our objective is to provide our customers with ample availability until our new season begins in July,” said Charlene Newton,.....

France profits from impact of Guatemalan potato moth in Spain
Taking advantage of the impact of the Guatemalan potato moth, a very harmful pest that has settled down in the north of Galicia and part of Asturias, France is selling large volumes to distribution channels in the area. Producer organizations and agricultural unions have noted how, over the last few weeks,.....

Indian railways add extra wagons to transport bumper onion crop
Indian railways have decided to add two extra wagons for transporting the bumper onion crop from Gujarat to other parts of India. So far 15 such wagons loaded with onions have already left the state.The Bhavnagar division said that around 41,000 tonnes of onions has already been sent from the state to the.....

Japanese city sees early harvest of white onions
White onions are known for their juicy sweetness, and are a local specialty of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. Due to favorable weather, harvesting and shipping began early this year.“In November and December last year, we had adequate rain and warm temperatures, so the white onions have grown quickly. And.....

Taplejung, Nepal strives to be self-reliant in potato production
Taplejung, Nepal produces potatoes worth Rs2 billion annually and is making efforts to become self-reliant in production.The District Agriculture Development Office has been supporting farmers to adopt commercial production techniques to boost the productivity of potatoes, one of the most popular vegetables.....

Belize: Potato farmers forced to reduce prices
Last week around 2.5 million pounds of Belizean potatoes were in danger of going to waste, because they were unable to compete with the larger, cheaper, Mexican potatoes that are currently on the market. Normally, by the time the Belizean red potatoes are ready to enter the market, the Ministry of.....

Three GMO potato varieties approved in the US
Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials have announced.The three varieties are the Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet and Atlantic which were previously approved by the U.S. Department.....

USA: Vidalia onions to arrive early after mild winter in Georgia
Vidalia onions are expected to be available to consumers a bit earlier this year thanks to a mild winter in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has set Wednesday, April 12, as the official pack date for Vidalia onions. “I would like to thank all members of the Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel,.....


Italy: Onion market not responding as expected
Onions are not doing well as the market seems to be rather unresponsive this year. Quantities are abundant, but consumption is slow."There was no planning and now there is too much produce available, so prices are low. There are many producers who improvise as onion growers. I understand them, though. The.....


Solo garlic as alternative investment?
China: Garlic prices set to plummet
“In March, some of China’s earliest garlic crop from Yunnan province will arive on the market. The Chinese domestic market is eagerly waiting on the new garlic, which will be lower in price than the garlic currently kept in cold storage. In previous years, the Yunnan garlic crop was not that influential as.....


Chinese sweet potatoes gain popularity overseas
"Sweet potatoes are a staple food for Chinese and are grown all over China. The market time and export time in the north is from September to April. In the South, most of the production falls between February and October. Because the market supply is usually rather stable, price fluctuations usually hover.....


Joop Bonnet, AC Loogman:
“Futures market for potatoes not balanced with effective market”
There is an enormous amount of tension on the potato market. “I have been working in this field for quite a number of years by now, but I cannot figure this season out. Take, for example, the futures market, it has dropped from 25 to 20 cent, but the effective market is subsequently not dropping along with.....

University of Idaho to expand nuclear potato seed program
The University of Idaho has hired a new director for its nuclear seed potato program and plans to build additional facilities to help her expand production.The planned investments - which include construction of a new greenhouse and laboratory - would move the university toward its long-term goal of.....

The excess in production drove prices down
Peru: Sweet onion exports grew by 11%
According to the CEO of KeyPeru, Miguel Ognio Gomez, Peru exported 108,000 tons (4,000 containers of 27 tonnes each) of fresh onion during the last campaign (August 2016 - January 2017), i.e. 11.1% more than the 97,200 tons (3,600 containers) it exported in the previous season (2015/2016).Ognio Gomez also.....

Onion prices at five year low in India
Onion prices have touched a five year low, with the average price that farmers could fetch being Rs 450 per quintal at the Lasalgaon APMC, which is the largest market for onions in India.The fall in price is mainly due to excessive production in the state, lack of storage and processing infrastructure and.....


Increased Ukrainian onion production boosts exports
Ukraine has increased its yellow onion exports to the EU and other regions by more than 5,000 tons from July to December 16, compared to the 3700 tons in the same period of 2015, according to Tetiana Hetman, head manager of Information analysis centre 'Info-Shuvar'.“Increased production has meant that onion.....


Oliver Boutwood - Isle of Ely Produce
"We see opportunities for our products outside the UK."
Traditionally known for processed potatoes for the food service industry and fish and chip sector, UK company Isle of Ely Produce, have ventured into the world of fresh washed potatoes."We have opened up a new site where we wash potatoes for wholesale, catering and export," explains Oliver Boutwood,.....

Lack of seed potatoes may reduce area growth in Northwestern Europe
A lack of seed potatoes might reduce the growth of next year’s potato area for processing potatoes and contracts. According to the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) the expected growth of next year’s potato area might be less than previously estimated.In the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and.....


Baker-Murakami
Merger of two Oregon onion shippers announced
The merger of two Treasure Valley onion shippers was announced on Feb. 23, with Murakami Produce Co. LLC and Baker Packing Company, both located in Ontario, OR, to consolidate as an “onion supershed” on July 1 and doing business as Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLLP.From left to right: Grant Kitamura,.....

IOM supports introduction of drought resistant sweet potato in Somalia
Somalia - IOM, in partnership with the Rural Education and Agriculture Development Organization (READO), a local NGO, is introducing a drought resistant variant of sweet potatoes which will help mitigate the impact of drought in Somalia. The latest drought period has left over 6.2 million people in need of.....

India: Punjab government bails out potato growers
With potato prices going down, the Punjab government on Friday directed agriculture marketing agencies under its authority to intervene immediately and bail out potato growers in the state who were suffering heavy losses."The Punjab government has directed the Punjab Agro and Markfed to effectively intervene.....


Spain: New potato varieties for extreme climates
Pepsur Marketing, a subsidiary of Pan European Potato Enterprise Limited, a company dedicated to the production and marketing of potatoes and seed potatoes, has developed several new varieties (Tornado, Fandango, Gatsby, La Strada, and Sunset) especially for the producing areas of Spain and (Gatsby, La.....


IFTA conference discusses orchard netting, rootstocks and tree architecture
The second day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s 60th annual conference featured a slew of speakers on topics including rootstocks, tree architecture and orchard netting and the announcement of the 2017 award winners.Three awards were given at the banquet on Tuesday evening:• Jim Mattheis of the.....

Changing trends and challenges in the U.S. potato industry
While changes in health habits like low-carb diets in the US have had an effect on demand for potatoes in the World, these negative views of the vegetable are beginning to change according to Blair Richardson, president of Potatoes USA.“The research we’ve been conducting in the last couple of years (shows).....


Indian companies focus on Russia
For Indian onion exporters, the Middle East is still an attractive market. But the European and Russian markets are also opening up. It was said that both demand and onion prices have risen on the Russian market when compared to last year. An Indian company supplies white and red onions to the these.....

Philippine city looks to become a potato producer
The city government of Zamboanga, through the City Agriculture Office, has embarked on potato seedling production, in line with a goal to make Zamboanga City a major producer of potatoes.City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said the office has purchased 2,000 potato tubers from Bukidnon for seedling.....


Italy: A good moment for potatoes
Good sales rhythm at the Bologna wholesale market. Roberto Piazza (in the photo), director of the Bologna market wholesalers association, reports that "sales are good also because quality is excellent. Prices are 55-60 eurocents/kg for 5-10 kg sacks. Smaller sacks are sold at 75-80 cents/kg."This was due to.....

Europatat Congress set for June 15-17 in Belgium
Belgapom, the Belgian Potato Traders and Processors, and Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association have confirmed the dates for the annual Europatat Congress, that this year will take place in Antwerp (Belgium) from 15 to 17 June 2017, at the beautiful Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, located in the city.....

Anambra, Nigeria plans to export 1m tubers of yams to Europe
The Anambra State government has announced plans to export one million tubers of yams, as well as other vegetables to the United Kingdom.Governor Willie Obiano, who made the disclosure, said his administration had invested heavily in agriculture in the past three years, aimed at cushioning the effect of.....

Indian onion prices could soon rise due to lower production
The price of vegetables, particularly onions, could rise in the coming months as the government has estimated that output is slightly lower than last year. Production of vegetables is estimated to be around 168.6 million tonnes which is marginally lower by 0.3 per cent than the previous year, according to.....

India: Potato growers urge government to waive loans
After claiming to have suffered huge losses after the governments demonetisation move, the Jalandhar potato growers’ association (JPGA) on Monday threatened to throw their crops in front of banks if the government does not waive their loans taken against the crops.“Due to demonetisation, we have suffered the.....


Eastern States ban imports from Western Australia after pest found
After the discovery of a destructive pest known as the tomato potato miner at a Perth farm, Eastern States banned the import of produce from Western Australia in order to quarantine the problem. With the Federal agriculture officials in Canberra alerting overseas trading partners, growers and exporters fear.....

Good weather eases potato prices in Australia
After heavy flooding hurt production six months ago Victorian potato growers are reporting high yields and quality.Flooding in South Australia, western Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales delayed plantings and damaged crops last year.AUSVEG spokesman Shaun Lindhe said the supply shortage.....

Thousands of pounds of potatoes rotting in Belize
Belizean potato farmers are in crisis mode because their product is rotting in the fields. It's due to Mexican imported potatoes which were still on the market when the Belize crop became ready for harvest. Now, this is the balancing act that the Ministry of Agriculture has to do every year with key.....

AAP in India urge government to help affected potato growers
The AAP in India have said that potato growers in Punjab are suffering after being neglected for years by the SAD-BJP government. Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi said the potato crop was damaged due to rains and the farmers lacked marketing channels."Potato growers of Punjab were on the receiving end of the callous.....

Central Railway plans to operate extra transport for onions in India
Central Railway will operate an additional freight train to transport onions from Nashik to other parts of India, a senior official said today. This will be the fourth freight train designated for this purpose. He said the orders to operate the rake from tomorrow came from Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu,.....


Side Delights® Potatoes announces St. Patrick’s Day & Spring promotions
Fresh Solutions Network announced today its seasonal, in-store promotions for retailers to celebrate the potato lover’s favorite holiday, and the upcoming freshness of the spring season, with free-standing, promotionally themed merchandise displays, and coordinating point-of-purchase signage for Side.....

Argentina: Entry of Brazilian potatoes causes concern
The National Federation of Potato Producers (Fenapp), which has been affected by the climate and other factors that may have undermined the crop's development throughout the country, expressed its dissatisfaction with the arrival of Brazilian potatoes at the Central Market."We know there is a need for much.....

The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France affected
Brazil introduces anti-dumping tax on potato products
On Wednesday, the Brazilian government decided to introduce an anti-dumping tax on imported chips and potato products from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. In the resolution, nothing has yet been written about the percentages charged per supplier, and during which period these will be.....

New tool could mean faster tests for Zebra chip disease
A new portable diagnostic tool for identifying the devastating zebra chip disease may bring faster and more accurate results to stem its spread, according to New Zealand scientists.Zebra chip is a bacteria which alters a plant's metabolism and burns striped patches in potatoes, making both the potato and its.....

Northern Caribbean University to aid reduction of Jamaican potato imports
Northern Caribbean University (NCU), an institution operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Jamaica for the implementation of the in-vitro propagation of an Irish potato seed program.The MoU was signed between NCU, the.....

Tanzanian potato growers urged to use tilling tractors to increase yields
In a bid to increase yields of Irish potato production in the country, the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) has introduced a new system where its growers are encouraged to use modern tilling tractors in its pilot study areas.The SAGCOT Centre Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO),.....


Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:
“We are not creating trade by dropping onion prices”
The Dutch onion trade is currently dealing with a shortage in demand. “We are and remain a gap-filler. When there are no such gaps, we have a problem. That is nothing new, we will just have to remain calm. There just is no demand at the moment, and we will not create trade by dropping prices,” says exporter.....


Italy: Pio Del Prete invests in black garlic
"After considering the better antioxidant properties of black garlic compared to traditional garlic, we started importing it from Spain," reports Pio Del Prete.The company was established in 1950, when it started growing and distributing fresh and dried garlic. Over the years, it became one of the leaders in.....

China: First batch of US seed potatoes to arrive in Jining next month
The office for Inspection and Quarantine in Jining city (Shandong province), recently handled papers regarding the import of seed potatoes for a local agricultural company. The formalities having been dealt with, the first batch should arrive in Jining in March."These imports are one of the very first.....

Indian government predicts onion production to fall 5.8%
The government on Friday projected 5.8 per cent fall in onion output at 197.13 lakh tonnes this year, while a slight increase is expected in the production of potatoes and tomatoes.According to the first estimate released by the Agriculture Ministry, onion production is pegged at 197.13 lakh tonnes for.....

Late blight resistant potato variety gaining popularity in Bangladesh
The potato variety Sarpo Mira is highly resistant to late blight and is becoming more common for farmers in Bangladesh looking for higher outputs. This has been a growing trend since its introduction from Hungary back in 2011. Potato growers can get 38-42 percent more output at considerably (20 percent).....

CETA may open up Europe to GMO potatoes
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), if enacted could change many areas of trade between Canada and Europe. One of these changes could lead to Europe allowing GMO potatoes from Canada.Now, the Canadian Press reports, "Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection.....

Peru: Potato production will be similar to that of 2016
Peru's National Association of Potato Growers and Derivatives (APPAPA Peru) expects to produce 40,000 tons of potatoes this year, a similar volume to the one achieved in 2016.This was stated by the president of Peru APPAPA, Victoriano Fernandez Morales, who said that climate change was affecting the potato.....


Weak oil price puts pressure on African markets
After strong growth, South African potato exports down 18%
South Africa is self-sufficient in potatoes. 2015 was an exceptionally good year with a harvest of 250 million 10kg bags, which fell to 214 million 10kg bags in 2016 due to drought and excessive heat. This year it appears as if the area under potatoes is somewhat less, but a better harvest than last year.....

Demand for low sugar potatoes rising in India
Demand of Malwa grown low sugar grade (LSG) potatoes is increasing at a rate of about 10 per cent per annum by food processing units across India.As per the market estimate, the demand of low sugar grade potatoes has surged to 27 lakh tonne from 7 lakh tonne in 2001 mainly by chips and snacks makers.Industry.....

India: Bumper potato crop drops price nearly 40% in Bengal
The price of potatoes has seen a near 40 per cent year-on-year decline in Bengal mostly because of a bumper crop.Increased flow of stock from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab has also led to weak demand from neighbouring consumer States such as Odisha, further contributing to the decline in prices.Production.....

Indian farmers seek subsidy after onion prices plummet
Onion farmers in India are seeking help from the government to sell their surplus of potatoes as they find the current market value unsustainable. Now, the farmers want the government to intervene and increase export of onions through central agencies. They also want the subsidy to be extended up to 25% on.....

Nigeria's CPI grows to 18.72% in January
Nigeria’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the level of inflation, rose to 18.72 percent in January 2017. This marked a growth of 17% from 18.55% in December. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which released Nigeria’s inflation rate today said the highest increases in price were.....

Bangladesh company to export 20,000 tons of potatoes in 2017
PRAN, a processed food company in Bangladesh, has started exporting potatoes for the second year, setting the export target for this year at 20,000 tonnes.The first consignment of 52 tonnes of potatoes was sent to Malaysia on February 9 through Chittagong port, said a press release today.The potatoes are.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila is expected to produce 3,000 tons of potatoes
The farming cooperative, Francisco Gonzalez Cueto (Paquito), in the municipality of Baragua, has started the potato harvest in the province of Ciego de Avila.Three months after the planting was completed, producers say they expect to harvest 3,000 tons from the 120 hectares they planted, stated engineer Jose.....

Potatoes likely to stay steady until summer
After initially having challenges such as rain during the harvest season, potato supply out of Wisconsin is looking steady for now. “Our farm has been shipping fresh potatoes since last fall but we’re still shipping potatoes to McCain’s and have few potatoes in storage for the Little Potato Company,” says.....

US researchers awarded $1.37m to reduce potato losses during storage
University of Nevada Reno's plant biology scientists, Dylan Kosma and Patricia Santos, are searching for ways to reduce potato crop losses during storage. With figures from 2013 showing an approximate loss of 33% of the crop in the U.S. totaling $1.2 billion in losses, they believe this could have a.....


Netherlands company unveils pre-peeled onions
This onion won’t bring a tear to your eye. The “Naked Onion” from the Netherlands is peeled right after it is harvested and thanks to its special packaging, the Naked Onion stays fresh for weeks and only has to be washed before use. "This will give end users no reason to cry," said Chayenne Wiskerke from.....

Argentina expects higher yields in onions, but the market remains quiet
Argentina is at the end of the land-days onion cycle for its latitude, so the country can start evaluating the production and drawing some conclusions regarding the product's availability, quality, and volume.The 2015/16 campaign had serious post-harvest quality issues, mainly because many batches were.....


The London Crisp Company appoints Vinnie Jones as global brand ambassador
Football hardman Vinnie Jones has joined forces with The London Crisp Company and has not only become their global brand ambassador but is also the inspiration for their new special edition Salt & Vinnie-gar flavour.Once known for his crunching tackles and his fearsome reputation as part of the 1988 FA.....

Potato pest worries farmers in Australia
Potato farmers in the south-west of Australia are worried at the recent discovery of a new pest in the country. This comes after the discovery of the tomato potato psyllid at a backyard property in the Perth suburb of Belmont, in tomatoes at two properties in Mount Hawthorn, in chillies at a property in.....

Kurdistan to plant 15,000 tons of potato seeds
The Kurdish Ministry of Agriculture predicts that farmers will plant more than 15,000 tons of seed potatoes in mid-February, increasing the amount of potatoes produced locally.The Kurdistan Region has paid more attention to planting potatoes over the past 10 years. Over the past 8 years, potato products.....

Tanzanian study finds high yielding potato varieties
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), initiated a study aimed at developing more resilient potato varieties that can grow in both long and short rainy seasons and give higher yields in certain villages in Tanzania.The study, initiated in 2013, was led by the.....