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Potatoes and Onions


Egypt: Sweet potatoes start the season 0.10 euro per kilo more expensive

There are several factors that have influenced this increase, but it is worth highlighting the increase in the price of oil, as well as the devaluation of the Egyptian currency. "Today, a kilo of premium quality sweet potato is being paid at 0.90 euro in the fields," said Waleed Tantawy, the executive director.....

China: Locked in garlic stocks push garlic price up

From June, the garlic price has seen a clear drop. New statistics from the Beijing Xinfadi Market show that at the beginning of June, the garlic price was 3.4-5.6 yuan/kg. That is a drop of 35.71% compared to the week before, and a decrease of 57.14% compared to the same period last year.At the beginning of.....

Japan sees recovering potato supplies

Japan's potato supply is rebounding -- with wholesale and retail prices falling -- thanks to solid shipments from secondary producing regions starting in the spring.Potato stocks are 20% higher on the year at Tokyo's Ota market. Shipments began arriving in April from prefectures such as Shizuoka in Japan's.....

McCain gets the go ahead for £100M UK factory expansion

Potato processor McCain Foods has won approval and may now officially expand its Scarborough factory which is part of a £100 million investment into its operations.The manufacturer has been given the go ahead to expand and upgrade the facility and to change the use of its cold stores to new production areas......

Revolutionary MSP Onions factory will be finalised at the end of 2018

MSP Onions' new factory is a pilot project within the onion sector: a look towards the future of the onion trader. Egraft and RoosRos Architects have merged their powers for the design of this revolutionary onion factory. Functionality of architecture and machinery strengthen each other. In the design process.....

Potato cartel caused Americans to pay nearly 50% more for potatoes

U.S. potato-grower cooperatives in the early 2000s deployed drones and scanned satellite images as they colluded to reduce the amount of potatoes grown across the country in an effort to increase their profits, according to a report by California State University, Northridge business law professor Melanie.....

China: Shandong holds onion production and marketing event

In the morning of 22 June, the Department of the Agricultural Market held an onion production and marketing event in Weifang, in cooperation with the Economic Information Department, the Shandong Agriculture Department and the China Agri-Product Marketing Association. A purchasing order of 8,730 tons was.....

Albert Bartlett brings US-grown sweet potatoes to the UK

Potato supplier Albert Bartlett based in the United Kingdom has made its first entry into the sweet potato market with a listing at the British online retailer Ocado.The product was launched in response to shoppers’ desire for convenience and the growing consumption figures for sweet potatoes, the company said.....

Simplot seeks to sell GM potato products in New Zealand and Australia

JR Simplot has applied at FSANZ for approval to export genetically modified potato products into Australia and New Zealand. It is unclear what type of products this pertains to.Simplot is not asking to export GM potato tubers, because no tubers of any sort can be exported to (Australia or) New.....

Agro Alex Group

Rising prospects for Egyptian sweet potatoes

The Egyptian season for red onions has in general been average. “Prices weren’t as high as last year, in part due to the devaluation of the Egyptian pound and trade has been slower than usual. But all in all, things should be OK,” says Ahmed El Bessoumy of the Egyptian company Agro Alex Group.“We’ve had a good.....

China: Dramatic drop for Yunnan onion production

"Chinese onion production is mainly located in Yunnan, Sichuan, Jiangsu and Shandong. Compared to last year, this year's production volume has decreased by 10% to 15%. This is mainly caused by three reasons. Firstly, last year's market position has weakened the farmers' enthusiasm. Furthermore, the extreme.....

Largest increase in new areas, red onions and early plant onions

Slight increase in Dutch onion area

Prices for yellow onions are slumping quite a bit this season, yet growers have not decided to change their building plans. In fact, the area even expanded a bit, according to several growers. The largest increase is in new areas, red, and early plant onions.In the period from 2000 to 2016, the onion area.....

Case study reveals how to reduce potato waste by increasing quality

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) worked with EarthFresh Foods and growers to identify ways to reduce waste by increasing the quality and value of table potatoes, from field to consumer. The case study, the.....

Jan-Pieter Grootendorst, Symach:

“Our OTA membership offers onion processing customers more security”

At Fruit Logistica, Symach announced its accession to the Onion Tech Alliance (OTA). According to Jan-Pieter Grootendorst, responsible for market development, it is a logical step. "We had worked with ERC and Qreenno (now Eqraft), which are like-minded companies, renowned for their good service and business......

Colombia: Potato sector asks government to accept their anti-dumping suit

This week the government will determine whether they will accept the anti-dumping suit filed by the potato sector in the face of massive imports of potatoes that have put at risk the activity of more than 100 thousand national producers."We have already filed the anti-dumping lawsuit, we hope to find out this.....

Government commits $1.5m fund to market access

AU potato crops threatened by new bacteria

An aggressive bacteria that attacks potatoes has been found in Australia for the first time. The bacteria, called Dickeya dianthicola can cause significant production losses in crops by causing diseases such as soft-rot or blackleg.While potatoes are its main host, it can also infect globe artichoke, chicory,.....

Australians urged to eat more potatoes in new campaign

A push by West Australian potato growers to get their spuds back on dinner plates every day to help ease a massive glut began Saturday night with the start of a prime-time television advertising campaign named Todatoes.The campaign, to include digital and billboard advertising, encourages people to eat more.....

Brexit could cause problems for Scottish seed potato exporters

Seed potato growers for the United Kingdom who have been confident that crucial trade with Egypt and other non-EU markets would not be disrupted by Brexit may be in for a shock.According to Peter Hardwick, the export chief of levy body AHDB, securing the future of exports such as potatoes and malting barley to.....

EU North-Western potato area grows by 4.6%

The total consumption potato area in North-Western Europe, the NEPG area, has been estimated at 578.821 ha, which is 4.6% more than last year and 8.3% more than the 5 years average. All 5 countries increased their potato area, with Belgium on top with 5.4%. This is based upon the NEPG (North-Western European.....

Germany: Interim result before the harvest: Losses of 60 Million Euro

According to Vereinigte Hagel, the overall damage amounts to around 60 Million Euro: That's the interim result shortly before the start of this year's harvest and before the beginning of the month of July, with the most damage.All kinds of cultivation were affected: classic agriculture with grains, canola,.....

Anthony Mol: "It should be a serious branch of the company within two years"

Leftovers from onion peeling factory going to ingredient market as powders

Peeled onions, onion rings, onion cubes. At Mol Fresh Food in Putten they know what to do with them and supply these onion products in large volumes to catering, fish wholesalers, vegetable wholesalers, bakeries, meal processing companies and the meat industry. The onion peeling company has a large amount of.....

First new River Onions onions arrived at English wholesale markets

"Always customers who want to start with a new onion harvest"

At River Onions from Brakel the new onion season has started. "On Friday we loaded the first new planting onions and this morning they arrived with our customers on the English wholesale markets," says Arie van Baalen of River Onions. "This is an early start to the season. Despite the presence of the old.....

Vietnam shallot value chain analysis highlights intervention opportunities

In Vietnam, the province of Soc Trang is famous for its shallots. Since a few years, however, it is no longer the shallot itself but the shallot farmers which are grabbing headlines across the country. Most shallot farmers are among the poorest people in the country. Increasingly unpredictable rainfall has.....

AU horticulture industry pushes to pay off-site workers less

Australia's biggest potato grower is leading a national push to pay employees like Kay Rault who work in packing and storage sheds located off farm sites the same rates as lower-paid farm workers.In Sydney to give evidence to the Fair Work Commission hearing of Mitolo Group's application to have the.....

Canadian farmers fear for onion, carrot and potato crops after heavy rain

Heavy rainfall and repeated flooding has damaged crops in Simcoe County, Canada. Some farmer’s say their dollar loss is in the millions and worry whether they can stay in business at all.Barry Dorsey has been farming in Beeton, Canada for decades. But this year is one he’d rather forget. “We’ve been up here.....

Washington potatoes and onions monitored by GPS technology

Russet, red and yellow potatoes and red, yellow and white onions from Washington’s Columbia Basin are in good supply currently. The combination of sun, water and mineral rich alluvial soil in the area makes for some ideal conditions as far as growing onions and potatoes are concerned. “The land and weather.....

Sieglinde new potatoes popular in Germany

"The first batches of Sieglinde DOP new potatoes from Galatina became available in supermarkets on June 1st. We are increasingly aware of the territory's connection to our products, as nature and the experience of farmers are what makes them excellent. Our new potatoes are genuine and truly unique: they are.....

Mexico: Tamaulipas is the country's top onion producer

The production of onions in Tamaulipas has grown significantly, as the state produced more than 116,396 tons that are destined to the national and international markets, which makes Tamaulipas the country's top onion producer, stated the Delegate of SAGARPA, Eduardo Mansilla Gomez.Mansilla Gomez said that this.....

French potato acreage continues to increase

Potato acreage increased by 5.3% in 2016 and will again increase by 5.1% this season. According to Agreste and the UNPT, ware potato sown acreage will reach 131,640 hectares in 2017, compared to 125,250 hectares in 2016 (i.e. 6,390 hectares more). These extra hectares are mainly seen in the Hauts-de-France.....

UK potato farmers warned of bumper crop this season

According to the industry levy body, AHDB Potatoes, the estimated total area planted with potatoes in Great Britain this season is just short of 300,000 acres.This is up by 4% on last year, the same as 2014, and a similar level to the area planted in 2012 and 2013.AHDB said the UK estimates were similar to.....

Spunta most popular potato variety both in Italy and abroad

With approximately 60 hectares of open fields dedicated to the cultivation of potatoes and vegetables in the Trani area, the Agrilorusso family business deals with production as well as direct and indirect commercialisation.TheArizona, Spunta, Bellina, Annabelle, Elodie and Agria varieties are cultivated on 20.....

CBS: Dutch onion cultivation grows to 34,930 hectares

Onion cultivation is moving towards another record in 2017, as indicated by the CBS's agricultural census. In total the cultivation of planting, seeding and silver onions is expected to reach 34,930 hectares. Last year it was 33,430 hectares.

Hi-tech production to fill demand for quality seed potatoes in India

The availability of quality planting material has always been a limitation in vegetatively propagated crops in India. Potatoes, largely being a vegetatively propagated crop, is subjected to large number of seed-borne diseases responsible for yield degeneration. Hence, it is imperative to use good quality.....

Zambian farmers push for regulation of South African potato imports

Zambia and South Africa may be perfectly at peace, but farmers on either side of the Limpopo River - the border between the two countries - may be engaged in a trade war.Around a table in the boardroom at the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) offices members discussed the state of the potato industry, and a.....

The new low carb potato taking New Zealand by storm

A New Zealand low-carbohydrate potato has been on the market for just three weeks, but is already proving to be a major success.T & G Global say they discovered the new variety, which has been labelled the Lotato™, by chance."It was bred in Holland by cross pollinating two existing varieties of potatoes,".....

EC criticises Spanish measures against Guatemalan potato moth

The European Commission (EC) believes that the measures enforced in Galicia and Spain "will hardly succeed in eradicating" the Guatemalan moth pest currently affecting potatoes.This was reported Wednesday by Galician MEP Lídia Senra, of the Confederal Group of the European United Left, who back in April,.....

Heavy rains take out 1,000 acres of potato crops in Ontario, Canada

After a month of good growing conditions and positive reports, amid sporadic news on disease potential, the word from one of Ontario’s potato-growing regions is that roughly 1,000 acres of potatoes have been lost due to flooding.Drenching rains in midwestern Ontario have left both commercial fields and variety.....

AU potato growers bill the government $500k

Frustrated potato growers have sent the West Australian State Government a bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars after the Government dropped an industry funded legal fight against Perth businessman Tony Galati.WA Premier Mark McGowan made the decision to drop the case, which was launched by the.....

Possible effect on Zaozhuang garlic exports

Indonesia plans to launch new garlic regulations

Recently, the Indonesian government has been revising Article 11 in the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture, "advice regarding the import of horticultural products", in order to promote a self-sufficient garlic plan. It will be implemented on 1 July of this year. This act will affect the garlic.....

New independent chair for Potatoes South Australia

The leading representative body for the potato industry value chain, Potatoes South Australia, has appointed experienced Director and Chairman Dr Andrew MacDonald, as its new Independent Chair, at a meeting of the Association’s Board in Adelaide, yesterday.Dr MacDonald replaces Mr Brian Cunningham who has been.....

Nigeria begins exporting yams to the UK

Nigeria has begun yam exports to the United Kingdom with 72 tons of yams in three containers, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh said.He said the matter was tabled at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday as a major milestone in the export market and diversification process......

Wim van de Ree (Nedato) on the consequences of the drought:

"Main harvest of Dutch potatoes four weeks later"

How big the effects of the drought will be on the new potatoes, differs strongly by grower. "You have growers who irrigate and a group that don't have that option. That makes a difference in the state of the crops. For the latter group the situation is tighter," says director Wim van de Ree of potato.....

Carrots and onions affected as well

Ontario potato crops see heavy flooding damage

With numerous heavy rainfalls continuing to drench Canada’s Ontario province, some potato crops in the region are buried under floods.“There are a few isolated areas of extreme flooding in potato fields specifically in Beeton region of Ontario, which is a large potato growing area, as well as Orangeville and.....

India exports elephant foot yam to Gulf countries

This tropical tuber is cultivated on a commercial scale in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Krala and eastern Bengal in India. Farmers use Farmfirst to publicize their production and market it. "We connect producers with customers through our application," stated Binu, a manager at Farmfirst.This.....

Tanzanian growers look to tissue culture to boost potato production

Instead of relying on planting the cut pieces from the traditional matured plants or diseased seeds, sweet potato growers now have a solution to their low yield woes.Tissue culture technology can produce millions of clean seeds from high yielding varieties.These emerged during field day demonstrations for the.....

Spanish potatoes sold on Amazon

Innovating, modernising, profitability, adapting to the consumer of the 21st century... these are some of the concepts that are always mentioned in any forum addressing the agro-food industry and looking to the future.According to Juan Manuel Coello, Operations Director of Patatas Meléndez, "It is undoubtedly.....

Bad year for French potato production

Potato production in France has decreased for the second year in a row to 6.8 million tons, 4% below the volume recorded last year and 5% below the five year average. 2015/2016 had already seen a 12% decrease compared to 2014/2015 due to the drought over the summer in 2015. Despite an increase in acreage (+5%.....

Record high yields in Andalusia

Spain: Potato prices fall due to oversupply

Potato prices have hit rock-bottom in Spain and Europe due to an oversupply in all early potato producing countries, amongst other factors, explained Ángel Muñoz, director of Intersur,a Spanish potato producer."We want to inform people about the actual causes of this situation after the statements made in.....

Punjab gets new potato centre

Punjab will soon set up a potato centre at Dhogri (Jalandhar) with the idea to promote seed potato production. The centre will be built under the Indo-Dutch agreement with the help of mission for integrated development of horticulture (MIDH), according to the local press. An official spokesman said that Wouter.....

Potato planted area in GB forecasted to increase by 4%

AHDB Potatoes Market Intelligence analysts estimate the total area planted with potatoes in Great Britain this season is 121,000 hectares.The figure was announced Monday, June 26 during a public webinar. This is up by 4% on the previous year, the same as 2014 and at a similar level to the area planted in 2012.....

Michigan potato company obtains $250k expansion loan

The City of Scottsbluff approved a $250,000 economic development loan to a Michigan-based potato company at its June 19 meeting.Josh Reeves, chief financial officer for Three Rivers-based Walther Farms, said the company has been growing potatoes in the Panhandle around Bridgeport and Alliance, and in eastern.....

Tasteful Selections partners with New York Times best-selling cookbook author on recipes

Tasteful Selections™, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., is pleased to announce their partnership with New York Times best-selling cookbook author, dietitian, and health educator Cynthia Sass. Tasteful Selections and Sass worked to create delicious, nutritious recipes using these unexpectedly colorful,.....

Jeff Thomas with Scott Farms

“We service the domestic and export market of sweet potatoes equally”

“We are still in the middle of the planting season,” says Jeff Thomas with North Carolina-based Scott Farms. Sweet potato planting typically starts mid-April and winds down late July. Despite the rains Eastern North Carolina received during planting season, planting is going fairly smoothly. “One of the.....

Spain: Red Valentine potato volume, greater than in previous years

New potato varieties are gaining ground in the consumer market, where the demand for new products increases and other varieties are left behind. This is what happened last year; "in the rest of Europe there was a strong demand and 70% of our production was exported under programs," explains David Sánchez of.....

Scottish scientists identify gene to create more heat tolerant potatoes

Potatoes are the third most important food crop in the world after rice and wheat. More than a billion people worldwide eat potatoes, and global crop production exceeds 300m tonnes each year.Despite this, the crop is particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, which is considered to be the most important.....

Chinese garlic supply surplus influences price of Spanish garlic

In the beginning of the supply period of Spanish garlic, the expected value for the producers is very high. However, the Spanish garlic industry is influenced by changes in the production volume in China, the largest production area worldwide. China has suffered from poor harvest over many years. This year,.....

"With New Zealand’s entire onion production we could feed China for only three days"

Enza Zaden New Zealand bred pink onion for Chinese market

Martyn Callaghan works as an onion breeder at Enza Zaden New Zealand. One of the flagship varieties developed there is the pink onion that has been developed, in principle, for the Chinese market, but with may be trialled in the Netherlands. "Since the window for New Zealand onions in Europe and the United.....

Oversupply of early onions causes prices to plummet

Spain: Heat wave to take a toll on storage onion market

Spain, like most European countries producing onions, has been forced to deal with this year's huge production, which is keeping the markets oversupplied. The new harvest has clashed with the abundant onion stocks still available from last season and this has caused prices to plummet; so much so, that early.....

India runs out of dehydrated garlic due to high demand

In recent years, the popularity of dehydrated garlic at the international level has increased. As a result, Indian companies specialized in this product have exhausted their reserves. However, this market is changing continuously, just like the fresh garlic market. "In recent months we have seen a recession in.....

Nigerian schools fight student malnutrition with sweet potatoes

The school feeding programme of Nigeria is using orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) - Mothers delight - to help fight vitamin A deficiency in children.The production of OFSP was the result of a research collaboration between the National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), Nigeria, and the.....