Potatoes and Onions


Potatoes USA elects leadership positions
On March 17, at Potatoes USA's 44th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Mike Pink of Mesa, WA, was elected Chairman of Potatoes USA. Pink is serving his fifth year on the Board. In 2014-2015, he served as Co-Chairman of the Board’s International Marketing Committee. He previously served three years on the.....

Potato prices still high in S. Africa
Retailers and industry experts in South Africa say that the high price trend for potatoes is soon set to end. Last month, South Africa recorded its highest price increases for potatoes with a 10kg bag going up to R76.76 in Cape Town according to the latest information by Potatoes SA.Fresh crops“Growers with.....

KWS to focus on hybrid potato breeding
KWS sells seed potato business to Stet Holland
KWS has announced that it will be selling its conventional seed potato business to Stet Holland B.V. The agreement was signed on April 11, 2016 and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.The KWS Group’s seed potato business is steered by its subsidiary KWS POTATO B.V., which is based in Emmeloord, the.....

Mexican onions and garlic achieves better returns abroad
Mexican agricultural exports have shined in the first month of the year because of the depreciation of the peso against the dollar and an increase in US demand.According to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), shipments of these products increased by 10.8% annual rate in.....

Bangladeshi potato farmers suffer from lack of storage
In Bogra, Bangladesh, thousands of farmers are forced to sell their potatoes at local markets for low prices because of the lack of facilities in which to store their recently harvested crop.Most of the farmers expressed their dissatisfaction over inadequate storage facilities, claiming that those who are.....


Cora Seeds' experience
Over 2500 hectares of onions in Russia are selected and multiplied in Italy
Cora Seeds, a seed company located in Cesena, has received a lot of requests from Eastern countries this year, Russia in particular.Maurizio Bacchi in a test field in Cesena.Maurizio Bacchi, founder and owner of Cora Seeds, explains that "the Russian ban does not apply to the seed industry. They do not.....


Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Onions
“No large onion orders, but many countries on the market”
Currently the onion market is fairly calm. Is it the calm before the storm? “No one knows,” Lindert Moerdijk responds. “It could be the calm before the storm. Brazil has three weeks of local and Argentinian harvest left, but right now the market there is full. In other years demand from North Africa was.....

Venezuela: Possible shortage of potatoes at the end of year
The director of Venezuela's National Federation of Potato Producers and Vegetables, Aldemaro Ortega, said it's possible there will be a shortage of potatoes by the end of the year if producers don't purchase seeds. Therefore, he urged the Minister of Agricultural Production and Land of Venezuela, Wilmar.....

GMO potato company fires back
The company responsible for creating a genetically engineered potato has taken issue with comments made by Earth Action P.E.I. in a recent Guardian article.Earth Action leader Sharon Labchuk said in that article that genetically modified products are unsafe. But Doug Cole, director of marketing and.....


Prices could be affected by difficulties in the UK
Spain: Cartagena new potatoes hitting the market this week
Cartagena expects to start harvesting and marketing new potatoes at national level this week, with initial prices ranging between 52 and 53 cents per kilo. The first exports of Cartagena potatoes will take place in late April.The frosts recorded on 17 February slowed down the growth process, thereby.....

India's summer onion crop arrives
India's largest wholesale market at Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) reopened after 13 days of holiday on Tuesday 5 April. The average wholesale onion prices had increased marginally on Wednesday compared with the rate on March 22; the stock of late kharif crop has been exhausted and the.....

But needs better seeds
India is world's second largest potato producer
India's Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, said the country is in need of better quality seeds to increase potato production of meet rising domestic demand. Potato production stood at 48 million tonnes from an area of 20.8 million hectares in 2014-15, thus making India the world's second largest.....


UK: West Suffolk estate to become potato research hub
The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative has provided funding for a West Suffolk estate to become a Regional Research & Demonstration Hub for potato growers and suppliers.The project, coordinated and co-funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s Potatoes Division (AHDB Potatoes), has.....


Potato prices in Argentina are boosting exports
"Exports bring relief, but they are not a permanent solution"
The low price of potatoes in the domestic market has resulted in a good start for the export of Argentinian potatoes, with a significant increase in demand, mainly from Latin American countries like Brazil and Paraguay. "Our campaign is in full swing; the harvest started in December and January, and.....


“Seeding goods doubled but insufficient”
Jazzy is swinging
The Jazzy was introduced in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, among others, in 2012. Now the sales have extended and the potato is also being sold among well known retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. On the shelves the Jazzy profits from the consumer’s ever changing desires. “The.....

Panama to import onions to avoid shortage
The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) stated that the Agricultural Marketing Institute (IMA) would import a quota of onions to avoid a shortage of onions in the country.The measure was taken after some producers and traders requested Jorge Arango, the head of the MIDA, to import this item.Arango.....

Onions for eyebrow growth?
New beauty trends and tips appear everyday, and the latest of these involves rubbing onion on your eyebrows to stimulate hair growth.Beauty blogger Huda Kattan has one of the largest followings online; earlier this week, she posted a video on her Instagram featuring fellow blogger Farah Dhukai and her secret.....

New logo early French potatoes
The CNIPT is adding a “primeur de France” logo to early potatoes. These early potatoes must be harvested within the year before they reach complete maturity, and can only be commercialised until the 15th August each year. These freshly harvested potatoes are fragile and must be “protected and handled with.....


Jozef Cool:
"Is the Netherlands taking the increase in Belgian onions into account?"
The supply of Belgian onions has been increasing strongly since last year. Whether the Dutch are taking this into account is this question, according to Jozef Cool of Jozef & Roger Cool from Dendermonde. He says that the prices in Belgium are doing fine this season. "The growers are getting around 20.....


Michel Binst, Primimport
More new potatoes from Cyprus this year
New potatoes have been available for some weeks at Primimport in Brussels. The company currently offers products from Israel and Cyprus, and according to Michel Binst the sales have been satisfactory so far. “Easter was early this year, therefore we also started a little earlier. Sales are going fairly well,.....

Swaziland: Agriculture projects to reduce imports by 50 percent
The new Taiwan-funded potato and fruit tree production facility will cut down Swaziland’s food imports by 50 to 55 percent, APA reports on Monday. The fruit tree project focusing on banana and papaya will help 140 farmers produce over 3 500 tonnes of fruit estimated at $100 million per year, according to.....

Potato consumption growing significantly in Pakistan
Romke Wustman, renowned Dutch expert on food security stated on Monday that potato consumption has grown significantly in Pakistan over the last decade and more than 99 per cent of farmers grow potatoes from non-certified seeds.In his special lecture on ‘Food Security and Need for Good Agricultural Practices.....

Argentina: Potato producers demanding fair prices
The president of the National Potato Federation, Carlos Fernández, said it made no sense that, while consumers paid very high prices for a kilo of potatoes, producers didn't receive much for their production.Fernandez said producers had to be paid better prices because the prices they were being paid, in.....

Maine Potato Board hopeful of China developments
The Maine Potato Board is watching developments overseas and trying to anticipate what it could mean for future exports for the potato industry, now that China’s Ministry of Agriculture has stated that the country will boost production to make the potato one of the nation’s staple foods.Don Flannery,.....

McDonald's to open 1,500 new stores in China
The company’s Chicago-based CEO Steve Easterbrook has revealed more than 1500 new stores will be opened across China, Hong Kong and Korea over the next five years. About 1300 of those will be in Mainland China.McDonald’s already operates some 2200 restaurants – its new target is 3500.In a clear strategic.....

Latest internet brainteaser involves potatoes
The Internet's most recent head-scratching brainteaser cartoon involves trying to find a potato in a sea of hamsters.The cartoon brainteaser craze started in December when Hungarian cartoonist Gergely Dudas, who goes by the name of Dudolf, sketched a cartoon panda hiding in the middle of a crowd of.....

Taiwan invests in Swaziland agriculture
Taiwan has contributed over E60 million to the government of Swaziland, in particular to the ministry of agriculture for the implementation of two projects.The investment is destined for the depot and laboratory of the seed potato production project, and the greenhouse of the fruit tree production and.....


Agrico wins Ambassadors’ Prize 2016 Kenyan potato project
On Wednesday 30 March Agrico was awarded the Ambassadors’ Prize 2016. The award was announced during the Ambassadors’ Conference in The Hague. The Ambassadors’ Prize is awarded every two years to the company that exports sustainably, or operates a company abroad, in the most outstanding way.Agrico received.....

NPC scholarship for graduate advancing the potato industry
A graduatestudent (Master’s degree or higher)will be awarded a $10,000 academic scholarship by the National Potato Council (NPC). The student will be given the scholarship for demonstrating that they are working to improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. The deadline for the scholarship is June 15,.....

Intensive potato farming on Jersey must stop
Jersey's Environment Minister Steve Luce, says that farmers must change the way they grow Jersey Royal potatoes, in order to protect the Island’s reputation as a world-class food producer. Farmers currently use the century-old practice of growing Jersey Royal potatoes year after year in the same ground, but.....

Worms attack Filipino onion farms
Around a thousand farmers in Nueva Ecija, the Philippines, have been affected by an army worm attack on their onion farms that started in February. Farmers remove the worms by hand; the process is called “pangunguto” (lice picking), and is one of the steps recommended by government agriculturists.The.....

Odisha potato production exceeded 100,000 mt in 2014/15
In the Indian state of Odisha potato production crossed the 100,000 metric tonne mark for the first time in 2014-15 fiscal year. This information was revealed Wednesday 30 March in the State Assembly by Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy.While potato farming was undertaken on 700,000 hectares in 2008-09,.....

Bumper crop means Maharashtra onion price drop
In Maharashtra a record onion output of over 20 million tonnes in 2015-16 is expected; subsequently the prices of the vegetable across markets in the state have fallen to as low as R500/quintal from R800/quintal a few weeks back.Farmers and traders from Nashik, the hub of the country’s onion trade, said that.....


Jaap Kodde: “I still have hope for England”
Potato market meanders on
The potato market is not very exciting, as there is less movement than everyone had hoped. According to Jaap Kodde of Flevostar the market has not moved at all as the potato trade had thought it would. “A while ago it went up a bit, but at the moment it is very quiet. There is both national and international.....


Indian produce not enough to meet demand
White onions are expensive and very hard to find
Obtaining onions from warehouses is almost impossible, especially for what concerns white onions. This is turn, means prices have been high during the entire season.White onions from India (archive photo).But let us try to understand the situation - Italian white onion stocks ended a few weeks ago, as did.....


New jacket potatoes launched in the UK
Aviko have launched their new Jacket Potatoes in the United Kingdom. These potatoes are available in large and extra large and are ready to heat, top and serve, making them an ideal product for the lunchtime rush.Ready in just six minutes*, the pre-cooked British Jackets are slow baked in advance, serving up.....


"We expect to have good opportunities in Brazil"
Best market possible for start of Spanish onion season
The first harvests of early onions in Spain are expected from the second week of April in the producing areas of Andalusia and Murcia.The weather conditions have been suitable for this crop, allowing for improvements in terms of both yields per hectare, which will be higher than last season, when production.....

Punjab potato farmers angry over storage situation
Potato farmers in Bathinda, Punjab, are disgruntled at what they say isexploitation at the hands of cold store owners and private dealers; they claim that they are being denied space in cold storage facilities by the owners, who say that the space has been booked up by private dealers.They claimed that by.....


Marmocchi Angiolino chooses Actrice from Agroplant
Potato producers are shifting towards early varieties
By examining the data published in the past few days, it is possible to see how the Italian production trend is shifting towards the earlier varieties. "80% of the produce is now of the early varieties because all production areas are affected by high temperatures doing sowing, so there are drought problems.....

Relief for Tasmanian growers as NZ drops potato export plan
Tasmanian potato growers have had to deal with one of the most difficult seasons in years, so the news that New Zealand's potato board has decided to abandon their plans to import potatoes to Australia, has come as a great relief.Potatoes New Zealand had been trying to gain access to the Australian market.....

Good prices for first Greek greenhouse potatoes
The first greenhouse potatoes have reached the Greek market with very good prices. The acreage this year has been estimated at 1,200 acres, with crops mainly in the Peloponnese, which is approximately 500 acres below last year, and the spring harvest, expected for between 10 and 15 April, will be limited,.....


popularity of Israel decreasing
Less organic potatoes from Israel
The organic premier potato season started at De Aardappelhoeve last week. "The first containers with Allianz and Jelly from Israel have arrived," said Bart Nemegheer. "The quality is very good, there is just a much smaller yield due to the late frost. Because there is less volume we are now also getting some.....

Sudden veg price increases impact Indian consumers
Over the past few weeks, a sudden increase in the price of several essential food items has adversely affected Indian consumers. Chilli and potato prices have doubled.Analysts blame a fall in output caused by a decrease in crop area and unfavourable weather conditions for this price rise.While February saw.....

S. African potatoes too pricey for the poor
As inflation in South Africa has risen to 7 percent, consumers are feeling the pinch, having noticed a sharp increase in the price of basic food staples. Now, the cost of potatoes has pushed the vegetable out of reach for the poorest of the poor, with the ongoing drought causing their price to shoot.....

Lebanon: Potatoes heavily hit by hailstorm in Akkar
Heavy hailstorms in Akkar since Sunday afternoon have inflicted severe damage on a number of agricultural products, especially potatoes, which have recorded considerable losses.The head of the Cooperative Association for Potato Growers in Akkar, Omar Saeed al-Hayek, said that "the impact of the damage caused.....

ITC buys Technico India's seed potato unit
On Thursday 24 March, ITC, India’s FMCG giant announced that it has taken over the Indian unit of Technico Agri Sciences Ltd. from Australia-based agri-biotech company Technico Pty Ltd. for Rs 1.21 billion.ITC has taken over the entire equity share capital of Technico Agri Sciences, a company engaged in.....

UK potato market gets off to a good start
Since the start of 2016, the average weekly potato prices have been rising by about £20/tonne. The rising prices are causing farmers to keep hold of potato supplies, further tightening the market. For the week to March 11, average prices were £172.94/t and the GB weekly free buy average was £171.81/t.The.....

More potato trouble ahead for Odisha
Across the state of Bhubaneswar potato prices continue to increase; according to the Market Intelligence Assistant Director, if not checked the government can expect further trouble ahead. In a letter and daily retail price statement of essential commodities MI AD demonstrated that the price of potato was 8.....


First Santé arrived at Altena
"Drought in Malta causing limited volumes of new potatoes"
The first Maltezer potatoes arrived at potato wholesaler Altena from Wijk and Aalburg yesterday evening. "The second truck will follow today and the third tomorrow," says Kees Schouten from Malta. "It is very good weather here and this immediately has large consequences for the potato production. There has.....

Critical year for Washington potato industry
Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission, believes that this year is critical for the Washington potato industry, which is focusing its efforts on strengthening international trade opportunities. According to Voigt, ''We intend to spend the year educating our members of.....

Austria: stable potato trade
The Austrian potato trade is very stable, and the potato sales proceed at a continuous pace. And due to the good quality of the potatoes the producers don’t feel the need to speed up the sales. The even demand supports this development.This resulted in satisfactory price levels that have not been affected by.....

NZ cancels potato export plan to Australia
Australian potato growers have welcomed the news that Potatoes New Zealand has withdrawn its application to the Australian Government seeking market access for fresh potatoes for processing into the country.Peak body AusVeg has opposed the proposal for years, saying it would leave Australia open to a.....

China: high onion prices, low supply
Since January this year, onion supply shortages started to hit the Chinese market and onion prices are rising. In February, the price of the newly listed Yunnan onions hit a new three-year height. In the first half of March, yellow onion purchase price in Yuanmou peaked at 4 Yuan per kg, 3.5 times higher.....


Largest steam cooker built for potato processor Rixona
Processing Equipment manufacturer Dutch Tec Source (DTS) has built the largest single screw steam cooker in the world for Aviko Rixona, a Dutch producer of dehydrated potato products. DTS is well-known for its blanching, cooling and cooking techniques.The machine can steam more than 13,000 kilograms of.....

Ukraine exports record amount of onions for second year
Ukrainian onion exports in 2015 grew by 42.9% to $2.9 million. The first two months of 2016 showed the same positive trend. In February 2016 Ukraine exported onions to the value of $626,000, reported the state fiscal service of Ukraine.This is 7.7 times more than January 2016 when $81,000 tons were exported......


Kenya: ''Mechanization is the surest way of improving potato yield''
More Kenyan farmers are turning to mechanization to meet the growing demand for potatoes which is being caused by the rapid expansion of cities and towns and the popularity of fast foods. Mechanization can improve cultivation and reduce harvest losses which can amount to up to 50 per cent of the.....

Egypt cuts imports
Indonesian exporters need to diversify
The news that Egypt plans to cut imports by 25 percent could affect Indonesian exporters who deliver products to the country, including citrus fruit and potatoes. The exporters are being advised to explore new markets or improve their competitive edge.An economic analyst at the University of Indonesia.....

UPDATE: Idaho potato growers' lawsuit to go ahead
A federal judge has denied a request by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to dismiss a lawsuit by eastern Idaho potato growers seeking to end a quarantine after the discovery of a microscopic pest that caused some countries to initially ban Idaho spuds.The Agriculture Department argued that the Idaho farmers.....

Latin American potato producers meeting in Panama
The Association of the Producing Community of Tierras Altas (ACPTA) and the Institute of Agricultural Research of Panama (IDIAP) announced that Panama will host the 27th Congress of the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP), to be held from 22 to 26 August."This event, held every two years in a Latin.....

Victorian Potato Growers Council rebrands
On March 22, the Victorian Potato Growers Council, a division of the Victorian Farmers Federation, announced their rebranding as Potatoes Victoria. The decision was made to benefit the organisation's members and is set to help in consultation with all tiers of government, according to chairman Frank.....

AU: New soil phosphorous test shows promise for potatoes
A Department of Agriculture and Water ResourcesNational Landcare Innovation funded project,“Innovative Nutrient Management for the AustralianPotato Industry”, has been completed by PotatoesSouth Australia and Primary Industries and RegionsSA (PIRSA).The project has successfully proven that a new test for.....


Tjerk Nagel, Konaxx Onions:
"Demand on onion market very capricious"
The demand on the onion market is typified as capricious by Tjerk Nagel of Konaxx Onions from the Fries St. Jacobi Parochie. "One day is different to the next. Brazil has demand for onions, but not no end, the East Block is informing, but its not concrete and the export to Africa is also in dribs and drabs......

GM potato approved for sale in Canada
J.R. Simplot Company, the creators of a genetically engineered potato, reported that it could be sold in Canadian supermarkets by Thanksgiving. They were notified by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in letters dated 18 March, that their non-browning spuds had been approved for sale to.....