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Potatoes and Onions


Farm Frites proposes 70K ton capacity potato processing factory in Argentina

Earlier this month, Farm Frites proposed a plan to establish a potato processing facility in Mar del Plata, Argentina with an annual capacity of 70.000 tonnes of finished product.Most of the product is expected to be exported to Brazil through the Port of Mar del Plata. For the city of Mar del Plata - better.....

Fiji potato revitalisation program giving growers hope

In Fiji the Agriculture Ministry's potato revitalisation program is giving hope to a group of potato farmers in the Sigatoka Valley.Co-operative treasurer of the Nabaka Holding Society, Saten Dass, said a number of farmers in their group planted potatoes. "We have about nine farmers planting potatoes," he.....

Spain: Potatoes no longer a secondary crop in Murcia

A few years ago, the storms that hit the Andalusian province of Seville during the potato harvest for two consecutive seasons took a toll on the results of the local sector. The markets thus opened up to the productions of the Region of Murcia as an alternative to the damaged Sevillian harvests. This partly.....

Spain: Castile-Leon's potato acreage could exceed 20,000 hectares

Potato planting is currently underway in Castile-Leon, although the activities have slowed down in recent days due to the low temperatures. The earliest plantings started at the beginning of the month and about 40% of the total acreage may now be already planted, especially in the areas of Salamanca and.....

Armyworm outbreak spreads to Uganda

An outbreak of the fall armyworm caterpillar in several southern African nations has raised an alarm, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warning they pose “a huge threat to food security”. Uganda was the most recent country where the pest was found.Uganda’s Agriculture Minister Vincent.....

First Spanish potato of the season

Spain: Malaga's new potatoes hit the shelves

Ibérica de Patatas, leader in the marketing of potatoes for consumption in Spain, is again selling the new potatoes from Malaga, the first Spanish potato of the season. The product will remain available from this week until early May in supermarkets and hypermarkets across Spain.The new potato from Malaga is.....

Italy, Spain and France meet to talk about garlic

PHOTO REPORT Prices are increasing for good quality garlic, though the level must be maintained high. This was one of the arguments put forward on 23rd March 2017 in Sulmona during a meeting of the Italy, Spain and France contact group. The event was organised byConsorzio Aglio rosso di Sulmona, led by PresidentStefania.....

Victorian potato farmers urged to remain vigilant for potato psyllid

After the Tomato Potato Psyllid was found in Western Australia horticulturists in Victoria are being urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures in order to prevent the spread of the costly pest.Australia’s chief plant health officer Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said there had been no confirmed reports.....

Giumarra expects excellent Vidalia® onion volumes

The Vidalia® Onion Committee has announced an April 12 start date to kick off the official Vidalia onion season. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of this summer favorite, packaged in the Nature’s Partner brand. Shipments will begin the third week of April and continue through the end.....

Dr. Oz gives Americans permission to eat potatoes again

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23rd episode of Dr. Oz – giving American’s “Permission to eat potatoes again” noting that potatoes are “nutrient power houses” that surprisingly pack about “100 calories per spud” and have zero grams of fat.Dr. Oz opened his show handing potatoes out to the.....

Giumarra expects excellent Vidalia® onion volumes

The Vidalia® Onion Committee has announced an April 12 start date to kick off the official Vidalia onion season. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of this summer favorite, packaged in the Nature’s Partner brand. Shipments will begin the third week of April and continue through the end.....

Dr. Oz gives Americans permission to eat potatoes again

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23rd episode of Dr. Oz – giving American’s “Permission to eat potatoes again” noting that potatoes are “nutrient power houses” that surprisingly pack about “100 calories per spud” and have zero grams of fat.Dr. Oz opened his show handing potatoes out to the.....

Befresh Europe: “Potato season lasts until late-June”

Befresh Europe has recently announced that they are expecting a slight delay to their potato season this year. Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe stated that the season would start a week later than usual but expects a good harvest.“Our potato season starts this week,” says Oron Ziv “Crop is looking good, we had.....

Interseed becomes new shareholder of Breeders Trust

The seed potato breeding company Interseed Potatoes GmbH located at Wittmund Germany, recently became the newest shareholder of Breeders Trust.Breeders Trust supports its shareholders when it comes to monitoring and enforcement of the plant Breeders’ Rights and contract conditions.The aim of Breeders Trust.....

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"It's concerning that there are few sales at this low onion price"

It has been calm on the onion market for weeks. The last published export figures on week 9 indicate an export of less than 12,000 tonnes per week. "It isn't going. We are running on around 40% of our capacity," indicates Mike de Kosters of onion sorting and packaging station WDK Onions from Kwadendamme. And.....

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"It's concerning that there are onion sales at this low price"

It has been calm on the onion market for weeks. The last published export figures on week 9 indicate an export of less than 12,000 tonnes per week. "It isn't going. We are running on around 40% of our capacity," indicates Mike de Kosters of onion sorting and packaging station WDK Onions from Kwadendamme. And.....

North Carolina sweet potato grower expects price increase

The North Carolina sweet potato is seeing a bit of a boom in 2016-2017. “Our supply and demand are both good. We’ve been tremendously busy since Thanksgiving,” says Charlotte Vick of Wilson, NC-based Vick Family Farms. “We had a good crop last year so our supply is right in line with our quarters for the.....

Science embraces potato as sustainable choice during Second Potato Congress

The Second Potato Congress of 16 March drew many dieticians, scientists, weight consultants and representatives from the potato sector. The Potato Congress is organised by the Dutch Potato Organisation, in order to offer an objective stage for knowledge of the potato, focused on food professionals.Potatoes.....

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

“Consumers are looking for something special”

The sales of waxy, smooth Laurette potatoes are going satisfactorily. This smooth, waxy potato was introduced in 2015. “The growth is enormous. Compared to the same period last year, we sold over 15 per cent more,” says Bart Nemegheer from De Aardappelhoeve.Laurette is available year-round, exclusively from.....

Egyptian onions fetch high prices due to empty market

Egyptian onions are currently fetching high prices in both the domestic market and through exports. The reason is that last season was affected by the devaluation of the Egyptian pound in October. This led to a lucrative export market, prompting Egyptian onion exporters to take full advantage and clear out.....

Science embraces potato as sustainable choice during Second Potato Congress

The Second Potato Congress of 16 March drew many dieticians, scientists, weight consultants and representatives from the potato sector. The Potato Congress is organised by the Dutch Potato Organisation, in order to offer an objective stage for knowledge of the potato, focused on food professionals.Potatoes.....

Nearly 100 jobs lost after UK potato processor closes

Beverley-based potato processor M&F lost nearly 100 staff who were made redundant following the failure of a £9m-turnover business which supplied peeled, chipped and sliced potatoes to major supermarket chains.Paul Stanley and Andrew MacKenzie of Begbies Traynor were appointed joint administrators at the.....

MSU encourages potato growers to pick disease-free seeds

Starting the season with disease-free potato seed stock is the first step in establishing a good stand that will maximize yield potential. There are several diseases growers should be concerned with when selecting seed potatoes that will produce vigorous uniform stands, especially potato leafroll.....

Belgian potato processing sector rounds off a record year for 2016

2016 was an absolute record year for the Belgian potato procession sector, according to the conclusions of Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.The fact that this growth sector within the Belgian food industry with 4.4 million tonnes (+ 11% compared to 3.97 million.....

Production decreased in 2016

Peru: Onion shipments up 31.5% in the last five years

According to Peru's External Trade Federation (ComexPeru), in the past five years Peruvian onion exports increased by 31.5%, as they went from US $ 54 million in 2012 to US $71 million in 2016.The exporter guild stated that in the past five years, Peruvian onion exports registered a 6.8% average annual.....

Afghan onions spoil due to lack of storage and markets

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 142,000 tons of onions were harvested this year. However, businessmen claim that a big part of the harvest was spoiled due to a lack of storage facilities and markets.A number of local businessmen voiced their concerns over the lack.....

Irish potato cultivation quadruples in St Elizabeth, Jamaica

Farmers in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, have increased cultivation of Irish potatoes more than four times over as the Government strives to meet the local demand of 15 million kilogrammes per year.According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, minister without.....

Switzerland:

Organic potatoes: Increased price difference between organic and conventional potatoes

In 2016 the retail price of organic potatoes is on average 84% higher than conventional potatoes. Considering the period from 2005 the price difference between these potatoes has clearly increased after 2014, and the difference remained higher than 80%.Graph: Price differences between organic and.....

North Carolina sweet potato grower expects price increase

The North Carolina sweet potato is seeing a bit of a boom in 2016-2017. “Our supply and demand are both good. We’ve been tremendously busy since Thanksgiving,” says Charlotte Vick of Wilson, NC-based Vick Family Farms. “We had a good crop last year so our supply is right in line with our quarters for the.....

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

“Consumers are looking for something special”

The sales of waxy, smooth Laurette potatoes are going satisfactorily. This smooth, waxy potato was introduced in 2015. “The growth is enormous. Compared to the same period last year, we sold over 15 per cent more,” says Bart Nemegheer from De Aardappelhoeve.Laurette is available year-round, exclusively from.....

Belgian potato processing sector rounds off a record year for 2016

2016 was an absolute record year for the Belgian potato procession sector, according to the conclusions of Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.The fact that this growth sector within the Belgian food industry with 4.4 million tonnes (+ 11% compared to 3.97 million.....

Irish potato cultivation quadruples in St Elizabeth, Jamaica

Farmers in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, have increased cultivation of Irish potatoes more than four times over as the Government strives to meet the local demand of 15 million kilogrammes per year.According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, minister without.....

Chayenne Wiskerke, Wiskerke Onions:

“Good local harvests unbalance onion market”

Dutch onion exporters are faced with a shortage of sales opportunities. “There is much product everywhere in Europe, and of good quality at that. On average, the stocks in Europe nowadays are about ten per cent higher, and even more than 30 per cent higher in a country such as Germany, compared to last.....

Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017

Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. “Other than plot-sized production, there was no commercial production in Canada [in 2016] because of the timing,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager at the United Potato.....

Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017

Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. “Other than plot-sized production, there was no commercial production in Canada [in 2016] because of the timing,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager at the United Potato.....

The ban will apply for a minimum of two years

Spain: Asturias bans potato cultivation in four councils

The Principality of Asturias has published a decree with measures to develop the national program to fight potato pests. It has also confirmed the subsidies that will be given to those affected (0.40 Euro per square metre of crops uprooted; up to 0.70 Euro for seed potatoes; the refund of any expenses to.....

Jaap de Ruijg, Van der Lans International:

“Despite large European harvest, there's room for NZ and Tasmanian onions”

The New Zealand onion season started for Van der Lans last week. “The growing season went well in both New Zealand and Tasmania. Somewhat larger onions are expected because of slightly more rain than usual, and fewer small triplets and 40/60 sizes will come to Europe,” Jaap de Ruijg, from Van der Lans.....

US potato industry announces salad bar grant

The U.S. potato industry has worked for years to get kids to eat more spuds and other vegetables.Now, the East Grand Forks, Minn.,-based Northern Plains Potato Growers Association has launched another go-around of a program that puts free salad bars in schools.The association will pay the cost, nearly.....

Chayenne Wiskerke, Wiskerke Onions:

“Good local harvests imbalance onion market”

The Dutch onion exporters are faced with a shortage of sales possibilities. “There is much product everywhere in Europe, and of good quality. On average, the stocks in Europe nowadays are about ten per cent higher, and even more than 30 per cent higher in a country such as Germany, compared to last year,”.....

Jaap de Ruijg, Van der Lans International:

“Despite large European harvest, there's room for NZ and Tasmanian onions”

The New Zealand onion season started for Van der Lans last week. “The growing season went well in both New Zealand and Tasmania. Somewhat larger onions are expected because of slightly more rain than usual, and fewer small triplets and 40/60 sizes will come to Europe,” Jaap de Ruijg, from Van der Lans.....

“Yearly programmes from one supplier”

Organic sweet potatoes arrive from Honduras

The first container of organic sweet potatoes from Honduras has arrived at AgroFair in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. “We received the first delivery yesterday, in various sizes,” says Geert Demeyere. It was the first shipment from a new producer. “We came to this producer because he has fairly large volumes.....

NZ research shows huge potential for mesh covered potato crops

A group of Lincoln University researchers in New Zealand have seen promising results from a trial of using mesh cover to protect potato crops from insect pests.The effectiveness of the mesh at protecting potatoes from the tomato-potato psyllid [TPP] was tested in a trial at the Foundation for Arable Research.....

William Verhage, Flevostar Potato:

“Potato import season starts with new harvest from Egypt”

In addition to Flevostar Potato’s cultivation in the Netherlands, the company has also been working on setting up production in other production countries for some years now. “Because of this, the continuity in supply of product is guaranteed for customers both in the Netherlands and in other countries in.....

Italy: A good year for potatoes

"The market is going very well, I wish every year could be like this. Consumption is good and everything worked out well - quantities are not excessive, quality is excellent and demand is high," reports Alberto Zambon, President of Consorzio della patata di Bologna Dop.Sowing is coming to an end. "We still.....

“Yearly programs from one supplier”

Organic sweet potatoes from Honduras arrive in the Netherlands

The first container of organic sweet potatoes from Honduras has arrived at AgroFair in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. “We received the first delivery yesterday, in various sizes,” says Geert Demeyere. It was the first shipment from a new producer. “We came to this producer because he has fairly large volumes.....

Indian government to buy 28,000tn of potatoes from troubled farmers

With potato farmers finding it difficult to sell their bumper crop this year, the West Bengal government has decided to purchase potatoes directly from them, in addition to providing subsidies to help them sell the produce.“We have decided to buy 28,000 tonnes of potatoes directly from the farmers which we.....

With new platform WatchITGrow

“Increasing Belgian potato production sustainably”

On Tuesday 14 March, the introduction of web platform WatchITGrow took place. This is a cooperation between BELSPO, VITO, CRA-W and ULG and Belgapom. WatchITGrow is a new geo-information platform developed for the potato sector with, as its goal, better estimating the Belgian potato production, and.....

Northwest growers planning and planting new onion crops

2016 was a difficult year for farmers across the Northwest. Storms hit Treasure Valley especially hard and caused structure collapses and difficulties moving product during the height of the storms. Washington, Nevada and other parts of Oregon were also hit and saw delays in movement due to highway.....

UK falling out of love with potatoes

While potatoes have been a key part of the British diet for hundreds of years, they have experienced a bit of a decline recently. Sales have fallen by a fifth in the last ten years with a recent dive in figures being fueled by 'carb-free' diets.In the last three years alone sales have dropped by almost 7 per.....

Washington potato season running hard

Demand is staying strong and likely will throughout the end of the season for Washington colored potatoes. “We’re currently running product from storage and it seems everyone who is running potatoes is running a little harder than normal,” says Dale Hayton of Valley Pride Northwest Produce in Mount Vernon,.....

China: First batch of onion exports goes through Raohe trading post

On the 2nd of March, the first batch of exported onions, destined for Russia, smoothly cleared the customs at the Raohe trading post. This batch is the first that the local cooperative of vegetable plantations has exported through Raohe county (Heilongjiang province).In 2015 Raohe's commercial department.....

Italy: Nutritional value of Bianca di Pompei onions higher in spring

Onions (Allium cepa L.) are a bulb vegetable widely cultivated in Campania, especially in the Nocerino-Sarnese and Stabiese-Vesuvio plains, where the Bianca di Pompei cultivar is the most popular. Actually, this cultivar is made up of a series of ecotypes which have a characteristic shape (flattened bulb).....

Rwanda: Market price for sweet potatoes & peas increases

Rwandan consumers can expect to pay a bit more at city markets for sweet potatoes and fresh peas, as a recent mini-survey by Business Times shows a noticeable increase in prices.The price of sweet potatoes rose by Rwf150 to Rwf400 per kilogramme in most city markets, up from Rwf250 previously. That of yams.....

Jamaican farmers in St Elizabeth quadruple cultivation of Irish potatoes

According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries', minister without portfolio, JC Hutchinson, the cultivation of Irish potatoes has quadrupled, with some 60 hectares planted in the December 2016 to January 2017 period.Hutchinson said that according to a Rural.....

McCain announces £100m investment into Scarborough site

McCain Foods has announced that it will be committing itself to Yorkshire “for decades” after it announced the investment of £100m into its Scarborough plant operation.The food production giant, which has had a base in the Eastfield area of the town for nearly half a century, said the investment was being.....

UK: January potato stocks reach parity with 2016 levels

GB potato stock levels at the end of January were at a similar level to the same point in 2016, despite a four-year low yield, according an AHDB survey of grower stocks. The figure suggests a slowing in drawdown rates between the end of November and January, says AHDB Analyst, Amber Cottingham. The survey.....

Jamaican farmers in St Elizabeth quadruple cultivation of Irish potatoes

According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries', minister without portfolio, JC Hutchinson, the cultivation of Irish potatoes has quadrupled, with some 60 hectares planted in the December 2016 to January 2017 period.Hutchinson said that according to a Rural.....

Garlic contact group from Italy, Spain and France to meet in Sulmona

The garlic contact group from Italy, Spain and France will meet on 23rd march in Sulmona (L'Aquila). The group is part of the Mixed committee created by Italy, France and Spain.The event will be coordinated by Roberto Cherubini from Mipaaf and will be hosted by Consorzio dell'aglio rosso di Sulmona. The.....

Peru: Pocsi, Arequipa, produces potatoes that weigh more than 1kg each

Thanks to a proper land treatment, the district of Pocsi in Arequipa has achieved an amazing crop of potatoes that are 50 to 60 centimeter long and weigh more than one kilogram.Adan Vilca Herrera, a farmer from Piaca presented his production and said "we cultivate our products with natural fertilizers,.....