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Costa Rica: Nearly 17,000 kilos of onion seized
The authorities of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), in collaboration with the Police force, seized and destroyed 760 meshes of fresh onion, i.e. 16,780 kilos, which had entered the country in two separate shipments through the southern border earlier.....

Europatat Congress 2016 “Not business as usual” – Registrations open!
The Europatat Congress 2016 will take placein Brussels (Belgium) on 1 & 2 June 2016.Under the slogan “Not business as usual”, the Congress will focus on discovering ways for business to manage change in an uncertain world to remain successful.Successful businesses must learn how to manage uncertainty and.....


Nele Van Elven:
"Potato market meanders on calmly"
At the moment it's still calm on the Belgian potato market. At Van Elven Agra the trade isn't in a rush. "The start of this season was promising, but it's meandering on calmly. It could do with some zest. There is some demand here and there, but we're not noticing much of it at the moment. Nothing concrete.....

McDonald's looking for potato producers in Russia
McDonald's restaurants in Russia are looking for domestic growers to supply them with potatoes due to the government's policy on foreign food products. Previously the restaurants bought frozen potatoes from Poland, but are now looking to replace them with a local equivalent.According to a source quoted in.....

Bangalore-based company
Agreement to meet India's seed potato demand
According to official sources, the Bengaluru state government plans to boost seed potato output by entering into an agreement with a Bangalore-based company for the production of seed potatoes. The proposal, which aims at meeting the state's seed potatoes demand, now awaits cabinet approval.The move will.....

Turkey: Burger King’s 4 year $800 million investment plan
Over the course of 4 years, restaurant chain Burger King plans to invest US $800 million in their meat and potatoes. The group is preparing to open a meat processing facility which was built in Amasya, northern Turkey, this coming March, and aiming to increase the number of employees from 25,000 to 40-45,000.....

US research: Drones detect potato disease ‘early and accurately’
A research project conducted by the Idaho State University and led by assistant geosciences professor Donna Delparte, revealed that crop diseases in potato fields can be detected early and accurately using drones.The Capital Press reports that researchers mounted high-tech cameras on drones flying 60 meters.....

Lower loonie no help for P.E.I potato sales in US
For many industries in Canada, the low value of the loonie is translating into more business with the United States. Yet the advantages haven't touched P.E.I potato growers who are in fact reporting that U.S. exports of P.E.I.'s 2015 crop are down about four per cent, according to the PEI Potato.....

Will sue prison service
Inmate injured by 11 falling boxes of potatoes
A prisoner working in a jail kitchen was knocked out by 11 falling boxes of potatoes, weighing just over 17-stone, reports dailymail.co.uk.He had just finished peeling vegetables when he went to return a bag of carrots to the jail's walk-in fridge, and as he bent to put the carrots down, the boxes fell on.....

UK: Addressing nutrient deficiencies can boost potato yield
Soil scientist Simon Fox from Emerald Crop science, states that up to 50% of soils in Scotland are deficient in important trace elements, impacting on yield, crop health and tuber quality; this means that by addressing these deficiencies, growers have the potential to significantly boost both yields and.....

Honduras will import 60,000 kilos of onion
Hondurans will have to consume imported onions because the government were determined to import about 60,000 kilos of this vegetable.Alden Rivera, the minister of economic development, took this decision to supply the domestic market and lower prices.Rivera said that there were 17 containers on the way for.....

Colorful potato varieties light up potato month
Celebrate Potato Lover's Month with a purple flare. Attract shoppers with colorful, specialty varieties on your potato display. Frieda's Specialty Produce recommends the following eye-popping potatoes:Star Spangled Spuds: Grab shoppers' attention with this mix of Yukon gold, purple, and red potatoes in a.....

Scottish seed potato producer and exporter
Exports flourish for Caithness Potatoes
Caithness Potatoes is a leading seed potato producer and exporter, based in Scotland; as part of AHDB Potatoes’ current Next Generation programme (2015/16), participants visited the Old Fargie Farm in Perth,which is one of three farms providing seed to Caithness Potatoes. There, they heard about the.....

Huub Kasius:
"When storing onions control RH instead of temperature"
When drying onions in storage, many onion growers choose a temperature of 20°C or above 30°C. Huub Kasius of Agrovent, however, called for the relative humidity (RH) to be used as a starting point instead of temperature at the Themadag Uien van Landbouwbeurs Noord- en Centraal Nederland (LNCN) (Onion theme.....


US (ME): Old standby potatoes make way for new trends
Although the Maine potato season ended around the 20th of October last year, seed grower Robert Bartlett from Bartlett Farms Packing, Inc. is keeping busy with shipping and preparing for next season.The potatoes from last season are in storage and the company is actively shipping their seed potatoes to.....

Visit to Houses of Parliament for young potato ambassadors
In order to gain insight into MPs dealings withrural issues, AHDB’s next generation board havemet with politicians in Westminster where theydiscuss the future needs and challenges of thepotato sector. The visit aimed to equip delegateswith the confidence to engage with the politicalprocess in the future.The.....

Potato promotions pop up in February
They may not be Cupid, but Black Gold Farms is going to help retailers encourage their potato shoppers to "spice up your spud life" this February. Black Gold Farms will be creating excitement in-store and driving more profitable sales for retailers by inspiring shoppers to fall in love with red potatoes all.....


80% of the onions do not meet Brazil's quality norms
Piet van Liere talks to onion growers
During the Onion theme day put on by the Agricultural fair for Northern and Central Netherlands in Dronten, Netherlands Piet van Liere spoke to a large number of onion growers about Africa and South America. Last year 445,000 tons of onions went to Africa and 115,000 tons of onions went to South America......

Prevent market crash
Pakistan to export half a million tonnes of potato
A senior official of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research has advised the government to immediately take steps to export up to 500,000 tonnes of potato to prevent a price crash of the commodity on the domestic market. A crash is likely due a high potato supply on the local market, just before.....


Heike Valcke:
Things will not get easier in the potato market
The potato wholesaler, Valcke, was founded in 1956. Currently, Kristof and Heike (brother and sister) are the third generation active in the company, and they still enjoy it, "We have always focused on the sales side, not on cultivation. Various growers supply us and we sort, package and transport the.....


Denimpex has premier with Japanese onions
Denimpex will receive the first onions from Japan next week. "As far as we know, this is the first time that Japan has exported onions to Europe," says Danny Deen.History is repeating itself at Denimpex. It was the company's founder, Abraham Deen, who brought overseas onions from the souther hemisphere to.....

Spud Nation Food Truck
New marketing program for US Potato Board
At the Potato Expo 2016, the United States PotatoBoard (USPB) has launched its first Spud NationFood Truck, which is part of a new foray into anexperimental proactive, demand-building marketingapproach.USPB President and CEO Blair Richardson explained why food trucks will provide valuable demand-building.....


Tender white onions with high sugar content
The farmers association Torre Pietra will present a new product during the Fruit Logistica 2016 at its stand in hall 4.2. The “Cipolla Bianca di Margherita” which translates as the “White onion of Margherita” (see photo); the onions carry the seal of protected designation of origin (PDO). And they.....

LSU research assists sweet potato growers
Experts from the Louisiana State University AgCenter shared their research at a Louisiana Sweet Potato Association meeting on Jan. 12. Despite changeable weather in 2015 affecting the crop, overall Louisiana growers had a good year. Farmers harvested an average of 450 bushels per acre this fall, down only.....


Rik Tanghe, RTL Patat:
Industry finds Bintje less and less interesting
Its getting colder and the potato market is beginning to pick up. According to Rik Tanghe from RTL Patat, volumes are already being exported, "Interestingly, the prices in the Netherlands are higher. Therefore, our branch in Breskens, Netherlands deals more with packaging onions then selling potatoes......


Weather patterns cause a perfect storm
US and Mexican onions short in supply
“Although the planted onion acreage in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) was slightly above normal in 2015, extreme temperatures started to cause the first problems in the market,” says Brandon Calandri with Antelope Distributing. “As a result of weather conditions during the growing season, storage onions are.....

US: Outlook of Northwest potato and apple industry improves
According to Michael Stolp, Vice President of Northwest Farm Credit Services, a number of events are influencing the Northwest agriculture industry: “The economy and strong dollar overseas, carryover effects from drought and summer fires, El Niño, global production, ending stocks and import/export activity.....

Ukrainian fresh produce price index down 16.8%
According to fruit-inform.com. in the wake of the New Year holidays, the Ukrainian fresh produce price index has gone down by 16.8%. However, the price index grew by 47% before the holidays; therefore, the subsequent decrease was unable to compensate previous growth."A decrease in prices was registered only.....


Oca du Perou and Capucine Tubereuse
Specialty tubers increasingly popular
Special tubers are becoming increasingly popular. The Oca du Perou and Capucine Tubereuse are originally from the Andes in Ecuador and Peru, where they are used to replace potatoes. You are putting something special on the table with these unique varieties, Smeding reports in its newsletter.Oca du PerouThe.....

Cancer, heart disease risk improved by apples and onions
Scientists have found that the intake of flavonoid-rich foods, such as apples and onions, decreases the risk of cancer by suppressing cancer causing agents. They can also prevent the risk of heart disease.A compound known as quercetin is found in onions and apples. The compounds produced by quercetin are.....


Tummers build mobile potato washing installation for English market
Tummers Food Processing Solutions introduces a new mobile washing installation for potatoes. Dustin-Dwight Verhagen, responsible for marketing, and Sales Engineer Robert Quaak, discuss the ins and outs of this new machine.The new installation is a combined machine, in which separation of stones and earth.....

Bangladesh: Potato production pleases farmers
Farmers in Panchagargh, Bangladesh, have started harvesting the potato crop, and they are happy both with the bumper production and the prices. The crop grew well this year due to good weather and the harvest will continue until the end of the month.Farmers are hoping that this year's bumper crop will make.....

UK potato supplier increases storage to meet potato rush
Greenvale, a Cambridgeshire potato supplier,significantly increased its storage capacity over thefestive period in order to meet significant spikes indemand. Greenvale, supplies potatoes to some of the UK’s leading supermarkets and ramped up production to meet the increase in demand from major supermarkets.....

Wholesaler from Frankfurt
Spanish onions dominate the supply
“At the moment the supply from Spain dominates,” explains an importer and wholesaler at the wholesale market in Frankfurt. “The Spanish onions are expensive too, and the high prices have a negative impact on the sales.” The result is that the customers’ demand is low and stable. “As alternative we have large.....

US: Hope for Red River Valley red potato shippers
Despite low prices causing disappointment for several Red River Valley red potato shippers towards the end of 2015, there is optimism for improved prices this January. The reason for this is that imports from Wisconsin and Quebec seem to be tailing off.These grower-shippers reported weeks ago that Quebec.....

Peruvian community identifies 130 native potato varieties
In the northern province of La Libertad, Peru, officials at Peru's National Institute of Agricultural Innovation, report that researchers have identified and catalogued 130 varieties of native potatoes. The catalogue has been a work in progress since 2010 at INIA, the International Potato Center, the Pataz.....


Electronic clod separator started successfully at Nedato
Nedato, the cooperative of Dutch potato growers, supplies potatoes to clients all over the world. In the course of its existence, more than 50 years now, Nedato has worked on improving the supplied potato quality.Quality is in Nedato’s genes, from quality determination at growers and according payment, to.....

Potatoes week 1, 2016
Availability sometimes too high
The market is well supplied with potatoes. The demand decreased to the usual level after the holidays, after having increased during the Christmas period. And since the supply and sales are quite evenly balanced, the prices remained mostly at the same levels.Average price of German potatoesSource: BLEThe.....

Potatoes remain a cost-effective vegetable for Canadians
In recent weeks, there have been several news stories mentioning the highest cost of vegetables and fruits in the national media. The softening Canadian dollar has in many cases driven up the cost of imported produce, and this is being reflected in grocery store prices. However, one staple vegetable that has.....

UK "Onion trade will go from feast to famine"
The spot price for onions in the UK is above average but not particularly strong at the moment.According to Colin Galbraith from Moorhouse and Mohan, this is because, “At this time the main preoccupation with onions are those which are not in temperature controlled stores. There are also set onions which.....


AU: Onion imports continue to affect local market
Onion growers in Australia are dealing with lower returns as competition from imported onions continues to stir up the market.Onions Australia Chairman and grower Kees Versteeg says 2016 is the fourth consecutive year local growers have had to struggle against import competition despite strong yields and.....


Dutch organic cooperative launches Pommily potatoes
Recently a Dutch cooperative of certified organic growers launched Pommily. Pommily are organic potatoes rooted in clay and grown and packed on the Pommily Organic farm. The growers observed that consumers are becoming more aware of what they are eating, have more respect for nature and increasingly need.....

Late blight warning for Aussie potato growers
Dr David Cooke, an expert on late blight at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, tested nearly 100 Australian samples provided by Dr Dorf de Boer of the Victorian Government Sector for AgribioSciences and found no new aggressive strains of late blight had spread globally in the past 30 years. According to.....

Peru: Sweet onion season comes to an end
The Peruvian sweet onion season is coming to an end, and despite the impact of El Niño, it has been satisfactory for the producer KeyPerú. "It's been a good season. We didn't achieve the yield we expected, but the quality is excellent," explains Miguel Ognio, of KeyPerú. "The climatic conditions have been.....

Indian onion growers advised on disease prevention
Indian onion growers are being advised to take steps against diseases attacking their crop due to adverse weather conditions, which increase the likeliness of fungal or bacterial diseases. Deputy Director of Horticulture Ravindra Hakati said on Thursday 14 January that, diseases are common due to bad.....

Punjab expects record 3.7m ton potato crop
Punjab grows 90 percent of Pakistan's potato crop and this season a bumper yield of 3.71 million tons is expected. According to an official of Ministry of National Food Security and Research (NFSR), this can fetch a record foreign exchange.The provincial production breakup is expected to be as follows: 3,550.....


Increase in exports to third countries
Small calibres, low stocks and high prices for Spanish onions
At this time, the market has low stocks of onions, good demand and lower supply available due to the heat waves and storms registered last spring. The significant shortage of large calibres has led to prices climbing to high levels and these are expected to remain stable until the end of the.....

J.R. Simplot:
Innate® second generation potato cleared by FDA
J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes have been cleared by the FDA. These Innate potatoes contain four benefits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers: reducedbruising and black spots; reduced asparagine; resistance to late blight pathogens; and enhanced cold.....

Chinese university opens 'potato college'
The Yunnan Normal University in southwest China's Yunnan Province, announced on Wednesday 13 January that it would establish a department dedicated to potato studies. Yunnan Normal University begun potato research in the 1970s and has since led the field within the province.The university held a meeting on a.....


Large storage for crisp potatoes in the cold north of China
The firm Hengwei was founded in 1998 in Zhenjiang, China. They are one of the biggest suppliers with a modern logistic concept in the east of China. In 2011 Henwei decided to realise a storage for 20,000 tonnes of crisp potatoes in Chifeng city. This place is located in the cold north of China close to the.....

Mozambique veg production 9% growth forecasted
Official forecasts for the output of the agriculture sector in Mozambique have been published by a Mozambican daily newspaper; according to their source, agricultural output is expected to register growth of 6.5 percent, a slight increase of 60 basis points from the rate of 5.9 percent expected for 2015......

Allegations of foreign onions sold as Australian
There could be bad news for Australian retailers Coles and Woolworths; both retailers made pledges in 2012 to only sell home-grown onions, but now there are claims that some growers have been passing off foreign onions as Australian, before selling them on to the retailers and other customers.Industry body.....

Colombian sweet potatoes to Europe
“We are positive that there is room in the market for sweet potatoes from Colombia” starts Boy Stuijfzand, Chief Operational Officer at Fairtrasa International. Fairtrasa is in the last stage of a new project with Fairtrasa Colombia. From March/April onwards sweet potatoes will be.....

Peru: Sol to develop potato varieties
The National Agricultural Innovation Program (NAIP), the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) and the International Potato Centre (CIP) have signed four agreements on the basis of the competitive funds available for strategic research with the goal of obtaining technical knowledge for the.....

350,000 tonnes expected
India: Odisha to become self-sufficient in potato production
In Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, the state government is aiming to produce350,000 tonnes of potato this rabi season, under the potato mission launched last year to make Odisha self-sufficient in tuber production. The government plans to spend 2.67 billion Rs through the mission till 2023-24 with an aim to.....

China: Cooperation to manufacture Lorain brand potato products
American Lorain Corporation,an international processed snack foods, convenience foods, and frozen foods company based in Shandong Province, China, announced on January 11 the cooperation with TaiMei Potato Industry Ltd., acquired by the world's leading potato products supplier Lamb Weston in 2014.Both of the.....

UK: AHDB project on potato nematology
A three year project, seeking to secure critical potato nematology expertise for the future and aiming to ensure continuity of scientific skills for the industry,is being led by Dr Jon Pickup, Head of Virology & Zoology at Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).One of three AHDB Potato.....

Venezuela still expecting arrival of 5,000 tonnes of potato seeds
Potato growers in Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo and part of Lara are still waiting for the arrival to the country of 5,000 tonnes of potato seeds; consequently, they have gathered outside the headquarters of the Centre of Foreign Trade (Corpovex), hoping to hand its president, Rocco Albisinni, an urgent request.....

P.E.I. Potato Board holds disinfection workshops
Workshops on cleaning and disinfection in relation to the handling and transportation of potatoes are being held by the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, which is hitting the road with a series of five workshops over the next week and a half.Scheduled presenters are David MacSwain and Dr. Solke DeBoer who.....


Bright market US sweet potatoes
As Spain, Egypt and Israel are emptying their volumes, the market is firming regarding prices every day, explains Steven Ceccarelli from Farm Fresh Produce. The company, based in North Carolina, supplies sweet potatoes year round. “As a company we are always striving for better and more innovative ways to.....

Solve storage problems
India: Potato dehydration tech to help reduce losses
A Hyderabad-based company 'Sunripe', is to promote the dehydration of potato, which is said to solve problems with storage and help farmers by preventing a glut of potatoes on the market. This will subsequently reduce the high post-harvest losses, which currently stand at around 16 percent.The Central Potato.....


US: New separator to debut at Potato Expo 2016
The Swiss company Hoegger AG are exhibiting at the 2016 Las Vegas Edition of the Potato Expo for the first time, it will also be the debut of their PS2000 separator for the US customers.The new separator developed by Hoegger ensures better quality and yield when separating hard and/or soft matters of boiled.....

Jordan suspends potato Egyptian imports
Last Wednesday, Jordan decided to suspend the import of potatoes from Egypt due to them allegedly being infected with brown rot, as reported by the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan, Nimer Haddadin. He said in a statement for "New Arab" that Jordan usually adopts such measures in.....