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Potatoes and Onions

China: Major price drop in garlic

In November last year, the price of garlic increased to 12.1 RMB per kg to 14.6 RMB per kg. In November 2017, the price dropped severely to 3.4 RMB and 5.4 RMB per kg, which is only a third to a fourth of the price last year. In the Chinese capital of garlic, Jin village in Shandong province, the garlic price.....

Unnecessary to inform consumers even more according to Peter Dijk (Agrico)

“Double the yield with resistant potato varieties

“Within three years, we want to fill at least half of our area with resistant potatoes,” says Peter Dijk on behalf of Agrico. The company from Emmeloord, the Netherlands, currently grows organic consumption potatoes on a total of 500 hectares. “Potato varieties resistant to the potato disease Phytophthora are.....

EU-28 potato production up by 9% in 2017

According to Eurostat estimates, the EU-28 potato production in 2016 stood at 56.9 million tonnes, up 5.6% compared to the previous year. In the EU-5 (Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) the total potato production decreased by 0.5% compared to the previous year and amounted to.....

Positive start to Peru sweet onion season

Vidalia sweet onions have ended in Georgia and therefore many suppliers are looking to Peru to fill inventories until the next season rolls around. Growing conditions have been very good and production early in the season was high. As the next few months progress, suppliers are expecting a slight dip in.....

Francisco García, Manager of Frutas Los Pisaos:

Spain: "The sweet potato production has recorded a massive growth"

The sweet potato production is growing at a frenetic pace all over the world, perhaps faster than the demand. Spain is an example of this, as the production there is expected to be about 40% greater this year."The sweet potato production has skyrocketed this year, and we are feeling the pressure on prices. The.....

Italy: Good demand but low prices for potatoes

Potato volumes are good, but prices are not. Common ones sell at 14-17 eurocents per kg. PDO and "special" ones, such as Selenella, are doing better. Operators are waiting for things to change.Agripat President Michele Filippini confirms that "the prices of the potatoes that usually stand out such as patata di.....

Red River Valley

Potato growers losing business due to truck shortage

Potato growers from the Red River Valley region are enjoying a bumper crop this year, with many farmers recording record yields. The problem now, however, is getting those potatoes to market. A truck shortage in this region is escalating and has meant a slowdown in the amount of product that growers can get to.....

Note-ban continues hurting Indian potato farmers as production falls another 30%

The potato farmers of Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh in India, suffered massively this year as its production further dwindled by 30 percent while they fetched Rs 900 (USD $13.83) per 100g compared to last year in 2016.The farmers and traders attributed the slump in prices and production to the note-ban, GST.....

2nd International Onion Meeting

Onion sector concerned about quality of onions in storage

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, more than 400 people from 12 countries attended the 2nd International Onion Meeting, IOM 2017, held in Albacete and organised by the Association of Producers of Onions of Castile-La Mancha, Procecam. The event served to analyse the current market situation, with.....

Bram Werkman, Landjuweel:

“Table potato market not that bad for packers”

Although the potato market is in quite a slump, price-wise, Bram Werkman from Landjuweel in Oosternieland, the Netherlands, also sees plenty of bright spots. “I understand the negative mood from a farmer’s point of view, but there are plenty of positive things from our point of view. There’s a sufficient.....

Twan van den Berg, Kiremko:

The Netherlands can help improve potato supply chain in Iran

The potato supply chain can be considerably improved in Iran. During the early stages of the chain in particular — tillage, quality of seeds, storage and transport — major losses are experienced. Dutch agricultural companies are capable of bringing various solutions, says Twan van den Berg of Kiremko. During a.....

Ukraine exports 50 times more mushrooms

According to the National Mushroom Agency UMDIS, Ukraine's export of fresh mushrooms multiplied by 50, but they are still insufficient compared to their production."During the first 9 months of 2017 Ukraine exported 279 tons of fresh mushrooms, i.e. 50 times more compared than the 5 tons it exported in the.....

China: Sweet potatoes confiscated at Nantong Airport

Recently, aNantong Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau officer checked the baggage on flight ZH9062 from Japan and found sweet potatoes weighing 3,724 g. The baggage belonged to a passenger from China. Since the passenger didn't have the required certificate, Quarantine service officers confiscated the.....

Kuwait lifts ban on imports of onions from Egypt, a step towards resolving crises

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has decided to lift the ban on the import of onions from Egypt as a step toward resolving crises incited by the skyrocketing prices of onions over less than 24 hours, reports Al-Rai daily.Months ago, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry banned the import of Egyptian.....

Louisiana sweet potato crops recover from 2016’s rain damage

Coming back after a challenging 2016, Louisiana sweet potatoes are back up to good levels of supply. “We’re focusing right now on making sure we have a 12-month supply for customers and so far it’s looking fine,” says Matt Garber of Iota, La.-based Garber Farms. “Last year, rain caused us to lose half our.....

Greece: Large stocks and disappointing potato prices

The early autumn potato harvest will start in about 20 days; however, the situation in the potato market is disappointing. There are large stocks in Drama and prices have fallen to very low levels. The only solution for producers is to store the production and wait for the better prices and higher demand of.....

Uniform and competitive production, even with adverse conditions

New long-day yellow onion variety

Bayer has introduced a new long-day yellow onion variety to its range: Joaquin F1*, a truly amazing variety that stands out for its high yield and low amount of discards after reaching a large calibre, unlike other varieties of the same cycle on the market. With these characteristics, it is expected to quickly.....

How should the next Potato Europe be organised?

For the second time in a row, the Potato Europe fair in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, has fallen through. And the consequences were extreme this year as the first day of the fair was cancelled. Now that everything has settled down again a bit, we look back with some of the exhibitors and people involved. And we.....

US: Report reveals potato production down throughout the Pacific Northwest

According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA) report, potato production was down throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2017, driven by acreage reductions in Idaho and lower yields in Washington and Oregon.USDA has estimated the 2017 potato production at 131.325 million hundredweight,.....

NEPG adjusts crop estimates upwards

Although the entire harvest is not yet in the warehouses, the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) estimates that this year's harvest totalled 28.9 million tonnes gross in the five member countries. This estimate is above that of last September.The NEPG stresses that at least 10 to 15% of the potatoes.....

Idaho onion market high due to shorter supplies

The Idaho onion market is on the high side because supplies are more limited this year. Local growers were affected by a wet spring which caused some flooding in the region earlier this year. As a result, some crops struggled to get going for the summer growing season and stocks are somewhat down on.....

Healthy demand for North Carolina sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes from the North Carolina region are enjoying good demand both domestically and overseas. Growers are currently preparing to ship product as other regions in Europe slow down. They are pleased with the quality of the crop this season."We had an excellent North Carolina season," said Kelley.....

US: Red River Valley potato producers struggle with shipping amidst trucking shortage

Red River Valley potato producers had a strong start to the shipping season this year despite a lack of available truckers which is now hurting growers.But the trucking shortage likely won’t improve as the holidays approach, industry leaders said.Potato producers shipped more than 700,000 hundredweight of.....

AHDB launches Potato Data Centre as prices hit three-year low

Potato growers are invited to discuss the data as ex-farm free-buy prices sit £95 per-tonne lower than at the same point last year.AHDB Potatoes will launch the Potato Data Centre (PDC) at BP2017 at Harrogate on 22 and 23 November. The tool, which allows growers and those in the supply chain to examine data on.....

China: Price of spring onions rising dramatically

As one of the most important cooking ingredients, along with ginger and garlic, spring onions are a year-round staple in most households. Recently, in the markets of Xinjiang Province, there have also been local varieties from Anningqu and Xishan, as well as for those from Shandong Province. The prices of some.....

Victorian vegetable grower Bill Bulmer elected as AUSVEG Chair

Third generation Victorian leafy vegetable grower Bill Bulmer has been elected to the position of AUSVEG Chair following a Board meeting held on Monday 13 November in Melbourne.Bill Bulmer is Director of Bulmer Farms, located in Lindenow in East Gippsland. Mr Bulmer is a long-serving member of the vegetable.....

Italy: Patati' in extra top of the range market

"Around one hundred thousand Italian families choose our products every week. This a very important result for our brand and one that makes us think about what more could we do for our consumers in terms of quality, flavour and health.""We are three brothers with a family background working in this sector......

Spain

Presentation of Potato Producers Association of Castile-Leon

The seminars traditionally organised at the end of the harvesting campaign carried out by the Regional Union of Cooperatives, URCACyL, have served to present the Potato Producers Association of Castile-Leon.This entity has been created with the aim of trying to give a final boost to the Interprofessional.....

UK Strategic Potato Farm South West Results Day

New data to help potato growers make more informed decisions

Results from demonstrations to assist growers and agronomists across the potato industry will be revealed at AHDB’s SPot South West Results Day on 28 November.Among the experts at the event at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, Somerset will be NIAB CUF’s Dr Mark Stalham.In collaboration with Branston Ltd,.....

High quality frozen onions: Mission impossible?

Freezing onions is no easy task, with many onion processors often having difficulties getting a high quality result. Despite the difficulties, finding out a way to solve the issue is more important than ever, with frozen ready to eat products in high demand as busy consumers feel they don't have the time to.....

Newly built Waterman Onions ready and in use

At the end of October the first part of Dutch onion traders, Waterman Onions' new warehouse was completed. The storage and expedition space has now also been put to use. This marks the completion of the whole warehouse. The back part of the building has already been in use since the beginning of September......

Afghanistan produced 15% more potatoes compared to 2016

Bamyan, the largest potato producing province in Afghanistan, produced 350,000 tons of the carbohydrate rich vegetable this year, showing an increase over last year’s yield.Abdul Wahab Mohammadi, head of the Agriculture and Livestock department, told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive chat, that around.....

Kyrgyzstan harvests 1.5 million tons of potatoes

Nearly 1.5 million tons of potatoes were harvested in Kyrgyzstan as of 10 November 2017.The largest amount of potatoes was produced in the Issyk-Kul region - 502 thousand tons, the second potato producing region is Talas -235.2 thousand, and the third is Batken region - 37 thousand tons, 24.kg.....

Blackpace in Nigeria acquires chip manufacturer Ndiyo in Rwanda

BlackPace Africa Group, a Nigerian and Switzerland-based firm, has bought Ndiyo Business Group, a major producer of salted potato chips in Rwanda.Paul Andrew Olusegun, the chairman of BlackPace Africa, said the takeover was a strategic entry for the group, presenting the company a huge opportunity to leverage.....

Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:

"Quality is the biggest issue for onions at the moment"

The demand for onions is holding up well at the moment. "We certainly aren't suffering from the blows of last year when the export figures were at 30,000 tonnes for weeks on end, but the demand is widespread. Central America is participating well at the moment, there are some parties going to the Far East and.....

Significant rise in potato prices expected in Jordan

Saadi Abu Hammad, a fruit and vegetable trader and exporter, has predicted a significant rise in the prices of potato and onion varieties in Jordan due to the decrease in their availability locally."Potato prices are expected to rise by 20 percent this month, as the potato season in Palestine is nearing.....

US potato production could be down by 3%, USDA report reveals

The USDA have provided a first - unofficial - estimate on the total potato production in the United States in its 'Vegetables and Pulses Outlook' published October 27: it will be between 0 and 3 percent below last year.From that report:Fall Area Down, Summer Area UpThe 2017 fall-season potato acreage indicates.....

International presentation of quality mark Cebolla de La Mancha

Global onion sector to meet in Albacete, Spain

On 15 and 16 November, the global onion sector has an unmissable event in the city of Albacete, Spain: the 2nd International Onion Meeting, IOM 2017, organised by the Association of Onion Producers of Castile-La Mancha with the collaboration of the Institute of Foreign Promotion of Castile-La Mancha, IPEX, and.....

US: $600,000 in grants to help specialty crop growers in Colorado

Twelve grants totalling over $600,000 have been awarded through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Specialty Crops Program. Two of those grants were awarded in the San Luis Valley.Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including.....

Study of microstructural and thermal properties of 21 potato varieties

Technicians from the University of Naples Federico II studied the characteristics of tuber starch, the chemical-thermal properties of 21 potato varieties (Actrice, Adora, Arielle, Arizona, Asterix, Bellini, Berber, Colomba, Crisper, Fontana, Inova, Laura, Marlene, Red Scarlet, Safrane, Sinora, Soprano, Triplo,.....

Study shows climate change could devastate Peru's potato crop

A trio of climate scientists have shifted their forest research techniques to the rural farming regions of the Peruvian tropical Andes and the warming impact on two dietary staples of Latin America — potatoes and corn.Their findings, published last month in the journal Global Change Biology, are grim,.....

Ireland to help Kenya boost potato yields in new deal

Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, who also visited Somalia and Ethiopia earlier in the week, presented a five-year plan on Ireland and Kenya to collaborate in agriculture.Dubbed the Ireland Kenya Agri-Food Strategy 2017 – 2021, the strategy is to see enhanced cooperation and investments in.....

Spain: Sale of French potatoes posing as domestic production is denounced

The Association of Young Agricultural Producers of Castile-Leon, Asaja, has denounced in a statement the alleged distribution of French potatoes posing as domestic production in Mercadona supermarkets.According to Asaja, the retailer is promoting "the new domestic potato" with big posters, but in fact, when.....

Frozen food producer in Hungary boosts processing capacity with new steam peeler

Fevita Hungary is one of the country’s largest frozen food producer with 200 employees processing more than 32,000 tons of vegetables every year.Established in 1967, the company boasts a 22 percent market share domestically and has built a network of customers across 20 markets including Germany, Israel and.....

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

“Smooth onion sales in the Netherlands, but prices unyielding”

The onion trade is currently quite busy. “Africa in particular has much demand, but we’re also doing the final onions for this year’s quote for Indonesia, and Central America has also joined the party. All in all, the market is looking well regarding sales, but prices are at a very unyielding level. Prices for.....

Specialised production and sales of fried onions

TOP Taste takes over Onion Specialties

Onion Specialties in Kruiningen, the Netherlands, has been taken over by TOP Taste. Both parties reached an agreement to that end on Wednesday 1 November. “The activities of Onion Specialties match those of TOP Taste. Both companies have as their core activity producing and selling baked onions,” says Arie.....

Onion prices rise to two-year high in parts of India

A steady decline in last year’s inventory has propelled onion prices to a two-year high in wholesale mandis in major producing regions in Maharashtra, India.The price increase has spilled over from Maharashtra to other states and has led to reduced consumption.Data compiled by the Nashik-based National.....

Ghana's onion industry risks collapse

Ghana's onion industry will soon be completely wiped out if challenges hampering its growth are not dealt with.Ten years ago, the industry was a bustling one. But today, Ghana is forced to import onions from a number of African countries to feed homes and eateries across the country.In the first of Citi.....

"Spanish garlic has entered new markets and is there to stay"

"The price of large onions is rising every week"

The harvest of onions for storage (or Grano de oro, as they are known in the sector) has finished this week. The stored onions will be marketed until the spring of next year, depending on how the season goes."We started harvesting and selling Grano de oro onions in September, when we had finished harvesting.....

Annual Report:

Fast food restaurants driving increased demand for frozen potatoes in Japan

After storms decimated Japanese potato production in MY 2016/17, FAS/Tokyo forecasts a substantial recovery of Japanese potato production in MY 2017/18 to 2.315 million metric tons, largely restoring production to pre-typhoon levels.Strong growth in Japan’s fast food and restaurant sectors, drove increased.....

100% Spanish potatoes

Spain: Almacenes Rubio signs agreement to supply potatoes to Carrefour

Carrefour's strategic commitment to the Spanish production, which is helping give a boost to local products, has reached La Rioja with the brand Calidad y Origen. The retailer ratified this policy in Logroño with the signing of an agreement with Almacenes Rubio. The agreement has been signed by José Angel.....

US: Idaho sees lower potato yields but good quality

The weather didn’t always cooperate during Idaho’s 2017 potato-growing season, but in the end, producers turned out high-quality potatoes around the state.“There is a lower yield this year, primarily driven by too much cold and too much heat at the wrong times,” says Frank Muir, president and CEO of the Idaho.....

China: The garlic roller coaster explained

The most hotly debated agricultural crop of the past two years was garlic. The reason for its popularity in the news is not because of some new garlic use, but because the price of garlic has been behaving like a roller coaster. This price behaviour is incomprehensible and has truly harmed consumers at times......

China: Garlic price drops 54%

Recently, the Lanling Cangshan garlic price has been falling. On 27 October, it was 2.30 yuan per 500 gram, which is a drop of 4.17% from 2.40 yuan on 22 October, and a decrease of 13.21% from 2.65 yuan two weeks ago. Compared to last month's 2.75 yuan per 500 gram, it is a drop of 16.36%. From last year's 5.0.....

North-western European potato harvest estimate adjusted upwards

Although the full harvest is not in the stores yet, the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates the actual harvest at 28.9 million tons, which is more than September's estimate.The NEPG stresses that especially in Great Britain and The Netherlands there is still at least 10-15% to be harvested.....

Potato prices in Dublin down compared to last year

Improved weather conditions have brought potato harvesters back into fields this week. However, prices remain relatively unchanged in Ireland.As of last week the IFA estimated that 70-80% of the main potato crop was still to be harvested.Dublin market wholesale prices reported to the Department of Agriculture,.....