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Potatoes and Onions

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.....

Engineer builds self-powered driving potato

Engineer Marek Baczynski took what is a common science class experiment, lighting a lightbulb with a potato to the next level and built, what could be, the world’s first autonomous potato.A single potato doesn’t generate a lot of electricity, but if you collect that slow trickle into a capacitor—a sort of.....

China: Analysis of this year's onion price predicts continuous drop

Right now is the time that a large quantity of onions enters the market. A production volume of 5000 kg per mu does not give farmers a good income, because the produce is selling poorly, becoming a real problem. From the end of May, the domestic onion price has been dropping constantly. At the moment, it is.....

Commercial farmer urges Zambian gov to protect potato growers

A local commercial farmer in Zambia has called on the government to protect potato growers from cheap imports from South Africa.Stuart Cooke, who is managing director of Chartonel Farms in Lusaka, said a lot of cheap potatoes are allowed onto the Zambian market from South Africa, which is disadvantaging local.....

Italy: The harvesting of Aglio Rosso di Sulmona

PHOTO REPORTA day to promote red garlic from Sulmona. On 20th June 2017, Aglio D'Alessandro opened its doors during the first day of harvesting.Click here for the photosGarlic harvesting machine.This valley is surrounded by mountains that reach 2500 metres above sea level (at the foothills of the La Maiella massif and of.....

Mexicali Valley's green onion season going well; quality is good

“No complaints” is probably a statement any grower would be satisfied with being able to say. That’s just the way Brian Church, Vice President of Agriculture Operations feels about their green onion program, produce, which comes out of the Mexicali Valley year round. “Things are going well. Quality is.....

US vidalia onion farm joins National FFA to inspire young farmers

G&R Farms in Tattnall County, Georgia has partnered with the National FFA to contribute a percentage of sales from its 2017 Vidalia onion crop to enhance educational opportunities for young people who are committed to future farming careers.The new initiative, “Growing America’s Farmers,” was the.....

Sweet potato supplies coming out of California are starting to look slim

“Some things are getting tight,” says Duane Hutton of Livingston, Ca.-based Yagi Brothers Produce Inc. “The reds are tight, the Japanese are tight, we’re probably adequate on the Beaureguards and the sweets.” It is after all on the finishing end of the 2016 crop and awaiting the 2017 crop which probably won’t.....

Peru: Garlic producers have high expectations that the market can't meet

Last year, White Lion Foods had a very good year because garlic prices were very good, as they were much higher than the average prices in previous years, and the company sold around 70 containers worldwide. However, everyone assumed that prices would remain high and producers in several countries like Peru,.....

There almost is no stock and demand is high

"This nervousness at the start of the garlic campaign is incomprehensible"

Producers and Traders of Garlic, ANPCA, met in Las Pedroñeras (Cuenca) to analyze and discuss the current situation of the garlic sector at the national and international level.The harvest of the early Spring garlic variety in Andalusia, the region with the earliest harvest and that has more than 5,000.....

Reaction to article on NZ onion exports shifting from Europe

Yesterday FreshPlaza published an article from Balle Bros on the New Zealand onion industry. It has been brought to our attention that the title, which implied that New Zealand onion exports were moving away from Europe, was misleading.As stated in the content of the article, New Zealand onion exporters have a.....

Darcy Balle - Balle Bros Group

"International market access critical for New Zealand Onions"

One of New Zealand's leading fresh produce companies says market access and remaining relevant on the international stage are two big challenges for the country's horticulture markets, which are dominated by exports. The Balle Bros Group, just like a lot of the sector's investment, is in export markets due to.....

Italy: Pleasing results for Stet Holland potatoes

Famous for their gold potatoes cultivated in the red soil near the Guà river, the Colognes area in the Veneto region is welcoming the first harvesting of 2017.Despite the problematic weather conditions caused by the cold front that affected the area in April, Stet Holland potatoes passed all stress tests with.....

China wants to grow potatoes on the moon

One of the aims of the Chinese space program is to colonize the moon. To achieve this, it is key to determine if it is possible to produce food on its surface.It is not science fiction, or part of the script for the film 'The Martian' where Matt Damon, who is trapped on Mars, manages to grow potatoes and.....

Panama: Dutch onion exports could also affect fruit exports

The excessive import of onions from the Netherlands, a country that is affected by the presence of the Ditylenchus dipsaci nematode (Parasite), might affect the domestic production of onions and fruit exports of pineapple, banana and melon, according to producers.These sectors could really be affecting exports.....

Brexit affects potato industry

During the Europatat Congress in Antwerp, Belgium, Cedric Porter of the World Potato Markets gave a presentation titled Brexit and the Potato Industry. Last June, 52 per cent of the British people voted to leave the European Union, and this month, negotiations between the UK and the EU will start. Brexit.....

Netherlands contributes $4m towards potato development center in Tanzania

A new potato center will be co-financed by the Dutch ministry of Economic affairs (USD4m) and a group of nine companies that are active in the potato industry to help Tanzanian farmers to improve their yields. The center will be for the development of the potato industry in the southern Tanzanian town of.....

“We have to deal with climate change much more seriously”

Already millions lost due to extreme drought in Belgium

During the months of March, April and May, there was much less precipitation than usually. The current month, June, is also very dry so far. Very warm weather has been forecast for this week. The influence on the cultivations is large, and there are many complaints from the potato and fruit sector. In.....

New techniques catch potato pests on the hop on Kangaroo Island

Seed potato growers on Kangaroo Island are adopting a new strategy to manage the aphids and thrips pestering their crops, taking on expert advice from agronomists and entomologists to adopt integrated pest management for these insect pests.Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a broad-based approach that.....

Taiwan prepared to control US GMO potato imports

Agriculture authorities in Taiwan say they're prepared to implement controls to prevent the possible import of U.S. genetically modified (GMO) potatoes from affecting domestic growers.The U.S. recently applied with the Health and Welfare Ministry to import GMO potatoes, with the approval process expected to be.....

Italy: Cesac produced 50 thousand tons of potatoes and onions in 2016

With its 50 thousand tons of potatoes and onions, Cesac is one of the leading cooperatives in the sector. Last year, it produced 23,200 tons of potatoes and 26,200 tons of onions. It is a member ofApo Conerpo with 1,403 members, 255 employees and 9 facilities.Stefano Andraghetti, President of Cesac, presented.....

Peter Verkerk, Verkerk Potato Trading

"We hope to have higher margins in the new potato season"

"We hope to have higher margins in the new season than in the last one", says Peter Verkerk of Verkerk Potato Trading in 's-Gravendeel. Even though the prices were high this season, the trader says it did not go well. "It was difficult to buy potatoes and make a decent living, because the local produce was far.....

Nigeria is one of the leading suppliers of dehydrated ginger worldwide

Nigeria is the leading producer of ginger on the African continent. The region of Kaduna is the main producer in the country with 80% of the total production. Nigeria produces about 160,000 tons of ginger a year, most of which is exported. "We have the capacity to export 60 to 100 tons, depending on the year,.....

China: Garlic prices continue to rollercoaster

This year, fresh garlic has just entered the market. The price, however, has suddenly gotten to the freezing point. Once the garlic entered the market, the price acted as a dramatic "Waterloo". After it climbed to the highest point of this year at the end of April, it dropped again steeply. At first, the price.....

Fresh red potato harvest in Missouri to start

Black Gold Farms will soon be harvesting fresh red potatoes in the boot heel of Missouri. With ideal planting and growing conditions and plenty of moisture, this year’s crop looks to be one of the best yet.“We’ve been growing red potatoes on the boarder of Missouri and Arkansas for about 10 years, and every.....

Version 2017 now available

FRESHfin - Business software for fruit and fresh produce wholesale

The standardized sector software FRESHfin supports the trade, sale and logistics of fruit, vegetable, potatoes, onions, fresh industrial products, freshness-convenience, dried fruits, agricultural products, nature and fresh products.FRESHfin was developed in 1999 by the Berlin-based company BBO Datentechnik,.....

Survey finds potato cyst infestation reaching 80% in some areas of Kenya

Infestation of potatoes by the Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN), a deadly pest that was discovered in Kenya two years ago, has reached alarming levels.A survey done in 20 counties, through support from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), whose results were released two weeks ago, shows that.....

High hopes for British seed potatoes in Kenya

Official potato trial seed sent to Kenya has passed initial lab tests and is now growing well in three locations. AHDB and SASA have been working together to open the Kenyan market to GB seed with a bilateral agreement signed by the Scottish and Kenyan governments late last year. Since then, there has been a.....

China: Trend of falling onion price is hard to reverse

Since the end of May, the market price of onions has been dropping all over the country. At the moment, the sale price is as low as the cost price. Will it bounce back in the future?I. The production sites had already reached a large scale when the onions entered the market. Now, the price of yellow onions is.....

Chinese port intercepts sweet potato sprouts with G virus

Recently, the Fujian Inspection and Quarantine Bureau at the Fuzhou Airport Port Inspection intercepted a batch of sweet potato sprouts. It appears that they are showing symptoms of a virus. For example, their leaves and veins have turned yellow. The laboratory of the Bureau and the Chinese Academy of.....

Germany: Wholesale prices for fruit and vegetables 5,7% lower than last year

The prices at the wholesale markets were 3.1% higher in May of this year compared to last. According to the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis), the difference between April and March was +4.7% each. The goods sold in wholesale were 0.7% cheaper in May 2017 compared to April 2017.In May 2017, the biggest.....

Japanese snack maker Calbee resumes sales of three potato chip varieties

Japanese snack food maker Calbee said Thursday it will resume sales of three brands of potato chips it suspended in April because of a potato shortage. The brands set to resume Monday include its popular Pizza Potato chips and two other brands.The interruption was caused by a series of typhoons that hit.....

"Better chance to enter Tanzanian market"

Potato Centre of Excellence opened during Tanzania Agribusiness Day

A Dutch-Tanzanian Potato Centre of Excellence, was launched at the 'Tanzania Agribusiness day'. This event was held on Wednesday, 31 May, and centred primarily around potatoes. Other sectors, including fruit cultivation, were, however, also discussed. The Tanzania Agribusiness day was organised by the Dutch.....

Belgian potato packer business thrives after TOMRA installation

Van Roey & Zonen is a family business specialising in the sorting and packing of potatoes and onions. The company has a particular focus on tasty Bintjes and waxy potatoes. High quality is very important to the Van Roey family. That’s why they collect their potatoes directly from the farm and manage their.....

Peru exported 135.5% more garlic in the first quarter

According to the Exporters Association (ADEX), in the first quarter of this year, Peruvian garlic exports amounted to US $8,874,000, i.e. 135.5% more than in the same period last year.Between January and March 2017, Peru exported garlic to 12 markets. The main destination market was the United States, which.....

China: Garlic price keeps falling

Ever since March this year, the price of garlic has been going down continuously. The situation has become so bad that garlic farmers are having to spend money to hire extra labour to tear out their garlic shoots and give them to people for free. Some garlic farmers just dump their crops in the rivers and on.....

Top Onions offers onions that won't make you cry

"Onions will stand out more with this packaging"

"In onions it's a challenge to continue to define yourself in the market. This is why it's an absolute necessity to continue to invest in innovation. As of recently we therefore offer a new variety in packaging. An added advantage is that the advertising opportunities have been expanded," says Rob Smit of Top.....

Don Limón focuses on growth in sweet potatoes

In 2020, we want to export 1,000 containers per year”

Many people know Don Limón for its citrus. However, their production is much larger than just that. “Several new products were added the last 10 years. For example, we offer grapes and lemons, and for more than two years we’ve also been offering sweet potatoes. What we’ve learned from limes, we’re now also.....

Vegetable prices fall in India with potatoes dropping by 44%

Inflation in India, based on the wholesale price index, (WPI) slipped to a five-month low of 2.17 per cent in May as food inflation turned negative and prices of manufactured items rose at their weakest pace in the past five months.The May figures for the WPI represent the second instance that wholesale.....

Research proves ideal transport conditions for potatoes

In the export of potatoes, there are many different ways to of setting up reefer containers, and each expert has his own vision. But only a few wonder why a certain set-up is chosen. Agroplant did ask that question. The answer could not be given in just one sentence.“There are so many discussions about the.....

Dutch supermarkets switching to imported onions later

The large European onion harvest has had its effect on imported onions this season. “We anticipated this and import programmes have been tailored to this. Everyone anticipated this situation, and planned fewer arrivals accordingly,” says Gerard Hoekman from Mulder Onions. “Supermarkets will only start.....

Indian onion exports reach historic level of 3m tons

India's onion export has touched 30 lakh metric tonne for the first time, breaking the previous all-time high record after almost seven years.The country exported 30.68 lakh metric tonne between April 2016 to February 2017, which is three times more compared to the corresponding period in the 2015-16 financial.....

Canadian potato farmer enters the vodka business

A family of potato farmers in New Brunswick, Canada are getting into the liquor business by making vodka from potatoes.Blue Roof Distillers has joined a small handful of distillers in the country making the product. Devon Strang, 25 wanted to find a way to profit from the potatoes they grow that are too small.....

"China's fresh vegetable prices continue to dip"

"In comparison to last year's season, export prices of non-storage fresh vegetables at this stage are decreasing. This is closely related to a general fall in vegetable prices that recently took place in China, and for which there are three main reasons. Firstly, in summer vegetables grow faster, growth cycles.....

Mexico: Influx of Chinese garlic drives prices down

Mexican producers of white garlic fear that, despite having achieved excellent yields, they won't be able to sell their product to the markets because of the excessive admission of Chinese white garlic into Mexican territory, said the manager of the Garlic Product System, Hostilio Torres Robles.The presence of.....

FA International

Great demand for onions from Pakistan during Ramadan

Muslims have been observing Ramadan for a couple of weeks now. Ramadan has at its centre an important role for food, and for onions in particular. For the export company FA International, Ramadan is of great importance for the onion market. Onions are a staple ingredient for dishes that are related to this.....

Spain: Early onions to generate losses in Antequera

The early onion harvest is currently in full swing in the region of Antequera. This is a campaign that, according to the manager of the cooperative Horticultores El Torcal, Juan Antonio Romero, will be the worst of the last 10 years in this area of ​​the interior of the province of Malaga.The.....

Indian potato growers urge government to open exports to Pakistan

Arguing that potato growers are suffering losses, the Jalandhar Potato Growers Association (JPGA) has demanded the export of potatoes to Pakistan and for the availability of express rail rates for transporting their produce to southern states.Addressing a press conference here JPGA press secretary Jagat Gill.....