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AU: PM declares war on spud board
The Abbott Government has declared war on WA's so-called "spud cop", with Small Business Minister Bruce Billson saying the Potato Marketing Corporation is a $3.8-million-a-year drag on the State economy.Mr Billson, who will today receive the Harper review into competition, said he was "taken aback" by the.....


Lebanon: Potato farmers protest imports
Farmers in the north Lebanon town of Hissa protested Thursday potato imports they said would devastate their sales, state media reported.The National News Agency said the farmers urged government officials and Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb to "salvage" the potato harvesting season in the northern.....


Kees Schouten: "Much less supply after cold winter"
First Malta potatoes at Altena early this week
At Aardappelgroothandel Altena, the first Santé potatoes from Malta will arrive the start of this week. "There are even about a dozen bags of Alphas already," Kees Schouten says. "Supply is very lacklustre due to the bad weather in Malta. During the first weeks, supplies will be limited due to the rain.....


Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:
"Purchasing sales ratio lost in onion market"
It's relatively calm on the onion market at the moment, and a number of packaging stations are even still. "There are a few orders from Europe, but it's not busy. South America, especially Brazil, who was the main atmosphere maker until now, is also buying less," says Martijn van Damme of Dacomex from.....

India: Price stability for onions, potatoes
The Union government has approved setting up of a price stability fund (PSF) of Rs 5 billion ($79.8 million USD) to control onion and potato prices from the next financial year.The Centre had introduced a price stability fund to control prices of perishable agricultural commodities and made a provision of Rs.....

US(TX): Weather woes to continue
Lower Rio Grande Valley growers looking for long spells of hot, dry weather may be in for a disappointment, at least through May, according to weather and crop experts.Barry Goldsmith, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said that while South Texas is now into.....

USPB releases potato pricing study
New research from the United States Potato Board (USPB) reveals the complexity and range of price sensitivities within the potato category.The relationship between price and consumer demand is a fundamental understanding, but not easily determined. As a potato industry partner, the USPB recognizes the value.....

Drought may threaten 2015 season of Idaho and Oregon onions
The water situation continues to be dire in onion growing regions of Idaho and Oregon. While the 2014 season saw a decrease in water availability, the 2015 season is officially in a drought. Although the regions are in a ‘drought’, there doesn’t seem to be much concern. The last few days have even brought.....


US: Onion prices finally showing improvement
“It has been a tough onion season from a grower’s perspective”, says John Wong with Champion Produce. “We have been dealing with worldwide oversupply and prices have been extremely low as a result.” During the past two to three weeks, weather disruptions in Mexico and Southern Texas caused some relief......

Canada: Will consumers fall for blue potato?
“We have been growing potatoes for more than 50 years and continuously want to innovate”, says Tina Gokstorp with Grand Bend Produce. “After five years of product development, trials and testing we have just launched our blue potato into the market.”Colored veggies contain certain health benefits. In a late.....

Vidalia onions: official shipping date announced
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced April 27 as the official shipping date for the 2015 Vidalia onion marketing season, following the recommendation of the Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel.The 16-grower panel made the recommendation during a meeting held at the Vidalia Onion and.....

India: APMC seeks onion price cut
The Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) has written a letter to Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, urging him to reduce the minimum export price (MEP) of onions to boost export and thereby stabilise prices in the domestic market."The central government had increased the MEP to.....

Spain: "We are very optimistic ahead of the new potato campaign"
The Spanish new potato season will start a little later this year due to the impact of the weather, although the sector is looking forward to the campaign and is optimistic after finding out that there will be a reduction of around 20% in the potato acreage.In Andalusia and Cartagena, areas devoted to the.....


Bas Melissant:
"Growing and marketing onions completely different in Canada"
Bas Melissant always wanted to live in the United States or Canada because they were larger and offered more possibilities. In the early 90's, he and his wife Marina visited Alberta. "I loved the idea of farming here right away, but my wife preferred to stay in the Netherlands until we came with the whole.....

UK: 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory
Sherwood Primary School in Fulwood has this week had a visit from Billy Branstonʼs Amazing Potato Factory. And the school also has the privilege of having one of its pupils being the 5,000th child on board the Potato Factory, which was launched in September 2014.Conceived by leading potato supplier,.....


“Consumers are increasingly paying attention on the regional origin”
Potatoes: Good harvests and bad producer prices
Potatoes from German production were sold in good amounts during the last weeks. Despite the good sales, the producers are unhappy with the prices. The German potato trading association (Deutscher Kartoffelhandeslverband, DKHV) is representing the interests of German potato corporations.....

NAO: More potatoes to overseas destinations
The total export figure for consumption potatoes until February is, at 521,000 tonnes, over 15,000 tonnes more than last year's export in the same period, the export figures from the Dutch Potato Organization (NAO) show. The slightly higher export of potatoes is mainly on account of overseas destinations.To.....

India
Political debate about suicide potato farmers
The West Bengal government today claimed that suicides by potato farmers were not caused due to their being under debt but over personal reasons and described the row on the matter as "politics of the Opposition"."I don't think reports of suicide by potato farmers are true. Reasons behind those deaths are.....

Agreement to launch campaign to promote consumption
Spain: Significant drop in potato acreage expected
The FEPEX Potato Committee held a meeting in Madrid, where it analysed the prospects for the 2015 campaign, in which the cultivated acreage in all producing regions is expected to drop by an average of 20%, and agreed to organise a campaign to promote consumption in the domestic market which should.....

Russia: Temporary ban on Egyptian potato imports
Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has imposed a temporary ban on the import of potatoes from Egypt, as reported by fruit-inform.com. The reason is the frequent violation of regulations in the field of plant quarantine. Russian phytosanitary services.....


Dennis-Jan van der Mey:
"Good demand first German spring onions"
The mild winter has caused an early start to the German spring onion season. Van der Mey-Barendrecht has collected the first truck this weekend, and Dennis-Jan van der Mey is enthusiastic about the quality. "After the frost, slimy onions may emerge from underneath the plastic, but that isn't the case.....

India: Potato prices slump, massive stock arrivals
Potato prices have declined up to 25 per cent so far this month, due to a surge in arrivals as worried farmers dump their produce into mandis before more spoilage due to bad weather.It is trading at Rs 3.75 a kg in the Rajkot mandi, Gujarat, and Rs 2.40 a kg in Dhupguri, West Bengal, against a cost of.....

High court: state potato policy not helping growers
Calcutta high court, on Tuesday, told the state that its policy regarding procurement of potatoes is not benefitting cultivators in any way. The division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Joymalya Bagchi urged the state to set up a committee of experts on the subject and device a way to get.....

Spain: New potatoes from Malaga hit the market
Ibérica de Patatas, Spain's leading potato trader, will soon start distributing new potatoes from Malaga, the first Spanish potato of the season. The product will be available from this week up until mid-May in supermarkets and hypermarkets in Spain.The new potato from Malaga is a unique product that, on the.....

Canada: Farm pleads guilty to crop rotation charge
A western Prince County farm operation has pleaded guilty to failing to properly rotate its crops in one of their fields.D.S. Ellis Inc. was originally charged with one count of breaching the P.E.I. Crop Rotation Act and one count under the Environmental Protection Act, though the Crown dropped the latter.....

The onion medicinal plant 2015
The naturopathy association in Germany, Theophrastus, has named the onion the medicinal plant of 2015, reports the German website food-monitor.de. The association wants to bring attention to the healing power of onions. Whether the onion is in the form of a syrup, juice, tea or tincture it can help with.....

Vidalia farmers await shipping decision
Georgia farmers are getting ready for the early spring harvest in April. They’ll soon begin shipping fresh fruits and vegetables, from beets and blueberries to asparagus and arugula, to markets and grocery stores across the state and the country.One of the most popular of the state’s early springtime.....

Spain: Uncertainty in potato planting
The new potato planting campaign has started in Castile-Leon with "uncertainty" and "bleak prospects," according to the Regional Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Castile-Leon (Urcacyl). With the arrival of warm weather, the planting has started in the region, especially in the provinces of Salamanca and.....

India: Potato exports double
India's potato exports jumped more than two-fold during April-December period of this fiscal to 250,000 tonnes. The country had exported 118,000 tonnes in the year-ago period.According to data compiled by the National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF), potato exports stood at 2,500.....

Fastfood chains asked to boycott GM produce
Consumer advocacy groups are asking Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway and Dunkin' Donuts for commitments not to sell the genetically engineered apples and potatoes the Department of Agriculture approved for consumption last week.The groups — Friends of the Earth, Consumers Union, Center for Food Safety,.....

New solution for potato sprouting
BioSafe Systems announces the introduction of ARRET Sprout Treatment for the 2015 potato storage season, a solution approved by the US EPA for fresh pack line treatments, as well as fogging treatment applications. This new chemistry utilizes a green and sustainable fatty acid formulation that burns down.....

Spain: Potato prices increase in Leon, closing a season to forget
In the latest auction held in Leon, Spain, on 18 March, potato prices increased by 20 Euro per tonne for the Agria, Jaerla and Kennebec varieties, which have reached 70 Euro per tonne, and by 15 Euro per tonne for the Red Scarlett, Desiree and Asterix varieties, which now cost 40 Euro per tonne.This increase.....

US (TX) Agriculture under serious threat
For the second year in a row, cold wet weather is hampering the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s billion dollar agricultural industry, only this year the prolonged conditions are posing a much more serious threat, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.Brad Cowan, AgriLife Extension agent in.....

Philippines: Farmers want onion body abolished
Farmers and local officials are pushing for the abolition of the National Onion Action Team (NOAT), a special body formed by the Department of Agriculture to protect onion growers, because some of its members have also become importers.NOAT assesses the country’s onion stock and recommends the volume of.....

NZ: Mesh cover to fight potato pests
New research shows a plastic mesh cover laid over potato crops could be the answer to fighting potato pests without using chemical sprays.Farmer with basket of organic potatoes.Scientists at the Future Farming Centre and Lincoln University say field trials of the mesh cover is showing exciting results in.....

Canada: FDA approves GM apples, potatoes
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods on Friday, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian.....

E-nose sniffs out onion disease
A new technology will combat the spread of onion diseases. With the help of electronic scent and sight, technology is saving onions from the bins.The technology was developed by an American research team from Georgia, The discovery is mainly intended to limit the onion diseases 'neck rot' and 'sour skin'......

Algeria: New strategy to tackle rising potato prices
The Algerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abdelouahab Nouri, has announced a programme to tackle the problem of soaring potato prices, consisting in the adoption of a new marketing strategy to connect producers and consumers directly. Furthermore, he also talked about an expansion of the.....

US Potato Board: Carl Hoverson elected Chairman
North Dakota, potato grower Carl Hoverson was elected Chairman of the United States Potato Board (USPB) at the organization's 2015 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.He assumed this leadership role from Idaho Falls grower Brett Jensen, who just completed his year as USPB Chairman, and will now.....

Canada: Potato researchers join forces
A Canadian-led international potato research effort received a $1.83-million funding boost from the federal government.The research will focus on giving potato farmers a technological edge in predicting and preventing yield losses in their fields and in storage.Scientists at Agriculture and Agri-Food.....

Aardappelhoeve starts import of new Israeli harvest
"Less premiere potatoes this year"
There are still quite a lot of potatoes from the old harvest, but the potato importing season is now slowly taking shape. At the Aardappelhoeve premiere potatoes from Israel have been available since the beginning of March, both conventional and bio. According to Bart Nemegheer the supply is small and the.....


Expansion of organic onion specialties
Smaller packaging, optimal communication and compostable packaging. A picture of what is going on in the onion specialties segment. Also, according to Bas Poeltuyn, of Gourmet, organics will take over the market.Gourmet is a company devoted to cultivation, which also specialises in the processing,.....

Scotland (UK):
Lack of consensus at potato meeting
Scottish potato growers were left frustrated following a sector crisis meeting in Edinburgh yesterday. Hopes that a cure-all solution would be found to the sector’s problems were dashed when a lack of consensus was found.The crisis meeting, organised by the Potato Council and NFU Scotland, was held to try to.....

Finicky potato makes the perfect chip
Try as he might, Steve Gangwish couldn’t escape his farming roots. He grew up on his family’s farm near Shelton before studying engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and business at Harvard Business School.Today, Gangwish is immersed in the national agriculture industry. Between his work for.....

Regional market push for Kenyan farmers
The increase in the cost of potato production is compiled with upward adjustment of fertilizer, seeds, land lease and labor prices. But since the returns do not match up with the cost of input, farmers have been forced to use available and cheap alternative methods which result to poor yields.Small-scale.....

Canada: Harper Government invests in potato R&D
, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, along with Member of Parliament Mike Allen, today announced an investment of $1.83 million in a Canadian-led international research effort to give potato farmers a technological edge in predicting and preventing yield losses in their fields and in storage.The.....

Minister urges states to stock up on onions
The extent of the damage to crops due to the recent rains is not yet known as the Union Agriculture Ministry is still preparing its assessment.During the march to Rashtrapati Bhawan against the Centre’s Land Acquisition Bill on Tuesday, the Opposition had raised a slogan ‘Narendra Modi, Kisan Virodhi’.“The.....

AU: Snake found in bag of potatoes
A shopper has been horrified to find a snake curled up in a sealed bag of potatoes bought from Woolworths.Lewina Stewart, of Toowoomba, has shared the startling experience on social media.“Soooo … this is NOT what you want to find when cooking tea - a snake in the potato bag! I was a little freaked,’’ she.....


Slow market for Israeli potato exports
Competition from Egyptian exporters has made for low prices for Israeli exporters looking to sell their produce in Russia. With Russia typically accounting for a large part of Israel's business, many Israeli producers are waiting for Egyptian shipments to wind down before they make a push for this season.“I.....

Canada: Blue Steele potato introduced
The Blue Potato originates from South America but is now available in Ontario. The colouring is naturally occurring from Phytonutrients in the same way that other fruits and vegetables have naturally occurring colours. The Blue Steele Potato was featured at the Canadian Restaurant Conference in Toronto on.....

Stable prices for traditional shallots from Brittany
“Though business for the last month has been quiet, prices have been stable,” said Pierre Batardiere of Daniel Cadiou. “We still get some nice quality from storage in silos, though we have to be cautious on the selection of batches.” The vagaries of the weather prompt growers to select products carefully,.....


from a different location in Dinteloord since January
Verhagen-Agenturen exports more than potatoes
Johan Verhagen of Verhagen Agenturen has been active in the potato trade for forty years. Over the course of the years the trade in potatoes has been extended with other agrarian products, such as onions, carrots and white cabbage, but also chips and eggs. Besides this, Verhagen also has a wood trade,.....

Onions Australia presents Tony Abbott with cooked onions
Onions Australia will deliver Prime Minister Tony Abbott a basket of onions, a cooked meal featuring onions and a list of onion recipes in a bid to promote its campaign against imported produce.It remains unclear why Mr Abbott bit into an unpeeled, raw Tasmanian onion last week but it sparked a media frenzy.....

China-NL potato cooperation
Raising China potato production is of utmost importance. In the coming years a great effort is to be made to meet the increasing demand of potatoes for fresh consumption and for industry.In a joined R&D program Chinese and Dutch research institutes and companies investigated opportunities for improvement.....

Armenia: Govt. loan for potato seed
Armenia’s government will give an unprecedented loan, $600,000, to farmers for potato seed purchases, head of the Agrarian-Peasant Union of Armenia Hrach Berberyan said. The seeds are from the Netherlands, and the loan is extended to promote potato experts, Berberyan told a press conference on Monday. The.....

Poland: Potato imports dropped, exports increased
Due to the large stock and persistently high temperatures, potato prices in Europe are low. Producers, however, are slightly optimistic about the next season, because the acreage is expected to decline in all EU potato producing areas, as shown but the smaller interest in seeds and reports of significantly.....


Jan van der Lans:
"Quick sales for first New Zealand onions"
The onion importing season has started again at Van der Lans International. Last week the first containers with onions from New Zealand arrived at onion sorting and packaging station Jonika in Oostdijk and a number of 40ft containers were unloaded again yesterday. "The demand is starting to get going,.....

Philippines: Puzzling low onion prices
What is keeping onion prices down when there is no glut and local supply can’t even meet demand? This is a question which this town, the country’s top onion producer, and the Department of Agriculture (DA) could not answer.Andrew Villacorta, Central Luzon director of the DA said only 700 hectares were.....