Announcements

Job offersmore »






Specialsmore »

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Tacler Livestreammore »




Potatoes and Onions

India: Subsidy for potato export
The state government will buy potatoes directly from farmers and also extend subsidy to traders selling the vegetable outside the state.This was decided at a recent meeting of the task force on vegetable prices presided by chief minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna. "We have decided that the government will.....

Bangladesh: Onion prices expected to fall
Onion prices, which are currently at Tk55 a kilogram in retail market, are expected to come down in the next two to three days with the arrival of the new harvest, said a senior official.“As the new harvest (of onions) is about to reach the market, the prices will drop in the next 2/3 days,” Senior Commerce.....

Cepa data
Italy: Drop in cultivated areas for new potatoes
The new potato campaign is now starting. Obviously there are still no official quotations available, but the beginning seems interesting with prices around €0.40-0.50/kg.According to the firstCepadata, production in many Mediterranean countries has dropped after "cautious" sowing.CyprusCultivated areas are.....

DA chief urged to abolish onion cartel
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala must do something to abolish onion cartel amid looming crisis in Central Luzon due to unsold stocks, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said Tuesday.“The onion cartel should be abolished because it destroys, not only the livelihood of our local farmers, but also the economy.....

Pakistan: Potato prices crash
The worst fears of potato growers in Punjab have started to come true. Total production of the crop has crossed the bumper level of 6m tonnes.Prices, which dropped below the reported cost of production before the glut had hit the market, continue to tumble. The price for red skin variety is down from Rs15.....

Norway potato surplus
The Potato harvest in Norway in 2014 was large. The large surplus of potatoes for consumption now will be partly processed into starch.A growers association in Norway (GPS) identified a surplus of 7000 tons Asterix. The Cooperation has signed an agreement with Hoff - initially for 5000 tons Class 1 Asterix -.....


EU funds onion storage facilities in Senegal
Good news for Senegalese onion producers as the EU announces the construction of 5 onion stocking and drying facilities in the Niayes area, each with a 100 ton capacity and an approximate value of $900,000 (450 million FCFA). These were developed within the PRDCC (Programme to reinforce and develop.....

Bid to tackle crisis in potato sector
A special event is being held later this month to try and find a way to ease the current crisis in the tattie sector. Everyone involved in the sector, from growers to merchants, is urged to attend the crisis meeting at Ingliston, Edinburgh, on Monday, March 16.Organised by the Potato Council and NFU.....

Potato farmers sentenced for insurance fraud
Potato farming brothers Aaron Johnson of Northwood and Derek Johnson of Vancouver, B.C., will spend time in federal prison in the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth, Minn., and are jointly responsible for restitution of nearly $1 million because of crop insurance fraud.In a rare crop insurance fraud conviction,.....

New GM potato gets U.S. approval
A genetically modified potato called “Innate” has recently made headlines in the U.S. The French fry giant J.R. Simplot’s petition for “non-regulated status” for its proprietary biotechnology process called Innate has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).Although McDonalds has.....


Jozef Cool:
"Difference between onion prices of now and the past is far too big"
The onion market is currently stable. Prices should be going up, but that's not yet the case. "The growers do want to increase prices a bit, but the market isn't going along with that," says Jozef Cool of Jozef & Roger Cool from Dendermonde. "I think that's because in March, some contracts were made at.....

Pakistan to export another 1m tons of potato
Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said that Pakistan is capable of exporting up to one million tons of potato because of its bumper crop this year.Around 32,000 metric tons of local potato has already been exported to Russia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates so far, he.....

Bhutan: Potatoes lead 2014 production
Following good prices at the auction yard, Bhutanese farmers sold more than 26,345 metric tonnes (MT) of potatoes, worth Nu 684.10 million in 2014. This was one of the highest, both in terms of amount and income generated from the sale of potatoes. The average potato price, for a kilogram, was Nu 38.51,.....

2014/15 campaign was one of the worst of the past few years
On 26th February,Cepa (Potato documentation centre) presented the data concerning the trend of potatoes in Italy and Europe.The . At a European level, there was a 3.5% increase in cultivated areas and an exceptional production (+16%, and average yields per hectare of over 50 tons) but consumption.....

Scottish vegetable processor in the red
Scotland’s main vegetable and salad crop processor, Kettle Produce, based near Cupar in Fife, posted pre-tax losses of £1.196million for the year ended May 31, 2014. This was down 230% on the year before, when the firm posted pre-tax profits of £914,446.Accounts filed with Companies House also reveal that.....


Peru: Potato crops affected by the rain
The Department of Agriculture reported that more than 1,300 hectares of potatoes had been affected in the last month by the hail and the diseases caused by this season’s rains.The reports of damage correspond to the provinces of Yarowilca, Dos de Mayo, Huamalíes, Huacaybamba, Lauricocha and Ambo.23 of the.....

India: Storage woes for bumper potato crop
Lack of enough cold storage at Deesa in Gujarat has spoiled the euphoria over a bumper potato production.While the potato production in the region stands at 24 million bags, the cold storages in the area can stock up nearly 18 million bags. With the harvest of potato still on, farmers fear lack of enough.....

AU: Potato marketing sees success
Potato growers in Western Australia have invested heavily in a potato marketing program aimed at stopping the decline in consumption per capita of fresh potatoes. Independent research had shown that potato consumption in Western Australia had dropped from 25 kilos / capita to less than 20 kilos / capita.....

Potandon celebrates 20 years
Potandon Produce is the largest marketer of fresh potatoes and onions in North America. The company began in the early 1990’s with just a few employees selling Green Giant™ brand potatoes out of a small sales office in Shelley, Idaho (which was then a part of the Pillsbury Company). In 1989, Grand.....

Canada: Potato tampering investigation ongoing
The investigation into a food tampering case involving sewing needles inserted into potatoes is still active, reports Prince Edward Island RCMP spokesperson, Sgt. Leanne Butler.The investigation has determined the potatoes have originated from two Prince Edward Island farms, but questions about when and how.....

Colombia develops research on GM potatoes
A potato resistant to the Guatemalan moth, which is being developed at the Medellin's Corporation for Biological Research (CIB), is expected to be available to producers within three years. This technology could bring benefits in terms of protection against pests, herbicide resistance, savings in production.....

Bumper rabi onion crop likely
A bumper rabi onion crop is likely this season at around 11 million tonnes, around 10% more than the previous year’s rabi season, top officials at National Horticultural and Research Development Foundation (NHRDF) said. Although rains played spoilsport in the last two to three days, damaging the late kharif.....

Crookwell potato harvest looks good
Potato growers around Crookwell, in New South Wales, are expecting a bumper harvest this year.Good seasonal conditions that included regular rain and lower temperatures have raised tonnage expectations by as much as five tonnes to the acre.Grower Troy Bensley will start harvesting his crop three to four.....

Terrible year French potato growers
Potato producers are finding it hard to find buyers following a very good harvest this year. The situation is becoming critical. The harvest was excellent but they cannot turnover their stock. Prices are collapsing, “we can easily say 15-20% less than the average” says Luc Chatelain, producer in the.....

US Growers stand up for potatoes
On February 23-26, NPC hosted the 2015 Potato D.C. Fly-In, where more than 150 U.S. potato growers and industry partners from across the country came to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the industry's most pressing federal policy priorities. Growers blanketed Capitol Hill, meeting with 136 U.S. Senate and.....

Potato consumption Western Australia grows
Potato growers in Western Australia have invested heavily in a potato marketing program aimed at stopping the decline in consumption per capita of fresh potatoes. Independent research had shown that potato consumption in Western Australia had dropped from 25 kilos / capita to less than 20 kilos / capita.....

Greece: Difficult situation for potato growers
Greek potato growers are facing difficulties in purchasing the necessary agricultural supplies. The reason for this is the low prices registered for both the spring and autumn potatoes, a result of both a very large spring harvest and the larger volumes of cheap imported potatoes from France because of the.....

AU: Businessman reignites potato debate
One of the nation’s biggest vegetable producers, Perth businessman Nick Tana, is set to reignite the debate over Western Australia’s controversial potato laws, threatening to take the state government to court if it rejects his application to enter the highly regulated market.The Australian can reveal that.....

purpose: comparing procedure and cost price NEPG countries
British potato growers visit continent
Last week, the British Potato Council, in conjunction with the NEPG(North Western European Potato Growers), organized a four-day study trip for British potato growers. The purpose was to compare the procedure and cost price among the 5 NEPG countries visited, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain.....

Cuba: The potato harvest exceeds 9,500 tons
Cuba harvested more than 9,500 tons of potatoes by the end of February, said the head of the Food Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Luis Roman Quezada, who added that the potato harvest would last until April.According to him, this harvest means the crop is yielding 18.5 tons per hectare.He.....

Venezuela: The price of potatoes for agribusiness increases by 185%
The president of the Potato Growers Association (Asopapa) of the state of Carabobo, Aldemaro Ortega, said the price per kilo, for the potato processing companies, had been set at 40 bolivars.Ortega said that the representatives of agribusiness and producers of potatoes in the states of Aragua, Carabobo and.....

C-diff on US onions behind latest labeling laws push
The horticulture industry has come out in support of Australian grown onions following yet another contamination scare from produce imported into Australia, this time onions shipped from the USA. “We have undertaken a national education campaign to alert both retailers and consumers that Australia has a.....

US (ID): Potato grower bill rejected
A bill that would have allowed Idaho potato growers who are part of a federally regulated area designed to control pale cyst nematode to obtain a refund of their state assessment has been rejected by a House committee.Boise, Idaho lawmakers have refused to introduce a bill that would have provided some.....

Middle East gets a taste for mouth-watering mashed veg
A northern Ireland producer, whose mashed vegetable dishes have scored a smash hit in the Middle East, has won deals worth £1m to supply supermarkets across the region.Family firm Mash Direct will deliver 25 of its 42 lines to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain where tastes for helpings of traditional.....

Aviko partners with Rooster Piri Piri
Potato specialist Aviko has partnered with UK quick-service casual dining chain Roosters Piri Piri, which offers ethnic and free-from menus.“Throughout 2014, we completely restructured the Roosters business, becoming more selective with site locations, as well as develop the franchise division. We’re looking.....

Breton shallots find Dutch competition unfair
Traditional bulb shallot producers are suffering from competition from seed products. Their representatives are back from Brussels, where the Commission is looking into a review of varieties. Following the demonstration at the beginning of January in the Finistère region when 300 traditional shallot.....

Oregon potato farmers' concerns addressed
Governor Kate Brown talked with farmers outside the state Capitol Monday, stressing the the importance of potato crops for Oregon. She also addressed low snowpack levels, something that worries potato farmers."It's really important that Oregon agriculture has the water that it needs in order to be.....

Roberto Chiesa
Italy: Top quality for Sicilian new potatoes
"After a long period of drought in Sicily, rain is now abundant. The number of tubers is smaller than last year, but grades are good. Yields should be lower than the record ones of 2014," explains Roberto Chiesa, sales manager of Romagnoli F.lli."Sowing was carried out at the right time and in excellent.....

Jordan: Onion growers protest against imports
A great number of Jordanian onion growers protested in front of the Ministry of Agriculture against the granting of import licenses, coinciding with the start of the local onion season. They request imports to be stopped so that local growers can sell their production in the Jordanian market.The Minister of.....

Philippines: Red onion prices nose dive
Pangasinan–Farm gate prices of red onions here continued to nose-dive, sending hundreds of farmers worrying about how to recoup their borrowed farm expenses.On Tuesday, a kilogram of red onions was selling for P10 to P13, said Mercedes Solis-Peralta, the town’s agriculturist. She said this was the lowest.....

Peru: An unusual frost is affecting potato crops in the provinces of Puno
Several hectares of staple food, especially of potato and quinoa crops in different locations in the southern and northern Puno area, have been affected by the unusual frost recorded in the region and that was more intense yesterday at dawn.Most crops are in the process of flowering, so most of them.....

Onion export to Central America down 80%
In the last 5-6 weeks demand for onions has been good despite the low prices of onions. “Prices are extremely low in comparison not only to last year’s prices, but on a five year average,” explains Shay Myers of Owyhee Produce. Although the company’s produce is currently stored from the 2014-2015 season,.....


Issues in UK potato sector require closer relationships
Better relationships between UK potato growers and the rest of the supply chain are needed if the sector is to cope with its current downturn.The fresh potato industry has been hit by declining consumption combined with good production over the past two years which has led to dangerously high stocks, and a.....

Peru: Cajamarca's native potato will reach various national markets
Ten producer associations of native and commercial potatoes from the districts of Huasmín, Sorochuco and Encañada signed an agreement with the ADERSCORP SRL Company, under the "Competitive production of potato in the field of Conga-PROPAPA" project, to sell these tubers in the local and national markets. The.....

Germany: majority of onions coming from southern hemisphere
Now that the end of the storage season in Northwestern Europe is approaching, Germany and many other European countries are importing onions from the southern hemisphere. This will last until the beginning of the new harvest, reports the German Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) (Agricultural Market.....

Indian government removes MEP for potatoes
The Indian government has decided to remove the minimum export price of potato as its availability has increased and prices have eased in domestic markets.In June last year, the government imposed minimum export price (MEP) of $450 per tonne on potato to increase domestic availability and cool.....


Peter Brouwer, Flevostar Dronten:
"Export of potatoes has collapsed"
The potato market was looking rosy in January, but over the last few weeks there has been a change in it again. "The prices are low and the export has collapsed. It's almost nothing," Peter Brouwer of potato wholesaler Flevostar Dronten summarises. "January was very busy, but there are some other potatoes.....

Freeze on onion imports begins in Senegal
A freeze on onion imports began in Senegal last week. The Market Regulation Agency made the announcement after consulting the sector. They hope it will continue until August, as it did last year. The policy to regulate imports began 10 years ago to favour national production.


CFO Martin Riemens: own cultivation, packing station and storage
Van Oers grows onions in Senegal for local market
Van Oers United has initiated an extraordinary project in Senegal. Locally growing onions for the local market not only contributes to employment, but also helps Senegal in striving for self-sufficiency. Martin Riemens, CFO at Van Oers, talks about Van Oers Senegal on the RVO.nl site.Big local market"Van.....


‘Entzia’ and ‘Miren’
Two new high antioxidant potato varieties
Potatoes are an essential food for humans and now two new varieties produced by the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development have been added to the Registry of Commercial Varieties. ‘Entzia’ has a purple flesh and has been created to have high antioxidant components, which will get it.....

Louisiana sweet potato prices remain steady
Louisiana sweet potatoes are experiencing an above average demand for this time of year. Current prices are $19 to $20 FOB which remains steady from prices earlier this season. “We expect to have a good Easter crop,” explains René Simon, the director of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission. Louisiana also.....

Domenico Citterio
Italy: Quality of potato stocks rapidly decreasing
FreshPlaza talked to Domenico Citterio, owner of an import/export company from Verona, regarding the news coming from the Netherlands concerning the rapid decay of potato stocks."It is very difficult to predict how the situation will evolve in the next few weeks. Quality is decreasing faster than usual and.....


Europe: Bad period for the garlic sector
It is not a good period for the garlic sector, as the market is not very lively and sales are from the 2013 produce sold at low prices. "We are approaching a new campaign, but perspectives are not very good," explains Antonio Tuccillo fromAgrimpex Farming."There are factors that will affect the situation.....


Peru expects to produce 4.5 million tons of potatoes in 2015
Domestic potato production could amount to 4.5 million tons this year, said the president of the Peruvian National Potato Producers Coordinator (Corpapa), Edilberto Soto Tenorio.He indicated that there would be approximately 215,000 hectares of potato cultivated in 2015 in 19 of the 24 regions. The main.....

70,000 - 80,000 tons less
CBS sharply lowers onion stock estimate
On January 30th CBS sharply revised (downward) the final harvest estimate for seed onions. Now there is 22,347 acres with approximately 54.6 tons/acre, instead of 58.4 tons/acre, amounting to 1,220,000 gross tons. The new figures appear to be in line with the conclusions published earlier this week in the.....

1,000 farmers to be given certified seed potatoes
The Department of Horticulture has decided to provide certified seed potatoes to 1,000 farmers here for pre-monsoon cultivation on a pilot basis. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting on Friday to discuss the preparations for potato cultivation in Hassan district. The meeting was chaired by Rajeev.....

NASS Northwest potato stocks Feb 2015
Potato stocks in Idaho on February 1, 2015 totaled 76.0 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 59.9 million cwt. February 1 potato stocks in Oregon totaled 13.2 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 9.36 million cwt.In Washington, February 1 potato stocks totaled 44.0 million cwt......


UK potatoes moving into Eastern Europe
Nothing has really changed on the UK potato market according to Colin Galbraith from Moorhouse and Mohan. "There is not much sign of revival at the moment, some are trying to talk prices up, but frankly there is no justification in that. We are still delivering on contracts which were set when prices were.....


California sweet potatoes the healthiest choice
A trend in consumer demand for a healthy lifestyle has lead to an increase in demand for California sweet potatoes. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently rated the top ten vegetables based on nutritional value, ranking sweet potatoes as number one. “Our market is expanding into new areas.....

India: Potato export floor price lifted
The government on Thursday lifted the minimum export price (MEP) of $450 (Rs 27,972) a tonne imposed on potatoes, after prices in the retail markets saw a sharp decline due to a bumper harvest. "To check the rising prices of potato and raise domestic supplies, the Centre had decided to impose MEP on June 26,.....

Cuba: Farmers to double potato production
The Cuban western province of Matanzas, one of the largest producers of potatoes in the country, will almost double potato yields during the present harvest, according to Agriculture officials.Matanzas has a total of 162 000 hectares planted, 178 of which belong to the national Romano variety and the rest.....