Potatoes and Onions

UK: More than £840,000 to develop new potato
Scientists at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) on Norwich Research Park, have been given the funding for five years to come up with a genetically-modified potato, which could be better for the environment, healthier for consumers and cheaper to produce.The TSL Potato Partnership Project, headed by Jonathan.....

US (ME): Most of potato crop planted, despite wet spring
Despite a slightly wet, cold spring, most of the potato growers across the state have their crops planted, according to industry officials.Potato production in Maine has decreased steadily over the last 15 years, down from 65,000 acres in 1999 to about 54,000 last year, according to the Maine Potato.....

AU: Potato growers secure 2 years for deregulation
Potato growers will have 18 months to two years before the West Australian industry is deregulated.Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston has officially confirmed that regulation will remain in place until 2017, after meeting with a group of growers last week.Mr Baston said the current industry.....

Bahía Blanca
Argentina: Onion prices up due to rains
In the last week, onion prices have had a strong increase as the kilo went from $8 to $14, i.e. 75 per cent increase. The reason for this sudden rise in prices is because the rains affected and reduced the stock of onions being grown in Bahia Blanca, the leading provider of San Juan at this time. According.....


José Peláez, manager of Sevillana de Patatas
"Consumers should know French from Spanish potatoes"
"If consumers became capable of distinguishing Canary bananas from non-European bananas, the same could also be achieved with new potatoes from Spain and France, since the latter are sold as new, but have actually been kept in cold storage for months," explains José Pelaez, manager of the company Sevillana.....

'Foreign markets want American produce'
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., got a crash course in potato growing and production Monday morning with a visit to Amstad Produce in Sherwood in an effort to see how the business would benefit with more overseas markets.Along the way, she toured the business’ processing plant, checked out potatoes in the.....

Peru: Potato consumption increases
In a 5 to 10 year-period, per-capita consumption of potato is supposed to reach a 100Kg per year.The result would maintain the "upward trend" displayed throughout previous years, the director of the Agricultural Business Section at Peru’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry Mirna Zuzunaga affirmed. She went.....

Idaho Potato Commission:
'How to fry perfect fresh-cut french fries' wall chart
The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) knows busy operators need resources to make the job easier. With their new How to Fry Perfect Fresh-Cut French Fries Using Idaho® Potatoes wall chart, the IPC has created a handy tool guaranteed to take the pressure of all operators who menu fresh-cut fries.From gauging.....


Kristi Hocutt, Triple J Produce:
"European sales of sweet potatoes started in UK"
Tholen - For three generations, the Hocutt family has been growing sweet potatoes, pumpkins and asparagus in Sims (North Carolina). Sweet potatoes are by far the most important product of the Triple J Produce company. In total, the company grows over 560 hectares of sweet potatoes and 60 hectares of organic.....

Sri Lanka: Potato, onion import levy reduced
The special commodity levy on imported potatoes and big onions has been reduced from midnight. According to the Finance Ministry, the special commodity levy on imported potatoes has been reduced from Rs.55 to Rs.30 per kilogramme.Similarly, the levy on big onions has been reduced from Rs.30 to Rs.10 per.....

Tesco Ireland: €8.5m lawsuit over potato deal
A lawsuit taken out by a former supplier concerns an alleged breach of contract by Tesco regarding the supply of potatoesTesco has said it will defend a lawsuit taken by one of its former suppliers, a potato trader, seeking €8.5m plus unspecified damages.Supplier Paul Sweeney & Company, a Dublin business.....

High demand for new carrots
Potato market remains well tuned
The current potato market remains well tuned, reports Leo de Kock in their newsletter. Both the old and the new harvest are going through somewhat of a revival. This is partly due to the good supply from Israel, Egypt and Morocco. The potatoes from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Western Europe have been.....

India: Onion prices jump by 24%
The average wholesale onion price went up by a staggering 24% in a week due to the rise in demand compared with the supply at the country's largest market at the Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC).The average wholesale onion price was Rs 1,550 per quintal on Thursday at Lasalgaon as.....

Northern Ireland: Tesco welcomes first Comber Earlies
Tesco Northern Ireland is stealing a march on its rivals by stocking the first crop of new season Comber potatoes next week.Comber Earlies, as they are known, will be in five Tesco stores from Tuesday – and in all Tesco stores across Northern Ireland by the end of next week.Potato grower Hugh Chambers, who.....

RED launches new activities in Georgia
The Rural Economic Development program (RED) is a joint development project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (DANIDA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The objective of the program is to increase income and employment through the development of potato and dairy/livestock.....

Potato tampering 'crisis' debated in P.E.I. legislature
Ongoing cases of P.E.I. potatoes being found with metal objects inserted into them became the focus of heated debate in the P.E.I. legislature today.In the first question period since the May 4 election, Opposition Leader Steven Myers pressed government on why there was no mention of P.E.I.’s potato.....

Syria: Potato prices failing to cover production costs
Vegetable prices have dropped dramatically in Syria, and while this has brought joy to consumers, who have now the opportunity to buy vegetables that they couldn't afford at the start of the season, growers are not as happy, due to the difficulties this will cause to cover production costs.To illustrate.....

Response to AU political advisor
Irish people can’t grow potatoes?
Ireland’s ability to grow potatoes was questioned recently by an Australian political advisor who said we “can’t grow potatoes”.The comments were made by Grahame Morris, who said the following about Irish people growing potatoes; "Now I love the Irish, the parliament is full of Irishmen but these are people.....

Poor potato output for Zambia
Zambia will continue importing Irish potatoes from other countries in the region as evidenced by the poor production figures of the last 40 years.Zambia, which stands at number 26 in terms of annual Irish potato production in Africa, performs poorly in the sub-sector, according to 2013 data on Irish potato.....


Fresh French garlic on the market
Based in the French town of Cadours, which is known for its garlic production, Les Aulx Du Sud-Ouest distributes white, purple and pink garlic. Most of the garlic is for the French market, but the company is expanding its export business.“It's a family company that has been specializing in garlic for over 30.....

Ontario sweet potato supply depleted
Sweet potato supply in Ontario is currently imported from the United States as domestically grown produce is depleted. There is demand in both the fresh and processed sweet potatoes markets; however, the processed market has a surplus of demand due to the variety of products like soups, chips, fries, juices,.....

AHDB launches Next Generation programme
Fifteen high fliers, who successfully completed a robust selection process competing with applicants across all regions and market sectors, gathered for the first time. The group will complete nine comprehensive business and technical days that will run until March 2016 and will provide exposure to the whole.....

U.S. potato producers eye Southeast Asia
Oregon potato-promoter Jim Cramer recently returned from what he called a “potato mission trip” to Vietnam. He and a handful of Pacific Northwest producer-packers and government officials attended a food trade show in Ho Chi Minh City in April. They hired a local celebrity chef, Dieu Thao, to write a.....

India: Vaidika Group’s onion sales in the UK up 50%
This season, the Indian Vaidika Group, which owns 6,000 hectares of plantations and works also with associated growers, has already exported between 15 and 20 onion containers of the best quality. Manager Somesh Phadnis affirms that “this year we’ve received many more client enquiries from Mombasa and South.....

More than 5,100 retailers battle for $150,000-plus in cash and prizes this year
A cut above: Idaho® Potato Commission’s 2015 potato lover’s month contest
Grocery retailers nationwide set out their sharpest spud displays for the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) 2015 retail competition, which was extended from four weeks to eight weeks for the first time so that ample shipments of Idaho® potatoes would be available.“This was our 24th year running this contest,.....

India: Study reveals wide variation in onion prices
A survey conducted by the National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF) has revealed a wide gap between the minimum and maximum sale prices of onions and also in their modal prices in the major onion markets of Maharashtra. Besides, as a large quantity of the crop has been affected by.....

Showers decimate Nashik onion crops
Heavy pre-monsoon rains in Lasalgaon on Friday night destroyed thousands of tonnes of onions and severely damaged an equal amount of the crop. The heavy rains shattered 13 onion warehouses, scores of vehicles and other crops.The rains began in the evening, when most farmers and merchants were loading onion.....

India: Govt. fails to keep potato mission promise
Potato growers of Western Odisha have been left in the lurch with the State Government failing to keep its promise to procure their produce through its agencies.The Odisha Government launched Potato Mission from this financial year after West Bengal Government stopped inter-State trade of tuber. The ban.....


Power to the Pieper: Potato to conquer Dutch hearts
Van Gogh immortalized the tater (“pieper” in Dutch) in his painting The Potato Eaters, but statistics show that the Netherlands has fewer and fewer potato eaters. The Dutch Potato Organization (NAO) wanted to know why, and decided it was time for a recapturing campaign: “Power to the Pieper”.The famous Van.....


”Growing out of poverty with potato”
Vietnam: Successful first potato season for Dutch program
The first potato production season within the Dutch funded project ”Growing out of poverty with potato” has been completed. Potato trials, potato field days, farmer training and market research activities have been carried out during this first season. The first results are shared below.Potato variety.....

Heat treatment limits head rot
Fungi and bacteria cause a lot of rot in the storage of organic allium varieties (shallots, onions, garlic). Organic company partnership Twisk - Sulik, Dijksma Koudetechniek and DLV developed a heat treatment which strongly reduces the deterioration due to head rot.In the test, made possible by the European.....

Panama: Government changes stance on onion imports
Even though the Minister of Agriculture, Jorge Arango, said the country's import system was a mess and haS ruined domestic production, the Government has imported 789,673 quintals of onions, potatoes and paddy in 11 months.According to the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (Aupsa), from July 2014 to date,.....


Peru: 50% of potato crops losses can be avoided
According to the executive director of CultiVida, Engineer Manuel Cueva, potato production must be strictly controlled to ensure its success and that farmers do not lose more than 50% of their crops because of pests and other diseases.Cueva also stated that plant protection products contributed to feeding.....

Early harvest benefits BC growers
Canada (BC): New Nugget potatoes signify start produce season
This year marks the earliest start ever of the New Nugget potato harvest,” says Brian Faulkner with BC Fresh. “Harvest of this special potato variety signifies the start of the local open-field produce season as New Nuggets come prior to strawberries and basically anything else local,” said Faulkner.Early.....


Leon van Meir
Onion market quieter this week
Last week a great deal of onions went out, but this week is a lot quieter, says Leon van Meir from 'Van Meir Uien' (Van Meir Onions), an onion wholesale company located in Steenbergen. Van Meir is not worried about the quiet week. "The devil is right behind him, but it can go either way. Ramadan is coming,.....

NZ 'spud king' to sell land
New Zealand agribusiness mogul and "spud king" Alan Pye is selling out of his Coonawarra potato and onion investments, putting more than 900 hectares of horticultural and cropping land and business assets up for sale.Mr Pye is a joint owner of Coonawarra Fresh Produce (CFP) alongside South Australian farmer.....


Less room for middlemen with imported onions in Dutch market
European onions are becoming an increasingly major competitor for the imported onions from countries like New Zealand. According to Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions, the trade in imported onions has changed in recent years. “From New Zealand, more and more produce goes directly to the supermarkets. In my.....

First step towards globally tackling potato blight
European researchers and companies that are busy dealing with the potato blight Phytophthora infestans, will start working more closely with others throughout the world. The first step towards working together took place during the European network's biennial meeting 'EuroBlight', which was held earlier this.....


India: Copious amounts of Lady Rosetta potatoes going to Dubai
The Indian company, Anlay from Ahemdabad, is packing copious amounts of Lady Rosetta potatoes for export to Dubai, reports the company on Twitter. The potatoes are being packed in 25 kg sacks and are then put in a container for shipment.

US (LA): Sweet potato planting delayed by rain
This time of year should be the “heart” of sweet potato planting season in Louisiana. But instead, the production schedule is being delayed by unrelenting rain.Normally, about 60-70 percent of the sweet potato fields in south Louisiana would be planted by now and about 20-25 percent of the fields in north.....

Manitoba growers regain potato acres
A weaker Canadian dollar has helped growers regain contracts
from Simplot and McCain Foods, which export to the U.S.Potato acres rebounded this spring in Manitoba after several years of decline.
Gary Sawatzky, general manager of the Keystone Potato Producers Association, said numbers are not.....

Egypt: New onion drying facility to be set up in Sohag
The Egyptian Minister of Agriculture, Dr Salah Al Hilal, announced in a press statement that a new onion drying plant is to be set up in Sohag to replace the one closed in January 2009 after a period of 49 years.The Minister of Agriculture said that the State seeks to promote the agricultural sector with the.....

Potatoes South Australia names young industry leader
Young farmer Gavin Hibberd from Virginia on the Northern Adelaide Plains has been named the 2015 Potatoes South Australia Rabobank Industry Award winner.Awarded for his passion and commitment to the potato industry, Mr Hibberd, 32, will receive a scholarship to attend Rabobank’s prestigious Farm Managers.....


Peru: This year's potato production could increase by more than 5%
The head of Agribusiness of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), Mirna Zuzunaga, said that potato production could grow more by than five percent this year, when compared to 2014, because of the articulation of the industry and the new markets to which Peru can export."We will also achieve.....


Would you work a whole day for a kilo of potatoes?
It is a well-known fact that the remuneration of workers varies greatly from country to country; while in Bulgaria the minimum wage is of approximately 160 Euro per month, in Australia it exceeds 2,094 Euro.In the same way that incomes change depending on the territory, so does the cost of goods and.....

New turnkey potato project for China
Strategic partners Tolsma-Grisnich and Kiremko recently supplied a turnkey project at Ningxia Yujing Food Co. in China. The project existed out of a complete French fries and hash brown production line including potato storage and grading system. Strategic cooperationKiremko and Tolsma-Grisnich are strategic.....

Argentina: Demand for garlic up, after seven years of decline
The producers of garlic are far from having the amount of hectares they had in times of success, as their production began to systematically decrease since 2008 and this vegetable disappeared from many fields. However, this trend seems to have changed this year. According to a survey conducted in the sector,.....


India: Onion exports jump 25% in two months
Onion exports have gone up 25 per cent over the past two months, after a four-month slump, because of less competition in destinations such as Sri Lanka and West Asia.Between December 2014 and March 2015, Indian onion exporters were facing tough competition from Pakistan, both in quality and prices. Onions.....

India: No restrictions on potato exports
The government on Tuesday said there was no quantitative restriction on the export of potato.According to the Ministry of Agriculture, earlier minimum export prices (MEP) of $450 per tonne on potato was imposed from June 26, 2014 to augment domestic supplies.The ministry said the earlier step was taken in.....

More potato tampering in Nova Scotia
An Atlantic Superstore staff member stumbled across a nail inside a potato over the weekend at the grocery outlet’s Quinpool Road location, Halifax Regional Police warned May 25.“An employee of the Superstore was inspecting these bags when he observed what he believed to be a potato stuck with some kind of.....


Fewer imports from Argentina and Chile
Spain: Onion prices skyrocketing due to lack of large calibres
The new Spanish onion season started in late April in Andalusia, where about 80% of the country's total production takes place. In early May, the first Spring onions from Murcia and Valencia also arrived.The 2014/2015 campaign has been one to forget, as despite the slight increase in the value of onions for.....


Peru: Potato leader for Latin America
Peru is still Latin America's largest potato producer and ranks 14th in the world, the director of the Agricultural Business Section at Peru’s Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry, Mirna Zuzunaga, affirmed.In 2014, the Andean tuber production totaled 4.6 million tonnes on a 317,648-hectare cultivated area. It.....


Canadian gardeners enlisted help billion-dollar potato industry
The (Prince Edward Island) Department of Agriculture and Forestry is asking gardeners to plant only tomato varieties with a proven resistance to a new strain of late blight. The department says this will help ensure a healthy crop and at the same time protect the province’s $1 billion potato industry.Some of.....

India (Nashik): Onion export drops by 23%
The export of onions from the country has declined by 23% in the first 11 months (April-February) of 2014-15, compared to the corresponding period previous year due to delayed kharif crop, increase in minimum export price (MEP) and bringing onions under the Essential Commodities Act."The country exported.....

China: Potatoes bringing growers out of poverty
The potato is a major source of income for local residents in China's Gansu Province. More than 55 percent of Anding District's 119,000 hectares of arable land is used to grow potatoes, which contribute 40 to 60 percent of the district's total annual income, according to Zhang Hongji, an official from the.....


Production still increases
World trade in onions stagnating
The global production of onions is still increasing. However, international trade has all but stagnated since 2010, concludes a new report from Fruit & Vegetable Facts. The (commercial) onion cultivation has grown to over 85 million tons. Over the last decade, production has increased by an average of 3.....


Successful conference for Onions Australia
Almost 50 industry onion representatives converged on South Australia’s South East region for Onions Australia’s May conference.Delegates travelled from The Netherlands, New Zealand and every state of Australia to attend the two day event, hosted by Onions Australia in Bordertown.Those attending were.....


William Nannes, Beemsterboer:
"More demand for onions from Africa due to Ramadan"
Growers are currently being given up to 25 cents for the onions. "But this doesn't really match the current bale price. Apparently buyers expect the the price to rise in time," concludes William Nannes of J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders. "Estimating how much are left remains difficult, but the number on the.....