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Louisiana: Monitoring for nematode pest in sweet potatoes

Louisiana State University researchers are trying to find out if an aggressive sweet potato pest has made its way into Louisiana. AgCenter nematologist Charles Overstreet is looking for the pacara earpod tree root-knot nematode. This pest was recently detected in North Carolina sweet potato fields. It.....

Test crop available only in the US

Tearless onion reaches marketplace

Those vicious onion vapors sometimes have people crying their eyes out or resorting to old wives tales to prevent them from tearing up. Google searches of ‘how to cut an onion without crying’ topple over 1 million alone. It also happens to be the question posed most to the National Onion Association.Certified.....

US grower launches reduced carb potato

As consumers continue to seek out healthy food options, companies are continuing to provide alternatives to traditional fresh produce. Potandon Produce, a potato and onion marketer based in Idaho Falls, recently introduced a new variety of potato. Branded CarbSmart, these potatoes have 27% fewer carbohydrates.....

US: Montana potato crop yield up very slightly

In its annual crop summary, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed the Montana potato crop yield as having been up 1 percent last year at 3.74 million hundredweight (cwt). Yields increased by 5 cwt per acre to 340 cwt. At 11,000 acres, the harvested area was unchanged from 2016.Across the U.S., production.....

Late blight kill potatoes in Bangladesh

Potato growers in Dinajpur and Rangpur are very worried as the deadly fungal disease late blight has started spreading rapidly in their potato fields. The cause of this spread are the recent dense fogs and the lack of sufficient sunlight.Potato plants, infected with late blight, will generally will die off.....

"Demand nearly nonexistent in France"

European potato market overview for week 3:

Belgium (week 03): Fiwap / PCA market message:Industrial varieties :Quiet markets with, generally, little activity in free transactions. However, several industrial buyers have returned to the market, while some demand for exports is also present. The peelers show a certain interest for high quality batches of.....

"It doesn't compete with other varieties because it is different and unique"

Elbe potato, the best variety in Costa Rica

The improved Elbe potato variety is grown in the mountains of the northern zone of Cartago and Zarcero. This potato's resistance, yield, and quality have been improved, making it the best potato variety created in the country over other varieties, such as the Floresta (white potato), Granola (yellow potato),.....

New 8oz. clamshells for specialty onions

Frieda's wants to switch out of specialty onion mesh bags with their new, attractively branded, easy-to-display, 8 oz. clamshells. Varieties include cipolline onions, red, gold, and white pearl onions, and boiler onions, all in 12/8 oz. pack sizes.“Our new clamshells show off and protect the specialty onions.....

Japanese create potato chip-covered chocolate

Chip Star Chocolate is a new product from Japan. And do not mistake it for chocolate-covered potato chips: they are potato chip-covered chocolates. And since this is a chip-covered chocolate, and not the other way around, the sweet flavours are the main attraction here, but the salty finish made things not.....

Tattnall County, Georgia

Local US farmers watching out for next cold wave

Bland Farms in Georgia’s Tattnall County has been in the farming business for nearly 70 years. They know there's not a lot they can do about the weather. But as yet another round of cold weather is heading their way, it's no surprise farmers are keeping a close eye on things.Because of the snowfall and cold.....

Peru: Emergency decree to buy surplus of white potatoes

The Emergency Decree (DU) No. 001-2018 that empowers the Regional Governments (GORES) of Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Junin and Huanuco to buy up to S/1.5 million of the surplus of white potatoes was published in the official newspaper El Peruano on Sunday, January 14.The decree states that each Regional.....

Adrie Kleinjan: ABC-virus imminent

“Despite stable low prices, few sales on the potato market”

The market situation for potatoes isn’t looking great. “We’ve had an overabundance of potatoes ever since the growing season. Export isn’t even that bad, but there’s such a large number of parties on the market that are putting pressure on price and sales, that the market is just standing still,” says Adrie.....

Italy: Borsa di Bologna sets potato price at 21 eurocents

The potato price for the current season has been set at 21 eurocents during a meeting held on 12th January 2018 at the Borsa di Bologna by commercial and producer representatives, the Regione, Cepa as well as other operators."Of course we could have obtained more, but we can't complain considering the highly.....

Shortage of EU workers because of Brexit

Jersey Royal potato crop could be in peril

On the Channel Islands, the outdoor growing season traditionally gets under way this month. However, the shortage of Polish workers in particular has led to fewer seed potatoes being planted. This year’s harvest of one of England’s best loved crops –the Jersey Royal new potato– could be hit by a shortage of.....

Onion exports from Azerbaijan show big increases

Azerbaijan is working on plans to gradually replace foreign imports with domestic production and increase the competitiveness of local production. In 2017, onion exports amounted to $ 14.9 million, mainly directed at Russia, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Georgia.This year the export of onions from Azerbaijan.....

Research in Tasmania:

Green potatoes safe for consumers to eat

So many people are suspicious of any sign of a greenish colour on their potatoes. But now PhD candidate Sabine Tanios is working on research into why and how potatoes develop this green colouring.Her work at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture looks at the wide range of factors that cause undesirable.....

China: Onion prices take a dive

According to Sannong Zhongguo, onion prices in 2017 hovered at their lowest position. In some places it was impossible to even sell them. This price depression will remain the same in 2018 because the output volume is exceedingly large and there is already too much stock in cold storage. The price has already.....

Peru does not have a potato processing plant, despite increasing demand

Last Tuesday, farmers and producers of white potatoes raised their voices and went on strike because of the fall in tuber prices.They argued that the import of pre-fried and precooked potatoes from the Netherlands, and other countries, was unfair competition to the local product because the imported product.....

Not much movement on Belgian potato market

Last year, potato wholesaler RTL Patat from Menen, Belgium, startedthe first Belgian potato pool(link to Dutch article). In the Netherlands, this has existed for a while. Owner Rik Tanghe talks about how things are now. “Multiple growers have signed up with us now. Our goal is to have higher average daily.....

Customised grading for Dutch onions

VIDEODutch onion producers can do practically anything, according to Gijsbrecht Gunter from the Holland Onion Association. "After all, 130 export destinations each require their ‘own’ version of the Holland Onion. Dutch onions can be sorted to an accuracy of half a centimetre with respect to their size and weight......

Protest ends next day

Peruvian potato farmers protest sharp drop in prices

On Tuesday January 9, potato farmers in several regions of Peru began a 72-hour strike to demand emergency measures in the sector and to protest the falling potato prices. Roads were blocked by protesters in the central and southern Andes, in Junin, Pasco, Ayacucho, Huancavelica and Huanuco. Farmers blamed the.....

Peru: Potato producers end their strike after reaching an agreement

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jose Arista, along with the regional governors, and the potato producer organizations have reached an agreement to end the strike in Huancavelica, Junin, Huanuco, Apurimac, and Ayacucho.The agreement includes that the Executive branch of government will issue an.....

Onion prices rise marginally in key Indian cities

During the last week, onion prices have risen marginally in key Indian cities due to an estimated smaller 2017-18 crop and a current slowdown in market supply. However, senior government officials say authorities are keeping a watch on traders.Indian production of onions is expected to decline by 4.5% to 21.4.....

Rising onion supply brings Myanmar prices down

As the supply of onions has increased, prices have begun to fall significantly, according to merchants.The new harvest, brought to the Pakokku market in the Magway region has brought down the prices from 3,000 to 2,400 kyat (1.86 to 1.49 euros) for 1.6 kg. “We received about 25 tonnes of onions on January 8......

China: Increased export volume of Jining garlic does not lead to increased export income

The total export volume of Jining garlic in 2017 amounted to 770 thousand tons, worth 913 million USD. This was an increase in weight of 10% in comparison with the year before, but a decrease in worth by 21.49%. The export volume increases, but the price drops. Jining garlic is a competitive export product......

Peru: 72 hour strike to protest against potato imports

The Peasant Confederation of Peru, which groups thousands of farmers, has started a 72-hour strike to persuade the government to declare an emergency status for the potato sector and the country's agricultural sector.They also demand that the government apply a true agrarian policy that guarantees the.....

US onion grower expresses concern over truck shortage

The market for onions has been favorable in recent weeks. Demand is high and prices are firm. However, growers are expressing their concern over the transportation problems that are beginning to bite into the US produce industry."The onion market is good and steady, and has been all season," said Steve.....

Dutch potatoes are selling well in Africa

In 2017, a large number of Dutch industry and consumption potatoes were exported to Africa. In November, this already amounted to 73,585 tonnes. In 2016, only 64,212 tonnes of Dutch potatoes were sold on the African continent up to November, according tot the Dutch Potato Organisation.The largest African buyer.....

Price margins are very small:

Situation worsening for Indian potato growers

This week, low prices prompted the potato farmers to dump trolleys of unsold stock near the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha and some other official localities, registering their protest and seeking the attention of chief minster Yogi Adityanath to their distress.In the period 2016-17, Uttar Pradesh potato output.....

An onion that won't make you cry

If you're fed up with crying every time you have to chop onions, you're in luck.The "sunion", an onion that has been in development for 30 years, will soon reach the shelves and promises to put an end to the tears.This sweeter, crunchier and smaller version of the classic onion, the "sunion", is the result of.....

10% increase in export volume of Dutch onions

The Netherlands has dominated the global onion market yet again in the first half of this export season. Looking at the total amount of exported Holland Onions compared to the season of 2016-2017 we see an increase of over 10% in volume. This growth can be traced back to almost all the export destinations......

NC SweetPotato Commission to host sweet potato convention

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission is pleased to announce that it will host the 56th Annual National Sweet Potato Convention for members of the US Sweet Potato Council, January 21-23, 2018. This event will be held in beautiful downtown Wilmington, along the Cape Fear River and within sight of the.....

North America

Potato brand launches 2018 healthy cooking campaign

Tasteful Selections, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., has announced the launch of its yearlong Always Fresh campaign, revolving around healthy, nutritious recipes and kitchen tips for more confident meal preparation.“Each quarter we will introduce new recipes and related content to help amateur chefs.....

Takes place this week in Orlando:

North America's biggest Potato Industry event

Potato Expo 2018 kicked off today in Orlando, Florida.This week more than 2,000 growers, suppliers, and experts will converge at the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America.For more information and a complete schedule for the Expo, featured speakers, educational sessions.....

New strategies to reduce solanine and chaconine content in potatoes

Potatoes are a staple food for over one billion people worldwide as well as a primary source of carbohydrates and a vital crop for the South American, African and Eastern/Central Asian economies. They occupy third place (after rice and wheat) on the list of foods the world depends on for food security.The.....

Eastern India:

Maharashtra rainfall leads to soaring onion prices in Odisha

Food and Supplies Minister Surya Narayan Patro explained last Monday how damage to onion crops in Maharashtra -due to excessive rainfall- have led to a gigantic upsurge of onion prices in Odisha market.The average onion requirements of the state are about 70 to 80 thousand tonnes a month. The state however.....

Germany: Onion Forum from 18 - 19 January 2018 in Peine

The onion forum, which was organized for the third time by the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft and the Rheinischer Landwirtschafts-Verlag, will take place at the beginning of next year, for the first time in the conveniently located town of Peine. With everything revolving around onions for two days -on.....

"Less fibrous and more tasty"

China: Soft fleshed ginger is a new market favourite

"Soft fleshed ginger is a new strain of ginger that was introduced from Taiwan in recent years. It is highly adaptable, produces less flowers, and has a high yield. The production areas of this ginger variety are predominantly distributed in Fujian, Guangxi, and peripheral areas. Under regular weather.....

Mae Sot district, Thailand:

Onions & garlic smuggled from Myanmar seized

Customs officials and soldiers have seized more than 15 tonnes of onions and garlic, illegally smuggled from Myanmar into the Mae Sot district. It is the largest catch of untaxed agricultural produce in recent years.A total of 150 fertiliser sacks containing 7,500 kg of smuggled onions worth 900,000 baht.....

EC reinforces potato inspection measures to notify cases of Epitrix

The European Commission (EC) has reinforced the inspection measures established to notify cases of potatoes infested with the Epitrix cucumeris, Epitrix potato, Epitrix subcrinita, and Epitrix tuberis pathogens.The Official Newspaper of the European Union (DOUE) published on Friday an implementing decision.....

Romain Cools new World Potato Congress President

On 1 January, Romain Cools, Belgapom's General Secretary, was appointed President of the World Potato Congress (WPC). He succeeds David Thompson. Romain, who has been a member of the WPC Board of Directors since 2003, has been Vice-President for three years. After three Canadians, he is the Organisation's.....

This season:

Bengal, India: potatoes not very hot

Disappointing potato crop prices in 2016-17 have compelled farmers in West Bengal to reduce cultivation this season. In 2016-17, West Bengal reported a 22 percent rise in the production of potatoes —at 1.1 million tonnes— which made the prices drop. At the time of harvesting, prices were as low as 110-120.....

India:

Desperate protests by Uttar Pradesh farmers

In the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh farmers undertook an unusual form of protest against the governmental policy of low produce prices; they dumped potatoes on the ground in front of the Chief Minister House, the Raj Bhawan and the Assembly.According to thenews.com, the farmers from Lucknow dumped their.....

Potato production in the north of the country expected to offset potential drop in volumes from the Western and Eastern Cape

South Africa: Water shortages could constrain potato plantings

The drought is affecting potato plantings in the southern parts of South Africa. Only about a third of the usual plantings in the Koue Bokkeveld (Ceres area) will realise due to water supply constraints, but this is a relatively small area in terms of its contribution to the total crop. Whether the amount of.....

Zimbabwe: millions lost to smuggling onions and apples

The smuggling of onions and apples from South Africa is depriving the treasury of millions of dollars worth of potential tax revenues.Fresh Produce Marketers’ Association of Zimbabwe vice-chairperson, Godwin Mushori, said most formal businesses in the produce sector were struggling to stay afloat due to.....

Potato price drops as Indian farmers pin hopes on ‘Bhavantar’

Wholesale prices of potatoes have dropped sharply this week and the farming community feels that the Haryana government’s new price deficit compensation scheme for four vegetable crops -called ‘Bhavantar Bharpai’- could provide a breather for them.Vegetable growers said the state government should further cap.....

Excess nitrogen fertilisation speeds up ready-to-fry potato decay

Researchers from the University of Catania have studied the effects of nitrogen fertilisation, storage time, packaging film and gum-based edible coating (LBG) on the quality maintenance of fresh-cut ready-to-fry potato sticks.The change in quality was assessed by monitoring colour and texture, microbiological.....

India:

Nashik onion prices up 9% in two days

Average wholesale onion prices at Lasalgaon have increased by 9% during the past two days. The retail prices have touched 50 rupees (0.66 euros) per kg in Nashik, while it is in the range of 60 to 70 rupees (0.79-0.92 euros) in metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi. The wholesale prices are above 3,000 rupees (39.....

Jan Franje, Franje Onions:

"Moment of truth for the onion market"

Next week, Senegal will decide when to close its borders to Dutch onions. This means the Netherlands will soon loseone of its most important onion export markets. It isalready good for more than 130 000 tonnes. "It is waitand see time, but I am afraid it is not good news for the second half of the season",.....

Northern potato market: above average yields, poor quality

Germany: “Potatoes not stored under optimal conditions”

The potato traders in northern Germany look back on 2017 with mixed feelings. Although yields were sufficient to meet demand, the quality of the stored lots is in part poor. At Lünekartoffel-Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG, located in the middle of the important cultivation area Lüneburg Heath, the wet autumn.....

Erik Waterman, Waterman Onions

"Acquisition comes in second"

This year, Waterman Onions from the Netherlands will be at Fruit Logistica in Berlin for the eighth time. "It is the largest fruit and vegetable trade show in the world", says Erik Waterman. "We, as Waterman Onions, do not want to miss it. All the major players in the international trade of fruit and.....