Potatoes and Onions


Wim Waterman: "Retail sales ideal addition for us"
"Dutch onion production heading towards 1.5 million tonnes"
The originally Zeeuwse brothers Erik and Wim Waterman are the third generation of their family in the onion trade. At the end of the 90's they left Zeeland for Emmeloord. Although this was a shot in the dark back then, they are now happy with their choice. In 2003 the new building was realised at the current.....

US: Ag groups seek exemption from public scrutiny
Congress ispushing the Agriculture Department to exempt several agricultural groups behind promotional campaigns like “Incredible, Edible Egg” and others, from public scrutiny of their internal operations despite recent controversy.The push comes after organizations representing eggs, pork, potatoes and even.....


Tomra seeks to sort food waste
TOMRA Sorting Food, a manufacturer of sensor-based food sorting systems, is acutely aware of the food waste issue and works closely with farmers, processors and retailers to achieve the objective of reducing food waste.The figures are shocking: almost a third of all food produced worldwide is never eaten,.....


Ben de Nijs, Hazera:
"Global rise in onion consumption offers big opportunities for onion cultivation"
Last week an international group participated in the Hazera study tour in California. Here the onion breeding, production, processing and sales in California (US) were topical. The tour started on April 18 with presentations from Ben de Nijs (Regional Product Manager Onion) and Bob Munger (Commercial Manager.....

Private investors uninterested in W.Bengal potato plant
Due to a lack of interest from private investors, the West-Bengal government (India) has recently abandoned its proposed potato processing unit in Hooghly's Sheoraphuli.The government had reportedly floated an expression of interest inviting private partners to set up the unit under a public-private.....


Construction started on onion breeding centre
Thursday April 28 construction commenced at breeding company De Groot en Slot in Broek op Langedijk by the directors Martin Slot and Jeroen de Haas. The new Breeding centre will be at the location of the old company halls. With the new and modern facilities, De Groot en Slot will have a good position to.....

Onion seed varieties highlighted at field day
The first Enza Zaden Onion Field Day was held April 27th at the Thomas Cox Farm in Brawley, CA. Over 40 select southwestern growers and dealers participated, in addition to a delegation of six key growers from Brazil.Enza Zaden’s onion portfolio currently offers 14 varieties, including top short-day and.....

Giant potato stops off in NY county
On Tuesday 3rd May, the world's largest potato made a stop off in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to kick off the first ever Potato Chip Festival.The Big Idaho Potato Truck is a 48 ft. long flatbed trailer featuring a six ton Idaho potato. But it’s not real. The potato is a replica.As officials unveiled the details.....


Indian potato project yields far more than expected
Staff from the International Potato Center travelled to Jodhpur, India, as part of a project to find new areas of India in which to pilot potato programs. Jodhpur's arid landscape, the water table, and the warm days that fed into cool evenings were reminiscent of Gujarat - India’s most productive potato.....

US (ND): Court upholds potato farmer's crop insurance fraud conviction
On Wednesday 4 May, the federal court of appeals upheld Aaron Johnson's conviction and sentence for damaging his potato crops to commit insurance fraud.Brothers Aaron A. Johnson, 52, and Derek M. Johnson, 49, both originally from Northwood, were found guilty in December 2014 of intentionally destroying some.....

China: Imported onion volume doubled during first quarter
According to the data from Commercial Industrial Research Institute, China imported a total of 29,045 tons of onion (including both fresh and cold storage ones) during the first quarter of 2016, a year-on year increase of 175.2%. This imported volume is worth US $ 9,071, an increase of 116.4%.As a.....

In Kursk region
Russia plans to grow more than 1 mln. tons of potato
In recent years, investment companies, agricultural enterprises and farms in the Kursk region have shown greater interest in cultivating potato, reports Fruit Inform, citing news from Russian planet.This year, the region plans to produce more than 1 million tons of potatoes, of which the main share of.....

US (WI): Wet weather caused crop planting delays
Cold and wet weather caused Wisconsin's crops to get off to a late start this spring, but they now seem to be catching up in a good part of the state.Most crop planting and tilling was just a little behind last year's numbers, but some were ahead of the five-year average, according to the USDA National.....


Objective is to promote them more on the domestic market
First Galatina new potato with PDO mark available
The "La DOP per la Patata Novella di Galatina: una straordinaria opportunità di sviluppo per il nostro territorio" convention ("PDO for New Potatoes from Galatina - an extraordinary opportunity for our territory") promoted by the Patate Novelle di Galatina PO, was held on 28th April 2016 Alliste, Lecce.When.....

UK: Burger brand gives out free potatoes
In Nottingham, the Handmade Burger Co., will be giving out free potatoes on Friday 6 March, to show the public how fresh their chips, and other ingredients are.Handmade Burger Co., co-founders and brothers, Chris and Richard Sargeant say how working extremely closely with British farmers, butchers and bakers.....

Record harvest for Bangladeshi potato farmers
Farmers in Rangpur, Bangladesh have harvested a record 1.8 millions tons of potato, for which they have been receiving good prices in Rangpur agriculture zone. Sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) report that, a target of producing 1.8 million tons of potato was fixed from 91,921 hectares.....


Start of the Spanish onion campaign
Early Spanish onions have promising prospects in Europe
The cold chambers of Spanish producers and exporters are practically empty and Spring onions are starting to be marketed in small quantities nationwide at very reasonable prices for the large calibres, although slightly lower than those of storage onions.In Spain, supermarkets and wholesale markets are.....


Blue and White Chips win Ag Springboard student contest
Blue and White Chips have won $7,500 and first place at the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. The team is composed of two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences student entrepreneurs who won for their naturally colorful blue-and-white potato chips which they make and market to Penn State.....

Russia stopped shipment of Israeli potatoes
Last Tuesday, Russia stopped a shipment of potatoes coming from Israel in the port of Novorossiysk after it was allegedly found to carry agricultural pests, reports the Russian agency "Sputnik".Russian agricultural inspection authorities "of the Krasnodar Territory and the Republic of Adygea" claimed that.....

Failing to meet costs
Indian onion crisis: farmers dumping produce
Across India, onion farmers are struggling with the low prices they are receiving at the wholesale markets. Many farmers report that they are unable to cover their costs, and are reacting to the situation with a mix of anger and concern for their futures.Farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Ratlam city have handed.....


Piet van Liere, Flevotrade Dronten
Global onion export goes increasingly often to permanent chains
In 1995, Piet and Jacco van Liere decided to expand their arable farm with a cold room, a store room, a sorting station and a packing station for onions. “Initially, the idea was to only add value to our own onions, but that immediately went well and before we knew it we were buying more cells. In 2002 we.....

UK: Imported potato prices similar to domestic
While potato prices in the UK remain high, there are signs of levels stabilising, and FG Insight reports that some buyers are hanging back from the market. This, it is suggested, could also be starting to reflect the ‘price ceiling’ effect of imported alternatives – not least chipping samples from.....

US (PA): Onions, garlic threatened by destructive pest
The allium leafminer, a tiny fly whose larvae infect leeks, onions, garlic, chives, shallots and green onions, was first discovered in December on an organic farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Since then it has been identified on two farms in Lehigh County. Chester, Dauphin and Delaware counties have.....


Export sales Peter Ng: "Water shortages and logistical are the biggest challenges"
Peri & Sons Farms market leader in white onions
Over 35 years ago Peri&Sons Farms started the cultivation of onions in the American State Nevada. Over the course of the years the onion company has grown into a large grower, packager and shipper of red, yellow, white and sweet onions, both organic and conventional. The company is even the market leader.....


Kees Schouten, Aardappelhandel Altena:
"Not that many Malta's, but supply is leaving quickly"
Aardappelhandel Altena from Wijk en Aalburg has had a supply of the early potatoes from Malta for over a month now. The drought has had big consequences for the harvest. "The supply isn't great, but the volume that is coming in is leaving quickly," says Kees Schouten."The Santé variety is almost gone and we.....

Washington potato growers' charitable pursuits
In spite of how busy spring is for Washington potato growers, they have also been making time to give back to their communities; so far this year, growers have been working together to benefit causes such as cancer research and fighting hunger.During the annual Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in January,.....

Siem Beers of seeding onion company Broer on Radio 2
"Dutch growing shallots a year ahead of the French"
Radio 2 placed the Shallot argument at the bottom of the top ten curious cases in the last week. French shallot growers are accusing Dutch growers of misleading consumers by selling small onions as shallots. The origin of the conflict started 20 years ago when the first shallot from seed came onto the market.....


Turkey registers 3 new potato varieties
Nigde Potato Research Institute has registered 3 new varieties of potato. The new varieties have been named 'Nahita', 'Unlenen' and 'Nam'.Ugur Pirlak, the manager of the institute, said they registered the first species of native potatoes in April last year, "We are carrying out a project to eliminate the.....

KX Food supplying garlic in European market for the first time
Increase in garlic prices expected
Last year KX Food decided to import its own cultivated garlic, and since last week they offer Chinese garlic. Currently, the market is good. “At the end of 2015 prices were 20 euro for 10 kilograms, and now they are between 32 and 34 euro,” Fleur Feijen of KX Food says. She indicates that KX Food examined.....

Zimbabwe to export fruit, veg to Namibia
ZimTrade has announced in a statement that it is coordinating with smallholder farmers to supply the Namibian markets with fruits and vegetables such as bananas, avocados, potatoes and butternuts.According to official statistics, the country’s import bill of fresh produce from 2010 to 2015, on average is.....

Nashik procuring onions for buffer stock
On Wednesday 20 April, under instruction from the central government, the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) started procuring onions at the Lasalgaon APMC under the price stability fund (PSF). This led to a rise in the wholesale prices by 7% in the market.This move.....

Comments sought on Idaho potato pest plan
Up to May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be taking public comments on possible methods to deal with the pale cyst nematode, which has infested potato fields in southeastern Idaho.The new document covers all of Bingham and Bonneville counties and replaces a 2007 document covering about 10,000.....

New research into potato late blight
A new method to accelerate isolation of plant disease resistance genes has been developed by a team of scientists, who have also identified a brand new source of blight resistance genes in Solanum americanum, a wild relative of the potato.The scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and The Genome.....

French fry companies cut back
Drop in Manitoba potato acreage expected
French fry companies cutting back on process potato contracts is predicted to cause a fall in Manitoba's potato acreage this spring. Although growers are still negotiating contracts with Simplot and McCain Foods, which operate processing plants in Carberry and Portage la Prairie, preliminary talks suggest.....

P.E.I leads Canada in export growth
In 2015, Prince Edward Island was Canada's leader in terms of export growth and the relatively strong growth is expected to continue for the next two years. 2015 saw a 16 per cent growth in the value of P.E.I exports, while the energy sector was dragging down exports nationally to -1.5 per cent, according to.....


Salim Group and EWINDO partner to improve Indonesia's potato productivity
To improve the productivity of potato farmers in Indonesia and the availability of high-quality seed potatoes, EWINDO (East-West Seed Indonesia) and the Salim Group have joined forces.By signing the Memorandum of Understanding, EWINDO and the Salim group plan to:conduct a feasibility study into breeding.....

Rivapak grow Australia's first commercial pink onions
Riverpak, based in Mannum, is the first Australian grower company to cultivate commercial volumes of Europe's gourmet pink onion; a hybrid of the brown and red onion. The variety is the result of more than three years of research and has a delicate taste, slightly milder than that of its parents.Rivapak.....

Live to 100 by eating sweet potatoes
Okinawa Island of Japan is home to the largest number of centenarians in the world and the longevity of life there is contributed to the inhabitants' diet which is rich in fruit and vegetables with minimal meat, fish and dairy consumption.The BBC1 television series, How To Stay Young, has championed a.....


N. Ireland develops potential anti-cancer potato
A purple potato, known as Purple Magic, has been developed by the AFBI (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute) in Northern Ireland. Researchers developed the purple spud in the hope that it will have anti-cancer properties due to the beneficial effects of Anthocyanins (the coloured pigments) which are a class.....

Seed potato production
Odisha signs MoU with Utkal Tubers India
On Wednesday 20 April, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Odisha Government and Utkal Tubers India Private Ltd. The MoU is to produce quality potato seeds and is intended to bridge the current demand and supply gap.Susant Nanda, Horticultural Director said, "This is a unique initiative as the.....

P.E.I. ag budget cut 'not that bad'
According to minister Alan MacIsaac, the $1.8 million cut to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is not as bad as it sounds. The provincial budget shows a five per cent cut to the department, but McIsaac says that when revenues are taken into consideration, it's not really a cut at all.He pointed to.....


A visit to Rio Farms and Shiloh Farms
Onion harvest Imperial Valley in full swing
The onion harvest is in full swing in the Imperial Valley, California. Last week the Onion Study Tour visited the ‘Exploring the West’ cultivation companies of Rio Farms and Shiloh Produce. At the first company, the onion harvesting machines rode to and fro. At the second company, Mexican labourers started.....

US: New $20m facility for Little Potato Company
The Little Potato Company expects to open a new office and processing facility in Deforest, Wisconsin in early 2017. The new $20 million, 130,000-square-foot U.S. facility will supplement the company’s Canadian headquarters and plant in Edmonton, Alberta.The site was chosen for its proximity to potato.....


Onion/shallot battle between France and Holland continues
Brittany is waiting for a ruling from Brussels, hoping that Holland will be sanctioned by Europe for selling onions instead of shallots. Producer, Hubert Le Nan, President of the National Shallot Section (SNE), says that the argument has been going on “for twenty years”. Since the end of the 90’s, Holland.....


Morocco imports onions following price increase
Following an increase in onion prices, Morocco has started to import a large amount of onions to avoid a further price increase. Onion prices in Morocco are normally about 1 or 2 dirhams/kilo, and this year, following a lack of rain, prices have increased to 14 dirhams/kilo. Minister Al-Wafa from the Chamber.....

AU: Growers will quit over potato deregulation
Executive officer of the Potato Growers Association of WA, Simon Moltoni, believes that some South West growers will leave the potato industry over deregulation. The State Government announced on April 15 that the Potato Marketing Corporation would be scrapped from June 30.The decision comes with a sweetener.....

Egyptian potato and onion exports in 2015 worth 380 million Euro
Sources of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics have revealed that Egypt exported potatoes and onions worth approximately 380 million Euro* in 2015. The value of Egypt's onion exports stood at around 200 million Euro, while potato shipments were worth about 180 million Euro.Meanwhile,.....


Dry matter content of more than 25 per cent
Growing onions, but differently
The onion beds from Olam SVI in California are approximately one metre wide with about 65 plants per square metre. It is not the only difference with this onion cultivation. The white onions, which the company grows, have an imcredibly high dry matter content of more than 25 per cent. They therefore do not.....


AU: New potato variety introduced at Coles supermarkets
The Gourmandine potato, a yellow fleshed potato with a smooth waxy skin and a nut flavour, is launching at Coles supermarkets in Victoria, NSW and South Australia this week beginning 18 April.The Mitolo family from Virginia, South Australia, are the first Australian farmers to grow the Gourmandine potato,.....

China: Onion prices continue to drop
Recently, onion prices declined due to its constant supply increase. It is estimated that its price will continue to drop in the future.Currently, the price of Yunnan Jianshui red onion has dropped from 6 Yuan/kilo to 3.6-4 Yuan/kilo, while the price of Yuanmou yellow onion also dropped from 4 Yuan/kilo to 3.....

New technology to revolutionise cassava harvesting
Manually harvesting cassava is known to be a slow and labour intensive process, but now an agricultural engineer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, has come up with a device which will help farmers.The device, called the TEK Mechanical Cassava Harvester, assists.....


PEI Potato Industry congratulates Mary Fitzgerald Industry Award winner
Jennifer Harris, the Marketing Director of Mid-Isle Farms in Albany, PEI, was recently awarded the prestigious Mary Fitzgerald Award by the Canadian Marketing Produce Association (CPMA) at their 91st Annual Convention and Trade Show in Calgary, Alberta.The award is presented to an individual with passion and.....

Low prices, a difficulty for Greek potato producers
Greek potato producers, who have the capacity to grow the crop almost all year round thanks to the country's favourable climatic conditions, are suffering the impact of low incomes due to the introduction of cheap products from third countries, which combined with the fall in demand, is resulting in stifling.....


Bradford Sumner, Colandri SonRise Farms
"US fresh market shifting to mechanical onion harvest due to rising labour costs"
In California onions meant for industry are already being mechanically harvested, but onions meant for the fresh market are still mostly harvested by Mexican workers. The vulnerability of short day onions is not yet suitable for machines, but according to sales manager Bradford Sumner of Colandri SonRise.....


It's almost time for early potatoes
The end of May until the start of August is harvest time for the German early potatoes. All potatoes harvested before 11 August are early potatoes. And every year the start of the season is awaited eagerly.Why are early potatoes so popular? Because they are fresh! Due to the short ripening period German fans.....


Jose Luis Ginestar:
"China's garlic production affecting our exports"
The phenomenon of El Niño, which partially damaged garlic crops, affected the last Argentine garlic season. The province of Mendoza, the main producer of garlic, was severely affected by storms. Meanwhile, after six years of drought, the region of San Juan benefited from the rains and was able to regularize.....

'Artist'
UK: Bayer to increase quantities of potato herbicide
Bayer is to increase the quantities of its potato herbicide Artist (flufenacet + metribuzin) this season in response to greater industry demand.The demand arises from an increasing frustration in the lack of effective options for tackling harder-to-control weeds, such as annual meadow grass (AMG) and.....

India: Increased supply causes onion prices to plummet
Last year, onions in Nagpur made headlines for their eye-watering prices, which touched Rs70 a kg, today the vegetable is selling for just Rs5 a kg at wholesale markets. At neighbourhood vegetable markets, the rates range from Rs14 to 16 a kg, less than half the price of last April.Farmers increased onion.....


Jamaica shares Irish potato production knowledge
As Jamaica has almost reached self-sufficiency in Irish potato production, the island is sharing its knowledge and techniques with other Caribbean countries. A 26-member delegation from Guyana, St. Lucia, and Dominica recently spent five days on the island, observing best practices in land preparation,.....