Potatoes and Onions

Manitoba spud deal not set for 2015
Potato producers in Manitoba might see a strengthening production picture because of a weaker Canadian dollar, and because of counter-moves to the export interruptions in Seattle this winter.Manitoba has three potato processing plants — Simplot Foods in Portage la Prairie and two McCain Foods plants in.....

Pakistan: Onions prices jump 100%
The rate of onion has sharply increased by more than 100 per cent just in a couple of days from Rs25 per kg to Rs50-60 in retail market with no availability in makeshift markets established on Sundays in Punjab.Market sources said that supply of onion from Sindh has been suspended leading to less supply in.....

Belgium: potato processing rises to record level
The Belgian potato processing industry continued its road to success last year. In total a record amount of 3.8 million potatoes were processed. That's 6.9% more than in the slightly weaker previous year. 18 companies processed their potatoes into potato products such as crisps, chips and peeled potatoes......

Extra early Breton potatoes
Prince de Bretagne introduce Primalines as extra early vegetables. "They mark the start of the spring but, above all, they are today known and appreciated for their taste and unbeatable melt-in-the-mouth texture," explains Pierre Gélébart from Prince de Bretagne.They are grown under cover right at the start.....


Inventories not as full as was assumed
Bad prospects for new-potato market
“Currently, the German potato market is still amply filled. However, what to some might seem like quite a lot today, can rapidly be only a little tomorrow,” reports Robert Koch of Fa. Johann Koch e.K. from Bavaria. “We do not assume that the stocks are really that full, though people may assume this to be.....


Jersey Royals in demand for Easter
The harvest of Jersey potatoes is moving outside this week as the last of the indoor crop is lifted.William Church from The Jersey Potato Company said, "Planting went very well. Harvesting is about one week behind last year because it has been cold and dry which slowed down the development of the outdoor.....

Increase in demand Canadian potatoes expected
A weak Canadian Dollar and shipping disruptions at the Port of Seattle (Washington, US) could increase demand for Canadian potatoes in 2015, says a spokesperson for the United Potato Growers of Canada.
Potato acres have fallen by 25,000, or 6.7 percent, during the last three years as processing.....

India: Call for relief for potato farmers
With the farmer fraternity seeing huge financial loss to due to a glut like situation, the Punjab government has eventually flexed it muscles and come up with some immediate damage control measures.Instead of seeking adequate compensation from the centre, state government is now concentrating on providing.....

UK: Spring weather boosts early potato crops
The last few days of spring like conditions have helped boost the growth of this year’s first earlies, which should be in the shops by the end of May or beginning of June.Early potato production remains an important enterprise for farmers in the Comber area of North Down.“It’s all down to the weather now,”.....

Serengeti to promote onion farming
Serengeti District Council is planning to introduce onion farming as an additional cash crop to boost income of farmers, thus help to alleviate poverty in the area.A delegation of council officials conducted a study tour of Mang’ora Village in Karatu District where onion farming has become a success story to.....


Marketing advisory board defines goals
Kartoffel-Marketing Gesellschaft incorporates operational activities
In March 2015, the group of shareholders of the Kartoffel-Marketing Gesellschaft mbH (KMG) was completed. After the official founding of the company in 2014, this was the starting shot for the incorporation of the operational activities of the KMG. Beside the founding companies, the German potato trading.....


"Self-exporting for us too risky"
Low prices, as well as their large processing capacity, have been causing difficulties to onion packers for years. Are there opportunities? Is it still feasible for packing stations to export themselves?Monie is an onion sorting and packing station, processing about 35 to 40 thousand tonnes of onions per.....


Spain: New Sweet Baby Onions
Thanks to the stabilisation of the Spanish domestic market and the registration of the Sweet Baby Onions brand, everything is ready for the European launch ofCebollas Javaloyes.Sweet Baby Onions."We have managed to develop these unique onions during 10 years of research and experimentations with seed.....

AU: Galati looks to potato export in Asia
Tony Galati wants to add up to four extra stores to his existing Spud Shed network over the next few years and is working on opening up export markets for WA potatoes. Mr Galati has one store earmarked for Bunbury and he is considering sites in Perth's northern suburbs and Midland for two of the.....

Box makers tout cost effectiveness in new study
A new study quantifies the added cost of shipping onions from grower to retailer using reusable plastic containers (RPCs) rather than corrugated containers, says the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA), Elk Grove Village, Illinois.“Actual data provided by a large onion grower confirmed that using RPCs.....

Heero Gramsma, Nedato:
3-5% acreage decrease expected in 2015
Potato prices have been persistently low, "Potential better prices in the coming weeks and months could come with good processing, good export, slightly better domestic production and the cold fall weather," says director Heero Gramsma from Nedato. Nedato has been engaged in cultivation, collection and the.....

UK: Researchers to start GMO spud trial
British scientists are developing a genetically modified “super spud” free of fungal diseases and other pest problems, as well as being potentially healthier than conventionally grown potatoes.Field trials are expected to be announced in June after the general election because of the public sensitivity of.....

UK: Potato harvest ahead of Easter rush
On the island of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy, the traditional harvesting season of the Jersey Royal new potato is underway. Up to a 100 pickers have been deployed by suppliers The Jersey Royal Company this week as it prepares to meet demand of the busy Easter period.Hand planted from January onwards,.....

Bosnia Herzegovina: Green light for potato export to EU
On behalf of the European Commission, the Delegation of the EU to Bosnia Herzegovina/European Union Special Representative Office stated:"At its meeting on 26/27 March 2015, the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, the body responsible for food safety, evaluated positively data received from.....

Student research identifies host for potato disease
"We know that the pathogen liberibacter causes zebra chip disease in potatoes. I looked at sweet potato, we know that sweet potato is a host for the insect that carries liberibacter but it is not a known host for liberibacter itself," says Heritage University student Glenda Torres.Torres-- a bio-science.....


Scientists find new weapon in the fight against potato blight
This week, an article appears in 'Nature Plants', written by scientists of Wageningen University and The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich (Great Britain), in which they report having discovered a new gene against the phytophthora potato blight in a South American wild potato. That gene provides a previously.....


Van Elven Agra distinguishes itself with own label
Restyled packaging stands out in potato shelves
Van Elven Agra from Veerle-Laakdal grows and supplies potatoes, carrots and onions. The company was founded in the early 1980s, and is now run by Stefaan and Nele Van Elven-Devoghel. The enthusiastic couple thinks it's important to stand out, so introduced their own label, 'Vers van de Boer' (Fresh from.....

AU: WA digs in on potato control
The State Government is digging in over the future of WA's potato industry, saying it won't be bullied into bringing down the curtain overnight on more than 60 years of regulated marketing.Agriculture Minister Ken Baston met Spud Shed owner Tony Galati yesterday and spelt out the State's position on.....

US Potato Board supports salad bar challenge
After nearly three months of widespread industry discussion, input and questions, the full membership of the United States Potato Board (USPB)—meeting together with state and national industry representatives—unanimously supported the use of up to $900,000 in USPB reserve funds to match the salad bars.....

130 litres per kg of water being used for potatoes
To compare the direct and indirect water use that occurs during the production of various products, the term 'virtual water' was developed. For example, with the production of meat, this term not only includes water that is used for drinking (direct water use), but also water that is necessary for the.....

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.....


Tasmanian onions available until July
Tony Abbott visits Tasman shipping agent Van der Lans International
Mid-March, the Australian prime minister visited a Van der Lans International shipping agent, Wynyon, eating an unpeeled raw Tasmanian onion as if it were an apple, causing a rage in Australia. The photo below was taken at Charlton Farm. Tony Abbott is signing the guestbook. In the background, a big bag is.....


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.....

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.....

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.....


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.....

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.....


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.....

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.....

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.....

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.....

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,.....

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.....