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Kenya fast tracks potato bill to end exploitation
For the past two years, the Potato Produce and Marketing Bill has been pending before parliament, now, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has promised to fast track the Bill which seeks to end exploitation of potato farmers by cartels.It aims at establishing a National Potato Council to promote quality.....

India: Onion farmers attack market committee office
Onion farmers in Nashik allegedly attacked the office of the chairman of the Lasalgaon agriculture produce market committee (APMC) on Wednesday 3 August. Simmering resentment is said to be growing among the farmers, who are being forced to sell their produce in jute bags. Onion arrivals have taken a beating.....

African sweet potato market shows rapid growth
According to a recently published report by IndexBox Marketing, China is the world's largest sweet potato producer and consumer. Set against a stagnation in demand in China's domestic market, Chinese producers are now intending to supply the European market with their product.However, the current demand for.....


Fungal disease affecting red spring onions in Greece
In a few days, the red spring onion harvest will start in Greece; however, a part of the winter production remains unsold. The question then is whether the new volumes will have a better chance. In fact, problems with a fungal attack have also been recently identified, with the specific pathogen still to be.....

Introducing sweet pots to customers abroad
N.C. sweet potato truck visits Germany
In July, a sweet potato food truck, all the way from North Carolina, traveled across Germany feeding people at festivals in cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Augsburg, and others.The food truck is the result of a partnership between the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' International Marketing.....

Tajikistan: Supply of veg to Russia breaks down
Tajikistan’s Minister of Agriculture, Izatullo Sattori, has accused Russian companies of violating agreements on the purchase of agricultural products. According to the minister, at the beginning of this year, representatives from a number of Russian companies, engaged in the procurement of agricultural.....

Russia expects record cabbage and potato harvest
Warm weather and heavy rainfall last month in the Altai region could have a positive impact on the yield of vegetable crops this year, says the CEO of Russkie ovoshi, Andrei Langovoy. The company is one of the largest vegetable producers in the Altai region and in Russia as a whole.According to Langovoy,.....

PotatoEurope 2016, Sept. 14-15
France: Live potato sorting demonstrations
The 11th edition of PotatoEurope will be held on September 14-15 at Villers-Saint-Christophe, halfway between Lille and Paris. This year's event is set to stand out with its dynamic optical sorting demonstrations.No fewer than 23 dynamic demonstrations, processing more than 1,000 tons of tubers, will show.....


UK: Police seize moped from man driving with sack of spuds
A man's moped was taken from him by police in Britain after they spotted him driving with a sack of potatoes between his legs. West Yorkshire Police shared photos of the bike and the potatoes as officers said the man was stopped for failing to display a license plate on the rear of his vehicle and resting.....

Belgium: Potato prices up 25%
As the potato season in Belgium comes to an end, limited supplies have been driving up prices by 25% since the end of April. Concerns over the size of the upcoming 2016/17 crop have also supported prices. While the potato planted area for 2016/17 is projected to increase for the five main European potato.....


OTA and Tomra demonstrate sorter for pre-cleaning
On Monday July 11 Onion Tech Alliance (OTA) held a demonstration together with Tomra Sorting Solutions after a month of testing with Tomra's robust and high capacity pre-sorter. The demonstration took place at Jokinka in Oostdijk. In an ongoing programme those interested were able to see the machine work and.....


New technology to increase efficiency of potato handling
Tong Engineering is offering a time-saving Diagnostics module as part of its latest pro-series Auto-Touch HMI touch screen control. Available as an option on all its latest equipment, Tong's pro-series controls can be specified as part of the Auto-Touch HMI control system, adding a level of control and.....

India: Sub-agency sets up private onion market
At Lasalgaon APMC, India's largest wholesale onion market, farmers are said to be unhappy with the onion auction in gunny bags. Therefore, it may come as good news that Lasalgaon Kharedi Vikri Sangh (LKVS), a sub-agency of the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), is.....


UK: 90 jobs at risk at potato packing plant
Farmcare has told workers at its potato packing site in Carnoustie that it expects that a reduction in trading volume from September will force job cuts. This follows the end of a significant packing contract.The site at Clayholes Farm in Balmachie Road specialises in packing and does not have any processing.....


Good news for declining Russet sales
Potatoes in smaller sized packaging increasingly popular
So far, the 2016 potato crop in the US looks to be similar to last year. “Plantings are down slightly compared to last year, but higher yields are expected to make for similar supplies,” says Scott McDulin- Vice President of Marketing/Retail Sales with Schmieding Produce. In August, Texas will start.....

Kenyan-German pact to boost potato production
On Thursday 28 July, an agreement was signed between the governor of Nyandarua county in Kenya and a German delegation, which will see potato production increase in the Kenyan county.The German Government will help the county through the provision of high quality seeds, mechanization of the potato farming as.....

New Mexico’s onion harvest ends when other states begin
“We’re wrapping up our onion harvest within the next two weeks. Our yield has been good and the weather has been cooperating,” says Victoria Franzoy of Chile River, Inc. “The onions are of high quality, meaning they are good-sized and have lots of aroma and taste. You could say we’ve been blessed with a.....


Potatoes or sweet potatoes – which are healthier?
Potatoes and sweet potatoes might have similar names, but the German ‘Landvolk-Pressedienst’ announces that, botanically speaking, they are two different varieties.Photo: die-kartoffel.deOur familiar potato is part of the nightshade family, or solanaceae, while the sweet potato, or kumara, belongs to the.....

India: Gov't sets minimum export price for potatoes
On July 27 the Indian government announced that the imposed minimum export price (MEP) on potato has been set at USD 360 per tonne, with the aim of increasing domestic availability and cooling prices.Wholesale potato prices in Agra, Uttar Pradesh have increased to Rs 15.25 per kg today from Rs 7 per kg in.....

US sweet potato exports to Mexico could grow 300%
Efforts funded by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP) to assess the Mexican market and help buyers embrace U.S. products, have created huge potential for Mexico as a market for U.S. sweet potato exports, according to the American Sweet Potato Marketing Institute.....

India: Onion trading resumes, crisis abates
Today, Tuesday 26 July, onion trading at Lasalgaon in the Nashik district of Maharashtra is set to resume after a break of 15 days, as traders have agreed to the bag (goni) system of sale. All of the remaining 20-odd Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) in Nashik district will resume auctions.....

Exploring the UK's potato industry: visit to McCain
AHDB Potatoes' Next Generation recently paid a visit toMcCain GB Foods headquarters in Scarborough, as part of their exploration of GB's diverse potato industry. The visit incorporated crop production processes at local potato seed and ware growers, James Stockdale, before a tour of the McCain facilities at.....

UK: Nanoparticles may make potatoes more nutritious
Research to make potatoes more nutritious by using nanoparticles is bearing fruit, according to the AHDB-funded researcher involved. Karen Davies, of the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University, reports that trials applying nanoparticle formulations of iron and calcium to potatoes.....

Namibia: New board for Potato and Onion Producers Association
A new board was recently elected by members of the Namibian Potato and Onion Producers Association (Popa) at a meeting in Tsumeb. Vico Blume, a horticulture producer was elected as chairperson; Michael Iyambo, a horticulture producer and chairperson of the National Horticulture Task Team as vice chairperson,.....

Spain: PDO Fuentes de Ebro expects 5 million kilos of onions
The Protected Designation of Origin Cebolla Fuentes de Ebro expects a harvest of five million kilos, which producers have started harvesting this week, as reported by the regulatory council.This production, which was not achieved in the previous season due to weather issues, will be possible if the weather.....

South Africa: Will kids eat veg if they taste like chocolate?
Food scientists at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, have invented a chocolate spread crammed full of vegetables— the ultimate "stealth health" ingredient for school lunchboxes. S’coolBeans is being developed as a low-cost chocolate and hazelnut-flavoured spread made from fermented sugar beans and.....

Odisha plans to cultivate 25,000ha of potato
On July 20, the State Government of Odisha announced an ambitious plan to cultivate potatoes on 25,000 hectares of land. The decision to increase cultivation was taken in light of constant potato shortages which troubleOdisha consumers year after year.The decision was announced after a review meeting of.....

Onion prices down due to large stock volume
Generally speaking, as vegetable supply volumes and varieties increase during the summer season, it is normal that the vegetable prices decrease. According to the report of Agriculture China, the prices ofa lot of vegetables have increased due to the storm impact in the Southern region, except for the.....

Nicaragua: Lack of potato imports unleashes smuggling
Despite the government's authorization for free imports of potatoes for a month, a measure taken because of the scarcity of potatoes in the country, Nicaragua won't be able to import said product.The authorization is valid from July 5 to August 5, but the Institute of Animal and Plant Health Protection.....

American sweet potato consumption on the rise
Since 2002, sweet potato consumption has doubled in the United States, from 3.7 pounds per consumer at that time, to 7.5 pounds in 2015, according to USDA data. Although, Americans still eat far more white potatoes, demand is slowing; consumption of white potatoes fell from 125.4 pounds per person a decade.....


Matteo Freddi
We need to create a club for onions too
Harvesting of Borettana onions started last week in Reggio Emilia and yields are looking 10-15% higher than last year."The good news is that, this year, the percentage of marketable grades is of over 80% and quality is very good," reports Matteo Freddi fromFreddi Prodotti Ortofrutticoli.Borettana onions.The.....


Jan Smit, Smit’s Uien:
“Sales red onion rings booming”
Demand for peeled onions, onion blocks and onion rings is doing very well at the moment, according to Jan Smit of Smit’s Uien (Smit’s Onions). Smit’s Uien is a family company that developed itself to be the largest supplier of peeled onions, onion blocks and onion rings for catering, fishmongers and fresh.....

India: Traders urge gov't to leave onion under APMC Act
Nashik traders, who are still on strike in protest against the delisting of fruit and vegetables from the APMC Act, are urging the government to at least remove onions from the delisted products list.Jaydatta Holkar, chairman of the Lasalgaon APMC said, "We tried to convince the traders, but they have.....

Namibia: Excellent opportunities for local potato production
In 2014, Namibia imported 18,977 tonnes of potatoes, which points to an excellent opportunity for local production, especially for washed potatoes. Washed potatoes constitute more than 95% of the formal potato market demand in Namibia, which are mainly imported due to the unavailability of washing facilities.....


Sweet potato supply tight at end of growing season
“Our supply of sweet potatoes is tight because it’s the end of our growing season. We’ll sell what we have and start again with a new crop in September,” relates Matt Garber of Garber Farms. Garber Farms grows and sells its own sweet potatoes in a season that runs year-round, except for a one-month break......


Switzerland: potato harvest falls through
This year is not a good year for Swiss potato producers. After the potatoes already had to endure bad weather conditions last year, this year’s harvest is likely to fall through. The first potato producers have already written off their harvest for the year, and ploughed their fields.In many places potato.....


Long, positive new potato campaign for Selenella
The harvesting campaign of Selenella new potatoes started in mid-April and has just ended. The season was therefore 4 weeks longer than usual. Due to the lack of produce that characterised the previous season, theConsorzio Patata Italiana di Qualità decided to plan ahead, which seems to have been the right.....

Venezuela: Government authorizes import of potato seeds
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Jose Gregorio Aguilera met with potato producers from the states of Lara, Merida, Tachira, Carabobo, and Aragua on Tuesday and told them that the government had authorized potato seed imports from Colombia and Canada to meet this sector's needs.Aldemaro Ortega, director of.....


Marcel Goud, Goud Biervliet:
“Smooth export, lower profits, but good quality onion sets”
“Onion sets are currently running smoothly. Demand is good from all my buyers for several destinations. We need to take care to dry the onions in time before we supply them,” says Marcel Goud of Goud Biervliet. “The new onion season already started much better than how the previous one ended. Price levels.....


McCain Foods UK names potato supplier Southern Champion Grower
Park Farm near Leominister has been recognised by McCain Foods GB for its exceptional achievements over the potato crop year. Bill and Nicky Smith, of Park Farm, have received the Southern Champion Grower Award from the popular chip brand.As the largest purchaser of the UK potato crop, every year McCain.....

Turkey resumes potato, onion exports to Syria
Import authorisation has been granted to Turkish exporters after two years, and the first cargo of 1000 tonnes of potatoes and onions has been sent to Syrian rebel-controlled areas by the Cilvegözü border gate, from Turkey.The owner of an import, export and customs operations company in Hatay city near the.....


Federal Office for Agriculture provides a glimmer of hope
Swiss potato harvest washed away
The weather wasn’t on the side of potato producers. After the last year’s bad conditions, this year the harvest has literally washed away. There are already farmers who have written off their crops and ploughed in the potato crop.Photo: In many places potato producers have already written off their crops“At.....


US: New potato disease has major impact
A new potato disease in the United States, Dickeya blackleg, often just called Dickeya, has the potential to cause more severe losses than species of Pectobacterium (aka Erwinia) causing the type of blackleg that has been occurring. High temperatures (exceeding 77 F) are favorable for Dickeya, consequently.....

Africa: LSU researcher helps with sweet potato weevil control
A LSU scientist is part of a research project which is being conducted to find a natural way to control sweet potato weevils in Africa. LSU Agricultural Center scientist, Jeff Davis, will work with North Carolina-based AgBiome LLC, which develops microbial solutions for agriculture.AgBiome received a.....

Turkey: Downy mildew warning for potato growers
In Nigde Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, Chamber of Agriculture President Veli Kenar has warned growers to be timely in applying their agrochemicals, as there are signs of downy mildew in the early potato planting areas.In a statement, Kenar said the recent cool and damp weather has.....


Increased yields for early potatoes in Emilia-Romagna
Just like onions, potatoes too are registering an increase in yields per hectare, at least in Emilia-Romagna, where the harvesting of the early varieties started ten days ago.CESAC, a cooperative cultivating around 530 hectares in this area, confirms the situation."The campaign is over in Southern Italy and.....

Stealth potato virus threatens US french fry industry
New viruses are threatening the U.S. potato industry, including potatoes grown in Washington. More than 85 percent of potatoes from the state’s Columbia Basin feed Americans' french fry habit. As demand for fries continues to rise, the pressure on U.S. growers to produce perfect potatoes is.....

Queensland veg growers’ $2-million claim
Queensland vegetable growers allege that they are owed close to$2 million by agents who sold their produce at the Melbourne Markets, Victoria’s central wholesale market. Bundaberg sweet potato growers are also taking a Melbourne wholesaler to court for allegedly failing to pay for more than $260,000 worth of.....


Onion yields have skyrocketed
The 2016 onion season has started but there are still some difficulties. "Prices were good in the beginning, then the early produce from Emilia-Romagna and Veneto became available," explains Claudio Brintazzoli, director ofCESAC, a cooperative gathering 150 onion producers cultivating 500 hectares in.....

Pakistan's imports from India drop
During the last fiscal year, Pakistan's imports from India through the land route crossing Wagah-Attari border dropped by Rs9.625 billion to Rs24.558 billion according to the official data. Pakistan's main imports from India include soybean, fresh tomatoes and onions, as well as other items.The Federal Board.....

Projects on track, impact so far
International Potato Center publishes 2015 report
The International Potato Center (CIP) has published its annual report for 2015. According to Barbara H. Wells, Director General of the CIP, 2015 saw an alignment between the goals of the organisation with the United Nations General Assembly's Sustainable Development Goals. The annual report tells the story.....

AU: Fresh State respond to Bundaberg Growers' claims
Fresh State advise that claims made against Melbourne Market wholesalers by a group of Bundaberg growers are inaccurate, putting the creditability of the central market system into disrepute.The Melbourne Market consists of a large number of wholesalers who trade produce based on great relationships and.....

UK: Fungicide extended to leek, salad onion growers
Bayer's fungicide Infinito can now be used on an extended range of allium crops, as the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) has issued an EAMU (extension of authorisation for minor use). The previous EAMU was solely for the use of Infinito to control downy mildew on bulb onion, but this has now been.....


Dirk Garos (Restrain) on Potato Council report:
"Good frying colour of processed potatoes proven with ethylene storage technique"
Ten years ago a vision arose in England of storing potatoes and onions without chemicals. A group of growers has studied, tested and perfected this new storage technique with ethylene gas. Now this technique is well known in potato and onion storage under the name Restrain. This technique was always promoted.....


TOP Onions exports winter onions overseas
"Shakespeare in demand for good storability and skin strength"
"The Shakespeare is in demand due to good storability and skin strength.” You would not think that winter onions would have a large market in subtropical places. The Shakespeare proves you wrong; this onion variety has many opportunities in overseas destinations.Rinus Wisse of TOP Onions, a family business.....


"The protocol against the Epitrix has no scientific basis"
Spain: "German potato discounts disproportionate"
Andalusia's potato campaign, which had a big decrease in production because of the rains, is nearly over. The rigorous protocol to treat the Epitrix in Spanish potatoes and the abusive discounts of the German market complicated matters more in a campaign where producers won't achieve the positive results.....


Italian onions doing well abroad
Golden onions from Emilia-Romagna are doing well abroad but not so much in Italy. "Sales are good in Northern Europe, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands as the wet weather pushes demand and, as their own local produce is not available yet, they have to make purchases abroad," explains Matteo Freddi.....

Venezuela: 20,000 hectares potatoes not planted due to shortages
The shortage of seeds and agricultural supplies results in less production and more unemployment. The state of Lara is a living example of this, as it has some 20,000 hectares of potatoes, vegetables, and spices that were left uncultivated.The situation of the domestic agricultural sector is going from bad.....

Record high potato prices in Russia
Russia has experienced its lowest level of inflation for a quarter of a century, but the prices of the borscht set of vegetable have increased substantially. Potatoes have hit record high prices due to supplies being imported and a lack of vegetable storage.According to Rosstat data, since the beginning of.....


Adriaan van Belzen: “It is really going to start next week”
Daily Onions starts new onion season with new packaging
The new onion season has started again, and Daily Onions kicked off the season by revealing their new, private brand, packaging. “We are staring afresh in good spirits, and can now ship recognisable bags of onions under our private brand to our customers,” Van Belzen says. He is looking forward to the onion.....

NZ wants more trade access to Indonesia
Import restrictions have been affecting New Zealand's trade potential to Indonesia. Access for beef, as well as onions and apples has been affected by these restrictions and is subject to a World Trade Organisation case. Prime Minister John Key is heading to Indonesia later this month with the aim to boost.....

Brazil: French fries shaped like emojis
According to the Statista website, 70.4% of the people surveyed think they help better express what we think, 64.7% of people believe people will understand them more easily through emojis, and 49.7% of the people believe emojis help them have a more personal connection with someone else. Thus, it is not.....

Panama: Lack of onions attributed to exports
After some onion producers stated that the scarcity of onions was due to a lack of support, deliberate imports, and price controls, Oscar Garcia, the head of the Consumer Protection and Competition Defense Authority (ACODECO), said that this situation had been caused because domestic producers had decided to.....


Allan Rodriguez, DeRoso Farms:
Honduras: "There's much more competition in the sweet potato market"
The DeRoso Farms company produces and exports sweet potatoes and butternut squash to the Netherlands and Canada. According to Allan Rodriguez, there has been an increase in competition from countries like the United States, Egypt, and Brazil, which puts pressure on prices.Sweet potatoes for the Netherlands.....

Achieving record profits
US project helps Kyrgyzstani potato farmers
The Aravan Agro Service is a cooperative of 217 farmers in Kyrgyzstan. According to the US Embassy in Bishkek, by partnering with the United States through the USAID Agro Horizon project, growers were able to more than double their potato yield and profits in 2016. Moving to early potato production with high.....

Poland shares potato knowledge with Georgia
Between 18 and 22 July, specialists from Georgia’s Agriculture Ministry will travel to Poland to visit a laboratory in the city of Toruń and learn about methods of laboratory analysis of soil and potato samples for quarantine organisms. The event is organised by the Technical Assistance and Information.....

Potato washing equipment gentle on the spuds
How potatoes are treated during the washing process is crucial for the fresh pack industry and particularly when it concerns small and fragile specialty products.Tummers is known for its destoning and washing equipment, which are commonly used in the potato processing factories.It is generally thought that.....