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Potatoes and Onions


Protect early rapid growth for a blight free potato season
This season’s late planted potato crops, which have been slow to get going in cool soils, are expected to compensate with rapid growth as soon as conditions warm up. The rapid leaf growth is predicted to coincide with increased blight pressure as temperatures rise.That will make protecting the expanding leaf.....


"The market is being pulled from all sides"
Potato harvest smaller due to rain
A lot of rain has fallen in the last few days. Due to this there will be a yield loss for the new potatoes. "If the water remains between the rows for longer than 24 hours, you can consider the potatoes lost. This is certainly the case in the lower plots," says Bart Nemegheer of the Aardappelhoeve. "We are.....

Jeroen Kuin will join Agroplant
As of August 1, 2016 Jeroen Kuin will be employed by Agroplant Holland B.V. Jeroen will begin to engage in Agroplant with the active marketing and sales of seed potatoes and the introduction of their new potato varieties. In addition to these activities he will strengthen the management of Agroplant by.....

Panama: Shortage of onion is worrisome
Currently there is a shortage of national onions, as the production of this item is not big enough to supply the local market.Alvaro Caballero, a marketer, said a quintal of domestic onions cost 60 $ and that it didn't bring 50 pounds. Meanwhile, a quintal of imported onions costs between 62 and 64 $,.....

Madhya Pradesh gov't helps growers, buys onions
On Wednesday 1 June, the Madhya Pradesh government announced that it would purchase onion crop for Rs 6 per kilogram, to support growers who are having to throw away their produce due to the extremely low prices they are offered.“The Government has respect for farmers who toil hard in difficult conditions......

Europatat elects new board ahead of 2016 Congress
On June 1, in advance of the 2016 Congress that this year is celebrated together with Freshfel Europe today, June 2, Europatat celebrated its Commission meetings and its 68th Assembly General Meeting. A new Board has been elected by the membership to channel and lead the association for the next coming.....

Oakville Produce entered receivership
AusVeg: Potato growers could be left out of pocket
In early May, Australia’s largest potato supplier Oakville Produce went into receivership, leading AusVeg to express concerns that Australian potato growers will be left out of pocket.Oakville Produce is a dominant force in the Australian potato industry, supplying about three-quarters of all the potatoes.....


Export volume of processed potatoes doubled in 10 years
VLAM explores Swedish potato market
For Belgian potato traders,Sweden isa small, but admittedly growing market. In late April, the potential for Belgian fresh and processed potato exports was further explored. In addition to visiting the hospitality fair Gastronord in late April, there were also visits to stores and discussions with major.....


Start red garlic harvest, white garlic to follow next week
China: "New garlic yield down, calibre smaller"
“Due to extreme cold and snow fall in early Spring, garlic yield has come down by 10% to 20%. The size of the garlic coming from Jinxiang, the central region of Chinese garlic production and export, is also slightly smaller than in previous years,” explains Louis Liu of export company Jinxiang Lian Yi.....

Progress of the Nematicide Stewardship Programme
In 2015 the Nematicide Stewardship Programme (NSP) group was formed to work alongside farmers and operators to ensure adherence to ‘best practice’ for all nematicide applications.Recently, nematicides have come under intense scrutiny from European regulators, as well as from environmentalists, health.....

Peru exported 8% more potatoes in 2015
Juan Varillas, the president of the Exporters Association (Adex), said Peruvian potato exports increased by 8% in 2015 and amounted to 2.5 million dollars.The main markets for this product in 2015 were Bolivia, the United States, and Chile; however, Peru expects to open new destinations."The potential export.....


UK couple reviving heritage potatoes
At Tiptoe Farm, a LEAF Marque demonstration farm on Northumberland’s River Till, husband and wife Lucy and Anthony Carroll are growing17 heritage potato varieties under their brand – Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes.The couple started Carroll’s Heritage Potatoes out of disillusionment with the way they were.....


TOP wants to invest in Russian onion cultivation
Onion company TOP from 's-Gravenpolder wants to invest in the (planting) onion cultivation in Penza. This shows from a publication on the Russian website www.penzanews.ru. Rien and Adrie Murre recently spoke about this to governor Ivan Berlozertsec of this region. Agriculture is traditionally the most.....


UK: AHDB potatoes launched ’Next Generation’ initiative
On May 20, the second year of AHDB Potatoes ’Next Generation’ initiative was launched at AHDB headquarters in Stonleigh. The successful applicants had completed a competitive video application process to become one of the final 13 delegates, competing with other talented and passionate individuals from.....

Supply gap causes potato price increase in Kolkata
In Kolkata, India, a drop in potato production has caused the price of the commodity to increase; yet the farmers are not benefiting from this. A kilo of the Jyoti potato variety cost Rs 24 for consumers, but farmers are being paid only Rs 5-8, suggesting that it is the middlemen who are profiting.Last year,.....

Internal promotions at Potandon
Potandon Produce L.L.C., the leader in innovation in fresh potatoes and onions proudly announces two sales department promotions.J.P. Surerus, formerly the Senior Sales Manager has been promoted to Director of Sales. With 22 years of experience in the potato industry, the last 5 as a sales manager with.....

Fiji's potato planting season kicks off
In the Western division of Fiji, the potato planting season has begun. According to the Agriculture Ministry, 33 tonnes of potato seeds that were imported from Australia have been distributed to local farmers, free of charge.The Ministry’s Principal Research Officer Horticulture Shalendra Prasad says the.....

Zimbabwe's wholesalers, farmers lose out to onion smugglers
Godwin Mushori, a representative of the Fresh Produce Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (FPMAZ) told stakeholders on Friday 27 May, that local farmers were losing confidence in growing onions, in face of the commodity being smuggled into the country.“The wholesaler is not benefiting in any way because we are.....

Potato consumption and hypertension?
A new study has linked high potato consumption to increasing your risk of high blood pressure, yet the researchers themselves have acknowledged the study presents an interesting paradox, and Australian experts have question the validity of it altogether.Potatoes presented a paradox, because they have both.....

European potatoes: 3-4% increase in acreage in 2016
Members of the NEPG have estimated that potato acreage in the 5 main producing countries (UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France) could reach 546,500 hectares (+19,500 hectares/2015), i.e. back to the levels reached in 2010 and 2014 with an increasing industry demand.Acreage will be the same in the.....

US(GA): Good yields for Vidalia onions
Growers of Georgia's famous Vidalia onions have reported good yields this harvest, and quality has been consistent with that from previous years. Prices are slightly lower than expected, though movement is good.“We started the Vidalia onion season on April 25,” noted Kevin Hendrix with Hendrix Produce. “That.....


Martijn van Damme, Dacomex:
“More and more alternatives for Dutch onions within Europe”
The onion market has currently reached a point at which demand is no longer sufficient to provide work for all sorters. “Expectation is that demand will only decrease more in the coming weeks. Within Europe there are more and more alternatives, which will cause demand for Dutch onions to cease, especially.....

Indian gov't buys 20,000 tonnes of onion for buffer stock
The Indian government has exceeded its target of buying 15,000 tonnes of onion for buffer stock and has procured 20,000 tonnes to be used in case of price increases in the lean season.Onion production is estimated to have increased to 20.33 million tonnes in 2015-16 from 18.92 million tonnes in the previous.....


Switzerland:
Rain complicates new potato harvest
In almost all regions the soil is saturated with water, and according to Swisspatat this complicates the potato harvest. The quality of the first Swiss potatoes is satisfactory, even though the harvest will be rather small in the coming weeks.Since Pentecost the new thin-skinned potatoes can be harvested in.....

Gov't decided against procurement
Odisha potato prices high
On the basis of a Horticulture Department field report, Odisha's state government decided not to procure potato this year. The state steering committee has a buffer stock of 4,500 tonnes of potato to be used for market intervention in case of an emergency, but currently consumers have been left at the mercy.....

Developed by Naro Institute
Uganda's new, improved disease-resistant Irish potato variety
A new improved Victoria type of potato has been developedat the Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KaZARDI) of the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) near Kabale. The disease-resistant Irish potato variety was produced via biotechnology and is said to be able to.....

Ireland's purple potato reaches Invent 2016 finals
Purple Magic is a new potato variety developed by Paul Watts, at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Loughgall, Northern Ireland.Watts hopes the variety will appeal to modern consumers, as there is a growing awareness of the positive health benefits of increased consumption of highly colored.....

Third largest hort export item after kiwifruit and pipfruit
Increasing NZ onion profitability
LandWISE 2016 kicked off in Havelock North on Wednesday 25 May, and the first day of the event saw the unveiling of ground-breaking Hawke's Bay onion research, which aims to boost New Zealand onion production.About 150 were at the presentation by sustainable land and water management consultant Dan Bloomer,.....

Poland: the EU country with the most potatoes certified organic
The latest data published by Eurostat, corresponding to the year 2014, show that potato farms across the European Union take up a total of 1.6 million hectares of land, which provide an income for 1.9 million producers. The total value of the production is estimated at almost 10 billion Euro per year.A.....

Brazil: Progress in potato cultivar development by Embrapa and partners
Potatoes are grown in different regions in Brazil, between 31°S and 13°S latitude and between 19m and 1360m altitude. In 2015, the total growing area was about 127,000 ha with an average yield of 28.7 tha. Close to 90% of this area is planted with foreign cultivars, which lack adaptation to the country's.....

Onion and zucchini
Mexico: Samalayuca loses millions to hail
The producers from Samalayuca who suffered huge losses to the hail on May 18, which destroyed entire crops of zucchini and onion, are still waiting for help from the authorities. "Only the Sagarpa came to see the disaster, but there has been no response from the authorities," said Javier Rios, one of.....

Indian farmer earns 1 rupee from selling tonne of onions
One Indian farmer, Devidas Parbhane, claims that he earned only 1 rupee from selling nearly a tonne of onions at the district Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC). Parbhane says the fall in onion prices is already taking a toll and like him, several others have got a ‘raw deal’ despite a bumper crop.....

AU, NZ onion growers urged to keep an eye out for Pink Root
Growers are encouraged to be aware of pink root in onions after a warmer-than average autumn.Pink root is a fungus which affects the roots of onions. The plant’s root system is halved, severely limiting its uptake of water and nutrients and lowering the productivity of the crop.Seminis Technology Development.....

Indian farmers support delisting veg from APMC Act
The Nashik state government's proposal to exempt onions, potatoes and vegetables from the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act, is being well received by farmers as it will enable them to sell their produce directly to the consumers.Santu Zambre, North Maharashtra president of Shetkari Sanghatana,.....

New Simplot deal for Tasmanian potato farmers
Australian news agency abc.net.au, reports that Tasmania looks set to retain its status as a major potato producer, as farmers there accept a new deal from frozen French fry maker Simplot.The potato processor has agreed to pay its Tasmanian potato suppliers 5 per cent more, phased in over the next three.....

US: Purple potatoes a new superfood?
Researchers at Colorado State University have recently developed purple potato varieties which can satisfy nutritional needs and could potentially act as a preventive measure to several diseases.The research team works with the CSU Potato Program and is composed of David G. Holm, a professor and potato.....

Rwandan seed potato demand outstrips supply
Rwandan farmers of Irish potatoes are struggling with a lack of quality seeds, as well as their high prices. One farmer told The Rwanda Focus, that in spite of searching for a whole week, she couldn't find any quality seeds.Another farmer, Joseph Gafaranga, is a member of Urugaga Imbaraga cooperative. He is.....

Senegal produced 367,000 tons of onions in 2015
A document monitoring and analysing agricultural and agrifood policies (Sapaa) in Senegal has revealed that “The total onion production reached 367,000 tons in 2015, recording a 70% increase per year over the last 10 years”.The document adds that the onion sector has benefited from budget supports. The Sapaa.....

Pakistan's potato, onion supply decreases before Ramazan
In Lahore, it is said to be common practice for traders to stockpile potatoes and onions before the holy month of Ramazan, to create an artificial shortage of the commodities.The government is now busy organising makeshift Ramazan Bazaars across the province to ensure sale of produce at controlled.....

State support for Maharashtra's onion farmers
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that he will ask the Centre to give guarantee rates for onions, grants to boost exports and better purchase rates under the Price Stability Fund (PSF).Lasalgaon APMC officials urged Fadnavis to take immediate measures to help onion farmers, who have been badly.....

Canada will not grow Innate potatoes this year
Due to too late approval, the Innate potato, a newly-approved, genetically modified potato variety, created byJR Simplot, will not be grown commercially in Canada this year. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved the potatoes in late March.Doug Cole, Simplot's director of marketing.....

Adriaan van Belzen, Daily Onions
Price increase onions not under discussion
The onion market is currently meandering on, says Adriaan van Belzen of Daily Onions. “Overseas export remains tricky, which means we have to sell our onions in Europe. We are dealing with a lot of lesser quality, and it is difficult to find a customer for that. Luckily, plenty of acceptable batches are.....


Jim Hoogzand: "We are investing in labour savings and quality improvement"
Hoza invests in optical onion sorting machine ERC/OTA
It has been quiet in the area of optical sorting technology in the Netherlands for the general public, but this silence was broken this morning. Onion breeder Hoza from Oudenhoorn confirmed its investment in an ERC/OTA onion sorting machine by contract. It was a well considered decision for Jim Hoogzand: "We.....


Nedato using Tomra potato sorting technology
For over 50 years, the Nedato cooperative of 500 farmers has been producing potatoes for customers across the world. Nedato evolved against the changing backdrop of the potato industry into a sustainable, customer-focused, and cooperative potato organization worldwide.Today, Nedato is a large sales and.....


Canada(BC): Harvest of Warba potatoes signifies the beginning of summer
“We started harvesting our Warba New Nugget potato variety the week of May 9,” says Brian Faulkner with BC Fresh. It is the earliest harvest that most people can remember. “We’ve had an exceptional spring and the crop is two weeks ahead of schedule,” added Faulkner.Early season varietyEvery year Warba’s are.....

Chinese-owned potato supplier collapses
Woolworths: ''no potato shortage''
Although Oakville Produce, Australia's biggest supplier of potatoes and onions, went into receivership last week, Woolworths says there will be no potato shortage in its 960 supermarkets.No supply disruptionsA Woolworths spokesman said on Thursday 19 May there would be "no disruption to supply" and the.....

Panama postpones onion imports as domestic onions doing well
If consumers don't have a problem finding onions, it means we are supplying them well, said the producers.The Institute of Agricultural Marketing (IMA) said Panama had postponed importing 15,000 quintals of onion from the United States, which had been authorized by the Minister of Agricultural Development,.....

TPP to benefit US potato industry
According to the recently released U.S. International Trade Commission’s report on the potential economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the free trade agreement could provide many benefits to potato growers and exporters.The National Potato Council (NPC) has previously touted the expanded.....


High prices influence export opportunities
Unexpected recovery potato market
The old potato harvest can currently rejoice at good demand. “The cold weather was good for export. We can get rid of a fair amount for high prices,” Jan Westhoeve of the eponymous potato wholesaler’s from Ouddorp observes. “Four weeks ago we bought potatoes for eight cents, right now that is already ten.....

Panama: Pest-resistant potatoes for the province of Cocle
According to evaluations performed by the Agricultural Research Institute of Panama (IDIAP), the producers in the highland and medium regions of the province of Cocle could start producing potatoes.The evaluations were carried out in some plots located in La Libertad Cooperative, in the Valley de Anton, and.....

India: ''Madhya Pradesh needs more packhouses to boost exports''
Although Madhya Pradesh (MP) is the third largest state in terms of horticultural produce in India, exports from the state are practically non-existent. Maharashtra is the fifth largest state for horticultural produce, but tops the export chart. Hence, General Manager of Agricultural and Processed Food.....

Grower-shipper adds sweet onions to year-round roster
Giumarra announces sweet onions as the newest addition to its global product line. The company recently entered into an agreement with G&R Farms of Glenville, Georgia to help market G&R’s onion crop. G&R Farms is known primarily as a premier Vidalia® onion grower, but also offers a.....


Grégoire Lévesque, La Ferme d'Erquinvillers:
"Onions in small packaging is our speciality"
La Ferme d'Erquinvillers from Picardy foresees the French retail of yellow, red and white onions, silver skin onions, banana shallots and garlic all year round. The company carries out the cultivation, packaging and logistical activities themselves. The cultivation takes place on an area of 500 hectares in a.....

World's top 8 onion producing countries
Around 65 percent of global onion output comes from the 8 top onion producing countries. Onion trading dates all the way back to 2,000BC and for centuries, it has been one of the most consumed crops on the planet.Today, onion is third most eaten vegetable in the US, right after tomato and potato. Globally,.....

US: Mexican garlic starts bringing down prices
After last year's season, when short crops around the world made for a strong garlic market in the U.S., shipments of garlic from Mexico have started to chip away at current prices. While the California season is still at least a month from significant volumes, prices should keep decreasing until.....

Potato website offers nutrition messaging for kids
Teaching nutrition to kids can be problematic. While the topic galvanizes adults, kids need a little help to engage. So make nutrition intriguing and interactive with Build a Baker, a web page created by the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) to help kids make healthy menu choices. Potatoes often get a bad.....

Indian onion farmers to protest falling prices
In some parts of Maharashtra farmers are forced to sell their onions for as little as Rs 3-5 per kg. The arrival of more onions onto the market is causing further concern. Last week, onion farmers in the Aurangabad region of the state registered their protest by refusing to sell their produce to agricultural.....

CIP, HZPC and Syngenta Foundation partnership
Improving South Asia’s potatoes
A new partnership has been formed which aims to develop better potatoes for tropical and subtropical conditions. The International Potato Center (CIP), global seed potato company HZPC and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) will combine their resources to breed potato varieties.....

UK: GMO potato approved for field trials
The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norfolk has been given the green light by Defra to conduct a series of GM potato field trials.The laboratory will conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019.The trials are part of a project to develop a.....

P.E.I potato farmers prepare for loss of McCain's
Robert Green is just one of Prince Edward Island's potato growers who is planting peas and fava beans, a first for his business. He hopes that the peas and beans, when rotated with his traditional potato crop, will help improve his overall yields and diversify his income options.The reason behind the.....

June 8
US (CA): Potato variety trial field day set
The 2016 Kern County potato variety trial field day has been scheduled for June 8 at 1 p.m. at Hart Memorial Par. The event allows grower to see tubers of new varieties, how they performed this year, and how they performed compared to standard varieties. Entries include varieties from numerous USDA, state.....

Idaho farm exporting fresh potatoes
SouthWind Farms, based in Heyburn, is exporting fresh potatoes to the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Malaysia. According to partner Jerry Tominaga, they grow around 700 acres commercially.What it exports: SouthWind grows fingerlings and round “marbles,” or baby potatoes. The specialty.....

McCain Foods (GB) fined $1m for safety failings
In August 2014, a McCain Foods (GB) employee in Whittlesey, near Peterborough, nearly lost his arm after it became entangled in machinery. As a result, the company has now been fined £800,000 (1.15 million USD) for safety failings.Peterborough Crown Court heard how a 34-year-old employee was attempting to.....

US (MI): Packaging improvements can help produce stay fresh longer
A team of Michigan State University researchers with the School of Packaging, have shown that packaging improvements can enhance the safety and improve the quality of onions."We focused on ready-to-use onions, which have grown to become one of the five most commonly sold vegetables in the last decade," said.....

Early ripening varieties from Brittany a bit late
Market closes due to a very low offer, caused by the use of the fields, low stocks or speculation. Industrial demand is present, both continental like English and more specific like Bintje. Last week sales were high, and best quality Markies and Fontane products could even reach € 25.00 per qt for England or.....

Switzerland:
First new potatoes during Pentecost
With the right weather the first potatoes are planted at the end of February or the beginning of March. However the cold and sometimes frosty nights in April delays the growth. This week after Pentecost the first new potatoes can be expected according to Swisspatat.The harvest of these thin-skinned specialty.....

Poland: Potato imports currently preferred over domestic produce
At the moment, Polish customers are turning away from domestic potatoes and choosing those of foreign origin, as reported by the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics."The poor quality of a significant part of the domestic potatoes currently available is probably making customers become primarily.....

India's onion problem continues
Indian farmers planted a bumper onion crop, expecting to reap high prices. Yet the opposite has happened; overproduction has caused prices to drop so low, growers are unable to even cover the cost of production. In Maharashtra Pradesh onions are selling for 20 paisa per kg and it's not the first time India.....


William Nannes, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders
“Overseas onion export is poor”
The export of onions was not at a particularly high level in recent weeks. “The market is currently leaning slightly more towards demand, possibly as a result of the Ramadan, but that will only be a brief bump. Overseas export is fairly poor,” says William Nannes of J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders. “Export.....