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Spain: Start of potato sales in Castile-Leon
One week in advance compared to last season, when sales started on 25 August, potatoes have hit the Market of Salamanca with prices that confirm the moderate optimism in the sector, result of a reduction in the acreage in Castile-Leon, from 20,687 hectares in 2014 to 18,788 at the moment.The largest.....

India: Odisha potato production falls short
The State produced a total of 2.68 lakh metric tonnes of potato in 2014-15 which would meet only 20 per cent need of the State. This was informed Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy in the Assembly when replying to a question put by BJD member Ayub Khan on Wednesday.Minister Maharathy said the Government.....


Reveille Russet makes name for itself
Fields of the new variety could be seen adjacent to the potato plots featured in the 2015 annual Potato Field Day held recently near Springlake on the Barrett Farm and hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M department of horticultural sciences. Dr. Creighton Miller, AgriLife Research.....

Cameroon to triple potato production in 2016
In the African country of Cameroon, the Delegate Minister of the Minister of Economy, Yaouba Abdoulaye, officially launched on 5th and 6th August 2015 two new agricultural plants or agropoles for the production, processing and sale of potatoes and pineapples respectively in Mbouda in the West region and.....


Kees den Boer, Aardappelhandel Verkerk:
"Potato price probably won't decrease over the next few weeks"
Kees den Boer of Aardappelhandel Verkerk from 's-Gravendeel is happy that the new potato season has started. "Last year nothing was made and there was no fun in it. We couldn't make any margins and it was difficult to trade. The current market looks a lot better as far as price formation is concerned. The.....


New potato in France, the Belle de Vendée
Activity in the Plants du Bocage, which was set up in 1961, is in full swing. By next Spring some 5,500 tons of potatoes will have been sorted, dried, calibrated and sent all over France and abroad. 36 producers are grouped together under a cooperative and share 200 hectares, of which 130 hectares is around.....


Piet van Liere: "Possible gap between onion set season and onion seed season"
Movement in onion export sector again
There is movement again in the onion export sector, "Senegal is going to open back up again, although the exact date is still not known, and everyone is busy preparing containers to send that way. Brazil's market is also open which is pretty special at this time. There is interest coming from Indonesia as.....

Curry & Company’s 2015 sweet onion season has started
Curry & Company has started their 2015 sweet onion harvest in the Pacific Northwest. Due to the popularity and demand of the Curry & Company brand in onions, blueberries and blackberries, Curry & Company is marketing their sweet onions under the ‘Curry & Company Sweet Onions’ label.The.....


Onion Tech Alliance immediately successful in Norway
Toten Løkpakkeri buys optical onion sorter, processing line
Five suppliers in the onion processing sector recently joined forces (Deprez Handling Solutions, ERC Machinery, Qreenno, Longobardi en Modesta), and it appears to have been a very good move. A few specialists from the Onion Tech Alliance (OTA) were already in talks with the NorwegianToten Løkpakkeri company.....

China puts spuds in the spotlight
When it comes to the potato, Feng Xiaoyan gets rhapsodic. “Potatoes are tasty, the flavor is fresh. The more you eat them, the more they’re on your mind,” Ms. Feng has crooned on Chinese television. She has commissioned several songs extolling the potato, including “Potato, Potato, Potato” and “Our Potato,.....

9th Beijing World Potato Congress:
Industry award recipients recognized
The official Closing ceremonies of the 9th World Potato Congress at Yanqing, Beijing, China, were highlighted by the presentation of the triennial Industry Awards. The awards recognize outstanding personal contribution and leadership, related to development and progress of the global potato industry.The.....

Curry & Company:
US (OR): 2015 sweet onion season has started
Curry & Company has started their 2015 sweet onion harvest in the Pacific Northwest. Due to the popularity and demand of the Curry & Company brand in onions, blueberries and blackberries, Curry & Company is marketing their sweet onions under the ‘Curry & Company Sweet Onions’ label.The.....

Sweet potato leader:
Agriculture needs Congress to resolve labor issues
"All we’re asking for is for them to give us a viable guest worker program so agriculture can have a stable, adequate, and predictable supply of labor," says Key Rentzel, executive director of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council.Labor issues remain a challenge for U.S. agriculture, and particularly for sectors.....

Scotland: Wet summer puts damper on potato crop
Scottish scientists are warning that the chips could be down later this year due to a combination of dismal summer weather and scaled back potato planting.Potato growers suffered a disastrous financial year in 2014 after a massive surplus of the crop caused prices to plummet.To minimise the risk of being hit.....

AU: Onions in extended season, still oversupplied
Onions are being planted around the country, and still coming out of storage in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, yet the traditional ‘price spike’ that selling through winter would normally bring has not been there, according to Red Gem’s Robert Cerchiaro. “The onion market has been oversupplied,” he.....

Canada: Potato tampering mystery remains unsolved
A potato field in Prince Edward Islans will soon be ready for the harvest. The deadline has passed for the $500,000 reward for information in the tampering cases.Farmers are holding out hope an arrest will be madeAs the old saying goes, it's not adversity that defines a person or group but rather how they.....

US(OR): Dry, hot weather makes for early onions
Like many crops in the Pacific Northwest, harvesting of onions was accelerated by hot, dry conditions. But those same weather conditions have been conducive to good production, though movement has not kept up.“Everything is about two weeks ahead of schedule,” said Robin Froere of Owyhee Produce in Nyssa,.....

Potato prices in Mongolia up 21%
Average price for potatoes in Mongolia increased by nearly 21% over the last three weeks, Mongolian News Agency GoGo reports.A rise in potato prices is not uncommon in Mongolia at the end of July and in early August as at this time sales of the new potato crop starts. Planting for the current potato crop in.....

India: Has crop insurance scheme failed farmers?
As many as 10,676 growers paid the premium to avail themselves of the benefits of the insurance scheme. As per the data obtained from T. Ramachandraiah, Joint Director of Agriculture Department, the total premium paid by farmers in 2014 was Rs. 35.1 million. An equal amount was contributed by the government.....

US (WA): Potato psyllid found in 79% of field samples
Last week, Washington State University Extension researchers found the potato psyllid insect on 79 percent of field samples throughout the Lower Columbia Basin, up from 60 percent the week before and 50 percent the week before that. Each sample contained an average of 3.1 psyllids, up from 0.6 the week.....

Table potatoes Calendar Week 32/2015
Slower sales due to temperatures and holidays
The holidays caused a quiet sales situation. Furthermore, the high temperatures slowed down the rate of turnover. Even when rain sporadically reduced the harvest, the supply generally surpassed the quantities sold. Surpluses often formed.Below charts in German:Average prices of German table potatoes in the.....

Cameroon: Two new agropoles for pineapple & potato
On the 5th and 6th of August, the Delegate Minister of the Minister of Economy, Yaouba Abdoulaye, officially launched two new agricultural plants or agropoles for the production, processing and sale of potatoes and pineapples respectively in Mbouda in the West region and Nlowé in the Coastal region.Worth a.....

Scientists working to make fried potatoes healthier
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working to reduce the potential harm of a trace chemical found in fried potatoes and other foods that has been linked to cancer.Long known as an industrial toxin, the chemical acrylamide was surprisingly found in low amounts in an extensive range of food.....

Bangladesh: Export banned for 'everyday' products
The government has approved a three-year Export Promotion Policy banning overseas sell of items of everyday use like soybean oil, onions and garlic.Export of palm oil, ginger, flour and jute seeds also has been banned as Bangladesh needs to import a lot of these products to meet its internal demand. Export.....

India: Squads to prevent hoarding of onions
With onion prices still fluctuating, the Maharashtra government has decided to form a special team to check hoarding of the produce. Minister for State for Marketing and Agriculture Ram Shinde said the team would conduct raids and take action against hoarders.Prices of onion, which are higher than normal.....

Ireland’s potato acreage down 12% in 2015
Ireland’s potato acreage is down 12% year-on-year, according to Teagasc’s John Pettit.“We also know that yields to date for 2015 are down by 15-20% on expected levels,” he said. “In a normal year, either of these developments would bring about a significant increase in market prices post-harvest. But the.....

Jamaica: JP Farms launches production of sweet potatoes
JP Farms announced the establishment of sweet potato cultivation. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, through their Bodles Research Facility, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and Fersan, JP Farms has embarked on a project to introduce commercial production of.....

US potato industry tackling sales losses
The U.S. potato industry likes to describe its product as "America's favorite vegetable." But the industry faces major challenges in maintaining that popularity, as well as great opportunities to increase foreign sales and consumption of spuds.The Denver-based board, which represents more than 2,500 potato.....

Australians prefer pre-packaged potatoes in small bag
The latest report from consumer research project, Potato Tracker, has shown that consumers believe one to two kilogram packages are the ideal sizes for bagged spuds. “Twenty-four per cent of those surveyed indicated a preference for one kilogram bags that offer convenience, while a further 28 per cent said.....

New Norwegian gourmet potato
On the other side of the fjord of Trondheim is the south-facing peninsula of Frosta, which is famous for its vegetables, and particularly for its potatoes. Three farms in Frosta have now partnered to create the best gourmet potato; the result is pearl potato."We want to be an alternative to the French.....

India: Safal corrects onion prices
Safal, the largest organized retail network of fruits and vegetables in the NCR, has slashed onion prices at its outlets by almost Rs 10 per kg following intervention by the Union consumer affairs department. The department had pointed out the big difference in prices at which Safal was procuring onions and.....

Potatoes NZ welcomes Vietnamese market
Fresh potatoes from New Zealand have been approved for export to Vietnam, providing a new export opportunity for growers. Champak Mehta, Chief Executive of Potatoes New Zealand Inc., said the development, which follows four years’ of negotiations, would absorb excess potatoes in good growing seasons and.....

Ukraine: Spike in onion prices due to production issues
As reported by "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", Ukraine's major onion producing regions are actively releasing information on the catastrophic harvest losses and the deplorable state of the fields. In the wake of these rumours, onion prices are steadily rising.While a week ago it was possible to buy.....

Potato Industry Leadership Institute to be held Feb. 17-25, 2016
The National Potato Council (NPC) and the United States Potato Board (USPB) are accepting applications for the Potato Industry Leadership Institute (PILI) class of 2016. The annual eight-day program, held Feb. 17-25, 2016, is designed to identify, develop, and cultivate new leaders within the U.S. potato.....

US (WI): Badger CommonTater now available online
Badger Common’Tater, a leading source of news, education and highlights of Wisconsin’s potato and vegetable industry is now available online in a flip style format. Starting with the April 2015 issue, Badger Common’Tater morphed into a more engaging and entertaining experience by offering an online magazine.....

National Potato Council awards academic scholarship
The National Potato Council (NPC) is pleased to award Shunping Ding, a PhD. student in Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, its 2015-16 Academic Scholarship. The $10,000 award is provided yearly to a graduate student with a strong interest in research that can directly benefit the potato.....

Onion multihead weigher to Dutch plant
Japanese food packaging equipment maker Ishida has delivered its CCW-RS-214 multihead weigher with a handling capacity of 80 tons a week for demonstration at a unit of Onion Specialties International in Netherlands.OnionTwo machines, which have been installed at the facility, are capable of packing crispy.....

yields aren't great
Good atmosphere on the potato market
The atmosphere in the potato world is good at the moment. The late spring and the dry period has had its effect, as the yields aren't great in general. Luckily, the rain last week did the crops a lot of good. The demand remains good, both for export and domestically. There are a few stocks, which is.....

Russia: Inmates to cultivate vegetables with profits of over €2 million
Prisoners at the penal colony No 6 in the republic of Bashkortostan, plan to grow 8,000 tons of vegetables this year and produce a profit of more than €2 million. In greenhouses on an area of around 20 hectares belonging to the colony, prisoners will grow cabbage, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes.....

Belarus: Potato harvest expected to be higher than last year
This year’s potato harvest in Misk is expected to exceed that of last year, as was announced during a press conference with the minister of agriculture and food, Leonid Zaits. “In terms of potatoes, we intend to harvest no less than last year's amount of 1.1 million tons. This year, I think the.....


Guido Aaldering: "Our goal is to grow with the market"
Full focus on organics for independent onion processor Aaldering
Guido Aaldering started as an organic crop farmer packaging the organically grown onions in 1993. In 2005 he sold his land and completely focussed on packaging. "This makes us definitive and specialists. There are few packagers who only focus on organic onions and shallots."Aaldering Bio Ui doesn't take up a.....

Uganda: Bulambuli gets Shs800 million for Irish potato research
Government has given Buginyanya Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute in Bulambuli District $250,000 (about Shs809m) to facilitate Irish Potato research.According to the Minister for Energy and Mineral Development, Ms Irene Muloni, the money is meant for Irish potato research at the institute.....

US (ME): McCain Foods’ potato nurse crop project aims to boost yields
Always looking to innovate and boost production, potato farmers in Aroostook County are looking to boost yields under a new project by McCain Foods that involves planting potatoes on top of winter rye, barley or oats.The "nurse crop" project is underway in 10 to 12 spots in The County, Brianne O'Leary,.....

Rajya Raitha Sangha
India: ‘Importing onion will have adverse effect on farmers’
Rajya Raitha Sangha district president Nulenur Shankarappa has said the Union government should drop the idea of importing onion from foreign countries as it would have an adverse impact on the prices of onions grown in the country.Addressing reporters here on Tuesday, he stated that after a long time the.....

Facility to increase shelf life of onions lies unused in Nashik
Any leap in onion prices, as seen of late, brings the largest onion market in Asia into the picture. However, a special irradiation unit in Lasalgaon in Nashik to eliminate microbes and increase shelf life of onion goes almost unnoticed by farmers and traders. It has been underutilised.Onion traders and.....

From 2004 to 2014
Spain: decreasing trend in the acrylamide content in potato crisps
Acrylamide is a process contaminant generated in several foods during cooking as a consequence of the Maillard reaction, derived from the reaction between the free amino acid asparagine with reducing sugars or other carbonyl compounds. This chemical reaction mainly occurs when foods are subjected to high.....

N Ireland: Worst Tyrone potato harvest in years
A late spring followed by a wet summer and difficulties in securing arable land have led to fears that Tyrone’s potato harvest could be the worst in years.According to the Department of Agriculture, the effects of the poor weather have been exacerbated by rules governing the grants payable to potato growers.....

India: Onion prices continue to sting, despite govt efforts
Despite the central government's all-out efforts to anchor rising onion prices by extending the stock limit until next June as an essential commodity along with potato, its price has gone through the roof, retailing at Rs 45-50 per kilo across the Mumbai metropolitan region. Traders feel prices will not drop.....

Project aims to rid potato sector of Blackleg disease
The bacterial disease blackleg has proved to be a tough one to control but it is hoped a £300,000 joint AHDB Potatoes and Scottish Government research project, now in its final year, will come up with some of the answers.Gerry Saddler, of SASA, has been working on secondment to the project.Speaking to.....

Uganda: Garlic could spur household incomes, cottage industries
Agricultural scientists have noted that growing garlic could become an important source of household incomes as well as agro-cottage industrialisation, if it is given specialised technical attention.Representatives of the ministry of Agriculture, National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) and private.....

Prince Edward Island potato farmers host PEI Potato Social on August 9th
As a way to thank fellow Islanders and potato-loving visitors for their support in the past year, the potato growers of Prince Edward Island are hosting the first ever Prince Edward Island Potato Social on Sunday, August 9th, 2015. The PEI Potato Social will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Monaghan Farms.....

India: Govt raise floor price for onion exports
To put a check on spiralling domestic prices of onions, the Government is open to raising the minimum export price (MEP) of the bulb further if required.The Commerce Ministry is keeping a close eye on the movement of domestic prices of onions and will call an inter-ministerial meet if it sees the need for.....

Onion prices shoot up another 40 per cent in the last 2 days
Onion prices have shot up by up to 200 per cent since the start of this month in some top wholesale markets of Nashik, one of the biggest onion production centres in the country, and by more than 40 per cent in the last two trading sessions, as supplies have plummeted. Average wholesale price of onion at.....

Identify factors that limit potato yields
US: Research funds to boost french fry exports
Potatoes New Brunswick will lead a national research effort to improve potato yields and boost the export competitiveness of Canadian french fries with the help of up to $1.4 million in government support.The investment through AgriInnovation will enable Potatoes New Brunswick to work with other industry.....


La Réunion : Loss of production due to cold weather
The cold weather that spread over the island a couple of weeks ago has frozen and damaged crops in the Plaine des Cafres. The CGPER met on the 19th July to ask the State for help with the damages (which reach €500,000). Jean-Philippe Smith is one of the many farmers affected by the frost. He grows potatoes,.....

NZ onion growers look to better season after export slide last year
New Zealand onion growers are optimistic about a better season for the country's largest fresh vegetable export after suffering a 16% decline in the past year as poor weather affected yields and returns were hit by a higher currency and increased competition from northern hemisphere rivals.Exports of onions.....

The Little Potato Company launches “Little Chef” program
The Little Potato Company today launched a new program to provide tools and tips to make it easier for parents to cook with their kids, sharing new and important skills while having fun together.The program will include a growing collection of “Little Chef Approved” recipes featuring Creamer potatoes, and.....

Potato blight warning in N. Ireland
It has been confirmed that the first outbreak of potato blight in Northern Ireland this year was in Coleraine on 15 July in a crop of King Edward potatoes.This has followed on from full infection periods being recorded between 8 and 14 July at sites across the North. Growers are now advised to protect crops.....

Panama: Onion and potato imports banned
The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), through Resolution No. OAL-135-DM-2015, published this week in the Official Gazette, has banned the entry or transport of imported onions and potatoes from production areas where the presence of regulated pests has been detected, given the fact that the.....