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Pakistan: Limited import keeps onion rate high
The low volume of onions’ import from India kept their rates high in open market as well as in Sunday bazaars, as vegetable trucks arrival has bee reduced to 100 from earlier number of 150 trucks daily mainly owing to significant rise in quarantine rates.Dealers said that at a time when onion local crop.....

USDA evaluates another GE potato
USDA moved another variety of genetically engineered potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company forward in its approval process, the agency announced on Friday.The potato, a Russet Burbank variety, is genetically engineered for late blight resistance, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars......


India: Potato prices plummet
Bumper yield of potatoes in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh has turned out to be a boon for consumers of Srikakulam, with arrival of heavy loads from the States to the markets here, resulting in plummeting of prices.Retail price of potatoes has come down to Rs.10 a kg from Rs. 20. The prices reached up to Rs......

Idaho potato farmers file lawsuit
A group of 18 Idaho Potato farmers that say they have been negatively affected by the Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) program filed an administrative lawsuit against the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture on Tuesday. The group, comprised of farmers,.....


Richard Bolle: "Growers with stocks are steadfast"
Quiet onion market, calm before the storm?
After a sudden price increase this month, it has now become quiet in the onion market. "Prices have also dropped slightly to 18-20 cents per unit for the large and 15-17 cents for the medium," says Richard Bolle, of Together Strong. "We can consequently only offer the grower 15 cents, but nobody is willing.....


Kees Schouten, Potato trader Altena:
"Finally more potatoes from Malta"
The Maltese potato season started at Potato trader Altena from Wijk en Aalburg at the start of last month. "The supply has been quite mediocre, but will really get going this week, especially the Alpha's," says Kees Schouten. He has been working with the Maltese potato company Quality Fruit &.....

UK farming contributed nearly £10bn in 2014
Farming contributed nearly £10billion to the UK economy last year despite a drop in incomes on farms. Figures released from farming ministry Defra confirm UK farmers’ income fell by nearly 5% last year.Provisional figures from the UK Government’s food and farming department suggest Total Income From Farming.....

French potatoes still sold as Spanish
Asociafruit, an association that brings together 80% of Andalusia's potato producers, traders and processors, claims that Spanish distributors are responsible for "large-scale deceptive advertising practices" when it comes to the marketing of seasonal potatoes.After due inspection, what is advertised by many.....

Lebanon: Potato growers in Akkar demand support for exports
Contract potato growers based in Akkar attended a meeting at the city of Khraibat to discuss the prospects for the season, which could prove difficult, as in addition to a surplus production there is the additional challenge of the closure of export routes due to wars in the region, which will force farms to.....

Planting of potato crop nearly finished
Cultivation remains comparable to last year
"The planting of potatoes is almost finished in most regions. Farmers could start early with preparing the ground, only to be interrupted by short periods of rain. The acreage used for the cultivation of potatoes in 2015 is at about the same level as last year, said Martin Umhau, the chairman of the Potato.....

Poland: Lower potato exports in 2014
In 2014, Poland's potato exports amounted to 41 thousand tonnes, which is 10% less than in 2013. At the same time, the value of exports decreased by 6%, down to to 7.5 million Euro, according to data from the Agricultural Market Agency.The main destination for the country's exports was the CIS countries,.....

Potato area in north west Europe -2.5%
As had been speculated for a while in the media, the north west European potato area is estimated to decrease by 2.5% to 530,000 hectares in the coming season. During the NEPG talk last week the representatives of all 5 NEPG countries indicated they expected a decrease in area. For Great Britain it was just.....


Bram Werkman, of Landjuweel:
"More potatoes than ever for the cows"
Tholen - No price upswing appears to be expected in the potato market. "I expect little to change. In the market there is an overall feeling that there are plenty of potatoes and that is why I don't see prices recovering in the short term, in the way onions did. Potatoes can be kept in storage for very.....

North Dakota potato stocks up
Potato stocks in North Dakota are up 14 percent from a year ago.The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 7.4 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on April 1.Current stocks represent 31 percent of production, up from 29 percent in.....

Ivoirian onion production only 5% of internal need
According to a recent report of the Ivorian government; the country’s national onion production covers only 5% of internal needs. This situation forced the country to import the rest of its consumption, from the countries of the region, with an annual bill of about 30 billion CFA francs.Source:.....

average indication price presented to members
Agrico: large division on the world seeding market
Potato cooperation Agrico announced an average indication price of € 23.00 per 100 kilo to its members, for seeds for harvest 2014. The 2014/2015 sales season was characterised by a large division in the world seeding market. The export overseas went well, resulting in export figures that were comparable to.....

Venezuela: Tachira produces 18 tons of potatoes per hectare
The regional director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, Rafael Castro, said that potato production in the Socialist Production Unit (UPS) Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, Aldea Caricuena, which is located in Tachiar, was having yields of 15 to 18 tons per hectare.Castro stated that this production was.....

US (ND): Potato stocks up 14%
Potato stocks in North Dakota are up 14 percent from a year ago.The Agriculture Department says in its latest report that growers, dealers and processors in the state held 7.4 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on April 1.Current stocks represent 31 percent of production, up from 29 percent in.....

Start date for Arizona red potatoes announced
Potandon Produce L.L.C., the exclusive marketing agent for Pinto Creek Co., LLC in Eloy, Arizona, has announced that its fresh potato season will begin on Monday May 4th, 2015.This year, consumer bags will be shipper with a redesigned “Grown in Arizona” Quik-Lok tag. Bernie Pavlock, Business Development.....

Creating chip flavours using science


Rutger Keurhorst and Wim de Rijder of Qreenno:
“Optical sorting will change onion chain”
Last autumn, Wim de Rijder and Rutger Keurhorst started with Qreenno, with which they’re focusing on engineering and project management of industrial installations and buildings in the fruit and veg processing industry, for clients at home and abroad. Now they’ve entered into a partnership with Italian.....

Vidalia Onion Committee announces start date and Marketing Campaign
The Vidalia onion season official start date is set for today, April 27 and the Committee is continuing the “V is for Vidalia” marketing campaign after its successful debut last year. The campaign focuses on promoting the versatility and benefits of Vidalia Onions to a younger consumer base.The promotion.....


Lindert Moerdijk, MSP Uienhandel:
"Buyers have to get used to new price level onions"
"Our export has been good this year. All of the sorters had been anxious beforehand, because Russia wouldn't come, and they caused a low mood among growers at the start of the season. The Russians didn't come, but we didn't miss them either. I think it's been a fantastic season. Now you're seeing how the.....

Bangladesh: Onion rises as potato prices touch record low
Onion prices have risen to Rs50-60 per kg from Rs25-30 some two weeks ago, while potatoes are selling at recored low prices.Traders say onion prices may remain under pressure during the next month as well. “The price of any vegetable goes up whenever its crop comes to an end or new crop arrives,” said Haji.....

N. Ireland: Ag Minister backs potato promotion
The Northern Ireland potato industry has been working together to take forward a very measured and comprehensive industry funded potato promotion campaign, similar to the one underway in the Republic of Ireland.Potato industry representatives, with support from the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and Department.....

Sri Lanka raises tax on imported potatoes, onions
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance have announced that the import taxes on big onions and potatoes have been increased with effect from Saturday.The import taxes on potatoes and big onion have been increased by Rs 15 and Rs. 20 respectively.Accordingly, the import tax on potatoes has been increased from Rs. 40.....

Vidalia farmers confident about 2015 crop
Georgia may be known as "The Peach State," but in Vidalia, it's the state vegetable that gets the most attention.Click here to view the video report.The area's onions are famous for their sweet taste and Chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee, Jason Herndon, tells News 3 they can't be duplicated anywhere.....


Italy: Galatina New Potatoes become a PDO product
Galatina new potatoes (Solanum tuberosum, Sieglinde variety) were awarded the PSO mark on April 21st, 2015.The production area corresponds to that identified as the "Salento and Ionic area" and includes the following municipalities:Acquarica del Capo, Alliste, Casarano, Castrignano del Capo, Galatina,.....

2015 fresh harvest underway
New Chipperbec™ premium non GMO California chipping potatoes
New Chipperbec™ potatoes now availableAllied Potato Inc., a premier grower and distributor of chipping potatoes in conjunction with Frost Potato Co-Op are proud to announce their new Chipperbec™ branded chipping potatoes for foodservice operators and processors across the country. “The 2015 fresh potato.....

Co-funding from EU approved for €4.3m potato campaign
The EU Commission has approved 50% EU co-funding for ‘Potato Potential’, a €4.3m programme to promote potatoes on the Irish and UK markets.Speaking about the Commission’s decision, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney welcomed the EU recognition and financial support for an industry programme to raise.....


First UK spring onions hit the shelves
The first UK grown spring onions hit the shelves this week, volumes remain relatively small until the peak season in the next month or so. The season usually runs from now up until around the beginning of October. Import company Jacana Produce, had some of the first spring onions this week. Mark Stuart.....

McCain Foods to close Fort Atkinson plant
McCain Foods USA Inc. announced Wednesday it will close operations at its Fort Atkinson manufacturing plant due to changing business dynamics.Officials of the Lisle, Ill.-based company reportedly were in Fort Atkinson to break the news to the plant’s approximately 120 employees.Products currently produced at.....

New potato supply remains manageable
A recent analysis concludes that the available and expected quantities of potatoes are smaller than the previous year. Less important suppliers, such as Morocco and Tunisia, are hardly or not all on the market. From Egypt come fewer potatoes than planned and Israel only recently began with shipping the.....

Late start for P.E.I. potatoes
Cascumpec seed potato grower Jason Rayner is biding his time before moving equipment outdoors to start grading seed stock for customers.“It is still too muddy and still really too cold, and the snow is going to really control the temperature, too,” Rayner commented. “In P.E.I., unfortunately, spring is.....

Switzerland
Agroscope may test GM potato
The Federal Office for the Environment allows Agroscope to conduct a field trial with genetically modified potatoes. A number of security measures must be taken.Potato against late blightAgroscope wants to test a potato with improved resistance against late blight. Scientists at Wageningen University.....

AU potatoes for Malaysian and Thailand supply chains
The recently released outcomes from an in-market Supply Chain Analysis of Malaysia and Thailand demonstrate the potential for the development of a collaborative export marketing model for the South Australian potato industry. The state is the nation’s largest producer, with farm gate production worth more.....

Colombia develops genetically modified potato
The Corporation for biological research (CIB) in Medellin is developing a potato that is resistant to the Guatemala moth, and that could be available to producers in about three years time. We spoke with María Andrea Uscátegui, Executive Director of Agro-Bio, who stressed the benefits of this technology in.....

Vidalia onions head to market
Fields in Toombs and 19 surrounding counties boast onions ready for harvest each April.Crews for M&T Farms have picked some already, and workers were packaging them on Wednesday to get them ready to ship. Farmers believe it's all about getting the onion out of the ground at just the right time."You can.....

India: Glut triggers small onion price crash
The price of small onions has fallen sharply at the wholesale market in Tiruchi. Although it is welcome news for consumers, onion growers are suffering as the steep fall in prices have adversely affected them.The price of both small and Bellary onions (first quality) have fallen to Rs. 15 a kg, down by Rs. 5.....


Home grown potatoes dominate the German market
Potato trade quietly increasing
According to the BLE (Federal Office for Agriculture and Food) newsletter of 16/2015 home grown potatoes dominate the German wholesale market. The supply of potatoes was sufficient and could satisfy the constant demand. And while the quality of the potatoes was of a high standard, the prices remained.....

AU: CCC dodges WA potato wars
The Corruption and Crime Commission will not become embroiled in WA's potato wars after deciding a complaint against a former executive at the State Government's industry regulator is too minor for it to investigate.The Potato Marketing Corporation accused chief operating officer Tim Cusack of gross.....

UK: Supporting potato trade with the Canaries
Each year, large quantities of GB ware and seed are exported to the Canary Islands. Potato Council’s head of seed and export, Rob Burns, updates on the current difficulties affecting this long established trade agreement. “While no one knows the exact date of the potato's arrival Europe, its entry point.....

Argentina: Garlic a major vegetable export
Garlic has become a major vegetable export in Argentina, as the country is the second largest exporter of garlic in the world and one of its main producers.Beyond the myths and legends that surround this vegetable, it actually possesses numerous therapeutic and nutritional properties that contribute to this.....

India: Bumper crop mashes potato farmers’ hopes
Potato farmers in Gujarat are worried. With a bumper harvest and unseasonal rains affecting the quality, potato prices have come down to one-third of what they were last year.The first estimate, as on February 2015, puts the country’s potato output at around 421 lakh tonnes (lt) – about 6 lt higher than last.....

OCEX of Bogota
Colombia interested in Peruvian onions
While attending a business conference organised by the Commercial Office of Peru (OCEX) of Bogota, held between 9 and 10 April, two Colombian companies showed interest in buying mainly Peruvian onions, as well as other products of the southern region, such as olives, pomegranates, oregano and fresh.....

Swiss authorities green light GM potato trial
The Federal Office for the Environment says scientists can carry out crop trials involving genetically modified (GM) potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable’s biggest threat – blight - at a site near Zurich.It announced on Tuesday that teams from the Agroscope research centre would be able to start.....


EU: New imported potatoes meeting a need
The Spanish potato season started this morning at Verdi Import with the firstDoré's from the Guadalquivir delta. "Spain planted far fewer potatoes this year, and they had to contend with poor weather conditions at the beginning of cultivation. We anticipated this by milling the potatoes a bit more. This.....

US (ID): Take sides, Idaho® Fingerling potatoes fit the bill
Small to medium in size, with a tender interior, Idaho® fingerlings are making it big on the side. Popular as a side dish, versatile fingerlings can be cooked or roasted whole, stuffed, shaved and chipped, and even braised in oil for an earthy confit.Idaho produces three main fingerling varieties:- French.....

WA's royal blue over potato patrol
WESTERN Australia's potato patrol needs to be modernised but should not be mashed as long as it keeps prices appealing to consumers, state Nationals leader Terry Redman says.THE Potato Marketing Corporation, which restricts the variety of fresh potatoes that can be sold, has been lined up for the chop by.....

Humble potato offers no easy fixes for farmers
Scottish seed potato exports are booming, with the latest figures indicating that 2014/15 has been a record breaking season.Scotland only grows 25 per cent of the total GB potato crop, but produces 75 per cent of GB seed and exports a total of 300,000 tonnes annually to more than 25 countries outside of the.....


Unique in Belgium: the first potato brand
“Princesse Amandine brings life to potato shelves”
Successful brands in the fresh produce sector are few and far between, but sometimes companies do take the plunge. One of those is Pomuni, market leader in potatoes in Belgium. They will introduce a new product in the summer of 2015: Princesse Amandine, the first potato brand to be introduced in.....

WA garlic farmers helped by rain
The unusually wet weather in dry Western Australia has benefited the state's garlic growers, it would seem. “The rain has helped to prepare the soil for garlic planting, that’s for sure,” notes WA grower, Angela Killick of Bawang Farm, North East of Geraldton (Bawang is a Philippino and Asian term for garlic.....

Spain: Potato sector encourages consumption after 35% in 25 years
The president of the Spanish Potato Forum, Jose Ramon Aguado, told reporters that potato producers, processors and distributors were going to launch a media campaign to encourage domestic consumption of this product, which has fallen 35% in 25 years. José Ramón Aguado presented a promotional campaign that is.....

AU: Barnett to chop potato regulator
WA’s archaic “spud cop” faces the chop, with Colin Barnett declaring the Potato Marketing Corporation will be abolished within two years.The Premier told The West Australian it was time to peel back rules that dictated the varieties, quantities and price of potatoes grown in the State.“The Potato Corp’s days.....


UPA: "It's not worth harvesting at current prices"
Some chains selling French potatoes as Spanish
The agrarian organization UPA has denounced the serious crisis suffered by the potato sector in Spain, with "disastrous prices at origin and deceptions to the consumers at the point of sale," in reference to recent allegations of consumer deception by companies such as Carrefour, Dia, Alcampo, Lidl and.....


Chayenne Wiskerke: "High demand from Brazil to continue for a while"
Sudden price hike onion market
The onion market is seeing a lot of movement at the moment. Currently, batches are bought from the grower at between 15 to 20 cents on the long term, and the bale price is also moving along nicely. "Nobody had expected this," says Chayenne Wiskerke of Wiskerke Onions. She says the price increase is mainly.....


Malta: 50% drop in Alfa potatoes this season
According to Paul Zammit, Manager of the Malta Potato Exports Cooperative Ltd (Malpo Coop), it has been a bad year for Malta’s early potato crop due to unfavourable weather conditions. "The yield was disastrous, a complete failure.” said Zammit. For the main crop, the Alfa, “It has been fine, but there.....

Korea: first report of postharvest fungal pathogen on onion bulb
Scientists at Korea University and Konkuk University in Seul have previously identified Aspergillus awamori, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium brasilianum and Rhizopus oryzae as the agents of the most important fungal diseases of onion bulbs during postharvest storage. Last February, a first report of a new.....


Bintje decreases by 12%, Première main variety
Estimate of Flemish potato area 2015
At the start of April PCA members showed in a questionnaire what potato area and what variety they will grow next season. Not all growers knew their definite area at that time. But these figures give a careful first estimate of the 2015 potato area.Première main varietyOn the 1st of April only 20% of the.....

NZ: Major potato research project announced
Potatoes New Zealand Inc. has won funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries for a major research project aimed at improving crop yield.The $260,000 three-year project, which will be financed through the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) and managed by the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR), will.....

Greece: Rains to reduce potato harvest by up to 50%
Potato prices from the spring harvest in Greece have been on the rise because of a considerable reduction in the planted acreage this year, which reaches up to 40%, according to producers of Ilia. Furthermore, the rainy weather in winter was not favourable for the binding of tubers, so production volumes.....