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Norway's PM tours Tomra's new facility in Slovakia
Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, has expressed her admiration for Tomra Sorting Solutions’ purpose-built 12,600 sq m state-of-the art manufacturing and distribution facility after visiting it at the Prologis Park Bratislava in Senec, Slovakia.The Slovakian facility manufactures sensor-based sorting.....


Florida researchers explore sweet potato as alternative crop
Back in the 1920s, Danny Johns’ great grandfather was the first farmer in the Hastings area of Florida to use a tractor instead of a mule. Now, in a region known for producing potatoes for the potato chip industry, Johns, like his ancestor, isn’t afraid of trying something new.As of this year, Johns is one.....

AHDB conference
Potato, cereal and oilseed agronomy developments on show
AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes are uniting to showcase evidence-based developments in agronomy this December.Initially a single day focused on cereals and oilseeds, a second potato-focused day has been added to the AHDB Agronomists’ Conference this year to bring extra rotational breadth to the.....

Manitoba seeks the perfect sweet potato
Sweet potatoes aren’t a common crop in Manitoba, but the province is funding research into new varieties that can better handle the local climate. The provincial and federal governments announced a $210,000 investment in agricultural research Monday 29 August, focused – at least in part – on building a.....


Poland: Potato variety knowledge increases consumption
The new potato harvest started in Poland approximately two months ago, and during this period, imports from other countries such as Cyprus, Italy and Mallorca have ceased. Since that time, Lukasz Ostrowicz from Bugaj Sp Zoo reports that there are now only domestic potatoes on offer.Production is going well,.....

Genetic improvement provides opportunities for potatoes
The potato is an important crop for Latin America and especially for South America, where it originated. Genetically improving potatoes can be a way to produce varieties that are resistant to pests and climate change, said Arnulfo Gutierrez, an expert on potatoes and a Panamanian official.There are no.....

India: Kharif onion planting drops 68%
In Nashik, India, the area planted with kharif onions has dropped by 68% compared to last year, due to the delayed monsoon and the crash in the prices of summer onions.The total area under kharif onion plantation in the district was projected at 20,584 hectares (ha), but only 3,434 ha (17%) has been planted.....

Bangladesh: Potato production hits all-time-high
In the last fiscal year (FY'16), Bangladesh's potato production hit an all-time-high of 9.47 million tonnes, the latest data showed. However cold storage facilities showed little progress compared to the higher output.While the country maintained its seventh position among top potato-producing countries by.....


Photo report open days
Potato trader Flevostar Potato expands its activities in seed and industry cultivation
On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August, Flevostar Potato kicked off its new style with two open days. “We had two fantastic days,” new general manager and co-shareholder William Verhage reports. “We had over 400 visitors, from domestic and international customers to cultivators, friends and family.....

Greece: Potatoes gaining ground in Foufas
The potatoes grown in the Foufas community of the Eordea Municipality, in Greece, are gaining more and more popularity amongst consumers. For the past 40 years, potato growers in the area have seen their efforts to build a reputation for the area's production pay off; the acreage in the region has reached.....

Maharashtra govt's onion grant won't be of much help
Maharashtra state government's proposal to give a grant of Rs 100 per quintal to loss making onion farmers is unlikely to be of much help;according to industry experts a farmer in Maharashtra spends Rs 845-900 to grow one quintal of onion and currently he is getting a poor market rate of Rs 550-600, making a.....

India: Calls to export onions to stabilise prices
In order to stabilise prices, the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) has urged the Union government to allow central agencies like it, and the Small Farmers' Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) to export onions under the Price Stability Funds (PSF). Nafed made such a.....

For varieties Challenger and Fontane
Belgium: Potato association to provide more pricing info
Belgapom, the association of the Belgian potato trade and processing industry, has through its price committee since 2000 every week quoted the Belgian free market price for potatoes of the Bintje variety for storage potatoes and for various varieties of early potatoes. In addition, the market sentiment was.....


Jining Green Living launches new sweet potato varieties
“We have just launched the harvest of two new, exciting sweet potato varieties: the red skinned White Flesh sweet potato (known as the GL18 variety) and the Purple sweet potato (the GL98 variety). We have developed these varieties to serve overseas markets including Canada and Europe. Their skin colour is.....

Polish Potato Association seeks to remove export restrictions
Poland is the only country in the EU where the export of potatoes is restricted, which is why it continues to be the main focus of the entire Polish industry.Up until recently the Polish potato industry was not really united like other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, where the sector will band.....

Sri Lanka: Special goods tax on imported potatoes increased
With the intention of safeguarding the local potato farmers, the government has increased the special goods tax on imported potatoes.The special goods tax on potato has been increased to Rs.40 from Rs.35 per kilogram. The revised special goods tax on potato became effective from midnight on August 24.The aim.....


Potato plantings by variety in Great Britain in 2016
AHDB Potatoes has now produced provisional estimates of planted areas by variety for Great Britain for 2016. These are shown below with comparisons to the five previous seasons – for the full breakdown of the top 50 varieties click here.The total planted area for GB, estimated at 116,000ha*, remains.....

Cut out exploitative middlemen
Laikipia potato farmers turn to digital marketing
Farmers in Nyandarua county are turning to digital marketing to eliminate exploitative middlemen. All they are required to do is register and subscribe to OLX through SMS to be linked with buyers.“The main challenge farmers in this region face is selling potatoes through middlemen, who dictate the prices,”.....


Lower Saxony, Germany:
Acreage of onions increases
In the past year 2,325 hectares were used to cultivate onions in the German state of Lower Saxony. In 2012 the acreage used for onions was still below 2,000 hectares states the Landvolk-Pressedienst, the press service of the farmers’ association in Lower Saxony.Onion harvest 2016About a third of the onions.....

Latin America loses up to 20% of its potato to the drought
Several experts on potato crops stated in Panama that global warming destroyed between 10% and 20% of Latin America's annual potato production and that it had become the main threat faced by this crop, even more than the late blight, an aggressive fungus that affects this crop."The high temperatures and the.....

Gijsbrecht Gunter, onion trade committee GroentenFruit Huis:
"Onion has been one of the most profitable crops over the years”
During the 2015/16 season, the Netherlands exported a record volume of 1,035 million kilograms of onions to 119 countries. This morning, Gijsbrecht Gunter, chairman of the onion trade committee of GroentenFruit Huis, dilated upon the success of the Dutch onion. “In the last ten years the Dutch onion sector.....

Croatian potato growers unable to compete with imports
Consumers in Croatia say that local potatoes should not be more expensive than German or French potatoes.Croatian farmers must set aside 40 percent more money for seed, fertilizers and other costs involved in potato growing and they cannot compete with prices abroad, says Damir Mesarić, potato producer.....


Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:
"Consumer consciously buys Belgian products"
Potatoes are being harvested and growers are trying to bring in as much as possible, this way they will not have to harvest in the hot weather this week. The volumes in Belgium are lower than expected this season. “Not everything has been harvested at the moment, but the yield is expected to be lower due.....

Louisiana flooding creates uncertainty
Sweet potato market is mixed
“Our market is hot right now. It’s all over the board because we don’t have much supply of sweet potatoes, but the demand is still high,” said an industry source. “The demand has been consistent, even though we have little to no supply.”“Right now, we’re working with the old crop, which was planted in 2015......

"Panama is self-sufficient in potato production"
"Potato production in Panama has increased in recent years," said Arnulfo Gutierrez, president of the Committee Organizing the XXVII Congress of the Latin American Potato Association.He added that "more and more producers in different parts of the country are dedicated to this crop, taking advantage of the.....


Lower Saxony, Germany
Satisfactory end of the early potato season
The 2016 early potato season ended on the 10th of August. And according to the Lower Saxony Potato Producers Association the early potato harvest was satisfactory. At the end of February the seed potatoes could be planted without interruption, while in the large cultivation areas in Southern Germany the.....

Kenya: Service to bypass brokers in potato farming
OLX wants to discard middlemen in the potato farming industry through the launch of its SMS service targeting farmers without smartphones.The online classifieds company seeks to help farmers deliver potatoes directly from the farm, by linking them to customers and retailers in markets, restaurants and potato.....

Danish onions, shallots early with good numbers
The Danish onion season is going well. The harvest for shallots started two weeks ago, with early onion varieties set to start next week. According to a major Danish wholesaler, only domestic onions are available on the market from now until October/November.Average production is expected, if not slightly.....


Erik Waterman, Waterman Onions:
"The Dutch onion sector has great trump cards with good quality and the right price"
The Dutch onion season had a good start. “The demand in this period is even higher than the supply, because the weather determines the volumes. Besides, it takes time to dry, ventilate, and sort the product to deliver a quality product. This takes a lot of time and attention,” says Erik Waterman of Waterman.....

Colombia: Peruvian onion replaces the onion from Ocaña
The crops of onions from Ocaña, known as Ocañera onions, were replaced by Peruvian onions. The producers of Ocaña decided to replace their crops because the Peruvian seed has a much higher yield than the local onions. A hectare planted with Peruvian seeds produces three times what it would produce with.....

Colombia: Sweet potato has export potential
Given their export potential, especially to the United States and Europe, the Motilonia Research Center of the Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation, Corpoica, is concentrating its efforts on investigating the benefits of sweet potatoes.Agricultural researcher, Ivan Javier Pastrana Vargas, said the.....

Sri Lanka increases import taxes of big onions
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance announced today that the special commodity levy on imported big onions had been increased with immediate effect.Accordingly, the import tax for big onions will be increased by Rs. 15 per kilo from Rs. 25 to Rs. 40 with immediate effect.As the locally produced big onions are.....

Exclusively domestic onion supply for Russia
Russian onion production has been steadily increasing during the last 2 years which has meant that the potatoes on the market between June through April are almost 100% domestic. More and more suppliers are using modern techniques and a contact from a major Russian supermarket chain said that they are.....

Angola: Investing in potato production
In the Condê commune, coastal Cuanza Sul province, Angola, the administrative authorities plan to increase potato production by investing in individuals and smallholder farmers.The administration is working to acquire potato seeds in order to empower the smallholder farmers in the production of this crop,.....


AU: Research looks at producing the best sweetpotato sprouts
Australian growers plant their fields with vigorous cuttings of "disease-free" sweetpotato vines, harvested from on-farm nurseries, or sourced from dedicated cutting suppliers. This allows them to produce the highest per hectare yields of quality sweetpotatoes anywhere in the world.Currently the bulk of.....


Peter de Clercq, DCU Potatoes:
“A potato wholesaler is a glorified transporter”

With more than 50 years of experience, DCU Potatoes in Zwalm, Belgium, grew rapidly in recent years. The company invested heavily in new packaging lines. Plans for the future are also focused on the further expansion of packaged potatoes. “At the end of this year or the start of 2017, another.....


Innovation in potato handling
Kiremko offers a wide range of applications for potato product handling and transport. Throughout the production process, from raw material to end product, potatoes in various stages are transported from machine to machine for the next process phase.Each step in the process has its own demands of transport......


New York’s onions will be “fair”, challenged by weather
New York growers have not started with their own crops yet but are seeing a decent supply of medium yellow and jumbo yellows with California crop coming off and Washington starting up for the season. “Right now we’re not into our own crop yet,” said Michelle Gurda of A. Gurda Produce. “Inventory is adequate.....

Fairer prices for Aussie onion growers?
Aussie onion consumers only have a matter of weeks to wait until the new Australian onion season comes online, kick-started by the northern Australian onion growers in Queensland and the Northern Territory.The majority of the southern Australian long-day onion crops were all harvested by mid-May and are.....

Jamaica: $19-million boost for Irish potato industry
Jamaica’s capacity to produce clean Irish potato seedlings has been enhanced with a $19-million allocation from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The programme is set to cut the money spent annually on importing 90 per cent of Irish potato seeds to the island, while guaranteeing the availability of.....

AU: Predicted rise in potato imports threatens local industry
A significant rise in potato imports into Australia is forecast for 2016, sparking concern about the profitability and competitiveness of the Australian potato industry over the coming months.New data from Global Trade Atlas for the first quarter of 2016 has revealed potato imports into Australia have.....

Algerian potato exporters wait for days at Tunisian border
Algerian potato exporters are being forced to wait for days at the Tunisian border crossing point of Tebessa. Although all the legal procedures are being followed by the exporters, they allege that the Tunisian customs are not allowing the trucks carrying tons of potatoes to enter the country.The exporters.....


Higher sweet onion prices without greater profits
Record sales of 'calçots' in a difficult onion campaign
'Calçot' onions, a spring onion variety from Catalonia, continue to grow year after year in Spain and outside its borders. According to Ramón Llanes, manager of Cebes Morano, "demand and prices are still very good and he expects a record year in terms of kilos sold.""To grow 'calçots' we plant some bulbs.....


British onions again facing challenging weather
Most UK onions are grown in the east of England where they are again facing challenging weather, but quite the opposite to conditions seen last year. This season it is too hot and too dry. "The crops are on time, but are desperately short of water," according to Colin Galbraith from Moorhouse & Mohan......

Peru: Junin sends 76 tons of garlic to Brazil
The National Agrarian Health Service, SENASA - Junin, certified that Junin exported 76 tons of garlic to Brazil during the first months of 2016.The certification process conducted by SENASA consisted in the inspection of 1% of the cargo, which was sent in batches, to evaluate the presence of pests, soil.....

UK: Potato event showcases latest industry developments
The Potatoes in Practice event held near Dundee, Scotland, showcased the latest industry breakthroughs in breeding, pest and disease control, storage and marketing. Journalists for FG Insight visited the event to provide an overview of these industry developments.Correct depth key to nematicide successCare.....


Procecam: "The situation is not critical, but it is serious"
Spain: Onion prices plunge in a context of global oversupply
The medium-term storage onion harvest is underway in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha, the country's largest producing area, which will soon start harvesting long-term storage onions. Although the product comes this year with better quality and better calibres than last year, the imbalance between.....


Investment pays off due to exports to UK and the Netherlands
Irrigation gives sweet potato harvest head start
“We started our sweet potato harvest last week on August 10,” says Thomas Chancy with Millstream Farms in Dunn, North Carolina. “Part of our crop is heavily irrigated, allowing us to start harvest a few weeks early.” This year, 200 out of a total of 3,000 acres of sweet potatoes were irrigated. “Irrigation.....

Study reveals true cost of developing GMO potatoes
A recent study has revealed that the cost of developing GM potato varieties is in fact not that much more than for conventionally-bred varieties. The study published in the International Journal of Biotechnology demystifies the belief that releasing a GM crop costs tens, if not hundreds, of millions of U.S......

Pakistan to export kinnow, potatoes to Iran
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Vice President and Regional Chairman Riaz Khattak has said that Pakistan is engaging with Iran to increase trade between the two countries.FPCCI Regional Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad said, “We are looking forward to the Iranian.....

Colombia: A fungus threatens onion
An outbreak of Puccinia allii, which is very dangerous for onions, was identified in eight farms in the areas of La Bella and La Florida. This fungus, which had been eradicated from Pereira two years ago, threatens the onion production of the second half of the year.According to Carolina Cardona, secretary.....

With no excessive heat, Idaho onions size well
As the onion harvest in Idaho ramps up, growers are seeing sizes that are better this season than they were last year. With no excessive heat affecting the crop, quality has improved.“Hot weather last year didn't allow onions to size up, and rain delayed harvesting during the summer before that,” said John.....


Bram Werkman, Landjuweel:
“Cool summer does wonders for potato consumption”
The extreme weather conditions have led to the usual drop in potatoes. “Between gross and net yield is quite a difference. Especially the early strains suffer from greens and growth cracks. Some of the batches even consist of 20 per cent green potatoes. But we can sort those out easily enough. It causes a.....

Van Oers United supplies local onion market in Senegal during Monsoon
Cultivation business Van Oers United produces and delivers fresh vegetables, mainly to retailers, throughout the year. Platform ‘Grensverleggers’ sat down with sustainability manager Maria Oliveira to talk about trends in the vegetable sector and onions from Senegal.“We notice that retailers demand various.....


Rudi Ensing, OTC Holland:
“Small extension of organic onions compensated by low production”
After a large extension of the organic onion production, last year, this year followed with a small extension. Still, Rudie Ensing of OTC-Holland expects that the low production will compensate these extra volumes.Rudie EnsingExpectations season“The past growing season has been quite stressful and the.....

Croatian potato farmers struggle to compete with imports
Croatian consumers believe that local potatoes should be no more expensive than German or French potatoes. However, Croatian farmers must set aside 40 percent more money for seed, fertilizers and other costs involved in potato growing, meaning they cannot compete with prices abroad, says Damir Mesarić,.....

Nepal forced to import potatoes from India
Nepal's Surkhet district imports potatoes worth Rs 300,000 from India every day as local production is unable to meet demand there. The district is self-sufficient in all other vegetable products apart from potato and onion, according to Surkhet Vegetable and Fruit Traders Association. “The production of.....


China: Onion price too low for selling
In one of the main onion cultivation regions of Gansu in China, the area for cultivation reached 16 thousand hectares in 2014. The total production volume is over 1.5 million tons. "We come from a small village near Zhangye in Gansu province. The production volume and quality are superb this year. But there.....

Russets, Reds and Yellows
Demand for new potatoes is high in the Midwest
“Demand for our new potatoes is pretty high right now, because we’re the only farm that has them. None of the other farms have begun harvesting their new potatoes yet,” says Tom Wingard of Wingard Farms, which is located in Big Lake, Minnesota. “The old potatoes still sitting in warehouses are starting to.....

Dutch trade mission to Argentina (4-8 September)
Argentina offers prospects for seed potato exporters
The political revolution in Argentina gives the economy a boost. The Dutch agricultural sector could definitely profit from it. Willem Aalders of Latam Produce states this on the eve of the Dutch trade mission to Argentina.Aalders has worked in Argentina since 2010. Latam Produce is a service provider that.....

India: Gov't urged to speed up onion procurement
The Maharashtra state government will send a formal proposal to the Centre on procurement of onions to provide relief to farmers along with better remunerations. Currently, it has been agreed that the Maharashtra government and the National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) will each.....


Northern Ireland
UK: Potentially poor potato harvest
The new potatoes season is getting off to a slow start, mainly down to unfavourable growing conditions and the cold wet summer weather."Spring was late so we were later planting, but once we did get the potatoes into the ground we got some nice weather which moved things along nicely," explained David Morrow.....

Philippines: Using Vietnamese tech for onion self-sufficiency
The Filipino Department of Agriculture is looking to Vietnamese technology as a means to help local onion growers achieve self-sufficiency and end Filipino dependence on importing the commodity.The technology in onion farming developed by Vietnamese farmers in the Mekong Delta will allow Filipino onion.....

Belgium: Potato sector developed significantly
Potatoes are the second largest cultivated crop in Belgium and a key ingredient in Belgian cuisine- their world-famous French fries. According to a study published by Belgapom, in recent years, the Belgian potato sector has developed considerably and Belgium is now one of its main producers in western.....

India: Onion trade to resume after strike
Following a meeting organised by Union agriculture minister Radhamohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday 10 August, onion trade in Nashik is set to resume. Jaydutt Holkar, chairman of the Lasalgaon market committee, said that traders asked for the intervention of both the central and state governments to.....

India: Monsoon onion crop delayed
Due to the monsoon delay, the planting of kharif (monsoon) onion crops is behind by more that a month. However, four months after the harvest of summer onion, there is still around 700,000 tonnes of the variety in store with farmers in the Nashik district. The total storage of onions in the country has been.....


Actor calls Kim Kardashian ‘onions in mesh bag’ on Twitter
Veteran Indian film actor Rishi Kapoor has compared reality TV star Kim Kardashian to a bag of onions. The star is an active social media user and is more popular for his witty, straight-forward and outlandish jokes.This time, international reality TV star Kim Kardashian has become the target of Rishi.....

UK: Tight potato supplies increase price
The AHDB Weekly Average Price Survey (WAPS) reveals that the overall weekly average price for potatoes, which includes free-buy and contract trade, was £188.72 for the week to August 5. This is the highest price ever recorded at this point in the season and is said to be caused by tight supplies of last.....

Brisbane booked for Sept 29 and 30.
Onions Australia heads north for its annual conference
The Onions Australia Executive Committee will meet on September 29, with the Bejo Reg Miller Awards dinner to be held that evening at the Diana Plaza Hotel.The conference will be held the next day, Friday, September 30, with a bus leaving the Hotel at 6.45am for a tour of the Brisbane Markets.The Rocklea.....