Potatoes and Onions


Jamaica ambitious onion producing aims
By 2020, Jamaica hopes that it will be producing 40 per cent of the onions available on the domestic market. Three years ago, Jamaica was producing just six per cent of the onions consumed locally. Now it’s meeting 10-12 per cent of demand, around a quarter of the levels agriculture officials aim to.....

Tight NC sweet potato crop, but on track for next season
Heavy rains had an affect on the acreage for sweet potatoes in North Carolina. “Pack outs have not been as good this year so inventory is disappearing fast,” said Kelley Precythe of Southern Produce Distributors.Planting is finishing up for next season and is on track. Precythe said that as far as crops left.....


Dutch company signs agreement with Chinese potato processor
Over the past few months there have been quite a few meetings between project teams of the joint venture Linkage - Farm Frites and Kiremko. These meetings led to an agreement which makes the Dutch engineering company Kiremko, which is dedicated to the potato processing industry, the main supplier and.....


Romain Cools, Belgapom:
"Damage to potato harvest can't be estimated at the moment"
Stories about large losses in harvest in the Belgian sector due to the heavy rainfall are circulating in various media. "However no percentage can be tied to this at the moment, they are still too busy with the total damage inventory. It's impossible to estimate for the entire country, as it differs per.....

North-western Europe potato acreage to grow by 5%
The North-western European Potato growers (NEPG) expect the combined potato acreage in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain to be 552,000 hectares (1.36 million acres).This is an increase of 4.9 percent compared to last year and 3.5 percent over the 5 year running average.Acreage used.....


Princesse Amandine aims to become leader in French potatoes
Princesse Amandine potatoes are undergoing an ambitious marketing plan. Alex Lauriot-Prévost, Head of Marketing for the Princesse Amandine Association says “we want to make Princessse Amandine the Pink Lady of potatoes”. The firm-skinned white potato was developed by Germicopa in 1994. They have a €2 million.....

AU: Potato only diet man hits halfway point
Melbourne man Andrew Taylor is halfway through his radical diet which consists of eating only potatoes for a year, and he has dropped an astonishing 42kg — from 151kg down to 109kg — since January 1.“I’m not sick of potatoes yet. I actually still enjoy potatoes surprisingly enough,” he said.Mr Taylor said.....

Panama Canal could impact US onion industry
Onion industry members in the US are concerned that the newly opened expanded Panama Canal may have a negative impact on their industry. At a transportation meeting held in Ontario on June 28th,industry members fromIdaho-Eastern Oregon, expressed concern that enormous ships, like the Chinese container just.....


World Potato Congress Board changes: Who's in? Who's out?
On Tuesday 28 June David Thompson, President and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC) announced the retirement of Albert Wada, after an eight year term, as an active member the Board of Directors.David Thompson:"Mr. Wada has contributed significantly to World Potato Congress.""We fully appreciate his.....

India: Onion price drop devastates farmers
The drop in onion prices has shattered Indian farmers' hopes of making a profit this year; the crop is being sold at Rs. 6 to Rs. 12 per kg, a far cry from the Rs. 25 per kg it commanded last year. In the Vijayapura district, the third in the State of Karnataka for producing onion, the sharp fall in prices.....


André Boot, Hazera:
“This onion can be directly shipped to the Far East”
“If the tests are not lying, we now have an onion that can be directly shipped to the Far East. We would really have something unique on our hands then.” André Boot of Hazera is clearly very enthusiastic about the new biennial onion Contado. The strain shows such an unprecedented skin firmness during the.....


Demand of Maggiolina onions up due to good temperatures
The Maggiolina onion market has finally picked up pace. "We are in the middle of the campaign and sales always improve when it is sunny. The situation was kind of slow earlier with all the rain and low temperatures," explains Matteo Freddi fromFreddi Prodotti Ortofrutticoli.The majority of the production is.....


Hail damages new Chinese onion crop
Recently, the onion harvest and the air drying has already been completed in Shandong. Mister Liu from the Weifang prefecture says: “This year, due to cold weather in early spring, a part of the onion spouts were frozen to death, therefore the total output has shrunk to some extent. We forecast that the lost.....

Delay in sowing kharif onions
Fears over onion shortage for Nashik
Experts say that delays in the sowing of the kharif onions will have a knock on effect, delaying the harvest and causing a possible shortage on the market in October-November.At present, the onions arriving in the market are the summer crop harvested in March and April. These summer onions have a shelf-life.....

ConAgra Foods' EU partner to serve Russian market with joint venture
Lamb Weston / Meijer, a partnership between US-based ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Netherlands-based Meijer Frozen Food, announced on June 27th that they have signed an agreement with the Russian company Belaya Dacha to establish a new joint venture partnership that will serve the Russian market. The deal is.....


Pablo Tébar: "We want to continue growing in Brazil"
Spain: "The wide range of onion calibres makes us very competitive"
"We have received the first shipments of white onions, which have been packed and shipped to the Middle East. Today, we have already received the Medio Grano and are ready to start sorting and packing to be prepared for the first orders we get," explains Pablo Tébar, of the technical and export department of.....

Oregon researchers take on potato nematodes
Potato breeders at Oregon State University are working to identify the gene that makes certain potatoes resistant to nematodes, which could then be used to create new varieties. Columbia root-knot nematodes might be too small to see with the naked eye, but they can cause noticeable damage to potatoes if left.....


A list of potato varieties with best yields after 90 days
According to Emilia-Romagna producers, ideal potatoes are appealing, easy to peel, early and productive. On 15th June 2015, azienda agricola Daniele Montemaggi (Forlì-Cesena) held an open day to showcase the 2016 potato varieties with the help of Consorzio Agrario Adriatico.There were 22 potato varieties on.....

Panama to import 22,000 quintals of onion for the US
The Minister of Agricultural Development, Jorge Arango, confirmed yesterday during the transition meeting he held with Enrique Carles, who will occupy this position effective July 1, that twenty-two thousand quintals of onions from the United States will arrive in Panama next week.Carles, who is currently.....

Mexico suspends imports of US potatoes
Producers in the sector welcomed the decision to suspend imports of US potato made by the seventh district court.The National Confederation of Potato Producers stated that the legal battle to suspend potato imports from the US because, as they have warned, there are 59 identified pests that threaten the.....

Rise of sweet potato farming in Ghana
This season, the majority of farmers in Nabdam, Ghana, have decided to take up large scale cultivation of orange flesh sweet potato. The farmers drawn from several communities declared their intention at a Stakeholders Platform Forum, organized by the Participatory Action for Rural Development Alternatives.....

Adrie Vermeulen appointed new Chairman of Agrico Potato Coop
On June 17, Board of Members of the Agrico potato cooperative appointed Mr Adrie Vermeulen as chairman of the board commencing on December 20, 2016.Mr Vermeulen will take over the chairman’s gavel from Mr Jan Wolthuis on December 20. Mr Wolthuis has been chairman of the cooperative since 2011. In accordance.....


"After Japan and South Korea, we now focus on European expansion"
Roasted, ready-to-eat sweet potatoes new healthy hit snack
“To meet growing demand from our customers in South Korea and Japan, we, at the beginning of last year, have seriously boosted our frozen roasted sweet potato production,” explains Jenny Ma of Shandong Jining Green Living International Trade. “Our product is the result of a precise processing procedure. Part.....


China: hailstorm harms red onion crop
The red onions in Shandong province are already harvested. The sun drying process is also basically finished. Mr. Liu from Weifang explains that "a part of the young shoots were lost in the spring cold, so the production volume is reduced by some 20%."The price for yellow onions is about 1.30RMB/kg. Red.....

Venezuela will produce 10% of the potato it needs
The Director of the vegetable department of Fedeagro, Enmanuel Escalona, said that, according to the guild's estimates, Venezuela would harvest some 60,000 tons of potatoes this year.This volume represents 10% of the national consumption, Escalona stated in an interview.The initial prospects for 2016 -if the.....

Waste potatoes transformed into beauty creams
Waste from potato crops could be recycled into medical gels and beauty creams thanks to a new University of East Anglia (UEA) research project.With colleagues from the John Innes Centre (JIC), the University of Bath and the University of Exeter, UEA will pioneer new products for the pharmaceutical, beauty,.....


Danish onion, rhubarb season in full swing
The Danish onion and shallot season is in full swing, with many of the exports going to its largest market in Scandinavia along with mainland Europe. The season has been good up to now, with moderate temperatures and dry weather. The dry weather is not critical at this point and has not affected the crops,.....

AU: Onion growers gather to celebrate industry
Onion growers from across Australia gathered in Mannum, South Australia recently to celebrate their industry.The onion harvest dinner, co-hosted by Onions Australia and Enza Zaden, attracted 60 growers from most states of Australia.The highlight of the night was a keynote address by Enza Zaden’s head seed.....

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August
Flevostar Potato open day
There are two Flevostar Potato open days planned, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August. These days are intended for growers and buyers domestically and abroad, suppliers and consumers are also welcome on Saturday. "We are organising an open day where the entire chain can come to us and experiences the.....


"The lack of good calibres in China will boost our garlic sales"
Spain: Spring onion demand and price fell as season progressed
"Last week, the Spring onion sales came to an end and this week we have started harvesting the Medio Grano, which have a pretty good skin and colour. We hope to start loading the first shipments by the end of this week," explains Eduardo Pérez, commercial director of Cebollas Cifuentes.According to Eduardo,.....


Potatoes harvesting delayed in Bologna due to cold and rain
When talking about potatoes, people are now referring to the new produce of the 2016 season, and especially that from Apulia. The Sicilian season is now coming to an end. "Only 5% of the old production is left," explains Fedagro Acmo Bologna director Roberto Piazza.The "old" potatoes did rather well, as.....

Kenya, Netherlands in deal to boost potato yield
Kenya is set to launch new varieties of potatoes that will boost quality and yield.Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett told reporters on Monday that the 21 new varieties are part of a cooperation deal between Kenya and the Netherlands in agriculture.The varieties are currently being tested at the Kenya.....

Nashik's buffer stock of onions to reach 5,000 tonnes
So far 4,500 tonnes of onions have been procured by the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed) and it is expected that it will complete its target of 5,000 tonnes by this weekend starting Friday 17th June.After directives from the Centre, Nafed started procuring onions.....

15% of Armenian population eats bread and potato
Such products as fish and meat are unavailable for 33% of country's population due to high price.15% of Armenian population mainly eats bread and potato.The due conclusion was drawn by authors of the study held by the international organization Oxfam in Armenia and Georgia as part of the EU-financed program.....


Seed potato price paid to Dutch HZPC farmers exceeds 30 euro
HZPC Holland B.V., a leading potato breeding company sets the final price for harvest 2015 for its Dutch seed potato pool at € 30.28 per 100 kilo. This final seed potato price is 2.6% higher than the forecast price of € 29.50 that was published in March.Explanation of the price The average yield for.....

Scientists add nutrients to Rwandan sweet potatoes
Rwanda has partnered with the International Potato center that will help in research aimed at improving nutrients in local sweet potato variety.Sweet potatoes are widely grown and consumed across Rwanda. However, scientists from the international potato center advise nutrients such as vitamin A, iron and.....


Tanzania signs agreement with Netherlands to boost potato production
Potato growers in Tanzania stand to benefit from a new agreement between Netherlands and Tanzania, targeting to help farmers in the country boost the tubers production as well as being provided with potential market outlets abroad.The Netherlands Minister for Agriculture; Mr Martijn Van Dam and the Tanzania.....

Jan van der Ben, G. Sevenhuysen:
Netherlands: "More onions could have gone"
The Dutch onion season is coming to an end. "There are still single containers leaving, but no noteworthy amounts. A lot of packaging stations have already stopped. It's very hard to find good onions, you need a magnifying glass to find what's leaving in good trade," says exporter Jan van de Ben of the firm.....

Greece: Watermelons compensate at start of season
The Greek watermelon season is in full swing. The volume of production is estimated to be a lot larger than in the previous season, which means that prices have come down. “The first watermelons of this season were affected by the weather circumstances. In particular, there were large differences in.....

Advice on potato blight following first warning issued
The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Greenmount Campus have issued this year's first potato blight warning in Northern Ireland.The warning follows full infection periods recorded between 7 and 12 June at sites across Northern Ireland.There.....


Kees Bijl:
“Fairly good demand for new and old potatoes”
More than a week ago the first auction of early potatoes at Alvantho started. “The first potatoes are now finding their way to wholesaler’s and markets. They are not yet firm enough to supply to supermarkets, that will be from July, and larger volumes will become available then as well,” says Kees Bijl of.....


Potato parasite’s `toolkit’ revealed
Parasitic nematode worms cause billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year. Now an international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new.....


Jury still out on this year's sweet potato production
North Carolina's sweet potato growers are in the middle of planting this year's crop, and it's still unclear whether production will match or fall short of the previous year's crop. Growers planned on more acreage this season, but cool weather could limit early production. Normal .....

P.E.I potato soap puts wasted spuds to good use
Pieter Ijsselstein is a craftsman on Prince Edward Island, whose latest product may find an international audience. Ijsselstein has created soap out of the Island's famous potatoes and hopes that the P.E.I brand will mean his products can enter markets across Canada and abroad.Ijsselstein said using starchy.....

UK potato prices have sharply increased
Potato prices in the United Kingdom, from the start of this year, have risen more steeply than at any other period since 2000. However, not all growers will benefit from this as the season is drawing to a close, and many growers have little stock left.In the week to June 3, the AHDB average free-buy prices.....

India's onion exports increased 33% in FY2015-16
During the first 11 months of the Financial Year 2015-16, onion exportsfrom India increased by 33% to Rs. 23.62 billion. The data compiled by the National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation revealed that about 9,80,566 tonnes of onions were exported during the 11 months of 2015-16 fiscal, as.....

Production on the rise in Guinea's potato basket
Potato cultivation is on the rise in Guinea, as it is in many African countries, although it is still very limited there. The highlands of Fouta Djallon is the home of intensive agriculture in central Guinea, as the region receives a great deal of rainfall. It is here where potatoes are a dominant crop.Some.....

With 100,000 metric tons the largest new potato area in Germany
Start of the new potato harvest, “Palatine spuds”
In the south west of Germany the farmers started with the harvest of the first German new potatoes. Hans-Peter Briegel, a former football player of the national team, is the Palatine new potato ambassador in the season 2016/17.Since the harvest started on only a few of the 303 farms the fresh potatoes will.....

Odisha gov't way behind potato cold storage target
The Odisha Government is lagging way behind its target to create more potato cold storage capacity in the state by 2017-18. As per the recommendations of the Task Force headed by the Agriculture Secretary, the State Government last year decided to construct 112 new cold stores of 5000 tonnes capacity each by.....

Nashik onion farmers protest crash in prices
On Sunday 12 June, state co-operatives minister Chandrakant Patil visited the town of Niphad tehsil, in Nashik; during his visit, farmers staged demonstrations in protest against the recent crash in onion prices. The growers demanded a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 2,000 per quintal for onions during the.....

Kenya-Netherlands strengthen potato farming ties
The Kenyan ministry of agriculture plans to strengthen collaboration with its counterparts from the Netherlands in potato and dairy farming.Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Willy Bett said technical cooperation with the Netherlands will be revived to boost the cultivation of improved potato.....

Dutch partnership building potato factory in China
In May 2016 APH Group signed a large contract with Inner Mongolia Linkage Potato Co., Ltd for the delivery of a Miedema potato handling and transport system and an Omnivent climate control system. These two systems will form the interior of a potato storage building with a capacity of 140,000 metric ton of.....


Nele van Elven:
“There has never been a shortage of potatoes before”
Several regions in Belgium have been hit by heavy rainfall, but some lots were spared from the excessive rain. Much rainfall occurred especially in west Flanders, Wallonia experienced much less rain. “We can conclude that our lots fortunately turned out better than expected,” says Nele van Elven of Van Elven.....


China: Jiangsu garlic quality beats expectations
"Pizhou is a central region of garlic production in Jiangsu province, at the East coast of China. The harvest has come to an end. Most of our crop, up to 80%, will first be dried before we will sell it," says Mr. Guo Wantao, chairman of the Pizhou Fangxin Garlic Plantation Cooperative.Jiangsu ProvinceYield.....


Prospect Economic Bureau ING
“Strong potato and onion season 2015/16”
Cultivators who grow potatoes and onions had a good price-making process during the 2015/16 season. Prices during the September-March period were 30 per cent higher than average for potatoes and 65 per cent for onions. Regarding last season potato prices almost quadrupled and onion prices more than doubled......

Lower volumes of red onions in Egypt
800x600 The Egyptian production of red onions of this season is going to have a much smaller volume than last season. This is in part due to adverse weather conditions leading to smaller sizes and some diseases. However, according to Wael Soliman of the Egyptian grower and export.....


Best Vidalia onion season in recent history
“This year, we’ve had near perfect growing conditions for Vidalia onions,” says John Shuman, President of Shuman Produce. The company grows 2,300 acres of Vidalia onions and this year is the best growing year in recent history. As a result, most Vidalia onions have been trending toward jumbo and colossal.....


Planting season is on track
Sweet potato prices expected to go up
This time of the year is planting season for sweet potatoes. “We are planting as hard as we can and it is going well as the weather is very cooperative,” says Kelley Precythe with Southern Produce. The region had a good amount of rainfall, but was not hindered by delayed planting. As a result, planting is.....

Nashik: More onion arrivals, but prices hold steady
On Monday 6 June, arrivals of onions at Lasalgaon Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) increased by 25 percent compared to the previous week. However, the average wholesale price remained steady at Rs 825 per quintal.Around 15,000 quintals of onions were auctioned at Lasalgaon on Monday, against.....

Brazil buys 50,000 tons of purple garlic from Arequipa
The State of Acre (Brazil) placed an order for 50,000 tons of purple garlic from Arequipa. In the local market, a kilo of this product costs about 6 soles. In the Brazilian market, it would cost more than $4 dollars.The president of the Agricultural Society of Arequipa (SADA), Justo Diaz Cano, acknowledged.....


Contract farming of potatoes best practice in Egypt
800x600 Sonac, an Egyptian exporter based in Alexandria is about to finish its potato season. However, according to Export Manager Dalia Gamal, the current situation of the potato sector isn’t as good as it should be. The prices for potatoes are low, which has led to lower than usual.....


UK chipping potato producer installs Dutch technology
Following the successful installation of Omnivent’s suction ventilation system, PJ Lee and Sons renovated their stores with the OmniCuro control system for 9 box stores (12.200 tons) at the Sutton Gault Pack House facility and have retrofitted the control systems into their other outlying stores.PJ Lee and.....

US$4.5m invested in Zambian potato production
A project which aims to substitute potato imports, as well as create export opportunities for the crop, has been set up in Zambia. Potato seed for smallholder farmers in Northern Province will be produced through the partnership between AgDevCo and Saise Farming Enterprises Limited.In response to a query.....

Eurostat figures 2014
Only 0.6% of EU's potatoes produced in Ireland
Eurostat has released new figures on the potato sector, which reveal that in 2014, Ireland produced only 0.6% of the EU’s potatoes. The figures also show that just 1% of arable land in Ireland is now devoted to potato growing, compared to an EU average of 1.5% and a high of 15% in the Netherlands.However on.....

Spain: Tight profit margin for onion traders
According to some traders, while demand is high in Europe, retail prices are going down at the moment and are not much higher than those paid at origin. "After the onions have been handled, the prices paid on the market have given us a tight profit margin," explains a Castilian-Manchegan trader. The.....

Good onion season for prices, but sales an issue from February 1
It is very calm on the onion market at the moment. "There is some going towards the Caribbean area, a load or two to Africa and some trade within Europe, but otherwise it is dribs and drabs," says a spokesperson from an onion sorting and packaging station from Kruiningen, The Netherlands. "All in all it has.....

Potato production down 40% in Nepalese district
In the northern region of Makwanpur district in Nepal, drought has caused potato output to be cut by up to 40 percent. The dry spell which lasted from April to May, directly affected potato production, which is the main source of income for farmers in the district.Madhusudhan Acharya, agricultural technician.....

Kangaroo Island potato producer wins prestigious industry award
Kangaroo Island potato producer Peter Cooper has been named the 2016 Rabobank Potatoes South Australia and Ruralco Industry Award winner.Recognised as a future leader in the potato industry, Mr Cooper took out the prestigious award which includes a scholarship to attend Rabobank’s Executive Development.....

Veg soared to 66.9% in last 12 months
Colombia's May inflation hits 15 year high
In May, Colombia's inflation rate hit 8.2%, the highest it has been since 2001, when rates reached 8.49%. According to the country’s statistics agency, food costs spiked a staggering 13.46% compared to a year ago.The prices of some vegetables have soared to 66.9% in the last twelve months, like potatoes that.....


Fire damages Irish potato company
On Wednesday 1 June, at around 08.15, a fire broke out at the Meade Potato Company in Lobinstown, Navan, Co. Meath in Ireland. The fire has caused significant damage, although a spokesperson for Meade Potato Company said that no one was injured, and the fire was contained quickly in an isolated area at the.....