This year, Batati LLC will gather the sixth Swiss sweet potato harvest. At this point in time, about 25% of the acreage has already been harvested. Co-director Simon van der Veer: “ The conditions were ideal during planting, but unlike in previous years the temperatures in summer were warm, but the temperatures in previous years were not reached.” For this reason, the harvest started about 10 days later than in 2019.
The yield of the fields already harvested is good, but outliers upwards and downwards are missing so far. What is striking is that more damage has been caused by wire worm this year. This harmful organism loves almost more sweet potatoes than ordinary potatoes. “How long we can deliver depends on the coming weeks and the size of the harvest,” says Christian Hurni, co-founder and director of Batati LLC. An accurate estimate cannot yet be made.
Batati is proud of the new stand with new processing Hall. In the hall there is the new warehouse with a capacity of about 1200 tonnes of sweet potatoes and the processing technique consisting of an optical sorting plant and automatic filling and weighing technique. “We wanted to take another step towards an efficient and rational under one roof. We have succeeded,” explains Christian Hurni, who deals with the technical and day-to-day management of the company.
Weeklynewsreview.com reports that, in Switzerland, there is a certain consolidation in cultivation. Some growers stop because of the risks or lack of market access, others increase their cultivation. The same is true of the companies that grow for Batati. In addition to the two company founders Christian Hurni and Simon van der Veer, nine other companies grow sweet potatoes for Batati.