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Potatoes and Onions

Doing more with fewer people

The development of box fillers has increased dramatically in recent years. Wevano's new box filler and (de)stacker takes a lot of work off your hands, adds to a calm workplace, and is product-friendly. The buffer bunker serves as a fall breaker and drops to just under the conveyor belt, thus minimizing the fall height In the…

Smuggled white onions worth $35k found in Manila raid

Smuggled onions worth over $35 726 was found in a weekend raid in Tondo, Manila in the Philippines.  The customs authorities found 1 147 bags of white onions inside a warehouse.…

Europe's largest sweet potato-producing region is located in Cadiz

Sweet potato cultivation in Sanlúcar de Barrameda has experienced rapid growth over the past decade. This southern Spanish coastal municipality in the province of Cadiz is…

Need for smart, sustainable storage systems greater than ever

Mild temperatures during harvesting are not ideal for storing potatoes and onions. To maintain quality during storage, good storage solutions are essential. And these systems are becoming increasingly smart. Omnicuro Omnivent is hard at work developing drying and storage control systems. This Dutch…

Steven De Cuyper, Agristo:

"Global demand for frozen potato products remains high"

"After a few tense years, we're, once again, in a position to put our products on the world map," begins Steven De Cuyper, director of Agristo's Agro division, which produces and markets frozen potato products worldwide. He sees that global demand for these products remains high. "The need for…

Potatoes, carrots, parsnips part of more expensive UK 2022 Christmas dinner

Potatoes, carrots and parsnips are part of the fresh produce that will be more expensive on the plates of consumers during this Christmas according to the Mintec Benchmark…

The future of roots and tubers under one CGIAR

At the 19th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Root and Tuber Crops (ISTRC) held from 21-25 November, Nairobi, Kenya, speakers and panelists at a CGIAR side event underlined the importance of root and tuber crops as shock absorbers to help transform food, land, and water systems in a…

Negros Occidental, Philippines

Governor Lacson wants more storage facilities for onions

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson plans to establish storage facilities for onions, as the costs of these products are soaring. Lacson also advised onion farmers…

BLE

BLE Potatoes Week 47/48:

'Season of early Cypriot potatoes will begin soon'

Overall, marketing of table potatoes was fairly quiet. Demand was rather weak in the run-up to Christmas. Nevertheless, supply and demand were in balance throughout. In terms of their prices, therefore, sellers did not actually have to change anything. According to the BLE, the first imports of Cypriot…

Nick Bakelaar, Spot: "Busily preparing for the post-Christmas period"

"Early switch from Spanish, Egyptian sweet potatoes to U.S. expected"

The U.S. sweet potato season, for both local and export sales, is back in full swing at Spot. "The first containers arrived a few weeks ago, and the demand for the U.S. sweet potatoes has been good," says Nick Bakelaar, this Dutch company's commercial manager. After a not-so-good season, things are looking…

Norwegian company deal with Argentine farmer to de-carbonise potato crisps

Yara, a Norwegian company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Argentina's biggest potato farmer, El Parque Papas, over deliveries of fertilizers produced without…

Potato market update 30th November

World Potato Market reports that exports from EU reached record levels in September

Retail sales and consumption were steady, with cooling temperatures leading to higher consumption. Growing conditions for the remainder of the crop, concentrated in Cork and…

Onion prices down at Yeshwanthpur APMC, Bengaluru

A significant drop in prices, resulting from a huge harvest, is worrying tomato and onion farmers in Karnataka, who are now demanding a Minimum Support Price. The Kolar…

Nueva Ecija onion farmers do not gain from higher prices

Smuggled white onions are said to be flooding Luzon markets

Yesterday, president Rosendo So from farmer’s group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) said that smuggled white onions flood local wet markets, saying confiscated…

US potato sales up almost 18% over last year

US potato sales rose almost 18% this year compared to last year, according to a report from Potatoes USA. Total sales for all forms of potatoes – fresh, frozen, canned and so forth – were nearly $4 billion in July-September 2022, an increase of 17.8% over July-September 2021. Among fresh potatoes, dollar…

Next Europatat Congress will take place in Gdańsk on 5-7 June 2023

The Polish Potato Federation and Europatat have announced that the next Europatat Congress will take place in the city of Gdańsk (Poland) from 5 to 7 June 2023. The annual Europatat event has become a key platform to assess the state of play of the potato sector and to communicate the priorities and…

Anke Bot

Nefs aardappelen:

"You have to pay attention"

"There's good demand," begins Kees Nefs of the Dutch company Nefs Aardappelen about the fresh-cut fries market. Besides peeled and unpeeled potatoes, he supplies fresh-cut fries mainly to cafeterias and eateries. Kees says demand is back to pre-pandemic levels. What does remain from that time is restaurants doing deliveries.…

Shortage of onions in the Philippines

Sinag president Rosendo So has warned that retail prices of onions could reach P400 per kilo (€6.80) as he noted a shortage in the supply of the products. So said in an…

Jim Ertler - Premium Fresh

“We are running along reasonably, but I expect yields to be reduced due to the cooler, wet weather"

Although Tasmania has not had the extreme weather seen down the east coast of mainland Australia it has still been wetter and colder than normal. This is having an effect on the new season onions. Jim Ertler from Premium Fresh said that although harvest is still a bit away he is not expecting a record…

Market and Crop Update for December 1, 2022

'Demand for Washington onions is good this week'

MARKETWashington:Matt Murphy with L&M Cos. in Raleigh, NC, told us on Nov. 30 his company’s Warden, WA, demand is good this week. “Demand’s been pretty normal,” Matt said.…

Pakistan has become the main supplier of potatoes to the Uzbek market

According to the State Statistics Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan imported 404 100 tonnes of potatoes worth $65.9 million from 16 countries in…

Over 50 countries represented at Interpom 2022

From 27 to 29 November, the European potato industry gathered at Interpom 2022 in the Kortrijk Xpo, with the theme 'Towards healthy growth'. "However, we are also seeing more and more growers, processors and traders from other continents," report the organisers. It was a very well-attended event,…

The Ruys Groep: "Spend investment capital as efficiently as possible"

"It starts at the design phase. To design a space well, you must have a so-called puddle-free floor," says Hendrik Ruys, the Ruys Groep director. This Dutch company does industrial flooring for new and remodeled buildings, including for the potato processing industry. In that sector, proper drainage to…

Retail price of red onions in Metro Manila surge to P300 a kilo

The retail price of red onions in Metro Manila has surged to P300 a kilo (€5.12) as of Monday, from P180 a year ago. Still, the Department of Agriculture would not say whether…

Schaap Holland:

"Potatoes are becoming popular again"

"Basic product sales are up," begins Moniek Wisse, Schaap Holland's account manager for, among others, marketing freshly peeled potatoes to the retail and foodservice sectors. That is not surprising, given the economic conditions. "Potatoes let you put a healthy, sustainable, affordable meal on the…

Nigeria: Growers harvest first batch of biotech-potatoes

At the start of 2022 in Jos, the National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), under the Feed the Future Global Biotech Potato Partnership project that seeks to resolve the…

PepsiCo Alimentos Venezuela launches program to train potato growers in the region

PepsiCo is the largest consumer of potatoes in Venezuela, with around 2,400 tons. PepsiCo Alimentos Venezuela has launched its ‘Agro with Purpose’ program, hoping to learn new…

Potato production in Kazakhstan increased by almost 12% in 2022

The harvest of all types of vegetables increased in the 2022 season in Kazakhstan. In particular, potato production increased by 11.9%. According to the Minister of…

Pierre Gélébart, Prince de Bretagne:

“The current economic context keeps the onion market balanced in spite of the drop in production”

The French onion production has been impacted by the summer drought, with a significant decrease in volumes. “Like most European producers, we have suffered from the heat waves of the summer,” explains Pierre Gélébart, product manager at Prince de Bretagne. “As a consequence, our yields have dropped by…

Wim Lannoey, Remo-Frit:

"It's wonderful that we can work together to ensure that French fries remain affordable"

"Fresh French fries sales to the hospitality sector are shrinking somewhat, but those to food service and industry remain normal," begins Wim Lannoey, Managing Director of the Belgian potato processing company Remo-Frit. Sales to especially cafeterias have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. "Sales to…

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NZ program aims to provide potato and vegetable growers with nitrogen management tool

Sustainable Vegetable Systems (SVS) is a $7.5 million dollar multi-tiered research program, funded by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, led and co-funded by…

Leaders honored at Prince Edward Island Potato Board banquet

The Prince Edward Island potato industry gathered for its annual awards dinner for the first time since 2020. The industry thanked Premier Dennis King, former Minister of Agriculture Bloyce Thompson, current Minister of Agriculture Darlene Compton and the provincial government for their hard work during…

Tim van Haandel, Mulder Onions:

"Challenge to translate rising Dutch onion purchase price into exports"

"The onion export sector is finding it increasingly difficult to give growers the ever-rising prices they currently want. Purchase prices were stable for a long time with a…

Phil Bird - Intergrow

“Europe and Asia are down 15-20% on volume, so we expect good demand for NZ onions"

The 2023 New Zealand onion season is looking very good. As many regions in the world like Europe and Asia are expecting less production. “Europe and Asia are down 15-20% on volume, so we expect good demand for high quality NZ onions,” said Phil Bird from Integrow Marketing. “The volume of onions from New…

Georgia starts importing potatoes as local stocks are running out

EastFruit analysts once again pay attention to the potato market in Georgia. Recall that Samtskhe-Javakheti, a key producing region, had a poor harvest this season, which led…

Vietnamese sweet potatoes enter Chinese market via official channels

According to a notice from the General Administration of Customs of China, sweet potatoes of Vietnam must meet phytosanitary requirements, which are related to cultivation,…

Maharashtra onion farmers to protest next week unless government increases prices

Onion farmers in Maharashtra will stage a protest next week if the state government does not increase the prices of the vegetable. Their threat comes in the wake of prices at…

UK: Defra raises seed potato derogation granted to Canada with EU

The UK government has acted on requests that it seek the same derogations for Scottish seed potatoes that allowed imports to the EU from parts of Canada. Imports of seed…

A group of researchers is trying to save Colombia's 'native' potatoes

A group of researchers from a project funded by the Fontagro organization, which includes the participation of a Bolivian university and associations that seek to safeguard…

South Australian onion growers have some great opportunities

Jarryd Dolling, of Dolling Produce in the south-east region of South Australia, is growing onions at various locations in the region; these are planted from April through…

Reduction in supply makes prices for onions go up in Ukraine

After a short period of stability onion prices in Ukraine have begun to rise again, EastFruit project analysts reported. The reason for the price increase in the segment was,…

Still higher than 2021 levels

UK free-buy potato prices decline in November

The Mintec benchmark price for packing potatoes in the UK declined by 5% month-on-month, to GBP 190/MT on the week of 23 November. The price of potatoes has gradually dropped…

Pakistani traders ask government to allow tax-free imports of onions

Pakistani traders have expressed concern over shortage of onions in the country, asking the federal government to allow duty-free import of the commodity to facilitate people.…

Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers celebrate 100 years of cooperation

Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato Growers is celebrating its centennial this year. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined cooperative members, processors and others to…

higher capacity, optimised cup laying and longer lifetime

Presentation of updated potato parting machine at Interpom

"The demand for cutting machines for halving and quartering potatoes remains undiminished within the market. This development requires extra attention and therefore, based on current machine data and wishes/needs of our customers, our R&D engineers have rolled out several updates for the Start/Stop…

NASA Earth Observatory

Almost one-third of US potatoes are grown in Idaho’s Snake River Plain

Idaho is the top potato producing state in the United States. Almost one-third of the nation’s potatoes are grown in the Snake River Plain, a belt of low-lying land that extends across southern Idaho. Image: NASA Earth Observatory  The image above, acquired on July 11, 2022, with the Operational Land Imager…

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Growing harvest volumes, high degree of self-sufficiency

Swiss onion sector on the upswing

The onion is one of the most important products within Swiss vegetable production. The yellow table onion is the second most important open ground crop by acreage, coming in behind the carrot. It is also among the most consumed vegetables in Switzerland, according to lid. Annual per capita consumption is…

Onions missing from shelves in New Zealand due to tough growing season

Onions are one of New Zealand’s largest vegetable export earners. About 90% of the onions grown in New Zealand are exported. However, a tough growing season has led to a…

Western Nigeria

Kwara State Government trains women and students in potato processing

The Kwara State Government, in conjunction with the Agricultural Development Project, has trained over 40 women and students on the processing of sweet potatoes into…

Potato market update 23rd November

As weather has become colder, retail demand and household consumption have increased

Since the weather has become colder, retail demand and household consumption of potatoes have increased. The last few weeks have been particularly challenging for growers…

MSP Gillian Martin

“Scottish potato growers have ‘lost massively’ Post-Brexit”

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has urged the British government to involve Scottish agriculture and the Scottish government on trade decisions affecting the sector. Ms…

National Potato Conference in Ireland:

‘Growers need fair share of market price for a sustainable future’

Speaking at the National Potato Conference in Co Meath, IFA President Tim Cullinan called on the newly-approved Office for Fairness and Transparency in the Agri Food Supply…

Potatoes remain the most traded agricultural product in South Africa

According to the National Agricultural Marketing Council’s Smallholder Market Access estimates for September, potatoes continue to be the largest traded agricultural product…

Lasalgaon agricultural produce market: Steady supply leads to dip in onion prices

Prices of onions usually go up in November, a lean month when availability dips. This year, however, steady supplies have caused prices to crash. Wholesale rates in November…

Canadian growers invest $10,000 in St. John Ambulance

Peak of the Market Ltd. is proud to announce an important contribution to St. John Ambulance. St. John Ambulance is part of the world’s oldest charitable organization founded close to 1,000 years ago. In Canada, St. John Ambulance has done important work for nearly 140 years and is committed to serving…

P.E.I. potato farmers still hurting from 2021 export ban to US

Prince Edward Island potato growers are still feeling the impact of lost commerce, one year after a four-month ban of table potato shipments to the US began. Canada stopped…

Aeroponic potato farming

Growing potatoes 'in thin air' could increase profits up to 20 percent

Although potato farming takes place on a vast scale in India, crops often get destroyed by unseasonable rains or drought. To help combat these problems, experts have been focusing on a new method of potato production. Farmers will now be able to grow potatoes ‘in thin air’. Also, this will be less…

Thanksgiving movement “one of the strangest ever”

“I’m seeing one of the strangest Thanksgivings ever.” This is what Ken Gad of Cambridge Farms Inc. says as he looks out at the potato movement currently. “I want to say there are the chosen few who were very busy going into it. Though starting early last week even, you could buy anything you wanted from…

Potato volumes in Sudan to decline by 15 percent

Like many countries in the Arab region, Sudan is also experiencing rising production costs that have forced farmers to reduce their acreage. Sudanese potato grower, United Inspire, is planting an area of 46 hectares this season, with the variety "Sufra". Mr. Motasim Ahmed, general manager of the company,…

Irish Farmers’ Association: Potato storage costs have more than doubled YoY

About 10-15% of this year’s ware potato crop still to be harvested

Teagasc potato specialist Shay Phelan has stated that between 10% and 15% of this year’s ware potato crop is still in the ground: “Significant tonnages are yet to be harvested…

Minister Compton wants to address potato wart problems

New bill would allow PEI government to limit what crops can be grown

Prince Edward Island Minister of Agriculture Darlene Compton has tabled legislation that would give the provincial government a lead role in trying to prevent the spread of…

Scottish seed potato growers continue to struggle due to post-Brexit negotiations

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has urged the UK government to involve Scottish agriculture and the Scottish government on trade decisions affecting the sector. Ms…

Kenya sees rising demand for cassava and sweet potatoes

In Kenya, the demand for roots and tubers crops including cassava and sweet potatoes is expected to continue to grow. According to Dr Oscar Magenya, the Agriculture Research…

BZL

BLE: Self-sufficiency rate rises to 150 percent

German citizens are again eating fewer fresh potatoes

According to preliminary data from the German Federal Agricultural Information Center (BZL), each German citizen consumed 20.3 kilograms of fresh table potatoes (down 3.7 kilograms) and 35.8 kilograms of potato products, such as French fries, potato salad or chips (up 200 grams) in marketing year…

Zamboanga City, Philippines

Prices of imported red onions reach P300 per kilo

As demand soared, the prices of imported red onions have been shooting up, reaching to as much as P300 per kilo in Zamboanga City. This was a marked increase from the P260-per…

Bangladesh: Onion cultivation in Kushtia District exceeds target

Farmers in the Kushtia District of Bangladesh are busy taking care of the winter onion harvest as they expect larger profits than in the last season. This year, the price of…

Rene Tiggelman, Handelsmaatschappij van Langevelde:

"Rising Dutch onion prices halt exports to Far East, Africa continues quite well"

The current Dutch onion price increase is restricting exports. "Early last week, things were still going well. But during the week, prices - reportedly dictated by growers -…

New Zealand faced with a great onion shortage

Figures from Stats NZ last week show brown onions are about 72 cents per kg more than at this time last year, with red onions being even dearer. Apart from this, fruit and…

Leon van den Oord, Jac van den Oord Potatoes:

"Dutch 'stamppot' potatoes remain all time winter classic"

The 'stamppot', a traditional Dutch mash potato dish, remains an all time classic in the country's winter months. Jac van den Oord Potatoes capitalizes on this with their Special Purpose Pomatoes line, selecting potatoes especially for stamppot. "Colder weather is favorable in general for the potato business,…

Joost Debeuckelaere, Waltson Chips:

"People increasingly appreciate local, artisanal chips' added value; especially around Christmas"

The festive season is slowly approaching: always a hectic time for Waltson artisanal chips. "More people are starting to appreciate the added value of local, artisanal chips over industrial ones, especially during the holidays. People like giving their friends and family slightly more special chips,"…

Ukraine: Onion production at lowest level since 2015

This year, Ukrainian farmers will harvest 732,000 tons of onions, which is 29% less than last year and is the lowest level of production since 2015. Experts say the area sown…

So far, only hardy organic baby potatoes

Seven supermarket chains in the Netherlands agree on 100% robust potatoes for their organic ranges

On Friday, 31 Dutch chain parties signed a new deal in which they pledged to switch entirely to organic robust potato varieties. That means Bintje, Frieslander, and Agria will no longer be grown organically. Instead, seven supermarket chains will offer potato varieties that are resistant to Phytophthora.…

Orange and mango exports at $6.35 and $4.86 million

Egypt: Agri exports hit $124 mln in first 8 months of 2022

Egypt’s exports of agricultural crops came to $123.52 million during the first eight months of 2022. In the January-August 2022 period, Egypt’s exports of grapes stood at…

Lamb Weston Holdings to acquire remaining interests in European joint venture Lamb-Weston/Meijer

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase the remaining equity interests in its European joint venture with Meijer Frozen Foods B.V.…

Movement steady on below average onion supplies

Onion supplies are short right now. “Generally speaking, supplies by region so far are average or just slightly below average with the exception of the Treasure Valley which is Idaho-Eastern Oregon,” says John Harris of Paradigm Fresh. “They are severely short--probably down 25-30 percent. There were a…

Prices for low-quality potatoes in Moldova are not increasing so far

For the third week on the Moldovan fruit and vegetable market, the wholesale price for potatoes is stuck at around 7 MDL/kg ($0.37/kg). This is a high price; over the past few…

Philippines land bank gives close to $20 million in loans to support onion industry

The onion industry in the Philippines will see large growth after huge investments in the form of loans by the Land Bank worth 1.1 Billion Pesos (about $19.18 million). The…

Philippines to import 7000 metric tons of red onions to counter high prices

The Philippines government is considering importing 7 000 metric tons of red onions after retail prices hit P300 ($5.2) per kg, well above the P170 ($2.96) suggested price.…

Bangladesh to plant more onions to secure supply

The government of Bangladesh, through agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, encouraged the cultivation of onions during the summer off season to ensure supply.  While the country…

Europatat sends joint letter on new genomic techniques

Europatat, together with other 26 agri-food value chain partners, has sent a letter to the Commission welcoming the plans for an Initiative on New Genomic Techniques (NGTs)…

Felix Molenaar, Fa Molenaar:

"Divided Dutch potato market"

Felix Molenaar, of the Dutch potato and vegetable wholesaler Molenaar, cannot complain about the current local market. "Demand is stable. The worst pandemic pressure's over, and packaged potatoes sales, in particular, are slightly higher than before," he says. "Inflation favors somewhat cheaper food. There's also good demand…

Austrian potato variety trials successful

Austria held potato variety trials on 16 cultivars at four different locations, some of which were under severe drought during the year. The Austrian Agency for Health and…

Potato market update 16 November:

25% of Ireland's main potato crop still to be harvested

Irish growers continue to harvest where possible, with some progress being made in the last week but conditions were very difficult. While some growers are completely…

Tim O'Malley - Nationwide Produce & British Onion Producers Association

British onion production down 100,00 t, EU down 1million tons

Back in early October Tim O'Malley, Managing Director at Nationwide Produce warned -  “don’t underestimate the drought”.He said we are now starting to see the stats coming through for the2022 growing season to support that statement. "Let’s just pick on one crop to illustrate this. A crop close to my heart…

Dorfinger KG

Austrian potato packer Dorfinger KG relies on traceNET and PECS enterprise resource planning systems

"Not just increasing the quality of our products, but learning a lot about the business operations as well"

Since 2020, Dorfinger KG - one of the largest potato, onion and garlic packaging companies in Austria - has been relying on traceNET, the enterprise resource planning system for the food industry from activeIT. Production processes have been controlled and optimized since 2021 with PECS, the production…

Sandrine Tual, Pomliberty

France: Gwenne potato arrives in supermarkets with a simple and unique packaging

Since 2015, Pomliberty has been in charge of developing the Gwenne potato, a variety created by Germicopa. Produced for the most part in the Hauts-de-France, the Gwenne is a consumption potato with a behavior close to a firm flesh. The variety is oval, with a medium size and a yellow flesh protected by a…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

"Overall domestic onion production volumes seem to be way below previous season"

The 2022 eastern Australia floods were one of the nation's worst recorded flood disasters, with a series of floods that occurred from February to April in South East Queensland, the Wide Bay–Burnett and parts of coastal New South Wales. "Australia’s growing and production regions experienced some relief…

India's Hubballi market sees 50% drop in onion arrivals

The local supply of onions to India's Hubballi APMC market in Karnataka has dropped by 50%. This is due to producers who are hit by the heavy rain being unable to supply due…

LDAF commissioner proclaims Louisiana sweet potato day

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M, has proclaimed November 15 as Louisiana Sweet Potato Day in recognition of the 70th…

Australian potato supplier opens biggest packing facility in Southern Hemisphere

Australian potato supplier, the Pye Group has officially opened the largest potato packing facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere this week. The $45million 15,000 sqm…

Thanksgiving staple food prices up 16% in 2022

With prices of key staples such as turkey, butter, vegetables, wheat, and sugar all increasing by double-digit percentages over the previous year, Mintec’s Thanksgiving Dinner…

Release potatoes from warehouse Bengal chief minister asks traders

In an attempt to bring down the price of potatoes, the chief minister of India's Bengal asked traders to release 50% of the potatoes in cold stores.  This is to combat consistently…

Pakistan sees 300% rise in onions, 100% in tomato and garlic-ginger prices

In Pakistan the prices of staple vegetables such as onions, increased by 300%, tomatoes 100%, garlic and ginger also 100%.  A survey done at markets in the capital city of Islamabad…

Georgian potato prices increasing

Potato prices in Georgia are increasing compared to the same time last year. The prices of spuds in stores costs more from 0.60 ($0.30) in 2021 to currently up to 2.5 kg…

Sky high production and storages costs could reduce area in 2023

6% less potato production in the NEPG zone

During its last meeting on November 9, 2022, the NEPG estimates that global potato production 2022 in the NEPG zone (EU-04) will be down by 6 % compared to last year. Rains in September helped a good deal of the potato fields to make additional tons late September - beginning of October. Global…

Gonzalo González, of HZPC:

"Seed potatoes in most demand are the smallest, and those abound this year"

This year, the weather has been a decisive factor for many European campaigns, especially for potatoes. This year, this staple food has been affected by an unusually hot and dry summer across the continent (with the exception of the Netherlands, according to the latest data). The yields per hectare and…

Tough growing season drives high onion prices

Onions are currently more expensive than usual due to a tough growing season and the increased price of things like fertiliser and diesel. One retailer says the brown onion…

Chinese potato imports allowed by Myanmar military Junta could destroy local market

Potato farmers in Myanmar reportedly said the military Junta's allowance of Chinese potato imports could destroy the local market in  the Shan State. Farmers fear that cheaper Chinese…

Tanzania:

Onion farmers lament price plunge blamed on shortage of buyers

Onion farmers in Karatu District, Arusha Region, are grappling with the drastic fall of the producer prices of their cash cow. The crop is now selling at Sh50,000 per bag from…

FAM, Stumabo and Kiremko start global partnership

Kiremko, manufacturer of turnkey potato processing lines and FAM Stumabo, worldwide known for their progressive industrial potato cutting solutions and innovative shapes produced through hydrocutting systems, have entered a long-term global partnership. In this partnership FAM (a Kiremko-partner for more…

National Potato Council:

After USDA risk assessment, NPC urges increased protections to prevent PEI potato wart spread

On Thurs., Nov. 10, the National Potato Council and a dozen state potato associations issued a letter to USDA Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Services Jenny Moffitt…

Confepapa welcomes the Government's decision

Venezuela bans the entry of Colombian potatoes

The national government decided to issue an ordinance prohibiting the entry of Colombian potatoes into Venezuela just one month after the commercial reopening of the border…

Hat trick for Dutch onions

EU, UK expects 6.3 million ton onion harvest

This past season, for the third time in a row, Dutch onion exports reached record highs. The counter eventually ticked past 1.3 million tons, the Holland Onion Association reports. That won't be easy to match this season. In fact, the onion cultivation boom that began at the turn of the century in the…

Potato prices in Ukraine are growing for the first time since the beginning of autumn

After a three-week reduction, prices for potatoes in Ukraine have started growing, EastFruit project analysts report. According to them, the main reason for the increase in…

Guido Aaldering, Aaldering Bio-UI:

"We're not an aggressive market player; we'd rather build relationships"

You can rightly call Guido Aaldering a Dutch organics pioneer. In 1993 he started growing organic arable products and packaging organic onions. Aaldering stopped farming in 2005 to focus entirely on packaging organic onions. "It was thought that market share would reach five percent in 1995, ten in 2000,…

Lower potato harvest on cards for parts of India after damaging rains

Heavy October rains and more expensive seeds are likely to affect the potato harvest of the Uttar Pradesh area in India. The producers had to sow for a second time after the…

Potato harvest in Alava ends with 30% lower production

"Household potato consumption is falling"

The potato harvest has come to a close in Alava, where the production has fallen by almost 30% compared to the previous year due to lower yields, as the acreage has remained similar to that of the previous season. The harvest, especially the one from seed potatoes, has been affected mainly by the high…

Potato shortage in Australia is 'very likely' in coming months

According to the vice-president of horticulture at the Victorian Farmers’ Federation it’s 'very likely' that Australia will face a potato shortage in coming months. Kathryn…

Potato Market Update: Poor Irish harvest conditions, good EU demand

In Ireland retail sales and consumption have picked up and stabilised since the weather has deteriorated. Harvest conditions remain very poor following heavy rainfall over…

Financial incentives for potato growers who focus on regenerative agriculture and sustainability

The 2022 growing season brought its own set of challenges for producers depending on the crop you grow and your location. These challenges varied from wet weather early on to…

Egypt:

Favorable weather promises a good quality harvest of garlic and red onions

With colder temperatures at this end of the year, the weather in Egypt is favorable for red onion and garlic production, and promises a good quality harvest, according to Ralph Nakal of producer Tomna. "Although it is difficult to comment on volumes before the actual harvest in January, we expect a…

Made by RG Impianti of Cesena for Ortofrutticola Loru. Video below

A new potato washing line

Italian machinery manufacturer RG Impianti has delivered to Ortofrutticola Loru, a cultivation company in Sardinia, a potato processing line with a capacity of 6-8 tons per hour. The technologically advanced line was completely designed and built by RG Impianti. "The machine is in AISI 304 stainless steel. The processing line allows…

U.S. sweet potatoes are enjoyed around the world, export data shows

The United States is not the only country enjoying U.S. sweet potatoes. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the United States was the top global exporter, by volume, of sweet potatoes in 2020. U.S. sweet potato exports on a fresh-weight basis increased 1,157…

How to peel boiled potatoes in just three seconds

One, two, three. You can peel boiled potatoes in just three seconds following this simple trick shared by a user on Youtube. There are many tools in the market to help people…

Belarus completed 100% of potato harvesting

Producers in Belarus have completed harvesting 789 900 tons of potatoes on 26 000 hectares, which is 100% as planned. Nearly all the planned vegetables at 93.7% of 5 970…

Hungary's government imposes price caps on potatoes

Hungary' government has imposed price caps on potatoes and eggs, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said on Wednesday, after inflation data showed…

Lebanese fruit and vegetable producers approach the Arab Gulf market

Traditionally less competitive than their North African peers when it comes to achieving economies of scale, Lebanese fresh fruit and vegetable producers have long focused on niche markets and high-end products. Today, they want to take full benefit of their competitive advantages and do more business in…

Potatoes packed without plastic

From October 1, in France, fresh vegetables and fruit weighing less than 1.5 kg cannot be packed in plastic. This is the result of the French law on the circular economy (fr. Loi AGEC). According to Loi AGEC, in addition to potatoes, leeks, eggplants, tomatoes, apples, bananas, oranges, pineapples and mangoes must also be…

FREX:

A pure Finnish potato that returned to its roots

Even a tasty potato variety's flavor is largely determined by giving the plant the right amount of water and nutrients. Tapio Knuuttila, who co-owns Skabam in Finland, decided to see how potatoes would taste if you returned their cultivation to its roots. He now sells Frex potatoes which several Michelin…

"Eating quality of the Northern Ireland potato is fantastic"

Northern Ireland’s potato harvest of 2022 is of good quality, says Wilson’s Country managing director Lewis Cunningham. “While we enjoyed prolonged sunshine over the summer…

Dutch potato farm/trader and processor's activities now under one roof

"We can serve all kinds of potato clients from here"

Anton Riezebos and Corné Kodde started Polder Potato in 2018. Since then, this Dutch potato trading company has grown steadily. It acquired the processing company ASN last year. These two companions, together with Aard Robaard, are thus focused on potato peeling and producing fresh products like French…

Onion shortage looming in Ghana over Christmas

Ghana has been warned that there may be onion shortages over Christmas due to more than 90% of traders having withdrawn from the business. This is mainly due to the weaker…

Some claim South African potato farmers are hardly making any money

Looking at the price of potatoes in South Africa, you would think that potato farmers are laughing all the way to the bank. However, some sources claim it's the retailers who…

Grafik: BLE

Potato prices week 43/44:

'Local offers prevailed'

Local products clearly prevailed, only occasionally flanked by French products, the BLE reports. The assortment had not changed significantly. In terms of volume, it was sufficient to meet demand. Sales options were limited in some places due to the autumn holidays. However, there were no effects on the prices. These mostly…

Foto: EUROPLANT

EUROPLANT seedling harvest in the Tatra region is completed

By the end of the planting season, there is snow in the Tatras, and by the end of the harvesting season, there is already snow on the peaks. And in between, the high-quality production of healthy seed potatoes takes place in the highlands of the Tatra region, EUROPLANT reports. Photo: EUROPLANT Under the…

Short supply of onions, potatoes cause price increases on Nagpur wholesale market

Due to heavy rains damaging onion and potato crops in India, the shortage in supply has caused price increases on the Nagpur wholesale market. Over the past 15 days the prices…

Jaap Bos, Boukemaheerd:

"If sales play along, we could definitely supply organic sweet potatoes year-round"

In the Netherlands, many products seem to be facing an tense winter. Not so, organic sweet potatoes. Its outlook is positive. "These had a fantastic growing season. It could have been a little wetter, but in Flevoland, we can irrigate very well. The sun and warmth resulted in good quality and nice…

Piet van Liere, FlevoTrade:

"Dutch onions have never been this pricey this early in the season"

This year's onion market does not seem to be coming to an end. "I've never known onions to be this expensive this early in the season. That already began with off-land sales when prices were sky-high," begins Piet van Liere of FlevoTrade. But, according to this Dutch exporter, these high prices have a…


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