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Global Focus Potatoes and Onions

Kees Jacobs (Syngenta) about new short and long term onion varieties:

"Within 3 years, we'll be introducing new yellow and red onions that are resistant to downy mildew"

Relatively few new seed onion varieties have been introduced in recent years. Then, last year, the Dutch company, Syngenta, introduced the Promotion. And the Nation variety is set to be launched new year. "These varieties are available in the short term already. But, we have something new in store for…

“The situation in India will be very good for Egyptian onions”

The news about the Indian export ban for onions provides Egypt with an opportunity to pick up orders. Demand for the onions was on an average level until two days ago, now it has increased significantly. As a result, prices of the onions could increase in the upcoming days as well. It’s easy to see that the…

"The future looks brighter when we work together"

Spring – is certainly a time to see new possibilities emerging and amongst all the pandemic response and recovery activity, PNZ have kept the ball rolling on 12 months of earlier work, developing the Sustainable Vegetables Project. A $4.7 million dollar injection of government funding through The…

Tjerk Nagel, Konaxx Onions:

"Dutch onion market is so-so"

The Dutch onion market isn't doing so well at the moment. That's according to Tjerk Nagel of Konaxx Onions. This is an onion sorting and packing company. "The market is very average," he says. "In some instances, there's poor quality. The market is still dealing with coronavirus-related issues. The wet autumn also means…

Jim Ertler - Premium Fresh

Good planting weather means a promising start to the coming season

In Tasmania, Premium Fresh are still packing the last of this season’s onions, with around 6-8 weeks to go. These onions are nearly all destined for the domestic market. Generally, the export was good this season according to Jim Ertler, “We did have a few issues due to the wet, damp season, but the…

Tania Silva of Agromais on the challenges for both potatoes and onions in Portugal

Challenging season for Portugese potatoes and onions

The Portuguese potato and onion seasons aren't having the best of times. Demand for both products is not as strong as it was last season and when it comes to onions; some producers are destroying the crops rather than selling it at a loss. According to Tania Silva, Commercial and Marketing director of…

Andrey Salamchev

Rich potato crop expected in China

With potatoes being the only crop that can be grown relatively easily in all regions of China and in 2018, China's potato production coming in at about 18 mln tons, more crops are expected this year. Although the growing season has not gone smoothly, the expansion of planted areas in the main production…

Kerstin Meinicke (Heide-Zwiebel AG) on the current onion campaign

"Heat leads to normal yields and less oversized onions"

The onion harvest on the Lüneburger Heide is now slowly picking up speed. But the continuing dry circumstances and high temperatures in the northern German growing area are giving onion producers a hard time this year, confirms Kerstin Meinicke, Managing Director of the marketing organization…

In conversation with Heinz Düpmann, Düpmann & Co.:

Average harvest and an exciting market expected for onions

The German onion harvest is in the starting blocks and the chances of a normal season are good: "We expect a completely normal year," says Heinz Düpmann, Managing Director of Düpmann & Co. The heat and drought in the summer of 2018 had a serious impact on the onion market, which lasted until the 2019…

PPAS director Albino Carli

Harvesting of PGI potatoes from Sila about to start

The harvesting of PGI potatoes from Sila is about to start and packaging will be carried out from mid-September onward, in line with previous years. Quality is exceptional thanks to a good summer characterized by mild temperatures. "The warm weather in May and cooler temperatures in June have meant…

Christian Horn Director - Synplant

"The new machine enables us to handle 60 tons of seeds in one shift with only 4 people"

Growing conditions for potatoes in Luxemburg were not as bad as expected and yields for seed potatoes seem to be in line with previous years. "The quality is good to very good across the 35 varieties cultivated by Synplants," explains Christian Horn Director at Synplant. Synplants has a capacity of 16000…

Kelvin Bezuidenhout - Southern Fresh Produce

New Zealand saw record onion export levels

The 2020 New Zealand onion harvest saw some great quality and high yields. Overall product in New Zealand was at elevated levels which has resulted in record exports to date. Over 192,000t of onions were exported to the end of week 35 which surpasses the highest full year total of 187,000t over the last…

Demand likely to pick up for onions in North America

California onions are transitioning to the Nevada growing region. “Our transition is happening earlier than usual,” says Jessica Peri, retail sales manager at Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington, NV. “We’ll be out of California and into Nevada earlier this year because we intentionally planted some varieties…

FreshPlaza's Global Focus on potatoes and onions

Our September Global Focus is all about potatoes and onions. It has been a tough year so far for potato and onion producers especially those supplying the processing and food service industries. How is the situation now? Which sectors are back to normal? Have you had to find new markets for your produce?…

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