Potatoes and Onions

Rick Estess to receive Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award

Organic potato items make their debut at SEPC

Tasteful Selections®, and partner RPE Inc., have a lot to celebrate at this year’s South East Produce Council (SEPC) trade show.“One of our very own, Mr. Rick Estess will be recognized by the Southeast Produce Council with its highest honor— the Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award,” Tim Huffcutt,…

Export restrictions might strangle Turkish onion and potato growers

Sources say the restrictions imposed by the Turkish government regarding the export of potatoes and onions force producers to sell off stocks of products and can potentially…

Potato Industry 2020 to be held in Moscow, next June

From June 24 to June 26, 2020, the Potato Industry 2020 will be held at the sites of the All-Russian Potato Economy Research Institute named after A.G. Lorha ”and VDNH,…

Bari-5 onion variety

Bangladesh Spices Research Centre develops succesfull onion variety

The Regional Spices Research Centre -in Magura- has distributed 300 kg of seeds of the newly developed Bari-5 variety of onion among farmers. This particular onion can be grown all the year round. Since its establishment in 1996, the centre under Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) has been…

Potatoes wrapping up early in Skagit County

Fall rains in 2019 have left tight potato supplies in Skagit County, Wa. “Supplies out of Skagit are dwindling rapidly. There are a couple of sheds that are done already and others are trying to hang on through St. Patrick’s Day,” says Tony Wisdom of Skagit Valley Farms and Valley Pride Sales in…

Indian government lifts ban on onion exports

India’s federal government imposed a ban on onions in September of last year, when the prices of that commodity crossed Rs 150 per kg (€1.95) in some retail markets. The…

Russet and red sales down

Successful potato dollar and volume sales at US retail

Potatoes USA reports: IRI data for the calendar year 2019 (January through December 2019) showed success with dollars and volume sales for total potato sales at retail. Potatonewstoday.com reported that total dollar sales increased by 2.2% and volume increased by 0.4%. Potato chips, frozen potatoes,…

Potato season has an early start in Majorca

The potato season has started much earlier than usual this year thanks to higher than average temperatures in Majorca between December and February. The Matthew Export company started collecting its Lady Christl variety this very Wednesday and the first shipment will be on its way to the UK on Saturday.…

Dominican Republic: Heavy drought in south and southwest affects crops

Extreme drought conditions are occurring in the south and southwestern regions of the Dominican Republic: affecting the productive systems of the area, confirmed the Agrometeorology division of the National Meteorological Office (ONAMET). In the report of the first week of February of this year, it was…

Market and Crop Update for February 27, 2020

Oregon: "All colors and sizes are moving, with yellows leading the pack"

MARKETColumbia Basin, WA/OR:Jared Gutierrez with Columbia Basin Onions in Hermiston, OR, reported from the road on Feb. 26. “Demand has been good this week,” he said. “All…

Potato Market Update 26th February

Poor weather conditions halt early planting across Ireland

Poor weather conditions prevailed once again this week, halting early planting across the country. It is unlikely that plantings will continue for two weeks as ground conditions are very poor. It is encouraging that growers are supplying the peeling market at this time. In the UK, Storm Dennis has put a…

Romain Cools and Marc Van Herreweghe (Belgapom) about CIPC ban

"European potato sector is facing a major challenge"

The European Commission has decided that the germ inhibitor chlorpropham (CIPC) is no longer allowed from January 1st this year.The entire European potato sector is therefore facing a challenge."In Belgium, it is mainly potato processing and exports that are affected by the ban, since the measure targets…

Jan van der Lans: "How will the Coronavirus affect our international fruit and vegetable trade?"

Dutch import onion season about to begin

The onion import season is about to begin at Van der Lans International. This is a Dutch import/export company. "We will receive the first red onion from New Zealand next week. The market for red onions is picking up a little again. Large volumes of Dutch red onions have already been exported this…

Screening for resistance against blue mold in garlic accessions

Garlic blue mold disease, caused by Penicillium allii, is responsible for important economic losses every year in garlic field crops and in postharvest storage. The identification of genetic resistance materials may help in the management of this disease. Scientists at National Institute of Agricultural…

Export price of Chinese onions in Japanese market surprisingly continues to rise

Chinese onion farmers worry about overseas sales difficulties

Onions are a staple vegetable familiar to every consumer. The onion market is vast and onions have steady market prospects, which means that farmers all over the country are…

European potato market (week 9)

Good export figures for French potatoes

European physical markets  Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial potatoes: Little activity on the industrial markets. The demand is still waiting as the supply is more present. Some export towards Southeastern Europe and Africa. Price for all comers, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+, min…

U.S. potato & apple leaders urge Senate to act on labor crisis

On Wednesday, February 26, leaders from the potato and apple industries will host a press conference with agricultural industry partners and members of the U.S. House of…

China is opening market to US chipping potatoes

This week, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that China has taken numerous actions to begin…

VTA: Dutch onion stock at about the long-term average

In the first week of February, the VTA carried out the second onion stock inventory in the Netherlands. This was done among this Dutch growers association's members. It was for the 2019/2020 onion season. This mid-season survey resulted in some conclusions. The most important is that the reference group…

Two new firm flesh varieties for Europlant France

Two new varieties of Europlant France potatoes have been accepted in the Firm Flesh category. The varieties are called Monique and Glorietta. Léa Roussineau is very pleased…

Frédéric Halipré, Vitalis:

“The Red Label Bintje is back”

Among the various products presented at Fruit Logistica by the Vitalis network was a 2020 novelty, the Red Label Bintje, sold in entirely recyclable 2 kg bags. The Bintje has just celebrated its 115th anniversary, and the organization ‘La Belle Bintje du Terroir’ has been promoting it for over 50 years. According to Frédéric Halipré,…

StPOPA, the gene against potato late blight

Late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans, is the most devastating potato disease worldwide and results in catastrophic production losses. Reactive oxygen species (ROS)…

Ongoing research helps identify the best Maine potatoes

Maine farmers have been growing potatoes in the state for generations. Certainly, lots of research still goes into making sure those potatoes are at peak quality. There is a…

Imported Afghan onions left to rot

India: Maharashtra unwilling to touch imported onions due to decline in prices

Maharashtra government officials confirmed that although they demanded onion imports from the central government, by the time the onions arrived the situation had changed as prices had dropped sharply. Union minister of state for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Raosaheb Danve Patil said…

Sri Lanka - Maximum retail price of Rs190 on imported big onions

In Sri Lanka , a maximum retail price has been imposed on imported big onions, that has come into effect on February 23rd. The Consumer Affairs Authority states that thereby a kilogram…

US growers fear Canadian onion exports

American onion growers say they cannot compete with the price of onions imported from Canada -- and they want the US government to find out why they are so cheap. Shay Myers,…

Australia: First delivery of wooden boxes for Kangaroo Island seed potato harvest

The unprecedented fires that have ravaged more than one third of Kangaroo Island are of particular concern for its members, stakeholders and their families. In response to these horrific bushfires on the Island, Potatoes South Australia has come up with some very practical assistance. Kangaroo Island…

Cees Bruyn, Staay-Hispa: "Started 18 days later than last year"

Moroccan Nicola potatoes kick off import season

Every year, Moroccan Nicola potatoes herald the beginning of the Dutch potato import season. "Our supplier has started harvesting in recent weeks. The first shipment of these potatoes arrived in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, late last week", says Cees Bruyn of Staay-Hispa. That was 18 days later than in previous…

Eldiar Abdykerimov on the French fry industry in Kyrgyzstan

"I have the land and the raw materials – now I'm looking for the expertise"

French fries are a favorite for many people around the world. Whether fresh cut or frozen, these fried rays of sunshine play a big role on the market. A fairly new player on this market is Kyrgyzstan where growers find favorable conditions for the potatoes but lack experience and technology to breach the…

Estonian researchers test early potatoes in Jõgeva

Last week, early red-skinned potatoes were picked at Jõgeva greenhouses; scientists will now determine which varieties give the best yield and most resistant to indoor…

Washington State: Skagit County potato farmers recovering from losses

Potato farmers in Skagit County suffered big losses last fall after they were unable to harvest some of their crops as a result of early and heavy rainfall. An estimated 2,000…

Cyprus: Prices of vegetables and pulses soaring due to bad weather

Consumers on Cyprus are having to dig deeper into their pockets for fruit and pulses, as low temperatures have pushed up prices. This became apparent via a survey, carried out by newspaper  Phileleftheros. Tomatoes are selling at €2.50 a kilo compared to €1.50 in the same period last year, while greenhouse…

Start of the American sweet potato campaign at the Vienna wholesale market

"Sweet potatoes suddenly gaining in importance on the wholesale market"

Shipments of sweet potatoes from the USA have started this week: On Monday, the first deliveries of the Covington variety arrived at the Vienna wholesale market. Parallel to this, the Beauregard and Evangeline varieties from Honduras are now available, explains Baris Sahin, co-managing director of the…

Ireland: Potato farmers in fear of pasta, rice and poor prices

49% of Irish farmers see competition from other carbohydrates such as pasta and rice as one of the biggest challenges facing the potato industry. Among the other major challenges to the sector listed were price, competition from imports and the loss of plant protection products. These results came from a…

Potatoes USA - exports show strong growth

According to a Potatoes USA press release, exports of US potatoes and products showed a strong growth through the first six months of the July 2019 – June 2020 marketing year. According to the organization, exports of frozen potato products are up 11% to 551,338 tons valued at $643 million. Dehydrated…

Kenya approves 13 high yielding potato seeds from Holland

The Kenyan government has approved 13 high quality and yielding potato seed varieties from Holland, to boost potato production. An agronomist at Agrico East Africa Athanasius Kaituyu revealed that four of the top performers -which include Destiny, Manitou, Markies and Rudolph- are already in the market.…

Early potatoes to appear on the Ukrainian market in the first half of April

Ukrainian farmers will begin to collect the first early potatoes in the first half of April, if spring is not extremely cold. Moreover, as reported by the UNIAN news agency…

Side Delights® announces launch "Journey of a Potato" educational video

Side Delights® announced it will launch the “Journey of a Potato” video in Tampa during Southern Exposure 2020: Produce on Parade! Under the “Grown Where it Matters” campaign, this video is an educational piece for both consumers as well as potato buyers/merchandisers. The video follows a potatoes life…

Meanwhile, Pakistan bans onion exports until May 30th

Indian growers and traders seek lifting of onion export ban

In India, farmers and traders have sought the lifting of the onion export ban, citing the drop in onion prices after the arrival of the new crop in wholesale markets. The…

Ukrainian potato producers encountered difficulties entering EU market

During a recent press conference Oksana Ruzhenkova, director of the Association of Potato Producers of Ukraine, recounted how -for a very long time- Ukrainian potato producers…

Bangladesh

Sweet potato cultivation regaining ground in Manikganj

The cultivation of sweet potato is regaining some of its former popularity in Manikganj. Sources from the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said a total of 170…

US chipping potatoes can now enter Japan year-round

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF) informed USDA that U.S. chipping potatoes will be allowed to enter year-round, starting Feb. 14, 2020.…

60 percent more seed potato lots tested rejected than in 2018-2019

New potato virus strains are troubling Maine farmers

According to a Maine Potato Board plant pathologist, the rise in rejected seed potatoes from last season’s crop can be blamed on new strains of an old virus. The Maine Potato…

Potato Market update February 19

Ireland: Demand and price remain strong for Kerr Pinks and Golden Wonders

As ground conditions remain very wet, early plantings have remained stagnant at large this week. Demand and price remain strong for good quality material, particularly Kerr Pinks and Golden Wonders. Little or no progress has been made on stocks remaining in the ground. Growers are reminded to not rule…

European potato market (week 8)

Netherlands: “Free trade is almost non-existent”

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial potatoes: Little activity on the industrial markets. The demand is still waiting for  the supply to pick up. Very little export activity, for price reasons mostly, but also because of a lack of return shipments. Price…

French fries in China: Great possibilities, but obstacles as well

The market for French fries in China is growing rapidly but barriers to entry exist for foreign providers, as Peter Peverelli of just-food.com…

Idaho: Galena Russet potato ready for release

A high-yielding russet potato that was bred locally and should be officially released soon has shown promise as a short-season variety for processing that’s suited for storing…

To run in Ireland, France and Belgium

New potato campaign wants to reclaim the attention of millennials

A new promotional campaign in several European countries is aimed at getting millennials to eat potatoes in fast, modern ways through meal prep and snacking. The campaign, run…

James Hutton Institute & University of St Andrews

Quikgro develops potato varieties suited to sub-Saharan conditions

Scientists from the James Hutton Institute -in collaboration with the University of St Andrews- are supporting an innovative research project aiming to develop potato varieties suited to the agronomic and environmental conditions of the Sub-Saharan region. Typically, in sub-Saharan Africa potatoes are…

Current US potato storage stocks down 3% from this time last year

The major potato states in the US held 204 million cwt of potatoes in storage February 1, 2020, down 3 percent from February 1, 2019 for comparable States. Potatoes in storage…

NEPG: "Potato season 2020/21 will be challenging"

Over the last few years, the area for consumption potatoes has increased by 6.5 % in the 5 leading potato countries. If there is an increase again this year, combined with an…

Sun World announces new South American licensing managers

Sun World International LLC, a variety development and licensing company, announced the opening of its Peruvian office to build support for licensees in this region. Pablo Ramirez, who has already been working with Sun World for a number of years, has been appointed Licensing Manager for Peru. Pablo has…

Could Dutch onions reach a new export record?

In terms of volume, last year was a dramatic production season for Dutch onions. The dry summer of 2018 made for low yields. This year, prospects in Northwestern Europe looked…

Coppola Patate

Crunchy potatoes with zero residues

  Two highly innovative products are making their debut on the market, that of Zero Hero, the certified zero residue potato, and Fornatine, selected potatoes to be baked in the oven but crispy just like fried ones, and have already aroused the interest of both Italian and foreign operators in the sector, producers, buyers…

Onion processors see increasing demand on foodservice

The spring crop of California onions looks strong. “Things are looking great in our growing regions,” says Megan Jacobsen of Oxnard, Ca.-based Gills Onions, a fresh-cut processor that grows all of its own supply. Gills grows in three regions of California: the Imperial Valley; Bakersfield and the Salinas…

Indian states short-change federal govt on onion imports

State governments have given the federal government a short shrift, picking up only 2,501 tonnes of the 33,000 tonnes onions they had placed import orders for when onion prices went through the roof in October-November last year. As onion prices started rising due to low arrivals in wholesale markets due…

Kenyan farmers find sweet spot with nutritious, drought-hardy crop

In a modern factory in central Kenya, the only one of its kind in Meru County, dozens of products are being made. These include bread, cakes, doughnuts and crisps, and they…

First delivery of wooden bins arrives today for KI Seed Potato Harvest

In response to the horrific bushfires on Kangaroo Island, Potatoes South Australia Inc has come up with some very practical assistance.Saddened by the devastating impact of…

For showing ‘complete disrespect’ for NI Water sewage rules

Northern Irish firm Mash Direct fined

Food manufacturer Mash Direct, headquartered in Comber, has pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching discharge consent to NI Water sewers. The company yesterday received a…

Gerard Vos, Vos Onions

"Onion demand is not disappointing for February"

Not as many onions are being exported now as in the autumn. Gerard Vos of Vos Onions from Veen, the Netherlands, is, however, not dissatisfied with the current market…

Suberin deposits in potatoes provides greening resistance

Tuber greening is one of the most important quality defects of potatoes. Although varietal and maturity factors are known to affect greening resistance, physiological…

Pizzoli's value growth depends on experience

The potato seeding season is approaching and for Pizzoli it promises to be intense and rewarding, due to the best varieties of selected and certified seed potatoes and to the continuous work of its own staff of agronomists who every day dedicate themselves to each stage of the cultivation cycle. Pizzoli…

The brand is appreciated and Selenella's new products are doing great

Sales are proceeding according to plan and potato stocks are enough to reach the beginning of the early potato harvest, in early April. And large-scale retailers are increasingly appreciating the Selenella brand of carrots and onions. This is how Massimo Cristiani, chairman of the Selenella Consortium,…

PEI potato farms use new technology to improve use of crop protectants

A growing number of Prince Edward Island potato farms are taking advantage of new technology to improve their use of crop protectants, including fungicides used to prevent late blight.  Late blight has historically been a major disease effecting potatoes in Prince Edward Island, with the potential to cause…

Indian govt allegedly considering selling imported onions under welfare schemes

According to an article on cogencis.com, the Indian government is exploring possibilities of distributing imported onion under various public welfare schemes. "The government…

European potato market (week 7)

France: potato exports are too calm

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message:  Industrial potatoes:      Little activity on the industrial markets, with prices qualified as calm to sustained. The demand is still waiting as the supply is sufficient. Very little export activity: prices are “stuck” for several Eastern countries, and we…

Canadian Potato Storage Holdings Feb 7 2020

Strong movements decreased potato holdings in New Brunswick and British Columbia

Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on February 1 are slightly above the 3-year average at 60.6 million hundred weight. British Columbia, Manitoba, and New Brunswick report decreases of stocks on hand below their 3-yr. average. Provinces with more potatoes in storage than their 3-yr. average include, Alberta,…

Potato prices worry traders and cold store owners in India

Potato arrivals have picked up in January and brought drown prices by Rs 3-6 per kg. In the ongoing season, rainfall had impacted the sowing and harvesting process. pushing up…

Geoffrey Delbaere, Warnez Potatoes

"Focusing on innovation is a good way to put potatoes back on the map"

Potatoes have been becoming less popular for a while now. That is a shame, thinks Geoffrey Delbaere of the Belgian company, Warnez. “It is such a versatile, sustainable, healthy product. It should be considered a superfood. That is why it is important that we not let it fall by the wayside. We must make…

Greek Cypriot growers request Turkish Cypriot potatoes

According to Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris, potatoes from the Turkish-held breakaway north requested by Greek Cypriot potato growers will be sent over on February 17. The…

Northern Ireland: Potato growers see ‘First Earlies’ of 2020

The recent spell of good weather has encouraged Northern Irish potato growers to get on with the completion of the 2019 harvest. It’s estimated that 10% of last year’s crop is…

Photo report: 16th International Berlin Potato Evening

"We need to regain trust and talk to people proactively"

Almost 500 guests from more than 15 countries and around 200 companies and institutions took part in the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening. In addition to the regular regular guests, many new and especially young participants found their way to the ballroom of the Hilton Berlin to enjoy…

Minister says government will help over weather damage

Cyprus: Frost takes toll on potato crop in Famagusta district

According to EKA agricultural association head Yiannakis Gabriel, the heavy frosts that hit the Famagusta district on Sunday evening have caused serious damage to potato…

ITC to export 1,500 tonnes of sweet potatoes to Europe this year

Egyptian company ITC,  that exports fruit and vegetables, aims to export 1,500 tonnes of sweet potatoes to Europe this year. Last year, this number was only 500 tonnes. Ehab Sharaf,…

Ukraine: Short 1.2 mln tons of potato storage capacity

Currently, Ukraine has potato storage capacities of just 300,000 tons, with the minimum necessary level to meet the domestic needs being 1.5 million tons, Director of the…

Lasalgaon - Maharashtra

Indian onion farmers protest ban on exports

Maharashtra onion growers are protesting at Lasalgaon -the country’s biggest onion market- for the removal of curbs on exports as prices continue to fall following the arrival…

Moscow to host 'Potato Industry 2020' event in June

The international ‘Potato Industry 2020‘ event will be hosted in Moscow on June 25 – 27. The event is dedicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world renowned…

Agrico

Next generation potatoes presented at Fruit Logistica

Agrico could be found again at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin.Together with its subsidiaries, Agrico demonstrated how it successfully contributes to sustainable potato cultivation for the Next Generation. Agrico has named its strategy for 2020-2030 "good growth". Their responsibility for people, planet and…

Manitoba, Canada

Kroeker Farms triples production with new plant

Kroeker Farms Ltd. is taking steps to position the family-owned potato company as the leader in their field into the next 20 years and beyond with a new state-of-the-art facility. The agricultural producer and distributor located in Winkler recently turned the switch on a nearly 70,000 sq. ft.…

US lawmakers demand trade investigation

New York growers struggle to sell their onions

New York’s Hudson Valley farmers have been celebrating the annual onion harvest with their communities for generations. But in December, as farmers were being offered a price that was equal to what they received in 1990, the unsold yellow and red bulbs were piling up and the mood was more desperation…

Canadian plant breeding boosts potential for sweet potatoes

At this time, sweet potatoes are grown on 2,300 acres across Canada, and with breeding efforts now producing varieties adapted to Canadian growing conditions, the crop boasts…

Drop in prices of some potato varieties this week

According to the Irish Farmers’ Association’s (IFA’s) Potato Market Report for February 6, potato prices have fallen back in the past week. The average price being paid for a…

PepsiCo Egypt and USAID initiative increased Egypt's potato harvest

For the past year, PepsiCo Egypt has been working to empower Egyptian farmers by supporting them through training programs aimed at providing them with stronger technical know-how and other skills to improve efficiency and productivity. Launched through the collaborative effort of PepsiCo Egypt and…

New York senators call for investigation over influx of Canadian onions

Two US senators from New York are calling for federal investigations into unfair trade subsidies for Canadian onion growers. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate Minority Leader…

Good signs for upcoming Mexico sweet onion crop

The Peruvian sweet onion season is set to continue its strong run for several more weeks, according to suppliers. On the heels of the Peru season is the Mexico deal, which is reportedly showing some good signs ahead of the first shipments which are expected to begin by the end of February. "Right now we…

National Agricultural Technology Institute

Argentina: Field trials on non-browning CRISPR-edited potatoes start

In a study published recently in the Frontiers in Plant Science magazine, scientists from Argentina and Sweden reported they have edited a polyphenol oxidase gene in potatoes…

Rene Tiggelman (Javala): "What will be the impact of problems in China?"

Many uncertainties and little demand on onion market

On the onion market it has become a lot quieter now that the export to Africa is largely done. "There are still some smaller orders for Africa, but that does not provide the packers with enough work. Exports to the Far East are still running reasonably well, but we must not have it at the moment in…

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

"Growing export causes potato prices to rise slightly"

“The potato market is in movement. Due to increased exports, prices are rising slightly every week. There is a lot of demand for a good quality consumption potato. The market is also good in France, because Spain is currently buying a lot of French potatoes, "says Bart Nemegheer of De Aardappelhoeve.…

European potato market (week 6)

Germany: Markets are firm

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Industrial potatoes: Industrial markets are less active, with a more limited demand and a sufficient offer. In export: negotiated prices, very few transactions. Markets are temporarily blocked, Price for all comers, 35 mm+, min 60% 50 mm+,…

India

KP onion export from Andhra Pradesh permitted within couple of days

Export of the KP onion variety from Andhra Pradesh will be permitted in a day or two, said Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal last Tuesday. Rose onions are locally…

International Potato Center (CIP) and partners hope to tackle these problems

Malawi: Diversification of diets and food security with sweet potatoes

As most farmers in Malawi are used to growing and consuming cereals, especially maize, diet diversification and food security are distinct challenges. Now that recently cereal yields have decreased due to declining soil fertility, limited use of improved seeds and fertilizers and other factors associated…

Rising onion supply has led to drop in average wholesale price

Indian federal government tries to curb rising inflation

The Indian federal government has to set-up a price stabilisation fund for key staples, in an effort to curb the rising inflation. Onion prices started to flare up from August…

Excellent prices for the foreign product as well

Italian potatoes increasingly in demand

Italian potatoes are much appreciated on the market. However, a lack of availability, accompanied by conservation problems, means that there is also a lot of space for the foreign product. So said the trade expert Matteo Zanarini. "The prices are very good - says the expert - both for the national…

One of the lowest UK potato production years – what does it mean for regions and sectors?

The updated estimate of total British potato production for the 2019 crop is 5.10Mt, an increase of 182Kt from last season, but 7% below the five-year average (2014-2018, 5.49Mt). This estimate is based on an unharvested area of 6%, some of which is “abandoned” and some of which may still be lifted. The…

Spanish and Egyptian sweet potato crops cause challenging export market for NC producers

The 2019 sweet potato crop in the United States was good, but not as good as producers were hoping. This is the general consensus on the current season, which follows a really though season in 2018. Joshua Wright of Ham Farms says: “Last season, despite tough conditions in the 2018 season, we were able…

Indian onion growers seek removal of stockholding limits and lifting of the onion export ban

At Lasalgaon, the country’s largest wholesale market, onion prices continue to drop on the back of a heavy influx of goods. With the arrival of 1,800 tons on Monday, prices…

University of Maine

New potato varieties have lower levels of probable carcinogen

According to professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition Mary Ellen Camire, French fries made with the new potato varieties AF4296‐3 and Easton have much lower levels of a…

Ending dependence on Indian imports

Should Malaysia grow its own onions?

Late last year, there was a shortage in the Indian onion supply, causing prices to skyrocket. The price of Indian onions steeply jumped from only RM4.90 to RM24 per kilogramme, causing an uproar among cooks in Penang and other northern states. The situation became critical, as Malaysia imports 60% of…

Potato imports to Ukraine up in 2019

Ukraine in 2019 increased its import of potatoes, mainly from Russia, by 43 times. This led to a record 250,000 tonnes of goods imported, as reported by the press service of East Fruit analytical platform. The decline in potato prices in Ukraine in October-December was insufficient to stop the flow of…

India - West Coast

State of Gujarat wants to grow more red potatoes

Indian conglomerate ITC Ltd is looking to hook up with farmers in Gujarat to commercially cultivate some exotic red varieties of potatoes that are usually found in the USA. ITC has already begun field trials for the red potato variety in the state and is looking to popularise the tuber as an ideal…

Rise of potato prices in Georgia stimulates imports

This season, potato prices in Georgia significantly exceed last year's levels, as reported by EastFruit analysts. In January 2019, Georgian potato growers sold their products…

Indian traders demand opening up of onion exports as prices drop rapidly

Indian onion traders have written to the Commerce Ministry, seeking to lift the ban on exports of the vegetable after prices crashed 35% at the Lasalgaon wholesale market in…

Indian potato processing has full attention of Dutch machinery suppliers

Dutch potato processing machinery suppliers are increasingly queuing up to tap the promising processing market in India, now that Indian farmers are moving more towards growing potato varieties that suit the processing sector. What has also fuelled excitement among foreign processing machinery suppliers,…

Régis Le Saint, Le Vili:

“French consumers are increasingly looking for French onions”

The onion market in France experienced a severe shortage last year, but the current campaign is taking a very different turn. “We can say that we had quite a good harvest this year, both in terms of quality and calibers. This was to be expected, given the shortage we experienced during the last…

Uganda: Government declares an outbreak of sweet potato butterfly

The Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture has declared an outbreak of sweet potato butterfly in the Busoga, Bugisu and Bukedi sub regions in Eastern Uganda. Agricultural experts say…

Ghana: CSIR-SARI develops new sweet potato varieties

Four new varieties of sweet potato have been developed for cultivation and consumption to boost nutritional status of the citizenry whilst ensuring food security and improved…

USDA announces appointments to the National Potato Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of 42 members to serve on the National Potato Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms…

Excellent prices for onions, the production chain is satisfied

The sale of onions in Italy is proceeding well, with good prices and stocks decreasing. This is confirmed by Matteo Freddi, owner of a company specialized in processing and…

Indian government offers states imported onions at 80% discount

At the peak of onion crisis, the Centre imported 33,500 tons of onions at around Rs 50 per kg (€0.64). Now it has decided to offer to the States the same “tasteless” and “watery” onions at Rs 10-15 per kg (€0.13-0.19). The Ministry of Consumer Affairs on Tuesday directed National Agricultural Cooperative…

Northern Bangladesh

Bumper onion crop fetches good price for Nilphamari farmers

A new batch of onions has started to hit markets in Nilphamari, which has caused prices to drop significantly. Visiting several markets in the Sadar region, it was found that…

Indian Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar

“Potato production has risen 51% to 52.5 million tons in over a decade”

India's potato production increased 51 per cent to 52.5 million tons in over a decade, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Its production had…

"Buying is easier than selling on the potato market"

According to potato trader Felix Molenaar from potato and vegetable wholesaler Molenaar, in Haarlem, the Netherlands, the potato demand is currently very calm. "The demand for small packages in the domestic market is very calm and there is quite a large supply. You can buy a lot more potatoes than you…

Onions waiting on “shrink” and Mexico

Supplies of onions look good for now. “Last year was a bumper crop of onions and this year, it’s probably pretty close to average, maybe slightly less, on supplies,” says Jared Gutierrez of Columbia Basin Onion LLC., a grower/shipper based in Hermiston, Ore. He adds that many regions across the U.S. had…

Nigeria: Poor yield strikes Irish potato farmers in Katsina

Farmers of Irish potatoes in the Nigerian state of Katsina are experiencing a tremendous drop in their yields, a situation that is affecting its supply to the market. Our…

Sweet onions grown in Georgia

Vidalia onion producers vote to continue marketing order program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Vidalia onion producers voted to continue their marketing order program for sweet onions grown in Georgia. The marketing…

Significant increase of Russia’s potato exports

Since the beginning of the month, Russian potato producers have significantly increased their shipments of this tuber to Ukraine and Moldova, according to analysts of the…

Indian retail prices drop: 7,000 tons of imported onions rot in port

Indian importers are in no hurry to clear their consignments as the landed cost of onions is way above the local market costs. As onion prices cool down, 7,000 tons of…

Carel van Buchem, Nedato:

"After new packaging line, new product line under own name"

In the past year, Nedato has worked hard on the new strategic direction where growth is paramount in all segments. For example, Nedato is launching a new product line under its own name during Fruit Logistica. The new packaging line, which came into use at the end of last year, is fully in line with…

Bangladesh will stop importing onions from India

'No more onion imports from India'

Bangladesh will stop importing onions from India from now on, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi has said. "Last year's export ban without any notice was a lesson for us, which prompted the government to boost local production by providing incentives to farmers," he said on Saturday, speaking to the media at…

2020 contracts upset French potato producers

As denounced by the French Potato Producers Union (UNPT), the first contract proposals received by producers in early 2020 have not taken into account the massive increases there were in production costs during the campaign. These additional costs were caused because several products they used in this…

Indian PM Modi addresses participants

17 Dutch firms participating in Global Potato Conclave in Gandhinagar

About 17 Dutch companies that are involved in the potato value chain will be participating in the four-day Global Potato Conclave that started in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. The…

Despite monsoon crop losses

Indian onion production to grow 7% this year

Overall, Indian vegetable production is set to rise, while the nation’s but fruit production expected to fall. The federal government has projected a 7% rise in onion…

State of the Potato Industry Report 2020

“Potatoes are healthy and Idaho potatoes are the best in the world”

Over the last decades, the US potato industry has been in a fight against negative public perception. International demand for potatoes and potato products continues to…

AHDB supports seed potato exporters at international trade show

Seed potato exporters will join AHDB at this year’s Fruit Logistica trade show to showcase quality produce from Britain on a global platform. A large delegation of exporters will be attending the event on 5-7 February in Messe Berlin, to highlight the high health and quality of seed potato products from…

India: Uttar Pradesh prepares for PepsiCo's Rs 5 bln potato chips plant

The state government of Uttar Pradesh is getting ready for the proposed Rs 5 bln potato chips plant of global food and beverage major PepsiCo’s in Mathura district. The state cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Yogi Adityanath here on Tuesday night gave its nod to issue a ‘letter of comfort’ (LoC)…

Good yields but high costs for Argentine potatoes

Before the imminent start of the new potato harvest in the southeast of Buenos Aires, engineers Sergio Costantino (director of Argenpapa) and Ricardo Bergonzi (private advisor) analyzed the profitability of this crop, which hasn't yielded positive figures for farmers during the last two campaigns.…

Moldova on the verge of a potato crisis

In 2019, the acreage devoted to ​​potato cultivation in Moldova fell to a record low: 19 thousand hectares. Because of this, the country may eventually become completely…

Lincolnshire-based Manor Fresh

Challenging UK weather struck major potato supplier

Challenging weather conditions have certainly struck a major supplier of potatoes. Lincolnshire-based Marks & Spencer supplier Manor Fresh has said its results were impacted…


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