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Potatoes and Onions

Marco Sion from 'Kartoffel Sion':

"First new onions from the Netherlands and Germany will arrive soon"

Potatoes and onions are traditionally sourced from foreign growing areas in the Mediterranean until early summer. At this time of year, however, the first regional products are gradually coming back on the market: German-grown early-seasoned potatoes are already fully available, and onions are unlikely…

France: Val'Prim starts its new onion harvest in the Loire Valley

Val’Prim has always valued its territory and produces 40% of its onions in the Loire Valley. Planted and sown last February, they are now ready to be harvested. From the end of June until the end of August, more than 3,000 tons of onions will be harvested in the region to end up on our plates. The…

The humble European potato - Genome study reveals history

Research has shown that the potato was introduced to Europe in the 1600s—the first-known plantings were in Spain. The history of the potato in Europe after introduction has not been well studied, however, until now. In this new effort, the researchers sequenced several varieties of potato to learn more…

Ghana: International Potato Centre to engage with Fruit and Vegetables Fair 2019

The International Potato C entre is a development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the world problems of hunger, poverty and the degradation of natural…

Average potato yield in Europe estimated at 34,900 kg/hectare

According to the latest report of the Monitoring of Agricultural Resources, MARS, prepared by the European Commission, the average potato yield in Europe will amount to 34,900 kilos per hectare, which entails an increase of 14% compared to last year, when it stood at 30,600; below the average of the last…

Bad weather did not affect Selenella potatoes

According to Massimo Cristiani, the new potato season started in the best of ways and is going very well for the Selenella brand. "Producer prices are good and demand is lively. All in all, the weather did not penalize production save for a few small areas and we can say we are pleased with how things…

Continued research on sweet potato genome

Although people have been growing sweet potatoes for millennia, scientists still do not know a lot about the protein make-up of these tubers. In ACS’ Journal of Proteome…

Irish National Meteorological Service

Met Eireann issues potato blight warning

Irish National Meteorological Service Met Eireann has issued a nationwide blight warning for next week, with scorching temperatures expected. The status yellow environmental…

HZPC determines definitive seed potato price at €42.22 per 100 kilos

Netherlands: Highest financial yield per hectare in history of HZPC

Seed potato trader HZPC Holland BV has determined the definitive seed potato price for the harvest of 2018. HZCP pays Dutch seed potato growers a record price of €42.22 per 100 kilos. This is considerably higher than the average price of recent years. The price paid is resulting in the highest financial…

Market Report Austria KW 25/2019:

'New potatoes are in demand, brisk demand for winter onions'

This season, the Austrian new potato market manifests a completely unfamiliar picture. Normally in June, the yields per hectare and thus the available supply will rise…

China: Onion prices unlikely to increase significantly

The price of local onions has been rising continuously recently. Influenced by factors such as reduced production and stocks, local onions are currently in short supply.…

Northwest potato crop continues to move at an even pace

Potato grower-shippers from the Northwest are still working out of storage crop with good supplies. “Russet potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington are going to run right into the new crop potato so there won’t be any gaps,” says Jack Salemme of Northwest Growers Marketing Inc. in Pasco, Wa. “It…

Kees Bijl, Bijl Aardappelen:

"Stable prices for Dutch new potatoes, those with set peels only available from July"

On 28 May, Dutch auction house, Alvantho, will auction off the first of the new potatoes. According to Kees Bijl of Bijl Aardappelen, these new potatoes will make their way to Dutch wholesalers and retailers after the auction. "Frieslanders and Doré sales, in particular, are decent. Prices are staying at…

Potato Market Update 19th June

Ireland: Potato consumption remains high due to the weather

Potato consumption remains high due to the weather experienced over the past few weeks. Stock levels are rapidly depleting as we move forward in the season, this is also the case in the U.K. Rainfall levels have put a stop to early liftings in some parts of the country. It was reported among growers this…

Barbados: All local onions on the market

Barbados is set to save an impressive US$1.5 million in foreign exchange this year from not importing onions. Board Member of the Barbados Agricultural Development and…

Short video of Gills Onions/Rio Farms red onion harvest in Bakersfield

A short clip from the Bakersfield, California onion harvest. These Rio Farms reds are absolutely beautiful and the film is definitely worth a look.

Sri Lankan Minister Harrison: “Local onions first, then imports”

The Sri Lankan Agriculture Ministry is to enter into an agreement with big onion importers to make it mandatory for them to purchase the produce of at least ten local farmers…

US potato industry want USMCA agreement to pass immediately

The US National Potato Council joined with over 950 farm groups and agricultural organizations in a letter urging Congress to immediately ratify the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement…

Changing weather conditions increases risk of potato blight

UK farmers are facing challenging conditions in which to control late blight after Hutton Criteria disease warnings were declared in key potato-growing areas. A large…

Kenyan potato farmers in five counties to access certified planting material

Potato growers in five counties of Kenya can now access certified planting material after a Dutch-based horticultural firm introduced new technology to mass produce high…

India: High rates but low outputs means no big gains for onion farmers at this time

A season after they threw away onions on roads last December to protest the slump in prices, farmers are hoping to turn a profit from the summer crop. Because they are…

Oslo, Norway

Europatat 2019 – focusing on innovation and sustainability

On June 13th, the European potato community gathered in Oslo, Norway, for the Europatat Congress 2019. Under the slogan “The timeless potato: A dynamic and innovative food”,…

Launch of this year's season due to unusually cool May just now

Upper Austria: New potatoes are late this year

The Upper Austrian potato growers will start another season after the very dry year that was 2018. This year, food retailers could not be consistently supplied with domestic potatoes, for the first time since the Second World War, said Eferdinger Landl chairman Manfred Schauer at a press conference. But…

Belgian researchers & Peruvian farmers join forces around ‘tunta’ potatoes

ILVO, HOGENT and TRIAS in Belgium are hosting a Peruvian delegation to the Food Pilot in Belgium, in order to get to producing so-called “tuntas” (freeze-dried potatoes) in a small cooperative factory in the Andes. Together with the Peruvians, Flemish food technologists perform experiments and analyses…

Kenya: Potato prices rising amid shortages in Nakuru county

An acute shortage of potatoes has hit Nakuru county, one of the top producers of the crop in Kenya. Farmers and traders attribute the shortage to the prolonged dry spell that hit the region between December and May this year. The shortage has pushed prices to the roof. A bucket of potatoes weighing 20…

Dr Oscar Ortiz, director International Potato Centre, Peru

Scientists to develop 'super spud' in a bid to tackle malnutrition

In a bid to tackle malnutrition in developing countries, scientists are creating a “super potato”, fortified with iron and zinc. As millions of people around the world suffer…

Glens Potatoes to work with Asda

Glens of Antrim Potatoes in the Northern Irish town of Cushendall has joined a six month Asda-led programme which aims to maximise the company’s business potential, promote innovation, and ultimately…

USDA Report

US potato stocks up 6 percent compared to June 2018

The 13 major US potato states held 67.4 million cwt of potatoes in storage June 1, 2019, up 6 percent from June 1, 2018. Potatoes in storage accounted for 16 percent of the fall storage States' 2018 production, the same percentage as the previous year. Potato disappearance, at 353 million cwt, was up 3…

Johan Kant, Kalisa Trading:

“We can expect a great harvest for onions, potatoes and carrots this year”

“As a result of the high prices, we sent very few onions to our African clientele this year. The purchasing prices were very high, and profit margins are therefore much too small, which is why we didn’t do it this year,”says Johan Kant of Kalisa Trading. The trader expects the onions to remain expensive…

California sweet potato growers complete planting

Sweet potato growers in California have just completed planting. They say the planting season was about two weeks behind schedule due to the cool and rainy weather in spring. However, this is not expected to affect harvest dates too much as some fields should be ready in time for the scheduled first…

Hermiston, Oregon

Lamb Weston cuts ribbon on $250 million US expansion

Last Thursday, Lamb Weston cut the ribbon on a $250 million expansion of its Hermiston processing plant. The 300,000-square foot expansion increases the facility’s capacity and adds 150 full-time jobs to what was already Hermiston’s largest employer. Potatonewstoday.com reported that at Thursday’s…

New potato and fig campaigns started at Miss Freschezza

After a delay due to the bad weather, the harvesting of new potatoes proceeds swiftly, while the fig campaign has just started. What is more, the packaging of potatoes, figs and carosellos has been restyled to reduce the use of plastic. FreshPlaza talked about it with Cosimo Leggiero, sales manager for…

Chinese onion export volume grows and price rises

Chinese onions enter the market in April. Most production areas have begun the harvest season by now. The price of onions in supermarkets is around 2 yuan [0.29 USD] per 0.5…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, May 2019

Austria: Winter onion harvest is delayed, producer price has risen

Depletion of apple stocks slowed down in April As of 01.May, 67,270 t of stored dessert apples were reported. In March, a total of 20,500 t were marketed, the clearance had…

UK: Cornish growers defy weather to deliver nation's first new spuds

Despite a difficult start to the season, Cornish growers have defied the elements to deliver the nation’s first mainland new potato crop of the summer. Famed for their thin…

Europatat 2019 focused on innovation and sustainability

On 13 June, the European potato community has gathered in Oslo, Norway, for the Europatat Congress 2019. Under the slogan “The timeless potato: A dynamic and innovative food”,…

Prices for winter veggies cool down in New Zealand

According to a report by Stats NZ, winter vegetables were cheaper in May. Broccoli, potatoes, and cabbages all dropped in price that month. In May, broccoli fell 12 percent,…

The Netherlands: Zeeuwse onion harvest started

On Tuesday June 11 the onion harvest started once again in Zeeland, reports Marcel Goud of Goud Biervliet. The first plots of Troy were harvested by the company JJK from Kruiningen. "The quality looks good. It's still early in the season but there is demand for new onions, which is why we started the…

European potato market (week 24)

France: The last potatoes available are sometimes difficult to place

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Several industrials are still buying, mostly Fontane and Challenger, and some Bintje (depending on the quality). Other industrials stopped buying, their planning being set until the arrival of the early potatoes.…

Zimbabwe: Government to roll out large-scale potato program

The Zimbabwean government will soon roll out a large-scale programme for the production of table and Irish potatoes as a measure to boost the country’s food security. This was revealed by Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri on the side-lines of the 38th Joint Meeting for…

Kansas State University sensory research

“Why do people like potatoes?”

Chetan Sharma is completing his doctorate in human nutrition at Kansas State University under the guidance of Martin Talavera, assistant professor of sensory analysis and consumer beh avior. For his…

Agronico: "A lot of people know that we produce seed, but don't know that we do minitubers."

Raising the profile of its minituber production will be one of the main aims for Tasmania's leading seed potato and agronomy businesses at this month's Hort Connections in Melbourne. Agronico was one of the first companies in Australia to introduce its own tissue culture lab, as part of its quality…

Decreased by some 27% since beginning of this week

Russia: Price of early potatoes dropping

Thanks to the active promotion of harvesting in the southern region, the prices of new crop potatoes in Russia have decreased by an average of 27% since the beginning of this…

Cornell University research:

Virus helps onion thrips live longer, doing more harm

Onion crops are vulnerable to a virus known as Iris yellow spot virus (IYSV), which they acquire from insects called onion thrips ( Thrips tabaci ). IYSV causes necrosis in onion plant tissues and leads to millions of dollars of crop losses each year. Thrips can pick up the virus from infected onion…

Price at origin currently stands at 45 cents per kilo

Good prices for Spanish potatoes given the shortage in Europe

The shortage of potatoes in Europe is causing their price to increase, reaching 45 cents / kg at origin. With the potato campaign in Seville already completed and that in Cartagena about to finish, good prices are expected coinciding with the campaign kick-off in Castile-Leon. The question is what will…

Revolutionising potato seed production in India

In the past five decades, potato production in India has steadily increased from around 8.3 million tons in 1980 to 48.6 million tons in 2017, an increase of more than 500…

Developing a hyperspectral imaging technique for Potato Virus Y detection

In temperate regions, the main diseases of the seed potato crop are caused by viruses and bacterial infections ( Dickeya and Pectobacterium ). In the Netherlands, the world’s major supplier of certified seed potatoes, these two diseases are responsible for an average 14.5% declassification of seed lots…

Idaho potato farmers to undertake trade mission to Taiwan

A group of Idaho potato shippers will soon head to Taiwan to develop new business relationships. The foreign trade mission, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC),…

Australian potato industry: X-ray tech pays off

In the state of Victoria, the first trials of x-ray technology in a potato packing facility are underway. A 32-year strong partnership between Red Gem (potato growers) and…

Lower prices for processed potato continue to help New Zealand’s exports

Processed potato prices continue to fall against a global backdrop of rising prices, helping to build New Zealand’s export performance. April’s sales were 22.2% up on those of a year ago, at 6 842 tonnes, but this was still behind March’s record-breaking figure of 7 399 tonnes. The average New Zealand…

Regarding 'Merchandise Exports from India Scheme'

Indian government removes onion export incentives

A current drought and rising prices have prompted the government to revoke 10% incentives under the Merchandise Exports from India Scheme. The aim of the removal of incentives…

AHDB Potatoes funds one-to-one storage advice amidst changes

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched its new Storage Network, as part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage…

AHDB - Market Intelligence June 2019

Potatoes: Diets are shifting all over Asia

Domestic processing capacity and production of processing potato varieties is often insufficient to meet this growing demand, leaving many countries reliant on imported…

Cornell University – Ithaca, New York

Cornell improves global access to potato breeding material

According to an article on news.cornell.edu , Cornell’s plant breeders and geneticists have played a significant role in the improvement of the potato, having released more than 50 varieties since 1908. Cornell researchers are now expanding their efforts to make more wild potato seeds available to potato…

European potato market (week 23)

"Potato hunger" can be seen across Europe

European physical markets Summary of prices (source: NEPG) : Belgium Message from the Fiwap / PCA markets : Stocks are very low and speculation limits the supply and number of transactions. Many industrial buyers are still buying on the basis of unchanged prices, while peelers are finding it increasingly…

Scottish potatoes help keep GB potato sector afloat

After a tough 2018 season, Scottish potatoes have become increasingly important to maintain supply this year, according to statistics from AHDB. Scotland avoided the worst of last year’s drought with production only slightly below average and as the season has progressed an increasing proportion of GB…

Reduction of potato production in Spanish island of Tenerife due to Guatemalan moth

Potato productions on the Spanish island of Tenerife are being affected by a Guatemalan moth ( Tecia solanivora ) pest. Faced with this exceptional situation, potato growers…

The non-refundable funds amount to 210,676 dollars

Honduras receives funds from Taiwan to strengthen its potato and avocado crops

Taiwan has approved the delivery of a $210,676 non-reimbursable fund to contribute to Honduras' food security by strengthening the potato and avocado crops in the South American country and reducing the flight of foreign currency through imports of those crops. The projects that will be carried out in…

Photo report: Maurer/Parat New Potato Day 2019

"My recommendation: sell, sell, sell!"

On June 6, 2019, the annual New Potato Day again took place at Maurer/Parat in Dirmstein in the Palatinate. In addition to market commendations by various experts in the industry, there was an exhibition of agricultural machinery, there were information stands from potato growers and crop protection…

Market Report Austria KW 23/2019:

Strong demand for new potatoes

Since the beginning of the week, potatoes are being harvested in almost all Austrian districts. The yield seems to be good everywhere, although still very modest, as many tubers are still lacking in…

Lively demand for early onions

Early onions, currently being harvested in Emilia-Romagna, are doing well as quality is good, even better than expected. "Prices are good and, if we consider that yields are high, the gross saleable production is very good. This start of the campaign is characterized by interesting prices, although they will drop a little,"…

France: La Bonnotte potatoes at $860 a kilo

The La Bonnotte variety of potato is grown on the French island of Noirmoutier and is the most expensive type of potato in the world. Having reached heights of around US$600…

US: ‘Opportunities for potatoes in retail sales’

IRI data for the January to March quarter showed many opportunities in the potato category, Potatoes USA reported earlier today. Total potato sales dollars were up by 1.4%,…

PEI potato farmers observe World Food Safety Day

The inaugural World Food Safety Day is today June 7, 2019 and that gives the PEI potato farmers reason to be proud, as they shared they are very committed to growing the safest food possible. Island potato farmers have a very high enrolment in CanadaGAP, which is the nationally recognized food safety…

"Production volume declined in some production areas by 40%"

China: "Growth of onion export price slows down"

"The export price of Chinese onions soared this year because many European countries, and the Netherlands in particular, suffered from extreme weather conditions that reduced their onion production volume. European buyers imported Chinese onions in large volumes and the export price went up. These…

US research team to take North Carolina sweet potato revival global

According to nsjonline.com , sweet potatoes have become big business in North Carolina. Much of the staple crop’s recent success is due to its advocates at NC State…

McCain Foods unveils distribution center expansion in Idaho

This past Monday, one of the largest potato manufacturing companies unveiled a $200 million distribution center in Burley, ID. McCain Foods held a grand opening ceremony of a 259,000 ft 2 expansion of its distribution center. The company has been operating in Burley since 1997. The ceremony invited city…

Ireland: Potato price update June 4th

Once again, cooler weather for this time of year has led to increased potato consumption over the last week. Prices in the peeling market, particularly for Rooster, are…

India: Maharashtra producer companies get another target: 10,000 tons of onions

In India, onion prices are again being scrutinised by central and state governments, because of their upward trend since the third week of May. Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) in Maharashtra will have to create a buffer stock of 10,000 tons of onions. This is an additional quota given to FPCs by the…

First Norwegian potatoes 10 euro per kilogram

One of the first batches of Norwegian potatoes of the year was sold for €10 recently. For growers, it’s quite an honour to supply the first potatoes of the year, and there’s a…

New potatoes from the Palatinate expected to be available in retail stores mid-June

Start of harvest for 'Palatine Grumbeere'

Since the tubers of the 2019 season were initially cleared in smaller quantities, these products can initially mostly be found in farm shops and at weekly markets in the…

Potato prices falling in Ukraine

This week, prices for both last year’s and early potatoes have been falling again in Ukraine, as reported by analysts of the EastFruit project. Thus, at the moment, producers are ready to sell early…

Indian government to store 50,000 tons of onions due to drought

The Indian government has decided to keep a stock of 50,000 tons of onions as onion prices are likely to shoot up in the near future. There are droughts in several parts in…

North Western European potato area increased

Based upon a provisional estimation of the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) the area in the 5 largest potato countries increased to 609.000 ha of consumption potatoes. The largest ever. Although it is not the final area figure (final figures will be published at the beginning of July), the…

China is the largest producer and consumer of potatoes in the world

25% of Chinese potatoes were improved with varieties from Peru

China is currently the world's largest producer and consumer of potatoes, with some 5 million hectares installed. The potatoes are valued there for their nutritional…

Demand is high for new potatoes

The potato campaign continues to be quite surprising as demand for new potatoes is also very lively and prices are good. On 30th May 2019, quantities in demand were considerable in a wholesale market in central-northern Italy, and so were the prices. "It is a good period and the produce is of high quality. At the moment, the…

Global potato producing countries

This is a list of countries by potato production in 2016, based on data from the Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database. The total world production for potatoes in 2016 was 376,826,967 metric tonnes. China was by far the largest producer, accounting for 26.3% of world…

Horticultural output in India marginally up at 314.87 million tons

India’s total horticulture production is estimated to rise marginally to 314.87 million tons in the 2018-19 crop year, according to official data. Last Friday, the agriculture…

Doug Bulgrin with Gumz Farms

"We are looking to expand and grow our packaging operation"

With an eye on expansion and an interest in connecting further with major retailers, United Fresh' trade show in Chicago seems to be a perfect fit for Wisconsin onion grower Gumz Farms. “This is our first time exhibiting at the show, says Doug Bulgrin of Gumz Farms. "We grow onions and red potatoes and…

BLE market observation potatoes, KW 21/2019:

'Larger supply of locally cultivated early potatoes"

The provision of domestic storage potatoes dropped of further. In some places, there were only some leftover in stock. Since these batches generally generated sufficient sales, merchants did not need to modify their prices. At times, they could even raise them a bit, according to a market observation by…

Market Report Austria, KW 22/2019:

'First producer price for Austrian new potatoes far above normal levels'

In domestic food retailing, the potato supply is coming online slower than originally thought. In the absence of an alternative, retail will have to be supplied for a further…

Rain hinders spring onion harvesting operations

The rain of the past few weeks heavily affected the spring onion harvest. It is a pity, as the conditions for an excellent gross saleable production were all in place: both prices and yields were high. Sonic variety "The market is requiring this product and prices hover between €0.50-0.60/kg, which is…

Tight market ahead for Canadian potato supplies

Potato growers in Ontario have commenced planting the 2019 crop. In general, the season is running slightly behind schedule due to cool temperatures and persistent rainfall which has made field work difficult. Interestingly, Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms said that their northern region crops have…

Effects of hurricane Florence

US: Sweet potato production dropped 23% in 2018

Following a record-high sweet potato production year in 2017, hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina’s sweet potato growing region in September 2018. It was an event that contributed to the largest single-year US production fall in 48 years. 2018 US sweet potato production fell 23 percent to 2.7…

USDA National Potato and Onion Report

US: Overall demand for onions fairly good, in steady market

The demand for onions in the Upper Valley, Twin Falls-Burley district in Idaho was fairly good, in a steady market. That market was steady as well in the Columbia basin and…

Meerbusch potato farm starts the early potato harvest

"Transition of new potatoes to main crop is expected to be seamless"

On the Meerbusch Kartoffelhof, this year's new potato harvest began the day before yesterday. For the new company in the field of agriculture and direct marketing, it will also be the first full season after the takeover in 2018. Managing Director Stefanie de Kok and her husband Riccardo Bär, who is…

European potato market (week 22)

Great Britain: Prices continue to rise

European physical markets Summary of prices (source: NEPG) : Belgium Message from the Fiwap / PCA markets : Low stocks clearly limit free trade, which is shrinking more and more. Nevertheless, several manufacturers are still purchasing, faced with a variable offer in terms of quality, mainly in Bintje.…

Harvest estimated at 320,000 tons of good quality potatoes

Spanish region of Andalusia expects a good potato campaign

The Andalusian potato season is developing positively. This year's harvest is estimated at around 320,000 tons, with 8,000 hectares devoted to the crop in the autonomous…

Update Irish potato market May 29th

'Domestic market remains steady as supplies tighten'

Cooler weather has led to a slight increase in potato consumption over the last week. All ambient store materials are finished here, in the UK there are reports that store material quality is degrading at a faster rate as the weather becomes warmer. The domestic market remains steady this week as…

Russia: Growers forced to cut prices for last year’s onions

There was a further decline in prices for last year’s onions in Russia. According to market participants themselves, the trend towards a price decline was observed even last…

Ethiopian growers help select potato varieties the market demands

Potatoes are important to food security and they are a cash crop in Ethiopia for the small-scale farmers, who account for 83% of the total population and hold 95% of agricultural land. It is widely grown in the highland areas and is one of the few fast growing commodities expanding into non-traditional…

India: Madhya Pradesh government guarantees onion prices

Because of the dropping onion prices, the Madhya Pradesh government has assured registered farmers a protected price of 800 rupees (€10.27) per 100 kg from Jun 1, a senior state government official said today. Madhya Pradesh is one of India’s leading onion growers. "The state has initiated registration…

Bolivia's potato harvest down 15% because of the drought

Bolivia's potato production in the first months of the year decreased by 15% over 2016, according to data provided by the Minister of Rural Development and Lands, Cesar Cocarico. The drought that devastated the traditional production areas of the highlands and the inter-Andean valleys caused this…

Spain: Murcian potato harvest amounts to 168,623 tons

The Region of Murcia has harvested 168,623 tons of potatoes from the 4,592 hectares it has devoted to this crop. Most of the production comes from the county of Campo de Cartagena, where some important companies such as Behr, are based. Of the total cultivated area, 1,050 hectares are planted with…

Potato prices skyrocketing in Romania

Potatoes have been the most expensive basic food in the past few months. The price in markets and supermarkets has already reached between 4.5 and 5 lei (0.94 to 1.05 Euro)…

British Onion Producers Association reports a positive start for 2019 season

The British Onion Producers Association is reporting a positive start to the 2019 season. Following on from the challenging growing season in 2018 and the resulting poor…

Only 70 tons of native potatoes per day

Peru's capital receives 1,500 tons of commercial potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most important products in Peruvian cuisine. Despite being the nation where this tuber originated, Lima receives 1,500 tons of commercial potatoes, 220 tons of semi-commercial yellow potatoes, and only 70 tons of native potatoes (3.9% of the total) each day, according to…

Almost 7,000 acres of potatoes left in the ground last fall

PEI: Freeze-thaw cycle helps clear left-over potatoes

The cold, wet spring weather may feel like the enemy to many P.E.I. farmers, but this winter's freeze-thaw cycle has actually helped to eliminate what could have been a…

Chinese onion market analysis

"The onion production season is well under way and the production conditions in 2019 are quite clear. The overall surface area devoted to the plantation of short-day onions declined and so did the production volume of short-day onions. As for the intermediate onions, the surface area in Nanyang, Henan, decreased by 30%; the…

Tunisia: Farmers angry at Egyptian potato imports

The Tunisian Farmers' Union (SYNAGRI) criticised the continuation of the policy adopted by the Ministry of Trade for the import of three thousand tonnes of potatoes from…

Rose Anne: “a new variety of tasty small potatoes, ready in 12 minutes”

For the past month, the Rose Anne has been present at the MIN of Rungis. This new variety, which is a cross with the red potato of the Andes, has a peculiar bicolor aspect, oscillating between red and pink. According to Frédéric Champion of the company Pomleg, this nice tuber with coppery highlights…

Central Kenya: Growers switch from maize to bananas and cassava

Due to the high cost of production and market unreliability, central Kenya farmers are shifting from maize farming to other crops. Most of them are opting to grow bananas,…

Up 6.8% over the previous year

Peru's potato production continues to increase

Even though Peru's potato production continues to increase, the country is often forced to import this product due to the size of domestic demand. According to engineer Celfia Obregon Ramírez, the executive director of the Center for Productive Innovation and Technological Transfer of Potato and other…

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Egyptian onions

After a new round of negotiations, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture lifted the ban on importing onions from Egypt. The Central Department of…

Ukraine imports Uzbekistan potatoes for the first time

Wholesale lots of early potatoes from Uzbekistan are being delivered to the Ukrainian market. This product is offered in bulk for 15-17 UAH per kg (US$0.57-0.64) and is of…

“We’re sending more Turkish onions to Europe than we have in the past 5 years”

The lack of onions in Europe has created opportunities for many other countries who would love to fill that void. The same goes for one Turkish fresh fruit and vegetable exporter, who claims it has sent more onions towards Europe than he has in the past four to five years. The Turkish onion season seems…

New, cutting edge factories in Italy

Treating potatoes as if they were fruits

The potato and onion specialist, Antonio Ruggiero, informs us that he had no difficulty in finding seed potatoes for the crops to be grown in 2019. The President of the company declared to FreshPlaza the following: "We have increased the hectares destined to the growth of potatoes in Italy, and certainly…

Potatoes SA program gives boost to emerging farmers

For almost a decade, Potatoes SA has assisted black emerging farmers in building their own potato production businesses. To date, the non-profit company has already invested…

Call for fair conditions and rules in all producing countries

Austria checks potato imports

The Chamber of Agriculture (LK) in Lower Austria demands that the same plant protection standards be used for imported goods from third countries as in Austria. As a study by the LK shows, production…

Market Report Austria KW 21/2019:

'Growth of domestic new potatoes delayed, onion prices even firmer'

The Austrian food retailing is currently provided predominantly with old goods from France as well as Israeli and Egyptian new potatoes. The available quantities are very…

Ton Kruythof, Kruythof, Dutch potato traders:

“The effects of last year's dry weather still being felt”

The new Dutch potato season is beginning. It is expected that over two weeks, there will enough supply from the southwest of the country to start selling. The Dutch market is currently mostly being supplied by import potatoes. “At the moment, we are still getting our potatoes from mainly Morocco, Malta,…

European potato market (week 21)

France: Weather has a positive impact on the physical market

European physical markets Summary of prices (source: NEPG) : Belgium Message from the Fiwap / PCA markets : Most manufacturers remain or have returned to purchasing, mainly in…

Growers hope to avoid a repeat of 2018 season

Rains already set P.E.I. potato crop behind

At a time of year when Prince Edward Island farmers would normally be flat-out busy, most of their equipment is sitting idle as they wait for a break in the weather. Harris…

Luc Deroulers, Eurocelp, presents an innovation in the potato sector

Potatoes: An algorithm that recognizes diseases

After several years of research, Eurocelp teams have developed an algorithm capable of continuously detecting potato diseases. These are brown rhizoctone, common scab, silver scab and dartrose diseases. According to Luc Deroulers, founder of Eurocelp, this is a real novelty. "No one in the world has yet…

Arie van Baalen, River Onions:

“Good demand, size and quality of Egyptian red onions in the Netherlands”

There was no lack of superlatives on the Dutch onion market this year. Yet according to Arie van Baalen of River Onions, there are two sides to this market situation. “On the one hand, a lot of growers were producing under cost price, but on the other, some growers also managed to make enormous profits.…

Zimbabwe: Potato growers told to increase production

Potato farmers in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland have been urged to take potato farming more seriously, increasing production and exports. Nyanga District agriculture extension officer…

Ireland potato price update - 22nd May

Consumption of potatoes is down this week due to the warmer weather conditions. In the UK, trade in the bag market was subdued over the week however prices for top quality are increasing as supplies become harder to find. First crop of earlies on the market early June Planting is now complete for most…

First potatoes of the Berber variety already marketed

New potato season in the Palatinate has begun

While new potatoes are being sold from abroad in supermarkets and discounters, the first " Neie Grumbeere " have been harvested in the Palatinate some days ago. These are only available -for the time being- in specialized stores, like Tony's Palatine Hofmarkt in Dannstadt. Greengrocer Tony Kleinert,…

"The goal is to be able to supply new potatoes all year round"

For Juan Manuel Coello, director of the Valladolid-based company Patatas Meléndez, the main goal is to be able to supply new potatoes all year round. The increase in the demand for quality potatoes has given a boost to the Spanish potato sector, and specifically, to that devoted to new potatoes, which…

Adriaan van Belzen, Daily Onions:

"Hungarian government's destruction of Dutch onions was disgraceful"

"I have been trading onions for almost 25 years now. But, what happened last week in Hungary takes the cake," says Adriaan van Belzen of the Dutch company, Daily Onions. "European onion stocks are depleted. In Hungary, food safety laws are rigorously enforced. This led to my onions being dumped because…

Imported onions have not managed to cover the demand

Onion prices in Spain are good for small producers

The situation of the Spanish and European onion market continues to be shaped by last summer's dry weather. There has been demand from all markets for the production from the winter packaging campaign. At the moment, Europe has empty warehouses in all countries and early onions are far from being able to…

Report by the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association

Onion crisis in Ukraine

The onion export market in Ukraine can be quite chaotic. That is, export sales are not carried out for 6-8 months a year after harvesting the new crop, but are done in haphazard periods: a month, a…

Photo report of Altena Potatoes’ well-attended open day

In 2017, Altena Potatoes moved to Veen, the Netherlands, after having packed and sorted potatoes from Wijk and Aalburg for years – the Schouten family has been active in the potato trade for 90 years. On Saturday 20 May, the Schouten family used the occasion to present their new location to their…

Jan van Luchene, Bruwier Potatoes:

“When you don’t have potatoes to market, you don’t have a market either”

“We’ll probably be doing our final contract deliveries this week. Perhaps a little bit the week after that as well, but that’ll be it for us. Normally, we work until late…

Jan van der Lans:

"Brisk trade in imported onions"

It has been a memorable year for Van der Lans International. This Dutch company is an established player in the import onion arena. "I have never experienced anything like this," says the company's Jan van der Lans. "Usually, at this time of the year, you still have an overflow of Dutch product. But, European onions are simply…

Onion production season begins in Henan, Jiangsu, and Shandong

"Export price of Chinese onions is stabilizing"

"The price of Chinese onions began to rise when the onion production season in Yunnan concluded and the onion production season in Henan, Jiangsu, and Shandong began. The price is now stabilizing." This is according to Wang Junjie of Henan Jun's Safe Food Co., Ltd. Onions "We are in the middle of a new…

Nigeria: Onion prices in steady decline

With increased supplies from the North of Nigeria, prices of onions which started declining gradually in January this year, owing to the onset of its season of harvest, have…

First Frieslanders harvested in Ouddorp

Polder Potato from Dronten picked up the first Frieslanders of the season in Ouddorp this week. The new potatoes were grown by Mts. de Jong and Anton Riezebos of Polder Potato. The first crop harvested by Sjoerd de Jong were from a plot between the dykes where the early potatoes grew quickly. When asked…


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