Texas onion industry wraps up first-ever marketing campaign

The 2020 – 2021 Texas 1015 Sweet Onion (TX1015) marketing campaign has wrapped up for the season. This new marketing program of the Texas International Produce Association…

Food system sustainability relies on ‘wild relatives’ of potatoes

Potato researchers and farmers have significant concerns about producing enough food under the stressors of climate change. That is why they are looking at other members of…

Maarten van Damme, Dacomex:

"Still little demand for new onion sets in a slumping market"

The new onion set harvest has begun, but sales are still somewhat sluggish at the moment. "This is the case every year around this time. July is never really a busy month. The market is still depressed. Customers are not yet desperate for onions and therefore only order what they really need. That takes…

Potato Crop Update July 22, 2021

'Growing conditions across Canada have reversed regionally from a year ago'

Growing conditions across Canada seem to have reversed regionally from a year ago. This year the four main growing provinces in eastern and central Canada have received good…

Alfonso Tarazona, president of the ACEC:

"The current situation of Spanish onions shows that there is still a lack of planning and professionalism"

Spanish onions are facing a difficult market this year due to low demand. In the context of a worldwide pandemic for which there is still no end in sight, structural problems in the sector in terms of production and marketing planning have made things worse. "While the acreage seemed to have been slightly…

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Vegan dairy brand creates the world’s first potato-based plant milk

Vegan dairy brand DUG, created by Veg of Lund, has launched what it describes as the world’s first-ever plant-based milk made from potatoes. The Swedish-based food innovator developed its latest milk alternative together with professor Eva Tornberg at Lund University. The creamy and vegan-friendly…

WayCool to invest in SV Agri to boost quality and supply of potato seed, storage and processing in India

WayCool Foods, a fast growing Agri-commerce company in India, announced that they will be investing USD 5 million into Siddhi Vinayak Agri Processing Pvt. Ltd (SV Agri), one…

Borettana onion season starts with a smaller harvest, but prices are encouraging

"We are now in the middle of harvesting the Borettana onion, which is grown mainly in the northern Italian provinces of Piacenza, Parma and Reggio Emilia. We are 10 days later compared to a normal year; we even have almost an overlap with the shallots. The onions will be harvested until the beginning of…

Onion markets to stay higher likely until new growing regions come on

Greater domestic production of onions is just around the corner. Currently, California and New Mexico are the main sources of onions. “California is still in the middle of its harvest and they do some storage of California onions. They’ll go well into the fall,” says John Harris of Fort Morgan Co.-based…

Papua New Guinea

Sweet potato growers gain valuable insight into consumer buying preferences

Sweet potato farmers in Papua New Guinea have gained valuable insight into consumer buying preferences, which is helping to identify new market opportunities.  The recent market…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 21st July

Retail demand has plateaued as temperatures reach the highest this year

Retail demand has plateaued as temperatures reach the highest this year. Indoor dining has been giving the provisional go-ahead for Monday 26th which will be welcome news for the food service sector. Soaring temperatures this week have stopped main crop development in its tracks. This will further…

Ukraine: Potato and vegetable production down

In the first half of 2021, production of potato in Ukraine decreased by 19.8% compared to the first half of 2020. According to the website of the State Statistics Service, the total volume dropped to 240,800 tons, and of vegetables – by 4.8%, to 684,700 tons. The State Statistics Service said that as of…

Philippines: Customs seize illegally imported red onions from China

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported that illegally imported red onions from China amounting to P10 million (€170,000) have been seized in Manila. The BOC-Manila International…

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Fresh produce shortages expected to be shortlived

Quick price spike at Durban as supplies are replenished

The Durban municipal fresh produce market re-opened last Friday, trading on Saturday and this week as normal, with fairly strong footfall. “An incredible amount of fresh produce is being sent to KwaZulu-Natal,” says a trader, who expects current shortages to shortly be filled and normalize.In the…

A wait-and-see approach for the onion market

The early onions have produced good results and so have the semi-early ones. But after a period of boom, the market is now in the doldrums, waiting for the late onions, which account for more than half of the total production in Italy. "Many seed companies have said in recent months that the onion…

Acquaviva red onion, campaign ends about 50 days early

The Acquaviva red onion campaign, branded under Agriconetto, is in its final stages, a little more than 20 days after the start of harvesting and marketing. "The sizes, reduced by almost 50% compared to 2020, in addition to the abundant and constant requests for goods, are forcing us to end the season…

PotatoEurope Netherlands outdoor exhibition 1-2 September 2021 to be cancelled

Due to the current developments in regard to the coronavirus pandemic in the Netherlands and the associated lack of official approval from Dutch authorities to hold the event,…

Most significant acreage increases in 2021 in western provinces of Alberta and Manitoba

Statistics Canada released their first estimate of potato acreage in Canada from data obtained with their survey of Canadian potato growers. The 2021 potato acreage is estimated at 378,624 acres. This is an increase of 5.3% on 2020. A  year ago, the 2020 acreage had declined below 2019 plantings due to COVID-19…

Mahindra HZPC

Indian-Dutch joint venture innovates Indian potato sector

Just recently, Mahindra HZPC brought thirty more potato varieties from HZPC to India. These new varieties come in addition to a set of now widely offered varieties introduced in 2011-12. These latest varieties are expected to give rise to new and differentiated supply chains. They include -for example-…

Ashadhi Ekadashi demand sees sweet potato prices double

Even as the prices of some vegetables have eased in the past few days, there has now been a sudden spike in the rates of sweet potato and potato, normally in high demand for…

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Papua New Guinea sweet potato industry subjected to study

Papua New Guinea’s sweet potato farmers have gained valuable insight into consumer buying preferences, which is helping to identify new market opportunities. Through a recent…

Maine

Aroostook county potato growers expect bigger and better year

Although 2020 was not really a good year for potato farmers in Maine, this year things seem to be turning around for them. Look at a video taken at one Aroostook county farm,…

US exports of not-certified organic onion sets reached 82,000 tons in 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau International Trade Statistics distinguish between not-certified organic and certified organic onion sets for export purposes. After several years of increases, U.S. exports of onion sets declined last year to 90,000 metric tons (MT), valued at $47 million. Exports of not-certified…

Pierre Batardière, Daniel Cadiou:

“Traditional French shallots are meeting a good demand on the market”

The campaign of traditional French shallots has started this year with a good demand on the market. “The harvest was limited in 2020 and this year, it is delayed, so we decided to offer to our clients hand-trimmed shallots in order to bridge the gap between refrigerated and semi-dry shallots,” explains…

Adriaan van Belzen (Daily Onions) and Loek Smets (P. Smets) react to the severe weather

Dutch onion exporter suddenly in the middle of a disaster area

Daily Onions in Valkenburg, the Netherlands, is usually fairly anonymous in the fruit and vegetable sector. Not so, last week. Severe weather meant the spotlight fell fully on this Dutch town. "We were suddenly in the middle of a disaster area. The Queen walked right past our door," says Adriaan van Belzen. The…

UPA Granada placed its facilities at the disposal of producers for direct sale to consumers

The slimy onion is on the verge of disappearing in the province of Granada due to ruinous prices in origin

UPA Granada has warned that the cultivation of slimy onion is on the verge of disappearing in the province; and not without reason. The organization stated that even though…

Good demand for Australian sweet potatoes

The last three months have seen the start of the traditional dry season in the Bundaberg region of Australia, but the growing program at Sweet Potatoes Australia has gone ahead as planned this season. "We have plenty of access to water with our water allocations remaining at 100% and the region is…

Covid and poor potato crop hit trading at McCain UK

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd is the UK's leading manufacturer of frozen potato products. The Company operates in two distinct sectors of the UK food market, In Home (Retail) and Out…

Maine growers hope for better potato season

Fields in northern Maine's Aroostook County are starting to get full of many white, purple, and pink flowers. It's the time of year where people start to see potato fields in…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 14th July

Irish potato growers optimistic due to reopening of the hospitality sector

There is renewed optimism for the hospitality sector as indoor dining can re-commence for fully vaccinated individuals. Retail demand remains positive, despite the usual lull at this time of the year. Demand for Queens is very strong and excellent quality continues to be reported. A few growers in the…

J. Manuel Coello, of Patatas Meléndez: "The demand for domestic potatoes continues to grow"

Potato season starts in Spanish region of Castile-Leon with a slight drop in the yields

The potato harvest started recently in the Spanish region of Castile-Leon, and this week, it has been gaining momentum. "The prospects for this season are good. The quality is generally good, since both the planting and cultivation have been carried out correctly and the weather has been very favorable…

Supermarket claims closure of Scottish potato depot will not affect farmer suppliers

According to supermarket giant Morrisons, plans to close its potato grading and storage depot in Carnoustie will not affect its Scottish growers and its commitment to buying…

Working on global food security

Chinese scientists advance potato breeding technique

In a ground breaking achievement, Chinese scientists have developed a generation of "pure and fertile potato lines" with genome editing technologies. The experiment led by…

A project by GB Agricola

Blockchain technology for the Italian yellow onion Cipolla Ramata di Montoro

Nicola Barbato of the Italian GB Agricola wants to better protect, improve and raise the quality of the yellow onion, Cipolla Ramata di Montoro, on the markets. To achieve this goal, he has combined the traditional cultivation method with an innovative supply chain traceability system, the Authentico…

Decline in total potato area in EU-04

The 2021 harvest will depend more on the production per hectare than the decrease in surface areas

The total potato area in the NEPG region (EU-04) has been reduced by 4.7%, going from 522,300 to 497,700 ha (-24,600 ha). The decline is observed in all countries, although…

SMBA

Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines

Smuggled onions confiscated in Subic Bay Freeport on Monday

At least P24 millions (€408,000) worth of alleged smuggled onions were confiscated Monday in the Subic Bay Freeport. The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said the Bureau of Customs in the Port of Subic seized twelve container vans loaded with fresh onions. Subic Customs Collector Maritess Martin…

Onions Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria

Onion transports and the unsafe situation in southern Nigeria

Recently, the umbrella association of onion farmers and producers, Onions Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (OPMAN), announced a stoppage of supply of onions to…

UK: Tamworth potato processor fined for pollution incident

The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Edima Holdings Ltd, a Tamworth potato processing company, as this firm caused a pollution incident which killed over 450…

William Nannes, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders, the Netherlands:

"Hopefully we can quickly start exporting new onions to Africa and Central America"

In the Netherlands, J.P. Beemsterboer Food Traders is fully focused on new onions. "There's undoubtedly still a good batch of old onions somewhere. But the non-European export…

Potato exports from Georgia overtook the trendy blueberries

Potato (excluding seed potatoes) remained as a top exported category fresh produce from Georgia through June 2021. Revenues from selling potatoes abroad amounted 3.7 million…

600 potato farmers in Niger to benefit from potato value chain development programme

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says that 600 potato farmers in Niger will benefit from its potato value chain development programme (VCDP) for 2021…

Consumption increased by two kilograms per person Foto: Dreamstime

Potato yields above 40 tons per hectare again for the first time

The drought caused problems for German potato growers in 2020. Nevertheless, yields rose above 40 metric tons for the first time since 2017, reaching 42.8 metric tons per…

Mekong Delta fruit overabundant amid HCMC wholesale market closures

Fruit from the Mekong Delta, Vietnam's agriculture hub, is selling poorly at lower prices as wholesales markets across HCMC close due to Covid-19. Nguyen Van Thuan, owner of a…

US pushes Mexico for approval of GM crops, access to potato market

The United States pressured Mexico on Wednesday to allow genetically modified crops into the country and to open up access to U.S.-grown potatoes. United States Trade…

What's the most expensive potato in the world?

The answer to that question can be found in France. Bonnotte, the most expensive potato variety in the world, is harvested on the island of Noirmoutier, in the Vendée…

Rainy weather helped Ukrainian growers to raise onion prices

This week, Ukrainian onion producers managed to slightly increase prices for their products. Due to rainy weather, many growers have suspended the harvest of onions reducing…

US and Japan object to ban on Indian onion exports

The US and Japan have objected to India’s frequent ban on onion exports at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming that such prohibitions without prior notification put…

TikTokers swoon about gadget with robot arm that can peel 'any' vegetable

What’s the best way to peel a potato without a peeler? Well, there’s a viral gadget that claims it can solve that problem. This Starfrit peeling machine is supposed to tackle…

Tim Elcombe, -Chairman of British Onion Growers

New onions looking good despite weather extremes

The British onion season is transitioning from last season’s onions to the new crop. The old onions will be on the market for another week to 10 days, then the new crop will be available. There are also some imported onions around just now. “As far as the growing season goes it has been a real year of extremes,”…

Commission celebrates 60 years of North Carolina potatoes

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission (NCSPC) began celebrating a big milestone as it turned 60 on June 30th. The commission kicked off a year of celebration unveiling an…

NAO

GB seed potato growers welcome import ban

DEFRA’s decision not to extend the derogation which allowed the continued import of seed potatoes from Europe while British growers were banned by from exporting seed to the EU has been widely welcomed by the industry. Britain exported around 30,000 tonnes of seed potatoes, worth £13.5 million, to…

Wolds Produce Ltd completes acquisition of WM Quarrie Ltd

UK potato specialists acquire leading potato seed supplier

Wolds Produce Ltd, based in Pocklington -near York-, has completed the acquisition of WM Quarrie (Potato Marketing) Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. Wolds Produce was established in 2004 by Simon Tootell and local farmer Simon Foster. It was set up as a potato trading business offering crops from the York…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 7th July

'Irish potato traders are actively seeking packing quality material'

Retail demands remains buoyant and this is coupled with optimism for the hospitality sector as the vaccine roll out is being stepped up this week. Prices of peeling stocks are reported at €180-€200/ton. This weekend's rainfall was welcomed by growers, although regional variation was significant. More…

New Zealand’s ‘small, purple potatoes’ : taewa

Professor Nick Roskruge, an ethnobotanist from the Ngāti Rāhiri hapū of Te Ātiawa, has made a career out of crops and potatoes. The taewa – potatoes which have grown a unique…

Egyptian sweet potato season has kicked off

“I’d say there’s be about 20 to 30% more volumes of sweet potatoes this year”

It’s not been very busy yet since the Egyptian sweet potato season started. With the American sweet potato season still going, as well as the Honduras season, demand is expected to pick up once these seasons come to an end. Meanwhile, Egypt will have larger volumes of sweet potatoes available than the…

Argentine regional economies: potatoes and vegetables in the red

Of the 19 regional economies that Argentinian industry body Coninagro monitors every month, there were four activities in red, six in yellow and nine in green. Notably, there…

Nick Bakelaar (Spot): "Lower Egyptian, Spanish productions after last season's oversupply"

"Year-round sweet potatoes from the US, until new crop harvested"

In the United States, the current sweet potato season is slowly winding down. "We've stopped exporting from some fields. That's due to quality requirements. We're only…

Marian Masegosa, of Cebollas Masegosa:

"Prices won't be like those recorded last season, but I expect there will be demand"

The harvest of Medio Grano onions is underway in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha. They will be followed by the Grano or Reca onions between the third and fourth week of July. This year, growers are facing a start of the campaign marked by a significant increase in Andalusia's onion production.…

2021 season successful for producers and exporters

Uzbek onion export season ends in a few weeks

The 2021 season is successful for producers and exporters of Uzbek onions; it will end in the coming weeks. As a rule, the season of shipments of onions from Uzbekistan to…

Technico changing potato value chain in India and beyond

Technico Agri Sciences Limited (a 100% subsidiary of ITC Ltd.) is an Agri-Biotech Company involved in the business of producing and selling 'Early Generation' high vigor seed…

Increased acreage for Idaho potatoes this fall

Idaho has added a significant amount of acreage for its potatoes for fall 2021. Last year the state planted 300,000 acres and this year that has grown to 315,000 acres planted. “A lot of our farmers rotate grounds every two to three years so it’s rotational in a sense,” says Ross Johnson of the Idaho Potato…

Quelle: BLE

Table potatoes week 25/2021

'Availability of domestic edible early potatoes expanded'

The current BLE report shows that the availability of domestic early table potatoes has expanded. Demand, on the other hand, was limited: The summer weather, as well as the start of vacations in parts of Germany, reduced sales. Traders were therefore forced to reduce their prices. However, inventories…

Jan Franje, Franje Onions, the Netherlands:

"Onion market's in a pessimistic mood, but things are still uncertain"

In the Netherlands, the last onions of the season left Franje Onions last week. And the new onion set season has now begun. "There's sporadic demand," says Jan Franje. "But there are still old as well as new and imported onions available. So, sales aren't easy yet. New onions are still going for around…

Fotos: Naturkost Kontor Bremen GmbH

Marc Wehrle, Naturkost Kontor Bremen Ltd:

"Price difference between imported and regional sweet potatoes still very much a thing"

Naturkost Kontor Bremen has been supplying Bremen and the surrounding area with 100% organic food for 30 years. Marc Wehrle from Naturkost Kontor talked to FreshPlaza about stone fruits, (sweet) potatoes, and the opportunities and challenges facing Bremen's organic producers. "Within the gastronomy…

Trader: rising potato prices rectify years of undervaluation

High potato prices recompense rain losses at planting

Current high potato market prices are a just end to a planting season that started inauspiciously: new potato plantings in the Northwest and Free State drowned during heavy rains during November last year – so much so, that in the Kroonstad area of the Free State, some famers had to replant the entire…

Wageningen University & Research

The Netherlands

Wageningen scientists discover how potato blight pathogen penetrates the plant

In the 19th century, the notorious pathogen Phytophthora infestans caused a large famine in Ireland and other parts of Western Europe. To this day, it continues to pose a major threat to global food production. It has long been a mystery how this microscopically small organism and other members of the…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 02 July 2021

UK: Pockets of new crop potatoes have been lifted - increased supplies will arrive next week

Trade across the week has been described as subdued, as outlets de-stock old-crop material in anticipation for new-crop potatoes. Pockets of new-crop potatoes have been lifted, but it is expected that increased supplies will come to market next week. Crops are currently looking good, but some regions are…

"We can't store the goods, because they are sold out immediately" - Agriconetto Srl

An active and intense start for the Acquaviva red onion

The red onions from Acquaviva delle Fonti are currently being harvested, but demand seems to exceed supply. "The first pallets were shipped on Tuesday 29 June. Request is coming not only from northern Italy, but also from abroad, especially from Germany. A brisk start compared to 2020, to the point that…

Breadbox gets its own terminal

Refrigerated container shortage leads to scaling up of reefer service

The Dutch export onion season begins in August. That's when things get hectic at Breadbox Shipping Lines. This shipping company offers direct charter services from Vlissingen, in the Netherlands, to Dakar, in Senegal. This is promising to become an unusual season. Breadbox Shipping Lines specializes in sailings…

Uzbekistan’s late June top export items: watermelons and onions

There have been increased exports of watermelons from Uzbekistan in the third part of June 2021. This makes watermelons the absolute leaders regarding requests for fruit and…

President Abinader promotes agreement to produce all Frito Lay’s potatoes in Dominican Republic

President Luis Abinader has emphasized the importance of the private sector for the generation of jobs, considered necessary to alleviate the global crisis. He therefore…

Ghana: Growers urged to switch to orange-fleshed sweet potatoes

Agribusiness entrepreneurs of Ghana have been urged to consider orange-fleshed sweet potatoes as a viable business opportunity. Stephen Nketia, the Head of Commercialisation…

Nigerian government intends to boost Northwest potato production

The Nigerian federal government has reiterated its plan to ensure that the nation does not experience any food shortages in the coming years because of the effects of the…

AKILIMO digital platform improves Rwandan potato yields

Potatoes are cultivated across Rwanda and they are growing in popularity. The majority of the crop is produced in the northwestern region of the country in the districts of…

Ukraine

Organic D set to export quality onions, carrots and potatoes to UAE and EU

Ukrainian company Organic-D supplies products to large retail chains in Ukraine and is negotiating with importers to access the foreign markets. Vadim Krychkovsky, co-founder…

ADAPT project:

Farmer survey points to climate change as biggest threat to European potato production

Europatat is part of an international consortium involved in the ADAPT research project (“Accelerated Development of multiple-stress tolerAnt PoTato”). This project aims to…

Sweet potato grower hopeful demand gets a boost from foodservice returning

Supplies of sweet potatoes are ample as the industry moves into what historically is a slower period of movement in the year. “The 2020 crop yield was pretty significant compared to the 2019 yield. So there are good supplies. And supplies are greater than at this time last year,” said Larelle Miller of…

Indian onion export revenues at lowest level in six years

The four-month ban on shipments, coupled with the decline in demand due to the pandemic, lowered India’s onion export revenue to its lowest level in six years during the…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 30th June

'Physical potato prices in the processing sector are holding steady all over Europe'

Potato growers and the food service sector have received another hit for as indoor dining has been delayed due to concerns over the new Covid variant. Most of the Home Guard and Premiere varieties are now cleared on the market. More Queens are being lifted in the south east this week. Early crops to date…

Azerbaijan implements joint project with FAO to increase potato production

In Azerbaijan, a project to increase potato production is being implemented jointly with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, said the Deputy Chairperson of the Agency…

Early potato prices collapse in Russia

Harvesting of early potatoes is now in full swing in the Krasnodar and Stavropol regions, as well as in the Astrakhan and Rostov regions. Given the harvesting in the southern…

Broccoli acreage also grew

Seed onions acreage up by 11.3% in 2021, reports Dutch census bureau

In 2021, agricultural land in the Netherlands has increased by 1,800 hectares. This 0,3% growth brings the area to 529,000 hectares. The area of sowing onions has climbed the most. And fewer potatoes are being grown in 2021. This is according to the Statistics Netherlands' (CBS) Agricultural Census…

USDA

Estimate of US potato acres planted in 2021

US potato growers planted 2.4% more than one year ago

US growers planted 22,000 acres or 2.4% more than a year ago, when they were dealing with cutbacks related to COVID-19. An estimates drop in acreage within the top thirteen states is forecast in Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan and California. Potato acreage is still 25,000 acres below 2019 estimates, with wateravailability…

Philippines Customs impound P10 mln worth of smuggled onions from China

The Bureau of Customs from the Philippines seized some P10 million (€170,000) worth of smuggled onions that were misdeclared as ice cream from China, the bureau announced…

Jamaican company increases onion production and knowledge sharing

Model Agricultural Production Ltd in St. Catherine is striving to grow its onion production, whilst also looking at increased employment and transferring Israeli technologies…

BLE

Table potatoes week 24/2021

'Italian and Cypriot imports continued to dominate early potato market'

Italian and Cypriot imports continued to dominate the market for table potatoes. Meanwhile, domestic offerings continued to gain in importance. Shipments from Greece, Israel and Spain supplemented the picture. In general, the quality was convincing. In some cases, the supply was ample to meet demand.…

‘Red River Valley red, yellow potato crop is doing all right, so far’

Adequate rainfall has sustained the red and yellow potato crops in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, but the tubers will need more moisture as they mature. Most…

Mister Bee

West Virginia potato chip company expands into other states

From next week onwards, Mister Bee’s potato chips will be entering a new territory for the first time in its history. Mister Bee’s products will be featured in stores…

Pakistan: Tomato prices Karachi up by 150-plus percent in retail

Tomato prices have gone up by more than 150 percent in Karachi’s retail markets in the last few days, resulting in rates of between Rs32-40 to Rs100-120 per kilogram. Prices…

Relief coming for pressure on red and yellow potato supplies

Volumes of Russet and white potatoes are good while yellows and reds seem to be slimmer. “There are still plenty of Russets in Idaho and Canada and I’ve got plenty of whites available to ship. But we hit a tight window on the reds and yellows,” says Ken Gad of South Easton, MA-based Cambridge Farms Inc.…

Holland Onion Association

"Despite declining second half of the season, onion exports could set a new record"

"Onions have never been as popular. They're on an unprecedented upward march. This season, Holland Onion looks set to set a new volume export record. That's despite a decline in exports in the second half of the season," says the Holland Onion Association. This season, for the first time ever, the…

Adressing Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack & US Trade Representative Tai

National Potato Council thanks officials for opening Mexican market for US fresh potatoes

In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai thanking them for.their efforts to improve the export situation for…

'Jersey Royals’ exports should be lowered to emphasize premium status'

An industry leader has said that Jersey farmers should possibly cut the volume of Jersey Royal potatoes grown in a season, in order to help the island’s biggest agricultural…

India again allows potato imports from Bhutan

With retail potato prices rising sharply in the period April to May, the Indian government has decided to permit the import of potatoes from Bhutan without any license up to…

Plantings of ware potatoes 2021

According to the UNPT-CNIPT producer panel, in the main producing regions, complemented by the Agreste estimates for the other regions, the plantings of ware potatoes will reach 153,840 ha in 2021,…

Scotland expects a decent harvest, coming in a bit later

The Scottish weather continues to be dry and reasonably warm. It is nothing like that in the south of England, with some recent heavy rain and temperatures as high as 30°C.…

China's onion export volume picked up

As a result of a variety of factors, onion exports faced serious challenges, and the overall export volume in the first four months of 2021 fell. With the gradually exhausted…

Tjerk Nagel, Konaxx Onions, the Netherlands:

"This season showed, once again, how elusive the onion market is, and will remain"

The season is over at Konaxx Onions in the Netherlands. "We're sending out the last onions this week. It is, after all, almost July already," begins Tjerk Nagel.  "To summarize, it's apparent that the onion market is, and remains, elusive. Export figures skyrocketed. But both traders and growers lost a lot…

Tanzania is an African food export giant

Tanzania is Africa's third largest exporter of foodstuffs to the rest of the world; the East African nation leads the EAC region. Its food crop production reached 9.3 million…

Canadian potato drop update June 23, 2021

Canadian potato growers optimistic about good growing conditions

The potato crop in Canada is at varying stages - from emergence to touching between rows. Potato growers everywhere are optimistic for the good growing conditions needed to…

Indian onions, pomegranates and potatoes set to enter Serbia

India’s Agriculture and Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA), has stated that for exports to Serbia, phytosanitary certificates are not required for…

The EU's average potato yield stands at 34,500 kg/ha, i.e. 3.6% more than in 2020

According to the latest JRC-MARS report on the monitoring of the main crops in the European Union and its neighboring countries, the average yield of the potato crops in the…

Federal Office for Agriculture will allow in 5,000 tons of lightly taxed potatoes

Switzerland is running low on potatoes

The import quotas that protect farmers from foreign competition are tightly managed in Switzerland. This does however mean that these quotas need to be eased to allow more low…

Copa-Cogeca, Europatat, Euroseeds and Starch Europe

Associations issue statement on New Genomic Techniques in potato breeding

In the EU, the number of active substances for crop protection has drastically decreased over the past few years. NGTs have a role to play in reducing the need to apply…

Indonesia

Geothermal steam sterilization supports Kamojang potato production

Potatoes are the main agricultural crop in Bayongbong District, Indonesia. In Dusun Kamojang, potato seeds of the G0 variety are bred. This process uses cocopeat as a planting…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 23rd June

Ireland potatoes: Prices in peeling sector continue to be up to €200/ton

Irish potato markets are largely unchanged this week. Indoor dining can re-commence next week and this should increase activity in the food service sector. Prices in the peeling sector continue to be reported up to €200/ton. Traders are actively seeking top quality product as stocks continue to tighten.…

Washington state, US

Walla Walla sweet onion harvesting has started

The Walla Walla sweet onion harvest season has come. The region’s sweet onion farmers saw an early June crop; experts expect it to last through late August. Walla Walla sweet…

Peru and Bolivia join forces to improve the productivity of small potato producers

The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation of Peru (Midagri) and the Ministry of Rural Development and Lands of Bolivia (MDRyT) reported that they were working…

Maphisa, Matabeleland South

Zimbabwe: Potato producer deplores losses due to lockdown

Antelope Estate is one of the biggest potato producers in Matabeleland South. The project has customers in Bulawayo, which is closer to the area, and as far afield as Mbare…

Foto: Macoo GmbH

Marco Henschke from Macoo Ltd:

"There are growers in Germany who have been growing sweet potatoes for years without any problems"

Marco Henschke, Managing Director of Macoo Obst-, Gemüse- & Blumengroßhandel Ltd from Dresden, spoke to FreshPlaza about the current berry and potato season and the cultivation of sweet potatoes in Germany. Despite the pandemic, Macoo was able to open two more stores in Erfurt and Berlin. "It comes at a…

Foto: LK/Danner/Neues Land

This year's potatoes have arrived

Due to cool spring temperatures, this year's start of the harvesting potatoes has been delayed. But now the harvest is in full swing, says the Neues Land newspaper. Photo: LK/Danner/Neues Land This year, the popular potatoes are starting the summer. The harvest is currently in full swing and the potatoes…

Iraq: New potato processing plant for Duhok

Duhok is the capital city of Duhok Governorate, Kurdistan Region in Iraq. There, KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani has laid the foundation stone of a potato production…

Decline in French potato exports

According to a statement issued by the National Interprofessional Potato Committee, “the trade of fresh French potatoes towards international markets has strongly declined in April 2021.” In June…

Potato growers on alert

UK weather threatens potato crops through increased blight risk

At this point in time, potato crops around the UK are entering the highest threat level for blight. Hutton Criteria disease warnings were declared in key potato-growing areas.…

Potato imports by Kenyan fast-food firms will see 30 percent duty

Fast food franchises in Kenya have been slapped with a 30 percent duty on potatoes they import to make French fries. This move will significantly raise the cost of the end…

Sudan: Two new projects promote domestic potato production

In Sudan, potato cultivation has seen tremendous successes, with productivity in some areas reaching 28 tons an acre. The Alarqam Project of Western Omdurman reached this…

Stabilization might be at hand, dependent on the weather

South African potato prices witness sharp rise

After extremely cold weather conditions in the north of the country affected the potato harvest, South Africa is currently experiencing a sharp increase in potato prices. Last…

US research

Potato nutrients may reduce risk of hypertension

A new study published in Nutrients has looked at the effect of increased dietary potassium from a whole food source--baked/boiled potatoes and baked French fries--or a…

Sales remain stagnant and prices are low

European retailers will soon make the switch from southern hemisphere onions to Spanish onions

Spanish onion sales remain stagnant and prices have yet to rebound; a result of the fact that the food service channel has yet to recover from the impact of the pandemic.  "The food service and hospitality channel is not yet working at full capacity in Europe, as tourism remains well below normal levels. This…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 18 June 2021

Free-buy potato movement reportedly slow this week in UK

Market CommentaryPacking Free-buy movement has been reportedly slow this week, with a high proportion of trade fulfilled on contract. Demand for packing potatoes is considered lacking through retail outlets, causing some concerns over old-crop potatoes still in store as we move closer to the new season. Maris…

French potato sales to international markets decreased by 11% in April 2021

The French Potato Interprofessional (CNIPT) has stated that the country's fresh potato exports fell dramatically in April 2021. During this month, the French sector exported…

Kenyan packaging woes

Agriculture Food Authority rebukes traders opposing law capping potato packaging

The Kenyan Agriculture Food Authority (AFA) has told greedy traders that the nation will not budge in its enforcement of a law limiting potato packaging to 50kgs. AFA Director General Kello Harsama has warned individuals who are reported to have held strikes in Wakulima and Muthurwa Markets that the…

Philippines: Onion farmers in Tarlac benefit from cold storage facility

Onion farmers in the province of Tarlac are set to reap the benefits from the cold storage facility project of the Department of Agriculture. The P20 million project was made…

Working on a greater supply of seed potatoes in Kenya

In Kenya, potato farming creates employment for 2.5 million people along the value chain, amounting to an estimated annual worth of USD 480 million. Yet farm incomes in Kenya…

Table potatoes week 23/2021

Italian imports now outweigh Cypriot imports in the table potato sector

By now, Italian table potatoes are outweighing Cypriot imports. Greek Spunta and Moroccan Nicola supplemented the markets with selective, small quantities. Domestic deliveries increased. An oversupply was observed in some places. As a result, prices often crumbled, especially those of Cypriot and Italian…

Fingal, county Dublin

Potatoes: K&K Produce embraces smaller pack sizes and new packaging formats

K&K Produce, based in Fingal, Co. Dublin, is one of the companies that is embracing smaller pack sizes and new packaging formats that allow potatoes to be microwaved. K&K…

Papua New Guinea spends over K1 bln annually on fruits and vegetable imports

According to Minister for Agriculture and Livestock John Simon, Papua New Guinea spends over K1 billion (€240 mln) annually on fruits and vegetables that can be grown in the…

Onions stocks will be trashed in Ukraine due to the lack of demand

It seems that Ukrainian vegetable growers are experiencing serious problems with the sale of onion stocks from their 2020 harvest. It has become clear that these stocks will…


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