Potatoes and Onions

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"It would not surprise me if we break an export record"

"It is a madhouse." This is how Mike de Koster, from the packaging and sorting center WDL Onions, in Kwadendamme, summarises the current export of onions. "The demand is widespread, from Africa to Asia and Eastern Europe. Altogether we have a nice broad market. It would not surprise me if we break an…

Kerala demands 460 tons

India to import more onions from Egypt this week

In a bid to stop the exploding prices, onions will be imported from Egypt to Mumbai this week. Various states have sent letter in this regard to the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED), an apex organization of marketing cooperatives for agricultural produce in India.…

“A balanced campaign for French potatoes”

The French production of storage potatoes reaches 6,341,400 tons this year, compared to 5,962,000 in 2018, which represents a 6% increase in one year. Last year, the production had been strongly impacted by the lower average yield.  The surface areas, which cover 148,290 ha, had increased again by 2.1% in one…

Indian farmers and traders warn of onion glut in two months

The record high prices of onions in India will encourage large-scale cultivation of the crop in the next season, farmers and traders say. Onion prices have soared to ₹200 a kg from ₹25 a kg, as heavy rains at the fag end of the monsoon season flooded onion fields, leading to much lower supply in the…

New crop potatoes are coming up soon

Smaller volumes than previous season for Greek potatoes

The 2019 season for Greek potatoes was very fulfilling, but they are already getting ready for the new crops. Whether the new season will be as good as the previous one is yet to be seen, as only certain markets are interested in the new crop potatoes. For Greek fresh produce exporter Zafirakis Fruits…

Alexis Dequidt, Touquet Savour:

“Current potato prices are not linked to a good consumption level”

“I would say that this year, on a scale from 0 to 10, the quality is 6 and the price 6.5,” says Alexis Dequidt, marketing and communication director of Touquet Savour, about the potato. “This means that we are above the normal average, but below the price level of last year. I think that this is due to a…

PhilMech studying ways to reduce sweet potato harvest losses

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) has stated it is studying how to reduce losses in the sweet potato harvest to reduce damage to the produce, which depresses the prices farmers can obtain. According to a study by the agency, postharvest losses for sweet potato…

Canadian potato production in 2019 up by 2.4%

Statistics Canada has estimated Canadian potato production in 2019 to be up 2.4% or 2,472,000 hundred weight above the 5-yr average in Canada. With demand growing for potato products, growers in the spring of 2019 planted an additional 3.7% or 13,000 acres to meet these expansion requirements.…

White onions from Turkey not really to Indians’ liking

Even as the retail price of onions across the state has plummeted to Rs100 or Rs110, produce from Turkey or Afghanistan has reached the Indian markets . Since the imported…

"Our new sweet potato variety Elizabeth is very popular in China "

"Shenyang, one of China's main sweet potato production areas, sees abundant rainfall throughout the year. In general, production remains the same as last year, especially for organic sweet potatoes which have a lower production,” Zhang Lei of Shenyang Renhe Datong Trading Co., Ltd. said. “In addition to…

National Potato Council and Western Growers cheering its passage

Upper House Japan approves US-Japan agreement on Ag Trade

Today, the National Potato Council (NPC) cheered the passage of the US-Japan Agreement on Agricultural Trade by Japan’s Upper House. Pending official announcements by both…

Maine potatoes expected to see ‘strong demand’ after frosts troubles US western harvest

Cold weather has led to poor potato harvests across the US and Canada. Hardest hit were growers in Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota, who had to abandon fields of potatoes…

Global sales from onions exported by country totaled US$3.5 billion in 2018

Global sales from onions exported by country totaled US$3.5 billion in 2018. Overall, the value of exported onions rose by an average 12.1% for all exporting countries since…

Volmary reacts to sweet potato boom in Germany with Erato variety line

"We'd like to expand our sweet potato selection to 10-15 varieties over the next few years."

Parallel to the steadily growing consumption of sweet potatoes, the cultivation of these sweet tubers in Germany is also booming. This creates an interesting niche for seed and young plant suppliers in commercial horticulture. The Münster-based Volmary company has recognised the sweet potato trend for…

European potato market (week 49)

Potato export to Great Britain continues actively

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): BelgiumFiwap/PCA market message: industrial potatoes: the market is somewhat disrupted by an offer of potatoes that do not keep well (mainly Challenger with rotting problems). Problematic contracts and lots help to supply the demand from the processing…

Grant County and rest of Washington State defy nationwide potato production drop

According to the USDA, adversarial weather put a strain on potato production across America this year, accounting for a 6.1% decline, the lowest potato tally seen since 2010.…

Potato cultivation Northern India to drop

Despite higher retail prices of potatoes, the sowing of these tubers is set to shrink in India’s Northern states as farmers prefer alternate crops including onion, garlic,…

Princesse Amandine potato will start to be produced in Spain in 2020

The French potato variety Princesse Amandine has started to be marketed in Spain ahead of the planting in the next campaign of more than 55 hectares in Spain and Portugal,…

France could increase its potato exports to Spain next season

According to the Association of Potato Producers of Castilla y Leon (APPACYL), potato producers had to stop the harvest due to the abundant rains in the autonomous community, which could compromise the hectares that haven't been collected if there are any frosts. The varieties that still need to be…

Potato price collapse in Ukraine not enough to stop imports

Despite the fact that potato prices are declining in Ukraine, their reduction so far has not been sufficient to stop the huge flow of Russian imports. EastFruit analysts…

But shortages could have positive impact for Wisconsin farmers

Early freeze negatively impacts US potatoes

As most of the US’s top, potato-producing states have struggled with a cold and wet harvest season, the USDA forecasts domestic output of potatoes will drop 6.1% this year, to…

Tearless sweet onions now shipping to US retailers

Sunions, a tearless and sweet onion, are shipping to retailers this week. Using a certification process unique to the onion category, a sensory panel determines the ship date…

Onion prices still high in India

Egypt, Turkey and Afghanistan come to India’s rescue

In several places in India, onion prices have reached an all-time high of ₹140. The sky-rocketing prices of onions have forced both government and traders to import the vegetable from foreign countries such as Egypt, Turkey and Afghanistan. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in her reply during a…

Market and Crop Update for December 5, 2019

Eagle Eye Produce, Oregon, on onions: “Demand is definitely picking up”

MARKETWashington/Idaho-E. Oregon:Jason Pearson with Eagle Eye Produce reported from his Nyssa, OR, office on Dec. 4, saying, “Demand is definitely picking up today. It was a…

Andreas Schindler (Potato Joe) sees good marketing opportunities for Latin American sweet potatoes

"Good starting position for Latin American sweet potatoes on the European market"

Global sweet potato consumption is growing at considerable rates every year: So far, exotic root vegetables have been imported mainly from the USA and southern Europe, but other reference countries, e.g. Latin America, are also rapidly gaining in importance. Andreas Schindler from Hamburg - the driving force…

Agritech helped Maharashtra farmers avoid onion crop damage

While most parts of India are witnessing sky-high onion prices due to crop damage, farmers in Maharashtra have leveraged technology in farming practices to limit onion crop…

Albert Bartlett buys into frozen food brand Kiddyum

Manchester-based frozen food brand for children, Kiddyum, has sold a 40% stake to Albert Bartlett, a grower and packer of potatoes. The undisclosed investment will support…

Fresh potato consumption grows by 15% in 5 years

Between 2013 and 2018, the consumption of fresh potatoes in Italy increased by 15% reaching 763 thousand tons. The consumption of frozen potatoes remains instead stable (145 thousand tons), though imports have increased. "The Italian potato sector must take advantage of this trend by increasing its supplies.…

Sweet potato uses single odor to warn its neighbors

Sweet potatoes are becoming more and more popular globally: Whether in soup or as fries, they increasingly compete with "regular" potatoes to which, surprisingly, they are…

Strong growth in the export of seed potatoes to Cuba

Cuba is importing a lot more seed potatoes from the Netherlands this year. The fourth ship with seed potatoes (harvest 2019) has recently left for Cuba. The expectation is that…

India: Sub-standard onions lead to 30% drop in average wholesale price in a week

The average wholesale price at the country's largest wholesale onion market -Lasalgaon APMC- has dropped nearly 30%, or Rs 2,000 per 100 kgs, in just a week following the arrivals of sub-standard quality onions.  The average wholesale onion price, that saw an all-time high of Rs 7,100 per 100 kgs on November…

One out of every five onions consumed in Honduras comes from the Netherlands

The Netherlands, the tenth biggest producer of onions in the world, is Honduras' main onion supplier, as it has supplied the Central American country with more than 86 million kilograms of this vegetable. In fact, in the last 15 years, 1 in 5 onions consumed in Honduras was of Dutch origin. According to…

Kenya: Narok county potato yield triples in a year

The potato production in Kenya’s Narok county has increased by 300 percent in the last year, all due to the introduction of mechanised farming in January. Over the same…

North American french fry shortage could be coming

Some potato producers in North America have been reporting a cold and wet fall, that has negatively impacted crop yields. This, combined with an increased demand for the…

Less than 20% of Irish potato crop left to be harvested

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) estimates that this week, 15-20% of the potato harvest is yet to be completed. The past few weeks harvesting was practically at a…

Nicholas Burd - University of Illinois

New research: Potato consumption is as effective as carbohydrate gels

Research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise. This means that consuming potato…

European potato market (week 48)

“Nice export prospects for European finished products”

The European export of fries increased slightly last September compared to September 2018. In the 12 months from October to September, the total volume exported by the European Union to third countries reached 1.64 million tons, which is 5.2% less, due to the lack of availability of products during the…

UK experiences sweet potato shortage due to low US volumes

The U.K is experiencing a sweet potato shortage due to low volumes coming out of the United States. According to supermarkets the shortage is worse that was expected and the consumers are displeased at the high prices. Reports say that the levels are 1/20th of the normal levels. The shortage is due to some…

Buying 11,000 tons from Turkey

Indian state-owned trading firm signs second onion import order

State-owned trading firm MMTC, which is importing onions on the behalf of the federal government, has placed an order for 11,000 tons from Turkey as part of its efforts to boost domestic supply and ease soaring prices, sources said. This is the second import order placed by the MMTC. The public sector…

Donegal Investment Group posts 61% annual operating profit

According to its latest financial results, the Donegal Investment Group has reported a 61% annual increase in operating profit, to €3.1 million. The potato seed and dairy…

Import into Bangladesh boosts supplies

Onion prices drop slightly in Dhaka

Prices of onion have dropped slightly in Dhaka following an increase in supplies due to imports and new production. At Karwan Bazar, the imported varieties were being sold…

Jan Preiss, Preiss Agrar, Handel & Beratung e.K.:

"We don't see such an exciting market situation like this for onions every day."

The season for imported potatoes does not really start until mid-February, but nevertheless people are already looking forward to next year, says Jan Preiss of the agricultural trade firm of the same name, located in Ebstorf. "Before that, there will only be a few smaller volumes from Cyprus for the Christmas…

Indian onion prices still high

Truck carrying onions stolen in Madhya Pradesh

At a time when prices of onions are shooting up to Rs 100 per kg (€1.30), thieves have stolen a truck carrying produce worth Rs 200,000 (€2,600) on its way from Nashik to Gorakhpur, Police said on Thursday. Businessman Prem Chand Shukla from Nashik filed a complaint against the Shivpuri based transporter…

Indian onion traders still make a killing - even as imports from Egypt arrive

At a time when consumers across the country are waiting for imported onions to ease sky-high domestic prices, some private importers have already brought in about 2,500 tonnes…

Why potato giant Idaho doesn't grow sweet potatoes

Idaho’s agricultural strength often stems from its hot days and cool nights. Sweet potatoes -which aren’t actually potatoes- and regular potatoes require very different…

M.K. Exports worries about the onion, grape and mango season

“Import of Egyptian onions has no effect on Indian domestic market”

The soaring onion prices in India are leaving a mark on exporters in the region. The government issued a ban on onion exports, trying to push down the price on the domestic market. Onions have also been imported from other markets, like Egypt. One Indian onion exporter expresses his worry the current…

Potato supply drops as Australian farmers confront water allocation

In some sections of the fresh market, potato prices have risen sharply on the back of a falling supply. This is the effect of many growers across NSW struggle to get a crop in due to drought, low water allocations and high water prices. According to Chris Cope of Sydney Produce Surveyors, prices for 20…

The Chinese introduced to the 'exotic' Conference pear and James Bint

There was a record number of agri-food companies in attendance at the recent Prince's Mission to China. This event was held from 17 to 22 November. These numbers were recorded by the Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM). The mission's participants hailed from several fresh produce sectors: these…

Tonkens Agrar AG achieves 17% increase in consolidated sales in 2018/2019 financial year

Increase in sales is largely due to positive sales and revenue development in the potato and onion segments

In the 2018/2019 financial year, Tonkens Agrar AG increased its consolidated revenues to EUR 16.88 million (previous year: EUR 14.47 million). This sales increase is mainly attributable to the sales development of the subsidiary Börde Vita LLC. Börde Vita expanded its sales volume by just under 16%, and in…

Manitoba sees smaller potato crop for 2019-2020

“We’re happy to have a potato crop, even if it’s below average because many areas didn’t have the opportunity to finish harvesting.” So says Larry McIntosh of Peak of the Market in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who, following a variety of weather events since the summer, is seeing this below average crop of…

Chinese onions on Nepali markets after India imposes export ban

Lucky Kathmandu vegetable vendors have been able to sell Chinese onions for the last few days, as the prices of Indian onion in the domestic market have been soaring. Nepal has remained heavily dependent on India for onions as the limited local production does not fulfil the demand of the domestic…

British climate leaves 2019 potato production uncertain

Prospects for the 2019 potato crop were looking promising in the late summer, after swift spring planting and much more favourable growing season after the drought of 2018.…

Antoine Vajou, Val Légumes SAS – Fontenay Farm:

“Notable difference in quality between French onions harvested before and after September 20th”

The French onion harvest is not over yet, especially in the Grand-Est and Hauts-de-France, but the situation on the market already looks very different from last year. “Last year, we were able to supply our clients with French onions all year, for those who really wanted this origin. This year, it is…

Madurai: Cabbage may replace onions on Indian menus

As onion prices continue to soar in India, restaurants and eateries have started to cut down on the use of the vegetable, while some are looking at using alternatives such as…

Sweet potato consumption continues to innovate

The North Carolina sweet potato season is coming to an end, with the last of the product currently being harvested. Kelly McIver, executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission says of the season: “We had a few weather challenges this season. The planting starts early in the spring, and…

Onions abandoned a century ago in Antarctica were found

The New Zealand organization, Antarctic Heritage Trust, reported on November 22 that some specialists from their organization had found  red onions that had been abandoned more than a century ago in the Discovery cabin, on the Antarctic island of Ross. The onions had not rotted, had no signs of mold, and are…

Non-renewal of CIPC in Europe leaves room for other sprout suppression methods

The non-renewal of CIPC in the European market has left a huge gap in the potato storage sprout suppression market and growers are urgently looking for alternatives for their potato crops. Being aware of the potential for CIPC’s non-renewal, Restrain lead by Global Sales Director Dirk Garos, made…

Japanese sweet potato thefts raise suspicions of yakuza involvement

A farmer in Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture has seen his entire crop of 15 tonnes of sweet potatoes pilfered earlier this month. The smallholder from Oarai told reporters of his shock when he walked into a warehouse by the side of his recently harvested potato fields, only to discover that it had been…

Gujarat State - India

Indian farmers sow potato variety registered by PepsiCo in protest

On Tuesday, farmers' rights activists sowed FL-2027 potato seeds on a plot of farmland in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This was a way of protesting food and beverages major PepsiCo's…

Despite gains in several categories

US potato imports down overall

Overall, US potato imports declined slightly during the first quarter (July – September) of the July 2019 – June 2020 marketing year compared to the previous year, dipping 12% in volume and 2% in…

Potato is the most consumed vegetable in the US

The USDA’s Economic Research Service’s loss adjusted food availability date shows that potatoes are the number one consumed vegetable in the United States. The data shows that in 2017, 49.2 pounds of fresh and processed potatoes were available per person for Americans to consume, after adjusting for…

Logistics challenges prevent expansion for Papua New Guinea farm

The Surinki Farm in Papua New Guinea is a partnership between the Enga Provincial Government and Innovative Agro Industries. Since the launch the potato and strawberry production has been gradually expanded. Currently, the farm distributes its potatoes to the Pangia Potato Factory and to Port Moresby at…

Dr. Liu Ruihai - Cornell University

Study says onions may lower risk of cancer

Onions -belonging to the allium family- have a nutritional value that is really their secret superpower. Yellow onions are the most common varieties grown in the United…

Olam to sell real estate assets of US onion & garlic processing plant

Singaporean food and agri-business Olam International is selling the real estate assets of its onion and garlic processing facility in California to US-based investment…

Rik Tanghe, RTL Patat

"I don't expect spectacularly rising potato prices before Christmas"

“The potato yield this year is better than we had expected. Although there are fairly large differences between the regions and soils, the yield is definitely not bad, ”says Rik Tanghe of RTL Patat. "Harvesting is almost finsihed in Belgium, it is only in the coastal region and around Calais in France…

Piet van Liere, FlevoTrade Dronten:

"Good demand for yellow onions, extraordinary demand for red ones"

Onions exports are currently running very smoothly. "Large volumes are going out," says Piet van Liere of Flevotrade in Dronten, the Netherlands. "Africa is leading the charge. There is, however, a high demand for Dutch onions from other places too. These include countries in the Far East, India and…

Huge demand for Egyptian onions, price nearly doubled in 45 days

The season for red onions in Egypt is experiencing some instability when it comes to prices, but overall the season has been very good. Demand was already high enough, but thanks to India wanting to push their domestic price down, that country has proven to be a great option for Egyptian onions. Prices of…

Rwandans search for post-harvest technologies

The Rwanda Agricultural Board has said that it is working with agricultural experts to introduce affordable technologies that could help store potatoes for over a period of six months in a bid to fight against food insecurity and low prices affecting farmers. Rwanda produces 916,000 tonnes of Irish…

Washington dry onion producer extends use of IFCO RPCs through 2020

IFCO, operator of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), announced Bybee Produce of Washington State, has agreed to extend its use of IFCO RPCs for its dry onion products through…

McCain Foods proposes to cut 230 jobs in UK at PAS Grantham plant

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd announced today it is proposing, subject to consultation, to reduce the employee numbers at its subsidiary PAS Grantham Ltd at Easton. The company says…

“Pomegranate aril market in Europe is growing at an immense rate”

Despite the embargo that the United States has placed on pomegranate arils from India, the aril market has been booming. Thanks to plentiful alternative markets, one exporter of Indian arils expects a significant growth, especially in the European market. With the embargo between the United States and…

Matteo Freddi relaunches the Italian product, which is preferred to the foreign one

Shallots erode onions' market share

In recent years, shallots' market share has been increasing. According to Matteo Freddi, commercial manager of the family business that has been selling this product for 30 years, shallots will increasingly erode onions' market shares. "The taste of our Italian shallot is special - he remarks - and is appreciated…

Lay's BIO

First 100% organic potato chips hit the Spanish market

PepsiCo is launching its first 100% organic potato chips: Lay’s BIO. The new product has the European certification that guarantees the organic cultivation of its ingredients,…

"Current red onion export prices fluctuate violently"

“This year, thanks to the stable weather throughout the year, many onion production areas in China have ushered in a bumper harvest. At the same time, rainy weather has led to…

Gains in some categories

US potato import numbers down

Overall, the US potato imports declined slightly during the first quarter (July to September) of the 2019-20 marketing year compared to the previous year, dipping 12 percent in volume and 2 percent in value. The drop-off in fresh imports over this period—from 77,496 to 50,343  tons, a 35 percent decrease—largely drove the downward…

Kenyan farmer intercrops avocados with potatoes

At the Karuma Mau Farm Technology at Kapsita village, Samwel Karuma tends his Hass avocado trees. “I have some 100 avocado trees. I started with 120 seedlings in 2015 that I bought at Sh150 each from a trader, certified by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis),” says Karuma. He further…

West Bengal asks traders to clear potatoes in cold storage by November 30th

Last year, the West Bengal state government allowed traders to stock potatoes in cold storage till 31 December but with the rise in prices, it has been decided that stocks have to be cleared from the cold storages by this month itself. The state government has asked traders to clear potatoes stocked in…

Kenyan farmers to get training on pesticide use and adopting of high-yielding crop varieties

Meru farmers are set to be trained on the use of farm inputs and adoption of high-yielding crop varieties to increase production. The county's department of Agriculture has partnered with stakeholders to roll out the initiative to boost food security. Agriculture chief officer Dionisia Eruaki urged…

India expects 1,000 tons onion import by month's end

According to a senior government official, private traders have placed orders to import onions and at least 1,000 tons are expected by month end. The retail prices of onion have hovering between ₹60 and ₹100/kg since past two months, and the government's various interventions helped it to cool down a…

South Korea approves Colorado, Montana seed potatoes for chipping

As of November 12, seed potatoes from Montana and Colorado can be used in the Pacific Northwest chipping and table-stock export programs for South Korea. Kam Quarles, CEO of…

Odisha government creates Rs1 bln fund to fight price rises

Last Wednesday, the Odisha government admitted in the Assembly that prices of essential commodities have gone up in the state and said it is a ‘national issue’. The same…

Laura Bosquet, Culture Pom:

High demand for French red potatoes from Eastern European countries

“In Eastern Europe, the consumption of red potatoes is high,” reports Laura Bosquet, from the sales department at Culture Pom. The company, specialized in the trade of French potatoes, is growing steadily on those markets. According to Laura, Eastern European countries are interesting markets. “The…

Up to a third of potatoes still to lift in some UK regions

British potato growers have been battling in deluged harvest conditions with saturated and flooded soils halting the lifting process. These problems have raised fears that some crops will have to be written off. According to the latest AHDB figures, northern areas have been the worst affected, with 33%…

Bram Werkman, Landjuweel:

"Cold Dutch weather boosts potato sales, following a long summer dip"

Cold, rainy, autumn weather - not something most people look forward to. But Bram Werkman of Landjuweel potato wholesalers is pleased with it. This company is based in Oosternieland, the Netherlands. "We must keep consumers interested in potatoes. And with this stew weather, it is working well. In the…

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US sweet potato farmers wrap up harvest in Louisiana

Sweet potatoes are a staple of holiday meals, and growers in Louisiana are making sure there is a good supply for consumers. Despite challenging growing and harvest…

Maharashtra - India

Onion prices may drop after January

The onion crisis sweeping the state of Maharashtra may reduce to some extent from late January onwards, after harvesting the late kharif (winter) crop. The area under…

State of Maine has successful potato harvest

Despite a delay in the end of potato harvest season due to rain and cold weather, Maine growers are calling this year’s potato crop a success. A recently released report from…

North American onions in transition

Supplies of onions are shifting right now in North America. “A lot of the supplies have dried up in the last two weeks in California,” says Brandon Calandri of Calandri Farms Inc. based in Lancaster, Ca. He notes that the California crop overall had approximately five to eight percent more volume…

Indian cold storage operators on strike in state of Odisha

Odisha’s cold storage operators have offered to hand over their cash-strapped units to the state government if it fails to provide a revival package and waive off loans. This…

Intent on capping domestic prices

Indian government may extend onion export ban to February

According to a government official, India may keep a ban on onion exports until February because domestic prices have risen after the harvest of summer-sown crops, which were expected to augment supplies, was delayed and damaged by untimely rains. The ban on overseas sales by India, the world's biggest…

Guillaume Duchemin on using the TOMRA 3A sorter:

"The machine helps up adapt to meet business demands"

Created in 1984 in Tourville-sur-Odon in the Calvados region (14) by Catherine and Christian Duchemin, Duchemin specialize in potatoes, which they market as the brand La Ferme Du Val D’Odon. Guillaume Duchemin joined the family business 14 years ago and is in charge of site management. Here he shares…

Over the last 16 days

Bangladesh imports 11,732 tons of onions imported from Myanmar

In the wake of the overheated onion market triggered by an Indian export ban, the import of onions from Myanmar has risen significantly with 11,732 tonnes entering the country…

Potato virus Y is the most serious threat to potatoes

Potato virus Y (PVY) is the most serious problem facing the potato industry in the United States and is the main cause for rejection of seed potato lots. The virus affects…

Hoping to reducing post-harvest losses

Rwandan student starts project that processes potatoes into waffles

Rwanda grows sweet potatoes on a large scale, especially in the north-western region of the country. The farmers plant high yield potatoes but in the process of harvesting,…

Canadians will not clear over 1,000 acres this year

Prince Edward Island potato harvest better than last year, but issues linger

Prince Edward Island’s potato harvest this year fared better than it did a year ago, but about 1,000 acres –mainly in the western part of the province– will not be harvested this season. Producers also figure they’ll be facing storage problems this year.  The 2019 harvest saw mixed results for potato producers…

Lamb Weston forms joint venture in Argentina

"This joint venture will allow us to produce quality fries for South America"

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced that it has formed a joint venture with Sociedad Comercial del Plata in Argentina to serve the nearly 2-billion-pound South American…

José Manuel Cervera, of Cebollas Consuay:

"Maintaining the quality standards is the great challenge for Spanish onions"

The Spanish onion campaign is moving forward with many complications this year. The main challenge will be maintaining the quality standards, but also remaining competitive as regards prices and logistics. This is what José Manuel Cervera and Carmen Martí, manager and head of quality of the Valencian company…

European potato market (week 46)

France: export shows renewed interest and stable volumes

European physical markets Price summary (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Globally unchanged markets and static prices, with moderate and balanced supply and demand. The…

Filip Deconinck, Deconinck Fourages

"So far, Belgian potato yields are below the 5-year average"

About 10 percent of the potatoes in Belgium still need to be grubbed. "We are very late this year. Fortunately, this has caused very few issues with quality," says Filip Deconinck of Deconinck Fourages. “If the potatoes are still in the ground in November, we are usually concerned about frost. This year,…

Broer is 70, Bejo and De Groot en Slot celebrate 50-year partnership

Photo report: International onion sector gathers at Onion symposium in the Netherlands

When it is your birthday, it is your treat. Recently, Dutch onion seed suppliers, Broer, Bejo, and De Groot, all had something to celebrate. Broer turned 70. And Bejo and De Groot en Slot have been partners for 50 years. These companies, therefore, held an onion symposium on Thursday, 14 November.…

Canada

Manitoba potato farmers fear quarter of crop is lost

Manitoba Agriculture estimates that about 25 percent of this year’s potato crop is not harvestable. Keystone Potato Producers Manager Dan Sawatzky says this could mean some…

ExactAir design

Idaho farmers hope new tech will help keep potatoes cool

Potato storage technology hasn’t really changed that much in the past century. Most often, farmers drop their potatoes in a simple four-walled building, set up a fan to keep…

Five most frequently asked questions about anti-sprouting for potatoes with ethylene gas

Restrain leases its generator systems worldwide for the production and maintenance of a continuously low concentration of ethylene gas. The company provides a residue-free…

Despite the rain, British potato harvest is 89% complete

British farmers have persevered in the face of adversity to compete 89 per cent of the potato harvest during the wettest year so far since 2012. Due to the success of the…

First onion consignment to arrive Tuesday

Bangladesh imports onions from Egypt

According to a commerce ministry official, the first consignment of onions will arrive from Egypt on Tuesday. Senior Information Officer of the ministry Abdul Latif Bakshi told The Daily Star That the S. Alam group is importing huge quantities of onions and the first batch will arrive through cargo…

Kees Jacobs (Syngenta) about new Promotion onion variety:

"Hardy Dutch onion variety meets growers and processors' demands"

Syngenta Seeds is the sole Dutch onion breeder. This year, they introduced a new variety - the Promotion. "This variety meets growers' need for a stronger variety. The demand for a strong, durable, hardy variety is higher than ever. Certainly, given the dry weather of the last seasons. With this variety,…

Pakistan to export onions to Bangladesh

After nearly 30 years of hiatus, Pakistan will export 300 tons of onion to Bangladesh. Officials of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) have stated that a Bangladesh firm has placed a 300 tons onion import order. Bangladesh’s Tasho Enterprise has confirmed striking a deal with a…

Global potato trader commits to sustainability and 100% recyclable packaging

To meet its sustainability and branding requirements, Leo de Kock uses recyclable P-Plus packages with controlled micro-perforationstailored to each product. These help to prevent food waste by preserving freshness. Unique descriptions and cooking suggestions on the packets also help customers choose the…

Interview with a Lombard company in the province of Lodi

Good prices for shallots

A good year and shallots now out of stock. This is the situation of the Lombard company Belgiardino, led by Nadia Marzaroli and Fulvio Curioni, which in 2019 cultivated 7 hectares of shallots. "We focused on this product - explains Curioni - because our territory is particularly suited for it. In the past we also cultivated…

US potato production is down 6 percent

According to the USDA, the 2019 potatoes production in the US is forecast at 422 million cwt, down 6 percent from last year. The acreage planted, at 961,800 acres, is down 1…

Canada

Manitoba potato harvest comes up short

Vikram Bisht -with Manitoba Agriculture- has stated that about 25 per cent of the crop is remaining in the field or has been damaged, now the winter weather has ended this…

Australian sweet potatoes to arrive in Europe mid-January

The dry spring is causing a lot of problems in Australia at the moment but it also produces perfect growing conditions for some fruit and vegetables. “Here in Bundaberg we are blessed, we have been fortunate so far to escape the bushfires which are burning not too far from here and we have a great water…

Maarten van Damme, Dacomex:

"Large onion export but good supply in trade"

There is a lot of demand for Dutch onion packers and exporters at the moment. "All of the destinations in which we are active are currently buying plenty of onions. The front runners are the African countries of Senegal, Ivory Coast and Mauritania, partially because Morocco doesn't have onions available.…

16th International Berlin Potato Evening: Registrations are in progress

Unique industry get-together for the potato industry on the eve of Fruit Logistica

On 4 February 2020, the German Potato Trade Association e.V. would like to welcome you to the 16th edition of the International Berlin Potato Evening in the Hilton Berlin, at the Gendarmenmarkt. Around 500 guests from home and abroad will use this unique industry meeting of the potato industry, on the eve…

Despite shortages, India to continue onion export to Maldives

The Indian Embassy on the Maldives has stated that India will continue to export onions to Maldives, despite the onion shortage faced by India. Onion prices have spiraled in India after onion fields in the country were destroyed due to severe weather. While India will be importing 100,000 tons of onion…

Ukraine breaks its potato import record

According to the Ukrainian Horticultural Association (UHA), in October alone, Ukraine imported 92,600 tons of potatoes, which exceeded the annual import volume. “The critical…

Mongolian growers have domestic potato demand covered this year

As Mongolia imports 20,000-25,000 tons of fruit and vegetables annually, the government was tasked to satisfy 10% of demand by the national farmers by 2030. Still, only 7-8%…

Potato cyst nematode

Scottish potato industry unites to tackle pest threat

Scottish Farmers and growers are joining forces to tackle a threat which, some fear, could wipe out their potato industry by 2025. Experts have warned about the potential impact of the spread of potato cyst nematode (PCN). The amount of land affected in Scotland has been doubling every six or seven…

NFU president Minnette Batters:

“Britain facing potato shortage after failure to dredge rivers led to flooding”

NFU president Minnette Batters has stated that Britain could be facing a potato shortage after failure to dredge rivers led to flooding. She added that water has been managed in a "disgraceful" way. Up to 50 per cent of this year's crop is rotting in the ground because farmers have been unable to…

The harvest of Galicia IXP potatoes in Spain totals 10,000 tons

The potato campaign in the region of A Limia, in the Galician province of Orense, is about to come to a close with a harvest totaling 100,000 tons, out of which only 10%,…

The price of Spanish potatoes is 35% lower than last year

The expansion of the acreage devoted to potato cultivation and the consequent increase in the production, especially in France, has put more pressure on the marketing of Spanish potatoes, whose price remains unchanged at 15 cents per kilo, according to the Council of Agriculture of La Rioja. There were…

First time in 15 years

Bangladesh to import onions from Pakistan

Last week, Pakistan exporters received the first onions order of more than 300 tons from Bangladesh after nearly 15 years of recess following an Indian ban on the vegetable’s…

Colorado potato production down 9% in October 2019

Potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 19.67 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, down 9 percent from last year's crop. Potatoes produced in the San Luis…

DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight uses sweet potatoes as secret ingredient

Frieda’s Specialty Produce partnered with Keany Produce & Gourmet to sponsor the secret ingredient at DC Central Kitchen’s Capital Food Fight on November 6th. Held at The Anthem in Washington, D.C., the event mobilized more than 2,000 attendees who roamed throughout 80 DC-area restaurant stations. Chef Jose…

Rwandan farmers should go for disease and pest resistant sweet potatoes

With only 15 per cent of sweet potato farmers able to invest their own money in buying new varieties of sweet potato seeds, agricultural researchers are set to establish…

Onion prices continue to soar across India

A number of places across the country have been affected by the rising prices of onion. Starting from Dehradun, Prayagraj, Chandigarh, and Odisha to Chennai and Trivandrum, every place is facing the same problem. The national capital is the worst hit with the price touching at 100 per kg. The prices…

Indian government should explore Israeli & Brazilian models for onion storage

India, is currently witnessing a spike in retail onion price up to Rs 100/kg on a tight supply situation, should explore low-cost modern technology models from countries like Israel and Brazil for storing the commodity. This came out in a statement by industry body Ficci, last Friday. The government's…

Man ate only potatoes for one year - lost 117 pounds

In a Youtube video he posted in December 2016, Andrew Flinders Taylor detailed all of the things he learned after eating potatoes for every meal, every single day, for almost a year. An all-potato diet sounds crazy, but for Taylor, who weighed in at 334 pounds when his experiment began, it led to…


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