Potatoes and Onions

A new potato disease in China

Potatoes are an important crop throughout the world but a new and, so far, undescribed disease has been observed on potato plants during the growing season, and in tubers during the storage period, from Nileke County, Qitai County and other locations in Xinjiang, China. Scientists at Xinjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences…

Chinese onion export prices not likely to fall in coming weeks

The export price of onions has increased significantly over the recent weeks. There are several seasons for this. First of all, the Covid-19 lockdowns were lifted some time ago, and demand from the catering industry has begun to increase. At the same time, with logistics at the ports returning to normal,…

Romain Cools, General Secretary, Belgapom

“This could well become the toughest NW European potato season in 50 years”

Last week, the North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) association announced their harvest estimate for the 2020/2021 season. They reckon potato yields will be between 27 and 27,3 million tons. That's for the five most important potato-growing countries in North-western Europe. "These results…

European potato market (week 38)

France: the fresh markets are not as low as they were at the start of the campaign

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Early processed potatoes: the last volumes are being removed partly for the industry, and partly for livestock feed. Storage varieties: very low demand from the industry besides the contract deliveries. Export is…

North Carolina growers pressed between yields and weather events

US retailers are loyal to domestic sweet potato growers

Most of North Carolina’s sweet potatoes are still in the ground. “I would say we are behind by two weeks,” says Steven Ceccarelli, President of Farm Fresh Produce. “We started harvesting at the end of August in a very small way, but since the yields were low, we decided to halt harvest temporarily.” At…

Nashik farmers protest export ban Rosevite2000

Indian onion trucks stranded at Bangladesh border

Since the federal government has decided to stop onion exports to control the rising prices back home, hundreds of lorries laden with the vegetable are stranded at the land…

Daniel Badger - Vitafresh Produce

Quality difference in sweet potatoes reflected in price

Old Season Sweet potatoes from the US are still on the UK market, but the new season crop has already began harvesting. “We have our own brand of sweet potatoes from the US, ‘Farmhouse Sweets’,” explains Daniel Badger - Managing Director of Vitafresh Produce. “There are lots of Egyptian sweet potatoes…

IFA

Irish Farmers' Association - market update 16 September

Ireland: Potato liftings continued at pace this week

As the Irish weather improved, liftings continued at pace this week. This should allow for the final Queen crops to be lifted this week. Conditions are still challenging in parts of the country and growers are behind schedule at this stage. Retail demand remains quite strong, however, there is some…

Market and Crop Update for September 17, 2020 Pisit Rapitpunt

Onions northwest US: Good sizing, and there seems to be pretty high yields so far

MARKETWashington/Peru:Dan Borer with Keystone Fruit Marketing in Walla Walla, WA, told Onion Business on Sept. 16 that onion sales are going smoothly. “On our hybrids in the…

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

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

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French fries enjoyed all over the world

Fries are among the world’s most famous foods. The nations of both France and Belgium are of course claiming that they invented the infamous french fry.  French fries are eaten in a variety of ways in countries across the world, with preparation methods, toppings and condiments differing – further emphasising…

Senegal hits the brakes in week 34

The Dutch onion export declined to a meager 21,000 tonnes in week 34, where a week prior to this exporters were recording volumes of over 34,000 tonnes. This was revealed in…

Jan Van Luchene, Bruwier Potatoes

“Maybe it's good that we didn't have top yields in Belgium this year"

"We've almost finished grubbing the early potatoes. But we still have to begin with those going into storage. These include the Fontane and Challenger varieties. The persistent dry weather, however, means that'll have to wait. We've also just heavily sprayed the potatoes. So, that adds another three…

Mauricio Acosta

Onion price surges in Nepal after Indian export ban

Onion prices in Nepal’s domestic market have seen a steep hike just a day after India banned onion exports. The Indian government banned export of all varieties of onions…

Agriculture Marketing Authority to set up fresh produce hubs in Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe targets food self-sufficiency, the Agriculture Marketing Authority (AMA) will open market hubs for horticulture produce. According to chief executive officer Mr…

Waingro

No Deal Brexit could bring potato trade with EU to a halt

Potato seed and ware exports from the UK could be interrupted in a No Deal scenario. Failure to come to a deal would mean the UK would become a ‘third country’ in trade terms…

"The future looks brighter when we work together"

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

International Potato Center:

Strengthening the orange-fleshed sweetpotato value chain in Malawi

Simple processing is spreading the advantages of orange-fleshed sweetpotato, with benefits for farmers, food producers and family nutrition. The CGIAR Research Program on…

Southeastern states preparing for Hurricane Sally

Louisiana sweet potato growers relieved post-Hurricane Laura

“We dodged a bullet.” So says the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission’s René Simon of Hurricane Laura that struck the Southern Louisiana region two weeks ago. While at the time the storm was predicted to cause the type of destruction inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, in the end, sweet potato growers…

Maryia Kazlouskaya

Negative effects of COVID on Washington potato industry estimated at $1 billion

A study conducted by the IMPACT Center of the School of Economic Sciences seems to indicate that the COVID pandemic has negatively affected the Washington potato industry by…

Fruit and vegetables exported to 43 countries Kenny1

Iran authorizes duty-free potato exports

The export of potatoes from Iran has been exempted from tax and customs duties by the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade. According to Mohammad Reza Kalami, a senior…

Where do your french fries, chips and hash browns come from?

Where do all your favorite potato products originate? @LindsayIrrigate tweeted some numbers from the National Potato Council (@ThisSpudsForYou).

Stanislav Khokholkov

Indian potato prices up as drop in production faces increased demand

Potato prices have surged more than 62 per cent since May as production fell in key growing states and demand soared amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Traders in Uttar Pradesh, the…

Export ban attempts to keep prices affordable for Indian consumers

Indian government puts a stop to export of onions

The Indian onion export has come to a halt. The Government has intervened after prices for onions increased significantly. As the onion is a very important commodity in the average Indian household, the export stop is intended to bring the price back down to affordable prices for the Indian consumer.…

Robbie Davis to step down as CEO Potatoes South Australia Inc

Following eight years at the helm of Potatoes South Australia, Robbie Davis will be stepping down from her role of Chief Executive at the end of 2020. The change comes as the…

Tjerk Nagel, Konaxx Onions:

"Dutch onion market is so-so"

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

Country needs to import 600,000 tons of onions Studioportosabbia

Bangladesh: Lucrative prices are a boon for Rangpur region ginger growers

In the Rangpur region of Bangladesh, newly harvested ginger is being sold at rates between Tk125 and 140 per kg (€0.13-0.14) in local markets. Growers are happy with the…

Jim Ertler - Premium Fresh

Good planting weather means a promising start to the coming season

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

Strong Spanish and Egyptian competition for Apulian sweet potatoes

The harvesting of red-peeled sweet potatoes officially started in late August in the Castellaneta and Laterza area (Taranto). "We are in line with the past seasons, despite the fact that the produce was ready already in mid-August," explains company owner Michelangelo Loizzi.  The producer does not talk much about…

The OCU warns of the potential danger of consuming sprouted potatoes

The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has issued a warning of the possible toxicity of potatoes with green sprouts or spots due to the presence of solanine. The OCU…

AHDB:

Mixed reports of demand for potato packing markets this week

This week has seen free-buy trade potatoes fall once again. Movement of supplies on contract continues to hold in the majority in potato markets. Repeat orders, in some cases…

National project led by University of Idaho tackles virus threats to potato industry

A University of Idaho-led team will tackle a pair of viruses that cause major losses to the potato industry. University of Idaho researcher and potato virus expert Alex…

Price rise scan on potato stocks Linda Caldwell

Bengal government evaluates daily release of potatoes from 460 cold storages

As potato prices have gone up over the past couple of weeks, the West Bengal Government has decided to take stock of daily release of potatoes from some 460 cold storages…

Sarawut Muensang

Ghanaian sweet potatoes should aim for high value markets

In a new report released this month, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority has identified several European markets that the country’s exporters of sweet potatoes should seek to…

Qiming Yao

Government of Pakistan bans import of Iranian vegetables

Pakistan’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP)’s quarantine unit, which is responsible for keeping a check on the import and export of edible goods, has banned the import of…

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

Challenging season for Portugese potatoes and onions

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

USDA announces dates for the south Texas onion continuance referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a referendum Sept. 21 through Oct. 13, 2020, for south Texas onion producers to vote on whether to continue their federal…

But red potato prices are dropping Jianghongyan

North Dakota: Potato harvest underway in Red River Valley

The potato harvest is underway in the Red River Valley, North-Dakota. Yields are all over the board, ranging from poor to excellent. Most of the fields with poor yields were…

Antigua sweet potatoes threatened by sweet potato weevil

The weevil bores holes into the tubers, causing them to taste bad and to rot quickly. The pest is very difficult to control, even using insecticides. Weevils can cause the…

Juan Manuel Coello, of Patatas Meléndez: "Planning the supply for increasingly stable campaigns"

"We are going to market over 200,000 tons of potatoes this year"

The potato campaign in Castile-Leon, the largest producing region in Spain, is at a very advanced stage after an early start due to the high temperatures. “We are harvesting in the province of Segovia and finishing in Valladolid, Ávila and Zamora. The harvest will continue for a month and a half, and…

Alberta, Canada Galaboliche

Researching the benefits of potato field precision irrigation

In general, farmers will keep looking for production efficiencies while maintaining or even increasing crop yields. This also goes for Alberta`s potato growers, who produced…

European potato market (week 37)

Germany: more supply than demand on the fresh market

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Early processed potatoes: the season is ending, which limits the global supply. Demand is also low because the contracts remain the basis for factory supply. Early Belgian potatoes: 2.50 to 3.00 €/q, stable market.…

South Colorado growers surprised by September snow

Despite the serious drop in temperatures and at least 14 inches of snow that fell Tuesday night, some Colorado growers are optimistic about the future of their crops. Tuesday night, the South Colorado temperatures dropped to between 28-30 degrees. “The temperatures didn’t plunge to anywhere near where…

Hannah Babiak

Despite cold start to September, Wisconsin potato harvest still on track

The Northwoods, Wisconsin, is experiencing record low high temperatures for September. Also, there’s a frost advisory for part of the region. Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable…

Irish Farmers' Association

Domestic Potato Market Report

Irish potatoes: demand remains good - harvesting conditions still difficult

Demand for Irish potatoes is still good, as more new-season crop comes onto supermarket shelves. Once again, harvesting conditions remain difficult. There are significant delays as soft areas are prominent even in traditionally drier fields. The liftings of the remaining Queen crops are much slower in…

Russian Federation Fotocelia

Udmurt Republic already harvested 15,000 tons of potatoes

Udmurtia, or the Udmurt Republic, is a federal subject of Russia within the Volga Federal District. This week, Udmurtia growers have begun harvesting their potatoes. This…

Andrey Salamchev

Rich potato crop expected in China

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

Philippines

Nueva Ecija’s cold storage facility for onions almost completed

A PHP190-million (€3.2 mln) cold storage facility that will benefit onion farmers in Nueva Ecija is nearing completion. The facility will probably be operational before the end of the year. On Tuesday, Rural Infrastructure Engineer Bon Alexis Guatato, of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural…

Irina Akkulova

Azerbaijan boosts agriculture exports

Azerbaijan has increased its exports of fresh cherries and potatoes in the first half of 2020. Exports of fresh cherries increased by 7 percent up to 19,950 tons, with…

Korean sweet potato keeps evolving

Koreans absolutely love sweet potatoes. They have sweet potato pizzas, sweet potato lattes, sweet potato cakes; the list goes on. Now, sweet potato products are getting another addition, thanks to a post on an online community in Korea. The topic resurfaced and caught people's attention. Image:…

'We call on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto'

The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) of the IPPC ePhyto Solution calls on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto to facilitate international agricultural trade, which…

Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes are back

Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes are back in season with shippers only available from Frieda’s. Research shows that rich-hued purple vegetables are hot sellers. In fact, retailers carrying Frieda’s exclusive Stokes Purple® sweet potatoes are seeing as much as 20% increases in weekly dollar same-store sales…

Olga Chevereda

Trading Corporation of Bangladesh to start selling onions soon

The state-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will start selling onions soon at a ‘fairer price’, in an effort to keep supply and pricing of onions more balanced.…

Average potato yields estimated in North-Western Europe

The NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) have estimated that the overall consumption potato yields are on 5 years average level. Due to the fact that the area has increased with 1,4 % compared to last year the total harvest can be estimated at 27,9 million tons compared with 26,9 million last…

Bombayblack

Pakistan ECC to impose ban on potato export today

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet which is scheduled to meet on Wednesday (Sept 9) with the Finance Advisor, will impose a ban on export of potatoes…

André Jooste, Potato South Africa: 'Local potato industry has already suffered significantly'

Steps needed to protect South African potato industry

Since the start of the millennium, potatoes have accounted for approximately 45% of the total vegetable crops produced in South Africa, contributing around R8.5 billion (€4.3…

Wet August delayed harvest Jan Sommer

Onion prices rise in Gujarat market

While potato prices are soaring in the retail market in Saurashtra, onion prices too seem to be heading in the same direction as heavy rains in August has damaged the kharif…

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

"Heat leads to normal yields and less oversized onions"

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

Early bird session in onion processing factory

'Early bird session today', Lindert Moerdijk of MSP Onions announced on Linkedin early Saturday morning. Along with the Eqontrol, the software that controls the various machines in the factory's process and takes care of stock management, he ran the line that morning.

In conversation with Heinz Düpmann, Düpmann & Co.:

Average harvest and an exciting market expected for onions

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

New Zealand: McCain resumes normal chip production

Due to a decreased demand in New Zealand, one of the country’s largest potato chip manufacturers was forced to cut production significantly for six weeks at its Timaru…

Suppy is short Julie Feinstein

India: Onions fetch Rs 2,000 per 100 kgs at Lasalgaon

The average wholesale onion price at Lasalgaon APMC, the country’s largest wholesale onion market, has shot up by 25% in the last one week. The price hike is due to a drop in…

Traders blame amendment to Essential Commodities Act

Potato prices skyrocketing in West Bengal

Potato traders in West Bengal have blamed the recent amendment to the Essential Commodities Act by the Centre for a rise in prices of the tuber in retail markets. They claim…

Northern Ireland: Potato sector is at risk from rivers

According to the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), a combination of heavy rainfall and poor management of rivers by local river agencies has led to unnecessary field flooding and…

Including a prospect of upcoming months for processing sector

Demand for UK potatoes slightly higher in processing market

The week has been described as relatively quiet across the board, with many supplies across all sectors utilised mainly on contract. Slight increase in demand for certain…

PPAS director Albino Carli

Harvesting of PGI potatoes from Sila about to start

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

Anton Petrychenko

Ukraine among top three potato producing countries in the world

In 2019, global potato production totaled 371 million tons, which is 2.1% more than the same period last season. In terms of the cost, the global potato market grew by 6% in…

EU-Project "ADAPT" studies potato’s adaption mechanisms to multiple stresses

'Searching for stress-resistant potatoes'

Plant Biologist Markus Teige at the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna has received a €5 million grant from the Horizon 2020 EU Program to study the mechanisms of how potatoes adapt to multiple environmental stresses. He coordinates a consortium of 17 European leading academic research…

AHDB:

'Five ways to make sure you’re ready for potato storage without CIPC this season'

The 2020/21 potato storage season is proving to be one of the most challenging yet for the potato industry. With storage season fast approaching, harvest provides the best opportunity to familiarise yourself with your crop and refine your storage plans accordingly. Has skin set adequately in your…

An increased demand in northern Italy and abroad. We are already thinking about the next campaign

Banner year for the red onion of Acquaviva

The red onion from Acquaviva is so popular that the campaign is ending sooner than expected. "We thought we could extend the sales until mid-September, but the ever-increasing national and international requests, especially since mid-August, have led us to reassess the stocks available". This was…

Syed Jaffer Shah: Oleksandr Panchenko

'Pakistan’s potato production can be improved with government support'

According to Pakistani agricultural experts, the nation’s vegetable production is being badly affected by climate change, a lack of proper infrastructure and the rising cost…

Irish Farmer’s Association

Domestic Potato Market Report

'Irish potato market has picked up significantly this week'

According to a spokesperson from the Irish Farmer’s Association, the potato market has picked up significantly this week. Queens continue to sell well with no pressure on prices. Growers are content to keep remaining supplies ticking over in the market. All retailers are now selling new season Rooster in…

Christian Horn Director - Synplant

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

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

Philippe Dekerle, SARL Acquette - Ferme de l'Artois:

“The 2020 onion season looks very positive, despite some concerns about trade”

Before starting the new harvest, the company Acquette finished the season with fridge onions of very nice quality. “Then, we started harvesting short day onions on June 28th, followed by winter bulblets and spring bulblets shortly after, which should be finished on September 1st. We therefore managed to…

CIP uses social media to distribute more sweet potato in Bangladesh

An International Potato Center project (CIP) in Bangladesh is making creative use of technology and distribution to ensure that nutritious orange-fleshed sweetpotato is…

Kelvin Bezuidenhout - Southern Fresh Produce

New Zealand saw record onion export levels

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

AHDB pledges to reform in response to request for views

A new strategy and improved communication with levy payers on how their money is spent are just two of the significant changes AHDB has pledged to make. This follows the…

European potato market (week 36)

Great Britain: improvement on the fresh market

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Processed potatoes: higher demand (some factories easily take the excess tons, and intermediate trade is also buying), and the offer is quite limited, which makes the market firm and boosts prices a little. Early…

Ample supplies of medium and small size potatoes on the market

The Idaho potato harvest has started. For Eagle Eye Produce, the harvest kicked off in central Idaho during the first week of August with their russet potatoes. The harvest of their red, yellow and baby varieties started in eastern Idaho last week, and their white potatoes are scheduled to begin harvest…

Kolkata, West Bengal

Plan in place to curb potato price hikes

The West Bengal state government has chalked out "a plan-of-action" to ensure a check on skyrocketing potato prices. The potato price has skyrocketed to Rs 32 to Rs 35 per kg…

Waingro

Idaho's potato harvest gets underway

Tuesday, September 1th is the traditional start of the annual Idaho potato harvest. Farmers all across Idaho will be in their fields from now through most of October…

US seeks Mexico talks over perishable imports in bid to aid US farmers

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced plans to seek senior-level talks with Mexico over imports of perishable imports as part of a broader series of actions meant to…

Demand likely to pick up for onions in North America

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

Outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to red onions imported from the United States

The outbreak investigation is ongoing as illnesses continue to be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Since August 21, there have been 78 additional illnesses…

FreshPlaza's Global Focus on potatoes and onions

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

Onion supplies are starting to build in North America.

“If we get foodservice back to normal, it’ll be a great market”

Onion supplies are starting to build in North America. “The Northwest is coming on with harvest. A lot of the summer onions are towards the end and storage onions will slowly start to come into harvest here for the next week or so,” says Jared Gutierrez of Columbia Basin Onion LLC., a grower/shipper…

Unapa on the 2020 campaign

An overview of the Italian potato industry

The 2020 new potato campaign was overall positive, although it did not reach the peaks of the previous year. A factor that contributed to the favorable aspect were the limited stocks of tubers from the old harvest, which were moved quite quickly during the lockdown period, slightly ahead of the usual…

Prices sliding down to normal levels on North American potatoes

“It’s a chess game right now.” “The potato market looks like it’s going to be a chess game all year,” says Ken Gad of South Easton, MA-based Cambridge Farms Inc. “That’s the best way to put it.” As potato growing regions come into production across North America, it’s changing what has been a…

Mysuru, Karnataka Nataliia Yermolina

Devaraja Market onion traders rule out price hike

Despite reports of crop damage due to floods, Devaraja Market traders have ruled out the possibility of spike in prices of onions. An onion trader at Mysuru's Devaraja Market,…

Government of West Bengal ensures consumer retail prices for potatoes

The price of potatoes is gradually soaring in the state as traders in West Bengal have reportedly resorted to hoarding. Odisha is dependent on Bengal potatoes. The hoarding in…

AHDB weekly potato report

Minor pick up in demand for potato packing markets

AHDB has released its weekly potato report. Free-buy markets have remained slow this week with contracted material continuing to be utilised. The bags market is feeling the…

Potato diversity leads to economic gain in Uganda

The genebank of the International Potato Centre (CIP) holds more than 6000 accessions of potatoes and distributes samples to users all over the world. But CIP often doesn’t…

Kazoka

Egypt: Potato exports exceed 674,000 tons

According to Head of Central Administration of Plant Quarantine at the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Mr Ahmed al-Attar, Egypt has exported a total of 674,480…

'It’s historically dry across the province' Tony Bosse

Canada: P.E.I. potato farmers still need more rain

Prince Edward Island growers need still more rain. The province has seen some high temperatures that were devastating for the more than 180 potato farmers who for the most…

Harrodphotography

Lasalgaon APMC: Onion prices up 33%

At Lasalgaon APMC, average wholesale prices onions increased by 33% in one week. This was a reaction on the supply being affected by rain. The average wholesale price of onion…

Highest productivity in Chui region Domnitsky

Kyrgyzstan sees gross potato harvest increase to 322,400 tons

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reclamation and Food Industry of the Republic, potatoes were harvested from an area of ​​19,200 hectares (25,1%), in 2019. As of…

European potato market (week 35)

Netherlands: factories try to remove the contracted volumes

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA: We note a few more transactions than in previous weeks for early potatoes, going to livestock feed (high demand) and to some factories that accept the excess tons. Overall, the offer is more reluctant. Early Belgian potatoes: 2.00 to…

Alfonso Sáenz de Cámara Barrón, manager of Udapa:

"Spanish potato prices remain very different to what had been predicted"

The Spanish potato market has been reactivated in summer with the campaign in the region of Castile-Leon, the country's main producing region, where the harvest is in full swing. Despite the current difficult situation, marked by the reduction in sales in the hospitality channel due to the spread of the…

"We will have to go through a deep valley together"

Ferdinand Buffen: Current situation and market assessment for the 2020 harvest

Normally, the 31st Weuthen Potato Day would have taken place on the premises of the Rhineland trading company on Thursday, August 27. Due to Corona, the major event was cancelled. Managing Director Ferdi Buffen has therefore published his traditional harvest estimate online at the beginning of the main…

Chinese potato prices under pressure

The price of Chinese potatoes from Chifeng in Inner Mongolia started high this season and maintained this position for about 10 days, but from the 25th of July, the price…

Dutch company has a total solution for potato sorting dust

In the past, you’d get your hands dirty while sorting potatoes. Nowadays, during this process, a cloud of fine dust drifts through the air like a grey mist. This is released in large quantities during fully automatic sorting. The Dutch potato cultivation company, De Lugt, was recently on the market for a…

Costa Rica's sweet potato produced with seeds from the UCR reaches the European market

The technology transfer carried out by the University of Costa Rica (UCR) to the agricultural sector, through the Agronomic Research Center (CIA), which studies high-quality…

Potato fields P.E.I are too dry Olena1

Canadian growers want high-capacity well ban lifted

Some potato farmers from Prince Edward Island are calling for government to lift its moratorium on high-capacity agricultural wells to allow more irrigation as the province…

The cooperative Origine Cévennes approaches the season with optimism

Very nice 2020 harvest for the sweet onion of the Cévennes

The 2020 harvest of the sweet onion of the Cévennes is in full swing and the first sales of PDO products mark the beginning of a season that looks promising. The quality of the onions is very good. The cooperative Origine Cévennes predict a progression of the volumes and approaches this new marketing…

Torrid year for potatoes redeemed by very high prices

It has been a torrid year for the South African potato industry on the fresh produce markets with the sudden absence of the food service industry, usually the buyers of large potatoes which make up 20% of the potatoes on the market. Restaurants had no sales for two months and restricted business from…

Marek Mnich

Canada: Prince Edward Island growers welcome rainfall

Potato growers in Prince Edward Island could finally welcome some rain after a persistently dry summer. Across the region, there are fields that have been top-killed now,…

Irish Farmers Association

Domestic Potato Market Report

Irish potato market picks up significantly this week

The Irish potato market has picked up significantly this week. Queens continue to sell well with no pressure on prices. Growers are happy to keep remaining supplies ticking over in the market. All retailers are now selling new season Rooster in prepacks. The recent wet weather has affected lifting of…

Russian Federation Maryia Kazlouskaya

Half of the Kabardino-Balkaria potatoes harvested

The autonomous republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in the northern Caucasus, reports that potatoes have been harvested from half of acreage. Potatoes were dug up from an area of…

Foodservice demand for potatoes still off

Supplies of potatoes for processed potato products is good. “For us, transition worked out fairly well. We transitioned old crop into fresh as best we could and then we ran a week to 10 days longer on old crop. As far as supplies there are no issues on my side,” says Rett Landers of Northern Star Co. in…

Fotocella

Washington state potato industry averts worst case scenario during pandemic

The potato industry of Washington State has lost $995,000,000 due to the pandemic, but according Chris Voigt of the Washington Potato Commission, things could have been far…

Mark Skalny

Wholesale onion prices nearly double as India’s supply drops off

Wholesale onion prices have nearly doubled in in India over the past three months; supply has reduced because of excess rainfall in southern India, there were supply chain…

Potatopro

UK: International potato trade down

According to the latest trade data provided by the United Kingdom Customs Agency (HMRC), both imports and exports of potatoes (fresh and frozen) were down year-on-year and against the 3-year average. Imports of fresh and processed potatoes (product weight) for the 2019/20 season totalled 1.03Mt. This is…

Izak Heijboer

Ukrainian company Continental starts potato harvest

The potato harvest has started on the fields of Continental Farmers Group, as reported by the press service of the company. The total acreage in the current production season…

Maryia Kazlouskaya

Russia: Omsk region predicts a shortage of potatoes

A historical record was reached in the north of the Omsk region, one of the traditionally coldest areas of the region. Temperatures rose to as much as 36°С. At the request of…

Dustin-Dwight Tummers, Tummers Machinery

Making steam peeling more sustainable

Steam peeling is one of the most effective ways to peel potatoes and get an optimal yield. You place water and potatoes in a rotating steam drum. A ‘pressure drop’ converts the water into steam, loosening the potatoes’ skins. The disadvantage of this method is that it uses a lot of electricity. It’s not…

Arthur Georges, Ag'Pom:

“We are expecting complicated months on the potato market”

“The potato market is quite heavy at the moment, with more supply than demand, due to the early grubbing in the Beauce region and the still limited household consumption,” explains Arthur Georges of Ag’Pom, a family business based in the Seine-Maritime. “The factories, covered by their contracts, are…

Chinese onions lack competitiveness this season

The planted area of onions in China this season is not much different from last year, but their competitiveness has weakened and the export volume has declined due to many factors. Mr. Zhang Shuhan of Jining Greenstream Fruits & Vegetables co. Ltd. talked about the export situation of Chinese onions. Thailand,…

AMA Market Report July 2020:

Austrian potato market in distress - free goods almost unsaleable

After the past few years, which were very difficult for local apple farmers and marketers, the current season is coming to a rather forgiving end. From the very start of the campaign, the demand for Austrian dessert apples was high. From August to December 2019, almost twice as many Austrian dessert…

AHDB: Potato exports to Canary Islands continuing this week

The Potato Weekly report has been released by AHDB, and the prices of potatoes are still being pressured in some markets. The processing market seems stable for now. Free-buy…

Irina Antonova

COVID-19 reduces potato exports Egypt

This weekend, head of the Union for Producers and Exporters of Horticultural Crops (UPEHC), Mohamed Heggi, announced that Egypt’s exports of potatoes this year have dropped by…

Image: Ester Mbathera

Maltese potato shipment arrives in Namibia

Last week, Erongo governor Neville Andre -on behalf of the Namibian government- accepted 20 refrigerated shipping containers with potatoes which Malta sent to Namibia as a donation. The island of Malta had an excess stock of potatoes this season, resulting in the donation to Namibia through its…

Early blight concerns for Ontario

North America: More late blight found in Wisconsin

According to the latest update from Eugenia Banks, potato specialist with the Ontario Potato Board, a second outbreak of late blight was found in a tomato field in Pierce…

Optical sorting gives precise results and saves costs

“In a lot of sectors - onions, apples, oranges, etc. - optical sorting was introduced successfully years ago,” says Mitchel Bakker of Ellips a  Dutch company which focuses on sorting technology. “Potatoes have been more difficult to measure, this is because potatoes are never uniform in size making it hard…

Tackling drought with pro-vitamin A sweet potato in Africa

Over the last decade, sweet potato has gradually become increasing more common and important in the lives and diets of small-scale farmers and their families in many African…

Eric Moerdijk (Monie): "No top yields in Dutch sowing onions, but not as dismal as two years ago"

More short-term onion trade due to COVID-19?

The Dutch onion set season got off to a slow start this year. Demand's starting to loosen up again now. People are waiting for Senegal's market to open officially. That's usually the main destination for Dutch onions. "They'll soon announce when that market will open. When that happens, things could get…

Western Canada running behind schedule, Eastern Canada faces drought conditions Petr Tkachenko

Canadian potato crop update – August 20, 2020

Parts of Eastern Canada are facing moderate to severe drought conditions. In Western Canada, the crop is running behind schedule, as processors push to get new crop harvest…

Sagar Tikyani on the Indian onion season

“This is the most volatile period for Indian onions”

The Indian onion season is currently in the process of selling the remaining onions of the March harvest. It’s a challenging time for Indian exporters, as they search their stocks for the best quality onions that are still available. The new harvest of Indian onions will arrive in October, until then the…

C. Meijer BV now Meijer Potato

Dutch potato company turns 100

Meijer Potato was founded in 1920 by Kees (Cornelis) Meijer Senior. It was called C. Meijer BV. In September, this company celebrates in 100th anniversary. The coronavirus pandemic, however, means this milestone can't be commemorated in the way Meijer Potato would like. Nevertheless, the company would like to present its new…


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