New crop California organic potatoes start shipping

Starting April 26, Cal-Organic Farms will start shipping freshly harvested, new crop red and gold potatoes to customers from its facility in Lamont, CA. The company’s organic rainbow fingerling variety is set to ship mid-May and organic russets will follow in mid-June. Cal-Organic Farms will start shipping…

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Potato Weekly - 16 April 2021

'Maris Piper prices increased as availability dwindles'

Demand this week has been different across the sectors, dependant on the end-market and location. The easing of lockdown restrictions has increased demand for certain hospitality locations e.g pubs and local restaurants. Maris Piper prices across the sectors have increased on the week as availability…

Telangana state

Sangareddy onion farmers frustrated as prices dip

The onion price, which stood at Rs 50 to 70 a kg a month ago, has plummeted to a mere Rs 6 a kg in the wholesale market. Although the farmers had got a bumper harvest of 90 to…

Bangladesh Agricultural Corporation

BADC contract growers export potatoes to Malaysia

Potatoes produced by contract growers of the Bangladesh Agricultural Corporation (BADC) are now being exported to Malaysia. Under the supervision of BADC, the first…

Juan Manuel Coello, of Patatas Meléndez: "We will be able to supply large volumes by late April".

Spanish new potato supply limited by rainfall

The spring's early Spanish potato season has started about ten days early this year, although rainfall in the growing areas this week is slowing down the harvest, which will lead to a drop in the supply until the end of April. "Although we have been supplying some limited quantities of Spanish potatoes…

Mexican potato farmers to keep up fight against US imports

Last week, Mexico’s Supreme Court refused for the second time in six weeks to make a ruling that could allow substantial new access to the Mexican market worth hundreds of…

The White onion from Margherita PGI harvesting season has just started

"Half the plants have bent leaves, which is the sign that the onions are ready to be harvested," said growers Salvatore Piazzolla and Michele Catino. The former has 30 years of experience and the latter is a young man who, at 30, saw the opportunity in this sector to start a new life with a job that is…

AHDB

February trade round-up: Potatoes - 15 April

Potato exports lag behind previous years

HMRC have now released trade data covering up to the end of February 2021. In January, after the end of the transition period to leave the European Union (EU), we saw some teething issues in exports. Did these continue into February? Well in February, ware exports for both processed and fresh sectors…

Turkey: Government to distribute potatoes and onions to poverty-stricken areas

Earlier this week, President Recep Erdogan announced that the Turkish government will distribute potatoes and onions to poorer families in the nation, to both support…

Maharashtra growers demand higher onion price from NAFED this year

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED), which hopes  to build a buffer by purchasing from onion growers, might have to pay a higher price…

Market and Crop Update for April 15, 2021

'Onion market has been a little all over the place lately'

MARKETWashington:Brenden Kent with Sunset Produce in Prosser told us on April 13 planting for the 2021 crop is finished. “We do have all of our onions in for this next season,…

EastFruit

Onion acreage might be reduced in Ukraine

Ukraine’s onion acreage may go down in 2021 due to their critically low prices since last summer. The average prices for onion on the Ukrainian market continue to vary within the range of $0.10-0.11/kg since the end of July 2020 and it reached $0.13/kg only for few weeks in August last year. In short,…

Dutch potato processor continues, with new partnership

André Aasman owns ASN, a Dutch potato processing company. He has found new partners. They are Anton Riezebos and Corné Kodde, co-owners of Polder Potato and Aard Robaard, who…

Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department

Maqis seizes 28 tons of red onions at Tanjung Pelepas

The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department has seized over 28 tons of red onions - worth RM250,000 - at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. According to Johor Maqis…

“Greek potatoes spring season starting”

In Greece, the new potato season is about to kick off. Last season was one of struggles, but one exporter managed to get ahead. Looking at the current season, it’s expected there will be a few challenges to deal with, but that the season of 2021 will be better overall when compared to the 2020 season.…

United Potato Growers of Canada

Canadian potato storage holdings April 1, 2021

Total Canadian potato storage holdings on April 1 at 9.0% below 3-year average

Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on April 1, 2021 are 9.0% below the 3-yr. average at 38,037,000cwt. A snapshot from this same month a year ago had stocks 4.5% below 3-yr. averages so these figures show deeper reductions in supply than 2020. This is one of the lowest Stocks on Hand for several…

The potato industry is hit by corona

"People just have to eat French fries every day"

We have eaten fewer French fries because of corona, and this has hit many in the potato industry. Many in the potato industry are feeling the pinch now that the local cafés…

East-Fruit

Stocks at record levels - imports are increasing

Georgian potato prices hit historic lows

In the Republic of Georgia, potato prices have hit historic lows. Stocks at are record levels and imports are increasing. This is an unusual situation in the Georgian potato market, this season. The first lots of early potatoes from greenhouses have already appeared on the market, prices for 2020’s…

Gerard Hoekman, Mulder Onions:

"Endless Dutch onion crop expansion increasingly fracturing season's 2nd half"

"I wish I had good news about the current onion market, but I don't," says Gerard Hoekman of Mulder Onions in the Netherlands. The situation has several causes, he says. "But…

Belgian company goes from 300kg hand-peeled to 30 tons of peeled, processed onions per day

This onion farmer began with a daily production of 300kg of hand-peeled onions. The business is now big in peeling and processing onions. Uien Roussel was founded in Belgium in 1996. Today it produces 30 tons of fresh onion products every day. "Peeled, segmented, diced, rings, halves, and julienned…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 09 April 2021

'Much of the potato trade is awaiting the changes to Covid rules, set for today'

Prices for bagged chipping Markies and Agria have continued on an upward trend this week. Much of the trade is awaiting the changes to government rules, set for today. Hopefully, with dining out allowed, and more movement of people out-and-about, we will see increased demand. The cold start to the week,…

Domestic market update – April 2021

'Demand for Maris Piper remained strong last month'

Domestic potato trade throughout March continued to be relatively slow, although consistent across the different sectors. Growers and merchants, especially in the bags sector,…

Canada

Province of Alberta officially rid of Potato Cyst Nematode

The Canadian province of Alberta has been deemed free of potato cyst nematode (PCN). PCN is a destructive pest that lives in the soil. It is regulated under Alberta’s…

Northeast Frontier Railway

More Kisan Rail trains to be deployed for potato shipments

The Northeast Frontier Railway has decided to deploy more Kisan Rail trains for the transportation of potatoes. Among these Kisan Rail trains, one train will run from Dhupguri…

Bellipario company of Polignano a Mare (BA)

Italian hand-picked potatoes much appreciated abroad

The bisestile potato is an Italian niche crop grown in Apulia and much appreciated in the French and Belgian markets. This year, 40 tons of this crop are expected to be harvested. The company Bellipario, based in Polignano a Mare (in the province of Bari), specializes in growing this niche potato…

Country reopening means changes in demand for potatoes

Supplies of potatoes are good but demand is starting to see some shifts. “There should be plenty of potatoes through the end of the season. There’s not an abundance of them but it’s not necessarily going to be a short supply year either,” says Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato in Aberdeen, ID. He…

Increased acreage

Imperial Valley is gearing up for onion harvest

As California gears up for onion harvesting, steady, if not increased, supplies are anticipated. “We are getting ready in the next couple of weeks to harvest our El Centro crop in the Imperial Valley. That usually starts with a good healthy supply of yellow onions,” says Jessica Peri, retail sales…

European potato market (week 14)

France: Stable prices but factories buy very little

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message:   The planting of early potatoes in West Flanders continued slowly. It is estimated that 30 to 50% have been planted. As for the main harvest, there was some planting last week in Hesbaye (Liège), as well as in the regions of…

Bangladesh still handicapped by potato growers' storage problems

For some years now,  the burden of a bumper potato harvest has been falling on the growers, who can be extremely ill at ease with their produce in a severely underpriced domestic…

Indian export dip pushes down onion prices

Higher freight charges and newer certification norms have slowed down Indian onion exports. This his caused the average traded price drop in wholesale markets in Maharashtra.…

EastFruit

Uzbekistan should be able to reduce 2021 potato imports

In February, the main reasons for the sharp rise in potato prices in Uzbekistan over the past few years was identified. A government document was signed in March – “On the effective use of existing land and the placement of crops for sowing for the 2021 harvest ” requiring growers to increase the planted…

Irish Farmers' Association

Irish Farmers Association

Retail potato demand buoyant - lockdowns stifling European demand

In its latest weekly report, the Irish Farmers Association claims that retail demand was buoyant over the Easter period in Ireland, but the food sector service in the country still continues to trade at a minimum. Early planting progress over the past week was good, although growth rates are hampered by…

Mexican court postponed debate on appeals banning the import of US potatoes

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) has postponed a debate on two pending appeals banning the import of US potatoes. In a plenary session held on Wednesday, it…

Onions in vogue in 2020 as Australians sought out health boosters

During last year's Coronavirus lockdowns, Australians turned to onions to boost their immune systems. Hort Innovation data showed an 8.5 per cent increase in volume from…

PEI Potato Board presents 2021 potato industry awards

The PEI Potato Board traditionally presents Potato Industry Recognition Awards at its annual banquet to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry. Three awards were presented at the board’s monthly meeting in March 2021 and they will be recognized at the banquet in…

Potatoes South Africa awareness campaign highlights resilience, optimism of unsung industry heroes

Potatoes South Africa (PSA) has launched a bold new awareness campaign in a bid to create perspective about the resilience and performance of the potato industry’s…

Nigerian government restates focus on sweet potato production

The Nigerian government has issued a statement saying it would do everything to tap into the potential of potato production, especially the orange flesh sweet potato. Hajia…

US letter raises alarm over deteriorating trade relationship with Mexico

Twenty-seven US food and agriculture associations have raised the alarm over what they claim is a rapidly deteriorating trade relationship with Mexico, as relating to food and…

Sweet potatoes and yams: Russia’s fastest growing vegetable imports

While prices for Russian potatoes are at a record low in the recent seasons, and that nation even becoming a large exporter of these tubers, Russian consumers are taking keen…

Covid compliance expensive for Washington state potato growers & packers

A recent survey from the IMPACT Center at Washington State University showed that Washington state farmers' direct compliance outlays to manage COVID-10 were roughly $2,532…

Fresh Wisconsin potato sales more than doubled due to fall 2020 promotions

In the period in which the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Promotions Committee partnered with a major retail chain in Chicago last fall, fresh Wisconsin…

Mol Fresh Food, the Netherlands, about the demand for sliced onions:

"Sales to fish wholesalers, pizzerias, and retailers going well"

There's a noticeable lack of demand for sliced fruit and vegetables, including onions. That's due to the ongoing corona crisis. The demand from certain hospitality branches, however, continues. That's according to René and Anthony Mol of Mol Fresh Food in the Netherlands. These brothers' revenue has…

TVA Organics, the Netherlands: year-round supply with own storage and sorting

"We're ready for stores' transition to more organic onions"

In parts of the Netherlands, organic onion farming has been on the rise in recent years. But, there have been pioneers there who've been growing onions organically for decades. Like the organic and bio-dynamic cultivation companies, Twisk and Van Andel Bio (TVA Organics). They've been around for 30…

Spring livens up onion market

The onion market has livened up over the past few days: nothing major, but demand has picked up, so quotations have recovered. "Up until a few days ago, things were dead calm, then something changed and phone calls have become more frequent," reports tradesman Matteo Freddi.  According to Freddi, many clients who were waiting for…

Northern Ireland: First early potatoes on track for early June harvest

Last week, the planting of the first earlies got under way in earnest throughout in their traditional heartland area of Comber and North Down. Wilson’s Country agronomist…

Ukraine increases onion exports to Belarus, Romania and Turkey

Ukrainian traders have stepped up export shipments of onions to Belarus in addition to continuous large exports to Romania, Turkey and Azerbaijan. The reason for the…

Zambian government lifts onion import ban due to shortages

Just weeks after the Zambian government banned importation of onions and potatoes, authorities have reversed the decision. The main reason for this U-turn is that shortages of…

North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission celebrates its 60th anniversary

As the North Carolina sweet potato growing season kicks off, the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission (NCSPC) is also celebrating its 60th anniversary. Founded in 1961, the…

Grower unveils new design for Vidalia onion packaging

G&R Farms has redesigned its Vidalia onion bag, box and bin packaging in keeping with the company’s new brand image. The consumer-friendly design includes new photography showcasing the third-generation family farm along with its "Grown with Passion, Served with Pride" tagline. The organization provides…

Crop storage becomes more difficult as climate heats up

Some 25% of potato chips for the US get their start in Michigan. One of the main reasons why the state produces more chipping potatoes than any other is that there, the…

Vidalia onions on the official menu at the 2021 Kentucky Derby®

America's "favorite sweet onion" will be served at "America's Greatest Race." The Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC) announced that Vidalia onions are on the official menu for the…

Caribbean Development Bank supports sweet potato project

With the aim of enhancing food security and agricultural productivity, the Caribbean Development Bank will support production, processing and marketing of sweet potatoes in…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 01 April 2021

'Easter boost has been felt by some this week, particularly in the bags sector'

An Easter boost has been felt by some this week, particularly in the bags sector. However, for many, trade remains slow. A backlog of packing Whites continues this week, with quality a key factor for price and sale across the board. Planting is progressing nicely, as a result of the warm weather seen…

Covid increases risk of European companies ‘dumping' products in NZ

Experts claim that New Zealand industries need to be on the lookout for overseas companies intent on dumping their surpluses in New Zealand. For instance, the potato industry…

Consumption of potato-based dishes increased in Spain by more than 10%

The potato has become a key garnish in the Spanish diet: from the traditional patatas bravas to the well-known Italian gnocchi or the Japanese korokke, the popularity of this tuber knows no limits, and its consumption grows year after year. In 2020, sales of potato-based ready-to-eat meals for home…

European potato market (week 13)

Dutch processors take no volumes besides contracts

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: markets are still calm: few active buyers and not so concrete offer (partly due to the resumption of activity in the fields). Export remains very difficult because of logistic problems and high…

Northwest US potato growers take a heavy hit on their contracts

Northwest potato growers are not happy about their current situation. The three massive agribusiness companies that make much of the world’s frozen fries, hashbrowns and other…

Russian Federation: Onion prices drop 10% in one week

There is another wave of onion price reductions in the Russian market, says APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruit analysts. Earlier, many growers hoped that onion prices would…

Two US grower-shippers announce national onion marketing agreement

Miami, FL-based Generation Farms and Delray Beach, FL-based Fresh Start Produce Sales Co. announced yesterday they have formed a partnership to market and distribute Generation’s national onion program. Generation Farms' Vidalia, GA operations grow, pack and ship year-round production of both domestic…

Kees Schouten, Altena Potatoes:

"We are lucky to have good weather for start of Maltese potato season"

The Maltese import potato season has started again at Potato Trader Altena in Veen. "Last year with the first lockdown, the entire market for imported potatoes was in a downturn. I see it going a lot more positively for this season," says Kees Schouten. He expects to receive another 50-60 truck loads…

Belgian, Romain Cools, to leave potato sector after 30 years

Belgapom's secretary-general, Romain Cools, is bidding farewell to the Belgian potato sector. His career spans 30 years. "It's been 30 years full of highlights," says Romain. "I started in 1991. Back then, my knowledge of the chain was minimal. And the sector looked very different. Each major Belgian…

Covid impact on Northern Hemisphere chip industry threatens locally grown hot potato chips

The impact of Covid-19 on the chip industry in the Northern Hemisphere is putting locally grown and processed hot potato chips at the local snack bar under threat. Lockdowns…

Maarten van Damme, Dacomex, the Netherlands:

"I wouldn't be surprised if onion farmer's prices dip to single-digits after Easter"

In the Netherlands, the construction of Dacomex's new warehouse is progressing steadily. "Everything's going to plan. The first machines arrived last week. We should be able to start working there from next season," says Maarten van Damme. The onion trade is dead-quiet. So he has the time to occupy…

Bengal potato output up by 16%

West Bengal potato production is estimated to be higher by nearly 16 per cent at 110,000 tonnes this year, compared to 95,000 tonnes in 2020. The higher production Bengal and other key growing states…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 26 March 2021

UK potato trade continued at slow but relatively consistent pace this week

This week, trade across all sectors continued at a slow but relatively consistent pace. Volumes were behind usual for most sectors. With lockdown measures still firmly in place this is not unexpected. Restrictions ease from next week, so hopefully further demand will come with it. Planting is well…

Kenyan authorities will enforce potato packaging guidelines

From 1st of April onwards, it will be illegal for potato traders to package potatoes in bags of over 50 kilograms once. At that date, section 42 of the Agriculture Fisheries…

Kenya News

Netherlands will help promote potato subsector in Nakuru, Kenya

The Nakuru county government plans to strengthen its collaboration with the Dutch government in promoting new technologies and addressing shortages of certified seed in the potato subsector. According to governor Lee Kinyanjui, while Kenya’s potato seed demand stands at 30,000 tons annually, the country…

Growers in Northern Bangladesh find it hard to manage space at cold storages

Increased potato production has become a cause for concern for farmers, particularly in the northern region of Bangladesh. Growers are finding it hard to manage space at cold…

Thyolo district, Malawi

Thyolo growers advised to switch to sweet potatoes as dry spell hits maize

The Thyolo District Council has urged its growers to switch over to sweet potatoes as a dry spell has destroyed expectations of a bumper maize harvest this year. Acting…

North Carolina SweetPotato Commission celebrates 60 years of helping farmers

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission hopes to increase sweet potato consumption through education, promotional activities, research and honorable horticultural practices…

Johan Kant, Kalisa Trading:

"There's definitely demand for early potatoes, despite the surplus Belgian stocks"

In Belgium, the early potato season has just begun. The first Egyptian potatoes of the 2021 harvest have arrived and are now in stores. But there are still many unsold Belgian potatoes from 2020. Is the market anticipating import potatoes? "Yes, definitely," says Johan Kant of Kalisa Trading. "Shoppers…

Hailstorm strikes North Maharashtra onion belt

The hailstorm that occurred on Monday and Tuesday in Nashik and Dhule districts has washed out large parts of the onion crop, also badly damaging grape and pomegranate crop in…

Does carbon dioxide have an impact on potato fry colour?

There is generally pressure for potato store managers to closely monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the industry. However, this management tends to be met with mixed views. Storage experts at Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research are looking to settle the debate in an ongoing storage trial. Tubers…

Agrico’s Next Generation varieties are flourishing

As from 25 March 2021, Agrico will be sharing the innovation of its sustainable Next Generation varieties on its online platform agricopotatoes.com. In line with its digital…

Storing potatoes long-term: ambient vs refrigeration

Storing potatoes long-term is often challenging and this is especially so if there is a reliance on ambient ventilation. Even in the most favourable seasons, it is seldom…

New research station building reflects North Carolina's investment in sweet potatoes

At first glance, the new building at the Horticultural Crops Research Station may not seem that remarkable. It’s a light beige metal building. 60 feet wide. 100 feet long. It’s distinguished by its reddish-maroon trim. Otherwise, it’s a near twin to the older building just beside it. What it lacks in…

New problems will compromise crop storage as planet heats up

About 25% of the nation's potato chips get their start in Michigan, where reliably cool air during September harvest and late spring has been ideal for crop storage. That's a…

Potato producers worried about lack of rain

Selenella increased its sales volumes by approximately 15% (data still being defined) - an impulse choice to maintain the area destined to potato cultivation unaltered. But there is some worry concerning the lack of rain.  "Transplants will be over in ten days' time and we have more or less confirmed the areas…

The product will be available from this week until mid-May

Iberica de Patatas is, once again, marketing the new potato from Malaga

Iberica de Patatas, one of the main consumer potato marketers in Spain, is marketing the new potato from Malaga potato -the first Spanish potato of the season- this year…

European potato market (week 12)

France: price drop is felt on all markets

European physical markets   Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: calm markets, with a low offer and especially (very) few buyers, from factories or from export. Bintje: no quotation due to lack of transactions. Fontane, Challenger: 5.00 - 6.00 €/q, calm markets. (Very)…

Agrico Potato Service Africa

Potato seed firm improves yields with certified varieties

Certified potato producer Agrico has created a platform where farmers can access vital information about the crop’s farming. Agrico Potato Service Africa Director Kimoi Moi…

Preparations for PotatoEurope trial fields in Lelystad have started

This week the PotatoEurope organisation has started preparing the potato trial fields at the event location near the central Dutch city of Lelystad. At the beginning of September this year, the potato industry exhibition will offer its visitors a look into the future of the potato sector. The fourteen…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 24th March

'This is a critical time for the Irish potato industry in relation to the upcoming season'

Approaching April, it is a critical time for the industry in relation to the upcoming season. There are reports that some growers are planning to plant increased acreage this year. If this is the case, the supply and demand plateau will be disrupted. Last year there was a small increase in the planted…

Update from Potato Processors Association of Australia

'2020 brought a year of demand uncertainty for the potato processing industry'

Like many industries, 2020 brought a year of demand uncertainty for the potato processing industry with food service deeply affected in several states of Australia. Although…

Australian potato growers continue to trade through COVID

Australian potato grower-exporters have demonstrated strong resilience in their businesses and supply chains to continue to export during 2020 and their hard work is reflected…

Leo Stoker, Q-Cape, the Netherlands:

"With these South Africa organic sweet potatoes, we're following pumpkins' path"

Seven years ago, Leo Stoker of Q-Cape, in the Netherlands, did an experiment. He imported two containers of South African organic pumpkins. That annual volume has now increased to more than 4,000 tons. This organic products' importer wants to follow the same path with sweet potatoes. "The products are…

Steamed potatoes with greater taste and at the same price

Steamed potatoes are a must-have in the fruit and vegetable department of large-scale retailers. A product that combines the simplicity of good home cooking vegetables with a controlled supply chain, together with a ready-to-eat option. The Italian company De Lucia offers them in 500 grams packages,…

Indian govt to boost onion buffer stock by 100 per cent

In order to prevent an onion crisis this year, the Indian federal government is boosting the buffer stock of the kitchen staple by 100 percent. “We are building a buffer stock…

UK growers welcome ‘No’ vote on AHDB Potato levy

The result of the AHDB Potatoes levy ballot shows that 66.4% of respondents have voted to discontinue the levy. Campaigners against the compulsory Agriculture and Horticulture…

University of Maine

Researchers attempt to develop potato varieties using new DNA-based tools

Two professors at the University of Maine in Orono are working on breeding new potato varieties. Professor of crop ecology and management in the School of Food and…

Are onion and potato exports from Ukraine to Africa feasible?

At the moment, Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most undervalued sales markets in the world, said Artem Gudkov, co-founder of Global Ukrainian Distribution, Investment and…

Pakistan seeks self-sufficiency in potato seeds

Pakistan is set to become self-sufficient in potato seed by mid-2022. The country will start producing high-quality, virus-free, third-generation potato seed, applying…

Subway Restaurants

Subway Canada introduces new Potato Bun Sidekicks made with Canadian Potatoes Français

Some of the best ingredients in the world are grown right here in Canada. This spring, Subway® Restaurants is celebrating Canadian quality with a new addition to their Under $5 Menu, a sandwich line up served on a soft, delicious potato bun made with Canadian-grown potatoes. The freshly prepared Sidekick…

Bangladesh

Faridpur onion growers welcome bumper harvest

While high onion prices are going up across Bangladesh ahead of the festive season of Ramadan, Faridpur growers are expecting a bumper output this year. They set a target of…

Lanlivery, Cornwall

Cornish potato farm to expand with £400,000 robot picker

A fifth-generation potato farm in Lanlivery is set to double its productivity thanks to a £400,000 investment. Colwith Farm supplies premium quality Cornish potatoes, to…

European potato market (week 11)

France: low volumes bought on the free market

European physical markets Price summary €/t (source: NEPG): Belgium Fiwap/PCA market message: Potatoes for processing: calm markets, with a low offer and especially (very) few buyers, from factories or from export. Bintje, Fontane, Challenger: no quotation due to lack of transactions. We observe mostly interest…

Derk van Stokkum (Van der Lans International), the Netherlands:

"We deliberately delayed importing onions from New Zealand"

The first yellow onions from New Zealand arrived at Van der Lans International in the Netherlands last week. "We're deliberately starting somewhat later this year. That's due to the greater availability of European onions. We also have to deal with the local-for-local trend. That's been building for…

Hauts-de-France: more organic potato plots despite the limited market

With the closure of restaurants and consequent decrease in factory activity, organic potatoes, just like conventional potatoes, have suffered from the Covid-19 crisis. In…

US grower-shipper starts onion export program to the Middle East

The Middle East is a significant consumer of fresh produce, but with little local production the region heavily relies on imports. “We are expanding our export network to serve markets in that region,” says Gaston Marquevich, CEO of Georgia-based Generation Farms. “We are focused on growing fresh food…

Three Kishan trains bring potato shipments from North Bengal to Tripura Agartala

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has announced to run three Kisan Rail trains up to Agartala in the next two days. The goal is to show its support for transportation of North…

Bogra district, Bangladesh

11,200 tons of Bogra potatoes to be exported

Bogra District agriculture officials have stated that agents of the country’s exporters will buy high-quality potatoes from the Bogra various markets. A total of 11,200 tons…

AHDB

Potato Weekly - 19 March 2021

'This week brings some optimism to the bags trade'

Potato markets have been generally quiet, with demand awaiting a further easing of lockdown measures on 29 March. Following this date, the partial re-opening of hospitality venues will look to further create demand opportunity. The opening of schools and colleges has created a level of demand for those…

AHDB

January trade round-up: Potatoes

Potato exports dropped in January after busy December

The latest HMRC trade data covers up to January 2021, the first month following the UK’s exit from the EU trade bloc. Across all categories recorded, imports and exports have fallen from December with figures at the lowest reported this marketing season. This comes as little surprise, given the reports…

Surplus of ware potatoes still a pressing issue in Serbia

The Ministry of Agriculture of Serbia has managed to find a market for the surplus of ware potatoes. About 250 tons of potatoes produced in villages in Western Serbia will end…

Potato prices across India drop 50% in both producing and consuming areas

Potato prices in both producing and consuming areas all over India have crashed 50 per cent to ₹5-6 per kg this year on account of a good winter crop. While consumers are…

"Potato sales going well, but purchasers reluctant due to ban on sprout inhibitors"

The sale of potatoes is not entirely disappointing at the moment, observes Felix Molenaar of potato and vegetable wholesaler Molenaar from Haarlem. "At the same time, the ban on chlorpropham (CIPC), which inhibits the germination of potatoes, is causing great reluctance among buyers. In other years, you…

Alcampo removes plastic from the packaging of its sweet onions quality brand

Alcampo has presented the new recyclable and plastic-free container for the sweet onions it sells under the Alcampo Controlled Production brand. This packaging is made…

April 19 announced as the 2021 pack date for Vidalia onions

The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced that the pack date for the 2021 season is April 19. The organizations are also celebrating the 35th anniversary of legislation that helped to make Vidalia onions beloved by millions of fans across the country. A rite of…

NFU Scotland responds to Scottish Government Seed Potato Consultation

Absolute parity required to resolve seed potato export issues

NFU Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on exporting Scottish seed potatoes to the Europe Union (EU) and Northern Ireland (NI), calling for UK…

Northern Bangladesh

Record potato production expected in Thakurgaon & Panchagarh

Agriculture officials and potato growers expect a record potato production in Thakurgaon and Panchagrh in the ongoing harvest season. The growers are getting good yield as…

Indian cold storages for potatoes may run out of space soon

With potato prices stabilising around ₹600-700 per 100 kgs across various agricultural markets in the country, growers are now opting to store the spud in cold storages in…

Northern Ireland potato growers are in need of Covid support

The UK potato industry might be the sector to have been most badly hit by the Covid pandemic. First of all, they grow crops that are bespoke for the catering market: they do…

AHDB/Kantar

UK: Pre-packed potatoes gain during pandemic year

Pre-packed potatoes share of volume reached 94.4% in the 12 w/e 21 Feb 2021 – an increase of 1.6 percentage points on 2020 and the highest level it’s been at for around five years This mirrors a trend seen across fresh produce, with data from Kantar showing that over 20,000 tonnes of loose produce switched…

Potato producer diversifies after buying Perfecta Produce

Fresh potato producers Terrence and Wendy Rattray own Yum Tasmanian Gourmet Potatoes in the north east and North-West that supplies potatoes sold in Coles and Woolworths. Now,…

Onion exports hampered

New Zealand horticulture exports struggle with shipping issues

New Zealand exporters are starting feel the impact of shipping problems, as vessels skip ports or will remain at berth for shorter periods and empty containers remain unevenly…

Iloilo province, Philippines

Onion growers seek support for crop disease incidences and damages

The municipality of Miagao is a municipality in the province of Iloilo on the Philippines.  Farmers in Miagao have sought assistance from the Department of Agriculture Western Visayas,…

Demand for onions now increasing steadily, especially from Russia

The Egyptian onion season is blooming and according to one exporter the produce is very promising this year, since its start in February. The demand is expected to be relatively high this year and exports should increase after the flood that happened in India, which destroyed the Indian harvest for this…

Just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Lidl Ireland and Meade Farm introduce limited edition Irish Gold Potatoes

Lidl Ireland and its supplier, Meade Farm, have introduced an exclusive limited edition range of Irish Gold Potatoes which have arrived stores just in time for St. Patrick’s…

Quality inspection tool for agri food, the high-speed 3D scanner

The High-Speed 3D Scanner of Wageningen University & Research can help growers, traders, packers, transporters, objectively assess the quality of their products as far as size and shape are concerned. It is a Agro Food Robotics precision instrument to objectively measure and analyse the size and shape of…

Bengal potato growers in a bind due to costly seeds and low MSP

West Bengal potato growers fear they will face severe losses as the price of good quality seeds have skyrocketed, while the minimum support price (MSP) fixed has remained…

President of the National Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria:

‘No going back on onion exportation’

The President, National Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria, Aliyu Isah, spoke about the association’s drive to export onions and what this means for the…

AHDB Review Petitioners:

"AHDB must not be allowed to charge another year’s horticulture levy"

"Campaigners against the compulsory levy on horticulture to fund the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have reacted angrily to suggestions that, despite a…

Ireland will still host the 2022 World Potato Congress

Potato celebrations put on hold for 12 months

The pandemic may have smashed plans for Ireland to host the 2021 World Potato Congress, as the event has been cancelled. However, there has been a confirmation that Ireland…

Lady Christl variety is first of the early potatoes

Sa Pobla starts new potato exports to UK

Last Sunday, exports of  Lady Christl new potatoes to the UK and Scandinavia started. The centre of this export in Mallorca is Sa Pobla. However, the exporters there still have…

Jamaican growers encouraged to plant high-demand crops

A leading supplier of farm produce to supermarkets in Jamaica is urging growers to grow crops that are in high demand, and to vigorously identify their markets before…

Punjab: Assured prices for potatoes and kinnows

The Punjab government is set to bring two horticulture crops — potato and kinnow — under the assured price regime from coming financial year. This move is intended to ensure a…

Vietnam: Mekong district delivers high-quality sweet potatoes for export

Chau Thanh district - Dong Thap province- has expanded its cultivation of high-quality sweet potatoes for export, developing processed sweet-potato products that meet the…

Robert Doig - Caledonia Potatoes

Seed potato growers are having to make serious decisions on what and how much to plant for the coming season

Although discussions are continuing between the UK and the EU on equivalence measures for seed potatoes it is very unlikely that any Scottish seed potatoes will be exported…


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