Lasalgaon Agricultural Produce Market Committee

Average wholesale onion prices up 15%

The average wholesale onion price at the Lasalgaon Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) has increased by 15% — from Rs 825 per 100 kgs on Monday to Rs 960, on…

Dignus Boone, Bowa:

"Little to be gained on the onion market"

"There's currently little to be gained on the onion market," says Dignus Boone of Bowa, an onion sorting and packaging company in the Netherlands. "There's simply too little margin between the purchase and selling price. That's been the case for quite some time. Poland is taking much of the market's…

Kenyan scientists work toward disease free potatoes

Dr Magembe, a molecular biologist based at the International Potato Center in Nairobi is among a growing number of African scientists who are providing technological solutions…

Fritz Jungnickel GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas Herkenrath, Fritz Jungnickel & Co, on the upcoming potato season

"We are in for a challenging campaign where every spud will be needed"

This year's early potato harvest started in week 21 with the first grubbing of loose-skinned early potatoes for direct marketing. However, the first programs with regional, firm-skinned goods will probably not be available from retailers until week 26-27, expects Thomas Herkenrath (r), Managing Director…

Potato market update 25th May

Markets remain unchanged and quieter

Markets remain unchanged and remarkably quieter than that experienced for the past two seasons. Planting is still underway in Donegal following a two-week period of…

Onion market and crop update May 26 2022

"We are packing larger size profiles here in California, and mediums seem to be the hot ticket this week"

California/Arizona: Chris Woo with Owyhee Produce in Nyssa, OR, and Parma, ID, reported to us on May 25, saying, “Market and movement have been decent on all three colors from…

Price of Chinese onions drops as market supply suddenly expands

Multiple onion production areas in China currently supply large volumes of onions to the Chinese market, so the price of onions has dropped. In addition, shipping fees are showing a downward trend, so a number of exporters has begun to prepare orders for the onion export market. Mr. Wang, sales manager…

Tools confirm starchy vegetables deliver nutritional value comparable to that of non-starchy vegetables and whole fruit

A new study recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition has challenged the tendency in nutrition research to separate starchy vegetables from their non-starchy counterparts…

‘Nose Knows Scouting’ from Dayton, Wyoming

Using dogs to find Potato Virus Y and other maladies in potatoes

Andrea Parish of Dayton, Wyoming, is the owner of ‘Nose Knows Scouting’. She runs a crew of five dogs trained by herself. Parish is married to a potato crop consultant and a…

Helien Verhagen, East4Fresh:

"We're expanding our organic sweet potato acreage by 30 hectares in Portugal"

The Portuguese sweet potato season is coming to an end at East4Fresh. Helien Verhagen is delighted with how it went. "There were fewer lockdowns, so I'd expected a stabilization year. But we managed a plus again," she says. Organic sweet potatoes are doing especially well. Reason enough for this Dutch…

Drought might create obstacles

Colorado potato exports to Mexico set to increase

Mexico's decades-long limitation on Colorado-grown potatoes came to an end earlier this month. Since 1996, Mexico has limited the export of US-grown potatoes to just within 16…

Lynders GbR.

Encouraging start to the season in NRW:

"Earlier start to the early potato harvest with good volumes and great quality"

The early potato harvest is getting going relatively early this year in many growing regions in Germany. At the Lynders farm in Niederkrüchten (NRW), too, the first Annabelles (right) of this year's season were already harvested last week, some three weeks earlier than last year, says co-owner Hermann-Josef…

Hervé Lecouffe, Maison Lecouffe:

“Qualicelp is a strategic investment that will allow us to continue to progress”

Maison Lecouffe has recently acquired a machine for the automated control of potato samples, named Qualicelp. According to Hervé Lecouffe, the company’s manager, the machine has a number of advantages. “It allows us to obtain precise data. We want, for example, to know the size of each tuber.…

The new Portuguese potato campaign aims to make Miss Tata the consumers’ favourite

Porbatata, Associação da Batata de Portugal, is launching a campaign to promote Portuguese potatoes. Porbatata is using the Miss Tata brand, created in 2020 to boost the…

Russian Federation

Six new potato varieties bred in Udmurtia

Employees of the Research Institute of Agriculture (NIISH) of the Udmurt Federal Research Center of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed six new…

Migori farmers welcome Kuria region sweet potato processing factory

The official opening of Getong’anya sweet potatoes processing factory in Kuria region, Migori County growers might have a brighter economic future. The plant, worth Sh117…

Kenyan potato farmers urged to use certified seeds

Potato farmers from Nakuru, Nyandarua and Narok counties have been trained on the importance of using certified seeds and the right inputs for better quality and bigger…

Ireland: Minister plans €3 million funding for domestic potato seed sector

Funding to help develop the domestic seed potato sector will go to cabinet today as the sector continues to deal with the fallout of Brexit. The Minister for Agriculture, Food…

Potato grower/shipper releases two new micro-ready trays

Grilling is a highlight of the summer season. And Tasteful Selections® is ready to help consumers enjoy fresh potatoes all summer long. “We couldn’t be more excited to offer new micro-ready trays for the grilling season,” said Tim Huffcutt, vice-president of sales & marketing operations. “Our culinary…

How's the French potato market?

According to the latest bulletin of the French Potato Inter-branch organization (CNIPT), "the French market remains difficult and sales mainly take place at the end of the week. Moreover, high…

Wim Waterman, Waterman Onions:

"The onion season's second half should have a quota"

Could the Dutch onion season still end on a good note? "That would be great; we don't have new onions yet," says Wim Waterman of Waterman Onions. "The local fair didn't go well. Growers wanted to reach bale prices faster but couldn't. Their initial target was €0.15; then, at some point, someone gets…

BLE

Potato market report week 20:

'In the ware potato range, deliveries from Italy and Cyprus increased'

There were still quite a lot of German table potatoes from the last harvest. Meanwhile, individual varieties lost in importance. French offers supplemented the sales, which were slow and saw no price changes. In the field of ware potatoes, deliveries from Italy and Cyprus increased. However, the rather…

South Africa has lots of potatoes, but there can be quality issues

According to Potatoes SA, the industry body for potatoes and onions, potatoes lifted from farms in the Free State are generally looking good, but there are quality issues with…

Fingal spuds to be celebrated at the World Potato Congress

Fingal is famous for its spuds and local producers as well as some of the county’s big food companies will be participating in the 11th World Potato Congress which, for the…

Cyprus: Potato growers will take action if state does not offer support

Following the rise in production costs, Cypriot potato farmers said on Thursday they will take action if the state does not intervene to support them. According to the…

Arno van der Merwe – Knapdaar

Midway through a steady onion season

In the Sandveld, better known for its potatoes, Knapdaar Agri grows onions on 120 hectares. They have been lifting onions since January (Northern Cape’s onion season ended earlier because of rain) and now they are midway through their season, says Arno van der Merwe, while busy planting onions for the…

U.S. potato exports show continued signs of recovery

With many countries around the globe relaxing restrictions and showing signs of recovery from the pandemic, demand for U.S. potato exports is strong in many markets. During…

New potato processing facility coming to Alberta

Super-Pufft, which produces potato chips and other snacks for private brands and their in-house brand, Go 2 Snax, has committed to constructing a $50-million plant in Airdrie,…

Sweet potatoes became less attractive for Egyptian farmers after difficult season

“Cultivated sweet potato areas will decrease significantly this year, about 40%”

The Egyptian sweet potato season is starting and due to the very challenging season in the previous year, acreage has decreased by 40%, says one Egyptian produce exporter. Costs have increased significantly, which in turn has had an effect on the demand. According to Reda Ezz, founder of Egyptian produce…

Robert Doig - Caledonian Potatoes

"Potato growers won’t be able to sustain this for another year and businesses will close in a big way"

Potato planting in Scotland is all but finished with only round 10% still to be planted. The actual acreage planted is difficult to clarify since the since the demise of the…

Juan Manuel Coello, Director of Operations at Patatas Meléndez:

"We are starting the Spanish new potato season with high demand and good prices due to the lower supply in Murcia"

The Spanish new potato season is already starting with consistent volumes in the early producing areas located in the south. Sales are starting with high prices due to lower yields in the region of Murcia, which has been affected by abundant spring rains. Patatas Meléndez, the leading company in its…

Jim Ertler - Premium Fresh

“Export has been a bit of disaster due to the lack of equipment"

The onion harvest finished up at the end of March for Tasmanian grower Premium Fresh. At the beginning of the year Jim Ertler, Managing Director said that they had planted less for this season due to the uncertainties around shipping - he was proved right. “Export has been a bit of disaster due to the…

50,000 Kenyan potato growers partner with Agrico PSA

Agrico PSA has recently reached another milestone: over 50,000 Kenyan potato farmers are now digitally partnering via their Facebook page. PSA’s Facebook page has evolved into…

Banana paper could protect East African potatoes from potato cyst nematodes

Potatoes have become a very important crop in East Africa, both as a food and economically. In Kenya alone, potatoes contribute over US$500 million to the economy annually,…

Mystery around Western Australian onions finally solved

There is a mystery which has plagued Australians for years: it is all about onions from Western Australia.  For years, Coles shoppers have sporadically taken to social media to…

Onion markets see regionalization

"For the first time in my career I’m seeing the markets regionalize in a way I’ve never seen before.” So says Shay Myers of Parma, Idaho-based Owyhee Produce of the current state of the onion market. “In the past at this time of the year, onions from the Northwest would be marketed at lower prices…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 18th May

Dry situation in much of Northern Europe leads to concerns about early potato crop

Overall, markets remain largely unchanged, with sales and consumption settling back to pre-Covid levels. Digging of early Home Guard and Premier varieties have commenced in the south east this week, with small quantities available in retailers. Quality is reported to be very good so far. Recent rainfall…

Processed potato product sales predicted to increase

According to an analysis by Persistence Market Research, the global processed potato products market is predicted to increase at a volume compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of…

1,000+ delegates and 60 guest speakers to attend World Potato Congress in Ireland

Over 1,000 delegates and 60 guest speakers are set to attend the World Potato Congress (WPC) at the end of the month, which is being hosted in Ireland for the first time. The…

Vidalias move into storage as harvest finishes

Vidalia® onion season has wrapped up harvest and supplies are moving into storage. In 1982, Delbert Bland (above) and his late father, Raymond, began growing Vidalia sweet onions on just five acres at Bland Farms.  Troy Bland, CEO of Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia says it anticipates having supplies of…

McDonald's Taiwan temporarily stops serving french fries

Yesterday, McDonald's Taiwan announced that its restaurants across Taiwan would stop serving french fries as they are running out of stock because of global shipping issues.…

Potato planting in Belarus over

Belarusian agricultural workers have finished potato planting, BelTA reports, after receiving the news from the Agriculture and Food Ministry. As of 17 May, spring crops were planted on the area of…

Conpapa: The importation of American potatoes poses a dangerous risk to the health of our soils and crops

Mexican potato producers speak out against US potato imports

The National Confederation of Potato Producers of the Mexican Republic (Conpapa) spoke against the importation of fresh potatoes from the United States because they posed a…

The potato and onion production that still hasn't been harvested in l'Horta and La Ribera decreases by 50%

The area devoted to potato and onion cultivation in the Valencian Community has decreased significantly since 2007 because both productions have low profitability. Vicente…

Bio-Gemüse regional AG

Steffen Mucha, Bio-Gemüse regional AG, on the sales of organic potatoes from Saxony

"Supply of alternative goods is gradually coming to an end"

As early potatoes are in the ground in most German growing regions, marketing of last year's crop is now in its final phase. "The supply of alternative goods is gradually coming to an end. At the beginning of June, we expect to bring the last lots from the region to market. This is in contrast to last…

Products include onions, jalapeño peppers, beans, tomatoes and more

Mexico to suspend import duties on food staples to counter inflation

Mexico will waive import duties for one year on a range of household staples, most of them food-related, in a bid to curb inflation, the government said on Monday. Earlier…

Solynta and incotec announce partnership to optimize performance of hybrid true potato seeds

Hybrid potato innovator Solynta and seed enhancement company Incotec announced at the International Seed Federation (ISF) congress today they have entered in a collaboration agreement. By combining forces, the group will bring world class seed technology and elite genetics to potato farmers worldwide.…

Potato industry Idaho hails potato research endowment

After being harvested, more than 80 percent of the Idaho state potato crop is stored. A lot can go wrong during storage and having a good understanding of what goes on during…

California meets strong demand with new crop potatoes

California is underway with spring crop new potatoes. “We started locally here the first week of May which was maybe a few days early and we’ll go right through to the middle…

CNIPT

The planting of early potatoes has already been completed in France and the harvest has started in some areas

According to the French Potato Interprofessional (CNIPT), the harvest of the early varieties in France is progressing smoothly despite the difficult conditions caused by the…

Kenyan government to start Sh23 billion agriculture value chain project in July

In July, the Kenyan government will launch the Sh23 billion National Agriculture value chain development project geared towards improving neglected value chains like potato,…

Potato market report week 19:

'Generally speaking, business proceeded fairly quietly'

The composition of the assortment had not changed significantly. Local offers determined the markets, French goods complemented it. In the early table potato segment, Egyptian Spunta appeared in very small quantities alongside the Italian, Moroccan and Cypriot batches. Italy expanded its supplies with…

Burger King Japan offers dried ramen instead of French fries in combo meals

In recent months, Japan has seen multiple occasions of potato shortages. Fast food giants like McDonald’s and Mos Burger were both forced to suspend French fry sales. French…

Orenburg region, Russian Federation

28 storage facilities for vegetables and potatoes to hold more than 30,000 tons of goods

At an event on the sowing campaign of vegetables in open ground, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Food and Processing Industry of the Orenburg Region Sergey Balykin said:…

Pakistan: Potato exports up 9.8 per cent

Pakistan’s export of potatoes rose 9.8 per cent, mainly because of robust production of the vegetable. The data was shared by the Ministry of Commerce in a written reply to a…

New provincial supports available for PEI seed producers

The provincial government is announcing new funding for a project to support seed potato producers in adapting to ongoing trade suspensions by planting soil-building crops.…

National Potato Council applauds first shipments to Mexico in 25-plus years

US fresh potatoes begin export to Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Mexico’s national plant protection organization (SENASICA) announce that the…

Ground-breaking multi-industry export program set to commence

Hort Innovation has recently contracted AUSVEG to deliver the industry export development program for the vegetable, onion and melon industries. The Multi-Industry Export…

Indian onion growers want Nafed to buy onions for Rs 30/kg

Indian onion growers have urged the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (Nafed) to procure onions at a rate of Rs 30 per kg. The Nafed has been…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato market update 11th May

Irish markets remain stable and largely unchanged

Markets remain stable and largely unchanged, with sales reported to be steady. New season early crops are developing nicely, with recent rainfall very welcome in the south east. Harvesting of Home Guard and Premier varieties should begin in the next couple of weeks. Growing conditions have improved with…

"Very tough sweet potato market, regardless of origin"

"This year's very tough for sweet potatoes, regardless of their country of origin," says a market specialist. "With all that's going on in the world, everyone's experiencing…

EastFruit

Potato prices moving up in Moldova

The average wholesale price for last year’s potatoes on the Moldovan market has increased from $0.32/kg to $0.37/kg over the past two weeks. The price in the same period last year was lower by 45-50%. Players in the country’s fruit and vegetable market claim that the dynamic growth in prices for last…

Irish potato growers urged to order seed for 2023 now

State agency Teagasc, that provides research, advisory and education in agriculture, horticulture, food and rural development in Ireland, has urged potato growers to contact…

Kolkata farmers told to release stored potatoes

Kolkata’s state agri-marketing department has issued an advisory to potato farmers for releasing substantial amounts of the tubers from cold storages to damped retail prices.  Because…

South Africa potato production receives added protection with Corteva’s new generation fungicide

Corteva Agriscience has launched Zorvec®  Encantia®, a new fungicide that specifically targets late blight, a detrimental pathogen currently compromising local potato growth. The…

Pest risk analyses for Bhutanese potatoes and apples underway

Bhutan and Thailand agree on bilateral trade

The government of Bhutan and Thailand agreed to sign a bilateral trade agreement. The two countries have a trade and economic cooperation agreement as of now. The decision was…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

Severe wet weather hampers vegetable production in South East Queensland

Earlier this year wet weather events in South East Queensland created quite some havoc with many farms being affected due to severe wet weather conditions. Severe wet weather…

Potato retail sales value increases in Q3

During the third quarter of Potatoes USA’s Marketing Year 2022 (January – March 2022), potato sales increased in dollars by 7.2% but decreased in volume by 5%, compared to the…

Canadian potato stocks up 17.9% above 3-yr. averages

Total Canadian Potato Storage Holdings on May 9, 2022 continue to show the regional differences in the country. Although Canadian stocks as a whole, are up 17.9% above 3-yr. averages, they are up 42% in the four Eastern Provinces and down 15% in Western Canada. For more information: Victoria…

Photo report of celebration with business relations

Dutch potato wholesaler turns 100

This weekend's weather was perfect for Dutch potato wholesaler, Landjuweel's 100th-anniversary celebration. Although a little off the beaten track, many people from the potato world were present on Friday to join in the festivities. On Saturday, a day of celebration for staff, family, and neighbors…

Potato production affected due to unseasonal rains and heat wave in UP, Bengal

Potato production in India in the current crop year is estimated to be 53.60 mt, down from 56.17 mt last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture's first estimate of…

How is the potato market in the EU faring?

The French Potato Inter-branch organization (CNIPT) shared an analysis of the European potato market for weeks 16 and 17. FranceThe dynamism of trade seems to be confirmed in…

South Korea: Youtube.com

Homegrown 'virus-free' sweet potatoes for higher yields & quality

Sweet potatoes are widely enjoyed by many, either as part of a meal or a healthy snack. While there is an array of ways to cook and eat sweet potatoes, they are highly prone…

HZPC keeps profit expectations intact

Despite the fact that the conflict in Ukraine is affecting HZPC's sales, HZPC is keeping its profit forecast intact after three quarters in the 2021-2022 financial year. HZPC…

Jan Franje, Franje Onions:

"Onion exports came to a sudden stop this week"

"The whole onion season's been unusual, and this week's no exception. Trade suddenly just stopped. That's true for us and the other traders I've spoken to. First, it was attributed to holidays, but it's still quiet," says Jan Franje of Franje Onions in the Netherlands. "Grower costs are skyrocketing while…

Florian Stark from Früchte Stark - Kartoffel & Zwiebel Handel:

"Onion re-deliveries delayed because everything is under water in Valencia"

Florian Stark, managing director of Früchte Stark - Kartoffel & Zwiebel Handel, which among other things operates a wholesale stand at the Frankfurt Frischezentrum, sells his goods to food retailers and wholesalers, but primarily to catering customers. Currently, Stark still offers butcher's onions as cold…

Central Luzon Department of Agriculture

Philippines: DA harmonizes data on onion production

The Central Luzon Department of Agriculture hosted the Harmonization of Onion Data between the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)…

Flame sterilizing potato seed tuber cutting machine could minimize spread of diseases

Potatoes are vegetatively propagated; cutting the seed tubers is a common practice followed by growers as a way to increase seed availability for planting. However, this…

New three-pound mesh bags for Mountain King baby golds and reds

MountainKing has introduced new, three-pound mesh bags of its popular baby-sized Red and Gold potatoes designed to generate a higher ring for retail grocers while providing…

Sri Lankan big onion growers urgently in need of fertilizer

Big onion cultivators in Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and several other areas of Sri Lanka have requested Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Janaka Wakkumbura to take…

Due to stagnant prices

Australian potato industry warns of mass exodus of growers

Industry experts claim that potato growers will walk away from the sector as cost pressures make the staple crop unviable in Australia. Unlike most vegetables, potatoes are…

BioLogiQ

Idaho company creates eco-friendly plastic products from potato waste

US-based nonprofit Plastic Oceans International claims that more than 10 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year. Meanwhile, it can take more than 400…

PEI could trim back 2022 potato acreage

With the border opened again for potato growers in Prince Edward Island to ship product to the U.S., growers there have a renewed sense of optimism. “Regardless of why it happened and the politics behind it, growers and marketers needed the border to reopen so they could plan for this year’s crop,” says…

Zimbabwe: Potato imports halted to support domestic growers

According to permanent secretary Dr John Basera from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, the government of Zimbabwe has halted the…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 4th May

Many Irish growers are done or or nearing planting completion

Markets remain largely unchanged; stock is moving albeit at lesser quantities than experienced during the pandemic. Many growers are now complete or nearing planting completion following a good spell of dry weather with excellent ground conditions. The margins of growers with potatoes in storage have…

Irish National Meteorological Service issues potato blight warning

A Status Yellow warning for potato blight for Co. Clare was issued on Wednesday, May 4 by Met Éireann. The national forecaster said that weather conditions will be conducive…

PEI potato farmers facing financial troubles and anxiety at start of new cropping season

After potato wart was detected in two Prince Edward Island fields last fall, Canada quickly shut down most shipments of the province’s potatoes to the US, hoping to dissuade…

EU-funded ADAPT project works on stress-tolerant potatoes

The potato’s vulnerability to climate-induced environmental stresses such as extreme temperatures, flooding and droughts is raising major concerns about food security. To help…

PepsiCo used a Lays potato chip plant to help heat homes in Belgium

Belgian real-estate developer Ion was looking for sustainable heating alternatives for a new residential area in the city of Veurne when it received a proposal from a…

KFC Singapore stops selling French fries - offering wedges for now

Last Thursday, KFC Singapore said that it is not offering French fries for now but assured customers that the item will be back soon. Instead, the fast-food chain is offering…

New generations of potato varieties promising for more food security

The new generation of potato varieties is performing better and better under extreme climate conditions such as drought, according to the recent sustainability report of…

Ton de Leeuw, AGF Fresh:

"I remain sure that, for sweet potatoes, Morocco is the country of the future"

Ton de Leeuw has done some research into growing sweet potatoes. "My project stalled, partly because of the pandemic, and I lost the little bit I'd done in Morocco. That doesn't mean I've been completely idle. My network has grown and become more interesting. Several companies and organizations…

Canadian potato shipper charts a new future

Peak of the Market Ltd. is proud to announce its new direction for the future. With the recent changes in legislation, Peak of the Market has been reestablished as a for-profit company and will now be known as Peak of the Market Ltd. All Manitoba table potato and root crop growers are unified and looking…

Three new potato varieties for Peruvian growers

In the second half of the year, Peruvian growers will have access to three new potato varieties: ‘CIP-Poderosa Crocante’, ‘CIP-Poderosa Pollera’ (suitable for industrial…

Sources warn of 'grave risks' from illegal potato imports into UK

Industry sources demand urgent government action to prevent illegally-imported potatoes bringing pests and diseases into East Anglia. Warnings were raised in a national…

Albert Bartlett video showcases lifespan of the humble potato

With hopes of encouraging people to think twice before throwing their potatoes in the bin, and to mark Stop Food Waste Day on April 27, sector giant Albert Bartlett released a…

Turkey: Quarantine being implemented in 26 provinces due to potato wart disease

CHP Niğde Deputy Ömer Fethi Gürer announced that potato cancer, which came to Turkey via  foreign seeds, has invaded agricultural lands. A quarantine has been implemented in 26…

Filipino Department of Agriculture aids onion farmers after commodity prices drop

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allocated P85 million in grants to help onion farmers cooperatives and associations deal with the price drops of the commodity, that is…

Potato area in Spain decreased by 0.8% this season and totaled 47,639 hectares

According to the most recent statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, which are still provisional, Spain will devote 47,639 hectares to produce potatoes…

Belgium’s processing potato prices remain high in 2022

The Mintec Benchmark Prices of processing potatoes in Belgium rose by 11% in the two weeks up to 20th April 2022, and up 264% year-on-year (y-o-y). This is largely attributed…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato market update 27th April

Demand for potatoes, destined for food service sector, is buoyant

With another bank holiday weekend coming up, demand for stock destined for the food service sector is buoyant. Plantings continue this week particularly in the north east, with great ground conditions. Spiralling input costs will lead to less planting of potatoes this year. The margin for growing…

Calbee’s new ‘wet chips’ launched in Japan

Japan’s leading potato chip maker, Calbee, is said to be changing the game by taking the crunch out of their potato chips, with a new product called ‘Nure Jaga’. This…

Zambia National Farmers Union sees no need to import onions or potatoes

Zambia’s onion and potatoes value chain stakeholders resolved that the country does not need to import the commodities, claiming the country has adequate stocks. Zambia…

Boosting the nutritional bounty of carrots and onions

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are looking to beef up your salad. Not with complementary slices of tender chicken, steak or other meat but rather new, improved…

Lázaro Jiménez, manager of MAS Patatas:

"The rains have delayed the potato harvest in Campo de Cartagena"

Not even two months ago, the lack of rainfall in the Spanish Region of Murcia had led the regional government and irrigators to discuss the need for the immediate…

Sweet potato demand is steady but slow and inconsistent

“I don’t feel like we’re as long as everyone thinks we are on sweet potatoes in North Carolina and the prices are suffering.” So says Johnnie K. Herring of Faison, North Carolina-based Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. of the current state of sweet potato supplies in the state. He adds that there is likely enough…

Albino Carli, director of the PPAS Consortium, commented on the PGI Sila Potato

"A satisfactory year-end on the commercial front."

"The PGI Sila Potato campaign is closing in a rather positive way, on the commercial front, after a year of many shadows and few lights. If we look at the whole season, quite difficult in itself, we end with a better result than expected," said Albino Carli (pictured below), director of the Consorzio…

Georg Kolmhofer, SESUR Semilla y Exportación SL, on the season start in Seville

"There will be a volume reduction of at least 30% in Spanish early potatoes"

Although the export season for Spanish early potatoes will only really get going in a few weeks time, the first plants of the loose-skinned variety in the Seville growing region have already been cleared. According to initial price indications, the prices at the end of the season are around 60 euros/dt.…

The Ministry of Agriculture's production report

Extra-early potato production has increased by 3% in Spain

According to the latest area and production report of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAP), with data up to February 28, Spain produced 77,500 tons of…

The campaign has started later due to the rains, but this year's sizes will be larger

New potato from Malaga reaches Spanish shelves

Ibérica de Patatas, one of Spain's leading ware potato traders, is again bringing Malaga's new potato, the first Spanish potato of the season, back to the shelves of…

Zambia National Farmers Union

‘Shoprite is ignoring locally produced onions’

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) has stated it is saddened that Shoprite Zambia is currently facing onion shortages in its stores when the country has an oversupply of…

McDonald's Philippines serving just regular fries due to potato supply shortage

McDonald's Philippines has paused sales of larger portions of their fries due to the global freight crisis. The fast-food restaurant initially released advisories on their…

Nyusi launches agricultural marketing campaign in Mozambique

Last week, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi launched the 2022/2023 agricultural marketing campaign in the district of Marracuene. The marketing target for this year is…

Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute

TARI officially released two new sweet potato varieties

The Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Kibaha has officially released two new sweet potato varieties which are suitable for mid altitude and warm semi-arid agro…

Canada

Government funding to ‘accelerate’ P.E.I. potato wart investigation

A $12-million infusion of federal dollars will help the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to boost staffing in P.E.I. and speed up its investigation into the spread of potato…

Russian invasion extremely hard on potato industry of Ukraine

At this point in time, Ukraine and its citizens are suffering directly and indirectly in multiple ways because of the Russian invasion. This is also true for the Ukrainian…

Early potatoes will arrive in Moldovan markets in beginning of May

The first potatoes harvested from Moldovan fields under plastic film will go on sale around May 5-10, that is, in a time close to the average. The cool weather that settled in…

Onion exports from Uzbekistan up sharply in past three weeks

Over the past three weeks of April 2022, Uzbekistan exported 9,300 tons of onions, which is 6.6 times more than in the three months of January to March. Kazakhstan became the…

Teun Paarlberg and Léon Kranenburg:

"Potato exports very quiet across the board"

Potato export is extremely quiet at the moment. "There is the occasional freight to the Eastern Bloc, but that is not the trade in which we are involved. Furthermore, there are limited containers going to African destinations such as Ivory Coast and regularly to the Caribbean, but overall it is very…

Condichef launches its tears-free onion: France Sunions

“With Sunions®, no more tears when cutting your onions!”: that is the promise of the new onion that arrived in some French stores earlier this year. “Innovating and expanding the condiment category have always been priorities at Condichef. When I came across this new variety of Sunions® onions abroad, I immediately…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 20th April

Irish potato markets remain largely unchanged at present

Irish markets remain largely unchanged at present; the Easter bank holiday created some additional demand in the food service sector. Recent dry weather has allowed good progress on maincrop preparations and plantings at this point. More growers are reported to be finished in the south east. Again,…

Egyptian garlic season in full swing, onion season about to get going

“Demand for dry garlic is picking up”

Demand is up this season for the Egyptian garlic. Due to high shipping costs from China to the Middle-East, the Egyptians claim they can offer a better price, giving them a good position in the market. Meanwhile the Egyptian onion season is also starting. Ralph Nakal, of Egyptian produce exporter Tomna, states…

Iran lifts ban on export of tomato, eggplant, potato and onion

The Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration will not implement the decision to ban the export of four Iranian agricultural products, including tomato, eggplant, potato…

Indian government starts buying onions to create buffer stock

The federal government has started procuring onions from Nashik through its agency the National Agricultural Co-operative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (Nafed), to create…

USDA

In Washington, April 1 potato stocks totaled 25.5 million cwt

Potato stocks in Idaho on April 1, 2022 totaled 45.0 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 83.9 million cwt. April 1 potato stocks in Oregon totaled 9.00 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 17.4 million cwt. In Washington, April 1 potato stocks totaled 25.5 million cwt.…

Indian onion exports to Sri Lanka & Bangladesh hampered

Onion exports to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have slowed down due to the current financial crisis in Sri Lanka and measures taken by the Bangladesh government to encourage local…

Iran applies ban on export of several agricultural products

Iran has indefinitely banned the export of potatoes, onions, tomatoes and eggplant. In a letter sent by the Iranian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Jihad Abbas Askarzadeh to…

Barbados Agricultural Society

BAS hopes for government to tighten controls on onion importation

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society, James Paul, is hoping governmental measures to tighten controls on the importation of onions come into effect…


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