Sweet-potato rotting disease is spreading in Japan

A contagious disease is spreading among Japan's sweet potatoes. It's called foot rot disease, and since November 2018 it has been confirmed in Japan's southwestern prefectures…

Fresh crop to market is the focus for Colorado potato grower

Colorado fresh crop potatoes are moving well. “In our area, the potatoes are looking really good this year. I feel good about the crop we have coming and we’re in the position to have a good potato year,” says Amber Strohauer of Strohauer Farms in La Salle, CO. Strohauer Farms is based in Northern Colorado,…

Azerbaijan officials finds pest in potatoes imported from Iran

Specimens of the potato moth were found in potatoes imported from Iran to Azerbaijan. According to Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency, inspectors viewed the imported batch of…

Georgia onion farm optimistic after surviving heat wave

While many onion farms across the country have been negatively affected by an intense heat wave, the crops at Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia, have been virtually unaffected. “We are very fortunate, as the heat wave has not had an impact on any of our current growing regions,” said CEO Troy Bland.…

G&R Farms brings on new operations manager

G&R Farms is proud to welcome new hire Jon Ellis, who will serve as operations manager. Ellis, a long-time resident of Glenville, GA, brings an array of skills to the G&R…

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China: Frozen French fries production expands

Marketing year 2021/22 (September to August) fresh potato production is forecast at 94 million metric tons (MMT), a 5 percent decrease from the estimated 99 MMT produced in MY2020/21, a result of decreased acreage. According to industry sources, potato planting area decreased in the northern single crop…

Potato exporters worry as trucks stopped at border

Customs officials in India stopped trucks carrying potatoes from Bhutan without a plant quarantine certificate (PQC), which has affected business for potato exporters and…

Consorzio Dal Cuore Veneto

A treasure chest of certified-quality potatoes

At Macfrut, Consorzio Dal Cuore Veneto presented the Una Patata dal Cuore Veneto project, which boasts the QV (Verified Quality) mark and aims at being a testimonial for the promotion of the mark itself. Michele Berti, Piergiorgio Agostini, Elena Baratella, Christian Baratella The project is part of the…

AI tool for diagnosing potato diseases

Potato growers need to identify and manage diseases in their fields, so the AI-powered mobile app PlantVillage Nuru has been expanded to include them also. More than two…

China: The export of onions is restricted, and there is still great uncertainty

With a large number of late onions on the market, the storage of onions in Gansu has kicked off. As of early September, most of the market players who have onion stocks have…

Lost key export market seven years ago due to quality compromise

Bangladesh currently exports barely 3% of its exportable potatoes

By most conservative estimates, Bangladesh had an exportable surplus of over two million tons of potatoes in the last financial year. But the country managed to tap less than…

Plummeting potato prices for Uttar Pradesh growers

Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad district is known for its high production of potato. Multinational food giants such as Frito-Lay, which manufactures potato chips, procure potatoes…

Potato market report week 37:

"Little movement in the potato market"

According to the latest report from the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture, there is little movement on the potato market. Sales turnover in food retailing is relatively quiet despite a reduced price basis. Packers are trying to boost sales with promotions. Under good digging conditions, the…

CNIPT

“Abundant supply of French organic potatoes”

In the new issue of Pomme de Terre Hebdo, CNIPT indicates that “for the second consecutive year, the increase in supply is not in line with what the demand can absorb, in a…

Ludan Fresh Supplies introduces 100% Italian product to its range

The organic spring onion from the Italian Sele Plain reaches Europe

"For the winter season, Ludan Fresh Supplies, in addition to its offer of fresh herbs, will expand its range with organic spring onion, 100% Italian, as it is grown entirely in the Piana del Sele (in the province of Salerno - Campania). The destination of this crop is the foreign market, especially…

Heat and lack of rain lead to shortage of large onions

Future onion prices are uncertain as the country-wide heat wave has continued to impact the individual sizes of fresh produce. “The market on bigger-sized stuff over the past…

Pablo Fitskie, Farm Fresh Produce, the Netherlands:

"Sweet potato market growing mainly in the processing sector"

Steven Ceccarelli is the owner of Farm Fresh Produce in North Carolina, USA. Eighteen months ago, he approached Pablo Fitskie. Would Pablo be interested in running the company's European sales office? Now, Farm Fresh Produce CC has its own premises. That is in the Netherlands and it has machinery and…

Plant in Kosi Kalan will procure 150,000 tons of locally grown potatoes

PepsiCo commissions India's largest greenfield plant worth Rs 81.4 mln

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated the largest greenfield potato chips plant from PepsiCo in India, at Mathura. The project called for an investment…

Trichy, India

More farmers chose onion seeds above bulbs

The Trichy horticulture department has started distributing onion seeds instead of onion bulbs to meet the growing demand for small onions. The seeds are produced in farms…

Demand and supply increasing every year

Spring onion harvest in Egypt delayed due to weather conditions

The Egyptian spring onion season started slightly later than exporters had hoped for. As there is high demand for the spring onions in Egypt, this could have been a solid opportunity for the Egyptian produce. Harvest is now expected to start mid-October, with one exporter expecting to increase their…

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PepsiCo UK invests £24 mln in Lincoln factory

PepsiCo UK recently announced it is investing £24 million in their Lincoln snack factory. Their intent is to upgrade their facilities, meet the growing consumer demand and…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 15th September

'Many Irish growers have delayed harvesting to give crops extra time to mature'

Retail and consumer demand have improved this week as colder weather has returned and families are back into routines, following the holiday period. The hospitability sector continues to prosper despite the return of schools.  Harvesting of maincrop Rooster continues and again reports are that yields are average.…

India: Delay in harvest will push up onion prices

The price of onion is likely to climb steeply again during September-November. According to a report by Crisil research, the erratic monsoon rainfall this year is set to lead…

Bangladesh: Potato farmers in Munshiganj troubled after potato prices fell due to surplus stocks and low sales

Potato farmers will face a loss of Tk320 crore if the prices of potatoes do not pick up.  According to sources, potatoes have been grown on 38,000 hectares  in Munshiganj this year and…

Piet van Liere, Flevotrade:

"Onion tsunami's been tempered; quality and container availability are this season's main challenges"

The talk of a plentiful onion harvest has been somewhat tempered now. "The crops are dying off quickly. That's due to natural influences and diseases. So, the Netherlands generally has just a good, but not massively high yield. They're particularly disappointing in the north of the country. However, in…

Jebe seeks distributors/importers for other European countries

In Europe, more and more potatoes are being stored, disease-free, using the Humigator

The Humigator has been decontaminating potato storage spaces across the globe for eight years already. This machine, developed by Idaho Hydro Tech, does so without using germicides. This air purifier disinfects and humidifies the air in storage areas. It also removes all bacteria and microbes. That…

Potato leaders have drawn up plans for possible industry body 'GB Potatoes'

A group of prominent potato industry stakeholders has drawn up proposals for a new representative body, provisionally called 'GB Potatoes'. The ten professionals include…

Sweet potatoes and new warehouse for PPAS Consortium

The Italian Sila potato PGI campaign will start between 15 and 20 September

"The new potato sales season starts on the opposite footing to last year. In the same period, in 2020, there was an excess of supply, with very low prices in various parts of Italy, ranging from € 0.08 to 0.10/kg. Today, however, we are talking about an expected shortage of product, especially for…

California Brussels sprouts kick off and new line of baby sweet potatoes unveiled

Progressive Produce is harvesting California Brussels sprouts and launching Mim's Specialty Sweet Potatoes this fall. The company recently started its California Brussels sprouts season, which runs through the end of January, with peak volume expected by October, just in time for the fall and winter…

Moldovan farmers give up potato production in favor of grains

Seed potato suppliers say that some of their customers intend to at least cut, or at most, stop potato production next year. The reason is obvious: wholesale prices for potatoes of the currently prevailing quality (low and average) have already dropped to 2.7-2.8 MDL/kg ($ 0.15-0.16/kg). As EastFruit…

MountainKing:

Quality of Colorado potato crop ‘extraordinary’

“The 2021 crop outlook is very bright,” says Andreas Trettin, director of marketing for MountainKing Potatoes. “The ability of our farms to evaluate prior season successes and…

"We can not help but to temporarily halt export"

"Shipping cost of peeled Chinese onions is higher than product value"

Gansu is a major onion production area in China. The weather conditions and soil conditions are very well suited to the production of onions. The annual production volume in Gansu is huge and the product quality is excellent. That is why Gansu onions are popular with overseas buyers. Last year the period…

New season, new storage facilities for sweet potatoes in Central California

With the new sweet potato harvest beginning in August and running through November, Quail H. Farms in Livingston, California, is in the process of upgrading their storage facilities to better accommodate an anticipated yield increase. “Production volumes were between 25 and 30 tons to the acre, which is…

Maine potato farmers feeling better about 2021 harvest

Maine potato growers expect a solid crop and stronger demand due to the reopening of restaurants. Another positive indicator: a decline in acreage was reversed with an extra…

Canada: Prairie potato growers on edge because of hot weather

If the weather co-operates, Western Canada growers could retain their optimism about still producing a good crop this fall. It’s been a reversal of fortunes for Canada’s…

Lower yields on North American shallots

Canadian shallots started out in a welcoming market this season. “We started in a very empty market. In a normal year you have maybe 11 months to ship product because there is still some of the old crop in storage until the end of August. This year at the end of July, most of the product grown in North…

Uzbekistan sets yet another record for potato imports

From January to July 2021, Uzbekistan imported 310,000 tons of potatoes, worth $ 35.4 million, which is the highest figure for this period over the past two decades. Experts…

USDA changes handling regulations for Irish Potatoes grown in Idaho and Oregon

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing a final rule changing the handling regulations under the federal marketing order for Irish potatoes grown in certain…

Senegalese onion farmers struck by surplus

Senegal's is in middle of an onion supply glut, with prices plummeting and heaps of the pungent vegetables left to rot by the roadside. The nation’s farmers, who produce about…

Dominique Viel, Ferme des Arches:

“This year, the onion calibers will be smaller”

Last week, 8 of the main operators of the onion market came together to take a look at the campaign so far. “Together, these 8 operators represent about 50 to 60% of the French market, which enabled us to draw a reliable report on the overall situation in different geographical areas of France,” explains…

Kenya: Meru County sees increase in Irish potato farming

Irish potato farmers in Meru have received a major boost after the county government launched a tissue culture project to supply farmers with certified seeds. Meru Deputy…

Zimbabwean grower sues Cairns Foods over defective potato seed

Cairns Foods Ltd has been sued for US$46 000 after allegedly supplying a farmer -contracted to produce potatoes- with defective seed. Patrick Makuzwa has approached the High…

B-Hive Innovations TuberSense project

UK tech project aims to improve detections of potato diseases

A new project in the UK has received a substantial grant to detect potato diseases and defects before these hit the supermarkets. The project by agri-tech firm B-Hive…

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Lechelle Earl - Onions Australia

Too early to predict how exports will look this year

Most of the onion planting is now complete in Australia, with the exception of Tasmania who are still planting, they are a bit later due to a wet winter. “The new season harvest is about to start in Queensland and South Australia will start their harvest in December. There have been no major weather…

Shandong province, China

Smart distribution center for fresh produce opened in Shouguang

On September 1st, JD.com and China’s prominent food distribution service provider Dili Group jointly have unveiled their smart distribution center for fresh produce in…

South Africa: Potato sales drop below 5-year level as frost damage constrains supplies

The total amount of potatoes in 10 kg bags sold on the fresh produce markets was 73 million bags from the start of the year until the end of August 2021 which, says Potatoes SA, is 1.4 million bags below the five year average. August sales were 1.2 million bags below the five year average for the month,…

Papua New Guinea

New sweet potato vines breed distributed to increase food security

Papua New Guinea’s Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) has provided 200 vines of new breed sweet potatoes (kaukau) for seedlings. The goal is to promote food security and…

Growing 11.1% in July 2021

Peruvian farming sector picks up - Higher levels of potato production

Peru’s farming sector registered an 11.1% growth last July over the same month in 2020. According to the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), this is the…

Frost damage in Limpopo affecting supplies

Potato prices South Africa up 22%

Potato prices in South Africa have gone up more than 20% over the past week due to a low supply. Limpopo continues to be affected by the frost damage that affected crops at…

Andy Gray - Harvex

"With a successful New Zealand season behind us we are looking forward to the Dutch onion season”

Global online onion trading platform Harvex has just completed the first New Zealand onion export season and it has been a great success according to Andy Gray from the company. “This is a new frontier in online trading, with a successful New Zealand season behind us we are looking forward to the Dutch…

Recyclable and compostable packaging for bite-size potato category

Tasteful Selections® is pleased to announce the limited launch of its new 100-percent plastic-free, recyclable and compostable packaging. “This new paper packaging with PaperLock™ technology is a major step forward in sustainable packaging. It offers light protection and natural absorption…

Many South Africans report a decline in physical activity due to Covid

Fighting heart disease and strokes through the power of potatoes

In a recent Harvard Health article, cardiologist Dr Dara K. Lee Lewis noted that in comparison with the general population, individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease…

Joost Debeuckelaere, Waltson chips, Belgium:

“We can immediately scale up to producing 4,000 bags of artisanal chips per day"

At the end of last year, Joost Debeuckelaere began producing his own chips. He is from Agro Debeuckelaere Staden, a Belgian potato wholesaler. This company has been trading in potatoes since 1935. It has specialized in chip potatoes since 1985. They have, therefore, gained considerable knowledge over the…

Canadian potato crop udate September 6 2021

Eastern Canada record rainfall affects potato crop

Weather patterns have continued to influence the outlook for the Canadian potato crop since UPGC’s last update. Eastern Canada (particularly PEI) has received record amounts…

Heat and smoke impact Idaho potato sizing

Sizing looks to be an issue in new crop potatoes from Idaho this season. Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato in Aberdeen, ID says it’s been in new crop now for just under three weeks. “We started about a week later than normal,” he says. “The heat we experienced this summer just delayed things. We were…

Irish Farmers' Association

Potato Market Update 8th September

Irish growers continue to lift the earliest Roosters

Consumption has dropped slightly this week, due to a renewed bout of hot weather. However, all schools have now returned so markets should stabilise quickly. Growers continue to lift the earliest Roosters with more new season crop now available on supermarket shelves. Yields are reported to be average at…

Paul Warren - Balle Bros

“Given the logistical challenges the season has been reasonable, interest from Europe was strong,”

As the New Zealand onion season draws to a close one of the country’s biggest growers said that although it’s had its challenges the season has been reasonable. “Given the logistical challenges the season has been reasonable and interest from Europe was strong,” said Paul Warren from Balle Bros Group.…

Potato market report week 35:

'German potato harvest estimated to almost reach last year's levels of 11.7 million tons'

The Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture has reported that the good market supply is leading to further reductions in producer prices in the table potato sector. Especially in surplus areas, there is considerable market pressure. With the end of the holidays this week, it is hoped that demand will…

Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje

Nigerian governor promises support for onion value chain promotion

Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje has emphasized his administration’s commitment towards promoting the value chain for onions and other commodities. He stated that from…

Sri Lankan growers hail onion import tax

Yesterday, farmers and farmer organizations in Dambulla, Galewela, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Habarana and Medirigiriya have welcomed their government’s decision to increase the…

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James Ryan - Magnus Kahl Seeds

Supplying quality onion and niche allium products to the global market

Magnus Kahl Seeds began producing and marketing open pollinated onion seed in Australia in the 1930’s. Since this time, after many decades of extensive breeding, they have added a range of high quality hybrid and open pollinated onion products to their portfolio.Focussing only on alliums, the company has…

Modern Plant-Based Foods receives purchase order from Aldi supermarket chain

Modern Plant-Based Foods Inc., a well-known plant-based food company, is pleased to announce that it will be listing its plant-based snacks, Snacks from the Sun's, "Popped…

Poland is a vegetable production powerhouse

The production of vegetables is an important branch of Polish agriculture, and the share of vegetables in the value of the commodity agricultural production is about 11%.…

Bolivian farmers look to adapt to climate change with smart potatoes

Bolivian potato farmers are responding to the threat of climate change by combining the experience of previous generations with climate-smart technologies and practices. This…

Weather problems become apparent in UK potato crop

UK potato growers are starting to lift their crops. These have seen difficult conditions and the goods are being sold into an uncertain market. Most potatoes were planted in…

Quiet, steady year for Louisiana sweet potatoes

Having gone untouched by Hurricane Ida that recently moved through Louisiana, the state’s sweet potato growers are enjoying a quiet year. “It’s been an uneventful year so we’re just keeping things steady,” says Matt Garber of Iota, LA-based Garber Farms. “We’ve seen enough changes and additions over the last…

Odisha still very dependent on Bengal for potatoes

The Odisha state government manages to produce barely one-fourth of potatoes to meet consumer demand, more than six years after the launch of the much-hyped State Potato…

Simon Martin - Koffmaans

Potato and frozen chip brand receiving good support from top chefs

The UK hospitality sector has been fully open for a few months now. Although not quite back to full capacity, people are enjoying being able to eat out again. “We have seen a massive demand for our brand both in fresh potatoes and frozen chips,” explains Simon Martin from Koffmann’s. “We are not…

India

Surplus agro produce goes to waste in 13 Odisha districts

In Odisha state, Khordha and Cuttack districts have the highest concentration of cold storages. As many as 13 districts in the state do not have cold storage facilities. This…

Producers have planted fewer potatoes in Castile and Leon this year

As has become customary in recent campaigns, the Union of Peasants of Castile and Leon (UCCL) and the potato producers have analyzed the situation of the sector in the…

France: too much humidity for beets and potatoes in Picardy

The harvests should start in a month and producers in the Somme department are worried. This summer’s rainfall has favored the appearance of diseases on potatoes and beets.  Usually, the French region of Hauts-de-France produces nearly half of the 400,000 tons of beets harvested each year in France, but 2021…

Belgapom quotation from 2021-2022 season only for Fontane

As of the new storage potato season, the Belgapom price committee will only note the most frequently used price for the trade in potatoes of the Fontane variety. CEO of…

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions, the Netherlands:

"Good demand on the onion market, but prices remain very fixed"

There are still some onion sets on the market. Nevertheless, from this week, the Dutch company, WDK Onions, will be moving full steam ahead with seed onions. "This is still in a transition week for us. Next week we'll switch entirely," says Mike de Koster. "The early onion sets were of very poor quality.…

British Potato Trade Association

BPTA warns against British growers using ware imports as seed potatoes

The British Potato Trade Association (BPTA) has sent out a written message to its membership, warning against the potential use of imported ware potatoes as seed potatoes in…

Late August saw record prices for onions in Russia

Onion prices in Russia are at an unusually high level for this period of the year. Right now, growers can sell high-quality products at an average price of 17 rubles/kg, which…

Export price of Gansu onions rises by more than 75% compared to last year

The vegetable market has recently enjoyed an upward price trend. That is mainly the result of heavy rainfall in late July and early August. Throughout the country the growth…

Collaboration between Dutch and Kenyan agri experts

New book on potato farming in East Africa

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia are currently producing some 5 million tons of potatoes; this shows that the potato is increasingly becoming one of East Africa’s food…

Harvest may be delayed

Sweet potato growers hope for the best following Hurricane Ida

Following Hurricane Ida, which landed Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, sweet potato growers for the most part are waiting to find out what the effects of the weather event are. In Mississippi, some sweet potato growing areas have received 4+ inches…

FreshPlaza September Global Focus on Onions & Potatoes

FreshPlaza's September Global Focus is on onions and potatoes. Are you growing, supplying, importing or exports onions or potatoes? Will your markets changes due the global shipping problems and higher costs? Have climate conditions affected supply? You can contact us via info@freshplaza.com with…

EastFruit

Ukraine exported largest volume of onions in eight years

In the 2020/21 season, Ukraine has significantly increased volumes and expanded the geography of onion exports. In total, more than 34.100 tons of onions were supplied to foreign markets, worth $6.5 million. This was the largest export volume over the past eight seasons, but far from a record one,…

Kees Versteeg - Qualipac

Australian growers are doing their best to keep supplying the domestic and overseas markets with fruit and vegetables

The situation around lockdowns and restrictions in Australia is ever changing and with each individual state/territory responsible for its own restrictions it can be difficult to keep up with the changes. However growers are doing their best to keep supplying the domestic and overseas markets with fruit…

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve, Belgium

“Above all, let us not lose sight of that potato”

COVID-19 has benefitted the demand for ware potatoes. So says Bart Nemegheer of De Aardappelhoeve in Belgium. The company cultivates and markets mainly these products. "Last year, consumption increased by eight percent. Previously, it had fallen three to four percent annually," he says. Bart thinks the…

Dutch potatoes, year-round?

Why import potatoes when they are available, locally? In the Netherlands, potatoes’ availability is continually being extended. That is thanks to variety development and improved storage methods. "It costs energy but is definitely rewarding," says Michiel Meijering of Landjuweel. Michiel and Frank Supplying locally-grown…

Bengal to develop better infrastructure for preserving onions

The Bengal state Agricultural Marketing department is busy developing infrastructure for the preservation of onions. Onion production has increased by leaps and bounds, thanks…

Heat and drought are stressing Red River Valley potato crop

Hot and dry weather is taking their toll on the Red River Valley 2021 potatoes; it’s already clear they have affected yields and quality. According to National Agricultural…

Potato market report week 34:

'The potato market continues to be supplied with regional goods'

Rhineland-Palatinate: Good to very good yieldsThe potato market continues to be well supplied with regional goods to meet demand, according to the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture. Producer prices, which are under pressure in surplus areas, are also influencing pricing here. Further price…

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization

KALRO focuses on high-quality potato seed to boost production

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization-KALRO is focusing on a high quality potato seed production and distribution deal with the Syngenta Foundation,…

Crop report 2021 and BMEL arable crop strategy: Dreamstime

German potato harvest could reach 2020 harvest volumes

In its monthly yield forecast, the EU Commission's Joint Research Center indicates an expected hectare day for Germany that would exceed the previous year's level by 4.6% and…

Europeanized American storage method

“Storing potatoes, disease-free sans chemicals”

Storing potatoes, disease-free and for longer without using chemical agents or germination inhibitors. That is what the Humigator does. This American-made machine is available in Europe for the second year. Initial results are very promising. Jef Viaene is the European market’s Humigator DFS dealer. He's…

Central Tuber Research Institute, Thiruvananthapuram

Institute introduces high yielding cassava & Chinese potato varieties

The Central Tuber Research Institute, headquartered in Kerala’s capital of Thiruvananthapuram, has demonstrated the capacity of new high yielding & pest-resistant variety of…

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Dogs trained to sniff out potato crop diseases

Potato growers from the state of Maine might have a quicker way to protect their crops from dangerous diseases, thanks to a passionate dog trainer and her animals. Farmers…

Idaho potato growers expect poor crop due to heat and drought

A hot and dry growing season has left some Idaho potato farmers bracing for a poor crop. Randy Hardy of Oakley stated that his harvest will likely be the worst of his career.…

Stefaan Lannoo, Fresh Onions, Belgium:

“More exports, very wet weather causing onion prices to rise”

In Europe, there is currently a surplus of onions on the market. That is leading to low sales prices. There are not only large volumes, but the onions, themselves, are generally large too. That is because the recent wet weather has promoted growth. Many onion growers can, therefore, achieve higher…

Asaga encourages consumers to prioritize local potatoes over imports in their purchases

There are five million kilos of unsold potatoes in the Canary Islands

Asaga Canarias Asaja called on Wednesday to encourage Canarian consumers to prioritize, in their purchases, locally sourced potatoes over UK productions that have begun to…

EUROPLANT Sortenkiek in Schleswig-Holstein

"After one and a half years without potato events, it was time to meet up again"

The first EUROPLANT Sortenkiek at Gut Schirnau, located in the heart of Schleswig-Holstein on the Kiel Canal, could take place on August 2. "At Gut Schirnau with the Fedder family, we found a great location to hold a field day for our potato growers in Schleswig-Holstein," said Eckhard Simon, cultivation…

Market for onions from storage grows weaker

Chinese onion exports in the first 7 months of 2021 declined by 21.61% compared to the same period last year

China exported around 59,700 tons of fresh onions in July. The export value was around 41.5 million USD at an average export price of 0.70 USD per kg. The export volume shrunk…

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Georgia imported record quantity of potatoes last month

July 2021 Georgian potato imports (excluding seed potatoes) amounted to 1,200 tons, drastically surpassing the average of 34 tons throughout the 2014-2020 in the same period. Prices were also 28% higher compared to the July average of 2014-2020. The monthly imports in 2021 were lower than the averages…

David Triffault, Jardin de Limagne: Potato campaign 2020/2021

"We went from one extreme to the other”

Last year, the potato harvest had started very early during the first week of July, but this year, it will begin very late. “We should start harvesting at the end of this week. We are at least three weeks late for all our varieties. We went from one extreme to another between the 2020 and the 2021…

Gérard Quillévéré, Pouliquen:

“There will be more volumes of traditional French shallots over the 2021/2022 season”

Depending on the producers, the harvest of traditional shallots started somewhere between the end of June and mid-July with shallots that were hand-picked bulb by bulb. The harvest will end mid-August with hand-picking and drying in the fields. The rainy weather at the beginning of the season affected…

UK: Pembrokeshire growers work around seed potato block

A Defra decision to block large-scale imports of seed potatoes originating from the European Union is creating new challenges for Pembrokeshire growers. In recent years, up to…

Potatoes USA

US potato imports still expanding

US imports of potatoes and potato products for the July 2020 – June 2021 marketing year increased by 12% in fresh weight equivalent volume and 16% in value year-on-year. The increase in imports reflects the increasing demand for potatoes in the U.S. as potatoes remain the number one vegetable sold at…

Potato Market Update 25th August

Ireland: Liftings of some early main crop Rooster continue this week

Due to the return of warmer weather, Irish markets have been quieter for the past few days. However, this should improve as schools begin to return this week. Liftings of some early main crop Rooster continue this week. So far, average yields have been reported. Reports indicate that there will be a…

"Export volume of Shandong potatoes declined by 30%-50% compared to last year"

Rainy weather improves market conditions of Chinese potatoes from Shandong

Chinese potato production areas are distributed across Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Guangxi, and Yunnan. The price of potatoes declined this year and reached a new low point.…

Reinhard and Niklas Krebbers of Wilhelm Weyers, Germany

"New optical sorter means we can serve all markets"

German potato wholesaler, Wilhelm Weyers, was founded in 1964. It primarily cultivates and sorts onions and potatoes. In 2014, Julia Krebbers and her husband Reinhard took over. Julia is the company's founder's daughter. The company bears his name. Recently they invested in a new Elisam optical potato…

Biochemistry offers options to help reduce huge potato losses in the US

Massive losses in the  number one US vegetable crop, potatoes, aren't only due to pests or drought, they’re due to damage in the handling and storage of potatoes over the nine months…

This year, Dutch wholesaler has Portuguese organic sweet potatoes too

"German retail is demanding year-round Bellevue sweet potatoes"

At East4Fresh, it is just about time for the new Portuguese sweet potato season to begin. Starting in the second week of September, this Dutch wholesaler will primarily supply these to German and Austrian supermarket customers. "We work with the orange-fleshed Bellevue variety. Its beautiful clear skin…

The tests to export Argentine sweet onions to the United States progress

Following a proposal from a company in the United States, a group of local producers, with the support of INTA and ProMendoza, are testing sweet onions to sell abroad to diversify markets. If the test is positive, the producers expect to export 300 to 540 containers per year (up to 14,000 tons) in the…

Tanzania: Forced over-packing of onions still disadvantages farmers

Onion growers in Tanzania are up in arms against over-packing of the produce by traders, saying the practice cause them huge financial losses in the business that yields over…

“Hard to predict if there’ll be more volumes for spring onions this year”

The spring onion season should start in a couple of months, but at the moment Egyptian growers are already preparing for the season. Cultivation is already ongoing, but one exporter is also in the process of updating its certification and getting the warehouse ready for the return of the workers, who…

"Nice supply of table potatoes sees only moderate demand due to holiday season"

Rhineland-Palatinate: problem-free domestic good supply The Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture reports that a nice  supply of table potatoes is being met with only moderate demand due to the holiday season. The trade is being supplied with domestic goods without any problems. Producer prices drop…

Kisan Rail transport onions from Andhra to West Bengal

In a historic first, a Kisan Rail, operated by the South Central Railway (SCR), has transported onions from Tadepalligudem in Andhra Pradesh to Malda in West Bengal. The SCR…

Simplot Australia & Tasmanian potato growers reach new pricing agreement

Simplot and its potato growers continue to collaborate and a new pricing agreement reflects an understanding of the issues currently being faced by the industry. The new…

Nick Gordiichuk on the potato business in Ukraine

"Only in cooperation we can create an effective potato market"

In a recent interview, Nick Gordiichuk, Founder and Managing Director of “Agrico Ukraine”, has shared his opinions about situation in Ukrainian potato business, import and…

‘Red Candy’

Technico’s early maturing red skinned table potato variety has many advantages

In India, in North Bengal and in the Bihar regions, potato farmers have long awaited an early bulking potato variety with better storability to cater for evolving grower…

US potato exports recover in MY 2020/21

Total U.S. potato exports increased by 4% in volume and 1% in value for July 2020 – June 2021 compared to the previous marketing year (MY). Exports from the U.S. were impacted…

Crop update August 19, 2021

Canada: Early harvest of table, chip, and processing potatoes has begun in most provinces

The potato crop in Canada is now in the very critical growth stage of tuber bulking. Set has been determined and it is now this phase which will provide yield and determine…

Aim is to prevent unexpected price hikes in the market

India: Buffer onion stock of onions almost completed

Onion prices are unlikely to pinch Indian household budgets this year as the Narendra Modi government has nearly completed the build-up of buffer stock to intervene in case of…

Smaller sizes, lower yields characterize Belgian potato crops

The heavy rain and limited sunshine in Belgium mean potatoes there are growing more slowly than average. One potato dealer's potatoes are still smaller than usual on most plots. "It's officially the wettest July ever since measuring started. And that doesn't help the potatoes grow well. However, there's…

Strong increase in German grower prices for flowers, plants and lettuce in June

Producer prices of agricultural products in Germany were 6.8% higher in June this year than in June 2020. The German Statistical Office (Destatis) further reports that prices fell by 0.7% compared to the previous month of May 2021. As in previous months, the high price increase of plant products in June…

Tanzania exported 81,000 tonnes of onions in 2018/20

In 2019, Tanzania sold 39,000 tonnes of onions to its fellow member countries of the East African Community (EAC), raking in at least Sh38 billion according to Business…

Cyprus potato producers affected by pandemic anxiously wait for compensation

Hundreds of potato producers affected by the pandemic are anxiously waiting for the state’s compensation over the spring harvest. A large percentage of the harvest was left to…

Irish Farmers Association:

'European potato supply and demand generally balanced'

The potato market has been slightly quieter as of late but this is typical for the time of year. Old season packing quality material continues to tighten further with the…

The answer could affect Earth’s climate

Can Chinese diners embrace potatoes?

A switch to spuds in a country where rice is prominent could cut greenhouse-gas emissions. China’s ambitious plan to make the potato a staple crop could slash greenhouse-gas…

AUSVEG engage with the Federal Government and Anti-Dumping Commission on potential threat to potato industry

The national Peak Industry Body for potato growers, AUSVEG, has been actively working with growers and the wider industry on a range of issues pertaining to potato growers.…

Strong retail potato sales 2020-21

From July 2020 – June 2021, potato sales increased in dollars by 3% but declined slightly in volume by 0.3% compared to the previous July-June marketing year. The elevated…

Researchers develop a transgenic potato that emits fluorescent light in response to stress

A group of scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has found a new method for the early detection of abiotic stress in plants in potato crops, by developing a…

Turkmenistan increases supplies of fruits, vegetables to Russia

In 2021, as of August 10, countries such as Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan have increased the volumes of fruits and vegetables supplied to Russia, the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing of Russia (Rospotrebnadzor) reported on Monday, citing data…

Germany tops potato production in the EU

In 2020, a total of 55.3 million tonnes of potatoes were harvested in the EU. Germany was the largest producer and accounted for 21.2% of EU production, followed by Poland (16.4%), France (15.7%), the Netherlands (12.7%) and Belgium (7.2%). These five Member States accounted for nearly 75% of the total…


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