With the current coronavirus situation developing over the past week, demand across all sectors has been mixed, according to the IFA. Demand from retailers this week has soared and is reportedly as high as the Christmas period when trade normally peaks. The food service industry is experiencing a hit due to decreased footfall and closures. Meanwhile plantings continue this week across the country.
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The European organisations CopaCogeca, FoodDrinkEurope and Celcaa (the European Liaison Committee for Agricultural and Agri-Food Trade, of which Europatat is a member) have released a joint statement in which they assure that “Europe’s food supply chain will work closely together to ensure everybody in Europe continues to have access to safe, quality and affordable food and drink products during the Coronavirus pandemic”.
In the summer of 2019 there was an increased number of reports of issues related to Potato Virus Y (PVY) in Britain. In this podcast AHDB speaks with several industry leaders in Britain.
The International Potato Center (CIP) recently joined 34 other organizations across the globe in depositing more than 60,000 seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a biodiversity bunker in a mountainside of an Arctic island in Norway. That mass deposit of seeds of an array of crops helped raise the number of samples stored in Svalbard to more than one million, but for the CIP genebank, it was just the latest such delivery in an ongoing effort to back up its extensive collections of potato, sweetpotato, Andean roots and tubers, and the wild relatives of those crops.
At the annual meeting of the Canadian Private Potato Breeders Network CPPBN, held on March 4 and 5, 2020 in Guelph Ontario, the group elected Andre Gagnon as President for a 2 year term. “Andre is an active private potato breeder for the past 14 years and has released several varieties, notably the variety “Alliston” which has proven to be outstanding in Ontario,” says Dr Peter VanderZaag, secretary of CPPBN.
Lilian Diep is a trade news writer with AndNowUKnow. She recently wrote in an article: “I’m now privy to a wealth of resources, including Kayla Dome, Global Marketing Manager of Retail for Potatoes USA. I sat down with Kayla to find out how retailers can engage with consumers to capitalize on this staple category and maximize profits.” Below is some of what Lilian found out.
The 2019 potato crop delivered lower yields in the Red River Valley and parts of Idaho, but other regions saw growth, reports Tom Karst in The Packer this week. Red, yellow and russet production totaled about 86 million cwt. in 2019, down about 8 million cwt. (9%) from the previous year. Acreage is expected to expand in 2020, but there has been no industry projection so far.
Tom Karst writes in The Packer today that the 2020 annual meeting of Potatoes USA proceeded as planned even as news was breaking that the NCAA decided to exclude fans from its annual post-season basketball tournament the coronavirus, COVID-19. Some potato marketers said that sales of dehydrated potato flakes have increased while foodservice fresh and frozen sales have dropped. Most said they don’t expect long-term changes in how people buy potatoes.
The Canadian government pledged over $2.3 million to support research into managing the Potato Early Dying (PED) disease. The horticulture sector contributed an additional $991,918 towards this research, for a total investment of over $3.3 million. The purpose of the project is said to provide potato growers with the knowledge, tools and technologies they need to manage Potato Early Dying.
The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) recently published its latest Newsletter, containing important information for members and the wider potato industry alike. The editorial staff notes that there’s still time to send in abstracts and register for the 21st EAPR Triennial Conference that will this year be held in Warsaw, Poland (6th—10th July). Deadline for submission is 15th March.[Read More…]
This past Friday, AHDB Potatoes issued a report in which it is said that grower held potato stocks at the end of January 2020 are estimated at 2.13Mt. This is 15% more than last season and 3% more than the 5 year average (2014-2018).
Water is essential for food production, with farming accounting for about 70 percent of global freshwater use, according to the International Potato Center (CIP). As countries expand agriculture to feed the population of approximately 9.7 billion forecast for 2050, the FAO estimates that irrigated farming will need to increase by more than 50%. Yet climate change is already reducing the supply of[Read More…]
The European Commission has decided that the potato sprout inhibitor chlorpropham (CIPC) is no longer allowed to be applied to potatoes in storage from January 1st this year. The entire European potato sector is therefore facing a challenge, according to industry experts. “In Belgium, it is mainly potato processing and exports that are affected by the ban, since the measure[Read More…]
Always working to develop the â€œperfectâ€ russet, the Potato Variety Management Instituteâ€™s (PVMI) main mission is to promote new varieties of potatoes in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and beyond. Bob Larson from AGInfo reports. PVMI Executive Director Jeanne Debons says itâ€™s what they coordinate from their operation based in Bend, Oregon â€¦ DeBONS â€¦ â€œPVMI is a non-profit that represents the[Read More…]
The Big Idaho Potato Truck is back for it’s ninth annual tour with the same all-female Tater Team. Students at Rolling Hills Public Charter school in Eagle got to check out the giant potato Wednesday ahead of the tour. From Boise, the truck and tater Team will travel around 35,000 miles and visit close to 100 cities over the next[Read More…]
IRI data for the calendar year 2019 (January through December 2019) showed success with dollars and volume sales for total potato sales at retail, Potatoes USA reports. Total dollar sales increased by 2.2% and volume increased by 0.4%. Potato chips, frozen potatoes, refrigerated potatoes, and dehydrated potatoes increased in sales volume. Refrigerated potatoes saw a 7.0% lift in dollar sales[Read More…]
The area of potatoes planted in Ireland in 2019 was the second lowest on record, after 2018, which was the lowest on record. There was also a further decrease in the plantings of traditional varieties such as Kerrâ€™s PinkÂ and Golden Wonders. Speaking at the recent National Potato conference in Dublin IFA president Tim Cullinan said farmers continue to be the[Read More…]
Potato industry leaders from throughout the country led a rally outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, urging the Senate to take action on a comprehensive farm labor reform bill.Â A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and leaders from the U.S. Apple Association and the Agricultural Workforce Coalition also spoke in[Read More…]
Stakeholders working within the potato sector in Uganda are confident about the wide adoption of a new bio-engineered late blight resistant potato. Dubbed the â€œ3R Victoriaâ€ potato, the yet to be released International Potato Center (CIP) bred variety could help over 300,000 smallholder farmers in Uganda achieve higher yields at a lower cost with less exposure to chemicals, it is[Read More…]
The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) is happy to announce that the EAPR will financially support a total of 10 PhD students to attend the 21stÂ Triennial Conference, EAPR2020. The Conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 6-10 July 2020. The Conference Secretariat says the support offered will not exceed 800 EUR, and will reimburse the following expenses: Registration[Read More…]
The increase in world potato production stalled in 2018 and failed to recover significantly in 2019. World output slipped by 1.5% to 368.247 million tonnes in 2018 figures just released by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) show. However, that was still the third highest total ever after 2017 and 2014. World Potato Congress (WPC) Inc reports.
Starting today, 125 potato industry members from across the US will be in Washington D.C. to address key issues like trade, research, nutrition and ag labor during the 2020 Potato D.C. Fly-In. National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles says potato growers will get an update from Political Report analyst Charlie Cook.
49% of potato farmers in Ireland see competition from other carbohydrates such as pasta and rice as one of the biggest challenges facing the potato industry. Among the other major challenges to the sector listed wereÂ price, competition from imports and the loss of plant protection products. TheseÂ results came from aÂ poll taken to gauge the feeling in the Irish industry and[Read More…]
The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to be a big help to US potato farmers. President Trump signed the bill a few weeks ago. National Potato Council president Kam Quarles says the USMCA still has a hurdle to clear, though. â€œCanada still needs to act to ratify, and we anticipate they will do that. And then the agreement will be[Read More…]