India: Himachal’s cold desert seed potatoes tingle palates

Virus-free potatoes grown only in Himachal Pradesh’s cold desert, which mainly find a market for plantation, are much sought after these days owing to the shortage of table potatoes in the country, trade representatives said. Officials of the state agriculture department say 8,200 tonnes of Kufri Jyoti and Kufri Chandramukhi varieties, grown only in the Lahaul Valley of Lahaul-Spiti district,[Read[Read More…]

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Bangladesh: Growing potatoes for export

It’s better late than never. A recent official move to popularise export-friendly potatoes in Bangladesh to meet needs of millions abroad is doubtlessly welcome. But what had prevented the authorities to go for such a well-thought-out decision just after the potato price-crash last year? The ministry of agriculture only last week decided to promote quality seeds of exportable potato as[Read[Read More…]

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French seed potato company Germicopa acquired by Florimond Desprez Group

Florimond Desprez, an independent family‐owned company, has acquired Germicopa, the leading French potato seed company and world leader in firm flesh potato varieties. Germicopa, whose head office is located in Quimper (Finistère), employs 65 people and generates annual sales of EUR 38 million.  Each year the company produces 80,000 tons of seeds, on a contractual basis with 170 farmers, from[Read[Read More…]

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UK: ‘From seed to ware’, the theme for Seed Industry Event to take place in November

“From seed to ware”, this year’s Seed Industry Event (SIE14) on 25 November, at the Crieff Hydro in Perthshire, widens its’ appeal to the whole supply chain, covering seed, plant health, pest and disease advice, seed supplier and customer case studies, processing, storage and retail insights. The event will not be just about seed. The speaker programme features industry leaders[Read[Read More…]

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Prince Edward Island seed potato shipments to US to be halted

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) sent a letter to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) outlining temporary mitigation efforts in response to the most recent discovery of Potato Wart on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in August. Fresh potatoes from PEI in consumer packs and bulk potatoes for processing or repacking that have been washed and sprout inhibited[Read[Read More…]

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True Potato Seed technology: New potato seeds could spark revolution

Research underway in Saskatchewan in Canada is part of a worldwide revolution in potato production, say officials at Tuberosum Technologies Inc. At a recent open house at the company’s facility in Saskatchewan’s irrigation district near Broderick, TTI showcased its work with true potato seed (TPS) technology. “True seed is basically a sexually produced seed, or the botanical seed in green[Read[Read More…]

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India: Dutch assistance for modernising potato infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh

With the aim to modernise agricultural infrastructure and agricultural practices, especially in potato cultivation and value addition, an MOU was signed between the Dutch Potato Cluster (DPC) and Chandra Shekhar Azad (CSA) University Of Agriculture & Technology, Kanpur. The MoU broadly includes Technology Transfer to enhance the productivity levels and reduce the pre and post-harvest losses and yield gap analysis[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: The country’s private potato breeders are calling for a bigger say in how new varieties are developed

Three years ago, Quebec’s Andre Gagnon and 10 other potato breeders located across the country got together to form the Canadian Private Potato Breeders Network. Their goal — to forge a stronger, collective voice. “We are quite isolated,” says Gagnon, president of potato research firm Progest. “That’s why we started this network, to work together.” Fellow breeder Peter VanderZaag, owner[Read[Read More…]

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India: Instead of planting, farmers consume seed potatoes

Seed potatoes supplied by the Horticulture wing of Agriculture department to farmers of Bhadrak district for cultivation have been consumed by them. They, apparently, found these seed potatoes less priced than its retail rate in the market.Source: www.newindianexpress.comSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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Grain aphid threat to Scottish seed potatoes | News

THE grain aphid could become a threat to seed potato crops, visitors to PiP heard. Grain aphids with resistance to commonly-used pyrethroid insecticides have been appearing in increasing numbers across England. Analysis of aphids caught in suction traps revealed the presence of pyrethroid-resistant grain aphids in Scotland in 2012.Source: www.farmersguardian.comSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view[Read More…]

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India: Punjab Agricultural University signs MoU with CPRI

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today said it has inked  an  MoU with Central  Potato Research Institute (CPRI),  Shimla  for the production of breeder seed of potato varieties. University Vice Chancellor B S Dhillon said this pact will strengthen the  collaboration with CPRI, and their benefits will percolate to the end users more  easily at affordable prices.Source: economictimes.indiatimes.comSee on -[Read[Read More…]

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Sweden: HZPC ends participation in HZPC Sverige Ab

HZPC has decided to end its participation in HZPC Sverige AB (Sweden, Billdal). Reason for the decision is insufficient profitability, caused by the slow modernization of the Swedish Seed potato market. Through several distributors, HZPC varieties will continue to be available on the Swedish Seed potato market. Going forward, seed potatoes for the Swedish market will be grown in Finland[Read[Read More…]

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Biennial Seed Industry Event to be held in Scotland

The biennial Seed Industry Event (SIE14) will be held on 25 November 2014 at the Crieff Hydro, one of Scotland’s premier venues. SIE14 is a fast-moving, one-day strategic potato industry conference, hosted by Potato Council in a beautiful and easily accessible location. This year’s theme is ‘from seed to ware’ and will look at key issues from seed certification and[Read[Read More…]

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Seed potato exports from GB outstrip previous levels once more

As Potato Council and the GB seed potato sector prepare for next months’ Potato Europe event in Germany, recent export statistics confirm that GB seed potatoes continue to be in demand around the world, with the 2013/14 figures revealing a new seed exports record from Britain.Source: www.freshplaza.comSee on – Potato News You are unauthorized to view this page.

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US: Sunrain develops in-house spud seed production

The Potandon Produce subsidiary Sunrain Varieties LLC has announced several capital improvements to help the company conduct a seed development program in-house, rather than contracting with local seed growers for most of the work. Officials with Sunrain Varieties LLC have acquired a large Eastern Idaho farm, built new greenhouses and broken ground on a storage and sorting facility, seeking to[Read[Read More…]

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UK: From seed to potato in conference spotlight

‘From seed to ware’, Potato Council’s biennial seed strategy conference, widens its appeal for the whole supply chain on November 25. This fast-paced, one-day industry event has been ‘refocused’ to appeal to the whole industry. This year’s Seed Industry Event theme reaches ‘from seed to ware’ and will look at key issues from seed certification and emerging overseas markets through[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Potato exports to Egypt up 20 per cent

British seed potato exports to Egypt have risen by almost 20 per cent this season as overseas demand for one of the country’s strongest exports continues to rise. A total of over 103,000 tonnes of seed potatoes were exported from Britain during the 2013/2014 season, a 30 per cent increase during the last decade. And trade body Potato Council said[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Glyphosate warning for seed potato growers

One of the riskiest activities in the farming world is spraying glyphosate anywhere near a growing crop of seed potatoes. The consequences of spray drift landing on the potato crop can be financially colossal if it results, as it can easily do, in the daughter crop failing. The risk is at its highest right now with cereal and oilseed rape[Read[Read More…]

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