UK: Conference on potato growing widens appeal

The Potato Council’s biennial seed strategy conference, “From seed to ware”, widens its appeal for the whole supply chain this autumn. The one-day industry event on November 25 2014 has been ‘refocused’ to appeal to the whole industry, organisers say. Held at the Crieff Hydro Hotel, Perthshire, this year’s Seed Industry Event will look at key issues from seed certification[Read[Read More…]

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Scottish potato Agrico company 
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Angus-based seed potato business Agrico UK Ltd. has been named as a top organisation for people management practice in the UK, winning the Best School and Business Partnership in the first Investors in People Awards. The company was recognised for its ‘Tattie Tastic Project’ as part of the Scottish Food and Drink Federation’s innovative schools programme. Now in its third year, it has involved classes of primary six and seven children from Glamis and Eassie primary schools joining the business for a series of interactive lessons.


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India: CCI nod for M&M seed potato biz stake sale to HZPC Holland

The Competition Commission has cleared Mahindra and Mahindra ‘s proposed 40 percent stake sale in its seed potato business to Dutch group HZPC Holland, saying the deal does not raise concerns of unfair trade practices. Under the proposed deal, HZPC subsidiary Participatie Maatschappij Buitenland will acquire 40 per cent shares of Mahindra Investments (International) Private Ltd — part of Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M).


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Kenya: Hybrid potato seeds for farmers

See on – Potato News THE county government of Elgeyo Marakwet has embarked on a drive to produce high quality potatoes to exploit the chips and crisps lucrative market. Area Governor Alex Tolgos said the county was now aiding farmers replace seeds tradition with certified ones that are of high quality. He said for many years farmers in the[Read[Read More…]

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Donegal Investment Group grow profits in 2013

See on – Potato News Donegal Investment Group, who sold their liquid milk business to Aurivo in 2011, has recorded operating profits up 59% reflecting the change in strategy focussing on their core seed potato business. Donegal Investment Group plc (DIG), formally Donegal Creameries, has reported sales of €86.8m for 2013, an increase of 8.1% from the previous year.[Read[Read More…]

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Canada, U.S. relax PCN testing of potato seed

See on – Potato NewsThe Canadian and U.S. governments have eased potato cyst nematode testing requirements on seed potato exports between the two countries. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency established the PCN guidelines in 2006 after pale cyst nematode was discovered in Eastern Idaho and its close relative, golden cyst[Read[Read More…]

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India: Odisha govt seeking CIP support for seed potato project

See on – Potato News The State Government has decided to seek support of the International Potato Centre (CIP) to set up a massive seed potato project in the State. Mr. Rajesh Verma, Principal Secretary of the Agriculture Department of the Government of Odisha, India, and Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, Director of Horticulture of the Government of Odisha, visited[Read[Read More…]

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US Potato Board Mini-Fast Track Moves Varieties into Seed Production

See on – Potato NewsBringing new seed varieties into production in the potato industry is a time-consuming and rather expensive process. However, a new process called Mini-Fast Track which bridges the gap between very small scale trials and the Fast Track Seed Program is providing the ability to test in a commercial setting about two times as many varieties[Read[Read More…]

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Cameroon: Free Irish Potato Seeds for Bui Farmers

See on – Potato News Some 300 Irish potato farmers in Bui division on May 9, 2014 received 30 tonnes of quality Irish potato seeds and farm inputs to improve production and productivity. Each of the farmers went home with a complete pact comprising 100 kg of potato seeds, four bags of decomposed manure, fertilisers and fungicides.See on[Read More…]

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India: Mahindra enter joint venture to source seed potato from HZPC

See on – Potato News Mahindra ShubhLaabh, the agribusiness company of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., has entered into an exclusive strategic alliance with HZPC BV, a 110 year old, Euro 225 million global leader, to produce, market and export seed potato from India. Mahindra ShubhLaabh is part of Mahindra’s Farm Equipment Sector and was one of India’s leading exporter[Read[Read More…]

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India: Mahindra’s agri division enters into a JV with Holland-based HZPC

See on – Potato NewsThe agri division of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the $16.7 billion Mahindra Group, today signed a joint venture agreement in Chandigarh with Holland’s HZPC, one of the leading innovative companies in the world in potato breeding, seed potato growing and seed potato trading. According to Gerard Backx, CEO, HZPC, “We feel confident that[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Donegal Investment Group’s seed potato business boosts profits

B Donegal Investment Group, formerly Donegal Creameries, has reported increased revenues and after tax profits for last year. Revenues for the year to the end of December rose by 8.1% to €86.7m, while profit after tax from continuing operations grew by over 10% to €4.85m. Donegal said the results reflected further progress on its new strategy when it decided to[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato inspectors patrol seed stores in Nebraska

See on – Potato NewsNebraska has three inspectors trying to make sure that potato seeds sold in the state are free of pests to protect growers. “We take seriously the need to protect our potato industry here in this state,” State Ag Department spokeswoman Christin Kamm said. The state Agriculture Department has completed about 100 inspections this year and[Read[Read More…]

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Scotland: An ever-evolving approach to blackleg control

Blackleg was a key topic for discussion at the Scottish Society for Crop Research Potato Committee Winter Meeting in Dundee. Blackleg is the most common fault observed during growing crop inspections and is exceptionally difficult to manage as it is widespread and favours the Scottish climate. Dr Gerry Saddler of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) told the meeting[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Bayer blight product now available for potato growers as a seed-piece treatment

See on – Potato NewsBayer CropScience Canada announced that its foliar potato fungicide, Reason is now registered for use as a seed-piece treatment. When applied as a seed-piece treatment, Reason provides protection against seed-borne late blight. Now growers can count on Reason to not only protect against late blight and early blight through foliar applications but can also trust[Read[Read More…]

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News from the US Potato Board Chip Program

The Chip Program completed another successful sale of material from the Fast Track Seed Program. The material sold from the program provides the chip industry with one of the only supplies of clean seed for commercial development, while providing funds back to the chip program. Varieties sold in the January auction, hosted by AIS Consulting, LLC, included: Michigan State University[Read[Read More…]

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Pakistan: USAID Agribusiness holds training on potato seed

See on – Potato NewsThe Agribusiness Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF), organized a week-long technical and managerial training on Seed Potato Production Technologies at the Horticulture Research Institute, National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), here from March 24 to 28. The 23 participants included farmers and[Read[Read More…]

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Russian market is open again for Dutch seed potatoes

See on – Potato News The Russian market is now again open to Dutch seed potatoes . This was confirmed Secretary John Gottschall of the Dutch Potato Organisation ( NAO ) this morning. Export is possible for seed potatoes which are in the list put together  compiled by NAO in consultation with the NVWA and the Ministry of Economic[Read[Read More…]

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