PepsiCo should pay compensation to potato growers, demand Indian farmer leaders

Farmer leaders on Sunday demanded that PepsiCo India should pay compensation to the Gujarat potato farmers for the harassment and intimidation that they were subjected to. On Sunday, farmer leaders at a conference held in Delhi vowed to ensure that they will not allow another “PepsiCo India Vs Farmers episode” to recur in India. Earlier, food and beverages giant PepsiCo[Read[Read More…]

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Irish potato partnership powers success

Teagasc and IPM Potato Group (IPM) have been collaborating since the early 1970s when they first formed a partnership to breed new varieties of potatoes for the Irish and global markets.   IPM and Teagasc signed a new fifteen year agreement in Oak Park, Carlow Wednesday 10 July, continuing this successful partnership and collaboration. Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said:[Read[Read More…]

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The rise, fall and resurrection of Russian seed bank pioneer Nikolai Vavilov

Suspect for State’s Case Number 1500 sat in his cell, facing unending days of solitary confinement and interrogation, accused of spying “for foreign intelligence services.” Alone, seized and imprisoned, he worried about his work, the seeds collected from all over the world, his legacy, his institute. Suddenly he realized how large a burden he had borne, for in his own[Read[Read More…]

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Potato farmers in the Philippines double yields with seed from Canada

Potato farmers in Benguet reported double yield when planting imported potato seeds from Canada, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. According to a report from Business World, “farmers reported during the harvest festival that they harvested an average of 20 metric tons which at only P30 per kilo could easily earn them P600,000 in just three months and 10 days,”[Read[Read More…]

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Ongoing research in Idaho targets PVY in search of solutions

Ongoing studies at the University of Idaho’s Aberdeen Research & Extension Center seek to help seed potato growers avoid a chronically troublesome disease spread by aphids, called potato virus Y, writes John O’Connell in the Idaho State Journal.  He writes one UI research project aims to better understand the importance of when aphid migrations occur and how that correlates with[Read[Read More…]

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EU Commission confirms non-renewal decision on Chlorpropham

Potato News Today learned this morning from reliable sources in the European potato industry that the EU Commission has published it’s IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/989 concerning the non-renewal of approval of the active substance chlorpropham. Based on the Regulation, CIPC authorisation has not been renewed. Member States should withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing chlorpropham as active substance by[Read[Read More…]

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Leading Tasmanian seed potato company wants to raise profile as minituber producer at upcoming conference

Raising the profile of its minituber production capabilities will be one of the main aims for Tasmania’s leading seed potato and agronomy businesses at this month’s Hort Connections event in Melbourne, reports FreshPlaza. Agronico was one of the first companies in Australia to introduce its own tissue culture lab, as part of its quality end-to-end seed potato process, which goes[Read[Read More…]

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Potato farmers in five African counties to access certified planting material after Dutch investment

Potato farmers in five African counties can now access certified planting material after a Dutch-based horticultural firm introduced new technology to mass produce high yielding and disease resistant seed varieties in Nakuru, Kenya. Agrico East Africa, located on a 1,300-acre farm at Olrongai in Kenya has already received certification from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) to embark on[Read[Read More…]

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Cornell improves global access to potato breeding material

Cornell’s plant breeders and geneticists have played a significant role in the improvement of the potato, having released more than 50 varieties since 1908, reports  Maina Dhital in the Cornell Chronical. Cornell researchers are now expanding their efforts to make more wild potato seeds available to potato breeders around the world. With support from the Wallace Genetic Foundation, Cornell scientists continue[Read[Read More…]

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Schaap Holland becomes newest shareholder in Breederstrust

In a joint press release issued today, it is announced that the family-run breeding company SCHAAP HOLLAND B.V. in Biddinghuizen in the Netherlands acquired 5% of the Brussels-based Breeders Trust shares earlier this week. Breeders Trust was founded in 2008 to monitor the enforcement of Plant Breeders’ Rights. Every year, millions of euros are invested in the breeding of new[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo officially withdraws one of three lawsuits filed against Indian farmers

According to a report published by BloombergQuint, PepsiCo India withdrew one of the lawsuits it had filed against Gujarat farmers for allegedly growing a variety of potato for which the food and beverages giant claimed to have secured exclusive rights. “The plaintiff wishes to withdraw the captioned matter relying on its discussions with the government to find a long-term and[Read[Read More…]

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Policy, people and potatoes in Kenya

Many Kenyan farmers, entrepreneurs and investors are intensely interested in the preparation of new regulations on the production and marketing of planting materials for vegetatively propagated crops (VPCs), such as potato and sweet potato. According to a report published on AgriLinks by the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), new regulations may determine who can and cannot[Read[Read More…]

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Fraud with forged NAK seed potato certificates has far-reaching consequences for the potato chain

Brussels, 6 May 2019 – Shortly after it became clear last month that falsified seed potatoes certificates of the Dutch Seed potato inspection Service, NAK (Nederlandse Algemene Keuringsdienst) were in circulation in the Netherlands and Belgium, Breeders Trust, in close cooperation with the NAK, succeeded in a short time to trace the perpetrators and was able to enact a confession[Read[Read More…]

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India: Gujarat potato growers want compensation from PepsiCo

The Siasat Daily reports that even though PepsiCo India has announced it is withdrawing lawsuits against Gujarat’s potato growers, the affected farmers on Friday demanded compensation for the harassment they were subjected to, while a newly-formed entity Bij Adhikar Manch (forum for rights over seeds) called for boycott of PepsiCo products. According to the Siasat Daily report, the farmers also[Read[Read More…]

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PepsiCo drops lawsuit against Indian farmers over potatoes used in Lays chips

New Delhi (CNN Business) – PepsiCo has backed down from a controversial fight with Indian farmers it accused of illegally growing its registered potatoes. The company said Thursday that it would withdraw a lawsuit it had filed against four Indian farmers for growing a potato variety the company had registered for exclusiveuse in its Lays potato chips. “After discussions with the[Read[Read More…]

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India’s potato row: Govt working on solution that favours farmers

According to a report published today by The Hindu’s Business Line, the Gujarat government is working for an out-of-court settlement of cases filed by PepsiCo against nine farmers for growing a variety of potato “registered” by the food and beverages giant, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said Wednesday. Nine farmers from Sabarkantha and Aravalli districts in Gujarat state have been[Read[Read More…]

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Canadian potato storage holdings lowest in five years

Canadian potato storage holdings, with includes all sectors, are the lowest of the last five years, according to the United Potato Growers of Canada’s update on April 1. Potatoes in Canada reports that potato storage holdings are down 11 per cent from where they were in April 2018. Some of the biggest declines are seen in provinces that suffered tough[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Manitoba’s potato sector not stressing on seed, despite tight supplies

Manitoba Co-operator reports that Manitoba’s potato sector is gearing up to supply an expanding industry but seed supplies will be tight after a tough harvest last season. J.R. Simplot’s $460-million expansion of its Portage la Prairie plant is expected to double the operation’s need for tubers when it comes online this fall. Why it matters: Manitoba’s potato sector is in[Read[Read More…]

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India: Now, PepsiCo offers to settle case against Gujarat potato farmers

The Hindu reports that in the wake of criticism over its ₹4.2 crore lawsuit against four Gujarati potato farmers, food and beverages giant PepsiCo has offered to settle the case if the farmers stop growing the registered potato variety used in its Lays chips. In an Ahmedabad civil court on Friday, PepsiCo’s lawyer offered a settlement on these terms: the[Read[Read More…]

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Kenyan potato farmers expect double yields thanks to potato varieties from Ireland

Potato farmers in Nyandarua County in Kenya are betting on new varieties with higher yields to boost their incomes. In an initiative by the Embassy of Ireland and Nyandarua County Government dubbed ‘Potato Sector Capacity Building Project’, farmers in Kenya will now receive three varieties imported from Ireland. The high performing and early bulking potato varieties are expected to double[Read[Read More…]

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The Seed Potato Story: What goes on behind closed doors

During the winter months the shed doors are firmly closed and all is quiet. However, when you take a look inside you’ll find Dutch seed potato farmers are picking the fruit of their labour. In the video below, you get to see the full seed potato journey on a specialised seed potato farm in the Dutch growing region ‘Wieringermeer’. After[Read More…]

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