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Breaking News: Mexican court bans US potato imports over ‘food sovereignty’ and spread of diseases

According to an Associated Press (AP) news report, published late last night on CBC Local in Sacramento, a Mexican federal court has made an unusual ruling yesterday that bans the import of US potatoes on the grounds that the imports ‘violate Mexicans’ right to food sovereignty and a healthy environment’. A group of Mexican potato growers had reportedly sought a constitutional injunction[Read More…]

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US: National Potato Council warns of ‘serious threat to the industry’ if potatoes are imported from the UK

Last week, the National Potato Council (NPC) in the US provided comments to USDA APHIS on the recent pest risk assessment for the importation of potatoes from the United Kingdom to the US. NPC emphasized concern over six pests that would threaten the industry. The introduction of these pests into the US would “substantially harm US potato production and could cost[Read More…]

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Colorado potato crop looks good, but demand could use boost

The Colorado potato crop looks excellent, but prices are stagnant, raising hopes that the Trump administration’s much-discussed renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will make headway in opening greater access to the Mexican market. “It’s an opportunity to see our issues addressed,” said Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, during a visit to his office[Read More…]

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Dutch potato sector accesses Argentinian market

After years of negotiations, the Argentinian border was recently opened for Dutch baby potatoes. The export of in-vitro propagated potato plants to the South American country is also now allowed. The Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) are calling this a breakthrough of great importance for  the Dutch potato sector. The NAO is the branch organisation of potato traders, farmers and processors. Karst[Read More…]

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US potato exports increased in May

U.S. exports of frozen, dehydrated and fresh potatoes all increased in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to Potatoes USA. The organization reports that exports of frozen products increased 4% in volume and value and remain up 3% for the July – June marketing year. Dehy exports were up 19% in volume and 11% in value, but are still down[Read More…]

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US potato industry joins voices supporting export assistance programs

Potato grower Eric Halverson  has spoken in front of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee was in Washington, D.C. regarding the importance of the USDA export programs. Mr. Halverson is a fourth-generation farmer and CEO of Black Gold Farms in Grand Forks, North Dakota. U.S. potato growers see fierce foreign competition in key export markets and continued access is vital[Read More…]

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The US wants to export its potatoes to Mexico

US potato producers began lobbying for Mexico to effectively open its doors to US exports in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “United States Potato farmers are supporting the renegotiation of NAFTA to address this matter and related sanitary and phytosanitary issues,” according to a report by the US Congress. The United States is the world’s seventh largest[Read More…]

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Australia: Spud growers face ‘perfect storm’

Potato growers in the region are bracing for a “perfect storm”, with farmers warned to be alert for signs of disease after a new bacteria was recently detected. The detection of dickeya dianthicola in a commercial crop north of Perth comes as local farmers try to adapt to newly deregulated markets and the loss of interstate exportation after another pest —[Read More…]

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Video: AHDB Potatoes Market Intelligence webinar

On June 26 AHDB Potatoes in the UK hosted a webinar on several issues related to the potato industry in Great Britain. The webinar covered the following: • Introduction from Sector Strategy Director Rob Clayton • First look at GB potato planted area: setting the scene for the season ahead, Amber Cottingham, MI Analyst for AHDB Potatoes • What are the[Read More…]

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US: Red potatoes enjoying hot summer

As the summer solstice hit on June 21, California’s weather heated up with record temperatures noted in many different communities. At the same time, the market for red potatoes also heated up and a strong market is expected throughout July. Gary Askenaizer, who handles bulk potato sales for Progressive Produce Corp. in Los Angeles, told The Produce News on June 29 that supplies[Read More…]

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Canada: Optimistic outlook for potato crop in 2017

Strong pricing, stable contract volumes and a low dollar help provide an optimistic outlook for the Canadian potato crop this season. Potato growers in Canada enjoyed a banner year in 2016. Prices for fresh potatoes were strong from coast to coast. And for the third year in a row, the national average for potato yield hit record levels, coming in at[Read More…]

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‘Challenges’ over Scottish seed potato exports

Seed potato growers who have been confident that crucial trade with Egypt and other non-EU markets would not be disrupted by Brexit may be in for a shock. According to Peter Hardwick, the export chief of levy body AHDB, securing the future of exports such as potatoes and malting barley to third countries is complex and presents “real challenges”. Around 75% of[Read More…]

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Spanish potatoes sold on Amazon

Innovating, modernising, profitability, adapting to the consumer of the 21st century… these are some of the concepts that are always mentioned in any forum addressing the agro-food industry and looking to the future. According to Juan Manuel Coello, Operations Director of Patatas Meléndez, “It is undoubtedly certain that the mindset of the current buyer is very different to that of previous[Read More…]

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UK: Potato planted area estimated to increase by 4%

AHDB Potatoes Market Intelligence Analysts estimate the total area planted with potatoes in Great Britain this season is 121,000 hectares. The figure was announced today (Monday 26 June) during a public webinar. This is up by four per cent on the previous year, the same as 2014 and at a similar level to the area planted in 2012 and 2013. The[Read More…]

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Scottish seed potato exporters eyeing new market in Kenya

Scottish seed potato growers may have another export market in the future following successful growing trials in Kenya. It follows a concerted effort by the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) and Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture to open up the African market. AHDB’s Rob Burns said: “Before commercial growers can access the market, trial seed needs to be tested[Read More…]

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Canada: Quebec eyes seed potato export to Latin America and Caribbean

Over the past few decades the Canadian Provinces Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Alberta have exported a considerable amount of seed potatoes from Canada to Latin America and the Caribbean, but this has decreased substantially. More recently, a couple of seed potato companies from Quebec, together with the Centre de Recherche Les Buissons (CRLB) have started an initiative to export[Read More…]

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BLE Marktbericht: Präsenz inländischer Frühkartoffeln weitete sich massiv aus

Die Präsenz inländischer Frühkartoffeln weitete sich massiv aus. Da die Nachfrage nicht mit der ausgedehnten Verfügbarkeit Schritt halten konnte, waren die Verkäufer gezwungen, ihre Forderungen zu reduzieren. Dies betraf indes nicht nur die einheimischen Chargen, sondern auch die italienischen und zyprischen. Speziell die Partien aus dem Süden Europas vergünstigten sich angesichts der erstarkten deutschen Konkurrenz punktuell sehr kräftig. Immerhin belebten[Read More…]

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Indian potato growers urge government to open exports to Pakistan

Arguing that potato growers are suffering losses, Jalandhar Potato Growers Association (JPGA) has demanded export of potatoes to Pakistan and availability of express rail rakes for transporting their produce to southern states. Addressing a press conference here JPGA press secretary Addressing a press conference here JPGA press secretary Jagat Gill Thamanwal said earlier potatoes from India were exported to Pakistan but the[Read More…]

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US: Updating Cuba market access proposals

Several efforts to open the Cuban market for US potatoes have occurred in the last 17 years.  The most recent was last March with a potato industry visit to the island just 103 miles south of Florida.  Cuban officials expressed an interest in US potatoes after that visit. Because of that interest, industry officials met last week to review the most recent[Read More…]

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US: Frozen and fresh potato exports up; dehy down

Total U.S. Frozen potato exports recovered in March, up 17% over March 2016 and bringing the total for the first three quarters of the marketing year to 754,953 metric tons, up 3% over the same period last fiscal year.  The March recovery was led by the Philippines up 57%, Mexico 38%, Taiwan 36%, Indonesia 31%, Japan 28% and Korea 25%.  The[Read More…]

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Egyptian potatoes imported by Syria to tackle high prices

In order to ensure that the needs of the domestic market are met and to put an end to the dramatic increase of prices caused by the Syrian crisis, a batch of 5 thousand tonnes of Egyptian potatoes has been shipped and will be distributed in a number of provinces. A source from the Ministry of Commerce has reported that the[Read More…]

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