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Aardappelen ‘ zelfs als gefrituurde product beter voor onze gezondheid dan een groot aantal deegwaren’

Aardappelen zijn gezond en zelfs als goed gefrituurde product is het beter voor onze gezondheid dan een groot aantal deegwaren. Jan van Hoogen van Agrico hield zijn gehoor in de volle zaal tijdens de akkerbouwsectoravond afgelopen dinsdagavond in het Zuid-Hollandse Zwartewaal voor dat het om die reden zo jammer is dat er in ons land minder aardappelen gegeten worden. Als[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Scientist warns Prince Edward Island farmers about wireworm

Farmers packed Charlottetown’s Dutch Inn Tuesday to hear the science surrounding wireworms. It’s a tiny pest that’s difficult to eradicate and is a serious threat to the Island’s potato, vegetable and cereal crops. Bob Vernon, an Agriculture Canada scientist, spoke to about 300 farmers. He’s been researching wireworm for 20 years. The tiny pest burrows into crops and leaves holes[Read[Read More…]

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Pakistan: USAID launches advisory services for peach, potato farmers

The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new pilot project to introduce mobile enabled advisory and financial services for peach and potato farmers and fishermen in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As a result of this project, over 1,700 small and medium sized farms and 15,000 people in Swat will gain access to mobile banking.  With[Read[Read More…]

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New emerging US potato markets

The United States Potato Board is always considering new markets for U.S. potatoes — two such emerging markets are Cambodia and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Before proceeding with exporting any product there is a lot of research and consideration that goes into determining the potential for U.S. potato exports in these emerging markets. Last fall following an earlier USDA-sponsored trade show[Read[Read More…]

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Turkish potato price surge adds political, economic pressure

The humble potato has become a factor in Turkey’s political and economic turmoil as prices of the staple soar, hurting the living standards of poorer Turks just before the ruling AK Party’s toughest election test in a decade. At a market in the lower-income Istanbul suburb of Kucukcekmece, potatoes sell for between 3 and 4 lira ($1.33 and $1.77) a[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Poor potato harvest hits Branston bottom line

Profits have fallen back by 90 per cent at Lincoln-headquartered Branston as a result of a poor potato harvest which hit the UK. Sales at the potato buyer, packer and distributor, however, climbed by almost £20m to £130m. The company, one of the UK’s largest potato businesses, was formed in Lincolnshire in 1968 and today also has sites in the[Read[Read More…]

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Turkish potato price surge adds political, economic pressure

The humble potato has become a factor in Turkey’s political and economic turmoil as prices of the staple soar, hurting the living standards of poorer Turks just before the ruling AK Party’s toughest election test in a decade. At a market in the lower-income Istanbul suburb of Kucukcekmece, potatoes sell for between 3 and 4 lira ($1.33 and $1.77) a[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Volume sales of potatoes down, exports up

Potato Council in the UK has published its latest Potato Market Dynamics Report. According to the Report, Over 2013, volume sales of potatoes have fallen. In the latest 52 weeks, volume sold were 8% behind last year, equivalent to 133,000 fewer tonnes. Of the three main categories, economy have accounted for more than half of the total market volume drop[Read[Read More…]

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Verdrievoudiging VS aardappel naar Vietnam

De markt voor aardappelen uit de VS naar Vietnam is pas twee seizoenen open, maar de afzet gaat het komende jaar flinke stappen maken. Die voorspelling deden afgevaardigden van de aardappelsector tijdens een conferentie onlangs waarover Capital Press bericht. De Verenigde Staten heeft hoge verwachtingen van de export van aardappelen uit de Pacific Northwest naar Vietnam. De markt ging twee[Read[Read More…]

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Farm Frites launches Patatas Bravas potato cubes for pubs

Potato specialist Farm Frites has launched Patatas Bravas potato cubes, which it recommends can be topped with everything from chorizo to seasonings. Positioned as a side dish, recipe ingredient, sharing option to be served with dips or even as part of a child’s roast dinner, the consistently-sized large cubes can be cooked in 15 to 20 minutes, deep fried in[Read[Read More…]

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Tunisian potato export starts off with good supply

This week will mark the start of the potato export season in Tunisia. With good weather during the growing season, it’s expected volumes available for export will be good. “We plan to export 4,000 tons of new potatoes this season because production was good in Tunisia,” said Walid Gaddas of Alyssa Fruits. “Potato production forecasts for this season are very[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Fertilizer prices to level off before spring rally

North American fertilizer prices have been on the rise over the past month, but are expected to level off until the spring, when the market should see a seasonal rally, said Rick Rempel, vice-president of marketing for Western Canada with Agrico Canada Ltd. He said tight supply had contributed to the increase. “The supply of (fertilizer) has been disrupted by[Read[Read More…]

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Australia: McCain Foods, Victoria potato growers fixing ‘strained relationship’

McCain Foods agriculture director John Jackson has admitted the company’s relationship with Victoria’s potato growers has been damaged in recent years. However, the prosperity of McCain and the growers were intertwined, he said, and they needed a more co-operative relationship to survive against pressure from imports. Mr Jackson became McCain’s agriculture director – a national role based in Ballarat –[Read[Read More…]

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US: Potato Board Chip Committee funds Zebra Chip Variety Research

Dr. Creighton Miller from Texas A&M University has been working with the United States Potato Board (USPB) varieties and the Zebra Chip defect. Dr. Miller is developing a variety testing process to help identify varieties with tolerance to the Zebra Chip Defect. In his first year doing this work for the USPB, it appears three varieties are showing more tolerance[Read[Read More…]

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Tolsma-Grisnich en De Kubbe BV: Pootgoed-innovatiedag

Tolsma-Grisnich en De Kubbe BV tonen de nieuwste trends en ontwikkelingen op het gebied van hygiëne en logistiek bij de opslag en verwerking van pootaardappelen. Kijk, luister én oordeel zelf: Het Track & Trace kistenregistratiesysteem in de praktijk Innovaties op het gebied van bewaar-, sorteer- en transporttechnologie  (o.a. Quadro compact koeler en potato scanner). Interessante vakgerichte lezingen* over de volgende[Read[Read More…]

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UK: Seed potato health vital for growers – and the entire industry

With growers becoming increasingly aware of the significance of plant health and bio-security, the seed potato team at Potato Council have been working hard with plant health authorities to encourage the potato industry to grow only healthy seed potatoes. Robert Burns, head of seed and export at Potato Council and a former government plant health expert, is keen to communicate[Read[Read More…]

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Canada: Study reveals extensive opportunities for Ontario’s fresh potato industry

A recent study to identify opportunities for Ontario’s fresh potato industry has led to some recommendations to help change consumer attitude and behaviour towards this food product. The study, a collaboration between the Ontario Potato Board, Loblaw Companies Limited, Downey Farms, the Value Chain Management Centre, and George Mitges & Associates, will enable businesses along the value chain to make[Read[Read More…]

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La posibilidad de rendimientos más altos de patatas como resultado del cambio climático

Resultados de estudios por científicos del Servicio de Investigación Agrícola (ARS) sugieren que las plantas de patata podrían producir rendimientos más altos ante el cambio climático. Ingeniero agrícola David Fleisher y sus colegas con el ARS realizaron estudios para medir la respuesta de las plantas de patata a los niveles elevados del dióxido de carbono atmosférico y las patrones cada[Read[Read More…]

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‘Research and Markets’: Prefeasibility Report on setting up a potato starch processing plant

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Prefeasibility Report on a Potato Starch Processing Plant” report to their offering. The Report provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a potato starch processing plant. The study, which has been done by one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms, covers all the requisite aspects of the potato starch[Read[Read More…]

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Aardappelmarkt nog altijd in een neergaande lijn

Er is in de aardappelmarkt nog altijd sprake van een neergaande tendens. Zo noteerde de Rotterdamse beurs voor fritesgeschikte aardappelen maar liefst € 12,50 per ton lager dan een week eerder. Het gevolg zal zijn dat ook de beurzen van Goes en Emmeloord niet in de benen kunnen blijven. Meer You are unauthorized to view this page.

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British potato grower best seed supplier for Pepsico in Europe

A major international award recognising Europe’s best seed potato supplier has been won for the second successive year by a farmer in north Northumberland. The Best Supplier Performance from US multinational PepsiCo – parent company of Walkers Crisps, Quaker, Tropicana and Copella – has gone to David Humphreys, representing Greenseed International. Judging is based on a tough list of key[Read[Read More…]

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US: Crop rotations avoid insecticide resistant bugs

A potato beetle researcher recommends farmers alternate crop rotations and insecticides to avoid building up insect populations that are resistant to the chemicals. University of Maine associate professor of applied entomology Andrei Alyokhin shared his tips during the Washington Oregon Potato Conference in Kennewick, Wash. Alyokhin advises using crop rotations and alternating different insecticide applications instead of continuous cropping or[Read[Read More…]

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US: Black Gold Farms campaigns to encourage consumers to use red potatoes year round

Black Gold Farms is expanding its red potato promotional program, Better With Reds, to include season-specific campaigns. Each campaign will highlight the many benefits of red potatoes, and focus on what is relevant for that particular time of the year. The first seasonal campaign, which kicked off on Jan. 20 and will run through March, is centered on Healthy Choices[Read[Read More…]

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Farm Frites in Britain invites chefs to submit a new potato product for the foodservice

Potato specialist Farm Frites is inviting chefs to pitch a new product idea to win a trip to Holland or Belgium. As headline sponsor of the Development Chef Club organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser’s sister title Restaurant magazine – which has been launched to inform, inspire and interact with multi-site development and group executive chefs behind foodservice NPD -[Read[Read More…]

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