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Over abundant potato harvest in Europe

Daniel Ryckmans, agricultural technician at the Fiwap (Walloon potato sector) says that “Mother Nature has been generous: potato production has increased 10-15% in Western Europe, even 20% in some regions”.  On top of this, Benelux, France, Germany and the UK planted 5-15% more potatoes, so there is extra volume which is not even harvested. Source: See on –[Read More…]

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Les prix agricoles reculent en septembre à cause de bonnes récoltes

Les prix de production des produits agricoles ont reculé de 2,3 % en septembre par rapport à août, en raison de la chute du prix des céréales, des oléagineux, des pommes de terre et des fruits, dont les récoltes sont abondantes. Pour la pomme de terre, « les récoltes en Europe du Nord-Ouest s’annoncent plus abondantes que l’année dernière »[Read More…]

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Increase in Egyptian potato export

According to an official report from the Ministry of Agriculture in Egypt the total amount of potatoes approved for export to foreign destinations has reached 697,710 tonnes. This means an increase of 254,000 tonnes compared to the amount exported last year. According to the report the European Union is responsible for 18.14% of the total deliveries, while 46.53% goes to[Read More…]

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UK: McCain Foodservice launches new website

The new website offers users a bespoke experience, with information, videos and product baskets that have been tailored to provide solutions for the specific business challenges that they face, whatever sector they are working in. The site is fully responsive, ensuring that busy caterers are now able to access the website whenever and wherever they like, via mobile, tablet[Read More…]

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Canada: McCain Foods workers leave plant for last time

It began as a trickle — people with their arms filled with personal items, leaving the McCain Foods processing plant in Borden-Carleton for the last time Wednesday — and soon it turned into a mass exodus. In August, workers found out that the New Brunswick-based company would be shutting down its Prince Edward Island operation on Friday, Oct. 31. Source:[Read More…]

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Peruvian potato farmers share effects of globalization on their community

Two farmers from Peru’s Potato Park region travelled thousands of miles from the fields where they spend their days to share with students their first-hand accounts of how globalization is affecting their communities. Nazario Quispe Amao and Ancelma Apaza de Ccana came to Connecticut College this month as part of a Global Warming Delegation from Peru, a visit sponsored by[Read More…]

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UK: Seasonal new potatoes, fresh from Italy, hit supermarket shelves

Branston, one of the UK’s largest potato suppliers, will this week unveil their fresh new season crop of fluffy skinned potatoes exclusively supplied from a small grower in Italy across Tesco stores nationwide. The seasonal new potatoes are imported into the country from the Puglia region where they are grown on a narrow 10-mile coastal strip, often no more than[Read More…]

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Northern Ireland: Concerns that retailers are selling ‘last season’ potatoes in value packs

There is concern among Northern Ireland farmers that certain packers are using last season’s potatoes, which are appearing in value packs on the supermarket shelves. Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Potato Committee Chairman Adrian Jamison says this is not only affecting producers but it is misleading the consumer as they think they are purchasing fresh, in-season, quality potatoes. Source: See[Read More…]

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Pesticides: Les agriculteurs risquent des cancers différents selon leur activité

Selon des résultats de la récente enquête Agrican sur la santé en milieu agricole, les agriculteurs risquent des types de cancers différents selon leur secteur d’activité. Des risques liés à l’utilisation des pesticides. La potentialité de développer un cancer du poumon est ainsi deux fois plus élevée chez les agriculteurs spécialisés dans la culture des pois fourragers, ainsi que dans[Read More…]

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TOMRA to demonstrate Genius System at Gulfood Manufacturing event

TOMRA Sorting Food will exhibit its popular Genius modular sorting system at Gulfood Manufacturing, the largest food processing exhibition for the Middle East, Africa and Indian Sub-Continent, November 9-11. The event is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre and TOMRA Sorting Food will attend in partnership with United Arab Emirates-based food group Fanar Al Khaleej. Source: See[Read More…]

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Canada: One row potato harvester gets research results

Agronomy consultant Steve Watts is trying to improve the potato business on Prince Edward Island one row at a time. His creation of the province’s smallest potato harvester has added new speed to his mission. Source: See on – Global Potato News

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British seed potato exports resurge into Caribbean market

A recent visit to Scotland by Cuban agricultural officials has led to a revised agreement for the importation of GB seed potatoes. Supported by the unique partnership between Potato Council and Scottish Government to boost export opportunities, senior officials from Cuba’s Agricultural Ministry and Plant Health section travelled to Scotland this month to meet officials from Scottish Government, SASA, Fera[Read More…]

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If plants could talk

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists Dr. Bernie Zebarth and Dr. Helen Tai at the Potato Research Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick (NB), will gather data from plants almost the same way a mechanic assesses your car’s engine. “We’d like to take small discs of leaf tissue, conduct a simple test and see how this plant is doing in terms[Read More…]

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Japan approves MRLs for Emesto Silver potato seed treatment

Japan has established Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for Emesto Silver potato seed treatment, according to Bayer CropScience. The recent decision by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare establishes MRLs for prothioconazole, one of the two active ingredients in Emesto Silver. The MRL for penflufen, the other active ingredient, was established previously. Source: See on – Global Potato[Read More…]

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US: Foodservice eats up fingerlings, specialty potatoes

Robert Tominaga, president of Heyburn, Idaho-based Southwind Farms, has seen demand for the fingerlings his company grows and other specialties rise dramatically in recent years. A big part of that has to do with a spike in foodservice demand. “Millennials, and even baby boomers, are looking for something new,” Tominaga said. “Foodservice, especially, is looking for more exciting things.” Chefs[Read More…]

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Holländische Kartoffel kann mit Salzwasser gegossen werden

Salzwasser ist eine große Bedrohung für die Nahrungsmittelproduktion auf der Erde. Fast 50 Prozent des Ackerlandes sind von Salzwasserkontamination betroffen. Deshalb gibt es weltweit Bestrebungen, salzwassertolerante Feldfrüchte zu züchten. In Holland ist das jetzt gelungen. In Kooperation mit der Universität Amsterdam hat Bauer Marc van Rijsselberghe eine Kartoffelsorte gezüchtet, die problemlos mit verdünntem Meerwasser gegossen werden kann, wie der Guardian[Read More…]

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Maine Potato Board named 2014 Young Farmer of the Year

Every year, the Maine Potato Board recognizes a young farmer who has an outstanding farming practice that shows growth in their farming operations. This honor recognizes this person as a leader in the farming industry. Hard working, innovative, And passionate about farming. That’s how family and colleagues describe Robert Irving, Vice President of Irving Farms in Caribou, who was named[Read More…]

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UK: Farmers join forces with turkey producers to create festive crisps

Potato farmers have teamed up with turkey producers to create a locally-grown and produced festive flavour crisp. Fairfields Farm Crisps, made by potato farmers Robert and Laura Strathern at Wormingford, near Colchester, has joined forces with Danbury-based Kelly Bronze turkeys, run by Paul Kelly, to create a new flavour to add to its range – turkey, sage and onion. Produced[Read More…]

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Micro-perforated foil also suitable for potatoes

By providing packaging with the correct number of micro-perforations, the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables can be impressively prolonged. The Respiration Control System PerfoTec precisely measures the amount of oxygen required and then adds the right number of micro-perforations. According to Bas Groeneweg of PerfoTec, the system is particularly useful in soft fruit, but also potatoes benefit from[Read More…]

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Tips on equipping a new potato storage facility

When opening a new storage facility one has to think about long-term usage. In this case, the developer has to consider as many as possible changes that may happen in the future. Flexibility is one of the key factors in this investment. Potato Business Digital has spoken to Jan van Maldegem, Marketing Manager at Tolsma regarding flexibility in equipping a[Read More…]

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Know your nematodes for better control, British farmers told

Potato growers are being urged to identify what species of potato cyst nematode they have in their fields to help tackle the pest. In 2013 potato cyst nematode (PCN) was identified as one of the top five issues facing the UK potato industry, costing in excess of £50m/year. Growers have typically relied on a threshold system to indicate nematode infestation[Read More…]

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