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US: Program makes inroads against Zebra chip

Zebra chip infection rates are way down in Idaho, but researchers say they still need more years of data before they can relent on their program to protect growers from the disease. University of Idaho researchers have no plans to scale back on the intensive program they implemented in 2013 to track the tiny, winged insects that spread the crop[Read More…]

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Poolse aardappeloogst historisch laag

Het Pools instituut voor statistieken meldt dat de aardappeloogst 2013 historisch laag is: 6,3 miljoen ton, dat wil zeggen minder dan 2,7 miljoen ton in 2012. Sinds half september zijn de prijzen toegenomen van +/- 18 €/qt naar 22,90 €/qt half januari. Dit is de gemiddelde inkoopsprijs van verwerkers. Het is niet makkelijk voor producenten om meer te vragen, want[Read More…]

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Promoting Potatoes – The American Way

Currently, the United States Potato Board (USPB) represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers in the United States, and nearly 100 members from across the country serve on the board. A long-range plan developed by the board is based on insights acquired through extensive industry input as well as a comprehensive marketing and consumer research program. USPB’s domestic and[Read More…]

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US: Potato convention highlights issues growers face

Potato growers from every region in the West are attending the 46th annual potato conference held at Idaho State University in Pocatello. While certain diseases such as: Bacterial Ring Rot, Zebra Chip, and Potato Late Blight are still a threat, some of the top potato researchers were giving lectures on how they are working in laboratories to nix that. “The[Read More…]

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Bangladesh: Late blight disease jeopardises potato output

Potato growers of Rangpur district are apprehensive about the output of the potato crop during the current season as potato fields at different upazilas under the district have been affected by late blight.  According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Rangpur official source, some 52,185 hectares of land have been brought under potato cultivation in 8 upazilas of the[Read More…]

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The ins and outs of potato storage

Post-harvest potato storage expert Todd Forbush of Techmark Inc. in Lansing, Mich., says quality potato storage requires just two things: quality storage facilities and quality potatoes to store. “Neither will meet their potential without both working successfully together,” he says. The first step is to evaluate your existing facility to decide if it needs just an upgrade or something different[Read More…]

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Menor demanda de patatas en Rusia

De acuerdo con Fruit-Inform, la actividad mercantil en el mercado ruso de la patata ha estado decayendo. A pesar de las esperanzas de los agricultores de una subida de precios tras la caída de las temperaturas, los precios han permanecido estables más de un mes en la Federación Rusa. Sin embargo, los agricultores rusos no se quejan de esta temporada,[Read More…]

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Pre-feasibility Report on setting up a potato chips manufacturing plant

Prefeasibility Report on a Potato Chips Manufacturing Plant provides a techno-commercial roadmap for setting up a potato chips manufacturing 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 chips industry. This ranges from macro overview of the market to micro details of the industry[Read More…]

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India: Sizzling business of french fries; sales up 30%

A market that’s growing 30% annually, and can grow even faster, a business big enough to accommodate giant western MNCs and small Indian startups, a supply chain that allows mouth-watering margins to all players and a product that many consumers, adults or children, find addictive – selling frozen French fries in India is a sizzling business that’s set to sizzle[Read More…]

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Midden-Oosten hamstert Nederlandse poters

De Nederlandse pootgoedhandelshuizen laten zich positief uit over de export overzee waaraan nu ongeveer een einde is gekomen. Vooral naar Azië liep het dit seizoen lekker door, zo zeggen Agrico, HZPC en Stet Holland. HZPC-frontman Gerard Backx: ‘De verkoop naar Noord-Afrika ligt lager dan vorig jaar. Toen was de export naar Algerije exceptioneel. Dit jaar ligt de hoeveelheid meer in[Read More…]

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Understanding the threat of late blight under climate change, from Ecuador to Nepal

Shankar Kaji Shakya, a graduate student and research fellow from the University of Florida (UF), recently visited the office of the International Potato Center (CIP) in Quito, Ecuador to discuss the characteristics of late blight in the Andes with CIP scientists. A native of Nepal, Shakya is interested in finding solutions for controlling Phytophtora infestans, the pathogen that causes potato[Read More…]

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China to host World Potato Congress in 2015

World Potato Congress Inc. has announced that Yanqing County, Beijing City, China, has been selected as the site of the ninth International World Potato Congress to be held July 28 to 30, 2015. It is the first time the congress will be held in the Beijing region of China. The event is expected to draw more than 900 delegates from[Read More…]

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US: Future of Simplot potato processing plant in Aberdeen unclear

The J.R. Simplot Company is planning to close its potato processing plant in Aberdeen this year, but it’s not yet clear as to when that will happen, nor has the company decided what to do with the facility in the future. “There are no specific plans at this time for the Aberdeen plant structures,” said David Cuoio, spokesperson for the[Read More…]

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La estrategia de 2014 para las patatas de siembra francesas

Durante su asamblea general el pasado 14 de enero en Carhaux, Bretagne Plants reveló sus objetivos para el año entrante. Se basan esencialmente en tres prioridades: encontrar nuevos productores, aumentar la rentabilidad del sector y renovar las herramientas de detección de patógenos. “Al querer pasar de 5.000 a 7.000 hectáreas, hemos colocado el listón en un nivel muy alto”, explica[Read More…]

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UK: Potato Council wants its health message to stick

With television and radio programmes and newspapers and magazines currently packed full of features promoting new year diets and resolutions, Potato Council is calling on the UK industry to help promote  the  ‘Natural Goodness’ of potatoes, by applying for a new Potato Council car sticker which is now available to all its levy payers. The sticker, which features a jacket potato[Read More…]

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Panamanian supermarket imports first container of U.S. table-stock potatoes

Riba Smith is a Panamanian supermarket that opened in 1920 and continues to sell local and imported products today. The Riba Smith supermarket recently sent their Production and Purchasing Manager to the United States for the USPB’s Table-Stock Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) held in October, 2013. During the RTM they toured growing operations in Oregon and Washington, participated in a USPB[Read More…]

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GMO potatoes discussed at Potato Expo

A big topic at this year’s Potato Expo in San Antonio was the release of Simplot’s Innate technology for potatoes. During one of the Expo sessions Joe Guenthner from the University of Idaho discussed the benefits of Innate. More

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Dit jaar belooft veel goeds brengen voor Bulgaarse aardappeltelers

“Het grootste probleem voor de aardappeltelers in Bulgarije is irrigatie,” zegt Ventsislav Kaymakanov, voorzitter van de nationale associatie van aardappeltelers. “Water is het meest belangrijke hulpmiddel van groententelers. Het Bulgaarse Ministerie van Landbouw en Voeding heeft een visie voor het probleem, maar er zijn nog geen maatregelen getroffen om het probleem aan te pakken.” Meer

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México: Acabará EU con la papa mexicana

El 80% de la producción de papa del país está en riesgo por la entrada del tubérculo proveniente de Estados Unidos, por lo que el Congreso del Estado pide a Sagarpa prohibir esa importación. El diputado Indalecio Rodríguez López advirtió el riesgo para producción nacional, al quedar expuesta a enfermedades fitosanitarias que hay en regiones de Estados Unidos y Canadá,[Read More…]

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Proposed potato Bill to curb exploitation of Kenyan farmers

Plans are in top gear for a  Bill to be presented in the Senate regulating the sale and processing of  potatoes in the country. The  Bill aims at coming up with guidelines on produce marketing and processing in counties that grow the crop. It aims to wipe out middle men who have for a very long time exploited  farmers by[Read More…]

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UK: Potato sales drop in 2013

Spending on fresh potatoes increased 21.5% on the previous year to £1.35bn in the 52 weeks to 8 December 2013, despite volume sales falling 7.9%. The fresh potato price now stands at 87p/kg – 9.4% higher than this time last year. Frozen potato spending grew by 9.6% to £715,699, while volume sales dipped by 0.7%. Potato servings also declined in[Read More…]

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Canada: Potato Technology Expo Charlottetown releases Conference Program

The International Potato Technology Expo (IPTE) returns to the Eastlink Centre (formerly known as the Charlottetown Civic Centre) on February 21-22, 2014. This popular event has been running biennial in Charlottetown since 1992. Over the years, this has become a must-attend industry event for potato farmers from across the Island, while attracting visitors from as far away as the United[Read More…]

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