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Enormous Potato Production Potential in Africa

Since 1990, the acreage used for potato production worldwide has increased by 40%. The delivered volume has also doubled. Over the same period, the trade value of potatoes has shot up by 400%. Dr Maximo Torero is the World Bank’s Executive Director. He says that, in a large part, this imbalance of increasing production versus the increasing value of potatoes can be found in the frozen product sector. “The most significant increase…

Potato Oversupply Expected in Europe

Based on the latest calculations of the NEPG, the association of potato producers in north-western Europe, which includes those of the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, the acreage devoted to potatoes in these countries amounts to 595,587 hectares; an increase of 1% compared to last season. This, as stated by the association in a press release, means that there may be “a situation of oversupply” in those areas. The…

IPM is a Powerful Tool for Potato Growers

Growers who practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can positively impact their crop production and their bottom line. Integrated strategies offer the strongest protection for potato growers, who need a complete plan for combating every element that threatens their crop. Managing obvious threats like insects, nematodes, diseases, and weeds are often at the forefront of IPM tactics, but taking steps to monitor water management and crop rotation are also important in keeping potatoes…

Chinese Scientists Prevent Potato Sprouting with Hydrophobic Nano Silica

Chinese scientists have developed a nano-material that prevents the sprouting of potatoes. This new anti-sprouting method for potato storage also suppresses the formation of toxic glyco-alkaloids that typically is associated with the sprouting process. Stored potatoes usually sprout rapidly, at the same time producing a significant amount of solanine, a substance that is toxic in high concentrations. Potato sprouting can be controlled using various techniques such as temperature control, irradiation and the…

Extremely Dry in Northwest European Potato Area

Based on the latest NEPG-calculations, the potato area in the five Northwest European countries appears to amount to 595,587 hectares. An increase of one per cent compared to last season. It’s worth noting the British area is still based on their five-year average. Based on factual market experience, this area could be classified as having a more than adequately good balance between supply and demand, according to the NEPG. For the actual…

Turkey has Allowed Potato Imports from Syria to Curb Prices

Turkey has allowed limited amounts of potato to be imported from Syria to curb skyrocketing prices, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci announced on June 27. “We have allowed potato imports from some parts of Syria where Turkey undertakes operations in a very limited amount,” said Nihat Zeybekci, Turkish Economy Minister. “Our imports will only be one per cent of Turkey’s potato demand, which is around 4,000 tons. We import potatoes from Syria in Turkish Liras.This…

USDA Buys Large Amount of Red Potatoes to ‘Reduce the Strain on Red Potato Producers’

Last week Kevin Cramer, congressman for North Dakota, announced $3 million in purchases for red potatoes for nutrition assistance programs through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Cramer said he and his staff urged the USDA to buy excess red potatoes from the North Dakota/Minnesota growing area after the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, East Grand Forks, Minn., requested help moving the crop as the season comes to a…

PotatoEurope 2018: The Potato Industry – Potential and Challenges

In Germany, potato cultivation takes place on more than 29,000 farms with a combined area of about 250,000 hectares. The total includes approximately 20,000 small producers with less than five hectares of potato cultivation, with the remaining 9,000 farms growing larger areas of the crop. On average, Germany producers 10 to 11 million tonnes of potatoes annually, making it the largest potato producer in the European Union (EU). This sector generates an…

Europe: Seed Potato Varieties Approved for Export to Kenya

Three potato varieties have been recommended for release in Kenya thanks to the joint efforts of AHDB, James Hutton Ltd, SASA and Seeds2B Africa (part of the Syngenta Foundation). Ten potato varieties were trialed at three separate farms over two seasons with free variety Cara, and two James Hutton Ltd varieties, Gemson and Lady Balfour, making the grade. The approval opens the door for GB producers to export to Kenya where potatoes…

US Frozen Potato Exports up 8% in April; Fresh Exports Down 33%

According to data released by Potatoes USA, exports of frozen potato products increased 8% in volume and 9% in value in April 2018 compared to April 2017. Dehy exports were up 21% in volume and 21% in value. Fresh exports were down 33% in volume and 13% in value. Frozen exports are up 1% for the July – June marketing year through April, with dehy up 5% year to date and fresh up…

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