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GM potato variety could deflate GMO myths’ bubble in Uganda

Uganda is steadily progressing towards having a potato that will not require chemical spraying. This is because scientists at the National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) and International Potato Center have developed a late blight resistant variety, Vic 1, from the popularly grown susceptible Victoria variety. According to Dr. Alex Barekye, who is the director of Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute in Kabale District, this new variety has shown great results in…

Potato Expo 2018

Potato Expo 2018 goes January 10-12 in Orlando, Fla. Experience the 10th anniversary event by joining more than 2,000 growers, suppliers and experts at the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America. Potato Expo 2018 offers educational programming covering the top issues facing the potato industry, provides countless networking opportunities with key decision makers, and showcases the latest products and services for potato production, storage and…

Potato blight’s chemical attack mechanism explained

A team of international researchers headed by scientists from the University of Tübingen has deciphered the workings of a cytolytic toxin, which is produced by some of the world’s most devastating crop diseases. The Cytolysin is manufactured by pathogens such as bacteria and fungi and can wipe out entire harvests if chemical protection is not used. The study – by researchers from Tübingen and their partner institutions in Berkeley, Bordeaux, Ljubljana, Liége…

Chinese Potato Production to Rebound

As the largest potato producer in the world, China’s 2017/18 fresh potato production is forecast at 97 million metric tons (MMT), due to an expansion of potato area, according to a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report. During the 2016/17 season, production was forecast to increase three per cent to 100 MMT, but actually dropped five per cent to an estimated 92 MMT. This decrease was due to continuing drought in the north…

Potato Growers of Alberta name new board

The Potato Growers of Alberta (PGA) named their new board during their annual general meeting in Red Deer in November. Board Chairman is Russell Van Boom, Northbank Potato Farms Ltd., while Board Vice Chairman is Michel Camps, CP Farms Ltd. Rounding out the board is: Lyndon Nakamura, Nakamura Farms Ltd.; Jeff Ekkel, Sunnycrest Seed Potatoes Inc.; Tony Bos, Boston Farms Ltd.; James Bareman, Bareman Farms; and Louis Claassen, Claassen Farms Ltd. For…

P.E.I. shipping in potatoes to make up for low crop yield

P.E.I. has experienced a lower potato crop yield than usual this year and has been forced to ship in spuds from other areas of the country to make up for it.​ The province remains Canada’s heaviest hitter in terms of potato production, producing roughly 25 per cent of the country’s annual yield. However, dry weather conditions over the summer reduced the Island crop yield by about eight per cent this year — the largest drop among major growers in…

U.K. crisps and biscuits to become paler under food safety crackdown

Biscuits and crisps in the U.K. will lose their golden brown colour due to new rules forcing manufacturers to reduce a chemical found in burnt food which may lead to a higher risk of cancer. The snacks will become paler from April when makers of foods containing acrylamide must prove they are reducing levels to make food safer to eat. Industry figures said the products would now be baked at lower temperatures for…

Company executive makes predictions for future of potato industry

While he maintains there will be a market for potatoes well into the future, Ghislain Pelletier predicts the future of the industry will bear little resemblance to the past. The global vice-president for agronomy for McCain Foods was one of the keynote speakers at the recent annual meeting of the PEI Potato Board. Pelletier told the meeting he has spent virtually his entire life in the industry as he grew up on…

Ontario Potato Board names directors

The Ontario Potato Board named its new board at its annual general meeting on Dec. 6 in Cambridge, Ont. Glenn Squirrell returns as Ontario Potato Board chair for another year, while Harry Bradley returns as vice-chair. Squirrell also acts as chair of the fresh council. New board member is Brad Blizman, who will also act as second vice-chair of the fresh council. Shawn Brenn returns as fresh council first vice chair. On…

Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys

More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly often. Not an easy start One of the companies that chose to do things completely differently is Landlust Frites from Moerkapelle, in the Netherlands. Derreck…

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