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Ten million investment announced for potato processing plant in Kenya

Switzerland-based New Ventures, through its food and beverage subsidiary Kingdom Foods, has announced plans to set up a potato processing factory in Kenya, to be located in Elgeyo-Marakwet at a cost of Sh1 billion (US$10 million). Kingdom Food business development manager Sialo Kimiring said the move followed talks with the county as well as the need to improve the livelihoods of potato farmers through value addition. “The factory will give a sustainable…

Lack of seed potatoes may reduce area growth in Northwestern Europe

A lack of seed potatoes might reduce the growth of next year’s potato area for processing potatoes and contracts. According to the North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG), the expected growth of next year’s potato area might be less than previously estimated. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France there is a serious lack of seed potatoes to grow processing potatoes. The United Kingdom is the only NEPG member not suffering from this…

P.E.I. potato prices on a tear

P.E.I. potatoes fetched good prices in 2016, continuing a trend that stretches back to 2004. The strong performance for Island spuds was shown in the farm product prices indexed released by Statistics Canada on Feb. 27. The index, set at 100 in 2007, reached 169.3 for potatoes last year, which was well above the national index of 149.1. It was a big jump over P.E.I.’s 2015 index of 150.2. Total index also…

Rawanda’s farmers push for affordable Irish potato seeds

The soaring prices of Irish potato seeds has left Rawanda’s smallholder farmers lamenting, triggering efforts by different stakeholders to seek a remedy. The prices for seeds, now between RWF600 (RWF = Rawandan Franc) and RWF700 (97 cents to $1.13 CDN), are soaring at the time when farmers are getting little from the produce, with the farm price for a kilogram of Irish potatoes now down to between RWF110 and RWF140, according to…

Shortage of Canadians Working in Agriculture to Double by 2025

The gap between labour demand and the domestic workforce in agriculture has doubled from 30,000 to 59,000 in the past 10 years and projections indicate that by 2025, the Canadian agri-workforce could be short workers for 114,000 jobs. This is a key finding of newly released Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future research by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC). The LMI research also revealed that…

WOORDMAN FARMS NAMED CHAMPION GROWER

Woordman Farms of Taber, Alta., was named the 2015-2016 McCain Champion Potato Grower for the McCain Coaldale plant during the 17th Annual McCain Growers’ Banquet held recently at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre. About 140 guests gathered to celebrate the top growers and their achievements. Shai Altman, President, McCain Foods Canada and Dale McCarthy, vice-president, Integrated Supply Chain NA were on hand to extend personal congratulations to Woordman Farms and all…

Agrico presents four new varieties during Greek show

On Thursday 10 November, Agrico opened its annual varieties and seedlings show at its breeding and research facility, Agrico Research, in Bant. The varieties show, which was also open on Friday 11 November, attracted many interested national and international visitors. During the opening day, Agrico’s managing director Jan van Hoogen presented four promising new varieties that have recently been included in the Dutch list of varieties. Theme Greece The theme at this…

Lamb Weston / Meijer Invests EUR120m in Production Facility in the Netherlands

Lamb Weston / Meijer opened its new production line in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, yesterday. In addition to the new line, the entire production location has been completely renovated including the current production line. This investment of EUR120m enables Lamb Weston / Meijer to process potatoes in a more effective and sustainable way. A variety of specialties can be produced according the newest production methods. The complete renovation of the existing production…

Thai deputy governor up in arms against potato farming

The deputy governor of Phetchabun province has stepped up his campaign against potato contract farming in Thailand, urging consumers not to buy chips from the producer. In the post, he referred to the report and expressed concerns about its impacts on the environment and how the company takes advantage of farmers. “Finally they show their faces. They’re going full-steam with monoculture — a green revolution theory which poisons the land, water and…

PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is holding its annual Fresh Summit Convention & Expo Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, Florida. Connect with more than 20,000 attendees and 1,100+ exhibitors from over 60 countries. Meet with experts, leaders and decision makers from every link of the supply chain. And see how today’s bright ideas are reshaping tomorrow’s produce and floral landscape. “Fresh Summit is more than a trade show – it’s the global produce…

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