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Alberta Seed Potato Trade Mission to Thailand

Alberta seed potato companies are invited to participate in a market development mission to Thailand from November 19-27, 2017. The mission will include stops in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, Thailand to meet with importers, distributors and potential customers as well as touring local potato farm operations. “This mission will profile Alberta as a reliable producer of high quality, low virus seed potatoes,” says Rachel Luo, senior trade and relations officer,…

Potato Expo 2018 to feature live streaming

Potato Expo 2018 will feature live streaming via ‘The Eye,’ a live streaming network covering activities taking place during the annual event. The Eye reporters will cover the excitement from the show floor in addition to in-depth interviews. Celebrating its 10th year, Potato Expo 2018 is expected to be the largest in its history, drawing more than 2,000 attendees and over 180 exhibiting companies. Potato Expo takes place Jan. 10-12, 2018 at…

Belgium hopes to ship more frozen potato fries to Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR– Belgium, the world’s biggest potato exporter, hopes to ship more frozen potato fries to Malaysia via its marketing campaign and collaboration with restaurateurs and fast food operators. “Belgian chocolates are famous all over the world. We’re seeking to promote Belgian fries here which is already consuming close to 10,000 tonnes per year,” said Belgapom secretary general Romain Cools. Belgapom is the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry…

Students try to give potato peel a future in furniture

A company started by six Mount Allison University students sees a place for potato peels in furniture, flooring and ceiling tiles. Enviroot’s goal is to reduce waste by using food remains, especially potato peelings, to make a safe material for use in the home. The company received a national business prize of $20,000 from Enactus Canada, a student-led entrepreneurial organization, and the McCain Social Enterprise Project Partnership to get the project going this summer….

Dutch potato industry establishes Holland Innovative Potato for major investment in research

Ten Dutch potato (processing) companies and two associations have established Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) to facilitate and coordinate joint pre-competitive research activities. Research is focused on improvement of the quality, yield and efficiency in the cultivation, logistics and processing of potatoes. The objective is to create practical solutions for products and processes that can be implemented by 2027 in order to strengthen the position of the potato as a global food crop,…

Japan to support domestic potato production after poor harvest

The Japanese agriculture ministry will help domestic potato farmers increase production following a halt in sales of some potato chip products in the country due to a potato shortage, sources said Tuesday. The ministry has included ¥3 billion for related costs in its budget request for fiscal 2018, the sources said.  Some 80 per cent of potatoes for chips are grown in Hokkaido Prefecture. The potato crop was poor there last year…

The tale of two neonicotinoid bumblebee studies

Two studies on the health of bumblebees and links to neonicotinoid health were published simultaneously last month in sister publications of the prestigious science journal empire, Nature. Both examined closely similar scientific questions, with somewhat different experimental methodologies. But the study that found that neonics caused no serious issues was ignored by the media while the one suggesting a bee-apocalypse was widely played up as “definitive.” The studies were not identical in focus,…

Potato research institute established in China

A potato research institute has been established in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The institute, co-founded by research agencies and companies from China and Kazakhstan, aims to increase regional exchanges for the development of the potato industry. Members of the institute will try to cultivate high-quality potatoes that better adapt to different environment and meet market demand in Central Asia. They will also cooperate in cultivation technology and potato processing. Central…

Zebra chip-tolerant potatoes for the fresh market

Over the past few years, the potato production in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand and Central America has been under threat of the zebra chip (ZC), a disease associated with the Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum bacteria, transmitted by the potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). The disease turns part of the amide in soluble sugars so, when potatoes are cooked, sugars caramelize and streaks appear. Zebra chip is monitored with pesticides, but sustainable defence…

Swansfleet Alliance Celebrates 40 Years

Manitoba’s Swansfleet Alliance is marking its 40th year of producing seed potatoes this year. Its founder, Dutch immigrant Henk Jonk, came to Canada in 1954 and eventually settled in the Swan Lake area of the province to farm. He began growing seed potatoes in 1976, and today his sons and grandchildren carry on the proud family tradition of providing high-quality seed to potato producers in Manitoba. One of Henk’s grandsons, Russell Jonk,…

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