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Netherlands to Provide Around 1 Million Euros for Potato Impact Cluster in Bangladesh

The government of the Netherlands and Dutch businesses have inked an agreement to undertake a “potato impact cluster” project in Bangladesh. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and a consortium of Dutch businesses joined hands to share their experience and best practices with potato farmers in Bangladesh to improve supply chain in potato sector of Bangladesh. An amount of Euro 900,000 has been allocated for this three-year project, said the Bangladesh Embassy in…

World Potato Congress Inc. Launches Webinar Series

The World Potato Congress (WPC) is looking to increase its networking role for the global professional potato value chain, especially during the interval between congresses. As a result, WPC is setting up a webinar series to bring potato professionals together by offering  presentations to share inspiring and innovative knowledge or visions. On Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, WPC President, Romain Cools, will introduce this new communication approach…

Syngenta Launches Minecto Pro Insecticide in Potatoes, Fruit and Vegetable Crops

Syngenta Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Minecto® Pro foliar-applied insecticide for broad-spectrum control of key pests in potatoes, apples, pears, and a variety of vegetable crops. Minecto Pro delivers rapid activity through two complementary active ingredients – abamectin (Group 6) and cyantraniliprole (Group 28). Both active ingredients use translaminar movement within the plant to achieve excellent coverage, providing a reservoir of activity for extended residual control of targeted…

Researchers Go Toe to Toe with PCN

Although extremely rare in Canada, potato cyst nematodes (PCN) are such a serious risk to potato production and trade that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has strict surveillance and quarantine protocols. When PCN was discovered in Quebec in 2006, the CFIA immediately implemented quarantine measures for the affected fields. As well, the agency took other important steps, including working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and other stakeholders to identify research…

Solynta Expands Its Executive Team

Solynta, a potato breeding and biotechnology company, announced it has appointed Charles Miller as its commercial director. Miller brings more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in the seed industry to Solynta. Before joining Solynta, Miller led Chromatin Inc.’s international business development and sales as vice-president. He was a principal in the sorghum company MMR Genetics/Richardson Seeds, and after its acquisition by NuFarm, became the global development manager for NuFarm’s sorghum…

In-Furrow Pink Rot Fungicide Control Active in September?

Most of you probably know that Orondis Gold Potato fungicide, a co-pack containing Orondis and Ridomil (active ingredients oxathiapiprolin and metalaxyl-M), will be available this spring to suppress pink rot and Pythium leak.  The registration is for in-furrow application, but pink rot usually develops at the end of the season.  Will Orondis applied mid-May still be active in September? My colleagues across the border always do a good job evaluating fungicides before…

New Prospect for Wireworm Control

A few years ago, Todd Kabaluk was given some fuzzy wireworms. That might not sound like an auspicious gift, but Kabaluk is a research biologist in integrated pest management with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). He was immediately interested. As it turned out, these fuzzy wireworms were the first step on the path toward a new possibility for controlling wireworms. Wireworms are the tough-to-control, soil-dwelling larvae of click beetles. AAFC has found…

New Innovative Potato Product

W.P. Griffin Inc. is pleased to announce that we are launching “Potato CuisineTM “ Microwaveable Mini Potatoes with selected spices from around the world. These quick and convenient trays only take 6 minutes in the microwave. “We have been working on this new product line for close to two years. It is exciting to see this new and innovative product being supported by Sobeys, Foodland and select Co-op stores from Ontario and…

Update: 11th World Potato Congress, May 24-27, 2021, Dublin, Ireland

The World Potato Congress is the premier networking organization for the global potato value chain. The 11th World Potato Congress will welcome partners from across the globe to support research in this sector, while making vital connections on a global stage. The Congress will provide an excellent opportunity for the potato industry to network, make new business connections, engage with the global audience and secure contracts whilst attending WPC 2021.   For the…

European Potato Growers Concerned About Ban of an Anti-Germinative

The European potato sector is concerned by the possible ban from July 31 of the anti-germinative Chlorpropham (CIPC), which is used to prevent the germination of the tubers while they are in storage. It is currently approved for the 2018/19 campaign, but it seems that it could not be authorized for the next campaign, as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has advised against it. The vote on the renewal of the…

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