Author: Lukie Pieterse

La estrategia de 2014 para las patatas de siembra francesas

Durante su asamblea general el pasado 14 de enero en Carhaux, Bretagne Plants reveló sus objetivos para el año entrante. Se basan esencialmente en tres prioridades: encontrar nuevos productores, aumentar la rentabilidad del sector y renovar las herramientas de detección de patógenos. “Al querer pasar de 5.000 a 7.000 hectáreas, hemos colocado el listón en un nivel muy alto”, explica[Read[Read More…]

UK: Potato Council wants its health message to stick

With television and radio programmes and newspapers and magazines currently packed full of features promoting new year diets and resolutions, Potato Council is calling on the UK industry to help promote  the  ‘Natural Goodness’ of potatoes, by applying for a new Potato Council car sticker which is now available to all its levy payers. The sticker, which features a jacket potato[Read[Read More…]

Panamanian supermarket imports first container of U.S. table-stock potatoes

Riba Smith is a Panamanian supermarket that opened in 1920 and continues to sell local and imported products today. The Riba Smith supermarket recently sent their Production and Purchasing Manager to the United States for the USPB’s Table-Stock Reverse Trade Mission (RTM) held in October, 2013. During the RTM they toured growing operations in Oregon and Washington, participated in a USPB[Read[Read More…]

GMO potatoes discussed at Potato Expo

A big topic at this year’s Potato Expo in San Antonio was the release of Simplot’s Innate technology for potatoes. During one of the Expo sessions Joe Guenthner from the University of Idaho discussed the benefits of Innate. More You are unauthorized to view this page.

Dit jaar belooft veel goeds brengen voor Bulgaarse aardappeltelers

“Het grootste probleem voor de aardappeltelers in Bulgarije is irrigatie,” zegt Ventsislav Kaymakanov, voorzitter van de nationale associatie van aardappeltelers. “Water is het meest belangrijke hulpmiddel van groententelers. Het Bulgaarse Ministerie van Landbouw en Voeding heeft een visie voor het probleem, maar er zijn nog geen maatregelen getroffen om het probleem aan te pakken.” Meer You are unauthorized to view[Read More…]

México: Acabará EU con la papa mexicana

El 80% de la producción de papa del país está en riesgo por la entrada del tubérculo proveniente de Estados Unidos, por lo que el Congreso del Estado pide a Sagarpa prohibir esa importación. El diputado Indalecio Rodríguez López advirtió el riesgo para producción nacional, al quedar expuesta a enfermedades fitosanitarias que hay en regiones de Estados Unidos y Canadá,[Read[Read More…]

Proposed potato Bill to curb exploitation of Kenyan farmers

Plans are in top gear for a  Bill to be presented in the Senate regulating the sale and processing of  potatoes in the country. The  Bill aims at coming up with guidelines on produce marketing and processing in counties that grow the crop. It aims to wipe out middle men who have for a very long time exploited  farmers by[Read[Read More…]

Colombia: El sector de la patata toma medidas para reactivarse en el mercado

Al finalizar el año 2013, el Gobierno colombiano realizó la compra de 37.958 toneladas de patata por un valor de 19.966.540.730 pesos (10,3 millones de dólares), con el fin de evitar otro paro agrario, aumentar el precio del tubérculo y exportar el producto a otros países. Sin embargo, de acuerdo con la Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Papa, Fedepapa, esta[Read[Read More…]

UK: Potato sales drop in 2013

Spending on fresh potatoes increased 21.5% on the previous year to £1.35bn in the 52 weeks to 8 December 2013, despite volume sales falling 7.9%. The fresh potato price now stands at 87p/kg – 9.4% higher than this time last year. Frozen potato spending grew by 9.6% to £715,699, while volume sales dipped by 0.7%. Potato servings also declined in[Read[Read More…]

Canada: Potato Technology Expo Charlottetown releases Conference Program

The International Potato Technology Expo (IPTE) returns to the Eastlink Centre (formerly known as the Charlottetown Civic Centre) on February 21-22, 2014. This popular event has been running biennial in Charlottetown since 1992. Over the years, this has become a must-attend industry event for potato farmers from across the Island, while attracting visitors from as far away as the United[Read[Read More…]

U.S. Potato Board combines marketing departments

The U.S. Potato Board has combined its domestic and international marketing departments into one department. John Toaspern, the Denver-based board’s vice president for international marketing, will become chief marketing officer and head the new department, according to a USPB news release. The new structure will go into effect July 1. The board’s administrative committee approved it Jan. 10. More You[Read More…]

Aviko neemt belang in Duits bedrijf

Aardappelverwerker Aviko heeft overeenstemming bereikt over de overname van een meerderheidsaandeel in het Beierse familiebedrijf Amberger uit Oberdolling. Aviko investeert daarmee in een verdere verbetering van haar positie in de Duitse en Oostenrijkse Foodservice markt. De overeenkomst is onder voorbehoud van goedkeuring door de Duitse toezichthouder. Duitsland en Oostenrijk zijn belangrijke markten voor Aviko. Met de overname voegt de verwerker[Read[Read More…]

UK: Potato crop forecasting tool goes online

A crop forecasting tool that helps retailers to more accurately plan promotions on fresh potatoes and maximise sales is being taken online in a bid to encourage wider industry use. The system analyses weather data, potato leaf cover and samples of potatoes dug up in the field to forecast crop yields and pinpoint the best time to harvest to maximise[Read[Read More…]

2014 strategy for French seed potatoes

During its General Assembly on the 14th January in Carhaux, Bretagne Plants revealed their goals for the year to come. They are essentially based on three priorities: finding new producers whilst raising the profitability of the sector and renewing pathogen detection tools. ”By wanting to go from 5,000 to 7,000 ha, we have set the bar at a high level”,[Read[Read More…]

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