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Hugely successful online marketing campaign a saving grace for South Korean potato growers

Since securing a box of face masks during the coronavirus outbreak has become an impossible feat in South Korea these days, some people have settled instead for a box of potatoes, reports Esther Chung in the Korea JoongAng Daily. With the help of the Gov of Gangwon province, several thousand tons of potatoes were sold online in a couple of weeks.

South Koreans are coming to the rescue of the country’s coronavirus-hit potato farmers

Some people outside of South Korea may remember Gangwon province, located some 50 miles from North Korea, as the location of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. To locals, however, the cool and mountainous region is known for its firm, large potatoes that are used to produce delicacies such as dumplings and pancakes. Demand for Gangwon’s famed potatoes, however, came crashing down this year with the coronavirus outbreak.,

In India’s Assam state, potatoes are grown with no-tillage; growers receive post-harvest training

As farmers look to grow more food for their families and the marketplace, increasing production sustainably remains a consistent challenge. But a CIP project in Assam state in India has discovered an easy way to produce an annual crop of potatoes with no-tillage and very few additional inputs. For the first time in the State, a day-long training of post-harvest management of potato was recently conducted.

India: Windfall for Punjab’s potato farmers as crop hits all-time high prices

It’s a happy time for the potato farmers of Punjab, with their crop hitting the highest rate ever known due to low production in other states because of a delayed monsoon last year. Farmers are currently getting Rs 1,600 per quintal for their table crop, which is currently being harvested. For the past four years, they had been getting Rs 300 to Rs 400 per quintal. Traders and stockists of other states like Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are hoping to get higher prices after purchasing the crop from Punjab.

Potato news update from Russia

The Potato Union of Russia and the Russian magazine Potato System recently came to an agreement to collaborate in an initiative to inform the commercial potato industry about important industry and government events, promotion of the achievements of agricultural producers, and more. Other news reported by Potato System magazine the past week relates to the problems and prospects of growing potatoes in the Stavropol Territory

Bangladesh: Drive to increase potato exports reaches landmark

A drive to increase the country’s potato exports reached an important landmark on Sunday when a special shipment of potatoes left Bangladesh, destined for Singapore, Malaysia, and the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh produces around 11 million tonnes of potatoes annually but a negligible amount is exported. While internal potato consumption has remained steady, exports have been declining over the past few years, while production has actually been increasing.

CIP: Improved potato varieties boost food security and livelihoods of millions in Asia

The potato is one of the most important crops in Asia, contributing to the food security and incomes of millions of families. Asian farmers produced almost 196 million metric tons of potatoes in 2017—about half of the global harvest—and many of those potatoes were bred by scientists at the International Potato Center (CIP).

Battling late blight: GMO modified Agrico potato varieties soon to be distributed to farmers in Bangladesh

With the objective of eradicating the late blight disease in potato, the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) in Domar upazila is currently growing trial varieties that are said to be resistant to the disease. Based on the success of growing the trial varieties at its Foundation Seed Potato Production Farm (FSPPF) in Domar, the BADC hopes to distribute seed of[Read More…]

French fries in China – big opportunities and high hurdles

The market for French fries in China is growing rapidly but barriers to entry exist for foreign providers, as Peter Peverelli of just-food.com explains. The potato, a staple of many European nations, has traditionally only had a supporting role in Chinese cuisine. It is known as tudou (literally: ‘earth bean’) in colloquial Chinese, or malingshu (‘horse bell tuber’) in formal[Read More…]

Potato Days Russia 2020 to be hosted in July

The Russian potato industry and representatives from many countries from abroad will meet in the heart of the potato production region in Russia for this event – the region of Bryansk. It will be held on July 30 – 31, 2020. Potato Days Russia 2020 is the first potato conference and trade show of its kind, and is organized in[Read More…]

The world we live in: Wearing face masks, Chinese potato farmers start plowing

Wearing a face mask, farmer Qiu Youliang headed to the fields early in the morning in east China’s Shandong Province. Qiu is from Qiuzhuang Village in the city of Tengzhou, known for its potato fields. Early February, or around the Chinese solar term of “beginning of spring,” is the best time for growing spring potatoes here. Although the spread of[Read More…]

Traceability: New technology to monitor the supply of potato seed in India

The agrarian state of Punjab has taken a major step towards value addition in its fresh produce, with the introduction of a blockchain traceability-based certification system. The system, which allows for instant tracing of the entire lifecycle of food products from origin through every point of contact to the consumer, has now been introduced for potato seed. With more growers[Read More…]

India: Uttar Pradesh clears decks for PepsiCo's new potato chips plant

The Uttar Pradesh government has cleared the decks for the proposed Rs 500 crore potato chips plant of global food and beverage company PepsiCo’s in the Mathura district. The UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) had already allotted 36 acres of land to the company. Last month, the state cabinet gave its nod to issue a ‘letter of comfort’ (LoC)[Read More…]

'Potato Industry 2020' event to be hosted in Moscow in June

The international ‘Potato Industry 2020‘ event will be hosted in Moscow on June 25 – 27. The event is dedicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the world renowned Lorch Potato Research Institute. “The Lorch Potato Research Institute is one of the oldest research institutes of the Russian Federation,” says Sergey  Jevora, Director of the Lorch Potato Research Institute. “The[Read More…]

India's Gujarat State ready for foreign investment in frozen potato product facilities

With the potential growing of potatoes for manufacture of frozen potato-based products, Gujarat is poised for an inflow of foreign investments. Several European and American companies are looking to invest in manufacturing facilities for frozen potato-based products or in the food processing equipment sector. “Investment from several European companies alone in the equipment, manufacturing and allied sectors is pegged at[Read More…]

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