When CIP staff first arrived in Jodhpur things felt familiar. The arid landscape, the water table, and the warm days that fed into cool evenings were reminiscent of Gujarat- India’s most productive potato growing state, except that at Jodhpur and Jaisalmer district runs along the Pakistan border no potatoes were grown. The land was fertile and free of soil borne diseases, favorable conditions for potato cultivation. Despite the obvious advantages potato farming was non-existent on this stretch of land. Charged by the CGIAR consortium with finding new areas of India to pilot potato programs as part of an International Potato Center’s (CIP) dryland outreach, Dr. Mohinder Kadian, a Low Land potato scientist, and Sushma Arya, a CIP agronomist, asked themselves, “why not take our experience of Gujarat and apply it in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer?” The original plan was to start with five farmers and work through a partner because the remote location made it hard to access.
“Why do we make fries? Because they make us happy.” How true. Blake Lingle, founder of Boise Fry Company, wrote these words in his entertaining and fact-filled book about “fryography.” He says it’s not a cookbook. Rather, it’s “loaded with heaps of conjecture, food verbiage, exaggerated yet appropriate jokes at the expense of the French, and sarcasm.” It is clear how much Lingle loves fries, and with his restaurant’s tag line “burgers on the side,” he promotes the idea that “fries can and should stand on their own.” “Fries! An Illustrated Guide to the World’s Favorite Food” contains history, definitions, a timeline of fry evolution across the world, types of fries, types of potatoes, nutritional values, various fry condiments and sauces, recipes, as well as how they are made, where they are grown and where they’re consumed — in short, nearly everything about one of the world’s most popular and favorite foods.
The greater American potato industry is closely watching Maine, as seed potato farmers prepare to control a new outbreak of an old disease. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is considering a proposal to set limits on the prevalence of the rotting disease blackleg in its certification of seed potatoes, which more than 100 Maine farmers sell to other farmers along the East Coast. Over the last two years, the Maine Potato Board and some seed potato farms have been dealing with concerned customers — farmers growing certified Maine seed potatoes who suffered outbreaks of blackleg. Some farmers in states such as Maryland and Pennsylvania lost as much as half of their crop to the disease in 2015, said Tim Hobbs, the Maine Potato Board’s director of grower relations.
Imported seed bearing new pathogens is a threat to the Canadian potato industry, according to a U.S. researcher. Neil Gudmestad, a distinguished professor of plant pathology at North Dakota State University, was in Brandon this January to deliver a lecture on the importance of planting locally produced seed at Manitoba Potato Production Days. “There are valid reasons to buy out-of-state or out-of-province seed, but the most common reason is to access newer varieties,” said Gudmestad. “But the risk of either importing a major disease problem, or worse yet, importing a pathogen that can do irreparable harm, are substantial.” Among the diseases that can be imported on seed, Gudmestad said, are powdery scab, new strains of late blight, bacterial ring rot, potato mop-top virus, potato cyst nematodes and Dickeya, the pathogen that has Gudmestad sounding the alarm.
Pascal Murasira is co-founder and managing partner of Hollanda FairFoods, a Rwanda-based food-processing company that manufactures potato crisps under the brand name Winnaz. Murasira tells How we made it in Africa about the opportunity for commercial potato processing in Rwanda, the challenges associated with food packaging, and his plans to position Winnaz as the healthiest potato-based snacks brand in the region. “I previously worked for NGOs in the agriculture industry and I noticed that despite being a leading producer of potatoes in sub-Saharan Africa, there was limited value addition in commercial processing. Rwanda was importing a lot of snacks from Kenya, South Africa, Europe… yet all the raw materials we needed is available locally. In 2013 I met my business partner Thijs Boer and we decided to set up our own potato crisps manufacturing business. We began production in 2015. Winnaz crisps comes in one flavour in 40g packaging, selling at about RFW550 ($0.7). We plan to introduce a bigger size of 150g, unveil additional flavours, and start to serve big buyers such as hotels that need products in bulk. Our core target market is the urban, young consumer in Rwanda and across the region. We currently retail in Rwanda and Uganda, with plans to expand to other countries in the region.”
With potato prices remaining on a high there are signs of levels stabilising and some buyers are hanging back from the market. According to AHDB Potatoes analyst Arthur Marshall, there have been continued reports of French supplies being brought in at comparable prices to GB crop, especially in the fresh chipping sector. However, the overall supply-demand ratio remains tight. AHDB senior analyst Sara Maslowski said while Great Britain total potato imports for the July-February period were up 5 per cent on the same period in the previous marketing year, HM Revenue and Customs reported exports were also higher.
The Boise School District’s new Potato Celebration Week enabled Rod Lake of Heyburn-based Southwind Farms to get his company’s fingerling potatoes into a public schools market he’s been trying to reach for most of a year. For the farmers and staff of Potatoes USA and the Idaho Potato Commission, the district’s event provided an opportunity to educate the next generation of consumers about the versatility and nutrition of their crop. And district officials say principals were elated for the chance to have students with limited knowledge on food production interacting with farmers. Peggy Bodnar, the district’s food and nutrition services supervisor, explained the schools’ celebration of the state’s most famous commodity stemmed from a phone call she received from T.K. Kuwahara of Potatoes USA.
The International Potato Center (CIP), global seed potato company HZPC and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) have announced a new partnership. Their joint aim is to develop better potatoes for tropical and subtropical conditions. CIP and HZPC will combine their experience and resources to breed and select potato varieties suitable for local markets in South Asia. SFSA will provide support. This public-private partnership demonstrates the organizations’ joint aim of raising the quality and quantity of food production for a growing world population. Under the agreement, CIP and HZPC will focus on research and development. HZPC will also apply its strength in the commercialization of potato varieties and seed potatoes; CIP will contribute its know-how in the development of varieties for sustainable production in the tropics.
Dear Lays, I have been an ardent fan of your saltiness since my early childhood days. At the fledgling foodie age of 7 I began putting your plain Lays potato chips in my tuna fish sandwiches to add a layer of savory texture to my pedestrian lunch. I even copied Kurt Cobain and devoured just potato chip sandwiches with teenage angst glee. I even stayed a fan as my mouth matured and transitioned into your far superior kettle roasted versions and boundary breaking flavors.Despite all your previous goodwill, you have forsaken me and more importantly my mouth! I have been traveling around Asia the past 4 months and have been excited and allured by your exotic and enticing new chip flavors lining the Asian aisles. And sadly they all taste like potato chip ass!
This Spud Smart magazine Podcast brought to you by McCain Foods features Dr. Mathuresh Singh. The Director of Agricultural Certification Services for Potatoes New Brunswick and the project lead for a major research study into the development of more effective strategies for controlling Potato Virus Y. Dr. Singh shares his insights into PVY and how potato growers can benefit from his research findings.
Das Sortiment an Speisefrühkartoffeln verbreiterte sich. Die Vielfalt wurde marktweise durch vereinzelte Kultivare aus Italien und Zypern ausgeweitet. Zudem vergrößerte sich der Umfang der Importe. Die Verkaufszahlen der frischen Anlieferungen aus dem Mittelmeerraum wurden für gewöhnlich von einem verstärkten Spargelkonsum auf eine höhere Ebene transferiert. Hielten sich Angebot und Nachfrage die Waage, so veränderten sich die Kurse nicht wesentlich. Verschiedentlich war das Interesse derart gestiegen, dass die Händler leichte Verteuerungen durchsetzen konnten. Örtlich geriet der Vertrieb hingegen ins Stocken. Vergünstigungen, insbesondere bei Galatiner Sieglinde aus Italien, sollten dann die Unterbringung beschleunigen.
Potatoes USA and its industry partners have donated 202 school salad bars so far in the Potatoes USA Salad Bar Challenge program. The numbers announced April 27 include 99 industry donations and 103 matches and purchases by Potatoes USA. The salad bars have been placed in Michigan, Colorado, Idaho and other potato producing states, plus large markets including Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Orlando, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
In spite of how busy spring is for Washington potato growers, they have also been making time to give back to their communities; so far this year, growers have been working together to benefit causes such as cancer research and fighting hunger. During the annual Washington-Oregon Potato Conference in January, attendees could sign up and attend a special luncheon to celebrate women involved in the industry. This year, along with the traditional luncheon, the group made a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The Stahl Hutterian Colony of Stanfield, Ore., hosted nearly 50 attendees at the luncheon. In lieu of any payment for hosting the lunch, the Stahl family asked that all proceeds from the program be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation. A total of $3,740 was donated to the organization on behalf of the family.
Most attending traders can be found in the “Commercial Village” at Potato Europe, under the FEDEPOM banner, creating the perfect location for discussions and business, September 14-15, Villers-Saint-Christophe – France. France is Western Europe’s second largest potato producer. It is also Europe’s No.1 exporter of potatoes for storage in terms of value. As of 30 March, 280 exhibitors – representing nearly 1/3 of the various countries of Europe, but also from the USA and Canada – had already booked their stands. This figure represents a rise of nearly 12 per cent over the 2012 edition. As well as being a sign of the dynamism of suppliers in the potato industry, it also demonstrates that Potato Europe really is “The place to be”. Potato Europe‘s reputation has been built on the dynamic demonstrations of potato harvesting and reception. This year’s French edition will also stand out with its world-leading dynamic optical sorting demonstrations.
Potatoes are prone to disease, such as the late blight fungus which is responsible for billions of dollars of annual losses. Keeping disease at bay requires a steady supply of fungicide, which can harm human health and the environment. The issue is particularly pressing on Prince Edward Island, which produces about one-quarter of Canada’s potatoes. The very characteristics that make the island great for growing potatoes — its sandy soil, streams and rolling hills — also make it vulnerable to chemicals leaching into the earth. Environmentalists on the island have called for a complete phase-out of the Russet Burbank, which would be a hard sell considering its commercial success. But there may be a GMO solution.
Planning a house party or dinner party soon? This new way to make potato chips will definitely make you everyone’s favourite host. They’re a perfect for quick finger foods and they’ll look pretty when stacked on your snack table. Some choose to deep fry their’s in a light batter but this is a healthy version in this video, the chips are baked in the oven for just 25 minutes. In the video it’s shown with meals as a side with burgers but you can always eat it on it’s own topped with ketchup, cheese or any other tasty dressing of your choice. In Korea, it’s a popular street food and it’s sometimes served with sausages and they use a drill to make it most times.
or many Jersey Royal new potatoes are a delicious eat. They are also a sign that Spring is here, even if the weather suggests otherwise. Supermarkets are stocking up with the potatoes; 40,000 tonnes are handpicked every year with farmers packing up 80 bags a minute, 24 hours a day. Reporter Wesley Smith has been to see the Jersey Royal’s journey from field to fork.
Whether it’s a house party or just a quick catch-up, food dips can be the perfect snack. But a new survey by consumer research and ratings company Canstar Blue shows that New Zealand is a country divided between those who reach for healthy or unhealthy dipping options. The nationwide survey, of almost 1,500 adults who have bought and eaten any type of food dip over the last three months, found that Kiwis are more likely to enjoy their favourite flavour with potato chips rather than vegetables. 69% enjoy eating dip with potato chips, while 58% like it with vegetables. However, there were some noticeably different dipping preferences reported in the regions, with consumers in Waikato the most likely to go with chips (79%) and amongst the least likely to reach for veggies (54%).
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