De voedingsmiddelproducenten in Duitsland hebben in het eerste halfjaar van het lopende boekjaar weer zeer grote hoeveelheden aardappelen verwerkt, meldt de Duitse website Topagrar.com. Met 1,724 miljoen ton lagen de verwerkte aardappel-hoeveelheden van juli tot december 2013 slechts 12.000 ton lager dan in het voorgaande jaar, zo blijkt uit cijfers van het Duitse Bureau voor de Statistiek. Daarmee werd het tot nu toe één na hoogste niveau bereikt.
The agri division of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the $16.7 billion Mahindra Group, today signed a joint venture agreement in Chandigarh with Holland's HZPC, one of the leading innovative companies in the world in potato breeding, seed potato growing and seed potato trading to offer the best quality seed potatoes to farmers within and outside India. According to Gerard Backx, CEO, HZPC, “We feel confident that this JV will help us provide high quality seeds and new varieties to the seed potato growers in India and also open up export avenues for them. HZPC is a farmers’ company with its majority equity held by farmers. We have already sent 19 latest varieties from Europe for testing in India and are sure that some of them will go a long way in enhancing farmer productivity in the country”.
McDonald’s is fighting to hold onto customers in the U.S. The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 per cent in the first three months of the year as guest counts declined. After a decade of consistent growth, sales also declined last year as McDonald’s struggled to roll out an array of new menu items and fend off competitors.
Vegit, the agro division of the Rs 950 crore Merino Group which offers ready-to-cook packaged foods, plans to raise capacity of potato flakes facility by 50 per cent to meet growing demand. Vegit is raising production capacity of potato flakes at its plant at Hapur in Uttar Pradesh to 12,000 tonnes from current 8,000 tonnes.
Michael Aguzie, CEO of Nigerian chips and snack food company Harbin’s Foods, is looking to penetrate the flavoured potato chip market in Nigeria, which mostly consists of imports. Despite the fact that the company’s locally produced chips are almost half the price of the international brands on the market, getting Nigerians to trust local brands is a challenge.
In de Weser-Ems regio aan de grens met Groningen, Drenthe en Overijssel komen natuurorganisaties in het verweer tegen de omvangrijke overschakeling naar de maïsteelt. Dat meldt Radio Bremen. Van het ongeveer 340.000 hectare grootte areaal is op bijna 300.000 maïs ingezaaid. Dit gaat ten koste van suikerbieten en aardappelen.
Frito-Lay will roll out deep-ridged potato chips in more than 10 countries this year, and has plans to expand the snack concept even further in 2015 as its international patent on the design pends.
Plant health is a key prerequisite within the potato sector, because of the crop’s vulnerability it is the most heavily regulated category with several long term control measures in place which intend to prevent or eradicate the presence of several organisms. Together with a number of trade associations in the plant-based sector, Europatat had advocated to support the Commission’s original proposal which modernises and improves the EU’s plant health legislation.
The head-turning, jaw-dropping Great Big Idaho® Potato Truck is back on the road for its third consecutive cross-country tour with a new message for women: Take care of your heart! The five-month long, 2014 Big Idaho® Potato Truck Tour kicked off in Boise, Idaho with waves, cheers, and hugs from the students of Riverside Elementary School and salutes from soldiers at the Air Force Base in Mountain Home.
Fiona Fell has taken on the challenging and exciting role of Chairman of Potato Council and member of the AHDB Board. Fiona said: “Being appointed chairman of Potato Council gives me the opportunity to work even more closely with the team to address the needs of levy payers as they meet the challenges and opportunities facing the potato industry.
Op basis van een rondgang bij telers in de 5 belangrijke consumptieaardappelen landen, rekent de NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) met een areaaltoename voor consumptieaardappelen van 3,5% tot 4% t.o.v. 2013 of het 5-jarig gemiddelde. De toename is in België en Frankrijk het hoogst.
The Potato Council division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) marked last week the 50th anniversary of the opening of its Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR) facility, near Spalding in Lincolnshire. The leading post-harvest applied research centre for agricultural storage in the UK, SBCSR (then known as Sutton Bridge Experimental Station) was opened for business on 15 April 1964 by Baroness Mary Soames, daughter of Winston Churchill (who is now in her nineties).
The idea of banning genetically modified plants seems like folly to some scientists who work in crop technology, not to mention farmers who have grown GMOs for years. Martina Newell-McLoughlin, director of the International Biotechnical Program at University of California at Davis, grew up in Ireland, where the threat of potato famine reared its head over the centuries. She said scientists are experimenting with placing two genes from a wild potato into another potato that "confers almost complete, robust resistance" to potato blight disease.
As the growing season enters a second phase, farmers across the country look to plant their potato and onion crops. Peterborough-based Enduramaxx is helping farmers to make savings through the better management of fertiliser and rainwater through the provision of liquid fertiliser tanks and rainwater harvesting tanks.
Federal prosecutors have increased allegations against farming brothers from Northwood, N.D., saying they added chemicals to potato seeds to cut production in a crop insurance fraud case, taking $2 million from fraudulent insurance claims since 2002 as well as federal disaster funds.
Volgens de laatste verwachtingen van de afdeling statistiek van het Franse Ministerie van Landbouw (Agreste) zal het areaal voor de hoofdoogst van 2014 met 3% uitbreiden. Hiermee komt het areaal van de hoofdoogst (dus exclusief de vroege teelt) uit op 119.000 hectare tegen 115.500 hectare in oogstjaar 2013. In een normaal groeiseizoen kan de totale hoofdoogst uitkomen op 5,5 miljoen ton, 6,5% meer dan in oogstjaar 2013.
New USDA numbers reflect a manageable U.S. fresh potato inventory through April 1, though experts say shipping seems to be a bit too aggressive given the supply.
The Indian lobby is hell-bent on destroying the potato growers economically by demanding duty-free export of Indian potato in Pakistan. The voice was raised by the Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP), Okara Potato Growers Society (OPGS) and Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) during a press conference on Monday. The growers said that there was no shortage of potatoes in the country, which was available at Rs 60 per kg in the open market, which was lower than the rates of all other vegetables.
McCain Foods still hasn’t settled on the volume of potatoes it wants Manitoba processing potato growers to produce this year, even though planting is just weeks away. “We know there will be another decrease in volume though (from last year),” Dan Sawatzky, manager of Keystone Potato Growers Association Inc., told the Keystone Agricultural Producers’ general council meeting April 11. “There are a lot of concerns in the potato industry.”
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