potato sector News

  • New developments at Potatoes In Practice

    Another successful Potatoes In Practice (PIP) event was held at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm on 11 August. The annual showcase, which is the largest field-based potato event in the UK, is reported to have attracted over 700 delegates from across the sector, including international guests and industry speakers. This year’s event featured the latest leading research, ...


    By Certis UK

  • Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation

    Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases and farmers can struggle to generate sufficient added value. This is where Wageningen comes in.Potato specialist Anton Haverkort travels the world giving advice on how to bring cultivation ...

  • Tasmanian Potato Producers Hungry for New R&D

    Tasmanian potato producers have worked up an appetite for new potato research and development (R&D) information, with close to 70 members of the Tasmanian potato industry set to attend a special R&D workshop to be held in Devonport on Wednesday night.   “AUSVEG has received a record number of responses to the potato R&D workshop being held in Tasmania tomorrow ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Secrets of successful breeding revealed in Potato Breeding Manual

    The Potato Breeding Manual was presented during the Potato Europe Exhibition in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, on 11 September. The book was handed over to Kees van Arendonk, chair of the Dutch Potato Organisation (NAO) an is available in English and Dutch. In this manual the secrets of successful potato breeding are revealed. This book aims not only at potato breeders. It is a source of inspiration ...

  • Durably resistant potatoes with wild potato genes offer 80% reduction in chemical control

    A research project into the development of potatoes with sustainable resistance against phytophthora via genetic modification with genes from wild potato varieties and good resistance management (DuRPh) has concluded with a scientific publication on the research results. The Wageningen UR scientists indicated that their approach was successful in developing potato plants which require 80% less ...

  • Wageningen Potato Centre – bringing Science and Practice Together for the Last Five Years

    The Wageningen Potato Centre (WPC) will celebrate its first lustrum this week. Initiated by Wageningen UR, the WPC is a platform that makes science and applied research accessible for the industry in the potato sector. The Wageningen based potato research is getting a podium, and the first 30 associated partners, all of them businesses from across the whole spectrum of the potato sector, are at ...

  • ‘Spudcasts’: AUSVEG launches new potato R&D initiative

    AUSVEG has launched an exciting new initiative that will see key research and development (R&D) information delivered to Australian potato growers via podcasts.   Aptly titled ‘Spudcasts’, AUSVEG will produce a series of R&D-focused audio programs in 2014 for the Australian potato industry, as part of activities undertaken for the Potato Industry Extension ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Alterra and partners to demonstrate the use of brackish water for potato cultivation in Egypt

    A consortium led by Alterra has recently started a project called “Salt TOlerant Potatoes improve water and food security - STOP”. Together with our partners we will extend and test the existing Dacom soil moisture monitoring system with a new salinity sensor. Use of this advisory system will prevent both crop drought and salinity stress, while minimizing water losses. It will enable ...

  • Potato professionals from all over the world at PotatoEurope 2014

    Around 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries at the Rittergut Bockerode estate near Hanover - One in three visitors was international - Impressive showcase for technological advances in potato production - International discussion platform for market participants. (DLG). PotatoEurope 2014 took place on 3 and 4 September on the Rittergut Bockerode estate in Springe-Mittelrode near ...

  • New potato varieties to boost productivity in Tanzania, Kenya could borrow some tips

    Mtanga Farms Limited (MFL), in partnership with the Tanzanian government, has announced the registration of four new potato varieties – the first to be released in Tanzania in 30 years. MFL, a commercial farming operation in the southern highlands of Tanzania – rehabilitated in partnership with Thirty Degrees East, a Mauritian investment company, through impact investments by UK-based ...


    By TractorExport

  • The big red hand picks Australian vegetables for freezing

    AUSVEG, the National Peak Industry body representing Australian vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed an initiative rolled out on Australia Day by retailer Coles to replace all of its Smart Buy frozen vegetables with 100 per cent Australian grown vegetables and potatoes. The agreement comes in the form of a five-year contract that the retailer has inked with Simplot, who operate vegetable ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Peru relaxes GM rules … for now

    After nine years of discussions, Peru's government has passed an agricultural biosafety regulation intended to promote biotechnological research and help the country's researchers catch up with other Latin American nations. The Biosafety Rules for the Agriculture or Forestry Sectors will regulate the research, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Industry welcomes further dumping investigations into Italian tomatoes

    AUSVEG has welcomed the announcement that Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission will investigate the alleged dumping of canned tomatoes into Australia by two Italian exporters. Following an application lodged by SPC Ardmona Operations Limited, an investigation has been initiated with respect to tomatoes exported to Australia from Italy by Feger di Gerardo Ferraioli A.p.A. and La ...


    By AUSVEG

  • EPA’s Energy Star label now available for four types of glass and food processing plants

    From strawberry jam jars to frozen french fries, the manufacturing plants that make several well-known container and food items in the United States can now earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for superior energy efficiency. The new Energy Performance Indicators (EPIs) for flat and container glass manufacturing plants and juice and frozen fried potato processing plants are ...

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Exciting Farming Projects Benefit from £18M Government Funding

    There were some exciting announcements in farming this week as Defra revealed 15 agri-tech projects that are due to receive a share of £18 million from the Government and industry to help speed up agriculture innovation and their commercial viability. According to Farmers Guardian, they are the first industrial research awards to be funded by the £70 million Agri-Tech Catalyst, which ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 9–22 September 2010

    Below is a round up of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 9–22 September 2010 More seed companies key to Africa's much-awaited Green Revolution Africa needs more seed companies that will "multiply, market, and disseminate improved seed varieties" to enable farmers to increase food production, according to an International Institute of Tropical Agriculture ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Certis’ 15 year anniversary celebrations

    Certis are celebrating 15 years as an extensive crop protection business covering arable crops, potatoes, fruit, vegetables and ornamentals. Cereals 2016 is your chance to come and meet the team, and discuss the next 15 years. Certis’ new marketing manager Nathan Whitehouse, believes this is an exciting time for the company. “It’s great to have joined Certis when they are ...


    By Certis UK

  • Vegetable Australian industry welcomes $50 million increase in export development scheme

    AUSVEG has welcomed a $50 million boost to the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, after Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon. Andrew Robb MP, today introduced legislation into Parliament to facilitate the increase and make the program more accessible to businesses. The threshold of expenses required for a firm to become eligible for a grant will be reduced from $20,000 to ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Free trade agreements provide export hope for struggling Australian vegetable growers

    Recently concluded free trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China could pave the way for greater exports of premium Australian vegetable products according to a discussion paper released today by AUSVEG titled ‘Exporting Australia’s vegetables to the Middle East & Asia: Market analysis & overview.’ “Lower returns domestically can be attributed to ...


    By AUSVEG

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