According to Rabobank’s World Potato Map 2019, north-western European potato producers benefited most from the growth in global trade over the past decade. The trade in fresh, seed, and frozen processed potatoes accounted for around 7% of total potato production in 2017, with the rest consumed locally. Despite the small proportion, the international potato trade is starting to grow.
Frozen processed potato trade almost doubles in 10 years
Poland to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for fresh potatoes
Poland’s Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development informed the EU commission that it will introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for potatoes. The request, which was made on 14th November, represents the most recent example of EU Member States insisting on stricter labelling of origins of foodstuffs. While the EU already requires such labelling for fruits and vegetables, these requirements do not apply to fresh potatoes.
North-Western Europe potato harvest estimated at 24 million tons
Agrico presents record results at members' meeting
Agrico presents ten new varieties during Portuguese show
On Thursday 9 November Agrico opened its annual varieties and seedling show at its breeding and research centre Agrico Research in Bant. The varieties show attracted many interested national and foreign visitors, and also opened its doors to anyone interested on Friday 10 November. During the opening day, Agrico’s managing director Jan van Hoogen presented ten new varieties that have recently been included in the Dutch list of varieties.
Agrico celebrates growth during stormy Potato Europe in Emmeloord
EU North-Western potato area has increased, as well as demand
The total consumption potato area in North-Western Europe, the NEPG area, has been estimated upon 578.821 ha, which is 4.6% more than last year and 8.3% more than the 5 years average. All 5 countries increased their potato area with Belgium on top with 5.4%.
This is based upon the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers) country estimations. The NEPG emphasizes that this does not automatically means that the harvest will increase also as the yields per hectare are more important for the final harvest than the area.
New rules for inter-European potato trade
Sunny markets return for seed potatoes
The main countries producing seed potatoes are the Netherlands with 40,180 ha (unchanged compared to 2015), 20,023 ha in France (+3.2%), 15,912 ha in Germany (-2.4%) and 2,257 ha in Belgium (-9.2%). Annual changes in the multiplication area indicate which variety is finding its place on the market or which is hardly moving. The chart gives the figures for the last 5 years for the main varieties by category.
Mid-early varieties gaining space
Mahindra HZPC unveils aeroponics seed potato plant
MHZPC, a 60/40 joint venture of Mahindra Agri Solutions Limited (MASL) and HZPC, has this month inaugurated its state-of-the-art aeroponics facility in Mohali, India.
The new facility will produce the best in class seed potatoes via an innovative process and the latest technology.
In a press release, Mahindra said this will translate into “high quality seed potatoes for the Indian farmer and in turn for consumers.”