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Expansion of North Western European potato area

Expansion of North Western European potato area

Published on Jun 26th, 2019

The area dedicated to potato production in Europe’s five largest potato countries expanded by 2.4% to 609,000 ha of consumption potatoes – the largest ever. The data is based on provisional estimates released by the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers). This represents an increase of 8.4% compared to the five-year average.

The expansion is fairly uniform across the continent, with France and Belgium leading the way. It is still too early for figures from the UK.

Expansion of North Western European potato area

Expansion of North Western European potato area

Published on Jun 20th, 2019

The area dedicated to potato production in Europe’s five largest potato countries expanded by 2.4% to 609,000 ha of consumption potatoes – the largest ever. The data is based on provisional estimates released by the NEPG (North-Western European Potato Growers). This represents an increase of 8.4% compared to the five-year average.

The expansion is fairly uniform across the continent, with France and Belgium leading the way. It is still too early for figures from the UK.

New rules for inter-European potato trade

Sunny markets return for seed potatoes

Sunny markets return for seed potatoes

Published on Nov 30th, 2016

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

Mahindra HZPC unveils aeroponics seed potato plant

Published on Nov 17th, 2016

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.”

Higher potato production for China in 2016/17

Tesco announces new long term contracts for potato growers

Tesco announces new long term contracts for potato growers

Published on Jul 05th, 2016

Tesco says it will issue contracts worth £12 million over three years to help support British Agriculture and become the first UK retailer to introduce new long term contracts for potato growers and packers. It said the move will help safeguard the future of UK farmers who supply the supermarket chain and provide customers with the best quality produce. 

"Through the Tesco Sustainable Farming Group - Potatoes (TSFG-Potatoes), growers will benefit from greater financial certainty, allowing them to invest in their businesses for the future," it said.

Special agro-machinery edition of PotatoEurope

Special agro-machinery edition of PotatoEurope

Published on May 11th, 2016

Experience the actual processing quality of equipment under real-life conditions

Dynamic demonstrations are the cornerstone of the PotatoEurope event – taking place September 14-15 in Villers-Saint-Christophe in France – and are set to play an even more significant role this year. They will now be conducted on 23 irrigated hectares of the Magnum variety, with three main sections:

Italian potatoes: smaller quantities but big on quality

Italian potatoes: smaller quantities but big on quality

Published on Apr 26th, 2016

Even if Italian potatoes account for only a small proportion of the European crop, they are highly distinctive.The surface area for potatoes in Italy was close to 50,000 ha last year, with a capacity of slightly over 1.4 million tons in total. In quantity terms this is a very modest crop in comparison to the major European partners, amounting to only 3% of the European output. Early (or rather first early) potatoes make up around 23% of the Italian total and are mainly grown in the south of the country.

US potato stocks down 2%

US potato stocks down 2%

Published on Feb 17th, 2016

The 13 major potato states in the United States held 197 million cwt of potatoes in storage as at February 1, down 2% on the same date last year, according to a new report by the country's statistics service, NASS.

Potatoes in storage accounted for 49% of the fall storage States' 2015 production, 2 percentage points lower than last year, it says.

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