Friday, 28 April 2017

Innovations Showcase and Award Program at Process Expo 2017

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Innovative Development Discussed at Global Starch Conference

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  With seven months still to go, 50% of the exhibition space at PotatoEurope 2017 – the trade sho...

Lamb Weston/Mejier Buys Oerlemans' Potato Division

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IFA: Potato Prices Strengthen

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Big Idaho Potato Truck Wins Award for Publicity

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  The Big Idaho Potato Truck won the Bulldog Reporter’s Silver Award for Best Special Event, after mor...

Sormac Makes Improvements in Knife Peeler MS-20

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  Sormac has recently announced the renewal of its knife peeler MS-20, with improvements in cleaning a...

 tna solutions Launches ropac 5 Case Packer

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  tna has launched the tna ropac 5, an ultra-high-speed case packer for flexible bags that is capable ...

 Energy-efficiency and Healthy Oils Drive Countertop Fryers Market

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  Countertop fryers have gained significant popularity among many food service establishments that req...

PepsiCo and McCain Recall Hazardous Batches of Potato Products

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  Pepsico Canada and McCain Foods were pressed to make im...

Japan Faces Potato Chips Shortage

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    Due to typhoons that hit Hokkaido last year, Japanes...

Tasteful Selections Launches New Specialty Potato Brand

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Netherlands’ Potato Processing Industry to Reach a Milestone

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  Potato manufacturers in the Netherlands are approaching...

Research Finds High Levels of Acrylamide in UK Crisps

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FailChips Launches New Brand of Crushed Chips

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  In February, a new brand of chips made its debut with a...

Exclusive Interview: Branston - We Work to Improve Varieties and Develop Tastier Potatoes

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  Branston is now one of the biggest potato suppliers in ...

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  Fifteen percent of Brussels’ friteries surveyed selling...

Researcher Discusses Diseases of Potato Plants

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  Anne Njoroge, a molecular pathologist working at the In...

New “Focus on Potato” Webinar Rhizoctonia Canker and Black Scurf

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  The Plant Management Network (PMN) has released a new p...

First UK Deposit in Global Seed Vault

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Agreement on Genome-Analysis Technology

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  Monsanto Company and NRGene announced that they have re...

New Method to Capture Disease-resistant DNA for Plants

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Most farmers in Zimbabwe are shunning potato farming owing to lack of knowledge on the crop. Potato production has been a preserve of former commercial farmers in this now poverty-struck and trouble-torn dictatorship.

Seed Potato Co-operation general manager in Zimbabwe Cain Manzira was reported as saying his organisation had realised many farmers wanted to produce potatoes but lacked the technical expertise.
The co-operation has now formed a taskforce to develop farmer-to-farmer training whereby farmers in an area learn from a successful potato producer for free.

"We cannot rely on imports when we have land which is ideal for potato production. We have potato seed banks and a quarantine station in Nyanga and we produce good varieties of the crop," he said.

Another challenge, he said, was banks' lack of confidence to invest in the crop.

"We have a problem of funding as there are few banks willing to sponsor potato production. The interest rates are high and the loans repayment period is 90 to 180 days when potatoes take six months before they go on the market," he said.
Nyanga potato farmer Vashetti Makoni said many communal farmers in her area were willing to grow potatoes but lacked skills and seed.

"The farmers have the zeal to produce potatoes but lack support in terms of inputs and knowledge. The communal farmers are willing to work for potato seed and fertilisers so that they can produce the crop," she said.

Goromonzi potato producer Kingston Kajese usually produces 20 tonnes per hectare said he relied on local seed. "Our local certified seed is free from diseases but some farmers rely on imported seed which may be susceptible to nematodes," he said.
Kajese said potato was a viable crop, which required adequate knowledge.

"Potato production is like golf. One should have the correct equipment. Potato production requires great care and commitment from the time it is seed to the period when it is planted," he said.

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