Saturday, 01 October 2016

Bosch Packaging Wins the German Packaging Award

Bosch Packaging Wins the German Packaging Award

  The prototype packaging equipment Bosch Sigpack VPF (Vertical Platform for Flat Pouches), the f...

yummex Middle East: Double-digit Growth for the 10th Anniversary

yummex Middle East: Double-digit Growth for the 10...

  The international trade fair for sweets and snacks in the MENA region, yummexMiddle East, which...

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

UK’s Best New Fish and Chip Shops Announced

 The UK’s top 10 new fish and chip shops have been announced by the 2017 National Fish and Chip Aw...

Syngenta Has a New President Global Seeds and North America

Syngenta Has a New President Global Seeds and North Ame...

 Syngenta has announced the appointment of Jeff Rowe to the new role of President Global Seeds and Nort...

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

ConAgra Foods Acquires Frontera

 ConAgra Foods has announced that it has acquired the packaged foods businesses of Frontera Foods and R...

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

Three New Appointments for tna’s Asia Pacific Team

 Food processing and packaging supplier tna has expanded its team in Asia, with the appointments of a n...

Key Technology Launches Website in German

Key Technology Launches Website in German

  Key Technology has announced the launch of its new mobile-friendly website in German to support its ...

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorters to Europe

Key Technology Introduces VERYX Belt-Fed Digital Sorter...

 Key Technology introduces its VERYX belt-fed digital sorters to the European food processing industry ...

Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to Grow

Case Study: Ishida Helps Spanish Snack Manufacturer to ...

 Aperitivos y Extrusionados (Apex), now one of Spain’s top three snack food manufacturers, uses Ishida ...

Nigeria Has a New Potato Processing Plant

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 A USD120m potato farm and processing plantis underway in ...

DQ System Launches Potato Skins Snack

DQ System Launches P...

 Dairy Queen brand has unveiled a new line of oven-hot sna...

US Processed 5% Less Potatoes in 2015

US Processed 5% Less...

US potatoes used for processing totaled 280 million cwt, d...

Lay’s Chalet Sauce Potato Chips Available in Canadian Retail

Lay’s Chalet Sauce P...

  Frito-Lay Core Global Brands, PepsiCo Foods Canada, a...

Cambodia Opens First Potato Research Centre

Cambodia Opens First...

 With potato consumption continuing to rise in the Kingdom...

Lebanon Bans Potato Imports

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Purple Magic Potato Running for the Invent Awards

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  Purple Magic potato variety is now in the running for t...

Land-Grant Universities Bolster the US Potato Genebank’s Impact

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 Land-grant universities are collaborating to support the ...

New Variety of Innate Potato Approved

New Variety of Innat...

  The J.R. Simplot Company has completed a voluntary cons...

The Use of Nicotine-based Pesticides Limited in Minnesota

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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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