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Climate, weather and potatoes.

When you talk to potato farmers here in the Netherlands they will tell you that the weather in 2017 was special. The start was good then we had a dry spell, especially in the south of the Netherlands and Belgium and crops were lagging behind. During summer the weather was favorable for production and crops were growing well. In September however we had heavy rain showers and in large parts of the country and potato fields were flooded for a shorter or longer time.

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Investing in storage is still necessary, also after Brexit

Potato growers in the UK are on the eve of a new era. Not only because they are on the verge of Brexit, but also on account of the necessary upgrades in cultivation and storage. Following a visit to a few young entrepreneurs in Britain, it became apparent that investment is needed, especially for storage.

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‘A sustainable potato sector requires a stable EU policy’

Albert Schirring is global Crop Manager for Potatoes, Fruit and Vegetables at the plant protection product manufacturer Bayer AG and works at its German Head Office in Monheim. For his work, he travels around the world and closely follows developments in the international potato sector. While driving through the woodlands near the village of Doorwerth in the Netherlands, the crop protection specialists raises his concerns about the position of the potato sector as the introduction of crop treatment products in Europe has stalled.

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EU fry exports at record levels

The world is demanding more and more potato products from the European Union, writes Cedric Porter, co-editor of World Potato Markets.

 

EU exports of frozen fries outside the 28 country union set a new record for the month in August at 121,558 tonnes, up 11.9% on the same month in 2016, with the trade valued at €88.626 million, an increase of 14.6%.

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