International export opportunities

Export in and around the potato sector has been very successful lately. For example, the Dutch export of seed potatoes was a booming business in the last crop year. To provide even more service to this market, companies are increasingly keen to have their own range of varieties.

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To ensure the continued survival of our cooperative, it’s important to have our own varieties

On 13 February, the members of the Royal-ZAP cooperative in Ewijcksluis adopted the takeover of seed potato merchant Semagri in Lelystad. Semagri’s director/ owner Lammert Buwalda (67) is very happy that he can transfer the company, which he set up in 2002, to the cooperative with the full confidence of its members.

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The reduction of bruising requires consistency in vision and approach

Not long ago, I got a call from a customer who told me that his grading and bunker installation caused bruising. I should point out that this installation had been running without any problems for some years now.

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Mooij Climbing Air Bag, simple and safe solution for box storage

The request from growers for a simple and safe solution for the vertical sealing of air ducts in modern box storage facilities has led to the development by Mooij Agro in Hegelsom of the vertical Climbing Air Bag.

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50th anniversary of belt trailer manufacturer Van der Peet

Bodywork manufacturer H.W. van der Peet & Zn. in Nieuwkoop celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The company’s big success started in 1967 with a unique invention: the belt trailer.

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Expansion of Kiremko management announced at 50th anniversary

The film that Kiremko showed its international guests during its 50th anniversary sums up all that the Dutch manufacturer of machinery for the potato processing industry stands for. A curious boy who finds a treasure in a beautiful potato crop and takes it on a journey of discovery.

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New plant breeders’ rights protocol offers scope for potato seed

This spring, Bejo Zaden BV in Warmenhuizen acquired plant breeders’ rights for the True Potato Seed (TPS) Oliver variety. This raises the question of how the plant breeders’ rights protocol has been adapted for this TPS variety.

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Ten tons extra within five years should be possible with precision technology and cultivation optimisation

For crop farmers who wish to employ precision farming techniques optimally and in order to achieve higher potato yields, Van Iperen BV in Westmaas has developed the TT concept. One of the crop farms that is participating in this specialist crop advice concept for precision farming is Thes Agro, an agricultural holding in Burgh- Haamstede.

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Ambitious lobby full of ‘Potatobility’ rolled out for the Dutch edition of WPC 2021

Potatobility. That is the future-oriented, catch-all power term that an ambitious project team is using to secure the eleventh World Potato Congress (WPC) for the Dutch town of Emmeloord in four years’ time. The specially-compiled Bid Book with the same title has already been submitted to the WPC organisation in Canada.

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Switzerland hopes for an average harvest

Switzerland has experienced two difficult growing seasons with extra imports of seed and consumption potatoes. ‘If we don’t have an average harvest this year, I expect that the potato area will be seriously reduced next year’…

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