P ot a t o w o r l d CONTENT: Journal for the Potato sector • number 4 • 2018 HIP is putting its money on higher potato yield > 9 PW-Actua 18 Brexit also worries the British potato trade page 4 23 Potatoes and soil moisture: when should I start irrigating? 28 Opportunities for the potato in Belarus 37 Colombian fry duties are latest sign of trade tension 41 The World of PotatoResearch 42 PotatoWorld dish 42 PW Agenda Young Farmers programme turns out to be a golden opportunity > page 13 Increasing knowledge This year, it’s become abundantly clear that the European potato cultivation, trade and industry is not without risks. The hot and dry summer generated top sales in the hotel and catering industry, but caused the players in the potato chain severe headaches. Specialists from the Meteorological Institute, KNMI, say that, in Western Europe, we should expect more of this type of summer in the coming years. If this prediction should be true, it’s very important to accelerate innovation in the potato chain. Extra knowledge is an important basis for this. This month, the leaders of the Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) association explain that eleven potato companies, together with the government, are investing millions in basic research. It’s a good thing to be able to introduce new technologies into the sector, hopefully more quickly. The very first Potato Handbook by Professor Anton Haverkort, introduced during the Potato Demonstration Day, also offers the sector the opportunity to increase knowledge. Given the great interest in the book at home and abroad, there is an urgent need for this. In order to ensure sustainability in the chain, there have been calls in the sector for the revenue model to be overhauled. NEPG Secretary Victor Phaff states that this requires a European approach, whereby growers should set their own delivery terms and risks should be shared. The industry also benefits from this, because the fact remains that it needs more and more raw material for its increasing customer base worldwide. The highly fluctuating yields in Europe ultimately undermine sustainable cooperation. In North America, Europe’s largest competitor, the main growing areas are located in warm climate zones with cold nights where potato fields cannot do without irrigation. As a result, the yield differences here are relatively small, which the market can absorb more easily than in Europe. The result is that the cultivation is more expensive here. This fact offers opportunities for Europe as a sector to invest in innovation and sustainable potato cultivation. Jaap Delleman Potato World 2018 • number 4 3 Pagina 2

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