P ot a t o w o r l d CONTENT: Journal for the Potato sector • number 3 • 2019 9 PW-Actua Jan-Willem Grievink, FoodService Institute: Whoever wins the battle for the stomach, will prosper in the food sector > page 5 12 The P of Planting stock 15 Ten years of Smart Grader practical experience: ‘grading much more seed’ 23 The world of potato research 43 The heat is on 54 PotatoWorld dish 54 PW Agenda 39 Ethylene tested as sprout inhibitor in storage potatoes There is still plenty of room for new French-fry varieties > page 25 A lot of change in short period of time The decision has been made. After years of uncertainty, the European Commission has decided to ban CIPC, a product that has been used for decades for the storage of ware and starch potatoes. This is a real game changer in the European potato sector, because CIPC is a product that works well, is easy to apply, has a lasting effect after having been used and is not too expensive. Such a turn-around in the sector certainly offers opportunities for businesses. There are currently three authorised, natural products on the market in Europe with which growers can store potatoes for a long time. However, this requires a change in the storage regime that growers who keep their potatoes for a long time will have to get used to. In the coming years, there will also be many technological changes on the farm, such as mechanical cooling and variety development. What that will look like will mainly be a matter of arithmetic. The growers and traders will, as is the case now, have to offer their potatoes to their buyers as profitably as possible. In addition to the loss of CIPC, next year’s cultivation will also see the end of the chemical drug diquat that is used to kill the potato’s haulm. The result is that it will be more complicated to time the haulm killing in order to put away wellmatured potatoes for long-term storage. After all, this is the basis for a successful storage season, but also for the worldwide export of ware potatoes from Europe. In combination with the changing climate and the greening of the European agricultural policy, a lot is going to happen in the potato chain. This is a lot of change in a short period of time in order to achieve sustainable technical solutions. Jaap Delleman Potato World 2019 • number 3 3 Pagina 2

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