PW4 2017

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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Traditions

The European potato sector has many traditions. One of them is the annual Potato Queen election in the German potato region of Rhineland. Every year, a German beauty is honoured and hailed as the Ambassador for the Potato. The potato deserves a queen, just as the mussel, strawberry and many other stars among food products have a queen as a figure head.

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New practical impetus for European trade at the Europatat conference

With the provocative slogan ‘Making the European Potato Trade great again! (it’s gonna be huge, it’s gonna be great, it’s true!)’ Europatat has given a new and unconventional practical impetus to the importance of healthy European trade at the annual conference that took place in Antwerp on 16 June.

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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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