Hope campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemic
Called #WhenHopeWhispers, the campaign aims to highlight the indomitable spirit and contributions of various stakeholders from the potato industry before culminating in an inaugural State of the Potato Industry Address (SOPIA) on 5 May 2021. Read more
Potatoes SA bursary students 2021
Twenty under- and post-graduate agricultural students from various universities who obtained bursaries through the Potato Industry Development Trust recently participated in a phased induction programme facilitated by Potatoes SA. Read more in the coming May/June 2021 CHIPS magazine.
Anti dumping duties on frozen potato chips
The anti-dumping duties on frozen French fries from identified companies in Belgium and Holland have lapsed. Potatoes South Africa, through the Potato & Vegetable Processor Forum (PVPF) is working around the clock to reinstate the anti-dumping duties.
The PVPF had a meeting with ITAC on 11 February 2021 where varied protection options were presented with merits and disadvantages. The chips are certainly not down. Given that the lapse has yet to be signed off by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as well the South African Revenue Services (SARS) through a gazette, the anti-dumping duties therefore remain in force.
“Consolidate around communication” – PSA head’s rallying call
Willie Jacobs, CEO of Potatoes SA, is certainly out of the ordinary. His fresh and innovative approach has, in a short period of time, resulted in a fine-tuned focus of what it will take to consolidate the industry, and it is all about finding hope during an upheaval.
Looking back since the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted markets, the subsequent periods of lockdown, the effect it had on the potato industry, and how economic duress ultimately forced the joining of hands between producers and consumers at a different level, Jacobs highlights the necessity for improved communication.
“That is where the biggest need is at the moment”, he says. Read more
Alternaria species causing leaf blights
on potatoes in South Africa:
Are they still sensitive to fungicides?
Alternaria diseases (early blight and brown spot) are the most troublesome foliar diseases on potatoes in South Africa. Currently, fungicides play a critical role in the management of these diseases and at the same time, reports of tolerance to some classes of fungicides have been published in North America and Europe, with particular reference to the quinone outside inhibitors (QoI) and succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI) groups. Read more
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