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Plant seed potatoes now and you'll be digging up your own buried treasure in just a few months. (Courtesy: Sally Tagg)

Potatoes from plot to plate: how to grow the perfect spuds in your New Zealand backyard

September 17, 2020
While in the Northern hemisphere we are harvesting potatoes and getting ready for winter, this is not the case in the Southern hemisphere. This article offers tips on how to grow potatoes in your New Zealand backyard.
We are greeted at the entrance to the whare tipuna, by Manaia Cunningham, a decendant of Ngāi Tutehuarewa and Ngāti Huikai Hapū, of Ngai Tahu iwi, New Zealand

Maara kai - reinvigorating Maori Food Sovereignty through potatoes in New Zealand

August 26, 2019
As we wound our way down to Port Levy, New Zealand, although only an hour from Christchurch city, it felt a world away. The turquoise waters of the harbour as still as glass, under the mid-afternoon Winter sun.
Potatoes now worth one billion (NZD) dollars to New Zealand economy

Potatoes now worth one billion dollars to New Zealand economy

May 16, 2019
The Latest Potatoes New Zealand Industry Volumes & Values
The majority of New Zealand's potato crop is grown for domestic consumption. Half of the potatoes are used for the production of French Fries.

New Zealand potato prices almost double in a decade

October 29, 2017
The price of potatoes in New Zealand has almost doubled in the last 10 years, according to Statistics New Zealand.
The Lincoln University Future Farming Centre head Charles Merfield, centre, among plots of mesh-covered potatoes. Using the mesh could be a way of stopping the psyllids, he says.

Mesh cover highly effective at keeping pests off potatoes, Lincoln University researchers find

March 15, 2017
In New Zealand, a team of Lincoln University researchers is impressed with the results from a trial of a mesh cover that is used to protect potato crops from insect pests.
Potato Psyllid nymphs damage crops by feeding on foliage and by vectoring the bacterial pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter, resulting in the Zebra Chip disease (Courtesy : EPA)

Biological control of Potato Psyllids by Parasitic Wasp approved by New Zealand Authority

June 20, 2016
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) of New Zealand has approved a type of parasitic wasp as a biological control agent to combat the tomato potato psyllid (a plant louse), which attacks tomatoes, potatoes, capsicums and tamarillos in the country.
Potatoes New Zealand: Potato Psyllid well under control thanks to research

Potatoes New Zealand: Potato Psyllid well under control thanks to research

July 23, 2015
Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Champak Mehta says the industry now has the potato psyllid well under control thanks to the knowledge gained through research.
Major new potato research project announced in New Zealand

Major new potato research project announced in New Zealand

April 16, 2015
Potatoes New Zealand Inc. has won funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries for a major research project aimed at improving crop yield, more specifically, the impact of crop rotations on soil borne diseases and soil quality.
Weather troubles early potato harvest in New Zealand

Weather troubles early potato harvest in New Zealand

November 03, 2014
Potatoes New Zealand chief executive Champak Mehta said potato growers around the country were reporting that weather conditions were causing a bit a of a harvesting headache - especially getting the delicate new season's potatoes out of the ground safely
Nueva Zelanda: Los psílidos de la papa se convertirán en pasto para las mariquitas

Nueva Zelanda: Los psílidos de la papa se convertirán en pasto para las mariquitas

March 24, 2013
Las mariquitas podrían ser la clave para la salvación de un insecto transmisor de una bacteria para la industria de la papa de Nueva Zelanda.

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