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A mini shop for potatoes in Kigali, Rwanda

Middlemen plunge Rwanda potato farmers into losses

November 16, 2021
Potato farmers in Rwanda are counting their losses, claiming that they are selling their produce at 'giveaway' prices, despite the cost remaining high on the market.
Farmers receive training on how to produce potatoes for processors at the Ol Jorok Agriculture Training Center in central Kenya, March 3, 2017 (Courtesy: Kagondu Njagi / Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Struggling Potato Growers in Kenya turn to Contract Farming

January 14, 2018
To deal with climate pressures, potato growers in Kenya are turning to contract farming to earn more money and get better seed.
The price of potatoes in South Africa is expected to increase in the next four weeks – and there is a chance of even more hikes in December (Picture Courtesy: Potatoes South Africa)

Potato Prices in South Africa set to spike

October 25, 2016
The price of potatoes in South Africa is expected to increase in the next four weeks – and there is a chance of even more hikes in December.
A selection of the potato products of the processing companies involved. Tropical Heat (left) offers a range of potato chips in different flavours, cuts and packaging. Sereni Fries (right) offers potatoes for the preparation of french fries in hotels and

Potato Processors Kenya initiate contract farming to deal with shortage of potatoes for processing

September 09, 2016
In a sign of a maturing market, two potato processing companies in Kenya - Tropical Heat - a snack manufacturer - and Sereni Fries said they will sign contracts with growers to supply 600 tonnes of potatoes every month in order to assure their supply of potatoes suitable for processing.
The new potato processing plant in Rwanda was opened Wednesday and has capacity to produce four potato products: chips, french fries, whole peeled potato, and whole cleaned potatoes. (Courtesy: The New Times / JD Mbonyinshuti)

New Potato Processing plant adds value for farmers in Rwanda

March 11, 2016
In Rwanda a new potato processing plant was opened, with the capacity to produce four potato products; chips, french fries, whole peeled potato, and whole cleaned potatoes for sale to super markets and schools.
As the extreme drought and high temperatures push the potato stock in South Africa down, prices rise to the highest level ever (Courtesy: Potatoes South Africa)

Drought in South Africa pushes potato prices to the highest level ever

February 07, 2016
Drought and hot conditions since September 2015 have a negative impact on yields in almost all the potato production regions in South Africa. Currently market prices are at the highest levels ever, while potato stock levels are at record low levels.
Potato Growers in Rwanda will benefit from new distribution system

Potato Growers in Rwanda will benefit from new distribution system

July 19, 2015
In Rwanda, a new potato wholesale market in the capital Kigali and collection centres in areas where potatoes are grown are part of a plan to modernize the value supply chain for the potato crop.
Algeria announces new strategy to tackle rising potato prices

Algeria announces new strategy to tackle rising potato prices

March 22, 2015
The Algerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Abdelouahab Nouri, has announced a programme to tackle the problem of soaring potato prices, consisting in the adoption of a new marketing strategy to connect producers and consumers directly.

Rwanda potato farmers count losses as prices drop

October 23, 2014
Rwanda potato farmers have decried the low farm-gate prices currently being offered by dealers.

Algeria: Potato prices to normalise in May

April 24, 2012
Over the past two weeks, the price of potatoes in Algeria tripled from 40 to 120 dinars as snow coverage has affected crops and speculators have exploited the situation.

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