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Potato Import Data Volume Australia (value) 2017 to 2022. Source: AUSVEG, Global Trade Atlas.

Potato trade Australia: Slight increase in potato imports after fall in 2021

October 03, 2022
AUSVEG has reviewed Global Trade Atlas import data to better understand: the changes in the levels of potato imports pre- and post-COVID, as well as
the changes in import levels over the last 12-months as growers have faced significant increases in costs of production.
Julian Ackley risks losing his farm's profit for the year if rain doesn't clear up. (Courtesy: ABC - Angus Mackintosh).

West-Australian Potato farmers 'doing it for nothing' warn of mass exodus amid stagnant prices

May 06, 2022
West-Australian Potato farmers are warning that growers will walk away from the industry as cost pressures make the staple crop unviable in Australia.
Potato growers for McCain Foods in Tasmania gain price increase.

Tasmanian McCain potato growers gain price increase

September 10, 2019
A long-awaited price increase has come for the state's McCain potato growers. Grower Beau Gooch said the $33 per tonne increase would help put profitability back in the paddock.
Nathan Richardson, Chairperson of the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA) Vegetable Council.

Tasmanian Potato Farmers accepted Simplot's latest price offer

August 28, 2019
More than 80 potato growers in Tasmania, Australia felt a sense of relief when receiving Simplot's second offer for their processing potatoes, says Nathan Richardson, chairperson of the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA) Vegetable Council.
Simplot Potato Growers Committee chairman Trevor Hall wants more for his potatoes. (Courtesy: Peter Sanders)

Farmers fight for potato pay as Simplot records $62m profit

July 08, 2019
Tasmanian potato growers say Simplot is not paying them enough for their vegetables, as they negotiate a new contract with the vegetable processing giant.
120 tonnes of potatoes at Brett De Campo’s farm in Pemberton have been left to rot, with more to come, because of a market glut.

Potato crops left to rot in Western Australia amid flooded market and low prices

April 24, 2019
Potato growers near Pemberton in Western Australia have been forced to leave more than a thousand tonnes of potatoes on the ground to rot because of oversupply and crippling low prices.
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The McCain Foods processing plant in Smithton, Tasmania as captured by Google Streetview in 2010 (Courtesy: Google Streetview)

Tasmanian potato growers want better contract with McCain Foods

August 06, 2018
A Northern Tasmanian farmer has lashed out at McCain over contract potato pricing, as Australian consumer watchdog ACCC begins an investigation into the potato processor.
High prices can be positive, says Alex Eletri from Trims Fresh Fruit and Veg at Leichardt Marketplace. (Courtesy: Wolter Peeters)

Australian potato farmers: Shortage never this bad

January 25, 2017
Heavy rain, particularly in New South Wales (Australia), combined with a cold winter have led to a tight potato supply and high prices.
Australia is currently experiencing a potato shortage (Courtesy: @PaulyVella)

As Australia is facing a potato shortage, prices rise.

October 30, 2016
Australia is experiencing a potato shortage because of flood-effected potato crops in the southern states.
Scottsdale farmers Jerrod and Susan Nichols want to plant their crops but are in a standoff with McCain over prices
(Courtesy: ABC Rural)

Tasmanian growers urge McCain Foods to raise potato prices 10 per cent

August 31, 2016
Scottsdale farmers Jerrod and Susan Nichols are preparing to plant their 2016 spring crops, but say processing potatoes for McCain would not be in the mix unless prices lifted.


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