After a stormy and shaky start to Potato Europe 2017 what turned out to be a one-day event was one of the busiest we can remember. We were lucky to be exhibiting indoors where it was dry and warm and we enjoyed a fantastic day with lots of eager visitors attending our stand, the rain certainly didn’t appear to dampen anyone’s spirits. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of our friends and making new, interesting contacts. A big thank you to everyone who came to visit us, we hope you enjoyed seeing our display of established IPM varieties and our new, promising seedlings.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year at Potato Europe 2018 near Hanover in Germany! Details can be found at www.potatoeurope.com
Potato Europe 2017 is taking place in the world potato city, Emmeloord in The Netherlands on the 13th & 14th September 2017. Potato Europe is the largest annual Potato Industry event in Europe and is a must see if you are in the potato industry.
Please come and visit us at our stand, see our variety display and meet our team. We look forward to welcoming you there.
Visit the Potato Europe 2017 website for further information about the event: www.potatoeurope.nl
We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who visited us at our stand and took time to look at our variety display at this wonderful event. Potatoes in Practice is the UK’s biggest potato field event which takes place at the James Hutton Institute’s Balruddery Farm near Dundee.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
IPM Potato Group was delighted to be part of Qualipom, a wonderful biennial exhibition held in Mericourt, France on 28th June 2017.
We were impressed with the number of visitors who came to see our stand, met our French team and enquired about our varieties. Our team were kept busy the entire day.
Many thanks to la Chambre d’Agriculture for organising this event, which has grown so much since the last exhibition.
Thank you to all who visited us and we hope to see you again at Qualipom 2019.
For more information about the event please visit: http://www.nord-pas-de-calais.chambre-agriculture.fr/detaillevenement/actualites/qualipom-2017/
The president of the IPM grower committee, Emile Vogels, received a well-deserved Royal decoration on the 26th of April from the Mayor of Franekeradeel for his many years of efforts for various boards, associations and committees. He is “Ridder in de orde van Oranje Nassau”. Our Dutch Operations Manager, Erik Appeldooren was present at this festive event and presented Emile with a beautiful gift from IPM, the growers and the grower committee to mark the occasion.
We would like to thank the National Potato Council of Kenya for running an excellent open day at Nyahururu in Laikipia County, Kenya. It was our first opportunity to introduce our new varieties Tornado, Fandango, Bikini, Imagine and Infinity to Kenyan farmers.
We were overwhelmed by the welcome and supportive comments from everyone we met on the day. IPM Potato Group and our partners, Kevian Kenya Ltd are working hard towards having certified seed of our own and local Kenyan varieties available as soon as possible.
We look forward to meeting many farmers over the coming months at our open days.
In the face of climate change and volatile global food prices, the potato is becoming an increasingly important crop for Kenya in guaranteeing food security for their growing population.
On Tuesday the 29th of November 2016, IPM and Kevian signed an MOU to establish a joint venture to develop seed potato production in Kenya. Established in 1992, Kevain food group are a leading producer of natural health drinks across East Africa, sourcing most of their ingredients locally from small scale growers in Kenya. As Kevian began expansion into the potato processing sector, it became apparent that small scale farmers were unable to source certified seed of desirable varieties to supply the emerging potato processing sector.
IPM have been introducing new varieties to Kenya since 2014 and have teamed up with Kevian to begin the production and distribution of certified seed of improved potato varieties to small scale growers.
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IPM Potato Group would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit our Dutch facilities for our variety exhibition days in November.
The exhibition was a fantastic success, we had many visitors who enjoyed seeing our variety display and many enjoyed the lovely refreshments we had on offer.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
In January 2016, IPM and its Greek distributor Geomat hosted a growers’ meeting in Thessaloniki to present the new IPM varieties for the Greek market. The meeting was very well attended with growers from all parts of Greece and good interest and discussions were held in the evening.
IPM varieties have been gaining increasing popularity among growers across the country with Banba, Electra and Fandango at the forefront of IPM’s portfolio of varieties for Greece.
Scientists have found people who eat large amounts of white vegetables were a third less likely to contract stomach cancer.
The study, undertaken by Chinese scientists at Zhejiang University , found eating cauliflower, potatoes and onions reduces the chance of contracting stomach cancer but that beer, spirits, salt and preserved foods increased a person’s risk of the cancer, The Times reported.
Stomach cancer kills around 13 people every day in Britain and has just a 15 per cent 10 year survival rate.
Cabbage, kale and celery were also found to be preventives against the disease.
All of the vegetables are thought to contain vitamin C, commonly found in potatoes, which acts as an antioxidant against cellular stress in the stomach. Eating around 50g of the vitamin every day brought the risk of developing the disease down by eight per cent.