IPM Potato Group would like to thank all the participants in the Associação Brasileira da Batata (ABBA) 2015 European tour for their visit to our operations. This technical tour included visits to our seed growing areas in the UK and Ireland; to some of our customers and associated companies; and attendance at Potato Europe 2015 in Belgium. We had a wonderful time with the group and welcomed the opportunity to show what IPM is about: our first class breeding programme and varieties and our commitment to high quality seed production. It was also a valuable opportunity to increase our knowledge of and our interest in the Brazilian potato sector with such a high calibre group who included very professional and passionate growers as well as scientists from Brazilian Universities and Research Institutions from different parts of the country. Finally, we would also like to wholeheartedly thank our customers, our growers and associates – HE Mr. Afonso Jose Sena Cardoso, Brazilian Ambassador to Ireland, Cockerills Farm, Albanwise, Keogh’s Farm and Oak Park Crop Research Centre – who contributed so much to making the tour such a success.
On the 28th July IPM Holland held the annual grower meeting at Mr. Temmerman’s farm in Wieringerwerf. Here we displayed our current and promising new varieties. Mr. Temmerman presented his farm and explained how he runs it. Due to bad weather we couldn’t visit the trial field but instead displayed and discussed our varieties indoors.
IPM would like to congratulate our colleague Wybe Kloppenburg in IPM Holland who successfully completed his inspirational challenge to undertake a climb of the Kaunertalergletsjerstrasse in Austria (2350 meters high) with his UMCG Handbike team. Wybe lost his leg in an accident in 2013 and has overcome his injury with great courage and strength.
IPM proudly contributed to Wybe’s sponsorship effort and we are incredibly proud of Wybe who managed to reach the top with a time of 3 hours and 9 minutes.
Wybe’s team took on this incredible challenge with a number of other rehabilitation centers from The Netherlands and Austria. 100 people who have a limitation climbed in order to achieve a personal performance and to overcome their limitation. Their motto is To move, motivation, friendship, new self confidence & overcome together!
Well done to Wybe and all who took part in this amazing challenge.
For more information on Wybe’s handbike team please visit their facebook page: Handbike Team Groningen.
Below is a link to a recent article published in the Irish Independent Newspaper about our variety Bikini and our promising new crisping variety Infinity.
It is estimated that there are one million potato farmers in Ethiopia, planting approximately 70,000 hectares annually. The crop – known as the Irish potato across the region – is grown on mainly small half-hectare plots in the highlands, without fertiliser and mostly by women farmers.