Nasa plans to grow potatoes on Mars and has begun experiments in Peru’s Atacama Desert – the closest environment on Earth to Mars.  The US space agency is working with the International Potato Centre (CIP) of Lima to try to grow about 100 out of more than 4000 varieties of the vegetable that have been identified as being able to survive Mars’ harsh environment.

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Robbie DavisCongrats to our own Robbie Davis (CEO) who has won this year's RIRDC Rural Women’s Award! We knew she was a rare star, and are thrilled that she has earned broad recognition for her work. Read about it in this Murray Valley Standard article

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The auction of new season baby potatoes, the only one of its kind in Australia, resulted in a final bid of a very impressive $9,400. This was for 10kgs so that means these very special potatoes actually sold or $940,000 per tonne! Mr Peter Brinkworth, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Zerella Fresh bid on behalf of the company.

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Riverland potato producer Justin Della Zoppa has been named the 2014 Rabobank Potatoes South Australia Industry Award winner.

 

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The Board of peak industry body, Potatoes South Australia is delighted to announce new members of its team at both Board and Management levels.

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Young Riverland potato farmer Justin Della Zoppa says he has been reaping the benefits back on the family farm after being awarded a scholarship to attend the Rabobank Farm Managers Program last year.

Mr Della Zoppa was co-sponsored by Potatoes South Australia and Rabobank to undertake the program in 2014.

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Potato growers in Western Australia have invested heavily in a potato marketing program aimed at stopping the decline in consumption per capita of fresh potatoes. Independent research had shown that potato consumption in Western Australia had dropped from 25 kilos / capita to less than 20 kilos / capita (from 2002 – 2012).

Faced with a declining industry, the growers decided to invest in a campaign to promote fresh potatoes as great tasting, extremely versatile, convenient and packed full of vitamins and minerals. Launched in October 2013, the campaign has now been running for 18 months with clear and tangible signs of success.

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