A week in the Hauts-de-France, first producing region of potatoes in France
Dedicated to the potato, and taking place every year in a country of four event partners – Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands – PotatoEurope was this year organized by Arvalis Plant Institute in Villers-Saint-Christophe in Aisne. Cyril Hannon, regional engineer Potato Arvalis, Fert mobilized in 2015 for a technical mission to the Ceffel, was one of the main organizers. More than 12 000 visitors attended the event for a record attendance. As representatives of Ceffel, nearly 40% of visitors from 74 countries came from afar to share and learn about the latest innovations in the sector. On 14 and 15 September, the delegation Ceffel, consisting of the Chairman, a director but also its director and responsible for its experimentation center, was able to participate in two days of demonstrations and various presentations. They mainly exchanged with experts Arvalis – Plant Institute and its partners on innovations:
- Genetics: varieties more suited to segmented markets, disease resistant, tolerant to water stress,
- Agronomy: sensors for measuring the status of plants,
- Integrated protection: biocontrol, decision support tools …
- energy saving during dustockage.
Also a chance to meet the organized producers, including the FNPPPT (National Federation of Producers of potato plants). PotatoEurope upstream of the event, a tour of the station Achicourt (62) was achieved; the professionalism of producers who have funded themselves this structure and in which the State delegates the certification of plants has not failed to impress the delegation of Ceffel. In the city of Ham (02), visiting a site Pom’Alliance – French leader in fresh potato – lit lit and allowed to understand the organization of the market where traders and producers sign contracts each year. Sometimes up to 20% of production delivered is not paid because it was considered “waste” to very standardized criteria (size, tasks, various malformations …) which did not fail to amaze Malagasy producers and technicians.