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Potato in Buenos Aires Central Wholesale Market

Potato is the most consumed fresh vegetable in Argentina. The Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA) is the largest wholesale market where this vegetable is sold in the capital.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the commercial quality of potatoes supplied to the MCBA by estimating the quantity of defects and other characteristics of the tubers that are shipped there.

A total of fifty truckloads of potatoes were selected from all the trucks carrying potatoes entering the MCBA from March 2010 to march 2011. The number of truckloads selected from each production area was proportional to the share of each area in the total annual supply of potatoes to the MCBA. For each of the truckloads, two lots of potatoes (on average 28 kg/lot) were each first checked to determine the purchase price per lot paid by the wholesaler, their respective net weight, as well as the type of container they were shipped in.

The 100 samples were then evaluated for the incidence of: major defects such as black heart and wet and dry rot, as well as minor defects such as greening, damages (mechanical, growth cracks, insects and scab), sprouted, black scab, hollow heart, peeling, and misshapen tubers, among others.

The main defects found were misshapen tubers, mechanical damage, common scab and insect damage, with the relative importance of each depending on the production area and the postharvest treatment of the potatoes.

Results of this study suggest that measures should be implemented to ensure better quality of the potato sold in the MCBA including training campaigns for growers and other actors involved in the supply chain for potatoes shipped to Buenos Aires.

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Potato Events 2012


January 12th - 15th 2012

Fiesta Nacional de la Papa in Villa Dolores

March 15th - 18th 2012

35th Fiesta de la Papa in Otamendi.

March 16th 2012

Field Demonstration Dewulf Potato Harvester 2060 and Baselier Rotary Ridging cultivator

March 14th -17th 2013

36th Fiesta Provincial de la Papa in Otamendi. Gitah will have its own stand and will perform various activities, especially the reception for GITAH Field Mission 2012 participants

March 16th 2013

Manter Packing Demonstration in Nesmaral - Potato producer and packer for the fresh market. San Martín 296 Cdte. Nicanor Otamendi - Provincia de Buenos Aires.

March 16th 2013

Omnivent Storage Demonstration in Sol del Este

November 29th 2013

Jornada Técnia AgroPapa in Córdoba.

March 20th - 23th 2014

37th Fiesta Provincial de la Papa in Otamendi. Gitah will have its own stand and will perform various field demonstrations.

April 24th, 2014

Packaging and Marketing Workshop at Nesmaral, Otamendi


April 30th - May 4th 2012

Agrishow, Riberao Preto

June 20th - 22th 2012

Hortitec 2012, Holambra, SP

September 17th - 20th 2012

XXV ALAP Congress , Uberlândia, MG.

The Netherlands

August 22th 2012

Potato Demo Days Westmaas

November 10th - 16th 2013

Agritechnica 2013. At the world’s leading international exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment, exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting their products and services for professional plant production.

September 11th - 12th 2013

PotatoEurope 2013. This event will be the heart of the international potato industry, where colleagues, clients, potential clients, suppliers, researchers and all other services in the potato chain will be gathered.

Sept. 2013

Gitah Potato Mission and visit to Potato Europe in Emmeloord, Netherlands. Dutch farmers and companies will be visited, in order to give the visitors an insight in how the Dutch potato sector is organised and how it performs.


Sept. 12th - 13th 2012

Potato Europe, Villers-Saint-Christophe, France


September 28th - October 2nd 2014

Congress of the Latin-American Association of Potato (ALAP).


September 3rd - 4th 2014

Potato Europe , Bockerode (Hannover)