Job offersmore »
- Tomato/Cucumber Chief Grower - Georgia
- Trainee Grower - Warragul, Australia
- Experienced tomato grower for lighting greenhouse, Poland
- Maintenance Manager - Victoria, Australia
- Product Specialist - The Netherlands
- Assistant Grower– Ontario, Canada
- Commercial Director - UK (South East)
- Managing Director - Vietnam
- Production Manager - SE Asia
- Senior verkoper met passie voor rozen en marketing - Aalsmeer/Naaldwijk
Top 5 - yesterday
Top 5 - last week
Top 5 - last month
Exchange ratesmore »
Russia: More import from Central Asia means more drugs
News appears every day in the international press about the Russian boycott and the implications for certain countries or producers. Europe has to search for new export markets and the surpluses, for example in Poland, threaten to be detrimental for growers across Europe. In Russia, it appears that the increase in imports from Central Asia has also led to an increase in drug trafficking. Additionally, the Kaliningrad region, enclosed by European countries, has fallen victim of closed borders. Trucks with vegetables and fruit are forced to wait in long queues on the Lithuanian side of the border.
Polish apples compete in Europe
While Polish agriculture as a whole has been hit hard by the Russian ban, there are product groups that seem to escape unscathed. The damage to broccoli and cauliflower growers is expected to be low, according to figures from the Foundation of Assistance Programmes for Agriculture.
The Eastern European country exported 25.5 thousand tonnes of broccoli and cauliflower in 2013 for a value of nearly 9 million Euro. Russia's share was four thousand tonnes, accounting for 1.43 million Euro. Each year, the importance of the Commonwealth of Independent States, an alliance of former Soviet republics, as a destination for Polish exports is reduced. A significant part of the broccoli and cauliflower exports go to Western Europe. The growing consumption of these vegetables in Western Europe can help alleviate the situation for the sector. Additionally, nutritionists want to promote the consumption of broccoli and cauliflower in Poland.
Polish apple growers have a lot more to suffer from the import ban. The country’s juice industry launched a campaign to promote the consumption of fruit juice, and particularly apple juice. Every year, 260,000 tonnes of Polish apples are processed into juice; the average Pole drinks 11.7 litres per year, of which 3 litres correspond to apple juice. The juice industry said that a doubling in juice consumption volumes would help reduce the pressure on the apple sector.
Polish apples can also cause problems for growers in other European countries. Not only because Polish fruit is reoriented towards the European market, but also because Poland is looking for new markets, which are the same ones Western Europe is looking to enter. The cheaper Polish apples would be tough competitors for the more expensive Western European fruit.
Latvia afraid of Polish surplus
Poland’s surplus production will be sold in neighbouring countries. Latvian growers are concerned about the increasing imports of Polish vegetables and fruits, which put pressure on prices. "The situation is very threatening; we already had to throw away cauliflowers, courgettes and other seasonal products," says a Latvian grower. Producers have asked the government and banks for support.
Spanish growers dumping potatoes
Spanish growers dumped potatoes on the pavement next to supermarket chain Carrefour as a response to the retailer lowering its prices. Growers are angry because the sanctions had already put pressure on prices.
Cyprus focusing on Arab countries
The island places its hopes on new markets, such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The loss of 13 million Euro affects mainly the citrus and nut growers, which are the country’s biggest export products. The citrus season will start in November and thus the damage can be reduced by finding new markets.
Belgian growers are asking the government for funds to be able to enter new export markets. Growers want to ship their products to destinations like the United States and Canada, among others. Despite long-running negotiations with these two countries, the borders are still closed. Additionally, producers want clearer information about the EU’s compensation scheme. On that basis, growers will decide whether to harvest or not.
Central Asia shipping fruit and vegetables and drugs
According to reports, the import ban has had a positive effect on Central Asia’s fruit and vegetable sector, as Russia has switched to some of these countries to fill the shortage gaps. According to Russian sources, the quality of these products is good; some even believe that the quality is better. But imports from these countries also have a negative side; more and more drugs are found together with the fruit and vegetables. Earlier this week in Moscow, 180 kilograms of heroin were discovered hidden in an apricot shipment.
Kyrgyzstan sees an opportunity
Kyrgyzstan sees an opportunity. The country is trying to enter Russia and Kazakhstan via the Eurasian Economic Union, a counterpart of the EU. Russia and Kazakhstan have sanctions in place on products from Kyrgyzstan, but the latter would like to set up a direct export line to the former. In order to achieve this, the country must meet Russia’s import requirements.
Drought put Azerbaijan offside
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan appears to have fallen off as a supplier of fruits and vegetables. The country is facing a severe drought which heavily affected the autumn and winter harvest. The drought is so severe, that for some growers it will possibly take at least five years for normal harvest volumes to be restored. Rains in the autumn could alleviate the situation, but they could also cause mud flows.
Russia remains optimistic about its own crops
In Russia, the leaders remain optimistic. Governors of different regions believe that the agricultural sector can grow. The governor of Kuban, for instance, expects its agricultural production to double with the opening of a new greenhouse complex in Saratov next November, which will increase production volumes by 870 tonnes. This year, the region harvested 4,500 tonnes of vegetables.
Consecrated apples distributed among disabled children in Moscow
During an Orthodox holiday (19 August), 250,000 apples were distributed in shelters among disabled children in Moscow. The apples were from local growers. The Moscow region announced in the media that the volume of vegetables and potatoes harvested increased by 29%, which amounts to a total harvest of 22,342 tonnes. Beets, potatoes, carrots and onions are the main products with 9,841 tonnes, 1,918 tonnes, 9,672 tonnes and 592 tonnes, respectively.
Kaliningrad (Russia) enclosed by Europe
At the border between Lithuania and Kaliningrad, Russia, there are reportedly lines of trucks with fruits and vegetables waiting to be allowed across. The drivers must be able to demonstrate where the products come from. The Russian region of Kaliningrad is most vulnerable to the Russian sanctions, because the region is enclosed by European countries. In the first half of the year, Poland supplied the vast majority of the fruit and vegetables.
Publication date: 8/25/2014
Receive the daily newsletter in your email for free | Click here
Other news in this sector:
Russia anticipates loss BBB- status
Greater clarity new EU compensation
The European Commission has published a first draft of a new compensation plan. In the new plan, the amount is established according to the 2013 export figures. In addition, the list with products that qualify for compensation will likely be modified. Citrus growers have a chance of being added, and there.....
Poland: Food banks start receiving banned fruit and vegetables
Caritas Poland will start receiving food items affected by the Russian embargo, which will go to food banks, community centres and distribution points for those in need."Food will be distributed via Caritas to the poor and to individuals who qualify according to the principles of social assistance," said.....
New compensation plan Dutch growers
Free trade agreement EU-Ukraine in force next year
The free trade agreement between the EU and Ukraine, which was meant to have been signed last year, will come into force next year. The European Parliament debated on the EC's response to the Russian boycott, in which criticism was voiced on the Commission's bad preparation. And reports came out on the new.....
Great opportunity for fruit
Venezuela seeks to increase exports to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, at a meeting in Moscow in July 2013.REUTERS / Maxim ShemetovThe Venezuelan government plans to boost exports of raw materials and agricultural products and to Russia, taking advantage of the current tariffs in force and the.....
Central Asia turns out to be empty granary for Russia
Rouble reaches new low
The Western sanctions appear to be having more and more effects on the Russian economy. The value of the rouble reached a low point compared to the dollar on Monday. Investors favour more stable currencies. In addition, Central Asian countries seem to have reacted with a bit too much enthusiasm to the.....
Cyprus complains about labelling fraud
Russia not yet self-sufficient for the coming years
While products from banned countries frequently appear on the Russian market having been rung in Belarus or Kazakhstan, Europe is also dealing with fraud in labels specifying the country of origin. Cypriot growers are complaining about foreign produce being marketed as local produce. And the low food prices.....
Potato prices Russia +18%, more demand for seed potatoes
Iran wants to export to Russia, but is dealing with problems
Russian potato prices have seen a significant increase. Last week, potatoes became 18% more expensive, fetching 20 cents per kilo. The South Russian region is investing millions in the ambitious plan to cultivate truffles in the region, and Muscovites are pleased with the fruit and vegetables from Crimea......
Russians take fresh produce to the zoo
Prices Romania halved
While the EU is once again deliberating on the compensation plan for growers, several countries are still requesting compensation. At the Russian side of the story, reports on new investments to further develop the agricultural sector keep coming in. A new logistics centre is being built. And Moroccan.....
Bananas from Crimea in Moscow
McDonald’s removes salads from Russian menu
Bulgaria desires a higher compensation from the EU for growers. Despite the country’s small stake in the agricultural market, Bulgarians do expect to suffer significant losses. Greek growers expect problems to be the biggest later this month, or in October. Hopes are pinned on the Turkish market, where the.....
Southern Europe’s exports to Russia
Greece, Spain and Italy the largest exporters
The Freshfel data also provide a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals what products were exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes and for how many dollars. Today, Southern Europe, where Greece, Spain and Italy have been the most hit.Southern Europe.....
Czechs export through Kazakhstan
64% Russians think domestic produce better than import
Varying figures are emerging on the situation in Russia. Where one study concludes prices are going down for certain products, other studies see total prices for food go up. As well, according to Russian researchers, a majority of the population rates domestic produce more highly than imported products. The.....
Businessmen want to consolidate their products in that market through strategic alliances
Peru to increase sales of fruit and veg to Russia by 50%
Attractive marketEntrepreneurs are determined to exploit the trade advantages generated in Russia. Thus, Peruvian exports of fruits and vegetables to that country will increase by 50% this year.Ana Maria Deustua, executive director of the Association of Agricultural Producers Guild of Peru (Agap), said that.....
Morocco to increase its citrus exports to Russia
Moroccan grower associations are considering the possibility of filling the gap left by European products in the Russian market as a result of the veto imposed by the latter.The value of agricultural and food exports from the EU to Russia was estimated at about 11 billion Euro.Moroccan growers said that the.....
Iran wants to take over European market share
Medvedev announces new investment of billions
Russian prime minister Medvedev announced in an interview last week that he wants to invest “dozens of extra billions of roubles” in the agricultural sector. With the investment, Russia wants to further develop domestic production and sales. Iran wants to substantially increase export of fruit and.....
Western Europe’s exports to Russia
Trade mostly from the Netherlands and Belgium
The Freshfel data provides a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals which products were Exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes, and for how many dollars. Today, Western Europe, the Netherlands and Belgium have been the most hit. Western.....
Ad Klaassen, DPA
"More support for recognized producer organizations EU signal"
The past weeks, more has become clear about the European support for growers as a consequence of the Russian ban. The 125 million has been split into two portions–one for apple and pear growers, and one for other producers, and there's been more support for growers affiliated with a recognized cooperative......
Belarus: Smuggled fruit seized in Minsk shop
Financial police seized more than four tonnes of smuggled vegetables and fruit in one of the capital's shopping centres. Total cost of the production equalled more than 100 million rubles (2 million Euro). Smuggled products were detected during on-the-spot inspections. The citizens of Azerbaijan had plenty.....
Boycott costs the EU 5 billion per year
The EU proposed to supply additional funds for the promotion of boycotted products, which will have to be used to gain access to new markets. Statistics show that the boycott is costing the Union a total of 5 billion Euro per year. Spanish melon growers would also be eligible for the compensation and Czech.....
Hunt on illegal EU-fruit in Russia
Russia's borders are not waterproof. With some regularity, the authorities intercept boycotted fruit, as in Moscow, where the products were already on the market. Worldwide countries see their opportunity and knock on Russia looking for trade deals. Armenia pursues to fully take advantage of the situation,.....
According to Proexport
Spain: 35 million Euro in melon and watermelon exports lost due to Russian veto
Spanish producers of melon and watermelon are suffering the direct and indirect consequences of the Russian veto on European fruits and vegetables.Since the crisis with Russia started in week 31 to date, the prices of different melon and watermelon export varieties have had drastic drops that range between.....