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Friday, July 31, 2015

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Yakima Valley growers concerned with quality
Less apples expected in Washington this year
Last year’s apple harvest was a record breaker in the state.This year apple growers in the Yakima Valley are hoping for another good harvest.“We will hopefully be able to harvest high quality fruit,” said apple grower Charlie de La Chapelle.Washington state is by far the largest producer of apples in the.....

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First Malvaceous (Ellendale) from Peru available
The Peruvian season of Malvaceous, also known as Ellendale, has started again. It is a late clementine variety, which is very popular in Germany and Eastern European countries. FCE Export have shipped the first containers to Europe. The company is responsible for approximately 30% of the total export volume.....


Brazil to strengthen trade relations with Russia
EU extends price support for produce hit by Russian import ban
Measures to support the price of EU dairy products, fruit and vegetables implemented last year in response to a Russian ban on European imports, will be extended into next year, the European Commission confirmed on Thursday.The European Commission, the EU executive, decided to take some produce off the.....


Airport expansion plan is timely for Hong Kong to remain competitive
DHL has voiced support for the Airport Authority of Hong Kong to commence the third runway project, no later than next year, so as to let Hong Kong stay ahead in Greater China’s vibrant air cargo market, fuelled particularly by the surging demand of e-commerce and high-value perishables.The Hong Kong.....

US (CA): Plant tape could make planting more efficient
Growers in just about every part of the country have had issues finding enough workers to plant, maintain and harvest crops. While the labor issues that have caused shortages in the field are complex and will take time to solve, new transplanting technology can make more efficient use of the labor that is.....

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US (WA): Cherries affected by heat
Growers are in the final stages of a cherry season in Washington state that had production affected by high temperatures. Warm weather brought on supplies quickly, but summer heat caused quality and harvesting issues.“We had a lighter crop in the trees to start with,” said Steve Lutz of Columbia Marketing.....


Adrie Cornelisse:
“Our product strongly resembles wild sea vegetables”
You don’t get much closer to the Oosterschelde than GrovisCo in Stavenisse (Zeeland, Netherlands), where fish are bred in a sustainable manner. The refreshment water is used to water the sea lavender and samphire beds.Adrie Cornelisse (picture) started growing samphire as a hobby over a decade ago. “We’re.....

Splendour strawberry grows well, eats well, sells well
The Splendour strawberry variety is doing ‘very well’ for Queensland farmer Ray Daniels. Although he had hoped to have 5 million plants, the 3.5 million he did get in the ground have grown ‘very well’ according to him, and yield well above the average even in a ‘down’ season such as this one. “We can pick up.....

Philippines: Davao’s banana exports down by 68.3% in Q1
Banana exports from Davao Region for the first quarter of this year dropped by 68.3 percent as compared to the same period last year.Export Free on Board (FOB) value of bananas, including plantains, fresh or dried was pegged at $94.2 million from January to March, much lower as compared to $297 million.....

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Pakistan mango exports start in August
Mango exports are expected to begin from the first week of August with the delivery of Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Muzaffargarh’s Chaunsa variety.Exports from Punjab are expected to go high, up to 10,000 tonnes, during the current season due to a good yield.Major importers of Punjabi Chaunsa mangoes are Dubai.....


Statistics on use pesticides for Latvian fruit and vegetables
For the first time Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) has carried out survey and surveyed data on the use of pesticides in orchards, vegetable and potato areas, greenhouse cultures, as well as in maize areas. Using data obtained in 2014, as well as results from survey (1) on the use of pesticides for.....


7-Eleven to enter Vietnam by 2017
Carrefour first-half profit rises as Spain leads Europe gain
South-Korea: MBK said to team up with goldman in $6bn Tesco Korea bidMBK Partners Ltd. plans to team with a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. private-equity fund to jointly bid for Tesco Plc’s South Korean business, which could fetch about $6bn, people familiar with the matter said, bloomberg reports. MBK,.....



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Debate over price result of different yield predictions
Turkey: Controversy surrounding hazelnut prices
Predicted high hazelnut yields have led to price controversy. In Giresun, northeastern Turkey, producers are predicting lower records and for this reason have decided to sell a kilo of hazelnuts for no less that €4.90. Yet exporters are of the opinion that the yields will be higher and export.....

Trends of organic farming development in Bulgaria
From data provided by Department of Agroecology of Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Bulgaria, Valentina Agapieva at Agricultural University of Plovdiv has traced trends of organic farming development in the country during the period from 2003 to 2013.The total areas under organic agriculture method.....


Hapag-Lloyd improves service between West Africa and Northern Europe
Starting in August Hapag-Lloyd will offer its customers a clearly improved service between West Africa and Northern Europe.The new West Africa Express Service (WAX) distinguishes itself with the fast transit times, for instance Antwerp-Dakar within 13 days or Abidjan to Antwerp within 11 days.©.....

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Turkey: Lemons too expensive for consumers
In green grocers and at markets the price of the inflation champion, the lemon, is deterring consumers. Therefore, the lemon, which in Turkey has always been considered an indispensable part of the dinner table, has been dropped. On domestic markets lemons are sold for between €1.65-2.30 a.....

For the production of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and aubergines
Russia: Stavropol Holding to build 80 hectares of greenhouses at the cost of €20 million in the Lipetsk region
“Chernozem vegetables” a Limited Liability Company, (part of the Stavropol agricultural holding company TK "Eco- Culture”) is planning to build 80 hectares of greenhouses for vegetable growing in the Lipetsk region. Construction of the first phase (11 ha) could begin this autumn, and.....


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US study tour offers hope for AUS fruitfly battle
Growers from the Hills Orchard Improvement Group (HOIG) have returned from a US study tour confident that the Mediterranean fruit fly plague damaging local orchards can be brought under control.Tour leader, Brett DelSimone, said it was an honour for Perth growers to be invited by Central Washington.....

T&G Global strengthens position as asparagus marketer
T&G Global, the fruit marketer controlled by Germany's BayWa, has acquired assets from long-term Australian partner M&G Vizzarri, strengthening its position as a major asparagus trader.T&G's 50 percent-owned Australian subsidiary Delica will buy Vizzarri Farms, the asparagus marketer founded by.....

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New Zealand ‘will eventually’ amend labeling laws
As Australia tightened its regulations and announced stronger country of origin requirements for products sold in supermarkets and exported, the New Zealand Government has remained ‘steadfastly stuck’ and continues to ignore consumer demand for this information, according to Horticulture New Zealand’s Leigh.....

New chairman for EastPack
On Tuesday the EastPack board of directors unanimously appointed a new chairman, John Loughlin. Mr Loughlin joined EastPack as an independent director in 2014 and held the position of interim chief executive between January and May 2015 leading up to the appointment of current chief executive, Hamish.....

Spray season begins for kiwifruit growers
The spray season for kiwifruit growers starts this month (SUBS: August), and Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working with the industry to minimise spray concerns.Hydrogen cyanamide, often known by the brand name Hi Cane, is sprayed on kiwifruit vines to increase the number of fruit on the vines,.....


World

Bayer CropScience puts innovations on display at World Potato Congress
Bayer CropScience presented its latest innovations and contributions for sustainable potato production at the World Potato Congress that wrapped up Thursday in China.Bayer CropScience representatives, acting on the theme titled "Innovating Together for Sustainable Potatoes," presented recent product.....

Market garden to showcase British ag innovation
In August and September Hammond Produce is welcoming local residents and businesses to a market garden featuring dozens of rare varieties of vegetables and herbs where they will be able to sample the produce of the garden straight from the plot at its 700-acre farm, located just four miles from the city.....

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Fresh-cut nectarines: edible coatings sometimes do not work
The increasing consumer interest in fresh cut fruits has favored the development of technologies aimed at prolonging shelf life. Among these technologies, modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and edible coatings, in combination with refrigeration temperatures, have been shown to have the potential to reduce.....


Burgers with tomatoes instead of buns
The Japanese will not be fazed by your black or red burger buns anymore, even if you conspicuously shove a deep-fried frog in between, so what's a fast-food chain gotta do around Tokyo these days to get attention? It looks like MOS Burger's answer was to put in a bulk order for giant tomatoes and wait.The.....


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7-Eleven to enter Vietnam by 2017
Carrefour first-half profit rises as Spain leads Europe gain
South-Korea: MBK said to team up with goldman in $6bn Tesco Korea bidMBK Partners Ltd. plans to team with a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. private-equity fund to jointly bid for Tesco Plc’s South Korean business, which could fetch about $6bn, people familiar with the matter said, bloomberg reports. MBK,.....



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