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More open field vegetables grown in Schleswig-Holstein
In the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, vegetables were grown in the open field on 5,904 hectares in 2014, German website Proplanta.de reports. This means the acreage increased by about seven percent compared to the previous year. All in all, the harvest volume amounted to 335,000 tonnes, figures from the.....

Germany: carrot and onion stores only cover part of the demand
In Germany the amount of carrots in storage at the moment is clearly below average, reports the GermanAgrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI)on its website. This means the season with German wares from storage will end sooner than most years this season and imported wares will take a more important.....

India: Vegetable prices remain high but stable
The recent spell of unseasonal rain has only marginally affected the supply of major vegetables and fruits. The prices will remain high but stable over the next one month, said officials at the city's Agriculture Produce Market Committee.Retail prices of kitchen essentials like onion, potato and tomato are.....

BBC study:
Home grown produce tastier, healthier
A study, carried out by experts at Kew Gardens for the BBC, found tomatoes are sweeter and richer in health-improving nutrients than those that are mass-produced.Those growing their own fruit and vegetables have regularly said home grown tastes better than supermarket produce but it has now been proven it is.....

Village Farms introduce three tomato novelties
Village Farms' offerings this year continue the trend they've established in past years of providing consumers with unique tomatoes. These new offerings Cherry No. 9 and Cabernet Estate Reserve varieties have different taste profiles, they both offer consumers unique tastes that stand out in the produce.....


Marco Bergman, Harvest House:
"Expectations bell pepper market positive for near future"
The Dutch bell pepper season has been going for about six weeks now with green bell peppers. All in all, the Dutch acreage has hardly changed compared to last year. There are some small changes in the colours, but nothing significant. Salesman Marco Bergman of Harvest House takes stock."Pricing for the.....

US(CA): Radicchio Superfood certification drives demand
“Demand for radicchio is pretty steady year-round, but it spikes during the US Summer grilling season and around major holidays”, says Emily Lyons with Royal Rose. Radicchio is often featured in Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes for its vibrant red color. Last year, Royal Rose received a SUPERFOOD.....

First UK-farmed truffle harvested
The first truffle to have been cultivated on UK soil has been harvested from a field in Leicestershire, according to a plant biologist.Dr Paul Thomas planted the fungus on 20 farms and estates around Britain six years ago. He found the 39g specimen under a young holly-oak tree.The entrepreneur, who appeared.....

Staple vegetable prices decrease, others still high
The start of the new harvest season has brought the prices of two staple vegetables within Mumbaikars' reach. Drumstick, which sold at Rs 80-100 a kg till last week in the retail market, is now available for half the rate at Rs 40-50. Another kitchen essential, tomato, is being similarly sold at Rs 20-30 a.....


Commitment to courgettes as consumption grows
Average courgette prices this campaign remain high for now and production volumes are not expected to increase significantly until early May, given the mild temperatures in Almeria."We had a very hot autumn, in which the plants produced in a month and a half what they normally do in almost three months, so.....

Thüringen
Tomato crops dominate greenhouse cultivation
In 2014 12,000 tons of vegetables were harvested from greenhouses in the German state of Thüringen, which is almost the same as the 2013 total (-300 tons). The greenhouses take up 37 acres of land, which is two percent (+0.7 acres) higher than in 2013, reports the German website Proplanta.de.According to the.....


green from Southern Spain and first white Greek asparagus
Double asparagus premiere at The Greenery
Today, The Greenery saw two firsts arrive: the first green asparagus from Southern Spain, and the first white Greek asparagus from heated cultivation. Both products are the result of a long-term cooperation of cultivation and commercial specialists from The Greenery with Southern European producers......

US: A good year for green onions
“In comparison to last year, this year has been a really good year for green onions”, says Raul Plascencia with Sunsation Farms. “Last year was a poor market due to high supplies and lower demand caused by cold weather on the East Coast. As a result of last year's large supplies, many growers cut back.....

US (FL): Shelled English peas a specialty item
“Shelled English peas are a specialty item for us. We only sell them peeled and packaged”, says Charlie Eagle with Southern Specialties. The company has incorporated shelled English peas as an extension of their 'Southern Selects' microwaveable specialty products.“English peas, available in frozen form or.....

Saxony: 68,000 tonnes of vegetables harvested in 2014
In the German state of Saxony around 64,200 tonnes of vegetable were harvested from open ground and almost 3,800 tonnes of vegetables from covered cultivation (including greenhouses), reports the German website Proplanta.de. The state's Bureau for Statistics shared that the harvest was almost one third.....

Hamburg: number of vegetable cultivation companies continues to decline
In total 105 companies grew on 497 hectares in 2014 in the German Hamburg. Although the cultivation area grew by +2.0% compared to 2013, the number of cultivation companies decreased by five percent, according to the Bureau for Statistics for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. The decrease in the number of.....

US (CA): New product introduction winter squash
“Winter squash comes in staples and specialty items, but staples are our focus”, says Jeremy Lane with Baloian Farms. “We sell the Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut and Kabocha varieties. We try to be creative and are looking for new ways to empower retailers to merchandise winter squash on the floor. Our latest.....

France, Italy and Spain to analyse garlic campaign
Producers from Italy, France and Spain will discuss the prospects for the garlic campaign and the sector's situation at the next meeting of the Contact Group. Next to the campaign analysis, solutions will be sought to tackle the difficulties in the access to third country markets and in the control of garlic.....

New grape tomato variety Olivia
Olivia, a grape/mini-plum variety from Hazera, it produces consistently sized and flavored fruit across all conditions, according to the company. Olivia was developed using traditional plant breeding techniques."The grower enjoys the fact that Olivia is easy to grow in all environments and weather. With.....


Rubén Valero, of Naturinda
"With these temperatures, Dutch and Belgian tomatoes will arrive earlier"
The tomato campaign has been positive up until February, when prices have dropped by up to 32%, according to Coexpal. But it may be that the worst is still to come, since apparently spring temperatures have arrived earlier."From autumn until January, tomato prices have been very.....

AU: Cauliflower prices tipped to fall
Good news for cauliflower lovers, with the price predicted to fall.Paul Brunjes, from Murgon Fruit Mart, said the vegetable preferred to grow in cooler conditions, which meant better prices coming into winter.Due to the warm weather in Queensland, Mr Brunjes said cauliflower had to be transported from.....

Poland: More early vegetables, lower prices
This season there will be more early vegetables in Poland and prices will be lower than in 2014, according toMargaret Skoczewska,spokesperson for the wholesale market in Bronisze. "At Easter, all national early vegetables should already be available," points out Skoczewska. "You can already purchase.....

Ireland: Man grows 5ft carrot
The Walkinstown granddad hit the headlines in November with his five-stone marrow, but his latest serving is even more impressive - a five-foot carrot.Harry said he grew the monster root in a six-inch diameter pipe. But when it came time to harvest it at the weekend, he had to smash it free with a hammer."It.....


Christel en Frank Vansimpsen biggest watercress growers in Belgium
"Watercress healthiest vegetable in the world"
Brother and sister Frank and Christel Vansimpsen have been growing watercress for years. They are the third generation of the family business located in the Belgian province of Limburg. In 2010, Frank and Christel officially took over the Sint Lucie company from their parents, and they've been expanding.....

Germany: increased mushroom production
The German mushroom producers produced around 64,000 tonnes of mushroom in 2014, according to current figures from the 'Bund Deutscher Champignon- und Kulturpilzanbauer' (BDC). 8,000 tonnes of this was meant for processing, which means that at 56,000 tonnes of fresh mushrooms, a new record amount was grown.....

Tomato export from Spain decreases
Spain exported 72,000 tonnes of tomatoes less than in 2013. In 2013 the export was still at 955,000 tonnes, statistics by Estacom show. The tomatoes also lost 5 percent value.Germany remains the main buyer of Spanish tomatoes with 218,000 tonnes. France is second with 141,000 tonnes, followed by Great.....

Germany: increase in chicory sales
The harvest of chicory is still in full swing in Germany. According to the'Zentralverband Gartenbau', the vegetable is grown on around 281 hectares throughout Germany. "Around ten percent of the leafy vegetables sold in Germany consist of chicory," says Jochen Winkhoff of the vegetable department of the.....

US (CA): Broccoli, cauliflower prices increase
As supplies of vegetables from the desert regions in California wind down, prices for those vegetables have increased.“Warm weather early on in the year accelerated the growth and brought on cauliflower and broccoli way ahead of schedule in the desert,” said Mark McBride of Coastline Produce. “The same thing.....

US: Imports still dominate asparagus market
While California production of asparagus begins to ramp up this month, most supplies of the vegetable are still coming from outside of the United States. Volumes of Mexican imports have been down this season.“This month, the majority of asparagus is coming from Caborca, in the Mexican state of Sonora,” said.....

Indonesia: Farmers thankful for Taiwanese assistance
An agricultural technical mission sent by Taiwan to the Indonesian island of Bali has helped farmers there grow asparagus and vegetables and improve their standard of living, earning the farmers' appreciation.Mission head Wu Chiung-feng (吳炯鋒) said the mission has helped farmers in Bali.....

India: Steep fall in tomato prices
The bulk arrival following good crop has led to a steep fall in the price of tomato in Thammampatti markets, much to the concern of the farming community.Tomato is being sold at a paltry price of Rs. 5 per kg in the open market, said to be the lowest ever price in the recent past. Tomato is a major crop in.....


Brazilian market recovered
Spain to reduce garlic acreage
Although no official figures have yet been announced, it appears that there will be a marked decrease in Spain's garlic acreage affecting all varieties, mainly in Andalusia and Castile-La Mancha, the main producing regions.The negative results of the last two seasons, caused by oversupply in the markets,.....

Almeria's tomatoes see 32% price drop
The tomato producing companies under the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organisations of Almeria, COEXPHAL, met urgently to analyse the causes of the low price paid in recent weeks for Almeria's flagship product.According to COEXPHAL's data, tomato prices this campaign show a clear downward.....

US (CO): Chile growers unite to advance brand
At the first annual convention of the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, ag officials made a plug for another new group, the Pueblo Chile Growers Association. Both groups are examples of growers coming together to advocate for their shared interests.“This group is getting started at such a.....

Brandenburg: more vegetables grown again in 2014
In the German state of Brandenburg, the open field vegetable acreage increased by nearly 13% in 2014 compared to the previous year. That makes it the first year since 2010 that more vegetables were grown than in the previous year, German website Gabot.de reports.The expansion of the vegetable acreage is,.....

German households spent less money on vegetables
German private households bought around 2% more fresh vegetables in 2014 compared to 2013, reports the German grarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (AMI) on its website. The lower prices stimulated this. The larger sales amounts were unable to compensate for the lower prices however, resulting in the.....

India: Vegetable prices increase by 67%
Retail prices of leafy vegetables like spinach and other winter staples such as carrots, cauliflower and peas have shot up as much as 67 percent in the national capital over the last five days due to unseasonal rains.Retail prices of vegetables are expected to be under pressure for the next two days due to.....

Bacco F1 cocktail tomato acreage expanded in Almeria
Bacco F1, a cocktail tomato variety developed by Med Hermes Vegetable Seeds, has been confirmed as the leader in the cocktail segment in the region of Almeria.For five consecutive years, the acreage devoted to the long-cycle cultivation of this variety in a protected environment has expanded, with positive.....

Israel to resume Gaza imports
Israel will start buying some fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip next week, a partial resumption of imports halted when the Islamist group Hamas took over the Palestinian territory in 2007, Israeli officials said on Thursday.They said the measure was designed to help a Gaza economy devastated by last.....


Canada: Campaign to fight tomato blight
Agriculture Canada has launched a campaign to encourage Prince Edward Islanders to grow blight-resistant tomatoes this summer. A new aggressive strain of late blight devastated tomato crops last season."You've probably heard the last couple of years home gardeners saying I just can't grow tomatoes any more.....

Despite delay in the harvest
Asparagus from Granada favoured by Mexican shortages
Granada's green asparagus campaign is already underway after a delay in the start of the harvest due to prolonged low temperatures during January and February. While last year at this time the main cooperatives had already sold almost 40% of their volumes, right now the percentage only stands at 10%."We have.....

NZ: Water rules create fresh challenge
Farmers face a new evolutionary pressure -- working within nutrient limits -- and with scientists and industry bodies will need to evolve new farming systems, says a University of Waikato economist.Associate professor Graeme Doole, an economist who specialises in the connections between agriculture and the.....

US (CA): Harvest begins for fresh asparagus
Over this past weekend Progressive Produce has begun harvesting their first fields of their 2015 California Asparagus crop. California asparagus is a sign of Spring’s arrival in the Golden State. Over the next two weeks, the warm weather and longer days will ramp up the spring production. Don Hessel,.....


as well as stake in Dutch cultivation company for Chinese leafy vegetables
MitroFresh acquires interest in Korean mushroom nursery
Mushroom wholesaler Mitrofresh from Poeldijk supplies a wide range of fresh mushrooms to wholesalers, hospitality, catering, institutions and others. The full range comprises of Asian mushroom, Dutch cultivated, wild mushrooms, cresses, sprouts and vegetables. The company's growth ambitions are apparent.....


Mexico to invest US$ 540 mln in new Agroparks
Mexico is investing 540 million dollars for the realization of new agroparks. That was said by the Dutch state secretary of Economical Affairs Sharon Dijksma in context to her visit to Mexico this week. According to Dijksma, The Netherlands can play a big role in the development of Mexico's agricultural.....


Tunisia: 1,100 broad beans exported to Italy, France and Libya in past three years
Many different products are cultivated in Tunisia, especially pulses. These represent an important source of nutrition for both humans and animals and are also used to fertilise the land.Click here to enlarge.In Tunisia, pulses mean mainly broad beans, which represent 39% (2009-2014 average) of the total.....

Fiji: Eggplant sales overtake papaya
Eggplant exports exceeded papaya sales for the first time ever last year. And Michael Brown, the CEO of Nadi-based produce treatment plant Nature's Way Co-operative Ltd, said this was attributed to weather and market demand factors.Nature's Way treated, packed and exported 520 tonnes of eggplant and 453.....

Filipino farmers appeal Bt eggplant ban
Farmers have urged the Filipino Supreme Court (SC) to junk the writ of kalikasan against Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant, saying that the Bt eggplant does not need deadly pesticides as it is designed to kill pests.Edgar Talasan of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, issued the appeal on behalf of 40,000 vegetable.....

Bulgaria: Significant rise of tomato and cucumber prices
Tomato prices in Bulgaria have increased by nearly 30% in a year, according to the commodity exchanges. At the moment, a kilo of imported tomatoes is sold for 2.30 Lev (1.17 Euro) in the wholesale, while retail prices reach 3 lev (1.53 Euro). "Tomatoes have never been so expensive and people have stopped.....

German asparagus acreage + 5%
In 2014, the asparagus acreage in Germany increased by 5% compared to 2013, to about 25,300 hectares. That means asparagus took up the largest cultivation area of all vegetable varieties, with a share of 22% in the total open field acreage.The German Statistics Office (Destatis) further reports that the.....


Harvest House
First Dutch orange bell peppers available
The first orange bell peppers have been harvested at Alex Zwinkels of Zwingrow. "The first bell peppers are looking good," they report. "Firm fruit with a beautiful bright colour, a lovely sweet flavour and a very high content of vitamin C."Zwingrow has growing locations in Naaldwijk, Honselersdijk and.....


Egypt: Onion season kicked off early
Egypt’s onion season has kicked off one month earlier than expected, starting with yellow onions and moving on with the red. For the company Pharaonic Bioherb, at the moment clients are mostly in the Middle East as many European markets still having onions available. Destinations like Saudi Arabia or the.....

They will export to the European market
Peru: First artichoke processing plant inaugurated in Cusco
Agrícola Alsur Cusco SAC invested nearly $12 million dollars to build the first processing plant of canned, fresh, and frozen artichokes that will be exported to the European and American market.This modern agro-industrial plant has the capacity to process 200 tons of artichokes per day, 80% of the.....

ProduceView:
British cucumbers now in Sainsbury's
In a new report from ProduceView the UK retail prices of a half cucumber, cherry tomatoes and mixed peppers were recorded. These prices are monitored at nine supermarkets in the UK, namely: Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Morrisons, M & S, Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi, and Co-op. The prices have been monitored.....

Vegetable crisps: healthy or not?
On supermarket shelves, next to the well-known potato crisps, you'll find more and more crisps made from vegetables like parsnips, beetroot, carrots or sweet potatoes. Since vegetables contain hardly any calories, but instead many important nutrients, vegetables are extremely healthy. But does this also.....

Light at the end of the tunnel for chicory market
The chicory market has had a difficult time, but growers and traders are finally able to see a light at the end of the tunnel. According to Rudi Coosemans, from the export/import company 'Coosemans', the market started improving somewhat near the end of last year, and has been quite stable since. "An upswing.....

Mushrooms keep people feeling satisfied for longer
The mushroom industry is hoping to increase mushroom consumption tenfold, with a new ad campaign. It highlights new health research showing mushrooms keep people feeling satisfied for longer, lower cholesterol and are rich in anti-oxidants.Growers voted to double their levies to pay for this campaign, to.....

Corny story is sweet news for growers
Sweet corn continues to be a family favourite, with the latest Project Harvest consumer research study revealing that more and more Australians are enjoying this staple with their families.The latest data from the tracking study shows consumers are increasingly turning to corn as a healthy addition to their.....

Cooperative promotes modern mushroom farming
A cooperative in Jinshan hopes to offer local mushroom farmers everything necessary to realize standardized, up-to-date methods for large-scale production. These include seeds, raw materials, technology, plastic houses and contracts.Ding Wenfeng, co-founder of the LianZhong Professional Mushroom Cooperative,.....

US: Spinach not popular to grow
“The spinach market is good right now. As a matter of fact, it is always good as there is not much available”, says Darrel Beyer with CityAg Produce. “Only a few people grow it as it is very susceptible to mildew. Our farm is situated in Ventura County and I feel lucky as we don’t have any mildew problems......

Pakistan: Fresh imports from India decrease
The import of fresh items like tomatoes, ginger and garlic form India via Wagha border has decreased by 70 percent.Pakistan Customs collects revenue on the import of fresh items, which will now decrease due to the less imports.An official said that the decline in import of fresh items was due to the season,.....