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Spain: Asparagus grows by 10% a year in Granada

The sugar beet came first, with almost thirty factories operated in La Vega during the first half of the 20th century. There was so much wealth that it even had an impact on Granada's urban development, as they were able to construct the Gran Via. That splendor lasted until the late 1970's. Then came tobacco,.....

Australian vegetable growers inspired to break into export markets

Australian vegetable growers have been given a practical overview of the export process, including the tricks of the trade to take advantage of booming export markets, at the Australian Vegetables Export Seminar 2017, held on Monday 15 May at Adelaide Convention Centre. The seminar, organised by AUSVEG and.....

Rijk Zwaan presents solution against powdery mildew in peppers

The stand of Rijk Zwaan perfectly serves to illustrate the situation at the current edition of Infoagro Exhibition, and not only because its powerful image is the first thing that visitors see when going through the main door.Juan Ramón Rodríguez, Head of Marketing and Quality Control at Rijk Zwaan Ibérica,.....

Italy: Zuccherissima pumpkin range

At the recent edition of Macfrut 2017, the stand of "Fornari Giuseppe" from Asola (Mantova) was one of those that attracted the most attention. Fuchsia and black dominated both the stand and the staff's uniforms, together with smiling faces and well-displayed products. Diced pumpkin part of the Zuccherissima.....

Spain: Growing cultivation of peanut pumpkins

The popularity of this type of pumpkin is on the rise, both in Spain and in other countries. Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and the UK are its main consumers and importers; this is the reason the cultivation of this vegetable has been growing in recent years."We started planting it because we had an English.....

Researchers suggest tomato extract fights stomach cancer

A new study shows that whole tomato extracts from two different Southern Italian cultivars inhibit gastric cancer cell growth and malignant features, paving the way for future studies aimed at implementing lifestyle habits not only for prevention, but potentially as a support to conventional therapies.“Their.....

Horton Fruit issues recall after listeria contamination

A Lousiville food company, Horton Fruit has issued a recall in several US states on two of their packaged spinach products after a possible listeria contamination was found.The recalled products include 10 ounce and 2.5 ounce bags of Fresh Curly Leaf PEAK brand spinach and its Harris Teeter Farmer's Market.....

Dubai shops allow you to pay with cucumbers!

On May 17, a collection of 35 Dubai restaurants and lounges will accept a cucumber as a form of payment in exchange for a selected mixed beverage.According to their Facebook page, DXB Cucumber Day's aim is to transform “the humble green fruit into exchangeable monetary units."You don't have to pay money. You.....

Mexico and Morocco increase their share

Spain and the Netherlands lose ground in global sale of tomatoes

The Netherlands and Spain are losing ground in the global trade of tomatoes, as their exports of this vegetable have fallen, unlike those of Mexico and Morocco, which have increased their share of the world tomato market, according to data processed by Hortoinfo supplied by the United Nations Statistical.....

Tuta absoluta returns to Nigeria

The Gombe State Agricultural Development Project (ADP) says that the tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, has seriously affected tomato harvests in three of the state’s 11 local government areas.Mr Abba Dreba, the Pest Control Officer of the ADP, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday that the affected.....

Canadian farmers catch leek thieves

While working away on their farm, planting asparagus roots, Thea and her cousin Annie noticed three big bears...or so they thought...walking across the back field of their property between the sugar bushes. She alerted her dad right away and he knew that those were not bears! They were people, dressed in.....

Agri-tech innovation breaking down barriers for African cassava farmers

Agri-Tech East uses real-life stories to explore the market potential of Sub Saharan Africa.Although cassava is an important part of the diet for 800 million people in Africa, shortages of equipment for processing has meant production has been unable to increase. To meet this need a social impact business,.....

Pierre Smets:

“Rising asparagus prices because of cold and Mother’s Day”

The asparagus market is making some remarkable moves this season. “It’s a very odd season. At first, the asparagus was dirt cheap, the market even collapsed before Easter, and right now they’re very expensive again,” says Pierre Smets from P. Smets in Geleen, the Netherlands. “Last Friday, the kilogram prices.....

Iraq: Erbil, exports veg to Mosul at lower prices

Since the liberation of the eastern half of Mosul about three months ago, the Kurdish economy has found a new market with as many 300 loads of trucks making their way to the city, with some of the food items eventually ending up on the right bank of the Tigris River where the Iraqi armed forces are fighting.....

Customers outraged after Asda stop selling loose fruit & veg

Many customers are outraged after Asda stores in some areas have stopped selling loose fruit and vegetables. Customers see it as a waste of packaging and prefer to buy their produce loose, and took their anger to social media. In a tweet to Asda, Jonathan Bowdin wrote: ‘Yo @Asda colne [in Lancashire]. Where’s.....

Mahitos RZ: ‘We’ve continuously improved the results over the years’

Aksenov Valentin grows tomatoes under plastic in Russia. A few years ago he put his trust in Mahitos RZ, which combines a good flavour with reliable production characteristics and with long-standing experience and an open mind, he claims to have gotten the best out of this variety.Big fruits“I have been.....

Quarter of Aus veg growers leaving produce to rot amid labour shortage

Labour challenges are causing huge problems for producers in Australia as a quarter of growers have reported that some produce is being left to rot as they cannot find enough workers to pick them. The study's project leader, Associate Professor Joanna Howe, from the University of Adelaide Law School, said the.....

US

Supplies of domestic radishes will look limited until early summer

“During the transition period between the end of May and the first week of June, from Florida to Michigan there will be limited supplies of radishes due to weather and increased demand,” says Christina Monnin of Duda Farm Fresh Foods of Oviedo, Fl. “Florida has experienced significant rain, which has affected.....

First watercress of the season delivered to Tesco store in Dorchester

Due to the mild spring, British watercress is available a week early and residents of Dorchester in Dorset, England are reaping the benefits with a hand-delivery to the town’s Tesco of the very first of the season’s crop. The Dorchester store has been selected because Tesco sales in 2016 and 2017 have.....

Paul van der Linde of Van der Linde:

"Boost in carrot market comes too late"

"We have quite a bit of work but it's too late. There are still huge stocks of carrot and they won't get used up," expects Paul van der Linde of Van der Linde. "There is demand from Germany and Poland now, but much later than usual. I expect there to be demand for the next two weeks, but then most countries.....

AU: Strong pumpkin prices for WA growers

It is shaping up as a good season for pumpkins, with one Western Australian grower saying market prices are well up on last year's figure.Odeum Farms near Perth, say it is comparable to the prices seen in the 2015-16 season, thanks to the good quality of the produce."I think volume would be down on last.....

Malaga, Andalusia

Spain: Two projects to improve profitability of purple garlic

The cultivation of garlic in Malaga is, apart from tomatoes, one of the most important in the province. The annual production amounts to about 7,480 tonnes of garlic, whose value at origin in 2016 amounted to 19.45 million Euro. In an attempt to improve the crop's viability, the Agricultural and Fisheries.....

UK: Tesco to sell small lettuce to prevent food waste

A bonus crop of small iceberg lettuces has been saved from going to waste by Tesco, the company says in a press release. "They may be small but they're still tasty. One of our suppliers has had a bonus crop of lettuces. Our growers have thousands of perfectly edible but small iceberg lettuces. Growers usually.....

Louisiana vegetables facing serious disease risk

Recent hot and wet weather in Louisiana has led to the onset of one of the most serious diseases of solanaceous crops including, tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers, according to LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh.The disease is called southern bacterial wilt and is caused by the soil-borne bacterium.....

Taylor Farms® announces three on-the-go salad bowls

Taylor Farms, a leader in agricultural innovation and healthy, value-added fresh food, is delivering on the consumer appetite for single serve on-the-go salads. With three new additions, Taylor Farms now offers 20, complete meal, singleserve salad bowls packed with protein.The assortment provides multiple.....

Study finds high levels of banned pesticides on ginger in India

High levels of Profenofos and Methyl Parathion were found in many samples of dry ginger and cardamom in Kerala, India.A team from the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) headed by Thomas Biju Mathew, Professor and Associate Director at KAU, sampled vegetables, fruits, spices and condiments from vegetable.....

Spain: Launch of certification mark for Tudela de Duero asparagus

The asparagus of Tudela de Duero already has a certification mark that guarantees the quality for their promotion, both in the domestic and international markets. The Aspáragus Association, together with the City Council, organised an event on Monday in which the mark was officially presented and where the.....

Cold weather not halting Ukrainian veg supply

The cold weather doesn't seem to have hurt the supply of early vegetables in Ukraine. The wholesale of domestic early cabbage, radish and cucumbers has increased, along with cauliflower, courgette and beetroots."This availability does seem to have had an affect on prices, which is, on average, 25-30% lower.....

New advice to help tomato growers eradicate Pepino Mosaic Virus

Growers can help to eradicate Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) by following new biosecurity recommendations. PepMV is one of the most economically important diseases of tomatoes and fruit infected with multiple strains of the virus experience more severe symptoms. As a result, steps must be taken to ensure, even.....

Availability in California

Pretty colored kale available

Colored Kale got all the looks in the family – not only is it super nutritious, it’s so pretty people buy it just to plant in their home gardens.Colored Kale availability is transitioning from Mexico and California’s southern regions up into Salinas and the Central Valley, says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros......

Otago University reveals how to make vegetables last longer

New research from the University of Otago has revealed the best home storage methods to lengthen the shelf life of vegetables.Love Food Hate Waste, the national campaign to help New Zealanders reduce the amount of food they waste, partnered with the University of Otago to test storage practices for many common.....

Protect the Austrian potato instead of boycotting the harvest

For the first time. trade chains are to be obliged by a political party to dispose of 30,000 metric tonnes of potatoes due to wireworm damage - enough to feed 600,000 Austrians for a whole year.The call made by Helga Krismer (Die Grünen NÖ [The Green Party, Lower Austria]) to boycott domestic potatoes is a.....

Eggplants bring healthy smiles to displaced families in Northern Nigeria

The African eggplant lives up to its name: as it grows it bears white, oval-shaped fruits that look just like eggs before they ripen and turn green.It is one of the vegetables grown by farmers displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Nigeria who are participating in an FAO project to kick-start local food.....

"Hydroponic lettuce and kale can't keep people alive for long"

Over the past few decades federal governments, provincial governments, and academic institutions in Canada have been pouring millions of dollars into indoor food production projects in Canada's North.The intention is to provide the food security that is so desperately needed in northern communities. However,.....

Are old-fashioned heirloom tomatoes really better?

There is no clear-cut definition of an heirloom tomato, though it’s generally agreed that it is a variety at least 50 or more years old. Some date back to varieties brought by early settlers from their homes in the old country. Unlike today’s hybrids, almost all heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated. These.....

NZ shoppers paying $7 for iceberg lettuce amid veg shortage

As the lettuce shortage continues in New Zealand shoppers are paying up to $7 for a head of lettuce, and lettuce isn't the only product seeing a post-cyclone price hike.The Herald compared prices at two inner city supermarkets in Auckland on Wednesday afternoon.At New World Victoria Park, iceberg lettuces cost.....

Tomato pest ravaging Nigerian tomato crops

The Gombe State Agricultural Development Project, ADP, says that the tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, has seriously affected tomato harvests in three of the state’s 11 local government areas.Tuta absoluta, a destructive tomato pest, ravaged many tomato farms across Nigeria in 2016 causing an astronomical increase.....

Excellent season for Egyptian dry garlic, less demand for green garlic

After the relatively unexpected Egyptian season for green garlic had ended, Egyptian growers and exporters were surprised by the huge demand for dry garlic. Demand for dry garlic has risen all over the world, with the exception of Spain and China, as China has its own supply of garlic and Spain has a season.....

Favourable exchange rate boosts sales of Surinam vegetables

Until 2015, MN Food Impex, located in Surinam, had seen its vegetable sales declining for years. Due to a favourable exchange rate and an attractive investment climate in the home country, the exporter suddenly saw sales tripling in 2016. “In no time at all we went from an average three to four tonnes per week.....

China: Jinxiang garlic export market faces challenges

"The peak export period of Chinese garlic this year will be from June to the end of August. Because of the moderate weather during December 2016, the garlic production volume in Jinxiang county has increased by 10 to 20%. The increase even goes up to 25% in other production regions. The main reason for this.....

Good demand for Spanish bell peppers, but supply too high to get prices up

There is a lot of demand on the bell pepper market at the moment. Enough is being sold as well. Yet, according to a bell pepper seller, due to the large volume, it is difficult to get the market up. "The three auctions are overflowing with bell peppers. Fortunately, the quality of the bell peppers are good and.....

Ecuador: Climate hasn't affected broccoli much

"Even though Ecuador produces a lot of broccoli throughout the year, it is not part of the fresh produce sector and it is only sold in the IQF market. Prices and production in this market are stable throughout the year. Ecuadorian broccoli is produced in the mountains, 300 meters above sea level and, since we.....

Price of Bulgarian pink tomatoes stays high

The price of Bulgarian pink tomatoes on the markets in Varna oscillates between 4.80 and 6 lev* per kilo, as reported by Focus News. The price of Bulgarian pink tomatoes is high, but there has been no increase compared to last month. For their part, red tomatoes are available at prices ranging between 2.60 and.....

Foreign Affairs visiting Rainbow

“Tunisian-Dutch cooperation results in top-quality bell pepper”

Marcel Vernooij is a member of the management team of the Sustainable Economic Development Department for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He visited Rainbow, a Tunisian-Dutch partnership that produces bell peppers, in Tunisia, and wrote a blog about it.The Netherlands is a small country with a.....

Germany:

Asparagus in Brandenburg and Lower Saxony struggles with weather

In Lower Saxony, the wet and cold weather of the last few weeks caused the growth of asparagus to slow down considerably. “The cold influences the growth of the asparagus, and the yield decreased,” stated Fred Eickhorst, managing director of an asparagus farm in Lower Saxony.As a result, the supply of.....

Perotti, a new Italian sweet pepper

"For large international distributors to be attracted by a variety, you have to respond to their demands," affirms a representative of Semillas Fitó, which invests 25% of its profits in R&D. "We develop varietal improvement programmes that aim to guarantee profitability for the producers and allow them to.....

Moroccan tomatoes find their way to the UAE

Moroccan tomatoes have been gaining more popularity in Middle Eastern countries like Qatar and the UAE. The round tomato and cherry tomato varieties were not popular until Middle Eastern importers and consumers found out their good quality and reasonable prices in the market.According to Sales and Marketing.....

Spain and EU increased garlic imports in 2016

The Spanish garlic campaign was excellent in 2016, among other reasons, because of the positive impact of the negative situation in China. It closed with 220,000 tonnes of garlic produced (+19% compared to 2015) in an area of ​​about 21,000 hectares.As regards exports, the total volume shipped to.....

Michigan freeze devastates Oceana County asparagus crop

Michigan's agriculture industry puts more than $100 billion dollars into the state's economy every year. According to state figures, fruit and vegetable crops contribute more than $1.4 billion annually.In Oceana County, the temperature dropped below freezing for five hours very early Monday, May 8. The cold.....

China: Shandong garlic prices fall 75%

"The main production regions of Chinese garlic are located in Shandong, Hebei and Henan. Last year the high market price of garlic made growers nationwide expand their surfaces for cultivation. In Shandong province alone, the cultivation surface increased by 30%," says Mr; Sun Guangbao, a cultivator of.....

Aspalim and Portlim: a strong duo for green asparagus

With the recently introduced Aspalim and Portlim, Limgroup is offering the markets of Northern Europe and North America a new dimension in terms of quality and yields. Aspalim meets the desire of North American and British growers for varieties that combine high yields with high quality. American growers are.....

Vegetable show kicks off in India with vegetable floats

For the ninth year in a row tourists gathered in Nehru Park in Kotagiri, India for the inauguration of the vegetable show on Saturday. The main draws of the show were a “capsicum ship,” made from more than 1,500 kg of capsicum in three different colours. The exhibit, which was 25-feet-long, 6-feet wide and.....

Supply of Indian eggplants looks moderate

The volumes of domestic Indian eggplant seem to be slightly volatile.“We have a few growers who grow Indian eggplants year-round for us here locally and the supply varies,” says Peter Lee of Homestead, Fl.-based Unity Fresh. “Some time periods we have a lot. Other times we don’t have a whole lot.” At peak.....

Algeria: Vegetables produced in the Sahara desert

Tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, courgettes, onions, peppers, beets, aubergines, watermelons, and melons are been grown amongst the dunes and stones. The extreme weather conditions in this desert (with temperatures of up to 50° C, sandstorms, exceptional torrential rains, and scarce water and food) have.....

Research highlights system efficiency for growing popular cherry tomatoes

The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has announced the results of vegetable research providing market growers with an unexpected insight into the production challenges associated with the increasingly popular cherry-type tomatoes. The project report, which includes data on labor.....

Italy: Asparagus demand increasing

"The current asparagus production and commercialisation campaign was characterised by good quality and volumes until Easter, then temperatures dropped, damaging crops and leading to a 60-70% drop in harvested produce."This was reported by Sergio Marcoaldi, agronomist and quality manager forC.O.P.A.,.....

Vegetables could help children perform better in school

Parents have another reason to get there kids to eat there vegetables according to an Australian study which found that children who ate vegetables each day performed better in school.The study of more than 4,200 children found they scored 86 points higher on literacy and numeracy tests if they had vegetables.....

North American squash varieties back on offer in Denmark

After discovering the Kabocha and Spaghetti squash online and seeing its popularity in North America, Brian Knudsen from Frigaard decided to start offering it to the Danish market last year. Although Brian said that demand is still slow going, he will continue to offer the squash varieties this year to.....

China: Wenshang sells 260 cases of endives

Selling 260 cases of endives during their first visit to the Unique Products Association and successfully setting up a shop on Taobao, which allows this European high-quality vegetable to end up on the table of Chinese citizens: all of this is the result of one initiative.After the executive president of the.....

Netto: more misshaped apples and carrots on German shelves

Thanks to the Netto-initiative "Keiner ist perfekt' (no-one is perfect), from 2 to 6 May 2017, there were again not-quite-perfect apples and carrots on shelves in Netto shops all over Germany. Netto has been sensitising its customers with this marketing campaign to the subject of food wastage since 2013. These.....