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Mexico: Delayed rains benefit chillies
Roberto Luevano Silva, deputy of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said that, thanks to the heat, "the chillies have suffered minimal damage, as only one thousand of the 35,000 hectares of chilli in the state have been affected.""The delay in the.....

Ghana needs modern technology for veg production
Collaboration between the private and public sector in Ghana, could help to build the capacity of farmers and bring modern technology to remote areas to boost agricultural production.This is according to deputy chief of Staff in charge of Operations, Mr. Kenneth Wujangi, who made the call at a forum.....

Spain's 'green caviar' unites farmers and chefs
“Quisante lágrima,” or “tear pea,” so called because of its small size and shape, has also become known as “green caviar” among Spain’s flourishing community of top chefs, reports the New York Times.It is a vegetable so highly prized that, once it is shelled, its value reaches around 200 Euro a kilogram, or.....

India: Veg price increases push up food inflation
Hefty increases in vegetable prices in India contributed to pushing up overall food inflation, which increased to 7.55 per cent in May against 6.32 per cent in the previous month, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).Retail inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) surged to.....


Yvonne Vanlier, Greenco:
Healthy snacking should be fun and relevant
Greenco is working very hard to offer consumers a healthy alternative out of doors as well. This vision has already brought the Tommies snack vegetables into the Dutch train stations, while filling stations and conference rooms are also ‘vegetable-ising.’ During autumn 2015 and spring 2016 Greenco conducted.....


Diederick Knijnenburg, Oakfield:
“Sales white mushrooms quite good, unlike brown mushrooms”
The summer period is never the ideal time for the sales of mushrooms. “An abundant supply of imported stonefruit and vegetables from our own country means mushrooms will always be less popular for a short period. But cultivators anticipate this and always produce a little less during this period,” says sales.....

EU may lift ban on Ghanaian veg exports
The European Union may be planning to lift the ban placed on the export of some vegetables from Ghana last year, because the produce did not meet the required quality standards. This was hinted at by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna.According to Hanna, though there is a huge market in the EU for.....


New tomato variety hits the ground running
The new tomato variety from Red Sun Farms, the Monarch Pearls, has arrived this year with lots of interest and very good sales. The latest entry into the snacking category is an orange grape tomato.Jim Dimenna, President of Red Sun Farms, presents Monarch pearls at CPMA 2016“Whenever you launch a new.....

Cucumber prices increasing in Crimea
Over the past weekend alone, (11-12 June) cucumber prices have increased by 15 percent, this is on the back of constant price increases of the vegetable in the Crimean peninsula.According to Fruit-Inform, sellers have also managed to averagely triple their prices over a week. For the present, wholesale.....


Export to Europe starts by mid-June
New Jining garlic: "Neat quality, smaller calibre"
“The garlic harvest is coming to an end. The overall quality is better than last year; there is generally less mould and less damaged cloves. The weather during the harvest has been good. Most farmers have harvested the crop independently, instead of hiring workers, because the weather has been stable and.....

‘Misapplication’ of EU fund
Ireland: Mushroom organisation sues ag minister
Ireland's Minister for Agriculture is being sued by the state's largest mushroom producer organisation, which claims it has suffered more than €12 million in losses due to the alleged unlawful withholding of EU financial aid.Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) claims the department has limited the amount of.....

Kerala: Grafted veg will ensure food security
The availability of grafted vegetables seedling is set to be increased in Kerala, as grafting technology, which was previously restricted to a few Kerala Agriculture University scientists, has been passed on to field officers of the VFPCK (Vegetable and Fruit promotion Council Keralam) and VHSE (Vocational.....

Peru's pepper exports to grow 20%
Peru's Exporters Association (ADEX) Chairman Juan Varilias stated thatPeru's fresh chili and pepper (capsicum) exports will amount to US$286 million in 2016, a 20% increase from the previous year."[...] receiving phytosanitary access to the United States in September 2015 opened up a very important window.....

Paraguay: Producers try to save tomatoes from the cold
Horticultural small producers from Alto Parana are using plastics and tents to cope with the low temperatures. According to forecasts, temperatures will drop down to 1°C on Saturday and producers fear the frost will damage their crops."The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Carlos Baruja, visited us and told us.....


Jan Poleij:
"Sales of samphire and sea lavender increasing, but so is competition"
With the summer just around the corner it is rush hour at J.P. Poleij. The wholesaler in sea lavender and samphire from Kruiningen has its own sea vegetable nursery, but also harvests them wild from the marshes. "Here in Zeeland they only want wild grown sea lavender and samphire. In the marshes the.....


US market pricing tomatoes consistent
“From what we’ve seen over the past few years, the UK market pricing is consistent right now for romas and red grape tomatoes. We do notice that the Canadian summer production has been steadily increasing over the years, where they are able to supply their local market better and the US domestic market as.....

Low cauliflower prices could rise in coming weeks
With light demand and an abundance of cauliflower coming from California, prices for the vegetable have been low. But prices are set to climb next week in the face of lower supply.“There have been large volumes of cauliflower this last week, so prices have come down,” said Craig Smithback with Fresh Kist.....

China: Hainan sweet potato sales hit record high
Japanese sweet potato varieties in demand in China
"Every year, Hainan sweet potatoes are planted in August. The crop is ready for harvest around the Spring Festival, which is considerably earlier than sweet potatoes from Northern China. The supply generally last until the middle of June. Our early availability is giving us a competitive advantage compared.....


Turkish tomato prices hit rock bottom
In Mugla, an important tomato growing region in southern Turkey, tomato prices at the market have fallen from between 1.5 to 2 Turkish lira a kilo, to 15 kurus a kilo, on the back of declining exports and a surplus of the product on domestic markets.Greenhouse vegetable production in Fethiye and the.....


Giel Hermans, Hermans Suikermais:
“Hardly any sweet corn available this week”
Sunny weather traditionally increases demand for sweet corn. That is also the case now, but there is one problem: hardly any sweet corn is available this week. “Morocco finished earlier, and Spain is later than in other years. That results in holes in the market,” Giel Hermans explains.“When it is this.....

Zambian tomato prices still high
Changeable weather, high input costs and high demand have contributed to tomato prices increasing for the third month in the row in Zambia's Copperbelt province. The commodity is fetching around K250 per box in major towns in the province, and has risen from about K150 to K350 in some areas.According to the.....

The impact of Africa's tomato pest problem
Nigeria's tomato supply has been ravaged by the crop pest Tuta absoluta. Prices have soared to around 15 times higher than before the outbreak; but this provides no consolation for farmers, who have lost most of their crops and cannot afford to plant the corn and rice they usually do after harvesting.....


Germany:
Buy regional arugula and kohlrabi
It was a bit cold during the spring for the vegetables, but now they look fine, states Heiko Höltje. The vegetable farmer from Wolfenbüttel in the east of Germany has struggled a bit with the copious amount of rain over the past weeks. “This makes the vegetables dirty and the wet and warm weather promotes.....

Segovia, Castile-Leon
Spain: Good garlic campaign expected in Vallelado
In Vallelado, garlic is planted at the start of autumn and is harvested in early summer, from the first days of July. The harvest is thus less than a month away, and although the plants' growth is delayed compared to previous campaigns, sources from the Association for the Promotion of Garlic from Vallelado.....

Demand for Queensland broccoli high in Japan
After just one season of exports, Japan has grown to become Queenland's third largest overseas market for broccoli. So far the export trade with Japan has injected $1 million into the state whilst creating 25 extra part-time jobs.The success of the first season was even more welcomed due to broccoli not.....


Gert-Jan van Raaij, Van Raaij Eko:
"Strikingly good demand for chicory for the time of the year"
The chicory market can rejoice in good demand. "The demand is strikingly higher than in other years during this period. Everyone's stock of chicory roots is tight, so not too much is being produced. This results in a good price level," says Gert-Jan van Raaij of Van Raaij Eko from Haps. He supplies the.....

Peru: Fresh capsicum exports to generate 27 million dollars in three years
According to the Association of Exporters (ADEX), the entry of fresh peppers and fresh chillies to the United States is expected to generate 27 million dollars in exports in the first three years and 150 million dollars by the fifth year.After four years of negotiations, the United States approved the access.....


Fresher product, smaller carbon footprint
Organic baby leafy greens now grown on East Coast
“This is the first year that organic baby leafy greens are grown on the US East Coast,” says Roger Zlotoff with M&R Farms. Because of the milder climate, baby leafy greens for commercial quantities are only grown in California and Arizona. “We are proving that it is possible to grow them year-round on.....


Slow start for Polish broccoli, cauliflower
It has been a slow start for broccoli and cauliflower after a recent dip in temperatures. After day time temperatures of around 25°C last week, night time temperatures have been dipping down to around 10°C this week, with day time temps around 15-18°C. The cold should not affect the.....

2011 to 2015
Cut veg sales doubled in Japan
As the popularity of ready-to-cook cut vegetables is rising in Japan, the variety of such products is also growing. A broad selection of precut products is on display in the vegetable section of the Aeon Style Makuhari Shintoshin store in Chiba, including vegetables for ramen, yakisoba, curry, stew and.....


US: Good movement on imported tomatoes
Sales of tomatoes imported from Mexico have been brisk recently as supplies from Florida are all but gone.“The tomatoes we import are coming from Reynosa, which is in the eastern part of Mexico,” noted Manny Cota with Ergo Produce in McAllen, Texas. “The stuff going to Nogales, Arizona is coming from Obregon.....


Modern shiitake farm opened in Mitrovice, Kosovo
Last week a shiitake farm was opened with a phased weekly capacity of approximately 10 tonnes in Mitrovice, Kosovo. This is the first project in the region built by Green Mushroom Farm from the Netherlands. After many years of market development in Europe, the vision arose to also prepare for production in.....

Colombia celebrates ten years of Tomatina festival
Sutamarchan, Colombia, celebrated a new edition of the popular Tomatina festival, where both adults and children throw tomatoes at each other.The festival, which comes from Spain and has been celebrated in this town for the past ten years, aims at boosting consumption and paying tribute to tomato producers......

Beginning of tomato season Switzerland
On the first of June the tomato season was officially opened in Switzerland. And currently only Swiss grown tomatoes are available on the market. The start of the season of their second favorite vegetable (carrots being the first) coincides with the start of the availability of a wide range Swiss grown.....


"Tomatoes should not be kept in fridge"
New concept "My Tomato Basket"
Prince de Bretagne is launching their “My Tomato Baskets” (Ma Corbeille de Tomates), a real 1.5kg gourmet basket with a week’s worth of tomatoes. It is packed in a plastic basket, pre-wrapped, to be kept and refilled throughout the season. The purpose of the basket is to remind consumers that tomatoes should.....


Bad cauliflower situation in North of France
A lot of rain at the end of May, and hot weather right after this affected the cauliflower production in the North of France. “Within 3-4 days we expect a terrible market. We had between 80 to 110 mm in less than 48 hours in the Bethune area, which is 40 minutes from South-West of Lille,” explains.....


Green bean farmers in Kenya continue to lose ground in EU market
Green bean farmers in Kenya have continued to lose ground to their competitors in the EU market due to what Homefresh Horticulture Export Ltd marketing manager Sheila Wachania calls ‘crazy’ sanctions.The Kenyan government has also done little to pacify the situation leaving farmers and exporters to find.....

High temperatures equal good output
Veg prices drop in Indian city
Patna is the second largest city in eastern India after Kolkata; high temperatures and humidity there have led to a good output of vegetables, and subsequently a sharp decline in prices.Sources in the city's retail vegetable markets confirmed that in the last few days there has been a significant drop of.....


Jan Muurmans, Teboza:
“With prices like these, many asparagus growers will end the season earlier”
Demand on the asparagus market is currently calm, and prices are under pressure. “This is also caused by the flooding in Limburg last week. Certain plots could not be harvested because of it, and that accumulated volume is now entering the market,” salesman Jan Muurmans of Teboza says. “I expect many growers.....

Record breaking Dutch agri-exports
On Monday 6 June, the national statistics office CBS revealed that Dutch farmers exported produce worth €81.3bn last year, creating an all-time record. Including agricultural machinery, fertilisers and other essentials, total exports reached almost €90bn, the CBS said.The Netherlands is second only to the US.....


Espárrago de Granada
Spain: Cooperative specialises in the sale of the green asparagus
: a flourishing sales cooperative in the heart of Spanish GranadaThe province of Granada in the south of Spain is known for its cultivation of green asparagus. In 2015 asparagus was grown here in an acreage of around 6,145 hectares, 4,045 hectares of which can be irrigated. This year the province hopes to.....


Photo report
Netherlands: International turnout at Mushroom Days
The 34th edition of the Mushroom Days were held in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, from 1 to 3 June. The fair consisted of about 80 exhibitors who presented themselves in a modest exhibition space. It was not choc-a-bloc with people, but the participants were satisfied with the quality of the visitors and.....


Asparagus:
The end is near! It is the right time to buy these German delicacies
It is the right time to buy white and green asparagus. “Due to the mild weather the supply in asparagus is excellent,” explains Carsten Wenke, in Münster Germany. The asparagus expert is an advisor of the Chamber of Agriculture in Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) and a regular guest of the asparagus farmers in NRW......


Start of new sweet potato season
“Our Chinese sweet potatoes will conquer Europe”
“China is the world’s largest sweet potato producing country in terms of acreage and production volumes. However, due to traditional production and limited access to processing and storage facilities, export has been limited. We started ten years ago cultivating sweet potatoes, and have gradually moved.....

Spain: Dumas tomato finding its place in Almeria's greenhouses
Syngenta has a variety in the Marmande-type salad tomato segment that is becoming increasingly popular in the greenhouses of Almeria, mostly because it gives very good returns to producers as well as the quality demanded by large retailers.Growers like Natividad Romera Gómez, well known in the Nijar area for.....


Overview greenhouse market in Belgium
"With one kilo of tomatoes, you can buy three giant heads of lettuce"
Part of the Belgian greenhouse vegetable market is currently in a slump. Tomato growers are suffering the impact of low prices and lettuce also yields very little. "As for cucumbers, last week there was some shortage in the Belgian auctions, as there was a lower supply from the Netherlands. Currently the.....

Peru: Lambayeque produces 40% of chili and peppers
Lambayeque exported 47.7 tons of chillies and peppers in 2015, i.e. 40% of Peru's total production. Thus, the Association of Exporters (ADEX) stated, the northern region, which is considered the birthplace of capsicum, continues to be the main producer in the country.The chairman of ADEX capsicum committee,.....


Nigeria: Vaccine developed for Tuta Absoluta tomato pest
The National Research Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT) in Nigeria says it has developed a vaccine for the Tuta Absoluta tomato pest.The institute’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Bala Aliyu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State that an end had come to the disease, which.....

Philippines decreasing post-harvest losses in mushroom
A biomass-fed sterilizer for mushroom growth media is being developed by the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Davao, in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda). The aim is to decrease post-harvest losses for oyster mushroom production.The.....

Israeli firm develops ''snack vegetables''
Origene Seeds, a producer of vegetable seeds in Israel, is following western world trends by developing a range of snack vegetables which aim to replace fast food snacks.The Company is developing mini-size vegetable varieties such as cucumbers and peppers for this growing market.The trend, which began with.....

Boko Haram blamed for Nigerian tomato shortage
One Nigerian minister is contributing the West African country’s tomato shortage to the Boko Haram insurgency. Minister Lai Mohammed, spoke in an interview with Nigeria’s Channels TV on Wednesday 1 June; according to Mohammed, the militant group’s rampage through northeast Nigeria displaced many farmers and.....


Pioneering with chicory in China
"Over the past one and half years, chicory has gradually entered the Chinese market. Consumer demand for this vegetable is increasing. Although our sales have not reached our expectations yet, we still believe overall opportunities are promising," says Mr. Liu Xiujun from Hebei Lianxing Jiayao Agriculture.....

Spain: Tomato cultivation in the Canary Islands decreases
The Canary Islands has lost 2,500 hectares of tomato in the past fifteen years because the agricultural agreement between the EU and Morocco has seriously affected them. There has been a decrease in marketing and the agricultural land devoted to this crop has been used to cultivate vegetables, avocados,.....

Mexico ranks third
Spain is the world's largest exporter of lettuce
In 2015 Spain was the country that exported the most lettuce worldwide, according to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), COMTRADE, under code 0705 (fresh and refrigerated lettuce) of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities - TARIC.VolumeIn 2015, worldwide exports of.....

Smart Agriculture Iwata
Japanese firm offers kale that can be eaten fresh
On June 2, Smart Agriculture Iwata Co., Ltd., Fujitsu Limited, ORIX Corporation, and Masuda Seed Co., Ltd. announced that, starting in mid-June, Smart Agriculture Iwata will begin full-fledged sales in Japan of kale that can be eaten fresh and uncooked as the first product in its "B-Food" brand series of.....

Spain: 5.27 million Euro in aid to Canary tomatoes for export
The Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands has set up the aid to producers of tomatoes for export under the Community Aid Programme for the Canary Islands corresponding to the 2015 campaign, with funds totalling 5.27 million Euro.The funds, intended for a total of 685.44.....


S.Africa: ZZ2 invests in revamped tomato pack-house
On the banks of the Limpopo River near Musina, a team from the farming enterprise, ZZ2, have completely remodelled, refurbished and extended an outdated tomato pack-house, in just over three months.The upgraded pack-house forms part of a major infrastructure investment on the remote farm, Esme-four, with the.....

Peru: 30% drop in asparagus production raises concerns
The El Niño phenomenon has had a significant impact on the Peruvian asparagus production. High temperatures and lack of moisture in the soil have affected the quality of this vegetable, resulting in smaller sizes than usual. "The excessive heat recorded in recent months has affected the calibre of our.....


"The best asparagus in the world"
French asparagus are well known for their unique flavour and UK produce supplier Wellocks have both purple and white asparagus from the Loire valley available at the moment.According Jean, who sources asparagus for the company, there is nothing to beat the fresh French asparagus, "It is unique because of the.....

Bilateral efforts to boost ag cooperation
Korean veg will grow in French royal garden
A memorandum of understanding to set aside space for Korean vegetables in a French royal kitchen garden, was signed between the Seoul Metropolitan Government and a French state school of landscape architecture, officials reported Thursday 2 June.The move is part of bilateral efforts to bolster.....

Panama: Squash exports to the US continue
There is no doubt that for some producers the US market (US) has become the target market for their export products.Something that is taking more and more strength, as producers are seeking for higher returns and to increase their income.Danis Santana, an electrical engineer by profession, has been exporting.....

US: Western eggplant market remains strong
A supply gap for eggplant caused prices to spike last month, and the market has remained at those prices since then. How the market will react in the Midwest and on the East Coast will depend on production in Georgia, though the market in western states could remain high well into significant production.....

Recipes to incorporate veggies into breakfast
Mann Packing Company, Inc. today released the latest edition of its Girlfriends Guide for Moms, this time focusing on the most important meal of the day – breakfast. The Girlfriends Guides are part of Mann’s ongoing company initiative of “Moms Helping Moms.”The Girlfriends Guide for Moms Breakfast Edition.....


The first seedlings have arrived
Dutch tomatoes grown in the German Eifel
Not so long ago almost everybody wouldn’t have believed this plan possible, but it has become a reality. And in Mehren, a municipality in the German Vulkaneifel, a huge greenhouse for tomatoes has been build.Photo: All the 165,000 tomato plants need to do now is growSource: swr4Approximately twelve people.....


Growing popularity pumpkin and sweet corn
China: Seasonal vegetables help alleviate rural poverty
"In recent years, increasing fruit supply in China has resulted in a more saturated market. Based on this, we changed our products from fruits to seasonal vegetables," explains Mr. Huang Hansheng from Guangxi Jin Hanwei Biotech."We now predominantly grow pumpkin and sweet corn. Firstly, the market demand for.....

Kyrgyzstan troubled by smuggled veg imports
Businessmen in Kyrgyzstan reports that vegetables are being smuggled into the country from Uzbekistan and China. Although the government is constantly declaring the need to support greenhouse agriculture, prioritizing the industry and providing preferential loans, the businessmen claim that the inflow of.....


Guy de Meyer, Demargo:
"In 2015, we sold more than 9,500 tonnes of leeks"
The family business Demargro has been devoted to the export of fruit and vegetables for over forty years. "We are year-round leek specialists. The sale of this vegetable has increased dramatically in recent years. In 2015, we sold more than 9,500 tonnes of leeks across Europe," explains owner Guy de.....


The Netherlands are the main supplier
Italian table tomato imports grew in 2015
Italian tomato exports only slightly exceeded the 100,000 tons in 2015, 12% less than the previous year.The value was €180 million, -8% on 2014. The average price was €1.80/kg, i.e. 5% more than last year and the highest price since 2010.As usual, EU countries represented the main destinations for Italian.....


Armenia looking to expand modern greenhouse acreage
In case of a ban on imports of agricultural products from Turkey, the Armenian market will hardly be able to meet domestic demand, said Hrach Berberyan, the head of the Agriculture Union of Armenia.After a four-day war in April, Yerevan has still been considering the possibility of a ban on the import of.....

Costa Rica
Veg grown erupting volcano safe to eat
On May 28, farming communities north of Cartago were visited by Costa Rican officials to assess the effects of volcanic ash from the Turrialba Volcano on the crops.According to the Costa Rican government, consumption of vegetables grown north of Cartago province do not pose any risk to humans despite their.....