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Nigeria produces 120,000 tons of cashews annually
The National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN) said the country produced about 120,000 metric tons of cashew nuts yearly.NCAN’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Sotonye Anga, told newsmen in Lagos that the production was huge. Anga said that as a result of the production, there was the need for the.....
Pistachio expansion in Spain: a solid long term investment
In many regions of Spain, mainly Castile-La Mancha, Andalusia, Extremadura and Madrid, pistachios are an extensive, fully consolidated crop with over 6,000 hectares of plantations. The uncertain future of many traditional Spanish crops, the possibility to grow pistachios as a complement to traditional crops.....
AU: Breakthrough means possible new industry to rival almonds
Dr Sluiter, who has a PhD in paleobotany, said it’s not the walnut variety, but what lies beneath, that could be the making of a new walnut industry in Sunraysia. He grafted his trees two-and-a-half years ago and planted them out in the sort of soil that gives horticulturists bad dreams: a grey, alkaline.....
Italy becomes largest client
Spain: Almeria increases almond exports to Italy
Last year, Almeria's dried fruit sector exported 3.66 million kilos of almonds in 134 business operations; a 5% increase in volume compared to 2012. Furthermore, thanks to the behaviour of prices in foreign markets, the turnover amounted to 22.85 million Euro, 45.2% more than in the previous campaign. In.....
AU: Profit jump for Select Harvests
Improving yields and a strengthening in almond prices has helped Australian almond company Select Harvests report a half-year profit of $18.4 million. The result for the six months to December 31, 2013, is up 118 per cent on the underlying net profit after tax of $8.4m for the same period in 2012. Earnings.....
Germany: Aldi Süd recalls pine nuts due to salmonella
Producer Märsch Import Handels GmbH informs about a product recall: In pine nuts of the brand 'Sweet Valley' with the minimum sell-by-date 17-08-2014 salmonella was discovered after an official inspection. Although the legal control test, the control of the intermediate product and the technical inspection.....
AU: Bittersweet prune harvest for Riverina growers
Riverina prune growers are finally seeing better returns for their fruit. After several years of low prices, processors are now offering up to $300 a tonne more for top grade prunes. But the Riverina crop could be half last year's size because of frost damage and dry conditions.About 60 growers produce the.....
California almond farmers face tough choices
With California's agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields.Baker, 54, of Baker Farming Company, has decided to remove 20 percent of his trees before.....
AU: Rain in NSW triggers early almond harvest
Recent rain in south-west NSW has triggered an early almond harvest, with some growers at least two weeks ahead of schedule.Some Riverina growers were expecting a bumper crop until a heatwave back in September thinned the nuts.Griffith producer Dean Dinicola says he's not too concerned about the smaller.....
Australian nut industry gears up for Korea free trade agreement
Australia’s tree nut exports are expected to grow from $600 million in 2013/14 to $1 billion in 2020 with the industry set to benefit significantly from the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement with Korea. Australia’s almond and macadamia industries have already begun moves to make the most of the.....
Zambian cashew nut production strongly growing
The Times of Zambia reported a +100% annual production growth of Zambian cashew nuts. The production of raw cashew nuts has gone up to 130,000 tons per year and local consumption has gone up to 50,000 tons reports Allan Chinambu, President of the Association of Cashew Growers in ZambiaThe cashew nut, which.....
US: Culinary students create world’s largest praline
More than 2,000 high school culinary students secured their place in the Guinness Book of World Records as they created the world’s largest praline with donations supplied by the Georgia Pecan Commission and U.S. Foods. The 531 lb confection was prepared to celebrate the Hospitality Education Foundation of.....
California (DPR) approves use of Blossom Protect™ for walnut blight
Westbridge Agricultural Products have announced that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved the use of Blossom Protect™ as a biofungicide in the prevention of walnut blight in walnuts. Blossom Protect™, initially EPA approved for use in the prevention of fire blight in pome.....
Ferrero invests in Serbia: 1,000 hectares to produce hazelnuts
Ferrero, the Italian confectionery giant invests in Serbia to produce nuts.Ferrero signed with the Serbian Minister of Agriculture an agreement on the purchase of 1,000 hectares intended for the production of hazelnuts. The amount of the investment was not divulged.The agreement also includes cooperation.....