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Crimea: Watermelon prices up almost 50 percent
In comparison with last year, wholesale prices of watermelons in Crimea have almost doubled. Currently, sellers at Krymskiy Privoz Wholesale Market, Simferopol, ship their watermelons at RUB 10-15/kg (USD 0.15-0.23/kg). For comparison, a year before, prices varied between RUB 7-10/kg (USD 0.11-0.16/kg),.....

Ukraine: Change in apple varieties grown
Over the past five years, Ukrainian professional growers’ apple have somewhat changed the varieties that they are growing. Golden Delicious is still the leading apple variety in Ukraine. However, its share has decreased from 23% to 21% over the past 5 years, reports Fruit-Inform.Reinette Simirenko has.....


New Zealand: Less export fruit and vegetables to EU, more to Asia
New Zealand is headed for a new export record for fruit and vegetables. In the first half of this year, 8% more was exported than in the same period in 2015, with regard to total value the growth was even more. In New Zealand dollars, the export grew more than 30% in the first half of this year; in US.....

Arteaga, Coahuila
Mexico: Apple prices expected to increase by 40%
Apple growers from the municipality of Arteaga, in the Southeast region of Coahuila, expect to place over a million boxes of fruit in the domestic market at the end of August.Jesus Duran Flores, the mayor of the municipality, said the 460 apple growers there were in Arteaga had begun the harvest but that the.....

Kazakhstan: Increasing domestic apple production
According to Mr. Temirzhan Zhalgasbayev, Director at Alatau Fruits Engineering, Kazakhstan, growers have been focusing on orchards intensification to increase the share of domestic apples in the market.Mr. Zhalgasbayev said the areas under pome- and stonefruit crops total about 40,000 ha in Kazakhstan with.....

Indian apple cultivation heads south
Apple cultivation in India has been long associated with the Himalayan foothills, but now it's headed south to the tropics as part of an experiment that, if successful, could see the country’s output jump exponentially.The project to grow “low-chilling variety of apples” in southern India is revolutionary,.....

India: EU regulation change may hit grape exports
The European Union has proposed a change in regulations on pesticide residue levels in grapes, which could pose problems for the export of Indian grapes to European countries in the coming season.The EU has proposed to bring down residue levels of chlormequat chloride (CCL), a plant growth regulator, from.....

Ukraine: 62% of apples exported to Belarus
According to market research from Alliance Capital Management, Belarus imported the most apples from Ukraine; precisely 62% of the fruit went to Belarus in the first half of 2016.Georgia takes second place with 11% of Ukrainian apple imports. It is followed by Moldova, with a small gap of one percent - 10%......

Argentina: Despite the crisis in the sector, apple imports continue
The consulting firm Gabinete MAG has released a report which reveals that during the first part of the year, including the month of July, almost 700 tonnes of imported apples have ended up in supermarket shelves across the country. The exact figure is 688,000 kilos. In the same period of 2015, only 112,000.....


“Leopold III is also called the caviar of grapes”
Price of Belgian grapes increases annually
The Belgian grape season already started in July, but for cultivator Ronald Vanderkelen from Overijse, picking started this week. “We started with the blue strain Royal, and within several days we will also start harvesting the white grape Baidor and the blue strain Leopold III. Leopold III is also called.....

AU: Rockmelon sales almost halved
Despite being given the all-clear following a salmonella outbreak, sales of Australian rockmelons have almost halved. Australian melon growers are urging shoppers to put rockmelons back in their baskets after sales plummeted by about 40 per cent following the outbreak between mid-June and early August.In.....


China: "Strong prices for first Red Gala"
The second half of the 2015 apple season witnesses sharp decrease in apple prices. Prices came down in February and have struggled to gain grounds since then. Dalian Golden Apple Cooperation Limited is an apple grower, packer and exporter with a presence in Dalian and Shaanxi province. The company has just.....

''Horticulture a standout performer''
NZ dollar forecasts upgraded
Exports such as kiwifruits and apples are challenging the supremacy of New Zealand lamb. The generation of newer exports out of New Zealand come under the umbrella of “Horticulture”, and this new breed of soft commodity exports has seen volumes surge over recent years, even as more traditional mainstays such.....


Germany: Nordrhein-Westfalen
Plum harvest in full swing
The plum harvest in Nordrhein-Westfalen is in full swing. However, the chamber of agriculture Nordrhein-Westfalen states that the cold weather during the flowering period has led to a slight decrease in the fruit production of certain varieties in some areas.

The first early plum varieties.....

Argentina: Producers will give away pears and apples to protest
Producers of pear and apple from Alto Valle will travel to Buenos Aires to protest at the gates of the presidential house against the crisis that is affecting the economy of two Patagonian provinces.The producers will reach the vicinity of Plaza de Mayo next Monday so that president Mauricio Macri accepts to.....

Stonefruit prices are stable as volumes fall
According to Afrucat, trade is flowing and prices are stable in this summer's stonefruit campaign.Manel Simon, CEO of Afrucat, said: "Prices are above production costs and higher than in the two previous campaigns. The current stable prices are similar to those of the 2010 and 2012 campaigns."However, the.....


Bert-Jan Pippel: “Blackberry market is on the rise”
Dutch blackberries from April until Christmas
In the wake of raspberries and blueberries, blackberries are also gaining more and more ground on the international market. “Ten years ago many supermarkets only carried blackberries occasionally, but for a number of years now, all supermarkets have been carrying blackberries structurally, resulting in much.....

Uganda: Apple growing to increase household incomes
In Uganda's Bundibugyo District, farmers are to receive 450,000 apple seedlings to boost their household incomes. Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Naads and National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) visited Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole districts to train agricultural officers,.....


USDA Australia stonefruit report
AU: Opening of Asian markets will increase stonefruit exports
Australia's stonefruit industry has been through several difficult yearscaused by seasonal variation and a lack of export markets, especially for peaches and nectarines. However, the opening of Asian markets in 2016/17 is expected to boost overall stonefruit exports from the country.Cherry production in.....


Nicolas Stevens, Better3fruit: “Ideal solution for far-off destinations”
New apple has an extremely long shelf life
New apple strains are on their way, varieties with characteristics never seen before. “We are hoping to find a partner for a strain that has a storing capacity of eight months in regular cold stores in 2016 or 2017. This would be an ideal solution for far-off destinations. With this apple, you could really.....


Van Amerongen, Holland
Advanced Control of Respiration completely prevented scald on Grannies
Van Amerongen has built 2 cold stores in its facility in Tiel, Holland. The rooms are equipped with the new My Fruit control system, which controls the cooling system and CA conditioning. The system includes Advanced Control of Respiration (ACR). ACR stores apples just above the fermentation limit,.....

Between September 2015 and May 2016
Spain: Andalusian berry exports up 20.4%
Andalusian berry exports from September 2015 to May 2016, when the production of these products peaks, were worth over 905 million Euro.This figure represents an increase of 20.4 percent in volume and 21.4 percent in value over the same period a year earlier, according to data supplied by the Andalusian.....

Coophuelva
Spain: Reduced strawberry acreage and new subtropical crops
The Sociedad Cooperativa Andaluza Costa de Huelva (Coophuelva) of Lucena del Puerto has closed the 2015/2016 season with a production volume of berries totalling 18,603 tonnes. The marketing of these red fruits, carried out through Onubafruit, has generated 56 million Euro, almost 5% more than in the.....

Dalian nectarine exported to Australia for the first time
This May, China and Australia signed the Protocol on Plant Inspection and Quarantine Requirement regarding Chinese Nectarine export to Australia.On August 11th, Dalian Tianli Agriculture Development Co. Ltd signed the framework agreement with Summerfruit Australian regarding Dalian nectarine export to.....


Fruit farmers expect a good harvest
Apple harvest in Bavaria is off to a good start
In the last few days the first apple harvests started in the areas around Lake Constance and Main. The variety Discovery has already been picked and currently the varieties Gravensteiner and Delbarestivale are being picked. In September the Elstar apples will be harvested, followed by the Gala.....


Matt Foster - West Growers Ltd
UK cherry volumes down 50%
The UK cherry season is winding down and, as is becoming the norm these days, it has been affected by unusual weather conditions. "The Spring weather affected the bloom period on some varieties, which has resulted in a mixed fruit set by variety," explains Matt Foster, West Growers Ltd. "The July temperature.....

New technology will provide earlier fruit yield estimates
Idaho's Northwest Nazarene University associate professor Duke Bulanon is developing two projects for the agriculture industry: one is the IdaBOT, which is a robot that can move on its own through vineyards and orchards. The other is a multi-spectral camera, which captures multiple color wavelengths that.....


Jan-Willem Arts, Wilko Fruit:
“Consumers would sooner grab a paraguayo than a platerina”
Summer is in full swing, and according to one trader stonefruit is doing very well. “Demand for nectarines is slightly better than for peaches, but both products are doing well. Supply of nectarines is in a bit of a slump right now, due to the shift to other strains. Within several days we will be expecting.....

Argentina: Apple imports grew by 500% up to June
The growing presence of imported apples in local stores is starting to cause some concern among producers and businesses in the region.At the end of July this year, statistics show that the country imported some 688,000 kilos, which is a 500% increase. No small thing, if you consider that between 2012 and.....

Spain: The berry sector needs immigrant labourers
The agrarian organization UPA has asked the central Government to re-approve the quotas of migrant workers for the harvest season of strawberries and other berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, in Huelva.The request has been issued after the general secretary of UPA, Lorenzo Ramos, the general.....


''Unfit for consumption''
Qatar: Five tonnes of watermelons destroyed
On August 16, inspectors from Doha Municipality’s Health Department destroyed five tonnes of watermelons at the Abu Hamour Central Market, as the fruits were found “unfit for human consumption”.The move came as part of the daily inspection tours conducted at the market to ensure the safety of products on.....

AU: Homegrown frozen berries to launch in Coles
The first Australian grown frozen berries will be available in Coles from next week. The berries will come from Victorian-based Matilda’s Australian Frozen Fruit, which was launched in December last year, following a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen berries.Matilda’s is owned by.....

Sluggish cantaloupe prices get lower
An abundance of cantaloupes in California is too much for the demand on the market. The imbalance has caused what had already been low cantaloupe prices to go lower in the month of August.“The market is very cheap,” said Don Smith with the Turlock Fruit Company in Turlock, California. “The crops are heavy.....

Growers mostly upbeat in spite of drought
The Northeast has been hit by drought and the dry conditions are continuing, yet growers are still optimistic even in light of the challenging growing conditions.“The crops begin to get stressed with all the heat and everything. Eventually it could lead to early ripening,” John Lyman, Executive Vice.....


Ryan Davies - United Exports
South Africa: Blueberry volumes ramping up
Blueberry production is ramping up in South Africa, as harvesting starts in the north of the country. Ryan Davies from United Exports said most of the early fruit is going into the local market where they have small programs with the retailers.The recent rain has mainly been in southern parts of the.....

Apple and pear volumes surged in China
Recently the US Department of Agriculture has published one report regarding the fruits of deciduous fruit trees. According to this report, the harvest volume and export volume of apples, pears and grapes from China show an increasing trend. On the contrary, the fruit industry from the America and Europe.....


Organic grape harvest starts in Shandong province
"After a year's hard work, our organic grapes from Shandong Wandi Orchard finally welcome their harvest season. This week, the Brix level is around 18, and in a couple of days it will be 20 and then the harvest will start," said Ms Zhang from Wandi Huliu Mordern Agriculture Development & Operation Co......


Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit:
"There is no such thing as a perfect strawberry"
Which variety is the perfect strawberry? For years, people have discussed varieties with the best taste, brix, shelf life, firmness, and colour. “It all depends on which property one favours. There is no such thing as a perfect strawberry,” says producer Wim Meyers. “Personally, I prefer the Sonata. Of.....

Chile: Blueberry exports could displace apple exports
The president of Fedefruta, Ramon Achurra, said at the 2nd Fair of Technology and Innovation Hortifrut, an event focused on the berries and blueberries industry in Espacio Riesco, that if the projections made by Fedefruta for this year are met, Chilean exports of fresh blueberries will displace apple exports.....

China opens its doors to Uruguayan blueberry
China opened its market to Uruguayan blueberries, a fruit considered the fruit of the century because of its taste and health benefits.In addition, the fruit sector will set its eyes on Uruguay and Argentina in September, when they will host the next -Blueberry World Congress, which is held annually in.....

Argentina: Soft fruit cannot compete with Chilean imports
Producers of berries from the Patagonian towns of El Hoyo, Lago Puelo, El Bolson and Epuyen warned about the impact of the opening of imports as there are over 150,000 kilos still in cold storage five months before the start of the harvest.Local SMEs are unable to compete with the products from Chile, as.....


NZ: New wrist bands to help at harvest
A simple, coloured, silicone wrist band has been developed by Summerfruit New Zealand to help fruit pickers during the upcoming 2016-17 season. NZ market coordinator Trisha Aitken said the wrist bands will help pickers decide which fruit to pick and which fruit to leave on the tree to grow and ripen.....

Norway: Insufficient domestic berries to meet demand
The status report for Norwegian fruit and vegetables from the Agriculture Directorate for the current week shows a fluctuating situation. For vegetables, the situation is generally good; sales are going well and there is little import. Only the price of cauliflowers fell last week; otherwise, prices are.....


Rick van Koppen: “Lazoet concept well-received”
Plum supply substantially lower, prices changeable
Just as last year, supply of Dutch plums are at a low level. “Yields vary greatly per region, but some cultivators only have half a harvest,” says Rick Koppen of The Greenery. “Last year we were in a similar situation, but prices remained structurally stable. This year we are seeing much more volatility, and.....

Troubles in Kashmir Valley
India: Apple prices to rise
Apple prices are 25%-30% higher than last year and may climb further if arrivals of the crop from Jammu & Kashmir, which produces about 70% of the country's apples, are delayed due to curfew and protests. Apples in New Delhi's wholesale market cost Rs 800 to Rs 2,000 for a 25-kg box.Currently, apples at.....

Poland: Unsuccessful year for cherries, good for strawberries and raspberries
This is the third consecutive year in which cherry producers in Poland won't be making a profit. In fact, the purchase price of these fruits is even lower than last year, as reported to PAP by Bozena Nosecka, of the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Food Economy.According to the expert, the price of.....

Poland: Wholesale price of plums between 0.23 and 1.29 Euro
The plum season is gaining momentum in Poland. According to an analysis prepared by the site www.sadyogrody.pl, the wholesale markets across the country have seen the fruit's prices fluctuating between 1 and 5.5 złoty/kg (between 0.23 and 1.29 Euro), depending on the variety and quality of the plums.At.....

Trouble for Poland’s apple sector due to bumper harvest
Over the last decade, the growth of Poland's apple production has had no match in any other EU country, as reported to "Rzeczpospolita" by Mariusz Dziwulski, economist at BNP BGZ Paribas Bank.As a result of this, in 2015, Poland accounted for nearly one third of all apples produced in the EU, which gave the.....

Timing is everything in the Polish market
Demand during the summer months for citrus in Poland, including mandarins and clementines, is weak. Mohamed Marawan from Mazafruit said that this is because Polish consumers only have eyes for domestic seasonal fruit such as strawberries and cherries while they are available. "Timing and weather is.....

English plums come into season
As the stonefruit season gets into full swing it is obvious that volumes are not as abundant as last year."Last year there were still issues due to the Russian ban and there was a lot of fruit around," explains Sab Bosco from AB Fruit. "Even with lower volumes we will do OK as we have plans in place to fill.....

Tanzania grape farmers can't keep up with demand
Experts have said that Tanzania's grape growers in Dodoma may not fully benefit from the global increase in demand, due to lack of modern farming skills."Already, most grape farmers don't benefit much from what they produce because their grapes are below international standards," Mr Gabriel Maganga, an.....

China: Guangxi fruits price increase
Recently, the famous Guiqi mango was featured in a famous entertainment show on the Chinese television together with another four popular fruits from 4 provinces and municipal regions: Beijing city, Shandong province, Jiangsu province and Xinjiang provinces. There were mango variety demonstration, mango.....

China: Weinan fruits export July increased
July is considered the transition period for Weinan fruits, which means that new season fruits such as apples, pears, plums and grapes come gradually to the market. This July its fruit sales are very promising, not only its domestic sales volumes continue to go up, but also its export volume. Within.....

First container Canadian blueberries arrived in Guangzhou by sea
On the morning of August 11, after thorough customer clearance and inspections, the first container of Canadian blueberries arrived in Guangzhou Jiangnan market by sea shipment. With a market price between 200-210 Yuan, over half of this container has been sold the same day.According to the buyers'.....


Jos Hermans: "Environment organisation should see how we take care of bees"
"Summer apples and pears will sell quickly, but after that?"
The new top fruit season is about to start. "Our old harvest is completely gone. On Monday we will pick the first Delbare apples and Clapp's pears, followed by Triumphe," says Jos Herman. The grower has independently been taking care of the sales of his own fruit for over 30 years from his shop in.....


Chinese kiwiberry grower ready for export
In March this year, New Zealand kiwiberries lost market access to China. This came as a result from a ruling by the Chinese import authority AQSIQ that kiwi and kiwiberries were two different fruit species that cannot be imported under the same import license. The ruling cut off the main supply source for.....


"The cherries have to be black to be exported"
More production of Regina and Kordia cherries in Belgium
There have been many cherry varieties in the past years, however, 2 of those have remained in Belgium. “About 60 to 70% of the Belgian cherry production are of the Regina or Kordia variety. These varieties are not the newest, but they seem to be very good, especially regarding their export quality. Our.....


Dismal watermelon sales in Jilin province
On August 10th, watermelons are on the street outside a supermarket in Changling county in Souyuan city, Jilin province, for a low price promotion.This summer, the purchase price of watermelon in Jilin province experienced a rollercoaster ride from top to bottom. In August, its price continued to drop.....

Spain: International group of producers visit Murcia's grape crops
A group of table grape producers from Chile, Peru, South Africa, Brazil and Australia are visiting the Spanish region of Murcia for the fourth consecutive year to learn about the improvement program for seedless table grapes developed by the company Investigación y Tecnología de la Uva de Mesa (Research and.....


on the market from 15 August
"Fewer Corina pears available"
The Corina, the early ripening mutant of the Conference pear, is a few days later than usual for the second year in a row. "The pear will be available on Monday 15 August," says Tone Derwael from Bel'Export. Bel'Export and LTV are two distributors of this early pear variety that has been available.....


Severe increase in cherry harvest Hoogstraten
This year Hoogstraten sold cherries for the second season. Last week the last cherries were supplied. "In comparison with last year there was a severe increase in production," says Jan Engelen. "Last year 5 tons were sold through auction and this season that was 42 tons.Producer Joris Christiaenen (right).....


AHDB research project
Understanding the causes of crumbly fruit in red raspberry
A condition known as crumbly fruit occurs to differing degrees in different raspberry varieties and is an indication of partial failure in the physiological processes in fruit development. Raspberry fruits are formed from an aggregation of multiple fertilized ovaries each of which are referred to as a.....


Current situation of Peruvian grapes
"New varieties, good prospects"
Good prospects"We expect good quality grapes, better than those of the past few years, given that in previous seasons there were significant climatic variations and the rising temperatures caused much rot, especially in the case of the Red Globe. This year, we have good temperatures within the normal range,.....


Gisella Pacherres, of Fundo Sacramento
Peru: "This campaign we expect 20% more grapes"
A couple of months before the table grape harvest kicks off in Peru, producers are starting to work on the forecasts for this campaign. With regular weather conditions andtaking into account all the various producing regions nationwide,production should begin in October and last until March. "Most growers.....

First Spanish stonefruit shipments arrive to China
The first Spanish stonefruits have arrived to the Chinese market through an Extremaduran company, which is currently the country's largest and has also become the first in Europe to sell this type of product to China.This means that Extremadura is the first autonomous region in Spain to export stonefruit.....

Costa Rica: Producers create a committee to strengthen the strawberry sector
Strawberry producers in areas such as Dota, Llano Grande de Cartago, Vara Blanca de Heredia, and Poas de Alajuela formed a committee with the aim of attracting research, development, and innovation to this fruit's value chain to strengthen the national strawberry sector.The initiative originated at a meeting.....