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Russia: 50% discount on rail shipments of Uzbek and Tajik fruit and veg

A 50% discount will be enforced by JSC Russian Railways until 2019 for the transportation of fruit and vegetable products from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as reported on 10 November citing the company's press service."The current tariffs for the import of fruit and vegetable products shipped by rail from the.....

Federal Council criticized

Reduction of tariff protection threatens Swiss vegetable production

The Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers (VSGP) is concerned about the Federal Council's report on agricultural policy from 2022 onwards. "A reduction of tariff protection threatens Swiss vegetable production" is the Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers’ message to the Federal Council. In early.....

Spain: New research centre for subtropical crops in 2018

The new building of the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM), whose completion date is scheduled for next year, will house the basic research carried out in the experimental farm La Mayora, a mixed centre of the University of Málaga and the Superior Council of Scientific.....

Sweet fruit

Spain: Commercial activities to be given a boost in Aragon

The Councillor of Rural Development and Sustainability of the Government of Aragon, Joaquin Olona, ​​has shown his commitment to boost the commercial activities to address the market crisis of the sweet fruit sector in the region.Accompanied by the general director of Agricultural Production, José.....

AgriControl, a service that combines retail needs and production management

Influenced by increasing consumer awareness, international agri-food markets are focusing more and more on food safety. What is more, EU policies have been pushing for years for stricter regulations to guarantee high-quality and healthy production cycles.European Directives are exactly what led to the creation.....

Call for cold treatment to be required from South Africa

Spain: Request to include citrus on list of high risk plants

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (the Growers' Association) has asked the Agriculture Commission of the Spanish Congress of Deputies to include citrus fruits in the List of High Risk Plants or Plant Products," featured in Article 42 of European Regulation 2016/2031, which focuses on pest protection measures. The.....

Egyptian exports to Russia up almost 30%

Ehab Nasr, Egypt's ambassador to Russia, said that Egypt and Russia aim to open new fields of cooperation and reported that Egyptian exports to Russia have witnessed a significant increase of almost 30% during the first eight months of this year.He added that the boost of Egyptian exports has been largely due.....

Spain: FEPEX concerned about “invasion” of Moroccan exports to Europe

The Spanish Association of Producers of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Living Plants (FEPEX) has expressed concern about the rise in Moroccan exports to the European Union and investment programs in Morocco in the agricultural sector.The decision of the European Court of Justice of 21 December 2016 seems to.....

German company Maxime plans delivery services in their region

Turkish brothers: "We really want to stay in Essen"

The Turkish brothers Sükru and Mustafa Karahan first experienced the wholesale markets in Dortmund and Dusseldorf, before they started on the Essen fruit and vegetable wholesale market, three years ago. The excellent atmosphere makes them feel at home. With their top quality tomatoes and Turkish-style dried.....

Food from Denmark CEO, Karsten Nielson:

"Nonsense, being forced to send ideas to competitors"

Karsten Nielson, CEO of Food from Denmark is frustrated. Frustrated about what he believes to be an unbalanced distribution of government subsidies to what he calls a ‘friend’s club’.“I have worked very hard to build a business that can work without grant funds. However, it is almost impossible to remain.....

Spain: Andalusia grants aid to modernise asparagus sector

The Government of Andalusia has granted aid totalling more than 530,000 Euro to two asparagus cooperatives of the Poniente to encourage the modernization and improvement of the crop's production processes and distribution. The Board has revealed in a press release that the companies that will receive the funds.....

Moldovan producers seeking new markets for their fruit

Participation in international exhibitions and fairs has become an opportunity in recent years to promote Moldovan fruit in new markets, says Grigore Daraban, Project Manager for Cooperatives of People in Need.Grigore Daraban says that only a very limited share of the fruit and grapes produced in the Republic.....

EU 2018 work program to improve food chain

The European Commission has published its Work Program for the year 2018, in which it reports that there will be a proposal for a Regulation to improve the EU food chain in May 2018, so that the corresponding legislative work can be completed before the European elections of June 2019.The European Commission's.....

Kazakhstan wants Jordan to supply fruit and veg in winter

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed bilateral cooperation with King of Jordan Abdullah II bin al-Hussein, who travelled to Astana on an official visit last week."We view Jordan as a key member of the international community; one playing an important role in the Middle East and the Arab.....

Functioning of the internal market in relation to the free movement of goods

EC evaluating Strawberry Regulation

The European Commission, and in particular the General Directorate for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, has launched an analysis on the operation and application of Regulation (EC) No 2679/98 of the Council of 7 December 1998, known as the "Strawberry Regulation", which deals with the.....

Global retail sector undergoing profound transformation

As the sourcing of fruit and vegetables becomes increasingly global, managing the supply chain becomes ever more important in the marketplace. What started as a business providing supply chain software, Finnish based RELEX, has now expanded into offering unified retail planning solutions.Relex founders(From.....

Magnus Sundén:

“New products introduced weekly”

Introducing a new product every week. That is Hebes Frukt & Grönt, from the Swedish city of Göteborg’s, goal. Although the focus is on trading, these new products are necessary to distinguish themselves in the market. The ‘fruit plate’ and ‘taco plate’ were recently introduced. Besides developing new.....

Bulgaria: Agricultural subsidies to exceed 1.47 billion Euro in 2018

Aid to agricultural producers in Bulgaria through direct payments, rural development program schemes and market measures is expected to exceed BGN 2.87 billion (about 1.47 billion Euro) in 2018, with BGN 2.6 billion (about 1.33 billion Euro) provided in line with the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU. This.....

Collective Bargaining Agreement Retail 2017/2018

Lidl Germany increases pay by a total of 3%

After several months of negotiations the negotiating parties have agreed. The new collective bargaining agreement 2017/2018 for the retail sector consists of two steps, first an increase of 2.3% and a further 2.0% increase over the next year. Furthermore, full time employees will receive a one-off payment of.....

Austria:

Harvest overview 2017: climate change has damaged harvest

This year, climate change has created a lot of trouble for farmers: late frost, drought, five heat waves and floods. "Climate change showed agriculture its grim face in 2017. The late frost at the end of April caused massive crop losses. Drought and heat waves caused damage to grasslands and the corn crops in.....

EU and Morocco make progress in amendments to agricultural trade agreement

The European Union (EU) and Morocco reported that progress has been made in the negotiation of the amendments to be made to the agricultural trade agreement signed by both parties in 2012, on which European justice ruled last December that it is not applicable to Western Sahara.EU foreign policy chief Federica.....

Kazakhstan claims that infected fruit and veg are imported from Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan claims that infected fruits and vegetables are being brought from Kyrgyzstan and has threatened to re-introduce phytosanitary controls at the border. This was reported by the agency Tengrinews.kz citing the Ministry of Information and Communications of Kazakhstan.According to them, 835 vehicles of.....

German supermarkets:

Nielsen Study - Edeka is again number one

Compared to the previous year, the German food retail sector has only slightly increased its turnover in 2016. The increase was 0.8%, which was 2.0 percentage points lower than the previous year. In 2016 the total turnover increased by 1.9 billion Euros to 237.7 billion Euros. In the same year, the food retail.....

Tunisia: Monopolies push vegetable prices to record highs

The Youssef government is reportedly unable to cope with the continuous rise in agricultural prices in Tunisia, which has reached record highs in recent times. Producers confirmed that the products going from farms to wholesale markets are distributed through a parallel market controlled by monopolistic.....

Russia interested in increasing agricultural imports from Morocco

According to a statement from the Russian Minister of Agriculture, the country is interested in increasing the import of Moroccan agricultural products, especially fruits and vegetables.At the opening of the 4th Moroccan-Russian Business and Economy Forum, Alexander Tkachev described Morocco as the most.....

Africa spends $35bn annually on food imports

The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, said that Africa was spending 35 billion dollars annually on food imports.Mr. Adesina said in his Norman Borlaug Lecture delivered at Iowa State University, titled "Betting on Africa to Feed the World", on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa in the.....