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Beijing vegetable prices continue to drop
Beijing's Ministry of Commerce reported on Tuesday 26 April, that farm produce prices are continued the downward trend last week in light of increasing vegetable supplies.The average price of 30 kinds of vegetables dipped 4.9 percent last week, with prices of capsicum, cabbage and broccoli plunging 12.6.....

Cheaper fruit helps to drive down Hobart inflation
In the March quarter inflation was down 0.2 per cent in Hobart and the cheaper price of fruit, as well as fuel, contributed to this. The Australia Bureau of statistics found that the cost of fruit dropped 12.2 per cent, while fuel was down by 8.8 per cent.Hobart inflation is the best available measure for.....


Russia considering lifting Turkish import ban
Russia's agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Tuesday 26 April, that if Turkey can guarantee the quality and safety of its food product imports, the body may consider lifting the ban on them.Russian and Turkish experts met to discuss continuing phytosanitary violations."Rosselkhoznadzor is.....

Targeting fruit fly control
Victorian govt to invest in biosecurity
The Victoria State Government has committed $25.6 million to Victoria's livestock and horticulture industries. Although details of how the money will be spent are not yet clear, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has confirmed that funding will go toward fruit fly control and biosecurity detection and.....

US: Visa backlogs could cause crops to rot in fields
President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, has said that the delays in processing farm workers' visas will all but guarantee that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year..Communications with state Farm Bureaus across the nation have revealed worker shortages in more than 20.....

Boosting bilateral trade
US ag secretary visits Vietnam
Vietnam hopes for US support in its agricultural production and climate change response; this was expressed by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, during a reception for US Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, held on April 25.The Government leader spoke highly of the secretary’s talks with Vietnamese.....

Ireland: Over 50% of fruit farm's costs go on labour
Eamonn Crean grows berries on his 220 acre farm at Ballinavarry near Davidstown. The berries are grown in 20 acres of fruit tunnels which are part of a family tradition going back three generations.His grandfather on his mother's side, Tom English, was one of the first Wexford farmers to supply strawberries.....


Farmers and traders unhappy at Asia's biggest mango market
Both farmers and traders are unhappy with recent trends at the Nunna Mango Market in Vijayawada. The market is said to be the biggest mango market in Asia with consignments accounting for 2000 metric tonnes being dispatched to different cities daily.During the season, merchants came from all the major towns.....

Ten cents a meal for school kids
Michigan pilot project for supporting farmers
The State of Michigan has initiated a pilot project titled “10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms”, which seeks to support Michigan farmers while improving children’s nutrition. The Department of Education is serving as lead for the project and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will.....

Kathmandu veg prices drop
An increased supply of seasonal vegetables from across the country has seen the retail price of veg drop in Kathmandu in the past week. Meanwhile, fruit prices have remained stable.As per price list published by Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board (KFVMDB), retail price of red and white.....

Karnataka mangoes headed for the US
This year, Karnataka is preparing to export 10,000 tonnes of mangoes, according to the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation. Mangoes from the state are usually sent to the EU and Singapore, but this year they are also destined for the US and Malaysia.R. Roshan Baig, Minister for.....


Macfrut 2016 to host European short course on fresh-cut produce
The 8th edition of the European Short-Course on “Quality and safety of fresh-cut produce'' will take place during the next Macfrut 2016, on 14-16 September 2016, at the Fiera di Rimini exhibition premises. Organized by the University of Foggia in cooperation with Macfrut and DARe-Puglia, it will also include.....

New batch of Syrian citrus and vegetables to Russia
Mr Khaldoun Mazhar Ahmed, Director of the Russian Village for exports and imports in Syria, reported that a new batch of citrus fruits and vegetables, with a volume totalling 2,500 tonnes, has been shipped to Russia from the port of Latakia bound to the Russian port of Novorucek aboard a ship run by the.....


Salim Group and EWINDO partner to improve Indonesia's potato productivity
To improve the productivity of potato farmers in Indonesia and the availability of high-quality seed potatoes, EWINDO (East-West Seed Indonesia) and the Salim Group have joined forces.By signing the Memorandum of Understanding, EWINDO and the Salim group plan to:conduct a feasibility study into breeding.....

S. African Shoprite warns against unnecessary food price hikes
Whitey Basson, CEO, of Shoprite has warned against pushing through unnecessary price increases fuelled by recent media reports concerning spiralling costs.Shoprite says it will act strongly in the interests of consumers and not tolerate food-price increases that are not based on fundamentals. The group said.....

Maersk's new direct Cork-Cuba service
Irish companies will be able to capitalise on the expected boom which will result from the warming of Cuban-US relation, with the opening of Maersk's new direct service between Cork and Cuba.The recent easing of economic sanctions against the Caribbean island by President Barack Obama has led to a flurry of.....


Dominica passion fruit program now a success
In the Kalinago Territory, at least 35 farmers have been successful in cultivating passion fruit. The government is helping farmers there by identifying cash crops, such as passion fruit, and providing inputs and assistance.The 35 farmers were trained and given technical assistance from the Ministry of.....

Research: Floridian growers could plant avocado
Research conducted by Cristina Pisani, who recently completed her doctorate in horticultural sciences at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), shows that growers could consider planting and producing avocados in the Indian River region, which is traditionally dominated by.....

Rivapak grow Australia's first commercial pink onions
Riverpak, based in Mannum, is the first Australian grower company to cultivate commercial volumes of Europe's gourmet pink onion; a hybrid of the brown and red onion. The variety is the result of more than three years of research and has a delicate taste, slightly milder than that of its parents.Rivapak.....

Overspraying causes pest resistance in Fiji
Findings have revealed that some Fijian vegetable farmers have been spraying up to 14 times more that the usual spraying limit, hence plant health experts have called on them to limit the number of their chemical sprays. The over use of spraying has led to insects developing resistance to the pesticide.....


"Opportunities and challenges in fruit distribution"
"The Netherlands is a strategic partner for Chilean fruit exporters"
On 25 April, the workshop "Opportunities and challenges in the distribution of Chilean fruit" took place in Rotterdam. The seminar was attended by the Ambassador of Chile in the Netherlands, María Teresa Infante Caffi, who opened the event by thanking the participants for their interest in Chile as "a.....

US: Fresh fruit and veg for low income Illinoisans
House Bill 6027, which was sponsored by Illinois state Rep. Mike Tryon, is set to improve low income Illinoisans access to fresh fruit and vegetables. The bill would allow Illinois to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition Incentive Program, and would enable low-income citizens to use.....

Opinion: Philippines neglecting marketable fruits
Rolando T. Dy is the Vice-Chair of the M.A.P. AgriBusiness and Countryside Development Committee, and the Executive Director of the Center for Food and AgriBusiness of the University of Asia & the Pacific. Dy recently visited Jakarta and Taipei, where he observed a range of processed and packaged exotic.....

Drought slows Africa's GM crop growth
A recently released study indicates that the areas under genetically-modified crops in Africa marginally declined last year due to the El Nino-induced drought that affected most countries in eastern and southern Africa.According to the pro-GM International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech.....

Up 64%
Kerala becomes more self-sufficient in veg production
Kerala has increased its domestic vegetable production by 64%. Previously the state relied on neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for its fruit and vegetables to the tune of about R15 billion per year, but now the arrival of vegetable loads from neighbouring states has reduced from over 750 trucks per day,.....

Bangladesh: 5,000 farmers self-reliant through fruit growing
More than 5,000 fruit farmers in Bogra district has become self-reliant in recent years, due to the sharp rise in fruit cultivation there. The farmers are earning a decent wage from growing different seasonal fruits including banana, lemon, papaya, mango, jackfruit and litchi year-round and are receiving.....

Chilly spring good news for UK fruit harvest
According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) the delayed spring could lead to a bumper crop of apples, strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries this year. The recent cold weather has delayed the flowering of trees and shrubs which means they are less likely to be hit by the damaging effects of.....

Financial support for S.African smallholder fruit farmers
A partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry has created a R120m fund to support emerging fruit farmers in the Western Cape. The fund is set to help the smallholder farmers reach commercial status.Agriculture is a key sector in the.....

Turkey aims to be cherry export world leader
Turkey is the world leader in cherry production but third in terms of exports, hence the country is also aiming to become a leader in exporting the product.In order to increase cherry exports to the whole world, but in particular to the Far East, exporters and producers from the Aegean Fresh Fruit and.....

Russia can’t produce enough tomatoes
Despite the restrictions imposed on the sale of foreign vegetables in Russia, domestic producers of fruit and vegetables will not be able to fill the market with tomatoes and cucumbers for a long time yet.Greenhouse growers are trying to fulfil a program of import substitution but it is not working well......

P.E.I. ag budget cut 'not that bad'
According to minister Alan MacIsaac, the $1.8 million cut to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is not as bad as it sounds. The provincial budget shows a five per cent cut to the department, but McIsaac says that when revenues are taken into consideration, it's not really a cut at all.He pointed to.....

But climate change troubles growers
Morocco celebrates annual strawberry festival
Morocco holds an annual strawberry festival, where farmers showcase their harvest, celebrate the fruit and familiarise themselves with new production and conservation methods. However, this year the festival's organisers have been disappointed by the weather patterns; Morocco did not export its usual.....

Greenhouse strawberries kick off Ukrainian berry season
The Ukrainian berry season has started two weeks earlier this year compared to last. Fruit-Inform reports that last week, beginning 18 April, the Ukrainian berry season kicked off, with farmers starting shipments of their first volumes of greenhouse strawberries.For the present, prices vary between UAH.....

AU fruit exporters aiming for the Philippines
As part of a campaign called ''Now in Season'', business leaders representing Australian fruit exporters are in the Philippines in a bid to boost trade between the two countries and drum up business in Southeast Asia.Australia hopes to increase horticulture exports to the Philippines by 33 percent to A$20.....

AU: Growers will quit over potato deregulation
Executive officer of the Potato Growers Association of WA, Simon Moltoni, believes that some South West growers will leave the potato industry over deregulation. The State Government announced on April 15 that the Potato Marketing Corporation would be scrapped from June 30.The decision comes with a sweetener.....

Kenya encourages German investment
Germany is lagging behind other European countries in terms of investment in Africa, hence Kenyan businesses are calling on their German counterparts to invest in the country.At a recent business summit in Berlin, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called upon German investors and industrialists to invest in.....

UK hort sector 'facing potential labour crisis'
The president of the National Farmers' Union, Meurig Raymond has warned that the UK horticulture sector is facing a potential labour crisis as shortages of migrant labour and the debilitating costs of the National Living wage pose a threat to UK fruit and veg businesses.A survey of 289 NFU horticulture.....

New border market to increase Rwanda-DR Congo trade
On Tuesday 19 April, the construction of a new cross border market in the Karongi District began. The market will be completed within 12 months at a cost of Rwf 1.58 billion and is expected to boost trade between Rwanda and DR Congo.The market will have a section for selling livestock, a warehouse, slaughter.....

Outlook bleak for California's prune crop
Storms which hit Northern California in March have damaged this year's prune crop, causing potential damages of tens of millions of dollars. Over the last two weeks, the effects of the cold temperatures, high winds and heavy rains have become clear; pollination was significantly disrupted and this year's.....

Heatwave causes problems for Malaysian farmers
Drought in Malaysia, Indochina and India is causing concern for officials, who fear a water crisis as water levels in dams and rivers have dropped sharply. Farmers are struggling to irrigate their crops.Widespread drought and sweltering heat have left much of Thailand as well as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in.....

UPDATE: Syrian produce trucks halted at Lebanese border
As previously reported here, Lebanese farmers have called for a ban on Syrian fresh produce imports. As a result of two days of protest by local farmers, trucks carrying produce from Syria were stopped at the Lebanese border by the army on Friday 22 April.A photo posted online by Voice of Lebanon radio 100.5.....

Zambia to tighten quality control on fruit imports
In light of concerns over the quality of fresh fruit imported from South Africa by major chain stores, Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, has called on Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) to intensify inspections.On April 22, Mr Mwamba said that reports that some fruit imported from.....

Fresh From Florida Export Summit
Florida gears up for new food trade opportunities
Floridian ports have been making preparations to receive the larger ships that are expected to arrive with the completion of the Panama Canal this year. Port Tampa Bay is gearing up with a multiphase major expansion to accommodate the new, larger ships and will host the Fresh From Florida Export Summit on.....

Morocco benefits the most from Russian ban on Turkey
Russian media sources have confirmed that Morocco has been the country benefiting the most from Russia's ban on the import of some foodstuffs from Turkey.According to a report from the agency RBK, Morocco has become Russia's largest supplier of tomatoes and oranges, with Russian imports of these articles.....

Flood causes problems for Fiji agro treatment plant
Two weeks ago, floodwaters in the Sigatoka Valley destroyed farms located there; this has subsequently caused problems for a Nadi-based fresh produce treatment plant which relies on fruit and vegetable exports to sustain its business.Nature's Way Cooperative Ltd, a company that treats produce from a dozen.....

Strawberries of Europe
Spain: Strawberries promoted with educational game
The campaign Fresas de Europa (Strawberries of Europe), which aims to promote and encourage the intake of this fruit among consumers, has launched an interactive and educational game aimed at entertaining while allowing the users to learn more about strawberries, their origin and their quality. "Fresas de.....

NZ kiwifruit orchard sales jump
Demand for kiwifruit is outstripping supply, causing a jump in orchard sales in the Western Bay of Plenty, which has been described by one agent as "a land grab".Figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand show 83 orchards sold in 2014 for a sale median price of $1.015 million compared to 94.....

USDA fund $4.75m blueberry harvesting project
The USDA is funding a $4.75 million collaborative research project focused on increasing the efficiency of blueberry production in the US. Industrial engineers from Penn State university are part of the nine-university, four-year project.The proposal, titled “Scale-neutral Harvest-aid System and Sensor.....

US (CA): Farmers giving up strawberry growing
South Bay farmers in California are giving up on strawberry growing because the crop is becoming too expensive and harder to produce. Growers also cite a lack of affordable and available workers as another reason for ditching the fruit.Farmers believe the price of strawberries will rise because it is such a.....

AU: Pineapple farmers recover after Cyclone Marcia
Cyclone Marcia hit central Queensland in February last year, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to fruit farms. Yet, now pineapple farmers are rejoicing over what is set to be their best crop since the cyclone.Pineapple farmer Ben Clifton's property was one of those hit by Marcia's.....

Due to market oversupply
Israeli cucumber growers forced to destroy crops
Cucumber growers in the central part of Israel began disposing of hundreds of tons of cucumbers last week, due to the massive oversupply in the local market.According to Hazi Daniel, a cucumber grower from Ahibtub in Israel's central coastal plain, they are disposing of up to 300 tons per day, and sending.....

Vietnam posts $1.36 bln trade surplus
Vietnam registered a trade surplus of 1.36 billion USD in the first quarter of 2016, Ha Noi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper reported. Vietnam posts $1.36 billion trade surplus in Q1, Vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, English news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news,.....

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UK: Bayer to increase quantities of potato herbicide
Bayer is to increase the quantities of its potato herbicide Artist (flufenacet + metribuzin) this season in response to greater industry demand.The demand arises from an increasing frustration in the lack of effective options for tackling harder-to-control weeds, such as annual meadow grass (AMG) and.....

Who wins from rising Loonie?
The Canadian dollar has been climbing in recent weeks off the back of higher oil prices. Since the start of the year, oil has moved from roughly $30 a barrel to $40, while the cost of buying a U.S. dollar has fallen from $1.45 to just $1.29. The rally makes sense given the historical correlation between the.....

Carrots favourite vegetable in Switzerland
The favorite vegetables in Switzerland are carrots, tomatoes and sweet peppers. The latter pushed iceberg lettuce out of the top three.In 2015 8.86 kilos of carrots per head were consumed (previous year 8.23 kilos). The total carrot consumption was 71,510 metric tons.The consumption of tomatoes was 7.13.....

India: Increased supply causes onion prices to plummet
Last year, onions in Nagpur made headlines for their eye-watering prices, which touched Rs70 a kg, today the vegetable is selling for just Rs5 a kg at wholesale markets. At neighbourhood vegetable markets, the rates range from Rs14 to 16 a kg, less than half the price of last April.Farmers increased onion.....

To boost cultivation
Citrus centre of excellence opened in Kota
On Wednesday 20 April, the agriculture department of Rajasthan opened a centre of excellence for citrus fruit in Kota, with the aim of boosting cultivation in the state. Israel will help with cultivating the fruit by providing technical assistance.While inaugurating the Centre for excellence, chief minister.....


Jamaica shares Irish potato production knowledge
As Jamaica has almost reached self-sufficiency in Irish potato production, the island is sharing its knowledge and techniques with other Caribbean countries. A 26-member delegation from Guyana, St. Lucia, and Dominica recently spent five days on the island, observing best practices in land preparation,.....

Orange juice prices drop
As drier weather helped orange crops in Florida, orange juice prices dropped on Wednesday 20 April.Frozen concentrated orange-juice futures for May delivery fell 3.5% to $1.2955 a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange, the lowest close for the most active contract since March 21.WeatherBELL Analytics in New.....

New Brunswick to become 'world's largest wild blueberry producer'
Canada's provincial government announced on Wednesday 20 April that 1,600 hectares of Crown land is being set aside in the north for the production and development of wild blueberries.The government has allocated land in Gloucester and Northumberland counties, which will be leased to 37 successful applicants.....

French farmers shedding tears over Dutch 'fake shallots'
French shallot producers are accusing their Dutch rivals of flooding the market with cheaper onions mislabelled as shallots. UK newspaper The Telegraph reports that the French producers are demanding the European Union clamp down on the Dutch farmers over what they consider their unfair trade practices.The.....

José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"Black Spot issue solved when South Africa closes campaign without detections"
Last week, the European Commission surprised the Spanish citrus sector with the publication of the latest update of the phytosanitary control regulations regarding Black Spot on citrus imports from South Africa, which will come into force this summer.The new regulation will allow the entry of citrus.....

Ahold accused of fraud with illegal tomatoes from the Sahara
In mid-December last year, the European Court of Justice cancelled the partnership agreement between the EU and Morocco, specifically the part relating to trade in goods from occupied Western Sahara. Therefore, agricultural products can only benefit from the association agreement as long as there is clear.....

Peruvian pomegranates increasingly popular
Peruvian pomegranates are proving increasingly popular overseas, especially in the Netherlands. According to food exporter Sierra Exportadora, pomegranate sales have increased by 97% in the first two months of this year compared to the 25% increase in the same period in 2015. This increase meant that Peru.....