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Spain: Almeria's organic producers suffer huge monetary losses
Dozens of agricultural producers from Almeria who made investments in new greenhouses for organic production during 2015 and early 2016 continue to sell these products as conventional, with the loss of income that this entails. This situation is taking place due to the delay of the Council of Agriculture,.....

New Zealand exports to Korea grow with FTA
The start of 2017 saw two thirds of New Zealand’s exports to Korea become duty free, up from 46% in 2016. Trade Minister Todd McClay says more local food businesses looking to expand into Korea will benefit from the latest round of tariff reductions under the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement, signed.....

UK potato supplier Preva Produce for sale
Norfolk potato supplier Preva Produce has been placed in administration and is up for sale with 20 job losses due to significant cash flow pressures and difficult trading conditions. Creditor interests have been safeguarded and the possibility of selling parts of the business are being explored, according.....


The private sector was not consulted about the negotiation
Argentina: "Blueberry sector rejects resolution of 25 kilos per wage"
On 29 December 2016, following a request from the Argentinian Union of Rural Workers and Stevedores (UATRE), the National Agricultural Work Commission (CNTA) set a minimum of 25 kilos harvested per wage as part of the working conditions for blueberry harvesters. This has been severely criticised by the.....

Peru will define the roadmap for the FTA with India this quarter
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Edgar Vasquez, stated that the schedule for negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with India would be defined in the first quarter of this year, so that they could start formal talks."Peru and India should have a first technical meeting in the first three months of.....

FTA between Peru and Honduras is already in force
The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and Honduras entered into force on January 1, 2017, said the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), Eduardo Ferreyros.The new trade agreement immediately removed tariffs on 84% of Peruvian exports and provides that the remaining tariffs will be.....


Spain: Valencian agriculture has suffered a catastrophic year
The president of the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA), Cristóbal Aguado, has pointed out that 2016 has been an "especially catastrophic" agricultural year. For the fourth consecutive year, the sector has suffered the impact of drought and at the end there have been torrential rains as "we hadn't seen.....

Mexico: Blackberry producers thinking of leaving Michoacan
Blackberry producers and packers in the area of Los Reyes are starting an exodus out of Michoacan in search of appropriate operating conditions because of the risks there are on their investment returns. This threatens to end one of the biggest contributing industries in the state, stated Roberto Maldonado.....


European cooperatives ask for reduction of export tariffs
Agro-food cooperative confederations in Spain, Italy (Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane), France (FLCOOP), Belgium (VBT), the Netherlands (DPA) and Poland (KZGPOiW) have called for greater involvement of EU institutions in the opening of new markets (such as other countries in the Mediterranean, the.....

Environment Secretary ensures EU migrant work to continue after Brexit
One of the leading supporters behind the Brexit, Andrea Leadsom, paid tribute to the migrant workers the country has relied upon to enable the agricultural industry in the country to thrive. She went on to insist that she is “absolutely committed” to ensuring farmers are able to access migrant.....

EC launches consultation on reform of association agreement with Tunisia
The European Commission has launched a public consultation to allow all interested parties to submit their views regarding the reform of the current association agreement with Tunisia, which will end on 22 February. The initial texts for the negotiation of a free trade agreement are divided into 11 areas,.....


Russia: 720,000 tonnes of imported produce destroyed by Rostov in 2016
Since the beginning of 2016, Russia's Rostov region has destroyed more than 720 thousand tonnes of fruits and vegetables which had fallen under the Kremlin's sanctions, as reported by the management of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Rostov region.Most of the food destroyed was fruit. According to the agency,.....

Spain: Aragonese fruit wants a share of Chinese market
Aragonese fruit producers want a share of the Chinese market. Last April, a dozen companies signed the export protocol and for the next campaign they are working to address the logistical challenges detected and establish the necessary business contacts, as explained by Gloria Izquierdo, from Summer Fruit,.....

Trump may pick ex Georgia governor for agricultural head
News is still abounding over Trumps picks for the various positions in Washington. This time his team are pointing their fingers at former Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, as the head U.S. Department of Agriculture. They stated that Perdue was their first choice candidate to fill the position. This may not.....