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Vicente Bordils, president of the CGC: "Se ha impuesto la cordura"
Citrus strikes called off after salary increase agreed
In the early morning of Tuesday, 13 December, after an agreement was reached between the unions and the employers, the strike that the citrus sector had called for the period between 15 and 21 December has been called off. The agreement includes a 1.8% salary increase this year, as of 1 December, according.....

New Australian website for seasonal workers
Fruit Growers Tasmania has released a new online campaign with the goal of attracting more seasonal workers, using their new website tasagjobs.com.au. The website was part of an initiative which won a $10,000 grant from the State Government in Australia. FGT business development manager Phil Pyke said the.....

Covino Farms accused of labor exploitation in Australia
Victorian vegetable grower Covino Farms has been accused of labor violations. The National Union of Workers (NUW) has launched a test trial in a Federal Court to settle the accusations of its workers. The Union is seeking a preliminary discovery order in hopes of finding evidence of the farm's links to dodgy.....


US: Muir Copper Canyon's key to fresh produce
In the US, there is fierce competition within the food supply industry. There are countless wholesalers, each competing to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the supermarkets and food service industry. The winners are those who can consistently meet very strict marketing standards for the quality of.....

China: First fruit charter flight arrives at Guangzhou
At 2am on December 1, 2016, the first Chilean fruit charter flight arrived at Guangzhou Baiyun, International Airport. Upon arrival, the Guangzhou Airport Inspection and Quarantine Bureau completed the inspection and quarantine processes successfully. The flight carried a total of 100 tons of fresh fruit.....

Romania: Demand for domestic fruit and veg doubled in five years
10 to 15 years ago, imported fruits and vegetables attracted most of the attention of Romanian consumers, as they often had a more commercial appearance than local produce; however, the situation has recently reversed. Romanians have been increasingly looking for local vegetables and fruits, which they now.....


Argentinian fresh fruit subject to new requirements to enter Canada
The National Agro-Food Quality and Sanitary Service (Senasa) reached an agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to implement a System of Integrated Measures for Lobesia botrana for the export of fresh Argentinian fruit to that country.Last June, the CFIA announced that it would amend the.....

Agrícola Bananera Clementina loses $4 million lawsuit
The Agrícola Bananera Clementina company has paid the labor inspectorate of Babahoyo nearly $4 million dollars which they were judged liable for. The money is to go to the workers of the farm who filed the joint claim against the company. Leonardo Noboa, manager of the company, announced at a press.....

Resumption of Turkish agricultural imports to Russia unlikely before New Year
The Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, Alexander Tkachev, stated that the supply of fruits and vegetables from Turkey to Russia is unlikely to resume before the New Year, since he believes that it will be very difficult for an agreement on the issue to be reached in what remains of 2016.He.....

The Spanish-French-Italian tomato contact group
Collaboration with Morocco on tomato phytosanitary issues
The Spanish-French-Italian Tomato Contact Group, made up of representatives of tomato producers from France, Spain and Italy, as well as the heads of their respective administrations, met last week in Nantes, France, and addressed, among the topics, the development of imports from Morocco and the needs in.....


Russia approves state aid to fruit and veg processors
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree which approves the list of agricultural products that will benefit from state aid granted to organizations involved in their processing. This was reported by the press service of the Russian government.According to the document, the list includes, in.....

Tomato grower loses lawsuit over 2008 outbreak
Another tomato grower affected by the 2008 Salmonella outbreak, lost their claim as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims stuck with rulings of previous years covering similar cases. The original decision found that the government would not have to pay back tomato growers who lost revenue due to a FDA claim that.....

Turkish citrus exporters looking to gain market share in Romania
Representatives of citrus exporters in Romania and of the leading retail chains in the country met in late November at the Athenee Palace Hilton with members of the Turkish Citrus Promotion Group, who have showed a strong interest in gaining market share in Romania.The meeting was facilitated by Ali Kavak,.....

Bulgaria losing millions from illegal fresh produce trade
Bulgaria is losing hundreds of millions of Lev due to the illegal trade of fruits and vegetables. Offenders failing to pay taxes undercut prices and badly affect the whole market environment, as reported by Vladimir Ivanov, Chairman of the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Wholesale Markets.There.....

China authorises entry of Uruguayan blueberries
The first result of the recent trip of the Uruguayan Government to China has been the Chinese Government's announcement that it will authorise the entry of blueberries from Uruguay to the Asian giant, as confirmed by official sources.Through an electronic communication, the General Directorate of.....

Gaza to export strawberries to Europe
Producers in Gaza will be able to start exporting strawberries to Europe in the coming days after Israel authorised the shipment of goods across the blockade, as confirmed by Palestinian producers.The strawberries will be shipped through the Israeli-controlled, Kerem Shalom crossing, and will arrive in.....


Healthy food in daycare and schools
Implementation of EU school fruit, veg and milk program in Germany
In the future schools and daycare centres will continue to be able to buy fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy products for a cost-effective price. Both German legislative government bodies, the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, agreed with the proposed law on the new EU school program for fruit, vegetables and.....

Kazakhstan and China to create agricultural investment fund
Kazakhstan and China intend to create a joint agricultural investment fund, as reported on 28 November by the news agency, Kazinform.The creation of this Kazakh-Chinese investment fund in the area of ​​agriculture will be implemented on the basis of the memorandum of cooperation signed by JSC.....

Turkey strives to normalise relations with Russia
In an interview with Tass, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, issued a call for an end to the crisis with Russia and for all trade and travel restrictions to be abolished, claiming that the focus should now be on re-building their strategic relations.The Minister stressed that the.....

Russia bans re-export of fruit and veg from Guinea, Afghanistan and San Marino
Starting from 28 November, Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has introduced a ban on the supply to Russia of vegetables and fruit from Guinea, Afghanistan and San Marino, through third countries, because of the increased volume of re-exports via.....


British pound stronger against euro and dollar
The British pound surged against both the dollar and the euro in response to the news that the British government is willing to pay for market access to the EU after the country leaves the EU. With this trend the markets are betting on a ‘soft Brexit’.The pound rose 1.5 percent on Thursday against the.....


Spain: Murcia participates in meeting with multinational Tomato Group
The director of Proexport, Fernando P. Gómez Molina, has participated in a meeting in Nantes to analyse the situation of European producers and the development of their exports. At this meeting, the Spanish-French-Italian Tomato Group, which is formed by representatives of both producers and managers, has.....

Polish producers received over 2 billion Euro in advanced direct payments
From 17 October to 30 November 2016, the agricultural producers who met the conditions for it received an advance on this year's direct payments. Up until 25 November, the Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA) has already paid 9.24 billion zloty (about 2.08 billion Euro) to more.....

Uganda: $195 million in bank funding for agriculture projects
Uganda is set to receive $195 million from the African Development Bank (ADB) to boost two agricultural projects in the country in relation to the bank's Regional Alignment with Feed Africa Strategy.As with the Uganda project, the ADB says the Agricultural Value Chains Development Project is $110 million and.....

Biostimulants Europe conference starts in Almeria
The global biostimulants market is achieving a truly remarkable growth in the field of plant health products. The industry is growing by close to 15% per year and this trend is expected to continue, as the global demand for a more sustainable agriculture and environmentally-friendly products is on the rise......

Australia: Backpacker tax still unresolved leaving farmers angry
Farmers are angry at the political games being played with their livelihoods. As the federal opposition shifts towards a 13 percent backpacker tax the government is attempting to garner support for 15 percent. Labor has agreed to support 13 percent for the tax stating, "We are prepared to support a 13 per.....

EU Parliament opposed to reducing controls on citrus from third countries
Last Tuesday, the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture (COMAGRI) approved a resolution, submitted by Socialist MEP Clara Aguilera, rejecting the amendments that the European Commission intends to make to the current EU Plant Protection Law, which would entail changes in the controls on citrus fruit.....

Vice-President of European Parliament demands strict controls for imported citrus
The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, has told the European Commission about his opposition to the introduction of less strict pest control regulations on citrus fruits imported from third countries in a letter to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenins.....

Spain: Andalusia invests another 25 million in organic production
The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia, Carmen Ortiz, has announced that her government will "add an additional 25 million Euro to the budget intended for the promotion of organic farming." The value of the requests submitted had exceeded the funds available for subsidies.....

Korean inspectors visit Chile to start cherry exports
Two inspectors from Korea's Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA) are touring the country to check that Chile is complying with the protocols signed between Chile and Korea regarding cherry exports, and with the fruit fly control program.Youngjae Cho, an inspector of the QIA, will verify that the country.....

AU: End in sight for backpacker tax fiasco?
It looks as if the controversial 32.5pc backpacker tax debacle may finally have come to an end, as Treasurer Scott Morrison announced yesterday, 28 Nov., that the Government would compromise on a 15 per cent backpacker tax rate.The Coalition has already reduced its original 32.5 per cent rate to 19 per cent,.....

Protests in India ignored
Protests today failed to evoke any significant response from traders, hoteliers and the general public across India. During the protests the CPM staged a protest march from AG Chowk to the DC office in the capital, stating that the “move has brought economic activity in the state to a standstill since.....

Romania risks sanctions for legislation protecting domestic produce
Romania faces sanctions because of regulations that makes it compulsory for 51% of the products on store shelves to be of Romanian origin, as reported to News.ro. The Minister of Agriculture Achim Irimescu, stated that a future parliament could introduce some changes to Law 321.On 18 July, Law 150/2016,.....

Pakistan halts veg imports from India
Pakistan has allegedly suspended the import agricultural commodities, including vegetables, from India without warning due to rising tensions between the two countries. Officials of the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) said that imports of agri items from India through the Wagah border crossing and the.....


Japan & Taiwan to discuss fruit trade
A group of Japanese officials are scheduled to arrive in Taipei today, 28 November, for an economic and trade meeting with their Taiwanese counterparts in the following two days, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Council of Agriculture (COA) officials said Sunday.A MOFA official said both delegations.....

Fruit & veg jump as business revives
India: Demonetisation continues to cause problems
In Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, fruit and vegetable prices have increased by 30 to 40 per cent giving consumers a shock who have already been facing the shortage of new currency notes. A visit to the fruit and the vegetable market in Sector 26 reveals that the.....

Pakistan: Ag agency procuring fruit fly traps
The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has started the procurement of 'fruit fly traps' for management of fruit fly in mango, citrus and guava orchards of over 15,000 acres of land under its three-year project: 'management of fruit fly with special reference to non-conventional methods.'The three-year.....

Nigeria: Better awareness could boost exports
The new data identification number policy on goods entering Europe means that Nigerian exporters need to be more aware of procedures, to prevent their goods being refused. Chairman of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Segun Musa, in this interview with Wole.....

Azerbaijan promotes its ag produce in Dubai
According to Azerbaijan's Ministry of Economy, an export mission arrived in Dubai on November 27th and will be staying until November 30th to promote the Made in Azerbaijan brand.The export mission will include representatives of 20 companies engaged in the production of fruit juices, mineral water, fruit.....

South Africa’s struggling agriculture sector
The agriculture sector contributes about 1.6% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), below the 2.2% contribution that is needed for the sector to remain sustainable, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) CEO Dr John Purchase said on Friday 25 November.Addressing delegates at a conference focused on.....

Nigeria to strengthen agricultural ties with South Africa
According to Nigeria's Consul-General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, the Federal Government is determined to strengthen bilateral relations between the country and South Africa, especially in agriculture.The Premier of South Africa's North-West Province, Mr Supra Mahulapelo, is visiting Nigeria to.....


AU: Government's 15% backpacker tax receives One Nation support
Pauline Hanson of the political party One Nation says they will support the Federal Government's compromise backpacker tax of 15 per cent.One Nation's support had been seen by the government as critical in resolving the backpacker tax stalemate, but it will still need the support of other crossbenchers,.....

AU ag exports to China, Japan & Korea grew just 3%
Analysis of agricultural exports shows commodities already trading with China, Japan and Korea are the biggest winners from the early years of free trade agreements. Yet, during the last financial year, Australian agricultural exports to China, Japan and Korea grew just $515 million, representing a 3 per.....

Japan: Veg deliveries becoming more popular
Vegetable delivery services are becoming more popular in Japan as the gaps between their prices and the prices of vegetables sold at supermarkets and other stores narrow. In some cases, consumers can buy vegetables at lower prices through delivery services than through retail outlets.Their popularity is.....

Brexit creates uncertainty for Scottish agriculture
The Press and Journal Morning Briefing event, a specialist farming event, was attended by more than 50 farmers and agri-professionals from across Scotland. The event highlighted the implications of land reform and Brexit on Scottish agriculture.Opening the event, Press and Journal business editor, Erikka.....


Mike Chapman, Horticulture NZ:
NZ: "Trade deals open doors to wealth"
"New Zealand’s wealth is driven by our exports, and anything the Government can do to improve our ability to export adds to our country's wealth," writes CEO Mike Chapman of Horticulture New Zealand. "This week there have been two initiatives announced by the Government designed to do just that.Prime.....


Fires in Israel no effect on fruit and vegetable industry
The fires that hit Israel last Thursday are almost under control. Luckily nobody was hurt, but over 75,000 people were evacuated.“From the agricultural side nothing was damaged”, said Omer Kamp from Arava Export Growers. “They used fuel to burn national parks close to the cities. The dry weather and the wind.....

Ghana: Workshop for Africa-EU climate change research
Climate Change Ghana is hosting a two-day workshop aimed at creating an Africa-European Climate Change Research Platform to strengthen the capacities of researchers towards sustainable agricultural growth.The vision is to develop a new crop of African researchers in climate change-related studies for.....

UK: “We need to join together environmental and food policies”
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has called on the UK Government to provide "leadership" on environmental policies post-Brexit, claiming that the two 25-year plans to strengthen environment and food and farming policies should be combined alongside energy legislation.Speaking at an FDF-hosted Sustainable.....

Including mangoes, longans & oranges
Vietnam: Agriculture to focus on 10 export products
Vietnam's agricultural sector will focus on restructuring, developing and promoting ten key products for export, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said at a meeting held on November 22 in Hà Nội.The ministry will dedicate all its resources and restructure.....

AU: Backpacker tax decision is “an utter disappointment”
Peak horticulture body, Growcom today, Friday, 25 November, described the lack of progress in resolving the backpacker tax issue as an utter disappointment.Growcom’s new Chairman Les Williams said that there was now only one parliamentary sitting week remaining this year for a tax rate to be negotiated and.....

Ausveg re-elects New South Wales potato grower as chair
New South Wales potato grower Geoff Moar has been re-elected to the position of AUSVEG Chair and Queensland vegetable grower Belinda Adams has been elected to the position of AUSVEG Deputy Chair following a Board meeting held on Thursday 24 November in Sydney.Belinda Adams’ election follows a decision by.....

AU region edges closer to pest-free status
The Adelaide Hills region in South Australia may soon achieve pest-free status, as it nears the end of a 12-month monitoring period in January. The much coveted status could prove a boon for its horticulture producers; the region is well known for its cherries, strawberries, pears and apples.If the results.....

Swedish-Russian trade continues as usual
In spite of the tense international situation and economic sanctions imposed against Russia over Ukraine, the co-chairman of the Russian-Swedish Business Council, Vladimir Dmitriev, has said that Swedish companies will remain in the Russian market.Lawmaker names Sweden among states with toughest stance on.....

Organics, branding, new markets & more
Armenia has new strategy to advance agriculture
On November 23, Armenia’s minister of agriculture Ignatiy Arakelyan announced that the ministry was embarking on the development of a new strategy to advance the sector. He made the announcement during a meeting with entrepreneurs, who have carried out successful agricultural programs, as well as with.....

Joint effort to promote fruit exports & retail trade in Moldova
Greater efficiency in Moldova’s fruit and vegetable production and trade is the goal of a joint effort by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Moldovan National Federation of Agricultural.....

Brazil regulator settles case against orange juice producers
On Wednesday 23 November, Brazil's antitrust agency Cade said it has settled a 17-year-old case against Brazilian orange juice producers accused of colluding to reduce prices paid to farmers, reports Reuters.Cade settled with juice producers Cutrale, Citrovita, Coinbra (Louis Dreyfus Co), Fischer, Cargill ,.....

Aussie farmers still to feel benefits of Chinese FTA
Although it has been almost 12 months since the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) came into force, market access issues continue to plague Australian farmers looking to unlock new export opportunities in China, potentially worth millions of dollars, reports abc.net.au.While Chinese consumers may.....

Bangladesh: Ag industry fails to penetrate global market
Bangladesh's agro-based industry is yet to raise its share in the global arena, despite growing substantially in the domestic market over the last two decades,insiders said.They attributed inadequate marketing capacity, transportation obstacles and tough quarantine rules and regulation from abroad to the.....


AU: House rejects 10.5% backpacker tax rate
Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie's suggestion of a 10.5% backpacker tax was taken up by opposition parties who combined in the Senate to have the tax lowered from the government’s preferred 19% rate. However, the government rejected the Senate amendments on Thursday 24 Nov., and sent the bill back down to.....

Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand
Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, has been awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016. The Thomson Medal is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand to recognise outstanding contributions to science and technology. It was presented to Dr Campbell for his.....

Vietnam & Australia collaborate to boost farming trade
During an agriculture policy dialogue on November 22 and 23, Vietnam and Australia reached a consensus on establishing a joint working group this year to bolster farming trade and cooperation between the sides.At the function, David John Parker, Australian Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Water Resources,.....

Nigeria: Gov't still not reviewing import restrictions
Although it has been over a year since the Federal Government of Nigeria promised to review the 41 items restricted from accessing foreign exchange (forex) from the interbank rate, indications have emerged that a revised list may not be released anytime soon.This emerged despite assurances by the government.....

Norway to connect Sri Lankan farming families to export markets
On November 22, Norway and International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Sri Lanka signed a partnership agreement to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the conflict affected communities in the North. The agreement will help farming families by providing them with markets to export to.The Agreement was.....

NZ: Irrigation investment to help drought hit province
According to Federated Farmers, the investment of $3.4 million into the Hurunui Water Project by Crown Irrigation Investments will ensure the future resilience of North Canterbury."The announcement of the investment is welcome news for our community, which has been decimated by the most prolonged drought in.....

Peru hopes to boost superfood exports
Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) hopes to get European Union’s support to facilitate access of Peruvian superfoods to the bloc, by proposing liberalization on the entry of new products like Andean grains and blueberries.“Peruvian superfoods' exports have plenty of space to conquer the.....


"First air shipment of new season Peruvian products to China"
On the afternoon of Monday, 21 November, this year's first shipment of Peruvian horticultural products left for China; a milestone in bilateral trade relations, as reported by PromPerú to FreshPlaza. This shipment contained blueberries, grapes, mangoes, avocados and asparagus, among other Peruvian products,.....