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Syria slashes imports
Syria's government, presiding over an economy ravaged by war and facing dwindling foreign currency reserves, is taking new measures to slash imports and prop up exports.Importers require government licences that allow them to request a favourable exchange rate at the Syrian central bank. But the government.....

Greek companies ready to resume exports to Russia
Mr Polihronakis, Special Advisor to the Association of Greek Businesses, Exporters and Distributors of Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Incofruit - Hellas, said:"Regarding the talks on the possible return of Greek products to the Russian market, and the fact that, on 20 April, inspectors from the Russian Federal.....

Greek peaches may enter Scandinavian and Arab markets
With the visit of the Greek Prime Minister, Mr Alexis Tsipras, to Russia next week (8 April), peach and cherry producers in northern Greece have pinned their hopes on a positive outcome in relation to the Russian embargo. Whatever the results, however, their efforts continue to enter alternative markets.As.....


European event fruit and vegetables
Presidents of AREPO and AREFLH jointly organized the European event for quality products, fruit and vegetables on Wednesday, march 25th, at the headquarters of Hessen – Emilia-Romagna and Aquitaine delegations in Brussels.From left to right: Josep Maria Peligri I Aixut – President of AREFLH ; Commissioner.....

South Korean Ag minister visits Israel
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Yair Shamir, met last week with his South Korean counterpart, Dr. Lee Dong-Phil, in order to strengthen the long lasting friendship between the two countries, and to strengthen the ties and cooperation in the fields of mutual trade, agricultural research.....

World Bank urges Africa to increase Ag spending
The World Bank on Tuesday urged Africa to increase its public expenditure on agriculture in order to increase food security.World Bank Group Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist Ademola Braimoh told a business forum in Nairobi that low investments in agriculture have made Africa's agricultural.....

South Africa: February trade deficit R8.45 billion
South Africa's trade deficit was R8.5 billion in February, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) said on Tuesday.The February deficit was due to exports of R76.8bn and imports of R85.3bn, Sars said in a statement."Exports increased from January 2015 to February 2015 by R9.7bn (14.6 percent) and imports decreased.....

Ireland: €5.7m allocated to horticulture sector
Funding of €5.7m has been allocated to the horticulture sector, the Minister of State with special responsibility for Horticulture, Tom Hayes has announced.The funding has been awarded under the 2015 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector and the investment will.....

Spanish avocados and apricots may be exported to the U.S.
FEPEX recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States (APHIS) for the export of fresh apricots and avocados, which includes an annual specific product inspection programme and a financial plan that covers all costs and incidents related to.....

AU: WA digs in on potato control
The State Government is digging in over the future of WA's potato industry, saying it won't be bullied into bringing down the curtain overnight on more than 60 years of regulated marketing.Agriculture Minister Ken Baston met Spud Shed owner Tony Galati yesterday and spelt out the State's position on.....

Witzenberg implements land reform initiative
Witzenberg, which includes Ceres, the Koue Bokkeveld, Wolseley, Tulbagh, Breede River North and the Ceres Karoo is implementing a radical land reform initiative. The Witzenberg Partnership was established in agreement between the Witzenberg agri producers, Witzenberg Municipality and the community. It was.....

Canada: Foreign worker exodus looms
The clock is ticking for thousands of temporary foreign workers in Essex County who will be forced to leave their jobs when new federal legislation kicks in April 1.Revamped regulations have set the stage for what is being described as the largest deportation in Canadian history.A 2012 study put the number.....

ACP Monitoring, detection for citrus greening
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, vectors three phloem-restricted bacteria in the genus Candidatus Liberibacter, which have been associated with huanglongbing (HLB), otherwise known as citrus greening disease. Citrus trees infected by HLB produce small, misshapen fruit characterized by bitter.....


Spain: 5,000 tonnes of Murcian products withdrawn due to Russian veto
Growers in the Spanish region of Murcia have withdrawn more than 5,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from the market since the start of the Russian veto eight months ago.During all this time, the European Commission has approved four aid regulations to palliate the market crisis, which established the.....

Japan extends sanctions against N.Korea
Japan plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea for two more years when they expire April 13 after failing to get promised updates on an investigation into kidnappings of Japanese citizens decades ago, the government spokesman said Tuesday."At this point, we are asking North Korea to ensure it.....

Pakistani imports to India worth Rs 329.9 million
Pakistan has exported items worth Rs 329 million to India through Wagha border trade route in the first fifteen days of March 2015.As per the documents available with Customs Today, Pakistan exported fruits, salt, cement, gypsum, glass and aluminum ores, woven fabrics and scrap rubber.Pakistan has exported.....

Philippines: Drought causes P129.4 million in damages
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has ordered the Office of the City Agriculture to expedite measures to help farmers affected by the dry spell.Salazar’s order came after the damage to crops and fishery products caused by the continuing dry spell and prevalent bushfires have reached P129.44 million as of.....

Polish Association of Juice Producers launches promotional campaign
A new three-year promotional campaign programme is being launched by Poland's National Association of Juice Producers (KUPS). One of its goals is to increase the intake of fruit juices in Poland, where consumption is lower than the average of Western Europe.The campaign is targeted primarily at parents, who.....

Russia will not ban Serbian fruit imports
As reported by the Russian authorities to Wyborcza.biz, there will eventually not be a ban on the import of fruit and vegetables from Serbia. The introduction of a veto had been taken into consideration after allegations that Serbs were re-exporting Polish apples to the Russian market. Snezana Boskovic.....


Polish apples may arrive to Vietnam
Negotiations are currently underway for the entry of Polish apple exports in the Vietnamese market, as reported by the State Inspectorate of Plant and Seed Health (PIORiN). On 18-19 March 2015, deputy PIORiN Chief Inspector, Dariusz Wiraszka, was part of a delegation visiting Vietnam, along with.....

15% raise to Baja farmworkers
Export-oriented commercial farms in Mexico's Baja California state say they have offered farm workers a 15-percent wage increase to end a two-week-old strike.But leaders of the farmworkers called the offer unacceptable, and said they want assured benefits, higher wages and an end to abuses.The strike by an.....


Spain: 12 Extremaduran horticultural firms visit Shanghai
Twelve Extremaduran horticultural companies are part of a trade mission held in Beijing-Shanghai-Guangzhou, China, from 20 to 27 March.The export of Spanish fruit (plums and peaches) to China is booming and Extremadura is a leading region in the production of these two fruits, with it being Europe's.....


Poland: Possible cooperation with Mongolia
At a meeting titled “Made in Poland – Opportunity for cooperation with Mongolian companies” held on Monday, representatives of the Ministry of Economy of Poland Ewa Swedrowska-Dziankowska reported that Poland is interested in cooperating with Mongolia in mining techniques and technology, and in food.....

Belize: Economy continues to grow
Belize continues to set the pace for the region in economic development as the latest figure from the Statistical Institute of Belize shows that the economy grew by 3.6 % in the calendar year 2014. Growth slowed in the fourth quarter of the year to 1.6 % mainly due to shortfalls in the secondary sector......

Trade affected after Arab Spring
Political and economic turmoil over the last four years caused decline in the volume of Arab exports and imports specially between the Arab Spring countries such as Syria, Libya, Yemen, and vice versa.According to the Egyptian International Trade Point (EITP) Egyptian statistics, the Egyptian exports to the.....

S. African rand weakens
South Africa's rand edged weaker against the dollar on Friday, remaining poised to move either way with inflationary headwinds gathering and threatening the currency's recent modest rebound.At 1515 GMT, the rand had slipped 0.07 percent to 12.0085 per dollar, retreating beyond the psychologically important.....

Extension of AU programmes in Pakistan
With an average economic growth of around 3.4pc per annum over the last two decades, Australia’s growth has largely been driven by its vibrant position within the Asia-Pacific region and strong foundations in agribusiness, mining, education, wealth management, high-end service industry and tourism.However,.....

India: Afghan investors signed $3 million trade deal
Afghan investors signed $3 million trade deal with Indian counterparts in Aahar International Food and Hospitaly Show on March 10-14 at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India.The Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).....

AVA-ASAJA plans to convert 10,000 hectares of oversupplied varieties
Spain: "Citrus campaign has so far been an unmitigated disaster"
At a general assembly held this week, the president of the Valencian Growers Association (AVA-ASAJA), Cristóbal Aguado, defended the need for the Consell to create a round table for citrus, which would bring everyone involved in the sector together with the regional administration with the goal of designing.....


Vietnam: "Underdeveloped chain management demands Dutch expertise"
In regards to horticulture production in the ASEAN, Vietnam can be seen as one of the countries with the most potential for greenhouse development. But the sector still has many hurdles, and Vietnam demands the Dutch knowledge, especially about cooperations and chain management. That was expressed by.....

Maersk CEO: change, opportunity in China
Despite his packed schedule, Nils S. Andersen, CEO of the world's largest shipping company, the Denmark-based Maersk Group, will not miss his annual spring meeting in China.Andersen attends the China Development Forum held in late March of each year to learn about China's political and economic policies from.....

National Mango Board (NMB)
USDA referendum around the corner
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is required to administer a continuation referendum for the National Mango Board (NMB) every five years. This referendum will be held on April 6-17, 2015. Importers and first handlers who handled at least 500,000 pounds of mangos during the 2014 calendar year.....


U.S. ban due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly
Dominican Rep: Avocado ban hits local economies
Benny Metz, Senate candidate from the province of San Cristobal, said the measure imposed by the United States will significantly hit this province, since 70% of the economic activity of the municipality of Cambita Garabitos depends on avocados.Of the 1,000 containers exported annually, about 350 come from.....

Defra will pay farmers on time
Defra will still be able to make subsidy payments to farmers on time – despite the failure of its online application system, farm minister George Eustice has insisted.“We will be able to make payments to farmers when the payment window opens in December 2015,” Mr Eustice told MPs on Tuesday (24 March).The.....

South Africans urged to participate in Agricultural bill
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has urged South Africans to participate in the public hearings on the Agricultural Product Standards Amendment Bill.The department's first public hearings on the Bill will commence in the Stellenbosch Quarantine Station-the department's Polkadraai Avenue,.....

Mexican farmworkers strike, crops rot
More than 50,000 Mexican farmworkers are striking in Baja California, violently demonstrating against low pay, abuses and poor working conditions. As millions of dollars worth of crops rot in the fields, protest leaders are set to meet with growers.Farmworkers are burning tires and throwing rocks in Baja, an.....

Bulgaria: Over 1 billion Euro to boost agricultural competitiveness
Over 1 billion Euro of EU funds, from a total of 2.3 billion, will be made available to improve the competitiveness of agricultural holdings in Bulgaria, as reported by the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva. The rest of the funds will go mostly to agro-environmental payments, and.....

ORC helping fruit fly eradication
Otago Regional Council environmental monitoring and operations manager Jeff Donaldson has recently been helping with eradication efforts in Auckland after the Queensland fruit fly outbreak there.ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker said the council had provided Mr Donaldson as operations manager for the.....

Farmer water rights different in Northern and Central California
Farmers in portions of Northern California are selling their water rights.For some farmers, they can make more money selling back their water rights than trying to save their crops in this drought-stricken state.According to Modern Farmer, some farmers in across portions of the Sacramento Valley have been.....


Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expanded in Madera County
The state is expanding a quarantine in a portion of Madera County to protect against the Asian citrus psyllid after an insect was found east of Madera, in the Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos area.The quarantine expansion adds 79 square miles, bringing the total quarantine area in Madera County to 179.....


Israel interested in expanding trade with Bulgaria
Bulgaria pursues to boost its exports of agricultural products to Israel, and an opportunity may arise from the meeting between the Minister of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva, and the Deputy General Director of "International trade and international relations" of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, Itzhak.....

Greece: Fruit export protocol expansion China
An expansion of the existing protocol for Greek fruit and vegetable exports to China, meant to include cherries, plums, grapes, mandarins and oranges, is currently being negotiated, since China, which already imports kiwis, has shown interest in these products, according to a statement from the Association.....


Mexico: Action against monopolistic avocado export practices
The Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) concluded the proceedings against the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados of Mexico (APEAM), in order to put an end to the relative monopolistic practice of tied selling.This involved a supplier conditioning the sale of a product.....

Canada: GM apples exported to Europe?
The Harper government has stated that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) "will enhance the existing Canada-EU forum for discussion on biotechnology and emphasizes the promotion of efficient science-based approval processes and cooperation on low-level presence of.....

Chile says drought permanent
With no end in sight to a drought that has blighted Chile for the last several years, the government will invest in desalinization plants and reservoirs to ensure access to potable water, President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.The drought, which began in 2007, is hampering copper production in the.....

UK: Rhubarb Growers' Group to represent sector
A new Rhubarb Growers’ Group has been established to help represent the sector. “Collaboration on new research required by this sector is necessary to ensure that our Horticultural Development Company (HDC) levy is spent on projects required by commercial growers”, advises Neil Cairns, Farm Manager at.....

Rwanda urged to target regional markets
Rwanda should exploit regional markets, especially the East African region, in order to increase agriculture's contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a World Bank official has said.Tom Bundervoet, an economist with the World Bank, was speaking during a forum that sought to explore ways the.....


José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"South Africa blames Spain to justify lack of competitiveness"
Deon Joubert, representative of the South African Citrus Growers Association (CGA), announced the decision to stop citrus exports to Spanish ports due to the greater number of CBS interceptions at this destination and the threat this entails to the current South African citrus season if the 5.....

Ivory Coast: Ag 22% of GDP
According to a press release issued on 11 March 2015, the potential of the Côte d'Ivoire's agricultural sector, disrupted by the civil war that broke out in 2002, is still key to the country's economy and future.The release also indicate that agriculture accounts for 22 per cent of the country's GDP,.....


Rapid increase in US China trade
In recent years, growth in U.S.-China agricultural trade has accelerated. During calendar years 2012-13, U.S. exports of agricultural products to China averaged $25.9 billion per year—a tenfold increase from the late 1990s. Sales to China doubled during 2004-08 and doubled again during 2008-12, while the.....

New food safety regulations for NJ
Proposed federal regulations to prevent food-borne illnesses would affect farmers who grow tomatoes and other fruits, vegetables and nuts in New Jersey and around the country. The new program also would apply to imported produce.About 50 farmers, retailers and agricultural educators attended a seminar Monday.....

Russia considers ban on Serbian fruit
Russia is currently considering a ban on all fruit imports from Serbia because of suspected re-export of Polish apples, as stated by the Russian Food Safety Authority.Numerous European food producers, given the difficulty in accessing the vast Russian market, have been reported to be trying to circumvent the.....

Copa and Cogeca demand review of EC program
Copa and Cogeca have sent a letter to the European Commission calling for additional support for fruit and vegetable producers who have suffered the consequences of the Russian embargo, warning that the situation is critical. The Secretary General of Copa-Cogeca, Pekka Pesonen, stressed: "Until now,.....

Kiwi grower referendum:
NZ groups applaud high turnout, support
Kiwifruit growers have made a strong statement about the direction they want for their industry in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project (KSIP) referendum. There is a clear mandate for change with interim results from the referendum showing two-thirds of growers, representing 80 percent of production,.....

Poland and Oman seek trade agreement
On 20 March, Poland's Undersecretary of State Tadeusz Nalewajk met with Alim Bin Masoud, Minister of Trade and Industry of Oman, who was in Poland at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Janusz Piechociński. At the meeting, they discussed the possibility of establishing.....

Vietnam: 3 richest men step into ag
The three richest Vietnamese men on the local stock exchange have already entered, or announced that they will, agriculture, from vegetable planting and livestock farming to animal feed manufacturing to keep up with rising demand for quality produce from the market.Vietnam’s top realty developer, Vingroup,.....

S. Korea, New Zealand formally sign FTA
South Korea and New Zealand on Monday formally signed a free trade agreement (FTA) after South Korean President Park Geun-hye and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key held talks in Korea.South Korean Trade Minister Yoon Sang-jick and his New Zealand counterpart Tim Groser formally signed the free trade pact.....

NZ: Mesh cover to fight potato pests
New research shows a plastic mesh cover laid over potato crops could be the answer to fighting potato pests without using chemical sprays.Farmer with basket of organic potatoes.Scientists at the Future Farming Centre and Lincoln University say field trials of the mesh cover is showing exciting results in.....

Canada: FDA approves GM apples, potatoes
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods on Friday, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian.....