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Labour shortages may force Scottish fruit production overseas
Scottish MPS have been told that labour shortages could force fruit production to move abroad as a result of the vote to leave the European Union. Holyrood's Economy Committee heard that Scottish fruit producers could have to scale back or move overseas as a result of any inability to recruit from EU.....

Zimbabwe: Seed companies gearing up for ag season
On Monday 21 Nov., seed companies in Zimbabwe announced theywere ready for the new farming season, including supporting the Government-initiated Command Agriculture and Presidential Inputs Support schemes. However, they also warned that delays in payment could derail progress.Speaking to the Parliamentary.....


Russia signs agreement for green corridor from Syria
The Russian Federation and Syria have signed an agreement in Damascus for the creation of a green corridor for the export of agricultural products from the Arab republic.The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitryi Olegovich Rogozin, who heads the Russian part of the permanent bilateral commission on.....

Bolivia: Development Bank loan will increase farm productivity
Bolivia will boost productivity in its agricultural and livestock sector with a $25 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The project is designed to reduce losses from pests and disease, enhance access to export markets and improve sanitary conditions. It will benefit rural producers,.....

Uzbekistan signs contracts to export ag products worth over US$ 1 billion
At the first international fruits and vegetables fair in Tashkent, held from 8 to 10 November, Uzbek companies have been able to sign contracts for exports worth over one billion dollars, as reported on 15 November by the press-service of the company, "Uzagroeksport". According to the organizers, the event.....

Turkey expects Russia to lift ban on five more fruit and veg
Ankara expects Moscow to soon lift the ban on the import of five types of Turkish plant products, as stated by the Minister of Agriculture on Monday."Today, the Russian side will hold a meeting on the lifting of the embargo on the export of Turkish agricultural products. We were told that it was very likely.....

First-of-its-kind fund launched to support responsible ag practices
Building on its work with leading global corporates and strategic investors, the Swiss-based investment advisor, Clarmondial, has finalized agreements with Duff & Phelps (Luxembourg) Management Company S.A.R.L. and Pictet Asset Services to launch a first-of-kind fund to finance responsible agricultural.....

Fruit tariffs need to be renegotiated
Pakistan could export $20b worth of goods to China
Pakistan's top performing exports to China should be added to the tariff concession and elimination list so that Pakistan can benefit from an indicated export potential value of $20 billion to China. The Pakistan Business Council has urged the government to divert more high potential exports towards China to.....


Global picture of crop production greenhouse gas emissions
Global food systems contribute about one-third of human-induced GHG emissions, including carbon dioxide from peatland draining, methane from rice paddies and nitrous oxide from fertilizer. With demand for food and fiber expected to grow as global populations increase and people become richer, reducing GHG.....

India: Farmers can use old notes to buy seeds
On Monday 21 Nov., India's government announced that farmers would be allowed to purchase seeds with the demonetised Rs 500 banknotes.The seeds, using old notes, can be bought from the outlets of central or state governments, state-run enterprises and national or state seeds companies and agricultural.....

NZ: Over $60k raised for earthquake hit farmers
New Zealanders are getting together to help farmers recover from the devastating earthquake that recently hit the South Island. One farmer donated $10,000 to help earthquake-hit farmers with emergency supplies, farm equipment, essential tools and materials. The anonymous South Island donor gave the money to.....

AU: Water cut reprieve for Murray-Darling Basin
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has recommended a 70 billion litre cut to the amount of water it had planned to take from agriculture in the northern basin. The move may be welcomed by struggling rural communities in Queensland, but will inevitably anger those downstream, particularly at the end of the.....


More Fijian seasonal workers heading to Aus & NZ
Under the Seasonal Workers Schemes, six Fijians are set to leave for Australia on Wednesday 22 Nov., with another twenty flying out for New Zealand next week.The twenty six were chosen through a screening process from rural and maritime areas as part of the Labour Ministry’s strategy to ensure there are no.....

Hope that more fruits will follow
Indonesia signs contract for banana exports to Singapore
On Friday 18 Nov., Indonesia's biggest banana producer, Nusantara Tropical Farm, signed a memorandum of understanding with Benelux Flower and Food for its first Cavendish banana export to Singapore. The contract was signed during the Fruit Indonesia 2016 exhibition in Jakarta, with a first purchase order.....

Trump to ditch TPP trade deal
President-elect Donald Trump has outlined his priorities for when he takes office, announcing that the US will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on his first day in the White House. The BBC reports that the TPP trade deal was signed by 12 countries which together cover 40% of the world's.....

Almex and Staay Food Group create joint venture in Kazakhstan
On 21 November 2016, Holding Group Almex and Dutch company Staay Food Group signed a memorandum of understanding in which the parties intend to develop projects in the agribusiness sector and the food industry of Kazakhstan.In the first phase, the parties hope to establish cooperation with local farmers by.....


November 27-30
Dutch Agriculture Minister to visit California
Martijn van Dam, the Dutch Minister for Agriculture, will visit Sacramento, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley in California November 27-30. The Minister’s visit will focus on the strong collaborative relationship between the Netherlands and “The Golden State” in the areas of agricultural technology, food,.....

Azerbaijan: Support for hazelnut cultivation
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has ordered additional measures aimed at strengthening state support for the cultivation of hazelnuts.Under the order, the Ministry of Agriculture has given AZN 1.46 million.AZN 600,000 of the amount will be used for the purchase of mulberry seedlings, and AZN 700,000 for.....

Workshop: "The value of innovation in fruit varieties"
"Only innovation will make it possible to get ahead"
Last Wednesday, breeders and nurseries took part in a conference on "The value of innovation in fruit varieties" in which they supplied information about the innovations taking place in the sector.Antonio Villarroel, General Secretary of Anove, spoke about the current situation of the sector and the problems.....

Peru: Ag exports in "reefer" containers up 38% in Callao.
APM Terminals Callao, a Terminal Norte Multipropósito del Puerto del Callao, Perú, port operator, reported that in the period from January to September 2016, agricultural exports in reefer containers mobilized through Muelle Norte grew by 38% compared to the same period last year, driven mainly by grapes,.....

Czech Republic investing over 1 million Euro to promote organic products
The Czech Ministry of Agriculture is preparing a campaign for the promotion of organic food which aims to boost sales. The state will invest 30 million crowns (about 1.11 million Euro) in the initiative, as reported by the head of the Ministry's Environmental and Organic Agriculture Department, Jan.....

Cumulative effects of trade agreements
Trade policies are decisive for profitability of horticultural sector
FEPEX considers it necessary for the European Commission to extend the study on the cumulative impact of trade agreements on the EU's agricultural sector, which was presented this week, to the fruit and vegetable sector, considering that it is one of the most affected by the trade negotiations with third.....


Dutch group learns about new trends in Almeria's horticulture
COEXPHAL has guided a group of Dutch producers who wanted to learn about new trends in Almeria's horticulture and about the production of ornamental plants during their visit to the province. The head of COEXPHAL's Production Techniques Department, Jan van der Blom, was in charge of accompanying the Dutch.....

Spain: Valencia wants to become a leading organic producer
The President of the Region of Valencia, Ximo Puig, has defended his government's commitment to "turn Valencia into a leading organic agricultural producer in the European market" with the promotion of the 1st Valencian Plan for Organic Production, which he presented.In an event in Alzira, Puig expressed his.....

Sellers resorting to roadside sales
India: Veg prices crash, wholesalers cut perishable purchases
Demonetisation in India is causing havoc for the fresh produce industry. We've been keeping you up to date on how the industry is coping with the rupee restrictions and now we have more to add; vegetable prices have plummeted and growers are forced to sell them themselves at the roadside as traders cut back.....

Russia to buy $2.5B of Filipino agri produce
Officials report that during bilateral discussions between President Duterte and Vladimir Putin, Russia committed to buy up to a staggering $2.5 billion worth of fruit, grains and vegetable from the Philippines.Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Russian side agreed “immediately” to a proposal for the.....

UK: ''Fruit & veg guidance is unaffordable for many families''
The “five-a-day” target for fruit and vegetable consumption is unrealistic, according Britain's new GP leader. Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard said the guidance should be revised because it is unaffordable for many families, reports the Guardian.In her first interview since becoming the chair of the Royal College of.....

Nigeria to become GMO superpower
The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), declared this week that genetically-modified foods are safe for consumption. The academy noted that the technology, although it does concern some, would be useful to the country because of its potential to boost the nation’s agriculture, which could help address food.....

Queensland fruit fly larvae intercepted at Wellington Airport
Four Queensland fruit fly larvae have been discovered in a piece of fruit seized at Wellington Airport. The Ministry for Primary Industries said its staff found the larvae, earlier this month, in a mandarin carried by an Australian passenger arriving from Melbourne.The fruit was detected on an X-ray scan of.....

In the wake of SPC Ardmona issue
Victoria may introduce procurement policy
As part of a plan to support Victoria's farmers and manufacturers, hospitals, prisons, state departments and agencies could soon be required to buy Victorian food. The Victorian Government has not ruled out using a procurement policy to support the local sector in the wake of supermarket contract.....

Israeli President visits veg centre
Israel-India work on strengthening ag ties
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has emphasised “B to B” (business to business) and “G to G” (government to government) relationships between India and Israel. He said India could learn from the Israeli experience and knowledge in agriculture, water conservation and water cleaning techniques.India and Israel.....

Singapore's PM in Peru to discuss free trade
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Peru on November 16 for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit, at which leaders of 21 economies were expected to discuss the future of free trade amid rising anti-globalisation sentiments worldwide.On the sidelines, the Trans-Pacific.....


The Amsterdam Produce Show
Boosting consumption about innovation, attractiveness, taste,convenience?
"As an industry, we are currently faced with the worldwide challenge of feeding 9.7 billion people by 2050, fighting hunger and malnutrition. With 1 out of 10 in the world going to bed hungry each night, preventing obesity and climate change are not just challenges for the government, but are also a.....

Jamaica: Gov't to expand tropical fruit exports
Jamaica's Government is exploring a range of non-traditional products to market overseas, as part of a deliberate strategy to expand exports.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dermon Spence, said there is high demand for sweet potato, melon, mango,.....

AU: Warning issued over work visa scams
A report was recently published on the exploitation of illegal Malaysian workers on fruit farms in Victoria. Just a day after Free Malaysia Today published the report, the Australian Government issued a warning against false offers of Australian visas for sale.The statement from the Australian High.....


Malawi: Ministry of Ag gives tips on tomato disposal
The Malawi Ministry of Agriculture has warned tomato farmers and traders to properly dispose of tomatoes that have been infested with the Tuta absoluta, a pest that is destroying the tomato crop in the country.In a statement signed by Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Erica Maganga.....


Calls for EU legislation against unfair trading practices welcomed
Copa and Cogeca welcomed recommendations made by the EU Agri Markets Task Force, especially calls for EU legislation to be introduced to combat unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food chain to bring back fair returns for producers.The task force was set up to look at solutions to the extreme volatility.....

ABGC promotes use of tissue culture plant material
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has backed ongoing use of registered tissue culture nurseries as part of expected biosecurity obligation.ABGC Research and Development Manager, Dr Rosie Godwin said using clean banana planting material was a fundamental component of good biosecurity.....

India: Currency move causes lost crops & income
For Indian farmer Buddha Singh, who works a small plot of land in the village of Bajna south of New Delhi, the government's decision to abolish 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes to crush the shadow economy could hardly have come at a worse time, reports Reuters.He and millions of other farmers cannot get enough.....

India: Ag dept steps in to help with onion sales
In Hyderabad, the Agriculture and Marketing department is trying to arrange alternative measures for supplying onions to the population.According to Agriculture Secretary C Parthasarathi, the state government took alternative measures for onion sale transactions in the markets. On Thursday, along with.....

EU- Africa economic partnership comes in effect
The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Southern African states has come into effect, providing for state-to-state dispute resolution, but excluding any investor-state dispute settlement procedures.The European Union’s latest trade agreement promises free trade between Southern Africa and.....


Namibia shelves bill on foreign land ownership ban
Namibia's lands minister Utoni Nujoma is reported to have tabled a bill that would see foreign nationals being barred from owning land in the southern African country.According to eNCA the bill sought to bar foreigners from owning agricultural, commercial and communal land.The new bill proposed a range of.....

NZ: New advisory group to speed up use of smart ag tech
The Ministry of Primary Industries will soon be advised by a new technical advisory group which is being created to help them accelerate the use of smart agriculture technology.Ministers Amy Adams and Nathan Guy made the announcement earlier this month at the Canterbury A&P Show."Technology has major.....

Spain: Positive balance of sector participation in WOP Dubai
The eighth edition of the "International Exhibition of Perishable Foods of the Middle East", WOP Dubai, held from 13 to 15 November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has closed with a positive balance for the companies devoted to fruits and vegetables, flowers and live plants that have attended the event under.....

Pound slumped sharply
Dollar takes a pause after monster rally
A key U.S. dollar gauge on Tuesday 15 November was trading flat, but flirting with extending its multiday gains, after a measure of retail sales and manufacturing helped to support the case that the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates next month.At the same time, the pound slumped sharply after U.K......


Making the most of food & increasing yield optimization
In order to meet the global population’s growing demand for food, research by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicts that the worldwide food manufacturing and processing industries need to increase their total output by 70 per cent by 2050.With the rise in the planet’s.....

Kenya to import Scottish seed potatoes
A new bilateral trade agreement should mean Scottish seed potatoes will soon be found growing on Kenyan farms. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, who announced the trade deal at AgriScot, said the potential market demand for Scottish seed tatties in Kenya was significant.“Kenya grows around 160,000.....

Bananas, avocados & blueberries popular in China
Chinese President's visit to Latin America will boost trade
President Xi Jinping's week-long state visit to three Latin American countries will strengthen their economic partnerships with China and promote mutual benefits, experts have said.Xi will visit Ecuador, Peru and Chile from Nov. 17 to 23 and attend the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders'.....

Rand drops against dollar
South Africa's rand fell as much as 1.3 percent against the dollar on Wednesday 16 November, mainly reflecting broad dollar gains as investors increasingly price in a US rate hike next month, traders and analysts said.Stocks rose, however, as buyers piled back into the oversold retail sector. The benchmark.....

Barnaby Joyce believes he can do more for SPC Ardmona
Now that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's party holds the seat of Murray, he says can do more for SPC Ardmona. When the Coalition rejected the processor's bid for assistance in 2014, Mr Joyce said it was up to the Liberal Party to fight for SPC because it was in a Liberal electorate, reports.....


"These strikes could cause irreparable damage to Chile's reputation"
Strikes and agricultureGiven the failed negotiations between the Chilean government and the unions, it was announced that the strike of civil servants would be extended until Thursday, meaning that there have already been three weeks in a row of strikes and marches. This strike is taking a toll on the.....

Cherries from Patagonia, new at Expo-INIA Healthy Foods
Cherries from Patagonia are one of the main new products at Expo-INIA Healthy Foods 2016; an event open to the public held on 16 November in the Plaza de la Ciudadanía (in front of the Palacio de La Moneda) in Santiago city centre.The event will have 25 stands for the taste and display of healthy and.....

Victorian veg grower raided over worker exploitation
Allegations that workers were being exploited led to a union getting special permission to raid a Victorian vegetable grower. National Union of Workers officials were granted special leave by the Fair Work Commission to raid A&G Lamattina & Sons' Boneo farm and demand to see all employment.....

Spain: Valencia demands study on impact of elimination of tariffs for South African citrus
The Councillor of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development of the Region of Valencia, Elena Cebrián, has analysed in the plenary of Les Corts Valencianes, the extension of the cooperation agreement between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community.The agreement.....


New study looks at impact of future trade deals on EU ag
On Tuesday 15 November, the European Commission presented to EU agriculture ministers the conclusions of a study on the cumulative effects of 12 future trade agreements on the agri-food sector, including specific results for producer prices and production volumes for a range of products accounting for 30% of.....

'Cashless' Indians come up with ingenious ways to buy fruit & veg
The Indian government's shock decision to scrap 500 and 1,000 rupee notes overnight has left many in the country cashless. Luckily, ingenuity has come to the fore; the BBC's Ayeshea Perera looks at five ways people have been making do.Be smarter, just barterA tweet by a journalist that she had managed to buy.....

How the fresh produce industry is coping with the rupee restrictions
The removal of 500 and 1000 rupee notes on November 9 came as a huge shock and has affected all of those involved in the fresh produce industry, as India is still a largely cash based society. The move has hit apple exporters in Kashmir and has caused seed potato prices to crash, but it has also seen Tiruchi.....

Fruit South Africa answers questions on MoU between SA & China
South African farmers and cooperatives are set to export more of their fruit harvest after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the South African government and the People's Republic of China earlier this month.The MOU was signed in Beijing, China, by Willem Bestbier, vice-chairperson of Fruit.....

Bulgaria aims to restore trade volume with Russia to pre-ban levels
The trade representative of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria, Igor Ilingin, said in Dobrich that there is interest in restoring the level of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries recorded before the imposition of sanctions against Russia.In 2013, the value of trade between Bulgaria and.....

Bulgaria: Harvested fruit acreage up 35% in a year
For the past two years (from November 2014 to November 2016), the Bulgarian agricultural sector has received nearly 6.3 billion Lev (about 3.22 billion Euro) in direct payments for rural development and other aid schemes, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture.The Ministry was proud to.....


Contract signed for construction of Bulgarian greenhouse in Mongolia
In the last days of the "Borisov 2.0" cabinet, the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture Desislava Taneva will spend approximately 1.7 million Lev (about 868,771 Euro) to build a greenhouse for the production of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. The exact value of the.....


International Fruit Trade Expo successfully held in Yuncheng city
On November 7th, the International Fruit Trade Expo was successfully held in Yuncheng city, Shanxi province. According to Ms.Wang Yuyan, the secretary of a municipal party committee, the Yuncheng apple was exported as "the fresh apple of China" to the US in June 2015, this suggests that Chinese fruits have.....

Resumption of Turkish supply brings citrus prices down in Sevastopol
The authorities of Sevastopol reported that the arrival in the city of Turkish citrus fruit imports has caused a collapse in market prices and become an effective tool in the fight against speculators.The State Duma deputy from Sevastopol, Dmitry Belik, stated that the resumption of the trade agreement with.....

Germany:
Organic vegetables benefit of warm September weather
Organic farmers benefit from the Indian summerAccording to the agricultural press agency, Landvolk, the weather during the summer months was a bit disappointing, while the summer temperatures during September positively influenced growth and the consumer demand for vegetables. Data of the Agricultural Market.....

Russia: 34.8 tonnes of tomatoes destroyed in Pskov
On 10 November, two batches of Ukrainian tomatoes were destroyed in the city of Sebezh, in the Pskov region, Russia. Sources from the local Rosselkhoznadzor office reported in a press release that the total weight of the batches destroyed amounted to 34.8 tonnes.According to the authorities, the cargo was.....

Preferential access to Japan and Russia for Brazilian products
The Government of Japan and the Eurasian Economic Union have confirmed the granting of preferential access to certain products of Brazilian origin through the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).In Japan, 3,478 products are eligible to enjoy this preferential tariff, which in some cases reaches 100% of.....


Seminar "Exploring new opportunities in China"
"Chile should take advantage of the growth of Chinese imports"
Chile and ChinaThe seminar, "Exploring new opportunities in China", served to address the systematic change of international trade in China in recent years and the consequences that this has brought for Chile as one of the main suppliers of fresh fruit for the Asian country. The conference counted with the.....