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AU: Indian mango imports will not impact domestic sales

The Australian Mango Industry Association is not concerned by the decision to allow the importation of Indian mangoes, saying it is only fair that other countries have access to the Australian marketplace.The green light was given this week for the importation of the fruit, depending on strict biosecurity.....

UAE to stop imports of Jordanian vegetables

The UAE, through its Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, has allegedly decided to stop the import of some vegetables and fruits from the Kingdom of Jordan. Jordanian producers believe that this decision would be a major blow to the country's economy.Some Jordanian newspapers and websites have reported.....

Chilean blueberries and avocados exported to India next season

In the framework of a public-private visit to India, led by the Chilean Undersecretary of Agriculture, Claudio Ternicier, the national authority and the Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, Ashwani Kumar, have signed an agreement that sets the conditions to allow the export of fresh.....

Turkish delegation in Russia to discuss lifting of sanctions

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek is heading a Turkish delegation on Tuesday to discuss the lifting of Russia's economic sanctions against Turkey.He is accompanied by Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekçi and other officials.The delegation is expected to meet in Moscow with Russian Deputy Prime.....

Funding drops to 4.7 million Euros

Fewer children get fruit and vegetables in southwest Germany

The reason for this decrease is the reduced EU funding - from 7.5 million Euros to 4.7 million Euros, stated Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch (CDU), Junior Minister of Rural Affairs and Consumer Safety in Stuttgart on Tuesday 18 April.Every week, about 390,000 children will receive fruit and vegetables during this.....

COAG and the Polisario Front

Spain: Possible legal action against illegal imports from Western Sahara

The Coordinator of the Organizations of Growers and Ranchers (COAG) and the Polisario Front will study joint actions to stop Morocco from illegally exporting agricultural products from the Western Sahara. This was agreed during a meeting in Madrid of the head of Fruits and Vegetables of COAG, Andrés Góngora,.....

Irrigation is about protecting blossoms

Dutch Fruit growers ready for the threat of night frost

A cold week, with a chance of night frost, is on the way. Fruit growers are therefore keeping a close eye on temperatures. "Our pear trees are already in bloom and the apples are also starting to blossom. This is a sensitive period for us. If there is a snap freeze, the blossoms could freeze. This, in turn,.....

Spain: Fruit and Vegetables Working Group discusses market openings

The tenth meeting of the Fruit and Vegetables Working Group, set up in the framework of the Plan for the Internationalization of the Agro-Food Sector of the Ministries of Economy and Agriculture, took place this week in Madrid with the goal of moving forward in the negotiations for the opening of markets in.....

Germany interested in fruit and veg imports from Kyrgyzstan

A meeting between Kyrgyz Ambassador Erinas Otorbaev and the leadership of the German company "Landgard Bio GmbH" was held in the city of Bornheim.Otorbaev and the head of "Landgard Bio GmbH", Albert Fuhs, discussed possibilities for cooperation to facilitate the supply of Kyrgyz agricultural products to.....

Latvia studying reduction of VAT on fresh produce

The Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia plans to submit an informative message to the government regarding a possible reduction of the value added tax (VAT) on fresh vegetables, fruits and berries from 21% to 5%.The report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture summarises the conclusions of the working group on.....

Bolivia wants to supply tropical fruits to Russia

Bolivian agricultural producers are interested in supplying tropical fruits to Russia, as revealed by the website of the Rosselkhoznadzor, reporting on the results of talks with the Bolivian side held in Moscow on Monday.The parties discussed a wide range of issues concerning the prospects for cooperation and.....

13% increase in Egyptian fruit and veg exports to Germany

On 11 April, H.E. Christian Schmidt, German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, and H.E. Abd El Moneim El Banna, Egyptian Minister of Agriculture & Land Reclamation, inaugurated the 1st Egyptian-German Agribusiness Forum. The event was held in the framework of the visit of Schmidt and a German.....

Government abolishes 457 visas

AU: "We cannot stress how important this resource is to our industry"

Australian production horticulture representative group Growcom does not expect the government’s abolition of 457 visas to be as damaging to their industry, as last year's proposed backpacker tax increase would have been. abolishes Growcom says it is still surveying its members to find out the extent of the.....

Italy: Increasing fresh produce sales for Conad

2016 saw a 5.2% increase in fresh produce consumption compared to 2015. The data was published by Conad and concerns 3500 stores in 110 Italian provinces. We talked about it with Gianmarco Guernelli, fresh produce procurement manager at Conad.FreshPlaza (FP): It looks like the crisis is over for you.Gianmarco.....

Spain: Refrigerated horticultural transport free of restrictions

The sector devoted to the transport of perishable goods at controlled temperatures has been exempted by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior of the restrictions on horticultural product circulation, as has been the case for other perishables. This measure will be of great value for "the entire horticultural.....

Commission system empowers farmers in the marketing process

South Africa's unique fresh produce market system

The South African fresh produce market system is unique in the world because it functions on a commission basis, as Attie Horn, president of the Institute of Market Agents of South Africa (IMASA) and Michael Cordes, general manager of IMASA, explain to FreshPlaza. This system is governed by legislation that.....

Spain: Government working to allow return of Canary potatoes to the EU

The Government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment are doing "everything they can so that Canary potatoes can be exported again to the territory of the European Union (EU)," including peninsular Spain.Minister Isabel García Tejerina assured this in the plenary session of Congress.....

Bulgarian fruit & veg producers receiving 33.2 million Euro in coupled support

The State Fund for "Agriculture" (SFA) has started paying the subsidies under the schemes of coupled support for fruit and vegetables corresponding to the 2016 campaign.Applicants for financial assistance had until 31 January to present the necessary forms and documents to the SFA. Nearly 14,000 producers of.....

Turkish tomatoes suspected to be reaching Russia via Georgia

Turkish tomatoes are suspected to be reaching Russia via Georgia, as reported by the Russian newspaper Izvestia, although the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has said that they cannot prove it."We have no confirmed cases of re-exports of Georgian.....

Spain: Andalusia and Valencia demand stricter phytosanitary controls

The association of horticultural companies, Asociafruit, a company based in Seville which brings together most of the companies in the citrus sector of Andalusia, claims that the European Commission "is ignoring" Spanish citrus growers and prioritising the interests of certain European lobbies. Orange growing.....

Spain: Wholesale markets analyse priority lines of action

The sixth meeting between Mercasa and the General Directors of the management companies of the wholesale markets has been recently held in Bilbao with the goal of analysing the fundamental aspects of their draft strategic plans. There was also an exchange of opinions on priority lines of action, setting.....

Pakistan ready to buy Moldovan fruit and veg

Pakistani entrepreneurs are ready to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits and other products from Moldova, as well as to invest in the development of these and other sectors.Specific cooperation projects have been discussed at the Moldovan-Pakistani business forum, which was held in Chisinau on 31 March with.....

South-Africa risky investment

Junk status for South Africa after firing of 9 members of the cabinet

Two large credit rating agencies (S&P and Moody's) have lowered South Africa's status to 'junk status'. This now marks the country as a risky investment. This measure was taken after president Zuma sent part of his cabinet home last week. Among others, the respected minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, was.....

Free trade agreements are essential for agro-food in the EU

TTIP, CETA or TTP are acronyms that involve many hours of negotiations, sometimes failed or interrupted, in order to close international trade agreements that facilitate the flow of large volumes of products, including food and agricultural ones, at zero or reduced tariffs.Today, there is no political and.....

Fears of economic junk status and unbridled state looting

"Midnight ministerial massacre" in South African politics

In what was called a “midnight ministerial massacre” Pres Jacob Zuma of South Africa announced a drastic cabinet reshuffle at midnight on Thursday night, accomplishing what was known to be his goal for more than a year since summarily removing a previous finance minister.It was common knowledge that the.....

Argentina & the Netherlands sign fruit and hort agreements

As part of the visit of President Mauricio Macri to the Netherlands, Argentina's Secretary of Agriculture, Ricardo Negri, participated in the signing of two agreements with different entities in that country.After visiting the University of Wageningen, Negri concluded an agreement with this university to.....

Turkmenistan approves agricultural land zoning for fruit and veg

The President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, approved a plan for the zoning of agricultural lands for the production of vegetable and tobacco crops for the current year.The document prescribes that the State Food Association of Turkmenistan should come to agreements with the Daikhan (producer).....