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China increases checks on Taiwan's pineapple exports
From Friday 20 May, Taiwan has a new government, and as result of uncertainty in cross-strait relations due to the change of power, Taiwan’s exports of farm products to China have shown signs of a slowdown the Chinese-language United Daily News reported yesterday 19 May.A pineapple trader in Yunlin County.....

Chinese delegation visits Thai banana plantations
A delegation of Chinese traders from Guangzhou recently visited banana plantations in Paya Meng Rai district, Chiang Rai province. The plantations have over 800,000 banana trees on 2,700 rai of land with some of the bananas bound for export to China.Smith Thamchua, consul for agriculture attached to the Thai.....

EU: Cherries included in emergency withdrawal measures
At the insistence of Bulgaria, cherries have been included in the list of products which will benefit from additional temporary emergency measures to help producers during the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. Growers will have the option to either withdraw the products from the market or to leave.....

India: ''Madhya Pradesh needs more packhouses to boost exports''
Although Madhya Pradesh (MP) is the third largest state in terms of horticultural produce in India, exports from the state are practically non-existent. Maharashtra is the fifth largest state for horticultural produce, but tops the export chart. Hence, General Manager of Agricultural and Processed Food.....

US (CA): Public comment sought on citrus quarantine proposals
The California citrus industry wantsAsian citrus psyllid quarantinerule changes and is thus asking growers and nursery owners to comment on the proposals.The last in a series of scoping meetings to discuss proposed changes to the ACP and Huanglongbing regulations under the state’s Food and Agriculture Code.....

NZ launches food safety partnership to protect $50b industry
A scientific collaboration aimed at protecting and enhancing New Zealand's $50 billion-plus food sector was officially launched today, Wednesday 18th May.The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre joins seven science research partners to form a virtual research centre, which will be jointly.....

US: New product released to help fight citrus greening
H.J. Baker, a global agriculture firm, has launched Tiger Greening Guard citrus mix- a new product backed by University of Florida research, which could help citrus growers with Huanglongbing in their groves.Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease, is the No.1 threat to the citrus industry.H.J......

India: New mango variety gains popularity
In Karimnagar district of the Indian state of Telangana, unseasonal rains have reduced the mango yield, which has subsequently led to an increase in demand for a new variety of the fruit- 'Jalal'.The mango yield has fallen by 40 percent compared to last year; rain and gales during the ripening stage reduced.....


More consumers shopping online
Taiwanese farmers trained in e-commerce
A Council of Agriculture training program in Taiwan aims to provided those working in the agricultural sector with the necessary skills and knowledge for successfully conducting e-commerce businesses.Conducted outside the planting and harvesting seasons, the courses cover key areas like Internet marketing.....

USDA announces $130m for fruit, veg research
Funding to the sum of $130 million has been made available by the USDA for research, education, and Extension projects to support sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production.This funding is available through the Agriculture and.....

S. Africa: Climate change response plan for ag sector
On Tuesday 17 May, the Western Cape government launched a climate change response strategy, known as Smart Agri, which sets out a roadmap to combat the impact of extreme weather events on the province’s agriculture sector.Research and climate change modelling shows annual temperatures are rising and.....

2015: Difficult year for Israeli agricultural exports
A report of the agricultural export industry in Israel has been published regarding 2015, and the results are not encouraging. The report, prepared by the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, shows that exports of agricultural produce from Israel to the European Union dropped by 18% last year; exports.....

NZ: Uncontrolled urban sprawl will increase vegetable prices
It’s a simple equation: Auckland spreads its housing into our fruit and vegetable production land = we all pay more for food.Horticulture New Zealand says if more houses are built on the most productive rural land then we can all expect to pay more for fresh vegetables and fruit.“We know we need a bigger.....

In pursuit of Florida's next big ag crop
Citrus greening has hit Florida's agriculture industry hard, destroying acres and acres of Florida citrus. The USDA released a report in January forecasting that orange production will be down about 1 million tons for 2015-16, and the bulk of this decline is said to be caused by the effects of citrus.....

Three day supermarket strike
Lithuania's ''Cauliflower Revolution''
On March 31st, an inhabitant of the southwestern Lithuanian town of Vilkaviskis posted a photo of a cashier's receipt for the purchase of a head cauliflower. The receipt indicates that one head of cauliflower costs 3 euro 49 cents. Soon tens of thousands of Lithuanian Facebook community members exploded with.....


Fruit and veg being hauled into US
US (AZ): Nogales sees bumper crop of produce trucks
In the summer months, 1,600 trucks pass through the Nogales-Mariposa Port of Entry every day. About 1,500 of these 18-wheelers are carrying produce. Up to 70 percent of the produce on US tables comes through the Nogales Port of Entry.Whatever the cargo, each truck must be inspected for contraband. The.....

World's top ten apple exporting countries
Apples, originating from Central Asia, have been consumed throughout the world for several thousand years. The fruit has featured in many major mythologies and religions throughout the ages, including Greek, European Christian and Norse traditions.If apple trees are grown from the seed, they tend to be.....

Poland: New tranche of support for market withdrawal of fresh produce
The situation of Polish apple growers is more severe than a year ago, as they are struggling with excess volumes due to the impact of the Russian embargo. Prices this year are very low and many growers may have a problem finding cost-effective ways to dispose of the fruit by the end of June, because it is.....

US (FL): Avocado disease will spread
Across the state of Florida, a disease called Laurel wilt has destroyed thousands of avocado trees in most counties. Although, presently six counties have not yet reported the deadly disease, (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla) experts say it is only a matter of time before the.....

US (FL): Citrus dept. releases reduced budget
The Department of Citrus released its proposed $20.6 million budget Monday 16 May, for next fiscal year. The proposed spending plan would be 31.9 percent below the current year's $30.3 million operating budget and the departments staff would shrink from 39 to 23, to meet the demands of the troubled.....

Russian authorities destroy 20 tonnes of Polish apples
Russian authorities have recently destroyed 19.5 tonnes of apples from Poland on one of the dumps in Smolensk Oblast. Over the past 10 months, the country has already destroyed several thousand tonnes of food imported from embargoed countries.The statement of the Federal Agency for Veterinary and.....

Nagpur's new orange crop policy
Nagpur is developing a new integrated policy for orange crops, which aims to deal with yield improvement, better water usage and a marketing campaign to promote Nagpur Oranges. The new policy was discussed by a study group for establishing orange processing and industry at a meeting in Nagpur on Tuesday 17th.....

Replacing pesticides with pheromones in Quebec's apple orchards
A growing number of apple producers in Quebec are turning to insect pheromones – the chemicals females emit to attract their mates – to protect their crops from infestation by codling moth's larvae, which burrow into apples and can ravage crops.Stéphane Cataphard, an apple producer in Quebec's lower.....

UK: GMO potato approved for field trials
The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norfolk has been given the green light by Defra to conduct a series of GM potato field trials.The laboratory will conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019.The trials are part of a project to develop a.....

P.E.I potato farmers prepare for loss of McCain's
Robert Green is just one of Prince Edward Island's potato growers who is planting peas and fava beans, a first for his business. He hopes that the peas and beans, when rotated with his traditional potato crop, will help improve his overall yields and diversify his income options.The reason behind the.....

New Zealand's kiwifruit penetrates Bengaluru
Over the past fifteen years kiwifruit have gone from being practically unknown in Bengaluru, to a favoured treat. The fruit is being sourced from New Zealand and Zespri reports that this year 1.5 million trays of green kiwifruit and 200,000 trays of gold kiwifruit will flood the country during the season set.....

June 8
US (CA): Potato variety trial field day set
The 2016 Kern County potato variety trial field day has been scheduled for June 8 at 1 p.m. at Hart Memorial Par. The event allows grower to see tubers of new varieties, how they performed this year, and how they performed compared to standard varieties. Entries include varieties from numerous USDA, state.....

Spain: Concerns in horticultural sector due to French carrier strikes
The French unions FO, CGT and SUR have organised a nationwide carriers strike, which started on Monday 16 May at 22 hours, to protest against the labour reform presented by the French government.In their statements, the French unions have announced that the strike may be accompanied by roadblocks and tolls,.....

NZ: Rain saves North Island's carrots, potatoes
Last Wednesday 11 May, growers in Ohakune, North Island, thought they were one day away from shutting down their vegetable supply, because of low streams levels. Luckily, recent rain has averted the potential vegetable shortage.Horizons Regional Council's Ruapehu councillor Bruce Rollinson, a vegetable.....

Peruvian avocados to reach India in August
The Commercial Office (OCEX) of Peru in New Delhi reported that Peruvian avocados will be able to make their entry into India from August this year, after the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Asian nation notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) what the new.....

Austria:
Massive frost damage hits businesses hard
Rapid, unbureaucratic help important - measures for the prevention of potential future damage should be considered.The damage of the cold snap at the end of April is massive. Especially for the agriculture, many farms have to consider a complete loss of the harvest. Bio Austria-chairwoman Gertraud Grabmann.....

Romania wants fixed minimum prices for non-EU fruit and veg
The Romanian government wants to introduce minimum selling prices for fruit and vegetables imported from countries outside the European Union. It would be a safeguard measure to protect domestic producers, especially against goods from Turkey, as Romanian growers are unable to compete with the low prices of.....

Pessl Instruments
Ensuring the best berry quality
Consumption of fresh berries in EU is outpacing total fruit consumption. Right up front are northern EU countries, where fresh berry consumption has increased up to 10% in the last 5 years.The situation on the other side of the ocean is similar. The fresh berry market is on the rise. Big time.All this means.....

Mexico hopes to increase exports to Arab countries
José Calzada, the Secretary of Agriculture, Cattle breeding, Rural development, Fishing and Feeding (Sagarpa) reports that Mexico expects to substantially increase its exports to Arab countries. He will head a trade mission to four Arab counties.In a press conference Calzada estimated Mexican agrifood.....

US team visited Malur mango farmers
Mango farmers in Vennkateshappa in Karadagurki village in Malur taluk were recently visited by a team from the USA, who inspected the cultivation methods and the technology adopted for fruit fly control, as well as farm sanitation.This is the second visit by foreign delegates to the Malur processing unit. In.....

Impact of drought, salt water intrusion
Mekong Delta fruit prices rise
Drought and salt water intrusion in the Mekong Delta has caused a decline in fruit output, while the demand has increased, equating in higher prices.Nguyen Van Thuc, Vice Chairman of the Hoa Loc Mango Co-operative in Tien Giang province’s Cai Be district, said his co-operative was buying Hoa Loc mango at a.....


APL SMART reefer solutions support Japanese ag exports
As Japan ramps-up its export drive, APL is supporting Japanese growers and exporters in the exploration of overseas markets for their fresh produce. Through its range of SMART reefer solutions and diversified global network, APL offers an optimal and cost-effective transportation that preserves the quality.....

US (CA): Hearing to discuss HLB threat
On Tuesday 17 May, a hearing is taking place in Sacramento to discuss the threat huanglongbing poses to California’s commercial and home citrus. The bacteria, more often referred to as “HLB,” is spread by Asian citrus psyllids when they feed on the leaves and stems of infected trees and spread to bacteria to.....

Bulgarian fruit and veg production up
Bulgaria's Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva, reported that “Fruits production in Bulgaria increased by 20% last year, while the vegetable production – by 18%.” Taneva was speaking at a press conference at the start of the We Love Bulgaria national campaign for the promotion of the 100.....

British strawberry could become an “unaffordable luxury”
A leading hospitality firm is warning that the new UK wage laws could make the British strawberry an “unaffordable luxury” and wipe out nearly 60% of growers’ profits in the coming year, reports UK newspaper The Guardian.More than 140,000 servings of strawberries and cream are expected to be sold during this.....

Ghana's mango farmers can't meet demand
Ghanaian mango farmers are unable to provide enough fruit for fresh fruit manufacturing firms, which means they are having to import mangoes from neighbouring African countries.Speaking to Joy News, sourcing manager of HPW Fresh and Dry Limited, Daniel Komayire observed that local mango producers have failed.....


Mixed reactions to backpacker tax postponement
This morning at the PMA Fresh Connections in Brisbane, senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, announced that the government would delay enforcing the new rate of backpackers tax for 6 months.They will take more time to investigate the labour resources in agriculture. The.....

Switzerland:
First new potatoes during Pentecost
With the right weather the first potatoes are planted at the end of February or the beginning of March. However the cold and sometimes frosty nights in April delays the growth. This week after Pentecost the first new potatoes can be expected according to Swisspatat.The harvest of these thin-skinned specialty.....

Cameroon grocery retail market outlook 'quite positive'
Up until 2015, Cameroon was mostly ignored by major international supermarket retailers; as lacks the scale of Nigeria and DRC or the accessibility of Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire or Senegal it has attracted little interest. Yet this is changing, in spite of the collapse in oil prices, which has caused a downturn in.....

EU co-op: "Fruit and vegetable growers suffering crisis situation"
On May 14, the EU co-operative Copa & Cogeca sent a letter to the EU Commission warning that new plans to support the EU fruit and vegetable sector are insufficient and must be revised. Copa & Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen warned: "Fruit and vegetable growers are suffering a crisis.....

'Huge' EU demand for Malihabad's chillies
The town of Malihabad, located in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow district is famous for its "Dasheri" mangoes, but is now also becoming known for its green chillies, which are being exported to European countries, like Germany, UK, Italy and the Netherlands.Nearly 2.5 tons of the product is being exported to Europe.....

Canada: BC strawberries ripening early
Strawberries in British Columbia are traditionally associated with June, but record-breaking temperatures and mild winters are making the fruit ripen earlier, and according to one grower ripe fruit in May is now the new normal."This year, we're breaking new records," said Amir Maan, operations manager with.....


Regulation 2015/1910 entered into force on 13 May
EU bans entry of citrus from third countries treated with guazatine
On 13 May 2016, Regulation (EU) No 2015/1910 of the Commission, establishing the new MRLs for guazatine, came into force, and therefore, from this date onwards the limit stands at 0.05 mg/kg. In practice, this entails the inability for EU countries to import citrus treated with this active substance. The.....

Ecuadorian exports drop 25.5%
Exports, one of Ecuador's most important sources of foreign exchange, have slumped by 25.5%. According to the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), from January to March last year, sales of Ecuador to the world totaled 4,870 million dollars, but in the same period this year, these revenues decreased to 3.627.....

AU relaxes Bangladeshi cargo import ban
It has been reported that Canberra will now allow air freight flying in from Bangladesh, as long as it transits via a First World country, indicating a relax in Australia's embargo on Bangladeshi cargo.Late last year, on December 19, the Australian Government banned air cargo entering the country that.....


Egypt beats S.Africa to 2nd largest economy on the continent
According to economists, it is unsurprising that Egypt has beaten South Africa to become the second largest economy on the continent, after Nigeria. South Africa's shrinking agriculture sector is said to have contributed to the economic decline.Citing data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a KPMG.....

CA (BC): Growers warned about changeable weather
Fruit trees in Okanagan have blossomed almost a month earlier than usual, due to the warm spring weather. The Ministry of Agriculture has hence issued a release warning growers that the weather can change quickly and reminding them that they can protect their investment with hail insurance, offered jointly.....

Does Uganda need GM crops?
New diseases threaten Uganda's major food crops, like cassava, banana and maize. The country faces numerous agricultural challenges exacerbated by climate change and other factors, and it seems as if conventional preventive measures have failed.Due to Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW), Uganda loses $299.6m worth.....

US (WI): Professor working to tackle fire blight
Ching-Hong Yang, professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is developing a product which aims to limit the use of antibiotics and provide another way to protect apple and pear trees from fire blight.In 1998, Pacific Northwest growers experienced $68 million in losses from.....

West Michigan farmers struggle to attract talent
West Michigan farmers are having difficulties in attracting all levels of talent, from laborers to farm managers. This talent shortage is attributed to a number of factors, including a lack of college graduates willing to enter the industry.“We’re having a difficult time finding talent,” said Dennis Heffron,.....

Agriculture key to Washington state's economy
A recently published report by the Washington Policy Center (WPC) details agriculture's value to the Washington state economy. The state is blessed with rich soils, abundant fresh water, low cost hydropower, a favorable climate and hard-working people. Washington farm lands grow more than 300 varieties of.....

Popularity of organic increases in India
Reports about the use of chemicals to ripen mangoes and other unsafe methods, have reduced consumer confidence in commonly available market goods. Hence, the popularity of organically-grown fruits and vegetables has increased, and more people are taking up homestead farming to fill the growing niche for.....

Vermont mushroom growers celebrate Shiitakepalooza
On Saturday 7 May, at least 100 people were expected to have gathered together at Eddy Farm in Middlebury to celebrate the Shiitakepalooza. At the sixth annual event, volunteers inoculated logs with shiitake spawn that will sprout mushrooms in about a year. Participants were also able to take home a log for.....


Encouraging healthy eating with low produce prices:
Norwegian retailer brings “healthiness to the people”
Back in 2007 the Norwegian supermarket chain Kiwi cut the prices on fruits and vegetables corresponding to the VAT rate (15%), while concurrently urging politicians to remove VAT on fruits and vegetables. It was at that time that they noticed that the price cuts had a positive side effect, namely, a 22%.....

NZ: Onion industry strategy delivering increased export earnings
Onions New Zealand Inc says with 75% of this season’s crop shipped, the industry is pleased with the direction it’s heading in.“Returns are expected to be up 50% on last year,” chief executive Michael Ahern says.“This means an increase from $81 million to $125 million FoB. This forecasted result will.....