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Hungary: 500m Euro needed to improve agri sector
According to the president of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation (FruitVeB), Ledó Ferenc, over the next 6-8 years, the Hungarian fruit and vegetable production sector should invest around HUF 160-180 billion (520-585 million Euro) in technical and technological improvements in.....

Nigeria: Trade with Britain encouraged
The President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce Mr Adeyemi Adefulu, has called for a vibrant export system to improve the nation’s economy and balance of trade with Britain.Adefulu told the our correspondent recently that Nigeria could leverage on the large population of Nigerians in the Diaspora by.....

United Fresh:
2015 compensation survey launched
The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2015 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in an expansive research report that will assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks.The survey process, which has been.....

South Africa:
At least 70% success for ag projects
The Western Cape wants to ensure that at least 70% of all agricultural land-reform projects are successful over the next five years, finance MEC Ivan Meyer said on Thursday.Delivering the Western Cape’s R52bn budget in the provincial legislature, Mr Meyer said that an amount of R2.4bn over the next three.....

Swaziland: Ag imports increase
Despite efforts to significantly reduce imports of some agricultural products into the country, imports of such commodities increased by E180 million to E634.3 million from E453.5 in 2013.The products brought into Swaziland from other countries were vegetables, fruits, poultry and its products, rice, wheat.....

Peru: Trade offices to promote exports
Trade offices will be established in different regions of the country, Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva announced on Monday."Mincetur and the governorships are developing public investment projects, which will enable to install Regional Trade Offices in [regions]: Huanuco, Madre de Dios,.....

Polish mission to Algeria to promote bilateral trade
Polish fruits and vegetables, food storage equipment, agricultural machinery and construction and medical equipment are the key sectors to be promoted by the participants of a Polish trade mission to Algeria, which is considered very promising in terms of cooperation prospects.This Tuesday, Deputy Prime.....

Indonesia: Farmers thankful for Taiwanese assistance
An agricultural technical mission sent by Taiwan to the Indonesian island of Bali has helped farmers there grow asparagus and vegetables and improve their standard of living, earning the farmers' appreciation.Mission head Wu Chiung-feng (吳炯鋒) said the mission has helped farmers in Bali.....

Grow markets, fight hunger:
US roadmap for African trade policies
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs during the week released recommendations on how U.S. trade policy could advance food security in Africa and position American businesses to tap a burgeoning African agriculture and food market, which is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030.The report, Grow Markets,.....

Africa’s future billionaires will be farmers
Africa’s future billionaires and millionaires will make their money from agriculture, says Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, according to a report in InformationNigeria.Adesina was named Forbes African of the Year in December 2013 for his reforms to Nigeria’s farming.....

NZ: Packaging gets around fruit fly restrictions
A boutique supermarket in Auckland's fruit fly zone is using plastic packaging to ensure its fresh produce can be taken out of the area.Grey Lynn's Farro Fresh, whose sales dropped by 20 per cent in the first week of restrictions after the Queensland fruit fly was found in the area last month, has begun.....

AU (NT): Calls for better infrastructure
A Douglas Daly, Northern Territory tourism operator says the region has become a hive of activity, and it's time the local infrastructure reflected that growth. Two hundred kilometres south of Darwin, the region not only gets visits from tourists, but also transient workers at nearby emerging forestry and.....

Malawi gov’t solicits views for national agriculture policy
The government of Malawi has organized National Agriculture Policy (NAP) consultations across the country to solicit views from the public which will be considered in its agricultural policy development process.The Secretary for Agriculture, Erica Maganga said Wednesday in Lilongwe that the envisaged policy.....

Bulgaria: 766.9 million Euro to be granted in subsidies
Bulgarian growers can now apply for 1.5 billion Lev (766.9 million Euro) in subsidies from the European Union (EU) and the national budget, to be granted in the form of direct payments. A total of 15 different schemes will be in place for the fruit and vegetables and livestock sectors. The deadline for the.....


Minimum wage in Germany could boost automation
Early this year, a new minimum wage came into practice in Germany, a measure which is estimated to benefit 3.7 million German workers. The consequences this will have are not clear and it is still too early for it to have a significant impact. In general, however, it is believed that it will boost.....

S.Korea: Prices weaken after China FTA
Products "made in China" are easily found in discount stores and department stores, and even in traditional markets, all around South Korea, but China-branded products are barely detected.At an outlet in the country's largest discount store chain E- mart in central Seoul, one can easily find fruits from.....

Israeli Official:
Philippines: Technology can expand ag potential
Technology can expand the Philippine’s agricultural production, and with its natural endowments, the country can do wonderful things in its crop and livestock industries, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.In a separate statement released during the an agriculture seminar being conducted by the embassy,.....

N. Korea reforms paying off
North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country’s biggest domestic policy experiment since leader Kim Jong-un assumed power.The measures give managers the power to set salaries and hire and.....

South Africa faces food shortage
South Africa is facing the prospect of looming food shortages in the next 10 years as the country struggles to attract new talent to its ageing crop of commercial farmers, according to Deloitte.Data from farming organisation Agri SA shows that the average age of a South African farmer is 62, considerably.....

NZ: Fruit fly find now at 14
The number of Queensland fruit flies found in Auckland has risen to 14.The Ministry for Primary Industries today said the male fly had been found in a trap.Two other flies were found a day earlier.MPI maintains there is no new evidence to suggest the situation is anything more than a localised population of.....

Gaza Strip to supply Israel with fresh produce
In the coming days, the marketing of agricultural products from the Gaza Strip is expected to start in Israel. The decision came after a thorough study by the Office for the Coordination of Israeli military operations in the Palestinian territories and the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, in coordination.....


Dutch Secretary Dijksma visits Koppert México
Sharon Dijksma, Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs, paid a two day official working visit to México on 2 March 2015. Dijksma was accompanied by 25 Dutch organisations on a trade mission focusing on the agricultural sector. Koppert México was part of the programme.Dijksma visited Koppert Biological.....

Indonesia: Aim to export fresh fruits to NZ
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her New Zealander counterpart Murray McCully have agreed to enhance the two countries’ relationship in many sectors including agriculture, trade, investment and defense.The agreements were reached when the two concluded the 7th Indonesia-New Zealand Joint.....

Moldovan firms authorised to export apples to Russia
The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary control of the Russian Federation announced on its website that ten Moldovan companies would be authorised to resume their fruit exports to the Russian market as of 26 February, putting an end to the ban enforced since 21 July last year.This has been the.....

Farm size limit proposed in S. Africa
A proposal by the South African government to limit farm size to 12,000 hectares is a "negotiating tactic" as it tries to press ahead with the redistribution of land to black farmers, the minister of agriculture said.“Whenever you are negotiating, you always put forward a figure. What informs the end of that.....

NZ gets 24/7 fruit fly hotline
New Zealand First thanks the Ministry for Primary Industries on behalf of our primary producers for now seemingly staffing the Pest and Disease Hotline 24/7.“It seems the message finally got through to Minister Nathan Guy that the country’s Pest and Disease Hotline needs to be staffed 24/7,” says.....

S. Africa: Mpumalanga invests in infrastructure
Mpumalanga has set aside R2.065-billion for its infrastructure development programme for 2015/16. "Our infrastructure development programme continues to prioritise socio-economic infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and schools," Premier David Mabuza said in his the State of the Province Address on 27.....

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce:
AU: Family farms underpin economy
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has endorsed Australian agriculture as a critical moral and economic activity that underpins the national interest.During a passionate plea at the first day of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) annual Outlook.....

Ghana: USAID supports ag investment plan
The Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ghana, in collaboration with other development partners, is supporting the policy agenda of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoFA) to implement the Ministry's Medium-Term Agriculture.....

US (CA): Farmers face new uncertainty on farm labor
As if a possible fourth year of drought and strike-blocked ports were not enough, a dangerous lack of farm workers threatens the health of farming in California in the months ahead.Although some harvesting takes place every month, the late spring and summer months require the most hand harvest labor to pick.....

India: Mango growers still waiting for processing centre
Mango trees in about 30,000 hectares in Kolar and Chickballapur are withering due to lack of rain.While nature has been unkind to farmers, the government machinery has not been helpful either, as the inordinate delay in starting the mango processing training centre on the outskirts of Chintamani in.....

Two things that all great brands have in common
Years ago, only the big companies, the ones with large marketing budgets could dream of building successful brands. Today, the world has changed, and many examples show that one can win in branding even without investing a lot of money.So, where should you start if you want to build a successful product or.....

Philippines: Foreign firms oppose VAT refunds
The Joint Foreign Chambers is supporting the position of the Trade Department to establish a system for tax incentive management and transparency under House Bill 2942, especially provisions that are considered anti-foreign investments.The group said in a letter to the Congressional committee on ways and.....

India, Iran push to boost bilateral trade
Bilateral trade between India and Iran will receive a fillip with the signing of a preferential trade agreement, the head of the Trade Promotion Organisation of Iran said Saturday.Valiollah Afkhami Rad made the remarks in a meeting with visiting senior Indian commerce ministry official Rajani Ranjan Rashmi.....

India sets inflation target in monetary policy overhaul
India has formally adopted inflation targeting, a historic monetary policy overhaul that marks a victory for Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, as the government makes subduing chronically volatile prices a priority.In a document dated Feb. 20 but published on the ministry website on Monday, the.....

AU: Korea trade deal bears fruit for growers
Australian horticulture exports to Korea have jumped since the start of a free trade agreement late last year, Australian officials said on Tuesday, boosting hopes for a similar benefit from a trade deal with China.No official data has yet been released, but Australian Bureau of Agriculture, Resource.....

AU: Increase in farm production value, export earnings
The Australian commodity forecaster is predicting sustained improvement for livestock profitability into next financial year, and a turnaround in fortunes for the cropping sector. Farm cash incomes will fall, but remain 20 per cent higher than the long-term average.Marking its 70th year, the Australian.....

U.S. agriculture delegation visits Cuba
The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island.Two former agriculture secretaries, a number of state.....

Greece asks Russia to allow orange, strawberry, peach and kiwi imports
The Greek Government in Athens has asked Russian authorities for the lifting of the embargo on Greek strawberries, oranges, peaches and kiwis.The request has been confirmed by the representative of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), Alexei Aleksiejenko, after meeting.....

First-ever trade finance loan to Panama
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed an US$20m trade finance term loan with Multibank, Panama. The loan represents OFID’s first ever trade finance loan in the country. The funds will be made available for the financing of imports and exports of a wide variety of products.Multibank is.....

Polish apple producer associations unite against crisis
At the Fifth National Forum for Fruit and Vegetable Producers, which took place on 19 February in Warsaw, representatives of producer groups discussed several interesting examples of cooperation in Poland.One of them is the LubApple initiative, which brings together six groups of producers from the Lublin.....

Egypt and Russia sign new cooperation protocols
Last Tuesday, Egyptian and Russian authorities signed new conventions and protocols, including an agreement to ensure administrative cooperation for the prevention of customs violations.This is one of the results of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Cairo earlier this month, which led to the.....

Sri Lanka sees reduction in food prices
Sri Lanka's inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers' Price Index (CCPI) , declined considerably to 2.9 percent in February 2015 from 3.2 percent in the previous month on a year-on-year basis, the Central Bank reported on Friday.The absolute CCPI computed by the Department of Census and.....

Tonga halts Auckland fruit imports over fruit fly scare
All imported fruits from Auckland in New Zealand have been temporarily banned by Tonga.Radio Tonga reports this is after a warning from New Zealand authorities that the Queensland Fruit Fly is damaging fruit in Auckland and could cause the same damage in Tonga.The Acting Director of Agriculture Dr Viliami.....

AU: Mangoes, bananas center of research project
Queensland’s two iconic summer fruits – bananas and mangoes – are the focus of a $1 million three-year research project that aims to improve the productivity and sustainability of the crops across tropical Australia.The multi-agency research project will focus on soil health and trial innovative techniques.....

USDA: Trans Pacific Partnership benefits all 50 states
In conjunction with a series of Made in Rural America Executive Actions announced last Thursday by President Obama and the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released data today showing the opportunities for agriculture of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to help boost agricultural.....

US (CA): No Federal water 2nd year in a row
A federal agency says it will not release any water for farmers in the Central Valley of California this year, forcing them to find other sources or leave fields unplanted.The announcement Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation marks the second consecutive year the agency will provide no water to the vast.....

Foodpolis, smart way to unlock Chinese market
The U.S. government recently complained about China’s subsidies to enterprises including food manufacturers.Last year, E-mart, Korea’s largest supermarket chain, pulled out of China after 17 years of operations there.Despite such difficulties, the Chinese food market, with its 1.4 billion customers, is still.....


Cristóbal Aguado, of AVA-ASAJA, and José Antonio García, of AILIMPO:
"South Africa cancelling citrus shipments to S. Europe is nonsense"
Last week, we published the article "South Africa may consider stopping citrus exports to southern Europe", in which Jourbert Deon,on behalf of the South African Citrus Growers Association, reported the African country's proposal to stop citrus exports to southern Europe because of the "incongruity" in the.....

Australian horticulture scopes out how to drive exports
The new grower-owned horticulture body is looking for guidance on a major new spending blitz, to grow international sales and improve production across all sectors.Australian horticulture, which encompasses the fruit, vegetable, nut, flower, turf and nursery industries, is worth $9 billion, but exports.....

Rabobank: Lower oil prices contributing to lower food prices
Rabobank says that the recent dramatic oil price drop will have implications for the global food supply chain if oil prices remain low through 2015, as the bank predicts. In a new report, Rabobank forecasts that the economics of some specific F&A sectors will materially change, affecting volumes and.....

Save the EU School Fruit Scheme
‘Better Regulation’ must not be put ahead of children’s health
The European Commission may be planning to abandon (1) the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS), a programme that provides fruit and vegetables and promotes healthy eating habits to more than 8.6 million children and more than 50.000 schools across Europe.Ahead of a Commission meeting with EU member states and.....

Bulgaria: Growers to receive 18 million Euro in subsidies
For the third consecutive year, producers of quality fruit and vegetables will receive subsidies from the national budget. This year the amount is the highest ever, 35.2 million Lev (approximately 18 million Euro). The funds will go to over 2,000 producers who have applied under the scheme and have received.....

Fruit and veg exports help reduce Portugal’s debt
Portugal aims to double the value of its fruit and vegetable exports by 2020. "Portuguese fresh vegetable shipments have grown by almost 26% in recent years (from 780 million Euro in 2010 to 983 million in 2013)," said Mr Laurent Armaos, of the Commercial Department of the Embassy of Portugal in Athens in an.....