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UAE lifts ban on fruit and veg imports from Kerala

The Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment of the UAE announced the lifting of the ban on the import of all kinds of vegetables and fruits from the Indian state of Kerala.The Ministry, which made this announcement through its official account on Twitter, said that all consignments coming from Kerala to.....

Syria to supply citrus fruits to Russia through the Crimea

The head of the organizing committee of the Yalta Economic Forum and the Russian public organization "Business Russia", Andriya Nazarov, announced last week that the Syrian province of Latakia has established a centre for the export of citrus to Russia through the ports of Crimea."The project entails a lot of.....

USDA to ensure all have equal access to crop and livestock reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new procedures for the release of market-affecting crop and livestock reports from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB) to ensure that all members of the public have access to the information at.....

Denies false information about horticultural sector

Spain: FEPEX meets with GLOBALG.A.P.

FEPEX has met with GLOBALG.A.P with the aim of responding effectively to some false reports about the Spanish fruit and vegetable producing and exporting sector, which are causing serious damage to its reputation. FEPEX and GLOBALG.A.P. share a common vision on the need to give visibility to the certification.....

Colour-coded

Proposal for new compulsory labelling system in Europe

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called for the creation of a European compulsory colour-coded labelling system with the aim of promoting good eating habits from childhood.The proposal is part of a wide range of recommendations contained in the Opinion entitled "Local and regional incentives to.....

World Union of Wholesale Markets to protect industry

EU Wholesalers to strengthen collaboration and boost visibility

European members of the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) met today at the Ministry of Agriculture to sign an unprecedented declaration that aims to strengthen collaboration between European markets to increase their visibility at the level of the European and international instances.This Declaration,.....

Growcom CEO David Thomson warns the industry

Overtime penalty rates could hurt seasonal workers and businesses

Growcom warns against new proposals to make overtime penalty rates for casual workers mandatory, which will put a financial burden on Queensland growers and could undermine workforce projects like the Federal Government’s Seasonal Worker Programme.Growers will be more likely to reduce individual casual.....

FDA expands electronic system to include all export lists

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has launched the Export Listing Module (ELM), an electronic portal for receiving and processing requests from FDA-regulated establishments that seek to be included on all export lists for FDA-regulated food products. For certain exported food products, some foreign food.....

Russian inspectors take inventory of Bosnia and Herzegovina apple production

Another inspection by the Russian phytosanitary has been planned for August, after a ban was implemented on apples from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The purpose of the inspection is to check how many apples are produced in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of August, in order to prevent illegal exports of.....

Brexit, a threat to Costa Rican bananas

Bananas are one of the most sought after Costa Rican products in the British market. In recent years, the fruit has not only left a deep impression on the palate of Europeans, but has become a symbol of the complex processes that the United Kingdom will have to face after Brexit.The issue is relevant for Costa.....

South Africa

Development funding for land reform, not EWC

Agri SA today presented its solutions to the slow pace of land reform at a workshop hosted by the F.W. de Klerk Foundation in Johannesburg. The context to the debate is the motion of expropriation without compensation (EWC) currently before Parliament, although more broadly speaking, the real question is how.....

Zimbabwe: YouFarm helps farmers raise funding

Zimbabwean start-up YouFarm is providing collateral-free funding to farmers by allowing users to invest in crops and livestock, and share the profits with the farmer when the produce goes to market. The project, launched in October 2017, also provides farmers with expert agronomists, access to technologies.....

Spain: Promotion of Gran Canaria's apricots and plums

The promotional campaign for the brands Albaricoques de Tirajana and Ciruelas de Medianías, of Gran Canaria, started with an increase in the budget, which amounts to 20,000 Euro, in view of last year's results, with 62,700 kilos of apricots and 34,800 kilos of plums sold.The Cabildo and the public company of.....

US (CA): Fines for late payment to workers

The Labor Commissioner's Office has issued wage theft citations to a large farm labor contracting operation for failing to timely provide 1,374 seasonal farmworkers their final pay. Vista Santa Rosa Inc. did not pay discharged workers on the last day of work as required by law, and the company consistently.....

Leading system for Ceratitis control

Region of Valencia betting on Magnet MED™ once again

Suterra's MagnetTM MED has again been the program chosen to tackle the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) in the Region of Valencia for the third consecutive year. The initiative has been promoted by the Council of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development in the framework of the.....

Italy expanding containment area for "Xylella fastidiosa"

The European Commission has decided to expand the demarcated area for the containment of the bacterium "Xylella fastidiosa" in Italy due to the "high risk of continued propagation to the north of the Apulia region," which is the area of ​​the so-called "heel of the boot" of the peninsula.The.....

Lack of European legislation leads to out of control import of kaki and pomegranate plant material

The shortcomings and weaknesses of the phytosanitary control system of the European Union (EU) have become evident again during the celebration of the 6th Technical Day of the Association of Plant Variety Operators (ASOVAV). The head of the section for Vegetal Certification of the Valencian Council of.....

Portugal joins Spanish-French-Italian Mixed Committee for fruit and veg

The Spanish-French-Italian Mixed Committee held its 25th meeting in Madrid last week. It served to analyse the impact of Brexit and the proposals for the CAP 2020. It also further strengthened its position as a forum for dialogue and cooperation with the integration of Portugal, which participated as an.....

Billa Gardens:

Billa Bulgaria protecting consumers and the environment

Billa Bulgaria has announced a long term project called 'Billa Gardens', a company brand which has been implemented so that consumers can have better access to Bulgarian grown fresh fruits and vegetables, which have reduced, or are completely free of pesticide residue. "Our program ensures that the products we.....

Bulgarian fruit growers applying for extra financial support

Until 30 June 2018 or until the maximum quota of 2,000 tonnes has been used up, Bulgarian fruit growers have the chance to apply for the exceptional temporary support measures in the fruit sector.The acceptance of applications started as early as 27 September 2017. Fruit producers can benefit from the scheme.....

Mixed Spanish-French-Italian group analyses availability of phytosanitary products

This week, the group devoted to sanitary issues met in Madrid to analyse the availability of phytosanitary products, and the plenary of the Mixed Spanish-French-Italian Committee on Agriculture, to which it belongs, met the day after.In the meeting of the plant health group, Spain outlined the procedures for.....

World Cup Special: SPAIN

"There is a great buzz for the World Cup in Spain. However, I am the only Spanish person in the company and all my colleagues are from Mexico, but we have a healthy rivalry. As for changes in daily trade in the European market, we haven't noticed anything. The market grows over the years, but we haven't seen.....

For Morocco, the sending of female seasonal workers to Spain has been a success

The Government of Morocco considers that sending seasonal workers from their country to work in the strawberry campaign in Huelva "has been a success," despite the "isolated cases" of sexual assaults and the numerous cases of escapes of these workers when they arrived to Spanish territory.In an interview, the.....

Acreage devoted to fruit and veg in Western Sahara to grow from 900 to 5,000 hectares

The acreage devoted to the cultivation of ​​fruit and vegetables in Western Sahara will grow from the current 900 hectares to 5,000 hectares, which would entail the production volume increasing from the current 64,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes. This is a prediction made by the region's Agricultural.....

Chinese inspectors look into possibilites of Ukrainian cherry exports

Inspectors from the People's Republic of China visited the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions last week, to get acquainted with the features of growing, storing, packing and phytosanitary procedures for Ukrainian sweet cherries. The purpose of the visit was to look into the possibility of future.....

World Cup Special: Belgium and Germany

You may be surprised to read information about Belgium and Germany in the World Cup in this article, since I originally announced that I would focus on Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal, but we don't want you to miss the enthusiastic actions of other companies and the ways in which they are taking.....

Overdue accounts or accounts about to expire- Webinar AMHPAC

Problems with debt collection when working in the United States

The lack of understanding of contracts, or just not reading the fine print, can lead to one of the most common problems that exporters face: problems with the collection of debts that are already due. As a result, companies resort to lawyers or specialized agencies that can help them collect debts and that can.....

Payments made to Romanian growers withdrawing fruit from the market

Producers who have withdrawn fruit from the market for free distribution will receive financial support from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, reports the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture.In Wednesday's session, the Government granted the maximum amount of temporary exceptional financial support to.....

Call for the protection of Greek trademarks with the name “Macedonia”

The Association of Industries of Northern Greece (Sbbe) has again defended its position on the protection of Greek trademarks following the agreement for the change of Macedonia's name, insisting on the fact that the term "Macedonia" for trade names belongs exclusively to Greece.But companies based in the.....

Information from PromPerú

World Cup Special: PERU

"In Peru, everyone is crazy about the World Cup because the country hadn't managed to qualify for 36 years and they are following their team with a 'Supertruck', showcasing typical Peruvian things to all World Cup fans, tourists and Russians," says Maria Moreno, of Somos Mint. "There are activities of all.....

Ukrainian cherries may arrive in the Chinese market

China has recently shown an interest in Ukrainian cherries. Since 11 June, specialists from the People's Republic of China have been paying visits to Ukraine to check the fruit's phytosanitary situation before their shipment to China. The mission is working to assess the system that the country has in place to.....

Egyptian exporter:

"We need offices in the EU to protect against fraud"

The Egyptian government implemented a new export program last year to strengthen exports, ensuring that only quality products are sent to foreign markets. Despite this, Egyptian trader Moataz Darwish says that there are still international traders who might be taking advantage of the reputation that the.....

EU announces creation of common quality control protocol

The European Commission (EC) has announced the creation of a common protocol at European level that will make it possible to analyse the quality of food products of similar characteristics and packaging that are sold in the various countries of the Union.The methodology seeks to address the "dual quality".....

Webinar organised by AMHPAC

Issues with the export of vegetables to the United States

Mexican companies often need to do business with the United States, mainly due to this country's proximity, but it is also very common for them to encounter many disadvantages when working there.The importance of the relationship between the United States and Mexico goes beyond the commercial sphere; it is.....

"Risks posed to public health in post-Brexit trade deals"

Unhealthy eating and obesity in the UK could increase if post-Brexit trade deals do not account for public health outcomes, according to a report launched today (18 June) by the Soil Association. The report, ‘Brexit: Trade, Healthy Eating and Obesity’, identifies three major risks if the UK is unable to secure.....