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Brexit: Both challenges and opportunites for the sector

Last week at The London Produce Show the General Election and Brexit were hot topics and even though we don't know what will happen after Brexit it is important that importers and exporters stay well informed about the possibilities of what might happen.To this end a workshop took place to discuss a few.....

Dominican Republic: After overcoming the veto, the market is promising

Exports have long been affected by pesticide and health issues. Greenhouses have helped improve these problems. This was the case of the Mediterranean fly, which caused production problems that, thankfully, have already been solved. Currently, the veto has been abolished. As a result it's been possible to.....

Uzbekistan: Construction of fruit and veg processing plant in Andijan

A ceremony was held in the Andijan region of Uzbekistan to launch the construction of a plant for the processing and drying of fruits and vegetables, as well as for the production of juice. Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in the ceremony.Within the framework of the project, there are plans to.....

"It is important that we don't fall for scaremongering"

Pound's response to election nothing compared to Brexit

After the UK election last night, the pound tumbled once more, leaving the question of what kind of further impact this could have on UK exporters and producers.When contacted, many were cautious in speaking about political issues, but the main sentiment was that it is important not to react too quickly to the.....

Moldovan food products promoted in Belarus

22 Moldovan companies devoted to the marketing of wine, fruit and vegetables and other food products, are promoting their products at the BELAGRO International Specialized Exhibition in a country stand, funded by the Export and Investment Promotion Organization (MIEPO). The event is taking place from 6 to 10.....

Spain: Stevedores start 8 days of strikes

Stevedores have started eight days of strikes, to last until 23 June, after the failure of the negotiations with Anesco to reach an agreement in the new labour scenario that opens with the sector's liberalization.The strikes will be carried out at odd hours on 5, 7, 9, 19, 21 and 23 June, and a continuous 48.....

Four Arab nations have cut ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.Iran — long at odds with Saudi Arabia and a behind-the-scenes target of the move.....

Spain: Canary bananas still excluded from transport aid

Following the various amendments to the General State Budget discussed so far, an increase in the budget to subsidise the transport of goods to or from the Canary Islands has been announced and will go from covering 70% to 100% of the cost of transport.In relation to this fact, the Association of Canary Banana.....

Uzbekistan is ready to export agricultural products to East Kazakhstan

The governor of the region of East Kazakhstan, Danial Akhmetov, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan, Ikrom Nazarov, discussed opportunities for mutual cooperation, as reported by the press service of East Kazakhstan.East Kazakhstan has developed a.....

Agro-food product supply

Spain: Extremadura and China strengthen trade ties

Importers from the Chinese city of Yiwu, one of the most international in the wholesale market, have met in Merida with managers from companies from Extremadura to learn about the region's agro-food products and seek business opportunities.The general director of the public company Avante, Miguel Bernal,.....

Andrés Góngora, head for Fruits and Vegetables at COAG

Spain: Towards a value chain led by fruit and vegetable producers

In recent decades (and in recent years even more quickly), fruit and vegetable producers have responded to the demands and concerns of the market by introducing new varieties and betting on biological control and organic production. We meet the demanding certification requirements and standards imposed by.....

Turkish tomato exports to Saudi Arabia contributed to price stability

An official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed the desire of the Kingdom's traders to promote greater and continuous cooperation with Turkish companies, pointing out that imports of Turkish vegetables and fruits in the Saudi market are increasing steadily.The head of the committee of fruit and vegetable.....

Portugal: Value of agro-food exports up 20% in first quarter of 2017

Portuguese agro-food exports grew by 20 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the corresponding period of 2016, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture in Lisbon last week.The best month in the first quarter in terms of export dynamics of agro-food commodities was March, when a 28% increase.....

The EU debates proposal to regulate organic agriculture

Representatives of EU governments are discussing a new proposal by the Maltese presidency of the European Union (EU) in Brussels. The aim is to foster a commitment and push forward negotiations to change the regulations for organic products.The Presidency has produced a new text on the future regulation of.....

Bolivia: Entrepreneurs ask for complaint against Chile due to customs strikes

Following the latest strikes by customs personnel in Chile, which has brought the transit of more than 1,380 trucks of Bolivian cargo to a halt, the Confederation of Private Entrepreneurs of Bolivia (CEPB) has asked for a complaint against Chile to be issued to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Latin.....

Costa Rica: Fighting the chayote mite to protect exports

The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Costa Rica, together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), has prepared a brochure with recommendations for producers to combat the chayote mite.The aim is for producers to apply good.....

Asaja and Coag:

Spain: "There is no excuse for selling melons below withdrawal price"

ASAJA and COAG have recalled that, with last week's publication of the new withdrawal prices, which will be available to the sector as of 1 June, there is no excuse to continue selling at a price below the production costs; much lower than the cost of shipping the products for free distribution or even of.....

Spain: Fruit market collapse threatens campaign profitability

The accumulation of a series of adverse circumstances has ended up causing a real collapse in the stonefruit market that seriously threatens the season's profitability, according to the analysis made by the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA). Prospects were pessimistic from the outset, when a sudden.....

Ukraine registers new industrial park

The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has registered a new industrial park, "Zolotonosha", in the city of the same name in the Cherkasy region, as reported by the institution's website."The purpose of creating an industrial park is to ensure sustainable economic development in the city of.....

UAE, a growing market for Spanish exporters

The UAE is a destination that, due to its location and climate, needs to buy products in the international market. "We are shipping about 40,000 kilos of carrots every week for a supermarket chain," comments Eugenia Menéndez, assistant manager at Mengis Export. "It is a customer that we already had, because.....

Romania: Imported fruit and veg sold as domestic

This week, control teams of the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) have verified compliance with the relevant legislation in all agro-food markets in Bucharest, and the conclusion was that "very large volumes of fresh vegetables and fruits from intra-Community shipments or imports.....

Iraq bans import of Turkish tomatoes

Iraq has banned the import of Turkish tomatoes to protect its own producers, as reported by the Turkish Ministry of Economy in a statement.Tomato growers in Turkey have already suffered from an import ban introduced by Russia. It is the only economic sanction that remains in force. Moscow has lifted all other.....

Greece: Significant reduction in trade balance deficit of agricultural products

Greece has managed to significantly reduce the gap in the trade balance of agricultural products and food over the last six years, as revealed by provisional data from the Ministry of Rural Development (supplied by the National Statistical Authority). To be precise, while in 2009 the country's agricultural.....

Germany, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern:

Organic agriculture grows to 6,650 hectares in 2016

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment together with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Office for Agriculture, Food Safety and Fisheries, recently published data that shows a growth of in organic agriculture areas of about 6,650 hectares in 2016.At the end of 2016, 1,099 farms were certified according.....

Turkey plans to increase agricultural exports to Russia

Producers and exporters of agricultural products in Turkey intend to significantly increase the supply of fruits to Russia, as stated by the head of the Union of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters of the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, Ali Kawak.Moscow and Ankara have only just signed a joint statement on the.....

Tajikistan wants to speed up process to export fruit to China

The Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, Azim Ibrohim, met with the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Committee of the People's Political Consultative Council of the People's Republic of China, Pan Yunhe.During the meeting, Azim Ibrohim noted that Tajikistan supports the strategy of.....