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Peruvian mango and papaya to enter U.S. market
The Trade Office of Peru (OCEX) in Washington announced that from the second half of this year Peruvian mangoes and papayas will enter the U.S. market, according to a report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).The entry of these two Peruvian fruits is the result of joint work between.....


World food system hindered by globalisation
The chances of shock food price rises in import-dependent states are rising as the world's population grows and nations become more reliant on global markets, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.Countries dependent on food imports, and states where rising populations are putting pressure on.....

Ag cooperation for China and Georgia
China has gifted 245 units of tractors and other machinery to Georgia. The hardware, which also includes bulldozers, excavators, trucks and off-road vehicles, is worth about USD 10 million.Accepting this gift from one of Georgia’s top trading partners, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili expressed gratitude.....


Why the EU-US trade deal matters
There's one big issue for the new UK government that stayed below the radar during the election campaign - trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States, known as TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.The big political parties didn't make much of it during the.....

Copa-Cogeca welcomes EU Farm Ministers
Copa-Cogeca welcomed today EU Farm Ministers talks to simplify complicated Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules, insisting urgent action is vital to cut red tape and ease the draconian penalties imposed on farmers and their cooperatives.In a high level meeting with the Latvian Presidency, Copa President.....

Kiwifruit orchards to be registered for spray use
HAIL was created by the Ministry for the Environment and includes 53 activities and industries that could potentially cause soil contamination on land. Orchard land is included because it would have been used to bulk store or use persistent pesticides like arsenic and copper-based sprays.The list includes.....

Polish apples and pears closer to the U.S. market
Poland was included in the group of seven EU Member States for which the European Commission has been making efforts for several years aimed at allowing exports of apples and pears to the U.S. - reports FAMMU / FAPA. The market opening process is still currently in the initial stage and a formal decision.....

Spain: FEPEX reports concern about fruit and veg sector situation
FEPEX reported its concerns to the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Isabel García Tejerina, regarding the situation of the fruit and veg sector as a whole, said to be marked by negative results due to a number of causes, including the growing nationalisation of EU markets and the strong pressure from imports.....

FAO Director-General:
Food security: Conflicts pose ‘spill-over threat in Middle East'
As record-high food prices and the ongoing influx of Syrian refugees have become outstanding political issues before the upcoming elections in Turkey, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has warned that escalating conflicts in the neighborhood have.....

Vietnam-S.Korea FTA brings new opportunities
Exports from Vietnam will enjoy many new market opportunities because of the strong market access commitments from the RoK. The RoK liberalised 97.2% of import values (calculated according to 2012 figures), accounting for 95.4% of all tariff lines, including many of Vietnam's key agricultural commodities and.....

Hort NZ expands leadership programme
Horticulture New Zealand has increased the number of places it offers on its highly regarded industry Leadership Programme this year.The programme runs a selection process every year and 12 people from throughout the commercial fruit and vegetable growing industry are accepted. This year HortNZ is providing.....

Tomato Working Group to analyse price situation
The European Commission's Tomato Working Group, formed by experts from the Member States and representatives of the European Commission, will analyse the situation of the entry prices of tomatoes from Morocco during the next meeting, to be held on 4 June.Regarding the entry price of tomatoes from Morocco,.....


Rotterdam PMA Fresh Connections: "The Future of Retail"
Retailers still unlocking e-commerce
Shopping, whether it's done online or in a brick and mortar store, is increasingly shaped by new technologies. The world is shrinking with online shopping and the promise of overnight delivery, of virtually any product on earth, along with the proliferation of smart phones, has armed shoppers with an.....

Dr Spio-Garbrah Minister of Trade and Industry:
'Ghana could learn lessons from Italy'
Dr Spio-Garbrah Minister of Trade and Industry, noted that Italy is Ghana’s 18th largest supplier of imports, supplying 1.2 per cent of Ghana’s imports worth 257 million dollars in 2012 and Ghana’s 2nd largest export destination, accounting for 12.4 per cent of exports worth 976 million dollars in 2012.He.....

South Africa's taps running dry
According to the former minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa South Africa has fully allocated 98 per cent of the county’s water source and this means that future generations in the country will only have 2 per cent of water at their disposal.Steve Hedden, researcher at the Institute of.....

Obama’s trade push falling short
The Obama administration’s full-court press on trade isn’t racking up enough Democratic votes to move the president’s agenda through Congress, Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) said Thursday.Levin, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said Obama’s call for trade promotion authority (TPA) to pave.....

USDA files action against The Square Group LLC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against The Square Group LLC.The company, operating from California, allegedly failed to make payment to 32 produce sellers in the amount of $1,190,177 from October 2013.....


AU: Panama disease standards, guidelines due for release soon
Far Northern banana growers will soon have national guidelines to follow as authorities move to address lax biosecurity compliance in a bid to contain Panama disease.The document was due for release last month but has been delayed to incorporate lessons learned from work being undertaken at quarantined.....


Market changes shift quickly in global trade
Change is always present, especially in the global trade of fresh produce. But even for an industry that has to move fast enough to harvest, package, transport and sell perishable goods, the changes that affect that global trade are happening at a more rapid pace.(From left to right) Panelists John Oxford,.....

Chinese ag tech to boost Tanzania farming
The Demonstration Centre of China Agriculture Technology in Tanzania has been working effectively in promoting Tanzania's agricultural production, an Chinese agriculture expert said.In three years' technical cooperation since 2012, the demonstration centre has trained 1,100 Tanzanians, including agricultural.....


Spain: Fruit and veg sector outlines structural and economic difficulties
Professional agricultural organisations, Cooperativas Agroalimentarias and FEPEX have held a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, to outline the serious structural and economic difficulties affecting the fruit and vegetable sector in Spain, which should be.....

Bangladesh reviews preferential trade with Myanmar
The Commerce Ministry will review the potential of a preferential trade agreement with Myanmar under which both countries are to pare back duties to boost trade, a senior official said.The ministry is going to hold an inter-ministerial meeting today (Thursday) to take stock of a recent study of the.....


Uganda: Team established to improve export standards
The move comes a day after the trade ministry imposed a ban on Ugandan fruit and vegetable exports to the European Union following quality related complaints by Brussels.A technical team consisting of several government agencies has been set up to devise ways of rectifying problems associated with Uganda's.....

US: Worker productivity sees drop
American employees and companies evidently are not as productive at work as they used to be.U.S. productivity fell by a 1.9% annual pace in the first quarter, resulting in the first back-to-back drop since 2006, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. Over the past four quarters productivity has risen at a.....

Bulgaria: Apricot growers guaranteed to receive aid
Bulgarian fruit and vegetable producers have been informed by the Committee on Agriculture that they can count on receiving support under the de minimis aid programme, although specific details have yet to be finalised, as stated to Fermer.bg by Nikolay Kolev, chairman of the Association of Danube.....

Kenya: Good outlook for economic growth
After moderate economic growth considered moderate, despite showing 5.3% in 2014, Kenya plans for this year a rebound.Kenya, the largest economy in East Africa, provides for 2015 a growth rate of 6.9%. The infrastructure work already completed will support the expected growth in all areas. Agricultural.....


GROW Liberia to start new Ag program
GROW Liberia will this Wednesday begin its landmark "Making Markets Work for the Poor," (M4P) agricultural markets development program in Monrovia.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, will give the keynote address while Ambassador Sofia Strand of Sweden will launch the event and.....

Sindh govt implementing mega project in Agri sector
Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that his government has conceived mega development projects in collaboration with World Bank to modernize agriculture sector, improve its productivity and access to market.He said that Sindh Agriculture Growth Project (SAGP) has been launched with its total.....


Korea signs FTA with Vietnam
Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy Yoon Sang-jik and Vietnamese Industry & Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang signed the Korea-Vietnam FTA in Hanoi on May 5 in the presence of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. According to the agreement, Korea and Vietnam will eliminate 94.7.....


Checking requirements for export
Spain: U.S. inspectors at avocado and apricot production areas
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. (APHIS) has started inspecting Spanish production areas, particularly in Murcia and Malaga, as a prerequisite for the export of apricots and avocados.The APHIS' inspection includes a visit to the production areas to check compliance with the.....


Uganda bans horticultural exports to EU
Uganda has announced a self imposed ban on its exports to the European Union owing to poor standards.A meeting with exporters convened jointly by the Ministry of Trade and that of Agriculture in kampala yesterday afternoon has marked out fruits, vegetables and chillies under the ban. Source: ntv.co.ug

Africa: Fighting climate change issues for farmers
Group president, Judith Rodin, said the Rockefeller Foundation is working to help small farmers deal with the effects of climate change. It’s collaborating with partners to improve water management so run-off from flooding can be used to irrigate fields. In partnership with The Alliance for a Green.....


Trade deficit surges on strong dollar
A larger-than-expected trade deficit reported by the government Tuesday raised the chances that economic growth over the first three months of the year was actually a contraction.The U.S. trade deficit with the rest of the world widened to $51.4 billion in March from a revised $35.9 billion in February,.....

Davao exports increase by 11.4%
Davao Region's exports increased by 11.4 percent to $2.27 billion in 2014 from $1.99 billion the previous year, based on data gathered from the regional office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).Data from PSA-Davap also showed that the volume of exports also increased by 84.8 percent to 9.21.....

Romania: Stricter checks on fruit and veg traders
From 1 May, Romanian fruit and vegetable traders are subject to the newLaw 145/2014, forcing them to hold certificates from the producer they receive the goods from, keeping a record on a special card, and to provide receipts to customers, even if they are making very small purchases, such as two apples, 100.....

Romanian Government discusses food prices with producers and processors
The Romanian Minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin, has scheduled a meeting with producers, processors and representatives of major retail chains to discuss developments in food prices after 1 June, when the VAT on food will be reduced to 9% with the goal of boosting consumption. Recently,.....


EU-Ecuador trade deal in 2016
A trade agreement reached last year between Ecuador and the European Union could come into full effect by September 2016, once all necessary procedures are completed, the EU's representative in Ecuador, Peter Schwaiger, said Monday.The EU is the main market for Ecuador's non-oil exports and the third-largest.....


Romanian hypermarkets could be forced to sell domestic produce
A legislative initiative in Romania pursues to make it compulsory for at least 50% of the meat, fruit and vegetables sold by hypermarkets to be of domestic origin, with those failing to meet this regulation receiving fines of up to 5,000 Lei (over 1,000 Euro).The regulation would apply to stores with areas.....

Voice of Horticulture (VOH)
AU: Call for ‘Green Card’ to employ workers
The Voice of Horticulture (VOH) condemns the illegal exploitation of workers and genuinely believes in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. “The vast majority of more than 30,000 Australian horticulture farmers and growers provide excellent working conditions for their employees, with many itinerant.....


From Port to Table: PMA Fresh Connections Rotterdam
Transparency key for supply chain efficiency
The international supply chain that takes fresh produce from one part of the world to another is complicated, intricate and dependent on many players with sometimes competing interests. Though it's apparent to all who take part in the supply chain that more transparency and open communication would create a.....

TPP deal could shake Latin America
When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Washington last week to discuss creating the world’s biggest trade bloc with 10 other Pacific Rim nations, most Latin American countries didn’t pay any attention. But they should have.The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which.....


Leon Mols, Ahold:
'Food safety a source of constant vigilance'
Out of all the things consumers take into consideration when they're at the supermarket, food safety rarely gets much attention. But for the the people who are entrusted with providing that food, food safety is of paramount concern, and the ways fresh produce suppliers and retailers ensure the food.....

Turkey's exports decreased in April
According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) data, Turkey's exports decreased by 9.8 percent to $11.8 billion when compared to April 2014.The figures announced by TİM indicated that in the first four months of the year, exports decreased by 8.1 percent to $49 million. In the last 12 months, when.....

US (NY): $600,000 available for specialty crops
New York's specialty crop growers could be eligible for federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program, state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said Thursday. There are $600,000 in federal grants available for specialty crops. The state Department of.....

Seed firm Vilmorin warns on Russia, Ukraine crisis
French seed group Vilmorin cut its full-year sales and margin targets on Monday, blaming a financial crisis in Russia and Ukraine that has dented spending by farmers.Stalled activity in the two countries, plus an expected drop in maize and sunflower sowings across Europe and in maize in the United States,.....

Argentina: First pear and apple shipments to China
Phytosanitary controls are carried out on production farms and packing facilities in Villa Regina, Rio Negro, taking into account the traceability of each batch intended to be exported and following the protocol signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and the AQSIQ, reported the Ministry of Economy.This.....


Moroccan agricultural sector continues to grow
The Moroccan agricultural sector recorded a 7.6% annual growth between 2008 and 2014, while its agro-food exports grew by 34% in the same period, as reported by the country's Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Ajanuch.Ajanuch made this statement at the opening of the eighth edition of the Conference on.....


AFRUCAT
Spain: "Fruit sector needs more domestic consumption and export destinations"
At the meeting of the Joint Spanish-French-Italian Committee (formed by individual contact groups of European producing areas), held this week in Huelva, discussions were held on the measures needed to prevent situations like the one that caused last season's crisis.The most important measures highlighted.....

Polish exporters seek to expand in China, Algeria, Turkey, India and Iran
Thanks to the diversification of Poland's export destinations, the embargo imposed by Russia is becoming less noticeable. Poland will increase its shipments to EU markets and developing countries by between 9 and 20% compared to last year. In this search for new customers, the Ministry of Agriculture is.....

Ukraine imposes 10% duty on food imports
After Russia imposed a series of restrictions and barriers to food exports from a number of countries, including Moldova, Ukraine also decided to enforce a restriction of its own.Thus, in February this year, Ukraine introduced an additional import duty of 10% on food and of 5% on industrial goods. Kiev.....

Russia allows fruit and veg imports from North Korea
The Russian Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has approved the regulation that will allow the import of North Korean fruits and vegetables to Russia, said the head of the Department for the Development of the Far East, Alexander Galushka."We agreed to arrange the mutual.....


USDA awards grants for nanotechnology research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $3.8 million in funding to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental.....

La Rioja approves regulation for pepper cultivation
The Official Gazette of La Rioja published the order 12/2015, of 22 April, from the Council of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment, which approves the specific technical regulation required for the open ground cultivation of peppers under the Integrated Production certification brand of La.....

What is the score with Japan-Asean agri-food trade?
Japan, with 125 million people and a high per capita income, is a large food market. It imports about 60 percent of its food.The Japanese give utmost importance to quality, and in particular, freshness of food. They are increasingly concerned about food safety and traceability, and are willing to pay higher.....

Canada: Sister city arrangement with Israel
The City of Portage la Prairie is looking to extend its economic reach as they are about to sign a sister-city agreement with Valley of Springs Regional Council in Israel.“We started working on this in January and the idea was brought to myself by Daniel Schindleman,” said Mayor Irvine Ferris. “He came.....

India: 15 cold stores for Visakhapatnam farmers
The state government has proposed to set up cold storages in the three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam to help farmers preserve fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry products.As many as 15 cold storage units will be constructed, of which six will come up in Vizianagaram.....

Egypt-Indonesian trade sees constant rise
In one of the best examples of economic cooperation between Asian and African countries, the economic ties between Egypt and Indonesia – the continents' two biggest Muslim-majority countries – have been on a constant rise in recent years.Indonesia has been enjoying a huge trade surplus with Egypt, which is.....

Africa: Support requested to contain mealybug
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is expected to request about USD 200,000 from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to contain a new destructive pest which is rapidly spreading through the coastal areas of Tanzania around Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, attacking important.....

New fears of Grexit after stalled negotiations
The threat of a Grexit is again in the air. Negotiations for a new aid package worth 7.2 billion Euro last Friday yielded no results, thus feeding the speculation machine. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the Eurogroup, is not giving up and reiterated that a detailed list of reforms is needed before the.....

Greenpeace demands ban of glyphosate in Latin America
In the framework of International Earth Day, Greenpeace asked the Argentinian Government and other Latin American countries to immediately ban the use of glyphosate, considered as "possibly carcinogenic for humans" by the World Health Organization (WHO)."It's time for us to take a step to eliminate these.....