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Trade war with China would hit NZ economy hard
As New Zealand is becoming more reliant on exports to China, a trade war with the country could damage the country's economy. Since the signing of the free trade agreement in 2008, exports from New Zealand to China had trebled to $11.5 billion by March this year, second only to Australia which takes $13b.....

Fruit quality in Pakistan suffers
Punjab kinnow exports to triple
This year, kinnow exports from Punjab to the international market are set to increase three fold. According to a senior official at Punjab Agro Industries Corporation, about 5,000 tonnes of kinnow were exported to Russia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Dubai from the state last year, and this year they have fixed.....

India: Traders urge gov't to leave onion under APMC Act
Nashik traders, who are still on strike in protest against the delisting of fruit and vegetables from the APMC Act, are urging the government to at least remove onions from the delisted products list.Jaydatta Holkar, chairman of the Lasalgaon APMC said, "We tried to convince the traders, but they have.....

NZ: Willow pest moves onto apple trees
The giant willow aphid was first discovered in New Zealand in late 2013 and can now be found across 90 percent of the country. The pest has a devastating effect on willow trees, but it has now moved to other hosts as well, including apple trees, it has been discovered.Poplar and Willow Research Trust general.....

El Niño devastation demands development solutions: UNDP
El Niño, the weather phenomenon which is devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions across the world, demands immediate attention to development solutions to mitigate the impact of its inevitable return, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ahead of a key international meeting which took.....

Colombia celebrates trade deal with Korea
Korea was the first Asian country to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia and it entered into force on July 15. Colombian Ambassador Tito Saul Pinilla hence held a seminar to promote the Latin American country in Korea.About 120 representatives from key Korean companies were present at the.....

AgroFresh helps Israeli growers improve apple crop
On July 18, AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. announced that it has received approval in Israel for Harvista 1.3 SC. AgroFresh is now able to help apple growers in Israel obtain better crop quality, reduce loss, and improve yield margins within their operations through the application of its pre-harvest product,.....

China reduces ag purchases from Taiwan
Mainland China has reduced its purchasing of agricultural products from Taiwan's by 3.8 percent in the first half of 2016, according to the data released by the Council of Agriculture on July 18. China is Taiwan's biggest agricultural product buyer and according to the COA, the drop in exports is due to crop.....

China warned Zespri of retaliation over dumping claims
Kiwifruit marketing company Zespri was warned by Chinese official that retaliatory measures could be taken if Zealand investigated claims of steel dumping. The company also told the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the threats, reports RadioNZ.It's unclear what happened next but normally the.....

East Africa-EU trade deal goes unsigned
On July 18, the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU) was set to be signed, however, it did not go ahead as planned.Officials who spoke to The New Times over the weekend were non-committal on divulging details pertaining to the.....

Good yield of late varieties
Franconia fruit farmers expect an average cherry harvest
Fans of the German sweet cherry can be happy: the fruit farmers in the Franconia region (Franken or Frankenland in German) expect an average cherry harvest. Especially late cherry varieties are producing a good yield.Photo: Sweet cherries are the most popular fruit among farmers in the Franconia region. ©.....


For salads, herbs, veg and fresh-cut products
Kronen announces new features for GEWA washing machine
Kronen engineers have developed a new and highly sophisticated GEWA washing machine in collaboration with the specialists from the system partner sterilAir (CH-Weinfelden) according to customer-specific requirements.With this innovative Kronen GEWA washing line, salads and herbs, vegetables and fresh-cut.....

World Bank funds project to save Himachali apples
The Himachal Pradesh state government has launched a Rs 11.15 billion horticulture development project funded by the World Bank, to protect the state's Rs 35 billion apple economy which is being threatened by global warming and climate change.This project, spread over a period of seven years, will focus on.....

Pakistan: 40,000 tons of mango exported so far
So far this season, which began in May, Pakistan has exported 40,000 tons of mangoes which is just under half of the government's 100,000 ton export target set for the season.Chairman Waheed Ahmed of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association said a good crop has been recorded in the Punjab.....

Slow the flow of kiwifruit imports
China threatens NZ with trade reprisals
China has said that it will take "retaliatory measures" against New Zealand trade if the country doesn't back off over the cheap steel inquiry. The world's biggest trading nation is angry at New Zealand inquiries into a glut of Chinese steel imports flooding the market; the Chinese believe New Zealand is.....

Turkey resumes potato, onion exports to Syria
Import authorisation has been granted to Turkish exporters after two years, and the first cargo of 1000 tonnes of potatoes and onions has been sent to Syrian rebel-controlled areas by the Cilvegözü border gate, from Turkey.The owner of an import, export and customs operations company in Hatay city near the.....

Africa: Lack of access to finance hinders women in ag
Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the lack of access to finance for women in agriculture remains a constraint that must be addressed if women are to become more productive in Africa’s agricultural transformation.President Sirleaf made the statement when she chaired a high level breakfast forum.....

Month of June
Qatar destroys 108 tonnes of infected fruit, veg
In the month of June, the Agriculture Quarantine Office at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment inspected 6,557 types of imported agricultural shipments. The total weight of the inspected shipments at different outlets of the country in June was 98,159.2 tonnes, consisting of vegetables, fruits and.....


BMEL published data about the organic agriculture 2015
Increase in organic farms and organic farming in Germany
Theorganicagriculture in Germany showed stable and continuous growth in 2015.These results emerge from the annual reports of the German states. The number of organically managed farms, 24,736, is an increase 5.7% compared to the previous year (2014: 23,398). With a surface of 1,088,838 hectares, the acreage.....

''South Africa remains open for business''
President Jacob Zuma told the South Africa-France Business Forum that South Africa remains open for business and meaningful economic partnerships. The forum took place on Monday 11 July, in Paris, on the side-lines of his two-day state visit.Despite investments from France amounting to over R24 billion and.....

Across Africa, Asia and South America
Olam establishes major issues hindering smallholders
Despite extensive progress being made under its Livelihood Charter, global agri-business Olam predicts that smallholder productivity across Africa, Asia and South America will still be massively hindered by lack of access to finance, equality for women and climate change impacts, unless far greater.....

Potential Russia-Chilean agriculture cooperation discussed
A meeting was held between members of the Agricultural Ministries of Russian and Chile. Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department of Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture met with the executive director of the Foundation of Agricultural Innovation of Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture Hector.....

Indonesia to boost mango, snake fruit exports to NZ
From July 17 to 20, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key will visit Indonesia, where the focus between the two countries will be on boosting economic cooperation. According to a diplomat, Indonesia is eyeing a fourfold increase in trade cooperation with the country."The bilateral visit will focus on.....


India-EU project to remove ag export barriers
A joint project has been launched between India and the EU to identify the barriers faced by India exporters, whose agriculture and processed food consignments are often rejected by Europe and other developed food markets. The project will come up with recommendations to overcome these barriers.Mangoes,.....

New gov't plan to help farmers
India: Fruit, veg to be sold to be sold at dairy kiosks
The government in Mumbai is planning to open a new revenue stream for Aarey milk booth owners, as well as opening up a robust sales and distribution network for farmers selling their fruit and vegetables in the city. Aarey milk booths sell milk and milk products as well as chips, chocolates and cold drinks......

EU top agri-food exporter worldwide 2015
EU exports for agricultural products reached €129 billion in 2015, an annual increase of 5.7%, securing the EU's position as first world agri-food exporter with a net trade surplus of €16 billion.The entire output of the European Union's agricultural sector was valued at €410 billion in 2015. Agriculture and.....

Produce from the Amazon heads to Europe, Asia
Producers from various regions along the Peruvian rainforest plan to ship their flagship products to Europe and Asia, Madre de Dios Governor Luis Otsuka Salazar informed.Foreign entrepreneurs are interested in importing cocoa, aguaje, copoazu, carambola, aguaymanto, papaya, cocona, bananas, pineapples,.....

US: FDA updates food facility registration requirements
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule as part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve the accuracy of the food facility registration database.The Amendments to Registration of Food Facilities final rule updates FDA’s food facility registration.....

Turkey: Downy mildew warning for potato growers
In Nigde Province in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey, Chamber of Agriculture President Veli Kenar has warned growers to be timely in applying their agrochemicals, as there are signs of downy mildew in the early potato planting areas.In a statement, Kenar said the recent cool and damp weather has.....

Turkey expects a drop in hazelnut harvest
This year, Turkey is expecting a drop in its hazelnut harvest by 180,000 tonnes in comparison with last year, reports Mr. Faruk Çelik, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Livestock. This year's crop estimate is at 468,000 tonnes, but the lower harvest means the selling price should be higher.This significant.....

Mart Valstar: "Brexit is an unwise decision with two losing parties"
Best Fresh Group researches start office in UK
"I think that the outcome is a bad thing," this is the reaction of manager Mart Valstar of Best Fresh Group in the Volkskrant about the Brexit. Valstar is a family business, 15 to 20% of their trade is with England. Every week dozens of trucks go back and forth to the UK, the sales team Great Britain has six.....

Russian fruit, vegetables growers ask for VAT reduction
Russian producers of fruit and vegetables are asking the government to reduce value added tax by 8%, according to REN-TV. In theory, this should lead to cheaper goods on the shelves. However, greedy middlemen could profit from it, and the Ministry of Finance is reluctant to lose profits, even at the expense.....


Chinese social media calls for Filipino mango boycott
The South China Sea ruling saw an international tribunal rule against China and in favour of the Philippines. As a result, Chinese citizens have taken to social media to call for people who "love China" to refuse to buy Philippine imports and in particular Filipino mangoes.One comment on a photo urged people.....

Indian MP launches veg cultivation project
In the city of Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, Minister for Agriculture V. S Sunil Kumar yesterday, 13 July, launched a comprehensive programme to increase production of pesticide-free vegetables. The programme involves various government departments, institutions and school children.The Minister.....

Nigeria, South Africa to sign MoU for agriculture
Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said this week that Nigeria and South Africa are planning to sign agreements on a post bank and agriculture.Ajulu-Okeke said the planned agreement on agriculture would enable the country to harness the potentials inherent in its good.....


CEPII report
Russian boycott has major impact on European exports
In a new report, CEPII has assessed the cost, in terms of export losses, of the diplomatic conflict between the Russian Federation and Western countries over 2014.The first empirical analysis exploits monthly country-level trade data. They find strong impact of the conflict on Western exports to Russia. From.....

South Africa: Competition lowers fruit, veg prices
The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) has released research which shows how much money consumers have saved thanks to competition being introduced into South Africa’s biggest sectors.In a series of studies funded by the National Treasury, CCRED.....

Only 4-5% of production exported
Inefficiency wastes a third of Pakistan's mangoes
Annually Pakistan exports around 90,000 tonnes of mangoes. This is a minuscule amount compared to the 1.8 million tonnes the country produces annually. The export volume amounts to just 4-5% of the total production.The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Regional Standing.....

Turkey plans to boost Black Sea blueberry growing
Forestry and Water Affairs Minister, Veysel Eroglu, reports that the ministry is preparing an action plan to establish blueberry orchards in the Black Sea Region up to 2019. The plan also aims to increase the diversity of agricultural products grown in the region.120,000 seedlings to be distributedThe action.....

India: Sugar farmers unwilling to grow profitable mushrooms
In the state ofUttar Pradesh in northern India many sugarcane farmers are disinclined to diversity beyond their crop. This has led one district in Haryana dominating the mushroom market.According to official sources, Sonepat district alone sends out around 500 quintals of mushrooms to Delhi every day and.....

Jordan: Border closures cause ag exports fall 12.8%
A government official announced on Tuesday 12 July that Jordan's agricultural exports fell by 12.8 per cent during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period of last year. This is mainly contributed to border closures which have led to the loss of key markets.The Kingdom exported 340,000 tonnes of.....

Indian Gov't: 'no shortage of fruit, veg' in spite of trader strike
While Maharashtra traders have gone on an indefinite strike, the government reassured consumers on Tuesday 12 July, that there will be no shortage of fruit and vegetables in Mumbai.The Maharashtra government said that measures were being taken to ensure that these items will be available in abundance in.....

Taiwan to provide bananas for Japanese school lunches
A deal has been signed between Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture and Japan's city of Gotemba, which aims to strengthen ties between the two sides, namely with a cooperation on the city’s school lunch program. Taiwan's Council of Agriculture will provide Gotemba’s six elementary schools and four junior high.....

AU: Growers air their grievances at ACCC meeting in Bundaberg
Bundaberg horticulture growers who have experienced unfair trading at the hands of a number of wholesalers, despite a mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct, yesterday, 12 July, met with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to air their grievances.Growcom’s Chief Advocate Rachel Mackenzie and.....

AU: New industry fund priorities pollination
In an effort to ensure Australians can enjoy local fruit, nuts and vegetables for years to come, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) has launched a significant pollination research investment fund.This likely multi-million dollar fund will invest in vital research to increase crop quality and.....

Meeting international standards to boost exports
Nigeria: Ginger growers need processing plants
Under the present conditions, ginger growers in Nigeria are unable to meet international standards to export their products. Dr Florence Edwards, the President of Ginger Growers and Marketers Association, has said that the greatest challenge facing the association is the lack of processing plants to make the.....

Vietnam's cashew industry still relies on imported raw materials
Vietnam's cashew nut industry is number one in the world, yet its continued reliance on imported materials is causing problems. Vietnam provides 50 percent of the global market of cashew nuts. In 2015, Vietnam exported 328,819 tons of cashew nuts with export turnover of $2.4 billion. In the first four months.....

Queensland veg growers’ $2-million claim
Queensland vegetable growers allege that they are owed close to$2 million by agents who sold their produce at the Melbourne Markets, Victoria’s central wholesale market. Bundaberg sweet potato growers are also taking a Melbourne wholesaler to court for allegedly failing to pay for more than $260,000 worth of.....

Zimbabwe holds its position on import restrictions
In spite of South Africa's efforts to seek a reversal of Zimbabwe's restrictions concerning the imports of various goods, the country is still digging in its heels.Imports into Zimbabwe come mostly from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and China as the country’s economy continues to slow down.President Robert.....


Trend for regional produce continues
Germany: Mediocre asparagus season
Midsummer, 24 June is the end of the asparagus time. Traditionally that is the day that the last asparagus is cut in Germany. Overall, the 2016 asparagus season in Bavaria was a season without major ups and downs.Photo: The 2016 asparagus season in Bavaria was a season without major ups and downs.Source:.....

NZ: Crop pest attacking wasp creates a buzz
The release of a new wasp from Mexico and the United States might be the key to controlling tomato potato psyllid in New Zealand. The Environmental Protection Authority has approved an application to release the wasp, Tamarixia triozae.The application was made by HortNZ on behalf of industry groups including.....


Clemengold pickers sign the world’s first Comic Contracts®
Exploring innovative ways in which to make contracts easier to understand for farm workers, Indigo Fruit Growers who produce, pack and supply Clemengold™ mandarins to the local and international market, is championing change in the industry by offering their fruit picking employees the world’s first Comic.....

Projects on track, impact so far
International Potato Center publishes 2015 report
The International Potato Center (CIP) has published its annual report for 2015. According to Barbara H. Wells, Director General of the CIP, 2015 saw an alignment between the goals of the organisation with the United Nations General Assembly's Sustainable Development Goals. The annual report tells the story.....

AU: Fresh State respond to Bundaberg Growers' claims
Fresh State advise that claims made against Melbourne Market wholesalers by a group of Bundaberg growers are inaccurate, putting the creditability of the central market system into disrepute.The Melbourne Market consists of a large number of wholesalers who trade produce based on great relationships and.....

UK: Fungicide extended to leek, salad onion growers
Bayer's fungicide Infinito can now be used on an extended range of allium crops, as the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) has issued an EAMU (extension of authorisation for minor use). The previous EAMU was solely for the use of Infinito to control downy mildew on bulb onion, but this has now been.....

Norway: ''Worst crisis ever'' hits strawberry crop
This year, Norway's berry growers are warning that their crops have been hit by the worst crisis ever: a fungus which causes berries to rapidly rot. The fungus started infecting plants in the southern counties of Agder is now moving north, and threatening to ruin the strawberry season.“We’ve never seen.....

Mexican cooperation
Nigerian gov't committed to developing agriculture
Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated that the present administration will adopt agricultural policies to make the diversification of the economy a success.He was speaking during a meeting with a group of Nigerian and Mexican agro-business interests at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.President.....

Zimbabwe import ban risks future of South African town Musina
Zimbabwe's food ban has put the future of South Africa's border town Musina in jeopardy. Zimbabwe has been flooded with protests, violence and chaos at the border post separating the country with South Africa over the recently imposed food bans between the two countries.This led to the closure of the Beit.....


AU: Online registration for apple, pear exporters
Apple and pear growers will soon be able to register online to export, thanks to the Australian Government who have granted APAL $117,810 to deliver an online export registration process and prepare market access documentation.The funding from the Package Assisting Smaller Exporters (PASE) will also be used.....

Big Washington apple harvest expected in 2016
On July 11, the U.S. Apple Association released a harvest estimate of 176.4 million boxes of apples in 2016 for Washington apple growers. Although it sounds like a lot, caution should be exercised.The figure is an early estimate made by a few marketing people in the know at a conference in Syracuse, New.....


Supermarket chain experiments with ''fresh garden''
Brazil: Shoppers can 'harvest' their own produce
A supermarket chain in Brazil is experimenting with "fresh garden" installations in its stores, where rows of herbs, onions, and greens are displayed as if they're growing in the store. The chain wants to emphasis that it sells fresh, local, sustainably grown food, but unlike some German supermarkets that.....

India: Fruit, veg buck negative export trend
In May, a fall in global commodity prices caused the export of several agricultural products to decline, including cashew. However, fruit and vegetables bucked this negative trend and grew at a rate of 1.53 per cent.In all, seven out of 13 main agriculture products that are closely monitored by the Commerce.....

In light of Russian situation
Turkish traders warned not to inflate fruit, veg prices
The Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK) Chairman Bendevi Palandoken has warned Turkish traders not to inflate fruit and vegetable prices in light of the potential normalisation of relations with Russia. Palandoken wants to take precautions against raising prices, as he fears they may.....

Profel
Update on dramatic crop damages in Europe
Processors and farmers face severe losses in the major European growing areas for several crops but especially for peas and carrots. France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Denmark are heavily affected due to the prolonged unfavourable weather conditions, heavy rains and hail during late May,.....

Pakistan: Mango producers improve their exports
Sindh's mango export season is set to conclude on July 20th. So far this season, producers there have exported 125,000 tonnes of mango to Europe, the UK and Saudi Arabia. Growers are putting this export success down to their improved farm practices.Junaid Hyder Shah of Sindh Mango Growers and Exporters.....

Chinese traders monopolising Thai fruit market?
An academic in Thailand has expressed concerns that fruit traders from China have invaded the Thai fruit market. According to Mr Ith Pisarnvanich, director of international trade study centre of Thai Chamber of Commerce University, in the past 2-3 years, the number of Chinese “long” or fruit traders in.....

India's lack of legumes exacerbates in 2016
Due to losing a significant green pea harvest this year, India is facing a food crisis. For the second consecutive year, record drought is affecting the country. As of June 2016, the volume of water in major reservoirs amounts to no more than 20% of the normal level. This will definitely entail a reduction.....

India: Low pineapple production, demand
In the Indian state of Tripura, a poor monsoon during the pineapple's flowering period has led to smaller fruit sizes, which has subsequently reduced demand. Farmers are also being deprived of a good price because markets in neighbouring Bangladesh are closed."At present, many are shifting from pineapple.....

Fruit, veg prices low
Drop in Ukrainian CPI more than expected
As the hryvnia strengthened, Ukrainian inflation slowed for a seventh month, increasing the chance the central bank will continue trimming borrowing costs at its next meeting, reports Bloomberg.Consumer prices rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier in June, compared with 7.5 percent the previous month, the.....