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Spain: Extremadura's stonefruit to gain ground in China
In the near future, Extremadura's stonefruit sector will boost its presence in China and it is already looking into the most suitable options for transportation. The potential of this destination and the suitable international conditions have led Extremadura's sector to strengthen this strategy, as explained.....

Boost for Hungarian MSP's with international potential
The core mission of the Hungarian National Trading House is to help small and medium-sized Hungarian enterprises expand their export activities, broaden their business networks and promote competitive Hungarian products and services. The company is in daily contact with over 3,000 small and medium sized.....

Brexit may result in £1.5 billion border tax for farmers
Food producers and farmers in the UK could face £1.5 billionannually in border taxes if the country pulls out of Europe without a free trade agreement, claims the Stronger In Europe campaign group. The group says 61% of the UK’s food and drinks exports, worth £11 bn, go to the EU – at the moment, these.....

UAE: New labels manatory at fruit, veg markets
The UAE's Minstry of Economy announced Sunday 12 June, that new food labels in both Arabic and English, are set to become mandatory at fruit and vegetable markets across the country. The labels are to provide clarity by displaying the price, weight and origin of fresh produce.This was revealed during an.....

Agri SA calls for a National Disaster Declaration
Agri SA welcomes the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen’s announcement to declare eight provinces as drought disaster areas. This announcement together with the motion adopted by parliament to declare the drought as a national disaster lay the basis for comprehensive.....

Taiwan considers establishing agri-export company
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen is considering setting up a company similar to New Zealand's Zespri International Limited, to help the country's farmers export their products.In a meeting on Saturday 11 June, with agricultural, health and environmental officials, Tsai said there were many things that needed.....

Mexican wholesalers to get help exporting to Cuba, China
With the help of professionals, almost 3,000 fruit, vegetable, seed and other food wholesalers in Central Mexico hope to export their products to Cuba and China.The wholesalers at the Toluca Supply Center, the largest wholesale market in the central State of Mexico, are looking to academics and sector.....


But still on street carts
Less Chinese produce on Vietnamese supermarket shelves
Although Vietnam is spending more on fruit and vegetable imports, Chinese produce is losing its position on supermarket shelves across the country. Yet, they still dominate the carts of street vendors, many of whom pass the products off as home-grown.From January to May, Vietnam spent nearly US$278 million.....

Practical steps to increase Pakistan's mango exports
Pakistan currently exports 5 percent of its total mango production. The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has urged the government to take pragmatic steps to increase this figure, as lucrative markets, like Japan, remain untapped.“A major hurdle to the expansion of Pakistani.....

Nashik onion farmers protest crash in prices
On Sunday 12 June, state co-operatives minister Chandrakant Patil visited the town of Niphad tehsil, in Nashik; during his visit, farmers staged demonstrations in protest against the recent crash in onion prices. The growers demanded a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 2,000 per quintal for onions during the.....

‘Misapplication’ of EU fund
Ireland: Mushroom organisation sues ag minister
Ireland's Minister for Agriculture is being sued by the state's largest mushroom producer organisation, which claims it has suffered more than €12 million in losses due to the alleged unlawful withholding of EU financial aid.Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) claims the department has limited the amount of.....

Kenya-Netherlands strengthen potato farming ties
The Kenyan ministry of agriculture plans to strengthen collaboration with its counterparts from the Netherlands in potato and dairy farming.Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Willy Bett said technical cooperation with the Netherlands will be revived to boost the cultivation of improved potato.....

Avocado prices high, black market thrives
NZ: tomatoes, potatoes lead food price fall in May
Food prices fell 0.5 percent in May 2016, following a 0.3 percent rise in April, Statistics New Zealand said today, 14th June. The fall was mainly influenced by lower fruit and vegetable prices (down 3.7 percent after seasonal adjustment). Seasonally adjusted food prices fell 0.5 percent in May.....


Food origin connects countries worldwide
Do you REALLY know where your food comes from?
Long gone are the days when one could say that a particular type of fruit or vegetable comes exclusively from a particular region. A recent study from the Royal Society, has proven just how global our food has become. Food supplies and agricultural production systems worldwide are composed of a wide range of.....

Certification of origin for Costa Rican pineapple growers
Costa Rican pineapple growers are considering adopting a certification of origin for their pineapples, in order to consolidate their leadership position internationally.A certificate of the origin of the fruit could be implemented in all farms in a fairly quick time. This certification would be an advantage.....

Kerala: Grafted veg will ensure food security
The availability of grafted vegetables seedling is set to be increased in Kerala, as grafting technology, which was previously restricted to a few Kerala Agriculture University scientists, has been passed on to field officers of the VFPCK (Vegetable and Fruit promotion Council Keralam) and VHSE (Vocational.....

Peru's pepper exports to grow 20%
Peru's Exporters Association (ADEX) Chairman Juan Varilias stated thatPeru's fresh chili and pepper (capsicum) exports will amount to US$286 million in 2016, a 20% increase from the previous year."[...] receiving phytosanitary access to the United States in September 2015 opened up a very important window.....

Peru, U.S. collaborate on anti-competitive practices
After more than a year of negotiations, an agreement has been signed between the Peruvian Competition and Consumer Protection Agency (Indecopi) and Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice, to promote cooperation and strengthen development of better international practices regarding free.....

Lebanon suspends Syrian food imports
Lebanon's Ministry of Agriculture has halted the import of fruit and vegetables from Syria; the decision took effect at the beginning of this month and will be in place until February 2017.The Ministry's decision aims to protect the local market, as Lebanese farmers claim they are unable to sell their.....

Pakistan's mango export status to Iran clarified
The Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) recently approached the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to inquire about the state of trade ties with Iran. With the imposition of US trade sanctions on Iran, Pakistan's mango exports to the country were also suspended. The.....

Europe extends support for produce exporters
In response to the Russian ban on fresh produce imports, measures were introduced in 2014 to support fruit and vegetable exporters, who were suffering as a result of losing the market. These "safety net" measures have now been formally extended for a further year by the European Commission.The measures,.....

Study: Brexit would significantly impact UK ag industry
A study by LEI Wageningen UR reveals that a Brexit would likely significantly impact the agricultural sector in the UK. If the UK government decides to pursue a more open trade policy, farm gate prices and farm income would fall in a number of sectors. A reduction or complete elimination of direct payment.....

Oman: 28,000 tonnes of fruit and veg in preparation for Ramadan
The Central citrus market of Muscat Municipality confirmed the availability of more than 28 thousand tonnes of fruits and vegetables in the market to meet the domestic needs of consumers and be able to keep up with the volume of purchases expected for all varieties and prevent price increases during the holy.....


Online shopping options for consumers:
Swedish retailer to team up with dinner kit provider
With more and more busy consumers doing their shopping online, Swedish retailer Hemköp has announced that they now plan on launching pre-planned meal options this August, followed by a click and collect program in September.The chain will be working together with the established dinner kit company.....

Thailand looks to Cambodia for fruit, veg exports
As incomes rise in Cambodia, consumers are looking to purchase more high quality and organic produce, hence Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce has urged the country’s farm products and agricultural machinery manufacturers to look to Cambodia for export opportunities.According to The Nation, the Thai Trade.....

AU: Nut industry receives funding injection
Horticulture Innovation Australia has been awarded a $5 million grant to help increase Australia's nut production capacity. The Rural Research and Development for Profit program funding complements a further $9.8 million from Hort Innovation, the Almond Board of Australia and the South Australian, Victoria.....

Seeks locals to pick strawberries
AU: Great response to 'Sweetest jobs' campaign
In South East Queensland there's been an overwhelming response to the "sweetest jobs" campaign which aims to attract local workers back into the strawberry industry.News site abc.net.au reports that more than 1,400 job seekers have registered their interest to work on one of the 12 farms that have signed.....


Ladislav Miko, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission:
'Asking the right questions is vital to finding a solution'
With all of the changes in the fruit and vegetable sector Ladislav Miko, Deputy General, DG Health and Food Safety, from the European Commission, stressed that with all the changes to the fruit and vegetable industry, and it being 'not business as usual' in recent times, it is also important to realise that.....

BayWa Germany:
EBIT increased due to internationalization of fruit trade
During this year’s annual meeting, Klaus Josef Lutz, Chief Executive Officer Klaus of BayWa emphasized the significance of the international trading and services group’s growth strategy. For the first time the share of BayWa’s international agriculture and renewable energies business in the operating EBIT.....


Turkish tomato prices hit rock bottom
In Mugla, an important tomato growing region in southern Turkey, tomato prices at the market have fallen from between 1.5 to 2 Turkish lira a kilo, to 15 kurus a kilo, on the back of declining exports and a surplus of the product on domestic markets.Greenhouse vegetable production in Fethiye and the.....


SNAP participants
USDA grants $16.8 million to encourage fruit, veg buying
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $16.8 million in competitive grants to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the.....

India scraps pre-export test for fruit
In order to promote the ease of business and cut transaction costs, the Indian Commerce Ministry announced on June 9th, that it has scrappedthe requirement of pre-export test for fruits.Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a tweet, said “pre-export test for fruit products no longer.....

'Explosive growth' in Tongan exports to Hong Kong
Tonga’s chief exports are vegetables, live animals and animal products. In recent years Tongan exporters have faced mixed results, with some markets disappearing and others growing spectacularly. Explosive growth has been registered in Hong Kong, but Singapore and Fiji barely register on the trade.....

100% increase in earnings
Wooden box ban boosted Pakistan's mango exports
The government's move to ban the exports of fruit and vegetables in wooden boxes has been applauded by Mian Zahid Hussain, President of Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF). The ban on the boxes is said to have improved the earnings of mango exporters by 100 percent.Mango exporters earned 1.1.....

In spite of challenges
Double-digit growth expected for British soft fruit production
Double-digit growth is being predicted for British soft fruit production this year, in spite of a number of challenges concerning labour, pesticides, Brexit and the weather. British Summer Fruits chairman Laurence Olins told Horticulture Week: "The industry is responding to consumers' desire for more fruit -.....

Drought disaster declared in 8 S.African provinces
In South Africa, a state of disaster has now been declared in eight provinces, due to the drought which is continuing throughout the country. Previously five provinces were declared to be in a disaster state.In a statement, Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen, said the.....

S. African drought reduced supplies
Record high macadamia prices cause for concern for industry
Global macadamia prices have reached record high levels amid reduced supply due to the drought in South Africa. However the delegates at the annual International Dried Fruit and Nut Congress (INC) held in San Diego, USA in June, warned that the lack of marketing campaigns to promote macadamia consumption.....

Zambian tomato prices still high
Changeable weather, high input costs and high demand have contributed to tomato prices increasing for the third month in the row in Zambia's Copperbelt province. The commodity is fetching around K250 per box in major towns in the province, and has risen from about K150 to K350 in some areas.According to the.....

The impact of Africa's tomato pest problem
Nigeria's tomato supply has been ravaged by the crop pest Tuta absoluta. Prices have soared to around 15 times higher than before the outbreak; but this provides no consolation for farmers, who have lost most of their crops and cannot afford to plant the corn and rice they usually do after harvesting.....

Canada enters partnership with Pacific Alliance
The Pacific Alliance is one of the most important economic blocks in the Americas; now Canada has become the first observer country to enter into a strategic partnership with the Alliance.On Wednesday 8 June, Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of International Trade, and counterparts from the Alliance.....

FTA makes NZ kiwifruit more affordable in Korea
The free trade agreement between Korea and New Zealand is benefiting both countries, as kiwifruit has become more affordable for Korean consumers, and New Zealand growers are better off too.During 2014, before the trade agreement came into effect, Zespri growers paid approximately $22 million in tariffs,.....

Demand for Queensland broccoli high in Japan
After just one season of exports, Japan has grown to become Queenland's third largest overseas market for broccoli. So far the export trade with Japan has injected $1 million into the state whilst creating 25 extra part-time jobs.The success of the first season was even more welcomed due to broccoli not.....

Azerbaijan invests in food security
Azerbaijan's Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev has reported that, to date the country has allocated 161 million manats worth of preferential loans for financing 52 logistics centers with a total capacity of 330,000 tons. These logistics centers are intended to ensure food security, develop agriculture and.....

Report calls for ''change of course in agriculture''
According to a group of leading food system experts, the world needs a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems,to protect human health and the environment. The report released by the IPES-Food panel on 2nd June, says food systems based on diversified agroecological.....

Agriculture boosted Morocco's economic growth in 2015
The High Planning Commission (HCP), reported that Morocco’s economic growth stood at 4.5 percent in 2015, against 2.6 percent a year earlier.The growth was supported by a strong external demand, the HCP added in an information note, adding that domestic demand was weak in 2015.Morocco’s economic growth is.....

AU: Interest in digital agriculture on the rise
More and more Australian farmers seem to be adopting digital technology. The Australian Farm Institute's conference in Sydney highlighted how digital technology was "fundamentally changing agriculture", away from skills-based management to a more industrialised model, where decisions are based on objective.....

Ukraine's fruit, veg prices down 25.7% in May
Due to the seasonal increase in the supply of early produce, Ukraine's fresh produce price index fell by 25.7% in May 2016. The price index also decreased in May 2015 by 38.6%.According to Fruit-Inform, greenhouse and traditional vegetables made the largest contribution to the decrease in the price index in.....

Bulgaria: Over 500,000 Euro extra to insure agricultural production
An additional 1 million Lev (around 510 thousand Euro) will be invested this year by the Bulgarian Government in the Scheme of State aid for the co-financing of insurance premiums to insure the agricultural production.The total amount that will go to help producers in 2016 will reach 2.5 million Lev (1.28.....

Aiming for Russia
Jordan seeks new export markets
On the back of Jordan's loss of its biggest markets for agricultural produce, Syria and Iraq, the country is looking to revive its farming sector by seeking out new markets."There is much focus currently on opening the Russian market for the country's fruit and vegetables," Agriculture Minister Rida.....

Pakistan's mango exporters warned
On Wednesday 8 June, a workshop was held in Multan, Pakistan to warn mango producers and exporters that they risk losing the European market if their fruit is not treated properly before shipping. Speakers at the workshop stressed the need for hot water treatments before exports, to ensure the fruit is free.....

Kenya aims to increase fruit exports
Kenyan farmers are being encouraged to venture into fruit cultivation, as the country sets its sights on increasing earnings from the export market. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett urged local farmers to shift their focus to horticulture from over-reliance on traditional crops to improve their.....

Romanian supermarkets: 51% of produce sold must be domestic
In a bid to support farmers, Romanian lawmakers have introduced legislation obliging supermarkets to sell at least 51 percent home-produced meat, fruit, eggs and vegetables.The law, which was approved by 293 votes to 0 on Wednesday 8 June, in the 378-seat Chamber of Deputies, only applies to food retail.....

Over reliance on oil
''Nigerians must return to farming''
Nigeria's economy is ailing, and in order to save it, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola believes that Nigerian men and women need to take to farming on a full or part time basis, to combat the country's over-dependence on oil.‎The Governor stated this while‎ addressing people at the.....

Russian crisis continues to hit Turkish farmers
Since the Russian jet crisis of 24 November 2015, Turkey’s agricultural sector has been suffering, and it is still feeling the effects today. The value of fruits and vegetables, which could not be sent to Russia because of the sanctions introduced, has reached 300 million dollars. In the period from January.....

United Fresh releases Q1 2016 Fresh Facts
Organic produce sales surpass $1 bln mark
Organic produce sales have surpassed the $1 billion mark, while consumers continue to drive demand for convenience and value-added items, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s Q1 2016 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report.These and other highlights will be featured in the workshop.....

Indian mangoes finally destined for Korea
Indian mangoes have finally received permission to be exported to South Korea and will be headed there for the first time in early July. According to Cho Hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in India, “The protracted issues surrounding the import of mango have been resolved.”India exports some 4,500.....


The Borough Works
Fresh food branding agency launches at London Produce Show
The Borough Works is a new name in the world of creative design and branding for fresh food and drink. Yet the agency’s roots stretch back to 2004 when it launched as Arbor Creative. Well known for specialising in just the fresh food and drink sectors, Arbor Creative’s services spanned branding,packaging.....

Vietnam lost 30,000 ha of fruit to drought
The drought which has been plaguing Vietnam is said to have cost the country's economy more than $670 million in lost rice and fruit output. Late rain, which has fallen in central Vietnam, is unlikely to provide any relief for the parched country and its neighbors.According to the Ministry of Planning and.....


Freshfel/Europatat 2016 annual meeting in Brussels:
Full transparency key to reaching consumers
One of the video presentations shown in this years' Freshfel/Europatat annual event, entitled 'The Future of the fresh produce and potato sector', underlined the importance of transparency throughout the sector when reaching out to consumers. The purpose of the video was to give an insiders view from people.....

Fighting unfair trading practices
Parliament calls for EU action to help farmers
MEPs urge the EU Commission to put forward proposals against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain, so as to ensure fair earnings for farmers and a wide choice for consumers, in a resolution voted on Tuesday 7 May. The aim should be to ensure fair and transparent trade relations among food.....

Eurostat figures 2014
Only 0.6% of EU's potatoes produced in Ireland
Eurostat has released new figures on the potato sector, which reveal that in 2014, Ireland produced only 0.6% of the EU’s potatoes. The figures also show that just 1% of arable land in Ireland is now devoted to potato growing, compared to an EU average of 1.5% and a high of 15% in the Netherlands.However on.....


Start of the strawberry season in Austria:
Weather-related delay and decreased harvests
The Austrian strawberry harvest started this year at the beginning of June, about two weeks later than usual. Due to the weather strawberry producers expect a small harvest. Cold nights and even snow led to considerable damage and in some places complete loss of the crops.BurgenlandIn this region the frost.....

Uruguay to host 2017 China-Latin America Business Summit
Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin reported on Tuesday 7 June, that the resort city of Punta del Este in southeastern Uruguay will be the venue for the 11th China-Latin America Business Summit in 2017.“We are signing a memorandum of understanding making Uruguay the venue for the summit,” Nin said in a.....

Boosting Ukrainian exports is a priority for the government
The Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine/ Trade Representative of Ukraine, Natalia Mykolska, together with the Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine, Andreas von Bekeratom, presented the project "Promotion of Ukrainian small and medium enterprises in the fruit and vegetables sector in the.....

Moldovan growers outraged about delay in approval of state budget
Agricultural producers in Moldova are outraged about the fact that the draft state budget for 2016 has not yet been adopted, as reported by a press release of the association UniAgroProtect, cited by IPN.According to the association, growers will have to wait until the document is approved to be able to.....

Japan: Controlled atmosphere shipping on the rise
Controlled atmosphere (CA) shipping is becoming more popular in Japan, as the country seeks to export more produce while maintaining its freshness. Encouraging increased usage of CA containers forms part of the Japanese Government’s Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP), which aims to export ¥1.....

Pakistan's mango exports to Iran at risk
In Pakistan allegations abound that phytosanitary certificates are being issued to certain companies to export mangoes to Iran, despite the fact that the fruit has not received the necessary hot water treatment. This is putting Pakistan's mango trade at risk; last year, three consignments were intercepted,.....

Bangladesh plans to open mango export facility
The Bangladeshi government hopes to export mangoes, and in order to do so, plans to set up laboratories and fruit processing factories to test the quality of the fruit and improve its management.Hamidur Rahman, director general of the Department of Agricultural Extension, said: “We plan to set up a.....

Record breaking Dutch agri-exports
On Monday 6 June, the national statistics office CBS revealed that Dutch farmers exported produce worth €81.3bn last year, creating an all-time record. Including agricultural machinery, fertilisers and other essentials, total exports reached almost €90bn, the CBS said.The Netherlands is second only to the US.....