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South-eastern Pennsylvania

US: $17.5 million emergency funds for fighting spotted lantern fly

This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced there will be $17.5 million available in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lantern fly in south-eastern Pennsylvania.“We’ve seen a dramatic expansion in the range of this pest over the last year and we need to take decisive.....

Japanese research could boost crop yields

Genetic trigger adds branches to plants

Regarding crop yielding branched plants -such as apple trees- the more branches that bear fruit, the better. But there's a limit to the number of branches that plants create, caused by a gene that puts the brakes on this splitting process called shoot branching. This week, researchers revealed a chemical that.....

Australian mango industry happy with new emoji

The mango industry is extremely happy after confirmation from Unicode that their favourite tropical fruit will be granted its own emoji. This year, smartphone users will have access to 157 new emojis including a kangaroo, shopping receipt, bagel and red-headed characters and… a mango.The mango industry has.....

Mexico aims for EU free-trade deal by end of February

According to a Mexican official, his country believes it can conclude a new free-trade agreement with the European Union before the end of February. The EU and Mexico intend to update a trade deal that largely covers industrial goods. The goal is to add farm products, more services, investment and government.....

Drusillas Park, East Sussex

Bearcats enjoying a vegtable kebab at East Sussex Zoo

Sometimes, zookeepers have to coax a shy animal to show itself to the public. At Drusillas Zoo Park, a pair of binturongs -or bearcats- were treated to some healthy vegetable snacks.Their keepers skewered an alternating mix of courgette, peppers, sweet potato and carrots onto long twigs to make up the.....

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Red, hot and big eared vegetables

2018 All-American Selections announced

All-America Selections, a non-profit plant trialing organization, test new varieties throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges, growing them next to comparisons considered best-in-class. To be an AAS winner, plants must show improvements over similar existing cultivars. This.....

Brazil: Pheromone identified from insect that transmits citrus greening (HLB)

Researchers grouped in the National Institute of Science & Technology for Semiochemicals in Agriculture, based in São Paulo State have identified and synthesized the sex pheromone of the Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri. This tiny bug acts as a vector for the bacteria that cause citrus greening, best.....

Peru: Agro-exports to reach $7 billion in 2018

In 2018, Peruvian agro-exports will total some $7 billion. The main destination will most probably be the Asian market. This is according to a projection by the Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry.Minister Jose Arista: "This year, agro-exports will reach US$7 billion, thus registering a growth rate of 8%.” He.....

To welcome the cold weather

China: People in Zhejiang enjoy a coriander hot-spring

On January 19th, 2018, a great cold season was about to arrive in Jinhua, Zhejiang. The air temperature dropped like a stone and the people of Jinhua gathered to soak in a coriander hot-spring and drink hot chicken soup to warm their bodies. This is their alternative strategy to stay warm and survive the.....

The Edwards, Newcastle West

Australia: Selling watermelons from a bar

Last Wednesday , a sale of freshly-picked watermelons was held at The Edwards bar and café, in Newcastle West (New South Wales). Instigator Alan Parry from The Edwards, said the aim was to support local farmers and reduce food waste. The melons came from Moore Farm Fresh Produce at Wollombi.Natalie Moore: “We.....

' Magpie Alert!'

Australia: Magpie swooping season 2017 mapped out

Australia has a website to track aggressive magpies in your area.Click here for a larger image. Not for the faint of heart.If you are a cyclist, walker, runner or maybe a concerned member of the public;help protect others and share swooping magpie attacks on-line here!

Daltex exports worth nearly 1 billion Egyptian pounds in 2017

Daltex Corporation’s exports approached 1 billion Egyptian pounds (46 mln euros) at the end of 2017, with plans to increase them by 15% in 2018. Managing director Hisham El-Naggar said that Daltex realised 25% growth in the last season. He also pointed out that the markets where Egyptian companies operate, are.....

China: Fresh food e-commerce booming

Thanks to the booming development of e-commerce in China, more and more people are turning to fresh food apps for their daily shopping. Data from consulting firm iResearch shows China's fresh food e-commerce industry grew by 59.7% in 2017 to 139.1 billion yuan (22.1 billion U.S. dollars).Among foods purchased.....

Argentina: Expofrut puts its plant in Albardon up for sale

The table grape crisis has affected Expofrut, the largest exporter in the province of San Juan, which last year closed its facilities and is now selling its premises.The company had a very well-oiled logistics operation and bought table grapes and stone fruit to more than 100 producers from San Juan. It had.....

The CPTPP, an opportunity to develop Peruvian exports

The possible reincorporation of the US into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the TPP (CPTPP), which would make this the second most important bloc in the world, as it would account for more than 25% of the global gross domestic product, represents an opportunity to develop Peruvian exports, said.....

Chinese port intercepts moth infested avocados for the first time

The Zhuhai Import and Export Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine revealed on their website that their technical center recently discovered larvae in an intercepted shipment of avocados from Jiuzhou port. They were raised and identified in accordance with plant quarantine protocol for.....

European energy supply 2017

More energy from sustainable sources than coal for the first time ever

For the first time ever, last year more energy was obtained from sustainable sources than from coal. 12% more energy was generated from wind, solar and biomass burning installation compared to 2016. At the same time this growth is more than half due to Germany and the UK and the growth in many other countries.....

Cayman Islands prepare for 51st Agriculture Show

At the Agriculture Pavilion on Agricola Drive, in Lower Valley, everyone is getting ready for the 2018 Agriculture Show. This year the annual event will be held for the 51st time. The show, one of the largest community events in Cayman, usually attracts more than 10,000 people and the organizers are expecting.....

Fruit trucks stuck at China-Vietnam border

Hundreds of trucks loaded with fruit for China have been seriously delayed at the northern province Tan Thanh border gate. Up to 500 trucks loaded with watermelons, dragon fruit, bananas and mangoes arrive at the China-Vietnam border crossing each day. Now China only allows some 250 trucks in per day because.....

Chile's new ambassador in China

Chile could export pears to China soon

The Ambassador of Chile in China, Jaime Chomalí, met with the top managers of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG (ASOEX) to analyze topics of interest for the Chilean fresh fruit export sector, such as the entry of Chilean pears into the Chinese market, which is currently closed to this product, as.....

Some of your favourite stars doing the ALS Pepper Challenge

Celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, Andy Cohen and others, proved that they can handle the heat when they accepted the ALS Pepper Challenge.Several celebrities joined in bringing awareness to the progressive neurodegenerative disease, now swapping out the cold waters of the Ice Bucket Challenge and going for the.....

Kisan Network

Father and son want to connect Indian farmers through app

When you're an Indian farmer with a crop of potatoes to sell, you typically go to a ‘mandi’ (marketplace) and deal with a local middleman, who will then sell your product to another middleman. Finding out what the potatoes will ultimately sell for, is extremely hard.A New Delhi father and son want to expand.....

China: Shenzhen port returns 17 tons of Chilean cherries

A shipment of 17.7 tons of Chilean cherries entered customs through the Man Kam To control point in Shenzhen on January 29th. An employee of the Man Kam To Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine carried out on-site tests and discovered that the cherries showed signs of going soft, leaking,.....

China: Guangdong Shaoguan exports edible, fresh mushrooms to The Netherlands for the first time

The Guangdong Shaoguan Import and Export Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine stated in a newsletter that one shipment of fresh white beech mushrooms and white jade mushrooms recently passed through the Office for inspection and was exported to The Netherlands. The shipment weighed 6.6.....

Lisdorfer potatoes originate in France

Germany: French potatoes are being sold as regional products through misleading labelling

Consumers were duped by misleading labels on the REWE market in Dillingen, according to an article in the Saarbrücker Zeitung. Markus Hildebrandt, a customer of the REWE store in Dillingen, had potatoes on his shopping list. The shelf with the 'Lisdorfer potatoes' -for 2.99 euros per bag- certainly appealed to.....

Jordan & Turkey talk about cooperation on agriculture

Last Saturday, Jordanian Minister of Agriculture Khalid Hunifat and Turkish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Ahmet Esref Fakibaba, discussed Turkey’s participation in the Jordanian Agricultural Forum, to be held in Jordan on April 25th.In a meeting held in the Turkish city of Izmir on the.....

Balkan Investment buys 11 million shares in Total Produce

Total Produce PLC announced on Monday that Balkan Investment Unlimited Co bought 11 million shares on in their company. Balkan Investment now holds 15.7 million Total Produce shares, or 4.1% of its share capital.According to Alliance News, the company said Balkan Investment and its subsidiaries hold 49.9.....

During routine Los Angeles traffic stop

US police seize 14 meth-filled 'burritos'

Drug dealers can be extremely creative when smuggling illegal substances, so Los Angeles police officers weren't surprised last weekend when they discovered 14 foil-wrapped packages disguised to look like burritos, actually containing 17 pounds of methamphetamine."Saturday evening, during a traffic stop in.....

Curaçao finds other suppliers of fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetable suppliers from Colombia and the Dominican Republic are currently supplying Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire.The product streams have been sourced from these countries now, because regular trade partner Venezuela will keep up the blockade a while longer, said the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs,.....

Regarding 6 FARC-orchestrated killings in the 1990s

Settlement reached in Chiquita case involving US deaths

The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the FARC terrorist organization have reached a settlement with banana giant Chiquita Brands International on Monday, the morning that the trial was to begin. A notice of settlement was filed just as jury selection was to start.....

Xiamen remains China's largest port for Taiwanese fruit imports

The Xiamen Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine recently stated that Xiamen port imported more than 40 thousand tons of fruit from Taiwan last year. The import value was 63.89 million USD. Xiamen has been China's largest port for fruit import from Taiwan for the last 10 years. The overall.....

Bangladesh exports vegetables to 41 countries

Statistics presented to Parliament by Bangladesh Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed shows this nation is exporting vegetables to 41 countries across the world.Tofail mentioned as some of the prominent export products: tomato, carrot, bean, brinjal, potato, lady’s finger, cowpea and mushroom.Uniindia.com gives this.....

Trans-Pacific Partnership could be signed at beginning of March

A new and improved Trans-Pacific Partnership is going forward -without the United States- as the other original members of the accord hashed out their differences in January. A new free-trade pact will probably be signed as early as March.The new agreement is rebranded as the Comprehensive and Progressive.....

Algeria suspends the importation of 851 products, including fruit and vegetables

The Algerian government has provisionally suspended the importation of 851 products, including most fruits and vegetables, since January 1 of this year and it has increased the customs duties of another 129 products in order to reduce its trade deficit. Spanish exports of fruit and vegetables to Algeria stood.....

Curacao seeks to import fruit and veg from the Dominican Republic

Curacao, which has been affected by a shortage of fruits and vegetables as a result of cuts to their exports from Venezuela, is looking towards the Dominican Republic to alleviate the crisis due to the lack of such products.Last month the prime ministers of Curacao and Aruba expressed their concern about the.....

Auchan and Alibaba may buy the Chinese branch of Carrefour

According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, Carrefour is currently investigating the possibility of selling off its Chinese branch. Auchan and Alibaba have been named as potential buyers. Carrefour was established in 1959. It was a pioneer in bulk sales. Carrefour is Europe's number one bulk retailer, and the.....

Aldi constructs 2,000 blocks of flats in Berlin

Last week, on Wednesday, Aldi announced they’re going to build about 2,000 blocks of flats in Berlin, Germany. The ground floor of each these blocks will house an Aldi.In total, the German supermarket chain is looking at 30 different locations for building. There’s much demand for housing in Berlin, and this.....

Matthijs Vlasblom celebrates 12.5 years at Van der Staay (Staay-Hispa)

Last week, Staay Food Group celebrated Matthijs Vlasblom’s 12.5 years at the company. After working for various departments within our company, Matthijs joined the commercial team. His dedication and ‘inborn talent’ have recently led to him joining the Management team. On behalf of the entire Staay Food Group,.....

Tasmania: Authorities seizing produce taken outside exclusion zones

Biosecurity Tasmania has seized up to 40 kilograms of fruit which was taken out of the fruit fly control zone in Tasmania's north-west. Nick Hansen from Fruit Growers Tasmania said officers confiscated the pest host fruit. "This was produce that was either grown in the control zone or had travelled through the.....

Trying to contain spread of mango pest

South African government: Stricter control of Oriental Fruit Fly

South Africa’s government is strengthening the regulatory framework to prevent and combat the spread of the Oriental Fruit Fly in the country. The Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries is alerting individuals‚ municipal authorities‚ traditional authorities‚ farmers‚ fruit and vegetables industries.....

US East Coast: Spotted lanternfly has potential for devastation

Shawn Appling, agent for horticulture serving Orange, Culpeper and Madison counties warns for the spotted lanternfly. This invasive insect was spotted in Frederick County in early January.The red-winged, black spotted bug sucks the life out of grapevines and fruit trees and typically makes its home in the.....

Coca-Cola India exploring Bengali mangoes

A Coca-Cola India official has said the company is weighing options of sourcing mangoes and a few other fruits from West Bengal They would be used for brands like Maaza. "We are exploring 2-3 fruits sourced from this state, including mangoes and pineapples," said Coca-Cola India and South West Asia president.....

‘One District, One Factory’

Ghana 1D1F project - Ekumfi factory gets 5 million pineapple suckers

Through the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), the Ghana government has introduced a number of intervention programmes to sustain the Ekumfi Pineapple Processing Factory, among other sensitive industries.Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GEPA Eric Amoako Twum last Wednesday said that his organisation has.....

Kölla Group

Germany: Mourning Hans Peter Hoffmann

Employees of the KÖLLA Group mourn the loss of their former partner, Hans Peter Hoffmann, who passed away on 28.01.2018 at the age of 85. As a young, destitute man, post-war turmoil led him from Wroclaw to Dusseldorf, where he found work on the wholesale market at Menze. He quickly understood the trade in.....

The Polisario Front will file a complaint against EU companies that import from Western Sahara

The Polisario Front will claim 240 million euro per year in compensation for damages due to the export of products from Western Sahara to the European Union without their consent. In addition, the Front will sue specific European companies if they do not regulate their situation with the legitimate.....

The first return journey from the southern circuit reaches Lanzhou

The Gansu Department of Commerce announced that on January 30th, at 3:30 in the afternoon, the first return journey from the southern circuit reached international freight transport dock number 1 in Gansu (Lanzhou). This was the return journey from Guangxi, which had departed from Gansu on September 29th,.....

China: Shajin intercepts 40 kg of shiitake mushrooms

The Shajin airport Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine recently investigated an inbound passenger and discovered 4 large boxes of shiitake mushrooms with a total weight of 40 kg. The mushrooms were cultivated in glass bottles with a wide mouth. There were 80 bottles altogether. This is.....

New 2018 budget could make India’s food prices skyrocket

On February 01, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented his new budget. The 2018 budget promised to increase the minimum support prices for farm products and to liberalise their export. “The government is committed to ensuring that farmers get at least 1.5 times their investment,” Jaitley said,.....

Romania: Network devoted to money laundering in fruit and veg trade dismantled

Eight searches carried out in Bucharest and in the Calarasi, Ilfov and Giurgiu counties helped dismantle a network committing tax evasion and money laundering in the fruit and vegetable trade.According to the Bucharest General Police Directorate (DGPMB), the investigation was carried out by officers of the.....

Nepali men recount bitter experience after durian coffee

Let’s face it: nowadays, durian fruit is hot. But does that mean you have to make it into any and all products? Not according to security guard Sapkota Mangal Prasad from Nepal.He tried durian coffee for the first time and did not like the taste. He poured it away after just a few sips. But five minutes later,.....

Enormous pineapple on auction for Sands charity

A giant pineapple grown in a far north Queensland backyard is getting a lot of attention on social media. And let’s admit; it’s for the right reasons.Coral-Leah Kemp from Cairns nurtured the formidable fruit, which has had its own Instagram account, for years. The oddly-shaped pineapple took two years to grow.....

Potato imports halted to protect local production in Belize

The Ministry of Agriculture of Belize recently convened a meeting at the Agriculture Show Grounds Conference Room in Belmopan; potato producers and importers gathered to verify potato production figures and estimated harvest dates.The discussion opened with a presentation on the amounts of potatoes in.....

Agriculture pilot project

Newfoundland government aiming to increase food self-sufficiency

A new pilot project has been announced that will allow new and existing farmers interested in growing fruit and vegetables for commercial sale, to lease Crown land that has already been prepared for that purpose.The province has set a goal to raise food self-sufficiency by at least 20% by 2022. “In order to.....

High profile cyclists to participate in 2018 Tour de Fresh

As The California Giant Foundation prepares for the fifth annual Tour de Fresh, support from inside and outside the industry continues to pour into the event to get more salad bars to schools across the country. Joining the team for a second year, eight-time Tour de France rider and Olympic Bronze Medalist.....