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Philippines: Ag department works on alleviating poverty
The Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Philippines will focus on the country’s 10 poorest provinces as part of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to increase food production and alleviate poverty.Incoming agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol said through a strategy called Special Area for Agricultural.....

70% of Brazilian food contaminated by agrochemicals?
A proposed law in Brazil would replace the word “pesticide” on food labels with “plant health protection."Around 70 percent of food consumed by Brazilians is contaminated by agrochemicals, researcher Karen Friederich of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health said Thursday.Friederich delivered the.....

High prices have Indians turning to foraged vegetables
With the onset of monsoon season, wild vegetables like taikilo (cassia tora), tere or tero, kudduk etc, grown mainly in rural areas, are in great demand as prices of local vegetables as well as vegetables from other states have gone up.Wild vegetables grow near houses, roadsides, in fields and forested.....


Public-private mission
Chile advances on entry of fresh fruit to China and Vietnam
A public-private mission worked with the phytosanitary entities of China and Vietnam to advance and improve the processes of entering Chilean fresh fruit into those markets.First they met with the technical deputy director and staff of the Department of Animal and Plant Health and of the Bureau of Food.....

Spain: Huelva needs more workers for 2017 harvest
The agricultural campaign foments employment in the province. This year it has employed about 112,000 people between January and May, 13.6% more than in 2015. Of these, only 1.87% are temporary workers hired at origin (from Morocco), that have done the job for more than two years and that have committed to.....

Impacts on agriculture and food security
Climate change will increase droughts in the Caribbean
"Expectations are that climate change will increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean. Thus the countries must improve their ability to cope with them and other problems related to climate so that they can ensure food security and eradicate hunger," the FAO stated.According to a new.....

Kenyan farmers move away from traditional farming
Kenyan farmers are turning away from subsistence farming with the support of the government. But some who spoke to Anadolu Agency accuse the state of inconsistent taxation which is actually pushing farmers into dropping subsistence methods.On Tuesday, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett told Anadolu.....

Columnist Laurens Maartens, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:
Brexit or Engxit?
Coverage of the impact of a possible Brexit focuses mainly on a possible EU split. However, there is a very real possibility that the UK itself will split up even sooner. Tensions on financial markets rapidly increase as the ballot on EU membership of today, Thursday, 23 June has arrived. During the weekend,.....

Fiji: Shortages after Cyclone Winston leading to malnutrition
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation says some cases of malnutrition are being seen in Fiji more than four months after Cyclone Winston.Food is the biggest problem now according to the village chief.The UN has given seeds and supplies to about 1000 market vendors in Ba, Lautoka, Rakiraki and.....


Largest wholesale produce market of its kind celebrates five years
Spanning the size of fourteen football fields, the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market is literally one of a kind.“We have 700,000 square feet of space and are North America’s largest fully-refrigerated wholesale produce marketplace with an enclosed and unbroken cold chain environment. There are.....


Making music out of veg; drop the beet
Vegetables have a few qualities that make them ideal for instruments. They’re cheap, readily available, many (especially root vegetables like carrots and turnips) can be easily carved and whittled, and the vision of someone blowing into a carved stick of celery with his nostrils will never not be fun. They.....


World's first heart-shaped watermelon
A Japanese farmer Hiroichi Kimura has developed the world’s first heart-shaped watermelon. This isn't anything new though. People have been shaping fruit using plastic growing containers for years, but this has been the first heart-shaped watermelon.Source: twitter.com/SeriousStrange

Mexico: Jalisco increases possibility of exporting to Canada
Jalisco producers increased their chances of exporting berries, Persian lime, chia and its derivatives, agave products, processed prickly pear, powdered honey, and packages of renewable energy to Canada after having participated in the Centrallia Trade Show in Winnipeg, in the Canadian province of.....

Suspects arrested in Japan for stealing melons
Police arrested six Vietnamese men over the theft of 112 unripe melons from a farm in the remote eastern tip of the Boso Pensinsula.The suspects made off with the melons in the middle of the night June 18 and were arrested soon afterwards, officers from the Asahi police station of Chiba Prefectural Police.....

New biosecurity act causes concern for Tassie farmers
Tasmania’s horticulture industry is demanding better federal protection from exotic pests and diseases.It says the Federal Government’s new Biosecurity Act, which came into effect last week, is “one size fits all”.Producers banded together last week with tourism and hospitality operators to form the Primary.....


"It would be a long drawn out process which would take years"
What would a Brexit mean for the fresh produce trade?
The United Kingdom has been torn apart over the question whether it should remain a member of the European Union or not. On 23 June, the British will vote on this in a referendum. After the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last week all campaigning has been stopped and the polls shifted heavily to the Remain.....

Chile: ASOEX sign agreement with China to improve fruit exports
It is no mystery that China has become an important destination for Chilean fruit exports. According to ASOEX, during the 2014-2015 season, Chile exported to Asia over 400,000 tons of fresh fruits, more than 250,000 tons of which were destined for the market of China-Hong Kong, especially the fruits, such as.....

Costa Rica expands its commercial presence in Turkey
Costa Rica's Ministry of Foreign Trade opened a sales office in Turkey, the thirty-fifth one it has opened abroad to strengthen the presence of Costa Rican products in different markets throughout the world."We are in a second stage, entering more distant markets that have a high purchasing power or purchase.....

Eight arrested
Tanzania: Organised sabotage of crops in Pemba Regions
At least eight people have been arrested for destroying crops in Pemba. A night has hardly passed in recent months without organised sabotage on farm properties in Pemba as residents pile on pressure on the police to end crime.Hundreds of crop varieties, including rice, cassava, banana, coconut trees and.....

Swedish nationalists’ call for banana ban
According to local paper Smålandsposten, the Sweden Democrats’s 2017 budget proposal for the Alvesta municipality includes a ban on the purchase of all foreign foods. The proposition was revealed when the Sweden Democrats, the joint third-largest party in the local council, made their draft budget for the.....

Del Monte subsidiary wins judgment in pineapple case
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE: FDP) today announced that its subsidiary, Del Monte International, GmbH (“Del Monte”), was awarded more than $32 million in damages, interest and other monetary relief against Inversiones y Procesadora Tropical, S.A. (“INPROTSA”) by the International Court of Arbitration.....

Peruvian avocados now in season
The Peruvian Avocado Commission (PAC) jumpstarted its 2016 season by serving a superfood breakfast to the 2000 men and women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps on board the famed USS Bataan Navy ship during Fleet Week (May 25th-31st, 2016) in New York City. Following the success of the USS Bataan event,.....

Honduras to exhibit exotic fruits in Germany
Organizations that promote Honduran exports presented the official logo of the Fruit Logistica Fair, which will be held in the city of Berlin, Germany, in February 2017.On this occasion the fair will be identified by a melon, one of the main agricultural exports of Honduras.The coordinator of the.....

South Australia
AU: Fruit fly protocols step up
Extensive baiting has been conducted in three metropolitan quarantine zones, while sterile fruit flies have also been released.Efforts to protect the Riverland from Mediterranean fruit fly have strengthened, following three outbreaks of the pest in metropolitan Adelaide during recent months.With the.....


Football at Rungis
Interfel organized a celebration week for fruit and vegetables in France. They call it "La Fête des fruits et légumes frais" (the celebration of fresh fruit and vegetables). Last week they also went to the Rungis market and a a football player showed his skills, supported by cheerleaders.

Greenyard Foods to build new facility in US
Greenyard Foods announced today the investment in the company’s northeast US operations, with construction of a new state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility. This marks the first expansion of the company in the US market after the merger with UNIVEG in June 2015. Located in Swedesboro, New Jersey,.....


Photographer matches food to Pantone colors
Lucia Litman certainly grew up, but that didn't stop her playing with her food. The digital marketer, occasional photographer and food stylist loves to match fruit, vegetables, snacks and treats to Pantone colours and then share them with the world.It's a casual hobby that has resulted in a huge collection.....


Little Chinese girl has a huge appetite for fruit, veg
A video of a little girl from China devouring fruit and vegetables has gone viral on the internet, being shared close to 370,000 times on social media. However the video has divided audiences, with some commending her parent for encouraging her to enjoy fruit and vegetables at such a young age, and other.....


4,000 kilos cocaine seized at Rotterdam port
Customs officers in Rotterdam found some 4 thousand kilograms of cocaine hidden in a pineapple container on June 1st. According to the Public Prosecutor, this is one of the largest cocaine catches ever in the port of Rotterdam.The cocaine was imported from Costa Rica and arrived in Rotterdam on the same day......


Community Jam connects leaders in food recovery movement
Food waste is a serious issue, both in the United States and the rest of the world. Up to 40 percent of the food supply in the United States is wasted, which is about 20 pounds of food per person per month. Last weekend, organizers from several Northern California organizations held the Northern California.....

Chile to export 4% less fresh fruit this year
According to estimates released today by producers, compared to 2015, Chilean fresh fruit exports will decrease by 4% and amount to 2,338 million tons in 2016.Chile's National Fruit Producers Trade Federation (Fedefruta) stated that this was the sector's lowest number since 2006, when shipments amounted to.....

Guatemala and US wish to strengthen trade relations
By April, Guatemala had exported $582 million dollars in agricultural products to the US, i.e. 48% of Guatemalan exports to that country. Due to their importance, and to the high volumes of perishable products the country provides them, Federal agents from the US Government, AGEXPORT, and the Trade Attaches,.....

Myths about EU regulations
Brussels, Brexit and the bent banana
The EU debate has left many British citizens believing some bizarre myths about Brussels, one of the most popular being that bent bananas will be banned. With just two weeks to go until the June 23 vote, a survey shows howsome misrepresentations have been taken as truth by British voters. The UK newspaper.....

Colombia: Hail causes serious damage in the fields
Friday June 10 is a day to remember. The weather played a dirty trick on hundreds of farmers from the villages that are part of the township of Capitanlargo. Producers had high hopes for this season as their fields were full with crops of beans, corn, peas, paprika, passion fruit, avocado, onion, tomato,.....


Fruity footy flags
A Redland greengrocers has been getting creative with their fruit and veg to celebrate Euro 2016.Mabel's Greengrocer on Chandos Road have so far created the flags of England and Spain and promise to have made flags for all the competing nations and posted them to their Instagram account by the end of the.....

Cuba to import lemons and other ag products from Mexico
The Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero, said Cuba didn't want to compete with Mexico, that they wanted to complement Mexico in multi-destination tourism projects, and offer them investment opportunities.The Minister said on Wednesday that Cuba was interested in buying lemons from the Mexican state of.....


Trending vegetables are key ingredients in Mann’s new Nourish Bowls™
Kohlrabi, butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, kale, and sugar snap peas take center stage in a new product line from Salinas based Mann Packing.“Mann’s Nourish Bowls were developed internally with a desire to create a healthy, warm single-serve meal with fresh veggies, grains and sauce, ready in.....


US: $1m of marijuana concealed in onion shipment
On Monday 6 June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officers at the Calexico East commercial facility in California found almost 2,500 pounds of marijuana, concealed in the roof of a commercial trailer carrying onions and shallots.Calexico Port Director David Salazar said “the officers stopped more.....


Jaap Vink: “A scenario you wouldn’t even see in a film”
Fighter jet pilot crashes into greenhouse
It is already the most bizarre story of the year in the horticultural sector. A fighter jet pilot crashed into the greenhouse of the Vink family in Friesland. The fighter jet landed next to the company. The pilot is in hospital with cuts and a broken ankle, but is doing well considering the circumstances.The.....

Roxburgh grower wins Central Otago Young Fruit Grower of the Year
Jack Gilchrist, a Roxburgh man, beat four other entrants in the Central Otago's Young Fruit Grower competition in Cromwell on May 27.The day-long competition had the competitors battling in a series of practical and theoretical challenges designed to test their skills needed to run a successful.....

Panama: Agricultural sector not taking advantage of the maritime sector
The president of Panama's Chamber of Maritime Transport, Rommel Troetsch, said the agricultural sector had not taken advantage of the maritime sector.According to the specialist, Panama lacks a comprehensive state plan that identifies competitive products and exportable varieties, and that stimulates the.....


Presentation on consumer trends 2016 during congress Freshfel/Europatat
“Sixty per cent of consumers fall asleep with phone”
Current consumer trends are important to all companies, including the fresh produce sector. It is good to know how consumers think. Why do they buy fruits and vegetables? Nowadays, people are busy buying time, and are looking for ‘greener’ food. The ‘buying-time’ principle is about outsourcing parts of our.....

Chile: Fedefruta seeks alternatives to refinance fruit production
The head of Fedefruta, Ramon Achurra, met with the president of BancoEstado, Jorge Rodriguez Grossi, and his team, which includes Jessica Lopez Saffie (the general manager of BancoEstado), Soledad Ovando (the manager of the Small Businesses area) and Jorge Gonzalez (the assistant manager of the Small.....

Chile: Asoex visits Mexico's agro-industrial sector
The undersecretary of Agriculture, Claudio Ternicier, the general manager of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (Asoex), Miguel Canala-Echeverria, and the general manager of the Association of Pork Producers (Asprocer), Rodrigo Castanon, successfully visited different cities in Mexico for five.....

EU farmers warn about the cost of not authorizing glyphosate
Farmers from various parts of the European Union met with the Commissioner for Public Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukatis, to warn him about the great cost that the farmers and consumers in the EU would have to pay if the authorization of the herbicide containing the active ingredient glyphosate were.....


Is a pineapple the best case for your iPhone 6s?
After shelling out on an iPhone 6s, you're going to want to protect your investment. Perhaps you've already bought an expensive case. But what if the best case for your phone was something you can pick up at the grocery store for a couple of bucks and was also an excellent source of vitamin C and.....

Rudy van der Stappen, European Commission:
“The more POs, the higher the EU contribution”
In 1996 and 2007 two EU reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) occurred in the fresh produce sector. “We were close to a new reform in 2013/14, but eventually we came to an evaluation of the previous policy,” explained Rudy van der Stappen during the cooperative event of the VBT.The adjustmentsVan.....

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama preparing for Fruit Logistica
Some eight Honduran exporters are getting ready to participate in Fruit Logistica 2017. The fair will be held next year in Berlin, Germany, and more than 73,000 buyers from around the world are expected to attend it.Honduras will participate jointly with Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, said.....

Peru: Phenomenon La Niña to benefit coastal agriculture
La Niña, the weather phenomenon characterized by the drop in temperature on the surface of the sea, would impact the Peruvian regions in different ways. The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) said this weather event would exacerbate drought and loss of crops in the highlands, but that it would.....


UK: Abandoned oranges spark emergency call
On Saturday 28 May, emergency services, including fire crews and police officer's were called to a location in Surrey to investigate an abandoned articulated lorry container, which was suspected of leaking chemicals.The suspected chemical leak turned out to be a rotting cargo of oranges.After investigating.....

In case of Brexit
Dutch may impose visa requirements for British
In the event of a Brexit, and a possible closing of the UK border to Europeans, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has issued a warning to Britain that the EU may then impose immigration controls on British nationals.Leave campaign leaders are proposing a points system for work visas by 2020 if the UK votes to.....


Make brown bananas yellow again
It isn't the first thing you think of when you're blow drying your hair in the morning. Yet a hairdryer is ally in giving brown bananas a facelift, according to the video below. What you need is a sealed plastic bag, some grains of rice and an hour of patience before you go along the banana with your.....


How to get children to eat fresh produce
Is eating salad, apples or spinach a chore to your children? American, Sarah Gonzalez, has a solution for parents who have trouble feeding their children fresh produce. Her children do not eat smelly sprouts, funny broccoli or disgusting chicory. Her children eat art.Sarah Gonzalez’s children do not whine.....

India's mango industry marred by exploitation claims
In 2014/2015, India exported almost 155,000 tonnes of mango pulp worth 8.4 billion rupees ($126 million) with Yemen, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait among the top destinations. Some of the world's biggest food and beverage players including PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Unilever buy from the country. But.....

Cuba's Minister of Agriculture visits the US
Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero, the Cuban Minister of Agriculture, will head a delegation that will visit the United States on June 3, after the US Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, invited them.The agenda includes meetings with directors of the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce to continue.....

Strengthening relations between both entities
Director of ProChile meets president of Fedefruta
The director of ProChile, Roberto Paiva, met with the new president of Fedefruta, Ramon Achurra, after the latter made a protocol visit to the offices of the Agency for Export Promotion. Juan Carlos Sepúlveda, the general manager of the guild, and Andres Diaz, head of the Department of Agricultural foods at.....


Do office plants improve productivity?
In 1984, American biologist Edward O. Wilson had a hypothesis based around the theory of ‘Biophilia’. He stated “Biophilia, if it exists, and I believe it exists, is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms”. What if this theory was transported to office space? Can living.....


Closed motorways and flooded inner cities
Heavy rainfall takes a toll across Europe
In recent days, Europe has been hit by heavy rain. The abundant rainfall has taken a toll across the continent. In Germany and France, some cities were flooded. The water-related incidents have resulted in four people losing their lives. Also in the Netherlands the rainfall has caused a number of nuisances.....

Food architect Herman Bessels:
"Why is building expensive?"
"Around 30% is wasted in construction every year. If we avoid this, we will suddenly be spending 30% and will also get a better product," said Herman Bessels, who mainly focuses on building in food and logistics with his architect and engineering bureau from Twello. According to the experienced architect.....

Banana cocaine bust leads to arrests in Rotterdam
900 kilos of cocaine concealed in a banana shipment from Ecuador, were discovered by a scanner at the Rotterdam city docks recently. The drugs have a street value of €30 million. Police tracked the consignment to a storage facility in Hoogvliet where they arrested three men as they unloaded the cargo. The.....

Spain: Italian sells 80,000 kilos of lemons under false identity
An Italian man who pretending to be the owner of a fruit and vegetable company has been arrested in Molina de Segura after trying to sell 80,000 kilos of lemons for a price below that set by the market, reported the National Police.The man arrested has been subject to almost fifty previous arrests for.....

Recover N5m cashew nuts
Nigerian police arrest cashew thieves
Detectives in Lagos state have arrested a gang of cashew nut thieves, who they say are specialised in breaking and entering into warehouses located at Cele on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. The detectives recovered cashew nuts worth N5 million (around $25,000) from the thieves.The suspects were arrested after.....


Higher yields and better quality with Big Data
Is it possible to increase the yield with a smarter use of available data? The IBM T J Watson Research Center has developed a platform for the use of Big Data in precision farming. The results speak for themselves: 20 percent more output and 10 percent more efficient use of water.Three years ago, E & J.....


Hannes Hollebecq ,Coopburo:
"Cooperatives are dead, long live cooperatives!"
Globally there are around 2.5 million cooperatives in total. Around half of those are in agriculture and horticulture. 'Cooperatives are failing at their task: the price for growers isn't better', 'Agriculture and horticulture have to innovate and auctions are old and slow'. These negative remarks are.....

Turkey to help African countries fight desertification
Desertification is increasingly threatening agriculture and water resources on the African continent. As a result, the Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry and state-run development aid agency Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) plans to help train 77 experts from 30 African countries on.....