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Murcia
Heat damages up to 60% of tomatoes in Águilas and Mazarrón
The Agrarian Association of Young Growers (ASAJA) in the Region of Murcia has reported the loss of 60% of the tomatoes planted in areas of Águilas and Mazarrón.ASAJA-Murcia has stated that the damage was caused by the high temperatures on Thursday, which exceeded 40 degrees Celsius, which follow up on.....

Almeria
Spain: Increase in net profit per hectare for peppers this campaign
This campaign, pepper growers in the province of Almeria have managed to obtain a higher profit than in the previous year, according to estimations made by Hortoinfo based on data from the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development Board of Andalusia and its Prices and Markets Observatory.The.....

Whole Foods: Hatch dropped for Pueblo chiles
A Whole Foods Market regional produce coordinator prefers Colorado's Pueblo chiles over New Mexico's Hatch chiles, so he's stocking stores throughout the Rocky Mountain region with the Colorado-grown version, according to a report in the Denver Post."The Pueblo chile has been overlooked," said Steve Lunzer,.....


Avocado prices up to 15 euro
Avocado prices are sky high right now, says Jan Vermeiren from Exofi, "Therefore, demand has fallen. Whenever the price rises above 10 Euro, demand is always a bit disappointing. The Ryan, Fuerte and Pinkerton avocados cost 11 Euro and the ready-to-eat Hass avocados cost 15 Euro."Highs and lowsJan says that.....


Fresh from the neighborhood
Fresh and crispy vegetables in every season
With the Feller family at the "Feller-Höfli", cultivated by the third generation in the vicinity of Thun, the passion for vegetables is literally palpable. Vegetable cultivation is the characterizing part of the farmer's company, whose vegetable growing is certified with Swiss Garantie, and acknowledged by.....

Hong Kong merchants may halt Tianjin vegetable imports
Hong Kong vegetable merchants are considering suspending imports from Tianjin’s after last week’s blast at a chemical complex fueled fears about toxic contamination.Any such decision will have little impact on Hong Kong’s vegetable supply because most of the buying from Tianjin takes place during winter,.....

Euro anger over tomato dumping inquiry
The European Commission has taken exception to the way Australians are handling claims of subsidised Italian tomatoes being dumped on the Australian market. While the commission doesn’t challenge the fact of payments made to Italian farmers, the commission believes the subsidies fall outside of international.....


Area of greenhouse complex “Zelyonaya Liniya” (Green Line) increased to 83ha
Russian retail chain ‘Magnit’ completes greenhouse expansion
Retail network "Magnit" has put into operation the second stage of development of its greenhouse complex “Zelyonaya Liniya”, which is located in the Dinskoy district in Krasnodar Krai. Now, the total area of the complex is 83 hectares. The company began the second phase of the complex, the 40.....


Sea lettuce, a nutritious algae
Sea lettuce, such as the Ulva Lactuca pictured, is a type of seaweed that has many health benefits as it is full of vitamins and minerals and is highly nutritious. It can be enjoyed in many ways such as chopped, cooked, mixed in with different recipes, or just as a side dish. Other types of algae that can.....


Dutch bell peppers dominate German market
On German wholesale markets, the Dutch bell peppers dominated events in all colour groups. This is from the BLE market report of CW 32/15. Offers from Turkey, Belgium and Hungary complimented the assortment.Average prices of Dutch bell peppers © BLEThe average price of green bell peppers was 2.04 € per.....

Russia: New greenhouse complex in Khabarovsk Krai to deliver up to 5,500 tons of veg annually
6 acres of a former Far Eastern poultry farm’s site will be used for a new greenhouse complex, Agropark Yuzhny (Southern) in the Khabarovsk Territory. Dmitry Grohotov, CEO of the company ‘Stroyinvest’ spoke about this at the opening ceremony of the construction. He stated, “We would like the first harvest to.....

India: Rains ruin tomato crops, prices likely to soar
The continuous rains have hit the tomato crop in Uttarakhand with cultivators finding it difficult to even meet the costs of seeds, manure and pesticides. The farmers in Rawain valley and Henvel valley are afraid that if the rains continued in this manner, the other vegetables like cabbage could be affected.....

NZ: Kumara triumphs as national veg
The votes have been tallied and it seems kumara is the clear favourite to be named New Zealand’s National Vegetable, after securing more than 80% of the vote.Inspired by the #VoteBeetroot campaign launched earlier this year by LeaderBrand, one of New Zealand’s largest producers of fresh vegetables, kumara.....

US(MI): Early, slow start to carrot harvest in Michigan
Growers in Michigan began harvesting carrots this month, and production has been light during the first weeks. Movement has been slow, and big production likely won't happen until sales improve.“We started harvesting about a week early,” said Joe Pirrone of Mike Pirrone Produce. “We had a cool June, and.....

US(CA): Spinach prices improve, some quality issues
The market for spinach from California's Central Coast improved this month as demand has remained strong. While volumes have been fairly steady, some production has been dogged by quality issues stemming from mildew.“After a couple of dismal months during June and July, the spinach market is looking pretty.....

Ghana: Veg prices up due to erratic rainfall
Prices of vegetables have shot-up in the Sunyani Municipality due to erratic rainfall pattern in the Brong-Ahafo Region, a market survey conducted by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) has revealed.According to traders at the Sunyani central market, because of the erratic rainfall pattern in the crop season,.....

Botswana Horticultural Market
BHM to regulate fresh produce prices
Botswana Horticultural Market (BHM) transformation which is expected to help in regulating the prices of horticultural products and protect farmers from unfair competition from imports has been delayed due to lack of funds.BHM which gets horticultural products from farmers and sell them to retailers operates.....

Russian art historian creates new market: vegetable bouquets
Anna Nazarova, owner of the company “Ochen horosho” (Very Good), sells bouquets made out of vegetables, exotic fruits, mushrooms and berries, in St Petersburg, Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. The turnover of all three branches of the company equates to €7,600 per month. Business from a bunch of.....

Russia: Researchers in Astrakhan to introduce new green eggplant
Astrakhan breeders are developing a new variety of eggplant, pale green in color and not bitter. The head of the All-Russian Research and Development Institute of Irrigated Vegetables and Melons (VNIIOB) Sergey Sokolov reported this to the Tass news agency. “It almost doesn’t form a skin, from.....

Papua New Guinea announces import ban
Papua New Guinea has announced a ban on the import of more than ten different fruits and vegetables.The Agriculture and Livestock Minister Tommy Tomscoll announced the ban on Friday saying he is seriously considering a further ban on products from China and other Asian countries particularly on products.....


Switzerland: Hotter July makes vegetable prices rise
The heat wave is interfering with vegetable cultivation and leads to higher vegetable prices in Swiss retail. Broccoli costs 32% more in July, leek (green) 20%, cauliflower 19% and tomatoes (round) 17%. If one compares this year’s July’s vegetable prices in Swiss retail to the average vegetable price in July.....

Coop eG calls lettuce product back
Salmonellae in 200-gram Romana mix
Producer coop eG is recalling a lettuce product because of salmonellae. Of those the 200-gram package “coop Feine Lebensmittel” Romana mix with a best-before date of August 11, 2015 is afflicted. Salmonellae have been found in there in a self-inspection of the producer, as stated in an announcement by the.....


US: Size increasingly important in hot pepper breeding program
Last week, an article was published on Monsanto’s cantaloupe and watermelon breeding program. Today’s article reflects a conversation with the company’s hot pepper breeder.“My breeding program consists of seven hot pepper varieties for the fresh market and four varieties for the processing segment,” says.....

US(CA): Green beans volume about to peak
“Within the next two to four weeks, our green bean production will peak,” says Kyle Vilhauer with Lakeside Organic Gardens. “Green beans are a popular summer item and we are moving through a lot of demand this time of the year.”Steady priceVilhauer is happy with this year’s crop quality and price. “We have.....


Cabbage market is saturated, so innovation important
Flower sprout, sprouting broccoli and red cabbage in Flanders
Grower Jose Dequidt from Pollinkhove, Belgium is always looking for new innovations. Three years ago he started cultivating 'flower sprout'. Along with the 'flower sprout' the West Flanders outdoor vegetable grower also introduced 'sprouting broccoli'. Red cabbage is also new this year. "In recent years the.....

UK: Hottest commercially grown chilli pepper on sale
Hot chilli pepper lovers, take a deep breath, grab some milk and prepare for meltdown: the Komodo Dragon has arrived.The UK’s hottest ever commercially grown chilli pepper goes on sale for the first time on supermarket shelves this week – and it is not for the faint-hearted.Grown in Bedfordshire, the Komodo.....

Johan Joosen, Scherpenhuizen:
Good demand and prices for bell peppers
Dutch bell pepper sales have been going well, "Demand is coming from all directions. There is reasonably good demand from the U.S., German demand is good and there is demand coming from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia," says Johan Joosen, product manager for bell peppers at Scherpenhuizen. "Although there are.....


Mobile greenhouse tour educating consumers
Now in its third month of touring eastern North America, NatureFresh™ Farms’ #GreenInTheCity Tour is making a positive impact with its mobile greenhouse on both sides of the border, according to NatureFresh. After touring through New York, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, the tour will be making.....

BroccoLeaf the next kale?
People started predicting peak kale in 2012. The number of farms growing the leafy green had more than doubled; Bon Appetit named it the Year of Kale. But we keep eating more. Sales went up another 31% last year. Peak Kale is nowhere in sight. But Big Produce is not resting on its kale laurels. Instead, it's.....

US(CA): Tight celery supplies, drought could lead to less acreage
Supplies of celery out of Salinas and Watsonville have been light, so prices have been relatively good. If California's water shortage continues, then, going forward, growers could dedicate fewer acres to celery.“Supplies are pretty tight,” said Scott Deardorff of Deardorff Family Farms. “Oxnard is out of.....

Chicory market traditionally calm
The summer months are traditionally calm times for the production and sales of chicory. Growers consciously choose to produce less in July and August. According to Hein Beudts it's very calm at the moment. "There is less supply right now, but that's a classic story. The production is at a lower level and.....

Dolf Ursem, Everest growers union:
"Fine iceberg lettuce prices"
The supply of iceberg isn't too high at the moment and this is resulting in a fine price level. "The sales had been going badly for a long time, but for a week and a half now it's been going much better," says Dolf Ursem of growers union Everest. The grower doesn't expect the supply to increase any time.....

Norway: Annual celery saga beats cucumbers
In most countries, prices come down when supply goes up. In Norway, the opposite occurs, mostly because Norwegian farmers are protected by tariffs placed on imported food items that are designed to make cheaper (and often better) imports just as expensive as their Norwegian counterparts like cucumbers and.....

Colourful variety and outstandingly tasting species
High season for tomatoes from the Rhineland
It is high season for tomatoes from the Rhineland. Consumers can choose from a colourful variety of outstandingly tasting tomato species from Rhenish cultivation. This is indicated by the Provinzialverband Rhenischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer in Bonn Photo: Sabine Weis The Rhenish tomato growers select the.....


Fresh picked mushrooms, supplied direct from farm
Freshness and quality are essential in the fresh produce and also in the mushroom industry. Oakfield Champignons is also focussed on these two elements by selling their home grown mushrooms directly to customers in the retail and food service all over the world. "Buying directly from the grower/producer is.....

Almeria still tops list for pepper production
Although decreasing of 3,1% against last year, Spain, more precisely the province of Almeria, tops the list for pepper production. This emerged from a study conducted by Eurostat, elaborated on by the Council of Agriculture of Andalusia.Almeria, with forecasts reporting a production of about 631.000 tonnes.....

Spinach can curb food craving in men
A compound found in spinach can slow down fat digestion, leading to reduced hunger and food craving especially in men, a study says.A concentrated extract of thylakoids encourage the release of satiety hormones, which is very beneficial in controlling hunger."The reduction in hunger and the desire for salty.....

Vegetable prices soar in Oman
Vegetable prices in the city have shot up by 25 to 100 per cent and most traders say it is likely to remain the same for some time. Some of the vegetables that are seeing price rise include onions cauliflower herbs and cabbage.While some traders attribute the surge to decline in local production others say.....

Aydin province aim to reduce costs with harvesting machine
Turkey: Use of harvesting machine for tomatoes
In Aydin’s Soke district some growers are using technology in the agricultural sector to harvest their tomatoes with the use of a machine. Soke's Chamber of Agriculture President Kemal Kocabas states that this year is the first time the tomato harvest has been done with the use of a harvesting.....

Russia: Inmates to cultivate vegetables with profits of over €2 million
Prisoners at the penal colony No 6 in the republic of Bashkortostan, plan to grow 8,000 tons of vegetables this year and produce a profit of more than €2 million. In greenhouses on an area of around 20 hectares belonging to the colony, prisoners will grow cabbage, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes.....

US(MI): Squash supplies tight
Heavy rains have affected the squash production in the state of Michigan. With similar weather conditions in other squash-producing states, supplies have been tight.Squash crops in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio have been hit with heavy rains this season. As a result, production has been down, and for some.....

UK carrots shrinking from lack of sun
The lack of early-season sun means that carrots weigh an average of 1.5oz instead of more than 2oz. The normal summer crop is 5in long and at least 1.5in thick. This year they are shorter and thinner.The good news is that carrots are down in price to 90p per kilo (2.2lb) from 97p in 2014, according to the.....

Conducted by the Belgorod JSC Corporation Razvitie
Study into Russian greenhouse agriculture
In 2014, according to Rosstat, the total usable area of greenhouses for growing greenhouse vegetables by Russian agricultural organizations, increased by 398.6 hectares (15.8 %), amounting to a total area of 2930.8 hectares. The area for growing in winter greenhouses grew by 124.6 hectares.....

NZ bans Fijian produce
New Zealand has suspended the export of four agricultural products from Fiji.A shipment of eggplant was rejected due to an anomaly in the operational measures taken in Fiji under the Bilateral Quarantine Agreement.Trade Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the actions taken by New Zealand’s Primary Industries.....


US: Rutgers narrows search to reinvent Jersey tomato
A new tomato that combines the nostalgia-inducing flavor of an heirloom with the durability of supermarket varieties is Rutgers’ answer to anyone who wonders what happened to the flavorful Jersey tomatoes of the past.The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) has tested hundreds of plants.....


North America: will kohlrabi become a new trendsetter?
Recently, Bejo Seeds Inc. introduced its kohlrabi veggie sticks for the North American market. “Although kohlrabi is very popular in Asia, India and Europe (particularly Germany), it is still a small segment in the US,” says Jose Marrero with Farm Stand Fresh Foods (FSFFS). The company is the distributor.....


US: Taste is key for cantaloupe breeders, shape for watermelon breeders
Across the globe, Monsanto performs melon field trials. Earlier this week, Carly Scaduto with the company’s communications department provided a tour of the company’s field trials in Woodland, CA. I had an opportunity to talk with the breeders responsible for the company’s melon and watermelon.....

Production costs for agricultural products fall in Azerbaijan
The production costs for a number of agricultural products in Azerbaijan decreased by 5.9 percent in July, compared to the previous month, the State Statistics Committee reported on August 4.In particular, production costs for annual and perennial plants decreased by 12.6 percent and 2 percent, respectively,.....

Qatar imports 57,300 tonnes produce from Jordan
Qatar imported 57,300 tonnes of fruits and vegetables from Jordan during the last seven months of 2015, a senior official says.Salah Al-Tarawneh, the assistant secretary general of the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture for marketing and information says: “Qatar imported 6,000 tonnes of tomatoes, 2,800 tonnes.....

First report of resistance genes against Bacterial Wilt in eggplant
Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is an important solanaceous crop widely grown in Asia, Africa and the subtropics, including the Mediterranean and Southern regions of USA. In 2012, 1.85 million hectares were cultivated throughout the world (FAO, 2012). Eggplant is susceptible to numerous soil-borne diseases like.....

President of Belarus, Lukashenko demands regulation of fruit and veg prices
Alexander Lukashenko urges the analysis of the formation of retail prices for fruit and vegetables. He set such a task today during a visit to the PMC "Minsk vegetable factory", the press service of the head of state reports. The President drew attention to the fact that fruits and vegetables,.....

US(MI): Cucumber market could firm up
While prices for cucumbers out of Michigan are steady at the moment, growers would like prices to be higher. They could get their wish this month, as fewer supplies could firm up prices.“There's a lot of competition with a lot of cucumbers coming from many areas,” said Oliver Wolfe of Above All Produce in.....

US(NY): Dip in green bean volumes could strengthen prices
Though production of green beans peaks in several states this time of year, volumes out of New York could dip in the coming weeks. Adverse weather earlier this year disrupted planting and harvesting, which will affect volumes and prices.“For us, volume is way down,” said Jason Turek of Turek Farms in New.....

T&G Vizzarri Farms expands asparagus category
A new asparagus joint venture sees the creation of Australia’s leading year-round asparagus operation, according to an announcement made on Monday. The new company named T&G Vizzarri Farms Pty Ltd, is forecasting revenue of $40m and harvest of 5000 tonnes in the first full financial year, with volumes.....

Processing tomato harvest proceeds well
Excellent growing conditions so far this season have allowed California processing tomato growers to be on track for another robust production year similar to the 2014 crop. But dwindling water supplies in the state's key growing region of the San Joaquin Valley could still put some fields at risk and have.....

US(NJ): First season for specialty African eggplants
Global Bloom, a global produce sourcing company that is located in the Bronx, NY, was started in 2014. The company is being managed by Claire Sakho, who worked in the Netherlands for a number of years. “During my time in Europe, and other travels I have seen some really nice produce items and I am making an.....


Hinoman’s Vegetable Whole-protein Ingredient Granted GRAS Status
Hinoman, Ltd., has been granted self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for its Mankai, a vegetable whole-protein ingredient with high nutritional value. The announcement was made during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) conference in Chicago, July 12-14.The GRAS designation is for.....

Israeli growers replace pepper production
Peppers and the Arava region in southeastern Israel were once considered one and the same; Israeli peppers from the Arava were a massive success in international markets and were regarded as one of Israel's best agricultural exports. These peppers brought much pride to the growers in the Arava, along with.....


Total global trade worth 1.7 billion euros
Netherlands losing ground in fresh mushroom trade
Worldwide, 1.7 billion euros worth of fresh and processed mushrooms are traded. The Dutch share is roughly 30%. Volume-wise, this is 1.2 million tonnes. In terms of value, the international trade in fresh mushrooms accounted for 800 million euros in 2014. A total of 730 million euros in mushroom preserves.....

Ukraine: August fruit and vegetable price prognosis
August is the month for the lowest fruit and vegetable prices. The price of melons and watermelons is already significantly falling every week. Soon, so will the price of domestic apples and pears. However, the changeable weather is not allowing fruit and vegetables to become as cheap as.....

Turkey: Pickling cucumber harvest starts late
In the Cubuk district, a flat plain 38 km north of Ankara, the pickling cucumber harvest has begun. District Chamber of Agriculture chairman Orhan Gulle, said in a statement to an Anadolu Agency reporter, that this year's cucumbers are being cultivated to be sold at the 11th edition of the.....