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Spain: European production of wild mushrooms, just enough to meet demand

The production of wild species is something that cannot be controlled and this leads to uncertainty as to the volume that can be reached each year. However, "in the last ten years, for our part, we have been witnessing an average growth of 15% per year," explains José A. Folgado, manager of the company Hongos.....

Fiji farmer questions timing of ginger fund

The change in the Fiji Government's financial year should not impact the disbursement of financial grant assistance to farmers, says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.He clarified this after an issue raised by a farmer of Tailevu during the government budget consultation at Tailevu.....

Hungary expects 35% veg production increase in next decade

Hungary has an excellent weather disposition for agricultural production in general and also great soil quality. The aforementioned predispositions would be usually sufficient enough to build a strong agricultural sector. However, the fruit and vegetable sector has been going through some tough times in the.....

Spain: Raf tomatoes are half a century old in Almeria

Raf, the king of tomatoes, is celebrating half a century of existence in Almeria: CASI, Agrupalmería, Biosabor, the Granada-based La Palma cooperative and the Clause seed house, owner of the patent, have signed an alliance to produce and market a new variety of Black Raf, resulting of a cross between the.....

$6.85M in marijuana intercepted among bell peppers in Arizona, US

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales seized marijuana and cocaine with a combined value of more than $7,200,000 on Saturday.Officers located more than 13,700 pounds of marijuana co-mingled with a shipment of bell peppersSaturday afternoon, officers at the Mariposa Commercial.....

China: Garlic prices keep going down

Today the trade of garlics moved slowly in the commodity futures market in China, and the purchasers are still speculating. In the meantime, the supply of dehydrated garlic has increased, causing bigger pressure on the sales of the fresh ones in stock and bringing down the prices further. The sales volume was.....

More than half of planting days cancelled; recent warmer weather catchup

California lettuce had a rainy start this year

The growing season for lettuce has been less than stellar, but many growers have still been able to meet supply now that weather conditions have turned around and winter is long gone. January and February’s major rain events caused short planting windows for grower-shippers in the Salinas Valley. “It’s been an.....

Start-Up in Switzerland: Fighting Food Waste with Fruit and Veg

Fruit and vegetables that look a little out of the ordinary will be sold in the Bernese "gmüesgarte" [vegetable garden] in the future, rather than being thrown away. The store is to open this summer and the conversion of the premises is to be financed via crowdfunding.Any remaining food products are purchased.....

Italy: F.lli Cerrato announces start of leaf vegetable campaign

F.lli Cerrato, a company specialising in leaf vegetables with branches in Campania and Abruzzo, has announced the imminent harvesting of salad heads in the Fucino area.Loreto Cerrato, who is part of the new generation running the company, together with cousins Angelo and Antonio, reports that "we will start on.....

Wholesale price for carrots increases in Ugandan markets

After a drop in the supply of carrots to Ugandan markets two weeks ago, vendors have been forced to increase prices. A sack of carrots which used to cost between sh110, 000 to sh150,000 is currently at sh200, 000 for wholesale buyers according to Denis Mukasa, a vendor in Kibuye market.In Nakasero market, a.....

Spain expects similar garlic volume to last year's

The Spanish municipality of Montalbán recently hosted the general assembly of the National Garlic Board, during which a review was made of the production forecasts by areas, looking also at the market situation and prospects. As for the acreage, the number of hectares has increased and production stands close.....

Spain: Canary tomatoes receive €6.3 mln in aid

The Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands has approved the payment of the aid to producers of tomatoes for export, with a total of 6.3 million Euros to be granted in the framework of the Community Support Program for Agricultural Productions of the Canary Islands.....

Funghitalia

Italy: Mushroom and high-quality substrate production

Funghitalia - Az. Agr. Micologica De Biasi Donato specialises in highly-productive substrates for the cultivation ofPleurotus Ostreatus, P. CornucopoiaeandAgrocybee. mushrooms.The company was established by Donato's father Arcangelo thirty years ago. He had already understood mushroom cultivation could be an.....

Indonesia strives for zero garlic imports by 2018

Indonesia has bold aspirations for its garlic industry as it looks to achieve zero garlic imports by 2018. “We aim to see 100,000 hectares of garlic farms next year. If 1 hectare [ha] can produce 5 tons [of garlic], we won't need to import anymore,” Agriculture Ministry spokesperson Agung Hendriadi told The.....

Jordanian exporters stop veg exports to UAE as ban kicks in

Jordanian exporters of agricultural produce have stopped exporting several types of vegetables to the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries as a ban on some of Jordan’s produce came into force.Enforcement of the UAE’s decision to ban the import of seven of Jordan’s main types of vegetables started on.....

Sufficient Swiss tomatoes available

Once again the circumstances proved that vegetable producers depend very much on the weather. Luckily, the Swiss tomatoes grew particularly well during the first warm spring weather and their quality is excellent.Consumers are full of enthusiasm for the freshly harvested tomatoes. Tomatoes are popular in.....

Hong Kong imports of Canadian asparagus found to be contaminated

Update, Wednesday 12:00 pm PSTAccording to Ken Wall, Chairman of the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, it is highly doubtful that the asparagus referred to in this article is of Canadian origin. "The Canadian industry is highly concentrated in the southern Ontario region. This is the only region in Canada that is.....

From launch of The Blend

Produce department sees 60 percent sales increase in fresh mushrooms

Doc’s Food Stores, which operates as Country Mart, JB’s Market and Apple Market, launched the Mushroom Council’s successful Blend model in their deli, meat and produce departments at all their retail stores and had sales gains in all three departments. The Blend is a method of mixing finely diced mushrooms.....

China: Yanbian seizes 16 kg of radish seeds

On 6, May, inspectors from the Yanbian Inspection and Quarantine Bureau office at the airport found 16 kilograms of radish seeds from the checked luggage belonging to a passenger arriving from Korea. The passenger confirmed that the seeds were bought in Korea and were worth over $2000. They were supposed to be.....

Hazera’s tomato demohouse now open in Holland

Better taste, fruit quality and yield are important characteristics for new tomato varieties. Hazera is now presenting a promising and extensive range of new varieties with those benefits at the Hazera demonstration center in Bleiswijk.Hazera has a long history in breeding tomato varieties, with active.....

Bentley exploring eco-friendly interior with mushroom leather

While car manufacturers are already looking to create more eco-friendly cars by decreasing their carbon footprint and increasing gas mileage Bentley is taking it a step further and experimenting in manufacturing their cars out of eco-friendly materials as well. Bentley’s Director of Design Stefan Sielaff,.....

Spain: Asparagus grows by 10% a year in Granada

The sugar beet came first, with almost thirty factories operated in La Vega during the first half of the 20th century. There was so much wealth that it even had an impact on Granada's urban development, as they were able to construct the Gran Via. That splendor lasted until the late 1970's. Then came tobacco,.....

Australian vegetable growers inspired to break into export markets

Australian vegetable growers have been given a practical overview of the export process, including the tricks of the trade to take advantage of booming export markets, at the Australian Vegetables Export Seminar 2017, held on Monday 15 May at Adelaide Convention Centre. The seminar, organised by AUSVEG and.....

Rijk Zwaan presents solution against powdery mildew in peppers

The stand of Rijk Zwaan perfectly serves to illustrate the situation at the current edition of Infoagro Exhibition, and not only because its powerful image is the first thing that visitors see when going through the main door.Juan Ramón Rodríguez, Head of Marketing and Quality Control at Rijk Zwaan Ibérica,.....

Italy: Zuccherissima pumpkin range

At the recent edition of Macfrut 2017, the stand of "Fornari Giuseppe" from Asola (Mantova) was one of those that attracted the most attention. Fuchsia and black dominated both the stand and the staff's uniforms, together with smiling faces and well-displayed products. Diced pumpkin part of the Zuccherissima.....

Spain: Growing cultivation of peanut pumpkins

The popularity of this type of pumpkin is on the rise, both in Spain and in other countries. Norway, Sweden, Finland, France and the UK are its main consumers and importers; this is the reason the cultivation of this vegetable has been growing in recent years."We started planting it because we had an English.....

Researchers suggest tomato extract fights stomach cancer

A new study shows that whole tomato extracts from two different Southern Italian cultivars inhibit gastric cancer cell growth and malignant features, paving the way for future studies aimed at implementing lifestyle habits not only for prevention, but potentially as a support to conventional therapies.“Their.....

Horton Fruit issues recall after listeria contamination

A Lousiville food company, Horton Fruit has issued a recall in several US states on two of their packaged spinach products after a possible listeria contamination was found.The recalled products include 10 ounce and 2.5 ounce bags of Fresh Curly Leaf PEAK brand spinach and its Harris Teeter Farmer's Market.....

Dubai shops allow you to pay with cucumbers!

On May 17, a collection of 35 Dubai restaurants and lounges will accept a cucumber as a form of payment in exchange for a selected mixed beverage.According to their Facebook page, DXB Cucumber Day's aim is to transform “the humble green fruit into exchangeable monetary units."You don't have to pay money. You.....

Mexico and Morocco increase their share

Spain and the Netherlands lose ground in global sale of tomatoes

The Netherlands and Spain are losing ground in the global trade of tomatoes, as their exports of this vegetable have fallen, unlike those of Mexico and Morocco, which have increased their share of the world tomato market, according to data processed by Hortoinfo supplied by the United Nations Statistical.....

Tuta absoluta returns to Nigeria

The Gombe State Agricultural Development Project (ADP) says that the tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, has seriously affected tomato harvests in three of the state’s 11 local government areas.Mr Abba Dreba, the Pest Control Officer of the ADP, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday that the affected.....

Canadian farmers catch leek thieves

While working away on their farm, planting asparagus roots, Thea and her cousin Annie noticed three big bears...or so they thought...walking across the back field of their property between the sugar bushes. She alerted her dad right away and he knew that those were not bears! They were people, dressed in.....

Agri-tech innovation breaking down barriers for African cassava farmers

Agri-Tech East uses real-life stories to explore the market potential of Sub Saharan Africa.Although cassava is an important part of the diet for 800 million people in Africa, shortages of equipment for processing has meant production has been unable to increase. To meet this need a social impact business,.....

Pierre Smets:

“Rising asparagus prices because of cold and Mother’s Day”

The asparagus market is making some remarkable moves this season. “It’s a very odd season. At first, the asparagus was dirt cheap, the market even collapsed before Easter, and right now they’re very expensive again,” says Pierre Smets from P. Smets in Geleen, the Netherlands. “Last Friday, the kilogram prices.....

Iraq: Erbil, exports veg to Mosul at lower prices

Since the liberation of the eastern half of Mosul about three months ago, the Kurdish economy has found a new market with as many 300 loads of trucks making their way to the city, with some of the food items eventually ending up on the right bank of the Tigris River where the Iraqi armed forces are fighting.....

Customers outraged after Asda stop selling loose fruit & veg

Many customers are outraged after Asda stores in some areas have stopped selling loose fruit and vegetables. Customers see it as a waste of packaging and prefer to buy their produce loose, and took their anger to social media. In a tweet to Asda, Jonathan Bowdin wrote: ‘Yo @Asda colne [in Lancashire]. Where’s.....

Mahitos RZ: ‘We’ve continuously improved the results over the years’

Aksenov Valentin grows tomatoes under plastic in Russia. A few years ago he put his trust in Mahitos RZ, which combines a good flavour with reliable production characteristics and with long-standing experience and an open mind, he claims to have gotten the best out of this variety.Big fruits“I have been.....

Quarter of Aus veg growers leaving produce to rot amid labour shortage

Labour challenges are causing huge problems for producers in Australia as a quarter of growers have reported that some produce is being left to rot as they cannot find enough workers to pick them. The study's project leader, Associate Professor Joanna Howe, from the University of Adelaide Law School, said the.....

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Supplies of domestic radishes will look limited until early summer

“During the transition period between the end of May and the first week of June, from Florida to Michigan there will be limited supplies of radishes due to weather and increased demand,” says Christina Monnin of Duda Farm Fresh Foods of Oviedo, Fl. “Florida has experienced significant rain, which has affected.....

First watercress of the season delivered to Tesco store in Dorchester

Due to the mild spring, British watercress is available a week early and residents of Dorchester in Dorset, England are reaping the benefits with a hand-delivery to the town’s Tesco of the very first of the season’s crop. The Dorchester store has been selected because Tesco sales in 2016 and 2017 have.....

Paul van der Linde of Van der Linde:

"Boost in carrot market comes too late"

"We have quite a bit of work but it's too late. There are still huge stocks of carrot and they won't get used up," expects Paul van der Linde of Van der Linde. "There is demand from Germany and Poland now, but much later than usual. I expect there to be demand for the next two weeks, but then most countries.....

AU: Strong pumpkin prices for WA growers

It is shaping up as a good season for pumpkins, with one Western Australian grower saying market prices are well up on last year's figure.Odeum Farms near Perth, say it is comparable to the prices seen in the 2015-16 season, thanks to the good quality of the produce."I think volume would be down on last.....

Malaga, Andalusia

Spain: Two projects to improve profitability of purple garlic

The cultivation of garlic in Malaga is, apart from tomatoes, one of the most important in the province. The annual production amounts to about 7,480 tonnes of garlic, whose value at origin in 2016 amounted to 19.45 million Euro. In an attempt to improve the crop's viability, the Agricultural and Fisheries.....

UK: Tesco to sell small lettuce to prevent food waste

A bonus crop of small iceberg lettuces has been saved from going to waste by Tesco, the company says in a press release. "They may be small but they're still tasty. One of our suppliers has had a bonus crop of lettuces. Our growers have thousands of perfectly edible but small iceberg lettuces. Growers usually.....

Louisiana vegetables facing serious disease risk

Recent hot and wet weather in Louisiana has led to the onset of one of the most serious diseases of solanaceous crops including, tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers, according to LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh.The disease is called southern bacterial wilt and is caused by the soil-borne bacterium.....

Taylor Farms® announces three on-the-go salad bowls

Taylor Farms, a leader in agricultural innovation and healthy, value-added fresh food, is delivering on the consumer appetite for single serve on-the-go salads. With three new additions, Taylor Farms now offers 20, complete meal, singleserve salad bowls packed with protein.The assortment provides multiple.....

Study finds high levels of banned pesticides on ginger in India

High levels of Profenofos and Methyl Parathion were found in many samples of dry ginger and cardamom in Kerala, India.A team from the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) headed by Thomas Biju Mathew, Professor and Associate Director at KAU, sampled vegetables, fruits, spices and condiments from vegetable.....

Spain: Launch of certification mark for Tudela de Duero asparagus

The asparagus of Tudela de Duero already has a certification mark that guarantees the quality for their promotion, both in the domestic and international markets. The Aspáragus Association, together with the City Council, organised an event on Monday in which the mark was officially presented and where the.....

Cold weather not halting Ukrainian veg supply

The cold weather doesn't seem to have hurt the supply of early vegetables in Ukraine. The wholesale of domestic early cabbage, radish and cucumbers has increased, along with cauliflower, courgette and beetroots."This availability does seem to have had an affect on prices, which is, on average, 25-30% lower.....

New advice to help tomato growers eradicate Pepino Mosaic Virus

Growers can help to eradicate Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) by following new biosecurity recommendations. PepMV is one of the most economically important diseases of tomatoes and fruit infected with multiple strains of the virus experience more severe symptoms. As a result, steps must be taken to ensure, even.....

Availability in California

Pretty colored kale available

Colored Kale got all the looks in the family – not only is it super nutritious, it’s so pretty people buy it just to plant in their home gardens.Colored Kale availability is transitioning from Mexico and California’s southern regions up into Salinas and the Central Valley, says Frank Ratto of Ratto Bros......

Otago University reveals how to make vegetables last longer

New research from the University of Otago has revealed the best home storage methods to lengthen the shelf life of vegetables.Love Food Hate Waste, the national campaign to help New Zealanders reduce the amount of food they waste, partnered with the University of Otago to test storage practices for many common.....

Protect the Austrian potato instead of boycotting the harvest

For the first time. trade chains are to be obliged by a political party to dispose of 30,000 metric tonnes of potatoes due to wireworm damage - enough to feed 600,000 Austrians for a whole year.The call made by Helga Krismer (Die Grünen NÖ [The Green Party, Lower Austria]) to boycott domestic potatoes is a.....

Eggplants bring healthy smiles to displaced families in Northern Nigeria

The African eggplant lives up to its name: as it grows it bears white, oval-shaped fruits that look just like eggs before they ripen and turn green.It is one of the vegetables grown by farmers displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Nigeria who are participating in an FAO project to kick-start local food.....

"Hydroponic lettuce and kale can't keep people alive for long"

Over the past few decades federal governments, provincial governments, and academic institutions in Canada have been pouring millions of dollars into indoor food production projects in Canada's North.The intention is to provide the food security that is so desperately needed in northern communities. However,.....

Are old-fashioned heirloom tomatoes really better?

There is no clear-cut definition of an heirloom tomato, though it’s generally agreed that it is a variety at least 50 or more years old. Some date back to varieties brought by early settlers from their homes in the old country. Unlike today’s hybrids, almost all heirloom tomatoes are open-pollinated. These.....

NZ shoppers paying $7 for iceberg lettuce amid veg shortage

As the lettuce shortage continues in New Zealand shoppers are paying up to $7 for a head of lettuce, and lettuce isn't the only product seeing a post-cyclone price hike.The Herald compared prices at two inner city supermarkets in Auckland on Wednesday afternoon.At New World Victoria Park, iceberg lettuces cost.....

Tomato pest ravaging Nigerian tomato crops

The Gombe State Agricultural Development Project, ADP, says that the tomato pest, Tuta Absoluta, has seriously affected tomato harvests in three of the state’s 11 local government areas.Tuta absoluta, a destructive tomato pest, ravaged many tomato farms across Nigeria in 2016 causing an astronomical increase.....

Excellent season for Egyptian dry garlic, less demand for green garlic

After the relatively unexpected Egyptian season for green garlic had ended, Egyptian growers and exporters were surprised by the huge demand for dry garlic. Demand for dry garlic has risen all over the world, with the exception of Spain and China, as China has its own supply of garlic and Spain has a season.....