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Ernesto Loayza, of Proagro:
Peru: "Asparagus prices will continue to improve"
While Peru exports fresh asparagus all year round, the volume available usually increases in June compared to previous months. This campaign it has been noted that the results for this period have not been as good as expected. Ernesto Loayza, of PROAGRO, tells us about the current situation. "We have already.....

Gerco Mast, Purple Pride:
“Aubergine market recovered, but we have a lot to make up for”
After a laborious spring, the aubergine market reached decent price levels again last week. “Day trading prices are around €1.20. It would be good if we could keep up these prices for a while, but the season will not last much longer, and we have our fair share of losses to make up for,” sales leader Gerco.....


UK: Gardener grows giant veg
Phillip Vowles, a Welshman, grows supersized vegetables that have been known to weigh in at over 100 pounds. Vowles grows colossal marrows and he notes that even with the swollen size the taste is still the same.It’s not just massive marrows that Vowles has a knack for growing. He set the Guinness World.....

Artichoke prices dip during light part of season
Summer is not the peak time for artichoke consumption or production, so an uptick in production in a market with light demand can cause prices to drop. As volumes in California have been slightly higher than expected for this time of year, prices have reacted.“Generally, everyone expects to be lightly.....


Low aubergine prices offset by high pepper prices in Poland
It is peak season in Poland for bell peppers, aubergine and zucchini at the moment. Where bell pepper prices have gone up by 10% compared to last year, aubergine prices have seen a decrease of just as much, if not more, falling by at least 10-15%.The good news for growers is that the weather has been good,.....


Zing! European Runner Beans ready for shipping
Zing! Healthy Foods "Amazing European Runner Beans" are twice the length and size of a typical green bean, which, according to the company, means double the flavour and double the benefits. Zing! Healthy Foods were first to re-introduce these beans to North America in 2013 and are ready to ship their latest.....


Thursday 6th October 2016
British Carrot Growers Association Variety Demonstration & Trade Exhibition
The 2016 BCGA Variety Demonstration and Trade Exhibition is well under way. The exhibition has 64 carrot varieties provided by 7 seed houses, variety plots with Syngenta and Bayer who will be demonstrating their products, over 30 trade stands, machinery demonstrations, networking, refreshments and much.....

China: Neihuang county chilli peppers exported for first time to Russia
On August 1st, a batch of chilli pepper products, with a value of 25,000 US dollars, successfully passed the customers' inspection and were sent to Russia. This signifies the first chilli pepper export from Anyang city to Russia. It is known that Anyang Inspection & Quarantin Bureau has cooperated with.....


Dutch hailstorms benefits Polish vegetable growers
Hailstorms which hit the Netherlands in June, causing extensive damage to bell pepper and cucumber producers, has given extra opportunities to Polish exporters. "The shortage of bell peppers has led to them becoming a very hot item this summer and we are seeing an increase in demand for Polish exports as a.....

2016/2017 Fresh Peas and Beans Category Management Plan Outline
Plan to boost retail sales of Guatemalan produce released
The Guatemala Produce Trade Association (GPTA) has completed and published its 2016/2017 Fresh Peas and Beans Category Management Plan Outline. Priscilla Lleras-Bush, GPTA Coordinator said, “Since inception, our association is uniquely comprised of the major players of the Guatemala trade deal - both.....


UK: Tesco focusing on British salad vegetables this week
With help from the latest data provided by market intelligence service Produce View, we analysed the current offer of greenhouse vegetables in British retail. There's good news for British consumers that are shopping at Tesco; this is the only retailer that is strictly offering British cucumbers, bell.....


Dead worm on cucumber immortalised in verse
UK: Tesco's banter with customer goes viral
When Wes Metcalfe bought a cucumber from a Tesco shop in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, he did not expect it to come with a dead worm.So put off was he by the creature wedged inside the packaging, that he turned to Facebook to let Tesco know why it would be a while before he tucked into another cucumber.....


New chilli pathogens discovered in Australia
Scientists have identified four new pathogens previously not found in Australian chillies, raising the stakes for the country's quarantine and disease resistance efforts.The pathogens, all part of the Colletotrichum species, cause a fungal disease called anthracnose, which lowers yield and produces large,.....


Jan Dortmans, Scherpenhuizen:
“Market demand for cucumbers, but balance very fragile”
Jan Dortmans of sales organisation Scherpenhuizen from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, characterises the current cucumber market as capricious. “The market is fairly active, but also very changeable. The smallest thing could cause the market to shoot up or down, the balance is very fragile. Three days of dark.....

Asia vegetable line expanded to include Hispanic and Indian items
“We are expanding and re-launching our Coast Authentic vegetable line,” says Mark Morimoto VP of Sales & Marketing with Coast Produce. This line includes fresh produce from traditional foodways of the world. Launched originally in 2015 as Coast Asia, the line began with 15 of the popular items from South.....

Crowded celery market brings low prices in California
Prices for celery from California have been low this past month because there's so much product available. Excellent growing conditions throughout several celery-producing regions has led to a glut of product, which is responsible for the current low market.“More people put out celery this year in bigger.....


Red Chinese cabbage makes Polish debut
Red Chinese cabbage debuted on the Polish market for the first time ever this year, and producer Vega Fresh is the exclusive importer of the seeds for the Polish market. The seeds come from a company out of the Netherlands called Wing seed and commercial sales have started for two varieties, Scarlette F1 (WS.....

Benny Cuypers, LAVA:
Large difference in price between loose and vine tomatoes
The market situation for most Belgian vegetables looks fine at the moment. Prices for both greenhouse vegetables and outdoor vegetables have increased or remained high in general in recent weeks. However, for vine tomatoes it is still not looking good. Benny Cuypers of LAVA gives an update on the Belgian.....

Green onion supplies winding down, supplies still good
“Our green onion supplies are good this time of the year. Growers in Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Ohio and Canada are competing with us,” says Don Hobson of Bos-kovich Farms in California.“The weather has been hot, but good. All of this affects our supplies of green onions coming in from Mexico. We’re not.....


Cabbage became better paying crop in last decade
Cabbage has become a better paying crop over the last 10 years according to some growers and broccoli is still gaining in popularity. The season is over its heaviest volume. “We’re purposely heavier in the spring before our summer crops come in (peppers and corn),” said David Walczak of Eden Valley Growers......

AU: Eating more veg would save millions in healthcare
A new study reveals that if people simply ate more vegetables, the Federal Government could save $100 million dollars a year on health costs. Horticulture Innovation Australia commissioned the study which found more than 90 per cent of Australians did not eat the recommended five servings of vegetables a.....

Philippines: 400,000kg veg destroyed after shipping mix up
A clearing operation in Divisoria, the main wholesale market for vegetables in Manila, led to a blockage in shipments of vegetables last week. As a result, around 400,000 kilograms of carrots, cabbage and other salad vegetables had to be destroyed, a Benguet farmers’ group said on Friday 5 August.The.....


Rubber duck tomato surprises growers
When staff at the People and Gardens Nursery, which helps people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, went to pick their latest crop they were surprised by an unusual shaped tomato, which resembled a rubber duck.With its 'wings' outstretched and the traditional yellow colour it looks.....


Mushrooms in Ghana Project plans spawn laboratory
Small-scale mushroom production is a proven way out of poverty in developing economies. While the number of farmers is growing in Ghana, the seed material, spawn, is in short supply. Douglass and Dr. Sandra Williams of Mushrooms in Ghana Project are working to build a spawn lab there.“Farmers can support and.....

Bangladesh: Floods cause hike in veg prices
Floods in 22 districts of Dhaka have damaged vegetables crops causing prices to increase significantly, traders report. Most of the vegetables witnessed a Tk 5-Tk 20 per kg hike in the last seven days.A kilogram of chilli prices increased by Tk 20 during the period.Brinjal was sold at Tk 40-Tk 60 per kg.....


Greenhouse cucumber season into heavy yields
Supplies for Ontario greenhouse cucumbers are strong and will continue to get stronger right through to the end of the season in November. Some farms are currently in the process of pulling their crops out and due to the end of the crop cycle and are replanting their crops. “We’re in our second and third.....

NZ to help Cambodia grow high value veg
The New Zealand-based Plant and Food Research Institute is helping Cambodia to develop high-value vegetable crops, via a recently awarded $7 million grant from the New Zealand government. The grant will be used to work with small-scale farmers in the Southeast Asia country in order to increase their income.....

NZ: $4m investment in beetroot storage facility
In order to closely monitor quality control, Heinz Wattie's is building a $4 million beetroot storage and grading facility in Hastings. Heinz Wattie's managing director, Mike Pretty, said the new facility was part of more than $25 million of capital investment in 2016.After storage and grading of the locally.....


Despite high temperatures, Michigan’s squash production is strong
“Our supply of squash has been strong, even with the high temperatures we’re dealing with,” says Troy Bennett of Veggifruit. “Normally, we have temps in the mid-70s and low 80s. For the past two weeks, we’re seeing temperatures closer to the upper 90s, which stresses the plants and growing squash. When those.....

Russia expects record cabbage and potato harvest
Warm weather and heavy rainfall last month in the Altai region could have a positive impact on the yield of vegetable crops this year, says the CEO of Russkie ovoshi, Andrei Langovoy. The company is one of the largest vegetable producers in the Altai region and in Russia as a whole.According to Langovoy,.....

Latvia: Mushroom, blueberry prices drop
In mushroom-mad Latvia the drop in blueberry and chanterelle mushroom prices, due to heavy rainfall, is said to be a matter of national concern. The low prices are deterring people from foraging for the produce as they are used to getting better prices for their efforts.At the Riga Central Market,.....

Crimea: Tomato prices halve
Over the past weekend, from Saturday 30 July to Sunday 31, the price of tomatoes sharply dropped at Crimean wholesale markets. According to Fruit-Inform, current prices fixed by sellers at Krymskiy Privoz Wholesale Market, Simferopol, are half as high as those registered at the end of the past week.For the.....

UK: Confusion over asparagus growing and tax
There is some confusion in the United Kingdom concerning asparagus growing and taxation: the Upper Tax Tribunal has been unable to determine whether growing asparagus for sale is considered as farming or market gardening for the purposes of tax.The appeal case, which was heard in London on 27 June, was.....


Australia: Vegetable supply-chain handbook released
A new, free handbook outlining the best and most cost-effective ways for handling vegetables during the postharvest period is now available to industry.Commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the vegetable levy and matched funds from the Australian Government, the Postharvest management of.....

Philippines: GM eggplant to improve farmers' incomes
Now that the Supreme Court has revised its 2015 decision stopping field tests of genetically modified (GM) crops, advocates of the Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) eggplant are studying the commercial production of the country’s first genetically enhanced vegetable.“We can now proceed with more research and bring.....

India: Direct sales cause veg prices to plummet
The delisting of fruit and vegetables, which has meant farmers no longer have to sell only to regulated wholesale markets, has caused vegetable prices to plummet in Mumbai over the past two weeks. A sudden increase in direct supply from farmers to retailers and bulk consumers, is responsible for the drop and.....

Netherlands: Consumers order veg from the roof
Soon consumers in The Hague will be able to order vegetables from the roof, as Urban Farmers harvest from their rooftop farm in Hofstad. Up to now the farm has only serviced local restaurants and catering companies, but in the near future, consumers will be able to order the Fresh Weekly Baskets, filled with.....


Kenya: Man shocked by cheesy onion ring order
A man was shocked after ordering what sounded like a delicious deep fried dish of cheesy onion rings in a restaurant in Kenya. Sam Ferguson had moved to Kenya from his home in Worcestershire and decided to order the snack at the Hotel Boulevard restaurant.He looked forward to his order, thinking he was going.....


Low volumes, good prices for green beans in Emilia-Romagna
The weather was not very good in Emilia-Romagna and, because of early harvests and delayed sowing, there is a lack of green beans on the market, driving prices up. It is the exact opposite of what happened in June, when yields were high and prices were low. Of course we are talking about machine-harvested.....


Hot pepper harvest in Mexico wrapping up and shifting up north
“We are gradually wrapping up our pepper production for this season,” says Mark Morales with Rio Produce. “It is just getting too hot in the regions in Mexico where we grow our peppers and it impacts the quality. We stop production for a couple of months and start it back up again in October,” Morales added......


Japan enthralled by ‘Vegedeco salad cakes’
Japanese food stylist Misuki Moriyasu wanted to promote vegetables by making them more appealing. The results are beautifully decorated pies, cakes and cupcakes. Her colourful creations were an instant hit, and a new craze was born. They are extremely popular and are currently being sold in tearooms,.....

US consumers unaware of mushroom health benefits
A new national survey conducted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers, reveals that relatively few people are aware of the health benefits of mushrooms.Only 18.5 percent of survey respondents said they knew the health benefits of mushrooms, according to the online.....

Nigeria: Drastic drop in tomato prices
Tomato prices in Nigeria have dropped sharply following rainfall across the tomato-producing areas of the north. A basket of tomatoes that sold for for 42,000 naira in May now sells for 800 naira in the northern city of Kaduna.This comes months after an outbreak of a disease known as tomato blight led to.....

Peru: Almost 90% of artichokes sent to US, Spain
In the first quarter of 2016, Peru's artichoke exports totalled US$24.7 million and the U.S. and Spain were responsible for purchasing 86.6% of the these artichoke exports.According to Peruvian Custom Department's figures, artichoke shipments arrived in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, Canada, the.....

Dominican Rep: 63% of producers in Constanza close to bankruptcy
The National Union of Agricultural Producers (Unaproda) reported that 63% of small and medium vegetable producers in Constanza are on the verge of bankruptcy and the remaining 37% will face serious problems in the coming days. This is due to the fact that the auctions for the importation of products carried.....


Artichokes make a great summer vegetable
As record-setting heat blazes across most of the country, artichokes could be America’s favorite new summer vegetable with recipes that don’t require work in the kitchen.Ocean Mist Farms, the largest grower of fresh artichokes in North America, now sells two cleaned and ready to cook fresh artichokes in its.....

Poland steps up veg production
Polish total vegetable production is expected to go up by 5% and reach 5 million tons this year according to preliminary expectations of Agricultural Economics and Food of Poland.An increase in total production will be based on higher production of field-grown vegetables, which is expected to reach slightly.....

Japan: Tear-free onions to launch this winter
After more than 20 years of trial and error, Japanese researchers have produced onions, which release nearly none of the eye-irritating gases responsible for causing tears when chopping the vegetable.This tearless onion, named the Smile Ball, was sold in trial runs at department stores and online shops.....

Venezuela: Veg production plummets
A shortage of seeds and agrochemical is causing vegetable production in Venezuela to plummet. FEDEAGRO, the Confederation of Agricultural Producers Association, said that the decline in production is increasing.The Association estimated that tomato production will total only 150,000 tonnes while consumption.....

Complete leafminer control strategy available for tomatoes
Biocontrol options to control leafminer include two well-known natural enemies Diglyphus isaea and Dacnusa sibirica. “Biobest ’s UK team has developed valuable experience in tomato on how to use these two parasitic wasps in a robust combination strategy. As leafminer pressure increases in tomato crops in the.....

AU: Biggest hort producer to negotiate with workers
Costa Group, a big supplier to Coles and Woolworths, has agreed to bargain with workers at its tomato business in Guyra, in northern NSW, despite initially resisting a National Union of Workers push for a union agreement.A worker at Costa in Guyra, who asked not to be named, said working conditions and pay.....


Despite Brexit vote lowering demand from UK
“Strong start Chinese sweet potato export season”
“The sweet potato harvest has recently started in Shandong province. Total output is expected to decline due to the extreme cold weather we experience in early Spring. As a result, prices have gone up slightly compared to last year. Overall, we are happy with the market performance in the start of the.....


Record yields for Ontario greenhouse tomatoes
Markets are not where they should be for greenhouse growers in Kingsville and Leamington, Ontario the largest greenhouse growing area in Canada, but the produce quality is excellent. “Supply is very good, we’re having record yields this year and the quality is fantastic,” said David Pereira of Smarty Brand,.....

Not just the crop
AU: New project to focus on growing farm business
Victorian vegetable growers are set to get a helping hand with their farm businesses, as a new industry program will help them focus on growing the business, rather than just the crop.Growing VicVeg is one of 10 projects nationally to have been commissioned by Horticulture Innovation Australia and delivered.....

Spain: New, cheaper device for testing veg pesticide levels
A new device capable of detecting and measuring the level of concentration of pesticides in vegetables has been designed by a group of researchers in Spain. The researchers from the Universidad de Jaén (UJA) specialise in the development of applied sensors for the control of agricultural and food.....


India: Vegetable breakfast mix launched
MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd, a national leader of the Indian breakfast category, is introducing a first-of-its-kind range of products - Veggie Idli Mix and Veggie Vermicelli. The products, available in three variants of spinach, carrot and beetroot, have more than 40% vegetables blended into the products using.....

NZ: Supermarkets experience kale, spinach shortage
Adverse weather over the past few weeks has affected the supply of kale, spinach and mesclun salad in New Zealand. Growers' leafy greens were damaged by the bad weather, subsequently creating a shortage.Countdown spokesman James Walker said stock was down because bad weather over the last two weeks had.....

2016 industry tomato campaign
Polo Distrettuale del Pomodoro da Industria del Centro Sud Italia and rganismo Interprofessionale del Pomodoro da Industria Nord Italia have completed their estimate regarding the areas destined to the cultivation of industry tomatoes during the 2016 campaign.It emerged that, in 2016, 68,640 hectares were.....

Russia: Price of carrots doubles in St Petersburg
In the first half of the year, carrots increased in price the most in St Petersburg, by 51%, as the head of the city department of the Federal Antimonopoly Service, Vadim Vladimirov, reported on Wednesday 27 July.In July, the prices for white cabbage increased 43%, potatoes 36%, onions 20% and apples 19%......


Volume of green chili low, will increase in coming weeks
“We’re just getting started with our green chili harvest. The volume is low right now, but we expect it to pick up in the next few weeks,” says Brandon Gillis of Desert Springs Produce. Green chili is one of the biggest crops grown in New Mexico, with the Hatch Certified green chili being known all across.....

Rotten season for Cali's tomato farmers
California's tomato growers are suffering as an oversupply of processed tomatoes and weaker demand have pushed prices lower. After two consecutive years of increased production, tomato processors this year cut the size of contracted tonnage with California growers by nearly 10 percent from a year ago,.....

Poland: Vegetable production in 2016 may grow by 7.8%
Poland's vegetable production volume in 2016 may increase compared to the previous year. According to forecasts from the IAFE-NRI, it appears that the total volume could amount to 4.09 million tonnes and be about 7.8% greater than a year ago. This growth is largely due to both an increase in the planted.....

AU: Floods causing millions of dollars of crop damage
At the beginning of July, heavy rainfall in East Gippsland led to flooding, which has subsequently caused more than $4.85 million in damage.At least 150 farms were ­affected and losses include about 100 stock, at least 20km of boundary fencing, about 40 tonnes of stored fodder, 40ha of crop, two farm sheds.....

New melon varieties deliver on flavor and harvest efficiencies
When Enza Zaden began innovating its pipeline of compelling new cantaloupe varieties almost a decade ago, forward-thinking in flavor and harvest efficiencies were top of mind.By working closely with southwestern growers, the company introduced Karameza in 2014, followed by Kazta and Silarius earlier this.....

Delhi: Heavy rains push up veg prices
Over the past fortnight, vegetable prices in and around Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) have risen sharply. Although the central government has taken steps to control the spike in prices, incessant rains in areas adjoining the capital have impacted prices. Also, the Centre has a limited role to.....