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Huge production and yield gap for fruits & veg in Ghana says study

According to a new study, Ghana is experiencing a huge production and yield gap in both fruits and vegetables. The study was conducted in 2016 by the Ghana Institute of Horticulturalists (GhIH), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), of the United Nations. Presenting the findings of the study to.....

Angola's proposed tariff cuts on fruit & veg expected to boost economy

The introduction in the coming months of a new customs tariff in Angola is feeding expectations among economic agents that replacing the current regime will be a stimulus to the country’s growth.A new customs tariff system, submitted to the Council of Ministers and expected to be implemented this year,.....

China consumes 73% of Vietnam's total fruit & veg exports

China consumed 73 percent of the Vietnam's exported goods in the first quarter of 2017, according to Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on Tuesday.In the first quarter, Vietnam's vegetable and fruit exports experienced a year-on-year increase of 29.8 percent to hit $700.6.....

Ban on plastic bags worries Kenyan fruit bag trader

Mr Lucas Omwenga is a worried man. For five years, he has plied his trade as a plastic bag trader in Kisii town's fruit and vegetable market, an occupation that is his young family's only source of income."My wife and two children depend on my plastic bag business for their daily bread," said Mr Omwenga. This.....

UK salad factory looking for over 100 new workers

Bourne, one of the UK's biggest employers, is looking for over 100 new workers. Bakkavor’s Bourne Prepared Produce factory currently employs more than 1,200 people at its 56,000 sqm site and produces a range of products such as bags of leafy salad, fresh stir-fry mixes and fruit pots. The firm are trying to.....

Zimbabwean company to supply seeds to Kenya

Zimbabwean seed company, Klein Karoo says it is spreading to East Africa, with Kenya being the first target to be supplied with seed.In Zimbabwe, the company currently controls about 20 percent of the market, with giants such as Seedco, Pioneer and others controlling the other market share.The company which.....

Immigration change in New Zealand labeled as 'tinkering'

Migrants will need to earn more than $49,000 to qualify for a highly-skilled worker visa under changes slammed as tinkering by New Zealand First and Labour.Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced the changes today, saying they are aimed at increasing the quality of people coming to New Zealand.New.....

Rise in fruit & veg prices boosts food prices by 2.2% in New Zealand

Figures out on Thursday are expected to show New Zealand's consumer price index (CPI) - the official measure of household inflation - rose 2 per cent in the year to March 31, according to economists.A sharp rise in the price of fruit and vegetables boosted food prices 2.2 per cent in the first three months of.....

Bilateral food safety agreement between US/AUS to help exporters

The signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement between Australia and the US this month puts Australian exporters in a strong position as preferred suppliers, according to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.According to the Department’s head of exports, Greg Read, said the agreement.....

Next Step UK to help foreign fruit & veg exporters enter the market

Next Step UK will be holding their International Fruit & Vegetable Commercial Mission, which is planned to be held in London in June 2017. The event is aiming to help fresh produce companies based in other countries get in contact and start business relations with UK importers and distributors of products.....

"Made in Azerbaijan" brand boosting exports for the country

Azerbaijan has been promoting the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand in foreign markets since 2016, and has already recorded about a 10-percent growth in exports in the period January-March 2017. But the potential is more than the current figures show. Today’s most important goals of the export-led growth strategy is.....

Warming of 2°C in Africa could reduce ag production by 20%

Scientific consensus is that a temperature increase of 2°Celsius would result in an average reduction of 15% to 20% in agricultural yields on the African continent.The Center for Global Development’s 2011 report, “Quantifying Vulnerability to Climate Change Implications for Adaptation Assistance,” forecasts.....

Klein Karoo Seed Marketing strive for sustainable ag in Zimbabwe

The Leaders of Yield Klein Karoo Seed Marketing Zimbabwe (K2) have taken upon themselves the restoration of The Zimbabwean Agriculture Industry’s impressive history of productivity, that at its peak resulted in relatively affordable food, feed, and fiber for domestic purposes and increases in agricultural.....

SA Produce Marketing Association defends agents for fresh produce market

The agency system of sales in the South African fresh product market is “definitely not under siege”, as suggested by the recent Competition Commission raids, say Produce Marketing Association Southern Africa GM, Lindie Stroebel and ZZ2 CEO, Tommie van Zyl.The commission, last month, held search and seizure.....

Turkey/Africa ag ministers to meet next week

The African Union Commission and the Government of the Republic of Turkey will host the Turkey-Africa 1st Agriculture Ministers Meeting and Agribusiness Forum in Antalya, Turkey next week. A statement by the organisers said that, within the scope of the meeting, eight side events will be organized. Some of the.....

Picking fruit based on looks may not be the best way

Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found that most people in the United States don’t know how to pick the best produce. For their recent study, the researchers surveyed over 1,200 consumers on six types of produce to find out what drives people to purchase the.....

Piet Schotel, Fruit Consultancy Europe:

Guatemala: Certifications become more and more important

“If you are interested in doing business with Europe, it's important to know the role of the supermarkets. They control the market in terms of the requirements for the fresh produce, for example the Global GAP certification, the hygiene protocols, as well as sustainability, nowadays. In my opinion, if you.....

Vietnam loses domestic fruit market

The Vietnam fresh fruit segment is brimming with untapped potential for production and export, says the Vietnam Vegetable and Fruit Association, but has lost the domestic market over food safety concerns.Nearly 70% of the land in the country is suitable for growing produce, and more than half of the population.....

NZ minister promotes trade and investment with Malaysia

New Zealand trade Minister Todd McClay traveled to Malaysia for high-level talks with Malaysian Trade Minister Mustapa Mohamed and to mark 60 years of successful bilateral relations between the two countries.Mr McClay will speak about trade and investment opportunities in New Zealand at a business forum in.....

NZ looks at benefits of $3m ag restoration project in the Philippines

The New Zealand Embassy, with Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretary for Special Concerns Atty. Ranibai Dilangalen, Midsayap Mayor Romeo Arana, DA Region XII Office Executive Director Milagros Casis and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Emergency Programme Officer Michael Pizzari, led the.....

Both fresh and processed

US imports of vegetables make up increasing share of domestic consumption

Trade plays a vital part in both fresh and processed vegetable markets, one that has increased over time. The United States imports a larger amount of fresh and processed vegetables than it exports. This is in contrast with U.S. agricultural trade as a whole, which consistently runs a trade surplus (exports.....

Eating more fruit reduces risk of developing diabetes

While already known to be good for your health, a new study shows that fresh fruit and vegetables may also help reduce the risk of diabetes and even reduce the mortality of those who already have it.Huaidong Du, of the University of Oxford, and colleagues studied nearly 500,000 people participating in the.....

In 2015 97% of food in the EU met pesticide limits

Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits, new figures show. The latest monitoring report published by EFSA reveals that more than 97% of food samples collected across the EU in 2015 were within legal limits, with.....

University of Florida professor releases book on micro-irrigation design

A University of Florida professor and his colleague from the University of Jordan have published a book in which the two agricultural scientists impart the most up-to-date technology in micro irrigation.Professor Emeritus Brian Boman, at the UF Indian River Research and Education Center near Fort Pierce, along.....

Global management of new varieties with data bases

The Global Management of the commercialization of New Varieties as Intellectual Property is a daunting task for anyone. The coordination and communications related to these are a constant factor. One must make sure all stakeholders around the world are involved in the necessary tasks to obtain protection. This.....

Aus Export Association fights post-entry inspection scheme

Trust in biosecurity and food security status is a key pillar in the global competitiveness of Australia's horticultural trade.The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DoAWR) promotes a shared responsibility to manage the biosecurity system. This is a core concept underpinning Australia’s national.....

Tawian border checks find over 900 problem shipments in 2016

Random border checks by Taiwan's health authorities found 915 imported shipments of food and other items which did not pass inspection, according to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday.The FDA said it randomly inspected 52,725 of 675,018 import shipments at the border in 2016,.....

India invests in cold chain and processing to cut ag waste

About 40% of India's agricultural production goes to waste each year estimated at $14.2bn due to inadequate infrastructure. The loss of so much food is particularly galling when nearly 300 million Indians live in extreme poverty and face constant hunger and malnutrition.On Tuesday, the government unveiled.....

18 states join the National Agriculture Market in India

Eighteen states have joined the eNAM (National Agriculture Market) and 13 of them have made the necessary amendments to rules under their respective APMC Acts within a year of its launch, the government said on Wednesday.The eNAM is a pan-India electronic trading portal, which networks APMC (agricultural.....

Nigerian government to pump $9.7bn into Bank of Ag

The federal government in Nigeria plans to pump N3trillion into the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) with the aim of allowing farmers access to funds at an affordable interest rate.According to the government, access to funding remained one of the biggest challenges facing farmers in the country.The Minister of State.....

Agtech startup raises $2m to market wonky fruit & veg

Agtech startup Full Harvest wants to cut down on food waste with a software platform that creates a market for produce deemed unworthy for store display. The San Francisco company has raised $2 million in funding to support its efforts. Wireframe Ventures led the seed investment round, which included.....

Nigeria and South Africa partner to develop agriculture

The Cross River State government has announced its partnership with the North West Province of South Africa to develop agriculture and tourism sectors.Governor Ben Ayade disclosed this yesterday in Calabar, while addressing the Mafekeng delegation that was in the state for a three-day working visit.He.....

AGCO strategy looks to increase farm productivity and food security in Africa

AGCO's 150-hectare Future Farm in Zambia now features the company's full line of Fuse technologies. Its facilities, which also include crop demonstration plots and GSI grain storage and protein production units, provide training in agronomy and modern agricultural practices to farmers, equipment operators, and.....

Rain & wind cause $400k worth of damage to Indian plantain crop

Widespread damage to crops has been reported in the heavy summer rain and wind that has been lashing the district for the past week. The loss has been estimated at around US $523,000 according to preliminary reports of the Agriculture Department.The rain damaged crops, especially plantains, vegetables, rubber.....

California rain drives up prices in Canada

If you’ve been roaming the fresh produce aisle recently, you may have noticed that some of the healthy foods in your cart are taking an unusually large bite out of your grocery budget. The price of lettuce, in particular, has jumped as much as 20 per cent to 25 per cent in recent weeks.Celery has also.....

FruitsfromChile and Port of Los Angeles see off season’s final Chilean summer fruit vessel

FruitsfromChile and SSA Marine Port of Los Angeles said goodbye the final Chilean Summer Fruit Season’s Breakbulk Vessel this week.The Baltic Prime Vessel, headed back to Chile early Friday morning, after the Port teams unloaded over 4,000 pallets of Chilean Grapes, close to 200 truckloads of grapes, headed to.....

UAE looks to expand trade with Azerbaijan

"The UAE is one of the most important partners of Azerbaijan in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East region," said Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UAE, Dashgin Shikarov. The two nations see rapidly increasing economic cooperation and are keen to promote tourism and trade.The overall trade turnover between.....

Water conference focuses on improving Africa's yields through technology

One session at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference was called “Upscaling Solutions: Expanding access to irrigation for smallholders in sub­-Saharan Africa.” This session explored how public and private sector investors can support smallholder-irrigated agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve greater.....

Belgians buy less fruit and vegetables, but spend more

In a substantial report titled ‘Food for thought,’ the Flemish government had research done into the food chain in the region. The report also mentions the fruit and vegetable sector. In it, only the domestic production on the Belgian market is looked at. Import and export flows are ignored.Belgian consumers.....

Fresh Business Expo 2017 planned for December 5 in Ukraine

The fruit and vegetable business is one of a few sectors of the Ukrainian economy, which is ready and has partially applied both the range of technologies to add surplus value to their produce and modern approaches to trading relations between different participants of produce supply chain.With that said,.....

High tensions hurting tomato trade between Pak/India

The rising tensions between India and Pakistan after a Pakistani military court sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on charges of spying, has hit the trade between the neighbouring countries through the Attari-Wagah land route near Amritsar.The traders in the region allege that, following the issue, Pakistan.....

Bulgaria: Only wholesale tomato prices rose this week

Bulgaria's State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets (CCCTB) announced that the Market Price Index fell this week by 0.76% to 1.477%.Greenhouse tomatoes grown in Bulgaria have become 1.6 percent more expensive and are sold for 2.60 Lev* per kilo, while the price of imported greenhouse tomatoes has.....

Hungary's fruit and veg prices drop 7.3% in February

Hungarian agricultural producer prices fell by an annual 2 percent in February following a revised 3.2 percent decline in January, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) said on Wednesday.Vegetable, fruit and cereals prices declined by 7.3 percent from the previous year in February, while livestock and related.....

Growing black middle class "a treasure trove of opportunities"

Promofresh takes fresh produce to new markets in South Africa

Promofresh is a South African fresh produce promotional agency, run by Ruth Behr, who has worked with Hortgro, Potatoes SA, the South African Avocado Growers' Association, among others, to open up new markets domestically. She and her team run promotions at the country’s fresh produce markets, in supermarkets.....

UK consumers eating four times more packaged food than fresh

According to new research consumers in the UK eat nearly four times more packaged food than fresh. The UK isn't alone however with most of western Europe and north America following suit.Fresh food has played a smaller and smaller part in some families’ lives as the pace of life has speeded up over recent.....

Fruttinfiore - Lagnasco is the capital of Piedmont fruit cultivation

PHOTO REPORTFruttinfiore, the event dedicated to the best local fruit in Piedmont, took place between 7th and 9th April in Lagnasco (Cuneo). It included both STAO - Salone delle Tecnologie Applicate all'Ortofrutticoltura(Salon for the technology applied to agriculture) and the Market Fair, where professionals and.....

"UK consumers should brace themselves for food prices to rise"

The price of food imported from the EU is likely to rise by up to 8% as Britain is forced to impose extra border controls after Brexit, making it more difficult to import foods that they cannot produce themselves.Last year, the UK imported food and agriculture products worth £47.5bn. 71% were from EU nations......

Turkish fruit and veg prices could fall sharply in Ukraine

A sharp reduction in the price of Turkish vegetables and fruits in Ukraine may occur due to a new aggravation of relations between Russia and Turkey, as predicted by the General Director of the Ukrainian Retail Trade Suppliers Association, Alexei Doroshenko."Last night it was announced that Russian air.....

Aloun Farms offering ag community fee-simple farm ownership

One of the state of Hawaii’s largest commercial farms, Aloun Farms and its subsidiary Helemano Ranch & Farms, recently unveiled the launch of Hawaii’s first, true, fee-simple agricultural community – Ohana Farm Parcels. Located on the site of a former pineapple plantation, Ohana Farm Parcels is offering.....

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Peru: Floods donation campaign by Asica and donors

Peru has been hit by one of the worst disasters of the past 20 years. The areas most affected were Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, parts of Ancash and parts of the Lima region. "Asica’s operations are based in mainly Piura, Ancash and La Libertad and we had the duty and challenge to help our people in.....

Azerbaijani agricultural exports up 73% in first quarter of 2017

In the first quarter of 2017, agricultural exports of Azeri origin have increased by 73 percent, as reported by News.Day.Az. This was announced by the head of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Aydin Aliyev, last week.According to him, Azerbaijani agricultural products have been exported to Russia, as.....

Rwanda looks to diversify ag exports with horticulture

There is currently a drive to diversify agriculture exports in Rwanda, and the National Agriculture Exports Board (NAEB) is already promoting horticulture, including the growing of fruits, to achieve this objective.Betty Ingabire, a trade analyst and horticulture exporter, called for a clear and targeted.....

Ceres region farmers getting by despite drought in the Western Cape

The agricultural sector has, overall, survived the worst of the recent drought that has affected South Africa over the past three years, but the Western Cape was not as fortunate as other areas. Dam levels are low and the lack of rain is reducing moisture in the soil which is threatening production.“Recent.....

Mandatory origin labelling on fresh produce one step closer in NZ

Compulsory country of origin labeling on fruit and vegetables may be one step closer to reality in New Zealand, after the government made a U-turn on their previous decision. The bill has now won the initial backing of the government. The government had previously opposed Green MP Steffan Browning’s member's.....