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SAFE partnership with Miss Fresh in China hits three year mark

Cape Town-based producer and exporter SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters), has achieved via Global Fresh a significant relationship with one of China's fastest growing online retail chain stores.This follows a three-year "toes in the water" approach with Miss Fresh by Rutger van Wulfen, SAFE’s Far East.....

Malaysia's export of fresh fruits expected to reach $165m

Malaysia’s exports of fresh fruits including durian, pineapple and jackfruit, are expected to increase to more than US $165.7 million this year compared with close to US $142 million last year, said the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA).Its Chairman, Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin said the export.....

Ghana Export Authority holds forum to cut out red-tape in trade

Ghana's Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies has developed a three-year Business Regulation strategy (BRS) aimed at modernising the legal and regulatory systems.This is to promote faster growth, job creation and economic prosperity.Mr Carlos Ahenkorah,.....

David Stewart:

"Good prices for spring crops in New Zealand but bad news for potatoes"

The warmer spring weather is finally rewarding New Zealand with an improved supply and prices on new season asparagus, courgettes and strawberries.This week shoppers will find asparagus in either 250 gram bunches or 500g bags at the cheapest price so far this season. The courgettes are now half the price they.....

California gets $19.2m in specialty crop funding

California received $19.2 million out of approximately $60.6 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grants awarded nationwide.The SCBGP provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, defined as fruits,.....

University of Florida reveals impact of Irma on its facilities

After traveling thousands of miles across open water, Hurricane Irma decided to make Southwest Florida its landfall destination for the U.S. The front-row perspective had by researchers at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) in Immokalee was unparalleled as to how the storm.....

China: Increased spending power drives up produce exports to Russia

According to an announcement from the Quarantine and Inspection Bureau of Heilongjiang, the increased exchange rate of the rouble has resulted in greater buying power of the Russians. Thus during the first three quarters of 2017, 57,500 tonnes of produce were exported to Russia from the busiest port between.....

France releases list of best fruit & veg for October

The French ministry of agriculture has recommended a list of the best fruit and vegetables you should eat to be healthier, protect the environment, and save money this October.The seasonal list is a way for the ministry to alert French shoppers to the importance of consuming healthy food that will not break.....

Nigeria losing out big time on ag trade with US

Nigeria is said to be losing huge foreign exchange revenues and about four million jobs annually due to the country’s failure to fully maximise the benefits of a United States’ duty-free trade policy, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).The scheme was signed into law on May 18, 2000 by the former.....

September climate affected productions at Mercato ortofrutticolo di Lusia

The temperature changes and rain of September 2017 affected the quantities and quality of produce available. In addition, they made harvesting difficult as ripening was often delayed or hastened. Plants already ripen at slightly different times, meaning it was difficult to control their development in these.....

App lets users check taste and nutrients of produce before eating

Makuta Amenity Co has developed a smartphone application that enables one to estimate the taste and nutrients of vegetables and fruits just by taking their pictures with a smartphone camera.Makuta Amenity is a company that is based in Fukushima Prefecture, and deals with agricultural products. The company.....

Philippines ag imports from US to increase 10% and reach $2.75B

The value of agricultural products that the Philippines will import from the United States this year would likely reach $2.75 billion, 10 percent higher than the $2.5-billion import bill recorded last year, according to the latest report of the Global Agricultural Information Network (Gain) report.The GAIN.....

Chile: Discovering the Lo Vallador wholesale market

In a country that is very narrow but over 4,000 km long, logistics is a challenge. Yet Chile managed to become a leading exporter of high-quality fruit.During the tour to promote Macfrut 2018 in Peru and Chile, President Renzo Piraccini had the chance to visit the Santiago wholesale market as well as a few.....

Switzerland: Better vegetable harvests in second quarter

In the second quarter of 2017, the frost in April had a major impact on the fruit production in Switzerland. The vegetable varieties were less damaged than the fruit varieties and the damage led to immediate consequences.In May and June, however, temperatures were high which stimulated the production of many.....

USDA invests $48m into specialty crop research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced Fiscal Year 2018 funding for research and extension activities to enhance productivity, safety, and innovation in the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research.....

UK: Riverford seek growers to join three Innovative Farmers field labs

Veg box pioneers Riverford are supporting farmer-led innovation by sponsoring three Innovative Farmers field labs, seeking sustainable solutions to some common problems faced by growers.The field labs are being coordinated at Riverford’s Devon HQ but growers from across the country are being invited to take.....

Brexit threatens Tayside fruit & veg farms in Scotland

The fate of fruit and vegetable farms across Tayside and Fife is being threatened as a result of Brexit, it has been claimed.Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie has called on the UK Government to guarantee an easy-to-operate seasonal workers scheme after hearing evidence.....

Uzbekistan govt looks to increase ag exports by supporting exporters

Export volumes of agricultural products are set to increase in Uzbekistan due to the country's attempts to support entrepreneurs-exporters.Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s decree "On additional measures to stimulate the export of fruits and vegetables, grapes and melons" dated September 19, 2016 created.....

Poland: Fruit production expected to drop by 30-35% compared to 2016

This year, due to the impact of spring frosts, the fruit harvest from trees will be 30-35 percent lower than a year ago and amount to 2.6-2.8 million tonnes. Meanwhile, however, the vegetable production is estimated at 4.5 million tonnes, i.e. at the same level as last year.The Central Statistical Office (CSO).....

US: Florida crops took a $2.5B hit from Hurricane Irma

Florida officials say Hurricane Irma caused more than $2.5 billion in damage to Florida's agricultural community. Of this, $760 million in damage was dealt to the state's iconic orange crop.The preliminary assessment was released Wednesday by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.The powerful.....

EU injects $7m to revitalize Zimbabwe's ag industry

The European Union (EU) has injected $7 million towards the revitalization of the country's agricultural sector whose yields have been declining since the turn of the millennium.Since 2000 when President Robert Mugabe's administration embarked on the land reform programme which saw the violent seizure of farms.....

Uganda Development Corporation board invests in fruit industry

The Uganda Development Corporation (UDC), the investment arm of government mandated to promote and facilitate industrial and economic development of the country, has finally got a first Board of Directors since its revival in 2008.The new board which will be chaired by Hamu Mugenyi, was approved by Uganda’s.....

Egypt based ag exporter looks to increase sales by 15% next season

Natura Agro Trade aims to increase its production next season by 15% to about 7,000 tonnes of food for 6,000 tonnes produced by the company last season.The company exports several types of fruits and vegetables, fresh, frozen, canned and dry, mainly concentrated in products of artichoke, strawberries, okra,.....

Ready Pac Foods introduces Fresh Prep’d™ Soup Kits and Wrap Kits

Ready Pac Foods has packed you lunch with the launch of their new Fresh Prep’d™ Soup Kits and Fresh Prep’d™ Wrap Kits. The two new innovative lines, each a complete lunch you prepare yourself in minutes, were created for health-conscious, yet time-starved, flavor-seeking consumers, and can be found in the.....

Post-harvest research facility cuts spoilage and boosts efficiency

Phil Horton is the leading post-harvest researcher for an Australian Government research facility which focuses on post-harvest ripening and storage of fruit and vegetables.The aim of this facility is to determine best practice for the horticulture industry. Part of its research involves an assessment of.....

Jorge Arangurí, executive director of Danper:

Peru: "The fresh lines are gaining space quickly"

The agroindustrial company Danper projects sales of US $ 180 million this year, which would represent a 20% increase compared to the US $ 150 million reached in 2016.Danper's executive director, Jorge Arangurí, explained that this increase is due to the strong investments made by those he represents in.....

Peru: Piura produces less fruit due to climate change

After the rains of the 'Coastal El Niño', the northern region not only suffered urban damage, but its agriculture was also affected. In a first diagnosis, Educardo Pineda, manager of Economic Development of the Regional Government of Piura, indicated that the production of fruits decreased due to the effects.....

Australia: Research shows more businesses implementing ‘buy local’ policies

The majority of Australian businesses now have a policy or preference for buying Australian-made goods wherever possible, according to independent research released by the Australian Made Campaign.The report on the purchasing habits of the commercial sector reveals nearly three quarters (74.4%) of Australian.....

Ejidomar holds traditional lunch for partners

Spain: "Almeria is a leading horticultural producer thanks to its growers"

Ejidomar SCA has celebrated its traditional lunch for partners, held yearly around this time of the year. The Ejido-based cooperative, which was founded over 4 decades ago, brought 325 partners and relatives together to celebrate the end of the campaign and the start of the new one.Before the lunch,.....

Crops a mixed bag for farmers across Australia

Farm production remains in a state of flux for many agricultural communities and in growing regions throughout Australia as dry weather lingers and finishing rains abstain.Mixed fortunes also abound in different farming locations in various states - but most producers remain optimistic of a solid finish and.....

Scottish aren't eating their five servings of fruit and veg a day

Scotland consumed three portions per day on average in 2016, with consumption having ranged from 3.1 to 3.3 since 2003, the Scottish Health Survey 2016 found.Only one in five (20%) of adults who responded ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day, the joint lowest percentage.....

Quality concerns could be a huge problem for Indian ag exports

After registering a phenomenal 40 per cent growth in the financial year 2016-17, India's fruit exports may find it difficult to sustain the momentum in the coming years.A study on difficulties faced by exporters in the supply chain of agriculture products by Yes Bank stated India's fresh fruit exports were.....

Ag export coalition calls for increased funding to USDA export programs

More than 120 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are urging leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture to increase funding for USDA export promotion programs in the new farm bill.The coalition sent a letter to Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Ranking Minority Member.....

Canada

$500k investment to encourage Ontario to eat more locally grown food

The government of Ontario is helping to bring local food to more consumers in the province.In a press release, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced nearly $500,000 in investments in 19 local food projects across Ontario “that will increase access to local food and support the growth of.....

Launch of Spicy Thai Nourish Bowls

Mann Packing announced the launch of a new flavor profile in its award-winning Nourish Bowls line: Spicy Thai with fresh kohlrabi noodles. The new bowl joins Monterey Risotto, Sesame Sriracha, Southwest Chipotle, Bacon Maple Brussels and Cauli Rice Curry in the innovative line of single-serve, warm meals.As.....

Bronisze Market handles 1.2 mln tonnes of produce per year

PHOTO REPORTThe Bronisze market, located just a stone's throw from the center of Warsaw, is the largest market in Poland. Maciej Kmera said that logistically, the location is perfect, located in central Poland, which is where the most root vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli are grown, and is approximately 50 km.....

USDA pledges support for Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Sept. 29 pledged all resources and flexibilities at USDA’s disposal as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from the devastation of recent hurricanes.“Agriculture producers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands deserve the same resources under the USDA.....

Belgium's new food pyramid encourages fruit & veg but warns against meat

Belgium has introduced a new food pyramid that flips the old version on its head.Courtesy of Vlaams Instituut Gezond LevenWater, fruits, vegetables, tofu, and noodles get top billing—and steak sits at the bottom of the graphic.Bacon, pepperoni, and other deli meats don’t make it onto the pyramid at all;.....

Spain: Geographical distribution of horticultural exports remains stable

94.2% of Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports up until July 2017 went to the EU market; that is, 7.3 million tonnes. Another 170,144 tonnes, 2.3% of the total, went to European countries outside the EU, and 275,842 tonnes, 3.5%, went to non-European third countries, according to data from the Department.....

Basic needs come first

"The horticultural sector is not all that matters"

Many reports have been published on the damage caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters, and will continue to be published. Because we work in this sector, we prefer to keep abreast of what is happening in horticulture, but Derrick Lugo, from Imex Americas, in Puerto Rico, wanted to share with us the.....

China FVF 2017: an analysis of potential

2017 China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair (ChinaFVF) will be held in the China National Convention Center in Beijing on November 3-5. The best fresh fruits and vegetables of the highest quality, already checked by the quarantine services, will arrive on peoples tables. What do costumers prefer? What.....

Optimistic about post-Brexit opportunities

UK: Hub Rural marks 10th year of growth

The South Lincs based agri-food and land agency business, Hub Rural, has reported its 10th year of consecutive growth.Hub Rural Founder, Hugh BakerThe business, which provides consultancy to agri-business, farmers, landowners, estates and fresh produce entities, has grown its business by 400% over the past 10.....

Egypt looks to export fruit and vegetables to China, Australia and Canada

Egypt has begun negotiations with three countries (Australia, Canada & China) for the entry of new Egyptian products into their markets.AEC (Agriculture Export Council) and the Ministry of Agriculture have begun negotiations with Australia, Canada and China. The objective is to allow entry of new products.....

Russia lifts remaining restrictions on agricultural imports from Turkey

Some Turkish analysts assume that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who took umbrage at his US counterpart Donald Trump, has decided to spite Washington by strengthening relations with Putin.Russia lifted the remaining restrictions on imports of agricultural products, raw materials and food from Turkey.....

Former Indian ag minister calls for fruit & veg research institute

Former Indian agriculture minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar today demanded setting up of an institute for promoting research in the field of fruit and vegetables with a view to reducing farmers losses.Addressing state-level representatives of farmers, Pawar said that if farmers come forward he can help them.....

Vietnam: Vegetable & fruit exports set to hit record high

Vegetable and fruit export revenue is hoped to hit a new record of US$3.6 billion in 2017, with bumper crops forecast for the rest of the year.Dragon fruitsAs of September 15, exports of the products hit US$2.49 billion, up 46.7% from the same period last year, a faster growth than the country’s overall export.....

UK: Bruxton fruit & veg wholesaler to grow with £16,000 grant

The family-owned Tomson (Buxton) is one of 19 Derbyshire businesses that have received a share of £530,000 so far from the government-funded Peak Leader Rural Grants Scheme for small firms, farmers or community groups in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales. Now the company looks to grow after being awarded a.....

New lab to boost UN efforts to keep harmful insects at bay

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today opened the doors of a new laboratory to help countries use a nuclear technique to keep harmful insects, such as mosquitoes and fruit flies, at bay.The modern Insect Pest Control Laboratory (IPCL), located in Seibersdorf, Austria, will boost the.....

Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA)

Pakistan: PFVA names new chairman

Aslam Pakhali has been elected as the new chairman of the Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) - the only outfit in the fresh fruits and vegetables sector registered by the Directorate General of Trade Organizations (DGTO). DGTO is working as an attached.....

AU: Wide Bay growers see losses after floods hit Queensland crops

Farmers in the Wide Bay region of Australia are reeling from the impact of the wettest October day on record.Bundaberg copped 335 millimetres of rain during 24 hours of heavy storms, with 240 millimetres falling in just six hours.Chairman of Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Allan Mahoney said his farm was.....

South Africans spend more on beer than fruit and vegetables combined

A recent report by Statistics South Africa has found that South Africans really love their beer, even more than their fruit and vegetables.In fact, South African households spend more on beer than they do on fruit and vegetables. To be specific, beer accounts for about 2,1% of a household’s total spending –.....

Canada

Recall on online sold fruit, veg and nut products issued Montreal

Quebec's Ministry of Agriculture and food inspectors for the city of Montreal have issued a tandem warning about certain fruit, vegetable and nut products purchased from a food coop in St. Leonard.Both institutions are cautioning consumers to dispose of a number of products that were somehow compromised during.....

Penn State's Ag Department adds two new faculty members

Two new faculty members in Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering will advance research and academics in agricultural engineering and technologies.The addition of Daeun Choi and Long He fulfills a priority of the department to strengthen research that supports mechatronics,.....

Leading Peruvian fruit exporter establishes office in China

On 6 September, Camposol, the internationally renowned producer and exporter of Hass avocados, announced that it had established a business office in Shanghai. Camposol brings convenient, fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables to China. The establishment of its Shanghai office will strengthen its commercial.....

US, Germany and UK buy 60% of the world's cucumbers

The total amount of cucumber that has been purchased in 2016 worldwide has been 2.5 million kilos. Of the three largest buyers of cucumber in the world, which together buy 59 percent of the total, Germany pays the highest price (1.038 € / kg), followed by the United Kingdom (1.022 € / kg) and the United.....

Kees Havenaar's (Frutas Luna) preview of the Spanish greenhouse vegetable season:

"Larger area for Spanish sweet peppers, smaller for tomatoes, virus in courgettes"

The Spanish greenhouse vegetable season is about to begin. "Predictions are always difficult, but I'll give an overview of what I'm hearing," begins Kees Havenaar of Frutas Luna."The talk is that the sweet pepper area has grown by five percent. This is compared to last year. This expansion is divided equally.....

Vietnam should improve quality to increase ag exports to South Korea

Vietnam is likely to reach US$70 billion of bilateral trade with South Korea by 2020, an official said at a seminar on export promotion to South Korea held on Friday in HCM City.Lê An Hải, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Asia-Pacific Market Department, said bilateral trade between the.....