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9.6-hectare Macadamia nut farm goes up for sale in New Zealand

One of the biggest commercial macadamia nut orchards and the associated macadamia nut food product processing and manufacturing operations in New Zealand has been placed on the market for sale.The 9.6-hectare Top Notch Macadamias operation at Patetonga on the Hauraki Plains near the base of the Coromandel.....

South Africa must seek new markets and improve macadamia quality to compete globally

South Africa’s macadamia industry is expected to double production over the next few years. But processors will have to find new markets and add value to nuts to maintain exports, according to Alex Whyte, sales and marketing manager for Green Farms Nut Company in an interview with Farmer's Weekly's Gerhard.....

France sees a diverse and stable harvest of Grenoble walnuts

The start of the Grenoble Walnut PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) harvest in the Isère and Drome regions in France began at the end of September.The harvest took place over 4 weeks and Catherine Petiet, Director of the Grenoble Walnut Committee says that the 2017 production is diverse and should reach.....

Vietnam’s cashew nut export up 23.1% in value so far this year

Vietnam’s cashew nut exports are forecast to surpass the 3 billion USD benchmark for the first time in 2017 thanks to increasing shipments in the first ten months of the year.According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, cashew nuts raked in 2.87 billion USD from 289,000 tonnes, down 0.4.....

US: Texan pecan farmers say it could take years to fully recover from Harvey

When Texan farmers John and L'Nell Starkey returned after Hurricane Harvey, the substantial damage to their pecan orchard left a sting."To see anything that is damaged that bad, and something that we put our lives in, too — we were very sad," said John Starkey, 87. "We spend a great deal of time taking care of.....

Philippines have a chestnut which practically nobody knows

A report recently received from Danilo Tiu an experienced researcher, on his own research about a Philippine chestnut which practically nobody knows, to be found in many places in the Philippines.This is the Talakatak as it is supposed to be called in Quezon and Camarines but which is also known by many other.....

Zambian farmers trained to dry fruit using solar

My Zambia My Africa a Marketing company owned by a Zambian entrepreneur has partnered with Humanity Africa, a charity registered in the United Kingdom to train Zambians working in farm communities in Mkushi and Lusaka in Central and Lusaka provinces respectively on the art of solar fruit drying.During a.....

Nico Schaft (888 Fruit Company): "Last Tamarinde container from Thailand next week"

"Less and less importers of Chinese chestnuts in Europe"

The Chinese import season is in full swing again at 888 Fruit Company, which has a wholesalers on the market in Rungis. "We have been part of the import season of pomelos, nashi pears and ginger for years and we received the first chestnuts at Cool Control in Maasdijk last Friday," says Nico Shaft. The last.....

Nigeria to grow more cashews for export to boost economy

The Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo, spoke in Abuja on Wednesday at a round table and exhibition on the export competency development programme.“The recent recession was due to a 30 to 40 billion dollars annual deficit in Nigeria’s foreign exchange.....

Decrease in Moroccan date production this year

Moroccan date production has only reached 112,000 tons this year compared to the record 128,000 tons recorded in 2016. The decrease is due to a lack of rainfall in the production regions. Morocco has over 5 million date trees on 50,000 hectares, placing them 7th worldwide and 3rd in the Maghreb. As part of a.....

Italy: Chestnut market picking up

The chestnut market is finally picking up after a slow start. But why was that? Operators feel it was because of the higher average temperatures. Chestnuts are an autumn product and people are not very keen on them when it's 20-25°C during the day.We visited a wholesale market in northern Italy to gather the.....

California Walnut Commission capitalising on India's growing market

The California Walnut Commission is optimistic about India becoming one of the top five markets for California walnut growers in the next few years.The Commission has been focusing on stepping up its engagement with traders, retailers as well as the institutional channel, besides consumers, to build awareness.....

Spain: Chestnut and sweet potato consumption not affected by heat

The wholesalers of Mercabarna expect to sell about 900 tonnes of chestnuts and another 700 of sweet potatoes for the celebration of the traditional Castanyada; a figure similar to last year, even though the temperatures have not been ideal.As reported by the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale.....

Pistachios help prevent gestational diabetes

The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development, Francisco Martinez Arroyo stated that the regional government, through the Regional Institute for Food and Agriculture Research (IRIAF) had donated 1,600 kilos of pistachios for a study on the prevention of gestational diabetes, whose conclusions.....

The world will consume 4 million tons of dehydrated fruits by 2020

The executive president of Sierra and Selva Exportadora, Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta, said that global consumption of dehydrated fruits would reach 4 million tons in 2020, due to the global tendency to consume natural and healthy foods that fight obesity and the greater awareness of health care. As such,.....

BOI approves $152,000 for cashew project in the Philippines

The Board of Investments recently approved the application of R-Ley Trading, based in Roxas, Palawan in the Philippines, as an expanding export producer of roasted cashew nuts.R-Ley Trading, a small to medium enterprise (SME) participant, qualified under the Export Activities category of the 2017 Investment.....

Erwin Bakker, Ellips:

"Optically sorting dates replaces manual selection and mistakes"

Although the Elisam sorting machines have mainly been on the rise in top fruit, onions and citrus in recent years, the first machine Erwin Bakker sold in 2011 was an optical sorting machines for dates. It wasn't an unnecessary luxury item."We arrived at Datepac in Yuma (Arizona) where 11,000 people were.....

Senegal plans to boost cashew and mango exports with new project

The Senegalese government on Wednesday announced that the country will work with UNCTAD to boost the competitiveness of its cashew and mango exports.​The two sectors combined account for only 2% of Senegal's total goods exports but provide income for more than 100,000 families in Casamance -- the.....

Dates from UAE will be sold in the Brazilian retail market

Dates from the United Arab Emirates will be sold in the Brazilian retail market. Export-import company De Biase & Presbiteris Ltda imported the products from company Al Foah, located in the city of Al Ain, and will distribute them in Brazil and, later, in other South American countries.According to the.....

Chile will produce 200,000 tons of nuts by 2025

The nut industry in Chile could surpass the 100,000 tons of nut production milestone in 2018. According to projections made at the second "Chile 100 thousand, grow with quality" congress, the work being carried out by the country would allow it to double that volume by 2025.Different exhibitors alluded this.....

Italy: Pistachio cultivation getting more popular as global demand grows

"Pistachios represent a good alternative in agriculture: plants are very resistant, don't require a lot of maintenance and the product is in demand. Exceptional results can be achieved with suitable soil and the ideal temperature range," explains Salvo Grassia, owner of a nursery in Bronte (CT).Above: Salvo.....

China: Pagoda helps 'above sea level walnuts' to boom

The autonomous prefecture of Chuxiong Yi in Yunnan province lies, on average, 2000 meter above sea level. It is the most famous walnut producing region that lies high above sea level. The office of the national forestry industry dubbed it the 'Chinese walnut village'. Walnuts from this production place have.....

GM Green Farms Nut Company:

“Demand for South African macadamias remains strong with record prices"

As the sole macadamia exhibitor, Green & Gold Macadamias (the marketing division of Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC)), observed key trends and growth markets for macadamias in the food and beverage sectors at this year’s Anuga trade fair.Subjects discussed covered:Prices supported by the market with strong.....

$3 billion investment fund bets on hazelnuts in Bhutan

To beat the markets you sometimes have to go a long way from Paradeplatz or Wall Street, even as far as Bhutan.That’s just one of the far-flung spots where ResponsAbility Investments AG has ventured to stoke its returns. It’s investing in hazelnut production on the slopes of the world’s tallest mountain range,.....

South African macadamia production up 9% from 2016

Alex Whyte, general manager at macadamia processing and exporting company, Green Farms Nut Company, told Farmer’s Weekly that it was too early to accurately determine growth in the macadamia industry for 2017, as nuts were still being processed and sales were being finalised.“The South African Macadamia crop.....

Arizona pecan acreage growth doubles

Pecan production in Arizona continues to gain steam with more affordable inputs and good market demand as the main drivers.Joshua Sherman, commercial horticulture area agent with the University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension, says 2017 is closing with double the number of new pecan acres planted over.....

China: Walnuts from Jingning sold in Nepal for the first time

A few days ago, the office for inspection and quarantine in Gansu province has revealed that, after having met all required standards at the office for inspection and quarantine in Pingliang city, 11.9 tons of processed walnuts from the Red Six Fortune corporation in Jingning county, with a total value of.....

Peru: Pecan exports increased by 11% a year since 2012

According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Company (ComexPeru), Peruvian exports of pecans between 2012 and 2016 grew by 11% each year, going from US $4 million to US $ 6.2 million.This growth is explained by several factors, such as an increased demand from China, said Juan Durler, general manager of Alpha.....

Nigerian's FG to establish 10,000 hectares of cashew plantation in Kogi

The Kogi State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Kehinde Oloruntoba, has said that arrangements were being perfected for the Federal Government to establish a 10,000 hectare cashew plantation in the state.He disclosed this recently when he led a delegation on a working visit to the palace of the Attah Igala,.....

Spain: Fires cause losses in chestnut acreage

The Bierzo Chestnut Board (based in Leon) lamented the "irreparable" loss of chestnut trees and forest in Galicia and the Bierzo region in the fires of recent days."This situation, if caused deliberately, once again shows the lack of sensitivity to our natural environment that some individuals have, putting.....

US: Arizona pecan growers looking forward to a good harvest this year

Farmers in eastern and central Arizona are looking forward to a good harvest this year.Arizona was the fourth largest producer of pecans in the nation last year, selling 24 million pounds of the nut.Early reports estimate the size of this year's crop nationwide will be even more fruitful than last year......

Indian cashew sales fall 20% during festive season

Cashew processors have seen a nearly 20 per cent fall in sales this Diwali season in India from last year, hurt by increased imports of kernels and higher raw nut prices among other reasons."Though import carries a duty of 45 per cent, cheaper rates (abroad) have led to its rise," said RK Bhoodes, chairman of.....

Mozambique will soon produce 200,000 tonnes of cashews a year

Maputo, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario declared on Friday that the country will soon be able to harvest 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts a year, thanks to the level of investment under way in this sector.Speaking in Meconta district, in the northern province of Nampula, Rosario noted that.....

Cameroon looks to invest in cashew nut production

Cameroon is a small producer of cashew nuts with an annual production of 108 tons, but the government sees it as an important economic development opportunity for the country.Therefore, as part of the framework of its agricultural development plan, Cameroon intends to intensify Cashew nut production to make it.....