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Nuts and dried fruits
Dried fruit and nut consumption up globally
Both demand and consumption of dried fruits and nuts have increased globally, according to the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), in Reus, Tarragona (Spain).According to efeagro.com, figures from the INC show in Spain alone, consumption of dried fruits and nuts increased 33 per cent compared to.....
Vietnam's 2016 cashew exports exceed US$1 billion
Vietnam's Cashew Association chairman, Mr. Nguyen Duc Thanh, has reported that in the first five months of this year, the cashew industry exported more than 118,000 tons of cashew nuts, bringing in about US$1.1 billion, exceeding the export plan in terms of both volume and value.The US was the biggest.....
US(CA): Bigger almond crop anticipated
This year's almond crop is expected to be larger than that from last year, and growers are pointing to more rain and a better winter as reasons for the boost in production. More volume could mean lower prices, but those better price points could entice foreign buyers to purchase more nuts than in previous.....
World's top cashew producer
Ivory Coast cashew black market on the rise
The Ivory Coast could produce 1 million tonnes of cashews a year, but a number of factors such as, rising prices, new taxes and huge demand from the agricultural industry, have led to a booming black market. The West African country overtook India in 2015 to become the world’s top cashew producer, and is.....
Ukraine: Political situation boosts modernisation for walnut production
The recent DCFTA between the EU and Ukraine has given a boost to the Ukrainian agricultural sector as many have now gained an opportunity to increase production so they can become a larger competitor in the global market place."The current political situation with Russia and the Ukraine has meant that many.....
Azerbaijan-Iran discuss ag cooperation
An Iranian delegation of entrepreneurs led by Mahmoud Hojjati, the Iranian Agriculture Minister visited Azerbaijan on May 15-17. The expansion of cooperation in the agrarian sector was discussed at a meeting between Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev and Mahmoud Hojjati.Mustafayev said that.....
Pecan production drops in Louisiana
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pecan production in the state of Louisiana fell from 11 million pounds in 2014, to 5 million in 2015. And according to one farmer, Lincoln, the rainfall this spring will continue to keep numbers low, and pecan prices high...but not his."If you raise the prices.....
U.S. Tree nut supply to increase by 35% or more in next five years
The U.S. tree nut industry's golden run may be winding down as it prepares to absorb a significant increase in supply in the face of weakening global demand and softer prices, according to a new research report from CoBank. Growers' margins should remain positive through 2017, but operating profitably after.....
New gold nugget for Idyl Groupe
In the continuity of its development, the Idyl Groupe is expanding and announces the launch of its start-up: Maghreb Palm Biotechnologies.The opening of this new company reflects the desire of the Idyl Groupe to strengthen its specialist position in agricultural development. Located near Agadir, Morocco, the.....
Spain: Catalonia expects to produce 30.8% more almonds
The Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia (FCAC) expects almond production will increase 30.8% on the previous year, from 3,102 tons to 4,056 tons of grain.Tarragona will increase its production by 40.4% (from the 1,490 tons of grain it produced last season to 2,092 tons this year). The main.....
Richard Strijbis, Tovano: “It looks like Christmas”
“Ramadan boosts sales Turkish figs”
“There used to be a Belgian saying, a fig after Easter is a noose for the boss (come too late in the day, be too late to be of any use). But in the last few years that no longer holds true. Indeed, it looks like Christmas,” Richard Strijbis of Tovano says. For the Ramadan he especially imported a car full of.....
Reducing energy costs and emissions
US (CA): Almond Growers Association's 1MW solar system completed
Central California Almond Growers Association (CCAGA), a grower-owned cooperative focused on almond hulling and shelling, has announced the completion of its 1MW ground-mounted solar system at its Kerman facility in California. CCAGA chose Cenergy Power to engineer and install the large solar system.CCAGA's.....
But not all bad news
US (CA): SLO County crops suffer effects of drought
In California's San Luis Obispo County drought and a chilly spring has caused a significant decline in the wine grape industry. Yet for the county's top crop of 2015, strawberries, growing conditions were favorable and the crop remains the leading crop in terms of value, for the second year in a row.Wine.....
Kenya's cashew industry needs reviving
According to Mark Mbui, a former manager at Kenya Cashew Nut Limited, cashew nut farming used to be the backbone of Kilifi County's and the entire Coast region'seconomy. However, after the collapse of the Kenya Cashew nut factory 25 years ago, tress were cut down for fuel, while others were left to grow into.....