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Etienne Leclere:

“Protected production becoming ever more important for cherries”

BelOrta’s cherry season has started again. The first cherries from protected production were supplied late in May. To guarantee a better shelf life, the cherries are hydro-cooled.Prospects for the new cherry season are positive. BelOrta expects a normal to good harvest. “We’re seeing a good production in both.....

Poland: Over 60,000 Euro to help Ukraine establish raspberry plantations

A development aid project for Ukraine, which includes training for the setting up of orchards and the transfer of 70,000 raspberry seedlings, is receiving over 261 thousand PLN (over 60,000 Euro) in funding from the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, as reported by PAP on Tuesday.Some agricultural.....

2018 peach and nectarine campaign characterised by slight optimism

"We can be slightly optimistic when it comes to peaches and nectarines," explains Fruitimprese Emilia-Romagna president Giancarlo Minguzzi."So far, prices have stabilised at around €3/kg, with a slight drop (approx. 20%) starting from early July. For producers, prices have been much more profitable than in.....

Apricot export volumes in Armenia up by over 126%

As of July 11, 2018, a total of 101.492 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables have been exported from Armenia, compared to the 56.856 tons of the same products of the previous year, the Ministry of Agriculture told Armenpress.Compared to the same period of the previous year, total export volumes increased by.....

Promising Japanese plum cultivars for Himachal Pradesh

Plum trees are one of the most important and widely cultivated fruit crops in temperate regions all over the world. In India, Japanese plums were introduced by European colonists and missioners. The area currently destined to plum cultivation covers around 8,560 hectares, producing approximately 16 thousand.....

SPAR in cooperation with regional farmers

Strong partnerships offer new opportunities for young farmers

Raspberries and blueberries of top Styrian organic quality are now available on the SPAR shelves throughout Styria. Behind these healthy delicacies we find a cooperation between SPAR and a youthful, innovative producer group of young Styrian farmers: a strong partnership with a clear future. Berry farmer Armin.....

Dante Anton:

“Blueberries still fully in development”

In recent years, blueberries have gained in popularity enormously. The product is still growing for Fruit World as well. The European outdoor production season has now started. Prospects are good, although supply from Portugal has been delayed by several weeks due to bad weather conditions.Fruit World Breda, a.....

Uzbekistan begins exports of fresh fruits & vegetables to India

Since June 2018, Uzbekistan has begun exporting fresh fruit to India. The Central Asian nation will export sweet cherries and apricots to the markets of Delhi for the first time. Uzbekistan also plans to start exporting other types of fresh and dried fruits and vegetables to India in 2018.By July 8, 2018,.....

Healthy cherries not affected by frost damage

WSU researchers test nanocrystals to prevent frost damage in tree fruits

Groundbreaking nanotechnology designed to protect cherries, apples and other popular fruits from frost damage is showing positive results in tests by Washington State University researchers.The research team recently received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food.....

Indian government to educate apple growers to stop Alterniya disease

It was reported that Indian apple growers were facing a huge Alterniya disease problem, as apple crops were dealt a massive blow. Governor N.N. Vora paid a visit to the area at Khiribal in Anantnag and expressed his wishes to take measures that will benefit apple growers.Vivek Bhardwaj, Deputy Director &.....

Chilean pears expected to enter China market in 2019

After a series of successful talks between the representatives of the two countries, Chile is expected to export its pears for the first time to the Chinese market next year. The Chilean Fruit Exporters Association said that the two sides reached an "important agreement" to speed up the market access process......

Melons, pumpkins and watermelons in the spotlight

Spain: First edition of Sakata's Open Days Cucurbits

Between 3 and 5 July, Sakata Seed Ibérica celebrated the first edition of the “Open Days Cucurbits” in the Region of Murcia, with melons, pumpkins and watermelons in the spotlight.During the three days of the event, more than 200 professionals have had the chance to learn about the commercial and.....

Kyrgyzstan to export cherries to China

According to an online news report from Kyrgyzstan on July 9, Kyrgyzstan‘s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Soil Improvement, Zenebek Krimaliev, has announced at a press conference that 14 households in Kyrgyzstan have signed contracts to export cherries to China. He said that farmers in the Kadamzai.....

Jan Willem Tolhoek:

“Raspberries are exclusive, but attainable”

Raspberries, delicate summer fruit that’s on the shelves year-round. However, a world of challenges is behind every punnet of the reddish pink fruit. Although the market is growing, there’s still plenty of room for continued development of the market. Availability and promotion play a key part in this. Jan.....

Spanish stone fruit delayed due to weather conditions

Wilkofruit is receiving and sending out a lot of summer fruit. The import company is specialised in stone fruit. The majority is bought in Spain, where supply is starting later this season.“The season is going well so far this season,” said Wilko van der Zwaard of Wilkofruit in the first week of June. The.....

Lowie Claessens:

“Flavourful blackberries are the future”

“The future is black,” says Lowie Claessens of Driscoll’s. He’s referring to blackberries. Before the future is black, though, some steps still have to be taken, in the field of varieties and supply, among other things. The blackberry market is growing, but compared to other soft fruits, it’s still a small.....

Kununurra, Western Australia

Melon munchers wanted for eating contest

At this year’s Kununurra Ag Show, fruit lovers will have a chance to win cash in a new watermelon eating contest. Ceres Farm is donating the melons, which will be used in the novelty event, starting from 5pm this Friday.Entrants can take part in one of four age groups. The winner of the six-and-under category.....

Wisconsin cranberry & tart cherry production declines

Although Wisconsin apple growers had a productive year in 2017, cranberry and tart cherry producers faced more challenges. Recent data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service found apple production increased almost 20 percent in the state between 2016 and 2017. But Wisconsin produced 12 percent less.....

Chlorpyrifos

US Federal Court urged to order pesticide ban

A federal court will determine if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be ordered to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Seven states and a coalition of environmental and labour groups made final arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this Monday. They are challenging the.....

New Zealand’s kiwis to remain top horticultural export fruit

Kiwifruit exports, valued at $1.86 billion, remain New Zealand's most valuable horticulture export. It is certainly closely followed by the value of wine exports, at $1.72 billion, though they were less than half the value of the kiwifruit exports in 2004. The latest forecasts by the Ministry for Primary.....

Harvest & Market situation Apricots KW28

Apricots from Wallis to be harvested for the next two weeks

Wallis apricots are already on the market, and in the right quantities as well. Last week 649 tons were harvested, which was rather more than the expected 485 tons. For week 28, the overall Swiss forecast is 500 to 550 tons. Apricots from Wallis are now in the peak harvest season and will be so for the next.....

China: Ripe wolfberries turn the Gobi desert red

The harvest of Chinese wolfberries from Wanmu in Linze County, Gansu, kicks off in mid-July. The ripening wolfberries color the Gobi desert red. Linze County has led the reforestation of the Gobi desert through the plantation of fruit trees in recent years, instead of plowing the land to cultivate fields. The.....

Argentina: Producers of pears and apples ask the industry not to lower prices after the harvest

Fruit producers of the Alto Valle de Rio Negro demand that the industry does not lower prices after the harvest so that they can make the payment of their debt for dollarized inputs that increased with the devaluation.The president of the Chamber of Fruit Producers of Fernandez Oro (Rio Negro), Carlos Zanardi,.....

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport: Viva la France, the football, and stone fruit

France: "Stone fruit stable despite limited volumes"

The volume of French stone fruit has plummeted due to the bad weather. Prices on the European market have, however, been stable, making things difficult for traders. Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport exports French stone fruit to this market. "In most countries, low prices are very important. Only in France is.....

Kearns Fruit Farm

Irish farmer says he's lost €200,000 worth of fruit

The recent hot weather has meant havoc for fruit growers and, in particular, has had a hugely detrimental effect on the strawberry. In the past weeks, strawberry plants have suffered and growers are struggling to get fruit picked before it spoils.Jimmy Kearns, of Kearns Fruit Farm in Curraghgraigue, claims the.....

It's Northwest cherry season, and the whole world knows it

Northwest cherry season could be rocket fuel for summer sales

Incredible sweet cherries are streaking out of the Northwest to points around the world while growers move through their blocks as quickly as quality allows. Yet still, demand is running firmly ahead of supply. The consumer demand placed on cherries that have been delivering such high quality this season will.....

Suzuki fly halves French cherry harvest

French cherry growers are panicking. Asian Suzuki flies, no larger than 4mm, are attacking their cherries. Hundreds of tons have already been destroyed.French farmers are crushing their cherries. The white larvae of these Suzuki flies then emerge from the pulp. These have hatched from eggs the flies laid in.....

Karel Vaes, Hellingenfort

"This is the best cherry season ever"

"Thanks to the beautiful warm weather, it is going very well with the cherry season", says Karel Vaes of the Belgian farm, Hellingenfort. "We have almost no torn cherries, so they are of prime quality. Last week we were afraid that things would become difficult. The cherries were getting very hot. However,.....

Noble Orchards, California

Paradise apple grower installs electric fence to discourage bears

Noble Orchards has installed an electric fence in an effort to deter bears that eat their apples.Defenders of Wildlife, USDA Wildlife Services and the Natural Resources Defense Council have partnered with Noble Orchards to construct fencing at the orchard on Pentz Road. The goal is to reduce the number of.....

New generation of melons and new textures

Global Melon & Watermelon Event reveals Piel de Sapo promotional campaign in Europe

More than 300 attendees from different countries and continents got to know the concepts and innovations that Rijk Zwaan presented under the slogan "Supply excellence & Innovation". The 8th edition of the Global Melon Event was held on the 4th and 5th of July at the Melon and Watermelon trials farm in La.....

Uzbekistan increases sweet cherry exports

By July 8, 2018, Uzbekistan exported sweet cherries for a total worth of over $140.95 million, stated agricultural company Uzbekozikovkatholding on July 11th. According to this information, Uzbekistan exported 33,625 tons of sweet cherries in 2018, an increase of 2,880 tons or $73.01 million compared to last.....

Spain: Relief irrigation for Alicante's table grapes

The Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition and the state company Acuamed have promised the president of the Central Board of Users of the Jucar-Vinalopó Transfer, Andrés Martínez, to resume the water transfer next week to send 6.5 hm3 of water for relief irrigation. This will be used to salvage half of the.....

Guillaume Fouquou, la Guitoune:

France: "A lean year for apricots"

Guillaume Fouquou is the owner of la Guitoune, a fruit and vegetable farm cultivating around 400 m2 for direct sales. The shop offers as wide as possible a range, provided by several producers. Guillaume: "Due to bad weather, it’s a catastrophic year for apricots. I have friends who only had 10%.....

Turkish research invests in late apricot varieties

Turkey is the leading apricot producer, growing approximately 20% (around 800 thousand tons) of the global production. The Malatya region produces over half the national production.Blossoming usually starts around mid-March and lasts around 10 days. Harvesting is carried out between early June and late July.....

Spain: Extremadura is having the worst fruit campaign in three years

Plums, nectarines, peaches and cherries, in that order, are the most produced fruits in Extremadura in terms of volume. Plums are the flagship fruit. Between 60 and 70% of the Spanish production comes from Extremadura. In fact, Extremadura is also the main producing region in Europe.With a production capacity.....

Diether Everaerts:

“Shorter cherry season due to quick flowering season”

The cherry acreage of the Belgische Fruitveiling, or BFV, has shown a rising line for years. The importance of covered production in particular is increasing. This year the cooperative expects a short and challenging season.The cherry season once again started for the BFV mid-June. The harvesting period is.....

Future for outdoor strawberries

"Fine Fleur clearly offers added value for growers"

A few years ago, the market for outdoor strawberries didn’t exactly look rosy. Competition from substrate production increased and more and more growers chose a different production method. Jurgen de Braekeleer, product manager of the REO Veiling, characterises the situation back then as “as good as dead.” The.....

"Growers deserve more respect"

It is impossible to demand quality and then only want to pay a few cents per kg for it. Every product has costs involved, and the hard work involved must be rewarded. This also applies to melons and watermelons. These are of good quality and should not be sold under cost price.Michele Bombarda is 22 years old......

Thuringian strawberry harvest 2018 was very good

Despite the extreme drought, the strawberry harvest in Thuringia this season was unusually good, according to various strawberry farmers."We had a much larger crop than usual because there were no late frosts in May this year," said Daniela Hoch of Christians strawberry farm in the Rhön, that also has six.....

The Tropical Fruit Congress has also been confirmed

Focus of Macfrut 2019: Piedmont, Africa and technical demonstrations

The "center of gravity" of Macfrut has shifted to the northwest. Piedmont will be the region and partner of the 2019 edition of Macfrut (to take place from 8 to 10 May 2019). The announcement was made on 28 June 2018, on the occasion of the presentation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.Piedmont is.....

Fysium to control apple ripening

The Fysium has been used for controlling the ripening of apples for several years now. Countries likeAustralia, South Africa, the United States, and most countries in the northern and western parts of Europe use this innovative 1-MCP technology. Italy has also been able to use this technology since January.....

China: Fresh peach prices hit low point

Fresh peaches have only been on the market for a month and the price has already fallen to less than 1 yuan [0.15 USD] per 0.5 kg. These peaches have been bought by pedlars at a buying price of 2.6 yuan [0.39 USD], while these same pedlars now sell them at 2.5 yuan [0.38 USD] in the street. Their retail price.....

Zhengzhou airport welcomes first North American summer fruit

A shipment of North American fresh cherries landed at Zhengzhou Airport on July 7th around 20:00. The shipment was then distributed all over China. This was the first shipment of North American summer fruit to arrive at Zhengzhou Airport this year.Zhengzhou airport welcomes first chartered plane with North.....

Sil Moonen: "Luckily the valley is flanked by mountains on each side"

Dutch blueberry season starts off with small sizes due to dry weather

The Dutch blueberry season has not started under the best of circumstances. "It could be better. The extreme weather conditions of the past few weeks mean the berries have not grown very large. A loss of size means a loss of volumes", says Sil Moonen of Berryfarm.nl. They cultivateberries in the provinces of.....

Chilean pears will enter China in 2019

Chilean pears will enter the Chinese market in 2019, following an agreement reached between authorities of both nations.The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) and the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex) held meetings with the General Directorate of Customs of China (GACC) where, among other.....

Sweden: Thirteen Hepatitis A infections from frozen strawberries

Thirteen people in Sweden have been infected by the Hepatitis A virus linked to frozen strawberries from Poland. Eleven confirmed and two suspected cases were reported from the four Swedish counties Skåne, Blekinge, Kalmar and Gävleborg.Nine women and four men aged 11 to 92 are affected. The most recent person.....

UK: Shortage of soft fruit pickers really beginning to bite

At least three major UK soft fruit growers in Angus and Perthshire saw produce go to waste on the bushes last week; this year’s shortage of good seasonal workers is beginning to bite.Leading supplier Angus Soft Fruits simply states that while the industry is working flat out to cope with bumper crops of.....

A.J and C.I Snell becomes LEAF Demonstration Farm

Last week, one of the UK’s leading fresh and frozen soft fruit growing businesses was launched as a Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) Demonstration Farm. This was in recognition of its wholehearted commitment to sustainable farming.It joins over 35 other LEAF Demonstration Farms set up to showcase the.....

"Canadian cherries have a clear market advantage in China"

"With normal weather conditions, the supply period for American and Canadian cherries begins in June each year and lasts for about 3 months until September. This year's US and Canadian cherries to China's export season is in progress. From the current situation, the market operation is relatively stable,".....

Turkey's grape exports up more than 85 percent in 2017

In 2017, Turkey's grape exports surged by 86.7 percent compared to the previous year, reaching $196 million. These are recent numbers from the Aegean Exporters' Association (EİB). In a statement, the EİB said that exports of seedless grapes, which mature 15 days earlier on average than sultana fresh.....

Italy - unusual grape season

This year's Italian table grape season is quite unusual. "It is still becoming increasingly difficult. We find ourselves in a phase of low demand compared to previous seasons. Prices are also disappointing. The current grapes are more than good enough, quality-wise. Thelate Victoria is always more suitable.....

Politician M.Y. Tarigami:

'Horticulture Dept to combat alternaria in Kashmir’s apple orchards'

CPI leader M.Y. Tarigami today expressed serious concern over the outbreak of alternaria in apple crops in Kashmir. He asked the Horticulture Department to wake up and gear up its resources to control it."Till now the response of the Department has been poor, due to which the orchardists are in panic. The.....

Anecoop launches heart-shaped watermelons

This week, Anecoop, Spain's largest watermelon marketer, has started shipping 2,000 kilos of heart-shaped watermelons to the UK. The product, which has been the result of a development and innovation process, aims to surprise the consumer, providing both them and the producers with some added value.These.....

Canada: P.E.I. strawberries ripening later than usual

Spring frosts in Canada’s eastern provinces have set back berries, vegetables and more. The late frost in June means some Prince Edward Island strawberries are taking longer than usual to ripen.Matthew Compton, the head of the P.E.I. Strawberry Growers Association, says several frosts in early June killed a.....

BelOrta breaks through 1 mill kg cherry cap for the first time

On Monday, for the first time in their history, BelOrta exceeded the 1 million kg mark for cherries. The year, 2018, seems to be an extraordinarily good year for Belgian cherries. Thanks to the tropical temperatures, there are large, good-quality volumes. Belorta's cherry producers are able to offer a.....

Spain: Onubafruit has marketed 2,000 tonnes more strawberries this campaign

Onubafruit, the largest producer of berries in Europe, has closed a "good" strawberry marketing campaign, one in which the fruit has reached "the highest price in recent years." This was reported by the manager of this Huelva-based second degree cooperative, Francisco Sánchez, who said that despite the.....

Spain: Blueberries gaining ground in Asturias

The blueberry and red fruits sector in Asturias expects to reach a production of 500 tonnes this year, with consumption in Spain estimated at 100 grams per inhabitant per year. "Two years ago, there were some blueberries and red fruits available in supermarkets, but now you can find them in any small store,".....