Management

"The goal is for the demand to remain stable"

Spain: Subtropical crop producers seek joint promotion in Europe

Spain's biggest tropical fruit marketers, based in the Axarquía region, where most of the country's mango and avocado plantations are located, are working on an agreement for…

Asparagus: each country has its own sales channels

During a conference held on the 17th of October at the International Asparagus Days, Dana Lodi from Cso illustrated some data: the majority of the asparagus sold in the EU is consumed by 4 countries only: Germany (85.000 tons), Spain (32.000 tons), Italy (24.000 tons) and France (38.000 tons). The other countries with a significant consumption…

Why farm-worker migration is booming

In Poland, it was the locals who once picked the Polish fruit and vegetables. That changed in 2004, when the country joined the European Union and Poles were permitted to work in Britain, Ireland and Sweden. Over the next seven years, the rest of the EU opened its doors. Unemployment in Poland has fallen…

Belize signs Fruit Fly Control Cooperative agreement

On October 10, 2018, Belize officials participated in the 5th meeting of the Multilateral Fruit Fly Commission held in Mexico City. Attending were Jose Alpuche, CEO in the…

Central & South America intent on Free Trade Agreements with Morocco

The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement saying that both the Central American Parliament ( Parlacen ) and the Southern Common Market Parliament ( Parlasur ) have shown interest in signing trade agreements with Morocco. Minister Nasser Bourita of Foreign Affairs met Parlacen Speaker Tony Raful…

USDA proposes changes in grade and size requirements for Florida citrus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing changes to the grade and size requirements under the federal marketing order for oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and…

Bruce D. Camenzind suspended and assessed civil penalty in settlement with USDA

On October 5, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bruce D. Camenzind doing business as Clarence E. Camenzind Funnel Trust; BK Farms and Dixon Ranch…

Despite protests against foreign land ownership

Russian billionaire buys four farms in Namibia

Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov bought four additional farms outside Windhoek, spending more than N$43 million (€2.6 mln). This came to pass despite a public outcry about…

Edeka and Rewe object to EU proposal for 'farmer protection'

The large, German cooperative grocers Rewe and Edeka are claiming that amendments to a new EU directive designed to protect farmers would undermine their business models. Both Edeka and Rewe worry that the new EU rules, that would ban the cooperation between retailers and wholesalers, the bedrock of…

March 2019 Brexit deadline approaches

UK: Defra still short of 1,400 staff

Although it has already recruited 1,300 new employees since April 2018, the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is still short of 1,400 staff as…

US Treasury sends China warning shot regarding currency

The Trump administration avoided a major escalation in its trade fight with China after the Treasury Department said in a report released Wednesday that Beijing was not…

Alan Manning:

No more EU fruit pickers for the UK

Britain’s farmers will no longer have privileged access to cheap low-skilled workers from the EU after Brexit, according to the chair of the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee.…

Australian PM Scott Morrison:

‘Ag visa is coming, but not this fruit picking season’

Prime Minister Morrison had a tough message for the National Farmers’ Federation annual congress: “Show us where the real demand for farm labour is and we’ll deliver an ag…

Google announces $900,000 grant to train Kenyan farmers

Over the next year, the digital skills of 100,000 Kenyan farmers will definitely change. Google.org has announced $900,000 training grant, in partnership with One Acre Fund. This training will help the farmers acquire top tech skills necessary for them to tap into knowledge and connections available in…

But still few protections in place

US: Many legal Mexican workers coming to South Carolina

Tens of thousands of foreign workers are flooding into South Carolina and other states through a government-sponsored program to take jobs Americans don’t want. And this is going on even as the Trump administration clamps down on illegal immigration. These seasonal migrant workers mostly come from Mexico, and they’ve…

Egypt: Wastewater treatment plants to irrigate plantations in Sinai

The Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel-Atti, has announced the construction of several water treatment plants in the Sinai. The contract for…

Peru uses less than 10% of the land that is suitable for agriculture

Peru uses less than 10% of its land suitable for agriculture, as it only currently only uses 500,000 hectares of the 6,200,000 hectares that are suitable to grow crops, said the former president of the Association of Exporters (Adex), Alfonso Velasquez. Velasquez stated this a conference about the 'Tools available for…

India: APM Terminals resumes operations at Nava Sheva freight station

This Monday, APM Terminals India -a part of AP Moller Maersk- stated it is resuming operations at its container freight station at Nava Sheva. This had been shut down last…

€172 million to promote EU agri-food products in and outside the EU

The European Commission will provide funding of €172,5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a…

British Growers welcomes announcement on Produce Organisations

The British Growers Association has welcomed the Government’s commitment to continue funding Producer Organisations (POs) until the end of the current parliament. Jack Ward, British Grower’s…

USDA cites Unified Ltd., d/b/a Pan American Banana in California for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Unified Ltd., doing business as Pan American Banana (Pan American Banana), Los Angeles, Calif., for failure to pay for…

Addressing farm labour shortages:

Aussie billionaire Anthony Pratt calls for scrapping backpacker tax

Influential billionaire Anthony Pratt told the National Farmers' Federation Congress in Canberra on Wednesday that he was of the opinion that the 15 percent tax on working holidaymakers should be eliminated. "Let's look at eliminating the backpackers tax. It's one thing our farmers have said to me," Mr Pratt said.…

Jordan-Syria: Long awaited border opening will boost economies

With the official re-opening of the Jaber/Nasib border crossing between Jordan and Syria on Monday, experts were praising this “long-awaited and much-needed” step to boost economic growth. They said that the reopening of the crossing is not likely to result in an immediate rebound in trade exchanges, but expected the…

Backlash over disappearance of reporter

Saudi currency at weakest level for two years

According to an article on reuters.com,  Saudi Arabia’s currency fell to its lowest level in two years and its international bond prices slipped on Monday. There were fears that…

Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce:

Cairo to Sao Paulo: 21% increase in exports - 14% in imports

Michel Halabi, secretary-general and Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), has stated that the Chamber will open its membership doors for…

Bugesera district, Rwanda:

Farmers maintaining high productivity despite dry spells

Despite dry periods in Rwanda’s Bugesera district, farmers from the area reported good harvests of beans, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, avocadoes, papaws and mangoes. Beata Ntabaganyimana and Mathias Sindibara are among those that reported a good harvest. For long, crops in this semi-arid area were often completely destroyed…

Chile and Brazil move forward in negotiations for new Free Trade Agreement

This Friday, October 19th, the teams of Chile and Brazil that are working on a new Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, will meet in Santiago. The negotiations will be led…

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

Defra commits to financial support for British producer organisations

A government decision to maintain the annual €40 million EU funding for producer organisations (POs) has been hailed as a huge boost for the fruit and vegetable sector. The…

USDA issues complaint against John P. McGraw for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a complaint against John P. McGraw (McGraw), Marshall, Missouri, for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act…

Canada: P.E.I. farmers able to apply for frost damage assistance

Prince Edward Island farmers who didn't sign up for AgriStability insurance are being given late access to the program to help with the frost damage in June. The late access…

Serbia: 43 people arrested for illegal exports to Russia

Last week, Serbian police arrested 36 people suspected of illegally exporting fruit to Russia that was originally imported from the European Union (EU), violating local and EU…

Morocco: Agricultural sector accounts for 77% of exports to Russia

The Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry, Aziz Akhnoush, said last week in Rabat that agricultural products account for 77% of all Moroccan exports shipped to Russia, worth an estimated 1.5 billion dirhams (about 137.23 million Euro). Speaking at a working breakfast dedicated to…

Investments handled together with Public Investment Corporation

South Africa's Labour Department to invest R800 mln in agriculture

South Africa’s Department of Labour has announced its intention to invest R800 million (€47.8 mln) in agriculture and related business over the next year. This announcement…

Zimbabwe currency crisis:

“No cash, no bread, no KFC”

Zimbabwe’s fragile currency is losing its value at an alarming speed, prices soar, local and foreign businesses close their doors and people wonder whether their savings are about to be wiped out once again, as they were during the economic collapse and spectacular hyperinflation that tore through the country a decade ago. "We are suffering.…

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Poland: Drought subsidies made available for farmers

The Polish Ministry of Agriculture announced that farmers will be eligible to receive PLN 1.5 billion ($410 million) in financial support to offset losses from the 2018 drought. Most areas experienced hot and dry conditions from April through mid-June 2018, although some areas of western Poland experienced drought conditions…

Chile as an example for fruit and vegetable bilateral agreements

Marco Rivoira is the manager of a leading group within this sector and he stated, “The European Union should take Chile as an example when it comes to stipulating fruit and vegetables free trade agreements”.  According to the manager, Chile actualizes agreements on the basis of the ‘mirror method’, which indicates…

Spain: "Plenty of doubts and uncertainty ahead of Brexit"

The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, acknowledged this week that the sector is going through "a moment with plenty of doubts and great instability" ahead of the United Kingdom's departure from the EU, and advocated "an agreement between London and Brussels before the end…

Pakistan expatriates worried about rupee

Pakistani expatriates are worried about the plunging rupee, fearing it will ruin their investments and make life difficult for their families back home. The news of 8% devaluation of the rupee against the dollar in just one day this Tuesday, came as a shock to overseas Pakistanis. They realize they now have to…

Five lessons from the Australian strawberry needle crisis

Australia is in the grip of a food contamination crisis, after metal needles were discovered in strawberries. The fruit sabotage has spread to at least six brands in four states and has resulted in Coles and Aldi supermarkets pulling the product from their shelves across the country. Additionally, New…

Spain very satisfied with first year of trade treaty between Canada & EU (CETA)

The Spanish food sectors are profiting a year after the start of the trade treaty between Canada and the EU (CETA) from the opportunities the treaty provides. The export…

FAO calls for agricultural modernisation in Zimbabwe

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has recommended stimulating the private agri sector in Manicaland as the region clearly showcases harbours unexploited potential. Speaking during his maiden tour of the agricultural projects undertaken in Mutasa district, FAO sub-regional coordinator for Southern Africa dr…

Farmers may soon get 20% higher MSP on organic produce

The Indian government is considering bringing organic produce under the minimum support price (MSP) system. This is a great way to encourage pesticide-free farming in the…

Japanese PM: 'Japan would welcome UK to TPP’

Britain would be welcomed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with "open arms" after it leaves the EU, says Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe. While the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, it would retain its "global strength", Abe told the Financial Times. He also urged…

Food waste in Poland relatively high compared to other EU countries

Preventing food waste was historically a way to make ends meet. Already from 1861, the cookbooks of the famous English Mrs. Beeton mentioned food waste, such as in her 1899 cookbook, which already cautioned: “Never waste or throw away anything that can be turned to account!”. Quantities of food waste In…

APAL:

Plans for national crisis management plan

Apple and pear industry groups will work together to develop a national cross-jurisdictional crisis management plan to ensure consumers have access to clear, consistent, and fact-based information in the event of any future concerns around food safety. State apple and pear association representatives meeting at an…

To cover destruction caused by Florence

US: Department of Agriculture North Carolina asks for $300M

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is asking federal lawmakers for more than $300 million to help the clean-up and recovery from Hurricane Florence. Instead of preparing for the fall harvest, many North Carolina farmers are left to salvage what's left of their devastated crops. One example of this is…

USDA Cites McAllen Produce LLC and Charles Jeffrey Edwards for PACA Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited McAllen Produce LLC and Charles Jeffrey Edwards, Weslaco, Texas, for failure to pay for produce. USDA filed a complaint in May 2017…

Bellingen Shire Council -New South Wales

Australia: Battle over Blueberry DA issue not over

Bellingen Shire Council’s proposal to regulate blueberry farms up until now has been knocked back twice, however Mayor Dominic King says he intends to continue the fight. In…

US: State shuts down Washington Strawberry Commission

The Washington State Strawberry Commission is no more. The commission, formed in 1993 to promote strawberry marketing and research, has shut down amid a state audit that…

Gar Tootelian Inc. - Reedley, California

US: Putting agri technology to the test

In Central Valley’s diverse crop market, a significant opportunity exists for agri retailers to thoroughly test precision technology. Keith Hennesay is Manager of the GAR Agronomy team, a…

Australian farmers push for new 'ag visa'

Labour shortages, mountains of paperwork and uncertainty

Aussie fruit and vegetable growers say a lack of workers is keeping a lid on industry growth and leaving hundreds of tonnes of fruit at risk of being left on the ground every…

World Bank concerned about Morocco’s economic outlook

The economic and political transformations in Morocco of recent years as of yet have not been enough to change the World Bank’s mixed outlook on Morocco’s growth potential. In its latest…

Tanzania: Sh200 million needed to fight invasive species

The Tanzanian government claims to need at least Sh200 million (€75,000) to facilitate teams tasked with combating invasive species in the country. Invasive species (organisms…

Vietnam and China expand RMB cooperation

Vietnam's fruits and vegetables sell well all over the world, and thus it is called the kingdom of fruits and vegetables. In the meantime, China is its most important export…

USDA Cites Valley Produce Corp. in Georgia for PACA Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Valley Produce Corp., operating out of Jonesboro, Ga., for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $873,986…

USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on Texas Produce Business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Maria Soto, doing business as Mary’s Produce, satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural…

Statistics South Africa to conduct census of commercial agriculture

From 15 October, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will start a countrywide Census of Commercial Agriculture. In this operation, Stats SA will deploy about 600 field staff to…

Ramon M. Lopez:

Philippines: ‘Weak peso to boost exports’

Philippine’s Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez has remained confident the country’s goods and services exports growth target of nine percent this year can be…

Australian dollar dropping to lowest levels in two years

The Australian dollar has plummeted to its lowest levels in two years and could be heading to the devastating lows last seen during the global financial crisis. After a week…

Tanzania: EU donates to Sh 260 billion for agri productivity

The government in Dar-es-Salaam has received Sh265 billion (€100 mln) in new financial assistance from the European Union to promote productivity and competitiveness in the…

European Commission funding 4 Polish food promotion programs

The European Commission has greenlighted 4 Polish food promotion programs. Their combined budget amounts to EUR 11.2 million, of which the EU will co-finance over EUR 8.5…

Poland: Half a million tons of industrial apples to be withdrawn from the market

In order to tackle the current apple oversupply, the Polish government has decided to withdraw half a million tons of industrial apples from the market, as announced by…

Traders using invalid certificates

Russia still concerned about import of Belarusian fruits and vegetables

Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor has once again expressed concern about the increase in cases of re-export of agricultural products from Belarus, with invalid phytosanitary certificates. "The Rosselkhoznadzor expressed serious concern about the increase in the import of vegetables and fruits into the territory of Russia…

Latvia: Reduced VAT increases turnover in fruit and vegetable sector

The turnover of vegetable and fruit growing in Latvia increased by more than 9% after the VAT on fruits and vegetables was lowered. According to the parliamentary secretary of…

US: 'New NAFTA’ pact shores up support for President Trump

This week’s last-minute NAFTA rewrite may have solidified Donald Trump’s support from the farmers and ranchers who made up a large part of his voting base. Even before the…

Venezuela makes Petro Crypto a national currency, publishes new white paper

Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has made several claims regarding his country’s digital currency this week. He announced the launch of the petro as a national currency on…

India-Latin America-Caribbean trade & investment growing

Trade, commerce and investment are the most important drivers of India-Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) relationships, says the Indian government. From $2 billion in 2000,…

Presentation of the new ISO standard for food safety systems

“New ISO standard offers an obvious added value”

About 140 visitors recently witnessed the presentation of the new NEN-EN-ISO 22000:2018, the Dutch version of the ISO standard for food safety systems. Various stakeholders, including the NVWA, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, explained what this new standard meant for them,…

WSU research awarded 14 out of 25 grants

Grant recipients to study produce and bee pollination

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awarded a total of $4.6 million to research nurseries, fruits and vegetables, with approximately half of the funds going to WSU…

Deepening farm crisis in India could jeopardise Modi's re-election

The financial squeeze on India's farmers is set to worsen because of record fuel prices and the surging costs of fertilisers. This in turn certainly poses a challenge to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is up for re-election in May. The rise in prices could not have come at a worse time for farmers, already grappling…

Iran: Dollars still expensive as recovery of the Rial stalls

On Wednesday, a sharp recovery of Iran’s currency against the dollar stalled. Citizens complained that they could not find the ‘cheaper dollars’ being reported as available by the Iranian media. Some Iranian media outlets had reported the rial surging to around 100,000 to the dollar in unofficial trading Tuesday from…

Turkey's currency slides - Inflation spikes at 15-year high

This Wednesday, Turkey's currency slipped and data showed inflation rising a sixth straight month to its highest level in 15 years as a deepening economic crisis in the…

Indian rupee recovers from record low of 73.81 per dollar

The Indian rupee has seen some recovery after it slipped to a new record low of 73.81 per dollar on the back of rising global oil prices and concerns over current account…

Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Ewing:

“Scots farmers deprived of a fair share”

Scottish farmers’ long-standing hopes of getting their share of £160 million of EU funds appear to have been dashed by Defra and the UK Treasury. Exclusive access to…

Australian-first mandatory labour hire laws exceed expectations

Queensland now has Australia’s first mandatory labour hire licensing laws. Labour hire providers must now be licensed to operate in Queensland, and businesses that use hired labour must only use licensed providers. There is an exception for providers who made application for a licence by 15 June 2018 – these providers…

Costa Rica: Online plant product imports require authorization

The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) reminded the Costa Ricans that they shouldn't make online purchases of seeds, plants,…

IMF data shows:

Despite trade war, China’s yuan more popular as reserve currency

Yuan’s share of global foreign exchange reserves rose to 1.84 per cent in the second quarter, as many central banks looked past the current US-China trade war. Central banks around the globe are increasing their investments in Chinese yuan as part of their foreign exchange reserves, with the currency moving up one…

India financial crisis: Rupee continues to languish

India’s rupee continues to struggle as the worst-performing Asian tender this year. The rupee has continued to plunge, losing around 14 percent against the dollar on the back…

USDA files action against Spiech Farms LLC in Michigan for alleged PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has filed an administrative complaint under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) against Spiech Farms LLC. The company, operating from…

Potential sale of Napier port - New Zealand

Investors may get a chance to buy $181 million worth of shares in New Zealand’s fourth-largest container port, Napier. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is recommending to its 70,000 ratepayers that the council sell up to 45 percent of the Port of Napier in order to free up capital and diversify the council's…

Unlocking Maori potential within BOP horticulture

Tamati Coffey, MP for Waiariki, is focusing on upskilling and educating Maoris on how to take advantage of what is set to be a ‘boom’ in the horticulture industry in the Bay…

UK: Defra announces steps to fight food waste

The UK government will set up a pilot scheme to reduce food waste, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has stated. The scheme will be supported by £15 million of funding. Currently around 43,000…

Rural land reform effects:

‘Small-scale South African farmers should be the key beneficiaries’

About 1.4-million jobs and livelihood opportunities can be generated over the next 15 years through government and land redistribution, say positive parties on the South…

France adopts food bill, retailer says will lead to price rises

France’s parliament has given final approval to a “field-to-fork” law aimed at raising farmers’ incomes, improving food quality and fighting waste. However, opponents say it…

Master for Manager meeting

Italy: Relationships with clients are based on trust

During the Master for Manager meeting, held in Cesena on 25th September 2018, entrepreneur and consultant Christian Pagliarani talked about the mistakes to avoid as a business owner and how to behave with employees, partners and collaborators. "In Italy, we're using sales techniques that are 25-30 years old, so they're not very…

Fraud accusations

Re-trial of former Tesco executives to begin this week

Two former senior executives of Tesco accused of fraud and false accounting at Britain’s biggest retailer are due to face a re-trial this week at a London court. Christopher Bush, the…

Australia: Tablelands farm did not appreciate powerline risks

A Cairns court heard that a Tolga avocado company faces up to $500,000 in fines over the 2016 death of a farm worker. Golden Triangle Farming Pty Ltd was charged with…

ANC official Ronald Lamola:

‘South African land reforms will include tribal territories’

South Africa's land reforms will include issuing title deeds to small-scale farmers living on tribal lands, a senior ANC official said on Friday. This is a comment that will…

The last attempt to reach an agreement was unsuccessful

Costa Rica: Fourth week of strike

On Sunday, the Costa Rican government's and the public sector union's latest attempt to reach an agreement to end the longest strike there's been in this Central American country in almost two decades failed. Monday marks the end of the third week of this protest, which has affected state services and…

Colombia: Electricaribe meets with Asbama

In response to the pronouncement made by the Association of banana workers of Magdalena and La Guajira - Asbama, the manager of Electricaribe, David De Marchena Gonzalez, held a meeting with the president of this Association, Jose Francisco Zuñiga Cotes, to talk about the constant energy outages in the…

Government offers more support for Australia's strawberry farmers

The Australian federal government will invest $350,000 in a new program to restore confidence in Australian strawberries, convincing consumers that local produce is safe to…

US: Dozens of Farm Bill programs in limbo as bill expires

Nearly 40 programs funded by the USDA are in limbo after the Farm Bill expired. The Congressional Research Service identified dozens of programs that need new budget authority to continue. The list includes trade programs, that groups like the National Corn Growers Association say are needed now, like the Foreign Market…

Costa Rica: Strike of Atlantic Port Administration employees deemed illegal

The employees on strike working for the Atlantic Zone Development and Port Administration Group (JAPDEVA) have been deemed to be acting illegally by Judge Francisco Vargas…

Nigeria: Rivers governor reacts to fire at fruit & vegetable market

Governor Nyesom Wike has expressed his support to the marketers struck by the fire in the Fruits and Vegetables Market in Port Harcourt. He declared that his administration will certainly assist the affected traders. The governor made his feelings known when he led some members of his cabinet and some leaders of the…

Pineapple production at stake

Kenyan governors to iron out Del Monte land lease

In last year’s gubernatorial elections in Kenya’s Kiambu and Murang’a counties, the renewal of the land lease of fruit processing firm Del Monte was a central issue. Several…

"Canada and U.S. have reached a NAFTA deal"

Canada and the U.S. have announced a tentative new trilateral trade deal with Mexico that includes some key concessions on issues of import to both countries — and also a…

Zimbabwean Minister for Agriculture:

'Injustices were done to white farmers'

Zimbabwe’s new Agriculture Minister says the authorities want to address “injustices” committed during land reforms and the main white farmers’ union says it wants to work…

New treaty to replace NAFTA:

US & Canada reach trilateral trade pact with Mexico

The US and Canada have reached a new trilateral trade deal with Mexico that will create a revamped NAFTA. Canada risked being left out of a deal reached in August between the…

Russian Ministry of Agriculture: Fruit storage capacity is 3.2 million tons short

In Russia, the total operational fruit storage capacity at the moment is at 7.8 million tons. There is a capacity deficit of about 3.2 million tons. This was reported by TASS,…

Chile: National Fruit Board holds its first session

The Ministry of Agriculture, together with the National Office of Agrarian Studies and Policies (Odepa), led the first session of the National Fruit Board, whose main goal is to give advice on fruit matters to the Ministry of Agriculture, exposing the sector's problems and possible solutions. Yesterday, in its…

Cryptocurrency an option?

EU looking to create alternative payment channels for Iran

Despite sanctions imposed by the US, EU members who initially signed a nuclear deal with Iran are now creating individual payment channels to conduct business with this nation, days EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini. Russia, the UK, Germany, China, France, and the US were all initially signed on the…

Lots of concern in the apple industry

Trade War between China-US leads to cancelled orders for Northwest exports

The retaliatory tariffs levied by China on US goods are taking a toll on Pacific Northwest farm exports. Wednesday, at a state Senate committee hearing in Seattle, details…

David Rutley - Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

New UK minister promises to deliver ‘Green Brexit’

The UK government has appointed David Rutley to the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to oversee the protection of food supplies through the Brexit process…

South Africa: "The extent of farm attacks must be internationally recognized"

Agri SA is displeased with President Cyril Ramaphosa's statement that there is “no killings of farmers" in South Africa. He said this in an interview at the United Nations in…

UK Department of Agriculture to recruit 116 border control staff

As part of Brexit preparations, the UK Department of Agriculture are preparing to hire new staff trained in sanitary and phytosanitary controls. This is in anticipation of a rise in border checks on products to and from the UK. The Department of Agriculture are to recruit 116 staff in 2019 who will be responsible for carrying…

Against Singapore dollar

Indonesian rupiah at 26-year low

Indonesia's rupiah on Thursday September 27 dropped to its lowest level against the Singapore dollar since at least 1992, causing the government in Jakarta to take certain measures. The rupiah slumped to as…

US Farm bill renewal to include needs of specialty crop industry

Under some pressure, the full 2018 Farm Bill conference committee has been deliberating H.R. 2, which will expire at the end of September. The Farm Bill will set the table for…

Australia: Bulk of Queensland 'strawberry fund' goes to ad campaign

More than half of the Queensland government's million-dollar rescue package to the strawberry industry will be spent on an advertising campaign, following the needle crisis. The state government has allocated AU$1 million towards responding to the crisis, and on Wednesday revealed $600,000 of that money…

Chile: The Minister of Agriculture will travel to China to sign export agreements

The Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, announced on Tuesday his first visit to China, where he plans to sign several trade agreements on the export of Chilean products…

Trade differences apparent, even after revised bilateral FTA

South Korea rejects US claims of a currency deal

South Korea has denied reaching any new agreement with the US regarding currency manipulation, contradicting a claim made by the White House on Monday. The countries reached "no new agreements on currency" alongside the revised US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the South Korean government says. It added that the trade…

NZ: Kiwifruit export monopoly "Creates climate that crushes independent thought and innovation"

New Zealand kiwifruit grower Marcus Wilkins is looking offshore in an attempt to see the variety, which bears his name, finally start the journey to reach its full potential…

Keeping Iran in 2015 nuclear deal via barter system

EU, China and Russia to sidestep US sanctions on Iran

The European Union, Iran, China and Russia have set out a plan to sidestep the US sanctions that seem designed to cripple the Iranian economy and force the Iranians to renegotiate the nuclear deal signed in 2015. European diplomats hope the proposed measure -known as a ‘special purpose vehicle’ (SPV)- will help persuade…

No-deal Brexit may negatively affect British agri exports

A no-deal Brexit scenario may cause British farming exports to be stopped for six months, warns the National Farmer's Union. It stated that a no-deal situation will be…

IMF boosts bailout for Argentina

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to provide a bigger and speedier bailout to Argentina than initially planned, trying to restore market confidence in the country. The IMF plans to boost its 36-month financing package to $57.1bn from $50bn announced previously. It will make about $50bn in credit available throughout 2019 -…

After concerns from Pacific Island nations

Plan for new Australian agri visa on hold

Last month, Nationals Leader Michael McCormack, fresh from renegotiating with new PM Scott Morrison, set the stage for a quick delivery of a special class of visa for farm workers. The agri visa was a plan pushed by the National Party to reduce restrictions on foreign workers in an effort to fill chronic…

CAN (BC): Governments working to increase food exports to support communities at home

British Columbia’s food producers and processors are getting help from the governments of Canada and B.C. to help find new customers in other parts of Canada and around the…

Qatar to achieve self-sufficiency in fruits and vegetables within a year

Qatar is expected to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in terms of the production of the most popular fruits and vegetables soon, as the country’s largest greenhouse…

Philippines: Bukidnon vegetable supply line may become permanent

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is planning to make its emergency shipments of low-cost vegetables from Bukidnon to Metro Manila more permanent. It however still needs to work out the logistics bottlenecks, said Undersecretary Jose Gabriel M. La Viña. In an interview with the BusinessWorld, La Viña said, “We’re hoping…

Report to offer guidance

Producing food products protected by a ‘geographical indication’ if there’s no Brexit deal

"A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated…

US: Pink tomatoes & other Arkansas specialty crops receive USDA funding

Arkansas will receive $351,220 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, so nine specialty crop projects can by developed…

Directed against president Macri’s austerity measures

Argentina’s Unions begin national strike

The Argentine Workers’ Central Union, widely known as the CTA organized a 36-hour strike across the country starting Monday, the second strike Argentina has faced within a month. Previously, on September 12, public sector employees and employees from educational institutions walked out of their jobs to…

People want some self-sufficiency

Curacao: 400 fruit and vegetable growers to get priority

More than 400 Curaçaoans want to grow fruit and vegetables. However, for years they have been waiting on the government for a suitable area to start planting. The government announced that…

Technical Brexit agreement on 15 November at the latest

A technical deal about the UK leaving the EU should be reached by 15 November at the latest, according to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council. To realise a final…

UAE Minister plans to build 'Silicon Valley of food technology’

A ‘Food Valley’, or a technology hub, dedicated to the development of food and farming automation, is set to be built in the UAE. The project aims to address the country’s…

Just six weeks to US sanctions

Iran's currency hits new record low

Six weeks before the United States is due to reimpose sanctions on Iranian oil exports that are Tehran's main revenue source, Iran's currency has hit another record low…

Pakistan: Strict customs hinder trade between Waziristan and Afghanistan

The reopening of a major trade route connecting western Pakistan’s region of North Waziristan with southeastern Afghanistan, was to be a major step toward stabilizing the restive border region, This border region is still reeling from years of terrorist attacks and the military’s counterinsurgency…

US (CA): Proposals open for 2019 specialty crop grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation…

Apple and stonefruit industry members encouraged by release of some plants, but still a way to go

The apple and stonefruit industry members at the heart of the legal action against MPI over seized plants and plant material have welcomed MPI’s latest announcement, advising…


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