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President Temer accused of corruption

Brazilian real in freefall

After allegations that Brazilian President Temer may be involved in a corruption case, the Brazilian real has gone into freefall. The stock exchanges responded with panic and trade even came to a standstill on Thursday. The Central Bank's intervention to try to prevent the value of the real from falling has.....

Brussels resumes talks on renewal of glyphosate authorisation

European commissioners gave their approval to "resume talks with the Member States on a possible renewal of the authorisation of glyphosate for 10 years," as pointed out by a spokesperson for the EU executive.The license for this controversial herbicide expired in the EU in the summer of 2016 and, due to the.....

Spain: Canary tomatoes receive €6.3 mln in aid

The Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands has approved the payment of the aid to producers of tomatoes for export, with a total of 6.3 million Euros to be granted in the framework of the Community Support Program for Agricultural Productions of the Canary Islands.....

Sufficient Swiss tomatoes available

Once again the circumstances proved that vegetable producers depend very much on the weather. Luckily, the Swiss tomatoes grew particularly well during the first warm spring weather and their quality is excellent.Consumers are full of enthusiasm for the freshly harvested tomatoes. Tomatoes are popular in.....

75% of Peruvian shipments to Costa Rica pay no tariffs

Peru's Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Edgar Vasquez, said that approximately 75% of the national shipments to Costa Rica didn't have to pay any taxes since January 2017.He invited Peruvian companies to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Free Trade Agreement between Peru and Costa Rica.He.....

Kuwait bans fruit and veg imports from three Arab countries

Kuwait has banned the importation of some vegetables and fruits from three Arab countries: Egypt, Jordan and Oman.The ban, issued by Kuwait's Minister of Trade and Industry, Khalid Al-Rawdhan, includes onion, guava and lettuce from Egypt and cauliflower and cabbage from Jordan and the islands of Oman.The.....

Spain: Horticultural exports generated 1,600mln € between September and February in Almeria

Between September 2016 and February 2017, the companies of Almeria exported vegetables worth 1,600 million Euro; a figure that represents an increase of 25% over the same period of the previous season.The Councillor of Agriculture and Fisheries of Andalusia, Carmen Ortiz, reported these data during the.....

Austria:

Growing trend: 1,000 hectares of organic walnuts in 2016

For a long time, the cultivation of walnuts in Austria led only a meagre existence. There was little diversity in the cultivated varieties; old walnut groves were cleared and hardly any new plant protection products were allowed on the market. Now commercial walnut cultivation has been rediscovered in Lower.....

Meeting with the European Commission's Brexit negotiator

Spanish companies express their concerns over Brexit

The European Commission's chief negotiator for the UK's departure from the EU, Michel Barnier, visited Spain this week and held a meeting with heads of business and sector organizations, including FEPEX. The meeting was organised by the Commission Representation in Madrid and the objective was to learn.....

The main challenges for the European horticulture sector

According to a presentation of the Head of the G-2 Wine, Spirits and Horticultural Products Unit of the General Directorate of Agriculture, Joao Onofre Antas Gonçalves, the main challenges of the fruit and vegetable sector are: reducing domestic consumption; crisis management measures; improving the producer's.....

Origin of fruit and veg in Romanian markets to be verified

The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is planning to enforce checks on all agro-food and wholesale markets in Bucharest and the municipalities in all counties. This measure will have a permanent character.The action is intended to strengthen order and discipline in all agro-food markets in.....

Germany:

Asparagus in Brandenburg and Lower Saxony struggles with weather

In Lower Saxony, the wet and cold weather of the last few weeks caused the growth of asparagus to slow down considerably. “The cold influences the growth of the asparagus, and the yield decreased,” stated Fred Eickhorst, managing director of an asparagus farm in Lower Saxony.As a result, the supply of.....

Changes in the management of GS1 Germany

Last week, Jörg Pretzel, Managing Director of GS1 Germany, informed the board of directors that he will not renew his contract, which ends this year. His position will be taken over by Thomas Fell, a trading IT-expert. He will join the GS1 Germany in October, and he will take the full responsibility for the.....

Mexican entrepreneurs want to supply fruit and veg to Kazakhstan

Mexico is interested in establishing contacts with entrepreneurs in Kazakhstan, as reported by MIA "DKNews" citing Kazpravda.kz, which reported that the Foreign Ministry briefed the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Mexico, Andrian Yelemesov.In his speech, Yelemesov noted that the government of Mexico views.....

Russia: Lack of labelling, most common consumer rights violation in Belgorod

The Office of the Russian Federal Office for the Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) in the Belgorod region has reported the most frequent violations in the sale of vegetables and fruits based on data from inspections on trading companies.The most common violation is the.....

Spain: Aragon has high hopes for its fruit and veg in Asia

Fruit Logistica, the most international fair in the fresh produce sector, visited Zaragoza to promote the export opportunities in the Asian continent for Aragonese producersThe Councillor of Rural Development and Sustainability, Joaquín Olona, ​​who was in charge of opening the event, took the.....

Citrus fruits, bananas, mangoes and avocados

Venezuela wants to export fruit to Russia

Venezuela seeks to export citrus fruits, pineapples, bananas, mangoes, avocados, cocoa and coffee to Russia, according to a statement posted by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture on its website following a meeting with a Venezuelan delegation on 3 May."The Venezuelan representatives confirmed their interest.....

New withdrawal compensations

EC announces Delegated Regulation for fruit and vegetables

The Head of Unit G-2 Wine, Spirits and Horticultural Products of the Directorate General of Agriculture of the European Commission, Joao Onofre Antas Gonçalves, announced last week in Madrid that the Delegated Regulation that includes the new withdrawal compensations wil be published in the Official Journal of.....

Switzerland:

Market share of fruit and veg increases in discount supermarkets

In 2016, 16.8% of the fruit and 16.6% of the vegetables, including potatoes and mushrooms, were bought in discount supermarkets. This year the market share of fruit and vegetables sold by discount supermarkets increased again.Constant increase in sales volumesIn 2016 Swiss discount supermarkets sold about 9%.....

Moroccan and Spanish foreign ministers, satisfied with agricultural exchange

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has said that his government's dialogue with the European Union (EU) to find "the best way to comply" with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the implementation of the agricultural agreement in the Sahara has been satisfactory so far.In a joint appearance.....

Elections in France overshadowed by frost

Macron and Le Pen had their last debate on the 3rd of May. With around 60% of the votes, in the last poll, it seems the race has been won by Macron. How will election result affect the fruit and vegetable trade?Macron refers to apple producerMacron referred to this in his last debate. A big discussion between.....

Spain: Campaign "Nobody is perfect" against food waste

Ignasi Argilés, Director of Production and Trade at Grupo Nufri, and Xavi Navarro, responsible for fresh product buying at Supermercats Pujol, have presented the campaign "Nobody is perfect" against food waste. The campaign seeks to vindicate the value of an important volume of apples of the Fuji variety with.....

Kurdistan increases duties on imported fruit and veg

The Kurdistan Regional Government is imposing additional duties on imported fruits and vegetables because of increased production of these crops locally. The imposition of these fees is thus in the interest of domestic producers."When local crops are not yet ready, the fees for imported crops are not imposed.....

Dubai Chamber organises trade mission to Uzbekistan

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has concluded a successful trade mission to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent to explore opportunities and promote joint cooperation in agriculture.The Chamber organised the trade mission in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Uzbekistan.....

Russian ambassador tours Bulgaria in search of business opportunities

The Russian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Anatoly Makarov, is touring various Bulgarian regions and looking for opportunities for cooperation."We are ready to work with Bulgaria. We will wait for the new cabinet to give this a push," the diplomat explained.Last week he was in Haskovo, where he met with the governor.....

Russia: Rosselkhoznadzor encourages businesses to stop importing Polish produce

Since the beginning of the year, about 14 tonnes of fruit and vegetables that fell under the Russian food embargo have been destroyed in the Tyumen Region.Due to the increasing number of violations, the Office of the Rosselkhoznadzor for the Tyumen region, YaNAO and the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District are.....

Canary Islands demands severe sanctions against illegal tropical fruit imports

The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narval Quintero, announced on Wednesday in Parliament that his department would ask the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment to impose "the most severe sanction possible against.....