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Indian onion exports rise after minimum export price removal
Onion exports have rose substantially in the last month after the central government removed export restrictions on the bulb. The country has exported 150,000 tonnes of onions during the last month after the minimum export price (MEP) was removed on December 24.The removal of MEP has made Indians onion.....

Zimbabwean govt to introduce veg tax
According to the just released Statutory Instrument 9 of 2016, the Zimbabwean government plans to impose tax on vegetables, mineral water and fruits, among other produce, starting February 1, 2016. Financially hardpressed, President Robert Mugabe's government, has introduced the Value Added Tax (Vat) on.....


Unprecedented agreement
Chile to export shelled walnuts to China
The agreement to export shelled walnuts, signed on 28 January in Beijing between the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile and representatives of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of China, is the result of a pioneering strategy led by the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Ukraine to target Africa for ag exports
A boom in consumer spending in Africa that is slated to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, has made the continent an appealing market for Ukraine’s farmers who are seeking new destinations for their exports.“The African continent is one of the most promising according to.....

South Africa's December R8 billion trade surplus in exports, imports
On Friday 29 January the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released trade statistics for December 2015 which show that South Africa recorded a trade surplus of R8.22 billion. Vegetable products contributed 49.6 percent to this month-on-month surplus.This figure includes trade data with some SADC.....

PromPeru to promote fresh fruits, vegetables at Fruit Logistica
Peru's Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) along with national agro-exporting companies will promote exports of fresh fruits and vegetables at the "Fruit Logistica 2016" fair in Berlin on February 3rd-5th, 2016."This participation aims to promote exports of fresh fruits and vegetables on the.....

Majority of AU voters reject GST increase
According to the guardian.com, the latest Newspoll shows that the majority of Australian voters oppose increasing the rate of good and services tax. It also reveals that the federal Coalition is maintaining its two-party preferred lead over Labor, 53% to 47%, while Bill Shorten’s rating as preferred prime.....

Orange juice futures rise
Before Thursday 21 January, orange juice had had only two winning sessions this month, losing 17% in that span. Yet, orange juice prices have now gained for a third straight session, the longest rally in two months and a possible sign of a bottom after a recent collapse. Florida producers are responding to.....

India: Artificial fruit ripening ban awareness programme
In Adilabad, India, fruit wholesalers and retail vendors attended an awareness meeting yesterday, 28 January, concerning the ban on ripening fruits artificially by using calcium carbide. The meeting was organised by Adilabad Municipality and the District Food Inspector.About 100 vendors and whole sellers.....

Pakistan: Uniform customs duty on Iranian, Afghani fruit
In Islamabad a parliamentary panel has requested the government impose a uniform rate of customs duty on imports of fruits from all regional countries, including Iran and Afghanistan. The Federal Board of Revenue informed the Senate Standing Committee on Finance that different rate of taxes were imposed on.....

Ukraine to increase ag exports to Georgia
Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Oleksiy Pavlenko said on 19 January in a meeting with his Georgian equivalent, that Ukraine is ready to increase exports to Georgia, which during 11 months of 2015, totaled nearly 196 mln USD. Georgia is a strategic economic partner for Ukraine,.....

Infant formula exports exasperating Tasmanian cherry exporters
As reported on 27 January, Australian fruit and vegetable exports are losing their markets to baby formula exports. This problem seems to be affecting Tasmanian horticulture exporters especially, who are finding it difficult to find room for their cherry exports.Chris Fox, managing director of.....


Greece becoming more self-sufficient, ag leading the way
The Greek agricultural industry, like every other Greek industry, has had to struggle in the wake of a large financial crisis and economic instability. While a trade deficit remains, the country's growers and exporters are working to increase exports and pull their industry into self-sufficiency.“Important.....

Mexico: Drought in the U.S., good for Michoacan
No country in the world has Mexico's potential for the production of strawberries, but it should get ready for the future, as the United States will suffer severe climate issues that will affect its agriculture and Mexican states like Michoacan should take advantage of it, stated Sergio Roberto Máarquez.....

China visits Brazil to supervise melon production
Specialists from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (ACSIC) of China have travelled to Brazil to learn about the cultivation system and phytosanitary controls applied on melon plantations, as reported by official sources.The group is visiting melon production areas.....

East African ag sector attracting thousands of youths
Lately more and more youths are being attracted to East Africa's agricultural sector, according to Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Policy Advisor David Nyange. At the Agribusiness Congress East Africa in Dar es Salaam Mr Nyange, among others, discussed the prospects of transforming the.....

Peru: Govt program ensures US$17m of exports
The Sierra Exportadora program supported the export of over US$17.54 million worth of farming products in 2015 from the Arequipa region's Highlands in Peru.The government-run entity provides technical assistance to High Andean farmers and cattle breeders with the aim of boosting high-quality export supply.....

Bavarian Farmers Association (BBV) against patenting of plants
Criticism of EU's bio-patent directive
There has been a fierce debate on the patenting of certain plants and breeding for ten years. And now the European Patent Office (EPA) has decided, despite strong resistance, to go ahead with the controversial patent for the “wrinkled tomatoes.” And the EPA had already waved through the "broccoli.....

Russia may restrict some Moldovan fruit and veg exporters
Russia may impose restrictions on some Moldovan companies suspected of shipping plant products from EU countries, as reported by the TASS Agency. The Rosselkhoznadzor issued a statement saying it is "extremely concerned" by imports from Moldova.The Rosselkhoznadzor plans to send its experts to Chisinau to.....

NI Farmers encourage voter support for fair pricing law
In Northern Ireland farmer activists are asking voters to help them by backing political parties in the upcoming Assembly elections, which will support a new law to guarantee a minimum price for their produce. On Monday 25 JanuaryFarmers For Action (FFA) NI and the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers’.....

Australian farmers called upon to back 'effects test'
The Australian government moves to adopt a proposed 'effects test' to deal with market power abuse in retail supply chains and farm stakeholders are being urged to have their say on it. The 'effects test' has proven to be a vexed issue for the Coalition government after being one of 56 recommendations made.....


Israeli PM visits agricultural research center
Earlier this week, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Volcani Center, Israel’s agricultural research center, to experience first-hand some of the recent developments made in the field and encourage further innovation from the agricultural sector. The visit was made to celebrate the Jewish.....

AU seeks more ag representation in premium markets
The Australian Government continues to deliver measures under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, as part of which five new agricultural counsellors have now begun their work in key export markets, namely Vietnam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, China and Thailand.Minister for Agriculture and Water.....

26,509 tonnes of mandarins sent abroad
Georgia's citrus exports 2015-16
Georgia has exported 26,509 tonnes of mandarins to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other foreign nations. The Georgia government offered assistance to farmers and industry players by opening a special coordination centre that supported the sale of mandarins.Georgia’s Agriculture.....

Ireland's agriculture committees' organic recommendations
A number of proposals from the Organic Farmers Representative Body have been endorsed by the Irish Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine for consideration by the Department of Agriculture (DAFM).Last October the Organic Farmers Representative Body (OFB) met the Joint Committee on Agriculture to.....

Drought means 1.5 million people face hunger in Zimbabwe
At this time of year the fields around villages in Southern Zimbabwe are normally green, but now they lie barren, as villages suffer theseverest drought to hit the country since 1998.According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), over 1.5 million people who make up about 10 percent of the total.....

Dutch-Iranian universities collaborate on food safety
The RIKILT, a department of Wageningen University and the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science in Teheran are going to cooperate on improving and monitoring food safety. How exactly the two universities plan to work together will be shaped in the coming months.Iran exports various products to the EU.....

The EC and Turkey negotiate Customs Union Agreement
This year, the European Commission will start its negotiations with Turkey to update the Customs Union Agreement in order to enhance bilateral trade relations with this country, which is the EU's fourth largest supplier of vegetables and fifth largest of fruits.Access of Turkish goods to the EU market is.....

Mike Chapman, lawyer turned horticulture industry advocate.
New HortNZ chief ready for the challenge
Recently appointed as the chief executive of Horticulture NZ, Mike Chapman has spent 10 years as CEO of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers (NZKGI). Before then he was CEO of regulator Kiwifruit New Zealand. Chapman, replaces Peter Silcock, who stepped down after 25 years in the role.So how does he differ in.....


Chile wants to promote its products with Alibaba
During the second day of activities, the public-private delegation led by the Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche, travelled to the city of Hangzhou, China, where they held an important meeting with the heads of Alibaba Group. The goal of the meeting was to expand the joint actions to promote.....


Franz Schmitt
“You have to distinguish yourself with quality”
“The demand for cucumbers has been low up to now,” states Daniel Schury, manager of the company Franz Schmitt from Munich, "This has been the case the entire season." This caused a drop in the prices. "Recently, the demand for cucumbers has shown some improvement, but the prices are still not great,".....

California's psyllid spray program begins
The Asian citrus psyllid eradication program is set to begin in California today, Wednesday 27 January, with Carpinteria likely to be the first area treated, according to pesticide hotline personnel. Director of public affairs for California Department of Food and Agriculture, Steve Lyle explains that the.....

Fire blight reimbursement for Nova Scotia's apple and pear growers
Last night, Tuesday 26 January, it was announced that up to $2.69 million will be made available to Nova Scotia fruit tree growers to help them financially recover from an outbreak of fire blight in trees that followed post-tropical storm Arthur in 2014.The money will be dispersed over 5 years, with the.....

Bangalore-based company
Agreement to meet India's seed potato demand
According to official sources, the Bengaluru state government plans to boost seed potato output by entering into an agreement with a Bangalore-based company for the production of seed potatoes. The proposal, which aims at meeting the state's seed potatoes demand, now awaits cabinet approval.The move will.....

Kazakhstan-Iran business forum
The first major business event between Kazakhstan and Iran since the lifting of the sanctions against Iran is the be held February 6-8. A delegation of Kazakhstan headed by Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan, Asset Issekeshev, will visit Tehran for the meeting, which will focus on the.....

Industry has 'high potential'
Azerbaijan doubles fruit production over 10 years
Since 2005, Azerbaijan has doubled its fresh fruit and berry production, which now stands at around 1 million tons. Analysts at Fruit-Inform see high potential in the fruit and vegetable sector in Azerbaijan, which they predict will be unlocked in the coming years.The stonefruit segment shows the most.....

Saudi Arabia revokes Indian green chilli import ban
In May 2015 the phytosanitary authority of Saudi Arabia imposed a temporary ban on the import of green chillies from India, over sub-standard quality of goods from Indian exporters. The authority had set a quality specification of European standards for the imports and in a significant move, they have now.....

Good prospects for EU apple exports to India
Improved access to the Indian market for EU apple exports is good news for EU producers who have been looking for alternative markets in light of the difficult market situation. The European Union welcomed the announcement on Friday 22 January.Phil Hogan, agriculture and rural development commissioner, said.....


"We want to make shipments by sea and air"
Spain is ready to export stonefruit to China
The Spanish stonefruit sector is getting ready to make its first shipments to China this year. It is the result of the recent approval of a provisional protocol, signed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Chinese authorities. Spain will thus become the first country in the world.....

Norway: Price war must not affect producers
Food prices fell by three percent in December. Now chains have continued their Christmas price war on food to fruit and vegetables.It started with Norgesgruppen's Kiwi stores, which announced a discount of 7.5 percent. Rema 1000 responded the following day by lowering the prices of fruits and vegetables by.....


Positive results in 2015 according to VdF
Fruit juice consumption Germans increased
According to the VdF, the German Association of Fruit Juice Producers, 2015 was a good year. There are three main reasons for this success but the most important reason is the increase of fruit juice consumption with one litre per person per year (to 33 liter). Furthermore the apple juice-pressing season.....


“Disastrous” Spanish strawberry season
German wholesalers fear shortages and high prices at Easter
Some wholesalers are worried about this year's Spanish strawberry season. “The Spanish season started four or five weeks to soon,” explains a German fruit importer and wholesaler. "At the end of the Spanish season these strawberries won’t be available at the market. This could be particularly problematic.....

Lifting of Papua New Guinea’s veg import ban pleases AU growers
For a period of three months, the Papua New Guinea Government has relaxed its ban on the importation of onions, capsicum and tomatoes from Australia. The news is welcomed by Australian vegetable growers, but many other vegetables, such as carrots, are still not allowed.Australian growers have expressed.....

Spain: Extremadura's fruit sector getting ready for China
Extremadura's fruit sector is getting ready to start exporting to China; a market with great purchasing potential in which they hope to take the first steps this year. The provisional protocol agreed by the Chinese authorities and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture to export stonefruit to China creates.....

Spain: Worst start of the decade for tomato prices
The start of the year 2016 has seen the worst price at origin for tomatoes of the past decade, according to the data analysis carried out by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia.In weeks 1 and 2 of January 2016, the.....

BLE market newsletter week 2, 2016
Lettuce prices plummet in some places
LettuceAs usual the iceberg lettuce came from Spain, the large supplies didn’t create sufficient demand. As a result the prices had to be dropped, slightly with the fresh supplies and more with accumulated surplus. In Hamburg the prices plummeted due to the excess surplus. In addition, lettuces with flawed.....

IFCO supports food banks around the world
Since the beginning of the initiative to support food banks IFCO SYSTEMS, the market leader of reusable packaging solutions, has donated over 200,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Container) to the food banks.Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of the IFCO Systems Group states: “Food banks make an excellent contribution to.....


Greek growers gave produce for free as protest
After a fruitless meeting between Greek agricultural producers and the Minister of Labour, Giórgo Katroúnkalo, representatives of the Panhellenic Federation of Associations of Agricultural Producers set up street markets as part of the mobilizations to protest against the increase in social security.....

Switzerland: Carrots more expensive, cucumbers cheaper
In 2015 the development of vegetable prices in supermarkets differentiated. While the prices of carrots increased, cucumbers became cheaper.The entire year, according to the recent market newsletter of the Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW), the retail prices for cucumbers and lettuce were below the.....

Japanese shippers and producers unite to target greater Asia
Foreign destinations in Asia are being targeted by Japanese logistics companies, which hope that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will boost exports of regional specialties. They plan to increase shipments of fresh farm products to the new destinations by joining forces with producers. The ships.....

Philippine Japan Economic Partnership Agreement increases trade
The Philippine Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (Pjepa) has increased trade and improved economic ties between the two countries, largely due to the easing of restrictions and tariff barriers. Japan’s emperor and empress are making a historic visit this week to the Philippines, with which it has been.....

Uzbekistan to export veg to Europe
As part of "Green Week 2016", the agricultural fair held in Berlin, the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade reported on Jan. 25, that Uzbekistan had signed contracts and agreements for the export of fruits, vegetables and textile products worth more than $91.2 million to.....

Container shipping rates drop
Chinese New Year offers shippers no relief
Container rates usually rise ahead of the Chinese New Year, which this year begins on Feb. 8, as companies try to ship goods to Europe before factories close and millions of workers travel home to celebrate. Yet, falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on.....

Spain: Control measures for citrus greening
A program with the eradication and control measures to be adopted in case of the detection of bacteria, the vector or both has been prepared and movement restrictions have been established.There is consequently a commitment to the early detection of the disease and effective actions have been set to prevent.....

New head of USDA western agriculture program
Rhonda Miller, a Utah State University associateprofessor was appointed western region coordinatorof a U.S. Department of Agriculture-basedcompetitive grant program. She now heads upWestern Sustainable Agriculture Research andEducation, based at Utah State University,replacing Teryl Roper, who chose to go.....

USDA's Agriculture in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership study
The proposed Transatlantic Trade and InvestmentPartnership (T-TIP) between the United States andthe European Union could benefit both regions; the US would realize an increase in agricultural exportsand the EU would benefit from lower import pricesand larger macroeconomic gains than the United States.The.....

South Auckland finds no further Tau flies
The Ministry for Primary Industries reports that no further fruit flies have been found since one was caught in a surveillance trap in Manurewa, Auckland last week. However, fifty eight field workers remain in the field on the lookout, and an exclusion zone is still in place. Pumpkin, melon, cucumber,.....


Future of US small farms examined
What is the future of small farms in the United States and around the world?UC Riverside economist Steven M. Helfand is part of an international team that hopes to answer that question, in part, by examining how productivity growth in agriculture has differed for small and large farms on five continents......

Saudi Arabian market not hit by ban on Iranian imports
The value of Iranian fruit and vegetable imports in the Saudi market, affected by the current boycott on Iranian products, has been estimated at between 40 and 50 million riyals per year (between 9.8 and 12.3 million Euro), and investors have confirmed that they have stopped dealing with such goods in the.....

Spain: 60% price difference between Canary and Moroccan tomatoes
Canary producers of tomatoes for export have become committed to excellence as a strategy to face the increasingly cheaper competition in the European market from other countries, which they consider unfair; they are seeking more support from Brussels and the Spanish Government to ensure the survival of this.....

Spain: Artichokes presented as tourist attraction
Artichokes continue gaining ground in Spain because of their health properties and popularity as a gourmet product. So much so, that four of the main regions that produce it (Valencia, Navarre, Murcia and Catalonia) are making use of it as added value to attract tourism at the International Tourism Fair.....

First kinnow exports from Punjab
Turkey's downing of a Russian Jet late last year and a poor quality kinnow crop in Pakistan has meant great news for Punjab kinnow growers: the citrus fruit which is normally consumed on the domestic market, will now be exported to Russia, Ukraine and Dubai. It is the first time Kinnows grown in Punjab have.....