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Russia imposes restrictions on fresh produce imports from Madagascar

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) announced that, starting from 17 July, restrictions would apply to the supply of fruits and vegetables from Madagascar. Products from this country can now only be granted access when imported directly through border.....

Bulgaria: 85 tonnes of poor quality fruit and veg seized in Plovdiv last month

Following the regular inspections carried out last month, 85 tonnes of poor quality fruit and vegetables were seized from two markets in the Plovdiv area, as reported to FOCUS Radio by the Director of the Regional Directorate of Food Safety in the city, Dr Kamen Yankov.In his words, a good share of this huge.....

Ecuador: Banana growers hold crucial meeting with the authorities

A meeting has been held in Quito between the Ecuadorian Minister of Transport and Public Works, Paúl Granda, and the country's banana exporters and producers. This meeting served to decide whether or not the so-called "March in Defence of the Production, Subsistence and Life", scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.....

Ignacio Fernández, ProChile's Commercial Attache in the United Kingdom

How will Brexit affect Chilean fruit?

Nobody is really clear about the consequences that the Brexit will have. Firstly, because the terms of this exit are just beginning to be negotiated, and secondly because the very nature of this process (the new way in which the United Kingdom will relate to the rest of the World), makes it almost impossible.....

South Korea wants to learn from Huelva's agricultural model

The Local Development Institute (IDL) is a research group of the University of Huelva (UHU) that has studied an essential aspect of this province's agriculture very closely: the migratory flows motivated by the willingness to participate in the different campaigns. The work carried out by the IDL has aroused.....

Kurdistan expects to export 500 tonnes of potatoes to Russia

The Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources of Kurdistan's Regional Government, Abdul Sattar Majid, reported that the region's total potato production in 2016 reached 243 thousand tonnes and that they expected to export 500 tonnes of potatoes to Russia this year.Majid said in an interview with "Economy.....

Severe storm causes more damage in Switzerland

After a heatwave in June, Switzerland was hit by severe thunderstorms and hail during this last weekend and Monday evening. The regions around La Sarraz and Yverdon in the Vaud, Bielersee and the Biel Region, the Bernese Seeland and the Mittelland between Niederbipp and Lenzburg were reported to be the hardest.....

Turkey: Malatya apricots to be sold in Europe under PGI label

The Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade, Bülent Tüfenkci, announced that the famous Malatya apricot will be sold in the European market under the label of a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).In a statement, the Ministry of Customs and Trade said that Turkey has finally received the PGI certification.....

Russia fully reopening border to Moldovan imports

Moldovan fruit and vegetables are about to "pour" into Russia. On his official page in social media, Moldovan President Igor Dodon wrote that fruit and vegetable exporters will now get clearance for their products at any Russian customs station authorised for the clearance of goods imported into the territory.....

Spain: Union of Unions demands national strategy against Xylella

The Union of Unions of Growers and Ranchers believes that the Xylella bacterium is an issue that not only has an impact on the autonomous regions affected (the Regions of Valencia and Baleares), but that given its severity, it should also be addressed by national and European authorities......

Qatari residents struggling to cope with economic boycott

Qataris and residents in Qatar of different nationalities have stated that the boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt has caused major changes in their lifestyle and consumption patterns. They confirm that many goods have become scarce in the markets, and that Iranian and Turkish.....

Agro City introduces computerised auction in Russia

Russian company Agro City, which is affiliated with agricultural cluster, Food City, has signed a contract with Aucxis to supply a computerized fruit and vegetable auction system including a local auction room and remote bidding facilities. The project will be implemented in the territory of Food City near.....

Spain: Destruction of Valencian trees affected by Xylella fastidiosa

Technicians from the Regional Council of Agriculture of the Government of Valencia started Monday with the destruction of trees and plant material hosting the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa within a radius of 100 metres of a plantation in Guadalest. It is the first time that the bacterium has been detected in.....

Bulgaria excluded from EU measures against Russian embargo

Bulgaria has been cut off from the extraordinary measures to support EU fruit producers who are affected by the ban on imports of agricultural products in Russia.The European Commission has extended these subsidies by one year, given the Russian Federation's decision to continue the embargo on food imports.....

Bulgaria: Over 100 small producers to supply large retailer directly

Over 100 small local producers will be delivering fruits, vegetables and meat directly to the stands of a large retail chain in Bulgaria. The initiative is part of the "Grown with Care in Bulgaria" project, which was officially launched by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Rumen Porozhanov, who.....

EU launching major program to subsidise food in schools

The EU has given the green light for a new program to subsidise the cost of school meals and the purchase of local fruit and vegetables in order to guarantee a full and healthy nutrition.Organic products will be covered with subsidies amounting to 75% of the cost, while those of conventional ones will amount.....

EU trade mission to Saudi Arabia and Iran in November

The European Commission is currently inviting senior level representatives from both producer organisations and individual companies from key sectors with the highest potential to develop successful trade with Saudi Arabia and Iran to take part in a Business Delegation, which willvisit Saudi Arabia between 7.....

Spain: Fruit prices below production costs denounced in Murcia

The Coordinator of the Agrarian and Livestock Organizations (COAG) in the Region of Murcia has warned of the difficult situation of the fruit sector and has described the current campaign as "extremely hard."Although the production volume this year was very similar to that of 2015, after two-thirds of the.....

EU to boost investments in African agriculture to prevent migration

European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) ministers met in Rome on Sunday to discuss how to boost agricultural investments in Africa and create opportunities for young people to prevent them from having to emigrate from rural areas.European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan said.....

Spain: Andalusia adopting measures to guarantee irrigation of subtropical crops

After a meeting in Vélez-Málaga with the local irrigation communities, the Councillor of Environment and Spatial Planning of the Government of Andalusia, José Fiscal, stated last week that the Andalusian Government will adopt immediate measures to guarantee the irrigation of subtropical crops (mainly mangoes.....

Uzbekistan to supply fresh produce to Novosibirsk

In August, a wholesale and retail complex for Uzbekistan's products will open in Novosibirsk. 85% of the project has already been completed and will have a total cost of about 1 billion roubles (about 14.73 million Euro).The construction of the complex was launched after the signing of a memorandum of.....

EC criticises Spanish measures against Guatemalan potato moth

The European Commission (EC) believes that the measures enforced in Galicia and Spain "will hardly succeed in eradicating" the Guatemalan moth pest currently affecting potatoes.This was reported Wednesday by Galician MEP Lídia Senra, of the Confederal Group of the European United Left, who back in April,.....

Russia extends boycot till end 2018

Russia has extended the boycott of fruit and vegetables to the end of 2018. This was reported by the Agricultural Branch of the Economic Department of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow via Twitter. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev is believed to have said this one day after the EU sanctions were officially extended.....

Poland hosting 13th International Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Congress

The 13th International Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Congress will be held in Poland on 19 September 2017. The event is organised every year in a different world market in order to address the issue of the low consumption of fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the Congress is to promote the habit of.....

The perfect storm

UK: "No successional planning for temporary and seasonal workers"

There has been much in the news about Brexit, the Common Market and more recently about the labour supply to the UK. Most has been speculation as we don't really know what will happen when the Brexit negotiations are complete, but according to John Hardman, from recruitment agency HOPS, one thing is for sure:.....

UAE: Abu Dhabi won’t ban Egyptian strawberries

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said that no import ban will be imposed on Egyptian strawberries or on any fruit imported from Egypt, as long as it arrives accompanied by an approved certificate of analysis from the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation in Egypt stating that they are free of.....

Turkish trade with Qatar increased three-fold since boycott

Turkey's exports to Qatar have increased three-fold, reaching a value of 32.5 million dollars, since four Arab countries surrounding Qatar imposed a ban on 5 June, as reported by Turkey's Minister for Customs and Trade,Bülent Tüfenkci."Since 5 June, the value of exports to Qatar has reached $ 32.5 million,.....

Greek and Macedonian companies want direct Skopje-Athens air connection

Companies from Macedonia and Greece have insisted on the need for a direct airline connecting Skopje and Athens, as this would help strengthen the business ties between both countries.This was announced by the President of the Macedonian Chamber of Commerce, Sotir Ampov, in a press conference held in Skopje......

Within 14 days

Germany: More damage for agriculture and fruit cultivation

On May 19th, bad weather had caused losses worth millions in agriculture, and in this week, it got even worse in some regions. Between May 28th and June 1st, hailstorms damaged 30,000 hectares. According to first estimates the new damages will cost producers around 20 million Euro. Three quarters of the.....

European Commission and Chile agree on free trade of organic products

The European Commission has reached an agreement with the Chilean government for the free trade of products processed or cultivated under organic standards. The signing of this agreement confirms the good development of the negotiations that started in 2014, when the European Council authorised the Community.....