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Agri price commission completes study
Karnataka State Agriculture Price Commission chairman Prakash Kammardi, said the commission had completed the study of cultivation patterns of 17 crops in the State last Friday.The commission would submit its report on scientific pricing of the products by August.Dr. Kammardi was speaking to presspersons.....

NZ: Bumblebee-sniffing dog creating a buzz
Bumblebee numbers are in decline around the world, and that's not good news for the fruit and vegetable industry, which relies on the insects and their honeybee cousins for pollination.So Plant and Food Research has brought in a very special helper – Ollie the Bumblebee dog.Ollie and his owner, pollination.....

Quality problems lead to price reductions
German cherries dominate domestic market
At the German wholesale markets the cherries sales are dominated by the German cherry. Of the traded cherries 37.5 percent originates from German cultivation. Closely followed by Turkish cherries, with a market share of 30%. These numbers can be found in the BLE market newsletter of week 28. Third forth and.....

Fiji trade mission benefit from NZ exporters advice
NADI-based fruit and vegetable export processing plant Nature's Way Cooperative Ltd participated in a week-long trade mission to New Zealand earlier this month.Company CEO Michael Brown said the meeting with potential produce buyers in Auckland raised serious issues that needed to be addressed if the export.....

US (WA): Supreme Court sides with workers on piece-rate pay
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court for the state of Washington ruled that farm workers who are paid a piece rate must also be compensated for rest breaks.The court made the decision unanimously.The decision could drive up the cost of labor in Central Washington’s fruit production industry, where the workforce.....

Modi: Indian, central Asia must reconnect
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said India and Central Asia must reconnect - through surface, digital and air connectivity.“Today I complete my tour of Central Asia. I return to India convinced that India and Central Asia must reconnect. It is important for the future that we seek for our countries.....

Rabobank: Lessons from Chinese online sales
The online food retail channel is increasingly taking sales away from the traditional retail channel in China. More companies are dropping their resistance to the channel and preparing to go online. What kind of online strategies, presence and product customisation will meet the needs of the new online.....

Plans to raise Belarus-Moldova trade
It is possible to raise Belarus-Moldova trade to $500 million in 2015 or in 2016 at the latest. The opinion was voiced by Moldovan Deputy Economy Minister Octavian Calmic during the session of the Belarusian-Moldovan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation in Minsk on 15 July, BelTA.....

Lifting of Iran sanctions boost to Thai export
The cancellation of international sanctions on Iran should boost Thai exports to that country, traditionally a major importer of many products from here, the Commerce Ministry anticipates.The ministry's permanent secretary Chutima Boonyapraphasara said she had high expectations that the recent agreement on.....

UK: Event kick-starts 25-year food and farming plan
Defra Secretary Liz Truss is hosted 80 leading food and farming representatives at Defra’s headquarters yesterday to kick-start discussions on a 25-year plan for the industry.Among the key areas of discussion were ways to strengthen the British brand for food, increase exports and boost farm productivity.Mrs.....

Africa: EU, FAO launch new partnership agreement
Partner countries and regional bodies will receive support to develop stronger policies in these crucial sectorsThe European Union and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a new partnership agreement to boost food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and resilience in at.....


#BoycottGermany
Twitter users call for boycott of German products
With the hashtag #BoycottGermany, twitter users called for a boycott of German products. Consumers are calling for a worldwide boycott on German products because of harsh conditions and the hard-line approach during the Greece bailout especially by Germany. The hashtag has been used more than 30,000 times.....

Colombia: Sliding peso making exports more competitive
Currencies whose economies are helped by oil exports have all been hit by the slump in crude prices, but the Colombian peso has taken a particular battering in recent weeks. And the currency fell for a fourth straight day on Thursday, to hit a fresh 11-year low of 2726.50 pesos per dollar.Thursday's drop.....

NZ: Soil maps lead way to better farming
Producing detailed soil maps of New Zealand farms could help improve food production across the country, as well as reduce nitrate leaching, a Lincoln University report suggests.A group of Lincoln students recently spent four days conducting a soil survey of Glengael Farm, near Cheviot, to see if.....


BLE Market newsletter week 28/15
Spanish lemons very visible on the market and tomatoes increasingly popular
LemonsSpanish lemons dominated the business. The interest in the supply was steady; the prices didn’t fluctuate much. In Hamburg the season for lemons from Uruguay started, which slowed sales of Argentine lemons. Here the prices had to be reduced slightly. However in Berlin, the Argentinean lemons became a.....

Morocco may be on the way to banning food waste
Following the introduction of new legislation against food waste in France, activists continue voicing their concerns and demanding the passing of legislations forcing department stores and markets not to waste food. Waste is currently estimated at 1.3 billion tonnes per year, which is more than four times.....

Declining trade big issue in APMC polls
The issue of rapidly falling trade in the Aurangabad Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) located at Jadhavwadi is likely to grab centre stage in its upcoming election scheduled on July 12.Devendra Sheth, secretary of the General Kirana Merchant Association (Aurangabad), said the arrival of.....

Backpacker number drop could hurt hort industry
Tourism Research Australia has reported backpacker visitor numbers to South Australia dropped by 10 per cent in 2014 and some fruit picking jobs are not being filled.Labour harvest contractor, Scott Cameron, said he is concerned South Australia is losing seasonal workers to other horticulture regions and.....

25 years of „Warberger Declaration“
Representation of farmers after German reunification
25 years ago on 15 July 1990 both German states (the German Democratic Republic (GDR/East Germany) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG/West Germany) negotiated and signed the "Warberger Declaration" at Burg Warberg in Helmstedt. This provided the foundation of an independent by farmers supported.....

Information platform for Chinese, Thai enterprises
An information-providing platform is urgently needed for Chinese and Thai enterprises to understand each other's demand and supply so that they can cooperate in the most effective way, a Chinese entrepreneur told Xinhua.There are great prospects ahead for Sino-Thai economic cooperation and Chinese.....


Parliament approves deal
Greece stays in euro
Yesterday, the Greek parliament approved the reform and austerity measures brought back from Brussels by Prime Minister Tsipras on Monday. Although Tsipras called the deal "bad in many respects", he did get a majority on his side. Within Syriza, the prime minister's party, not everyone voted for the.....

FireWall approved on Florida grapefruit
In the fight against citrus canker, there’s good news for grapefruit growers. The EPA has issued a specific exemption under the provisions of Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service for the use of FireWall™ 50 WP from.....

Ripe fruit attracts more stink bugs
Reducing the availability of mature fruit could stifle stinkbug population growth, a new study by university researchers found.Researchers determined the presence of ripened fruits on trees positively correlates with an abundance of the smelly home invader, according to the study, published online June 25 in.....

South Africa: Agency launches 16 youth-owned co-operatives
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will showcase and launch 16 NYDA-funded co-operatives in Limpopo, Nwanedi Village and Thohoyandou respectively.In 2013 the NYDA partnered with the Limpopo Department of Agriculture to improve the production capacity of young small-scale vegetable producers in.....

UK: GM moth bred to protect cabbage
A genetically modified moth has been bred by British scientists to reduce serious pest damage to cabbages, kale and broccoli. Male diamondback moths with a "self limiting gene" produce female offspring that do not survive to reproduce, thereby controlling their population.The moth is one of the world's worst.....

NZ: $16.65 million to boost farm exports
A $16.65 million programme to develop and commercialise new ways to process food could add $250 million a year to New Zealand's export earnings within 20 years, according to its lead scientist.Massey University professor Richard Archer is heading up the six-year project funded by the Ministry of Business,.....

Bulgaria: Inspections reveal 176 violations of fruit and veg regulations
Over 591 tonnes of fruit and vegetables have been found to infringe the regulations for their marketing by inspectors of the Bulgarian Agency for Food Safety (NVS), who carried out intensive checks at markets, fairs, auctions, stores and retail chains across the country, reports the agency.A total of 1,023.....

UK: Tax on junk food proposed to fund fruit and veg promotion
British doctors are urging the government to impose a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to combat obesity. Available funds from the tax would go towards subsidies to promote fruit and vegetable consumption.They have also asked for restrictions in the advertising of unhealthy foods aimed at.....

Wanted: ‘E-daptable’ fresh produce suppliers
A new era in online shopping is arriving, and it will increasingly impact fresh fruit, vegetables and floriculture supply chains. Just as tomorrow’s shopper will buy other groceries online, he or she will also buy fresh produce online. Suppliers that want to take advantage of this development have to adapt.....

Pakistan: Climatic changes take toll on horticulture sector
Pakistan’s fruit and vegetable growers and exporters are convinced that global warming and drastic climatic changes are badly affecting both quality and output of the agriculture sector of the country.Warning the government, they say if remedial measures are not taken immediately, the country will eventually.....

IIP director NC Saha:
Indian packaging must conform with international standards
The Indian packaging industry must conform with the international packaging standards to compete globally, said Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) director NC Saha while addressing a national conference on 'Make in India -- Packaging Transportation of Hazardous Goods and UN Certification' on Saturday."The.....

AU working on FTA with India
Those Australians who are worried over the slowing Chinese economy may have some reasons to smile as Canberra is already working desperately to stitch up a Free Trade Agreement with the world’s second-most populous country – India.If everything goes according to the Australians’ plan there is every reason to.....

Wholesaler prices in June 2015
Germany: Fruit, veg and potatoes prices rise
The prices in wholesale businesses in June 2015 were 0.5% down compared to June 2014. And according to the Federal Statistical office (Destatis) in May the change was – 0.4 % and in April – 0.9 %. Compared to the previous month the produce sold at wholesale markets was 0.2 % cheaper in June 2015.Compared to.....

Initial assessment of hailstorms
Austria: Massive damage of 5.3 mln Euro
Carinthia was severely affected by hailstorms with heavy rains and gale-force winds last week. And parts of Styria and the south of Burgenland have significantly been affected.Extent of the damage:Carinthia▪ Districts: Klagenfurt-Land, Villach-Land, Hermagor, Feldkirchen▪ Acreage: 9,000.....

European Commission to support producer organisations
Copa and Cogeca welcomed the result of the vote in the European Parliament, which confirmed that the fruit and vegetable sector must continue to be based on producer organisations, such as cooperatives, and that this model will be promoted.The resolution calls on the Commission to increase support to help.....

Spain: Up to 20,000 tonnes of stonefruit to be withdrawn
The Ministry of Agriculture, according to the production sector and the food industry, has given the green light to the withdrawal in July and August of up to 20,000 tonnes of stonefruit; peaches, nectarines and Paraguayo peaches. The department headed by Isabel García Tejerina has taken this step to.....

Council set up to promote exports
Concerned over declining exports, the government will soon set up a Trade Facilitation Council comprising members of Centre and states to promote India's overseas shipments.The council will be chaired by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and secretaries of key ministries and state ministers.....


Huelva's hiring model at source could expand to other regions
The introduction of two new manuals on migration and recruitment at source has revealed the results of the so-called "Huelva model"; a circular migration hiring model that could be adopted by other Andalusian cities, such as Cordoba, Jaen, Seville and Cadiz, as well as certain areas in Lleida, Cuenca and.....

Trade between Iraq and Jordan halted
Jordan's Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced that the Iraqi consulate in Amman has stopped approving export bills heading to Iraq via the Treibil border crossing for security reasons, a member of Amman's Chamber of Industry said.Musa Saket told Quds Press that stopping the approval of export bills.....

Romania demands greater support for growers affected by Russian embargo
Romanian growers are suffering the impact of the ban imposed by Russia on the import of food products from the EU and need financial compensation from Brussels, said PSD MEP Daciana Sarbu.Recently, the government in Moscow announced that Russia would extend the embargo of food imports from the European Union.....

Erratic rain causing poor harvest in Nigeria
The erratic pattern of rainfall this year is fuelling fears of poor harvest among farmers and agricultural experts, Daily Trust reports.Experts are already saying that if the pattern of rainfall continues it could cause the kind of drought Nigeria faced in 1973, 1975 and 1993.The rainy season started in.....

Ghana: Export strategy to cost US$500m
The government will need to expend about US$500million to develop its five-year National Export Strategy, which is aimed at raising the level of export proceeds from the Non-Traditional Export sector, CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) Gideon Quarcoo has announced.The country’s chief exports.....

A first peek inside
Hamberger market presents new layout DEHOGA-summer fair
The Hamberger Company, a wholesale market, presents the first plans for the construction and design of the new store at Berlin-Moabit.The largest fresh produce market in Germany will be built in Berlin, exclusively for the catering professionals in the capital. At the summer fair of DEHOGA Berlin and.....

Britain announces Calais 'secure zone'
Britain plans to create a 'secure zone' at the French port of Calais to protect lorries heading for England from migrants trying to enter the country illegally, interior minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.Migrants fleeing war, political turmoil and poverty make daily attempts to board lorries and trains.....


UK: Double tax breaks for farms choosing renewables until 2020
After last week’s Budget, farms business owners will now be able to get double the potential benefits from their Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) each year until 2020 by opting for renewable energy, according to the UK’s largest solar installer.Following last week’s surprise announcement from George Osborne.....

US: Associations support national GMO labeling standards
Industry trade associations expressed support Tuesday for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would establish uniform labeling standards at the federal level for GMO and GMO-free foods.The bill was approved Tuesday by the House Committee on Agriculture.In a letter to the committee prior to.....

Agricultural Outlook report:
Gambia: Stronger production, lower prices coming decade
Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, but nonetheless, prices will likely remain at levels above those in the early-2000s, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook.....

Expo shows global impacts of Prosser research center
The first scientific expo at Washington State University’s Prosser research station hailed advances made in central Washington by scholars from around the globe.“Science at IAREC,” hosted by the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center on July 1 to showcase its contributions to society, featured.....

EU extends support to west Africa
The European Union extended its cooperation with the west Africa region via a new round of funding that totals €1.15 billion and will last until 2020.Under the West Africa Regional Indicative Program, as part of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), the increased financial support will be targeted toward.....

Israel and India ties strengthens agriculture
Israel and India have a total volume of bilateral trade of almost $4.4 billion and the two countries are negotiating an extensive bilateral trade agreement. There are also extensive agricultural exchanges.“We have set up 28 centers of excellence in nine states in India,” Ohad Horsandi, the spokesman at the.....

What stops French, American companies coming to India?
Days after reports like Maggi noodle found safe surfaced, food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has said that the "inspector raj" has prompted fear among domestic packaged food companies. The minister alleged that this is cutting out overseas businesses, killing innovation and also threatening the.....

SADC, EU inch closer to ratifying EPA agreement
The European Union (EU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) are on the verge of finalising the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Negotiations for the EPA between the EU and SADC were concluded last year. At a recent meeting held between Botswana’s Trade Minister, Vincent.....

Easy export for Swiss organic products to the USA
Johann Schneider-Ammann, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research in Switzerland, has signed an arrangement that facilitates trade with Swiss organic products on his business trip to the United States.Due to an agreement on the mutual recognition of standards for organic.....

EU agri-food world exports/imports see increase
Updated figures on trade of agri-food products between the European Union and the rest of the world in 2014 show that exports increased by 1.6% compared with 2013. The figures show the EU's top destinations for its agri-food exports in 2014 were the United States (total trade value worth €310,879m) followed.....

India: 25 APMC's to get new equipment
As many as 25 Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) in the State would get automated cleaning, sorting and packing equipment during the current financial year.Replying to a query during the press conference of Minister for Agricultural Marketing Shamanuru Shivashankarappa, Additional Chief.....

NZ: Record numbers for seasonal workers scheme
Michael Woodhouse says it is the largest number since the scheme began eight years ago and reflects an excellent season for apples, kiwifruit, cherries and grapes.He has told a conference in Apia he continues to be amazed at the impact the scheme has on the families involved.Mr Woodhouse told the employers.....


AU: $20.5 million towards fruit fly biosecurity research
A landmark research co-investment of $20.5 million has been agreed between Macquarie University and Horticulture Innovation Australia focusing on the management of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) through Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).A research team lead by Associate Professor Phil Taylor will focus on.....

Drought-hit North Korea cuts food distribution
Drought-hit North Korea has reduced food distribution, an official of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday.Cristina Coslet, FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System officer in charge of Far East Asia, told VOA the North Korean government informed the agency that the.....

Dominican mangoes promoted in Spain
The Consulate General of the Dominican Republic organised the second edition of the Dominican Mango Fair, which took place this weekend at the Plaza España, in Madrid.Dominican consul general Juan Cuevas Féliz said the event aims to promote a Dominican product which only until recently was mostly unknown to.....

VAT headache for Swaziland looms
Calls by members of parliament for a downward review of Value Added Tax (VAT), amongst other tax regimes they want reconsidered, may come to zero following a recommendation from neighbouring South Africa, which is Swaziland’s biggest trading partner, to have this tax regime increased from the present rate of.....


Agreement reached: Grexit averted for now
After marathon negotiations that started yesterday afternoon, Greece and Europe presented a compromise this morning. A Grexit appears to be averted for now. The Greek parliament still has to debate the agreement, and various other national parliaments also have to approve the agreement."After 17 hours of.....

AU potato industry receives funding to reduce waste
The South Australian Potato Industry has received funding of $100,000 under the State Government’s Advanced Food Manufacturing (AFM) grant program to enable a project utilising potatoes which are graded-out due to size or shape and do not meet supermarket specifications. Consequently they have no commercial.....


Spain: CHG cutting irrigation resources strawberries, almonds
The Association of Irrigation Communities of Andalusia, Feragua, has denounced the "cuts on irrigation resources" established by the Hydrographic Confederation of the Guadalquivir (CHG) for strategic crops in the region in its draft revision of the Hydrological Plan, which defines water uses and allocations.....