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Up 64%
Kerala becomes more self-sufficient in veg production
Kerala has increased its domestic vegetable production by 64%. Previously the state relied on neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for its fruit and vegetables to the tune of about R15 billion per year, but now the arrival of vegetable loads from neighbouring states has reduced from over 750 trucks per day,.....

Bangladesh: 5,000 farmers self-reliant through fruit growing
More than 5,000 fruit farmers in Bogra district has become self-reliant in recent years, due to the sharp rise in fruit cultivation there. The farmers are earning a decent wage from growing different seasonal fruits including banana, lemon, papaya, mango, jackfruit and litchi year-round and are receiving.....

Chilly spring good news for UK fruit harvest
According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) the delayed spring could lead to a bumper crop of apples, strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries this year. The recent cold weather has delayed the flowering of trees and shrubs which means they are less likely to be hit by the damaging effects of.....

Financial support for S.African smallholder fruit farmers
A partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry has created a R120m fund to support emerging fruit farmers in the Western Cape. The fund is set to help the smallholder farmers reach commercial status.Agriculture is a key sector in the.....

Turkey aims to be cherry export world leader
Turkey is the world leader in cherry production but third in terms of exports, hence the country is also aiming to become a leader in exporting the product.In order to increase cherry exports to the whole world, but in particular to the Far East, exporters and producers from the Aegean Fresh Fruit and.....

Russia can’t produce enough tomatoes
Despite the restrictions imposed on the sale of foreign vegetables in Russia, domestic producers of fruit and vegetables will not be able to fill the market with tomatoes and cucumbers for a long time yet.Greenhouse growers are trying to fulfil a program of import substitution but it is not working well......

P.E.I. ag budget cut 'not that bad'
According to minister Alan MacIsaac, the $1.8 million cut to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is not as bad as it sounds. The provincial budget shows a five per cent cut to the department, but McIsaac says that when revenues are taken into consideration, it's not really a cut at all.He pointed to.....

But climate change troubles growers
Morocco celebrates annual strawberry festival
Morocco holds an annual strawberry festival, where farmers showcase their harvest, celebrate the fruit and familiarise themselves with new production and conservation methods. However, this year the festival's organisers have been disappointed by the weather patterns; Morocco did not export its usual.....

Greenhouse strawberries kick off Ukrainian berry season
The Ukrainian berry season has started two weeks earlier this year compared to last. Fruit-Inform reports that last week, beginning 18 April, the Ukrainian berry season kicked off, with farmers starting shipments of their first volumes of greenhouse strawberries.For the present, prices vary between UAH.....

AU fruit exporters aiming for the Philippines
As part of a campaign called ''Now in Season'', business leaders representing Australian fruit exporters are in the Philippines in a bid to boost trade between the two countries and drum up business in Southeast Asia.Australia hopes to increase horticulture exports to the Philippines by 33 percent to A$20.....

AU: Growers will quit over potato deregulation
Executive officer of the Potato Growers Association of WA, Simon Moltoni, believes that some South West growers will leave the potato industry over deregulation. The State Government announced on April 15 that the Potato Marketing Corporation would be scrapped from June 30.The decision comes with a sweetener.....

Kenya encourages German investment
Germany is lagging behind other European countries in terms of investment in Africa, hence Kenyan businesses are calling on their German counterparts to invest in the country.At a recent business summit in Berlin, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called upon German investors and industrialists to invest in.....

UK hort sector 'facing potential labour crisis'
The president of the National Farmers' Union, Meurig Raymond has warned that the UK horticulture sector is facing a potential labour crisis as shortages of migrant labour and the debilitating costs of the National Living wage pose a threat to UK fruit and veg businesses.A survey of 289 NFU horticulture.....

New border market to increase Rwanda-DR Congo trade
On Tuesday 19 April, the construction of a new cross border market in the Karongi District began. The market will be completed within 12 months at a cost of Rwf 1.58 billion and is expected to boost trade between Rwanda and DR Congo.The market will have a section for selling livestock, a warehouse, slaughter.....

Outlook bleak for California's prune crop
Storms which hit Northern California in March have damaged this year's prune crop, causing potential damages of tens of millions of dollars. Over the last two weeks, the effects of the cold temperatures, high winds and heavy rains have become clear; pollination was significantly disrupted and this year's.....

Heatwave causes problems for Malaysian farmers
Drought in Malaysia, Indochina and India is causing concern for officials, who fear a water crisis as water levels in dams and rivers have dropped sharply. Farmers are struggling to irrigate their crops.Widespread drought and sweltering heat have left much of Thailand as well as Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in.....

UPDATE: Syrian produce trucks halted at Lebanese border
As previously reported here, Lebanese farmers have called for a ban on Syrian fresh produce imports. As a result of two days of protest by local farmers, trucks carrying produce from Syria were stopped at the Lebanese border by the army on Friday 22 April.A photo posted online by Voice of Lebanon radio 100.5.....

Zambia to tighten quality control on fruit imports
In light of concerns over the quality of fresh fruit imported from South Africa by major chain stores, Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, has called on Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) to intensify inspections.On April 22, Mr Mwamba said that reports that some fruit imported from.....

Fresh From Florida Export Summit
Florida gears up for new food trade opportunities
Floridian ports have been making preparations to receive the larger ships that are expected to arrive with the completion of the Panama Canal this year. Port Tampa Bay is gearing up with a multiphase major expansion to accommodate the new, larger ships and will host the Fresh From Florida Export Summit on.....

Morocco benefits the most from Russian ban on Turkey
Russian media sources have confirmed that Morocco has been the country benefiting the most from Russia's ban on the import of some foodstuffs from Turkey.According to a report from the agency RBK, Morocco has become Russia's largest supplier of tomatoes and oranges, with Russian imports of these articles.....

Flood causes problems for Fiji agro treatment plant
Two weeks ago, floodwaters in the Sigatoka Valley destroyed farms located there; this has subsequently caused problems for a Nadi-based fresh produce treatment plant which relies on fruit and vegetable exports to sustain its business.Nature's Way Cooperative Ltd, a company that treats produce from a dozen.....

Strawberries of Europe
Spain: Strawberries promoted with educational game
The campaign Fresas de Europa (Strawberries of Europe), which aims to promote and encourage the intake of this fruit among consumers, has launched an interactive and educational game aimed at entertaining while allowing the users to learn more about strawberries, their origin and their quality. "Fresas de.....

NZ kiwifruit orchard sales jump
Demand for kiwifruit is outstripping supply, causing a jump in orchard sales in the Western Bay of Plenty, which has been described by one agent as "a land grab".Figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand show 83 orchards sold in 2014 for a sale median price of $1.015 million compared to 94.....

USDA fund $4.75m blueberry harvesting project
The USDA is funding a $4.75 million collaborative research project focused on increasing the efficiency of blueberry production in the US. Industrial engineers from Penn State university are part of the nine-university, four-year project.The proposal, titled “Scale-neutral Harvest-aid System and Sensor.....

US (CA): Farmers giving up strawberry growing
South Bay farmers in California are giving up on strawberry growing because the crop is becoming too expensive and harder to produce. Growers also cite a lack of affordable and available workers as another reason for ditching the fruit.Farmers believe the price of strawberries will rise because it is such a.....

AU: Pineapple farmers recover after Cyclone Marcia
Cyclone Marcia hit central Queensland in February last year, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to fruit farms. Yet, now pineapple farmers are rejoicing over what is set to be their best crop since the cyclone.Pineapple farmer Ben Clifton's property was one of those hit by Marcia's.....

Due to market oversupply
Israeli cucumber growers forced to destroy crops
Cucumber growers in the central part of Israel began disposing of hundreds of tons of cucumbers last week, due to the massive oversupply in the local market.According to Hazi Daniel, a cucumber grower from Ahibtub in Israel's central coastal plain, they are disposing of up to 300 tons per day, and sending.....

Vietnam posts $1.36 bln trade surplus
Vietnam registered a trade surplus of 1.36 billion USD in the first quarter of 2016, Ha Noi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper reported. Vietnam posts $1.36 billion trade surplus in Q1, Vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, English news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news,.....

'Artist'
UK: Bayer to increase quantities of potato herbicide
Bayer is to increase the quantities of its potato herbicide Artist (flufenacet + metribuzin) this season in response to greater industry demand.The demand arises from an increasing frustration in the lack of effective options for tackling harder-to-control weeds, such as annual meadow grass (AMG) and.....

Who wins from rising Loonie?
The Canadian dollar has been climbing in recent weeks off the back of higher oil prices. Since the start of the year, oil has moved from roughly $30 a barrel to $40, while the cost of buying a U.S. dollar has fallen from $1.45 to just $1.29. The rally makes sense given the historical correlation between the.....

Carrots favourite vegetable in Switzerland
The favorite vegetables in Switzerland are carrots, tomatoes and sweet peppers. The latter pushed iceberg lettuce out of the top three.In 2015 8.86 kilos of carrots per head were consumed (previous year 8.23 kilos). The total carrot consumption was 71,510 metric tons.The consumption of tomatoes was 7.13.....

India: Increased supply causes onion prices to plummet
Last year, onions in Nagpur made headlines for their eye-watering prices, which touched Rs70 a kg, today the vegetable is selling for just Rs5 a kg at wholesale markets. At neighbourhood vegetable markets, the rates range from Rs14 to 16 a kg, less than half the price of last April.Farmers increased onion.....

To boost cultivation
Citrus centre of excellence opened in Kota
On Wednesday 20 April, the agriculture department of Rajasthan opened a centre of excellence for citrus fruit in Kota, with the aim of boosting cultivation in the state. Israel will help with cultivating the fruit by providing technical assistance.While inaugurating the Centre for excellence, chief minister.....


Jamaica shares Irish potato production knowledge
As Jamaica has almost reached self-sufficiency in Irish potato production, the island is sharing its knowledge and techniques with other Caribbean countries. A 26-member delegation from Guyana, St. Lucia, and Dominica recently spent five days on the island, observing best practices in land preparation,.....

Orange juice prices drop
As drier weather helped orange crops in Florida, orange juice prices dropped on Wednesday 20 April.Frozen concentrated orange-juice futures for May delivery fell 3.5% to $1.2955 a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange, the lowest close for the most active contract since March 21.WeatherBELL Analytics in New.....

New Brunswick to become 'world's largest wild blueberry producer'
Canada's provincial government announced on Wednesday 20 April that 1,600 hectares of Crown land is being set aside in the north for the production and development of wild blueberries.The government has allocated land in Gloucester and Northumberland counties, which will be leased to 37 successful applicants.....

French farmers shedding tears over Dutch 'fake shallots'
French shallot producers are accusing their Dutch rivals of flooding the market with cheaper onions mislabelled as shallots. UK newspaper The Telegraph reports that the French producers are demanding the European Union clamp down on the Dutch farmers over what they consider their unfair trade practices.The.....

José Antonio García, director of AILIMPO:
"Black Spot issue solved when South Africa closes campaign without detections"
Last week, the European Commission surprised the Spanish citrus sector with the publication of the latest update of the phytosanitary control regulations regarding Black Spot on citrus imports from South Africa, which will come into force this summer.The new regulation will allow the entry of citrus.....

Ahold accused of fraud with illegal tomatoes from the Sahara
In mid-December last year, the European Court of Justice cancelled the partnership agreement between the EU and Morocco, specifically the part relating to trade in goods from occupied Western Sahara. Therefore, agricultural products can only benefit from the association agreement as long as there is clear.....

Peruvian pomegranates increasingly popular
Peruvian pomegranates are proving increasingly popular overseas, especially in the Netherlands. According to food exporter Sierra Exportadora, pomegranate sales have increased by 97% in the first two months of this year compared to the 25% increase in the same period in 2015. This increase meant that Peru.....

Concerns over Panama disease spread
Latin America moves International Banana Congress
Latin America's all-important banana export industry is so concerned by the spread of Panama disease, that it moved this week's International Banana Congress from Costa Rica to Miami at the last minute, so that attendees wouldn't transport the disease to the region with the contaminated dirt on their shoes......

Indian farm reform 91.6 percent behind target
The National Agricultural Market (NAM) platform is set to be India's biggest reform to transform the lives of farmers, yet the scheme is 91.6 percent behind schedule this year. As many as 250 agricultural markets nationwide (of 585 selected) were supposed to have been linked by 2015-16 to the common.....

N. Lebanon farmers call for ban on Syrian produce imports
In order to protect the local market, on Wednesday 20 April, fruit and vegetable farmers in north Lebanon called on the government to ban all produce imports from Syria.The National News Agency said a delegation of the farmers held a brief protest on a highway linking Syria to Lebanon before visiting two.....

Boost for Fiji's fruit, veg exports
Fruit and vegetable farmers engaged in the export trade in Fiji will be given a helping hand in the form of a stimulus package from Nadi-based fresh produce treatment plant, Nature's Way Cooperative Ltd.Chief executive officer Michael Brown said it was critical growers were given a hand up in the wake of.....

Danish expertise to boost S. African ag sector
Denmark's food and agriculture minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, met with his South African counterpart Senzeni Zokwana in Copenhagen on Tuesday 19 April, with the aim of establishing food and agriculture co-operation between the two nations.A prospective deal could lead to the export of Danish food products,.....

AU farmers' federation request fresh food ombudsman
Australia's National Farmers' Federation has said that a fresh-food ombudsman should be created to improve transparency across the agricultural supply chain. The vegetable producers' peak body, AUSVEG has also showed tentative interest in the move.NFF chief executive officer Tony Mahar said a fresh-food.....

EU govt will protect Ghana's exports
Ghana's Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has assured Ghanaian exporters that the EU will protect Ghana’s exports within the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).He said the Trade Ministry is currently seeking cabinet’s input and support on options available to Ghana in.....


Germans like their frozen food
The per capita consumption of frozen products has risen to a new record high during the last year.Germans consumed 43.6 kilos of frozen food in 2015. And that is, according to the German Frozen Food Institute (DTI), 1.4 kilos more than the previous year.The total sales increased by 3.7% to 3,543 million.....

Tesco partners with Kenyan growers
A new partnership between Tesco and Kenyan produce growers will save 135 tonnes of edible fine bean crop from going to waste each year – with Tesco shoppers set to benefit from a fresher product.Until recently, growers were required to deliver fine beans within a specific size range and to trim them before.....

Drought damage investigation launched in S.Africa
The Department of Agriculture will be embarking on a fact-finding mission into the devastating effects of the drought on informal traders and communal farmers. The DA is concerned about the informal traders and communal farmers that depend on their sales to support their families, for without their sales.....

Peru: 41% of EU exports come from Northern Macroregion
41% of shipments to the European Union (EU) were sent by Northern Macroregion-based enterprises in 2015, Peru's National Chamber of Commerce, Production and Services (Perucamaras) reported.This way, Piura, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Cajamarca and Tumbes regions exports amounted to US$1.414 billion.Piura.....

Romania approves law to protect domestic products
Romanian hypermarkets and supermarkets will face severe penalties if at least 51 percent of their food range consists of non-domestic products. The amendment to this Act, proposed by the Agriculture Committee, was unanimously approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.The requirement for this.....

Egypt’s trade deficit declines by 24.9%
Egypt’s trade deficit declined by about 24.9% in January 2016, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).The balance of trade is an economic measure of the difference in value between a country’s imports and exports during a given.....

Zimbabwe trade deficit narrows in Q1
Zimbabwe's trade deficit narrowed in the first quarter after a drop was experienced on both sides of the trade matrixes. According to figures from Zimstat, imports were down to $1.32 billion from $1.6 billion in the same comparable period last year mainly due to a cocktail of import restrictions placed on.....

Rural Enterprise Programme:
Food processing modules introduced in Ghana
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has introduced food processing modules under the Rural Enterprise Programme (REP) to create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.According to the ministry, the REP, through its Rural Technology Facilities (RTFs) in 161 districts, now processes.....

Honduran melons awaiting Japanese verdict
In a statement to HRN, the head of the Honduran Secretariat of Livestock Agriculture (SAG), Jacobo Paz, said that the negotiation process for the export of melons to Japan is in its final stage.In this regard, he pointed out that Japanese authorities now have 60 working days to decide whether they allow the.....

Spain: Copa-Gogeca criticises EC approach against black spot
Copa-Cogeca has strongly criticised the new proposal from the European Commission to relax the controls on imports intended to prevent the entry of Citrus Black Spot (CBS) into Europe. The organizations have warned that this is completely unacceptable, since more than 100 cases of highly contagious diseases.....

“Africa Feeding Africa”
Initiative to transform agriculture launched
More than 200 research and development partners and experts met at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) last week in Ibadan, to unveil an initiative that will transform agriculture on the continent and ensure that Africa is able to feed itself through agriculture.Discussions at the.....

To strengthen trade with China:
Alibaba enters agreement with NZ govt
Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), the New Zealand Government’s international business development agency, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize discussions for strengthening trade between China and New Zealand and support the growth of New Zealand.....

USDA: $4m to develop pest management solutions
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $4 million to support research and extension efforts to mitigate pest issues and increase crop protection practices for the agricultural community. This funding is made through the Crop.....

HortNZ supports Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement
"Today Richard Palmer and I appeared before the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence Committee and spoke on the value of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to New Zealand horticulture." said Mike Chapman, CEO of HortNZ."We spoke in support of the TPPA, particularly given the tariffs to be.....

New Czech administrative barriers may hinder Polish exports
A decree of the Czech government will impose new administrative transactions to fresh fruit and vegetable importers. A similar measure had already been introduced for imported meat and meat products."These additional formalities may hinder the export of Polish food," states Andrzej Gantner, CEO of the Polish.....


Great prospects for Paraguayo peaches
Reactions to the opening of China to Spanish stonefruit
Spanish fruit exporters had been waiting years for the opening of the Chinese market, and even more so in recent times, given the closure of the Russian market. For the first time, China will import peaches, Paraguayo peaches, nectarines and plums from Europe, and Spain will be the largest supplier.The first.....

Young blood in German Metro Group
New players on the real,- management team
The hypermarket store chain real,- is currently making changes to the management team. Chief Financial Officer Henning Giesecke and Chief Merchandise Officer Patrick Müller-Sarmiento now jointly assume chairmanship of the Board.The previous chairman Didier Fleury, will take on a new strategic role in the.....