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USDA reestablishes Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reestablish the charter for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) and seeks nominations to fill all 25 positions on the FVIAC. FVIAC was established by USDA in 2001 to examine issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry and to provide ideas on.....

For strategy to address priority viral and bacterial diseases

Australia: $16.6 million project to protect vegetables

Australian vegetable growers will reap the rewards of a $16.6 million five-year project to improve the resilience of crops from the impacts of viral and bacterial diseases. This project will develop an area wide management strategy to address high priority viral and bacterial diseases affecting vegetable.....

Coming into force from 1 January 2021

Europe approves new regulations for organic production and labelling

After a long process, the new regulations on organic production and labelling were approved last week in the European Parliament.Europarliament negotiator Martin Häusling (The Greens of Germany) explained in a press conference that "this regulation offers clarity and certainty to both producers and consumers.....

Spain: The FAO designates Malaga raisin production system as GIAHS

In a ceremony held this Thursday in Rome, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officially designated the raisin production system in La Axarquía, Malaga, as one of the new Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).For its part, the Association of Municipalities of the.....

Spain: Project for weekly monitoring of stone fruit campaign presented

This week, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture held a meeting focused on the stone fruit sector, in which it presented its project for the weekly monitoring of the campaign. This will include data related to production, foreign trade, consumption, withdrawals and prices. The objective is for it to become an.....

Modernization of irrigation systems

Spain: "More needs to be done with less water"

Spanish Minister of Agriculture Isabel García Tejerina is convinced that, just like any other economic activity, irrigation "cannot escape from, or be alien to" the trend for seeking greater sustainability.She made this comment during the signing of the agreement to fund and carry out the modernization works.....

Russia to inspect Moldovan apple storage sites

From 19 April, the Rosselkhoznadzor has decided to start inspecting the apples stored by Moldovan companies to prevent the import of banned products into Russia, as reported by the entity on Wednesday."In order to prevent the supply of plant products that are banned to be imported into the Russian Federation,.....

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

UK: Understanding consumer needs is key to exports

A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to unlocking export opportunities for British food and farming products should be avoided if we are to reap the rewards of overseas trade. According to the latest ‘Horizon’ edition of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), understanding consumer needs in.....

Spain: AICA opens a displiplinary file against DIA

The Food Information and Control Agency (AICA), an institution under the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, has opened a disciplinary file against Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación (DIA), saying that there may be indications of an alleged sale of oranges at a loss.In March 2017, La Unió de Llauradors.....

EC evaluating proposals for agricultural product promotion programs

The European Commission has started evaluating the proposals for agricultural product promotion programs for 2019, as the deadline for the presentation of programs was last week. The evaluation period will last until August, and in October the Commission will announce the greenlighted programs, which will.....

Greece: Visit of Indian Ag Minister may help improve bilateral trade

The Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food is attempting to open up the huge Indian market on the occasion of the three-day visit of India's Minister of Agriculture, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, to the country.The aim is to improve the trade balance between the two countries, with the focus on the dairy and.....

Spain: "Directive on unfair commercial practices is crucial for the fruit and vegetable sector"

The EU Council of Ministers of Agriculture has met this Monday in Luxembourg, and one of the issues addressed has been the proposal for a Directive on unfair commercial practices in the food chain, as already reported by FEPEX last week. The ordinary legislative procedure, which requires the proposal to be.....

Russian delegation discusses Bosnia and Herzegovina ban

The first round of negotiations with Russian authorities has taken place in Bosnia and Herzogovina, after Russia banned the country's fruit imports back in January 2018. Although nothing has been decided, growers are breathing a sigh of relief after several attempts previous attempts to arrange a meeting with.....

France has started marketing strawberries under a consumer brand

C'est qui le patrón? ("Who's the boss?") is a consumer brand created in France in 2016 "by and for consumers." It started becoming popular with the marketing of milk, and this April it has also started being used for strawberry tubs in different supermarkets. The strawberries are of French origin (which is.....

European Commission to ban unfair trade practices in food supply chain

The European Commission proposes to ban the more damaging unfair trading practices in the food supply chain to ensure fairer treat­ment for small and medium sized food and farming businesses. In addition, the proposal includes effective enforcement provisions: sanctions can be imposed by national authorities.....

Poland promoted its products at Agrofood Nigeria

Between 27 and 29 March, the National Centre for Agricultural Support (KOWR) organised a Polish stand for the first time at the fair Agrofood Nigeria. The stand served to showcase a wide range of food products from many sectors.Agrofood Nigeria is one of the most important food fairs in this part of Africa......

Express visit for the promotion of Spanish citrus in China

Will the Spanish citrus sector take advantage of the US-China conflict?

The current economic conflict between the United States and China could result in great opportunities for Spanish citrus. On 2 April, China introduced tariffs that will make more than 120 products imported from the United States, including California citrus, between 15 and 20% more expensive.This has motivated.....

EU likely to eliminate additional checks on Egyptian strawberries

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Abdel Moneim El-Banna said last Friday that the European Union had recommended cancelling the additional checks on Egypt's strawberries.The Minister added in a press statement that the decision came after "confirming the new control measures adopted by Egypt to ensure the quality.....

Poland: Aid to withdraw apples, pears, plums and peaches from the market

Starting from 6 April, the Polish Agency for Restructuring and Modernisation of Agriculture (ARMA) has started accepting applications from producers willing to withdraw fruit from the market. This measure is related to the continuation of the ban on their import from the European Union to the Russian.....

Spain hopes that the EC will take its food chain regulations into account

The General Secretary of Agriculture and Food, Carlos Cabanas, hopes that the regulations that the European Commission is preparing to improve the functioning of the food chain and trade relations resemble the ones that Spain has already had in force for five years.Cabanas has admitted that the Ministry "would.....

What will the distributor-supplier relationship be like in the future?

Is the trader versus supplier era coming to an end? Today, more than ever, companies from all sectors of the fruit and vegetable industry are under pressure to offer a faster, more flexible and more stable supply. Given this, the importance of establishing strategic relationships between the different actors.....

Moldova aligns with EU quality control standards for fruit and veg

Last week, the Moldovan Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft law on compliance with the quality control requirements for fresh fruit and vegetables. The document will help adjust national standards to bring them on par with European standards, thus helping increase product quality, protect consumer rights.....

FTA to allow Ukraine to export some fruit and veg to Israel

After signing a Free Trade Zone agreement (FTA) with Israel, Ukraine could start supplying significant quantities of fruit and vegetable products to this country, as stated by the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA) on its Facebook page."Every year, Israel spends about $ 400-450 million on the.....

Russia’s self-sufficiency in greenhouse veg production exceeded 53% last year

Russia's self-sufficiency in greenhouse vegetable production exceeded 53% last year, but it will be necessary to build another 1.5 thousand hectares of greenhouses in order to completely cover Russia's domestic needs, reported the correspondent of the IA "Kazakh-Zerno" citing data from the Ministry of.....

Juncker: Time to revive India-EU trade pact

French president Macron’s recent visit to India has raised hopes for the revival of negotiations on a free trade pact between India and the European Union. At a time when the US protectionism is on the rise, it makes sense to push forward on the negotiations which have been stalled for so long. The EU is.....

Moldova and Qatar aim to strengthen bilateral trade

Last week, HE Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Tawar, Vice President of Qatar's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomed a delegation of the Qatari-Moldovan Friendship Association, headed by the former Ambassador of Moldova to the State, Victor Tefron. The meeting served to discuss the joint cooperation and relations.....

Growcom CEO Pat Hannan:

"Get hort code-compliant before it’s too late"

All growers and traders operating through the central markets must have a valid Horticulture Produce Agreement (HPA) in place by 1 April 2018 or risk being penalised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).Only growers who sell directly to retailers, exports and processors are exempt and.....

New frontier to protect peppers against European corn borer

Ostrinia nubilalis represents one of the main phytophagous insect for peppers grown in protected cultivation. Biogard recommends using the mating disruption system, especially in northern and central Italy where the insect is more widespread.The larvae of the European corn borer grow on both plants and fruits......

Chinese entrepreneurs aim to purchase vegetables and fertilizers from Volgograd

On 20 March, a Chinese delegation arrived in Volgograd's capital to discuss the implementation of projects for the supply of potash fertilizers, vegetables and fruits, grain and other products. According to Volgogradskaya pravda.ru, Chinese entrepreneurs are planning to invest in strategic projects, as well.....

Moldovan producers exporting to Russia forced to report shipped volume in advance

In order to export products of plant origin to the Russian Federation, Moldovan producers will have to report in advance what volume they plan to ship to the Russian market in 2018. To this end, the Russian side informed the National Agency for Food Safety (ANSA) of Moldova that Moldovan producers will have to.....

Bulgarian producers received nearly 20.45 million Euro in tied support

Fruit and Vegetables producers received almost 40 million Lev (nearly 20.45 million Euro) from the State Fund for Agriculture under the tied support schemes.9,450 producers submitted the necessary documents to apply for this aid up until 31 January 2018, as announced by the Fund.For fruits (basic group) 29.2.....

SATI Chairman passes away after motorbike accident

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) is sad to announce the passing away of its Chairman Michael Laubscher following a serious motorbike accident. After bravely fighting for his life he passed away in a Paarl hospital last night (26 March) due to complications following the accident that took place.....