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New round of negotiations between the EC and Mercosur will start on Monday

The European Commission and the countries that make up Mercosur - Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - will hold a new round of negotiations in Buenos Aires next week, from Monday to Wednesday, to advance the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement.In February, the European Commission and the.....

Russia: Samara importing produce directly from Ivory Coast

Since 6 March 2017, fruits and vegetables from Ivory Coast are only allowed to enter Russia via direct imports, as reported by the department of the Rosselkhoznadzor (Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) in the Samara region. In fact, this region has already established.....

Spanish agriculture demands renewal of glyphosate authorization

The Agrarian Professional Organizations ASAJA and UPA, Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias of Spain, the Spanish Federation of Producers and Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and Living Plants (FEPEX) and the Spanish Association for Conservation Agriculture/Living Soils (AEAC.SV), which are representatives.....

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Tecnova signs R&D&I agreement with Vélez-Málaga

Mr Ángel Barranco, president of the Tecnova Foundation, and Mr Antonio Moreno Ferrer, mayor of Vélez-Málaga, have signed a collaboration agreement with the goal of planning business R&D&I activities, the provision of advice and the organization of technical conferences, as well as the implementation.....

Polish apple and pear producers in need of more support

The European Commission will grant more support to producers who reported losses due to the introduction of the Russian embargo three years ago, as announced by Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan. Apple and pear producers in Poland are particularly in need of this aid.The Polish Minister of Agriculture and.....

Mac Fruit Attraction

Promotion of Spanish fruit and veg in Egypt

FEPEX has organised the joint participation of a group of fruit and vegetable companies at the Mac Fruit Attraction fair, to be held from 22 to 24 April in Cairo. The goal is to promote sales in Egypt and other countries within its area of influence, such as Saudi Arabia.Many of Mac Fruit Attraction's.....

Lebanese Farmers’ Association demands end to Egyptian potato imports in mid-March

The head of the Farmer's Association in Lebanon,Antoine Howayek, has called for the importation of Egyptian potatoes to stop by 15 March and for the total volume not to exceed 40,000 tonnes. He has also asked for further restrictions on the import of Egyptian agricultural and industrial products in order to.....

Russia further lifts boycott of Turkish produce

During a telephone conversation between Russian Prime Minister Medvedev and his Turkish colleague Binali Yildrim, a further lifting of the boycott of Turkish fruit and vegetables has been discussed. According to reports from the Kremlin’s website, they spoke about “measures that promote trade and improve the.....

US: Farm Foundation Forum examines future of NAFTA

Calls to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have drawn mixed reactions. Further affecting the long-term landscape for trade are the withdrawal from ongoing trade negotiations, and requests to revisit WTO rules.Some sectors see opportunities in revisiting the United States' approach.....

Germany:

Alnatura expands management team

On 1 April 2017, Alnatura will expand its management team. Rüdiger Kasch will support Götz Rehn as Deputy Managing Director sales (Alnatura stores), purchasing and expansion. The 54-year-old is a known retail expert. Rüdiger Kasch was Managing Director of Nord Vertriebs supermarkets and as Managing Director.....

Bulgaria: Overdue subsidies for fruit and veg to be paid by late March

The delay in payments of direct subsidies for 2016, which has already created discontent among agricultural producers, is likely to be shorter than originally scheduled, at least for fruits and vegetables. This became clear last week after a meeting between Prime Minister Gerdjikov and representatives of.....

Greece: Zero use of “fruit and veg in schools” funds denounced

Manolis Kefalogiannis, of New Democracy (ND) and member of the Group of the European People's Party, has criticised the zero absorption by the Greek government of the funds from the European program to supply fruit and vegetables in schools.The European Commission recently announced the percentage of the.....

Asparagus played key role in German vegetable cultivation in 2016

In 2016 the acreage for asparagus cultivation was 27,000 hectares (+5% compared to 2015). The largest area used for vegetable cultivation in Germany is used for asparagus; according to the German Statistic Office (Destatis) asparagus was cultivated on 22% of the German acreage in 2016. The asparagus.....

Switzerland: More apples stored

In February the volume of apples in storage was higher than the previous year.On the 28th of February 40,375 metric tons of apples were still in storage according to Swisscofel, SOV and Bio Suisse. The 39,628 metric tons of stored Swiss-Guarantee apples is 1,678 metric tons higher than the amount stored in.....

Belarus and Georgia aim to increase bilateral trade

Belarus is ready to provide Georgian companies with the most favourable business conditions, as stated by the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, after meeting with the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili.Lukashenko reaffirmed that the countries have agreed to increase trade turnover to $200.....

Moldova plans to introduce quality controls for fruit and veg

In the near future, Moldova plans to change the current legislation regulating quality inspections on fresh fruit and vegetables, reported infomarket.md.It is the result of an initiative by representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the bill is expected to pass the procedure of public hearings in.....

Israel: Ministry of Agriculture to subsidise genomic selection

Israel's Ministry of Agriculture has announced the allocation of funds to subsidise research into the breeding of new fruit and vegetable varieties by means of genomic selection.It is worth noting that, unlike genetic engineering, which is banned in both European and Israeli agriculture, genome selection is.....

Russia: 22 tonnes of produce returned to China

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) did not grant permission to the province of Primorsky Krai to import a large consignment of fruit & veg from China, allegedly due to the provision of invalid documents, reports PRIMPRESS, citing an official press.....

Trade turnover between Turkey & Russia up for first time in three years

The trade turnover between Turkey and Russia in January this year rose for the first time since 2014, reports the agency Anadolu, citing the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).In January 2017, the value of Turkey's exports to Russia increased by 59.1% to $150 million. During this period, the revenue.....

South Africa: R7.5 million in theft, fraud and corruption uncovered at Joburg Market

The Head of the City’s Anti – Corruption Unit, General Shadrack Sibiya, has submitted a report detailing theft, fraud and corruption amounting up to R7 535 686.43 at Joburg Market (market).The report details how 3 officials at the market, alongside three suppliers, allegedly defrauded the City by.....

Proposal to include Western Sahara in Morocco-EU agreement

The European Commission's European External Action Service has proposed to find a legal basis to include Western Sahara in the EU Agreement with Morocco, which for FEPEX would entail formalising the agricultural concessions to this territory. This proposal was made on Tuesday before the European Parliament's.....

Spain: Companies seek international ports to avoid stevedore strikes

The stevedoring conflict not only affects workers and the port sector; there are many companies that depend on this traffic and have already started to prepare themselves before the stevedore strikes, called for 6 March to 26 March, because of the approval of the decree that liberalises the sector.Stocking.....

Poland: CETA may entail opportunities for processed fruit and veg exports

The Polish Ministry of Agriculture believes that the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) should not be a direct threat to Poland's agricultural sector, and in this sense, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ewa Lech reported that the period of provisional application will be used by Poland to.....

Ethiopian Ag brings sustainable year round production

Ethiopian producer, Raya Horti Farms, started just five years ago and has its sights set on being able to enter the European market in the near future. They think that the fruit and vegetables they produce have a lot of potential for the international, as well as their own domestic market. The grower is.....

Spain: Trade unions and stevedores resume negotiations

With the sector's reform already approved by the Government and pending ratification in Congress, trade unions and stevedores have resumed their negotiations exactly a week before the start of the scheduled port strikes (on 6 March).The negotiations had been suspended last Wednesday at the request of the.....

European agro-food products have great opportunities in Asia

The Asian market offers great opportunities for European agro-food products, especially high quality products, according to a study presented recently, which analyses the impact on the agricultural sector of trade agreements between the EU and three other markets: Mexico, Switzerland and South Korea.The.....

President calls for national thanksgiving on Sunday

Botswana: Gaborone Dam full for first time in sixteen years

After substantial rainfall in the country, Botswana's dams are almost all full, including the Gaborone Dam which has not been full for sixteen years. President Ian Khama has called for a national day of thanksgiving.Gaborone Dam today (Gauteng weather- Twitter)"My fellow Batswana, there is.....

Ethiopian Ag brings sustainable year round production

Ethiopian producer, Raya Horti Farms, started just five years ago and has its sights set on being able to enter the European market in the near future. They think that the fruit and vegetables they produce have a lot of potential for the international, as well as their own domestic market. The grower is.....