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Chinese social media calls for Filipino mango boycott
The South China Sea ruling saw an international tribunal rule against China and in favour of the Philippines. As a result, Chinese citizens have taken to social media to call for people who "love China" to refuse to buy Philippine imports and in particular Filipino mangoes.One comment on a photo urged people.....

Indian MP launches veg cultivation project
In the city of Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala, Minister for Agriculture V. S Sunil Kumar yesterday, 13 July, launched a comprehensive programme to increase production of pesticide-free vegetables. The programme involves various government departments, institutions and school children.The Minister.....

Nigeria, South Africa to sign MoU for agriculture
Nigeria’s Consul General in South Africa, Ambassador Uche Ajulu-Okeke, said this week that Nigeria and South Africa are planning to sign agreements on a post bank and agriculture.Ajulu-Okeke said the planned agreement on agriculture would enable the country to harness the potentials inherent in its good.....


CEPII report
Russian boycott has major impact on European exports
In a new report, CEPII has assessed the cost, in terms of export losses, of the diplomatic conflict between the Russian Federation and Western countries over 2014.The first empirical analysis exploits monthly country-level trade data. They find strong impact of the conflict on Western exports to Russia. From.....

South Africa: Competition lowers fruit, veg prices
The University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) has released research which shows how much money consumers have saved thanks to competition being introduced into South Africa’s biggest sectors.In a series of studies funded by the National Treasury, CCRED.....

Only 4-5% of production exported
Inefficiency wastes a third of Pakistan's mangoes
Annually Pakistan exports around 90,000 tonnes of mangoes. This is a minuscule amount compared to the 1.8 million tonnes the country produces annually. The export volume amounts to just 4-5% of the total production.The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Regional Standing.....

Turkey plans to boost Black Sea blueberry growing
Forestry and Water Affairs Minister, Veysel Eroglu, reports that the ministry is preparing an action plan to establish blueberry orchards in the Black Sea Region up to 2019. The plan also aims to increase the diversity of agricultural products grown in the region.120,000 seedlings to be distributedThe action.....

India: Sugar farmers unwilling to grow profitable mushrooms
In the state ofUttar Pradesh in northern India many sugarcane farmers are disinclined to diversity beyond their crop. This has led one district in Haryana dominating the mushroom market.According to official sources, Sonepat district alone sends out around 500 quintals of mushrooms to Delhi every day and.....

Jordan: Border closures cause ag exports fall 12.8%
A government official announced on Tuesday 12 July that Jordan's agricultural exports fell by 12.8 per cent during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period of last year. This is mainly contributed to border closures which have led to the loss of key markets.The Kingdom exported 340,000 tonnes of.....

Indian Gov't: 'no shortage of fruit, veg' in spite of trader strike
While Maharashtra traders have gone on an indefinite strike, the government reassured consumers on Tuesday 12 July, that there will be no shortage of fruit and vegetables in Mumbai.The Maharashtra government said that measures were being taken to ensure that these items will be available in abundance in.....

Taiwan to provide bananas for Japanese school lunches
A deal has been signed between Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture and Japan's city of Gotemba, which aims to strengthen ties between the two sides, namely with a cooperation on the city’s school lunch program. Taiwan's Council of Agriculture will provide Gotemba’s six elementary schools and four junior high.....

AU: Growers air their grievances at ACCC meeting in Bundaberg
Bundaberg horticulture growers who have experienced unfair trading at the hands of a number of wholesalers, despite a mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct, yesterday, 12 July, met with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to air their grievances.Growcom’s Chief Advocate Rachel Mackenzie and.....

AU: New industry fund priorities pollination
In an effort to ensure Australians can enjoy local fruit, nuts and vegetables for years to come, Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) has launched a significant pollination research investment fund.This likely multi-million dollar fund will invest in vital research to increase crop quality and.....

Meeting international standards to boost exports
Nigeria: Ginger growers need processing plants
Under the present conditions, ginger growers in Nigeria are unable to meet international standards to export their products. Dr Florence Edwards, the President of Ginger Growers and Marketers Association, has said that the greatest challenge facing the association is the lack of processing plants to make the.....

Vietnam's cashew industry still relies on imported raw materials
Vietnam's cashew nut industry is number one in the world, yet its continued reliance on imported materials is causing problems. Vietnam provides 50 percent of the global market of cashew nuts. In 2015, Vietnam exported 328,819 tons of cashew nuts with export turnover of $2.4 billion. In the first four months.....

Queensland veg growers’ $2-million claim
Queensland vegetable growers allege that they are owed close to$2 million by agents who sold their produce at the Melbourne Markets, Victoria’s central wholesale market. Bundaberg sweet potato growers are also taking a Melbourne wholesaler to court for allegedly failing to pay for more than $260,000 worth of.....

Zimbabwe holds its position on import restrictions
In spite of South Africa's efforts to seek a reversal of Zimbabwe's restrictions concerning the imports of various goods, the country is still digging in its heels.Imports into Zimbabwe come mostly from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and China as the country’s economy continues to slow down.President Robert.....


Trend for regional produce continues
Germany: Mediocre asparagus season
Midsummer, 24 June is the end of the asparagus time. Traditionally that is the day that the last asparagus is cut in Germany. Overall, the 2016 asparagus season in Bavaria was a season without major ups and downs.Photo: The 2016 asparagus season in Bavaria was a season without major ups and downs.Source:.....

NZ: Crop pest attacking wasp creates a buzz
The release of a new wasp from Mexico and the United States might be the key to controlling tomato potato psyllid in New Zealand. The Environmental Protection Authority has approved an application to release the wasp, Tamarixia triozae.The application was made by HortNZ on behalf of industry groups including.....


Clemengold pickers sign the world’s first Comic Contracts®
Exploring innovative ways in which to make contracts easier to understand for farm workers, Indigo Fruit Growers who produce, pack and supply Clemengold™ mandarins to the local and international market, is championing change in the industry by offering their fruit picking employees the world’s first Comic.....

Projects on track, impact so far
International Potato Center publishes 2015 report
The International Potato Center (CIP) has published its annual report for 2015. According to Barbara H. Wells, Director General of the CIP, 2015 saw an alignment between the goals of the organisation with the United Nations General Assembly's Sustainable Development Goals. The annual report tells the story.....

AU: Fresh State respond to Bundaberg Growers' claims
Fresh State advise that claims made against Melbourne Market wholesalers by a group of Bundaberg growers are inaccurate, putting the creditability of the central market system into disrepute.The Melbourne Market consists of a large number of wholesalers who trade produce based on great relationships and.....

UK: Fungicide extended to leek, salad onion growers
Bayer's fungicide Infinito can now be used on an extended range of allium crops, as the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) has issued an EAMU (extension of authorisation for minor use). The previous EAMU was solely for the use of Infinito to control downy mildew on bulb onion, but this has now been.....

Norway: ''Worst crisis ever'' hits strawberry crop
This year, Norway's berry growers are warning that their crops have been hit by the worst crisis ever: a fungus which causes berries to rapidly rot. The fungus started infecting plants in the southern counties of Agder is now moving north, and threatening to ruin the strawberry season.“We’ve never seen.....

Mexican cooperation
Nigerian gov't committed to developing agriculture
Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated that the present administration will adopt agricultural policies to make the diversification of the economy a success.He was speaking during a meeting with a group of Nigerian and Mexican agro-business interests at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.President.....

Zimbabwe import ban risks future of South African town Musina
Zimbabwe's food ban has put the future of South Africa's border town Musina in jeopardy. Zimbabwe has been flooded with protests, violence and chaos at the border post separating the country with South Africa over the recently imposed food bans between the two countries.This led to the closure of the Beit.....


AU: Online registration for apple, pear exporters
Apple and pear growers will soon be able to register online to export, thanks to the Australian Government who have granted APAL $117,810 to deliver an online export registration process and prepare market access documentation.The funding from the Package Assisting Smaller Exporters (PASE) will also be used.....

Big Washington apple harvest expected in 2016
On July 11, the U.S. Apple Association released a harvest estimate of 176.4 million boxes of apples in 2016 for Washington apple growers. Although it sounds like a lot, caution should be exercised.The figure is an early estimate made by a few marketing people in the know at a conference in Syracuse, New.....


Supermarket chain experiments with ''fresh garden''
Brazil: Shoppers can 'harvest' their own produce
A supermarket chain in Brazil is experimenting with "fresh garden" installations in its stores, where rows of herbs, onions, and greens are displayed as if they're growing in the store. The chain wants to emphasis that it sells fresh, local, sustainably grown food, but unlike some German supermarkets that.....

India: Fruit, veg buck negative export trend
In May, a fall in global commodity prices caused the export of several agricultural products to decline, including cashew. However, fruit and vegetables bucked this negative trend and grew at a rate of 1.53 per cent.In all, seven out of 13 main agriculture products that are closely monitored by the Commerce.....

In light of Russian situation
Turkish traders warned not to inflate fruit, veg prices
The Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK) Chairman Bendevi Palandoken has warned Turkish traders not to inflate fruit and vegetable prices in light of the potential normalisation of relations with Russia. Palandoken wants to take precautions against raising prices, as he fears they may.....

Profel
Update on dramatic crop damages in Europe
Processors and farmers face severe losses in the major European growing areas for several crops but especially for peas and carrots. France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Denmark are heavily affected due to the prolonged unfavourable weather conditions, heavy rains and hail during late May,.....

Pakistan: Mango producers improve their exports
Sindh's mango export season is set to conclude on July 20th. So far this season, producers there have exported 125,000 tonnes of mango to Europe, the UK and Saudi Arabia. Growers are putting this export success down to their improved farm practices.Junaid Hyder Shah of Sindh Mango Growers and Exporters.....

Chinese traders monopolising Thai fruit market?
An academic in Thailand has expressed concerns that fruit traders from China have invaded the Thai fruit market. According to Mr Ith Pisarnvanich, director of international trade study centre of Thai Chamber of Commerce University, in the past 2-3 years, the number of Chinese “long” or fruit traders in.....

India's lack of legumes exacerbates in 2016
Due to losing a significant green pea harvest this year, India is facing a food crisis. For the second consecutive year, record drought is affecting the country. As of June 2016, the volume of water in major reservoirs amounts to no more than 20% of the normal level. This will definitely entail a reduction.....

India: Low pineapple production, demand
In the Indian state of Tripura, a poor monsoon during the pineapple's flowering period has led to smaller fruit sizes, which has subsequently reduced demand. Farmers are also being deprived of a good price because markets in neighbouring Bangladesh are closed."At present, many are shifting from pineapple.....

Fruit, veg prices low
Drop in Ukrainian CPI more than expected
As the hryvnia strengthened, Ukrainian inflation slowed for a seventh month, increasing the chance the central bank will continue trimming borrowing costs at its next meeting, reports Bloomberg.Consumer prices rose 6.9 percent from a year earlier in June, compared with 7.5 percent the previous month, the.....

Huge losses for fruit farmers
Crop protection failing in Uganda
In Kasese, a town in the Western Region of Uganda, failure to control pests and diseases, means that farmers are suffering huge losses in mango, banana, pineapple, maize and coffee production.Many of the affected farmers are beneficiaries of "Operation Wealth Creation", the army-led programme to provide.....


Overview German asparagus season 2016
Weather caused large harvest fluctuations
This year’s asparagus season can roughly be divided in two parts, with the Pentecost weekend (mid-may) as central point.Due to the weather, the start of the season was very hesitant. Farms that grow asparagus without plastic covering had little opportunity to harvest before the Pentecost weekend. The farms.....

Study trip in August
Indian mango farmers to learn from China, Indonesia
As part of an education tour conducted by Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC), mango farmers from the state of Bengaluru will visit China and Indonesia in August.Kamalakshi Rajanna, KSMDMC Chairperson, said farmers registered with their corporation will be selected for the.....

Old regulations hinder Fiji's exports
According to the Minister for Agriculture, Inia Seruiratu, Fiji cannot bring in raw materials and process it to be exported because of old regulations.Speaking at the 2016 Fiji Business Forum, Seruiratu said this is why they are strengthening acts and regulations.The Minister said they are planning to.....

AU: More attention must be paid to pesticide resistance
Chris Monsour, a consultant for contract research organisation Peracto, has called on growers to pay more attention to insecticide resistance when implementing pest control programs. Mr Monsour warned 2016 National Horticulture Convention delegates of the problems associated with increasing levels of.....

Indian veg trader strike likely to cause price increases
From today, Monday 11 July, traders at Vashi's APMC market are planning to go on an indefinite strike to protest's the government's decision to delist vegetables and fruits from wholesale markets, to pave the way for direct marketing between farmers and retailers and even consumers. Their strike is likely to.....

Brexit: An opportunity for Turkey’s food sector
The recent exit of the United Kingdom from the EU could present an opportunity for Turkey’s food sector, according to a report by Egeli&Co. Asset Management Research Strategy Director Güldem Atabay Sanli. The report analyses the effect of Brexit on the agricultural and food sectors of the UK, EU and.....

Drought soar prices Malaysian durian in Singapore
In Singapore durian sellers who source their fruit from Malaysia are charging over $10 a kilogram more for durian than they were a year ago, and this hike in prices is being put down to dry weather which has decimated crops and delayed the season.June and July usually form the peak season for durian but due.....


Mulching film improving berry harvests
Mulching films are used to contain weeds, reducing the use of pesticides and improving the soil’s microclimate.Agritela, Arrigoni’s mulching film, favours the growing of plants, contains the growth of weeds and guarantees the proper transpiration and air circulation for roots. Transpiration also helps block.....

Medvedev: ‘’Russia can feed itself’’
Russian prime minister Dimitry Medvedev believes that the development of agriculture in Russia has reached such a level that the country can feed itself. The leader of the United Russia party was speaking at the party’s election congress, where he said that United Russia goes to the polls with a sense of.....


Imports have surged
Nepal fails to realise fruit production potential
Nepal's failure to tap into its potential to produce high value fruits is embodied by the fact that fruits which can be grown within Nepal were imported from as many as seven countries.The country has been importing fresh fruits from India, China, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, the United.....

To capture the export market
Maharashtra to import non-patent grape varieties
New, non-patent grape varieties are being imported by the Maharashtra Rajya Draksha Bagayatdar Sangh (MRDBS) from South Africa, Spain and California. The state-level grape-growers body is importing the varieties to help farmers produce export quality grapes with better yield, as the varieties under.....

Indian mango farmers collaborate to boost business
Over 700 small and medium mango farmers in Muthalamada in the state of Kerala have joined together to form an agri-business consortium to promote pesticide-free cultivation and value-added products. Despite an annual export worth over Rs 80 billion, growers are fed up with poor returns.The newly formed.....

AU: Horticulture industry to accelerate Asian trade offering
Off the back of the creation of its dedicated trade arm, Australia’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation today, July 8th, launched a multi-million dollar initiative to strengthen trade opportunities in the arc between Jordan and Japan.Announced through a call for Expressions of Interest to.....


AU: Perth students win award addressing food waste in supply chain
Enactus students at Perth’s Edith Cowan University have won the prestigious Graham Kraehe Community Project - Brambles Food Waste Challenge and, in addition, have been crowned Enactus National Champions for their program – Waste Not – that provides initiatives including an environmental impact report on food.....

Djibouti gives Uganda $20m to boost fruit export
Djibouti's consul to Uganda, Muhammad Majyambere, the has said Djibouti has given Uganda $20m to increase exports of fruit and related products to the horn of Africa. Some of the fruits that Djibouti is eyeing include: mangoes, pineapples, jack fruit, pawpaws and bananas, among others.Majyambere made the.....

UK: Text alert for brassica disease management
Current weather conditions are creating another high disease pressure period for brassica crops in the UK. Growers can once again register for the text message warning from Syngenta Brassica Alert which enables better timing of fungicide treatments to protect crop quality.Wet, warm weather has produced lots.....

NSW banana farmers asked to support Panama disease farm buyout
New South Wales banana growers are being ask to contribute to the $3 million buyout of a farm in far north Queensland infected by Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4). They are more than 1,600km from the frontline of the fight against the devastating banana disease, but they are being asked to chip in to.....

NZ wants more trade access to Indonesia
Import restrictions have been affecting New Zealand's trade potential to Indonesia. Access for beef, as well as onions and apples has been affected by these restrictions and is subject to a World Trade Organisation case. Prime Minister John Key is heading to Indonesia later this month with the aim to boost.....

Costa Rica announces minimum wages for 2nd half 2016
Costa Rica has announced the private sector minimum wages for the second half of 2016. From July 1st, an increase in the minimum wage of between 0.5% to 2% came into effect. The Ministry of Labour establishes minimum wages for the private sector depending on the type of work, and with or without a diploma,.....

India: Partnership to buy fruit, veg direct from farmers
MTR foods has signed a partnership agreement with Karnataka Horticultural Producers Cooperative Marketing and Processing Society (HOPCOMS) to buy fresh fruit and vegetables directly from farmers.The partnership agreement signed between MTR Foods Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Sharma and HOPCOMS Managing.....

Domestic demand increases
Iranian lemon output up 8%
According to an official, Iran's lemon production increased by 8 percent compared to the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended March 20.Abolghasem Hassanpour, the General Director of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits Department of Agriculture Ministry, estimated that a total of 480,000 to 500,000 tons of.....

India: Vegetable prices still high in Pune
A lack of rain in Pune has been attributed to high vegetables prices there. Although a good amount of rain has fallen over the past few days, it is unlikely to have an affect on prices anytime soon.Traders and experts blamed poor supply of almost all kitchen essentials for the surge in prices and have ruled.....

Thai gov't promise 35bn baht for fruit farmers
The Thai Cabinet has approved a budget of 35 billion baht to help the country's fruit farmers. The money will allow farmers to improve efficiency and will also be spent on seminars aimed at developing growing techniques.The Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCG) will carry out a portfolio guarantee scheme.....

Poland shares potato knowledge with Georgia
Between 18 and 22 July, specialists from Georgia’s Agriculture Ministry will travel to Poland to visit a laboratory in the city of Toruń and learn about methods of laboratory analysis of soil and potato samples for quarantine organisms. The event is organised by the Technical Assistance and Information.....

Fresh produce hard to find in some UK cities
In some of the UK's main cities, access to affordable to fruit and vegetables is limited, especially for those on tight budgets. This is due to the fact that reaching supermarkets can be expensive and costs to have produce delivered are high.The Guardian presents the case of Tiny Isaacson, who is retired and.....

Africa and Asia-Pacific:
"Food and agricultural crisis caused by El Nino"
On Wednesday 6 July, the leaders of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called on governments and the international community to unite to alleviate the suffering caused by the weather phenomenon El Nino in.....

EC proposes conclusion of EU-Canada trade deal
On July 5 the European Commission formally proposed to the Council of the EU the signature and conclusion of a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA.The deal is set to benefit people and businesses – big and small – across Europe as.....

AU: More funding secured to tackle Medfly
On July 1, Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) announced that it had secured a $1.65 million grant to strengthen the industry’s fight against Mediterranean fruit fly, in the hopes of opening more export opportunities.Awarded through the Australian Government Rural Research and Development for Profit.....

AU: Cox rootstock an alternative for lemons
New South Wales DPI research horticulturalist, Graeme Sanderson, prepared this article on Cox rootstock, which features in the winter edition of the Australian Citrus News.Cox rootstock was bred by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) at Gosford Horticultural Research station in the early 1960s. A.....

Agriculture a 'game-changer' for Zambia's economy
While on a visit to Zambia, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi called on investors in the country to reduce dependence on imported agricultural products and support developing local ones, as part of the country's economic diversification programme.Mr Nyusi said in Ndola on Sunday 3 July, that the agriculture.....

Taiwan's fruit prices jumped 35% in June
Taiwan's fruit prices experienced their biggest price increase in a decade this June. According to a government report released Tuesday 5 July,fruit prices soared 35.81 percent, as a result of extreme cold weather earlier in the year, and two typhoons last year which took a toll on crops.The consumer price.....