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World's top ten apple exporting countries
Apples, originating from Central Asia, have been consumed throughout the world for several thousand years. The fruit has featured in many major mythologies and religions throughout the ages, including Greek, European Christian and Norse traditions.If apple trees are grown from the seed, they tend to be.....

Poland: New tranche of support for market withdrawal of fresh produce
The situation of Polish apple growers is more severe than a year ago, as they are struggling with excess volumes due to the impact of the Russian embargo. Prices this year are very low and many growers may have a problem finding cost-effective ways to dispose of the fruit by the end of June, because it is.....

US (FL): Avocado disease will spread
Across the state of Florida, a disease called Laurel wilt has destroyed thousands of avocado trees in most counties. Although, presently six counties have not yet reported the deadly disease, (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla) experts say it is only a matter of time before the.....

US (FL): Citrus dept. releases reduced budget
The Department of Citrus released its proposed $20.6 million budget Monday 16 May, for next fiscal year. The proposed spending plan would be 31.9 percent below the current year's $30.3 million operating budget and the departments staff would shrink from 39 to 23, to meet the demands of the troubled.....

Russian authorities destroy 20 tonnes of Polish apples
Russian authorities have recently destroyed 19.5 tonnes of apples from Poland on one of the dumps in Smolensk Oblast. Over the past 10 months, the country has already destroyed several thousand tonnes of food imported from embargoed countries.The statement of the Federal Agency for Veterinary and.....

Nagpur's new orange crop policy
Nagpur is developing a new integrated policy for orange crops, which aims to deal with yield improvement, better water usage and a marketing campaign to promote Nagpur Oranges. The new policy was discussed by a study group for establishing orange processing and industry at a meeting in Nagpur on Tuesday 17th.....

Replacing pesticides with pheromones in Quebec's apple orchards
A growing number of apple producers in Quebec are turning to insect pheromones – the chemicals females emit to attract their mates – to protect their crops from infestation by codling moth's larvae, which burrow into apples and can ravage crops.Stéphane Cataphard, an apple producer in Quebec's lower.....

UK: GMO potato approved for field trials
The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norfolk has been given the green light by Defra to conduct a series of GM potato field trials.The laboratory will conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019.The trials are part of a project to develop a.....

P.E.I potato farmers prepare for loss of McCain's
Robert Green is just one of Prince Edward Island's potato growers who is planting peas and fava beans, a first for his business. He hopes that the peas and beans, when rotated with his traditional potato crop, will help improve his overall yields and diversify his income options.The reason behind the.....

New Zealand's kiwifruit penetrates Bengaluru
Over the past fifteen years kiwifruit have gone from being practically unknown in Bengaluru, to a favoured treat. The fruit is being sourced from New Zealand and Zespri reports that this year 1.5 million trays of green kiwifruit and 200,000 trays of gold kiwifruit will flood the country during the season set.....

June 8
US (CA): Potato variety trial field day set
The 2016 Kern County potato variety trial field day has been scheduled for June 8 at 1 p.m. at Hart Memorial Par. The event allows grower to see tubers of new varieties, how they performed this year, and how they performed compared to standard varieties. Entries include varieties from numerous USDA, state.....

Spain: Concerns in horticultural sector due to French carrier strikes
The French unions FO, CGT and SUR have organised a nationwide carriers strike, which started on Monday 16 May at 22 hours, to protest against the labour reform presented by the French government.In their statements, the French unions have announced that the strike may be accompanied by roadblocks and tolls,.....

NZ: Rain saves North Island's carrots, potatoes
Last Wednesday 11 May, growers in Ohakune, North Island, thought they were one day away from shutting down their vegetable supply, because of low streams levels. Luckily, recent rain has averted the potential vegetable shortage.Horizons Regional Council's Ruapehu councillor Bruce Rollinson, a vegetable.....

Peruvian avocados to reach India in August
The Commercial Office (OCEX) of Peru in New Delhi reported that Peruvian avocados will be able to make their entry into India from August this year, after the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Asian nation notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) what the new.....

Austria:
Massive frost damage hits businesses hard
Rapid, unbureaucratic help important - measures for the prevention of potential future damage should be considered.The damage of the cold snap at the end of April is massive. Especially for the agriculture, many farms have to consider a complete loss of the harvest. Bio Austria-chairwoman Gertraud Grabmann.....

Romania wants fixed minimum prices for non-EU fruit and veg
The Romanian government wants to introduce minimum selling prices for fruit and vegetables imported from countries outside the European Union. It would be a safeguard measure to protect domestic producers, especially against goods from Turkey, as Romanian growers are unable to compete with the low prices of.....

Pessl Instruments
Ensuring the best berry quality
Consumption of fresh berries in EU is outpacing total fruit consumption. Right up front are northern EU countries, where fresh berry consumption has increased up to 10% in the last 5 years.The situation on the other side of the ocean is similar. The fresh berry market is on the rise. Big time.All this means.....

Mexico hopes to increase exports to Arab countries
José Calzada, the Secretary of Agriculture, Cattle breeding, Rural development, Fishing and Feeding (Sagarpa) reports that Mexico expects to substantially increase its exports to Arab countries. He will head a trade mission to four Arab counties.In a press conference Calzada estimated Mexican agrifood.....

US team visited Malur mango farmers
Mango farmers in Vennkateshappa in Karadagurki village in Malur taluk were recently visited by a team from the USA, who inspected the cultivation methods and the technology adopted for fruit fly control, as well as farm sanitation.This is the second visit by foreign delegates to the Malur processing unit. In.....

Impact of drought, salt water intrusion
Mekong Delta fruit prices rise
Drought and salt water intrusion in the Mekong Delta has caused a decline in fruit output, while the demand has increased, equating in higher prices.Nguyen Van Thuc, Vice Chairman of the Hoa Loc Mango Co-operative in Tien Giang province’s Cai Be district, said his co-operative was buying Hoa Loc mango at a.....


APL SMART reefer solutions support Japanese ag exports
As Japan ramps-up its export drive, APL is supporting Japanese growers and exporters in the exploration of overseas markets for their fresh produce. Through its range of SMART reefer solutions and diversified global network, APL offers an optimal and cost-effective transportation that preserves the quality.....

US (CA): Hearing to discuss HLB threat
On Tuesday 17 May, a hearing is taking place in Sacramento to discuss the threat huanglongbing poses to California’s commercial and home citrus. The bacteria, more often referred to as “HLB,” is spread by Asian citrus psyllids when they feed on the leaves and stems of infected trees and spread to bacteria to.....

Bulgarian fruit and veg production up
Bulgaria's Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva, reported that “Fruits production in Bulgaria increased by 20% last year, while the vegetable production – by 18%.” Taneva was speaking at a press conference at the start of the We Love Bulgaria national campaign for the promotion of the 100.....

British strawberry could become an “unaffordable luxury”
A leading hospitality firm is warning that the new UK wage laws could make the British strawberry an “unaffordable luxury” and wipe out nearly 60% of growers’ profits in the coming year, reports UK newspaper The Guardian.More than 140,000 servings of strawberries and cream are expected to be sold during this.....

Ghana's mango farmers can't meet demand
Ghanaian mango farmers are unable to provide enough fruit for fresh fruit manufacturing firms, which means they are having to import mangoes from neighbouring African countries.Speaking to Joy News, sourcing manager of HPW Fresh and Dry Limited, Daniel Komayire observed that local mango producers have failed.....


Mixed reactions to backpacker tax postponement
This morning at the PMA Fresh Connections in Brisbane, senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, announced that the government would delay enforcing the new rate of backpackers tax for 6 months.They will take more time to investigate the labour resources in agriculture. The.....

Switzerland:
First new potatoes during Pentecost
With the right weather the first potatoes are planted at the end of February or the beginning of March. However the cold and sometimes frosty nights in April delays the growth. This week after Pentecost the first new potatoes can be expected according to Swisspatat.The harvest of these thin-skinned specialty.....

Cameroon grocery retail market outlook 'quite positive'
Up until 2015, Cameroon was mostly ignored by major international supermarket retailers; as lacks the scale of Nigeria and DRC or the accessibility of Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire or Senegal it has attracted little interest. Yet this is changing, in spite of the collapse in oil prices, which has caused a downturn in.....

EU co-op: "Fruit and vegetable growers suffering crisis situation"
On May 14, the EU co-operative Copa & Cogeca sent a letter to the EU Commission warning that new plans to support the EU fruit and vegetable sector are insufficient and must be revised. Copa & Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen warned: "Fruit and vegetable growers are suffering a crisis.....

'Huge' EU demand for Malihabad's chillies
The town of Malihabad, located in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow district is famous for its "Dasheri" mangoes, but is now also becoming known for its green chillies, which are being exported to European countries, like Germany, UK, Italy and the Netherlands.Nearly 2.5 tons of the product is being exported to Europe.....

Canada: BC strawberries ripening early
Strawberries in British Columbia are traditionally associated with June, but record-breaking temperatures and mild winters are making the fruit ripen earlier, and according to one grower ripe fruit in May is now the new normal."This year, we're breaking new records," said Amir Maan, operations manager with.....


Regulation 2015/1910 entered into force on 13 May
EU bans entry of citrus from third countries treated with guazatine
On 13 May 2016, Regulation (EU) No 2015/1910 of the Commission, establishing the new MRLs for guazatine, came into force, and therefore, from this date onwards the limit stands at 0.05 mg/kg. In practice, this entails the inability for EU countries to import citrus treated with this active substance. The.....

Ecuadorian exports drop 25.5%
Exports, one of Ecuador's most important sources of foreign exchange, have slumped by 25.5%. According to the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), from January to March last year, sales of Ecuador to the world totaled 4,870 million dollars, but in the same period this year, these revenues decreased to 3.627.....

AU relaxes Bangladeshi cargo import ban
It has been reported that Canberra will now allow air freight flying in from Bangladesh, as long as it transits via a First World country, indicating a relax in Australia's embargo on Bangladeshi cargo.Late last year, on December 19, the Australian Government banned air cargo entering the country that.....


Egypt beats S.Africa to 2nd largest economy on the continent
According to economists, it is unsurprising that Egypt has beaten South Africa to become the second largest economy on the continent, after Nigeria. South Africa's shrinking agriculture sector is said to have contributed to the economic decline.Citing data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a KPMG.....

CA (BC): Growers warned about changeable weather
Fruit trees in Okanagan have blossomed almost a month earlier than usual, due to the warm spring weather. The Ministry of Agriculture has hence issued a release warning growers that the weather can change quickly and reminding them that they can protect their investment with hail insurance, offered jointly.....

Does Uganda need GM crops?
New diseases threaten Uganda's major food crops, like cassava, banana and maize. The country faces numerous agricultural challenges exacerbated by climate change and other factors, and it seems as if conventional preventive measures have failed.Due to Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW), Uganda loses $299.6m worth.....

US (WI): Professor working to tackle fire blight
Ching-Hong Yang, professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is developing a product which aims to limit the use of antibiotics and provide another way to protect apple and pear trees from fire blight.In 1998, Pacific Northwest growers experienced $68 million in losses from.....

West Michigan farmers struggle to attract talent
West Michigan farmers are having difficulties in attracting all levels of talent, from laborers to farm managers. This talent shortage is attributed to a number of factors, including a lack of college graduates willing to enter the industry.“We’re having a difficult time finding talent,” said Dennis Heffron,.....

Agriculture key to Washington state's economy
A recently published report by the Washington Policy Center (WPC) details agriculture's value to the Washington state economy. The state is blessed with rich soils, abundant fresh water, low cost hydropower, a favorable climate and hard-working people. Washington farm lands grow more than 300 varieties of.....

Popularity of organic increases in India
Reports about the use of chemicals to ripen mangoes and other unsafe methods, have reduced consumer confidence in commonly available market goods. Hence, the popularity of organically-grown fruits and vegetables has increased, and more people are taking up homestead farming to fill the growing niche for.....

Vermont mushroom growers celebrate Shiitakepalooza
On Saturday 7 May, at least 100 people were expected to have gathered together at Eddy Farm in Middlebury to celebrate the Shiitakepalooza. At the sixth annual event, volunteers inoculated logs with shiitake spawn that will sprout mushrooms in about a year. Participants were also able to take home a log for.....


Encouraging healthy eating with low produce prices:
Norwegian retailer brings “healthiness to the people”
Back in 2007 the Norwegian supermarket chain Kiwi cut the prices on fruits and vegetables corresponding to the VAT rate (15%), while concurrently urging politicians to remove VAT on fruits and vegetables. It was at that time that they noticed that the price cuts had a positive side effect, namely, a 22%.....

NZ: Onion industry strategy delivering increased export earnings
Onions New Zealand Inc says with 75% of this season’s crop shipped, the industry is pleased with the direction it’s heading in.“Returns are expected to be up 50% on last year,” chief executive Michael Ahern says.“This means an increase from $81 million to $125 million FoB. This forecasted result will.....

Food prices high
Indian retail inflation hit 5.4% in April
In April, India's annual consumer price inflation hit a stronger-than-expected 5.39 percent from 4.83 percent the previous month, reports Reuters, referring to government data released Thursday 12 May.Meanwhile, food inflation picked up to 6.32 percent in April from 5.21 percent in March, the data.....

Nigerian state helping farmers produce more food
According to the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Umaru Nagwari, Sokoto state government will purchase 9,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers and 16,000 water pumps worth about N 1.7 billion. The items will be distributed to both dry and rainy season farmers across the 23 local governments of the.....


Zimbabwe increased hort exports to EU
In 2015, the monetary value of Zimbabwe's exports to the European Union increased to over US$54 million, up from US$21.3 million in 2014.Zimbabwe's major export destinations in the EU were United Kingdom, Netherlands, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, France and Germany.The Netherlands was Zimbabwe's largest.....


Turkish province launches kiwifruit project
Mersin’s city council has launched a kiwifruit growing project which involves growing kiwi on a trellis system to promote the cultivation of the fruit. The project has first been set up in Erdemli district’s Uzumlu neighbourhood as the climatic conditions there are well-suited to growing the fruit.The.....

AU could increase fruit, veg exports to Indonesia
Presently, wheat is the big-ticket item in Australia’s exports to Indonesia, accounting for $A1.4bn of the total $A7bn. While it is likely that wheat will be a mainstay of agricultural exports well into the future, there are more food market opportunities for other Australian supplies, such as fruit and.....

EC to ask France for explanation on the dumping of Spanish produce
The European Commission (EC) will ask the Government of France to give an explanation after Spanish trucks loaded with agricultural products were attacked on French roads, as confirmed today by the EU executive in response to a complaint from the Valencian political party Compromís.The party's MEP, Jordi.....

US market access for Peruvian non-sprayed fresh asparagus
Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Juan Manuel Benites has announced that Peruvian fresh asparagus will enter the U.S. market without fumigation.Remarks were made as part of his working visit —which ended May 11th— to the North American country with the aim of boosting the entry of farming products into new.....

Yellow capsicum farming ''rewarding business for Kenya''
Wycliffe Obwoge, an agronomist with Amiran Kenya, has urged Kenyan farmers to farm more yellow capsicums, to ensure that there is a supply for the available market in Kenya.According to Wycliffe Obwoge. capsicum farming is becoming a rewarding business in Kenya but most farmers are concentrating more on.....

aid information services will be the core of the German Federal Center for Nutrition
Nutrition information combined nationally
The discussions and frequent reports about food show the importance of information about nutrition. That is why the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) wants to combine all information, communication and knowledge about nutrition. Therefore a new Federal Center for Nutrition will be created.It is.....

Indonesia to boost fruit industry
Indonesia's Agriculture Ministry aims to increase not only the value of its fruit farming, but also floriculture, by Rp 120 trillion (US$9 billion). To do so, the country will increase promotion, revitalize plantations and bolster local fruit consumption.Indonesian fruit exports reached $37 million in 2015,.....

Moldova in talks with Russia to resume fruit and veg exports
The Prime Minister of Moldova, Pavel Filip, addressed at a meeting with Russian Ambassador, Farit Muhametşin, the possibility of resuming the export of Moldovan fruit and vegetables to the Russian market. According to a press release from the Executive, the two officials discussed bilateral relations.....

Turkish apricot exports begin
In Turkey's Mut district, early apricot varieties are grown, hence their apricots are amongst the first on the domestic and export markets. The demand for Mut’s apricots is increasing every year. This year, the district is aiming to export 35,000 tons of apricots and expecting to earn 45 million from.....

US (MI): Free export market analysis for growers, processors
Market research, which will allow Michigan's growers and processors to find the best markets for their exports, has become freely available thanks to a new, free export opportunity analysis.Euromonitor International and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s International Marketing Program.....

But not all bad news
US (CA): SLO County crops suffer effects of drought
In California's San Luis Obispo County drought and a chilly spring has caused a significant decline in the wine grape industry. Yet for the county's top crop of 2015, strawberries, growing conditions were favorable and the crop remains the leading crop in terms of value, for the second year in a row.Wine.....