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Spain: Fruit and veg sector outlines structural and economic difficulties
Professional agricultural organisations, Cooperativas Agroalimentarias and FEPEX have held a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, to outline the serious structural and economic difficulties affecting the fruit and vegetable sector in Spain, which should be.....

Bangladesh reviews preferential trade with Myanmar
The Commerce Ministry will review the potential of a preferential trade agreement with Myanmar under which both countries are to pare back duties to boost trade, a senior official said.The ministry is going to hold an inter-ministerial meeting today (Thursday) to take stock of a recent study of the.....


Uganda: Team established to improve export standards
The move comes a day after the trade ministry imposed a ban on Ugandan fruit and vegetable exports to the European Union following quality related complaints by Brussels.A technical team consisting of several government agencies has been set up to devise ways of rectifying problems associated with Uganda's.....

US: Worker productivity sees drop
American employees and companies evidently are not as productive at work as they used to be.U.S. productivity fell by a 1.9% annual pace in the first quarter, resulting in the first back-to-back drop since 2006, the Labor Department reported Wednesday. Over the past four quarters productivity has risen at a.....

Bulgaria: Apricot growers guaranteed to receive aid
Bulgarian fruit and vegetable producers have been informed by the Committee on Agriculture that they can count on receiving support under the de minimis aid programme, although specific details have yet to be finalised, as stated to Fermer.bg by Nikolay Kolev, chairman of the Association of Danube.....

Kenya: Good outlook for economic growth
After moderate economic growth considered moderate, despite showing 5.3% in 2014, Kenya plans for this year a rebound.Kenya, the largest economy in East Africa, provides for 2015 a growth rate of 6.9%. The infrastructure work already completed will support the expected growth in all areas. Agricultural.....


GROW Liberia to start new Ag program
GROW Liberia will this Wednesday begin its landmark "Making Markets Work for the Poor," (M4P) agricultural markets development program in Monrovia.The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, will give the keynote address while Ambassador Sofia Strand of Sweden will launch the event and.....

Sindh govt implementing mega project in Agri sector
Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that his government has conceived mega development projects in collaboration with World Bank to modernize agriculture sector, improve its productivity and access to market.He said that Sindh Agriculture Growth Project (SAGP) has been launched with its total.....


Korea signs FTA with Vietnam
Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy Yoon Sang-jik and Vietnamese Industry & Trade Minister Vu Huy Hoang signed the Korea-Vietnam FTA in Hanoi on May 5 in the presence of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. According to the agreement, Korea and Vietnam will eliminate 94.7.....


Checking requirements for export
Spain: U.S. inspectors at avocado and apricot production areas
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. (APHIS) has started inspecting Spanish production areas, particularly in Murcia and Malaga, as a prerequisite for the export of apricots and avocados.The APHIS' inspection includes a visit to the production areas to check compliance with the.....


Uganda bans horticultural exports to EU
Uganda has announced a self imposed ban on its exports to the European Union owing to poor standards.A meeting with exporters convened jointly by the Ministry of Trade and that of Agriculture in kampala yesterday afternoon has marked out fruits, vegetables and chillies under the ban. Source: ntv.co.ug

Africa: Fighting climate change issues for farmers
Group president, Judith Rodin, said the Rockefeller Foundation is working to help small farmers deal with the effects of climate change. It’s collaborating with partners to improve water management so run-off from flooding can be used to irrigate fields. In partnership with The Alliance for a Green.....


Trade deficit surges on strong dollar
A larger-than-expected trade deficit reported by the government Tuesday raised the chances that economic growth over the first three months of the year was actually a contraction.The U.S. trade deficit with the rest of the world widened to $51.4 billion in March from a revised $35.9 billion in February,.....

Davao exports increase by 11.4%
Davao Region's exports increased by 11.4 percent to $2.27 billion in 2014 from $1.99 billion the previous year, based on data gathered from the regional office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).Data from PSA-Davap also showed that the volume of exports also increased by 84.8 percent to 9.21.....

Romania: Stricter checks on fruit and veg traders
From 1 May, Romanian fruit and vegetable traders are subject to the newLaw 145/2014, forcing them to hold certificates from the producer they receive the goods from, keeping a record on a special card, and to provide receipts to customers, even if they are making very small purchases, such as two apples, 100.....

Romanian Government discusses food prices with producers and processors
The Romanian Minister of Agriculture, Daniel Constantin, has scheduled a meeting with producers, processors and representatives of major retail chains to discuss developments in food prices after 1 June, when the VAT on food will be reduced to 9% with the goal of boosting consumption. Recently,.....


EU-Ecuador trade deal in 2016
A trade agreement reached last year between Ecuador and the European Union could come into full effect by September 2016, once all necessary procedures are completed, the EU's representative in Ecuador, Peter Schwaiger, said Monday.The EU is the main market for Ecuador's non-oil exports and the third-largest.....


Romanian hypermarkets could be forced to sell domestic produce
A legislative initiative in Romania pursues to make it compulsory for at least 50% of the meat, fruit and vegetables sold by hypermarkets to be of domestic origin, with those failing to meet this regulation receiving fines of up to 5,000 Lei (over 1,000 Euro).The regulation would apply to stores with areas.....

Voice of Horticulture (VOH)
AU: Call for ‘Green Card’ to employ workers
The Voice of Horticulture (VOH) condemns the illegal exploitation of workers and genuinely believes in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. “The vast majority of more than 30,000 Australian horticulture farmers and growers provide excellent working conditions for their employees, with many itinerant.....


From Port to Table: PMA Fresh Connections Rotterdam
Transparency key for supply chain efficiency
The international supply chain that takes fresh produce from one part of the world to another is complicated, intricate and dependent on many players with sometimes competing interests. Though it's apparent to all who take part in the supply chain that more transparency and open communication would create a.....

TPP deal could shake Latin America
When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Washington last week to discuss creating the world’s biggest trade bloc with 10 other Pacific Rim nations, most Latin American countries didn’t pay any attention. But they should have.The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which.....


Leon Mols, Ahold:
'Food safety a source of constant vigilance'
Out of all the things consumers take into consideration when they're at the supermarket, food safety rarely gets much attention. But for the the people who are entrusted with providing that food, food safety is of paramount concern, and the ways fresh produce suppliers and retailers ensure the food.....

Turkey's exports decreased in April
According to Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) data, Turkey's exports decreased by 9.8 percent to $11.8 billion when compared to April 2014.The figures announced by TİM indicated that in the first four months of the year, exports decreased by 8.1 percent to $49 million. In the last 12 months, when.....

US (NY): $600,000 available for specialty crops
New York's specialty crop growers could be eligible for federal funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program, state Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said Thursday. There are $600,000 in federal grants available for specialty crops. The state Department of.....

Seed firm Vilmorin warns on Russia, Ukraine crisis
French seed group Vilmorin cut its full-year sales and margin targets on Monday, blaming a financial crisis in Russia and Ukraine that has dented spending by farmers.Stalled activity in the two countries, plus an expected drop in maize and sunflower sowings across Europe and in maize in the United States,.....

Argentina: First pear and apple shipments to China
Phytosanitary controls are carried out on production farms and packing facilities in Villa Regina, Rio Negro, taking into account the traceability of each batch intended to be exported and following the protocol signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and the AQSIQ, reported the Ministry of Economy.This.....


Moroccan agricultural sector continues to grow
The Moroccan agricultural sector recorded a 7.6% annual growth between 2008 and 2014, while its agro-food exports grew by 34% in the same period, as reported by the country's Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Ajanuch.Ajanuch made this statement at the opening of the eighth edition of the Conference on.....


AFRUCAT
Spain: "Fruit sector needs more domestic consumption and export destinations"
At the meeting of the Joint Spanish-French-Italian Committee (formed by individual contact groups of European producing areas), held this week in Huelva, discussions were held on the measures needed to prevent situations like the one that caused last season's crisis.The most important measures highlighted.....

Polish exporters seek to expand in China, Algeria, Turkey, India and Iran
Thanks to the diversification of Poland's export destinations, the embargo imposed by Russia is becoming less noticeable. Poland will increase its shipments to EU markets and developing countries by between 9 and 20% compared to last year. In this search for new customers, the Ministry of Agriculture is.....

Ukraine imposes 10% duty on food imports
After Russia imposed a series of restrictions and barriers to food exports from a number of countries, including Moldova, Ukraine also decided to enforce a restriction of its own.Thus, in February this year, Ukraine introduced an additional import duty of 10% on food and of 5% on industrial goods. Kiev.....

Russia allows fruit and veg imports from North Korea
The Russian Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has approved the regulation that will allow the import of North Korean fruits and vegetables to Russia, said the head of the Department for the Development of the Far East, Alexander Galushka."We agreed to arrange the mutual.....


USDA awards grants for nanotechnology research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $3.8 million in funding to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental.....

La Rioja approves regulation for pepper cultivation
The Official Gazette of La Rioja published the order 12/2015, of 22 April, from the Council of Agriculture, Livestock and Environment, which approves the specific technical regulation required for the open ground cultivation of peppers under the Integrated Production certification brand of La.....

What is the score with Japan-Asean agri-food trade?
Japan, with 125 million people and a high per capita income, is a large food market. It imports about 60 percent of its food.The Japanese give utmost importance to quality, and in particular, freshness of food. They are increasingly concerned about food safety and traceability, and are willing to pay higher.....

Canada: Sister city arrangement with Israel
The City of Portage la Prairie is looking to extend its economic reach as they are about to sign a sister-city agreement with Valley of Springs Regional Council in Israel.“We started working on this in January and the idea was brought to myself by Daniel Schindleman,” said Mayor Irvine Ferris. “He came.....

India: 15 cold stores for Visakhapatnam farmers
The state government has proposed to set up cold storages in the three north coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam to help farmers preserve fruits, vegetables, fish and poultry products.As many as 15 cold storage units will be constructed, of which six will come up in Vizianagaram.....

Egypt-Indonesian trade sees constant rise
In one of the best examples of economic cooperation between Asian and African countries, the economic ties between Egypt and Indonesia – the continents' two biggest Muslim-majority countries – have been on a constant rise in recent years.Indonesia has been enjoying a huge trade surplus with Egypt, which is.....

Africa: Support requested to contain mealybug
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is expected to request about USD 200,000 from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to contain a new destructive pest which is rapidly spreading through the coastal areas of Tanzania around Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, attacking important.....

New fears of Grexit after stalled negotiations
The threat of a Grexit is again in the air. Negotiations for a new aid package worth 7.2 billion Euro last Friday yielded no results, thus feeding the speculation machine. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, chairman of the Eurogroup, is not giving up and reiterated that a detailed list of reforms is needed before the.....

Greenpeace demands ban of glyphosate in Latin America
In the framework of International Earth Day, Greenpeace asked the Argentinian Government and other Latin American countries to immediately ban the use of glyphosate, considered as "possibly carcinogenic for humans" by the World Health Organization (WHO)."It's time for us to take a step to eliminate these.....

Ghana: Soil research to improve ag
The Soil Research Institute (SRI) of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is collaborating with the Columbia Global Centres (CGC), to develop soil suitability data that would help improve agricultural productivity in Ghana.The programme is under the Ghana Soil Information Services.....

Two year wastewater ag study launched
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem have launched a two-year study of the use of treated wastewater in agriculture, a study they hope will lead to viable and cost-effective regional water reuse policies.Kurt Schwabe, associate professor of.....

US, Peru celebrate increase in agricultural trade
U.S. and Peruvian officials held a briefing at USDA headquarters in Washington today to highlight recent agreements that will boost agricultural trade between the two countries.The “achievements,” according to the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, include a final U.S. rule allowing import of.....

Interview with chief economist:
How India can boost distressed sector
A farmer suicide at a recent AAP rally has brought into focus the agriculture crisis the country is going through. While not a new occurence, the incident reiterated the need for the government to do more to boost the declining farm economy. Agriculture, as a percent of GDP, has fallen from 30 percent in.....

Japan needs to assure Taiwanese of food safety
Taiwanese people have had misgivings about the safety of Japanese food since its nuclear disaster in March 2011, and Japan should have more patience in dealing with the issue, the head of an agency dealing with Japan said Saturday.Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進), chairman of the Association of East.....

Political economist, Moeletsi Mbeki:
'South Africa is ticking time bomb'
“South Africa is a bomb waiting to explode, all it needs is a little match to spark it and it will go up in flames,” warned political economist, Moeletsi Mbeki.Speaking to CNBC Africa in an exclusive interview, Mbeki the younger brother to the former President, Thabo Mbeki said the government needed to do.....

Mozambique: Govt. plan aims for 7.5% growth
Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Friday introduced into the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, the government's Economic and Social Plan for 2015, which envisages a 7.5 per cent increase in the country's Gross Domestic Product.The other key targets are that the.....

Law clears way for joint U.S.-Mexico inspections
In a first for the U.S.-Mexico border, customs officials from both countries expect to soon work under the same roof in Tijuana — inspecting tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers and other Mexican produce shipments before they’re trucked into the United States.Years in the planning, the opening of a customs.....

AU: Bridging global ag trade gaps
Exporting Australia's abundant agricultural output to take advantage of exciting markets emerging in Asia, the Middle East and Africa sounds like a great idea, but it's a process likely to chew up lots of cash before all those hungry buyers start paying up.Considering about 75 per cent of the Australian.....

How AU squandered commodities boom
Over the decade to 2013, Australia racked up $US1 trillion ($1.29 trillion) in extra exports from the previous 10 years, thanks largely to China's once-insatiable demand.Despite the opportunity of funding infrastructure to meet the needs of millions of new citizens, the nation largely blew the extra cash on.....

Papayas, oversized mangoes, peppers and citrus
USDA to expand fresh produce imports from Peru
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) have announced the potential expansion of fresh produce imports from Peru including papayas, oversized mangoes, peppers, and citrus, stating in its press release:The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)and the Peruvian.....


India: Bayer opens new multi-crop breeding station
Bayer CropScience, a sub-group of Bayer AG, today said it has inaugurated a multi-crop breeding station at Karnal in Haryana.The modern facility will focus on breeding activities, screening of diseases, evaluation and selection of breeding materials, in-bred development and crossing in vegetable crops like.....

Jamaica: $418 million for Agro-Parks
The Ministry of Agriculture is slated to spend over $418 million in 2015/16, to continue work on existing agro-parks and establish new facilities.This allocation, according to Agriculture, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, will complement the $718 million spent over the past two.....

US (CA): Rally to halt Local Coastal Program
After hours of public testimony last week that underscored fears over what farmers characterized as burdensome regulations on producing food, Marin County pulled part of its proposed Local Coastal Program update from the California Coastal Commission’s consideration last week.Brian Crawford, the director of.....

EU GM food ban: US trade negotiator 'very disappointed'
US Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed disappointment on Wednesday (22 April) that the European Commission has decided to let member states have 'opt-outs' on imports of genetically-modified food and feed.Froman, who is America's chief negotiator in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment.....

Indonesia seeks to open markets in Africa
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Indonesia, Nuki Kiruyan, stated that the trade volume between Indonesia and African countries could increase from $ 10.7 billion to $ 20 billion annually over the next three years.Kiruyan said this during a meeting at the.....


NZ hort production exceeds $7 billion
New Zealand’s horticultural production has exceeded $7 billion for the first time, according to the latest edition of the industry statistics publication Fresh Facts.In the year to June 2014, produce from New Zealand’s horticultural industries was calculated to reach $7.16 billion, with exports of close to.....

Nine US states running out of water
For many states, the rainy season is over, and most of the Western United States is now locked into a fourth consecutive year of drought. The imminent dry summer is particularly foreboding for California, where more than 44% of land area is engulfed in an exceptional level of drought. This was the highest.....

Argentina expanding Filipino ties
The Philippines and Argentina should work together to expand their “limited” economic ties, the Latin American country’s envoy to the Manila said last Thursday.During a roundtable interview with The Manila Times editors, Ambassador Roberto Bosch said Buenos Aires attaches great importance to developing.....

India: Maharashtra clips APMC wings
A directive of Chandrakant Patil, Minister for Cooperatives, aims to unyoke farmers from the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs). Farmers’ groups and self-help groups, who had to pay a licence fee and a cess before commencing selling, that too only through APMC traders, would now be able to sell.....