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Spain: Exports grow by 4.9%, deficit falls 10%
Spanish goods exports maintain an upward trend in the first four months of 2015 with growth of 4.9%, 3.6 points higher than in the same period of last year (1.4%). Hence, exports amounted to 81.89 billion euros – the highest figure for the period January-April since records began (1971). The real change was.....

Spain: Proposal to do away with cold treatment for lemons
Murcia's Council of Agriculture and Water and the Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit (Ailimpo) have sent a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment to do away with the cold treatment required during the shipment of lemons by boat to the U.S.They have also asked for the.....

Rwanda: Ag sector grows 10%
Rwanda's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.6 percent in first quarter 2015 from a year earlier, helped by expansion in the agriculture, services and industrial sectors, the statistics office said on Thursday.In a statement, the National Institute of Statistics said the agriculture sector grew by 4 percent.....

Russia reopens border to Moldovan exports
The Russian veterinary and phytosanitary surveillance authority (Rosselyhoznadzor) has reopened the border to fruit imports from Moldova, as reported by the Russian news agency TASS.The ban was imposed on 21 July, 2014 after numerous violations recorded in the supply of these products.A few weeks later, on 7.....

President given more authority in TPP talks
The US House has passed Trade Promotion Authority bill that boost presidential authority in negotiating trade deals. This version of the legislation is not linked to any other bill.It was passed around noon today with a vote of 218-208.The sister legislation to the TPA, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA),.....


Transport insurance
Stuck onions, stranded cherries and transport insurances
Although it’s still an exception for a shipment to suffer damages during transport, the consequences can be big. Paul Amoureus of Centraal Beheer provides an overview of the transport insurances. With over 25 years of experience, he has many examples, and he saw the changes in the insurance world from up.....

Spain: Expanding Nadorcott acreage, despite falling prices
LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers' Association) has criticised the expansion of the Nadorcott mandarin acreage, with a number of trees planted that has grown in recent years to 2.7 million within the European Union alone, compared to 2 million trees in 2009, and this without taking into account the licenses.....

South Africa: Inflation hits highest level
South Africa's consumer inflation rate rose to 4.6% in May, the highest level this year and 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the corresponding annual rate of 4.5% in April 2015.On average, prices increased by 0.3% between April 2015 and May 2015, Statistics SA announced on Wednesday. The core inflation.....

Main Spanish companies present at AECOC Congress
More than 300 executives from the most important horticultural companies in Spain attended the 17th edition of the AECOC Congress of fruits and vegetables, held at the Palacio de Congresos in Valencia on 16 and 17 June.FRUIT LOGISTICA has collaborated in the event's organisation by sponsoring the international.....

H-2A visa workers stalled for cherry harvest
For the second year in a row, foreign guest workers headed to Washington for the cherry harvest have been stuck at the border with visa problems.U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, has sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, asking for their help to.....

Wholesale bodies fear code exclusion
Bodies representing Australia’s $7 billion fresh wholesaling sector say they have been left out of the loop after the announcement of the review into the Horticulture Code of Conduct.While cautiously welcoming the announcement earlier this month and suggesting the review was long overdue, the Central Markets.....


QC One:
New quality control software implemented at Aartsenfruit
At Aartsenfruit the implementation of QC One’s Quality Control software has been completed. Quality Controllers at all Aartsenfruit warehouses in The Netherlands and Belgium process produce quality information directly on a tablet. Results of these inspections are immediately made available for the.....

Julia Roberts urges consumer to 'Save Our Soils'
Julia Roberts becomes the latest ‘Soilebrity’ to back the Save Our Soils campaign, which aims to alert consumers to urgent need to end irresponsible farming practicesAmsterdam, The Netherlands, 16 June 2015‘By the time you've read this, 9,378 m² of fertile soil has been destroyed.’ This is the message being.....

Growcom webinars
Preparing farmers for next extreme weather event
Peak horticulture organisation Growcom has produced a series of new webinars to encourage production horticulture growers to become better prepared for the next extreme weather event.The webinars are part of Growcom’s Whatever the Weather program, a natural disaster preparedness program funded by the.....

Anti-counterfeiting spend for food set to skyrocket
Spending on anti-counterfeit, anti-fraud packaging for food has crept up to $26.3bn. Nothing to sneeze at. But that amount is about to jump, in spectacular fashion, according to a May report by Allied Market Research. In an alarming red flag, spending will nearly triple, to $62.9bn by 2020, according to.....


Spain: Food, one of the most export-oriented sectors
The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, highlighted the importance of exports at the closing ceremony of a forum organised by the Federation of Food and Drink Industries (FIAB) and the consultancy firm Kreab.The Minister presented some data, including how Spain has.....

Report on economic impact of California's drought released
CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division released a new report on California's severe drought and its economic impact on the state's important agriculture sector. The report, titled "California Drought in 2015 and its Economic Impact on Agriculture," explores the drought's impact on all the major growing regions.....

NZ: Housing shortage for seasonal workers
An acute shortage of suitable accommodation for seasonal workers during the Central Otago fruit and grape harvest will put the brakes on those industries growing in the next five years. That was one of the findings of ''the most comprehensive'' Central Otago labour market survey focusing on the horticulture.....


Almeria considering development of ag technology in Morocco
Researchers at the University of Almeria (UAL) are studying the potential of the north-eastern region of Morocco, currently an emerging agricultural area, for the agricultural auxiliary industry.This is one of the conclusions reached at the conference devoted to presenting the results of the COOPTRUST.....

PMA praises U.S. House support of TPA
Richard Owen, vice president of global business development for Produce Marketing Association, issued the following statement praising the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA 2015):“We are well aware the process is not finished. We’re pleased the U.S. House of.....

OECD Survey of New Zealand: many recommendations ignored
This week, the OECD released its economic survey of New Zealand. Its 149 pages provide a comprehensive overview of the New Zealand economy, its strengths and weaknesses.A far more interesting part of the OECD’s survey is its Annex (pp. 61-68). It tracks New Zealand’s progress on structural reform by.....

AU, NZ dollars decline on risk aversion
The Australian and New Zealand dollar slipped against their major opponents in European deals on Friday, as European shares fell on mounting concerns over Greece, after the International Monetary Fund pulled its team out of the bailout talks.The aussie performed well on Thursday, buoyed by strong jobs data.....

Peru, Thailand continue FTA talks
Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Magali Silva and Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn agreed to continue moving forward towards the signing of a Free Trade Agreement and strengthen trade ties between the two countries.Tantraporn paid an official visit to Peru along with a.....

Steps to creating Interprofessional Organisation
The president of HORTYFRUTA, Francisco Góngora, and the managing director of COEXPHAL, Juan Colomina, held a meeting last week in Milan with representatives of the French Interprofessional INTERFEL and the Italian ORTOFRUTTA, where they discussed the need to establish an Interprofessional organisation at.....


China, FAO sign new 'South-South' cooperation
On June 7, China and the UNFAO signed an agreement for China to contribute USD 50m to the ‘FAO-China South-South Cooperation Trust Fund’, a fund aimed at supporting developing countries in building sustainable food systems and inclusive agricultural value chains. An FAO representative said that the latest.....

EU to grant Bulgaria 2.3 billion Euro for rural development
After two years of preparatory work, bureaucratic confusion, governmental crises and 426 observations by the Commission and four different versions, the Bulgarian Programme for Rural Development for the period 2014-20 has finally been approved. "I am delighted that the European Commission approved the.....

Greece to hold first country pavilion Asia Fruit Logistica
In 2015, Greek exhibitors will have the opportunity to take part in the ninth major international Asian fresh produce exhibition,ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA,held annually at the AsiaWorld-Expo Exhibition Centre of Hong Kong.Asians are among the world's largest consumers of fresh fruit and vegetables and certainly.....

InfoVeg Radio
AU: Consumer, market research podcast launched for growers
Ausveg has today launched a special consumer and market edition of InfoVeg Radio as part of the increasingly popular series of research and development focused podcasts created specifically for Australian vegetable producers.“Keeping track of consumer and market trends, and making sure that this vital data.....

India: CM to write to counterparts on pesticides in vegetables
The state government decided to actively take up the issue of pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables coming into Kerala from across the border with the respective state governments.Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will soon write to his counterparts in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in this regard. This will be.....

Goods transit center to be built on Vietnam border
A goods transit center will be built in the border province of Lang Son, where Vietnamese farmers can keep their farm produce in good condition before the deliveries are made to Chinese businessmen.The idea was raised by the Lang Son provincial authorities after witnessing hundreds of trucks queueing up at.....

UAE, South Africa trade exchange hit $2.8b
The trade exchange between the United Arab Emirates and South Africa soared by 10.6 per cent in 2014 to $2.8 billion, compared with $2.5bn in 2013, new data reveals.According to a study by the UAE’s ministry of economy, trade balance is heavily in favour of South Africa, one of the world’s largest emerging.....

UAE: 100,000 tonnes of fruit and veg stocked in Dubai
The director of the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Economy, Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, announced that more than 100 thousand tonnes of vegetables and fruits have been stored in 48 warehouses belonging to the Dubai Municipality, which will ensure sufficient provision of all kinds of fruits and.....

Solutions portfolio to enhance retail supply chain
CHEP, a global leader in supply chain management solutions, is launching a series of high value-add services to help companies in the consumer goods manufacturing, fresh food, grocery and retail industries optimize their supply chains and support the development of corporate social responsibility programs......

Syria and Jordan negotiate re-opening border to exports
Audeh Rawashdeh, President of Jordan's Farmers Union, reported that the Syrian side (Bashar al-Assad's regime) has asked Jordan to work on opening a new crossing to allow the resumption of exports between the two countries through the Syrian city of Sweida, adjacent to the border and near the city of Mafraq,.....

Mercosur-EU: Focus on deepening, expanding relationship
The Mercosur-European Union Ministerial Meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, on June 11, 2015. The European Union was represented by Ms. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade of the European Commission. Mercosur was represented by: Mr. Mauro Vieira, Minister of External Relations of the Federative.....

Debate on TTIP postponed
EP President Martin Schulz decided late on Tuesday to send the 116 amendments tabled in plenary to the Parliament report on TTIP to the international trade committee for further deliberation. The following morning the debate scheduled on the same issue was also postponed for a later date by the plenary.The.....


BLE market newsletter week 23/15
Spanish peaches, nectarines dominate market - cucumbers prices fluctuate
Peaches and nectarinesSpain dominates the market. Supply rose sharply and significantly exceeded the demand. As a result the prices went down. In Frankfurt, the prices rose again a little on Thursday due to a large order. The Italian produce came second. Their supply increased noticeably. However the prices.....

Hailstorms damage Tirol
Austria: Farmers face €1.2m damages
The heavy rains and hail of last weekend caused serious damage particularly for the farmers in the Austrian district of Tirol and more specifically the region Innsbruck-Land. Fruit and vegetable crops, maize, potatoes and fields were badly damaged. After initial surveys by the experts of the Austrian Hail.....

Slight recovery in European consumption
Freshfel Europe has released its latest edition of the Freshfel Consumption Monitor which analyses the production, trade and consumption trends for fresh fruit and vegetables in the EU-28. The analysis of the latest available data (up to 2013) shows that consumption in the EU-28 stands at 341.82 g/capita/day.....

AU hort disappointed with cyclone funding
Queensland's peak horticulture organisation says it is disappointed at the federal government's response on Category D funding, which is not sufficient to help agricultural businesses in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.Growcom said despite massive damage to infrastructure, trees, plants and crops in central.....

Andhra Pradesh mulls banana, mango boards
The State government of Andhra Pradesh is contemplating to set up Banana and Mango Boards, the latter with the help of the Central government.Y.S. Prasad, Chief Executive Officer of Andhra Pradesh Food Processing Society (APFPS), said the State stood first in mango production in the country but when it comes.....

Kenya: New app to help farmers adapt to climate change
A new app launched in Kenya on Wednesday could help millions of farmers adapt to climate change by offering information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said.Agriculture accounts for more than 70 percent of Kenya's employment, according to U.S. government figures, so an.....

Tanzania: Experts allowed to study crops
The government has removed the strict liability clause in the Environmental Management (Biosafety) Regulations of 2009 to enable researchers conduct studies unimpeded in genetic engineering of both food and cash crops.The Deputy Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Ms Pindi Chana, said.....


Tejerina announces measures to tackle impact of Russian veto
The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, announced in the Senate that "the necessary measures are ready" to help the fruit industry in case there were "any" market problems as a result of the Russian veto.During the plenary session, García Tejerina said that, at this.....


Spain also considering implementation of anti-waste regulations
The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, said that the Ministry will study the initiatives from other countries, such as France, which has approved an amendment to allow distribution centres to donate perishable foods to non-profit organisations or to allow waste unfit for.....

Taiwan vows to boost ag output in Burkina Faso
Taiwan has vowed to boost Burkina’s agricultural output by strengthening research and development program aimed at improving the quality of the entrants and varieties, the ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation said on Thursday. According to the ministry, the two countries will in July implement an.....


Chile: Fruit growers blame productivity loss on abolition of DST
The Chilean Government's decision to abolish Daylight Saving Time (DST) has resulted in fruit growers experiencing at least a 15% loss in productivity, according to estimates of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta).With the current time zone, the sunrise across the country is delayed by 60.....

Japan, Thailand agree stronger trade, economic ties
Thailand and Japan have moved towards stronger economic cooperation by focusing on two-way investment and more bilateral trade, while the Kingdom will serve as a springboard for Japanese investors to boost trade to third markets."Thailand and Japan agreed to expand trade and investment for both sides for.....

China economic data turning negative
Official data showed that China’s exports decline has narrowed in May, while imports were unexpectedly weak, adding to concerns about the country’s trade prospects, Xinhua reported.Exports slipped 2.8 percent to USD191.16 billion last month, recovering from a 6.2-percent drop in April and a 14.6-percent.....


Spain requests unified control of EU organics
The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Isabel García Tejerina, and the regional Councillors of Agriculture, have agreed a common Spanish position for the negotiation of the new EU regulation on organic products. The EU countries will try to reach an agreement in this regard on 16 June in.....

Push for Iberian interprofessional body
About 30,000 hectares of fruit and vegetables crops in Spain lean towards the creation of an Iberian interprofessional body that should follow the steps of the Italian (Ortofrutta Italia) and French (Interfel) ones.“The goal – explained Juan Colomina Figueredo, director of Coexphal and Cooperative Alimentari.....

Brazil’s economy falters, worst yet to come?
The signs that Brazil’s economy is in trouble have been visible for a while now, but the worst could be still to come. The figures published last month for gross domestic product in the first quarter of 2015 confirmed the absence of growth that has plagued Latin America’s powerhouse for the past five.....


Chilean president visits Chile's pavilion at Expo Milan 2015
On 4 June, the "Days of Fruit" kicked off in the Chilean pavilion at Expo Milan 2015, during which various activities were organised to promote Chilean fruit exports, focusing on products such as table grapes, apples, pears, kiwis, avocados and citrus.The event was officially inaugurated by Asoex President.....


Global growth weakens
Dutch economy grows 2%, Eurozone also on the rise
Good news about the economic situation in the Netherlands and Europe. Next to the positive outlook that the Nederlandse Bank (Dutch Bank) published yesterday, the Rabobank also foresees positive developments . According to the bank, the economy will grow this year and the next by 2%. Internationally, the.....

Dominican Republic:
Ag minister meets with USDA officials to eradicate fruit fly
Agriculture minister Angel Estevez on Monday met with US Agriculture Dept. (USDA) officials to discuss the country’s efforts to eradicate the fruit fly.USDA undersecretary Michael Scuse, US Embassy agricultural attaché Morgan Perkins and Estevez discussed how to bolster trade and transparency between the two.....

Canada: Environmental research helps fruit, vegetable growers
An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) research project on environmental best practices will give Ontario fruit, vegetable, and flower growers the information they need to make environmentally-conscious decisions on water and nutrient use in their operations.The "Calculating Environmental Sustainability.....

African economies removing FDI barriers
African economies are implementing reforms that are creating opportunities for investors in areas such as infrastructure, where capital was essential to drive development, said business, government and civil society leaders in a session on Africa’s investment environment at the World Economic Forum on.....

Three new members elected to the DFHV
André Weichert new Vice-President of the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV)
The general assembly of the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV) members in Hamburg has unanimously chosen three new members. The panel, chaired by the re-elected president Dieter Krauss now include Christiane Bell, general manager fruit of BayWa, Axel Moehrke, general and quality manager at Dole in Hamburg.....

China to make $805m in ag investments
China has earmarked a large fund to invest in agricultural industrialization projects this year, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Monday. The central government plans to provide 4.93 billion yuan (805.98 million U.S. dollars) to finance a total of 4,238 agricultural projects, including 1,445.....

USDA visit to Philippines supports bilateral ag trade
The U.S. Department of Agriculture continuously seeks opportunities for U.S. agricultural products and producers to expand access to overseas markets and contribute to a positive U.S. trade balance, in turn creating jobs and supporting economic growth. The past six years have represented the strongest period.....

Kenya: Experts to curb chemical residuals in fresh produce
Kenyan experts on Sunday expressed concern over a sharp increase in chemical residual in fresh produce consumed in the country.The experts also called for the training of farmers, stiffer penalties and regulations to deal with the emerging cases, with quacks playing a key role in the crisis.According to.....

US supports 50,000 farmers in Mozambique
The United States will support around 50,000 farmers in Mozambique over the next three years, under four partnerships representing a financial outlay of US$30 million, USAID said in a statement.The US federal government agency said that through its partners it intended to “increase the agricultural incomes.....

US (MI): Hispanic immigrants play critical role in farming
When nearly 200 unaccompanied children from Central America were brought to Michigan for settlement last summer, angry protests greeted their arrival. Protesters voiced concerns about disease and gang violence, with some worrying that the newcomers would one day take employment away from job-seeking.....