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Hungary: 21 tonnes of relabelled watermelons seized by authorities
Relabelled watermelons were seized by inspectors of the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) in the area of Nagykálló, who prohibited the marketing of the fruit.The NÉBIH released a statement informing that contractors were caught in the act while repackaging watermelons of Romanian origin to pass them.....

Prosecutor General of Russia creates hotline to report illegal imports
The Prosecutor General of Russia has created a hotline to receive reports on the illegal import and sale of goods. The goal is to protect national interests and enforce the presidential decree which established the ban on the import of food products from the U.S., the European Union, Albania, Australia,.....

Up to 3,000 tonnes of Romanian produce eligible for EU compensation
Following the extension of the Russian embargo on food products of the European Union, Romanian fruit and vegetable producers will receive compensationsfrom EU fundsfor market withdrawals and green harvestingup to an amount of 3,000 tonnes, as announced last week by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural.....

More face food shortage in Southern Africa
The number of people facing food shortage in Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) bloc has gone up by 13 per cent from 24.28 million in 2013/14 to 27.41 million this year.SADC Secretariat's Director of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mrs Margaret Nyirenda, told Southern Africa Documentation.....

Safe product repels drosophila
The spotted wing drosophila, a pesky new pest of cherries and other fruits, appears to be repelled by a non-toxic, pleasant-smelling product called butyl anthranilate (BA).Christine Krause Pham, a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, and entomology professor Dr. Anandasankar Ray.....

AU: Govt. fights 'dishonest' China FTA campaign
The Federal Government is preparing to fight back against a “dishonest” campaign by Labor and unions on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.Sources say Trade Minister Andrew Robb told a Coalition party room meeting today the coming weeks would see greater promotion of the benefits of the yet-to-be.....

Sunraysia households urged to join fruit fly fight
Households in Mildura, Wentworth, Swan Hill and Robinvale are being urged to get behind the biggest fruit fly trapping exercise ever undertaken in Australia.The mass trapping aims to saturate urban areas with traps for male and female Queensland fruit fly in a concerted campaign to reduce numbers and damage.....

Expanded RSE scheme
Vanuatu hopes for 1000 more workers in NZ
Vanuatu is hoping to send a further 1000 workers to New Zealand next year under the recognised seasonal employer (RSE) scheme, says Vanuatu Labour Commissioner Lionel Kaluat.The announcement comes after this month’s Pip Fruit Industry conference in Wellington, where Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele.....

S.Africa: Urgent action to rescue fresh produce sector
Fresh produce suppliers in SA are failing to remain competitive in the global markets because of ineffective service standards, failing infrastructure and water constraints. This could lead to SA losing opportunities of opening up to fast-growing markets in Africa and Asia.Addressing fresh produce industry.....

India: Wholesale prices see largest fall in 4 decades
Wholesale prices declined 4.05 per cent in July, the ninth consecutive monthly fall and the steepest in about four decades, primarily due to cheaper food items, oil and manufactured products. This, together with softening consumer price inflation, prompted economists to forecast the central bank would cut.....

US (WA): Drones tested in cherry harvest
Washington State University researchers are now experimenting with how to use unmanned helicopters in agriculture — namely in blow drying rain-soaked cherry trees.Each year, cherry growers in Central Washington spend at least a few days scrambling to protect their ripening cherries from the rain, which can.....

Peru: Ambassador explains US FTA impact on economy
Enhanced trade access increases Peru’s competitiveness vis-à-vis countries that do not have such trade preferences in place, Peruvian Ambassador to the U.S. Luis M. Castilla affirmed."The figures tell the story," he told. "Exports rose from $17.1 billion a year in 2005 to $46.4 billion in 2012 (before.....


30 years of promoting fruit celebrated in Australia
The catchphrase “Australia’s Best Fruit Varieties Today … For the Fruit Growers of Tomorrow” describes the marketing ambitions of the Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvement Company Ltd, better known as ANFIC. Formed in 1984, the company recently celebrated its 30th anniversary working with the development.....


Canada: Misshapen produce now offered at IGA
IGA has announced that they are now offering odd-looking fruit and vegetables in stores throughout the province. Six product varieties from Quebec will be available in all their imperfect glory for a period of six weeks at all IGA supermarkets. This campaign aims to meet the demand of so many Quebecers who.....

Tulare County remains nation’s No. 1 for agriculture
Tulare County’s overall crop values reached record levels for the fourth straight year, topping $8 billion in 2014, county agriculture officials announced Tuesday.The increase was a 10% boost over 2013 and likely solidified Tulare County’s position as the nation’s No. 1 agricultural county, a title once held.....

Vietnam trade delegation visits Pakistan
Acting President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Khwaja Zarar Kaleem on Wednesday said that Pakistan and Vietnam were enjoying cordial relations. In his welcome address during a visit of Vietnam's trade delegation to FPCCI head office, he said both the countries established.....

17 Moldovan firms authorised to export fruit to Russia
The Russian Veterinary and Phytosanitary Authority (Rosselkhoznadzor) released a statement confirming that 17 companies from Moldova will be allowed to export fruit to Russia.From 7 August, these companies will be authorised to continue the trial exports of apples, pears, quinces, apricots, cherries,.....

Egypt: Experimental Farm reveals market for 'Sewage Farming'
Crops grown on the Egyptian desert using treated wastewater are safe for human consumption and their production is economically viable, concluded engineers working on an experimental farm in Gerga, in the Sohag Governorate of Egypt.Their final report, 'The Re-use of Treated Sewage Waste Water in Agriculture'.....

S.Africa: Rand on steadier footing as China nerves settle
South Africa's rand on Thursday rose off multi-year lows hit in the previous session as the rout prompted by China's surprise currency devaluation showed signs of dissipating.By 0644 GMT the rand was mostly flat at 2.7600 versus the dollar compared with its closing level at 12.7580 on Wednesday.The rand had.....

EU: 50m tonnes food wasted each year
EU citizens waste almost 50m tonnes of food every year and it could be avoided, according to research by the European Commission.Researchers looked at food waste records from six EU Member States; the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Romania from 1996 to 2005.The UK was the worst offender;.....

Romania: Consumption boosted by drop in food prices
Economic growth in Romania, which stood at 4.1% in the first 3 months of 2015, was the biggest in the European Union. An economist with the World Bank in Romania, Catalin Pauna has recently said that the country’s robust and balanced evolution has been based on 3 components: private consumption, exports,.....

Israeli Government promoting healthy snacks at kindergartens
New orders from the Israeli Ministries and Health and Education will encourage the replacement of unhealthy snacks and goodie bagsat birthday parties in kindergartenswith fruits and vegetables.The aim is to help children acquire healthy eating habits and develop physically and emotionally healthier. The.....

Vietnamese state leader welcomes Japan’s agri minister
President Truong Tan Sang welcomed Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hayashi Yoshimasa in Hanoi on August 11, during which he said that the minister’s visit would help enhance the two countries’ relations, particularly in agriculture. He said he hopes that during the visit, the.....

India: 600 new Horticorp Outlets for Onam
The Agriculture Department has decided to open 600 new Horticorp outlets to meet the additional demand during Onam, Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan said at a press conference held to announce State Agriculture Awards.Vegetables and fruit will be available at a subsidy of up to 30 per cent at all Horticorp.....

AU: Concerns over export cert., biosecurity charges
Proposed changes to agricultural export certification and biosecurity service charges are under fire from the horticulture industry.Exporters met Department of Agriculture representatives in Melbourne last week for talks. The draft for plant export certification cost recovery ­includes consolidating seed,.....

Indonesia-Singapore: Agri meeting to boost exports
Indonesia and Singapore held the 11th agribusiness meeting here on Wednesday expected to boost exports of agricultural commodities to Singapore.Director General of Processing and Marketing of Agricultural Products Yusni Emilia Harahap said the meeting is expected to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the.....

Japan pumps $10m into agro research in Myanmar
Agro-Laboratories that will help Myanmar become the “food bank of Japan” will be completed next month. Nine labs being built by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the campus of Nay Pyi Taw’s Yezin Agricultural University will be completed by the end of September, said university rector U.....

UK: MP pledges to 'work with farmers' to save industry
Farmers were given a glimmer of hope, albeit in the long term, and the offer to help draw up new legislation yesterday as a West MP pledged to propose a new law to ensure they got paid 'a living wage'.Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger said he had not yet firmed up exactly how his new law.....

Horticulture Innovation Australia
Four “Pool 2” foundation funds announced
Horticulture Innovation Australia has announced four “Pool 2” foundation funds as part of the company’s new two-pool funding model.The $9 billion horticulture sector’s new not-for-profit grower-owned research and development corporation invests more than $100 million in R&D and marketing programs each.....

Ghana urges exporters to focus on quality
Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has called on exporters to avoid taking short-cut in meeting their exports orders and work to improve standard and quality of products.Speaking at the 76th National Exporters’ forum in Accra, Mr Gideon Quarcoo, Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, said exporters must shun.....

Peruvian exports to EU exceed US$2.5 billion
In the first half of the year, Peruvian exports to the European Union (EU) totaled US$2.517 billion, Peru’s Exporters Association (ADEX) announced. According to the ADEX Data Trade Business Intelligence System, non-traditional exports amounted US$1.089 billion. In this sense agro-exports (worth US$664.9.....

Rosy future for Emirati agriculture
The UAE today exports fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, vegetables and fruit. One of the most exciting and innovative developments is the commercial use of hydroponics, whereby plants, vegetables, varieties of fruit and even rice can be grown solely in water infused with minerals and nutrients, without.....

Fiji govt. hopeful about ban lift
The government is hopeful that New Zealand will soon lift a ban on the importation of four Fijian commodities.The Minister for Public Enterprises, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met with officials from New Zealand’s Primary Industry Ministry about the ban in Nadi this morning.Sayed-Khaiyum says an issue that has been.....

Chinese fruit companies urged to list in AU
Why Chinese companies like citrus grower Dongfang plan to list on ASXChinese tangerine and navel orange grower Dongfang is hoping to list on the Australian Stock Exchange – but it will not grow one citrus tree in Australia.The company, which is seeking a $400 million listing, is firmly focused on boosting.....

Mike Su, Sufresh
2% devaluation of Chinese yuan stimulates fruit and veg export
The Chinese currency, the yuan, has been devaluated by the Chinese government by 1.9%. The purpose is to boost exports. This move came as a big surprise to the market. Mike Su from Sufresh, a Chinese importer and exporter, was very happy with the governments decision. "The government has made a very smart.....

Pipfruit Industry Conference
NZ: Balancing the industry's demand for labour, while meeting the Government's requirements
Growing the country's apple and pear industry and using New Zealand and overseas workers to do so, was the hot topic at the Pipfruit Industry Conference this morning.Growers, packers and exporters are in Wellington for the annual two-day conference.They have been discussing the challenge of balancing the.....

Crofters welcome Scotland's GMO ban
Scotland's small-scale farmers have welcomed their government's decision to prevent the growing of GM crops, aimed at enhancing the country's 'clean, green status', among a coalition of green NGOs.We want to see food for people at the heart of Scotland's vision for agriculture. Diversity of crops and food,.....

Chile to become financial hub of Latin America
Chile forges closer economic relations with China. Chile's ambassador to China, Jorge Heine, expects Santiago to become the regional platform for the RMB in Latin America, following the Prime Minister Li Keqiang's visit and the currency swap agreement, signed on May 24-25.The agreement was signed between the.....

USDA: $63 million in REAP awards
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program.“This funding will have far-reaching economic and environmental impacts nationwide,.....

Papua New Guinea defends import ban
Papua New Guinea is defending an import ban that's aimed at growing small to medium enterprises in the domestic market.The Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll, says the import ban on uncooked poultry products from Australia will continue and bans on imports on agriculture produce including bulb onions,.....

AU will become 'net importer' if exporters don't diversify
One Western Australian export business has learnt the value of diversifying to survive turbulent economic times. Roger Horak, of United Exports, says he has seen the number of WA businesses doing what he does decline dramatically since 2002. “When we started there would have been 13-15 export companies just.....

Pakistan: Challenges faced by agri-sector addressed
The government has formed six working groups to formulate suggestions in order to address issues and challenges being faced by the farming community in the country on the back drop of decreasing trend of the agriculture commodities in international market. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and.....

European Commission:
Export key factor for growth
According to the European Commission, fundamental reforms of the EU Common Agricultural Policy have progressively allowed the EU agri-food sector to improve market orientation, respond to new market opportunities and gain international competitiveness.In the second half of 2014 EU trade in agri-food was.....

Swaziland imports see large growth
Last year, Swaziland imported products worth over E21 billion from South Africa, China, United States of America, Qatar and other main trading partners.South Africa, the country’s neighbour, raked in more money compared to the other countries, as goods estimated at E1.9 billion were sourced there followed by.....

Ghana: Dutch focus on promotion, development
Netherlands has signaled its determination to strengthen support to Ghana in the area of commercial vegetable production to substantially increase the sector’s contribution to the economy.Ms Mariska Lammers of the Dutch Embassy in Accra, said the focus now was on the promotion and development of strong trade.....

Taiwan: Typhoon causes ag losses of $9.42m
Estimates of the agricultural losses Taiwan suffered from Typhoon Soudelor rose to NT$298.63 million (US$9.42 million) as of 9 a.m. Sunday, with Hualien the hardest-hit area.The new figure was double the NT$143.34 million in losses given by the council as of 2 p.m. Saturday.Agricultural losses in Hualien.....

Greener Fields Together™ announces grant for local farms
Greener Fields Together™, the sustainability and local produce initiative created by PRO*ACT, the produce supply-chain management company, is proud to announce Cultivating Change, a grant program for local farms. Through Cultivating Change, local growers are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $3,000.....

Malaysia not heading for recession, MIER chief says
Economist Prof Emeritus Zakariah Abdul Rashid says the country is not heading for economic recession as it still has strong economic fundamentals. KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 ― Malaysia is not heading for economic recession as it still has strong economic fundamentals, including a low unemployment rate and.....

Bavaria promotes sales and processing of local products
Those who want to invest in the sales and processing of local and regional produce can request government support. Helmut Brunner, Mister of Agriculture, states that there is 1.27 million Euro available for suitable projects.The funding program “VuVregio“, an initiative of Brunner, started three years ago......

Produce Marketing Association and Nutrition Australia join forces
‘National Nutrition Week 2015’
New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) and Nutrition Australia are proud to announce the start of a fresh new era promoting consumer health awareness. PMA A-NZ and Nutrition Australia are joining forces in this year’s National Nutrition Week (11-17 October) to help people choose to live healthier lifestyles. “Our.....

Qatar, Philippines trade totals $652mn in 2014
Bilateral merchandise trade between Qatar and the Philippines reached $652mn in 2014, Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo Santos told Gulf Times.Despite a drop in the total trade worth the $1.047bn recorded in 2013, Santos said exports in 2014 saw a 10.25% growth to $22.6mn from $20.5mn over the same period last.....

Improved export conditions Israeli agricultural products
Renewed trade agreement between Israel and Canada
Negotiations on a renewal of the trade agreement between Israel and Canada have concluded this week, with the countries agreeing to expand the scope of their previous pact. Since the current agreement was signed in 1997, overall trade between the two countries rose by half a billion USD, and now stands at.....

NZ Unions oppose Recognised Seasonal Employer expansion
Unions in New Zealand say they oppose any expansion of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.The RSE allows Pacific workers into New Zealand on short term visas to work in the horticulture sector.The criticism from New Zealand's Council of Trade Unions comes as talks on the PACER Plus regional trade deal.....

AU: Property checks for fruit fly in Kununurra
Kununurra properties will be inspected as part of efforts to retain the Ord River Irrigation Area’s freedom from the pest, Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly).Department plant biosecurity director John van Schagen said department officers would begin visiting properties in town tomorrow (23 July) to inspect for.....

Pakistan: TDAP seeks diplomats help to boost mango export
Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) S M Muneer has reiterated the government’s commitment for exploring new international markets for Pakistani mangoes.He was addressing a ceremony “to savor Pakistan’s collection of delicious mangoes” here at a local hotel. The event organized.....

Vietnam: Ministry makes helping farmers earn more profit a top priority
The Minister of Industry and Trade's Vu Huy Hoang talks to Kinh Te Viet Nam va The Gioi (Vietnam Economy and World) about measures to help farmers resolve difficulties with consumption and production.Despite having bumper crops, farmers receive little benefit due to rapidly decreasing market prices, and this.....

Japan: The future is farm technology
Next time you are in the bustling Ota market in Tokyo, you might find Mandarin Oranges sweet beyond expectations and a delight to savour. The rich taste is not because of the use of biotech seeds but simple sensors in the orchards.The sensors inform farmers when to reduce water supply so that the trees work.....


France:
Fruit terminal Sète for sale
The fruit terminal in Sète is officially in a “liquidation process”. This terminal started its operation in 2011 with the group Orsero. The port of Sète has been booming with 30,000 TEUS handled and 40,000 pallets/year. The liquidating person in charge of the file is located in Montpellier, Mr Luc.....

USDA introduces new food safety practices survey
To bring crucial information into the spotlight, USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) have joined efforts and created a series of surveys. The surveys focus on food safety practices used in fruit and vegetable production and processing. The data obtained.....

Some California farmers ditching popular crops for less thirsty varieties
As I grew up in Southern California, avocados and oranges were always a family favorite. We looked forward to the warmer months when the local fruits became bountiful and dotted farmers markets and restaurant menus everywhere.On family trips to the beach, we’d drive past miles of orange and lemon orchards......