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Poland: 115.32 million Euro to support growers in withdrawal of products
Since July, the Agricultural Market Agency of Poland (ARR) has paid 500 million złoty (about 115.32 million Euro) to fruit and vegetable producers to assist them in the withdrawal of these products from the market. This was reported on Tuesday at a meeting of the parliamentary committee for agriculture.....

Should Vietnam be focusing on fruit exports?
Vietnamese leaders are being called on to rethink whether Vietnam should become a big rice exporter or a fruit export power, as fruit export turnover exceed rice exports in the first seven months of this year for the first time A newly released report by the General Department of Customs (GDC) shows that.....

India: Gov't to help set up state-of-the-art potato seed production centre
In the city of Bhubaneswar, in India’s eastern state of Odisha, the government is planning to lease land to Bangalore-based Utkal Tubers India Private Ltd (UTIPL) for the setting up of a state-of-the-art potato seed production centre.The directorate of horticulture has identified 50 acres of land at two.....


N. Korean leader inspects fruit farm
To emphasize the importance of improving the livelihoods of ordinary people, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a fruit farm, state-run media reported Sunday 18 September.The visit, covered by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), showed Kim touring the Combined Fruit Farm in Kosan, Kangwon.....


Horticulture Innovation Australia
AU: ''Candidate line up strong'' for new Board positions
In the lead up to its Annual General Meeting on November 25, the nation’s horticulture Research and Development Corporation – Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) – has announced that eight candidates are in the running to fill five new Board positions.*Hort Innovation Deputy Chairman and.....

AU: Banana farmers need to uphold strict biosecurity procedures
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has urged North Queensland banana growers to continue to carry out their strict on-farm biosecurity procedures, to protect against further outbreak of Panama Tropical Race 4.It has been 18 months since TR4 was first detected on a property in Tully and while the ABGC is.....

Thai border reopened to Cambodian ag goods
On Friday 16 September, the Cambodia-Thailand border in Pailin province temporarily reopened to various Cambodian agricultural products. This came after a meeting between provincial authorities on both sides of the border, reports the deputy provincial governor who led the Cambodian delegation.Deputy.....


Thailand's fruit exports to China topped $1 billion
In 2015, Thailand remained the sole country to exceed $1 billion in total export value to mainland China, even despite a decline in overall value of 12.1% as compared to 2013 levels. Both 2014 and 2015 saw rapid growth in total fresh fruit import value in mainland China. Ecuador witnessed explosive growth as.....

Saudi lab says they're safe
UAE tightens controls on strawberry imports from Egypt
As a result of the US health scare that saw 119 people fall ill from the hepatitis A virus, which has been linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt, the UAE has tightened-up on imports of the fruits, the government there reported Saturday 17 September.The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on.....


AU: MP threatens to quit Coalition over backpacker tax
The government's backpacker tax continues to cause controversy, with Queensland MP George Christensen reportedly threatening to leave the Coalition because of it. According to The Courier Mail, the backbencher told his electorate in Dawson, that he would quit the LNP and become an independent, if the.....

Poland expects access for apples to China by November
Mr. Dominik Wozniak, PR Manager of the Polish association UNIA OWOCOWA, announced that October 10th will be the date of the Chinese phytosanitary services' last inspection in Poland.This is the result of a major programme, launched by Polish Apples professionals, to gain access to the booming Chinese.....

'Smart farming' to help South Africans tackle drought
Southern African farmers know a lot about climate change due to the worsening drought conditions they face. But, according toagriculture and development researchers, these farmers lack the resources to put solutions that work into place.That is in part because government agricultural extension services,.....

Ag exports plunged by 3.4%
U.S. import and export prices dropped in August
According to a Labor Department report released Wednesday 14 September, import prices in the U.S. saw a modest decrease in the month of August. The report also showed a notable decline in export prices during the month.The report said import prices dipped by 0.2 percent in August after inching up by 0.1.....

Besana becomes founding member of Global Agri-Business Alliance
Pino Calcagni and the Besana Group are delighted to announce that on Thursday 15 September, at a meeting held in Singapore, they became founder members of theGlobal Agri-Business Alliance(GAA).''We consider our invitation to participate as a founder member of the GAA a great honour and testament to the.....

India: Veg sales through Farm Fresh outlets top Rs 1m
The Department of Cooperatives in Tiruchi, India, which is responsible for overseeing the Farm Fresh outlets initiative, has achieved an impressive feat within eight months of launching: sales of vegetables through Farm Fresh outlets in the city have crossed Rs.1 million.Chief Minister Jayalalithaa launched.....

''Not workable or fair document in current format''
AU: Marketing bodies seek amendment to Hort Code of Conduct
Australian bodies representing wholesalers have come out in defense of their industry, following the recent move by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to pursue Horticulture Code of Conductcompliance requirements against a trader but not the growers involved.Fresh Markets Australia.....

Guava growers hit hardest
Taiwan: Typhoon ag losses reach almost US$19 million
Typhoon Meranti, which battered southern Taiwan on Wednesday 14 September, has caused an estimated loss of NT$593.41 million (US$18.7 million) for the agriculture industry, the Council of Agriculture (COA) reported late Thursday.The impact of the typhoon on the island was at its worst on Wednesday, leaving 1.....

AU-NZ partnership strengthens biosecurity
The biosecurity research partnership between Australia and New Zealand was highlighted at a fruit fly research workshop in Auckland on Wednesday 14 September.The workshop, hosted by New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research and Better Border Biosecurity (B3), featured leading scientists from Australia’s Plant.....

New Zealand's economic growth continues
On Thursday 15 September, official figures showed the economy grew by 0.9 per cent in the three months to June, lifting annual growth to 3.6 per cent. A surge in consumer spending and exports helped the economy continue its strong expansion in the middle of the year.As well as a booming construction sector,.....

Africa's agriculture to get a big boost from $30 billion in pledges
At the African Green Revolution Forum held in Nairobi, Kenya, last week, leaders, business people and major development partners pledged more than 30 billion US dollars in investments to speed up the transformation of Africa's agriculture sector.The pledges, believed to represent the largest package of.....

Kiwifruit cultivation looks promising
India: Tissue culture to help fruit growers
In Uttarakhand, a state in northern India, high value fruits and plant varieties cultivated under controlled conditions through tissue culture will soon reach fruit growers and farmers. Previously, these growers had to rely on neighbouring states Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir to provide them with these.....


Bulgaria and Macedonia could join forces to export to China
Bulgaria and Macedonia could join forced to enter the Chinese market with their agricultural production, it was reported to BGNES by the Macedonian Minister of Agriculture, Mihail Tsvetkov, after a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Desislava Taneva. "Bulgaria and Macedonia are small producers and the.....


Brazilian trade slightly recovering in Q2
Brazilian trade slightly recovered in Q2, according to the Maersk Group trade report for Q2, 2016. It is said in the report that imports are improving every month. However, they are recovering from the lowest level reported for the first quarter in 7 years. Exports continue to grow to their strongest levels.....

India: Road closure causes veg to be redirected
On Wednesday 14 September, Tiruchi's markets witnessed a sudden, unexpected arrival of vegetable loads, particularly carrots, from the Krishnagiri district. The loads were supposed to be transported to markets in Karnataka. Since the inter-state transport between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka remains suspended.....

Cameroon: Irrigation makes drought profitable for veg farmers
Farmers in the Akum region of northwest Cameroon used to watch their vegetable patches dry up and die in drought periods, even though nearby rivers and streams offered a steady flow of water, reports Thomson Reuters Foundation.The problem? Getting the water to the fields was nearly impossible because the.....

Egypt increases exports to UAE and cuts imports
Oranges, onions and potatoes feature among the most important products exported to the United Arab Emirates from Egypt. In the first half of 2016, Egyptian exports to the United Arab Emirates registered $1.125bn, compared to $530m during the same period of 2015, an increase of 112%, according to Minister of.....

AU: Fruit, veg wholesaler breached horticulture code
Young Sang & Co, a Melbourne-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler admitted it breached the Horticulture Code of Conductlast year by trading in horticulture produce with a number of Queensland-based growers without horticulture produce agreements.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has.....

China will review tariffs on the import of potato starch from the EU
China will review the anti-subsidy tariffs on potato starch imported from the European Union (EU) ahead of their upcoming expiration, reported the Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday.The review will be carried out at the request of the Starch Industry Association of China.During the process, which will start.....

Peruvian blueberries to enter Chinese market in November
During the recent state visit to China, led by the President of the Republic, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a major advance was achieved for Peru's agricultural exporters.On Tuesday 13 September, the Deputy Minister of the AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine), Mei Kebao,.....


Danish CEO calls for fairer distribution of marketing funds
Karsten Nielsen from Denmark A/S has made a call to his peers in the industry via LinkedIn, to band together to help formulate an open letter to Danish politician Esben Lunde Larsen, after he felt there was a need to create more debate on the future of small and medium-sized Danish companies for retail and.....


NZ: Fijians exploited in fruit picking scam
Fijians have been lured to New Zealand with the promise of earning almost seven timestheir weekly wages in Fiji picking fruit. After their arrival, the false promises quickly unravelled. Some of the workers were sent to kiwifruit orchards in Tauranga where they were forced to work illegally for long hours,.....

Vietnamese dragon fruit soon to be imported into Australia
The Australian Embassy in Vietnam reported on Tuesday 13 September that the Australian authorities will soon allow the import of fresh Vietnamese dragon fruit into the country, as the government finalizes its risk evaluation on the produce.The evaluation process is expected to finish by the end of 2016 and.....

To launch in October
AU: Simpler system for food safety certification
A single framework for fresh food safety certification looks set to replace a plethora of food safety standards, reports abc.net.au. The Produce Marketing Association of Australia and New Zealand (PMA) is preparing to launch the simpler system, to save fresh produce growers, processors, wholesalers and.....


Japan: Ag ministry to utilize ''4th industrial revolution'' technology
Emerging technologies of “the fourth industrial revolution”, such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and robots are to be utilized by Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry to improve the quality of agricultural products and efficiency of farm work.The ministry plans to make.....

Africa needs to generate private investment in agriculture
Tanzania's former President Jakaya Kikwete has said that African governments need to come up with policies that will unlock private investments in agriculture to boost transformation in the sector and make it a key driver of growth and development.Speaking at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in.....

Kenya: Group calls for agro-ecology not GMOs
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is calling for the enhancement of agro-ecology and has opposed any policy aimed at introducing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). According to AFSA Secretary General, Faustin Vuningoma, agro-ecology is the only way to eradicate the current external attack.....

AU: Could Pacific Islanders replace backpackers?
Discussion has arisen over whether the Seasonal Worker Program could fill the gap if backpackers decided to venture elsewhere, in light of the possible introduction of the controversial backpacker tax.The Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) began in 2012, building on the three-year trial known as the Pacific.....

NZ: New taro trial to improve biosecurity
Scientists from Plant & Food Research have been trialling a specially engineered high-pressure washing machine for taro to help reduce the chances of invasive species entering New Zealand.Taro is a particularly difficult vegetable to clean – the product is covered in fibrous leaf and root matter and its.....

AU: Woolworths stops sourcing local avocados
Woolworths has stopped sourcing locally grown Australian avocados for most of its Queensland stores, and replaced them with New Zealand imports. Avocados Australia has called out the supermarket chain for not consulting with its suppliers before making the move.The decision came as local industry figures.....

Romania: Temporary financial support to fruit and veg producers
The Romanian Minister of Agriculture has prepared a draft order for the granting of temporary financial support for fruit and vegetable producers who agree to withdraw from the market certain quantities for free redistribution.The provisions apply for a total volume of 3,000 tonnes, to be used for products.....


GlobalGAP adopts Greenfence platform technology
GlobalGAP has chosen Silicon Valley based Greenfence, the first digital platform economy to empower a fully transparent farm-to-fork eco-system for the global food and beverage industry. Greenfence enables a major economic shift from the traditional supply-side value chains to demand-side economies of scale,.....

Russian producers against Iranian fruit and veg imports
Russian fruit and vegetable producers have showed their opposition to the import of tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and carrots from Iran under a simplified customs procedure with reduced duties. In the first half of 2017, a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union, which includes Russia,is.....

Tanzania needs to stop relying on rainfall for agriculture
Tanzanians are being warned to use food frugally in the coming months, as the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) is predicting poor rains which means crops are likely to fail. Agriculture in the country currently relies on rainfall for irrigation- a situation that urgently needs to change.TMA has advised.....

China plans to sell its fruit to Southeast Asia
Fruit growers from North and Northwest China hope to sell their fruit to the ASEAN market and in order to raise awareness of their products, including apples, pears, peaches and winter jujube (a kind of Chinese date), they are taking part in the ongoing 13th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO).Merchants from around.....

''EU subsidies useful, but not essential''
According to German grower Florian Amberger, EU subsidies are useful but not essential, even after a poor potato season on his Rhineland farm. As a grower of high-value crops, he says farm subsidies do not have a big effect on his farming even after wet weather in June hit the harvesting and yields of his.....

NZ dollar to maintain pressure on pound
The Pound to New Zealand Dollar exchange rate (GBP/NZD) is tilted lower over the short and long-term as the New Zealand economy continues to build up a head of steam. Sterling was the star performer at the start of the week commencing 12th September, with traders apparently gearing up for some decent data.....

Germany:
Apple harvest begins in Lake Constance region
In the next few days the apple harvest starts again in fruit growing regions around Lake Constance.An exact starting date can’t be defined, because the different varieties ripen at different times, states Bernhard Fuchs the spokesperson for the distributor SeeFrucht.The harvest of the early varieties such as.....

EU pays Armenia €7m to support ag development
As part of a 20 million euro, three-year project to sustain agriculture and rural development in Armenia, the EU has just transferred 7 million euros to the Armenian government.In 2014, the EU confirmed financial support with a total value of €25 million to the Armenian government, within ENPARD (European.....

Zimbabwe to scrap hort export permits
In order to boost production and encourage exports, the Zimbabwean Government has pledged to scrap horticulture export permits. Horticulture used to be a major sub-sector in the Zimbabwean economy with quick export returns of about $143 million at its peak in 1999/2000. However, the country has realised only.....

Azerbaijani companies to supply major Russian food retailer
X5 Retail Group, Russia’s second largest food retailer, will receive produce directly from member companies of the Azerbaijan Fruit and Vegetables Producers and Exporters Association (AMTIIA ), the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) reported.The decision was taken within the.....

China to enhance ag with information technology
Over the next five years, China is planning to further integrate information technology into agriculture to increase productivity and efficiency, according to the country's agriculture watchdog.The government aims to further improve intelligent management in planting, cultivation and machinery and the use of.....

NZ needs healthier system for marketing food to children
One in nine children in New Zealand are obese and a further 22 percent are overweight. Writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, Auckland University nutrition expert Cliona Ni Mhurchu said a World Health Organisation (WHO) system for deciding whether foods and drinks are healthy should underpin a revised.....

Afghan president may close transit route for Pakistan
Afghanistan's President, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, has said he may close the transit route for Pakistan to Central Asian countries, as the Wagah port has been closed off for Afghan traders' imports and exports.He said Afghanistan is no longer a landlocked country, as it has several other options and transit.....


Africa: ''Mechanisation of agriculture is imperative''
According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), limited use of improved technology is a major reason for low agricultural productivity across Africa."Low use of technology is partly why Africa continues to be a net importer of food ," Chiji Ojukwu, the AfDB Director for Agriculture and Agro-Industry stated.....

AU: Researcher tackles Laos veg pests
An Australian researcher has turned her desire to help farmers in Laos get on top of vegetable pests into a career commitment. Central Queensland University (CQU) entomology postgraduate student, Madaline Healey, showcased her work in improving pest management for Laoatian farmers at the Crawford Fund.....

Vietnamese dragon fruit looking to break into Australian market
On Thursday 8 September, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked his Australian counterpart to give more market access for fresh dragon fruit from Vietnam. Vietnamese dragon fruit growers are looking at ways to break into the Australian market, which has a stable demand and offers higher prices.The.....

Global leader’s RPC business grows 16%
IFCO achieves phenomenal growth due to increased use of RPCs
During the fiscal year 2016 IFCO, the world leader in reusable packaging solutions for fresh produce, achieved annual revenues of 992 million USD. This is a 16% growth compared to the previous year, these figures includes the RPC revenues generated by the IFCO’s sister company CHEP in Australia, New Zealand.....

Spain: Citrus sector asks for tariffs on South African oranges to stay
On the eve of the EU Parliament and Council's decision regarding the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Southern African Development Community, the organisations representing the Spanish citrus sector have approached the European Parliament and the Government of Spain to ask for the.....

East Africa: Food imports hinder ag development
The ongoing import of food into East Africa is hindering agricultural development because the money meant to help small-holder growers to transform, is being sent out of the country. This is according to the President of the African Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr.Agnes Kalibata.She was speaking at the.....

AU: Invasive bird species damages fruit and veg
Residents across Australia's East Coast are being called on by a Queensland man to help trap an invasive bird species that has engaged in an aggressive territorial takeover. The bird has the potential to spread avian malaria, as well as damage fruit, vegetable and cereal crops, reports abc.net.au.Often.....

India: Gov't reveals ambitious farming project
Kerala's government has unveiled an ambitious programme to enhance crop diversity, revive ethnic varieties and promote traditional and environmentally- friendly methods of farming, under plans to ensure food safety and reduce the State’s dependence on imports.The Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council Keralam.....

EU: Report of appeal on Morocco agreement to be released this Tuesday
This Tuesday, 13 September, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU is expected to present his conclusions on the appeal of the EU Council against the Court's ruling of 10 December, which partially annulled the Agricultural Agreement with Morocco on the grounds that it also applied to the.....

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Kenya: National Horticulture Traceability System launched
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (MOALF) through Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) of Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA), the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in collaboration with the horticulture exporters Associations of Kenya (FPEAK and KFC) and the.....

Pakistan seeks to increase ag exports to Russia
On Sunday 11 September, the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) called on the government to extend all possible assistance and facilitation to exporters in order to enable them to focus on Russia, which offered immense opportunities for boosting exports of agricultural.....

China opens up more free trade zones
China is proving its commitment to further opening-up and trade liberalization by giving the green light to seven more Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in inland provinces ahead of the 11th G20 Summit.Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng was quoted in an interview with the Xinhua News Agency as saying on Wednesday 7.....


China to grade provincial gov't's food safety performance
A document published Monday 12 September revealed that China's central authority will send inspectors to review provincial-level government food safety. The General Office of the State Council published a circular on the annual review and assessment of food safety work.According to the document, the State.....

Zambia considers retaliatory import ban
Zambian exporters are putting pressure on their government to implement retaliatory measures to block imports from Zimbabwe, in what could be a big blow to Harare, which counts Zambia among its biggest export destinations.Zambia is one of the biggest export destinations for locally manufactured products,.....

Kenya dedicated 6% of budget to agriculture
Kenya’s investment in agriculture has increased from 2 percentof the national budget in 2003, to 6 percent. Moreover, according to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett, the country is committed to achieving an investment of 10 percent of the national budget, as agreed at the Maputo Declaration on.....


AU: New app tells growers when plants need watering
Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is joining forces with agriculture technology company The Yield to deliver an exciting new tool for growers – a mobile app designed to help guide irrigation decisions.Hort Innovation Research and Investments General Manager, David Moore, said that knowing.....