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Chinese consumers prefer imported produce
Polluted soil concerns Chinese consumers, leading to some shoppers paying more attention to fresh produces' country of origin rather than its price. Since a 2008 scandal in which toxic melamine in formula milk killed six babies and hospitalized some 54,000, Chinese consumers have grown increasingly wary of.....

Zimbabwe: Import ban pushes up cost of living
In comparison with June, the cost of living in July increased slightly and this is contributed to the introduction of Statutory Instrument (SI) 64, the ban on imports of goods which are available locally. However, some fresh produce saw a decrease in price.In its monthly family basket report for July, the.....

African Bank approves $9m investment in Nigerian ag
A $9 million equity investment has been approved by the African Development Bank for the Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN). The investment is set to provide expansion capital to agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The Fund is jointly sponsored by the German KfW Development.....

Tasmania confirms second outbreak blueberry rust
Two years ago the deadly plant mould blueberry rust was detected in Tasmania for the first time. The disease has now struck again in north-west Tasmania, this time at Sulphur Creek.Abc.net.au reports that the new outbreak was believed to have been detected on the Costas Farm and comes less than a month after.....


Pakistan's mangoes a hit in Italy
From August 9-10, 2016, the first Pakistan Mango Shows, arranged by the Embassy of Pakistan in Rome, in collaboration with Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) took place at various locations in Italy. Visitors sampled mangoes from Pakistan as part of the event and the Italian.....

Philippines: 400 lose jobs as banana firm closes
A huge banana company in Surigao del Sur, the Philippines, has closed down due to persistent security threats. The company's closure has led to at least 400 employees losing their jobs.The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), provincial government of Surigao del Sur and local government units (LGU) in.....

India: Onion trade to resume after strike
Following a meeting organised by Union agriculture minister Radhamohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday 10 August, onion trade in Nashik is set to resume. Jaydutt Holkar, chairman of the Lasalgaon market committee, said that traders asked for the intervention of both the central and state governments to.....

EU-Australia trade deal threatened by tomato trouble
A future trade detail between the EU and Australia is under threat due to an argument over Australia's decision to impose anti-dumping duties on Italian processed tomatoes. Brussels may refer Canberra to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over the decision, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has.....


Africa's green industrial revolution
With more than 874 million hectares of arable land - nearly six times as much as in the United States -Africa has the opportunity to ensure food security for all without repeating the environmental mistakes made by advanced economies.The continent is ready for it own industrial revolution, but with 70.....

Maharashtra's market reforms postponed
A committee headed by the Maharashtra cooperation minister was constituted to recommend trade norms for both inside and outside marketyards. The official notification of the committee was meant to be issued on August 6, but this has now been postponed to August 26, a committee member said.The committee,.....

Israeli agricultural export revenues drop by €200 million in 2015
Agricultural export in Israel is in deep crisis. That is the resounding conclusion following a report prepared to summarize the past year in the sector. The overall agricultural production remained roughly constant, however that is largely due to increased prices in animal husbandry and in the local market;.....


Zespri welcomes changes to Kiwifruit Export Regulations
Zespri welcomes the Government’s announcement that Cabinet has approved amendments to the Kiwifruit Export Regulations.Zespri Chairman Peter McBride explains these regulatory changes represent the first major review of the regulations since they were put in place 17 years ago.“The Kiwifruit Regulations have.....

South Africa: Drought hits newly empowered farmers
Half a decade of drought across most of South Africa has had a myriad of negative consequences, including small towns in crisis, food imports for the first time in over 20 years, and the hampering of the government's planned land redistribution programme.It's the cost of food in an economic downturn that has.....

AU: Trade Minister defends TPP, agreement with India
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has denied claims that negotiations for an India agreement have stalled, and says he expects to visit the country within six months to move discussions forward, reports abc.net.au.Mr Ciobo said both countries were currently engaged in a "stocktake" of what they hoped to achieve in.....

Improving market access
Zambia: Partnership to support fruit, veg farmers
A tripartite alliance of non-governmental organisations, private companies and government has been created by the Private Enterprise Programme – Zambia (PEPZ) to provide support to fruit and vegetable farmers.The members of the consortium, who include Shoprite Freshmark, SABMiller, Mfinance and Musika,.....


Italy: Parents who force vegan diet on kids could face jail time
Parents who enforce a vegan or vegetarian diet on their children in Italy could soon be jailed for up to four years.Proposed new laws would make it an offence to deprive children of the nutrients essential for their growth.Elvira Savino, from Italy’s centre-right Forza Party, says her bill would prevent.....

Bangladesh Bank announces ag loan policy FY17
The Governor of Bangladesh Bank, Fazle Kabir, announced an agricultural loan policy for the fiscal year 2016-17, targeting Tk175.5 billion disbursement. According to the new farm loan policy, Credit Information Bureau (CIB) reports or inquiries will not be required for a farmer to take a loan below.....

Japan's ag industry threatened by climate change
In recent years, rural areas in Japan have been increasing their efforts to market their hometown specialties, such as Hokkaido corn, Yamagata cherries, Nara strawberries, Ehime mandarin oranges, and Okinawan limes, both domestically and internationally.Various local and national surveys of foreign tourists.....

NZ university to help Indonesian farmers
Massey University in New Zealand is working with an Indonesian university to forge stronger links between the two, and help farmers and educators build a more sustainable and successful agriculture sector.Associate Professor Chris Anderson of Massey's Institute of Agriculture and Environment says the.....

Against WTO rules
Greece accuses Turkey of subsidising fruit exporters
Georgios Frangistas, the president of the Association of Greek fruit, vegetable and juice exporters Incofruit, and the marketing director of the Greek fruit export company, Gefra, has accused Turkey of breaking World Trade Organisation rules by subsidising exports, including those of fruits.According to him,.....

2016/2017 Fresh Peas and Beans Category Management Plan Outline
Plan to boost retail sales of Guatemalan produce released
The Guatemala Produce Trade Association (GPTA) has completed and published its 2016/2017 Fresh Peas and Beans Category Management Plan Outline. Priscilla Lleras-Bush, GPTA Coordinator said, “Since inception, our association is uniquely comprised of the major players of the Guatemala trade deal - both.....


Jordan's policy reversal on Syrian work permits bears fruit
Syrian refugees have long been working on farms in Jordan but risked being deported back to Syria if they were caught. However, after a policy reversal announced back in February of this year, Syrian refugees can now get free work permits, reports BBC News.More than 650,000 Syrians are registered as refugees.....

Pakistan's mango promotion proves a success in Morocco
On August 7, Pakistani mango festivals were held in four Moroccan cities, to promote the Pakistani tropical fruit. A press release noted that the festivals were organised in Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Agadir and attracted significant crowds.This event was organised in collaboration with Marjane.....

''Dominica's ag industry is thriving''
The Hon Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo, has said that the agriculture industry in Dominica is not dead but alive and thriving, contrary to some opinions. Hon Drigo refuted statements about the agriculture industry made by Opposition member, Senator Felix Thomas at the recent sitting of.....

'Proxy' for Chinese ministry issued trade reprisal warning against NZ exports
China's Chamber of Commerce for Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CCCFNA), a body affiliated to China's Commerce Ministry (MOFCOM), is the industry group which warned of possible trade reprisals against Kiwi exporters. One industry source said the ministry used the body as "a proxy".News site Stuff.co.nz.....

European Commission launches food waste platform
An ‘EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste’, launched by the European Commission, will gather 70 member organisations to try to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of massively reducing global food waste and losses by 2030.Its 70 members, announced on 1 August, include all EU national.....

Global food security Act will not benefit African farmers
A bipartisan Global Food Security Act was recently passed by the American Congress. The US$7 billion dollar project is aimed at bolstering efforts to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty across the globe. However, according toStacy Ndlovu,managing editor of Young Voices,the Act will most certainly not.....

Nigeria: Ag minister challenges farmers to work harder
Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has challenged horticulturists to work harder and boost food production in order to meet citizens' demand for fruit and vegetables. Speaking on Monday 8 August he said horticulturists were exploring only a little part of the potential that the country has.....

7,500 tonnes of products destroyed by Russia since August last year
Over the past year, Russian authorities have destroyed a total of 7,282 tonnes of vegetable products and 228 tonnes of animal products banned for import into the country.According to the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, the plant products most frequently subjected to.....


New chilli pathogens discovered in Australia
Scientists have identified four new pathogens previously not found in Australian chillies, raising the stakes for the country's quarantine and disease resistance efforts.The pathogens, all part of the Colletotrichum species, cause a fungal disease called anthracnose, which lowers yield and produces large,.....

Mexico: High avocado prices contribute to deforestation
Farmers in central Mexico are expanding their orchards to meet the high demand for avocados. American's love for the fruit and the rising prices of it are contributing to deforestation there, as forests are thinned to make room for avocado trees.Avocado trees flourish at about the same altitude and climate.....


New services and investment opportunities in the port of Algeciras
The port authorities of the Bay of Algeciras (APBA) have passed a resolution and announced an international public competition for the selection of an offer in order to grant a concession for the construction of a third container terminal alongside APM Terminals and TTIA Algeciras on the ‘Phase B’ of the.....

Nigeria: Campaign launched to popularise sweet potato
A campaign has been launched by a team of lecturers from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Nigeria to promote the potentials of the orange fleshed Sweet Potato (O.F.S.P), as a means of enhancing the livelihood and nutrition of the population in Oyo and Kwara states.It is a multi.....

'Banana republics' hope for Brexit benefits
Bananas have long been the major export of a number of Caribbean and Latin American microstates, leading them to be dubbed “banana republics”. For the many St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)citizens who rely on bananas for their livelihoods life has been hard lately, but there are hopes that Britain's exit.....

Philippines: Small banana growers push for council
Small banana growers in the Philippines are pushing for the founding of a Banana Industry Council. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Federation of Cooperatives (Fedco) in Mindanao, Ireneo Dalayon, it is now high time to push for support for the small banana farmers.He said that compared to.....

Malaysia plans to boost pineapple exports
Last year, Malaysia exported pineapples valued at RM161 million, the country aims to increase this to RM254 million by 2020. According to Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali, to achieve the goal, the Government had planned to increase the pineapple plantation acreage by.....

Burundian fruit, veg growers denounce ban on export to Rwanda
Fruit and vegetable growers and traders in Cibitoke province, 70km northwest of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, have denounced the ban on exports of food items to Rwanda.In Cibitoke, the measure taken by the Burundian government last week, affects sellers and growers of several fruit and vegetable crops,.....

Russia bans imports from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Russia has banned the import of products from Bosnia and Herzegovina as they are considered a"high phytosanitary risk". The imports volumes of such products were said to have increased, but Sarajevo did not provide Moscow with information concerning the plant health control system and would not allow a.....

Tanzanian farmers encouraged to embrace technology
Tanzania's country head of the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has called for greater adoption of technology in agriculture for smallholder farmers. Dr Mary Mgonja, made the call while addressing a joint press conference on Sunday 7 August in Mbeya. She said she was optimistic about the.....

Bulgaria: Horticultural sector to see changes in coupled support
After meeting with representatives of the livestock and horticultural sectors, the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food is preparing changes in the way of support under the direct payments scheme of coupled support for livestock and fruits and vegetables for the period 2017-2020. "The amendments in the.....

Africa: Low financing inhibits ag growth
According to experts, inadequate funds are responsible for low agriculture productivity in African economies. The remarks were made during an international conference on best practices in rural and agricultural finance in Kigali, the Capital of Rwanda, on Monday 1 August.The forum, which focuses on ways to.....

AU: Grower group exports to Middle East, Asian premium market
Around six months ago, four Victorian horticultural growers got together to set up a collaborative marketing company, Green Acres Australia. These growers are looking to enter the premium market in Asia and the Middle East.The collaboration is made up of Bulmer Farms, Schreurs, Corrigans and Cochranes......

Venezuela: Gov't promotes city farming
Venezuela is undergoing a national food crisis; to counteract this Venezuela's president is exhorting compatriots to grow fruit and vegetables on balconies, roofs, schools, barracks and even prisons across the country. His call is being met with mixed responses.His government's "Great Agro-Venezuela Mission".....

AU: Eating more veg would save millions in healthcare
A new study reveals that if people simply ate more vegetables, the Federal Government could save $100 million dollars a year on health costs. Horticulture Innovation Australia commissioned the study which found more than 90 per cent of Australians did not eat the recommended five servings of vegetables a.....


NZ: Horticultural Pioneer John Paynter receives top honours
Horticultural pioneer John Paynter, whose lifetime ambition is seeing Hastings Heretaunga Plains planted in fruit trees, is this year’s recipient of the Pipfruit New Zealand Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Pipfruit Industry.Mr Paynter is the first grower in New Zealand to receive the award since it.....

EU treatment of Pakistani mango exports ''unjust''
The EU authorities grading system of Pakistani mangoes has been called unjust by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FPCCI) Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad. Jawad said it was an injustice that EU authorities graded Pakistani mangoes with red and yellow cards, despite the.....

China to open its markets to Zimbabwean farm produce
Through economic and technical co-operation agreements signed between Zimbabwe and China in December 2015, Zimbabwe will soon receive around US$6 billion for its national housing delivery and agriculture programmes from China.US$4 billion will go to farming and the remainder to housing provision, and The.....

Philippines: 400,000kg veg destroyed after shipping mix up
A clearing operation in Divisoria, the main wholesale market for vegetables in Manila, led to a blockage in shipments of vegetables last week. As a result, around 400,000 kilograms of carrots, cabbage and other salad vegetables had to be destroyed, a Benguet farmers’ group said on Friday 5 August.The.....

Chinese company to become first foreign owner of AU airport
Chinese companies have invested billions in farms and infrastructure across Australia. In many cases, the Chinese acquisitions have met with local hostility - but that doesn't seem to be the case with one of the latest targets, the Renmark Airport in regional South Australia, reportsDijana Damjanovic for.....

South Africa gives Zimbabwe deadline over import ban
South Africa has given Zimbabwe three weeks to roll back a ban imposed on imports from the country ahead of a meeting of regional ministers later this month.This follows a meeting between Zimbabwe’s minister of Industry and Trade, Mike Bimha and his South African counterpart, Rob Davies in Pretoria on.....

Kiwifruit export halt ''not revenge''
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has assured that the halt in kiwifruit exports, due to fruit fungus, is not revenge. Key is insisting that there is no link between the kiwifruit industry's export problems in China and allegations that Beijing is carrying out a "trade war" with New Zealand.New Zealand's.....

Italy introduces new food waste law
The Italian government has adopted a new law which will both drastically cut food waste and help the country's most vulnerable. The new measures aim to cut at least one million tonnes of food waste from the current five million tonnes the country produces yearly, the BBC reported.Most importantly, it is.....

AU: Banana ballot deadline nears
Banana growers across Australia are being urged to cast their votes in the current levy poll. The industry is currently being asked whether the current Plant Health Australia (PHA) levy can be increased from the rate of 0.0103 cents per kilogram, to 0.5 cents per kilogram to partially fund the purchase of.....

Kenya fast tracks potato bill to end exploitation
For the past two years, the Potato Produce and Marketing Bill has been pending before parliament, now, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has promised to fast track the Bill which seeks to end exploitation of potato farmers by cartels.It aims at establishing a National Potato Council to promote quality.....

Romania: Fresh fruit tastings to be organised in schools
According to a government decision which was on the agenda of a meeting of the Executive this week, in the 2016-2017 school year students will receive apples worth 0.37 lei (0.08 Euro) per day for 88 school days. A novelty this year will be the organisation of tastings of fresh fruit and.....

Ghana ratifies EPA with EU
As we previously reported here, Ghana defended its decision to sign the Interim Economic Partnership Agreements (IEPA) with the European Union.Ghana’s parliament has now ratified the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the government and the European Union.The ratification of the agreement by.....

Peru's ambitious new Minister of Agriculture
Peru's newly-inaugurated Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Jose Manuel Hernandez has outlined the goals set by his administration. The ambitious list of goals includes diminishing poverty through agriculture, increasing agro-exports and providing farmers with more training.Hernandez informed Andina news.....

India: Ag exports set to soar
In 2015, India's farm and processed foods exports experienced a 20 percent declines, but this year, things are set to improve. Although export growth was flat in first quarter of this year and according to analysts, a revival is under way in the current quarter, reports Sandip Das in New Delhi.According to.....

Indonesia to import dates from Iran
Indonesia and Iran are looking to increase their trade capacities. Jamal Razzaghi, a member of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), and Indonesian Ambassador to Tehran Octaviano Alimuddin met in Tehran to discuss potential cooperation.Jamal Razzaghi highlighted the.....

Peru: Exports to Japan exceed US$500m
In the first half of 2016, Peruvian exports to Japan reached US$506 million, largely underpinned by greater shipments of mining and agro-products, the Peruvian Japanese Business Council (Cepeja) reported."Over the said period, mineral products were sold to the Japanese market for a value of US$543, whereas.....

India: Onion farmers attack market committee office
Onion farmers in Nashik allegedly attacked the office of the chairman of the Lasalgaon agriculture produce market committee (APMC) on Wednesday 3 August. Simmering resentment is said to be growing among the farmers, who are being forced to sell their produce in jute bags. Onion arrivals have taken a beating.....


NZ: Planting another million apple trees
A million more new apple trees are being planted across the country asinternational demand for New Zealand apples continues to grow, the industry’s leader announced today.Pipfruit New Zealand’s chief executive Alan Pollard, who is in Nelson for the Horticulture Conference said New Zealand’s apple industry is.....

Brexit may mean more fruit, veg imports from Africa
A survey of retailers in the UK reveals that on the back of the UK's vote to leave the EU, they are considering sourcing fruit, vegetables and other produce from Africa, reports The Guardian.The EU is currently the main source of food imports to the UK, with EU member states making up nine out of 10 of the.....

African sweet potato market shows rapid growth
According to a recently published report by IndexBox Marketing, China is the world's largest sweet potato producer and consumer. Set against a stagnation in demand in China's domestic market, Chinese producers are now intending to supply the European market with their product.However, the current demand for.....

Zespri halts kiwifruit shipments to China
Zespri is developing a new testing regime to prevent delays at the Chinese border due to a recent risk notification issued by the country saying shipments had been found carrying a fungus that could cause fruit to rot in storage. As Zespri "weather tightens" shipments of the fruit to China, it is temporarily.....