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Mexico inaugurates the National Phytosanitary Reference Center

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), inaugurated the National Phytosanitary Reference Center, an important tool for protecting the country's agricultural heritage. The Center, which cost nearly 400 million pesos, is the only one of its kind in Latin.....

China: Mahjong tournaments in China's fruit markets

Winners of the big mahjong tournamentOn March 21st 2017, the first USA's Washington tournament in mahjong successfully took place in the Jiangnan wholesale market in Guangzhou (Guangdong province). Aproximately 110 people participated in the event, among them were fruit importers, distributors, retail.....

Peru: Adex expects the country to overcome rain problems

The president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Juan Varilias Velasquez, said he was confident that the governments work, with support from the private sector and the population, would help normalize the situation in the country. He said he expected they would overcome the damage caused by the rains.....

Mexico: Researcher develops bio-pesticide to combat the HLB

Ninfa Maria Rosas Garcia, a researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), has developed a bio-pesticide that will benefit citrus crops, as it combats the insect that causes the Huanglongbing disease, also known as the yellow dragon pest.According to the institute, this product will decrease the.....

Amount of applied pesticides further decreased

The total amount of pesticides applied in agriculture and horticulture has decreased further, according to figures from the CBS.It is difficult to see in which fields profit has been made from the figures, which are divided into applications. In 2015, more kilograms were used to combat moulds, bacteria,.....

Capital punishment by country

Historically, capital punishment has been used in almost every country in the world. Currently, the large majority of countries have either abolished or discontinued the practice. Despite this, the United States is the only Western country to use the death penalty. As of 1 December 2016, of the 195.....

Argentina: Moño Azul denies that it will close its plant

The regional delegate of the Ministry of Labor at Rio Negro, Natalia Reinoso, said that Moño Azul, a local fruit company, "had suspended its tasks because it was the end of season and that they hadn't made any formal statement indicating that they would close the company."Moño Azul "suspended activities as.....

Peruvian blueberries and citrus could enter India before the FTA

The negotiations for the signing of a trade agreement between Peru and India are on track. The first rounds of negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement between both countries is expected to start in June. In this round, negotiators will discuss different issues, including issues related to tariffs,.....

Mexico: Researcher develops bio-pesticide to combat the HLB

Ninfa Maria Rosas Garcia, a researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), has developed a bio-pesticide that will benefit citrus crops, as it combats the insect that causes the Huanglongbing disease, also known as the yellow dragon pest.According to the institute, this product will decrease the.....

A third businessman was acquitted

Spain: Two businessmen sentenced for selling illegal seeds

Two of the three businessmen who had been accused of reproducing, marketing, and selling tomato seeds that were legally protected by copyright and plant variety rights, were sentenced to three months in prison. A third person was acquitted.During the hearing at the Criminal Court No. 5, the prosecution.....

Capital punishment by country

Historically, capital punishment has been used in almost every country in the world. Currently, the large majority of countries have either abolished or discontinued the practice. Despite this, the United States is the only Western country to use the death penalty. As of 1 December 2016, of the 195.....

US, Netherlands and UK are the top buyers of Peruvian fruit

In 2016, the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom were the main consumers of fresh fruit from Peru, as they purchased US $1,349 million. Together, they accounted for 61.8% of total exports, according to the Foreign Trade Center (CCEX) of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima."This coincides.....

Costa Rica: Avocado conflict could cost 72 million colonos in legal fees

Costa Rica's legal advice to defend itself in the avocado conflict with Mexico will cost the state about ¢72 million.This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Jhon Fonseca, who said that the estimate was based on the negotiations to seek defense mechanisms.The country hired the Advisory Centre.....

Peru: Rain affects more than 3,000 hectares of crops in La Libertad

According to the agricultural agencies of the Regional Management of Agriculture of La Libertad (GRALL), so far the rains and floods have affected almost 3 thousand hectares of crops.These crops belong to the provinces of Ascope, Trujillo, Chepen, Pacasmayo, Viru, and Otuzco, in La Libertad.The most affected.....

Colombia wants to implement Almeria's agricultural model on land previously owned by FARC

The peace agreement signed by the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has liberated 18 million hectares that the guerrillas had under their control.This opens a historic business opportunity for Almeria's agricultural auxiliary industry, which could be a basic transfer.....

Spain: Catalonia tests hailstorm prediction system

The Meteorological Service of Catalonia (SMC) is testing a system to predict hailstones, and what their intensity will be, half an hour before they take place, according to sources from the SMC.This system, which could be very useful for agricultural producers, is called "Lightning Jump" and is based on the.....

Bio Bio Region

Chile: January fruit exports up 11%

Fruit exports from the region of Bio Bio had a positive first month of the year, stated the INE on Monday. Exports increased by 11.1% in January, compared to the same month last year.According to the INE, the region exported US $23.4 million in fruit products in January, 11.1% more than the US $21 million.....

Colombia to implement Almeria's agricultural model in ex-FARC territory

The peace agreement signed by the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has liberated 18 million hectares previously under guerrilla control.This opens a historic business opportunity for Almeria's agricultural auxiliary industry, which could be a basic transfer of.....

Food accounts for 12.5 percent of US household budget

With a 12.5-percent share, food ranked third behind housing (32.9 percent) and transportation (17 percent) in a typical American household’s 2015 expenditures. Breaking down food spending further, 7.2 percent of expenditures were spent at the grocery store and 5.4 percent at restaurants. Price changes for.....

Intermarché goes viral with romantic TV commercial

Seducing the check-out girl with fresh fruit and vegetables

French supermarket chain Intermarché has its latest commercial floating around on social media, also outside of France. The commercial is about a boy who falls in love with the check-out girl from the local Intermarché. To draw her attention, he changes his diet: instead of buying junk food, he starts.....

Agriculture Minister in Moldova dismissed after corruption charges

Moldovan President Igor Dodon dismissed Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Eduard Grama on March 20, citing suspected corruption."I expect more such initiatives in the near future. There are still very many corrupt officials in the government," Dodon wrote on his Facebook page.Moldova's Prime Minister.....

Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

China and Saudi Arabia signed agreements potentially worth tens of billions of dollars on Thursday, Beijing said, as President Xi Jinping welcomed Saudi King Salman on a state visit.No specifics were given about the 14 memoranda of understanding that were signed at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which.....

The Produce Mom ranks in Top 1% of all Pinterest pages

The Produce Mom now ranks in the top one percent of all Pinterest pages in terms of followers and engagement. On average, The Produce Mom profile has 200,000 daily viewers and gains 1,400 new followers per week. Additionally, content shared by The Produce Mom reaches over 4.2 million users per month.16.....

Plant breeders are asking the EU not to slow down the second green revolution

The National Association of Plant Breeders has stated that agriculture is entering a new green revolution linked to advances in genetics, and they have asked the EU not to retard this development and to ensure a "modern, competitive, and sustainable production."After participating at the meeting of the.....

UK government rejects calls for seasonal ag worker scheme

The government has rejected calls for a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) so people from overseas can fill temporary job vacancies on UK farms.Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told MPs that reports of a UK farm labour shortage following last year’s vote to leave the EU were not supported by.....

Map of US states compared to other countries by GDP

This map from Reddit user Speech500 shows how much area of the US each European country takes up, according to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The map was created using IMF data and gives an interesting look at the GDP of each state or region in relation to certain European countries.The largest.....

Fed raises key U.S. interest rate

Citing a number of positive economic factors, the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key U.S. interest rate.The ¼-point hike raises the target range for the federal funds rate to a range of ¾ to 1%, well above the Bank of Canada’s current benchmark rate of ½%.In its accompanying statement, the Fed.....

China: Wenzhou port intercepts pithecellobium dulce

X-yay inspection at Wenzhou port, recently discovered a package containing fresh fruit in the personal luggage of a passenger entering from Cambodia. Live insects were found to be infesting the fruit which was a variety of the pithecellobium dulce.Further checks revealed a lot of white live insects and even.....

Mexico: Michoacan sends over 105,000 tons of agricultural products to Europe and Asia

Francisco Huergo Maurin, the Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural Food (SEDRUA) of the government of Michoacan, stated that Michoacan's agricultural potential is increasingly more visible in more than 45 countries around the world, thanks to the hard work that producers from Michoacan have.....

Map of US states compared to other countries by GDP

This map from Reddit user Speech500 shows how much area of the US each European country takes up, according to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The map was created using IMF data and gives an interesting look at the GDP of each state or region in relation to certain European countries.The largest areas are.....

Turkey refrains from economic sanctions against the Netherlands

Turkey will not impose economic sanctions against the Netherlands, according to the Minister of Economic Affairs during a press conference in Ankara. Earlier this week, the option of economic sanctions was kept in mind after the diplomatic relations between the two countries froze.“Let it be clear. Our.....

Saudi Arabia & China sign trade agreements worth billions of dollars

China and Saudi Arabia signed agreements potentially worth tens of billions of dollars on Thursday, Beijing said, as President Xi Jinping welcomed Saudi King Salman on a state visit.No specifics were given about the 14 memoranda of understanding that were signed at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which.....

“CUCUMBAAAA”

A musical tribute to the cucumber

When reggae artists sing the praises of a green plant that does well in greenhouses, the chances are they're not talking about cucumbers – yet this time that is the case. British artist Macka B praises the cucumber in a video.Macka B is one of the most famous reggae artists in the world, and has built a.....

Fed raises key U.S. interest rate

Citing a number of positive economic factors, the U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its key U.S. interest rate.The ¼-point hike raises the target range for the federal funds rate to a range of ¾ to 1%, well above the Bank of Canada’s current benchmark rate of ½%.In its accompanying statement, the Fed.....

US: SNAP increasingly serves the working poor

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves a large and diverse population of low-income households. In a typical month in fiscal 2015, SNAP provided average monthly benefits of $127 per person to 45.8 million people living in 22.5 million households.Increasingly, SNAP is serving a larger.....

Celebrate 'Love Your Produce Manager® Day' on April 2

April 2 is the 6th annual, national Love Your Produce Manager® Day - a day to show appreciation for supermarket produce managers. Frieda’s Specialty Produce invites industry participation in saluting the hardworking men and women in supermarket produce departments, both in stores and over social media with.....

English speakers by percentage of population

As this map shows English is a worldwide language and is the most widely learned second language in the world. It is an official language of the United Nations and also of the European Union along with many other organizations. It is also widely known as the business language and is the official language of.....

Promoting cultivation to increase exports

Honduras will import fewer potato and avocado seeds

The national government wants to promote the local production of potatoes and avocados to reduce imports, increase exports, and to improve the farmers' economy.To this end, the Minister of Economic Development, Arnaldo Castillo, and a group of business executives from the Taiwan Sugar Corporation company,.....

Spain: KEEPCOOL signs distribution agreement with Tecnidex

Tecnidex, the transnational company from Valencia, signed an agreement with Nuevas Tecnologias Agroalimentarias to distribute the KEEPCOOL solutions for the preservation of fruit and vegetables at the national and international level. With this union, Tecnidex expands its extensive portfolio of solutions to.....

Regarding the Hass avocado case

Costa Rica hires legal counsel for its defence against Mexico

Costa Rica has hired a consulting firm that will handle the defence in the WTO procedure regarding Hass avocado imports from Mexico.The country hired the Advisory Centre on World Trade Organization (WTO) Affairs, to represent them in the process opened by Mexico due to the phytosanitary measures that Costa.....

For the first time

Salted garlic from Lianyungang sold on Hong Kong Market

In the past few days, the first batch of salt-soaked garlic, weighing 17.5 tons and with a value of 40 000 USD, which was produced by the Dongyuan Food enterprise in Lianyungang city (Jiangsu province) has smoothly cleared the customs in Hong Kong. This is the first time salt-soaked vegetables from.....

Poland: Finance Minister believes Poland is not ready for the Euro

Poland's Minister of Economic Development, Mateusz Morawiecki, has stated that Poland is not ready to adopt the Euro but could be ready in 10-20 years when it could be as developed as other countries in the eurozone. Morawiecki said that Poland is not yet on a par with the economic or industrial standards of.....

English speakers by percentage of population

As this map shows English is a worldwide language and is the most widely learned second language in the world. It is an official language of the United Nations and also of the European Union along with many other organizations. It is also widely known as the business language and is the official language of.....

E-2001 Fertiliser

China: New organic fertiliser means higher production & less waste

Tomato greenhouse"The American organic fertiliser E-2001 is a new type of fertiliser for the 21st century. It is an organic micro-organic agent that is not poisonous or harmful. It contains several useful living organisms. The fertiliser is imported from the US, where it was first sold in 2003. Since then.....

Map of patent numbers by country

Chile: High temperatures cause a concentrated fruit harvest

The season's high temperatures advanced the production, generating quality and marketing issues. So far, nobody knows if this trend will become permanent, but people are proposing alternatives to prevent its impact.The temperatures have stressed the fruit plantations, as they are now going through their.....

Russia ignores Turkish request to lift more products from boycott

Last week, Russia lifted the boycott of a number of Turkish products, including cauliflower, broccoli and onions. However, for a number of products, such as tomatoes, apples, pears and cucumbers, the boycott remains in effect. On Monday, the Turkish government requested to also lift the sanctions on the.....

Warm winter Eastern US could harm apple and berry crops

With less than two weeks until the official end of an unusually warm winter in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, fruit crops are in jeopardy. Unseasonably warm temperatures in December and January and the warmest February on record in the Pennsylvania have advanced fruit tree bud development by about two.....

Squeezing oranges in protest

Turkish sanctions against the Netherlands?

The sanctions announced by Turkish President Erdoğan against the Netherlands in response to the events of the past weekend, when The Netherlands denied entry to two Turkish Ministers who wanted to campaign on behalf of President Erdoğan, appear to be mostly political. It is expected that.....

Germany: Aldi Süd promotes vegetable academies

The Aldi Süd Group supports the spread of the vegetable farms "field school" - an educational program in which pupils learn more about food by growing their own vegetables.In the vegetable academy, children and young people learn not only where food comes from and how it is grown, but also how to grow the.....

Flooding of the Penonome river

Panama: Over $90,000 dollars in watermelon and onion losses

Producers of watermelons and onions in Rio Grande and Cerro Zuela in Penonome, said they had suffered losses of more than 90 thousand dollars after the Penonome river overflowed and flooded their crops.The watermelon category had the biggest losses in nearly 15 hectares for export, while some three hectares.....

Mexico: Parts of Michoacan and Jalisco free from avocado pests

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) declared a municipality in Jalisco and three municipalities of Michoacan as free of various pests that affect avocado, giving producers the opportunity to market their products in more favorable conditions in the.....

NZ: Rain welcome, but no room for complacency

Four days of rain has come as a welcome relief for the region’s farmers and its waterways. Over 50mm of rain had already made a noticeable difference to the Selwyn River, with flows going from zero to over 100 litres per second at Coes Ford.“Farmers and irrigators can feel vindicated. As we had stated all.....

NZ: Local tomatoes under the Romagna brand

One of our readers, who works for a large company in the fruit sector, was recently in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. He visited a local supermarket, part of the Woolworths chain, and noticed something really peculiar - a packet of tomatoes with the "Romagna" (registered) brand.The tomato packet with the.....

Squeezing oranges in protest

Turkish sanctions against the Netherlands?

The sanctions announced by Turkish President Erdoğan against the Netherlands in response to the events of the past weekend, when The Netherlands denied entry to two Turkish Ministers who wanted to campaign on behalf of President Erdoğan, appear to be mostly political. It is expected that economic.....

Peru: Mango and asparagus affected by weather conditions

Carlos Posada, the executive director of the Institute for Research and Development and Foreign trade (Idexcam) of the Chamber of commerce of Lima, said that the high temperatures, unusual rains, and mudslides were wreaking havoc on six agricultural products, especially mangoes, asparagus, quinoa, and.....

Chile: Fruit fly plague due to fruit smuggling from Bolivia

The increase in the smuggling of Bolivian agricultural products in northern Chile has led to a proliferation of the fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) and has raised a red flag for the country's health authorities, stated El Mercurio newspaper.According to the publication, the cities most affected by the fruit.....

Celebrate 'Love Your Produce Manager® Day' on April 2

April 2 is the 6th annual, national Love Your Produce Manager® Day - a day to show appreciation for supermarket produce managers. Frieda’s Specialty Produce invites industry participation in saluting the hardworking men and women in supermarket produce departments, both in stores and over social media with.....

The Produce Mom ranks in Top 1% of all Pinterest pages

The Produce Mom now ranks in the top one percent of all Pinterest pages in terms of followers and engagement. On average, The Produce Mom profile has 200,000 daily viewers and gains 1,400 new followers per week. Additionally, content shared by The Produce Mom reaches over 4.2 million users per month.16.....