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Mexico: Multi-million dollar drug shipment hidden in fruit boxes

The Mexican Army seized a multi-million dollar shipment of different drugs that was hidden in boxes of fruit and was destined for the United States.The drugs included large quantities of the most commonly used illicit substances among American addicts, such as fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and.....

Guatemala: FAO recommends protecting crops against the effects of the volcano

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed its sorrow for the human losses caused by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano and showed solidarity with the families and communities that have been affected.Diego Recalde, a representative of the FAO in Guatemala, said that the rescue of.....

Argentina to export citrus and garlic to Colombia

The National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) has authorized the entry of Colombian bananas into Argentina. The decision was made after carrying out verifications in relation to quality and health requirements, in the framework of negotiations with the Colombian Agricultural Institute.....

New Zealand: Large tariff savings through CPTPP trade deal

Overseas tariffs on New Zealand products to the amount of $220 million will be cut back or eliminated under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement. NZ Foreign Affairs and Trade’s manager for trade policy engagement John Riley and Pacific regional unit manager Tessa.....

Population distribution in Canada

Population distribution in Canada: a bit lopsided.

Fresno Food Expo now welcoming all Californian produce companies

The Fresno Food Expo is now welcoming all California produce businesses to exhibit their fresh products on July 26 - establishing the only food industry tradeshow exclusively for California brands.“California is the largest fresh food-producing state in the nation - and the Fresno Food Expo is building a.....

Carrefour’s 'Black Market' - 7 months after launch

Last month, we wrote a piece on France’s Carrefour supermarket chain, highlighting the fact that the agricultural seeds market is covered by European legislation, in effect banning no fewer than two million varieties of France-grown seeds. Ninety percent of the planet’s cultivable varieties have already died.....

The price of a cup of coffee worldwide

Click here for a larger image.But first: finish your coffee.

HMY’s new Fleg 7 display

Innovative design for fruit & vegetable section

The French HMY Group is always committed to innovation. The group is forever paying attention to trends in the retail world, taking into account constantly changing consumer demands. The result of these combined factors is reflected in products like the new POP display for fruit and vegetables, Fleg 7.Modern.....

AgriSA

South Africa: Crime biggest threat to agriculture, after drought

Agricultural industry body AgriSA wrote in their Farm Safety Report for June this year that currently, crime is the biggest threat to sustainable agriculture in South Africa -apart from drought- and it is contributing to farmers leaving the industry.AgriSA wrote in a report in May that farm murders were at.....

Mexico imposes a 20% tariff on US apples

The Government of Mexico published a list of more than 50 products from the United States that will be subject to a 15 to 25% tariff, some immediately, and others starting on July 5.The Ministry of Economy reported in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) that the products affected by the tariffs.....

Negative effects of drought in Western Cape

Earlier this year, the South African government finally declared Cape Town’s drought as a national disaster. This is after the country had been grappling with the seemingly endless water crisis for over a year now. Now that the drought has been declared a national disaster, emergency funds will be used to.....

EU to impose retaliatory tariffs on US imports from July

It is not just Mexico that is slapping tariffs on all kinds of US products, now. The European Union on Wednesday announced it will start imposing duties from July on a list of U.S. products in response to president Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports."The new duties start applying in.....

Scots fruit farmers going to Bulgaria themselves

European fruit pickers are shunning Britain

Recruitment agencies are warning that they cannot secure the number of workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables. Over half of these companies could not find the required labour force, the Association of Labour Providers says. The National Farmers Union stated that last year there.....

Kiambu County

Kenya: 800 hectares of Del Monte plantations wanted for land development

The lands of Kiambu County are famous for expansive pineapple plantations that provide a livelihood for 7,000 people. But the County wants to repossess the land to make room for land development, creating the new Aerotropolis City and an industrial park.The lease granted to Del Monte Kenya Ltd for 800 hectares.....

New GLOBALG.A.P. standard covers pre-process production

Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA)

The new GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA) covers pre-process production steps after the point of harvest for crops including cooling, packing, re-packing, handling, and storage of produce for human consumption. The PHA may not be used to certify products significantly transformed from the.....

Spain: Guardia Civil recovers over 3 tonnes of stolen citrus fruits

The Guardia Civil has arrested five people in the province of Almeria for the theft of citrus fruits and has recovered more than three tonnes of oranges and lemons which had allegedly been stolen by those arrested.In mid-May, a phone call was made warning of the possible theft of oranges on a farm in the area.....

California: Psyllid numbers drop, threat remains

In Southern California, the number of citrus trees found infected with the fatal plant disease Huanglongbing continues to rise, but in the state's prime citrus-production area, fewer potentially disease-spreading insects are being trapped. Pest experts offer a number of possible reasons fewer Asian citrus.....

US: Agriculture officials hope to rid South Florida of Oriental fruit fly

The Oriental fruit fly is a threat to many of the fruits grown in Florida, like banana, mango and avocado. That is why state and federal agricultural officials said they are on a mission to stop the Oriental fruit fly. During a routine trap inspection, USDA workers detected one Oriental fruit fly Friday and.....

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce that Bryan Roberts has joined the organization as Regional Marketing Manager.Roberts will be taking over the Midwest region and replacing Ed Chambers, who will be retiring from the Pear Bureau after 34 years. Roberts brings a wide range of experience having spent.....

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, LaFayette

New York state apple orchard using tech to pollinate

The Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette celebrates its teamwork with DropCopter. It's a new way to pollinate apple orchards, using drones to help pollinate when bees cannot. Beak and Skiff is a 107-year-old orchard with 300 acres of apples.Peter Fleckenstein, general manager at Beak & Skiff for.....

Willemstad, Curacao

Many people want Venezuelan fruit sellers back at Caprilleskade

The Venezuelan fruit boats should be allowed to return to the Sha Caprilleskade. This is according to the opinion of a majority of the 80 people that attended last week’s discussion forum organized by the Minister of Economic Development. There was also a call from the group for more nightlife on the island......

Severe damage to trees

Cyprus: Summer hailstorm destroys fruit

Torrential rains and enormous hailstones were seen to blanket the mountains in white on Monday. Some people gushed over the rarity of the phenomenon, others mourned their destroyed crops. The hailstorm lasted for about an hour in the early afternoon and left almost no fruit on the trees. The produce the storm.....

ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA

12th session of Asia Fruit Logistica will take place in Hong Kong in September

The 12th session of Asia Fruit Logistica will take place in Hong Kong from September 5th to the 7th. The surface area of the exhibition will cover 36,000m² in two continuous exhibition halls (hall 3 and 5). The previous session of Asia Fruit Logistica attracted 813 participant traders from 43 countries, which.....

iFresh Fair

Chinese Fruit Industry Retail Traders Summit Meeting great success

The 2nd session of the Chinese Industry Retail Traders Summit Meeting closed in the Shanghai Guangda International Hotel on May 31st, 2018. The Summit Meeting lasted two days and attracted retail and wholesale traders, production companies, government departments, new farmers, old craftsmen, and second.....

South African plan to save Western Cape bee population

Currently, the Department of Agriculture is working with bee associations in the Western Cape, releasing a new strategy aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the province’s bee population. According to the South African National Biodiversity Institute, more than 50 different crops in South Africa are reliant.....

Horticulture New Zealand supports action plan for water quality

With the communication tools available today, consumers are able to access information about the origin of their food and make buying decisions based on how food producers show responsible and sustainable farming practices, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says."It is important for our.....

Resistance against Ministry plan

New Zealand seizure of fruit trees would be unlawful

The Ministry of Primary Industries announced today that -within the framework of a precautionary biosecurity action to seize US imported apple and stone fruit plant material- it would be seizing approximately 55,000 fruit trees from 4 nurseries around New Zealand. It follows an MPI audit in March which.....

Nothing to ride home about

New Zealand long-distance passenger rail services

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China says door is still open to trade talks with US

One day after Beijing warned that any trade and business deals reached with Washington would be void if the United States implemented tariffs, the country’s Foreign Ministry said China is always open to negotiations.The United States and China have threatened tit-for-tat tariffs on goods worth up to $150.....

Spain: More pickers in Huelva denouncing abuse and exploitation in Huelva

In the last few hours, another nine immigrant temporary labourers have denounced alleged sexual and labour abuse in a farm in the province of Huelva, where they arrived to work in the berry harvest with a contract signed at origin.Four of them have reported alleged sexual abuse, even identifying a person, and.....

Net profits Greenyard: 3.4 million euros

Belgian fruit and vegetable group Greenyard has closed off FY 2017-2018 on March 31th, with revenues of 4.17 billion euros. That is a slight, 1.7% decline compared to the previous FY. Gross business profits (REBITDA) dropped with 3.8% to 140.2 million euros. Net profits were 3.4 million euros, against 700,000.....

US Multi-agency approach to protect pollinators in Delaware

Farmers throughout Delaware depend on both honey bees and native bees to pollinate their crops. It takes nearly 300 million honey bees to successfully pollinate these crops, which bring in more than $38.7 million to the state's economy. "The health of pollinators within Delaware is extremely important to the.....

USDA restricts PACA violators from operating in the produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry:Liaison.....

Virginia, USA: Farmers feeling effects of wettest May on record

Heavy rains last month are having an impact on farms all across central Virginia, potentially even hindering future crops. Sunday Gallmeyer Farms announced its strawberry fields would be closed this season because of a major crop loss due to the rain. "As farmers we make our plans and we do the work to prepare.....

Indonesian authorities blacklist five garlic importers for price-fixing

Indonesian Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman has blacklisted five garlic importers proven to have been price-fixing and manipulating the mandatory planting requirement. "The rogue importers have been blacklisted and their owners have been named as suspects," Amran said on Friday. The blacklisted firms and.....

Cairo: Qatar’s ban on Egyptian imports is harmless and ineffectual

Last week, Qatar announced a ban on products originating from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain (the ‘Arab Quartet’) nearly a year after those countries severed diplomatic and trade ties with Doha over its alleged financing of terrorism and policies that allegedly ‘harm Arab.....

Big Data and Machine Learning

Hispatec proposes a technological revolution in Peruvian agriculture

Spain is one of the first names that comes to mind when discussing worldwide horticultural powers. It is a market that has known how to exploit its resources to become a leader in the agricultural food sector, allowing it to become the center of attention and studies of specialists from both hemispheres who.....

Guatemala: Fuego volcano has its most violent eruption in decades

On Sunday, the Fuego Volcano erupted, expelling 8 kilometers of lava and a thick column of black smoke and ash that rained down on the capital of the country and other regions.The eruption of the volcano in Guatemala was accompanied by pyroclastic flows, ash rain, lava flows and mud. Many volunteers and.....

PM Narendra Modi - popularity waning in rural India

Indian farmers voted overwhelmingly for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 elections that swept Modi to power. However, he cannot count on them again, as a crash in commodity prices and surging fuel costs stoke anger in the countryside. Four years ago, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept Uttar.....

UAE to use drones to map agricultural areas

In the UAE, drones will soon be used to survey and map agricultural areas. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has invited several professional drone companies to carry out the pilot phase of the project. Commencing in the second week of June, this phase will include surveying and mapping the Wadi.....

Expensive fruits: $50,000 for 12 mangoes or $4,395 for a single strawberry

Everyone knows fruit is good for you. But is it equally kind to your wallet? Sometimes it is not.Recently, a pair of Yubari King Melons sold for $29,300 at an auction in Japan. Of course, these are ridiculous numbers. Here’s a taste of some other expensive fruits.Densuke Watermelons - $6,000Densuke Watermelons.....

Giant mushroom in Thailand

In the Thai district of Doi Tao, south of Chiang Mai, a five year old has found a giant mushroom. Local villagers from Ban Ko Luang in Doi Tao were astonished when a five year old local boy called Bell, turned up with an enormous mushroom on his shoulder that he says he collected from the forest.Thethaiger.com.....

Mexico: A bit crowded, in some places

Remarkably, Mexico has 40% of its population on 7% of its territory.

US states and their business partners

Each state's biggest export trading partner.

GMO labelling laws

A map, marking out GMO labelling laws.

Still time to get involved in Tour de Fresh

Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation, takes place in less than two months and there is still an opportunity to join this event, dedicated to supporting the Salad Bars to Schools. On a mission to fuel the younger generations around the United States with delicious fresh fruits and.....

Registration open for 2018 Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the 2018 Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament, taking place Monday August 27 at the Oasis Golf Club near Cincinnati, Ohio. This year marks the 10th anniversary since Tip’s passing. The event will connect industry colleagues to benefit the United Fresh Start Foundation’s programs and.....

New farm crisis fund created to aid struggling North Texas farmers

A tour of farms in the Texas McKinney area, planned on June 16, will offer the usual perks: tasting local food, have cocktails and mingle with other guests. But this tour has another theme.The Farm Tour for the Farm Crisis Fund will take guests on a six-hour, three-course dinner, touring farms no farther than.....

Uzbekistan cherries are included on the list

Latest list of fruits and countries with import permission for China

The China Customs Office recently published their latest list (May 30th, 2018) of fruits that are allowed to pass through inspection and quarantine into China, and the countries that are allowed to export them. Cherries from Uzbekistan are the newest addition to the list.Please click the following link to read.....

Peru and Ecuador join forces to fight the HLB pest

The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Gustavo Mostajo Ocola, signed with his Ecuadorian counterpart, Ruben Flores Agreda, an agreement that will allow both nations to join forces to face the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, which is the most destructive pest for lemons, oranges and mandarins and that has.....

PMA hosts 11th annual Fresh Connections event in Mexico

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) hosted its 11th annual Fresh Connections: Mexico conference and expo May 23-24 at the Poliforum in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. Close to 400 attended, 42 growers and service providers exhibited, and the event featured an impressive lineup of international.....

Vegetable and fruit prices spike as Indian farmer protest enters fourth day

This Sunday vegetable prices across India soared. It was day three of the 10-day farmers’ protest. Farmers continued to dump their produce on roads everywhere, to protest against the alleged ‘anti-farmer policies’ of the government.The farmers’ organisations are demanding remunerative prices for their produce,.....

‘Not distracted by media allegations of financial malpractice’

Ghana Export Promotion Authority to meet $10 billion target

The Management of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) says it would remain focused on meeting its $10 billion target and intends not to be distracted by media allegations of financial malpractices. It said these allegations were untrue and targeted at denigrating the Authority.“Having been involved in.....

'Any produce touched by floodwater is contaminated'

US: Georgia farmer pulls out cabbage through murky floodwater

A Georgia family was left to pick up the pieces after their farm was overwhelmed by several feet of floodwater during the floods that ravaged this part of the South. Angel Rushing posted pictures online showing her father harvesting a bright green Napa cabbage from the ground through two feet of murky brown.....

Map showing the percentage of women in academia

This map shows the percentage of women in top levels of academia all over the world.

Custodial sentences demanded for fraud in Westland tomato trade

Trust is of huge importance in the Westland tomato trade and this trust is what was abused by a commercial employee of a growers union according to the Dutch Openbaar Ministerie (Prosecution). They demanded custodial sentences for bribery, forgery and whitewashing for this former employee and two fellow.....