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For Chinese New Year

Chile releases promotional cherry video

The Chilean cherry industry has launched a promotional video in China, as the country’s enormous population celebrates the Chinese New Year. The celebrations typically see large volumes of cherries purchased by Chinese consumers.To mark the occasion, the Chilean Cherry Committee, part of the Chilean Fruit.....

New Zealand drought recovery: focus on feed

New Zealand Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor recently announced a medium-scale adverse event due to dry conditions, for Southland, Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago, Clutha, Grey and Buller districts, Wellington, Taranaki and Manawatu-Whanganui. The Government has provided funding for Rural Support Trusts.....

Strawberry Picking Challenge raises nearly $100K

The Strawberry Picking Challenge presented by Monte Package Company raised nearly $100,000. The fifth annual charity event’s proceeds will benefit children of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association.The fundraiser featured 21 corporate-sponsored teams competing in an exciting relay-style strawberry-picking.....

Vegalab provides business update on recently acquired M&G Packing

Vegalab, Inc. ("the Company" or "Vegalab"), (OTCQB: VEGL) today provided a business update on M&G Packing, which was purchased on October 18, 2017. The facility consists of approximately 11 acres of real property and 30,000 sq. ft. of buildings. M&G packing had approximately $8.6 million in fruit sales.....

Hand-washing habits of Europeans

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India: Prices of fruits & coconuts soar in Hyderabad

Hyderabad residents really felt the jacked up prices of fruits and items like coconuts on the eve of the Hindu ‘Maha Shivaratri’ festival. The prices of apples, oranges, musk melons, sweet potatoes etcetera have risen sharply, compared to three-four days ago. Water melon and grapes were the exceptions, being.....

Negotiations with Mercosur continue

EU concludes consultation on the modernization of agreement with Chile

The semi-public consultation period that the European Commission has granted to find out the opinion of all sectors on the modernization of the Association Agreement with Chile will conclude next week. Also next week, a new meeting for the negotiation of the Agreement with Mercosur will be held in Asuncion.....

Japan abolishes strict inspection and control of fludioxonil fungicides in Chinese fresh ginger

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare announced on February 8th, 2018, that they had abolished strict inspections and controls of fludioxonil fungicides in Chinese fresh ginger.The inspection and control of food products was based on the 2017 annual plan for inspection and control of imported.....

In reaction to curbing Iranian fruit imports

Pakistan exporters fear retaliation from Iran

Since Pakistan’s recent restrictions on fresh fruit imports from Iran, the inflow of Iranian fresh fruits has plunged by up to 90%. Not so long ago, demand for Iranian fruits had increased in Pakistan as well as other neighbouring countries because of their better quality. Now that Pakistan has succeeded in.....

Hailstorm in Maharashtra – 2 billion rupees aid promised

Indian government announces relief for affected farmers

An intense hailstorm affected at least 15 Indian districts earlier this week. After this, more unseasonable rains damaged the standing crops of many farmers in those same regions.The state government on Wednesday announced 2 billion rupees (25 mln euros) compensation for crop loss caused due to the hailstorm.....

University of Maryland, U.S.

Researchers find gene that may increase strawberry production

Strawberries are a $3 billion per year agricultural industry in the United States alone. However, there is a definite potential to enhance this industry further by understanding the mechanisms behind the breeding and production of strawberry plants. Researcher Julie Caruana has come significantly closer to.....

Avocaderia wants to open 20 new locations in the next five years

Billionaire extraordinaire Mark Cuban - of Shark Tank fame - is now investing in Brooklyn’s all-avocado restaurant Avocaderia. Under his guidance and that of fellow shark Barbara Corcoran, owner Alessandro Biggi hopes to open an additional 20 locations nationwide.When Avocaderia opened last April in Sunset.....

Sudan: Fuel shortage means crops are suffering

The lack of fuel in the Sudanese districts of Darfur, Kassala and Kordofan has caused large tracts of cultivated land to dry up because irrigation pumps cannot be operated. A shortage of food is looming after a poor crop season in these states.The fuel shortage has led to a situation where farmers have to.....

New Zealand: Farmers’ confidence tumbled in January

This January, as a drought and uncertainty over new government policies take their toll, New Zealand farmer confidence is tumbling. One third of those surveyed were pessimistic about general economic conditions over the coming year. Last July, optimism was much greater, according to the latest new season.....

Georgia, U.S.

Whiteflies top priority at county production meetings

Whiteflies (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) attack a wide variety of crops, including cotton, watermelon, cabbage, zucchini and snap beans. In Georgia, they overwinter on vegetable crops, like cabbage, collard greens and kale. As the previous two winters in Georgia were unseasonably warm, this likely allowed.....

America’s battle against ‘food deserts’

San Diego, California: Grow fruit & veg for a tax break

Under a plan, approved last Tuesday by the San Diego City Council, owners of vacant or blighted lots will be able to get a tax break in exchange for growing fruits and vegetables.The city is covered by an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone that allows owners of more than 2,000 qualifying blighted parcels to.....

Weather in British Columbia reduced profit margins

2017 was a difficult year for Canada’s Okanagan fruit growers

In his final message to the British Columbia Fruit Growers Association members this week, Fred Steele, who is retiring as a BCFGA executive, mentioned how unfortunate it was that the average returns for Okanagan fruit growers were down significantly in 2017. He expressed the hope that government subsidy.....

Gouda for Agricultural Products, Kafr el Sheikh

Egyptian company expanding acreage and facilities

The Egyptian company Gouda for Agricultural Products aims to expand its agricultural lands and to establish a potato sorting terminal.Hassan Elbeshbeshy, commercial director, said that the company aims to add 1,680 hectares to its land portfolio for it to reach 4,620 Hectares, with investments of 3.7 million.....

It's not necessarily all chocolates and flowers

Valentine's Day 2018

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The true cost of tropical fruits

Germany: Fairtrade instead of cheap bananas

TransFair eV at Fruit Logistica: Fairtrade is not yet where it should be, stressed TransFair CEO, Dieter Overath, at Fruit Logistica, "but without fair trade, sustainable supply chains and trade can not be reached." For example, Fairtrade partner AgroFair has become a role model, as cooperative small farmers.....

Peru and Australia sign an FTA

Three months after closing the negotiations, Peru and Australia have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) in Canberra. Thanks to this agreement more than 96% of Peruvian products will enter Australia with no tariffs."We have been able to reach a commercial agreement that will be beneficial for both countries.....

Vegetable and fruit stalls have been closed

The floating market of Curaçao is affected by the closing of the Venezuelan border

The floating market of Willemstad is one of Curaçao's attractions. It has twelve posts with 12 Venezuelan boats that are lined up and sell fruits and vegetables. It was a colorful display that no longer shines.The ten people who lived around the Freddymar, one of the docked boats, for the past two months.....

Colombia presents international campaign to promote agricultural products

Juliana Villegas, ProColombia's Vice President of Exports, presented the Colombian Foods last week at the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin. "The agricultural industry is one of the great economic pillars of the country in this stage of the peace consolidation. Colombia, which is the most biodiverse country in.....

Third ship found with stink bugs at Ports of Auckland, NZ

A third vehicle carrier from Japan has been ordered away from the Ports of Auckland due to the presence of stink bugs on board. The Sepang Express was sent away this Wednesday afternoon after the Ministry for Primary Industries found an infestation of brown marmorated stink bugs.It is the third vessel this.....

Kathmandu Valley consumes 40% of all vegetables produced in Nepal

Kashi Raj Dahal, joint secretary of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, said that a study shows that around 40% of vegetables produced in different parts of the country come to the Kathmandu Valley. And unfortunately, of the total vegetable supplies that the valley receives from different parts of the.....

South Korea: Strawberries and bananas popular for ancestor’s memorial rites

According to data from the Rural Development Administration, over 80% of South Koreans buy fruits for memorial ceremonies, with nearly 1 in 4 offering strawberries and bananas to their ancestors during the traditional Lunar New Year ceremony.The ritual always includes South Koreans serving food -including.....

Average number of frost days per year in Europe


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Azerbaijan: President approves state program on developing citrus cultivation

President Ilham Aliyev from Azerbaijan has signed an order approving the state program for the development of citrus cultivation for the 2018-2025 timeframe.According to the order, Azerbaijan’s Ministries of Finance and Economy have been instructed to take the necessary measures every year during the state.....

Sweet surprise for Malaysian traders at Seri Petaling market

At the Seri Petaling market in Kuala Lumpur, traders yesterday had a pleasant surprise when Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Loga Bala Mohan and Seputeh MCA vice-chairman Banie Chin handed them mandarin oranges and red carnations.“We knew there was going to be a lion dance performance, but the oranges.....

But National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition notes sequestration extension

US budget bill: praise from citrus, cotton & dairy sectors

Key citrus, cotton and dairy groups praised the budget bill Congress passed and President Trump signed on February 9. Meanwhile the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition pointed out the bill also includes a two-year extension of sequestration that will mean less money for the next farm bill.Florida Citrus.....

North Carolina Ports

US: Port of Wilmington gets first banana shipment

The Port of Wilmington welcomed its first shipment of bananas imported from Central America this week. The shipment marks the start of a year-long commitment to bring in weekly deliveries of bananas. “Today’s shipments mean fresh fruits will reach consumers faster and cheaper,” said Hans Bean, vice president.....

28 percent of German consumers pay attention to organic labelling

How important are animal welfare, quality and sustainability to German consumers? To figure this out, measurement and data analysis firm Nielsen surveyed over 11,000 households and put them into seven diet categories. The conclusion: sustainable nutrition is the trend. According to the Nielsen Food Study,.....

Republic of Ingushetia

Best fruits from northern Caucasus to be exported to Qatar

Last Tuesday, the President of the Russian Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, and members of his accompanying delegation held a meeting with Qatari businessmen. During his meeting the president invited the Qatari businessmen to invest in some of the most promising sectors of Ingushetia’s fast-growing.....

Mean annual rainfall in Australia




India is a better export market for Afghan fruit

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries says India is a better export market for Afghan fresh fruit that Pakistan. The Chamber of Commerce said that in particular the air corridor between Afghanistan and India has benefited Afghan investors and farmers, offering them the possibility of selling their.....

Mumbai hawkers creatively storing their wares

For all those people who are convinced that, in this day and age, certainly everyone must be held to the highest standards of hygiene when selling fruit and vegetables; watch where these Mumbai street vendors are storing their foodstuffs.

Rwanda: Horticulture exporters reaching new markets in Europe

Five local horticulture produce-exporting companies have attended the Fruit Logistica expo in Berlin as part of efforts to explore new markets in Europe to boost Rwanda's export volumes and foreign exchange receipts.Allafrica.com reported on the five firms participating in the exhibition as being Garden Fresh,.....

Egyptian company Egast aims for $35 million of exports in 2018

The Egast Company plans to increase its exports to $35 million this year, up from $25 million last year. The company's Exports Director, Mohamed Deghedy, said that Egast now has three production plants with a storage capacity of 120,000 tonnes, and another storage station is being established which will be.....

Nicaragua highlights the export potential of mangoes and citrus fruits

Nicaragua's mango and citrus fruits have registered significant growth in sales abroad. Despite being non-traditional export products, these exports have generated US $72.61 million in revenue between 2012 and 2017, according to data from the Center for Export Procedures (Cetrex).Citrus exports have achieved.....

Australia's largest trader in packaged fresh fruit officially enters China

According to a report from Austrade (Australian Trade and Investment Commission), the Australian company SPC recently signed an official agreement in Shanghai with CSFA Holdings Shanghai Co Ltd. They announced that subsidiary products such as packaged fruit from the Goulburn Valley, fruit cups from SPC, and.....

Italy: Ivrea has ‘Battle of the Oranges’ festival

Italians in the northern city of Ivrea on February 11 had their annual ‘Battle of the Oranges’. The event, dating back to medieval times, sees teams dressed up in brightly coloured medieval costumes engaging in a fierce orange-throwing fight. Afterwards, the streets are left covered in a carpet of mashed.....

Chicago, Illinois

US lawmakers take on Chicago-area 'food deserts'

Illinois Democrat Robin Kelly’s says she has a way to alleviate Chicago-area “food deserts” by lifting a barrier to fruit and vegetable production in rural areas. Her “Feeding America through Farm Flexibility Act” would modify a rule that disincentivizes farmers of major commodities, such as corn and wheat,.....

African National Congress has finally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign

Zexit fever grips South Africa

The wheels turn slowly but after a thirteen hour-long meeting that ended at 3am, the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress has at last announced that the party has informed President Jacob Zuma that he is being recalled as the country’s president. The turn of events is already termed.....

South Korea: Promising food products for export - 2018

The final tally of Korean food exports last year amounted to US$ 9.2 billion, up by 6.5% from 2016. It was the largest export amount ever achieved by Korea and all the more remarkable given the unfavourable conditions such as the Chinese reaction to the deployment of THAAD and an outbreak of avian flu at home......

Lane Southern Orchards & Taylor Orchards

Merger creates largest peach & pecan entity in US

The recent merger of Fort Valley, Georgia-based Lane Southern Orchards with Taylor Orchards combines acreage, facilities and innovation. This makes this powerhouse team the largest peach and pecan operation in the United States. The consolidated operation will pack peaches under the Lane Southern Orchards.....

Namibia faces fresh army worm outbreak

Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has warned that the country is likely to experience a second fall army worm outbreak in a row, following last year's one."According to the data that was collected from pheromone traps on the number of fall army worm moths, it is clear that this pest is.....

British Society for Plant Pathology report

‘Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus’ in Morocco

The UK based British Society for Plant Pathology has reported the first occurrence of the Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV) in Morocco. The British Society’s New Diseases Reports bulletin declared that the ToLCNDV constitutes a threat to the Moroccan production of cucurbits, including wax gourd,.....

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry visit

United Arab Emirates explore new opportunities in China

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently concluded a three-day visit to Shanghai. There, its officials met with key stakeholders from the city’s public and private sectors to discuss new cooperation opportunities within the aviation, logistics and e-commerce sectors.Dubai officials met with senior.....

LCCI vows to enhance Pakistan’s share of Malaysian imports

Earlier this week, Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Malik Tahir Javaid expressed a resolve to make all out efforts to enhance Pakistan’s share in Malaysian imports of 163.4 billion. Malik was speaking at a dinner hosted by the Pakistani High Commissioner in Malaysia, Nafees Zakaria, in.....

Nepal: Vegetable prices spike as cold wave grips Terai belt

A cold wave sweeping across the Terai - a lowland region in southern Nepal and northern India - has not only made life hard for locals but also sent vegetable prices shooting up in the Kathmandu Valley. Prices of fresh produce have been rising from last month after temperatures in the southern plains, the.....

'Let's talk'

Japan hopes low-key strategy averts trade problems with US

Economic talks between the United States and Japan, tackling topics from persimmons and potatoes to energy and infrastructure, have helped keep Tokyo clear of protectionist moves.Japan hopes the ‘let’s talk’ approach -and close personal ties between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump- will.....

Former NFL star dumped 20 tons of sweet potatoes on the UNC campus

Jason Brown, once a multimillion-dollar contract player in the NFL, walked away from professional football in 2012 because he wanted to feed the hungry. He bought a thousand-acre farm near Louisburg, and in 2014 his First Fruits Farm made its first donation of sweet potatoes; Brown gave away the entire crop to.....

Britain's biggest fruit grower: uncertain future over Brexit

Kent-based fruit firm Adrian Scripps is one of Britain's biggest fruit growers. Has warned that it may not be able to keep trading without access to EU workers to pick its fruit, and that it is truly uncertain over its ability to function as a fresh produce business in the future.The company, which employs.....

More Brexit uncertainty

British farmer partly moves fruit-growing to China

Up to 200 seasonal jobs have gone at Haygrove’s farm in Ledbury, Herefordshire, and some of the company’s raspberry and blueberry-growing will be relocated to Yunnan province in China. The reason is the continuing uncertainty over migrant labour due to Brexit.Angus Davison, Haygrove’s founder: “In the UK we.....

Maharashtra, India: Vegetable production dips markedly

Unfavourable weather conditions and a reduction in acreage under cultivation have adversely affected vegetable production in the state of Maharashtra for this financial year.While many states -including neighbouring states- have managed to increase vegetable production volumes, Maharashtra has produced nearly.....

Taiwanese Lunar New Year approaching

Fruit prices Taipei risen 20% compared with last year

As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, average fruit prices in Taipei are rising about 20% compared to last year. Average wholesale prices for dates, oranges and other winter fruits are higher compared to last year. Citing wholesalers, the reports said that this year’s fruit supply is apparently.....