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Colombia: Concerns as investment in agriculture decline
According to the Survey of the Agricultural Sector (EOEA), conducted on 2,717 large, medium, and small producers, there hasn't been such a hard drop in investment in agriculture in 16 years as the one recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014.The survey, which was conducted by the Agricultural Society of.....

US (KY): West Louisville FoodPort is food economy-boosting architectural stunner
In West Louisville, a part of town ravaged by high unemployment rates and where a fast-food cheeseburger is infinity easier to secure than a head of broccoli, plans have just been unveiled for an ambitious new project that jubilates and promotes regional agriculture while also tackling serious issues such as.....

German Federal Government wants genetically modified plant ban
The German Federal Government is seeking a cultivation ban on genetically modified plants all over Germany, reports the German website Proplanta.de.The conversion method will soon be considered, said a spokesperson of the ministry of agriculture recently in Berlin. He confirmed that according to the minister.....

Cuba: Important visit of U.S. agricultural entrepreneurs
A group of nearly 100 U.S. agricultural entrepreneurs arrived in Cuba to probe the market possibilities and send a message advocating for the end of the U.S. embargo against the island."We are here to learn about and better understand the Cuban agricultural industry," said Devry Boughner, president of the.....

France: €5.2 million financial aid following agricultural disaster
The French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve and Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll announced the release of over €35 million of State assistance for collectives in areas in the South of France affected by the bad weather in July, September and October 2014, and over €5 million for farmers in this.....

Ukraine: Battle for cheap bananas in Crimea
A video was released on the Internet showing the turmoil caused by cheap promotional bananas at a supermarket in Simferopol, in occupied Crimea.According to TCH reporters, the store announced that it would reduce their usual price of 130 Rouble down to 70-80 Rouble.It is worth noting that, overall, the ban.....

UK: Tesco shopper aged 50 asked for ID when buying bananas
A 50-year-old shopper told of his shock after he was asked for ID at a Tesco supermarket - for a bag of nuts and two bananas.Tony Morris went to his local store in Carlton, near Nottingham, to pick up some shopping for his tea on Tuesday night. But he thought he was going bananas when he came to pay for his.....

Phil Hogan
EC will use Spanish food standards as example for Europe
Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Union, said the food standards implemented in Spain and UK would be used as a model to develop European policies to correct unfair practices in the chain. Hogan delivered a lecture on the potential of European agriculture in the.....

PROEXPORT regret resignation of Antonio Cerdá
"He has strongly supported the producers of fruit and vegetable in the Region of Murcia all these years," said Juan Marin.The horticultural producers and companies linked to PROEXPORT regret the resignation of Antonio Cerdá as Minister of Agriculture and Water, something that caught everyone by surprise......


Potato addict loses weight
A woman so addicted to potatoes she scoffed half-a-tonne in a year, fought off her fluffy white vice to shed a huge 13 stone.Whether it was chips, roasties, mash or a jacket potato oozing with butter, Trisha Corbett just couldn't get enough.But after the 26-year-old's weight soared to a massive 26st 11lbs,.....


US: Brisbane IGA store has a 80kg watermelon for sale
A Brisbane IGA store has a champagne watermelon up for sale, and it’s heavier than most teenagers.Anyone in the market for an 80kg melon?Weighing in at 80kg, the massive melon is reportedly being sold for a bargain price of $100, much cheaper than it’s $1.99/kg suggests.A local resident snapped this photo.....

Tony Orru makes fantastical creations out of fruit and vegetables
Tony Orru (50) from Sardinia, puts unusual decorations on the tables as a waiter at 'Gasthaus Ratsstube' in the German Hohentengen: a pineapple has been transformed into an owl, a lemon and a beetroot into a cockerel and he has made little birds out of melon and papaya. He has been doing this for 35 years,.....


Fruit and veg, important part of Islamic diet in the Middle Ages
Fruit was an important part of the Islamic diet in the Middle Ages, more so than in Christian areas, according to pioneering research work in the field of agriculture led by the University of Lleida (UDL) and published in the journal Quaternary International.For the first time, a study compared.....


Peru: First seedlings planted in Olmos
The Olmos Project began to flourish as the first seedlings of avocados, grapes, cotton, pepper and sugar cane were planted and they are expected to generate huge agricultural exports.The members of the Board of the Special Project Olmos Tinajones-PEOT toured the irrigation works to verify the progress of the.....


Japan : robot feeds you tomatoes during marathon
An engineer from the Japanese company, Kogame, realised that it was difficult to eat tomatoes during a marathon…so they invented this robot.Japan is an avant-garde country in robotic inventions. Kogame specialises in making tomato-based food. To create a global buzz, they decided to promote healthy eating by.....


Swiss-Crisis: "We have to avoid becoming insecure.”
Since 15th January 2015, the Swiss Franc has no longer been bound to the Euro. The minimum exchange rate of 1.20 Swiss francs (CHF) per Euro was erased by the Swiss national bank. As a result, the Swiss currency gained sharply in value compared to the Euro. On one hand, import products into Switzerland.....


Canada: Peru trade office recognized for promotions
The Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognized Peru's Toronto-based Trade Office with the "Excellence Awards 2015" for promoting investments, tourism, exports and for spreading the Country Brand "Marca Perú" during 2014, informed Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister, Magali Silva.The official.....


Mexicans only eat 58% of the fruit and veg recommended per day
Mexicans only eat 235 grams per capita of fruit and vegetables per day, on average, i.e. 58.75 percent of the 400 grams recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), excluding potatoes and other tubers.It is a limited consumption considering that Mexico is self-sufficient in the production of both.....

Cherry gripe over false labelling
For every kilogram of real Tasmanian cherries on the shelf in China, there are an additional 5kg labelled as Tasmanian but which come from somewhere else.That's according to Andrew Rhodes of Sense-T, a tech firm who, amid a nationwide uproar over imported Chinese berries contaminated with Hepatitis A, has.....

Gandevi farmers protest against land acquisition ordinance
Farmers of Gandevi taluka in Navsari district launched a protest on Monday against the central government's ordinance on land acquisition. These farmers fear that about 100 sq km of fertile land in Surat, Navsari and Valsad districts where mango and chikoo are cultivated could be acquired for the high-speed.....

NZ: Growers confident fruit fly an isolated case
The latest outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has Waikato fruit growers worried, but they are confident the pest will remain contained in Auckland and eradicated.The region grows a wide range of fruits and vegetables on which the fly feeds, including blueberries, apples, avocados and kiwifruit.While the.....


Canadian growers handling harsh winter weather
Snowstorms and inclement weather are not just affecting logistics within the United States. In recent weeks, Canada has experienced harsh winter weather including 18 to 24 inches of snow in some parts of Ontario. An extreme cold warning has been issued as well, with temperatures ranging from -15C to -40C in.....


Argentina: More and more restaurants grow their own vegetables
Back to the roots seems to be the motto amongst chefs and more customers. A gastronomic universe that got tired of trying tasteless tomatoes, apples they suspect are drenched with pesticides and beautiful but unripe strawberries that are out of season. Restaurants are starting to build their own gardens and.....

US (FL): Minimal damage from freezing temperatures
Freezing temperatures hit Florida late last week, but growers in the affected part of the state reported little damage from the cold.A freeze warning was issued for the western part of Florida early Friday morning. Winter vegetables and strawberries are some of the crops grown in that region that were at.....

US: West Coast ports deal reached
An agreement was reached over the weekend between operators of ports along the West Coast and the union that represents the longshoremen who work on those ports. The agreement ensures that port operations will resume at full speed after months of cargo moving slowly through the 29 ports covered by the.....


Vanishing water, fewer jobs, but still hope in the Central Valley
In this region that calls itself “The Cantaloupe Center of the World,” vast fields that once annually yielded millions of melons lie fallow. And, for some farmers, planting tomatoes and other traditional row crops may now constitute acts of courage.America’s largest agriculture economy is changing because of.....


Cyclone Marcia hits central Qld horticulture industry
Peak horticulture industry body Growcom said today that parts of the Queensland horticulture industry had suffered major damage following the devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Marcia over the weekend. Chief Executive Officer Alex Livingstone said that while there was fortunately no loss of life or.....


Peru: A thousand mist catchers to provide water in desert
There is an initiative to install 1000 mist catchers in the middle of the desert landscape of the hills of southern Lima this year to collect up to 400,000 litres of water per day and supply it to families in extreme poverty.On Sunday, the Peruvians without Water Movement installed the first three mist.....


UK: AA Patrol repairs Land Rover with potato
An AA Patrol has won an internal competition to find the most original and inventive roadside repair, after he fixed an ageing Land Rover with a potato.Mario Papademetriou replaced the faulty condenser - part of older ignition systems - with a potato, wired up using two screws. Initially he tried a far more.....


Middle East hit again by snow storms
The Middle East region has again been hit by cold winds and snow storms, Jerusalem has had 30 cm of snow, only the 2nd time in 50 years that it has snowed there! In Jordan they have had 40 cm. Istanbul, Turkey was the first to suffer with 60cm of snow falling on Thursday.Omer Kamp from Arava Export Growers.....


Queensland farms hit by Cyclone Marcia
Winds and rain from Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia have caused severe farms near the central Queensland coast.Gusts of up to 250 kilometres per have were recorded throughout Friday.Byfield resident Ted told ABC Local Radio his property has been directly hit by the cyclone."Things have just turned from bad to.....


Russian importers on economic situation
Product range and volumes adjusted after freefall rouble
Russian trade was rocked by a fast devaluation of the rouble last year. ‘Black Tuesday’ was truly a black day for Russian trade, the rouble lost about twenty percent of its value in a day. During this period, Russian importers had to put faith in years of relations with suppliers.“It was a complicated time,”.....


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Tropical Cyclone Marcia to hit Queensland as category five system
At time of publishing Tropical Cyclone Marcia is slowly tracking towards Central Queensland and is due to make landfall as a category five system on Friday morning.It is due to hit between St Lawrence and Gladstone after dawn.Click here for the live blog from http://www.abc.net.auSo far residents in St.....

UK: Rat's head found in frozen spinach
An Asda customer found a rat's head inside a bag of frozen spinach as she was cooking dinner for her mother. Terri Powis noticed something unusual protruding from the greens as she began steaming a batch for her and her 60-year-old mother to have with their chicken dinner.The 33-year-old soon discovered the.....


Markets in Merida
Mexico: Lime prices stay low, avocado prices soar
Lime prices continue at their lowest levels in recent months, as one can buy a kilo of this citrus for only $2 pesos and in some places for $1.90 pesos. This is the lowest price since mid-2014 when the lime prices overcame the $60 pesos per kilo barrier.Tomato prices also decreased from $6 pesos per kilogram.....


Peruvian agricultural export's growth slows down
Peruvian agricultural exports amounted to $5,051.8 million dollars in 2014, 19.4% more than in the previous year, due to the demand for fruit, vegetables, coffee and their presence in new markets. However, according to the Association of Exporters (ADEX), this growth won't continue in 2015 because of several.....

US: Obama intervenes in ports labor dispute
President Obama made a move this weekend to speed along a resolution to the current labor dispute between West Coast port operators and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union that represents port workers. This comes after activity on West Coast ports reached a standstill late last week.On Saturday,.....


South Africa: Packhouse to help women stands empty
A multimillion-rand vegetable packhouse built for a women's co-operative run by President Jacob Zuma's wife Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma is an empty shell more than three months after construction was completed.The packhouse, about 500m from the president's R246-million Nkandla residence, was built by the.....


Singapore:
Chinese New Year food prices increase, again
Prepare to spend slightly more this festive season, as Chinese New Year food prices inch up again. The good news is, you will probably barely feel the difference, if the Business Times Fa Cai Index is anything to go by. In its second year running, the BT Fa Cai Index is compiled by tracking the average price.....

9-10 June, Chicago US
A collective Holland pavilion at United Fresh for the first time
Stichting Holland Fresh Group is organising a Holland pavilion at the United Fresh in Chicago, USA for the first time this year. This fair is held at the same time as two other fairs, the International Floriculture Expo and the FMI Connect. Those interested in participating in this collective Holland.....


Florasearch
Worldwide recruiting of suitable horticulture candidates
Florasearch, Inc. is a U.S.-based key employee search firm, with over 30 years’ experience, devoted to helping companies worldwide in finding key people in the greater horticultural industry. The company helps employers across the entire industry, regardless of whether they are devoted to greenhouse.....


'Nut Rage' exec gets one year in prison
Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho will spend a year behind bars over an epic case of "nut rage" that her sentencing judge said hurt the "national image" of South Korea. The daughter of the airline's chairman, Cho was found guilty of obstructing aviation safety after a Dec. 5 incident in which she threw.....

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North Korea unveils 310 new slogans
North Korea has unveiled an exclamation mark peppered list of 310 new political slogans covering every conceivable topic, from the glories of the ruling Kim dynasty and mushroom cultivation to the importance of dependable wives and “offensive” sports.Political slogans are an intrinsic part of the relentless,.....


AU: Gascoyne running out of water
The West Australian Water Minister has met with growers in Carnarvon to discuss short and long term solutions to the town's ongoing water security issues.The Gascoyne horticultural industry is worth $90 million, but growers have been under immense stress due to a prolonged dry spell since floods four years.....

Scientists question superfoods
Superfoods, such as blueberries, kale and chia seeds, have become a nutritional craze over the past few years — one that has even touched ground on campus. Some nutrition pundits have praised their alleged health benefits, but the truth behind these claims has sometimes been seen as scientifically.....


SolarNRG to install 1 MW solar panels at Zoutewelle and VGI
SolarNRG will soon start installing two PV installations with a total output of 1 Megawatt (about 4,000 solar panels). Van Geest International, importer and exporter of fruit and vegetables from De Lier, has alreadyhad a 100 kWp installation installed by SolarNRG. Another 270 kiloWatt peak will be added to.....

Billions lost from illegal practices
Despite Government’s preventative measures, South Africa continues to lose billions of Rands due to illicit financial flows. Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, the Director of African Monitor joined Alec Hogg on CNBC Africa’s Power Lunch to discuss the magnitude of the problem.The numbers are astronomical. Has.....

Research: fruit flies can smell antioxidants
Antioxidants are natural ingredients in food, which protect the body's cells against hazardous influences. Their task, in particular, is to neutralize so-called free radicals, which are often caused by oxidation and are responsible for the degeneration of cells. Scientists from the Max-Planck institute for.....

person pretending to be Koornstra employee
Koornstra warns contacts of identity fraud
At the moment there is a person actively committing identity fraud. He is pretending to be a Koornstra employee. He has attempted to buy full cars in Spain multiple times and pick them up himself. He requested full cars of peppers, aubergines and tomatoes in blank packaging for the Russian market. He sends.....

Dole CEO faces trial over privatization
Delaware Chancery Judge Travis Laster last week refused to dismiss a case challenging the 2013 privatization of Dole Food Inc. by Chief Executive Officer David Murdock. Murdock, members of the board of directors and Deutsche Bank AG, which helped structure the deal, sought to have the case thrown out rather.....


South Africa: Minimum wage hike for farmworkers
The labour minister, Mildred Oliphant, has announced that the minimum wage for farmworkers is to go up from R2 420 to R2 606 a month with effect from March 1 2015.The weekly wage rises from R558 to R601 and the daily rate goes up from R111 to R120 with effect from the same date.The labour department said:.....


Venezuela: Twenty dollars for a kilo of onions
There are few fruits and vegetables that can be bought with a 100 bolivars bill, i.e. about $16 dollars, in the municipal markets and supermarkets."I paid $130 bolivars (U.S. $20) for a kilo of onions, 140 bolivars for a kilo of tomatoes and $140 and $120 bolivars for 250 grams of national garlic. There are.....


The investment for the Canal amounts to $50 billion dollars
Nicaragua expects U.S. not to veto canal project
The Government of Nicaragua sees the Canal as "a major engineering project for the country." The environmental organizations think of it as an ugly scar on the map to punish the people and the ecosystem. The Nicaragua Canal, the pharaonic project that aims to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by halving.....

Swaziland: Drought disaster looms
The recent heatwave in the lowveld of the Lubombo region has devastated the staple food and other crops heralding imminent disaster. Deputy Prime Minister Paul Dlamini says government is on full alert and already reaching out while at the same time appealing for more assistance. The situation is so dire that.....


Brazil approaches Belgium and speeds up EU-Mercosur negotiations
Brazilian authorities presented their case before the Belgian ambassador to Brazil and are looking to accelerate the negotiations between the EU and Mercosur.Armando MonteiroThe meeting between Brazil’s Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Armando Monteiro, and the Belgian Ambassador to.....

Official Journal of the EU
France must return 1,450 million euro for fraud and errors
The European Commission stated that France had to return a total of 1,450 million Euro that it received between 2008 and 2012 in agricultural aid because of fraud and errors.The amount represents 2 percent of the 40,000 million Euro that France received in this period under the Common Agricultural Policy.....