Miscellaneous

EC wants to reduce U.S. demands for FTA
The head negotiator of the European Commission for the trade agreement with the United States, Ignacio Garcia Bercero, said they were trying to reduce the requirements on fruit and vegetables to avoid the absurd situations caused by the slowness of authorizations by the United States. There are some.....

Farm workers vow continued fight
A push by farm workers for higher wages ended without resolution on Friday, with leaders refusing to settle for the 15 percent pay increase offered by growers in Baja California.“There is no will on the part of the businesses,” said Fidel Sanchez, one of the leaders of a strike that began on March 17 seeking.....

UK: Waitrose customer wins Jazz Honda
Waitrose customer, Mrs Nicholls of Bracknell, Berkshire, was delighted today to receive the winning prize of Win a Honda Jazz with Jazz in Waitrose. The competition was exclusive to Waitrose, entered by simply purchasing a promotional pack of Jazz Apples in Waitrose and registering details on the competition.....

Growers hope for ‘traction’ from Voice of Horticulture
A new advocacy organization representing more than 30,000 horticultural growers, close to 62,000 employees and an industry that reached exports estimated at $1.8 billion has also made its debut. Voice of Horticulture is chaired by Tania Chapman, who is also Chairwoman for Citrus Australia.At the launch of.....

2015 sponsorships Tour de Fresh now available
Organizers of the 2nd annual Tour de Fresh are proud to announce that sponsorship opportunities are now available. This collaborative industry event will unite produce companies for a four-day cycling event that will once again benefit the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign. This year’s 300+ mile ride.....

April 2
'Love Your Produce Manager Day' returns
Produce managers play an important part in changing the way America shops—and eats. They are the unsung heroes of the healthy eating revolution, quietly playing a key role in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption just by helping us take home the freshest produce. After all, according to a recent survey.....

Man says one sniff of a carrot could kill him
A father of two with a severe and rare allergy said one sniff of a carrot could kill him.Andy Walters, 33, of Wrexham, suffers from a series of serious allergies – the most unusual of which is an intense sensitivity to the orange vegetables.The allergies are so severe he has been hospitalised and has sought.....


Chile: La Serena under quarantine due to fruit fly
After discovering eight adult specimens and seven larval hotspots of the fruit fly in the urban area of La Serena, the SAG ordered this area be quarantined. The Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) continues to apply pesticides so the insect does not reach rural areas and, after the detection of this.....

Brilliant uses for banana peels
As compiled from takepart.com, Reader’s Digest, and Prevention magazine, here are reasons to never trash banana peels again.To grill a juicier piece of chickenYou’re a grilling expert, except when it comes to skinless chicken breasts or beef steaks that desperately need some tenderising. Meat has a tendency.....

Making biofuel from unwanted fruit
Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of renewable energy.The researchers at the university’s Graduate School of Bioresources fermented rotten.....

US (CA): Urban farms can help feed the hungry
Buying locally sourced fruits and vegetables may soon become as simple as walking over to a neighbor’s garden, thanks to a new urban farm ordinance passed Tuesday night by the Sacramento City Council.In a 6-1 vote, the city effectively opened the door to minifarms on private properties and in vacant lots.....


Only 5% growth Peru agri sector 2015
According to the Deputy Minister of Agricultural Infrastructure and Irrigation Development, Jorge Montenegro, this year, the agricultural sector would grow between 4% and 5%, approximately, because agricultural exports and investments in general have been affected to some extent by the economic.....


Dominican Republic contacts Russia and Canada to export
The Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, Angel Estevez, stated it had maintained contacts with officials and businessmen from various countries, including Russia and Canada, which are interested in buying fruits and vegetables produced in the Dominican Republic.Angel Estevez made this.....

Panama looks towards Europe
Panama has the potential to become a food supplier for the European Community, but the country would have to work hard to meet some of this market's basic requirements as it mainly values the product's quality and timely delivery of orders."The export success depends on complying with the requirements and.....

Indian farmers brace for more rain
Farmers across northern India and central India may have to brace for more unseasonal rain and even hail as the India Meteorological Department has predicted another wet spell between March 29 and April 1-2. According to the agriculture ministry 5 million hectares of crop has already been damaged due to.....

Central Africa in urgent need of ag assistance
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an urgent appeal to help provide farmers in the Central African Republic (CAR) with seeds and tools for the country's upcoming planting season, warning that without additional assistance vulnerable populations risked a further.....

Pest discovered in bananas at port
A rare and destructive bug – seen in the United States only once before – was discovered in a shipment of bananas from Guatemala to the Port of Wilmington, customs officials said Monday.U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists found the leafhopper on March 16, spokesman Steve Sapp said.An.....

US (CA): Sewing needles found in apples
Sewing needles were found in two apples bought from a Fallbrook Albertsons and a sheriff's sergeant is advising the public to check fruit bought from the store.A woman purchased Honeycrisp apples from the South Mission Road supermarket on March 15. She sliced into one of the apples on Friday and found a.....

Father shoots son after OJ runs out
A Baton Rouge man was arrested early Sunday after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son in the buttocks during an argument over orange juice.Eldridge Dukes, 58, and his son were fighting about the lack of orange juice in their north Baton Rouge home, according to a Baton Rouge police arrest report.The.....

UK: Exotic locust found in salad
A stunned student has uploaded creepy footage of a large locust he found crawling around in his bag of Sainsbury's rocket salad. Stephen Oldham, 21, spotted the exotic bug rustling around inside the bag after putting it in his fridge when he got home from shopping.The architecture student, from Bath.....

Vietnam: Unknown pest destroying crops
The unknown species of arthropod that is destroying crops of different types of vegetables in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat, known as Vietnam’s hub for green produce, can move so fast that it is ironically dubbed ‘superman’ by local farmers.A wide area of strawberry, potato, cabbage, white onion, and.....


Does buying local really benefit farmers?
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that urban farmers markets are good for rural economies. Just ask U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. After announcing the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund various local food projects on Monday, Vilsack said, “Increasing market opportunities for.....

50,000 baby lettuce plants stolen in Dublin
Fifty thousand baby lettuce plants have been stolen in Dublin. They were in a truck which has been reported stolen from Rush, in the north of the county. Brian McNamara owns the truck and the missing plants. He said: "They are in a compost block in a yellow create. We buy them in from the UK, and only got.....

Baja farmworkers' strike crimping US supplies
Thousands of laborers in the San Quintin Valley 200 miles south of San Diego went on strike Tuesday, leaving the fields and greenhouses full of produce that is now on the verge of rotting. Though they stopped blocking the main highway to export markets, the road remains hard to traverse as rogue groups stop.....


Agronomia reaches for Austria
Italian producer has ambitious plans
Immediately after the completion of the new production facility near Munich for 4,5 Million Euro, Agronomia Food GmbH is going to plan the next big step. “We plan to conquer the Austrian market completely by the middle of 2016. We want to become the market leader in the fresh-cut sector”, Mario Ebel Sales.....

Africa: Agriculture as a business for youth
Agriculture can be an essential driver of economic development and an area of great opportunity for Africa's youth. However, most young people in the region do not see agriculture as a profitable opportunity. Photo by: The MasterCard FoundationAgriculture is the single-largest source of income for rural.....

U.S. restricts entry of fruit and veg from Dominican Republic because of Mediterranean fly
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced in a statement that, today, the United States had restricted the entry of fruit and vegetables from the Dominican Republic to avoid the Mediterranean fly (Ceratitis capitata) from entering its borders.Starting today, after multiple cases.....


Chile: Drought in the south will affect price of fruit and veg
The traders at the Punto de Temuco Fair criticized the delivery of the 100,000 pesos bond to small farmers by Indap ensuring that this amount wouldn't alleviate the losses caused by the drought and that the products' prices would rise.It's worth noting that the drought has affected the producers the most,.....


World's newest island long way off fertile soil
The world’s newest island, off the coast of Tonga, could be some 30 plus years producing fertile soil to grow crops, according to experts from Geoscience Australia. “Volcanic materials make some of the best soils, but this doesn’t happen quickly,” says Victoria Miller, the Agency’s resident Volcanologist.The.....


Cocaine found in banana boxes
Employees of a fruit and vegetable market in Völklingen (Saarland) found 300 kilos of cocaine hidden in banana boxes. The drugs were packed in green plastic foil between the unripe bananas from South America. The cocaine has overall a market value of 20 million Euro. Employees of the market.....


Focus shifts to markets outside Eurozone
Devaluation Euro problem for non-European exporters
Although the Euro has regained a bit of its value compared to the dollar, the downward trend since the middle of last year has had consequences for business. While a weaker Euro can have positive effects for European exporters, the same exchange rate development is worrying exporters outside the.....

Mexico: Hail affected over a thousand hectares of blackberry and avocado
The strong hailstorm that lasted more than ten minutes last Saturday night in Ziracuateiro affected more than a thousand families, a thousand hectares of blackberry, and a thousand hectares of avocado in this municipality.The mayor, Carlos Sandoval Portugal, told Quadratín that the storm had caused serious.....


Mexico: So far, the heavy rains have affected 12,000 hectares
According to Pedro Luis Benitez Velez, delegate of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), the torrential rains experienced in Michoacán last weekend had a negative impact on 11,965 hectares that include products like strawberry, banana, lime, blackberry,.....


Peru: Exports of fruits and vegetables increased by 5.1% in January
The Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Magali Silva, stated that non-traditional agricultural exports increased by 5.1% in January 2015. Since July 2013, they have had 19 months of consecutive expansion.Silva said that the fresh grapes were among the most dynamic products of the non-traditional.....

Toothpaste made of banana peels
18-year-old Mikail Bahar from the German city of Essen has succeeded in obtaining an extract from banana peels that combats the main cause of tooth decay, reports the German website derwesten.de. This won him the regional edition of the reputable 'Jugend forscht' (youth research) competition. Bahar once saw.....

Vanuatu’s agricultural crops devastated
The idyllic island of Vanuatu was battered by a category 5 tropical storm over the weekend, and it has since been revealed that there is little left of the archapelago’s subsistence or commercial crops, which include bananas, coconuts, cocoa, coffee and root vegetables.The Vanuatu Department of Food and.....

NZ: Major kiwifruit, mandarin orchard for sale
A property containing one of the highest performing kiwifruit orchards on the east coast of the North Island, and a mandarin orchard, has been placed on the market for sale.Located on the fertile Gisborne flats at 169 Bushmere Road, the property totals 8.66 hectares, bringing together the production of 1.88.....

AU: Orange mysteriously turns purple
A Queensland mum-of-five has sent oranges away for testing after the fruit bizarrely turned a dark shade of purple when it was sliced and left in a bowl overnight.Angela Postle told 9news.com.au the oranges were purchased at her local Woolworths store in Chinchilla earlier this month. “I cut some up and they.....

Smartphones reboot African agriculture
Wider smartphone and internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces.Human food production would need to increase 70 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand and Africa was home to more than.....

End to Chilean port strike
The Chilean Fruit Growers Federation (Fedefruta) has announced that by 11:15 am dock workers at the Valparaíso Port have ended their strike and resumed operations.This strike was the first for the port in 15 years and left two ships of fruit unattended to. On Monday morning, 500 workers in Terminals 1 and 2.....


Five alarm fire at Del Monte
A five alarm fire at a Portage County Factory Tuesday drew help from nearly a dozen fire crews. That fire happened at the Silgan building on the Del Monte campus in Plover.Click here to view the video report.Fire officials tell FOX55 News@9 all the workers evacuated the building safely.The Plover Deputy.....

Katie's Krops film makes debut
The Starfish Throwers, featuring Katie's Krops founder Katie Stagliano, will debut March 21 at 8pm ET/PT on DirecTV's Audience network. Recently named as the most heartwarming film of 2014 by the Huffington Post, The Starfish Throwers portrays the inspiring efforts of three individuals from different parts.....


Documentation requirements
Germany: Minimum wage regulations not clearly defined
Since the 1st January 2015 the law of the minimum wage in Germany is discussed intensively. Recently after a meeting between the big coalition and federal counsellor Angela Merkel the federal government announced that the law will be revised. All problems of documenting the working hours of the employers.....

P.E.I.: 'Canada's Food Island'
A new branding initiative was launched today by the provincial government to make and promote Prince Edward Island as Canada's Food Island. Premier Wade MacLauchlan made the announcement today at the Easter Beef Show and Sale.“Islanders are proud of our food culture; we are deeply connected to the land and.....

Making textiles from banana and pineapple
Around a billion tonnes of banana plant stems are wasted each year, despite research indicating that it would only take 37kg of stems to produce a kilogram of fibre. In 2012, the Philippine Textile Research Institute concluded that banana plantations in the Philippines alone can generate over 300,000 tonnes.....

Bolivia Food imports grew by 93% in five years
In the last five years (2010-2014), food imports grew by 93% and last year they amounted to 688 million dollars. Three experts attributed this increase to the increase in population, the country’s economic stability and the fragmentation of production.Grocery shopping has grown because demand has exceeded.....


Argentina: Alarming picture for the regional economies
The vice president of Argentina’s Rural Society (CRA), Daniel Pellegrina, said the regional economies were in a crisis and could not market their products as they can’t cover the costs to harvest the crops.Pellegrina drew a bleak analysis of the productive activities and said there was no need to ask if.....

Spain: Strawberry sector and AECC launch campaign against cancer
On Monday 16 March, the Strawberry Interprofessional (Interfresa) and the AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer) will sign an agreement for the launch of an ambitious social awareness project whose ultimate goal will be to fund a major research project to study the non-genetic factors involved in the.....

Tony Abbott effect:
AU: Onions CAN taste like apples
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott currently has people scratching their heads as to what he was thinking when he ate a raw onion like most people would eat an apple. While people looking at Tony Abbott’s words and actions and thinking “what the heck are you doing?” is nothing unusual these days, this.....

More unseasonal rains for India
Unexpected rains early on Saturday morning were accompanied by thunder and lightening. Areas that were affected due to the western disturbances are Maharashtra, Northern Konkan, goa, North parts of Madhya- Maharashtra and parts of Aurangabad region of Maratha. Gujarat too, is said to have witnessed isolated.....

Kofi Annan:
Africa needs to do more to feed itself
Former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, has warned against growing food insecurity in Africa and urged the leaders and stakeholders to demonstrate strong commitment to deal with the problem. He noted that Africa remained the only continent where food security continued to be a challenge.....


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Unique Wholesale Market in Düsseldorf Germany
The wholesale market of the North Rhine Westphalia regional capital Düsseldorf is the home of around 170 market companies. Originally founded in 1936, at the Düsseldorf casemates on the Rhine promenade, the wholesale market has been around since the Second World War, at the point where it is.....