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Africa's preferential access to EU the best deal for the continent's trade

New study into implications of WTO for African trade

The National Agricultural Marketing Council of South Africa, together with tralac, an NGO studying trade law, has released a study on African agricultural trade as it plays out on the world stage.The conclusion of ‘WTO: Agricultural issues for Africa’ by Prof Ron Sandrey and his fellow authors, is that there.....

Tonya Antle named Ag Woman of the year

Tonya Antle, principle of Tanimura & Antle, was named 2017’s Ag Woman of the Year by Monterey County’s Ag Against Hunger, on Friday, April 28. Antle was recognized for her considerable contributions to produce, agriculture and the local community.Born into agriculture, she started working on the family.....

NAFTA is of great value to US apple industry

Food & Ag groups urging Senate to expedite Lighthizer confirmation

A total of 138 food and agriculture trade associations and companies, including the U.S. Apple Association, working collectively through the diverse and broad-based U.S. Food and Agriculture Dialogue for Trade, urged the U.S. Senate to expeditiously vote to confirm Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade.....

Mexico: 2017 Agricultural Exporters Directory updated

The Agency Marketing and Development of Agricultural Markets Services (ASERCA) in collaboration with the National Agricultural Council (CNA) helped create this directory of exporting companies devoted to shipping different agricultural, livestock, aquaculture and agroindustrial products.The directory includes.....

China: Ploughing of Chongqing's supersize fields begins

Located in the hinterland of Wuling district of Chongqing city, through the vegetable plantations in the high mountains, runs a special road for agricultural development. It has become a channel for local farmers to increase profits and for impoverished households to lift themselves out of poverty. The.....

Per capita consumption rises to 45.5kg

Germans love frozen food

In 2016, the total frozen food market (TK) in Germany once again registered a substantial volume growth of 2.5 percent. Frozen foods are becoming more and more popular every year. This is shown by the current data collected by DTI (Deutsches Tiefkühlinstitut [German Frozen Food Institute]). The total sales of.....

A Chinese importer is interested in investing in Chilean fruit

"Even though this is our first visit to Chile, we already had information about the country's excellent fruit quality and diversity, so we are here to establish businesses that allow us to import high quality Chilean fruit to China," said Hanqing Li, president of the Chinese importer Shenzhen Kingship Co,.....

Food fraud still rife in Europe as €230 million worth of fake food seized

Europol-INTERPOL has seized €230 million worth of fake and substandard food and beverages in its annual crackdown. Hazelnuts, olive oil, caviar, water, wine, alcohol and clams are just some of the foods and beverages involved.For the past six years Europol-INTERPOL has targeted counterfeit and substandard food.....

China: Fruit and vegetables from space

Space lettuce, space bamboo shoots and space clover. All these are vegetables that were grown at a space station in outer space. What are they like? What about outer space vegetables such as space carrots, space eggplant and space pumpkins? Are they really different from what is grown on earth? Yesterday was.....

Austrian hail insurance

Spring frost causes more than 50 million euros worth of damage

Low temperatures of minus 6 degrees Celsius caused severe frost damage in agriculture in the early hours of April 21, 2017, mainly in Styria, Carinthia, Southern Burgenland and in some parts of Lower Austria and Upper Austria. "It was fruit and wine crops which were damaged the worst by the frost, but also.....

New Zealand dollar falls vs US dollar

The kiwi fell to US69.48c, as at 8am in Wellington, from US70.33c late yesterday. It also dropped to 63.49 euro cents from 64.30 euro cents. New Zealand's dollar sank further following the weekend poll in France that delivered a two-horse race between centrist politician Emmanuel Macron and the far-right.....

Australian inflation rises slower than predicted

Economists had expected consumer prices to rise 0.6% in the quarter and 2.3 from a year earlier but inflation rose more slowly than expected. Consumer prices rose 0.5% in the first quarter from the fourth quarter of 2016 and were up 2.1% instead, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Core inflation.....

Celebrating decades working with Florida Department of Citrus

Citrus Research and Education Center turns 100

As the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) celebrates its 100th anniversary, administrators are praising a decades-long relationship between researchers with CREC and the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) in bringing healthy,.....

Maureen Torrey gives first-hand perspective on Ag needs to President Trump and Secretary Perdue

Yesterday, United Fresh member and former Chairman of the Board Maureen Torrey with Torrey Farms of Elba, NY, participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House with President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the policy needs of rural America and the agriculture industry. The.....

VollCorner Organic Store fights back!

Germany: Marketing ban for double-kiwi

Kiwi double-fruits do not correspond to the specific marketing standard of the EU and therefore an inspector from the Bavarian State Agency for Agriculture forbids their sale at the VollCorner Organic Store in the Kazmairstraße in Munich. Although people around the world are fighting against food waste, in.....

Prices then and now for cigarettes in 10 world cities

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Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe not to adopt Rand as the official currency

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe has rejected a call to adopt the rand as its official currency amid shortages of the bond notes adopted as currency recently.Zimbabwean Reserve Bank Governor John Mangudya said the rand was already part of the multi-currency basket introduced in 2009.He said currency shortages were.....

Fun times at Viva Fresh welcome reception

PHOTO REPORTAfter a day filled with educational sessions, it was time to relax at the Viva Fresh welcome reception that was held at Maggie Mae’s in downtown Austin on Friday, April 21st. A beautiful spring night, live music and a rooftop terrace made for good conversations, laughter and fun.An impression of the evening.....

Top US metropolitan areas by GDP

This map uses a 3D visualization to show which cities in the United States have the highest GDP. The New York metropolitan area, which includes Newark and Jersey City, lead the country with $1.5 trillion in GDP. The area had GDP growth of 2.4% in 2014. The New York metropolitan area provided almost 10% of the.....

CETA

92% of the fruits and vegetables exported to Canada won't pay tariffs

92 percent of the fruits and vegetables that Spain and the rest of the European Union (EU) export to Canada won't have to pay tariffs once Canada and the EU sign a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).Canada, which has more than 36 million inhabitants and a 43,594 dollars per capita GDP, has.....

Peru: Lambayeque loses exports due to rains

According to Paola Corvacho, the manager of the Regional Exporters Association (AREX), exports of products from Lambayeque declined during the rainy season, and the capsicum (pepper and paprika) sector was the most affected.Corvacho said that capsicum exports fell by up to 80% during the months of February and.....

Border walls and fences worldwide

Border walls have existed almost as long as there have been borders to place them on. This map shows the many border walls and fences around the world, with purposes ranging from combating illegal immigration, smuggling, terrorism and others. The longest border wall currently was finished in 2001 and runs.....

Argentina: Another fruit company closes

According to the Pagina/12 newspaper, Frutas NACE, a producer of pears and apples, has begun to lay off some of its employees and stated that it would close its establishment in Lamarque, in the province of Rio Negro. If there is no financial rescue, the company would leave 40 families on the street.The.....

International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance for Social Responsibility

Reaffirmation of commitment to improving agricultural working conditions

The International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance for Social Responsibility (AHIFORES) has continued its mission in improving working conditions and wages for Mexico’s agricultural employees through new partnerships and the creation of its first International Forum.AIHFORES worked with the Mexican federal.....

American grows "Frankenstein" pumpkins

There are a lot of odd things in this world. Recently, an American farmer harvested strange pumpkins which strikingly resembled Frankenstein. Farmer Tony Dighera from California in the USA grew pumpkins with a so-called "disgusting appearance". The shape of these pumpkins was extremely similar to the monster.....

Mexico will not accept new tariffs in the FTA with the US

After more than 20 years of having a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on goods and services, the trade relationship between Mexico and the United States has no place for the imposition of new tariffs."There will be no imposition of tariffs. Mexico has made important progress in all sectors in the 20 years that it.....

Bolivia: A resurgence of locusts threatens horticulture

The residents and authorities of the municipality of Cabezas in Santa Cruz are worried as the reappearance of millions of nymphs in the community of Tunalito are putting at risk around 20 hectares of vegetable crops. According to the Mayor of Cabezas, Rodolfo Vallejos, producers are alarmed because of the.....

World divided into three regions with equal populations

Mexico: Durango wants to plant 1 million fruit trees

The director of Rural Development of the City of Canatlan, Manuel Hernandez Jimenez, stated that the state of Durango plans to plant about one million trees in the coming years, as part of an ambitious project to give new impetus to fruit growing in the state, especially in the regions of Canatlan and Nuevo.....

Non-traditional product exports doubles

Nicaragua exports almost 36% more oranges

Exports of non-traditional products between January and March 2017 increased by 101.56% over the same period of 2016. According to data from the Center for Exports (Cetrex), so far this year the country has had sales for US $ 21.6 million. In the same period last year they amounted to US $ 10.7.....

Land for sale

Agrosfera, a new agroindustrial park in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Agrosfera is a new agroindustrial park, focused on agribusiness, built in Aguascalientes, in central Mexico. "It will only be for companies in the food sector, such as producers, processors, packers, logistic suppliers, and even greenhouses. The lands are classified for different parts of the supply chain,".....

Currency markets in grip of French elections

The unrest in the world of currencies has increased significantly in the run-up to the French presidential elections. The considerable drop in the euro of the past two weeks is the start of a turbulent time in which it’s sensible to be on the safe side.During the second half of March, the euro/dollar exchange.....

Fresh produce trade growing quicker than total global trade

The export trade in fresh fruit and vegetables has developed more rapidly than the total global trade in goods in the past ten years. Seen in value (expressed in euros), the export of fresh fruit and vegetables grew slightly faster by an average of eight per cent than the total global export in the past ten.....

China: No more durians on passenger flights

Many tourists arriving by air from Southeast Asia or Southern China have had to reluctantly abandon ther durians. Because their particular scent might make the flight crew and other passengers feel unwell, it is prohibited to carry durians onto a flight, or even to put them into the cabin baggage. Recently.....

Representatives of the USDA-APHIS visit the Chilean fruit industry

Russell Duncan, Assistant Regional Manager for South America from the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), and Annabella Reszczynski, a USDA-APHIS Agricultural Scientist at Chile, visited Chile's fruit export fruit sector to get to know, in situ, the sector and its Pre-shipment Program,.....

Remarkable increase of exports from Belarus to Russia

Turkey and Russia to discuss boycott next week

According to Turkish media, talks about the boycott will take place between the representatives of Turkey and Russia next week, quoting the Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs, Nihat Zeybekci.“It doesn’t matter where and when we talk about these matters to me. No country can win anything through boycotts,.....

Growing black middle class "a treasure trove of opportunities"

Promofresh takes fresh produce to new markets in South Africa

Promofresh is a South African fresh produce promotional agency, run by Ruth Behr, who has worked with Hortgro, Potatoes SA, the South African Avocado Growers' Association, among others, to open up new markets domestically. She and her team run promotions at the country’s fresh produce markets, in supermarkets.....

New Zealand: Cyclone Cook makes landfall

Hundreds of people in New Zealand have been evacuated from some coastal areas as the second major storm in just over a week made landfall near the North Island town of Whakatane.Authorities warn conditions may be like those of 1968's Cyclone Giselle. Landslides, flooding and wind damage from 150kph gusts are.....

Farms regarded as low-hanging fruit by attackers

Farm attacks on the increase in South Africa

The murder of a Dutch citizen on a farm in the Barberton area, Mpumalanga, last week has again placed a spotlight on the worrying phenomenon of murders of farmers and farm workers in South Africa.The final crime figures for the years 2016 and 2017 (April 2016 to March 2017) haven’t yet been released by the.....

The main agricultural food sectors will be represented

EU to send a trade delegation to Canada

Phil Hogan, the Commissioner for Agriculture, will head the EU trade delegation that will visit Canada, from April 30 to May 3, to boost EU trade and exports, once the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA), which virtually dismantles all the tariffs for all fruits and.....

Fresh and excellent quality and optimal accessibility!

Duisburger market celebrates 90th anniversary at its location in Kaßlerfeld

With more than 100 years of tradition, the Duisburger market means a lot to the inhabitants of Duisburg and its surroundings. A highlight this year is the 90th anniversary of the wholesale facility at the Duisburg-Kaßlerfeld site.Photo: krischerfotografie.deSince 1895, fruit and vegetables have been sold at.....

Employees and growers from The Greenery run Rotterdam Marathon

With as many as 51 runners, The Greenery was well-represented at the Rotterdam Marathon. Besides the ten Business Relay Race teams, there were also ten duo runners and four people ran the complete marathon. Despite the heat, all runners ran their distance without problems.The Greenery once again.....

Russian vice-premier in favour of lifting Turkish sanctions

According to Turkish media, the Russian vice-premier Arkady Dvorkovich said, during a press conference, that both countries should lift the boycotts to strengthen both their economies. “Going ahead and lifting the mutual restrictions would be best,” according to him.The vice-premier recently announced that.....

Population density of the United States

The population of the United States is not distributed evenly, but is instead, filled with sparsely populated land in between heavily populated areas. Most Americans live near cities and today 53% of the over 300 million citizens live in the 20 largest cities in the country. To see a larger version of the map.....

United Fresh announces winners of 10th Annual Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards

Eight of the country's most exciting chefs and foodservice professionals, representing an array of culinary styles and backgrounds, will be honored this June as part of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program. Sponsored by PRO*ACT LLC, and now in its tenth year, the program honors.....

Pre-clearance program workshop hosted at Miami Perishable meeting

Advance Customs Brokers in cooperation with Don Wrinkles of Port of Miami, Robert Balaam, National Operations Manager, USDA, APHIS, PPQ and Seaboard Marine, hosted a Pre-Clearance Workshop at the Port of Miami.Robert Balaam responded to Advance Customs Brokers interest in educating the industry in the.....

Sales of pesticides decreasing

In 2015, ten million kilograms of pesticides were sold in the Netherlands. During the previous four years, sales fluctuated round 11 million kilograms. Three per cent of the annual amount marketed by the EU is sold in The Netherlands. The largest sales take place in Spain, France and Italy, according to the.....

Peru could become one of the UK's leading suppliers

Peru might become one of the leading suppliers to the UK if they achieve a bilateral agreement with this country after it exits the European Union, stated the Association of Exporters (ADEX), which identified 180 missed opportunities at that destination.According to Juan Varilias Velasquez, the president of.....

Peru: 38% of ag companies exporting to China quit within a year

The director of the Peruvian Chamber of China Commerce (Capechi), Miguel Galvez Escobar, stated that the Peruvian agricultural companies who export to China have a high rate of defection because they don't continue doing business there.Galvez Escobar said there were 73 Peruvian companies exporting agricultural.....

Spain: 50% of consumers increased their consumption of healthy snacks

50% of consumers stated that they have increased their consumption of healthy snacks. According to a study made by AINIAFORWARD, consumers have increased their consumption of healthy snacks for a variety of reasons: a growing concern for their own health; easier availability; losing weight; convenience;.....

China: Successful supplier convention for Pagoda

On March 30th 2017, Pagoda's supplier convention, themed 'Make business easier, make cooperation more simple' was organized successfully in Shenzhen city (Guangdong province). At the convention, Pagoda's managers from different areas made speeches. Moreover, several suppliers gathered in one hall, which.....

Argentina: Blueberry producers request advancing the Mercosur-EU agreements

The Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) accompanied President Mauricio Macri on his official visit to the Netherlands and said it was essential "to strengthen international relations, advance the economic agreements between Mercosur and the European Union, and achieve free trade agreements.""It is essential.....

A red beetle threatens the global production of dates and coconuts

A little red beetle that devastates palm is rapidly spreading around the world and threatens the production of dates and coconuts, unless we manage to stop its advance.Scientists, experts in pest control, agricultural ministers and representatives of farmers participating in a three-day meeting that began.....

Bert van Tol, Groen Agro Control

“We are more than just a lab”

In the field of research and sampling, major changes have occurred in recent years. The Commodity Boards that financed much of the research have been discontinued and labs are consolidated. This requires a response.Growers and business houses bring in laboratories to find out how high certain values are. A lab.....

Pound Sterling climbs further ahead of the New Zealand Dollar

The Pound Sterling is currently exchanging higher compared to the New Zealand Dollar at 1.7941 ensuring the GBP/NZD is now 2.57% higher than where it was one month ago.Poundsterlinglive.com predicts that it will continue to rise towards a target of 1.8300. Recent data has shown a narrowing of the trade deficit.....

North Queensland could see increased insurance premiums after Debbie

Northern Queenslanders may have more to worry about than the state of their crops after Cyclone Debbie swept the area. Those who live in the area have been warned of substantial rises for insurance premiums which are likely following the devastation of Debbie which is already expected to increase prices of.....

Most and least remembered states in the US

This map shows which states are the hardest and easiest to remember, according to Sporcle, as of 14 April 2014.A full sized version of the map can be found here.

Venezuela only has 3% of the vegetable seeds it needs

The director general of the Confederation of Associations of Agricultural Producers of Venezuela (Fedeagro), Gerson Pavon, said that they only had 3% of the vegetable seeds that the country needed because the seeds were not arriving in the country or are being resold at very high prices."We don't have.....