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New genetic improvement method against Fusarium in bananas

Speaking at the 7th International Banana Congress, researcher Orlando Argüello, of the University of Texas, stated that the CRISPR-CAS method, used in the genetic research of cancer, could help the banana industry to respond effectively to the threat of Fusarium fungus Race 4.The scientist, born in Costa Rica,.....

Spain: Crops pulled up in Almeria due to viral diseases

COAG Almeria warns that whole plantations are being pulled up as a result of virus diseases caused by spotted or leaf curl virus, among others. According to the technical services of the Agrarian Organization, there is a high incidence of fly and thrips pests that could be causing such issues."We advise.....

Cambodia PM urges citizens to stop buying chemically grown vegetables

Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen yesterday asked people to stop buying vegetables grown with the aid of chemicals in order to reduce imports, help local farmers and protect their health.“I would like to ask people to boycott chemical vegetables and to check them carefully before buying,” he said.“The.....

NY Commissioner of Agriculture visits Hudson River Fruit Distributors

Hudson River Fruit Distributors was honored to be featured in the New York State (NYS) Specialty Crop Dinner in the Hudson Valley on September 26. The event was focused on promotion and education around the NYS Grown and Certified program. NY Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball attended the event as well.....

Singapore's AVA to investigate reports of "blue dots" on vegetables

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is investigating reports of "blue dots" on several vegetables from NTUC FairPrice in Singapore, it said on Wednesday (Sep 27).A Facebook user named Jeff Yeo posted a photo on NTUC FairPrice's page on Monday complaining of blue "pellets" which appear at the stems and.....

Nepal food safety tests for Indian veg imports prove to be inefficient

Nepal's plan to test all edible stuff entering the country from India everyday at the eastern border point is yet to be implemented. Food test machines have been stranded at Kakkarbhitta and Birtamod, and the authorities are blaming the lack of human resources for not being able to make the best use of them.A.....

Russia: Over 200 tonnes of produce returned to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in two weeks

Over the last two weeks, 155.5 tonnes of Kazakhstani and 55.2 tonnes of Kyrgyz products have been detained by inspectors of the Rosselkhoznadzor department in the Novosibirsk region at the phytosanitary control post "Karasuk". The shipments consisted of onions, carrots, plums, grapes, pears, apples, cucumbers,.....

China: Trading post in Gaoming district intercepts cryptophlebia in apples

In the past few days, the customs at the trading post in Gaoming district (Foshan city, Guangdong province) discovered a moth larva in an orange taken from a traveler's luggage. After having been investigated by experts, it was identified as the cryptophlebia which is harmful to organisms and therefore should.....

Contaminants in processed and fresh market vegetable crops

Contaminants are a major concern for vegetable processors and packers. Consequently, quality control/food safety programs have been developed by vegetable companies to reduce the risk of tainted products.One major concern in processed vegetables is foreign materials such as glass, metal, plastic, and stones. A.....