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Belgium to issue $10m towards ag research over next four years

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will make ten million euro available over the next four years for innovative agricultural research conducted by the ‘Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)’.The funding will support, among others, the.....

Kenya looks to export horticultural goods to more countries

Kenya's fresh producer exporters on Tuesday launched a massive campaign aimed at exporting the east African country's horticultural products to more non-traditional markets, an official said on Tuesday.Hosea Machuki, Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), said that the.....

Kenya's farmers to benefit from direct flights to US

Kenyan farmers stand to benefit following permission by the United Stated Department of Transportation allowing Kenya Airways to fly directly into America.The Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) CEO, Hosea Machuki, says Kenyan avocados, for instance, will have a wide market to explore, but.....

Indian startup purifies contaminated fruit & veg with 95% efficiency

Indian consumers are growing ever conscious of contaminants on food in the country. Be it wax on apples, artificial colours on fruits and vegetables, pesticide contamination and more. Because of this growing awareness, organic food has been gaining immense popularity, but one startup is going even further than.....

Afghan fruit traders complain of heavy taxes on exports to India

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) deputy head on Tuesday said Afghan traders exporting fruits to India were charged heavy taxes at Indian airports.Khan Jan Alokozai told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that some 460 metric tonnes of dried and fresh fruits worth $7 million had so far.....

Jordan fruit & veg exports drop by 5.7%

Jordan's exports of vegetables and fruits dropped by 5.7 percent in August this year leading to a sharp fall by 69,000 tons compared to the same period of last year.Assistant Secretary General of the Agriculture Ministry of Marketing and Information, Salah Tarawneh, said the decline resulted from the.....

Auchan Romania sold domestic fruit and veg worth 5 million Euro in July

Recent figures have shown that, this summer, Romanian stores are selling much larger volumes of Romanian products than imported ones."In terms of value, in July we sell fruits worth about 15 million lei (about 3.26 million Euro) and vegetables worth 8 million lei (about 1.74 million Euro). In the same month,.....

Gaza: Cheaper grapes and more expensive vegetables

In Gaza, the prices of vegetables, such as potatoes and tomatoes, are rising in comparison to previous years, while prices of some locally produced fruits such as grapes, figs and mangoes, are falling.The price per kilo of potatoes and tomatoes is about 3 shekels (0.71 Euro), while the price of grapes.....

AU agriculture becomes largest contributing sector to GDP growth

Australian agriculture has become the fastest growing economic sector and the largest contributor to national GDP growth, putting in 0.5 percentage points of national total 1.9 percent growth. The sector has secured its position as one of the economic powerhouses driving the country.Deputy Prime Minister and.....

China: Bacterial Fruit Blotch found in chili seeds from Italy

Recently, the inspectors from Zhejiang Quarantine and Inspection Bureau inspected a batch of chili seeds imported from the UK, but originally from Italy and sent some samples to the lab for further testing. According to the results from both of the labs from the Technic Center of Zhejiang and Shanghai Entry/.....

New Victoria regulations to help combat labour exploitation

A commissioner able to raid Victorian employers and launch criminal prosecutions is among the sweeping reforms to be introduced by the Andrews government to tackle the exploitation of workers by labour hire syndicates.A legislative overhaul of the labour hire industry will be introduced by the Andrews.....

Ghana Green Label Foundation gets advisory board

An advisory board has been inaugurated for the Ghana Green Label Foundation, a body to certify locally produced fruits and vegetables to ensure that they are of high quality and safe for consumption.The home-grown Green Label scheme will also check and ensure that fruits and vegetables produced locally are.....

UN may soon run out of food to feed Kenya

The United Nations food agency will soon run out of the food necessary to feed about 3.5 million Kenyans facing shortages caused by prolonged drought, because it has received just over a tenth of the required funding, a spokesperson said on Saturday.The World Food Programme needs $225-million until February.....

Auction for Interko ripening rooms in Ireland closes Thursday

The auction of two Interko fruit ripening rooms will close this Thursday, 14 September at 13.00 GMT.The rooms are being offered for sale in two lots or a combination of both:Lot 1. 12 x Interko ETH 24 Pallet (ISO 1.2m x 1m) Two Level Rooms with BG Int Doors (Year 2003)Lot 2: 4 X Interko ETH 36 Pallet (ISO 1.2m.....

Report reveals evolving supermarket trends in the UK

The UK produce market faces a challenging time. In 2017 the UK voted to leave Europe and the implications of this decision are becoming a reality.With the weakening of the pound resulting in pricing increases, margins are tight and both retailers and suppliers are trying to mitigate the risk of a very.....

Germany: Research on Organic Supermarkets 2017

You pay 1,47 Euros for potatoes in an organic supermarket - or more than twice as much. There are significant price differences between the different stores. As regards the service, all companies are on a good or very good level. This is shown in the current research of the German Institute for Service-Quality.....

Decision to newly construct the Großmarkt Sendlingen

Germany: Vendors doubt seriousness and feasibility

It has been a month since the decision on the new construction of the wholesale market in its traditional location was made. Nevertheless, this decision has not been sitting easily with the public. The mood is still very tense after the political decision of the Munich wholesale market. Hans Buchhierl,.....

Expoalimentaria predicted to generate business worth $800M

Expoalimentaria, the largest food fair in Latin America, will bring together in a single venue the most varied food offer, not only from Peru —among which ‘Super Foods’ will be highlighted—, but other countries, said the president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), Juan Varilias Velásquez, who estimates.....

Italy - from drought to floods

The storm that hit Livorno on the night between Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September caused landslides and seven deaths.At least 200 millimetres of water fell on the city and surrounding area. Coldiretti estimated that the damage to agricultural facilities, equipment and stocks is worth €3 million. This was.....

Grocery retailers looking to extract margin & manage quality through cold chain management

Fresh produce provides more margin in retail sector

At the recent PMA Fresh Connections conference in Cape Town, Maryla Masojada, MD of Durban-based Trade Intelligence gave an insightful review of the South African retail environment and the role of the fresh produce industry within that.Maryla Masojada of Trade intelligence delivering an overview of the South.....

South Africa and India look to expand business opportunities

To enhance business cooperation between India and South Africa, there is a need for initiatives that focus on both small and large scale enterprises, said MM Murugappan, Vice-Chairman, Murugappa Group.Speaking at an interactive session with officials of the South African High Commission organised by the South.....

Young South African farmers encouraged to carry on despite struggles

The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, in South Africa has encouraged young farmers to soldier on despite the difficulties they face.The Deputy Minister on Friday addressed the eighth edition of #BackChat, hosted by his ministry in Polokwane, Limpopo. The #BackChat sessions are a platform for.....

Western Australia produce to be featured at Heart of WA ball

Western Australia produce will be showcased at the Heart of WA ball, which is hosted annually by WAFarmers at HBF Stadium in Perth, this year’s ball will be held this Friday, September 15.For the first time, an indulgent six-course menu will be served at the event and each course will showcase WA.....

Latvia to lower VAT on fruit & veg

The ruling coalition in Latvia agreed to support the proposal of the Ministry of agriculture to reduce the rate of value added tax (VAT) on typical Latvian fruits, berries and vegetables from 21% to 5%.The decision was taken by the partners to the government after the meeting, said the Prime Minister Maris.....

Trade turnover between Ukraine & France grows to $1.1B

In January-June 2017, the trade turnover between Ukraine and France grew by 15.2% and exceeded USD 1.1 billion.This was stated during the meeting of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman with the delegation of the French Senate, the Government portal reports.During the first half of 2017, the total trade.....

Pakistan fruit exports reach $19.5 million

About 24,393 metric tons of fresh fruits worth US$ 19.483 million was exported during the first month of current financial year as compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year.According the data of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, during the month of July, 2017, about 32,702 metric tons of.....

$280m partnership to bring inclusive agriculture transformation in Africa

The 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) saw the launch of the multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) - an innovative and transformative partnership and financing vehicle to drive inclusive agriculture transformation across Africa.Together, the Bill.....

Egyptian exports to UAE increase by 7%

Egyptian exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have increased to register $1.204bn in the first half of the current year compared $1.126bn in the same period of last year, an increase of 7%, according to Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil.For his part, Egyptian Commercial Service (ECA).....

STI Germany gets re-certified with the IFS Logistics Standard

Logistics provider STI GmbH, a subsidiary of STI Freight Management, has successfully achieved IFS Logistics 2.1 (International Featured Standard) certification once again.The “higher level” result from last year was confirmed during a re-audit. “We have further optimised our processes and will transfer the.....

Uzbekistan to introduce single brand for exports

The government of Uzbekistan is considering introduction of a single export brand for its ‘Best in Uzbekistan’ products, the Jahon information agency reports.The move is stipulated by a draft government decree on fundamental improvement of support for business development and business environment in.....

SA, Vietnam to expand cooperation on increasing veg production

Vietnam and South Africa are looking to foster wide-ranging trade ties, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pham Binh Minh, stated during talks with South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, MaiteNkoana-Mashabane, in Hanoi on September 7.The two sides shared their delight.....

Peruvian agro exports increased by 10% in July

Peruvian agro exports have consolidated their growth. Between January and July they totaled about US $ 2,852,749,000 which means a growth of 10% compared to the similar period of 2016, reported the Agroexport Management of the Exporters Association (ADEX).The Agroexports' guild manager, Paula Carrión Tello,.....

95% of Myanmar's fruit export goes to China

"The New Light of Myanmar" reported on September 5 that the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association, has stated that, as of this year, China has become their main export market. 95% of Myanmar fruit export went to China: more than 200,000 tons of fruit. Watermelons are first, at.....

WUWM Congress heads to Australia this October

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) Congress is heading to Australia this October. The biennial event is rarely held outside Europe, with co-host Melbourne Market Authority expecting more than 300 international and local delegates to attend the event, running from 23-27 October.The congress kicks off.....

NZ's Green Party wants to introduce origin labelling on food

Green Party leader James Shaw says it’s time for New Zealand to catch up with Australia."We all have a right to know where our food comes from and under what conditions it was produced," he said today."New Zealand has mandatory country of origin labelling for shoes and t-shirts, but not for food."The labelling.....

Philippines requests increase in fruit exports to South Korea

The Philippines on Saturday requested improved market access for its fruit exports to South Korea during the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) Economic Ministers in Manila.Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez made the request to his counterpart, South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong,.....

Qatar-Pakistan ag trade set to increase with Hamad Port opening

With the newly-opened Hamad Port starting direct shipping links to Karachi and other ports in Pakistan, Qatar-Pakistan bilateral trade volume is set to witness a major boost in the coming days.The bilateral economic relations is expected to get further expanded and deepen largely driven by merchandise trade as.....

British farmers buy land in Europe to grow their fruit

After Brexit made the future access to migrant workers uncertain, some British fruit farmers are circumventing the problem by buying land in Europe to grow their fruit.Under pressure from the falling pound and growing evidence that EU workers no longer wish to commit themselves to Britain, farmers are buying.....

Ghana pushes to lift fruit, veg and cashew exports

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) is strengthening its presence across the various districts as part of an aggressive push to substantially raise earnings from non-traditional exports.Mr. Maxwell Osei Kusi, GEPA Director of Research and Information, said priority was being placed on products.....

Kenya Airways cleared to make direct flights to US

Kenya Airways (KQ) has finally been cleared to make direct flights to the United States. The move is expected to help the struggling airline grow revenues as well as enable local industries to increase exports to the American market.Confirming the good news yesterday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.....

Armenian fruit & veg exports to Russia hit 74k tonnes

Armenia’s export of fruits and vegetables since the beginning of the year has amounted to 78,000 tons, deputy agriculture minister Robert Makaryan said today.Speaking at a news conference he said the bulk of the products -74,000 tons- were exported to the Russian Federation - and 3,500 tons to Georgia. Some of.....

India's horticulture production hits record 300Mn tonnes

India's production of commercial horticulture crops touched a record 300 million tonnes (mt) in 2016-17, the agriculture ministry said in its third advance estimate released on Thursday.The latest numbers are an upward revision from the 295mt as per the second advance estimate released in May, and 4.8% higher.....

Egypt's Luna Verde achieves €22m in sales

Luna Verde's agricultural crops have achieved sales worth €22m during the export season that ended in July—the same value achieved by the company last year.Reda El Omari, the chairperson of the company, said his company managed to achieve the same sales as last year in hard currency, but it achieved an.....

Taiwan to send ag ambassadors to Philippines and Indonesia

Taiwan's first-ever young agricultural ambassadors are soon to head to the Philippines and Indonesia as part of the government's ongoing push to establish closer relations with neighboring nations through its New Southbound Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Tuesday.In a press event to.....

Qatar lifts trade relations with Pakistan amidst Gulf blockade

A Qatari shipping company is set to launch what it calls the fastest direct service between Doha and the Pakistani port city of Karachi this week, as the Gulf state seeks to establish new trade routes amid a land, air and sea blockade from its Arab neighbours.State-run conglomerate Milaha is overseeing the.....

African food market predicted to reach $1 trillion by 2030

The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food made in Africa.This is.....

Egypt's Magrabi Ag Company achieves 59,000 tonnes in exports

The Magrabi Agriculture Company achieved a slight increase in exports this year, reaching 59,000 tonnes, up from 57,000 tonnes in 2016, thanks to the increase in grape exports.Ibrahim Al-Banna, director of the Magrabi Agriculture Company’s export department, said that the company relies mainly on citrus in.....

AU mining juggernaut expands into horticulture

The man known for making his fortune in Western Australia through iron ore, Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, has turned his attention to fruit and vegetables.He has announced plans to use centre-pivot irrigation to grow melons, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and onions on land where he grew up, at Minderoo Station, about.....

Increase of Kyrgyzstan’s fruit and veg exports and imports

In the first four months of 2017, the total volume of Kyrgyzstan's processed and canned fruits, vegetables and mushrooms reached 359 tonnes. For the last 5 years, the volume has been reduced by 1.3 times, according to figures from the National Statistics Committee.In 2011, the production volume in this.....

Florida renews call for fresh produce industry protection in NAFTA

As the second round of NAFTA negotiations drew to a close in Mexico City,theFlorida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) renewed its call for new trade rules to protect Florida’s producers of fresh fruits and vegetables.In total, Florida provides an annual economic impact of $12.2 billion. The state’s.....

Notable growth of Chinese share in Russian fresh produce market

According to the Federal Customs Service of Russia, in 2014 the Russian Federation imported 9,068.2 thousand tonnes of fruits and vegetables, with China accounting for 9.6% of this amount. After the trade restrictions were put in place and the rouble rate fell sharply, the volume of imports of fruit and.....

China: Ginger prices continue to rise

The rise of the ginger price in the past few years has increased the enthusiasm of farmers, who are now continuously increasing their ginger production areas, rapidly growing the ginger supply. Simultaneously, China's ginger export is slackening. The chaos both in China and abroad has led to a low ginger price.....

Cool Fresh gets first fruit imports of the season from Turkey

Father/son duo Osman and Resat Aritan of Cool Fresh International have started the new season of imports from Turkey.Osman says that the first loadings of Sultana grapes, Santa Maria pears, Bursa peaches and nectarines and Bursa black figs have arrived at their warehouse in Ridderkerk."After the relative quiet.....

Mobile research facility enables quality control anywhere in the world

A shipping container on the outside and a high-tech research space on the inside. The COOL is a Research on the Move container, which stands in Wageningen this month and is equipped with climatic chambers and state-of-the-art measuring and control devices.Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and Fotein BV.....

The successful 2017 China (International) Fruit Conference

On 1 of September, the China (International) Fruit Conference took place at Intercontinental Hotel in Shanghai. The conference was organized by the China Food andLivestock Import and Export Association and the China Fruit Marketing Association, with help and support from the Shanxi Fruit Industry.....

Irish representatives meet to discuss competition issues affecting EU

Cllr Michael Murphy, head of the Irish EPP delegation to the Committee of Regions, met today with Commissioner Vestager to discuss his draft opinion on Competition Policy. Speaking after the meeting Cllr Murphy welcomed the Commissioner’s engagement with the Committee of Regions and spoke of the robust.....

Maersk reports strong growth in trade between BRICS countries

Trade between the BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has grown strongly this year, figures from the world’s largest container shipper showed on Thursday.Maersk Line, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said its shipments from China to India had increased 26.....

Vietnam's fruit & veg imports pass $1 billion

Vietnam imported fruits and vegetables worth US$1.02 billion in the first eight months of 2017, a year-on-year increase of 94 per cent.Of this, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said, the import value of vegetables was around $200 million, while fruits imports were more than $800 million,.....

Vilmorin-MKS becomes Vilmorin-Mikado

A year after Vilmorin SA and Mikado Kyowa Seed Co. Ltd united, the French-Japanese Business Unit of Limagrain, has changed its name to become Vilmorin-Mikado. A name embodying the roots and carrying the values of the company. "One year after our merger, the new Business Unit has inherited the original traits.....

Joe Granato switches ERP System to Produce Pro Software

Since 1964 Joe Granato Inc.has been supplying fresh produce to the Wasatch front in Utah. With over 53 years in business, their delivery area now covers most of the entire state, offering a full line of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh cut produce.With their growth came the need for a software.....