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Iran adds apples, kiwi, citrus and other ag products to its export promotion policy

The Ministry of Agriculture has listed eight agro products under its export promotion policy and is currently in the process of forming a unified production and supply chains for each.From among the eight products, the apple chain formation is in its final stage.The other products are pistachio, dates,.....

High prices for apples, low prices for cabbage, cauliflower

Polish traders hope that winter will bring better prices

With Polish apple prices the highest they have been in 10 years, Kornelia Lewikowska from Greenbest said that it makes export extremely difficult. "The apple export season started in October, and prices have been rather stable from the beginning, only fluctuating slightly. I haven't noticed a shortage of any.....

Emirates Airways may launch new route to Maputo, South Africa

Emirates Airways could launch a new route to Maputo, South Africa following an agreement with Mozambique's national airline LAM.In an interview with the daily newspaper “Noticias”, Mozambique's consul in Dubai, Jose Bernardo Maneia, explained that the recently signed agreement has led to discussions on how to.....

S.Korea to increase fruit exports to Myanmar to assess potential

South Korea will ship about 37 tons of fresh fruit to Myanmar to assess its potential and build effective distribution channels in the local market, Seoul's agriculture ministry said Thursday.Gyeongbuk Corporation, a South Korean food wholesaler and exporter, will ship 7 tons of apples and 8 tons of pears on.....

Goplasticpallets.com introduce Multitank to improve transport of produce in bulk

Goplasticpallets.com introduce the new Multitank 400 litre IBC — which has been designed to improve the packaging, storing and transporting of food and non-food products in bulk, in a sustainable way.The Multitank’s unique conical design and robust construction means it’s a cost effective reusable packaging.....

Maersk announces ambitious cut to CO2 and revises cold treatment surcharge

In a letter released this week, Maersk head of sustainability strategy John Kornerup Bang called for a concerted effort from shipping to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Maersk also announced they will be revising the cost of Cold Treatment Surcharge effective from 1st January 2018."Raising the ambition.....

Pound tumbles against the Euro due to political uncertainty & inflation rates

The pound has tumbled again against the euro following disappointing inflation rates and political concerns surrounding the government's stability.It has fallen from €1.121 to €1.115, as disagreements among cabinet members regarding Brexit continue.According to the Times, a leaked memo from Foreign Secretary.....

Camposol plans $345M dual share listings on both NY & Lima stock exchanges

Peruvian fruit company Camposol Holding is planning a US$345m initial public offering of shares to be listed on both the New York and Lima stock exchanges.Classed as an "emerging growth company'', the shares will form part of a dual offering, one in the US and internationally, and another in Peru, according to.....

New York awards $1.1M in speciality crop grants

Last week, New York Ag Commissioner Richard Ball announced nearly $1.1 million has been awarded for nine projects to strengthen New York agriculture through research, grower education and promotional marketing of the state’s speciality crops.Funding came via a pass-through from USDA’s Speciality Crop Block.....

Agribusiness contributes more than $23 billion in sales to the Arizona's economy

Researchers with the University of Arizona say agricultural businesses contribute more than $23 billion in sales to the state’s economy.A report released this week by the university’s Cooperative Extension’s Economic Impact Analysis Team also states that agribusiness supports more than 138,000 direct and.....

From January to August, 2017

Morocco was Spain's main supplier of fruits and vegetables

Spanish imports of fresh fruits and vegetables from third countries in the first eight months of the year represented 64% of the total, standing at 1,094 million euro. Five years ago, and in the same period, it accounted for 54% of the total, with 622 million euros, which means imports of fresh fruits and.....

J&K Fresh CEO wins WIT-LA's "Innovative Customs Broker of the Year"

Last Thursday night Lynnette Keffer, CEO and President of J&K Fresh was chosen at the WIT-LA’s Global Trade Awards Gala as “Innovative Customs Broker of the Year.”"WIT-LA recognizes amazing individuals whose efforts have advanced international trade and the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally.....

Pakistan farmers welcome rain after two weeks of toxic smog

The much-awaited rainfall in Pakistan’s twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, as well as other parts of the country, has reduced the intensity of the toxic smog that had prevailed over the last two weeks, which affected the agriculture sector in the country.On Tuesday, rain and thunderstorms were reported.....

India proving to be the "promised land" for Belgian fruit farmers

India is turning into the promised land for Belgian fruit farmers. It is already Belgian apples’ most important non-European market and Belgian pears are also promoted throughout the country.Answer to Russian boycottIn the first half of 2017, Europe exported nearly 35,000 tons of apples to India and about a.....

WTO course helps improve global phytosanitary standards in agriculture

Twenty-three participants from around the world are attending the Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), which opened at the WTO’s headquarters on 23 October 2017. The course is due to run until 10 November.Participants have engaged in hands-on training on SPS-related matters, ranging.....

Italian food processing company 'Conserve Italia' profits hit €3.7M in 2016

Italian food processing company Conserve Italia has said that it reported a turnover of €900 million (+1% year-on-year) and a profit of €3.7 million in full year of 2016.The growth in sales was the result of the positive performance of its foreign subsidiaries, which saw 10.3% sales growth, news portal Ansa.....

Latvia approves VAT reduction for traditional domestic produce

From 1 January 2018, the reduced VAT rate will apply to Latvia's traditional vegetables, fruits and berries. Corresponding amendments to the VAT Law amendments were approved at the meeting of the Seimas Committee on Budget and Finance (taxes) before the final reading.Before the meeting of the commission, many.....

Research reveals how Ghana can maximise gains from trade agreements

The Imani Centre for Policy and Education released new research today on how Ghana can maximise gains from trade agreements with her partners.“Trade has never been a zero-sum game. All that is required to flourish among nations is simply the basic market principle: a willing seller and a willing buyer, at an.....

AU: Agri farmers struggling with rising costs leaving incomes stagnating

Australian vegetable farmers are battling rising labour and energy costs as they compete in a global market.AusVeg chief executive officer James Whiteside said keeping costs under control was an issue for the whole industry because Australian farmers risked losing “global competitiveness.”“It’s very important.....

Strawberries remain central for Swedish trader

Although the core of the business still remains the product they started out with, strawberries, SBK Sweden AB (the Scandinavian Berry Company) now imports and exports a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout Europe."My uncle started the business years ago in a local market selling strawberries. At.....

EU postpones glyphosate renewal as member states fail to agree

The European Commission has once again postponed its decision on the vote for the renewal of glyphosate.The meeting by the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) on Thursday morning (9 November) at the European Commission followed an initial round of votes by Member States that.....

Australian produce prices remain high due to storms and bad growing conditions

Storms disrupting Queensland's fruit and vegetable growing regions have kept some fresh produce favourites firm in price but there is still an abundance of choice for shoppers.Recent hail and rain deluges in the Bowen, Bundaberg and Lockyer regions have pushed up prices of broccoli and cauliflower, with the.....

South African Ag Department warns suppliers of scam

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has noted with great concern a letter circulating on social media platforms, purporting that the department has requested storage facilities from Phumelela Local Municipality.DAFF wishes to distance itself from this operation and wishes to state.....

Pakistan sees potential to increase fruit and veg exports to the UK

UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Rehman Chishti said that the considers Pakistan as an important emerging market and that British businessmen are ready to grow further trade and economic ties with their Pakistani counterparts to avail the available opportunities.He was talking to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce.....

Italy: Wholesale markets more profitable

Mercato di Cesena has performed an analysis to assess the advantages of selling produce through wholesale markets rather than to other facilities. It did so as a way to support the invitation made to young producers urging them to choose market structures.Over the past few weeks, Mercato di Cesena's data.....

Profusion of fresh products all year

NAFTA promotes consumption of fruits and vegetables in the US

American football fans and Americans looking for a healthy diet can thank the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for guacamole.Thanks to these commercial agreements, Americans can buy avocados to make guacamole anywhere from New York to Los Angeles.That's not the only product they can find thanks to.....

How improved logistics could help with the fight against food waste

Approximately one third of the food produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted. To solve this problem, the entire food value chain – from growers to consumers – must work together. Andreas Lenz, Managing Director DHL FoodLogistics, explains how logistics companies can do their part."Approximately one.....

Ireland invests millions into horticulture in hopes of continued success

Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Horticulture, announced the opening of the 2018 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector.Launching the Scheme Minister Doyle said “I am delighted.....

Asean countries call for better packaging to cut fresh produce waste

With 50 percent of the fresh produce of developing countries in Asia lost to insufficient or inefficient post-harvest facilities, officials are now calling for better packaging to help ensure food security and provide better income for farmers.During the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).....

Hong Kong watchdog wants stricter safety checks on imported fresh produce

The government watchdog in Hong Kong has said that the safety control system for imported fruits and vegetables is too relaxed and should be improved.A direct investigation launched by the Office of the Ombudsman found that there was a frequent flow of lorries with vegetables driving through the Man Kam To.....

Fairtrasa Group appoints new COO for Latin America

Fairtrasa Group, an Organic and Fairtrade fruit producer and distributor, has appointed Ben Huyghe, a Panama City-based fresh fruit supply chain expert, as its new Chief Operating Officer for Latin America (COO LATAM). Ben Huyghe assumed the post on October 15, 2017.Ben brings 20 years' experience in the.....

AFH holding group in Qatar joins Turkish Kugu Logistics to launch agri projects

One of Qatar’s largest privately held diversified industry groups, Al Faisal Holding signed a memorandum of understanding with Kugu Logistics, a leading Turkish logistics services company, to cooperate across a number of investments in a fruit and vegetable production farm, a fresh juice production factory and.....

Thai ambassador discusses investing in agri production across Uttar Pradesh, India

Thailand's Ambassador to India, Chutintorn Gongsakdi, called on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday to discuss business ties between his country and the state, an official said.The envoy lauded the state government's initiatives and expressed his country's desire to invest in food.....

Robots in agriculture could help lower pesticide use on farms

Miniature robot farmers may be the answer to concerns over chemical use on farms and cutting down on food waste, as well as easing labour shortages, academic farming experts have said.The drawback is that the machines in question, while developed in laboratories to an advanced stage, are not yet commercially.....

Soil experts raise alarm over decline in Mount Kenya soil fertility

Soil scientists have raised the alarm over decline in soil fertility in the Mt Kenya region, attributing it to lack of micro-nutrients.They said the soil lacked basic micro minerals like zinc, potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous and this affected productivity.Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research.....

Dry weather in Fiji causes fruit & vegetable prices to increase

The cost of vegetables at the Ba Municipal Market in Fiji has increased as a result of the impact of the prolonged dry weather spell on fruit and vegetable farms across the Western Division.Ba Market Vendors Association president Nitesh Prasad said sporadic showers experienced in the division recently had done.....

IrrigationNZ accuses Greenpeace of misrepresenting irrigation funding in New Zealand

IrrigationNZ says that the petition presented by Greenpeace to Parliament today misrepresents how irrigation has been funded and used. It ignores the wide range of benefits to New Zealand from irrigation, as well as the efforts being made to address environmental issues.“Greenpeace has presented a petition.....

South Australia agricultural exports have increased due to new airlines

New airlines and more wide-body planes saw direct exports for South Australia’s agriculture and fisheries industries increase by 50 per cent in the past two years.Last month’s launch of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner wide-body service to Auckland alone saw freight capacity grow from virtually zero to up to 25.....

Fresh Produce Marketing's Lisa Cork joins PMA Board of Directors

With a career spanning more than 30 years in fresh produce, former Californian and now New Zealander Lisa Cork of Fresh Produce Marketing, Ltd. accepted a nomination to join this year’s Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Board of Directors.Most recently a member of both the PMA’s Global Development Committee.....

Expo Pakistan 2017:

Pakistan secures millions of dollars worth of fruit and veg export orders

Pakistan has secured new export orders worth millions of dollars from different countries in the ongoing Expo Pakistan 2017, according to leading fruits and vegetables exporters.“Our members have received a very good response, especially from Indonesia, and we are confident about getting more orders worth.....

Researchers create healthier fruit and veg using genes from red beets

Researchers from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have been working on developing new varieties of vegetables and fruits in new and unconventional colours and with even more nutritional values.They managed to implant potatoes, eggplants and tomatoes with beet genes with excellent results.Thanks to.....

United Nations Climate Change Conference:

Discussion on small-scale farming and sustainable land & water management

During a panel discussion on "The Land and Water Advantage: Is sustainable land and water management compatible with small-scale farming under climate change?" at the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, participants from different organisations met to discuss how to.....

EU to lift import restrictions on Japanese agriculture products

The European Union has decided to lift its restrictions on imports of some agricultural produce from 10 prefectures, such as Fukushima — site of the country’s worst nuclear accident.The partial lifting, decided by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will take effect on Dec 1. The other nine.....

Iran and the EU plan to boost cooperation in agriculture

Iran and the EU will boost cooperation in the food industry, Phil Hogan, the European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said.Hogan made the remarks during a meeting between a European delegation and Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) ‎in Iran’s capital.....

France to regain position as Algeria's top agriculture economic partner

France voiced its willingness to regain its position as Algeria's major economic partner, having been overshadowed recently by other countries."In recent years, France has seen its economic exchanges with Algeria go from 24 percent to 10 percent," French Minister for the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire said.....

Spain: Mercabarna market sells less fruit and veg due to strikes

Barcelona's Mercabarna market has been working normally, despite the strikes called in Catalonia for Wednesday 8 November. Everything continued as on a normal business day, unlike what happened with the strike of 3 October, when there was greater participation. However, fruit, vegetable and fish sales were.....

Global food import prices set to increase by 6%, boost in tropical fruit exports likely

According to the FAO's latest Food Outlook report, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $1.413 trillion - a 6% increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record - driven by increased demand for international demand for most foodstuffs as well as higher freight rates.Of.....

Nigeria reached $597 million in agriculture exports

Nigeria made N212.73 billion (USD $597 million) from agricultural product exports at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016.According to a report, at the end of 2016, agricultural goods, as a share of total trade, received N212.73 billion at 4.02 per cent.“Agricultural goods’ exports were 2.7 per cent higher in.....

UNHCR establishes five perma-gardens in Sudan to boost nutrition

In the Yusuf Batil, Kaya and Doro refugee camps, UNHCR and partners Relief International (RI) and ACTED facilitated climate-smart nutrition-focused perma-gardening training for 190 refugees.As a result, five perma-gardens were established and persons of concern provided with assorted tools comprising hoes,.....

Upper Clutha Farmers Group:

New Zealand: Lake Hawea water issues ignored by ORC

A meeting was held at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on Friday 13 October 2017 with representatives attending from the Upper Clutha Farmers Group (UCFG), Otago Regional Council (ORC), Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and Contact Energy to discuss the impact of Contact Energy continually operating Lake.....

Americans are eating more fruit

The average American consumed 3.5 more pounds of fresh fruit last year than the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The per capita annual increase in 2016 was about 3% and primarily came from more lemons, limes, mangoes and blueberries being consumed, The Packer reported. Dropping in.....

Germany purchased largest ever volume of fruit from Spain

In the 2016/2017 campaign, Germany bought the largest ever volume of fruit from Spain, reaching almost two billion kilos, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and supplied by the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Tax Agency), with code 08 of the Tariff Integrated of the European Communities (TARIC).The.....

New smart-phone compatible device identifies the ripeness of bananas

Spectral images, which contain more colour information than is obtainable with a typical camera, reveal characteristics of tissue and other biological samples that can't be seen by the naked eye.A new smartphone-compatible device that is held like a pencil could make it practical to acquire spectral images of.....

EU to send delegates to study agricultural trade potential with Iran

A 70-strong European Union delegation comprising Europe’s senior officials and economic activists are due in Iran on Saturday, November 11.According to a Farsi report by Fars News Agency, the team are to study the existing potential in Iran to upgrade trade cooperation with Tehran, especially in the.....

Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements

‘We welcome the news that Australia has concluded its FTA negotiations with Peru,’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA).‘The ECA supports the principle of expanding Australia’s FTA network by entering into high quality agreements,’ Ms McAuley said. ‘While multilateral agreements are.....

Dried and fresh fruit exports from Kandaha, Afghanistan hit $51 million

Dry and fresh fruits worth $51 million has been exported from southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan so far this year, an official said on Thursday.Abdul Baqi Bena, head of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) for Kandahar province, said over 11.5 tonnes of dry fruits had been sent.....

Zedpack praises India's plan for new fruit and vegetable export packaging norms

ZedpackPvt Ltdhas noted their approval in India's plan to implement new packaging norms for fruit exports. They believe that product packaging assumes great importance, especially when it comes to food items.“Food packaging is one of the fastest growing segments in the packaging industry due to a significant.....

NL: Koppert develop gel formula to ensure no residue is left on fruit crops

Leading biocontrol company, Koppert Biological Systems, from the Netherlands, has developed a gel formulation for its nematode range that will increase the shelf life of these highly effective biocontrol organisms, and ensure that no visible residue is left on the leaves or fruit of the crop.The product.....

BayWa revenue approximately €12 billion as of September 2017

BayWa AG, of Munich, Germany, has successfully wrapped up the first nine months of 2017 with increases in revenues and EBIT. The revenues of the international trading and services group came to approximately €12 billion as at 30 September 2017 (9M/2016: €11.4 billion).Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT).....

Kenya looking for other ways to boost agriculture exports

Kenya plans to redouble efforts in growing food crops to help diversify exports and boost agriculture, a senior official said on Wednesday.Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett said that under the new approach, Kenya will export food crops, vegetables and fruits to foreign.....