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Pakistani exports to Russia increase by 10% in 3 months

Pakistan's exports to Russia increased by 10 percent in June, 2017 as compared to May 2017, which was a positive sign for enhancing the trade ties between the two countries. Pakistan and Russia have agreed to sign a Free Trade Agreement for increasing bilateral trade and improving long term economic ties, said.....

CEO shares secrets of food cart success

Potato Corner CEO Joe Magsaysay built the french fries brand into a global franchise business with annual sales of P1 billion (almost 20 million USD).In a publication by the Asian Institute of Management, where he obtained a masters degree in entrepreneurship, Magsaysay shared how the 25-year-old food cart.....

Food prices in Nairobi skyrocket after election

Fresh food prices in Nairobi have shot up amid low stocks, with vendors projecting a further rise as transporters keep off the roads. Prices of foods such as maize, beans, green grams and vegetables, including onions, tomatoes, carrots and cabbages, have risen as demand outstripped supply.Before the elections,.....

NAFTA negotiations could mark end of an era

President Donald Trump's push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, threatening the system that has helped turn the country into a top exporter through low wages, lax regulations and proximity to the United States.With talks set to start on Aug. 16, the Trump.....

Fertiliser trial showing promise for pineapple growers in AU

A trial of a specially developed slow release fertiliser is impressing pineapple farmers on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.Robert Frizzo is happy one year into the trial of the fertiliser that was applied to a field of 73-50 hybrid pineapples, the second most popular variety in the world."We normally side dress.....

Switzerland urges Sri Lanka to use GSP facilities

As bilateral trade recorded a huge 65 percent surge, the non-European Union nation Switzerland has called on Sri Lanka to use its historic GSP facility to boost Sri Lankan exports to the Swiss market further.During a recent meeting with the Minister of Industry and Commerce, Rishad Bathiudeen, the Ambassador.....

Iceland prepares for vegetable export to Denmark

Gunn­laug­ur Karls­son, the CEO of Iceland’s Horticultural Association, says that preparations are under way to start selling Icelandic produce and that Danes are already showing a great deal of interest in Iceland’s greenhouse-cultivated vegetables—particularly cucumbers and tomatoes. There’s even been.....

Nigerian cargo exports increase

According to Ifeoma Okeke from Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, exports have increased in volume by 50%.''When there is a devaluation of the naira or the local currency, it promotes exports because of the exchange rate. When agricultural products are grown locally and taken abroad, people earn that same.....

Millennial shoppers and attractive displays driving fresh produce sales

The sale of fresh produce continues to rise, according to the Power of Produce 2017 study by the Food Marketing Institute. The category increased 3.3% and grew in volume 2.6% over the 52 weeks ending March 19th. That translates to $63 billion in sales.Purchases among Millennial shoppers and purchases of more.....

Spanish stonefruit sector requests increase in withdrawal quota

The organizations representing the stonefruit sector (ASAJA, COAG, UPA, FEPEX and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de España) have asked the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development to request the revision of Delegated Regulation 2017/1165 of the Commission, which temporarily provides exceptional support.....

US (CA): Grant encourages fruit & veg purchase for low income families

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help low-income Californians purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at certified farmers’ markets.The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant will fund the California.....

Boost for Belarusian food exports expected in 2017

Belarus plans to export its food products for a sum of six billion U.S. dollars in 2017, said Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusy."We expect to reach six billion (U.S. dollars) in terms of exports," he said in a recent interview with a local news channel.According to the deputy prime minister, China.....

According to 4 in 5 Brits:

'UK needs more education on origins of food'

The majority of Brits believe consumers need to learn more about the origins of their food, new research reveals. The survey, conducted by Certas Energy, explored the nation's awareness around British agriculture and UK food trade.The survey revealed that more than four out of five people would like to support.....

SH Pratt Group

Luton to get fully integrated logistics facility

SH Pratt Group is to take a lease on a bespoke temperature-controlled distribution facility at DP World London Gateway. The Luton-based firm – one of Europe’s leading fruit importers and ripeners – has agreed a ground-breaking deal to site its new business, named Halo, at the fully integrated logistics.....

Freshfel paper:

Impact of Brexit on the European fruit and vegetable industry

The European fruit and vegetable industry is severely concerned about the impact the ongoing Brexit negotiations could have on its intra-EU trade flows. Trade relations from the EU mainland to the U.K. have been well established for many years and benefited from smooth and seamless trade, thanks to Single.....

UK: Bright future for fruit despite labour concerns

Labour availability and changing weather patterns pose considerable challenges to fruit and vine growers but, armed with the latest varieties, technology and advice, there is a bright future ahead. Visitors to the Fruit Focus event in Kent last week were keen to tackle the issues head-on, debating Brexit.....

Cambodia Quality Horticulture Initiative

Cambodia to receive $5 mln support from NZ

New Zealand is to provide $5 million to Cambodia to support the sustainable development of horticulture over a five-year period, New Zealand’s foreign minister Gerry Brownlee announced on Monday.New Zealand and Cambodia will soon sign a partnership arrangement in Phnom Penh to launch the initiative, according.....

Thais encouraged to eat more vegetables

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation on Tuesday (Aug 8), launched an event to encourage Thai people to eat more vegetables: at least 400 grammes of vegetables a day as recommended by the World Health Organization.Dr Pairote Saonuam, director of the Healthy Lifestyle Promotion Office of ThaiHealth, said that.....

India's ag exports decline by 25%

Data compiled by the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics under the ministry of commerce and industry showed India’s exports of agri and allied products declined by 25 per cent to $24.7 billion for financial year 2016-17, as against nearly $33 billion in 2013-14. In contrast, import of.....

Croatia raises import tariffs and neighbouring countries announce responses

Officials of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Macedonia, Albania and the self-proclaimed Kosovo are planning a joint response to Croatia's decision to increase import duties on vegetables and fruits coming from countries that are not members of the European Union. A meeting of representatives of.....

Horticulture NZ on water policy: "let’s not do this"

Reacting to today’s statement from Labour on freshwater, and in the absence of any detailed policy to go with that, Horticulture New Zealand says "let’s not do this"."Extra costs on growers of fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables will make healthy food more expensive," Horticulture New Zealand chief executive.....

Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards winner announced

The first winner of an initiative seeking to celebrate residents who work in the Western Cape's agriculture sector has been announced.Inga Dlumane, a production assistant at Du Toit Agri Nooitgedacht, won the first regional Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards competition in Witzenberg on 27 July 2017.Dlumane,.....

Sunshine State still on the dry side

This year’s dry season certainly lived up to its name in Florida — and then some. And even though the days of burn bans and brush fire battles seem like a distant memory, following June’s monsoons and a tropical storm-enhanced July, areas around the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) are.....

No end in sight for wildfire emergency in British Columbia

Wildfires are continuing to tear through British Columbia one month after the provincial government declared a state of emergency.Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said the province has seen 904 fires since April 1 and most of the major blazes wreaking havoc are ones that prompted the state of.....

International Banana Congress to analyse new market rules

The change in the rules of the association agreements that 96% of Latin American banana-producing countries maintain with the European Union (EU) will be discussed during the 7th International Banana Congress, which will be held from 26 to 29 September in Miami.The congress is organised by the National Banana.....

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia:

Counter-measures against Croatian import fees

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia issued an ultimatum to Croatia following a meeting of government officials in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo.Serbian Trade Minister Rasim Ljajic said Croatia's neighbors "don't want to enter into the spiral of measures and countermeasures," but they would be.....

Hard times for Indian-Afghan air trade

Tons of fruit are rotting at the Kabul airport after a shortage of cargo planes has left fruit exporters with no way of getting their products to the necessary destinations.Matters came to a head last week, when tonnes of fresh fruits, including apricots and melons, were left rotting at the Kabul airport. The.....

Israeli Ambassador:

'Ghana must invest more in agriculture'

Ghana requires substantial and fresh investments in the agricultural sector if the country is to boost growth of the economy sustainably, the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ami Mehl, has said.He observed that the country’s eight million hectares of arable land lying uncultivated could ensure food security.....

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy:

'Port of Tauranga is biosecurity hero'

The Port of Tauranga has been named one of New Zealand's biosecurity heroes by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy.The port has won the industry category of the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards for its initiative to encourage everyone involved in working around the port to have a better understanding.....

High court trial will start 7th Aug

NZ kiwi growers want accountability for 2010 Psa outbreak

The Kiwifruit Claim says a win in the High Court will provide accountability for New Zealand’s growers, many of whom were severely impacted, or wiped out by Psa-V in 2010.The New Zealand High Court will begin the 12 weeks trial next month to decide whether the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) was.....

Spanish fruit and veg sector keeps a close watch on Brexit negotiations

The second round of negotiations between the European Commission and the United Kingdom for the UK's departure from the EU is taking place this week and Spain's fruit and vegetable sector, grouped in FEPEX, is closely following these talks, as exports in the first quarter of the year totaled 763 million euro.....

Russian inspection finds 'illegal products'

Polish apples destroyed, Kazakh fruit sent back

The Rosselkoznadzor, the Russian phytosanitary service, has intercepted various parties of fruit and vegetables during inspection in the border area with Kazakhstan. Among the items found where Polish apples, which were destroyed. Melons and stone fruit from Kazakhstan were sent back and Egyptian oranges were.....