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Mozambique will soon produce 200,000 tonnes of cashews a year

Maputo, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario declared on Friday that the country will soon be able to harvest 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts a year, thanks to the level of investment under way in this sector.Speaking in Meconta district, in the northern province of Nampula, Rosario noted that.....

Cameroon looks to invest in cashew nut production

Cameroon is a small producer of cashew nuts with an annual production of 108 tons, but the government sees it as an important economic development opportunity for the country.Therefore, as part of the framework of its agricultural development plan, Cameroon intends to intensify Cashew nut production to make it.....

Afghan pine nut traders have been blocked by Pakistan

Pine nut traders in southern Khost province complain Pakistan has blocked transit routes trade and truckloads of their fruits are going rotten.Afghan pine nut traders in Khost claimed the Pakistani military had blocked roads for unknown reasons. Shahzada Zadran, head of Pine Nut Traders Union, told Pajhwok.....

Fall in export prices for Chinese chestnuts

"This year's Chinese chestnut production is 10%-20% higher than last year's, and the quality is better as well. The chestnut export to the Middle East has dropped slightly, while export to America, Canada and Europe is the same as last year. The current export price has dropped 20% from last year," according.....

The high prices of 2015 are but a memory

"Spanish almonds should be standardized to displace American almonds"

Aragon and some high altitude areas of Granada and Almeria are experiencing the death throes of the 2017 almond harvest, in which the price at origin, as already happened in 2016, has fallen when compared to the previous campaign, and even below import prices.Will the levels of the Spanish almond's price at.....

5th Expo Prune Conference in Chile

Chile, the number 1 exporter of prunes in the world, will be holding the 5th Expo Prune Conference, one of the most important congresses for this sector worldwide, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the Monticello Convention Center."This year, the focus of the Expo will be on the 360º quality challenge, its.....

Mozambique soon to produce over 200k tonnes of cashew per year

Mozambique is expected to produce 200,000 tonnes of cashew nuts per year in the short term, according to Prime Minister Agostinho Carlos do Rosário, who backed up his statement with investments being made in the cash crop.The prime minister, who recalled that Mozambique had already exceeded that level of.....

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"We will further expand walnuts in 25 kg boxes this year"

At Tovano, specialised in nuts and dried southern fruits, countless harvests have arrived once again. "Recently the new harvest of apricots arrived. The harvest prospects were good, but hail in the most important phase of the harvest disrupted this. Partially due to this, the prices are up a little," says.....

Canada invests nearly $500K into the hazelnut industry

In a statement, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says it has made an investment of almost $500,000 to the Ontario Hazelnut Association (OHA) “to help develop the hazelnut industry.”Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, says “Launching a hazelnut industry in Ontario is good news for.....

Oregon hazelnut prices down 18% after bumper crop in Turkey

Oregon hazelnut growers will receive a starting minimum price of 96.5 cents a pound for their crop this fall, the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association announced Tuesday.The price, agreed on with the help of a mediator by the association and area packers, was down considerably from last year’s starting price.....

Final 2017 California pistachio numbers imminent

Growers and customers alike are waiting for the final pistachio numbers to be released in order for the market to respond to this season's harvest. The harvest is in its final stages and numbers are expected very shortly. Expectations are for lower numbers than last year. This is due in part to last year's.....

Hurricanes take big bite out of US pecan crop

Hurricanes may have taken a big bite out of the U.S. pecan crop this year, but that’s not likely to stop the annual fall flurry of pies, candies, cheeses and other delicacies made with the popular native nut, officials said.As much as 35 percent of the Georgia crop, totalling 35 million pounds, was lost during.....

Chile promotes its prunes in Russia and the UEEA

A delegation of representatives from the public and private sectors held an intensive working agenda in the cities of Moscow, Russia, and Biskek, Kyrgyzstan with the aim of furthering the deepening of trade relations with Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union (UEEA), comprised by Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus,.....

Bolivia increases chestnut exports

According to Edwin Endara, an executive of the Federation of Trade Unions and Chestnut producers, Bolivian chestnut exports between January and August this year increased by 18 percent when compared to the same period of 2016.According to the official, sales in the first eight months of 2017 amounted to more.....

New brand for Portuguese chestnuts released

Frusantos, a Portuguese company founded in 1982, is launching Saudade – Sabores do Coração, the new brand for Portuguese chestnuts. With internationalisation in mind, Saudade will be presented during Fruit Attraction, the Internacional Trade Show for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry that will take place from.....

Channel 4's 'Superfoods' names prunes as 'the food of the future'

Prunes have been hailed as ‘the food of the future’ on national TV, after featuring on Channel 4’s ‘Superfoods’ programme last week which investigates the purported health benefits of superfoods.Following on from news released by California Prunes in 2016 (relating to research published in Scientific Reports -.....

Threat

Spain: A million almond trees infected by Xylella fastidiosa in Majorca

In the last two decades, the pest Xylella fastidiosa has infected at least one million almond trees in Majorca. Scientist Eduardo Moralejo, who already warned in 2010 of the presence of the bacterium in the island, now confirms that the pest is behind the crop's high mortality, which was initially attributed.....

Australia's Select Harvest declines $334M takeover by UAE fund

Australian almond producer Select Harvests said on Monday it has rejected a A$430.6-million ($334 million) takeover proposal from United Arab Emirates sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company PJSC.Shares in Select Harvests were up 25.5 percent at A$5.27 after the announcement.The company said the.....

Tunisia expects record date harvest

2017-2018 could be a record year for the date sector in Tunisia. Production is expected to reach 305,251 tons, i.e. +26.3% compared to 2016/2017. This exceptional harvest will increase Tunisia’s position amongst the 20 leading date producing countries (dominated by Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, the UAE and Saudi.....

Australia's Select Harvests launches $65m capital raising bid

Hot on the heels of rejecting a $430 million Arab takeover offer, big almond growing and nut processing business, Select Harvests, has launched a share market capital raising bid for about $65m.Select has already placed 10.7m new shares worth about $45m with institutional investors.It will offer more shares.....

Chile: Buyers are paying less for exported prunes

The first seven months of this year for prunes have been contrasting regarding billing and prices, according to data from Chile Prunes and the Office of Agricultural Policies and Studies (Odepa) of the Ministry of Agriculture.The export volume has gone from 32.8 thousand tons in the first seven months of 2016.....

Vietnam's cashew exports up in first 9 months

Vietnam's cashew nut exports in the first nine months of this year surged 26.6 percent on-year to nearly 2.6 billion U.S. dollars.Specifically, Vietnam exported 260,000 tons of cashew nuts, up 1.1 percent, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday.The United States,.....

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Chile: Walnut harvest is practically sold out

The new edition of Chilenut's market reports, a biannual publication, intends to contribute information on the season's closing and the perspectives for the Chilean walnut. It will give an end of the year account for the whole of the country, and reveal how the beginning of the production of the northern.....

California walnut market is concerning as the season commences

The 2017 California walnut season is going to be a challenging one for growers/processors and customers alike as yields look to drop after recent good years. Weather is to blame for the primary impact on California production as well as other regions of the world."It's going to be a unique year in our growing.....

Silvan provides pest spraying solution for AU macadamia nut grower

As macadamia nut orchards have matured over the last 50 years, pest and disease control has become an increasing issue.Dense canopies favour the development of many pest populations and increase the incidence of disease.Macadamia grower, Mark Smith from Astonville in northern NSW said the changing character of.....

4.2K tons of raisins distributed to 6 million students in Turkey

Food agriculture and Livestock Minister Ahmet Ashraf Fakıbaba, in a written statement, has said the coordination of the Ministry of National Education and health "pre-school and primary education to first-stage schools of distribution of Raisins program" continues to apply.The application aims to give.....

China: Winter dates enter their peak period

Over the years, winter dates have become bestsellers in autumn. This year, they have entered the market on time, and three things can be seen now. Firstly, there is a pattern of "early and late". "Early" means that the winter dates have already entered the market in the beginning of June. This is two months.....

Spain: "Everyone wants to plant pistachio"

There is currently a pistachio fever. It is the most demanded nut in the world, with a price that continues to grow (7 Euro per kilo when freshly harvested; 10 Euro for the organic) and consumption is following the same trend, and this is being noticed in El Chaparrillo.The agro-environmental research centre.....

Big differences between northern and southern markets for Chinese chestnuts

As the autumn winds come up, the Chinese chestnuts grow fragrant. For foodies, now is a great time to eat sweet stir-fried chestnuts. In comparison to last year, the market for Chinese chestnuts started one month earlier, but prices are not as good as last year. Statistics show that the overall price for.....

Chile: The potential of raisins for the table grape sector

"Chile has the conditions to have a competitive raisin export industry, which supplies itself with grapes grown exclusively for this purpose," is the main conclusion of the study carried out by the Foundation for Agricultural Innovation.The work was carried out in the framework of the FIA.....

Turkey's hazelnut exports rise 89%

Turkey's hazelnut exports rose 89.2 percent to over 28,000 tons year-on-year in September, a hazelnut exporters’ association said Monday.Turkey earned $187.4 million by exporting 28,111 tons of hazelnuts in September, the first month of the Turkey's hazelnut export season, Ilyas Edip Sevinc, president of Black.....

Packaging change offers lower price point

Freeze-dried snack category continues to evolve

Through re-engineered packaging, Crunchies Natural Food Company is now able to promote a lower retail price point of its freeze-dried snacks. “We’re looking at our core selling items that can be merchandised and promoted, like two for $5 and an entry level pack that’s 10 for $10,” says Scott Jacobson,.....

Spain: Early chestnut campaign estimated to be reduced by half in Malaga

The chestnut campaign has started in the province of Malaga with the harvest of the early varieties, the Portuguesa in Igualeja and Cartajima, the early Bravía in Jubrique, the early Rubia in Genalguacil and the Gallega in Júzcar and other municipalities. These varieties account for a small share of the total.....

Indian walnut imports expected to rise 6% as almonds fall

Indian almond imports in 2017/18 will show a year on year decrease of five-percent to 95,000 MT. This decrease is expected because the Indian festive season begins earlier than the crop harvest in the United States, which will make US imports less attractive.To fill the gap, domestic walnut production is.....

Pakistan vegetable export value increases by nearly 9%

The food exports from Pakistan have surged by 30.06 percent during the first two months of the current fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of last year.The country earned $512.321 million by exporting various food commodities during July-August (2-17-18) compared to the exports of $393.926 million.....

Macadamia shells could be used to help treat poisonings

Scientists have discovered that macadamia nut shells could be a powerful tool for Australian hospitals to use in the treatment of poisonings.Funded by Hort Innovation, and conducted by Murdoch University, the new research shows that crushed macadamia shells could be more efficient than traditional charcoal in.....

Nigeria investing heavily in cashew production as prices see 85% increase

Gains on global cashew prices have jumped by 85 per cent in the past two years and Nigeria is gradually tapping into the windfall.Prices have increased from $750 per metric tonne in 2015 to $1,800/MT in 2017.Amidst the global commodity price increase, exports of Nigeria’s cashew suffered a decline in 2016 when.....

World's second largest date festival underway

Since 1980, the the Unaizah Date Festival, has grown into its present form, a 70-day auction in late summer, generating as much as $300 million through the sale of thousands of tons of dates.The event is the second-largest date extravaganza in the entire world and this year marked the debut of Unaizah’s brand.....

Pecan nuts replacing some vineyards in Lower Orange River region

South African pecan volumes set for steep rise

As pecan orchards are coming into bloom, growers and exporters in South Africa, the third largest global producer of pecan nuts, look back on a season characterised by a weaker exchange rate and overall smaller nut sizes than the exceptional season of 2015/16 when nuts were an estimated 20% larger in.....

Nuts are stars of the segment

Chile: Nuts and dried fruit stand out for their export performance

Nuts stood out as one of the products that had a better performance in last season's exports. According to figures from the Office of Agricultural Policies and Studies (Odepa), under the Ministry of Agriculture, at the end of the period, its shipments abroad exceeded $ 723 million, an increase of 18%......