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Mexico: A system to grow more tomatoes with less water

Scientists from the Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN) Horticulture Department have developed a sustainable system of low cost water recirculation for tomato production in areas with water scarcity.The objective of this system is to produce tomatoes, at a low cost, through the sustainable use.....

China: New hot peppers hit polarised market

Based on the "Three Agricultural Elements of China" we are now in the period in which new hot peppers hit the market in large amounts. A couple hundred traders trade on a daily basis on the chili pepper exchange market, which is located in Zunyi city's Xiazi town. The market price has utterly exploded......

Australia: Lettuce link suggested in hepatitis A outbreak

An investigation has been launched after 12 cases of hepatitis A were confirmed in NSW in the past five weeks. The sufferers are being asked where they have eaten.The cases have been found to be similar to an ongoing outbreak infecting over a 1000 people in Europe that’s suspected to be associated with.....

Hip song about broccoli

Promoting vegetables by giving them their own beat and an energetic videoclip. It’s an idea of the band Rocket Surgeons from Denver, Colorado. They recently launched the Broccoli song, with an accompanying music video, through social media. “With this song, we want to make children enthusiastic about.....

Italy: Delayed harvesting for Radicchio di Treviso Igp

The growth of Radicchio Rosso di Treviso Precoce Igp has been slightly delayed due to the high temperatures in August. Harvesting should therefore start around 7th-8th September.Paolo Manzan, President of Consorzio di Tutela Radicchio Rosso di Treviso e Variegato, confirms that "the weather in August blocked.....

Annual saving of 66,000 kilograms of plastic

Eighty per cent less plastic for snack tomatoes at Aldi Belgium

By switching from 250-gramme cups and 500-gramme buckets to upright bags for snack tomatoes, Aldi Belgium has realised a saving of the amount of plastic used of 80 per cent. The 250-gramme cup is made from 14.4 grammes of plastic, while the upright bag weighs 2.4 grammes of plastic. For the 500-gramme buckets,.....

Rijk Zwaan presents new lettuce type for Asian market

Vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan has extended its product range with a frilly, open lettuce type with the bite of iceberg lettuce. What makes this new Crystal lettuce unique is its exceptional suitability for use in hot dishes. This week, it has been presented to the Asian market during Rijk Zwaan’s Asian.....

Village Farms donates to relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey victims

A vast expanse of 600 miles separates Village Farms’ greenhouse in Marfa, Texas from Houston but the distance to the heart is much closer. Bright and early this morning a Village Farms tractor trailer hit the road to bridge the span of this great distance loaded with fresh produce for the Houston Food Bank......

Italy: processing industry rejecting tomatoes

Over-ripening and scalding with quality not meeting expectations - this is why the processing industry is returning many tomato batches to producers. It is precisely what happened to Paolo Goldin from Rovigo, who made €4,000 less than usual."I talked to other colleagues and it seems all industries are talking.....

Wilco van den Berg, GroentenFruit Huis:

Small emerging markets for Dutch tomatoes

In order to increase the sales of Dutch greenhouse vegetables, it is important to find new markets. For example, since June Dutch sweet peppers have been allowed into China. There are a few emerging countries available for tomatoes, according to a study done by GroentenFruit Huis. In addition to finding new.....

Teboza present with asparagus plants

Interaspa Praxis at Erdbeerhof Osterloh for first time

On Wednesday 6 September and Thursday 7 September, Teboza will be present at the asparagus trade fair Interaspa Praxis. For the first time ever, Interaspa Praxis will take place at Erdbeerhof Osterloh, Halter 21, 49429 Visbek, Germany. The new set-up of this trade fair combines various machine demonstrations.....

South African carrot producer uses AU's example to boost production

Australian know-how proved the catalyst for the largest carrot growing enterprise on the African continent which now produces 200 tonnes a day.Italian farming partners Vito Rugani and Vincent Sequeira have proved fast learners since they first specialised in growing carrots on the high veld at Tarlton, about.....

Australian compost trial doubles ginger production

A trial using cured compost, processed poultry manure pellets and clean seed has almost doubled ginger production in a test plot in Australia.Researchers with Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are investigating ways to increase organic matter to improve soil health and boost yields for the.....

California yields suffer from heat

Higher US tomato market beckons in the Fall

Weather has put a damper on the tomato market this season in the United States. As a result, the market is set to grow as supplies begin to diminish in the Fall. The San Joaquin valley, as well as northern California - the main growing regions where larger-sized varieties are sourced from - has suffered from.....

Ercument Saka, Enes Groenten & Fruit:

“Turkish figs on German shelves more often”

After a slightly calmer summer period, demand for the Cash & Carry trade has picked up again somewhat for Enes Groenten & Fruit in Venlo, the Netherlands. “Cash & Carry is still our core activity, but now the activities have been expanded by import and export and by supplying to wholesaler’s.....

“Prices somewhat disappointing for carrot and onion”

It was a calm period for onions and carrots. “That was due to the holidays in particular. The holiday period is over by now, and everything is starting to recover a bit again,” says Jozef Cool. “We’ve been working hard every day, it’s just prices that are a bit disappointing, both for carrot and onion. There’s.....

AU: New image and strong outlook to launch asparagus season

Asparagus grower and wholesaler, Motta Produce, has launched its 2017 season, which it says is shaping as one of its most promising, with growing demand and exciting internal changes within the company.It was the first time it has held a launch in this way, with a new title, and was highlighted by a charity.....

China: Shenzhen port seizes American broccoli seeds

Recently, when the Shenzhen Huanggang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau inspected a car with a Guangdong and Hong Kong license plate. Inside, they found a batch of broccoli seeds. There were 8 bags with a total weight of 4.96 kilograms, and according to their packaging, they were grown in the United States......

Does cooking boost nutrients in tomatoes and spinach?

Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and the B vitamins, which include folate, leach out of vegetables if you boil them, but some will be retained in the stock, so “use it if you’re making soup,” said Helen Rasmussen, a senior research dietitian at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.....

New factory in St. Petersburg, Russia to lift champignon production

The Russian city of St. Petersburg is planned to get a factory for champignon production soon. The project with the capacity of 10k tonnes annually provides for the construction of a factory, which will include a section for manure and soil.The agreement was signed on Thursday at the 26th International Fair.....

Bulgaria: Imported tomatoes put pressure on domestic production

Bulgarian stores continue to have huge supplies of Polish tomatoes, even though domestic ones are considered to be better and prices are the same. This was stated to Agrozona by Slavi Trifonov, from the National Horticultural Union of Bulgaria. Apart from Poland, large quantities are also imported from.....

Dominican Republic: Green asparagus in the Caribbean

A young determined business, an objective to reach and an exceptional challenge - that of growing organic green asparagus in the Dominican Republic. The first two hectares will be ready to harvest in November-December 2017 (when there is no asparagus in Europe, which imports it from Peru and Chile) and others.....

Foreign demand grows for AU veg exports

Rural Bank’s latest horticulture update found difficult seasonal conditions during late 2016 and early 2017 in Australia saw vegetable exports drop by 3 per cent from January to May.Despite the contraction in the overall volume of Australian vegetable exports, shipments to Singapore increased by 8 per cent and.....

Invasive insect threatens Minnesota veg crops

A new invasive insect has made its way to Minnesota and is now causing damage to certain vegetables and crops. The Swede midge is a small fly that infests cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cabbage, or canola.The insect was first discovered in Minnesota in 2016 by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in.....

Mexico: Puebla loses 50% of hot peppers harvest due to rains

By the end of the Chile Poblano season, 450 peasants from the community of San Rafael Tlanalapan harvest up 4,000 tons of the local chili, but due to torrential rains and the three hailstorms that have been registered in the area, only 50 percent will be picked by farmers to dehydrate, said Sixto Palomares.....

Germany: Hail ravages vegetable farms

A strong thunderstorm hit Stuttgart and the region North of Stuttgard in mid August. The storm was accompanied by hail in some places, such as Korntal-Münchigen, about 20 km away.In the horticulture sector, the farm Busch Gemüsebau with their lettuce production was hit hard. The business is comprised of 7,000.....

September is National Mushroom month

'Shroom Cam' puts the spotlight on mushroom production

The mighty mushroom may be nature’s hidden treasure, but for National Mushroom Month (September), the Mushroom Council’s new ‘Shroom Cam' will reveal its unique production story to consumers nationwide.The 24/7 livestream, available at ShroomCam.com, will place an insightful eye on beds of button mushrooms.....

Siem van der Valk, Bio World:

“Spanish expansion disastrous for organic greenhouse vegetable market”

For years, the market for organic greenhouse vegetables was finished and had shortages, and product availability was its biggest issue for a long time. This year, however, the market made quite a turn. “Two factors have been of major influence in that. In the Netherlands, the area expanded by 15 to 20.....

Victorian Brussels sprouts performing well despite a particularly cold winter

Victoria’s brussels sprouts have managed to get through this winter’s cold snaps unscathed. Bruce Adams, of Coldstream’s Adams Farm, said this season’s colder weather had actually helped.“We had four frosts, but sprouts love the frosts — that’s when they’re at their best,” he said.“When the weather is warmer,.....

Indian state promotes off-season vegetable farming

The Himachal Pradesh government in India has taken several initiatives in terms of new cropping patterns to promote cultivation of off-season vegetables in the state, according to an official release."Himachal Pradesh has already earned a name as the fruit bowl of the country and now the state is fast emerging.....

"Rising demand for young spinach"

When the field lettuce market became tougher, grower Rik Vanackere opted to specialise in babyleaf and young spinach. "There is a good demand for both products. We see growing sales in young spinach in recent years. We supply is all year round. In the summer we produce it in open ground and in the winter in.....

AU: Government funding boosts Flavorite's export plans

One of Australia's largest family owned glasshouse produce businesses, Flavorite Tomatoes, has received funding from the Victorian Government to explore the barriers, and expand its exports of tomatoes and capsicums into China and Japan.The company currently exports into Hong Kong and Singapore, which is.....

Better market environment compared to last year

Lower ginger acreage in Brazil; still enough supplies for US market

Supplies of Brazilian ginger into the US are steady. “Even though Brazil planted about 30 percent less ginger compared to last year, there is enough product available,” says Apanatche Bark with Pommer Fresh Foods. “Last year, large supplies caused prices to be low and growers responded this year by planting.....

Vegetable production in a precarious economic environment compels some Limpopo farmers to enter the fruit sector

South Africa: Bell pepper prices recover

Prices for bell peppers are picking up this week after a period in which, unusually, red peppers obtained lower prices than green peppers due to high volumes of the former.Most pepper growers in Limpopo Province, where the crop is widely cultivated during the winter months, found that peppers coloured very.....

Piet Zwinkels, Zwin Brothers:

“Trade is wronging Dutch radish growers”

This summer, the radish market isn’t anything to write home about. “It’s becoming a bit livelier now, but it’s just not enough,” says Piet Zwinkels of Zwin Brothers in Monster, the Netherlands. With his ‘Zwin’ brothers Kees, Gerard and André he grows and packs radish under the Bon Radish name. The family.....

Dennis Koemans, Davis Europe:

"Brazilian ginger prices climb due to shortage from China"

The price for ginger is high at the moment. "Supply and demand are traditionally lower during the summer. Right now, everyone is waiting in anticipation to see what will happen. The supply from China is currently exceptionally low. The big question is whether this is due to trade speculation or an actual.....

US Amaize sweet corn tour was successful consumer education event

George Crookham, the “Colonel of Corn,” completed a second-year tour where he traveled to the West Coast to educate consumers about Amaize sweet corn. He appeared on Good Day Sacramento, where he was interviewed by “Produce Guy” Michael Marks standing in a cornfield. Crookham also attended numerous retail.....

Worldwide production on the rise

Poor California yields and Chinese supply issues cause tight garlic market

Production of garlic around the world is on the rise thanks to farmers cashing in on limited supplies in recent years. Much of the increased production is due to the fact that more land is being used for growing garlic. The garlic market has been tight due to poor yields in California as well as problems in.....

Spain: Sector considers asking for more aid to tackle cucumber crisis

After hearing about the agreement reached by the German city-state of Hamburg with two Spanish horticultural companies in the framework of the "cucumber crisis", Fepex director José María Pozancos has pointed out that they will ponder what line of action needs to be taken following the damage caused to the.....

China: Market price for garlic from Shandong province in steady decline

In 2017, garlic plantations in Jining city's Jinxiang county covered 40.000 hectares, which is 4 hectares more than the year before. Moreover, the weather conditions this year were better, which caused the output everywhere to increase. Currently, the amount to be stocked amounts to 2.5 million tons.....

Italy: Drought continues to be a problem

"Drought continues to be a problem and there is no sign of rain. It's difficult to carry out transplants. We are trying to make do with the water we have but things are getting worse. We have started harvesting beets, celery, chicory and endive a few days ago and we will start with parsley soon," explains.....

Luscious Fresh launches autumn sugar snap & snow pea export season

“Recently we've been running a snow pea and sugar snap campaign twice a year,” explains Sherry, export manager at Luscious Fresh. “In July we started to plant for our Autumn harvest. July and August are usually wet months in China, known as their rainy season, and this brings additional risks for our harvest......

Cleaning lettuce and vegetables using ultrasound saves resources

By the time lettuce makes it to a customer's plates, it has often gone on a long journey with many washing cycles. This usage of drinking water though is neither environmentally friendly nor sustainable. The joint project "MultiVegiClean" is developing a cleaning facility which cleans heads of lettuce with the.....

China: slight increase in ginger prices

It's been a long time since the last "surge in ginger prices". This year the price rate was stable. However, ginger prices started increasing recently because of the troubles with supply sources and other factors. It was mainly caused by farmers who raised prices. At the moment, there is not much ginger in the.....

“Being a producer is top-class sport every day”

The tomato market has just had a short recovery. “Last week prices recovered again, but this Monday we harvested many products, and prices have dropped again. I’m talking about the loose Prince tomatoes, which I grow myself. The trade isn’t very strong. It’s still the holiday season. Besides, the weather isn’t.....

Almeria, prospects for 2017/18 campaign

Spain: Courgette acreage reduced, while peppers and tomatoes grow

As in every year, the results of the campaigns in terms of prices have an influence on the decisions of producers when planning their crops for the following year. "Normally, the acreage devoted to each crop records changes of between 5 and 10 percent for this reason," explains Emilio Ruiz López, Commercial.....

Italy: Second edition of the International Symposium on Tomatoes

Vittoria (Ragusa) will once again host the Symposium on Tomatoes, organised by the Agrisicilia professional agriculturemagazine. All the details of this second edition were discussed during a meeting in Vittoria. The event will be held on 9th November at "PalAgrisicilia" by Consorzio Promoter Group in.....

Italy: Sipo focusing on exports to Ireland

"Drought has caused and is causing problems. We do have produce available, but not in the quantities expected. We will try to please all of our clients anyway," reports Massimiliano Ceccarini, manager of Sipo. He confirmed that the high temperatures andlack of rain have been worrying producers quite a bit.Sipo.....

Increased competition drives Kenya's veg export value down 15%

The value of vegetables exported during the first half of the year declined by 14.97 per cent due to increased competition in Kenya’s traditional markets.Data collated by the Agriculture and Food Authority shows export value for fresh vegetables dropped to Sh10.79 billion from Sh12.69 billion the same period.....

Mexico: Tomato exports grew by 15%

With an increase in the volume of exports of 15 percent in 2016, compared to 2015, the tomato has positioned itself as the second national product, with greater participation of the foreign market, according to figures from the Country Agri-Food Information System (SIAP). Only beer is above this vegetable in.....

Polish growers find new markets with pumpkins

Polish growers continue to look for new products and markets to fill the gap left by the Russian embargo. Perfect Fruits Company in Poland has found success with switching some of their apple production over to pumpkins, as more Polish customers become more familiar with the squash."We started producing.....

Broccoli helps protect your skin in summer

Broccoli can help protect the skin against harmful UV-B rays during the summer, thanks to its carotene content, which gives it its green colouration, and its antioxidant properties, according to nutritionist-dietitian Júlia Farré, of Centro Júlia Farré.For their part, researchers from the Laboratory of.....

China: Leek prices jump 80% in a fortnight

Hot summer weather, strong sunlight and heavy rain have affected vegetable production. In the middle of summer, market demand for vegetables exceeded supply. The absence of some varieties created a true "vegetable gap".In July, the Ministry of Agriculture set a target that would mean the average prices of 28.....

Investments in local veg key to ending Kenyan food crisis

Malnutrition is common in rural Kenya and is made worse by micronutrient deficiency, a major cause of weakened immunity to diseases, leading to increased mortality among vulnerable groups.Despite many in the country depending on leafy vegetables for nutrition the production and consumption of these indigenous.....

First Australian broccoli exports hit South Korea

In an Australian first, broccoli direct from the Lockyer Valley has been exported to Seoul in South Korea this week. South Korea is Asia’s fifth largest economy and imports more than 70% of its food and agricultural products. The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) which started in December 2014,.....

Spain: Improvement of pepper production with biosolarization

A new thesis from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) has confirmed the validity of biosolarization based on organic amendments as a sustainable and effective tool against pathogens that attack greenhouse-grown peppers, while also achieving increases of up to 46 percent in yields and improving water.....

Violet aubergines successfully introduced in Spain

Violet (or round) aubergines are being introduced into the Spanish market. Originally from Italy, this vegetable is also produced under plastic in Almeria."We've been working with this product since spring this year and we are very happy with the reception it is having in the market, especially in the catering.....

SA food inflation sees marginal decrease to 6.8%

Food inflation in South Africa decelerated to 6.8% year-on-year (y/y) in July 2017, from 6.9% y/y in the previous month. This mirrors the benefits of the higher agricultural output following good summer rainfall across the country. Inflation of vegetable related food products decelerated due to a recovery in.....

Mann’s Nourish Bowls pick up food award

Mann Packing announced its Nourish Bowls™ were honored with a food award from Eat This, Not That! – a print and digital outlet encompassing a website, quarterly magazine, video library, and e-book series on the latest food swaps, weight loss tips, diet tricks, and menu hacks.In conjunction with the award,.....