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Ad van der Staaij, Savasun:

“Blocked roads are the first effects of Catalonia's struggle for independence

On Wednesday, Catalonia's declaration of independence was declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court. In various Catalonian cities, thousands of protestors took to the streets on Wednesday to express their discontent about the situation. For Ad van der Staaij of Savasun, who left the parent company.....

What blockchain technology trial in tomatoes could mean for produce industry

Intrigued by how blockchain was changing finance, an ex-banker at Wells Fargo & Co. and a former executive at Nasdaq Inc. began looking for other opportunities. They looked at applying the technology to insurance, law, even music. Then they hit on farming.Raja Ramachandran and Phil Harris met when they.....

Almeria, Spain

New Delhi virus reduces and delays courgette production

The courgette season is developing in Almeria with a lower production that was marked by the impact of the New Delhi virus. The delay in the production is resulting in high prices at the moment."The New Delhi virus has caused a delay in the harvest, which also means that production is delayed. This is a.....

Agronomists across Ghana undergo training to increase veg production

About 30 agronomists across the country have undergone training to boost vegetable production in the country.The training under the auspices of GhanaVeg with support from the Department of Applied Plant Research of Wageningen UR in the Netherlands, aims to improve farmer productivity, post-harvest management.....

This small part of Pennsylvania produces half the US mushroom crop

In a small section of Pennsylvania, indoor farms are producing more than a million pounds of mushrooms every day.Farmers in Chester County, Pennsylvania, have been producing mushrooms since the late 1800s. Today, the industry generates hundreds of millions of dollars in sales each year for Chester County,.....

Spain: Cordoba expects reduction in garlic acreage

The garlic sector is no stranger to the impact that shortages of rain can have on agricultural. This was confirmed last week by the largest producers in the province of Cordoba, who held a meeting at the headquarters of Asaja-Córdoba in order to analyse the current situation in the sector, as well as to.....

China: Prices for old ginger from Jinan have fallen

According to statics from the Lixia District of Jinan, the price of old ginger in Carrefour's has fallen. On 2, November, the kilo price was RMB 4.98, down by 14.1% compared to last month but it remains at the same level as the price from the same period last year.There are a few reasons for the falling price......

Scientists invent app to increase Australian's vegetable consumption

Scientists have invented an app to take on the nation’s poor vegetable intake, as new research shows two thirds of Australians aren’t getting their daily veggie needs.The CSIRO’s new VegEze app aims to encourage healthier eating habits for the long-term, by getting users in the swing of a new routine through a.....

Supplies of imported asparagus to tighten up in North America

Imported supplies of asparagus are at healthy levels, for now. “Right now supplies are good. We’re in the backside of the Peruvian peak and the Mexican fall peak,” says Walter Yager of Miami, Fl.-based Alpine Fresh, Inc. He notes supplies will likely be good throughout November, though December will be a.....

Oversupply of romaine hitting the market in the US

After a tight early fall supply of romaine hit the market, supplies are back up to healthy—if not oversupplied—levels. “Supplies of romaine are plentiful. All the growing areas are overlapping unfortunately,” says Dan Andrews of Bakersfield, Ca.-based Dan Andrews Farms, who adds that volume is slightly up this.....

Researchers continue to increase significant amount of antioxidants in tomatoes

University of Hong Kong researchers have generated "super tomatoes" by boosting antioxidant properties through genetic engineering.But they admit there is a long way to go before the tomatoes are ready for human consumption.The university's School of Biological Sciences collaborated with the Institute Biologie.....

Dirk van Nieuwkerk, Anaco Greeve:

"Growers can't complain with the current tomato prices"

The switch from the Dutch to the Spanish tomato season is going very well according to Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco Greeve. "A number of Dutch growers are already finished, others will run out this week or next. Spain is starting slightly later and this means no one is in each others way. All in all a good.....

Tasmania's vegetable growers recover from the very wet season

An industry scorecard shows the impact of huge rain events and seasonal conditions on Tasmania’s vegetable growers.In 2015-2016, two big rain events and a dry spring led to a drop of 12.4 per cent in the value of the sector.Figures from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.....

Tanimura & Antle launch “Artisan of Entertaining” promotion

Employee owned family farm, Tanimura & Antle, announced this week the launch of a web-based fall consumer promotion to fuel their Thanksgiving holiday pull of Artisan Lettuce and Artisan Romaine, “The Artisan of Entertaining”.From November 7th through November 28th, the company is offering consumers the.....

The UK grows Mediterranean black truffles

The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the most expensive condiments in the world, has been cultivated successfully in the United Kingdom, while climate change is threatening its native habitat, as confirmed by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd (MSL).The truffle was.....

Italy: Tuscan nursery produces olive tree resistant to Xylella

"Leccino CSS 02 Minerva" is one of the clones patented by Vivai Attilio Sonnoli (Pistoia). A scientific assessment carried out by Istituto per la Protezione sostenibile delle piante-CNR in Bari reported that, in addition to being resistant to cold temperatures and producing larger olive quantities of a better.....

China: Pumpkin DNA mapped

Pumpkin DNA has been mapped in Beijing. The study was published in the Molecular Plant journal and was carried out by the Boyce Thompson Institute (Bti) and the National Research Centre for Vegetable Genetic Engineering.The DNA was obtained from the two most common pumpkin species -Cucurbita maxima.....

China: Exports of edible mushrooms from Hubei grow by 34%

Statistics of the entrance and exit border Inspection and Quarantine Office have shown that from January to October exports of edible mushrooms from Hubei reached 977 million USD, which is 34% more than the same period of last year and already more than the total amount of exports of last year. This indicates.....

China: Price of celery drops by 50%

Because of the gradual increase of vegetables present on the market, the price for vegetables has started to fall. The recent price drop is relatively visible for Western celery, because, according to new statistics on the market, celery has dropped in price by 13.33% which is 53.57% lower than last year. Liu.....

“Production has been less cautious than in previous years”

The domestic season is reaching its end. Krist Hemerlinck of Belgian organic greenhouse vegetable company EcoVeg looks back on the past season.“The quality of domestic products is still above average. This is remarkable, because quality usually decreases somewhat near the end of the season. I think it’s.....

Vegetable prices in Nepal's capital city keep increasing

As the price of most vegetables in the Kathmandu market is ever increasing for over two weeks now, traders have commented that the hike marked a new record.It seems there is no problem in the supply system, but the price is unexpectedly increasing daily.Deputy Director of Kalimati Vegetable and Fruit Market.....

Tomato and onion prices skyrocket in Pakistan

An unequal supply and demand of commodities in Pakistan has led to an increase in prices. For the past few months, citizens have been forced to buy vegetables at higher rates.Since September, vegetables, that were once economical, have become unaffordable for many. The prices have risen by up to 400%, from.....

Air Atlanta Icelandic inks deal to increase Kenyan vegetable exports to EU

Air Atlanta Icelandic has signed a long-term ACMI deal to place a 747-400 freighter with Network Airline Management (NAM) and Astral Aviation.The added capacity will help NAM expand its perishables capacity for exports of flowers and vegetables from Nairobi to the United Kingdom. On Nov. 7, the freighter made.....

Russia in no hurry to expand imports of Turkish tomatoes

Russia will not rush with the expansion of Turkish tomato supplies at the expense of new enterprises.This was stated by the head of the Russian Agriculture Ministry, Alexander Tkachev, in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel, RIA Novosti reported."We will look at the quality of Turkish products, and how.....

Russia says it is in no hurry to expand imports of Turkish tomatoes

Russia will not rush the expansion of Turkish tomato supplies at the expense of new enterprises.This was stated by the head of the Russian Agriculture Ministry, Alexander Tkachev, in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel, RIA Novosti reported."We will look at the quality of Turkish products, and how these.....

UK: Pea and Bean Conference comes at crucial time for industry

This year’s UK Vining Pea and Bean Industry Conference comes at a crucial time for the industry according to Coral Russell of the British Grower Association. The conference, which takes place in Peterborough on Tuesday 21st November, will provide information on issues including the state of the pea market,.....

UK: Broccoli and carrots price have risen 36% and 27% respectively since last year

The price of a basket of groceries is creeping up ahead of Christmas with seasonal broccoli and carrots leaping in price compared with this time last year, figures show.A basket of 35 popular items cost £85.22 in October, up from £84.90 in the previous month, according to the mySupermarket monthly groceries.....

Australia's hazelnut and ginger industries forecast to boom

Two of Australia’s smallest horticulture industries are about to boom. The next five years will be the biggest and best for hazelnuts and ginger, which are expected to see huge increases in production. Demand, and breakthroughs in pest and disease control, are creating fresh opportunities for the two.....

US domestic Fall squash sales are “brisk”

2017’s domestic fall squash supplies seem to be on par with 2016’s. “We have seven varieties of fall squash in our organic production plan--Acorn, Butternut, Delicatta, Kabocha, Red Kuri, Sugar Pie and Spaghetti,” says Brenda Haught of Bakersfield, Ca.-based Creekside Organics, Inc. “Sales have been brisk and.....

Consumers do not want Rheinland's savoy

Savoy cabbage not popular in Germany

For years, Rheinland has been the region in Germany where the most brassicas are grown. One of these is savoy, which is available during the entire year because it is easy to store. In Rheinland, almost a third of the German Savoy cabbage supply is grown on a total cultivation area of 300 hectares. The.....

AU: Farming not all about the profits for North Queensland team

Belinda Williams and Michelle O'Regan have been farming together for over 14 years, but for them, it's not all about the profits.The couple are part of an all-female management team running Stackelroth Farms, near Bowen. The farm is 120 acres, which in years gone by, focused on capsicums. Their main crop now.....

Switzerland:

Coop launches reusable bag for fruit and vegetables

Coop Switzerland has recently started offering customers the opportunity to use a reusable bag for fruit and vegetables. The so called Multi-Bags can be used repeatedly and are made of FSC certified cellulose. Now all customers can choose the ecological alternative instead of the disposible plastic bags when.....

Southeastern US

Short green bean supplies result in tight market

Supplies of green beans continue to be short as growers struggle to recover from hurricane activity that swept through the southeast in September. The winds and rains from Hurricane Irma reduced volume significantly and created a shortage in the market which, so far, has been unable to be met. The season is.....

Ellen van Kester, Horticola Guadalfeo:

“Blue Marazul tomato very popular on Spanish market”

Spain hasn’t yet had many tomatoes available for export. “Up till now, the tomatoes came from Sierra, but these productions in the mountains are now reaching their end. These tomatoes are not export quality any more either. In coming weeks, more supply of new production from the coastal region will become.....

EU removes ban on Ghanaian vegetables

As from 1st January 2018, Ghanaian farmers will be able to resume exports of all plant commodities to the European Union (EU) market.This follows the European Commission's decision to lift the current ban on the exports of five plant commodities from Ghana to the European Union (EU) market on 31st October.....

$200k in damage after "worst storm in 30 years" hits Australia

A farmer located in Alstonville, Australia said Sunday's storm was the biggest he has seen in 30 years.Tom Silver said in the time his family has owned the avocado farm in the Ballina Shire he has never seen a single event destroy crop as this one did."It takes a real toll on the avocado crop for next year.....

Inflation in Tunisia on back of vegetable prices

The inflation rate in Tunisia rose sharply in October 2017, compared with the previous month to reach 5.8% against 5.5% recorded in September.According to the National Institute of Statistics (INS), this growth is mainly due to the acceleration of the rate of increase in food and beverage group prices by 7.2%.....

Tomato prices skyrocket in India's capital amidst supply shortage

There is no respite from skyrocketing prices of tomatoes in the retail market of the India's Capital despite the Delhi Government issuing warning to hoarders and traders a few days ago.The rise in prices is being attributed to massive crop failure in tomatoes producing States. With the Azadpur Mandi receiving.....

EU tomato prices remain well above average

Average tomato prices across the EU were well above average throughout the entire 2017 season, starting at €1.44/kg in January (as opposed to the 5-year average price of €0.93) and hitting €1.19/kg in October (as opposed to the average of €0.87).For years now, Italy has consistently been the EU’s largest.....

Light US supplies mean high demand for carrots

Carrot supplies are looking light. “We’re pretty limited especially on larger sized carrots,” says said Chris Smotherman with Kern Ridge Growers in Arvin, Ca. “The summer was so hot I think that it stunted some of the growth that we had coming out of our Bakersfield crop and they’re just behind where they need.....

Shiitake great alternative for pickled herring in Sweden

Swedish mushroom producer Hällestadsvamp AB has been awarded second place for the Skane Gastronomiska 2018 innovative food award for their pickled shiitake mushrooms, an alternative for pickled herring."Pickled herring is a very important product in Sweden during the Mid-summer, Christmas and Easter holidays.....

Warning for return of "Tomato Ebola" in Nigeria

The Vice President of the National Association of Agribusiness Group (NABG), Mr Emmanuel Ijewere, has alerted farmers in Nigeria of the return of Tuta-absoluta, known as Tomato Ebola.He made the disclosure of the possible return of the disease, at a one-day Tomato Price Stabilisation Forum, held in Kaduna,.....

Henan Wanbang International Market: price for Chinese leek roses in October

This month the price for Chinese leeks on the Wanbang International market in Henan stood on average at 2.62 RMB/kg, while last month this was only 1.73 RMB/kg; and last year 2.15 RMB/kg. Thus, the price has gone up by 51.19% within a single month, and 21.66% within a year.Chinese leeks sold on Wanbang.....

US: Successful growing season with new arugula varieties

The autumn season represents another growing cycle for arugula and Tozer Seeds America (Tozer) is at the forefront of developing and breeding new arugula varieties. Recently, Tozer introduced four new lines of arugula: Ares, Athena, Apollo, and Aphrodite.Ares, Athena, Apollo, and Aphrodite all display strong.....

"Spanish garlic has entered new markets and is there to stay"

"The price of large onions is rising every week"

The harvest of onions for storage (or Grano de oro, as they are known in the sector) has finished this week. The stored onions will be marketed until the spring of next year, depending on how the season goes."We started harvesting and selling Grano de oro onions in September, when we had finished harvesting.....

Spain: White Tudela artichoke campaign 15 days early

The White Tudela artichoke campaign, which usually begins in mid-November, has started two weeks earlier this year. The main reason for this is the mild temperatures that have been recorded in the Peninsula, which have accelerated the ripening of many vegetables.This variety is typically Spanish and it wasn't.....

Broccolo di Torbole from the Garda Lake

A hundred thousand plants, few producers. and broccoli so sweet even the leaves can be eaten, whose survival depends on two winds blowing from the North and the South. We are talking about Broccolo di Torbole, which only grows in a narrow valley part of the Nago Torbole and Arco municipalities in the Trento.....

Spain: Andalusia grants aid to modernise asparagus sector

The Government of Andalusia has granted aid totalling more than 530,000 Euro to two asparagus cooperatives of the Poniente to encourage the modernization and improvement of the crop's production processes and distribution. The Board has revealed in a press release that the companies that will receive the funds.....

Bulgaria is the EU’s biggest pumpkin producer

Bulgaria is the largest producer of pumpkins and squash in the European Union (EU), as shown by Eurostat statistics for 2016. Nearly 12 thousand hectares have been devoted to this crop. In the past year, domestic producers have harvested over 130,000 tonnes. A year earlier, the production of pumpkins reached.....

California celery market set to heat up during holiday season

The celery market is set to heat up as supplies drop off and demand picks up over the next few weeks. The Salinas season is currently slowing down as production steadily moves south, first to Oxnard and then to Yuma as winter approaches."The celery market has been depressed the past few months but we expect.....

US cabbage growers have the market to themselves

As it braces for the import season to start in December, right now supply of domestic cabbage is healthy. “Supply of cabbage is good right now. We’re now cutting in Carolina and Delaware and we’ll start in Georgia starting next week,” says Calvert Cullen of Va.-based Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc.,.....

Prominent to start with snack tomatoes in 2018

Dutch tomato specialist,Prominent will enter the snack tomato sector next year. "It has become a substantial retail sector, and clients often ask us for this product", says Prominent's Gert-Jan van der Meer. "Prominent already supplies a wide variety of tomatoes, and this is an opportunity to further expand.....

China: Price of winter vegetables doubles

In November, Beijing saw large quantities of winter vegetables enter the market. Compared to prices in previous years, the prices for Chinese cabbages and radishes have been dropping. The prices for winter vegetables, however, still remains high.A market analysis shows that there is one main reason for this.....

Nicoline Vaalburg, Boer Ted:

“Scarcity of small sized celeriac in the Netherlands”

“The harvest of celeriac is enormous this year. I’ve heard from many growers that they have never had this many tubers per hectare,” says Nicoline Vaalburg of Boer Ted. However, there’s also a but. “Sizes are large, so everyone will just have to wait and see if they can get good prices. When sizes are smaller,.....

Ukraine: Tomato prices fall by up to 40%

Tomato prices are falling quickly on the Ukrainian market, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits. According to its daily monitoring, the product became 33-40% cheaper over the course of last week alone.At the end of last week, greenhouses were managing to sell tomatoes at prices oscillating between 15 and.....

Ukraine cultivating unique black garlic

The company Mr. Garlic, based in Dnipro, Ukraine, is now producing black fermented garlic for the first time. The firm exclusively uses domestic raw materials for the crop's cultivation and the production capacity exceeds 200 kg per month. This was reported by sales manager Daria Mirzahmetova, as cited by.....

Largest intelligent agricultural greenhouse built on Chinese soil

A few days ago, the first intelligent agricultural greenhouse was opened in Dezhou (Shandong province). The intelligent agricultural greenhouse in Linyi county, taking up 7 hectares, has officially started business. One greenhouse occupies 7 hectares and has a total investment of 170 million RMB. It has a.....

US: Leafy green vegetables a multi-billion-dollar industry in Arizona, report finds

A recent report released by The University of Arizona looked at the importance of leafy green production as a major contributor to agribusiness sales in the state.Mark Killian, director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, said the economic impact is sizeable.“In Yuma, from November to May, it produces.....

France: McDonald’s Grand Veggie burger

McDonald’s is testing a new vegetarian burger, the Grand Veggie, on their menu. The vegetables used are produced by a Val de Saire farmer in the Manche, Etienne Godan. He already supplies McDonald’s with salad, and now also cabbage. Delphine Smagghe, Vice President of Purchasing, says that “When we decided to.....

Argentina: Garlic quality recovers after last season's problems

Last season, Argentinian garlic suffered serious issues due to the devastating effects of the El Niño phenomenon, but for the current season, which will kick off with the harvest in late October or early November, these problems have been overcome, so the garlic produced in Argentina is again of first.....