Top 5 -yesterday
- Canadian grower adds space to indoor strawberry farm
- Egyptian sweet potato season has become more challenging every year
- Taking a peek at the 2022-2023 Peruvian grape season
- Potato growers ask McCain Foods for 78% price increase
- "This is the first year in which we will no longer sell a single kilo of seeded grapes"
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- Schoeman Boerdery extends a hand to a hundred rural communities
- No workforce means that fruit remains on trees
- “Japanese market is very demanding when it comes to fruit quality”
- “Citrus from South Africa, Egypt, Morocco and Argentina are highly sought after in Baltic”
- Fate of South African oranges en route to Europe discussed at highest political levels
Onion harvest Ukraine forced to start
Russia: “Europe must address illegal export”
Russia: “Europe must address illegal export”
At a meeting between Russia and Europe, the Russian phytosanitary service and customs have discussed illegal import of fruit and vegetables. In the past weeks, several shipments were intercepted. The phytosanitary service says it reports violations in a timely manner, but it gets no response from Europe. The Russians see the banned products arrive at the border with professionally falsified documents. Europe is asked to look into the situation.
Small growers in Rostov worried
Although most small and medium agricultural companies in Rostov would love to supply their products to large retailers, in practice that turns out to be difficult. Retailers prefer working with large batches, but the small farmers are also said to be supplanted by illegal import. Some retailers are reported to import products illegally, replacing the labels. According to the authorities in Rostov, the region has enough potential to deal with the lost import, but for that, Russia would have to invest more in small and medium farmers.
Prices Rostov continue to go up
According to statistics for the first nine months of this year, prices for basic products and services in the Rostov region have gone up by 7.1%. On average, prices in Russia went up by 6.3% during this period. The increase is higher this year than in the same period last year, when prices went up by 4.9%. The price increases aren’t the same for all products, however. The changes vary from a 17.1% decrease for seasonal vegetables, to a 15.9% increase for citrus prices.
Twenty requests short-time working
The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment has enabled short-time working for companies hit directly by the Russian sanctions, starting November 1. Until the end of October, twenty companies have filed a request for a total number of 113 workers. 12 of the requests have now been approved, for a total of 68 employees. To be eligible for the plan, a minimum of 20% work reduction has to be reported over a period between 2 to 24 weeks.
Ukraine forced to harvest
Ukrainian onion growers are waiting until the last moment to harvest their onions. Due to low demand and prices, growers started harvesting at the end of October. The harvest was partially necessary because of the low temperatures, but part of the harvest turned out to be frozen already. The growers who were able to harvest in time, having the onions in storage before the frost, drove up prices by 25%. Prices are fluctuating between 0.09-0.12 euros per kilo.
Melon export important for Russia
An Intesco Research Group study shows that melons take up an important position in the market. In 2013, melons were said to make up 25% of export. Although export didn’t increase as much as in 2012, the export amounted to 18 million tonnes. The traditional and largest cultivation areas are Volgograd, Astrakhan, Stavropol and Krasnodar. The main export markets were Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia.
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