Lao government instructs ministries to streamline goods export

The Lao government has instructed ministries to streamline procedures to facilitate trade and speed up freight transport and the export of goods. The move aims to facilitate…

Covid lockdown is costing Shanghai its top trading hub title

The fallout of China’s Covid Zero policy is starting to show in Shanghai’s financial markets, as the city is losing its top currency trading hub title. Shanghai handled fewer…

Sri Lanka: DIMO buys fruit & vegetable export firm

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) has acquired a fruits and vegetable export firm for Rs. 450 million. This step reinforces its strategic shift to value-added…

Hawai`i Department of Agriculture

HDOA is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Fiscal Year 2021

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Market Development Branch is currently accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Fiscal Year 2021…

OP Sa Marigosa

Energy crisis puts companies in the primary sector at risk

"After several months of stalling, consumption has picked up in recent weeks. This is by virtue of high temperatures that are abnormal for the period, encouraging the consumption of fresh, thirst-quenching produce such as fruits and vegetables. Farmers have been affected by the increase in raw materials;…

Skyrocketing price of fertilizer and pesticides cause food and vegetable price rises

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Grocery prices soar due to supply problems

Across Australia, prices for fresh fruit and vegetables are expected to soar over the coming weeks as supply chain woes continue to affect supermarkets. Flooding in March and…

By Fair Export of the Lulu group of Hypermarket

India: 1.2 mln tons of vegetables and litchi exported to Gulf countries

A consignment of 1.2 million tons of okra, scarlet gourd and litchi was exported to the Gulf countries by Fair Export of the Lulu group of Hypermarket from Lal Bahadur Shastri…

Poll: Americans see produce essential to personal and planetary health

Despite overwhelming public acceptance of fruits and vegetables as essential to the health of their families, kids and the future of the planet, close to half of all Americans largely ignore the benefits of eating produce. These are among the highlights of a March 2022 survey conducted by Dole Food…

Mattina Fresh

Pear season underway with strong demand and export program to recommence

Australian fresh produce company, Mattina Fresh has transitioned from its summer stone fruit season to the winter pome fruit season, with the commencement of its pear packing. National Sales Director, Tom Panna explains that he has seen more demand for pears in recent times, and a large reason for that…

Interview with Huizhan Wholesale Merchant

"Choosing the right direction is the foundation of our sustainable development"

Zhejiang Sango Trading Co., Ltd. is a service-oriented fruit industry chain enterprise, integrating overseas trade, domestic wholesale, terminal retail services, and planting and processing. Currently, it has established outlets in major regional wholesale markets across the country. Faced with the…

"Energy inflation is forcing people to look closer at ways of reducing consumption while maintaining product quality”

The whole fresh produce supply chain is under pressure due to inflation in energy, production and labour costs and food waste has long been a topic of discussion. Can technology help retailers to deliver fresher produce for consumers while also reducing their costs? IMS Evolve has been in the business of…

‘Ideal timing’ sparks $13.7M vegetable, onions and melon trade effort

Australia's melon, onion and vegetable growers have joined forces to develop a $13.7M export development program, through Hort Innovation, at a time of rising trade capacity…

Pandemic and increased demand lead to higher fruit prices

The prices of five of the most consumed fruits by Brazilians rose from 32% to 46% at the state-owned Ceagesp warehouse in the capital of São Paulo between April 2020 and 2022,…

Abrafrutas president arrives in Morocco and sees good opportunities for Brazilian fruit growing

The president of the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Derivatives (ABRAFRUTAS), Waldyr Promicia, participating in the government delegation with…

Sky-high prices for just about everything—except the price paid to the farmers for their crops

Not enough water. Too much money in circulation. Sky-high prices for just about everything—except the price paid to the farmers for their crops. All of these and more have…

Fairtrade:

Farmers and workers ask to be put at the heart of due diligence legislation

While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created over 70 years ago, its aspirations continue to be unfulfilled for millions of farmers and workers around the world. To this day, human rights abuses and environmental violations remain prevalent in agricultural supply chains and global trade.…

Case study:

Increasing UK–Kenya trade and investment in the horticulture sector

This joint project between the Growth Gateway and Trade Connect programmes focuses on how the UK government is supporting African exporters.The Kenyan horticultural sector…

CBI-supported businesses find the right connections at Fruit Logistica

This year, CBI presented carefully selected quality suppliers from Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Jordan at the Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, Germany,…

What do high fuel prices mean for farmers and crops in Ontario?

Greater Toronto Area farmers are feeling an added frustration this growing season with the high price of fuel. “We just have to buy it and use it,” farmer Bill Eek, who grows…

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DEFRA publishes horticulture Statistics

UK: Value of protected vegetables increased by 6.9% to £374 million

These statistics cover area, production, trade and valuation of horticulture crops in the United Kingdom from 1985 to 2021. The published data is available in the accompanying dataset; including estimated data for individual fruit and vegetable varieties and aggregated ornamental production. Key Messages…

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'Old-fashioned' merriment at VBT, LAVA, KDT's AGM

"After 1,079 long days, we can finally meet in person again." That is how Luc Vanoirbeek kicked off the Belgian Horticultural Cooperative (VBT), Logistics and Administrative Auctions Association (LAVA), and the Expertise Center for Sustainable Horticulture's (KDT) reception. After the annual meeting, the…

Drought in Poland threat to global food market

The problem of drought is, next to the war in Ukraine, a serious threat to the global food and agricultural market. There is probably no place on earth that has not been hit by drought. Nevertheless, it is also a problem to reach the general public awareness, especially in Poland, which has been in a…

Flood-impacted Lockyer Valley growers unable to keep on staff

Farmers in Queensland's Lockyer Valley are having to let go of their workers in the wake of another severe flood, which coincided with the beginning of the horticulture…

Japan considers government body for protecting plant varieties

The Japanese government is considering taking tougher measures to protect high-end fruits and other farm products developed in the country. It Agriculture Ministry is…

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

RCEP will maximize agro exports of the Philippines

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez again countered the statement that the country’s participation in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership…

Northern Mexico: Droughts could cause € 590 million of agri losses

Currently, 60% of the municipalities in the north of Mexico are suffering severe to exceptional droughts, leading to losses in productivity. These droughts could affect not…

Jamie Willis - Swaggie

"We facilitate connections between prospective workers and employers"

The labor shortage in Australia has been well publicized. Normally the country would have 300,000 backpackers to fill jobs, but they have been slow to come back after the pandemic closed the borders. With an unemployment rate of just 3%, the horticulture industry, in particular, is struggling for workers…

"No matter how much we want to plant, there's a huge demand, and it is still going to sell out"

Australian pomegranate demand already exceeding supply for a new WA grower

A Western Australian pomegranate grower was unable to keep up with the huge demand for the fruit in its first season of commercial production. Co-owner of Gingin Pomegranates, Bassam Al Haify says that due to some unfavourable weather events volumes were lower than initially hoped for, but the quality…

Jo Palmer, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Supporting Tasmanian fruit and vegetable growers with the costs of netting

The Tasmanian government issued the following Press Release: As a Government, we are delivering a range of measures to future-proof Tasmanian agriculture and manage risks to…

Visit of the delegation of the Catalan-Brazil Chamber

A delegation from the CCBC visited the CMR GROUP headquarters in order to learn about the modern management, storage, packaging and distribution processes implemented at the Group's headquarters in Barcelona. On May 10, the members of the Catalonia-Brazil Chamber had the opportunity to see first-hand the…

Cuba: Farmers combat land degradation with sustainable management

At the end of 2021, Cuba had 226,597 farms, 1202 of which had agroecological status while 64 percent of the total – some 146,000 – were working towards gaining agroecological…

Launching e-certification system: A collaborative “game changer” between South Africa and the Netherlands

On 9 May 2022 South Africa launched an e-certification system that it developed in collaboration with the Netherlands. According to Food Business Africa.com, this system is a “game changer for local and foreign inspectors who have to process fruit and vegetable exports”. The system has been operational…

‘Measures have practically broken all trade routes in and out of the country’

Kremlin official admits Western sanctions are indeed taking a toll on Russia

A top Kremlin official has admitted that Western sanctions are taking their toll on Russia, after they were imposed over Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. Minister of…

E.Leclerc Observatory survey

“70% of the French admit not buying fruit and vegetables because they are too expensive”

According to a study conducted by Ipsos for the E.Leclerc Observatory of New Consumption. 96% of the French are feeling the increasing cost of grocery shopping. As a result of…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Panama steady compared to last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.90 for bananas…

Radford Software

Unprecedented demand for fresh produce software company after remote packhouse solutions installation

A leading New Zealand fresh produce software provider says it is receiving unprecedented demand for its services, particularly following the latest successful implementation of its packhouse solutions. Earlier this year, Radford Software onboarded leading Australian asparagus producer and distributor…

Cape Town vendors welcome renewed suspension of permit payments

Hawkers of fruit and vegetables in Cape Town have welcomed the decision by City officials to suspend traders’ permit payments for another six months. Payments for permits were…

10 British agritech startups blazing an agricultural revolution

The homegrown agritech sector is becoming a major success story, boosted by government investment that aims to make the UK a “world leader”. The launch of a £160m Agricultural…

NSW Farmers calls for new Australian government to embrace agriculture

NSW Farmers CEO Pete Arkle says the future of agriculture must be a focus for the incoming Labor government.  With Australians voting for change at Saturday’s poll, Mr Arkle said…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

Significant increases in price this week included Honeycrisp apples, red cherries and yellow peaches

This week produce aisles were bursting with new crop goodness, just in time for graduation celebrations across the country. Locally grown watermelons, tomatoes, peaches, corn, cucumbers, squash, and cherries were all on sale for get-togethers with family and friends. Ribs, steaks, burgers, and cheese…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Movement of Mexican asparagus through Arizona, California and Texas expected to remain the same

International Roadcheck was this week. This annual 3-day event is the largest targeted enforcement on commercial motor vehicles in the world and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials…

In context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Commission approves €16 million Finnish scheme to support farmers

The European Commission has approved a €16 million Finnish scheme to support the agricultural sector in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved…

Bosnia and Herzegovina imports fruit from Slovenia, Croatia, Ecuador, Turkey and others

In 2021, Bosnia and Herzegovina imported 54.520 tons of bananas, mostly from Slovenia, Croatia, and Ecuador, 13.941 tons of lemons from Turkey, and 19.739 tons of apples from…

“Life is Better* with vegetables, fruit and bananas”

Interfel, AIB, Bord Bia and Freshfel present their new communication campaign for millennials

“Life is Better* with vegetables, fruit and bananas”. This is the slogan of the new campaign in favor of vegetables, fruit and bananas, which was officially presented on May 18th 2022 during a press conference in Brussels. Launched by Interfel (fresh fruit and vegetable interprofession), AIB (banana…

Agricultural exports Cambodia exceeded $1.57 bln in January-April

Cambodia exported $1.57 billion worth of agricultural products in the first four months of this year. Non-rice agriculture products exported in January-April weighed in at…

Food shortages add to Sri Lanka’s devastating economic crisis

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles a devastating economic crisis. He promised that the government will buy enough fertilizer…

South African fruit exports to Malaysia rose by 12% last year

Reliable Malaysian market emerges as gateway for South African fruit into South East Asia

South Africa has an established reputation as a fruit supplying country in Malaysia, where its products are “more than competitive” on price and quality, says Dave Malcomson, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Malaysia for the past year (right).Malaysia imports much of its food bill and some of that…

Study by Sao Paulo's Butantan Institute:

Pit viper venom to be neutralized with compound from fruits and vegetables

A substance found in fruits and vegetables can neutralize the venom of a poisonous pit viper common in much of South America. According to the online Reptile Database, the pit…

Cheaper bananas could soon be on their way to British stores

UK starts free trade deal talks with Mexico

On Friday, May 20th, UK officials said talks over a free trade deal with Mexico had been started. Both parties are looking to add services to the current agreement as well as…

Listeria monocytogenes detected in number of frozen vegetables tested in Ireland

People urged to cook frozen fruit and vegetables because of Listeria findings

Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in a number of frozen vegetables tested in Ireland. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said findings show a potential risk of…

Levin storm will have effect on national supplies

NZ food price spike expected after tornado damages crops

Shoppers are likely to pay more for their locally grown leafy greens in the coming months after a tornado and hail in the Horowhenua district destroyed crops destined for…

Israel-based Beewise company focuses on robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Robotic beehives might be the answer to declining bee populations

Researchers estimate that bees help pollinate more than a third of the food grown on the planet. Bee populations have been in sharp decline in recent years however. One…

Mol Fresh Food transport aid to Ukraine

"You drive into a country at war, but you quickly get used to all the checkpoints and armed soldiers everywhere"

In recent months, many actions have been set up to help those affected by the war in Ukraine. In the Netherlands, René Mol of Mol Fresh Food, too, decided that he could not sit by the sidelines. So, a couple of weeks ago, he and his father traveled to Ukraine to deliver a truckful of relief supplies to…

Almeria's agri-food exports grew in double digits in the first quarter of 2022

According to data shared by Extenda-Andalucía Exportacion e Inversión Extranjera, the Andalusian Agency for Exports and Foreign Promotion, in the first quarter of the year,…

Agri trade between African countries expected to grow by 33%

In a report titled ‘Connecting Africa’, Ali Al-Gamil, the CEO of Cairo 3A Agriculture, highlights the amount of commerce in African markets as well as the aspirations of the…

Azerbaijan and Belarus discuss cooperation and increased trade

On May 18, the Prime Ministers of Azerbaijan and Belarus Ali Asadov and Roman Golovchenko discussed issues of further development of economic cooperation. The parties…

Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete:

‘Ukraine should be supported not only with arms and sanctions, but trade as well’

This week, the European Parliament urgently reviewed and on Thursday, 18 May, voted on the proposal of European Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis to put on hold import…

The British Pound is not doing too great

With the world's fifth-biggest economy is dealing with an unhealthy mix of slowing growth and surging inflation, official data shows inflation reaching a 40-year high of 9% in…

Thai government focuses on agricultural research for sustainable growth

The Agriculture Department plans to establish a research team on economic crop breeding and genomic technologies to ensure the sustainability of Thailand's agriculture. The…

Black thrips pose major threat to Indian agriculture

Black thrips (Thrips parvispinus) have become a major insect pest for chili and capsicum crops in India. It is an invasive insect species from Indonesia and was first reported…

Ambassador Farid Mamundzay thanks Indian government

India’s relaxation of import fumigation rules will ease trade with Afghanistan

On 7 May, the Indian Agriculture Ministry notified the relaxation of fumigation regulations for several countries. Yesterday, Afghanistan Ambassador to India Farid Mamundzay…

North Carolina farmers worry surging fuel & fertilizer costs could result in empty shelves

Growers in eastern North Carolina say a spike in supply costs is preventing them from planting some crops this year. Some farms have stated that unless fuel and fertilizer…

AVA-ASAJA

The losses due to rains and cold in Valencian agriculture could amount to 150 million euro

After two and a half months of persistent rainfall, low temperatures, and lack of sunshine, the farmers of the Valencian Community are starting to see the real damage these weather events have had or will have on most of their crops. A study by the technical services of the Valencian Association of…

Italy

Four million euros earmarked for the Vittoria Market in Sicily

"This is an important historical moment, one that we have been waiting for in recent weeks and have been watching with interest. The next steps are those that will lead the designer, in agreement with the authorities, to address the necessary interventions to improve the facility, in agreement with the…

Japan is looking to Morocco to help ensure its food security

Japanese deputy agriculture minister Takebe Arata told the media during his visit to Rabat that his country is seeking larger imports of fertilizers and phosphates from…

Egypt - Malaysia trade exchange increased by 81% in 2021

According to head of the Commercial Office in Kuala Lumpur, Hany Ezzat, the trade exchange between Egypt and Malaysia increased by 81 percent during 2021, reaching $809.849…

The PGI Red Orange Consortium of Sicily speaks out on the reform project

Interest for certified Italian products by foreign countries

"The interest around Italian productions with certified quality is extremely high, and I was able to see it, for the third time in a few months, during the participation of the PGI Red Orange Consortium of Sicily at the Cultural Festival in Paris," said Gerardo Diana, president of the Consorzio Arancia…

BLE report week 19:

'South African imported pears dominated the scene by a wide margin'

Although their presence was noticeably reduced, South African imported pears dominated the scene by a wide margin. Williams Christ, Packham`s Triumph and Rosemarie lost relevance, while Forelle gained in importance according to retailers. Shipments from Chile and Argentina followed in terms of…

Fred Eickhorst, Managing Director of the Association of Asparagus and Berry Growers, on the asparagus season:

"The consumer slump, caused by the war, represents an extreme situation against which we are virtually helpless"

The morale of German asparagus growers is currently very low. Due to the war, there are no signs of improvement in the marketing situation either, as Fred Eickhorst, managing director and spokesman for the board of the Vereinigung der Spargel- und Beerenanbauer e.V. (Association of Asparagus and Berry…

Soaring dollar rates affect Pakistan fruit and vegetable prices

Soaring dollar rates have pushed up the prices of daily necessities, including the prices of fruits and vegetables. According to new data, the prices of fruits in the market…

Digital Agricultural Academy of Hungary to take farmers into new age

Farmers in Hungary are being taught how farming can benefit from the digital revolution through free online courses offered by the specially created Digital Agricultural Academy. The academy, housed at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in the first year of the project received, a…

Saudi Arabia

General Authority for Statistics: Prices of some goods up by 36%

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) has revealed that the prices of some products recorded an increase of 36 percent during the month of April, compared…

Australian mango industry to receive a $2.7million boost through two major projects

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) is confident that two major projects over the next five years will significantly help improve grower productivity and profitability. AMIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brett Kelly says the projects, which were announced today, will integrate extension and…

24 Italian companies to exhibit at Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad

While announcing the presence of a number of Italian companies at the Fair, which is starting in a few days (May 21-27) in Novi Sad, Italian Ambassador to Serbia Carlo Lo…

Soaring temperatures reflected in fruit and vegetable prices

In India, soaring temperatures have taken a toll on the prices of perishables like fruits and vegetables. According to the latest WPI numbers, there was a month-on-month spike…

Turkey: Agri inflation hit new record in April

According to official data, released today, Turkey’s producer price index for agricultural products (Agriculture-PPI) increased by 17.76% in April from the month before.…

Impacted by 2020 and 2021 natural disasters

USDA to provide $6 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers

The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin…

Imports thrive as locally grown fruits and vegetables languish in Vietnam

Vietnam imported US$562.1 million of vegetables and fruits in the first four months of 2022, up 23.1 percent. At the same time, domestic produce was being sold off with no buyers. China remained Vietnam’s largest source, accounting for 34.9 percent of the total imports, followed by the U.S. (19.1…

Spain was the second-largest importer of non-EU fruits and vegetables in the first half of 2021

EU fruit and vegetable imports from third countries continue to grow

The main EU Member States continue to import more and more fruit and vegetables from non-EU countries. According to Eurostat data, in the first half of 2021 alone, Community…

Drought in Auckland’s rural south increases food prices

According to vegetable growers in Auckland’s rural south, drought conditions are playing havoc with their operations and will only add to increased prices for consumers. It…

Kenya: Moi airport upgrade increases fresh produce exports

A Sh7.5 billion infrastructural upgrade at Moi International Airport has led to increased export of fresh produce. The upgrade at Kenya’s second-largest airport included the…

VSSE

VSSE survey shows: regionalism in the retail trade is just lip service

Imports during the season depress prices and sales

There are just under six weeks left until the end of the asparagus season on June 24. Despite asparagus being of top quality and a good harvest, the asparagus season has not been satisfactory so far. The strawberry season is also off to a difficult start, again despite top quality. This is because, as…

Fenaco

Despite numerous challenges, fenaco significantly exceeded expectations in fiscal 2021

"We want to continue to strengthen the innovative capacity of the Swiss agricultural and food industry"

At CHF 7.38 billion (+5.7%), the fenaco cooperative achieved the highest net sales since its foundation in 2021. The operating result (EBIT) also rose to a record level of CHF 169.0 million (+1.6%). The retail business in particular exceeded expectations. The other business areas also developed…

Assesses five farms $54K in penalties

U.S. Dept of Labor recovers $225K in back wages for agri workers in California

Migrant workers in the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program provide critical seasonal labor on farms across California, spending weeks away from home doing the grueling…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Average week price bananas from Belize at £0.93

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £1.02 for bananas…

Moisture control technology launches to extend shelf life of produce

SAVRpak, a food technology innovation company, announced the launch of SAVRpak Drop-In, a moisture control technology that extends the shelf life and freshness of produce up to four times. It does this by eradicating the number one cause of premature molding, wilting, and spoilage of peel-less and…

China’s lockdowns force fruit exporters to divert to Southeast Asia

China’s two largest cities, Shanghai and Beijing, have been impacted by lockdowns on and off for a while and the impact on the produce industry is being felt. “Shanghai handles more than one-third of the fruit that’s arriving in the Chinese market,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. The lockdown…

Limgroup Experience Days 2022, a peek behind the scenes

Last week, three full days were dedicated to the Limgroup Experience Days. Everything revolved around exchanging knowledge and experience, trends, and explanations of existing and upcoming asparagus and strawberry varieties. The Limgroup has been organizing meetings for its clients and growers for years. Here, they…

NFU responds to DIT consultation on trade with Israel

The NFU supports the government‘s ambition to negotiate a new and more ambitious trade deal than our existing ‘rolled-over’ deal left over from our membership of the EU. Read on to find out more.  Israeli consumer preferences for high-quality, high-value products, as well as a growing demand for organic and…

Shwapno’s second export batch reaches Hong Kong

Shwapno is the largest retail chain in Bangladesh; the company has successfully delivered its second shipment of fruits and vegetables to Hong Kong. Saiful Alam, Shwapno’s…

Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal

Over 100 farm workers lose their income following acts of alleged vandalism and sabotage

Over a 100 farm workers have lost their income following acts of vandalism and sabotage at the Mamphodo-Mushasha Begwa Communal Property Association farm in Port Edward. The…

Italy:

Puglia growers warn of labor shortages

A branch of the Italian Farmers' Association 'Coldiretti' in the southern Puglia region says it is facing a serious shortage of workers. It has urged the national government…

All sectors again see high inflation in April

Record inflation for agricultural prices in Czech Republic

All sectors of the Czech economy were hit by high inflation again in April, with the year-on-year jump for producer prices in agriculture setting a record. Agricultural…

APMC Kalamna witnesses Rs 2.6 bln turnover in FY 2021-22

Billed as one of the largest market yards in Asia, the APMC, Kalamna, registered a turnover of Rs 2.6 bln (€31 mln) in the financial year 2021-2022 as compared with Rs 2.5 bln…

A hectare of a farm with no special features can cost up to 420,000 euro

Almeria's agricultural land bubble

The scarcity of land with irrigation concessions and the growing interest of investment funds and international companies in the agri-food sector has triggered a rise in the…

Australian growers again see Queensland floods ruin crops

A painful clean-up and recovery are underway across Queensland as the flood waters slowly subside from the second major rain event this year. On Monday, Queensland’s southern…

Many international students are underpaid

Migrant workers returning to Australia, but fixes needed to curb rampant exploitation

About 7% of the Australian workforce holds a temporary visa. When many international students, backpackers and other temporary visa holders suddenly left during the pandemic,…

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports set for fast-track approval

Yesterday, the International Trade Committee gave their green light for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy.…

Feedback from some foreign delegations

Macfrut speaks many foreign languages

Various foreign operators and delegations attended the international fresh produce fair Macfrut 2022. FreshPlaza talked to some of them to get their feedback. Venezuela The Venezuelan Vice-minister for Foreign Trade and Investment Promotion Héctor Silva attended. Venezuela offers a wide range of fresh…

Drought declared in 34 Idaho counties

Custer, Lemhi and Butte counties are among the 34 counties outside the Idaho Panhandle that were declared drought counties on April 28. An emergency drought declaration for…

94.1% of the fruits and vegetables exported by Spain are transported by truck

Road transport is undoubtedly the primary means by which Spanish fruits and vegetables reach their export destinations. 94.1% of all exports in 2021 were transported by…

Australian grocery baskets are becoming increasingly expensive

In Australia, as in so many places, the cost of living is on the rise. The recent Consumer Price Index (a measure of inflation of a standard basket of goods) revealed…

VLAM reflects on successful royal mission to the UK

From May 8 to 12, HRH Princess Astrid led the Belgian economic mission to the United Kingdom. The agri-food sector was strongly represented. The Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) had prepared a jam-packed program for the agri-food and floriculture companies that had come along. Afterward,…

OCP Africa seeks more agricultural revenue to boost economic growth

OCP Africa is a subsidiary of OCP Group, a global provider of phosphate and its derivatives with almost 100 years of experience. OCP AFRICA was created in 2016 to contribute…

Kenya moves to secure duty-free trade deal with EU

Kenya has put in place temporary measures for its exports to the European Union after the implementation of a duty free-quota free trade agreement with other EAC member states…

Romania’s farmland sees fivefold price rise over past 10 years

In Europe, farmland prices continues to rise. According to data on the evolution of land prices in EU member states in 2020, released recently by the European Commission,…

Orenburg region, Russian Federation

28 storage facilities for vegetables and potatoes to hold more than 30,000 tons of goods

At an event on the sowing campaign of vegetables in open ground, Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Food and Processing Industry of the Orenburg Region Sergey Balykin said:…

Sicily's NTB services for the fruit and vegetable sector

When trust becomes a working tool

"The period of the pandemic paradoxically helped NTB to be more appreciated for its services. Since it was impossible to visit the productions on site, the commissioners relied on Next To Business. Trust is essential, but it was obviously supported by technology, like video calls. A key service for some…

GECO2 project

New tools against climate change also in the fruit and vegetable sector

New tools against climate change is what has been achieved by the GECO2 project, which started in 2019 and is now in its final phase with the presentation of its final report at Macfrut 2022. The fruit and vegetable sector is fully involved in this project with a number of both large and small-scale…

Yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and watermelon.

Kerala government decides to fix Minimum Support Price for five more crops

The Kerala state government has decided to fix a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for five more crops in the state. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices recommended setting MSPs for yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd, and watermelon. The department of agriculture has approved the recommendations…

11-12 May 2022, Hungary

Overview: PREGA 2022 Conference, Budapest

Drones in all shapes and sizes, showcasing the latest in precision farming and agricultural digitalisation, were on display over the past two days in Budapest at the 2022 PREGA Conference and Exhibition. It is Hungary's largest professional forum on precision farming and agricultural digitalisation. The…

National training and certification initiative

Fair Farms delivers many benefits to Australian growers

Growcom’s Fair Farms is an industry-led, national training and certification initiative cultivating fair and responsible employment practices in Australian horticulture.…

Ground-breaking multi-industry export program set to commence

Hort Innovation has recently contracted AUSVEG to deliver the industry export development program for the vegetable, onion and melon industries. The Multi-Industry Export…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"A range for every meal of the day"

Tovano's assortment has increased noticeably over the years. It now consists of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate items, and other snack products. However, according to this Dutch company's director, Richard Strijbis, raw nuts still make up the bulk of that range. "Walnuts, for example, remain very…

China: Food prices soar as zero-Covid policy fuels inflation

Chinese restrictions meant to contain Covid-19 have driven up prices of vegetables and other food, the latest inflation figures show. Prices of fresh vegetables are 24% higher…

Belgian wholesaler to relocate

"We can centralize everything, which greatly advances efficiency"

Next week, Fruit Vandepoel will have a new home in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. This Belgian wholesaler is leaving the Brussels early market after many years. "We decided to move to improve our services' quality," explains Guy Claessens. "We'll have our own building in a great spot. It's right next to BelOrta,…

Zeafruit

NZ Satsuma mandarin volumes down but domestic demand for citrus growing overall

One of New Zealand's leading fresh produce marketers notes that this year's Satsuma Mandarin crop will be a little lighter as it bounces back after a heavy season last year. Satsuma season has just started, and Zeafruit CEO Glen Dunseath says while crop tonnage will be down, it will still be a good year…

Maui Fresh International prepares for summer to ensure partners have access to quality produce

Maui Fresh International, a wholesaler and distributor of fruits and vegetables for local and national customers since 2004, yesterday announced its plans for summer to ensure…

New Saint Lucia envoy strives to enhance agricultural ties with Taiwan

Saint Lucia's new ambassador to Taiwan, Robert Kennedy Lewis, has stated he will work to strengthen ties in the fields of agriculture and education. Lewis said in an email…

Deal expands FreshEdge’s footprint south

City Produce joins FreshEdge

FreshEdge, a family of produce and specialty food companies backed by Rotunda Capital Partners, acquired City Produce, a fresh food distributor headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. For many…

Study shows 91% of Trinidadians do not eat enough fruits and vegetables

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the Ministry has noted that 91 per cent of Trinidadians are not eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables. According to a study done…

Late Easter results in dollar gains for fresh produce

The shift in Easter/Passover dates from early- to mid-April moved holiday dollars from March to April, and as such, from the first to the second quarter. Easter is typically a big selling season for fresh produce and was the most disrupted of the major holidays in 2020 when most states were under…

Funding pulled for New South Wales crop research jobs?

Sources claim that approximately 30 research jobs across New South Wales developing climate change resistant crops might be axed due to the government pulling funding. The…

Horticultural Netting Program expanded

Horticulture funding for Granite Belt growers

Growers in the Granite Belt area are set to benefit from the Horticultural Netting Program’s expansion. A $10.9 million Queensland-wide expansion to the program allows…

Growers face a hefty fuel bill next month

Cost pressures unrelenting for SA agriculture

Following the Finance Minister’s two-month reprieve in the fuel price, that entailed a R1.50c per liter reduction in the general fuel levy, South Africa’s growers face a hefty…

BLE Week 18:

'Domestic asparagus shipments increased again'

In the case of white and purple as well as green asparagus, the focus was obviously on domestic offerings. Imports from Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and Belgium did not go beyond a supplementary status. According to the BLE, domestic deliveries grew once again and generally outstripped sales.…


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