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China's Deputy Minister of Agriculture, FAO's new Director-General

The Chinese candidate and Vice Minister of Agriculture, Qu Dongyu, beat the candidates from France and Georgia in the election to head the UN Food and Agriculture Organization…

Strategic cooperation agreement between Chile and China

Chile's Association of Fruit Exporters AG (ASOEX) has signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Sichuan Pingchang Haiyue Agriculture Co. Ltd, an entity committed to…

EU set to sign trade and investment agreements with Vietnam

The Council of Ministers approved the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia…

UK: Public do not back imports of sub-standard food, new survey reveals

As new figures show that 86% of the public believe future trade deals must ensure imported food is produced to the same standards as in the UK, the NFU is today asking why the…

PMA A-NZ launches The Fresh Produce Industry: State of the Industry Report 2019

Darren Keating, CEO of the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ), launched the Fresh Produce Industry: State of the Industry Report at Hort…

Spain: Good garlic season expected

The Albacete garlic season is expected to be good this season. The province has 9,500 hectares under cultivation this year, leading Spanish garlic production with an estimated…

USDA files action against PACA violators in North Carolina and California

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

Grocery store display contests run throughout the summer

London asparagus display chosen by Ontario consumers

Ontarians have chosen the winner of the best grocery store asparagus display in the second Consumers' Choice Contest of the season. The award goes to Food Basics #681 in London for building the most creative display of Ontario asparagus. "Congratulations to Food Basics #681 in London for showcasing…

USDA files action against Wayne Bailey in North Carolina

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

Italy has lost €112 million worth of exports since start of the Russian ban

In 2013, Russian imports of Italian produce grew by 124% compared to 2009, but the Russian ban put at end to it all. The Ismea analysis performed using COMTRADE (db ITC) data is clear: the economic loss for Italian produce exports after the start of the Russian ban is of €217 million. Fresh fruit alone…

COAG asks Brussels for stricter border controls

Spain on alert due to growing import of pests from third countries

The Coordinator of Organizations of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (COAG) has taken advantage of its participation in the Tomato Experts Group of the EU, held in Brussels, to warn about the unstoppable increase in the "import of pests from third countries" and the deficient control of…

U.S. agricultural trade balance projected to fall to $8.0 billion in fiscal 2019

U.S. agricultural exports are projected to total $137.0 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2019 (October 2018–September 2019), while agricultural imports are expected to total $129.0 billion, according to ERS’s latest Outlook for U.S. Agricultural trade. The $8.0 billion surplus projected for FY 2019 is the…

Scottish fruit farm named as third Strategic SmartHort Centre

A Scottish fruit grower will work with AHDB to highlight how horticultural growers can increase efficiency and reduce their reliance on labour. Blairgowrie-based grower Thomas…

One-time tractor accident inspires award-winning NZ business concept

An unfortunate accident on a Nelson kiwifruit orchard has led to a business idea: We’re talking about PICMI, a software platform which helps manage labour issues in the horticulture industry. It has now won accolades for its innovation. The idea is the brainchild of Nelson woman Genevieve Griffin-George…

Goulburn Murray Valley hosts 7th Australian Biology of Tephritid Fruit Flies Conference

‘Blue sky research’ merges with practical solutions to combat fruit fly at national conference

The Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project recently hosted the 7th Australian Biology of Tehpritid Fruit Flies Conference which brought together key research, findings and emerging opportunities in the management and control of the pest. The two day conference was held in Shepparton, Victoria the pome…

Mexican Growers Back Letter to U.S. Congress

Failure to reach agreement on tomato imports could slow approval of USMCA and threaten Bilateral Agricultural Trade

Trade associations representing most of the tomato growers in Mexico applauded the stance of the chairman of a key Mexican Senate committee today, who said a failure to agree…

Dossier against seedless grape breeders submitted to the Antitrust

Comitato Libero Agricoltori e Commercianti di Puglia e Basilicata, which represents many of the domestic producers and distributors of seedless grapes, presented a dossier that reports the contractual schemes used - or, according to the dossier, imposed - by the breeders to discipline and organize the…

Credit insurers: “Keep payment terms as short as possible”

Although once again delayed, Brexit is casting its shadow, particularly in the financial field. Credit insurers, who cover payment problems, have noticed that the uncertainty in the UK is leading to a decline of consumer confidence and they predict problems when and if there’s a hard Brexit. But not…

Also determines individuals not responsibly connected to California violator

USDA restricts PACA violators in California and New York from operating in produce industry

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of…

New 'Place to Grow' program to boost industry competitiveness and innovation

Ontario's government is helping to grow the province's agri-food and agri-products sectors by launching the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative - a program which…

Mexican Tomato Growers respond to U.S. Commerce Department's latest proposal on Imports

The Mexican tomato growers on Tuesday responded to the Commerce Department's latest proposal for a revised Tomato Suspension Agreement with on-the-record comments about the…

By joining forces, Almeria's producers could make 700 million more per campaign

In a debate held in the Agroateneo forum of Almería, opened by the leaders of the main trading groups in the province (Unica, CASI and Anecoop, it was concluded that it is necessary to improve the sector's internal organization in order to compete with greater guarantees of success in national and…

Quick working capital a gap in the market

A few years ago, Maersk, the largest shipper of containers globally, decided to start focusing on their core activities: shipping and transporting goods, according to Edwin Visser, Trade & Commodity Finance Executive, and Wouter van den Bosch, Trade Finance Sales Executive for Maersk. The transport…

India puts restrictions on import of peas

Please be advised that as per Trade Notice No. 06/2019-2020 issued by the Government of India on April 16, 2019, specific restrictions on import of Peas (including yellow…

"Sino-Malaysian agreement brings great commercial opportunities for Malaysian durian traders"

The General Administration of Customs China (GACC) announced the "Agreement between the GACC and the Malaysian agricultural industry for the quarantine requirements with regard to the export of refrigerated durian from Malaysia to China" on May 30th, 2019. This day marked the end of the long period when…

Border Trade Alliance happy with suspension of tariffs against Mexico

The Border Trade Alliance released the following statements after the announcement that planned tariffs against Mexico have been suspended indefinitely: BTA President Ms.…

ICCA announces officers for 2019-2020

The International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA) Board of Directors elected officers for the 2019 – 2020 term at their Board of Directors Meeting held May 23, 2019 at The…

Another 1.5 million Euro allocated by Bulgarian government to organic sector

An additional BGN 3 million (about 1.53 million Euro) is being paid out by the State Fund for Agriculture under the Tied Aid Scheme for Fruit and Vegetables for the 2018…

Vietnam: Agriculture exports to China slacken as conditions tighten

China has begun imposing more stringent requirements for Vietnamese agricultural products, and exporters are in trouble. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural…

Standard Fruit suspends layoffs in Honduras

The banana company, Standard Fruit of Honduras, a member of the Dole group, announced the temporary suspension of the dismissals of individual work contracts. The company…

South Africa: Economic contraction a serious threat

"The shocking contraction of the country's economic growth of -3,2% for the first quarter of this year is much worse than the general expectations and it is the first clear…

US will delay additional tariffs on some Chinese products until June 15th, 2019

The office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) shared that a federal announcement is forthcoming in which the USTR will delay additional tariffs on some Chinese import…

Royal seal of approval for versatile watercress

Watercress is making a comeback on dinner tables across the UK and got a royal seal of approval this week when it was featured in the grand state banquet hosted by the Queen.…

USDA announces $10 million in grants available for the specialty crop multi-state program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that $10 million is available for competitive grant funding in the 2019 Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP).…

Good post-harvest hygiene essential to limit fruit fly

Prioritising post-harvest hygiene strategies over Autumn is critical in protecting next season’s crops from Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) and other pests. Effective post-harvest…

Super U employees oppose compulsory work on Sundays

As they have done since May 26, employees of the Super U de Savigneux, in the Loire department, rallied again last weekend to denounce the mandatory nature of Sunday work.…

Verfrut SAC expects to produce about 1,400 tons per year

Multi-million dollar investment for a new avocado plantation in Chepen, Peru

The Sociedad Exportadora Verfrut SAC agricultural company, an exporter that is linked to the Chilean capital's Verfrut group, will invest 12.3 million dollars in a new avocado plantation in the province of Chepen, in the department of La Libertad. According to Verfrut, the plantation will be carried out…

Anton Filippo (LBP) about Mexican visit to LBP

"Due to political tensions between the US and Mexico, Mexican exporters are focusing more on Europe"

Almost daily LBP Rotterdam has visitors from all over the world. "In recent years more and more Mexican exporters of fresh fruit are somewhat shifting their focus from the USA. Europe is seen as an interesting alternative market for various products, for example for avocados," says director Anton…

Spanish region of Extremadura needs foreign labor for fruit picking

The lack of laborers is becoming a major problem in the fruit and vegetable sector. The start of the fruit harvest in Extremadura has so far been difficult because of this, and in a season in which the production has been greater than in previous years. To this we must add the fact that laborers have…

Mexican exporters unconcerned about US threat to impose higher avocado tariffs

The threat made by the US administration to impose new tariffs on Mexican exports if it doesn't act on the wave of migrants trying to access the US could affect avocados.…

China officially increased tariffs on some US products on June 1st

According to announcement no. 3 of the customs committee of the Chinese State Council, the customs tariffs on some US products were increased on June 1st, 2019. The committee…

Auchan stores for sale: Employees prepare to demonstrate

In a particularly gloomy context for supermarkets, Auchan has announced the sale of 21 of its sites. 723 jobs are at risk. Indeed, if Auchan is looking for a buyer, the sites…

USDA restricts PACA violators in five states from operating in produce industry

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of…

Employee Share Ownership (ESO) schemes are key to true broad-based empowerment

Employee Share Ownership (ESO) schemes are the key to true broad-based empowerment as long as appropriate and sustainable oversight mechanisms are in place, as well as the required policies. ESO schemes are designed to reward black employees with an opportunity to own shares in the company they work for.…

Exports have decreased by 30 to 50%

US tariff hike on Mexican tomatoes is choking Mexico's tomato sector

The decision of the US Department of Commerce to increase tariffs on tomatoes from Mexico is suffocating producers. On May 7, export tariffs on tomatoes increased to 17.5% after the US administration decided to eliminate the agreement to suspend the anti-dumping investigation. The Agricultural Council of…

The UPA held a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture asking for protection for the sector

Spanish fruit sector denounces abusive buying practices

Spanish fruit producers are once again raising their voices against the abusive practices of agro-food and distribution chains, which result in inexplicably low prices. The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (UPA) held a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture in which it…

California farmers report climbing scarcity of employees

It’s a pressing concern—and an increasing one at that—for California farmers: farm worker scarcity. And according to a new study, Still Searching for Solutions: Adapting to Farm Worker Scarcity Survey 2019 from the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) and UC Davis, the problem shows no sign of…

South Africa: Ministerial Rural Safety Committee to be established in response to farm attacks

Following a meeting between Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Albert Fritz, the two Minister’s expressed…

Argentina and Russia consolidate their trade relations

Argentina and Russia took advantage of the celebration of the XIV Argentine-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic-Commercial and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, to strengthen commercial ties. After having been trading with each other for more than ten years, exports to Russia have increased…

New Zealand horticulture exceeds $9.2 billion

New Zealand horticulture is well on track to meet its goal of $10 billion by 2020. The industry was valued at $9.2 billion in the year ending 30 June, 2018, up $400 million…

Mexico hopes its new proposal on tomato exports to the US is approved

Mexican tomato producers had until May 22 to present a formal proposal to the US Department of Commerce to reach an agreement on tomato trade between Mexico and the United States, after the agreement to suspend the dumping investigation on Mexican tomatoes came to an end on May 7th. The Mexican…

Taiwan recognises Tasmania as fruit fly free

Taiwan has officially recognised Tasmania as fruit fly free, effective immediately. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said the decision is…

Berries Australia welcomes increased compliance activities on Coffs Coast.

Berries Australia, peak industry body for the Australian berry industry welcomes the NSW Government’s crack-down on illegal water extraction in the Coffs Coast region.…

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by…

European Commission introduces new measures to improve transparency in pricing

The European Commission has set itself the objective of improving the transparency of pricing in the food chain. The aim is to increase trust in the European agro-food sector,…

USDA restricts PACA violators in four states from operating in produce industry

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

Saai chairman re-elected as president of the World Agricultural Organisation

Dr Theo de Jager, executive board chairman of Saai, was re-elected as president of the World Agricultural Organisation (WAO) in Luxembourg on 21 May 2019. In 2017 Dr De Jager…

A committee of arbitrators will mediate in the resolution of the dispute

Mexico and Costa Rica are one step closer to resolving the Hass avocado conflict

The dispute that Mexico raised against Costa Rica in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Hass avocado, which has already lasted for four years, has advanced toward a resolution. Both countries agreed to form a WTO panel of arbitrators to mediate the conflict. The panel will be constituted by Gary…

Citrus Australia disagrees with calls for moratorium on new water-use licences

Citrus Australia does not agree with calls for a moratorium on issuing new water-use licences. Citrus Australia will ask the Federal Government to support a review of the…

The call for a banana strike in Panama has been suspended

The Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (MITRADEL), mediated the signing of an agreement between the Workers of the Banana, Agriculture and Allied Industries Trade Union…

Belgian fruit growers unite in Actiegroep Fruittelers

The fruit sector, and more directly the pear sector, are going through a tough price crisis. This is making more people think about the current price forming system of pears and this is bringing fruit growers together. The first meeting of the new Actiegroep Fruittelers (Fruit Growers Action…

Paraguay: Producers threaten roadblocks unless bananas included in school snacks

The legislation that included bananas in the school snacks generated great expectations among producers who hope this will allow them to increase sales. "We have enough…

China: Three main import and export partners are Brazil, ASEAN, and EU

China imported and exported food worth 1.25 trillion yuan [180 billion USD] in 2018. This was a growth of 4.9% in comparison with the previous year. Brazil, the ASEAN, and the…

Urgent action needed to curb farm attacks

The deciduous fruit industry body, Hortgro, has called on the Government to immediately put actions in place to protect farmers and rural communities from the spate of violent…

Pound falls against the Dollar

Talks between Labour and UK government collapse

Talks between Labour and the government have ended without agreement. It was hoped that these talks could break the Brexit impasse. According to the BBC Jeremy Corbyn blamed…

Tomatoes the new target in this commercial war

Mexico prepares new taxes for US products

The tomato, one of the most consumed foods in the world, has become the new protagonist of the tariff offensive initiated by Donald Trump against the countries he identifies as an economic threat. The first consequence of this measure has been a rise in prices. The US administration has mainly directed…

The Tunisian Trade Office resumes banana imports

In Tunisia, the Trade Office has decided to resume banana imports after 19 years of absence. The board's base union has announced that it will offer "reasonable prices". Thus,…

UPA Murcia denounces the sale of stone fruit without a contract

The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers of the Region of Murcia, UPA-Murcia, has denounced that stone fruit sales are currently being carried out without a contract, which is illegal, and is asking the Administration to intervene to protect law-abiding producers. This illegal…

Yvan Gomel, Dunkirk Port :

"We must make Brexit an opportunity"

The port of Dunkirk is preparing for the Brexit. "For us, that's really the big issue," says Yvan Gomel, Business Development Manager. "We have already made a lot of investments, such as adding a 200-space car park and a 2 hectare area that allows heavy goods vehicles to complete their customs…

Spain

Andalusia's Council of Agriculture to fund half of Interfresa's foreign promotion

The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Andalusia, Carmen Crespo, has visited Huelva for the first time since her appointment in order to hold a first meeting with the berry and citrus sectors and learn about their needs and proposals. The Councillor has…

Agri SA and Aerobotics partner to offer free service for all South African farmers

Agri SA and Aerobotics have today announced a partnership to provide South African farmers with access to free satellite farming data and the latest Aeroview In-Field Scouting…

Colombia and the United Kingdom will sign a new FTA

Colombia and the United Kingdom will sign a new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on Wednesday, with which they hope to keep the borders open after the British leave the European…

France: Shortage of seasonal workers hits melon producers

If the fruits of spring begin to arrive on the market shelves, it will still be necessary to wait to see the Charentais melons produced in France arrive. Producers, currently…

Price drops for Valencia's artichokes

The massive import of Peruvian artichokes in Spain is hurting the domestic sector

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Agricultural Producers' Association) of the Region of Valencia has denounced the fall of fresh artichoke prices, which have dropped by 44% since the…

USDA restricts PACA violators in eight states from operating in produce industry

As part of its efforts to enforce the perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of…

APHIS seeks comment on Pest Risk Analysis for import of fresh pepper from Colombia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the…

Ecuador demands the WTO withdraw restrictions on its bananas

Ecuadorian banana exports to Brazil were suspended by a judicial decision in February 26, 2019, after Brazil opened its market to these exports in December 2017. Yesterday, Wednesday, May 8, Ecuador demanded the World Trade Organization, WTO, withdraw the restriction measures imposed by Brazil on…

Long procedures take a toll on perishable products

El Salvador: 50% product losses at the borders

Importers and traders of the Salvadoran wholesale market of La Tiendona announced losses of up to 50% of the loads of fruits and vegetables from Honduras and Guatemala at the border, due to the long delays that the customs procedures cause. They are asking the Directorate General of Customs of El…

New trade agreement between Chile and Argentina enters into force

The Free Trade Agreement between Chile and Argentina entered into force on Wednesday, May 1. This agreement will complement the Economic Complementation Agreement between both…

Competition entry deadline looming to win ‘Best Fresh Produce Marketing Promotion to Children’ award

Produce Business UK (PBUK) and The London Produce Show and Conference have announced that applications will remain open for a short while longer for any international fresh…

Belgium: Ecolo wants 0% VAT on organic products

The political party Ecolo is on the rise as the elections approach. According to the latest surveys, it is the largest party in Brussels and the second largest in Wallonia.…

Brazil won't increase the tariff on European garlic

Brazil has pledged to freeze the application of new tariffs to European garlic after an agreement was reached between the South American country and the European Union last week, reports the World Trade Organization. The European Union, for its part, will review the safeguard measures against Brazilian…

Induser leads the major blueberry packaging projects in Huelva

This year, Huelva's big berry producers are relying once again on Induser for the automation of their packaging processes. "After managing to handle 120 tons a day at the new facilities set up in the previous campaign, Lucena Coophuelva is doing the same at its facilities in Cartaya, with an installation…

USDA cites C&D Produce Outlet (South) Inc. in Florida for PACA violations

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of…

APAL leads calls for national netting program

Record temperatures, devastating storms and drought-related pest infestations have prompted the apple and pear industry to call for a government-subsidised National Netting Program. Led by APAL, state members, federal members, and candidates are being lobbied to: Establish a national netting grant…

Argentinian fruit exports fall to alarming levels

Argentine fruit exports have declined drastically in recent years, deepening the sector's crisis. The figures reflect a 22% year-on-year decrease in exports and the volume…

Spanish garlic sector outraged by massive rise in insurance fees

The National Association of Producers and Marketers of Garlic, ANPCA, commented on the move made by AGROSEGURO, which is expected to significantly raise the insurance fees for garlic in several of the main producing regions for the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. The region of Castile-La Mancha is the biggest…

What parts of the world deal with water scarcity?

Different parts of the world dealing with physical or economical water scarcity.

PMA A-NZ members hand in Seasonal Worker Program submission

One of the key challenges PMA A-NZ members face is having access to the right people to grow, pick and pack the fresh produce that supplies the Australian and New Zealand…

Fairwork decision devastates horticulture community

"On the 15th of April 2019, Australia’s Fairwork Commission made changes to the Horticulture Award which will be devastating for the Horticultural Community. Among these…

Crisis of fruit sector in Spanish region of Aragon

The Aragonese fruit sector, specifically the one devoted to stone fruit production, is going through a moment of great uncertainty. The production this season is greater than…

Chile is China's window into Latin America

Chilean president Sebastián Piñera accepted an invitation from Chinese president Xi Jinping for an official visit to China. During the visit Piñera emphasized that Chile is…

Outperforming our competitors crucial for vegetable industry

Maintaining and expanding our export market access is crucial for the ongoing growth of Australia’s vegetable and potato export industry, according to peak industry body…

Americans consumed almost 12 pounds of legumes per person in 2017

Naturally gluten-free, high in fiber, and a good source of protein, Americans’ consumption of legumes (beans, peas, lentils, and chickpeas) has trended upward in recent years, according to ERS’s Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data series (a proxy for consumption). U.S. consumption of legumes reached…

Singapore: No disruption to the supply of fruits and vegetables from Malaysia

There has been no disruption to the supply of fruits and vegetables from Malaysia, according to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) after a deadline for Malaysian exporters to…

Displays and trays used for Fruits and Vegetables

Wood look Display and trays donated to charity Number 7 Birkenhead

Polymer Logistics has donated Wood Look Display units and trays to Charity Number 7 Birkenhead, part of Feeding Britain . The official opening of the new Citizens' Supermarket in Birkenhead along with the Number 7 Cafe premises was marked by the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Birkenhead is a…

US: California spends $39 mil. to protect citrus

Protecting one of Tulare County’s top crops from its deadliest pest is a statewide effort that costs millions. But doing nothing, as a new report points out, would cost the state billions. Earlier this month, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) released its 2017–2018 annual report…

Canadian pea producers fear China will reject their product

An increasing number of Canadian agricultural exports are facing obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas, and pigs struggling in the middle of a bitter…

Driekus van de Ven, GroentenFruit Huis

'Closing borders is not the solution'

At the end of May 2019, the Netherlands will vote in the European elections. In that context, this article is focusing on international trade. Where are the challenges and…

Cambodia: Minister of Agriculture stresses need to increase yields and quality of produce

The Minister of Agriculture of Cambodia stated it is vital to boost local agricultural production and increase the quality. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebration of…

NZ: Finding labour for the future

At least 26,300 new, well-trained people are expected to be required by NZ’s horticultural sector during the next 10 years. The industry body representing horticulture in New Zealand is calling on the Government to seize the opportunity to radically reform our country’s Vocational Education sector so it…

Uzbek melons, grapes, pomegranate and lemons could enter Chinese market

China is completing the procedures for the admission of Uzbek melons, lemons, pomegranates and grapes into its market, reports Podrobno.uz. This became known after the talks…

Representatives from eight Asian countries meet in Hyderabad to tackle fall armyworm

The Fall Armyworm (FAW) is one of the most destructive crop pests and has invaded crops in India and other countries in the region including Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar and…

Partnership to address sustainability challenges to land and water assets

CHEP Australia signs partnership with Landcare Australia

CHEP Australia has signed a partnership with Landcare Australia to make a significant contribution to the sustainability and productivity of Australia’s valuable land and water assets. The new partnership will deliver a number of strategic projects that create value for CHEP’s supply chain partners, the…

Northern Ireland: schoolchildren 'should receive free fruit or veg'

Young schoolchildren in Northern Ireland should receive a free portion of fruit or vegetables every day, a new report has said. It also recommends they receive a free meal every day in the first three years of school regardless of income. Those are two of the key recommendations of the children's future…

Exporters need safety certification to export to Singapore

Malaysia's fresh produce exporters speak up against May 1 deadline

Malaysia's exporters of vegetables and fruits are finding it difficult to meet a May 1 deadline imposed by the Health Ministry for safety certification before they can transport their produce to Singapore. Last year, Malaysia had suggested "requiring exporters of its agricultural produce to register with…

No new aid package planned for farmers

The Trump administration does not have any active plans to provide more aid to farmers at the moment but can consider the option if the trade negotiations and weak commodity…

FDA announces a renewed effort to improve traceback processes

As outbreak detectives continue to search for the root cause in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon, the FDA today announced a renewed effort to improve…

USDA Restricts PACA Violators in California and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry

As part of its efforts to ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on three produce…

City Corporation agrees on Barking Reach as preferred site to relocate historic wholesale markets

The Court of Common Council, the City of London Corporation’s main decision-making body, has today agreed its preferred site to consolidate and relocate three historic…

AMS announces 2019 rates for voluntary fruits, vegetables and specialty crops services

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the 2019 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection,…

NFU launches Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme

The NFU has officially launched its new Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme, which offers the chance for 8-12 young people to put their own stamp on the future of British farming as they represent the organisation for one year. The programme is designed to give the upcoming generation an…

Chile-Brazil agreement for organic agriculture comes into force

The Memorandum of Understanding for Organic Products between Chile and Brazil, which will facilitate the promotion of the trade of this type of products in both countries by…

Negotiations with the United States are on hold

Mexico: Uncertainty around the tomato

Efforts to guarantee a more favorable commercial future for tomatoes are of the utmost importance for the state.This is a result of the conflict due to dumping that has…

Young farmers: €1 billion to facilitate access to finance

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched today a €1 billion loans package targeting specifically young farmers. In 2017, 27% of the loan…

Canary bananas lose market share in Spain once again

Bad news once again for the Canary banana sector, as the volume of bananas imported from third countries in February surpassed that of Canary bananas by 3,000 tons.…

Request for citrus fruits to be considered "sensitive products" in the negotiations

Citrus contact group debates impact of commercial agreements with third countries

The citrus contact group of the FR-ES-IT-PT Joint Committee held its annual meeting on 25 April in Corsica. At the meeting, in which Portugal has participated for the first time, citrus industry professionals from the four countries, which account for most of the EU production, have carried out an…

Councilor of Agriculture of the Government of Catalonia, Teresa Jordà:

"It would be good if other regions paid for the uprooting of peach trees"

At a press conference in Lleida, the Regional Councillor for Agriculture of the Government of Catalunya, Teresa Jordà, has encouraged agricultural producers to "try seducing consumers in big cities with their fruit, and for the sector to show that it takes care of the land." Jordà also said that it would…

Half sanction for the emergency of citrus producers

Argentina decrees an economic emergency for apples and pears until May 2020

Argentina's Chamber of Deputies approved by 140 affirmative votes (unanimity) the project that was being reviewed by the Senate that extends the assistance to the producers of Neuquen, Rio Negro, La Pampa, San Juan, and Mendoza until May 31, 2020. There was also a half sanction for the emergency of the…

The Government authorizes a contingent of 19,179 laborers

Strawberry campaign in Spanish province of Huelva needs immigrants

"Without the immigrants, we wouldn't be able to generate wealth. We need them. Despite the unemployment, the nationals don't want to work here; they prefer receiving aid than working in the harvest," said Cristóbal Picón, owner of 40 hectares of berry and avocado plantations in Lucena del Puerto, a…

The group will promote transparency and market information

Spain: Working group on citrus fruits from the 'Observatory of the Food Chain'

This past Wednesday, the General Director of the Food Industry and president of the Observatory of the Food Chain, José Miguel Herrero, presided over the constitution of a…

The Minister of Agriculture met with producers and trading houses

The Dominican Republic attempts to set the price of garlic

The Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benítez, mediated in a meeting between garlic producers and representatives of trading houses to set prices for the current garlic harvest.…

Intent on boosting new farmers

South African commodity groups team up with Western Cape government

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has signed a new memorandum of agreement with eleven agricultural custodians to help black upcoming farmers. This forms part of the…

Agri SA survey confirms structural shift in research spend

Agri SA released its 2019 survey which shows the agriculture sector has undergone a discernible structural shift in research spend. The survey indicates that the spend is…

They gave away more than 20 thousand kilos of fruit

Argentina: Fruit producers from Entre Rios, Rio Negro, and Neuquen protest

On April 23, fruit producers took over the Plaza de Mayo to protest, just as vegetable producers from the green belt of La Plata have done before. Fruit producers from Entre Rios, Rio Negro, and Neuquen arrived with boxes full of oranges, mandarins, pears, and apples and gave away more than 20,000 kilos…

President of Ghana launches crop export/rural development drive

“Our transformation agenda will succeed”

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured his Ghanaian countrymen that the newly inaugurated Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme will enhance…

EU to evaluate agricultural product promotion programs

The European Commission has started the process to evaluate the programs presented for the promotion of agricultural products in the EU and outside the EU by 2020, after the…

Growing competition from outside the EU

Agreements with third countries: a threat to the Spanish agricultural sector?

Is Spanish agriculture a victim of EU-Third Country agreements? According to many producers, these pacts have indeed become a threat to the sector, seeing how competition from outside the EU market is growing. The complaints logically don't refer to the recent trade agreements with Canada or Japan, which…


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