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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…

Woolworths working on fruit and vegetables Supply Chain Revolution

Supermarket chain Woolworths Group Limited is all set to support the supply chain revolution of fruits and vegetables. The company’s former chairman Mr John Dahlsen provided…

Ground-breaking partnership between Agri SA and Fidelity ADT to reduce farm violence

Agri SA has partnered with Fidelity ADT, a subsidiary of the Fidelity Services Group, to offer a range of services and products to its members and the rural community in an…

Danish fruit growers dealing with surpluses

Danish fruit farmer, Finn Brix-Mikkelsen is from Aalestrup. He is the only remaining fruit grower in the Vesthimmerland region. This is a stretch of land in the north of Denmark. Here, more than 20 fruit companies were once active. This year, Finn has about 20 tons of apples left from a harvest of 240…

South Africa: Land Panel report not supported by full panel

In September 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed a ten-member Panel to advise him on the way forward with regards to land reform and expropriation without compensation…

Businesses serving farms all ears as U.S. farming trends shift

A recent survey of 300 U.S. farmers by L.E.K. Consulting highlights the implications of trends that are changing the competitive dynamics for manufacturers, retailers and…

Kenya and Ecuador join the list of rivals for the Spanish production

Spanish producers worried about agreements with third countries

Trade agreements between the European Union (EU) and third countries have become one of the threats for Spanish fruit and vegetables. At least, that's what many producers…

Argentina, Mexico, Chile or Peru have gained a foothold in the Russian market

Spain: Asaja Murcia wants to recover horticultural trade with Russia

The professional agricultural organization Asaja Murcia has asked the Government of Spain and the European Union to work in the reopening of the Russian market to Spanish…

Japanese move to strengthen protections of Japanese-made agri products

The Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is moving to strengthen protections of Japanese-made agricultural products. Saplings of Japanese-born fruits like the…

Negotiations on Mexican tomato exports to US will remain open

The Secretary of Economy, Graciela Marquez, met with her US counterpart, Wilbur Ross, on Friday, and they both agreed that negotiations to reach an agreement on the export of…

Safeguard clause in trade agreement between the EU and countries of Southern Africa to be studied

Brussels to intervene in Spanish citrus crisis

The European Union has listened to the protests from Valencian producers. The EU Trade Defense Director, Leopoldo Rubinacci, has told the Valencian MEP, Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, that Brussels will study the possible application of the safeguard clause in the trade agreement between the EU and the…

South-Korea: Provincial government develops plan for subtropical plant cultivation

In South Korea, work has begun to develop 17 types of functional subtropical vegetables and 11 types of fruit trees, including chayote, papaya, apple mango and noni, suitable…

Mexico to meet with the US this week to discuss the tomato agreement

The secretary of the Economy, Graciela Marquez, and the Secretary of Commerce of the United States, Wilbur Ross, will hold a meeting in the framework of CEO Dialogue, to…

UK granted a Brexit extension until 31 October

European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after late-night talks in Brussels. The UK was due to leave the European union tomorrow, but now…

Argentina: Transport strike ends

Representatives of the provincial government met with transporters and lemon producers over the weekend in the wake of a dispute over payments. Finally, on Tuesday, April 9, the Minister of Production, Luis Fernandez, led a meeting in which representatives of the Citizens Association of the Northwest of Argentina (ACNOA) and…

EU fruit and veg exports to UK won't require phytosanitary certificates in case of no deal Brexit

The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed to the agricultural food sectors that, in case of a Brexit without agreement, all shipments of fruit and vegetables from the EU to the…

GFI Deutsche Frischemärkte e.V. on a three-day study trip in Lisbon

"Traditions and trends“

On Wednesday, a GFI delegation from around 25 wholesale and weekly market managers starts their annual study trip to the metropolitan cities of Europe. After London 2016, Madrid 2017 and Athens 2018, this year Lisbon is the destination. "An exciting time full of new impressions and experiences is once again in front of us",…

Moldovan apple exporters could be affected by Russian measures to reduce imports

The National Union of Russian Fruit and Vegetable Producers has launched an initiative to develop measures to protect the market against unfair competition from foreign…

Mexican avocado producers demand more security

The undersecretary of Public Safety, Carlos Gomez Arrieta, met on Monday, April 8th, with members of the Association of Producers, Packers of Avocado of Mexico, APEAM, to…

It aims to boost and manage the crop's growing success nationwide

Association of Avocado Producers founded in the Spanish city of Valencia

A group of agricultural producers has just set up the Association of Avocado Producers (ASOPROA) in order to strengthen and coordinate the sector at the national level in the face of the crop's expansion. During the constitution act, which took place in Valencia, at the headquarters of the Valencian…

Moldova needs to invest in development of greenhouse agriculture

The Republic of Moldova produces only 4 percent of its vegetables in greenhouses, although this sector could become a strategic one for Moldova, according to experts from the…

Who will win the Brexit poker bluff?

If no-one intervenes, this week could end with a hard Brexit. Will the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, still be able to force a solution? And will the EU play hardball…

Phytosanitary issues discussed at the European table tomato contact group

New Delhi, Tuta absoluta and ToBRFV - these are the phytosanitary emergencies discussed by the table tomato contact group that met in Ragusa on 4th and 5th April 2019. Guido Grasso from Confagricoltura briefly illustrated the history of each pathogen and stressed how ToBRFV is easily transmitted via…

"An immediate Brexit would have a very strong impact on Peruvian trade"

The export sector is hoping that trade relations with the United Kingdom will remain strong, as Brexit could have a great impact on bilateral trade, said the Association of…

Valencian citrus growers take to the streets in protest once again

Under the slogan "Per la defensa de la nostra citricultura" ("Defending our own citrus sector"), about four thousand producers took the streets of downtown Valencia a couple of days ago. The demonstration was called to show their discomfort for the crisis that the sector is suffering and to ask, once…

Fake Asda buyer. Don't fall for it!

Beware! A fake Asda buyer has popped up again. He is approaching fruit and vegetable companies, using this message. Do not fall for it, this is a scammer. People are advised to take a look at this person's reviews on the internet. -----Original Message----- From: Mr. Anthony Hemmerdinger…

South Africa: Western Cape groups commit to farmer development

The South African private sector has shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all 11 of the agricultural commodity groups that have…

Post-Brexit exports: What will change?

Different territories can mean different organic requirements. Our experts can assess your operational needs and provide you with market access solutions for territories with…

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service:

Chinese experts complete inspection of Kenyan avocados

Chinese officials have completed inspecting avocado fruits in the country, having spent eight days touring farms, laboratories and airport holding bays. Two experts from the Chinese National Plant Protection Organisation flew into the country last week and ended their inspection on Monday. The team was…

The opinion of organic retailers

France: No more VAT on organic products: is it a good idea?

In a mid-March interview for the newspaper “Le Parisien”, Michel Edouard Leclerc suggested that we should “remove the VAT on quality merchandise, such as organic products, to make them more accessible to more modestly affluent customers. I propose zero VAT on organic products, which are inevitably more…

Declaration is for 15 April until 27 May 2019.

Seasonal labour shortage declared for BOP kiwifruit industry

As of today, overseas visitors can apply to vary the conditions of their visitor visa to allow up to six weeks of seasonal work in kiwifruit in the Bay of Plenty. New Zealand…

Food Safety Requirements for Produce Growers:

Retailer Demands and the Food Safety Modernization Act

Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is the Federal Government’s most recent effort to reduce…

AU: National Recycling Fund key to sustainability

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) welcomes Labor’s commitment to a National Recycling Fund to improve sustainability outcomes for the Australian community. While a…

2019 California Growing Season:

Bonduelle Fresh Americas institutes agricultural water safety plans

In the wake of recent outbreaks involving leafy greens and possibly linked to agricultural water, Bonduelle Fresh Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, today…

Statement by American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall

American Farm Bureau relieved that border will remain open

“We are relieved by the administration’s announcement today that there will not be an immediate closure of our border with Mexico. That is good news for farmers and ranchers…

May asks for further extension, Tusk suggests 'flextention'

The UK Prime Minister has written to The European Union to ask for a further delay, the UK is set to leave on 12th April but still no withdrawal deal has been agreed by MPs.…

Canapep

Costa Rican pineapple sector may have to lay off 2,500 workers

On Tuesday we learned that a pineapple producer was having problems paying the salaries to its collaborators, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. The National Chamber of…

Tom Verbakel, Nature's Pride:

"Record rise in avocado prices not just because of Trump's announcement"

Last week, the American president, Donald Trump, threatened to close that country's border with Mexico. He says he will do this if that country does not stop the flow of…

Belarus halts re-export of banned fruit and veg to Russia

Following negotiations between the Rosselkhoznadzor and the deputy director of the Main State Inspectorate for Seed Production, Quarantine and Plant Protection, Belarus has…

Australian Organic signs up to National Farmers' Federation

Australian Organic Limited has officially joined the National Farmers' Federation. As a not-for-profit industry body, Australian Organic (formerly Biological Farmers of…

Peru to promote trade with EEC countries

Peru will promote trade with the countries of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, in order to open new…

Murcia is Japan's fourth largest supplier in Spain

Spanish companies to benefit from EU-Japan agreement

A hundred entrepreneurs attended a conference organized by the Institute of Foreign Trade, the Chamber of Commerce of Murcia, Info and the Embassy of Japan in Spain to learn about the business opportunities opening up with the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Japan, in force since last…

France: Strike at Florette factory suspended pending negotiations

Late on Monday afternoon, a strike which started last week at the Florette factory in Lessay was suspended. The workers then waited for the negotiations to take place on…

South Africa: Western Cape Agriculture commits to developing black smallholder farmers

The private sector has shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all eleven of the agricultural commodity groups who have been part of…

American Farm Bureau concerned about labor & trade if border closes

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the administration to make sure that any steps undertaken to tighten enforcement at the U.S. border do not create more…

USDA cites Moza LLC in Pennsylvania for PACA Violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Moza LLC (Moza), Moscow, Pa., for failing to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $333,328 to eight sellers for…

Smallholder horticultural empowerment and promotion approach

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has for the past few years been working on building its own capacity to drive the Smallholder Horticulture…

Strengthening farmer organizations for the future

Fairtrade revises flagship standard

Small-scale farmers play an important role in global food production, but they often benefit least from global trade. To strengthen the power of farmers in trade…

EU agrees 3 month visa waiver for Britons

MPs vote to force further Brexit extension

MPs have voted to force the Prime Minister to ask for a further extension in the Brexit process by one vote, in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit. The Commons passed the bill in…

Ismea data

Fresh fruit exports dropped in 2018

According to the latest Ismea report , fresh fruit exports (citrus fruit and nuts excluded) in 2018 reached €2.5 billion, though they dropped compared to last year due to the lower supplies of a few important products such as apples and kiwifruits. In 2018, revenues for fruit imports were €2.534 billion,…

Bats help pollination

Usually, when we think about pollination, bees come to mind. However, bats also plays a very important role in this large-scale process throughout the world. Some areas depend on the pollination of bats more than others, including Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Bats help pollinate many types of fruit in the world, such…

Kazakhstan became Poland’s second largest onion supplier

In 2018, Poland not only significantly increased the volume of onion purchases in foreign markets, there were also significant changes in the origin of those imports, as…

May to ask for further extension for Bexit

After a series of votes, all of which have been voted down by MPs Theresa May will now ask the EU for a further extension to article 50, she wants to use the extra time to…

Industry veteran set to retire after successful produce career

Renaissance Food Group (RFG) has announced senior vice president of produce sales, Phil Fendyan, will retire in April after more than 15 years with the company. During his…

France: Third day of strikes for Florette employees in Lessay

Since Thursday, the strike of the employees of the Florette factory in Lessay (Manche) has caused a slowdown in production. The issue at hand: the management’s decision to…

Kenya: Modern farmers’ market to connect food producers directly with consumers

Kenyan farmers will soon have their own market where they sell produce directly to consumers, cutting off the traditional value chain that is replete with middlemen. The Nairobi Farmers Market, which is under construction in the upmarket Runda Estate, will contain 45 stalls that are exclusively operated…

Bulgarian fruit and vegetable growers get financial support for post harvesting equipment

European Commission approved new state aid of 7.2 million leva for equipment for production and storage of primary farm produce The European Commission has approved new state…

No deal-Brexit ever closer

MPs again reject all Brexit variants

The House of Commons voted out all four options during the indicative votes on Monday evening. Just as last Wednesday, none of the options achieved a majority. May’s original…

92% of Ecuadorian exports to Sweden are bananas

Sweden hopes to increase commercial relationship with Ecuador

The Swedish Ambassador to Ecuador, Tommy Strömberg, held a working meeting with the Undersecretary of North America and Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Saa.…

Love Your Produce Manager Day winners announced

Love Your Produce Manager® Day (LYPM) is a day when Frieda’s Specialty Produce recognizes top produce managers and their teams from across the country. LYPM Day grabs attention every year, with many different organizations engaging online to celebrate their produce teams. Since solid execution in the…

Regional Australia Institute:

“New visas will help job vacancies outside the cities”

The think tank known as the ‘Regional Australia Institute’ claims that millions of people in regional Australia will benefit from the government's population policy. The…

Spanish province of Huelva to grant subsidies to asparagus growers

The Provincial Council of Huelva, Spain, will grant subsidies to asparagus producers in the province through its Agriculture and Livestock Research Department. The measure has…

Bulgaria: Fruit and veg export trends

Bulgarian fruit and vegetable producers have the privilege to be part of one of the largest and most solvent markets in the world – this of the EU. For already twelve years,…

Australia is strengthening its agricultural ties with China

$100,000 in grants are now available through the 2019 Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) program for projects which grow agricultural trade between…

Russia threatens to ban re-export of fruits and veggies from Belarus

Russia is threatening to ban all re-export of fruits and vegetables from Belarus. This is stated in the report that appeared after the meeting of the Head of the…

AREFLH president Simona Caselli unanimously reconfirmed as head of association

"I'm very happy to be able to renew my mandate at the head of AREFLH"

On the 27th of March, the annual meeting of AREFLH, the association of European fruit and vegetable regions and producers, was held in Bordeaux, at the headquarters of the…

Lack of Bulgarian and Romanian migrants could lead to shortage of British asparagus

For nearly 100 years, Chris Chin's family has cultivated asparagus in the West of England. This year, he fears that uncertainty about the UK's exit from the EU will scare…

May will resign if deal is approved

Theresa May has vowed to resign if her twice rejected deal is approved. The announcement came as MPs held backbench-led "indicative votes" on eight different Brexit options -…

Canada wants to import apples from Ukraine

Canada is interested in importing Ukrainian food products, especially apples. This was reported by the press service of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Rights…

Mexico seeks to renegotiate tomato agreement before it expires

Mexico, March 26 (Notimex).- Mexican producers urged the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to discuss the tomato suspension agreement on May 7, that is,…

Building resilience in Egypt's agriculture sector through a $37 million investment from the US

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced the establishment of the Egypt Rural Business Strengthening project. The initiative…

23 states and 171,000 rural residents to benefit

USDA announces investments in water and wastewater infrastructure

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley announced that USDA is investing $116 million to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for…

Mayor of Gaoxiong visits China to promote Taiwanese fruit

The mayor of Gaoxiong, Han Guoyu, recently visited the Haijixing Agricultural Products Distribution Park in Shenzhen to sign a trade deal with the Shenzhen municipal…

More than half-a-million Rand donated to Karoo grower drought relief

The more than 15% average drop in production, and linked income, from the drought in the Western Cape figures don’t accurately demonstrate the severe impact on some growers. Growers between Worcester and Villiersdorp, for example, were 46% down year-on-year. Despite the reduced volume, Two-a-Day, the…

Joint release from CFBF, Family Farm Alliance, Western Growers:

Over 100 organizations urge Congress to address Western water challenges

Over 100 organizations representing water and agricultural interests in the Western U.S. urged Congress to use any infrastructure package under consideration to help address…

Report by the law firm Shearman & Sterling

"The objective is to prevent US importers from distributing Mexican products"

Mexican growers, who have revolutionized the cultivation of greenhouse tomatoes, achieving great results, have started considering Florida growers their "worst enemies."…

France: Could a zero per cent VAT on organic products be the solution?

Michel-Edouard Leclerc, head of the supermarket chain, recently declared: “I propose 0% VAT on organic products, which are inevitably more expensive. They should not be…

Largest tomato and pepper growing facility in Central Europe to be built in Hungary

The largest pepper and tomato-growing garden in Central Europe is to be built between Hegyeshalom and Bezenye, following a one-billion Euro investment. It will provide jobs…

May to update MPs on Brexit deal

After a weekend where MPs allegedly plotted to oust the Prime Minister, and the British people demonstrated in London for a 2nd vote on the referendum Theresa May will meet with MPs this morning to…

USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on California produce business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Moceri Food & Beverage Inc. satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act…

'No Deal' risk now postponed until April 12

After long deliberation, the European Union is prepared to postpone the Brexit until 22 May. That is a day before the European elections. But only on condition that next week…

Italy: Contact group on tomatoes to meet in Ragusa

Massimo Pavan, a Venetian entrepreneur firmly rooted in Sicily, has been appointed as coordinator of OI Pomodoro. The next meeting of the tomato contact group will take place…

Agri-tech platform Ninjacart expands operations to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune

Agri-tech platform Ninjacart, which connects farmers to retailers, has expanded its supply chain operations to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune and hired 600 people across these locations to handle sales, procurement, category management, operations and logistics. The start-up is utilising funds received from the…

USDA Lifts PACA reparation sanctions on New York produce business

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Utopia Produce Inc. satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The…

India expects increase in exports to the UK after Brexit

Given the expected reduction of competition from suppliers from southern Europe, fruit and vegetable exporters from India expect an increase in shipments to the UK after the…

Kyrgyzstan will again be able to export potatoes, apples and persimmon to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has lifted the temporary restrictions imposed on the import of potatoes, apples and persimmon from Kyrgyzstan, as reported by Sputnik, citing the press service of…

Russia considering reduction of VAT on fruit and veg to 10%

The Russian government has started discussing the possibility of reducing the VAT rate on fruits and berries from 20% to 10%. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister…

Brexit deadline could be extended till 30th June

The European Union is prepared to briefly postpone Brexit, but on the condition that the House of Commons approves the deal May concluded with Brussels. This was stated by EU…

Chile intensifies actions in Southeast Asia

The process of entry of Chilean fruits to Vietnam advances

A group of Inspectors of the Vietnam's Department of Plant Protection visited the Chilean export fruit industry in order to know, in the field, the Phytosanitary Certification Program of the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), with the objective of agreeing on the definitive protocol that allows…

Analysis of CAP, innovation and research

Eucofel assembly strengthens defense of EU fruit and veg production

FruitVegetables Europe (Eucofel), an organization made up of associations of producers and exporters from different EU Member States, including FEPEX, held its annual Assembly in Warsaw last Friday. In this context, it approved the lines of action for 2019, focused on the defense of the EU fruit and…

USDA Lifts PACA Reparation Sanctions on California Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that Golden Kingdom Produce Inc. satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act…

PACA Violations

USDA Cites Penny Tsigaris, doing business as Manavi Produce in New York

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Penny Tsigaris, doing business as Manavi Produce (Tsigaris dba Manavi), Oceanside, N.Y., for failing to pay for produce.…

May to ask EU for short Brexit delay

The UK Prime Minister will send a letter to the European Union requesting a short delay to Brexit, ahead of the EU summit where she will discuss the delay with other members.…

Spain: The headquarters of Intercitrus could be moved to Madrid

The citrus interprofessional Intercitrus may be leaving the Region of Valencia, as both the sector in Andalusia and its new government have been working in private and in…

Brexit: Third vote not ruled out despite new ruling

Theresa May has said she is pressing on with her Brexit deal despite a ruling yesterday by Commons Speaker John Bercow that she cannot bring the same deal back for a third…

Reclamation 43 million in subsidies justified, EHEC-support should also be paid back

FresQ comes away empty-handed in appeal against withdrawal of recognition as producer’s organisation

FresQ will have to pay back the 43 million euros they unjustly received in subsidies, according to the verdict of the CBb (the Dutch Commission for Appeal for business and…

Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

Bringing together Australia’s key fresh produce growers and suppliers

Today’s launch of the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) brings together Australia’s key fresh produce growers and suppliers, with the common purpose of being the first…

MPs vote to delay exit from Europe

To Brexit or not to Brexit?

On Thursday evening MPs voted 413 to 202, a majority of 211, for Theresa May to ask the European Union for an extension. This could mean the deadline is put back by three months to 30th of June, but…

Asian citrus psyllid detected in Sacramento

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), working in cooperation with the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner, has placed Sacramento County under a…

Agri SA demands immediate retraction of Northern Cape “expropriation list”

Agri SA demands an immediate retraction of the ANC Northern Cape expropriation list. Agri SA will defend its members in the Northern Cape, as we have done in the Melmoth case…

USDA cites Paradise Produce LLC in Nevada for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited Paradise Produce LLC, Las Vegas, Nev., for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $694,922 to 32 sellers for…

No change for fruit and veg import tariffs

No-deal still on the cards despite vote against it

Last night the House of Commons voted against a no-deal Brexit by a small majority of 43 votes. On Tuesday the parliament voted against the adjusted deal May had concluded…

Nick Serfontein, advisory panel on Land Reform:

“Urgent overhaul of land reform process needed”

According to Nick Serfontein, member of the advisory panel created to support the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform, South Africa’s land reform process in its current form needs to “sink like the Titanic”. He has stated that the process as it was currently managed had no chance of success. Black…

Uncertainty around land reform eroding investor confidence

Land reform in South Africa will not take place at the expense of growth and job creation – the two most important issues on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s agenda. Speaking at…

Measures requested to prevent imposition of higher tariff on European garlic in Brazil

On March 12, the National Association of Garlic Producers and Marketers (ANPCA), sent a letter to the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development of the EU, Phil Hogan, and the Commissioner of Commerce of the EU, Cecilia Malmstrom, through its representatives in Brussels, FruitsVegetablesEurope…

Senasa to formalize the new agreement signed with Brazil

Argentina increases controls for the shipment of fruit to Brazil

There is generalized optimism after Senasa reached an agreement reached with Brazil. Most of the entrepreneurs linked to the activity are already working to start fruit…

Spanish fruits will be promoted in India in April

The Spanish fruit and vegetable sector needs to open new markets in order to avoid market collapses like the ones the kaki, stone fruit or, lately, the citrus sector have…

Government of Canada announces funding to support the fruit industry

Canada's tree fruit industry is large and growing, with apples representing 41.5% of the total marketed production of Canadian fruit in 2017, valued at $224.6 million, and…

Marco Salvi highlights the importance of opening new markets

Fruitimprese: Spain progresses in fruit and veg exports - Italy is in distress

"The latest data on Spanish fruit and vegetable exports show a further loss of competitiveness of our fruit and vegetable system and indicates the need for new markets," affirms Marco Salvi, national president of Fruitimprese, while commenting on the Fepex data (the Spanish exporters' association). Spain…

Visa changes welcome but don’t address industry’s full labour needs

Peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom has today welcomed Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman’s announcement…

They'll hold a second meeting later this month

Costa Rica and Mexico postpone formation of avocado dispute arbitration committee

Costa Rica and Mexico didn't reach an agreement in the first meeting convened to decide the conformation of the panel of arbitrators that will resolve the Hass avocado dispute…

Brazil will reopen its borders to Argentine pears and apples

The Minister of Agribusiness, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, reported that Senasa officials have reached an agreement with their Brazilian counterparts to lift the ban on the entry of Argentine pears, apples, and quinces to that market. He did so through his Twitter account. The agreement was reached after the…

University of Adelaide report

Reliance on illegal labour as exploitation is readily accepted by Australian farmers

According to a new report the University of Adelaide, worker exploitation has become an "established norm" in pockets of Australia's horticulture. The study was funded by VegetablesWA, the West Australian Strawberries Association and individual growers. The report, whose main author is Joanna Howe, said…

Chiquita Brands closes operations in Limon, Costa Rica

On Thursday, the government officially opened the new container terminal of Moin, which was given in concession to the APM Terminals company. On Sunday, it became public that…

The Government of Canada invests to advance Canadian horticulture Français

The Canadian horticulture sector is a key contributor to Canada's economy, representing over $5 billion in sales and $2.6 billion in exports and supporting thousands of jobs…

Ukraine will bring impressive volumes of apples, berries and vegetables to largest ever trade mission to Dubai

On March 28, 2019 a group of the best 20 Ukrainian growers and processors of fruits, berries & vegetables will hold B2B meetings with key importers and supermarket chains…

Spain and France defend preservation of agro-food standards after Brexit

The governments of Spain and France have said that no future agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, once Brexit becomes effective, can be detrimental to the common standards reached for food quality and safety. This has been one of the issues addressed by the Minister of…

WAO responds to environmental concerns about avocado

Avocado consumption continues to grow around the world and with it so do the concerns about the environmental impact that this 'thirsty' crop is causing in producing…

Spain demands additional measures for garlic in face of rising tariffs in Brazil

The European garlic sector is highly concerned about Brazil's recent unilateral measures against European garlic imports. The country has proposed a 19% tariff increase in the…

Confidence in system after fruit fly detections

New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers should continue to have confidence in the ongoing investigations into Auckland fruit fly detections, says the horticulture-wide group…


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