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Yevgeniy Sambulov

Chinese yuan eases on corporate US dollar demand

The yuan has inched lower against the dollar, pressured by seasonal corporate demand for the latter while many investors cautiously awaited more clues on US president-elect…

Ruletkka

End of UK–EU transition period and consequences for South African trade

On January 1 this year, the UK left the European Union. That day also inaugurated the start of a transition period, during which the UK remained part of the EU customs union…

Department of Small Business Development funding

South African government sets aside R40 million to assist informal fruit and veg traders

The South African government has set aside R40 million (€2.2) to help informal fruit and vegetable traders that were negatively affected by the pandemic. The money comes from…

P.E.I. Potato Board elects new executive

During the board of director’s Nov. 20 meeting, it was decided that Jason Hayden will continue in the role of chairman of the P.E.I. Potato Board. Hayden has been on the board…

New Zealand PM accused of obstructing influx of workers

Pacific workers to pick fruit in New South Wales

More Pacific Island workers will be flown into New South Wales to help pick fruit. NSW Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said the 160 workers from the Solomon Islands, Tonga…

‘Australian berry and citrus farms most at risk of having slave-like working conditions’

Woolworths has listed 332 suppliers in one section of their Sustainability Report where more information is needed, which they are working to find, or need to work with them…

Zimbabwe Horticulture Recovery and Growth Plan Sjankauskas

Horticultural plan for 1.8 million Zimbabwean households

Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy (NDS1) will help in the revival of horticultural production, focusing on exports, as well as improved general nutrition. The strategy…

New Zealand Reserve Bank:

‘Surge in horticulture loans needs attention’

Bank loans intended for horticulture financing, led by the kiwifruit industry, is growing by 15 per cent a year and will need watching for associated emerging risks. This was…

Ruud Morijn

New Zealand horti sector told to expect no foreign workers 'this side of Christmas'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a statement saying any space in managed isolation facilities ahead of the holiday season would be prioritised for New Zealand workers.…

Victorian budget includes a new agriculture strategy to improve supply chain infrastructure

The Victorian Government is spending $65million to support a new agriculture strategy to try and help farmers improve infrastructure and boost efficiency on farms, to remain internationally competitive. Among the measures announced in today's budget was the establishment of an AgTech Regional Innovation…

ACT Leader David Seymour:

'1,000 empty MIQ spaces = 1,000 failures'

“A report that there were more than 1,000 empty spaces in MIQ facilities this week is more evidence that the Government shouldn’t be responsible for running them”, according…

Sander Meertins

Scientists create first global map on bee distribution

In a first, scientists have created a global distribution map for bees, analysing nearly 6 million public records of where individual species have appeared around the world.…

Career change: from sweet potatoes to employment agency for nursing staff

"Support during integration is particularly important to me"

Until a few months ago, Patricia Hoffmann's everyday work involved telephone and email communication with suppliers and buyers of Central American sweet potatoes. Today - just a few months later - the ambitious entrepreneur from Wuppertal is involved in the employment of care workers throughout NRW. Only…

Punjab growers want more farmer-friendly laws

For the last two months, growers from Punjab and other Indian states have been protesting against the new federal farm laws. A recent meeting between Union ministers and…

David Matsiko receives USD$10,000 for his agribusiness initiative

Bringo Fresh honored in AgriPitch Competition Awards

David Matsiko is the agripreneur of Bringo Fresh. This weekend, it was announced he is a runner-up in the Early-age Startup category of the AgriPitch Competition Awards.…

Amy Lutz

Lanternfly in New York state - threatening grapes, apples and more

Urgent efforts to eradicate colonies of voracious spotted lanternflies are underway in Ithaca and at least four other New York areas. The bugs have been found in recent weeks…

Scyther5

Government Northern Territories urged to reject licence for largest private water allocation

In Australia’s Northern Territories, aboriginal title holders are alarmed that Fortune Agribusiness is seeking to use more than 40,000 megalitres of water each year for…

Mikhail Mishchenko

Canada and UK reach trade agreement

The UK has agreed with Canada to maintain the trading conditions it has through its European Union membership, starting talks on a broader deal that would pave the way for…

Ian Dyball

Colombian officials discover 1,572 kilos of cocaine in container with avocados

A shipment of more than 1.5 tons of cocaine has been intercepted in the Colombian port of Buenaventura. The drugs were stashed in a container of avocados. The Buenaventura…

Georgia senators want to look into squash and cucumber imports

Georgia’s senators are asking for federal officials to look into squash and cucumber imports. Recently, Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler wrote a letter to…

Fair Farms scheme

Australian program intended to stop worker exploitation has only 30 certified farms

Only 30 Australian farms have completed a government program designed to ensure workers are not exploited, despite job seekers continuing to be led into the industry. The Fair…

"Can we compete if this keeps going like this?"

Growers notice concerning workforce trends amid Australian horticulture labour shortage

A table grape grower in Victoria says the COVID-19 pandemic has created a generation of "job hoppers" who are pushing for better conditions and pay, which is further compounding the labour shortage problems faced by the industry. Owner of Budou Farms, Enrique Rossi says he is finding workers who are…

market analyst Hans Verwegen, Enza Zaden:

The impact of the coronavirus on society, consumption, sales channels and supply chain

“The coronavirus is a disruptive phenomenon,” says market analyst Hans Verwegen. “Trends that were always perceived as relatively stable have been or are being broken. We need to get used to a new reality which is slowly but surely taking shape.” How does he see the impact of the coronavirus on society,…

Exhibitors and partners present themselves in the digital Special

expoSE/expoDirekt trade fair directory online now

Unfortunately, organiser VSSE - the Association of South German asparagus and strawberry growers  - had to cancel this year's expoSE/expoDirekt due to Corona restrictions.Today…

How to snack smarter during screen time

The average American adult spends more than 11 hours per day on screens, according to Nielsen, and while they are watching TV, shopping on their laptop, and texting, they also…

Landgard comments on allegations from Der Spiegel

"Alleged escapades at Landgard agricultural cooperative"

On Saturday, an article was published on the online Der Spiegel edition, alleging serious accusations against the Landgard agricultural cooperative: How officials would spend…

Chinese firms invest in mango pest control

At least three Chinese companies are investing in industrial steaming equipment to use in the phytosanitary treatment of agricultural products for export, Minister of…

Persimmon seeds predict cold, snowy winter for middle Tennessee this year

While the official winter forecast from the FOX 17 Code Red Weather team hasn’t yet been released, local persimmon seeds are calling for a cold, snowy winter this year. Using…

Michigan asks interstate freight workers to keep watch for invasive pest

State officials are asking freight carriers, warehouse workers and delivery drivers to be on the lookout for an invasive pest called the spotted lanternfly after the insects…

Roberto Boscolo, president of Maap wholesalers

Small shops need to be promoted to revive markets

Roberto Boscolo, president of wholesalers at Maap, reported how the current climate is slowing down trade. "Markets all over Italy have slowed down over the past 25 years as the retail chain has grown, but the fault is mainly ours as we have not taken suitable countermeasures. I think we can still do…

'Seed cocoons increase seedling survival rates to 90%'

The world economic forum shared a video on LinkedIn showcasing their innovation when it comes to boosting seedling survival rates. Using a seed cocoon, the survival rates go up to 90%, rather than 10%. 

Hapag-Lloyd delivers good result in first nine months of 2020

Hapag-Lloyd has concluded the first nine months of 2020 with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of more than USD 2 billion (EUR 1.8 billion), which represents a 20.4 percent increase over the prior-year figure. At the same time, earnings before interest and taxes…

Pinduoduo expands online grocery shopping to drive agricultural e-commerce ambitions

Pinduoduo, China’s largest e-commerce platform for agricultural products, has expanded its online grocery ordering service to most provinces since introducing it in the cities of Wuhan and Nanchang in August. Duo Duo Maicai, as the grocery feature is called, was introduced in response to the surging…

National Fruit Fly Council - Phytosanitary Irradiation

"By maintaining our domestic biosecurity, we are protecting our own farmers, and the fruits that they grow"

One of Australia's leading contract sterilisation and decontamination processors has highlighted the importance of the country maintaining its fruit fly free areas, warning that any failures would cause significant disruption to domestic trade and export market access development. Speaking at a recent…

Opening more supermarkets could reduce food waste

Food Foundation report claims supermarkets falling short on sustainability

According to a recent report, less than half of UK supermarkets issue targets for the sale of healthy food and plant-based protein alternatives. This has prompted the Food Foundation to call for action. Plating Up Progress, a new report issued by the Food Foundation, has exposed shortcomings within the…

New York state - Spotted Lanternfly sighted in Fall Creek

The city of Ithaca is warning residents to be on the lookout for the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive planthopper indigenous to parts of Southern China, Taiwan, and Vietnam,…

South Africa agricultural employment holds in Q3 - 2020

In the third quarter of 2020, South Africa's primary agricultural employment improved by 1% from the previous quarter to 807,882. This slight quarterly recovery corresponds with the reopening of the economy and certain agricultural commodities during that period. This is important because while the…

South Africa: Water levels in Mpumalanga reservoirs declining

Water levels in the listed dams and catchment areas in the Mpumalanga Province continue to drop despite some recent rainfall. According to the Department of Water and…

Next year, they'll use pheromones in nearly 10,000 hectares of citrus in the most affected areas

Producers and authorities agree on a strategy for the sustainable fight against the cotonet in the Community of Valencia

LA UNIÓ de Llauradors and the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, Climate Emergency, and Ecological Transition have agreed to carry out a joint strategy for the sustainable fight against Delottococcus aberiae – South Africa's cotonet– next year through the distribution of pheromones for mass…

Vietnam: HAGL sells 35 million shares to restructure loan

HAGL, once a leading real estate firm in Vietnam, has been growing fruits and vegetables since 2016, mainly providing passion fruit, bananas, dragon fruit and chili. Its main…

Almost 6,000 online applications received for South African land reform program

Last Tuesday, South African Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza provided an update about her government’s latest stab at land reforms, pledging that it would be done in a fair,…

Lack of fruit pickers leads to rising prices in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics claims the cost of living in Australia is on the rise, with essential items showing the biggest impact. Vice President of the Victorian…

Tamil Nadu, India

Erode district turmeric production is losing ground

Erode district, in Tamil Nadu, saw a spike in turmeric production some years back, and the trade was flourishing. However, at this point in time, the trade is witnessing poor…

Bolt Threads

Vegan leather

Mushroom 'unleather' embraced by major fashion brands

Recently, the world has been starting to embrace a more sustainable and animal-friendly alternative: vegan leather. In fact, according to a report by Grand View Research, the world market for vegan leather could be worth $85 billion by the year 2025. As vegan leather continues to increase in popularity,…

South Africa: Water and Sanitation on Vaal dam water levels

Vaal Dam levels slightly increase after weeks of taking a knock

The levels of the Vaal Dam have seen a slight upsurge this week following extended weeks of rapid decline that saw it floating below the neutral 50% mark. Last week, the dam stood at 29.9% but it has recorded a rise to 30.2% this week. The present levels are the same as two weeks back. The rise is an…

FDA announces investigation of a third outbreak of E. coli O157:H7

The following quote is attributed to Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response: “The FDA is investigating a third outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing…

Stefano Foschi from Bioplanet

Anastatus bifasciatus the best weapon against brown marmorated stink bug

It is now possible to make the first evaluations on the biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug in a year when its presence in Italy seems to have generally dropped. "We need to start precisely from this data, as the drop is due to natural factors, including biological ones. Some may think…

Nhimbe Fresh cooperates with renewable energy start-up Sun Exchange

Zimbabwe vegetable producer plans to solar power its cold store and packhouse facilities

Nhimbe Fresh is one of Zimbabwe’s biggest fruit and tobacco producers. The firm currently plans to solar power its cold store and packhouse facilities in a project with South…

Xinhua

Gan Youqin from Lingshan county, Qinzhou

Chinese grower's livestreams attracts millions of online followers

Gan Youqin is a farmer from Lingshan county in Qinzhou, South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. She has become an internet celebrity via short videos, showing her rural life, and promoting sales of agricultural and related by-products online. Gan and her team started posting short videos on…

La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post

Philippines: Vegetable trading post records 45 cases of Covid in the area

Workers at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post (LTVTP) were directed to strictly follow the safety and health protocols and wear their identification cards and uniforms…

Bangladesh: Government to set up packhouse and lab to boost farm exports

The government of Bangladesh is planning to set up a modern packhouse and a certified laboratory to boost the export of agricultural products. A two-acre plot in the capital's…

Xinyang Normal University, China:

Telling children that carrots help them see in the dark ‘can damage them in later life’

Researchers from China’s Xinyang Normal University have stated that telling kids ‘white lies’ like “Eating carrots will help you see in the dark” could give them psychological problems in later life. The study showed that these sorts of sayings cause anxiety and can later affect teenagers’ relationships…

Items include orange juice and sweet potatoes

EU imposes tariffs on $4 billion of US goods

The European Union will impose tariffs on up to US$4 billion of U.S. imports in retaliation for U.S. subsidies for Boeing , but said on Monday it was hopeful of an improvement…

South African start-up Sun Exchange launches project in Zimbabwe

Launched in 2015, South African start-up Sun Exchange enables anyone, anywhere in the world, to buy remotely-located solar cells that power schools, businesses and other organisations. The start-up has since then built a community of more than 19,000 members across 168 countries and brought solar power…

YY Nation from Wellington

Eco-friendly shoes made from pineapple husk for footwear sustainability

There is a new, eco-friendly shoe collection from New Zealand, made from products like bamboo, algae, sugarcane and pineapple husk. Produced by Wellington-based start-up YY Nation, the new shoes aim to take sustainability in the footwear industry to a whole new level. Some call it a much-needed change…

Petition by Australian Mangoes

‘Make Aussie Mango color of the year 2021’

Australian Mangoes is petitioning to crown ‘Aussie Mango’ as the official colour of 2021. It claims that as a representation of a fresh passion for life, with its iconic…

Space farming

The future colonization of the Moon and Mars will be conditioned by the possibility of guaranteeing the production of food on their surfaces. Taking a kilo of tomatoes (or any other product) to the…

Violence in Caborca significantly impacts produce industry and the region’s economy

Caborca in the Mexican state of Sonora, well-known for agricultural production, has been the victim of violence. About six months ago the cruelty started and has continued through today. Carjacking, shootings, and murders are happening every day, whether it is day or night. Although it mostly involves…

South Australia investing in maintaining fruit-fly free status as part of state budget

The South Australian Government has provided more than $40million in today's State Budget, to improve biosecurity including initiatives to ensure the state remains fruit fly free. "Protecting South Australia’s fruit fly pest-free status remains a priority and we will continue to spend what we need to…

Singapore firms fined for illegal food imports

Four Singapore companies have been fined in the past month, being accused of illegally importing food products. All of the firms had penalties set in court. In October, CCL…

Hort Innovation-funded project

Native flies seem to have potential as a supplementary pollinator for South West avocado trees

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is leading a national research project concerning native flies that seem to have potential as a supplementary…

Flying in 700 Pacific Islands workers to pick fruit

Tasmania signs seasonal worker deal

In their search for harvest workers, Tasmanian berry growers are planning to charter flights from the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste next month. Up to 700 people involved in…

Micro and nanoplastics not absorbed by plant cells, but do attach to the root cap

Like a toxic Trojan horse, microplastics can act as hot pockets of contaminant transport. But, can microplastics get into plant cells? Recent research shows that they can't.  Over the last decade, scientists have been scrambling to understand the impacts of microplastics. With the breakdown of plastic bottles,…

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

US, Australia and Brazil question India’s proposal for mandatory GM-free food import certification

India’s proposal to make certificates for non-genetically modified (GM) origin and GM-free status mandatory for certain imported food crops from January 1, 2021 has been…

Pre-harvest and post-harvest

Overview of tools that help determine the quality of fresh produce

The bar is set high when it comes to quality of fresh produce and continues to be gradually lifted. “To meet today’s expectations of buyers and consumers, it is important for quality checks to be done throughout all stages of the supply chain,” says Greg Akins, President of Catalytic Generators. The…

Tasmania: Blueberry rust detected on imported blueberries

Imported blueberries that were bought from a Tasmanian supermarket have been found infected with blueberry rust. The fruit was sold in a supermarket in southern Tasmania, and…

Inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala opens new Indo-Dutch Centre of Excellence for flowers and vegetables

An all new Indo-Dutch centre of excellence (CoE) for flowers and vegetables was recently inaugurated in Kerala's Wayanad area. The centre will put together exercises like the…

Fruit fly resources bring Australian growers up to speed

Applied Horticultural Research has made it a bit easier to get up to speed with the most effective ways to deal with fruit flies. The organisation has produced a series of…

1500 Australians registered for farm work, but none are being hired

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown Australia’s fruit and vegetable picking industry into crisis, with an expected worker shortage by March of 26,000, and billions of dollars of produce at risk of being wasted if it can’t be picked. Despite this, a growing group of locals are struggling to get work and…

Bangladesh sees record rainfall in nine months

In a shift from the usual weather pattern, Bangladesh has witnessed around 50 percent more rainfall in the first nine months of 2020, compared to the average rainfall in the…

The Sicural laboratory carries out all types of tests

Prevention is the best solution against Fusarium and Alternaria mycotoxins

The European Food Safety Authority, Efsa, is very strict about mycotoxins. The most controlled fruit and vegetables are dried fruits, dehydrated fruit and, for some time now, also fruit juices and tomato purees. In particular, with the increasing Alternaria gaisen (see Freshplaza of 06/17/2020) the…

Sipcam Iberia presents the TIMOREX GOLD® bio-fungicide

New solution to the threat posed by powdery mildew and botrytis due to the rains

Horticultural crops are more than likely going to be affected by the appearance of powdery mildew and botrytis as November's weather started out marked by anticyclonic weather with slightly cloudy skies. The agricultural sector must prevent the appearance of these fungal diseases that can damage crops so…

Tropical Storm Eta is threatening Guatemala

Approximately 20,000 people are being evacuated the whole area of the Del Monte plantations in Izabal region of Guatemala because of Tropical storm Eta. Five days of…

"We want to denounce the double standards that this entails and the consequences it will have for producers"

Latin American banana growers warn of falling prices in German retailer Aldi

Ecuador's Banana Cluster, Guatemala's Association of Independent Banana Producers (APIB), the Honduran Association of National Banana Producers (Aprobana), Colombia's…

Sent from Costa Rica to the Netherlands

APM Terminals operators arrested for facilitating exit of pineapple shipment containing cocaine

Two women in charge of operating the scanners at the APM Terminals dock, at the port of Moín (Limon) were detained for providing false information about a container loaded…

Sydney Markets Cherry Auction postponed, but features "Nominate A Hero" campaign

The annual Sydney Markets Cherry Auction has been postponed due to reasons we all know too well, but there is a backup plan. It's the first time in four decades the event has been delayed. The Cherry Auction usually sees the symbolic first tray of cherries auctioned off for charity. Since it first…

Italy still behind when it comes to varietal innovation

When producers decide to cultivate a species, they must also decide which variety to focus on, usually the most suitable for their needs and crop conditions. The National…

Buss Capital Invest, Hamburg

German investors launch container leasing bond plan

Hamburg-based company Buss Capital Invest has announced the launch of its first registered bond in the container leasing field. Via this “Interest 2021” offer, private…

Menno Chemie presents latest low pressure Skumix foaming process

"Possible areas of application would be vegetable packers, peeling plants and convenience production"

Due to the strong demand, Menno Chemie LLC has developed a new model variant for the "high-end foodgrade" area of the proven Skumix foam application. It is a mobile disinfection device made of stainless steel with air drive, which was especially designed for the use in the food sector. Unique to the…

Meghalaya partners with Israel to set up two Centres of Excellence

The government of Meghalaya state -in north-eastern India-, in collaboration with Israel, will set up two Centres of Excellence (CoE) to improve and promote the livelihood of…

UK farms should learn to deal with weather extremes

After the exceptionally dry spring and hot summer had already hit cereal yields, East Anglian growers struggled with potato harvesting and wheat planting during heavy autumn…

TOMRA Food publishes new eBook for vegetable processors

TOMRA Food has published an eBook to help vegetable processors respond to current and future market demand changes. The new 17-page publication identifies how the COVID-19 pandemic will disrupt the vegetable market for some time yet, and how deeply-rooted consumer trends will affect supply-side food…

Under the restarted Seasonal Worker Program

First charter flight of Pacific Island workers lands in central Queensland

The first charter flight of farm workers from the Pacific Islands has arrived in Queensland. One hundred and fifty workers, many from Tonga, arrived in Emerald in central…

Pound Sterling could be in for a ‘long, hard November’

The British Pound might face a challenging November, as experts fear a second UK lockdown could trigger an economic slump that will see many businesses close permanently and result in a swathe of job losses, potentially overshadowing any positive developments concerning Brexit. On Saturday, Prime…

Bangladesh: Tangail lemon growers incur heavy losses due to floods

Lemon is being cultivated commercially in six out of total 12 counties in the Tangail district; Delduar, Nagarpur, Mirzapur, Sakhipur, Ghatail and Madhupur. According to the…

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl set for December 22

Last Friday, it was announced that the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (FIPB) will kick off on Saturday, December 22, at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time at Boise State University’s…

Researchers investigate use of microorganisms to mitigate abiotic stress in papaya and chili cultivation

The Faculty of Biological and Agricultural Sciences (FCBA) of the University of Colima, Tecoman campus, is working with the universities of Warwick (United Kingdom) and Ulm…

Companies don't want to be accused of relocating the agricultural business to the third world

Morocco, the discreet destination of Spanish investors

Even though the Spanish agricultural sector has always considered Morocco as a competitor, in recent years more and more Spanish businessmen from this sector have settled in the African country. According to the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade, 37 Spanish companies registered in Morocco, i.e. more…

Fall armyworm now at St George, Chinchilla and in Lockyer Valley

The fall armyworm has been spreading across Australia after it was first detected in January on two Torres Strait islands, before it arrived on the mainland at Bamaga in…

Drone-focused precision agriculture is aiding growers in Ghana

Banks in Ghana have traditionally been reluctant to lend to agriculture because of the perception of its high-risk nature and the lack of adequate risk management tools in…

Southern Africa awaits new locust swarms

As southern Africa is preparing for the rainy season, people are fearing a new locust infestation. This year, a similar plague swept through East Africa. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and most recently Angola have already been affected. Mathew Abang, southern Africa's Crop Production Officer for…

Key findings from the Impact Study of New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme

In the first of a series of blogs outlining Key Findings From The Impact Study Of New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Scheme, Charlotte Bedford, Heather Nunns and Richard Bedford talked about this study, that involved more than 480 research participants. Essentially, it examined some of the…

$1.2 mln funding to support New York state specialty crops

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball has funding of more than $1.2 million will support nine advanced research, education, and marketing projects to help…

More up-scale markets appearing in China

A new kind of market is starting to appear in big Chinese cities, appealing to a more well-off sector of the population and aiming also at receiving tourism groups. These stores include fresh food markets that are more organized and well-decorated. The market features local decorations and takes up all…

Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. vs Andy Hall

Thai fruit company drops defamation suit against labor activist Hall

Yesterday, Thai pineapple processing company Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. dropped a $9.6 million civil defamation lawsuit against British labor rights activist Andy Hall. In 2013,…

Vietnam strengthens efforts to restore production after floods

Over the last one month, widespread and heavy rains and floods have caused severe damages to both humans and property in the central provinces. According to statistics, during…

Spotted Lanternfly discovered in Jefferson County, Ohio

A population of Spotted Lanternflies has been found in Mingo Junction just south of Steubenville, along the Ohio River. The initial report came from a resident who spotted a…

Roll-out in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in a few months

Mastercard to open up to small farmers in south Indian farm sector

Mastercard is eyeing the Indian farm sector to deploy its technology platform: the Mastercard Farmer Network (MFN). It claims this would help farmers connect directly with…

First virtual TOC Americas conference

Pandemic pushes Latin American economies to 30-year lows

According to economists at the first virtual TOC Americas conference, the overall Latin American economy has been set back almost 30 years as a consequence of the rapid…

Gulftainer and Goodwill partner on seasonal jobs at the Port of Wilmington

Port of Wilmington operator GT USA Wilmington is turning to Goodwill’s Staffing Service to supplement their seasonal port workers. From November 1, Goodwill will begin placing…

"One out of every two euros lost attributable to divestment in advertising"

Advertising has a positive impact on sales

A report from the consultancy firm Kantar shows that advertising has a positive impact on brand sales. After analyzing the different levels of coverage of the television…

Queensland growers look for fresh ideas to combat labor shortage

A North Queensland vegetable grower still regrets having to make the decision to plough the last of her 2020 crop back into the ground. However, Lorelle McShane said she was…

Labor, LNP and Australian Party promise cheaper water for Queensland growers

A pledge to reduce water prices has gotten bipartisan support as the Queensland state election race nears its end. Labor joined the party to announce a 15 per cent reduction…

Questions about South African land distribution

Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development minister Thoko Didiza’s has announced that 700,000 ha of agricultural land will be released for distribution. This is seen by many…

Image: Ynna Hernandez-Europa

Queensland University biology student receives fascinating fasciated pineapple

A picture of a ‘fanned’ (or ‘fan-topped’) pineapple popped up online this week. Fasciation can occur in most plants and can be caused by stress or by genetic and hormonal factors. Ynna Hernandez-Europa, a biology student at Queensland University of Technology, received the multi-headed pineapple from its…

Swindler posing as Lidl France

Beware of this French fraudster!

Fruit and vegetable traders, beware! Colleagues in the sector received this email from a French con artist last week. They wanted to come and collect truckloads of produce. All on behalf of Lidl France. Be warned.

Red Tractor chair steps down due to backlash over food standards

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, chair of Red Tractor, has announced she will leave the organisation. Her announcement follows an industry backlash over her failure to back recent…

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier heads for London for Brexit talks

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier is coming to London for talks with Britain to find out whether a deal on future relations can be struck to avoid widespread trade disruption…

Malaysian magician sells more durians via online performances

The latest Deepavali film is titled "Light in a Time of Darkness"; it tells the tale of renowned magician Vikneswaran Allagu -also known as Vikey- whose real-life story of…

Food boxes including onions for north Minneapolis citizens, sent by Trump?

Earlier this week, a Reddit user posted this: “My whole neighborhood in north Minneapolis got these food boxes”. The statement was accompanied by a picture showing a gallon of milk, a bag of onions, some sour cream, and a folded letter from the White House. It seemed to be a gift sent by president Donald…

Israel-based start-up reduces South African water usage

Founded in 2012 and officially launching in 2015, SupPlant uses a hardware-software solution in order to achieve an increase in crop yield and reduce water usage. Start-up…

Blueberry breeding company Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc.

Fall Creek transitions leadership positions

A press release from blueberry breeding company Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. explains that Oscar Verges has been promoted to co-CEO of and Amelie Brazelton Aust has been…

New Zealand: Plea for Central Otago citizens to plug labour gap

Desperate employers are struggling to get New Zealand private citizens to fill jobs, with about 9000 advertised in the region this summer. People in Central Otago are also…

Senegal’s locust harvester fights locust invasion ecologically

A means to fight locust invasions ecologically has just been developed in Senegal. The prototype of the “locust harvester” was presented on October 17th, 2020 in the capital…

Research to combat Huanglongbing

​USDA-NIFA tackles harmful citrus disease with $45 million in research grants

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded 12 grants totaling over $45 million for research to combat Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as…

New price war is looming in Spanish supermarkets

Due to the deterioration of the economy as a result of the pandemic and its impact on consumption, a new price war between supermarket chains is now looming. This has been…

Netafim™ developed NetBow™

New multi-point drip-irrigation arch for berry cultivation

Netafim™  has developed NetBow™, a multi-point drip irrigation solution that is specially designed to water crops in pots and containers, minimizing the water stress of the plant…

PMA virtual town hall on diversity and inclusion in the workplace

"There is no quick fix; the real fix has to be long-term"

The topic of diversity and inclusion has been previously addressed at PMA’s virtual town hall series and to emphasize the importance and gravity of the topic, PMA readdressed it in this week’s virtual town hall. Since the first town hall discussion on the topics, PMA’s Center for Growing Talent has taken…

€39.6 million for Corona problems

Commission approves Greek scheme to support certain vegetable producers

The European Commission has approved a €39.6 million Greek scheme to support producers of certain vegetables who were troubled by the side effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.…

Destructive plant pests detected at Philadelphia ports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Wilmington recently intercepted two destructive insect pests – an Ochrostomus sp., commonly known as a seed bug,…

Australia: Ongoing development through Northern Territory agricultural land releases

The Northern Territory Labor government is intent on creating long term local jobs and diversifying the territory’s economy. Experts claim that agricultural development will…

EU ministers agree on 'starting point' for common agricultural policy

Agricultural ministers from EU member states agreed on a post-2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) early Wednesday morning. The intention is to further more environmentally friendly farming practices. Ministers were meeting in Luxembourg until early Wednesday morning in a special agricultural and…

Pacific Minister Alex Hawke: 'Labour programs are critical for agriculture'

Pacific nations restart farm labour scheme

Australia is facing an estimated farm labour shortage of 26,000 workers. Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu and East Timor…

Message from the ACP/HLB San Joaquin Valley Task Force:

‘Now is the time to act against increased Asian citrus psyllid’

The ACP/HLB San Joaquin Valley Task Force has sent out a message to the San Joaquin Valley citrus growers. "To all Citrus Growers in the San Joaquin Valley, The ACP/HLB San…

ODDBOX expansion plans bear fruit with PODFather

ODDBOX is a British food-waste-fighting fruit & veg box subscription service. It has recently selected PODFather’s fleet management and electronic proof of delivery solution to optimise plans across its rapidly expanding operation. With a fleet of 50 vehicles operating, he ODDBOX team is currently…

Del Monte Kenya Ltd

Del Monte fight for Thika land to proceed in court

A battle for thousands of acres of prime land held by American multinational firm Del Monte Kenya Ltd will continue in court after Del Monte and the Kiambu County Government…

Chile’s PTEC program develops 9 projects for blueberries, kiwis, raspberries, pests, and climate

The ‘Technological Development for the Farming of Fruit for Export that Solves Technological Challenges in the Territory Between the Maule Region and the Los Lagos Region’…

Heinie du Toit – Agri Western Cape vice-president

“We have to remain committed to dialogue to keep the door open to government”

The cool springtime, after a Cape winter with normal rainfall, has resulted in ideal flowering, long and synchronous, in the apple and pear orchards of Heinie du Toit’s farm Remhoogte outside Ceres. Flowering apple orchards; note the bee hive (photos supplied by Heinie du Toit) “A longer flowering period…


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