Miscellaneous

Stuck to the wall, tomato and bell pepper suddenly became very expensive

“We can do that too,” people must have thought when they saw a banana taped to a wall as an art piece by a creative comedian. That is what Jelte van Kammen of Harvest House, Westland Peppers and Kwekerij Moors wanted to put to the test. Pepers in doos, te koop voor €120000,Chilipeppers in box, for sale €120000, #realart…

Local distributor helping ATV Farms after a devastating fire

A devastating fire erupted in the early morning hours of December 8th, causing millions of dollars of damage to the offices, installations and specialized packaging equipment of ATV Farms in Holland Landing, Ontario. Co-owner, Anthony Agresti: “The fire service, and all of the other emergency services…

State's crisis deepens

Australia: New drought declarations across eight Queensland regions

The Queensland Government has today declared the majority of the state's south-east is in drought. Eight shires and councils including the Fraser Coast, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Redlands, Gold Coast and Logan have joined 37 other drought-declared local government areas. More than…

Namibia will expropriate white-owned farms with ‘fair compensation’

Namibian president Hage Geingob has demanded constitutional amendments to allow for the forceful expropriation of white-owned commercial farms. White Namibians, who are descended from former colonisers Germany and South Africa and make up six percent of the population, own 70 percent of the land. Namibia…

For fears of another fruit fly outbreak

Australia: Tons of hail-damaged Riverland fruit mulched

A month after a freak hailstorm that ripped through South Australia's Riverland, farmers are now dealing with the risk of a fruit fly outbreak due to the abundance of damaged…

Travelling the longest possible train route in the world

"Don't fall asleep, or you'll miss your...""...Oh, never mind."

Rwandan officals stress importance of cooperation with China on Juncao technology

Juncao technology, which can be used for producing mushrooms, animal feed and biomass fuel, is very important to Rwanda. That is why a close cooperation with China on the use and development of this technology is so important, said a Rwandan agricultural official on Friday. Use of the Chinese Juncao…

From seed to ‘toilet plant’

How do tomato plants end up on the shores of the Dijle?

Thanks to the sewage that ends up in the Belgian river The Dijle, a lot of surprising vegetation can be seen on its shores in Leuven. Tomato plants, pumpkin plants, kiwi…

p2raumdesign presents cold vapour system for fresh products at ExpoSE

"We want to offer the young generation of direct marketers holistic store concepts."

Last year, p2raumdesign won the Innovation Award at expoSE/ExpoDirekt with the brand new LiftBoXX. Exactly one year later, Rainer Palinkasch moved to Karlsruhe again and presented a new, innovative store concept for the farm shop to the specialist public there. In cooperation with refrigeration and cooling…

Federal government grant

Australian project will explore alternative avocado pollinators

A federal government grant should lead to better pollination for avocado trees. The Australian government is investing $510,788 into Western Australian research looking at…

New leadership for Feltracon

This year, Jan van Felius and Erik Mooijman have a special December greeting for the people around them. For some time, Jan van Felius, owner of Feltracon BV, had been looking for a successor. He has…

Watermelon spill causes traffic chaos

A truck lost its load of watermelons in front of Cradlestone Mall -in Krugersdorp- yesterday afternoon.  This led to a rare, but delicious sight. According to reports, the truck lost its load at the mall traffic light on Hendrik Potgieter Road just past 5pm. Several drivers stopped to not only fill their arms…

After onion prices went through the roof

Reserve Bank of India raises inflation projection on spike in vegetable prices

On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised its inflation projection to 5.1-4.7% for the second half of the current fiscal on the back of spike in prices of vegetables such as onion and tomatoes. The central bank had earlier estimated headline inflation at 3.5-3.7% for the second half of the…

Is this your December schedule?

Recognisable to many, I think.

South African citrus growers dispute claims of ‘Spanish fines’

According to an article on farmersweekly.co.za, there is no truth to the media reports that the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (GSA) imposed fines on companies…

Many measures to tackle the brown marmorated stink bug problem

The ways to tackle the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) were discussed during a meeting organized by L'Agrotecnica in Longiano (Forlì-Cesena) on December 2nd 2019. The solution seems to be a combination of single actions coupled with ongoing monitoring and preventive measures. Michele Preti…

COAG denounced the lack of controls on imports through the Spanish port of Motril

The Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations (COAG) denounced that there were control problems at the border inspection post of the port of Motril. In addition to…

Record rainfall, but Costa Blanca escapes worst of storm

Spanish Mediterranean hit by heavy rain and wind

Catalonia, the Valencia region, Murcia and the Balearic Islands have been dealing with adverse weather conditions since Monday, when there was rainfall of 212mm in Barx (Valencia), 115mm in Oliva (Valencia) and 93mm in San Javier airport (Murcia). The storm conditions are also bringing strong winds to…

Pound surges to two-year high against the euro

The Pound Sterling has jumped after opinion polls suggested the UK would avoid a hung parliament after next week's election. The currency reached a seven month-high against the dollar and its highest level against the euro since May 2017. The move came after polls suggested a 10-point lead for the…

Troubles ahead for Egypt as Ethiopia pushes Blue Nile dam

Egypt has for years been suffering from a severe water crisis that is largely blamed on population growth, and farmers try to make the most of the short supply. But other factors include climate change drying up the Nile, and water pollution due to sewage discharge as well as industrial and municipal…

Continuing & widespread anti-government protests

Risk to US fresh produce imports from Latin America

Raging anti-government protests have engulfed several Latin American countries. An analysis of trade data in Gro Intelligence’s database shows that the four main countries involved—Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Colombia—are major suppliers of key agricultural products to the United States, highlighting…

Nicolas Body - Alltech Crop Science

“A healthy, well-balanced soil is rich in organic matter, increasing the nutrients available for the plants”

Alltech Crop Science (ACS) recognises that a healthy and living soil is fundamental for plants to reach their fullest genetic potential and for successful crop production.…

Sweet potato uses single odor to warn its neighbors

Sweet potatoes are becoming more and more popular globally: Whether in soup or as fries, they increasingly compete with "regular" potatoes to which, surprisingly, they are…

Azerbaijan seizes just under one ton of heroin in fruit shipment

Azerbaijani customs officials have stopped an attempt to traffic 930 kgs of heroin to Ukraine, the Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan reported on Saturday.…

Top companies United Arab Emirates to invest in Punjab food & logistics

UAE-based industry groups are planning to invest in food and logistics sector in Punjab. As one of the partner countries for Progressive Punjab Investors Summit (PPIS) 2019,…

Having to perform favours to get more hours/avoid costs

South Australia: Fruit picking Taiwanese backpackers caught in 'debt bondage'

Female backpackers working as fruit pickers in South Australia were forced to perform sex acts in exchange for more hours to afford to pay their bills and accommodation. A…

USDA Advertised Specialty Crops Prices at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets

No significant increases in price for vegetables this week

Retail ads this week were aimed at two different types of shoppers – the last-minute shopper still trying to find the best price for their Thanksgiving dinner staples, and the early bird Christmas shopper already planning ahead for next month. Many stores featured short or extended ads to schedule around…

Chemical lobby puts pressure on the EU to prevent ban of the most common pesticide in Spain

On December 5 and 6, the Committee of Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (ScoPAFF) of the European Commission will discuss whether to ban chlorpyrifos and methyl chlorpyrifos. The majority of the numerous scientists consulted and several studies submitted over the last two years to the European Food Safety…

Produce ladies hiked Peru’s Inca trail

“A break from day-to-day work had a wonderful effect on us”

This fall, both Stephanie Cutaia with EarthFresh and Nancy Pickersgill with Sunset/Mastronardi took a break from their busy Marketing jobs and traveled to Peru to hike the Inca trail. Nancy and Stephanie became friends through their work in the produce industry and although they didn’t travel to Peru at…

WSU research

Sustaining US roads with grapes and agricultural waste products

The US spends $5 billion a year to repair damages to road infrastructure. That is one of the reasons a team of WSU researchers is developing a more sustainable solution, using…

Covering Smash Mouth with melodic melons

In this clip, YouTuber Pupsi is covering Smash Mouth with some melons.   Carving holes in various melons, along with "smashing" them for percussion, evidently produces a wonderfully fruitful…

Australia: ABGC supports bush fire-affected banana growers campaign

Banana growers affected by bush fires in New south Wales and Queensland could get support through a Go Fund Me appeal. The Australian Banana Growers' Council has thrown its support behind the campaign which aims to assist banana growers affected by the East Coast bush fires over the past month. While…

Dutch Association to source fruit and vegetable produce from Sri Lanka

Following a visit by Sri Lankan horticulturalists, Dutch Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tanja Gonggrijp, stated  there were plans to create more formal linkages between…

Canada

Nova Scotia farms witness sharp rise in expenses

Numbers released by Statistics Canada show 2018 was a very bad year for Nova Scotia farmers. Unfortunately it was even worse than the already rough year of 2017. The latest…

Canadian provincial rules aren't helping

Newfoundland-Labrador: Moose are eating the harvests

Veteran farmer Dwight Eveleigh is used to a moose or two occasionally nibbling at his crops, but he's never seen anything like 2019. "This is the worst year yet, by far," said…

Latin-American currencies hitting record lows

This week, Latin American currencies are making a decline into a rout, as three of the region’s most-traded bills are hitting record lows. The Colombian and Chilean pesos both fell to all-time lows Wednesday as a wave of anti-government demonstrations threaten to damp economic growth. Brazil, which has…

Algeciras and Antwerp, the ports of entry of 60% of the cocaine that reaches the EU

The director of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), together with the director of Europol, Catherine De Bolle, and the European commissioner…

Check at 25 German food retail chains documents transparent QS supply chain at home and abroad

Complete traceability of QS products back to the producer

The origin of the food they see is an important criterion for consumers when shopping. The food retail trade also wants to be sure that traceability is guaranteed - especially…

Malaysia defers new fruit, vegetable export rules to April

Many complaints from traders supplying Singapore

Malaysia's plan to revise its export permit scheme for fruits and vegetables has been deferred to April, amid complaints from suppliers who export fresh produce to Singapore that the new rules will raise their costs considerably. On Nov 21, Johor's vegetable and fruit traders cried foul over new rules…

South African rand slips due to effects US-China trade war

South Africa’s rand weakened in early trade on Thursday as risk demand globally was stalled by a lack fresh progress on a US-China trade deal. Early in the morning, the rand was 0.16% weaker at 14.7760 per dollar versus an overnight close of 14.7350. US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law…

Satellites tracking US food supply, aiding farmers

Farmers across America's Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, before the first freeze sets in. September rains made a late harvest even later. Heavy spring rains flooded millions of acres of cropland around the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Missouri rivers. Some farmers never…

Spanish farmers troubled about no-deal Brexit

At this time of year, Juan Colomina is preparing for the start of the harvest of thousands of tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown under plastic in southern Spain and exported…

Serbia seizes four tons of marijuana at Belgrade organic food farm

Serbian police raided an organic food farm just outside the capital Belgrade, detaining nine people and seizing almost four tons of marijuana, in one of the nation’s biggest…

Australians move backwards with regard to food waste

Australian households are going backwards on food wastage, as the excessive ordering and the rise of meal delivery services has pushed the amounts of food thrown away by $136 over the past year. The average Australian household now throws away an average $1,026 worth of food per year - a 15 per cent…

South Africa: Heatwave warning

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has warned that severe heatwave conditions would prevail over most of South Africa for the rest of the week and into the weekend. A heatwave is defined as…

Farmer protests: One thousand tractors roll into Paris

As part of a protest against the government’s agricultural policies, French farmers have driven a convoy of up to a thousand tractors into Paris. The two main farm unions organising the unrest blame stagnant revenues, the phasing out of certain pesticides and what they claim is unfair competition. The…

Australian Mid North Coast fires impact bees, macadamias and blueberries

Farmers from Australia’s Mid North Coast are appealing to the community and the government to help their cause after fires had a devastating impact on the industry. David Flinter is the owner of Hand'n'Hoe Organics Macadamia farm in Comboyne. David said the past two weeks of fighting fires have been a…

New York state: Spotted Lantern Fly threatens agriculture

Spotted lantern flies are wreaking havoc in several states near New York state, including 16 counties throughout Pennsylvania. The Department of Environmental Conservation…

Farmworker group expresses concerns about US Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Many in the farm industry have expressed their pleasure with the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The bipartisan legislation put forward by Representative Dan Newhouse and others lays out options for foreign laborers to become legal citizens, while ensuring that farmers have the needed workers to ensure…

Phase One US-China trade agreement might head into 2020

US legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters didn’t stop China’s trade chief from recently making a phone call to invite US negotiators to a new round of trade talks.  The Wall…

New requirements for fruit and vegetable greenhouses in January

Changes to safe food regulations Canada

New requirements to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) will begin January 2020, and greenhouses should ensure that they comply with these regulations ahead of…

UK retail prices fall for sixth consecutive month

Figures show retail prices in the UK have fallen for a sixth consecutive month as retailers enticed customers with ever deeper price cuts to offset political upheaval. Overall…

Road Haulage Association of Ireland:

“Hauliers in danger of being injured or killed by migrants”

Eugene Drennan, a member of the council of the Road Haulage Association of Ireland, said drivers were not getting enough protection or support from a number of governments. Drennan: “We don’t feel we’re getting enough protection from the north coast countries — France, Belgium and Holland. The rate of…

Annual snack trend report for 2020 released:

"Increased acceptance of plant-based foods will be important trend in 2020"

Truly Good Foods released their annual snack food trend report, which highlights the biggest snack food trends predicted for the coming year. Throughout the predictions there…

expoSE- and expoDirekt-Innovation Awards 2019:

A look into the near future: Strawberry picking robots & packaging as recyclable as asparagus peels

As part of the opening ceremony, the Association of South German Asparagus and Strawberry Growers (Verband Süddeutscher Spargel- und Erdbeeranbauer) awarded the "Best of 2019" innovation prizes for market-relevant innovations at Messe Karlsruhe on 20 November. Out of 31 entries, three expoSE innovations and…

Japan to strengthen IP protection for high-end produce

Japanese governing bodies are stepping up efforts to make sure the profits from high-end fruits developed by its farmers end up in the right pockets. The agriculture ministry will select a private organization in fiscal 2020 to protect the intellectual property rights of new varieties of fruits and…

Black widow travels to Iceland in Californian grapes

A bag of green grapes from California, purchased in a supermarket in Garðabær, contained an exotic guest, namely a black widow spider. Jón Helgi Steingrímsson, one of the…

Western Australian-based project to unlock more secrets

Australian government $510,000 pollinator grant will aid avo growers

The Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $510,788 in research that could help improve fertilization of Australia’s avocados by unlocking more of what we know about…

Export deals made with over 200 Venezuelan & Colombian firms

Turkish exporters looking at Latin American markets

A Turkish business delegation has travelled to Venezuela and Colombia to enter new markets in Latin America, meeting Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. The delegation, which includes 11 Turkish companies, held high-level talks in Colombia and Venezuela and signed several export deals with…

Almeria-based entrepreneurs arrested for having workers perform identity theft

The Satélite operation, carried out by the National Police in Níjar, in the Spanish province of Almería, has resulted in the arrest of twelve people belonging to a business network that employed workers in an irregular situation through the use of supplanted identities. Nine of the twelve people arrested…

Prison for two Spanish berry producers for illegal extraction of water from Doñana

Two administrators of an agricultural company in Almonte, in the Spanish province of Huelva, have been sentenced by the Criminal Court 4 of Huelva to 1 year and 6 months in jail for illegally extracting groundwater from aquifer 27, which supplies water to Doñana, for the irrigation of their berry…

CPMA congratulates new Canadian federal cabinet

CPMA wishes to congratulate all newly-appointed federal Cabinet ministers, set to lead Canada’s 43rd Parliament. CPMA looks forward to working with the new Cabinet, including…

expoSE and expoDirekt 2019 were a success for the exhibitors

6,700 visitors and exuberant mood

With 6,700 trade visitors from all over Europe, exhibition duo expoSE and expoDirekt have come to an end at the Karlsruhe trade fair. The Verband Süddeutscher Asparagus and Strawberry Growers e.V. (VSSE) recorded an increase in visitor numbers of six percent. From 20 to 21 November 2019, 445 exhibitors from…

Steri Cooling – Innovative panel sectional doors from Maxiflex

Well-known industrial door and loading dock solutions specialist Maxiflex is committed to going the extra mile to deliver the best-fit product that ideally meets customers’ needs. When leading producer and exporter of citrus in the Eastern Cape, Endulini Fruit, required a certified air tight door for its…

Getting attention by throwing oranges out of a hole

Suspected illegal immigrants trapped inside a refrigerated lorry

A group of eight suspected illegal immigrants trapped inside a refrigerated lorry trailer after they raised the alarm by throwing oranges out of a hole in its side. Motorists spotted the fruit being flung from a small hole in the trailer as the lorry became stuck in a traffic jam on the A14 near…

Thanks to pheromone traps, farmers have an extra ally

With climate change, insects are changing their behavior

The climate is at its extreme, with ever-increasing temperature variations, and insects are changing their habits. This is demonstrated by statistical data: extreme weather trends are also reported in a recent article (click here for the original) by Arpae. In this climatic context, phytophagous insects…

Managers of Spanish firm Natural Salads accused of misappropriation of 1.9 M€

The president, the secretary and three members of the Board of Directors of the agricultural firm Natural Salads SL have been accused by the administrators of the companies Productores Hortofrutícolas de Lorca SL, Millennium Ventas SL and Arkadia Food SL, of an alleged misappropriation of funds that…

Official ‘tips’ to counteract the effects of pollution

Indian MP ridicules Ministers' suggestions to eat carrots & listen to music

Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa was referring to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's suggestion of eating carrots, and Prakash Javadekar's tweet where urged people to start listening to music to check the effects of pollution. Participating in a discussion on pollution, Pratap Singh Bajwa said Health Minister…

Protecting broccoli crops in California and Mexico

Wasp named after actor Idris Elba combats bugs

Scientists have discovered a parasitic wasp they believe could fend off an invasive bug that devastates broccoli crops in California and Mexico. A team of Mexican researchers…

Kenyan farmers to get training on pesticide use and adopting of high-yielding crop varieties

Meru farmers are set to be trained on the use of farm inputs and adoption of high-yielding crop varieties to increase production. The county's department of Agriculture has partnered with stakeholders to roll out the initiative to boost food security. Agriculture chief officer Dionisia Eruaki urged…

Bill Huizenga joins Florida and Georgia lawmakers to protect domestic produce

US Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is among 32 cosponsors of a bill designed to protect American farmers from illegal trade practices used by foreign countries. The Defending…

USDA Survey

When do consumers go to the store?

In a recently released report, ERS researchers used data for 2014-17 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual American Time Use Survey (ATUS) to provide a snapshot of when Americans grocery shop on weekdays versus weekends. Saturdays and Sundays are somewhat more popular days for grocery shopping than…

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new stores

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new storesThe Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that it plans to open 500 new stores in China over the next five to seven years. That would more than double Walmart's (WMT) footprint in China, which is expected to become the world's biggest grocery…

Walmart in Chile asks government for protection

Walmart Inc.'s unit in Chile has asked the government to help protect its stores and workers from riots and other protest violence that has rocked that country for a month. Walmart Chile said in a news release that 34 of its supermarkets have been set on fire, with 17 of those destroyed. In addition,…

The trip of Renzo Piraccini of Macfrut

A visit to Armenia and Georgia: markets and large-scale distribution

Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan were the three stops on the trip that Renzo Piraccini, president of Macfrut, carried out in the past few days. The purpose of the trip, in addition to presenting the next edition of the fruit and vegetable fair (Rimini, 5-7 May 2019), was to understand the commercial needs…

China may soon launch virtual currency

China could launch its own digital currency within the next 6 to 12 months, according to fund manager Edith Yeung. This could become a challenge to the US dollar’s global…

Experts warn of another drought in Southern Africa

Farmers in southern Africa should start adapting, planting drought-resistant crops and concentrating on short season varieties as the frequency of droughts intensifies. Farmers should also be encouraged to grow traditional crops that are more drought-resistant and adaptable to climate change. Hybrid…

AHDB data shows that 2-3% of crop is unlikely to be lifted

Crop still in ground in England at risk

The Scottish potato harvest is as good as done, but there’s a real risk that the 11% of the UK crop which is still in the ground will need to be written off. “There will be…

Central America - ‘Dry Corridor’

Honduras communities fight drought with watershed work

Managing access to water in the so-called ‘Dry Corridor’ is key to economic and food security in the Central American country. A road winds through the Honduran countryside as pine forests shift gradually into the dry lowlands of the country’s drought-prone region. The new road, known as the Dry Channel,…

Kuwaiti businesses urged to import Brazilian fruits

“Brazil is not as far from Kuwait as everybody thinks”

The Brazilian embassy in Kuwait has organized a seminar that discussed the production, export, logistics, and solutions to import Brazilian fruits to Kuwait. During the speech…

Proactive steps taken to address skilled job shortages in New Zealand horticulture industry

HortNZ says the industry is getting on the front foot to try to address the skilled job shortage in the country's horticulture sector, following the launch of the Food and Fibre Skills Action Plan in October. Despite the horticulture industry experiencing year on year growth, CEO Mike Chapman says the…

Mexican YouTuber needed hospital treatment after eating two habanero peppers

Hugo Lara, a Mexican YouTuber from the Los Hermanos Lara Oficial channel, had to be taken to the hospital after recording his latest video challenge: eating two habanero…

Guy Smagghe, honorary doctor by the UPM

"24% of European bees may disappear in 5 years"

Belgian entomologist Guy Smagghe, honorary doctor by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and expert in sustainable insect pest control, warns that "24% of European wild bees…

Spanish scientists patent fungal extracts for the development of biocides

After almost four years of research, a group of scientists from the Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology of the University of La Laguna (ULL) has obtained the…

National Agricultural Statistics Service - Disaster Analysis

USDA can monitor agricultural disasters in near real-time

The US National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) can now monitor agricultural disasters in near real-time and provide quantitative assessments using remotely sensed data and geospatial techniques. This page nass.usda.gov provides disaster assessments in geospatial data format, reports, and metadata…

Euro relieved as dollar weakens on hopes for US-China trade deal

The euro enjoyed a small respite on Monday, jumping to an 11-day high versus the US dollar, on expectations that Washington and Beijing can soon sign off on a deal to end a…

Irish PM says EU-UK trade deal possible by late 2020

On Friday, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that it  may be possible to negotiate a new free-trade deal between Britain and the European Union by the end of next year if it…

Rethinking the past and future of South African land reform

If expropriation of land without compensation is to be state policy, it must take its place within the larger programme of land reform, rather than displacing it. For its…

Nearly $3 million awarded by Supreme Court of British Columbia

“Sellers of blueberry farm destroyed crop with herbicide”

When Malkiat and Satwant Baring were preparing to buy a 24-hectare farm in Langley, B.C., in July 2017, "the blueberry bushes were laden with ripening fruit," according to a…

Indian Army has weaponized ghost peppers

The Indian Army just weaponized one of the world's hottest peppers. The newest biological weapon on the market is a homegrown substance for India: Ghost Peppers. The army has…

With aid of Taiwan

Saint Lucia works toward food security

The Ministry of Agriculture of Saint Lucia, along with the Republic of China (Taiwan), has embarked on a project which seeks to reduce the country’s food import bill. This production and distribution enhancement project will focus on seven crops over a three-year period. With an annual food import bill…

US government hopes Zimbabwe will “return land to white farmers”

If Zimbabwe wants to get the US onside and lift economic sanctions, its politicians will have to reverse the controversial land reform programme. This revelation emerged from…

Supercell hailstorm causes millions of dollars of damage to Sunshine Coast crops

Farmers on the Sunshine Coast are tallying the damages of a supercell that dropped large hailstones down on their orchards and small crops yesterday afternoon. Ironically, in a week they were fearing the serious threat of bushfires, it was ice that caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to lychees,…

Pravin Gordhan to meet the unions on Tuesday

Public Enterprises minister to discuss strikes at South Africa Airways

South Africa’s Public Enterprises minister will meet with the unions striking at its state-owned airline on Tuesday. The meeting is an effort to resolve a strike over wages at…

Zimbabwe sets aside $380 million to compensate white farmers

Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, on Thursday set aside $380 million in his budget to compensate mainly white former commercial farmers who lost their land during…

Northern New South Wales - Australia

Banana growers deal with aftermath of terrifying firestorm

Heavy bushfires have brought chaos and suffering to farmers in northern New South Wales, with thousands of hectares of farmland burnt and tonnes of crops scorched. Banana…

South African Airways affected by strike

Last Friday, South African Airways workers embarked on an indefinite strike for higher wages and against the national carrier's overhaul plan, forcing the cash-strapped…

Calls to improve New Zealand's vegetable security through better freshwater management

Securing New Zealand's commercial vegetable future was a key part of HortNZ's submission to the recent "Action for healthy waterways" consultation process. The NZ Government recently concluded the consultation process on the quality of water, which received 17,000 submissions, and HortNZ is hoping for…

Construction starts on Arco's new headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market

Construction has begun on Arco’s new headquarters in Hull’s Fruit Market, expected to cost around £16 mln. The project –the largest development of its kind in the city for over half a century– will eventually see over 500 Arco staff move into the new, five-storey complex. The site, in Blackfriargate,…

From Costa Blanca to the Netherlands

Moroccans smuggled drugs hidden in fruit and veg

Police officers have arrested several criminals who smuggled marijuana to the Netherlands, hidden in fruit and vegetables that were shipped from an Orihuela warehouse. Five…

Italian police discover over a ton of cocaine in banana containers

Police officers in southern Italy have seized over a ton of cocaine hidden in a refrigerated container used for transporting bananas. The drugs, with a street value of around $275 million, were split into 144 packages hidden in a container from South America. According to the shipping documents the…

Chinese chef’s fruit carvings go viral

Chinese chef Li Mian strives to become the best fruit carver in the world. He now has more than 250,000 online followers.

Asda sells crisps that look and taste like Brussels sprouts

ASDA is selling Brussels sprouts flavoured crisps that are shaped like the festive vegetable. Opinions are divided. The maize bites -which are available as part of Asda's festive range- cost just 75p for a 150g bag. Of course, they aren’t the only Brussels sprouts flavoured snack on the market, with…

PMA and CPMA end issuing generic UPCs in 2020

As of December 31st, 2019, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and Produce Marketing Association will no longer issue new generic UPCs. Instead, both organizations will support the industry in adopting brand owner (company-specific) UPCs for North American produce. The decision to end the…

Office space available in Maasdijk and Venlo, the Netherlands

The Dutch company, Transtolk, is offering office space for rent. These rooms are in trade centres in Venlo and Maasdijk in the Netherlands. These concern an area of 250m2. The offices have all the amenities. The photos below give a good idea of both offices located at the wholesale centres. The Venlo…

Drought is costing South African agriculture sector billions

The agricultural body that represents nearly 28,000 commercial farmers across the country is calling on the government for financial aid to address the debilitating drought wreaking havoc across the country, which has cost the industry billions of rand. The industry contributes 2% to the economy, which…

Scotland: Pesticide use declining for arable crops

According to new figures, the use of pesticides on arable crops grown in Scotland has declined. A new report was released on Wednesday as part of a series of surveys which are…

USDA - Food Recovery Hierarchy

The best ways to store fruit and vegetables at home

Food waste is a prevalent issue in the United States, as it is in most other Western countries. In fact, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 30-40% of the country's annual food supply will go wasted. The estimated cost is $990 billion. To address this matter, the USDA and the US…

Due to damages caused by cyclone Bulbul

Indian government working on contingency plan

The west Bengal state government is working on a contingency plan for farmers affected by cyclone Bulbul. Steps are being taken after the Agriculture department submitted a…

Alibaba sets $52 billion Singles' Day sales record

The Alibaba Group has logged more than 268 billion yuan (S$52 billion) of purchases during its Singles' Day bonanza, exceeding last year's record haul after a 24-hour shopping…

Licensed varieties of blueberries for Fairplant

In 2017, Fairplant from Emmeloord – The Netherlands started producing blueberry plants in-house. Fairplant has recently been able to add three license varieties to the range, namely Draper®, Liberty® and Aurora®. Michigan State University (MSU) has granted Fairplant the licenses. Sales manager Rik Klein…

GNT managing director Frederik Hoeck:

“Natural food colouring hits consumer sweet spot”

Natural food colourings have to fall into the "sweet spot" of consumer trends concerning health, traceability and cleaner labels, the boss of one of the world's leading…

Checking Canada's cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and more

Sniffer dogs are on the lookout for crop disease

A Canadian experiment is under way to see if dogs could detect the damaging clubroot disease in commercial crops. Clubroot is a parasitic mould-like disease that infects plant…

Protests Chile: Hundreds of thousands take part as peso tanks

In Chile, unrest has been ongoing for almost a month and now it is starting to hit the nation's currency. The national currency dropped to a record low on Tuesday as hundreds of thousands took to the streets with anti-government demonstrations showing no signs of abating. Citizens marched peacefully in…

India and China should be key target for South African agri exports

South Africa’s trade policy is underpinned by an export-led growth strategy. This means that the country essentially looks to grow its economy by deepening and expanding its…

Air pollution causes public health emergency in New Delhi

New Delhi officials declared a public health emergency on Nov. 1 as a result of air pollution nearly 20 times the levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization. A combination of factories, Diwali fireworks, more than 8 million cars and seasonal burning of agricultural land to make room for new…

Port of Rotterdam

Seized cocaine shipments have already surpassed 2018 numbers

Even with nearly two months left to go in the year, the Port of Rotterdam this year has already surpassed the record amount of cocaine caught there in 2018, according to an…

Australia: Bushfire hits Queensland pineapple farm

A Queensland pineapple farm has been devastated by a bushfire just a few years after Cyclone Marcia tore through the property. Only two weeks out from harvest, the Brooks…

UK food prices are stabilising

After three years of inflation, wholesale foodservice prices are now stabilising, according to new research.  The latest CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index reported prices had been dropping, other than…

Prof Valerie Duffy - University of Connecticut

“Dislike of healthy veggies could be a genetic trait”

If certain vegetables have always made you gag, you might not just be a ‘picky eater’. Instead, you might be what scientists call a "super-taster:" a person with a genetic…

Hort Innovation relationship-building tour

Australia to strengthen horticulture ties with India

Agribusiness companies, retail food chains and horticulture import giants are among the stops on a relationship-building tour being conducted by Hort Innovation in India this…

China: Advanced testing services provide consumers with feedback on fruit flavor

Chinese consumers are starting to pay more attention to the flavor of food ingredients. As a result, a growing number of test mechanisms for food ingredients have appeared on the market. Mr. He Duo, founder of Fruit Notice, recently talked about this new concept of testing flavors and its practical…

129 million Google searches in 2018

Growing interest in healthy eating in Spain

Based on a report on healthy eating carried out by Google with data from searches registered in the search engine, together with the information from a survey made with 2,500 people and data from the consultants Kantar and Lantern, it has been concluded that the interest of Spanish consumers in healthy…

Study highlights Spotted Lanternfly in the US

Concern over it’s the current Spotted Lanternfly invasion has sent scientists scrambling to learn more about this insect to help combat it, and new research published in the journal Environmental Entomology is a major step in that direction. It contains new findings on its reproductive biology, host…

Horticulture NZ chief executive Mike Chapman challenges MPI

New Zealand: Hort export figures challenged

Horticulture's export revenue growth is likely to be about 10% in the current financial year – not the 3.8% forecast by the Ministry for Primary Industries. Horticulture NZ…

Research shows consumers prefer unlabeled produce over GMO labeled

Consumers were more willing to buy unlabeled produce after being shown food tagged as “genetically modified” in a new Cornell study that comes two months before a new federal…

Even small apple farmers in Iowa feel the impact of tariffs

Timeless Prairie Orchard in Winthrop, Iowa, is located between fields of corn and soy as far as the eye can see. Apple farms are few and far between in these parts, but there…

Mexico’s other ‘green’ business: vegan leather

Several companies are already marketing biomaterials created with cactus or with the bacteria present in the remains of strawberry and mango. Is Mexico on the verge of a very profitable market? In the United States, the vegan lifestyle has grown by 500% over the past five years. Either by conscience,…


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