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Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Egypt vs Ethiopia: New escalation over Nile dam

Egyptian sources are warning of the consequences of not reaching an agreement on the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that Ethiopia is building on the…

Kamehameha Schools to invest US$10 million in Hawai‘i’s Food Systems

Kamehameha Schools has created a new $10 million Food Systems Fund, aimed at strengthening Hawaiʻi’s economic resiliency. The first $300,000 is being invested in the Hawaiʻi…

Southwest Spain

Huelva farms: Water rights are crucial in pricing

The acquisition of Atlantic Blue -worth $ 280 million- by Chilean company Hortifrut gives an account of the value at which Huelva agriculture is listed on the market. Of…

Long-standing member of Düsseldorf wholesale market celebrates 86th birthday

"Today, no one wants to bend down anymore"

For years now, he has been by far the oldest trader at the local wholesale market: on November 23, Willi Andree, senior boss of the Düsseldorf family business of the same name, celebrated his 86th birthday. "There used to be more going on here. But today, no one wants to bend down anymore," he said in an…

Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province: Economic potential to be accessed through special economic zones

Officials in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are determined to tap the economic potential of the province through the development of special economic zones…

Italy pays tribute to its crops by issuing stamps dedicated to 15 food products

On 20 November 2021, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development issued fifteen stamps dedicated to fruit and vegetables of protected denomination. The stamps have a price of €0.25. Stamp characteristicsThe stamps have been printed by the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato SpA, in white, neutral…

Also disaster assistance for South Australia producers after damaging storms

NSW Farmers welcome additional disaster assistance

NSW Farmers President James Jackson has thanked the state and federal governments for listening to calls for additional natural disaster declarations. Disaster assistance is…

Rio Grande do Norte

Brazil: Federal Police seize 265 kg of cocaine in Port of Natal

In a joint operation with the Federal Revenue, the Federal Police (PF) seized 265 kilos of cocaine, in the Port of Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte, on Saturday. The drugs were…

Ireland: Peat extraction for horticultural use allowed under new bill

A new bill was introduced to the Seanad this week, allowing the extraction of Irish peat for horticultural use in the near future. The Horticultural Peat (Temporary Measures)…

Department of Agriculture collaborates with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

New deal signed on first agri cold inspection facility Philippines

The Department of Agriculture has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to build a cold examination facility, that must help deter…

Mexican vigilantes pledge to aid police officials in protecting avocado growers

In the western parts of Mexico, extortion of avocado growers by various drug cartels has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from a so-called self-defense group known as United…

Hawaii: Food Hubs receive $1 million for statewide expansion

In Hawaii, a collective of statewide food hubs has a plan to get more crops from small farmers to businesses, institutions and families that want locally grown food. On Oahu,…

The farmworkers in California’s fire zones

When wildfires force thousands of Californians to evacuate, a little-known 'ag pass' program lets employers keep farmworkers on the job. In August, 2020, a flurry of dry…

Backpackers careful about returning to Australia

The Australian government has re-opened the international border to backpackers, but it seems the farming industry has some work to do to entice travellers back to its…

For SATA, sustainable farming even in proximity to protected areas is possible

Farm waste disposal and management, from residues to resources

A conference based on the impact of intensive agriculture on biodiversity and the increase in the availability of technical means that have caused the exploitation of land, was held to discuss how cultivation and protected natural areas can coexist. A moment during the conference The event, which took place…

Auction raises $50,000 for Camp Quality

Anthony Romeo crowned 2021 Cherry King

South Australia’s independent fruit and vegetable retailers have gone head to head in an auction bidding war at the Pooraka wholesale markets to raise money for Camp Quality.…

DTU increases collaboration with Mexican uni Tec De Monterrey

New agreements have been arranged to extend international research collaboration and student exchange between DTU and Tec De Monterrey. DTU and the Mexican university Tec De…

The Last Harvest

Release of award-winning documentary telling growers’ stories

The award-winning documentary “The Last Harvest” releases for free exclusively on Vimeo for a timely Thanksgiving message of appreciation and acknowledgment of the challenges facing those who grow and harvest our food. The documentary is now available for viewing here. This free screening will be limited…

Nonprofit thanks partners and donors this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, Brighter Bites would like to thank its many partners who make its programming a success for the 30,000 families served in cities across the country,…

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More direct marketing farms in Lower Saxony

Structural change, price wars, increasingly stringent requirements, lack of appreciation, climate change and ultimately the Corona Academy, more and more farms have ventured into direct marketing or another income combination in recent years. In most cases, it is the young farm successors* who follow the…

NSW Farmers call for natural disaster declaration

NSW Farmers is calling for natural disaster declarations to allow relief funds to be dispatched as heavy rains continue to affect vast parts of the state, causing widespread…

CIRAD

France: Inauguration of the new buildings of the Plant Protection Pole in Saint Pierre

Kicked off in October 2019 with the financial support of the Reunion Region, Ademe, European funds and the French government through the France Relaunch plan, “the construction of the Plant Protection Pole represents 3,200 m² of new infrastructure and 800 m² of rehabilitation project,” explains Eric…

Potential rules protecting workers from heat could negatively impact citrus production

Potential rules protecting indoor and outdoor workers from hazardous heat could have significant ramifications for US citrus growers. Could they result in a situation where…

US: Extreme supply chain problems dreaded regarding unvaccinated drivers

A mid-January deadline for the vaccine mandate was announced by the U.S. in mid-October. Last week, Canada announced a Jan. 15 deadline for truckers crossing into this…

Tasmanian strawberry grower welcomes back seasoned hands

The 400-strong team over at Hillwood Berries are hard at work picking and sorting the farm's strawberry crop. Luckily, the farm has welcomed the return of another 100 seasonal…

Adjustments to EU Common Agricultural Policy

EU parliament greenlights agricultural reforms

After nearly three years of negotiations, the European Parliament has approved reforms to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. This latest round of changes is intended to be…

Rewe

REWE, DB Regio and Fairtrade bring sustainability to the tracks

"Supermarket on a train" has been underway for a few days now

A supermarket on rails? In Hesse, this has become a reality. Until December 11, Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio, REWE Region Mitte and Fairtrade Germany are going mobile with the "Fair Supermarket Train". Where travelers or commuters normally take their seats with their sandwiches and their newspapers,…

Former President of Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market sentenced to over 10 years in prison

Caesar DiCrecchio of Voorhees, NJ, was sentenced to ten years and one month in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay more than $8 million in…

South Africa: Eskom CEO says company is facing deliberate acts of sabotage

According to André de Ruyter, CEO of the South African power utility Eskom, the company is facing deliberate acts of sabotage by unknown criminals. Late last week, De Ruyter…

An Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit panel

Financing resilient food systems

"There’s a lot of interest out there from investors: they're just waiting for an improved business model of vertical farms. In return, they can employ larger amounts of funds, not only venture capital but also private equity and infrastructure capital," said Henner Schwarz (Kalera) during an Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation…

Samyukt Kisan Morcha unmoved by Modi’s decision to repeal three laws

Indian farmers' union coalition takes fight to Uttar Pradesh

Unmoved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a coalition of over forty Indian farmers' unions, yesterday…

Gujarat may follow suit and amend the Act

Karnataka may repeal APMC law, but not land act amendment

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that his government will repeal the three contentious farm laws, the Karnataka government is debating whether it should follow…

3rd barometer of the food transition - Max Havelaar/Opinion Way:

High demand for responsible consumption in the food service industry

French consumers are returning to some of their pre-Covid habits, but their responsible shopping cart (local, fair, organic, zero waste) is resisting, and even progressing in 2021. The expectations for the food service industry are very high since 81% of French consumers expect a responsible approach…

Independent Public Revenue Authority

Greece: Customs impound heroin found in banana shipment

According to the Independent Public Revenue Authority, Greek Customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 35 kilograms of heroin hidden in a shipment of bananas into the…

Participating in a canned vegetables cartel

European Commission fines Conserve Italia €20 million for breaching EU antitrust rules

The European Commission has fined Conserve Italia Soc. Coop. Agricola and its subsidiary Conserves France S.A. (together ‘Conserve Italia’) a total of € 20 mln for breaching…

Wetlands run dry as water is used to grow food

Report shows true ecological cost of cultivation in southeast Spain

In the plains of Castilla-La Mancha, there is a unique wetland named Las Tablas de Daimiel national park. Unfortunately, it is no longer as wet as it should be as its water…

Flemish Agricultural Marketing Board takes Belgian fruit and vegetable exporters on inspirational trip to London

VLAM - the Flemish Agricultural Board recently organized a trip to London. It was for Belgian companies in the potato and fruit and vegetable sector. During the two-day tour, exporters and cooperatives could make personal contacts in the British market. There was widespread interest. And participants had the chance…

Turkish lira hits all-time low before Central Bank meeting

Yesterday, the Turkish lira continued its slide ahead of the country’s Central Bank meeting. The currency fell to a record low of 10.98 against the dollar. President Recep…

Prime Minister Modi announces decision in national address

Indian government will repeal three farm laws after months of protests

In a major decision, Indian officials have announced that the government has decided to repeal three farm laws after months of protests by farmers. Prime Minister Narendra…

Bad day for vegetable truck driver

If you think your day is off to a bad start, take a look at this video. This truck driver didn't exactly have the best start to the day either, when he opened the doors of his…

Northern Territory vegetable farm delayed after review

A large Central Australian horticulture development has been delayed after environmental concerns caused a review of the project's license to extract 40 billion litres of…

Association talks about trading strategies

Abrafrutas participates in largest International Irrigated Tropical Fruits Fair in Brazil

From November 24th to 26th, in Mossoró, in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazilian Association of Fruit and Derivative Producers and Exporters Abrafrutas will participate in the…

Irish citizens arrested as Spanish police find drugs hidden in cabbage bound for Dublin

Two Irishmen have been arrested after Spanish police officers smashed a suspected European-wide multi-million drug smuggling operation from Spain to Dublin on the back of a…

One load hidden in cauliflower shipment

Laredo CBP Officers seize drugs worth over $53.2 mln at World Trade Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers seized narcotics in two enforcement actions this weekend, totaling over $53,200,000 in street value. The first seizure occurred on Nov. 12, 2021, at the World Trade Bridge, after CBP officers encountered a 2013 Kenworth tractor…

Tasmanian fruit growers push back on minimum rate for pickers

Fruit growers in Tasmania will appeal a Fair Work Commission decision to award minimum wages to their pickers. Until now, across Australia, orchard and other farm workers have…

Victoria, Australia

Commonwealth Bank offers discounted 'green loan' for growers

A northern Victorian truss tomato producer has been offered a discounted interest rate on a $5 million bank loan to finance upgrades to reduce the farm's greenhouse gas…

Sufresca accelerates its green solution to reduce waste and plastic

AgriTech start-up Sufresca, Ltd. is breathing new life into the global pursuit for combatting food waste and plastic use. The company optimized its novel invisible edible coating designed to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce and expanding its use to fit a range of fresh fruit and vegetables.…

One of South Africa’s foremost avocado growers branches out into coffee

While some areas of South Africa feature the ideal conditions for growing coffee, only a few farmers are planting the crop, as it is highly labor-intensive. Zander Ernst of…

American Farm Bureau Federation

Farm Bureau survey results:

US Thanksgiving dinner costs up 14 percent

Enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends is very important for many Americans. However, Farm Bureau’s 36th annual survey indicates the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving feast for 10 is $53.31 or less than $6.00 per person. This is a $6.41 or 14% increase from last year’s…

New South Wales is bracing itself for ‘devastating’ floods as Lachlan River swells

Flooding continues in the central west of NSW. The agricultural cost of the floods is starting to be counted, with farmers expecting a damage bill of hundreds of millions of…

Introduction of the ‘Keep Food Local & Affordable Act’

US Representative Greg Steube of Florida recently introduced the Keep Food Local & Affordable Act to combat the recent rise in food prices due to historic labor shortages and…

Sources claim Colorado’s new overtime pay rules for agricultural workers are too weak

Regulations from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment would phase in overtime pay, equivalent to time-and-a-half, over a few years, with farm workers receiving…

Queensland Paradise Dam overflows, boosting short-term water for farmers

After weeks of satisfactory rainfall, Queensland's controversial Paradise Dam is overflowing. The Queensland government says it will decide on reinstating the dam's capacity…

Malta: 600 farmers unpaid for months due to vegetable market banking troubles

Financial troubles have left some 600 farmers waiting to get paid hundreds of thousands of euros for produce sold at the Pitkali Vegetable Market around three months ago.  Angry…

Promising exchange of knowledge and research infrastructures

Memorandum of Understanding signed between ICAR-NRCB and Sastra

The ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) in Trichy and the Sastra Deemed University in Thanjavur have signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint exchange of…

But does not apply to all regions in Sahel zone

‘African Great Green Wall’ project makes economic sense

Fifteen years ago, the African Union decided on an ambitious project, wherein parts of the Sahel zone are to be renatured in order to secure food and to protect against…

Albanian agriculturalists issue six demands over 2022 Fiscal Plan

Farmers in Lushnje, central Albania, have been protesting the proposed tax packages to be implemented next year. Dozens of farmers from the surrounding area marched down the…

Australia: Northern Territory’s largest water license decision upheld

A giant Central Australian horticulture project will get to keep the biggest water license granted in the Northern Territory. Fortune Agribusiness intends to build a…

BGGA to deliver next phase of VegNET

North Queensland vegetable growers are set to benefit from the next phase of a national extension program, aimed at boosting productivity and delivering the latest research…

Bristol: Drugs worth £4 mln found on boat carrying fruit juice

UK border staff and police divers have seized 46 kg of cocaine from a boat carrying fruit juice. The drugs have a street value of £4 mln. They were found during a search of…

British growers call for government aid to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions

British farmers have set an ambitious strategy to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture by 2040. However, they feel the government should step in and…

SENASICA publishes phytosanitary requirement sheet for US fresh potato imports

On Saturday, November 6, Mexico's National Service for Agricultural Health, Food Safety, and Agri-Quality (SENASICA) published on its website the Phytosanitary Requirement…

PMA and Center for Growing Talent recognize industry leaders with Awards of Excellence

During the “Recognizing the Best Part of PMA” Virtual Town Hall held on October 27, 2021, Produce Marketing Association and Center for Growing Talent announced the winners of…

Farmworker Justice still critical about the guestworker program

US welcomes record number of 317,000 agricultural guest workers in past Fiscal Year

During the fiscal year that ended on September 30, the US Labor Department approved 317,619 seasonal guest workers. This is an increase of 15% from a year earlier. It was the…

Mango shoot looper detected in Queensland

Mango shoot looper (Perixera illepidaria) has been detected for the first time in Australia on the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland, in September 2021. The Queensland…

Sydney Markets Fresh Awards 2021

A win for Jannali Quality Fruit and Vegetables and Kareela Grocer

Two Sutherland Shire traders have picked up a pair of gongs at the Sydney Markets 2021 Fresh Awards. Jannali Quality Fruit and Vegetables won Best Small Business greengrocer…

Delivering vegetables in Chennai, the aquatic way

B. Manikandan, a surfer at Kovalam, received a call from his friend Vishal Narayanaswamy, who runs Gourmet Garden, on Tuesday, asking if he could help deliver vegetables and fruits. And so he did. But in an unusual way. Watch how these surfers from Chennai have been taking essentials like vegetables and fruits…

World Union of Wholesale Markets

WUWM calls for steps to transform food systems

The COP26 started this 31st of October in Glasgow, United Kingdom. This international conference intends to accelerate action towards the goals established of the Paris…

Denimpex warns of defaulter: Axoy Global AB in Sweden

The Dutch company, Denimpex, wants to warn other companies in the sector against doing any business with:  Axoy Global AB in Sweden"We've been having payment issues with this company…

Representatives from UK and EU set to enter new negotiations today

In an attempt to avoid a looming trade war, representatives from the United Kingdom and the European Union are set to enter new negotiations today. The UK officially left the…

Cambridge research yields sparkling success

Sustainable, biodegradable glitter made from cellulose found in plants, fruits, vegetables

Cambridge researchers have developed a sustainable, plastic-free glitter for use in the cosmetics industry, made from the cellulose found in plants, fruits, vegetables and…

South African Police find marijuana hidden in van transporting cabbages

During an operation by South African Police Services on the 6th of November 2021, a suspicious looking van that was transporting cabbages was pulled over by officials. "The…

Louis Vuitton

'Charlie', the new Louis Vuitton sneakers made from corn

Feeding the growing demand for vegan sneakers

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton has unveiled the new Charlie sneakers, a unisex design that’s made  from 90 per cent recycled and bio-sourced materials. That includes Biopolioli, a corn-based plastic, which can be found in the uppers of the shoes. Biopolioli is the latest bio-based material to trend in the…

Allowing Fortune Agribusiness's Singleton Station license to proceed

Northern Territory government negotiated change in water rules

According to documents, released under Freedom of Information laws, the Northern Territory government secretly negotiated with an investment company to change its water…

Perfection Fresh uses Augmented Reality to educate consumers on fresh produce farming and seasonality

Perfection Fresh has recently launched an immersive and interactive educational web based Augmented Reality experience. The journey begins by scanning an on-pack QR code which then opens the microsite to show the full experience. Perfection Fresh’s new AR offering educates its customers on the unique…

Irish farmers will be unable to take in rise in horticultural input costs

Horticulture production input costs have risen significantly in 2021 and, in many cases, will exceed grower margins, according to a new report published this Wednesday.…

New campaign in support of the McGrath Foundation launched

This summer, Pure Gold Pineapples will launch their ‘If you Grow ‘em, Know ‘em’ campaign in support of the McGrath Foundation, with the tongue in cheek message designed to put a fun spin on a very serious message about the importance of breast awareness year round. The campaign will be supported by a…

Colombian authorities dismantle a criminal group that smuggled cocaine to Europe and Central America in fruit shipments

Authorities arrested six individuals and dismantled a criminal group that smuggled cocaine from Colombia to Europe in fruit shipments. According to the Colombian Prosecutor's…

Australia

Unlicensed labor hire companies appear to be 'poaching' Pacific workers

Many seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands have been welcomed by Australian growers, desperate to find labor during the pandemic. In the last 18 months, some 12,000…

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud:

"Fruit pickers minimum wage costs expected to ‘appear at the checkout’"

A recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission means the minimum wage for workers will be $25.41 per hour. On this, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says increased costs…

South Africa

Proposed new Eskom pricing mechanism could hurt farmers

According to Dr Jack Armour, Free State Agriculture’s (FSA) commercial manager, Eskom’s proposed new pricing methodology is unjust and will penalize rural energy consumers and…

First chili peppers harvested on the International Space Station

The first chili peppers of the International Space Station (ISS) have just been harvested by Thomas Pesquet and his fellow astronauts. The cultivation of the peppers started in July. The seeds had been brought with the astronauts’ supply thanks to a SpaceX capsule. Shane Kimbrough, the American who…

Vegetable farmers Tasmania to benefit from VegNET program boost

Vegetable growers in Tasmania are set to benefit from the next generation of a national extension program aimed to boost productivity and deliver the latest research and…

INTERPOM will be opening its doors in Kortrijk Xpo, November 2021

Let's reconnect the potato chain!

After more than two years, the first major international meeting platform for the potato chain will finally see the light of day: on Sunday 28, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30…

Water rights transfers permitted in accordance with provisions of National Water Act

Victory in South African water rights case

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled that water rights holders are entitled to transfer such rights in accordance with the provisions of the National Water Act and that…

Spotted lanternfly, a threat to vineyards and fruit farms, getting closer to the North Fork

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County has issued an alert after a spotted lanternfly was identified near MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, about 45 miles from…

Farmers on high alert for ‘gigantic’ brown locust outbreaks

Agri Northern Cape is urging farmers to report brown locust outbreaks to their local district locust officers as soon as they are first observed. According to Nicol Jansen,…

US and Japan also urge delay to Chinese Food Import Rules

Several countries, among them Japan, the UK and the US, are urging Chinese customs officials to pause the rollout of regulations on food imports. Diplomats from seven…

Specialty produce company partners on footwear & apparel collection

Frieda’s is a little more obsessed with the kiwifruit than the average company. The fact that their founder Frieda Rapoport Caplan helped introduce the kiwi to the American public in 1962 may have something to do with that. This month, lifestyle retailer and design company Concepts International—which…

Queensland

93-kilometre pipeline could double Bowen-Gumlu region's vegetable production

Queensland farmers have embarked on an ambitious project to pipe water from the underutilized Burdekin Falls Dam to the Bowen-Gumlu horticulture district. A detailed business…

National Audit Office report says more has to be done

‘UK not ready for rolling post-Brexit controls on EU imports’

In a report published today, the National Audit Office said the UK has more work to do before it can introduce post-Brexit controls on EU imports next year. The report said…

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill delivers major water improvements for the West

In response to passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, Western Growers President & CEO Dave Puglia issued the following…

Commissioner Fried calls on USDA to provide fairness to Florida farmers

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wrote to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, calling for federal action to address the continued unfair foreign trade practices being…

RCEP: Participating countries account for nearly 30% of world population

World’s largest free trade pact to come into force this January

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is set to officially go into effect on January 1 as the world’s largest free trade agreement, with its 15 members…

Government urged to let in ten times more foreign workers

UK vegetables are rotting in fields due to picker and driver shortages

In parts of the UK, vegetables are being left to rot in fields due to a chronic crop picker and driver shortage. Guy Moreton, CEO of MorePeople, which specializes in hiring…

Washington receives $4.65 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds

More than $4 million will aid 20 projects across the state with the sole focus of raising the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Washington. The Washington State…

Victorians to be on the lookout for Medfly

Victorian residents in areas bordering South Australia and along key transport routes are being asked to keep a close watch on fruits and vegetables in their gardens this year…

Southern Cross Produce owner and Sydney Markets personality Bill Chalk remembered

The Sydney Markets community and the wider Australian fresh produce industry have lost one of its larger than life identities in Bill Chalk. William Francis "Bill" Chalk…

Australia

Mixed reaction among fruit pickers and growers after Fair Work decision on minimum wage

There have been a mixed reactions among fruit pickers and growers in South Australia's Riverland following a ruling from the Fair Work Commission that workers on a piece rate…

Argentine growers alerted to presence of Spotted Wing Drosophila

One of the limiting factors of fruit production are pests, some of them with quarantine importance, such as fruit flies. The most important species are the Mediterranean fly…

Institute for Fiscal Studies:

‘UK cost of living could rise at fastest rate for 30 years’

According to a study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK budget spelled a “worrying outlook for living standards”, warning that rising inflation rates and higher…

Also: Court rules higher backpacker tax is discriminatory

Australia: Fruit pickers guaranteed minimum wage

As the Fair Work Commission found the industry's piecework arrangements not fit for purpose, farms will be required to pay fruit pickers a minimum wage. The Australian…

Bioplanet's biological pest control in greenhouses in southern Italy

Intensive pest control against mites and Drosophila in small fruits under protected cultivation

In the last couple of years, damage caused by the mite tarsonemide in raspberry plantations in protected cultivation has increased in southern Italy. This has been confirmed by technician Carmine Lanaro, reference point for Bioplanet in Campania and specialist in small fruits. To combat this mite, it is…

Ecuadorian authorities find 1.5 tons of cocaine in banana shipment

Ecuadorian officials seized 1.5 tons of cocaine meant for New Zealand from a warehouse in Guayas province. The warehouse was located near a highway in Guayas province, home to…

Electricity has been restored at the Johannesburg fresh produce market

Bananas and avos bear the brunt of Jhb market power cut

News of the electricity woes at the Johannesburg municipal market last week has made headlines in South Africa; the fresh produce market in City Deep, Johannesburg has long been a target of copper cable thieves. Last week Africa's largest fresh produce market lost power when copper thieves struck again. Cold…

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

DPRID continues to lead Western Australia’s defense against pests, diseases and weeds

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is continuing to lead Western Australia’s defense against unwanted pests, diseases and weeds, intercepting more…

New filtration system improves water quality at Limpopo packing house

As a fruit packing business in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, began experiencing challenges meeting government standards with their existing sand filtration system to treat incoming…

Agreement set to come into force in January

Thailand ratifies Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

On October 28, Thailand ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has announced on November 1. The pact should come…

German restaurants are growing their own produce

At De Kas in Amsterdam, you can dine out among greenhouses. In around 2000, it was considered to be one of the very first farm-to-fork restaurants in the Netherlands, and now, a few years later, even restaurant formulas such as Vapiano, La Place, and Subway started cultivating their own herbs. They do so…

Minister Pippa Hackett announces opening of the 2022 scheme

New fund to support Irish horticulture industry

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, senator Pippa Hackett, recently announced the opening of the 2022 Scheme of Investment Aid for the…

Invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs in French orchards

French orchards are faced with an invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs. Originally from Asia, this invasive species causes significant damage for fruit and vegetable…

Agriculture Agency grants $324,000 to Vermont specialty crop organizations

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $324,467 for eight projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers…

New Zealand

Waimea Freshwater Farm Plan prepares growers for upcoming freshwater requirements

More than 40 New Zealand growers attended the Freshwater Farm Plan meeting last Wednesday, to hear about what they’ll need to do to meet new freshwater requirements. HortNZ…

Johannesburg market: Serious problems due to theft of electricity cables

Johannesburg market is facing serious problems due to the theft of electricity cables on 26 October 2021. The power has still not been restored.  Christo van der Rheede, Agri SA…

Authorities in Valencia dismantle a criminal band that scammed different companies out of more than 560,000 euro

In May of this year, a company dedicated to the distribution of fruit and vegetables based in Elche filed a complaint claiming that someone had impersonated one of their…

Agrofresh Export Consortium warns about Maldivian scammer

The Spanish company Agrofresh Export Consortium S.L. would like to warn growers and traders in the sector about the following scammer from the Maldives: Hussain Shifau, from: Kingdom of FruitsMa. Ridhaa Manzil.Blookiyaa Magu, Malé. Maldives009607770152SP04342021 "We were almost scammed by an alleged…

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Storm damage assessed in South Australia

South Australia was lashed with winds of more than 90km/h, hail and flash flooding. A maximum wind gust of 96km/h was recorded at Adelaide Airport last night. Early reports indicate about $100 million in damage, with damage widespread across metro Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. Orchards…

Debate ongoing about ‘water harvesting’ by NSW coastal farmers

What has been called ‘an historic step’ to help New South Wales coastal farmers produce more and better prepare for drought and bushfires by the NSW Government has now also…

Morocco plans to build a large desalination plant in Dakhla to irrigate 5,000 hectares of crops

The director of the Regional Investment Center (CRI) of Dakhla, Mounir Houari, has told a group of French businessmen that the Moroccan government is going to promote the…

Ultimatum for construction of Munich wholesale market hall

Many millions of euros still needed

Hardly any progress since the spring of 2020. A long list of questions to be clarified for the contract to build the new Munich wholesale market hall. This is the current this state of affairs. This is why the coalition from City Hall is issuing an ultimatum to the private partner for one of the city's…

Client survey by strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman shows:

Supermarkets score points in duel with discounters

Supermarkets in Germany have used the pandemic to extend their lead in customer favor over discounters. In terms of product selection, service level, freshness and…

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Mapa works to prevent the spread of the carambola fly in Republic of Guyana

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa) has started off the first joint task force between Brazil and the Republic of Guyana, with the objective of combating…

Mumbai AAP workers protest against rising fuel prices

The Aam Aadmi Party Mumbai has held a protest against rising fuel prices in Mumbai and across India in Bandra West. The point they are making is that the increase in fuel…

Electricity rationing in China will impact supply chains

Key manufacturing areas in China such as Guangdong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, are subject to electricity rationing measures. As of today, 20 out of 31 provinces in China are…

Brexit worse for the UK economy than Covid pandemic

The impact of Brexit on the UK economy will be worse than that caused by the pandemic, according to chairman Richard Hughes from UK fiscal watchdog the Office for Budget…

Electricity cuts deep as South Africa approaches elections

On Monday South Africans go to the polls to vote in municipal elections, the mind concentrated by a new bout of power cuts by Eskom, the state electricity producer, because breakdowns at many of the country coal-fired power stations as well as maintenance at its nuclear power station led to a loss of…

World Trade Organization to review Chinese ban on Taiwanese fruit imports

According to World Trade Organization Communications Officer Fernando Puchol, Taiwan’s specific trade concern regarding China’s suspension of Taiwanese fruit imports will be…

LEAF sets new tar­get that will see 85% of all UK fruit and veg­eta­bles grown more sustainably

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has set a new target for 85% of all UK fruit and vegetables to be grown more sustainably. The target will see the amount of UK fresh…


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