Miscellaneous

Assessment of Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp.

Auditor: Hawaii’s agriculture agency is failing diversification mission

According to audit data released yesterday, the state agency set up to help convert Hawaii’s agriculture lands from plantations producing mainly pineapple and sugar for export…

Teamsters Local 202

The Bronx, New York

Hunts Point market workers threaten strike over wage dispute

Workers at New York’s largest supplier of fruit and vegetables claim they are ready to go on strike for the first time in nearly 35 years over a pay dispute. Members of Teamsters Local 202, which represents the workers at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx, said they will cast…

Consultant Dennis Weisbrod on the gastronomy industry in the post-Corona era

"Preventing instead of running into the void"

During the Covid pandemic, many restaurateurs quickly adapted to social trends and developed delivery or pickup services. Business-wise, however, these alternatives are not…

Washington growers concerned over state’s COVID-19 labor rules

Following a year where growers and shippers consistently contended with serious labour shortages, in Washington State, agricultural groups are appealing recently renewed state COVID-19 emergency rules for 2021. The groups say the rules are triggering another labor shortage that could force many farms out…

Chinese currency is strengthening

The Chinese economy is the world's first economy to recover from the pandemic, and it seems its currency is coming along for the ride. The yuan has shot up to its strongest…

More vegetables, fewer takeaways

Covid-19 is changing consumption

Experts from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and St Angela’s College, Sligo (part of National University of Ireland, Galway) have quizzed 2,360 adults…

Pennsylvania gets $1.5 million from USDA to fight spotted lanternfly

The USDA is providing Pennsylvania with an additional $1.5 million to fight spotted lanternflies through the Plant Protection Act. The flies have spread to nine states,…

Tesco boss typifies Brexit disruptions 'a challenge, not a crisis'

According to Tesco boss Ken Murphy, it has seen some disruption to food supplies in Northern Ireland since trading arrangements with the EU changed on 1 January.  "We see this as…

Bulgarians & Romanians to pay more than other EU citizens for UK seasonal work visas

The UK government has extended a seasonal workers pilot programme, first launched in 2019, for an additional year. The government has increased the number of visas it will…

Industry council launches immunity campaign

Consumer concern for immune health is on the rise and with the pandemic converging with peak cold and flu season, the Mushroom Council® has launched a “Feed Your Immune…

NSW Agriculture Minister Marshall warns of food shortages and price rises

Australia: National quarantine centre proposal to process seasonal workers

New South Wales Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has warned of food shortages and price rises unless the Australian government eased the cap on arrivals to allow in more…

UK court case underway

Cocaine and heroin worth millions hidden in pallets of fruit and veg

An international drugs gang has attempted to import cocaine and heroin worth millions of pounds hidden in consignments of fruit and vegetables from the Netherlands. Port authorities discovered drugs with a street value of £40 mln when they intercepted four shipments destined for the north of England but…

Dreamstime.om

‘Brexit trade agreement unworkable for UK supermarkets’

UK supermarkets call for intervention to ensure supplies to Northern Ireland

Major supermarkets in the UK have warned the government that ‘urgent intervention’ is necessary to prevent significant disruption to Northern Ireland food supplies over the coming months. While Britain is no longer part of the European Union’s single market and customs union, the British-run region of…

African Continental Free Trade Area agreement

AfCFTA in effect, but lifting non-tariff barriers is still problematic

On January 1, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) came into effect, eliminating tariffs on 90% of goods produced on the continent. All African Union members…

Tips & tricks: How to ripen avocados using an air fryer

An Australian woman has proved how versatile an air fryer can be, using it to help turn a hard avocado into a ripe one. On the Facebook page Air Fryer Recipes Australia, she…

Business groups warn that Brexit will increase food supply chain costs

The Food and Drink Federation has warned that the new bureaucratic elements involved with Brexit are likely to increase food supply chain costs. These will either be passed on…

NSW DPI aiming to strengthen the future of agriculture planning through a proposed land use strategy

The New South Wales Agriculture Commissioner is seeking feedback from farmers and horticulture industry members, after releasing an options paper to improve planning outcomes and recommending the development of an Agricultural Land Use Planning Strategy (ALUP Strategy). In a video released by the…

Robots and new technology in the Japanese food industry

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and other bodies have jointly developed the prototype of a robot that automatically harvests apples, pears, and…

Nigeria: 47% of growers lack access to storage facilities

Approximately 47 percent of Nigerian growers have no access to any kind of storage facilities during the harvest. This was disclosed in a report by SBM Intel, a geopolitical…

Murray River Organics sells Merbein table grape property for $5.5 million

Murray River Organics has sold its table grape property in Merbein, Victoria for $5.5 million. The property was sold to Manta Farms, managed by US-based RRG Capital…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas lauds Congressional letter

With billions of dollars at stake, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas commends Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Schweikert (R-AZ) and…

Community group buying has brought Big Tech disruption to China’s smaller cities

In China, a community group buying is the latest big e-commerce trend, with consumers ordering fresh food on their mobile phone and companies such as Didi, Meituan and…

Stephan Schilling, Divimove LLC:

"Fruit and vegetable retailers need to take off their marketing blinders"

Fruits and vegetables are staple foods, so some people might think that there is no need to invest in marketing for this product group. In fact, there is still a lot that can be done to increase the consumption of healthy foods even further. We spoke to Stephan Schilling, Head of PR & Communications at…

Andrew Arubckle

Will UK potato growers give the AHDB a roasting in a new ballot?

The ballot paper in front of potato growers and vegetable producers does not use these words but this is the crux: do you want to continue paying a levy to the Agriculture and…

Compound is banned in EU

UK government approves use of bee-harming pesticide

UK conservationists have condemned a government decision late last week that approves the use of a pesticide known to harm bees. On Friday,  The Department for Environment, Food…

Some consequences of Brexit:

British drivers have sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border

British drivers arriving by ferry from the UK have had their ham sandwiches confiscated. Customs officers have had to explain to drivers at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal…

Straight to the Source: A direct line between growers and chefs

Straight to the Source provides a direct link between Australian and New Zealand producers and food enthusiasts, food producers and chefs. Founded by Tawnya Bahr, Lucy Allon…

United Fresh releases trend report

Adapting to the new normal

There is no question that the world has changed immensely in the space of just 12 months. The unprecedented scale of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of every New Zealander and the…

China builds the world's largest germplasm bank to boost food security

China will complete the new national crop germplasm bank, with which it seeks to boost the country's capacity to develop new crop varieties and improve food security, this…

Malaysia: More than 48,000 people evacuated due to floods

More than 48,000 people from six Malaysian states have been sheltering in some 400 relief centres on Friday. These people were there to escape the rising floodwaters as monsoon rain continued to come down. The number of evacuees have more than doubled from 20,575 people reported on Wednesday morning.…

India: New species of fruit fly named after Siruvani in Western Ghats mountain range

A new species of fruit fly discovered in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu is named after Siruvani, an ecological hotspot in the Western Ghat mountain range. The fly,…

Protective fruit covers enhance mango quality in Andhra Pradesh

In Andhra Pradesh there is a huge demand for fruit covers made of wood pulp for raising fruits like mango, pomegranate, banana and more to provide protection from pests,…

Channel hauliers will undergo Covid tests 'until further notice'

FTA Ireland strongly advises UK businesses to have paperwork in order

A week after the end of the Brexit Transition period, Freight Transport Association Ireland has urged UK businesses to make sure that any goods sent to the Republic of Ireland…

Kenya: Rogue elephants rampaging on Ayatya farms

More than 200 farmers from the Ayatya region of Baringo North, Baringo county, are assessing the damage after four rogue elephants swarmed  their farms, destroying crops and properties.…

Why mulching films are important

Cultivation techniques that use mulching films are widespread all over the world due to their significant advantages for yields and quality. To better understand which are the characteristics that make crops managed with this techniques more efficient, FreshPlaza talked to Marco Cascone, CEO and R&D director of Agriplast, a…

UK-Ireland lorry traffic at Holyhead port slumps

DUP: Brexit deal for Northern Ireland is an ‘unmitigated disaster’

Britain left the European Union’s single market and customs union on New Year’s Eve, introducing a raft of paperwork and customs declarations for those businesses that import…

Victorian government presents $6000 assistance package for temporary fruit pickers

With growers unable to fill the vacant positions left by foreign workers on international working holiday visas, the Victorian government has launched a new scheme to lure in…

Indian Opposition: 60 farmers died during protests

On Tuesday, India’s main opposition party issued a statement saying that 60 farmers have died since the start of the protests against the new agricultural laws over a month ago. Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government's ‘apathy and arrogance’ has led to the loss of lives.…

Congressman McCarthy promises funding and water for Tulare County farmers

US Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced a slew of provisions pertinent to Kern and Tulare counties from the fiscal year 2021 appropriations and COVID stimulus bill.  Among the relief…

Malaysia: Raub durian farmers granted stay of eviction

Raub is a town in Pahang, Malaysia, some 110 km from Kuala Lumpur. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya allowed the application by 204 durian farmers in Raub, to stay…

Ireland ups direct freight shipments from mainland Europe

Ireland is increasing its direct freight shipments to and from mainland Europe. Irish companies are trying anything to bypass potential skirmishes at UK ports after Brexit.…

Danish and Chinese tongues taste broccoli and chocolate differently

Two studies from the University of Copenhagen show that Danes aren’t quite as good as Chinese at discerning bitter tastes. The research suggests that this is related to anatomical differences upon the tongues of Danish and Chinese people.For several years, researchers have known that women are generally…

Down history lane: Tomato traffic via port of Weymouth in the 1960s

The Dorset Echo gave us a reminder of the Channel Islands tomato traffic, which was such a prominent feature in the life of the port. It features pictures of the docks and people unloading cargo onto a waiting train. The pictures get you on a trip down memory lane, remembering Weymouth as the busy port…

East Africa gets ready for return of destructive locust swarms

In 2020, East Africa was struck by the worst locust plague in decades. Unfortunately, now, the swarms are returning. The locusts invading East Africa last year ravaged crops and pastures and drove the levels of hunger and economic hardship higher in parts of the region. One year later, right at the start…

Adidas will bring out shoes made from mushroom leather

Adidas has announced that it is developing a line of shoes made from mushroom-based leather. The company’s newest ‘leather’ -created using mycelium- will join the brand's line of animal-free versions of its iconic shoes, launched earlier this year as part of its sustainability initiative. The company has…

UK supermarkets 'sharing reasons to try vegan this January'

Veganuary 2021 hits record-breaking 500,000 sign-ups

Just a few days into January and this year’s Veganuary cohort is already the biggest since the pledge began in 2014. More than 500,000 people have already signed-up for the…

US: Incentives proved unproductive in Delaware Del Monte project

Nearly four years after Del Monte Fresh Produce bought the Pencader Corporate Center building for $6.5 million, it has again sold it to ChristianaCare for $7.5 million. In all…

Fresh produce e-platform Otipy to raise $10 mln in 2021

Yesterday, social e-commerce platform for fresh produce Otipy announced it is planning to raise US$10 million this year to expand its presence in India. To empower more…

Supply of commodities affected for thousands of families in region

Delhi-Jaipur Highway closed off as police try to block farmers

One day after a clash between farmers and the police, more than a 30-km-long stretch of the Delhi-Jaipur Highway passing through Rewari has been closed off, with the Gurugram…

Huanglongbing bacteria found on insects in San Diego

Californian state agricultural inspectors have detected bacteria which can cause a disease deadly to citrus trees during routine pest trapping in Fallbrook, San Diego County.…

Australia: Student visa holders allowed to work more when taking up harvest jobs

The Australian government has made another adaptation to temporary visas, trying to combat agricultural labour shortages. Now, student visa holders will be allowed to work…

Workers block highway, protesting police violence

Confrontation between farm workers and police results in three deaths in Peru

Last week, farm workers demanding better wages clashed with police on a Peru's Pan-American highway, leaving at least 3 people dead and 24 injured in a dispute over reforms to the country's agro-export sector. The workers for agricultural export companies are unhappy with an increase in their daily wage…

Quantitative challenge

Please note: when ordering sprouts from @Tesco online, quantity 1 does not mean 1 bag of sprouts. It means 1 sprout. Thank you and good night pic.twitter.com/gATF5jGRpj — James Murden (@jamesmurden) December 22, 2020

British pound faces rough weather as lockdowns spoil post-Brexit party

There seems to be a bumpy ride ahead for the British pound as tighter lockdown measures are expected to offset Brexit deal optimism that propelled the currency above $1.37…

Police officer foils avocado heist in central Israel

Israeli police officials have announced that they arrested a suspect last Saturday who was trying to steal 680 kilograms of avocados from a kibbutz in the center of the…

Oman: Main vegetable and fruit market to reopen

The Muscat Municipality has announced that Oman’s main vegetable and fruit market, Central Market, located in Mabela, will reopen today. The market has remained shut for many…

Apple may drop lawsuit against Prepear over logo

Apple has been known for its numerous lawsuits against varied companies. Back in August 2020, Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against a company over the choice of its logo. The…

Spain: Three men apprehended in Alicante for orange theft

In two separate operations, Spain’s Policia Nacional have arrested three men for the theft of 1,600 kilos of oranges from properties around Valencia. On the first occasion, agents pulled over a car when they noticed the suspension was very low, and discovered around 600 kilos of oranges in crates in the…

Environment Secretary George Eustice: “We will always back our farmers and growers"

UK seasonal visas for fruit and vegetable pickers to be trebled

For this year’s harvest, the number of workers permitted to travel to the UK to pick and package fruit and vegetables will be trebled. The Seasonal Workers Pilot, originally…

Seaweed set to become the superfood of 2021

Waitrose reveals seaweed is set to be the must-have ingredient of 2021 - with sales up 23% when compared to last year and up an impressive 71% increase when compared to 2018. Flavour-filled and versatile, seaweed is fast-becoming a store cupboard staple for scratch cooks. As well as being used as a…

Gladstone Land announces large farmland acquisitions in California & Washington

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired approximately 1,670 total acres of farmland and facilities located San Joaquin County, California, and Whatcom…

South Australia - Riverland region

Queensland fruit fly outbreak - Second report within eight days

Fruit producers in South Australia's Riverland region are doing everything they can to meet strict product quarantine rules as a second outbreak of Queensland fruit fly was…

Australia: Fall armyworm management being ramped up

The Fall armyworm was first detected in surveillance traps on the Torres Strait islands of Saibai and Erub in January 2020, before quickly reaching the mainland. Surveillance…

Agricultural Minister Littleproud bemoans lack of state level initiatives

Australian fruit and vegetable growers warn of price rises due to labour shortages

Despite warnings of food shortages and price rises because of a severe shortage of workers, no state government has come to the table with a plan to bring foreign fruit…

Tasman: Growers fear lasting impact of hailstorm

On Boxing Day Tasman, NZ was hit by very heavy hail and thunderstorms. In Motueka, these shredded vineyards, smashed greenhouses, dented and bruised apples, kiwifruit and hops…

Ethylene generators exempted from fire codes in ripening rooms

Catalytic Generators’ ethylene systems comply with the international testing standards of TÜV (TÜV SÜD America) which exempts ripeners from making special room adaptions for…

Collectors very interested in Del Monte-stickered $20 bill

Heritage Auctions will offer the famed “Del Monte note”, considered to be the most famous of all US ‘obstructed error banknotes’, at auction January 22 for the first time since 2006. The obstruction caused a flurry of interest among collectors of US currency when it was discovered by an Ohio college…

"Family farming and the water sector are abandoned"

Peruvian farmers call for a national strike on Tuesday, December 29

Carlos Ravines Oblitas, the president of the National Board of Users of the Hydraulic Irrigation Sectors of Peru, said that farmers had called for a 24-hour national…

Tesco slashes the price of Christmas vegetables by 80%

As shoppers crowd the supermarkets to do their Christmas shopping, Tesco has put on some amazing offers, reducing the price of festive vegetables by a massive 80%. Shoppers…

UK: Port of Dover chaotic in spite of virus testing

Some chaotic scenes were reported in Dover, as gridlocked drivers in vans, lorries and private cars refused to move away from the port for fear of losing their place in the…

Riverland, South Australia

Queensland fruit fly outbreak declared in Renmark West

Following the discovery of Queensland fruit fly larvae in backyard fruit trees, an official QFF outbreak has been declared in Renmark West. A 15-kilometre suspension area has…

Vegetable grower-shipper honors veterans this holiday season

Leafy greens grower, processor and shipper WP Rawl, honored fallen military heroes by participating in Wreaths Across America Day earlier this month. WP Rawl’s dedicated truck and trailer traveled from Pelion, South Carolina to Columbia Falls, Maine to pick up thousands of fresh evergreen wreaths to be…

Lufthansa ships 80 tons of fruit and vegetables to United Kingdom

Due to amid that gridlocked cross-Channel traffic could put British supplies at risk, on Wednesday, German airline Lufthansa sent a freight plane carrying fruit and vegetables…

Revolving around registration of Lady Crimea trademark

APAL gives up trademark battle against Russian fruit company

Apple and Pear Australia Limited -the national industry body for Australian apple and pear producers, controlling the sales of these fruits domestically and abroad- has…

COVID in Germany, Austria and Switzerland:

"Not even Christmas can save the mood over here"

The Coronavirus still has Europe in its grip. Shortly before Christmas, many countries are forced to tighten their lockdown measures even further due to the rising infection…

Mexico extradites a drug trafficker who smuggled cocaine into Europe in pineapple containers

The federal government of Mexico extradited Carlos Alberto Murillo Torres, a Mexican citizen, to Spain where he will be prosecuted for his alleged responsibility in crimes…

Up to 30,000 workers for next year's harvest

Expansion of UK migration scheme to support 2021 harvest

The number of workers permitted to travel to the UK to pick and package fruit and vegetables will be increased for the 2021 harvest, as the UK government yesterday announced…

PM Gutwein: "All workers would have returned negative test before even coming in"

Seasonal workers from Tonga quarantined in Tasmania

The 162 seasonal workers who left Tonga for Australia on Monday are spending 14 days in quarantine in a hotel before they are released to work on farms in Tasmania. And…

Tesco apologises for selling bags of British carrots labelled ‘Grown in Spain’

British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer Tesco has apologised for misleading customers after a bag of fresh carrots with the label "British" were incorrectly marked with a "Grown in Spain" sticker. 'British carrots', also carrying a 'grown in Spain' sticker / Image: Twitter/Rhys…

Indian farmers start hunger strike to pressure federal Modi government

Indian farmers intend to step up pressure on Prime Minister Modi to repeal three agricultural reform laws on Monday by starting a 24-hour relay hunger strike. The government…

Everyday Finance DAC

Loan fund makes demand for €61 million from Balmoral International

A fund is seeking judgment for more than €61 million against Balmoral International, a property company that was created when property assets were spun out of Fyffes in 2006.…

Peruvian farm workers resume road blockades after reform bill stalls

On Monday, workers from agricultural export companies in Peru have renewed protests after their government failed to reach an agreement to reform the sector and address their…

Kevin Watson new Compliance Officer for Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (Arizona LGMA) has issued a statement saying it is pleased to welcome Kevin Watson as its new LGMA compliance officer. In this role,…

Produce Marketing Association hails passage of COVID-19 stimulus package

Late Sunday night, the U.S. House and Senate leadership reached agreement on a $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that will bring a desperately needed financial infusion…

Murcia calls for streamlining in the application of mutual recognition of phytosanitary products

The Government of the Region of Murcia has expressed its concern to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, given "the urgent need for the State to streamline…

Cultivons-nous tv

Agriculture already has its own television platform in France

An online channel specialized in land, agriculture, food and the environment, Cultivons-nous tv, has just been launched by Edouard Bergeon and Guillaume Canet. Edouard Bergeon…

Fruits and vegetable sales in Delhi drop due to protests

Indian government invites farmers for new talks to end deadlock

The Indian federal government has invited representatives of the protesting farmers for new talks to end the deadlock. The latter’s protests against the new farm laws entered…

Christmas vegetable wars at Tesco, Asda, Aldi and Lidl

In a bid to bring in more shoppers, UK supermarkets have started to cut the prices of Christmas vegetables. Asda, Tesco, Lidl, and Aldi all have special deals on a number of…

Environment Secretary George Eustice raises annual seasonal worker ceiling

UK ministers to treble number of foreign fruit and veg pickers to counter harvesting problems

UK ministers are set to treble the number of foreign workers allowed into the country to pick fruit and vegetables, hoping to ease fears of rotting harvests as a result of…

UK: Trailers full of vegetables and bleach catch fire in Milford

Four tractor-trailers were damaged and one firefighter was taken to the hospital last Thursday after a fire at a truck stop near I-95. Fire officials said one of the trailers was loaded with boxed vegetables, and another contained 4,000 pounds of bleach. A post on the Milford Fire Department Facebook…

'NSW Smart Places Acceleration Program'

NSW announces AU$45 million program to accelerate smart places development

The New South Wales government has announced a new AU$45 million initiative, under its Smart Place Strategy, aimed at accelerating the development of smart places across the…

Over 50,000 farmers block Kolkata’s major road in support of Delhi protesters

In a show of support to their colleagues at Delhi, more than 50,000 farmers came from across West Bengal to Kolkata on Wednesday and blockaded Rani Rashmoni Avenue, a major road near Raj Bhavan, for over four hours. Two huge marches covered major parts of the city, coming together at the programme venue…

Nigeria to reopen four border crossing points

According to government officials, Nigeria will reopen four border crossing points, more than a year after closing its land frontiers to crack down on smuggling. The nation…

Washington state tree fruit worker suing after US Department of Labor decreases harvest wages

A farmer worker from Sunnyside, Washington and his union, “Familias Unidas por la Justicia, AFL-CIO (FUJ), filed a lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order in…

All things must come to an end

But honestly, still looking good after three weeks? Wow.       Source: youtube.com  

Mycotech lab introduces sustainable sneakers made from mycelium

Indonesian mushroom products

Mycotech lab is an Indonesian biotech startup that has been involved in developing a leather-like material made from mushroom mycelium, called mylea™️. Earlier, it introduced the world’s first mushroom watch and now, the company has now collaborated with a variety of fashion brands to create the ‘bro.do x mylea better shoes‘…

'Last stumbling blocks remain in Brexit trade talks' says Barnier

As talks in Brussels are continuing, with two weeks to go before the UK leaves EU trading rules,  EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has stated ‘good progress’ has been made on…

Survey of the network of asparagus and berry associations

"Active program for insect protection" - special crop production in protected areas at risk

Currently, the Plant Protection Application Ordinance and an Insect Protection Act are being discussed at federal level as part of the "Insect Protection Action Program". As…

New study shows rebound for in-person and online grocery shopper satisfaction

The Retail Feedback Group released the Fall 2020 U.S. Online & In-Store Grocery Shopping Study. This report, the second instalment in 2020, provides key insights from both…

Kenya: Britam partners with Twiga to cover traders who fall sick

Britam has partnered with e-commerce company Twiga Foods Ltd to develop the business interruption insurance cover dubbed ‘Soko Afya’ that protects against income loss. This…

Agriculture accounts for disproportionate share of investigations and violations

70 percent of US farm labor investigations record violations

According to data analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, between 2000 and 2019, the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD)…

EU expects no abrupt end to Trump tariffs after Biden inauguration

When EU leaders gather this week for their last summit of the Donald Trump era, they will not get their hopes up regarding a sudden end to Trump’s trade war. Disputes over…

Citrus Australia chief executive Nathan Hancock claims industry should be consulted

Growers look to retain piece rate work despite union push for minimum wages

Australian growers are pushing back against union moves to see minimum wage rates granted to fruit pickers and seasonal workers. The Australian Workers' Union (AWU) announced…

Fruit & veg sales at Delhi’s wholesale market down 30% due to farmers’ protest

Protest by growers of Punjab and Haryana are blocking essential roads on the outskirts of the capital; this has resulted in sales of fruits and vegetable shrinking 30% as compared to last month at Delhi’s wholesale market, bringing down prices. Buyers from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan were unable…

Port of Subic Bay

Philippines’ Customs impound misdeclared agri goods

At the Port of Subic, the Bureau of Customs seized 17 containers of agricultural goods such as carrots and broccoli from China worth P9.3 million (€158,000). Instead of the…

Northern Territory: Mango harvest labor shortage creates opportunities for Congolese refugees

In Australia’s Northern Territory, the labor shortages on the mango orchards has given some Congolese refugees their first job opportunity. Bachunge Furaha fled civil unrest…

Mexican organic farmers celebrate the ban on glyphosate

Mexico's Organic Farming Society (SOMXPRO) -Sociedad Mexicana de Producción Organica AC in Spanish- celebrated the initiative of the Federal Government to gradually ban the…

GPF Capital-backed Natural Fruit Company acquires Frugarva

GPF Capital has closed a private equity investment in Frugarva by integrating the Spanish business into its citrus holding The Natural Fruit Company. The founding and managing…

Sri Lanka Customs find turmeric consignment hidden in onion shipment

On Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Customs Preventive Investigation Branch found more than 25,000 kilos of illegally imported dried turmeric with a market value of Rs. 19 million.…

Customers receive anything from blackened bananas to melted sorbet

Hong Kong’s perishable food deliveries do not make the cut

Hong Kong consumers are increasingly turning to online grocery shopping as they stay indoors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  However, Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog has found that the…

Westfalia Fruit Colombia visited by governor of Antoquia

Westfalia Fruit Colombia was honoured to receive a visit recently from the Governor of Antioquia, Anibal Gaviria, and the Mayor of Sonson, among other dignitaries. After touring the operation’s state-of-the-art packhouse in Sonson, the Governor later tweeted about the avocado bringing hope and…

Australian Workers Union takes fight over fruit pickers' pay to Fair Work Commission

The Australian Workers Union will today apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to amend the current horticulture award to ensure farm workers receive the minimum casual wage…

Agricutlure Minister Littleproud wants to streamline processes

Pacific Islanders ready to fill picking jobs on North Queensland farms

Some 22,000 Pacific Island workers are pre-vetted and ready to take up farm jobs in Australia. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said national cabinet had agreed…

Pound rises as UK & EU agree to 'go extra mile' on trade deal

Although British PM Boris Johnson said the two sides were "still very far apart" on key issues, the UK and European Union have agreed to extend Brexit trade talks into this…

'Even the price of the English breakfast could be at stake in Brexit trade talks'

ABC Logistics in Poeldijk, near The Hague, exports all kinds of fresh produce, from locally-grown salad leaves to avocados, sweet potatoes, and melons brought in from across…

UK cementing trade agreements with 14 African countries

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade has stated that new trade agreements will come into force in January for the UK with 14 African partners with the…

US: Grant program to distribute $10 million among Maine farmers and agricultural businesses

A $10 million grant has become available under a new program to Maine farmers and agricultural producers who have been hit hard by the economic impact of Covid-19. However,…

Aiding primary agricultural sectors affected by Covid-19

European Commission approves €9.3 million Croatian support scheme

The European Commission has approved a €9.3 million Croatian scheme to support enterprises that operate in certain primary agricultural sectors affected by the Covid-19…

Philippines see push of online delivery platform for agri products

In the Philippines, farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are urged to get on board with Deliver-E, an integrated end-to-end e-commerce platform for agricultural and food products. On Monday, the Department of Trade and Industry officially launched the platform in partnership with the…

UK supermarkets to implement rationing within 24 hours of run on essential goods

UK supermarkets are set to implement rationing within 24 hours of a run on essential goods being detected, amid growing fears panic buying will erupt if the UK confirms a…

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report:

‘Fresh produce supply chains need to be fixed’

Last week,  the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recommended economy-wide regulatory change after investigating fresh produce supply chains. During a three-month inquiry,…

India: Farmer protests delay payments for fruit and vegetable wholesalers

Fruits and vegetable sellers in the Azadpur mandi are concerned about delayed payments from traders in India’s northern states due to the farmer protests. There is also a…

UK-Vietnam free trade pact finalised

Last Friday, Britain and Vietnam finalised a free trade agreement; it is the second deal London has reached in Southeast Asia while the deadlock over post-Brexit European…

Industry organization finds new ways to grow in 2020

Although 2020 has been a year like no other, Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), the workforce development and training organization that partners with growers, farmworkers,…

Mumbai’s food delivery network focuses on new venture

Dabbawalas are the people who work in the lunchbox delivery and return system that delivers hot lunches from homes and restaurants to people at work in India, especially in…

UK Cameo® sees record crop

Harvesting of this season’s Cameo® apple crop has now been completed with a record picked volume of 5,700 tonnes which exceeds the previous highest crop by 34%. The increase has been due to the planting of new orchards combined with higher yields arising from the development of new clones. It has been achieved against the…

Smart irrigation technique

Some crops need a lot of water to grow. There are different kinds of irrigation options, but we haven't seen this one before! Smart solution!

United Fresh Tom Stenzel comments on Vilsack USDA nomination

President-Elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he would nominate Tom Vilsack to be his Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack previously served as USDA Secretary under the Obama…


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