Tanzania: Non-chemical fertiliser gaining ground

Hakika Organic Fertiliser is a locally manufactured, non-chemical fertilizer. It was launched last week in Tanzania’s Njombe region, and encountered enthusiasm and eagerness…

Combination of cultivating crops and generating solar energy with solar panels

Test set-up at Thwan van Gennip for double use of soil: sun and cultivation

In the Dutch towns of Someren and Lierop grower Thwan van Gennip, cultivation system supplier Green Meteor, the researchers of the KU Leuven and Engie, have accepted the challenge to research whether or not it is possible for them to ‘harvest the power of the sun’ twice via Agri PV. Agri PV is a…

Colombia: Government announces new investments to transform the countryside

For the next ten years, the Colombian government will invest €22 billion into 16 sectorial plans through which it seeks to transform the countryside with rural education,…

"We know that we can deal with the traditional ups and downs of farming, but COVID is pushing growers to the limit."

Enduring the ongoing effects of the pandemic is taking its toll on Australian farmers

A Victorian table grape grower admits the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued for more than 16 months now, is pushing Australian farmers to the limit. State restrictions have intensified across most of Australia in the past two months, with either lockdowns or domestic border restrictions coming back…

A step in the right direction for South Africa

Agri SA welcomes national drought disaster declaration

Urgent requests of farmers in drought-stricken areas of the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape provinces for drought relief have had their effect. Agri SA welcomes the…

Revised Red Tractor standards prepare British farms for the future

Red Tractor, the UK’s largest and most comprehensive food assurance scheme, has shared how it has listened to feedback. The organization is now changing in its revised farm…

“Costumers did not blame ozone engineering companies for their design, but the actual ozone gas”

The application of ozone gas to treat water has received a bit of a negative reputation due to flawed engineering design. According to a water engineering company, the ozone gas itself was actually not at fault, but the costumers didn’t trust the ozone gas as much. However, applying ozone gas in the…

UK labor crisis negatively affects profit margins

In the UK, competition for workers is so high that some firms have raised hourly wages by 5 per cent and companies such as West Sussex vegetable specialist Barfoots of Botley…

EU Green Deal could crush South African food exports to Europe

The EU’s Green Deal could see a drastic reduction in food imports to the region, which would heavily affect South Africa’s fresh produce industry. The Green Deal is a set of…

Zimbabwean government secures $1 mln as former farmer compensation

Zimbabwe’s government has secured $1 million that will go towards the payment of compensation to white former farm owners. This was agreed in the Global Compensation Deed that…

UK producer organizations set to provide ‘funding relief’ for growers

The short-term transition of producer organization funding by Defra provides welcome relief for growers. It also preempts a funding gap that could have had a significant…

US & Vietnam reach currency accord

The US Treasury Department and Vietnam’s Central Bank claim they have reached an agreement under which Vietnam will allow more flexibility in its currency. This would ease a…

WeatherAsset is designed specifically to make it easier to quantify weather impacts

As any professional working in the fresh produce sector will know, it’s almost impossible to escape an article about the impact of weather on the sector. Weather is constantly creating challenges for fresh produce businesses. With climate-related variability on the increase, better monitoring of the…

Carnarvon Irrigation Area

Replacement soil to be delivered for Western Australian fruit and vegetable growers

Carnarvon growers that were significantly affected by flooding in February will receive the necessary replacement soil thanks to the Western Australian government.…

Increasing employment and food production in Kenya

Young Kenyans to be induced into agribusiness

Kenya is a demographically ‘young’ nation, with roughly 70% of the population aged between 15-34. Also, this age group is expected to double by the year 2050. Approximately 1 million young Kenyans enter the job market every year, with just about 35% being absorbed into the formal job market. The…

More than 1500 kilos of cocaine out of Costa Rica

Another coke shipment caught in port of Rotterdam

For the second time this week, a large consignment of cocaine was intercepted in the port of Rotterdam. Dutch Customs found 1,543 kilos of cocaine with a street value of €115 million. The largest shipment of cocaine was hidden in a container of pineapples, en route from Costa Rica to a company in…

Efforts ramped up to fight Fall Armyworm in Australia

Efforts are being ramped up to fight one of the nation's newest and most prolific pests, which has now appeared in every state except South Australia. Australia’s top…

Pandemic leads to great year for Texas DeSoto Market

While many other businesses were struggling during the pandemic, Farmer’s Delite produce market in DeSoto was doing brisk business. Marc Woolsey, owner of the farmer’s market:…

OM Rotterdam

Dutch Customs seize 3 tons of cocaine shipped in pureed banana vats

Customs officials at Rotterdam port have seized 3 tons of cocaine hidden in vats of banana puree. The drugs have a street value of €225 mln if they had reached the open market, the public prosecution department said. Image: OM Rotterdam The container was on its way from Ecuador to a company in Basel in…

Meters might be key to conserving water for California agriculture

California’s governor Gavin Newsom has acknowledged the lack of metering provides no sense of how much water is used by California agriculture. Growers in the Watsonville area…

Optimising crop's productive potential

The critical points for defining crops’ productive potential often occur at less-than-optimal times for the perfect development of the final product. Farmers must accurately and timely provide the necessary nutritional, performance and protection optimisation factors. Key general physiological processes…

Almassora houses the 'factory' of the biological solution for the cotonet

A team of biologists and technicians from the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA) have been working for a little more than a year in the insectarium that the…

New Zealand: HortNZ on Freshwater Farm Plans

The New Zealand government is consulting industry parties on freshwater farm plan regulations.  At the same time, it is getting ready to consult on greenhouse gases, through the…

Southern Mexico

Chiapas agents seize 178 packages of cocaine hidden in banana boxes

The Office of the Attorney General of Chiapas -one of the states that make up the 32 federal entities of Mexico- reports the seizure of 178 packages of cocaine found hidden in…

Filipino companies warn of job cuts, trade losses as BIR slaps 12% VAT on exports

Export-oriented Filipino companies urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to revoke a new rule that charges a 12% value-added tax on export products and transactions which…

Israel & UAE sign MOU to cooperate on agrotech and research & development

Yesterday, Israeli Agriculture Minister Oded Forer and United Arab Emirates Defense Minister Miriam Al-Mahiri signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding between the two…

Queensland's strawberry growers react to needle contamination charges being dropped

Several members of the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association have expressed disappointment after the case against a former farm worker accused of placing needles in…

Ministry for Primary Industries

NZ: Ministry priorities questioned after $1 million rebrand

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries is being called out for having a warped sense of priority after it spent close to $1 million on an internal rebrand recently.…

The Bayh–Dole Act and its effects on agricultural innovation

The Bayh–Dole Act or Patent and Trademark Law Amendments Act is US legislation dealing with inventions arising from federal government-funded research. Advocates for leaving…

KZN farmers donate vegetables, Durban fresh produce market remains closed

As smoke clears after 6 days of mayhem, citrus association urges "seriousness" of the situation

As the smoke clears and the clean-up has started, KwaZulu-Natal residents have to get up long before sunrise to join the queues outside the few shops that are open. Fuel reserves in South Africa are reportedly stable, but there's countrywide fuel rationing to prevent hoarding.  The head of the army has called…

PiloTis

Inauguration of the CTIFL experimental tool dedicated to the development of the sterile insect technique (SIT)

CTIFL inaugurated PiloTis, the new structure dedicated to the development of the sterile insect technique (SIT) on July 8th 2021 at its operational center of Balandran alongside Aurélie Genholer, regional councillor of Occitania. On this occasion, Jacques Rouchaussé, president of CTIFL, recalled the beginning…

Albanian banana importer denies involvement in cocaine smuggling

In a recent interview, Eduart Dauti, owner of fruit importing company Alba Exotic Fruit, stated that it’s not his fault that cocaine was found in his banana containers. He…

Regarding recent export of apples from England to India

UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss called out on deceptive statement

UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has welcomed the recent export of apples from England to India; these exports were a first since 50 years. She claims to see it as a…

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Communities across South Africa declare no-looting zones as they debate: is this a coup attempt?

No reported damage to avo packhouses as exporters wait for roads to open

Shell-shocked South Africans are asking for a state of emergency to be declared as communities across the country band together to protect their communities and local economy, but there are still reports of looting around Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.The price of bread and milk has shot up…

Claiming fruit and vegetable prices will soar

Australian farmers protest workers’ pay changes

In Australia, farmers are very upset about plans to change the piece rate pay for picking workers. They argue the costs of fruit and vegetables will skyrocket for consumers.…

Farmers head for Madrid to protest lack of storm damage support

Spanish farmers are going to voice their discontent in Madrid, protesting the lack of state support in the wake of Storm Filomena. This storm swept across Spain in January,…

Copa Cogeca

Copa-Cogeca confidence survey carried out in seven EU Member States + UK

Tendency for a slight confidence increase after autumn 2020

The Copa-Cogeca confidence index is calculated twice a year on the basis of the results of national surveys carried out in Belgium (Flanders), Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom (England and Wales) on how farmers assess the current and…

RMA authorizes emergency procedures to help drought-impacted producers

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing emergency procedures to help agricultural producers impacted by extreme drought conditions. USDA’s Risk…

EU extends economic sanctions on Russia due to Ukrainian situation

The EU Council has decided to extend the sanctions for the destabilization of Ukraine against Russia for a further six months, until 31 January 2022. This decision that will…

First in the nation discovery

CBP Agriculture Specialists in Pharr intercept rare pest

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Pharr International Bridge discovered a rare pest, a first in nation discovery, in a shipment of coconuts.  “By…

President Lasso warns strikers

Ecuador: agricultural sector paralyzed by strikes

Yesterday, the National Peasant Movement and the Federation of Agricultural Centers and Peasant Organizations of the Litoral (FECAOL) of Ecuador began an indefinite strike. It…

Italian-trained chef Daniele Barresi

Beautiful food carvings attract Instagram fans worldwide

Daniele Barresi is well-known for transforming fruits and veggies into exquisite sculptures. His organically ornate pieces have ap-peel-ed to foodies and art lovers the world over, helping him attract more than 88,500 followers on Instagram. The Italian-trained chef, who is now working out of Sydney, can…

Regional food hub expansion approved

Bradford Council supports relocation of wholesale market

Bradford Council has approved proposals to relocate and expand St James’s Wholesale Market into a modern ‘regional food hub’. following an announcement by Bradford Council’s Leader that the existing market site could be the location for a new city centre Northern Powerhouse Rail station. An expanded…

South Africa

Agri SA - Request for the declaration of a national state of emergency

Agri SA is appealing to the presidency to declare a national state of emergency to bring an end to the wave of criminality that has taken root in the country. “The looting of…

South Africa: Citrus farms pull the brake on harvesting & packing as anarchy continues

Chaos continues in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, the port of Durban is not operational and the rail service running citrus from upcountry has been suspended by Transnet Freight Rail. Right: Durban today, where looting reportedly continues and the losses to businesses are reckoned to run into the…

Rangiora supermarket: Venomous snake found in banana box

Workers at a Rangiora supermarket were quite startled to find a snake in a box of bananas from Ecuador. A snake specialist formally identified the 20.7cm reptile as a juvenile…

South Africa

Tzaneen farmers and residents petition Parliament to fix electricity crisis

Tzaneen’s diverse community has banded together, petitioning South Africa’s national legislature to help with the region’s power problems. The community fears that a total…

Chilean truffles growing production gain access in the international market

Since 2016 the production of black truffles has grown steadily from less than 200 kg to 1,5 tons in 2020. For 2021 the production is expected to exceed 2 tons and, together with the production, the interest of foreign markets and Chile's position is amplifying too. The production of black truffle (Tuber melanosporum)…

Australia

Woolworths shopper finds spider in spinach

A Queenslander who shopped at Woolworths revealed how he found the large spider - from the funnel web family - in a bag of spinach. On Facebook, he shared a photo showing the…

Ever Given is underway to Rotterdam

Ever Given, the Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) which blocked the Suez Canal in late March, has begun its journey from the Suez Canal to the Port of Rotterdam after more…

Dhubri district , Assam

8,000 cough syrup bottles hidden inside mango boxes seized at Chapar

On Tuesday, Chapar Police found 7920 bottles of addictive and illegal cough syrups hidden inside different boxes partially filled with mangoes. A team of Chapar Police raided a truck which was heading towards Tripura via Dhubri carrying mangoes, from West Bengal. The value of the confiscated goods is estimated…

Tropical and sub-tropical climates, Arrigoni proposes the Net House system with Robuxta®

The primary sector of tropical and sub-tropical countries is now booming and, alongside more traditional crops, the production of pomegranate and berry fruits (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry) is also strongly developing. However, farmers in these countries must increasingly face sudden and violent…

Australia opens its doors for ASEAN agricultural workers

In an attempt to stem chronic agricultural labor shortages., the Australian government has announced it intends to soon create a seasonal farm work visa for ASEAN workers.…

Kaufland

How about a melon pizza?

Kaufland has come up with something very special for its Instagram channel: a melon pizza. For this, you take a slice of watermelon, cut it into pizza pieces and top it with fresh fruit. Instead of…

Ethiopia informs Egypt it has resumed filling Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Egypt’s irrigation minister has received official notice from Ethiopia that the latter had begun filling the reservoir behind its giant hydropower dam, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), for a second year. Egypt has informed Ethiopia of its categorical rejection of the measure, which it regards…

Australian National Management Group

Torres Strait exotic fruit fly eradication update

Government efforts to stop exotic fruit flies from entering the Australian mainland through the Torres Strait are set to continue with a revised five-year response plan…

Fresh Produce Consortium launches a new platform for agritech

The Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) has launched a new platform for the agricultural and horticultural sectors. Agritech Future, www.agritechfuture.com is a new online…

Resource Management Act replacement must protect and promote local food production

Horticulture New Zealand says the legislation that replaces the Resource Management Act (RMA) must ensure that New Zealand can sustainably grow fresh, healthy food for…

Online surge has impacted New Zealand retailers

One of the unexpected consequences of the 2020 pandemic saw online shopping achieve staggering profits. Meal kit companies reported record numbers of new customers…

Fairtrade leads way to living wages for banana workers

The Fairtrade Base Wage for banana plantations comes into effect today, 1 July 2021, meaning wage increases of up to 15 percent for banana workers and a significant step towards creating a living wage for thousands of banana plantation workers worldwide. The Fairtrade Base Wage is set at 70 percent of…

French astronaut serves up strawberry crêpe in space

In a video, posted on social media on June 26, we can see a tortilla with strawberries stuck on a spread of chocolate floating in the International Space Station (ISS). Five…

World Drugs Report 2021:

"Cocaine busts continue unabated in European ports"

Last week, the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) published the World Drugs Report 2021. It shows that, in recent years, record quantities of drugs have been intercepted at European ports. Vast amounts of cocaine have been seized in Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Hamburg. As well as in the Spanish…

Riverside and Maryland researchers might have breakthrough

Promising tech in fight against dangerous citrus disease

Researchers in Riverside and Maryland may have witnessed a breakthrough in the fight against a pest-borne bacterial disease that threatens to destroy California's citrus…

Newhouse protects U.S. food supply from Chinese influence

Today, Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced an amendment to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill…

Magnet MED, of Suterra

Sustainable and effective fruit fly control

Suterra's Mediterranean fruit fly biocontrol solution, Magnet MED, is proving to be not only effective, but also a sustainable option to control this pest, responsible for heavy losses in the fruit sector each season. Its design and operation make it possible to significantly reduce insecticide use…

Australian Banana Growers’ Council calls on federal government to rethink the issue

Minister Hawke shortchanges industry on laborers

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council is asking the Australian Government to rethink an announcement made by Minister Alex Hawke last week, that changed the rules for…

La Union discusses this paradoxical situation

"There are more than 104,000 unemployed people in Extremadura, but the fruit isn't being harvested due to lack of labor"

The agrarian organization La Union de Extremadura stated that even though there are more than 104,000 unemployed people in Extremadura, the fruit isn't being harvested due to…

Saudi Arabia seizes 4.5 mln amphetamine pills hidden in orange shipment

Saudi Arabia's customs officials have impounded a shipment of more than 4.5 million pills of amphetamines -locally known as Captagon- hidden in a cargo of oranges. Saudi…

US: Excessive heat takes its toll on Northwest farming

Record temperatures the Pacific Northwest are taking a toll on agriculture. This goes for both the crops and the workers who have to harvest them.   “Melon, watermelon, tomatoes, eggplant,…

Ruling should give UK and EU negotiators more leeway

Belfast court dismisses legal challenge to Brexit Northern Ireland protocol

The high court in Belfast has thrown out a legal challenge to the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol; this ruling is a setback for the applicants - including the Democratic…

Oriental Fruit Flies detected in East San Jose

This week, agricultural officials will apply pesticides in parts of San Jose, as two fruit flies from southeast Asia were recently discovered. The county’s Consumer &…

Grafik: EHI Retail Institute

EHI presents figures for trade data 2021:

Supermarkets are winners of the Corona crisis

The majority of retail sectors have been struggling with massive sales losses since the beginning of 2020 due to the ongoing Corona pandemic and its effects. As a system-relevant sector, however, food retailing was one of the few winners of the crisis to increase its sales in 2020. This once again…

Krill Design

3D-printed lamp made from orange peel

As the spectrum of substances that can be used for 3D printing is ever expanding, Krill Design has opted for orange peel to create its new Ohmie lamp. The Milan-based design agency specialises in the development of organic materials. It has taken discarded Sicilian orange peels and transformed them into…

With goal to duplicate in other regions

Fresh Del Monte and GIZ strengthen partnership to further promote sustainability in Costa Rica and Guatemala

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., one of the world’s largest leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of high-quality, fresh produce and German Federal…

Ireland - Monaghan Senator Robbie Gallagher:

‘Measures needed to prevent horticultural peat shortage’

In a debate on the issues for growers importing horticultural grade peat, Monaghan Senator Robbie Gallagher has told the Seanad that a ban on peat harvesting will have a very…

Strawberry farm ships South Africa's first commercial medical cannabis

South Africa has sent out its first commercial shipment of medical cannabis. The shipment of Dry Cannabis Flower left for Switzerland last week from Cape Town International…

Workforce development organization receives grant from Walmart Foundation

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farm workers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that the Walmart Foundation has awarded it a new, one-year grant of $700,000. The grant builds on a successful prior award to…

Monaghan Mushrooms’ vegan burger initiative reaches the production line

The first run of the new vegan burger product developed by MBio, the innovation arm of Monaghan Mushrooms, hit the production line at the company’s Knockaconny plant on Friday last. The new product is an outworking of MBio’s declared aim of creating “powerful, natural superfood ingredients that help…

European Court of Justice condemns Spain for not protecting Doñana from the continuous plundering of water

The European Court of Justice has condemned Spain for not having protected Doñana from the plundering of water that it suffers continuously. In its judgment, delivered on…

Lay’s

Lay’s creates soccer fields out of recycled potato chip bags

Chips company Lay’s is well into a project that combines environmental sustainability with community youth engagement. The firm is partnering with its longtime Champions League partner, UEFA, and grassroots soccer organization Streetfootballworld to provide the world’s first five soccer fields made out…

Sicural guarantees accurate and unbiased tests

European retailers are paying more attention to neonicotinoid residues

A well-known supermarket chain from abroad has requested guarantees from its suppliers that its fruit and vegetables are free of neonicotinoid residues or within the permitted limits. This is a test that some fruit and vegetable companies already carry out on their own, even if not expressly requested by…

Soren Toft, chief executive of the Mediterranean Shipping Company:

‘EU carbon plans could raise emissions from shipping industry’

The EU plans to cut carbon emissions threaten to drive up CO2 produced by the shipping industry, says Soren Toft, chief executive of the Mediterranean Shipping Company. Toft…

High Court rules against California Law giving unions access to farms

A US Supreme Court ruling has stated that a California regulation that grants union organizers access to agricultural employers' property to speak with workers about the…

Authorities investigated 29 people for the theft of 125,000 kilos of citrus, 163,000 kilos of persimmons in the Ribera

The Valencia Civil Guard, which is always working to prevent the theft and illegal trade of farm products, has carried out a total of 250 inspections in stores that sell…

Southeast Wisconsin growers suffering from intense drought

Normally, from the beginning of March to mid-June, southeast Wisconsin can expect some 15 inches of precipitation. So far in 2021, counties across the region have only seen…

Despite recent storms, some Michigan farmers are hoping for rain

Despite Michigan's recent spate of thunderstorms, the state is still experiencing a severe drought that's hampering about a third of the state and is affecting some key crops.…

Authorities arrested two men for stealing 35,000 kg of oranges in Castellón and selling them in Barcelona

The Vinaròs Civil Guard's Roca Team has arrested two people from the towns of Tarragona de Santa Barbara and Amposta that are suspected committed five crimes of theft,…

Revokes 10,000-megalitre water license

Northern Territory government leaves Larrimah precinct high and dry

An agricultural development project in the Northern Territory has had its 10,000-megalitre water allocation revoked. This was due  in a decision made by the Territory's Health Minister,…

To be able to better promote EU fresh produce

Freshfel Europe argues for efficient & coherent EU agricultural promotion policy

Today, Freshfel Europe submitted its contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation on the EU agricultural promotion policy inside and outside of the EU, which…

UK starts negotiations to join trans-Pacific trade deal

Yesterday, UK officials have started negotiations to join a trans-Pacific trade deal that it sees as crucial to its post-Brexit pivot away from Europe, moving towards more…

Bundaberg growers face 'historically low' water allocations in July

The drought continues to put pressures on agri producers in Queenland’s Wide Bay-Burnett region; growers are now facing 'historically low' announced water allocations from…

Key findings on Canadian post-COVID shopping preferences and habits

Execulytics Consulting, a consulting firm for the fresh produce industry, has completed an in-depth report that highlights Canadian shopper preferences in a post-COVID-19…

Australia

Migrant farm laborers sent home despite new ASEAN visa announcement

Despite all the news about critical labor shortages, there are people in Australia who want to work on farms right now, but their visas won't let them. Last week the federal…

Dollar at near multi-month high after announcement U.S. Federal Reserve

After the U.S. Federal Reserve surprised markets last week by signaling it would raise interest rates and end emergency bond-buying sooner than expected, the dollar held near…

Dutch importer threatened by drug smugglers

Hundreds of people under police protection in fruit importer extortion case

Between 300 to 400 people have been threatened in the past two years in an extortion case surrounding fruit trading business De Groot, in the Dutch village of Hedel. Among the…

US and EU agree truce over Airbus-Boeing subsidy tariff dispute

The United States and the European Union have agreed a truce in their decades long conflict over aircraft subsidies, agreeing to a suspension for five years with regard to a…

Tunisia: El Gataaya Ramli agriculture struggles due to arbitrary construction

El Gataaya in Ghar el Melh, Bizerte, are farming plots in the lagoons that are irrigated by salty seawater. Local growers use the tide to water their Ramli agricultural crops…

National Potato Council on efforts to jumpstart Senate talks on Agriculture Labor Reform

The National Potato Council (NPC) today participated in an agriculture industry roundtable discussion with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) in an effort to find bipartisan support for legislation that would improve…

Australian growers to reach out to Asia for laborers

As the pandemic and a new free-trade deal with the UK is amplifying labor shortages in Australia’s US$51 billion-a-year agriculture industry, the country is looking to recruit…

Lebanese pound hits new low as national crisis continues

A new downward turn means that the Lebanese pound has lost more than 90 percent of its value on the informal market since October 2019. The World Bank has called it one of the…

Fruit industry bodies call for vigilance as vaccine rollout remains slow

Covid infections rapidly rise in South Africa

In South Africa the third wave of Covid infections is being acutely felt, with over 13,000 new cases in a single day and almost no business unaffected by the pandemic. It's expected to peak by the first week of July. This is the fruit industry's second season of working in a time of pandemic, and  industry…

UK: Vegetable pickers now get ‘£20 an hour’ thanks to Brexit and Covid

Vegetable pickers have seen their salaries climb to almost £20 an hour thanks to chronic labor shortages brought on by Brexit and Covid-19. Both events have been blamed for…

Warning! Scammer impersonating a buyer from Agricoop Bio

All sector operators are warned that a scammer has contacted a few suppliers - even in Spain - acting as a buyer for Italian company Agricoop-Bio (located in Avola) and using e-mail addresses featuring the name of the company  (eg: agricoopbioagrumi@agricoopbioagrumi.it). The company, which has already reported…

Rwanda: Construction of the Kigali Wholesale Market for fresh produce still on hold

In Rwanda, the construction of the Kigali Wholesale Market for fresh produce has yet again been put on hold. The government is said to still be looking for sources of…

Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project

Victoria adamant to protect horticulture industry from Queensland fruit fly

The Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project draws on the support and dedication of a broad volunteer base to help lead the charge in protecting the region against Queensland…

Long-awaited good news on the Ag Visa

AUSVEG, the peak industry body for Australia’s vegetable growers, has welcomed the announcement that the Federal Government will make a new agriculture work visa available to…

Guatemalan farmer on the causes of the nation's migration

In the Western Highlands of Zunil, Guatemala, local farmer Don Pedro Chay owns about an acre of land in the rich fertile valley. His typical crop production consists of…

South Australian growers push for Pacific Island travel bubble

South Australia's seasonal worker quarantine facility is to shut down this week as the final group of international workers prepares to start picking on citrus farms in the…

Lamb Weston announces new 2030 ESG goals and commitment to science-based targets initiative

The company has issued its second annual ESG report to include new 2030 targets. With a commitment to the SBTi, Lamb Weston and its Joint Venture partner, Lamb Weston /…

VerticalFarmDaily.com

Photo report: Swegreen launches event to celebrate project launch

Sweden: Opening of new in-store vertical farm at ICA Maxi

“We are actually making a difference here, because we grow next to the consumer, literally,” says Andreas Dahlin, CEO of Swegreen. “There are still many vertical farms that claim to produce sustainable, located close to the consumer, but they don’t mention the last mile. If logistics are needed to get…

Australia and the United Kingdom announce trade deal

Today, Australia and the United Kingdom have announced a free trade agreement. It falls in line with the forging of new economic relationships by the latter, following its…

Unboxing Chile

Soccer player Alexis Sanchez will participate in ProChile's promotion campaign

ProChile, the Export Promotion Agency, is launching its new 'Unboxing Chile' marketing campaign in the coming days in various priority markets to promote the country's export portfolio as a reliable, sustainable, and quality offer. ProChile and the main business associations are launching the Unboxing…

Victorian Government renewes key programs across the state.

Support continues for seasonal harvest workforce

Farmers will continue to receive a boost to their seasonal workforce, with the Victorian Government renewing key programs across the state. Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne…

Cocaine worth €60 million found hidden in frozen pineapple shipment to Spain

Spanish police have seized €60 million worth of cocaine hidden in a shipment of frozen pineapple coming out of Brazil. The 800-kilo seizure came after a three-year operation by the Spanish National Police and Tax Agency; there were two arrests. The investigation was sparked by an operation between the…

Youtube.com

Is Justin Bieber’s song “Peaches” selling more peaches?

The US peach business isn’t doing that bad, right now. But of all the things that can affect fruit sales, how about a simple song? In March, Justin Bieber releasing his track “Peaches,” a R&B-tinged song, about, well, peaches. Bieber seems to get his peaches down in Georgia. So then there is the…

Pastry chef makes an edible crate

A work of art made by pastry chefs of the Auchan hypermarket of Melun (Seine-et-Marne). The crate is made of shortbread cookies, with a cream filling and seasonal fruits. Source: linkedin.com 

Australia’s measures have remained strong against the pest

Biosecurity kicks up a stink bug

The 2020-21 brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) season is wrapping up and Australia’s measures have again remained strong against this serious pest. Head of Biosecurity at the Department of…

Seneca reports results for the Quarter and Fiscal Year ended March 31, 2020

Seneca Foods Corporation today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended March 31, 2021. Highlights (vs. year-ago, year-to-date results): Net sales…

Oregon State University

First adult Western Cherry Fruit Fly expected to begin emergence on June 14

All cherry trees owners should be aware the emergence of the first adult western cherry fruit flies is expected to begin on June 14 in the La Grande area. 50% adult fly…

The Netherlands

First brown marmorated stink bugs found in Limburg orchard

Unfortunately, the brown marble armor bug seems to become a feature in the south of the Netherlands; this spring, a large number of bugs were caught in the gardens in Limburg.…

Spain: 26 Almeria companies investigated for re-labelling Moroccan imports

In Almeria, 26 companies have been investigated accused of defrauding consumers by selling imported fruit and vegetables from Morocco as Spanish-grown since 2019. So far 10…

France: Emmanuel Macron meets with an Eco-responsible producer

As restaurants reopen, French president Emmanuel Macron met with Eco-responsible peach and apricot producer Grégory Chardon in order to discuss the Eco-responsible Orchards label and the impact of the frost from April on the orchards. © Soazig de la Moissonniere/Présidence de la République Source: linkedin.com 

Hermès presents bag collection made of real vegetables

The Hermès fashion brand is famous for creations like its exclusive Birkin bags. These bags are usually made of leather. But for the latest collection, designer Ben Denzer has used vegetables. The designer made three kinds. One's made of cabbage, one's cucumber, and the third one's green asparagus. The classic Hermès…

Western Cape Agriculture will host 2023 International Symposium in Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

The Western Cape Agriculture is set to host the International Symposium in Irrigation of Horticultural Crops in 2023. A group of approximately 120 international and South…

HortNZ welcomes extension of SSE and Working Holiday Visas

Horticulture New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s decision to extend Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) and Working Holiday visas by six months. ‘We’re pleased this…

Container, en route from Ecuador to Slovenia

Malta: Customs seizes 740 kg of cocaine in banana shipment

On Tuesday, the Malta customs department intercepted 740 kilograms of cocaine in a record-breaking drug seizure for the Mediterranean island nation. The drugs, with an…

Magnet MED is the evolution of trapping for fruit fly biocontrol

Trapping for the biocontrol of the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), one of the most damaging pests for fruit trees and responsible for heavy losses in the sector each season, has evolved with Magnet MED, from Suterra. As product development manager Daniel Casado explains in the following video,…

Antonio Luengo, Councilor of Murcia:

"We understand that electricity has to be accessible everywhere. Why isn't this the case for water?"

In the Scheme of Important Issues (ETI) of the new hydrological plan of the Tagus, still in the drafting phase, the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition and the…


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