Miscellaneous

Moquegua would gain 55,000 productive hectares if it gets more water

Desalination projects to expand Peru's agricultural frontier

The regional governor of Moquegua, Zenon Gregorio Cuevas, said on Monday that he would boost investment in desalination projects of sea water in order to expand the…

Crepe product introduced to cross-merchandise with berries

Frieda's is introducing French Style Crêpes for retailers to promote Mother's Day celebrations, suggesting that berries will be an ideal complement. “Shoppers are looking for…

Annual picnic recognizes employees and students

Grimmway Farms hosted its annual company picnic at the Kern County Fairgrounds on Sunday April 14. Initiated over 30 years ago by company founders Rod and Bob Grimm, the picnic honors Grimmway’s employees and their families each spring. Hosted as part of the company’s year-long “Family-Owned for 50 Years…

Jet Airways debacle

Indian fruit & veg exporters feel the pressure as rates rise

The grounding of Jet Airways flights has affected export of fresh fruits and vegetables as the carrier had the highest capacity for cargo and accounted for 50% of exports from Mumbai to London, Amsterdam, Paris and Singapore. Emirates, which has the second highest capacity, consequently raised its rates…

Burglar caught and sentenced after taking a bite from grower's tomato

What do you do when you get hungry during a burglary? You just take a bite of a tomato of course, there are plenty of them in the greenhouse. A 37-year-old burglar paid dearly…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas

Arizona legislature agrees to send letter from FPAA

Members of the Arizona Legislature are sending a letter to Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross, speaking out about the importance of negotiating an updated Tomato Suspension Agreement.…

Communities urged to continue saving water

South Africa: Eastern Cape dam levels remain 'fluid'

South Africa’s dams are rising steadily following intermittent rains in most provinces in the past week, according to a weekly report by the Department of Water and…

UK: Restrictions on water amid mounting fears of drought

In the UK, water restrictions are already being imposed on farmers amid mounting concerns over a lack of significant rain and low river flows. North Yorkshire potato grower Andrew Wilson said his first irrigation licence restriction arrived on 13 April. Cumulative rainfall totals for April range from…

Australian farmers call on next Parliament to get FTA with Indonesia done

According to the National Farmers’ Federation, a first order of business for Australia’s next Federal Parliament must be to ratify the Indonesia-Australia trade agreement. NFF…

Easter egg kit with dyes made from herbs & vegetables

Easter is here, so kids and parents are thinking about dying eggs. If you have allergies or an aversion to food dyes or to just want to dye your Easter eggs in a natural way, check out the plant-based Easter Egg Coloring Kit with Colors from Nature. It’s from ColorKitchen and now available at Sur La…

New Zealand’s unusual Easter treat - deep-fried kiwifruit

Queenstown fish and chip shop Erik's Fish and Chips has described its creation as a "a deep-fried kiwifruit, infused with dark chocolate and then dipped in chocolate". Owner Anna Arndt said they were keen to do something special for Easter, and came up with the creation after a team meeting. She said…

HortIMPACT project & Agrimech Africa Ltd.

Showcasing the potential of a mechanised potato value chain in Kenya

More than 30% of potatoes in Kenya are grown in Nyandarua county. Farmers in the county are struggling to increase their productivity due to a lack of labour. Mechanising the cultivation of potatoes could be a potential solution to this problem. SNV and Agrimech, an agriculture mechanisation company, in…

Consumer Price Index up 1.9%

Higher prices for vegetables in Canada

As price pressures strengthened for fresh vegetables (as well as mortgage interest costs and auto insurance), Canada’s annual inflation was up last month. Statistics Canada said Wednesday that the country’s consumer price index increased 1.9% in March, in line with economists’ expectations. It was higher…

New reservoirs built - new drip irrigation systems

US-funded projects to aid against drought in southern Honduras

With regard to southern Honduras, a reliable water source is becoming more and more essential. “We have the land, but without water, we have nothing,” a Honduran farmer involved in the USAID-funded COSECHA project said. Farming in Honduras’ dry south can be a daunting task, but with development of an…

Northern Costa Rica: Working conditions and environmental situation on pineapple plantations

Participants in the Socio-Environmental Kiosk Programme have been working in various communities of northern Costa Rica. By means of social action and investigation they have…

Coles supermarkets

Australia: Supermarket giant helps farmers drought-proof operations

In Australia, Coles supermarkets is stepping forward to assist with a water-saving initiative. This has made the fight against drought conditions one step easier growers like…

Top 10 countries with highest number of work hours (2017)

Mexico topping the list here.

Venezuelan marketers leaving again

Curaçao: 29 entrepreneurs ready to take over floating fruit market

Sources say that 29 potential entrepreneurs are ready to take over the Willemstad floating fruit market. Next week, the Venezuelan marketers are again leaving, this time due…

The hottest pepper in the world

Man swallows 96 grams of Carolina Reaper in less than 60 seconds

The Carolina Reaper pepper is considered to be the hottest pepper in the world, with 300 times more pungency than the jalapeño pepper. The participants in a contest in New…

Non-profit seeks to fight hunger by fighting food waste

The Collaborative for Fresh Produce (Collaborative) is a new non-profit organization that is partnering with commercial farmers and food banks in an effort to fight hunger by…

Zimbabwe and Belarus to sign business agreement

Zimbabwe is seeking to diversify its production base by focusing on latest technological innovations that have a potential to increase output at a time when most productive…

Del Monte set-back in Kenyan land lease suit

The Environment and Lands court in Murang’a has dismissed an application by Del Monte to be enjoined in a case seeking to stop renewal of its land lease. Last week, Justice Grace Kemei dismissed the application with costs to the fruit processor, saying it did not demonstrate how the suit would interfere…

US: Brazilian buyers seek more Georgian agro products

As they continue to look to the state as a key source of agricultural goods, Brazilian buyers are placing even more product requests with Georgia’s trade office in São Paulo.…

North Carolina

Dole signs lease for executive office in uptown Charlotte

Dole Food Co. has signed a deal to take space in uptown Charlotte for its local corporate office. The agricultural company has signed a lease for 15,265 square feet at 200 South Tryon, taking the full sixth floor and half of the seventh. This was stated by Joe Franco, senior vice president at CBRE who…

AU: AHEIA pleased that government focus has turned to horticulture exports

The Australian Horticulture Exporter's and Importers' Association has welcomed the Federal Coalition Government's multi-million-dollar commitment to growing horticulture exports, provided in this month's budget. A total of $29.4 million worth of measures were announced, to target agricultural sectors…

Driving bans on Friday, 19 April, and Monday, 22 april

It will soon be Good Friday and Easter. In connection with these holidays, there are driving bans in place in the following countries: Good Friday, 19 April Germany Greece…

Texas A&M University scholarship students to attend Viva Fresh Expo

For the fifth year, DMA Solutions will send top performing students from Texas A&M University to the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in San Antonio, Texas as a part of the Aggies…

University of New Hampshire

Study shows wild bee decline in New England

New research shows a decline among some of the wild bees that pollinate important New England crops. A study of 125 years of records –one of the first of its kind– shows 14…

Armenia to set up agricultural exchange

Armenia’s government has initiated the process of creating an agricultural exchange, Agriculture Minister Gegham Gevorgyan, has stated. ‘Imagine a large facility with refrigerators, scales and other infrastructures that will help establish a connection between sellers and buyers," he said. According to…

Zimbabwe apparently serious about land reform compensation

The Zimbabwean government will give priority to elderly white farmers when it starts with the compensation process, having set aside US$17.5 million in this year’s budget to make initial compensation. The timing of this compensation process might seem a bit odd given that the government has recently…

Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, Texas

More than $6 million of meth found in honeydew melon shipment at border

A commercial shipment arrived at the border Friday carrying more than the honeydew melons it was supposed to have. According to US Customs and Border Protection, the truck arrived at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge and after inspection with non-intrusive imaging technology and other tools, 304…

Seven people arrested for stealing 30,000 kilos of avocados in Vélez-Málaga

Police officers in Axarquia have arrested seven people accused of stealing almost 30,000 kilos of avocados in Vélez-Málaga. The suspects are aged between 19 and 30 years and…

Uwe Timm, AlzChem Trostberg GmbH:

"We contribute to high-quality cultivation and marketing"

In 1908, the hydropower of the Alz, which springs from the Chiemsee, was the primary reason for choosing the location of the energy dependent calcium carbide and calcium cyanamide plant in Trostberg (Bavaria). "This year we are celebrating our 111th anniversary," says Uwe Timm, Marketing Manager of…

Exporting substandard vegetables and chillies

Uganda bans chilli exports to European Union

The European Union has welcomed the Ugandan government's self-imposed ban on the export of chillies and substandard vegetables to Europe, saying it was beginning to spoil the…

New Zealand strawberry industry group proposes commodity levy for growers

Industry group, Strawberry Growers of New Zealand (SGNZ) has proposed the idea of a possible introduction of an industry levy for commercial strawberry growers. This concept…

Proposed NY farm labor legislation could hurt agriculture

Farmers across the state of New York are concerned certain parts of newly proposed farm labor legislation could negatively impact the state’s agriculture economy. The…

North Carolina company partners with Israeli biopesticide producer

STK bio-ag technologies, an Israeli company dealing in botanical crop protection, has partnered with North Carolina-based Summit Agro U.S.A., which will become the exclusive…

Biosecurity NZ cracks down on unauthorised cargo facilities

The discovery of fruit flies sparked a biosecurity operation on Auckland's North Shore. Also, the biosecurity processes were subjected to an intense review. New Zealand biosecurity authorities are toughening up on unscrupulous cargo facilities, in an effort to keep unwanted pests and diseases out of the…

Southern African Agri Initiative

SAAI and CFU to host gathering for Zimbabwean farmers regarding compensation

SAAI (Southern African Agri Initiative) will support South African farmers who lost their farms in Zimbabwe to receive compensation. SAAI is also busy assisting Zimbabwean farmers that retreated to South Africa with compensation claims, thanks to its network of partner organisations. In a dramatic turn…

Philippines: Sumifru workers vow to carry on the fight

Hundreds of banana workers remained on strike against Japanese banana firm Sumifru Philippines Corporation for its unfair labor practices and the company’s push for government’s immediate intervention on different attacks against the striking workers. The Sumifru Philippines Corporation (Sumifru), a…

Viva Fresh Expo announces Innovation Showcase finalists

The second annual Viva Fresh Innovation Showcase has announced the 22 finalists who will feature a range of innovative products at the expo on April 27th. Industry members were encouraged to submit any and all new advances from field to fork. Innovations were not limited and could include advances in:…

Canadian Produce Marketing Association

CPMA announces Board of Directors for 2019-2020

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is proud to announce its Board of Directors for 2019-2020. Elections took place last week, during the 2019 CPMA Annual General Meeting, happening concurrently with the 2019 CPMA Convention and Trade Show. The CPMA Board of directors represents a wealth of…

United States-Mexico-Canada agreement

California Fresh Fruit Association expresses support for USMCA

The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) recently announced their support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). "Mexico and Canada have proven to be…

Concerns about bee health

Health Canada restricts certain pesticide uses

The Canadian federal government’s pesticide regulator says certain uses of a popular insecticide need to be restricted in order to protect the health of pollinators. In its…

New Zealand: Controls on fruit and veg lifted after no new fruit flies found in Auckland

No more fruit flies have been found on Auckland's North Shore and controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables have been lifted. Biosecurity New Zealand said the decision came after weeks of "intensive trapping" and inspecting hundreds of kilograms of fruit. The last fruit fly was found almost a…

Spanish trade union CCOO calls port workers strike on April 17

The reason for the strike is the impasse in the collective labour agreement talks, which still does not have the approval of the Ministry of Finance although the Ministry of Public Works has approved it. About 5,000 workers have seen their severance rights and compensation affected, while the…

China: Tongren police seize drug shipment concealed in banana truck

Chinese police have seized a haul of methamphetamine and heroin concealed in a truckload of bananas. Thursday, state media reported that the drug shipment weighing 144.5 kilograms was seized in the city of Tongren in the southern province of Guizhou after a tip-off. The shipment was believed to have…

EU audit: Limited progress in Austrian control system

According to DG Sante, only limited progress has been made in Austria on improving the system to reduce microbiological contamination of food of non-animal origin (FNAO). The…

New Irish food collaboration to make plastic packaging more sustainable

Eleven of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable.…

UNPT and Meteo Protect

France: Partnership strengthened to ensure the income of potato producers

The multiplication, in frequency and intensity, of exceptional weather events and the high volatility of potato prices on the free market have been, for several years, a…

Russia: New laws - easing currency regulation for exporters

On Wednesday, First Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that the Russian government is expecting the Parliament to adopt laws easing currency…

Liberia: 1,000 female farmers to benefit from $2.5 million UAE project

A 22-member delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has instituted a $2.5 million farming project that will benefit 1,000 Liberian women. The project is titled: “Promoting Increased Resilience and Sustainable Income Generation in Food Security and Nutrition for Rural Women” and will support a…

Australian Workers' Union

Australia: Workers' Union strengthens alliances with farm supply workers

The Australian Workers' Union is to explore a strategic alliance with other unions operating in the agriculture supply chain in a bid to "grow union density" in the sector and…

USDA: Retail food losses vary by type of vegetable

Retail-level food losses occur when grocery retailers remove things like dented cans, misshapen produce items, overstocked holiday foods and spoiled foods from their shelves. Estimates of the rates of food store loss for fresh produce were developed by comparing data on pounds of shipments received with…

Event Summary for 2019 CPMA Convention and Trade Show

The 2019 Canadian Produce Marketing Association Convention and Trade Show was a resounding success the organizers say, exceeding the size of all past shows in Montreal. Exhibitors representing over 300 companies accounted for 53,500 square feet of booth space on the Trade Show floor. Among those were 143…

US proposes tariffs on $11bn of EU products

US president Trump is considering imposing tariffs on about $11bn worth of goods from the European Union in response to subsidies that support Airbus. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has found that the subsidies have an adverse impact on the US. The EU said the figure of $11bn was "greatly…

Number of foreign workers drops by 5% in Italy

A report from Osservatorio Eban-Nomisma shows that, after many years, the number of foreign workers has finally dropped by 5% in 2017 to 275 thousand. The study illustrates an…

DRV, BVEO and Landgard:

Working together for German production

Current market developments and future topics such as structural change, sustainability and appreciation of German production were the focus of the visit by Franz-Josef Holzenkamp's, President of the German Raiffeisen Association and Christian Weseloh, Managing Director of the Federal Association of…

France: Foodconect startup launches the FridgeBox

The French startup, Foodconect, has just designed the first connected outdoor fridge which allows for shopping to be delivered while you’re away. This mini-fridge exists in…

Lori Anne Carr honored through Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award

The Clemson Alumni Association recently honored recipients of the 2019 Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows on Clemson Tiger graduates. One such honoree is Lori Anne Carr, vice president and administrative manager of Titan Farms. Carr is also…

State of Karnataka, India

80 percent of Bengalureans still prefer kirana shops

Although supermarkets are cropping up in all corners of the city, 80% of Bengalureans still prefer to buy food materials from kirana shops (general merchant stores), Hopcoms outlets (green grocers) and traditional markets. A study by the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) stresses the need to…

Uganda: Museveni to commission Soroti Fruit Factory

This Saturday, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is expected to commission the newly constructed multi-billion, Soroti fruit factory situated in Arapai Sub County, Soroti district. It is the culmination of a four-year construction processes that started in 2015. The factory has been built by Korea…

EU looks at rules for protecting workers behind the barcodes

The European ministers meeting in Luxembourg are to formally approve new European rules that ban abusive trading practices by supermarkets and large buyers in the global food…

China: Police seize over 144.5 kg drugs in banana transport

Chinese authorities have stated that police officers seized 144.5 kg of drugs including heroin and methylamphetamines on a truck transporting bananas in the city of Tongren,…

Future trends take prime focus at luncheon kick-off event

Produce Outlook Panel to kick-off United Fresh 2019

A diverse group of industry leaders will forecast the future at the Produce Outlook Roundtable Luncheon, Monday, June 10, kicking off the United Fresh 2019 Convention &…

Wendy McManus in speaker lineup for Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference

Good leaders employ a diverse set of skills including coaching, mentoring and training. Knowing when to use each of these for the greatest impact can take their leadership…

"It's taking 6 - 7 hours for produce to cross the border"

The US Government's decision to divert border personnel away from checkpoints and into the field is causing increasing delays to produce crossings, shippers say. In the past week, there has even been mention of closing parts of the border but this scenario appears to be increasingly less likely. However,…

Philippines: Lambunao now also under state of calamity due to El Niño

The city of Lambunao, in Iloilo province, was placed under a state of calamity Monday due to the impact of El Niño. Lambunao Mayor Jason Gonzales said El Niño damages in…

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

US: Federal agents intercept cocaine, hidden inside cans of fruit

Eight people are accused of smuggling as much as 375 kilos of cocaine from Costa Rica through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport over the past several years. It…

US: Spotted lanternflies found to be flyers, not gliders

Among the findings of a 2014 study on flight behavior of the spotted lanternfly were these conclusions: ‘The spotted lanternfly is not a strong or frequent flyer, weaknesses…

Cape Town dams - Monday 8 April

South Africa: Latest water levels

Water levels across the Western Cape have continued to decline over the past seven days, despite substantial rain last week. The Cape Town dams lost another 1.16% of what they…

Kenya: Food prices in Nyeri soar as drought continues

Prices of fresh produce in Kenya’s Nyeri County have nearly doubled as the effects of drought continue to be felt in the region and in different parts of the country. Farmers have reduced their supplies to the markets as production has declined. At Chaka market, majority of the traders do not have…

Japan: Pair of mangoes sells for record $4,488 yen at first auction

A pair of premium mangoes from the southwestern Japan prefecture of Miyazaki fetched a record 500,000 yen ($4,500) in the season's first auction at a local wholesale market this Monday. This number topped the previous best of 400,000 yen. The premium mangoes are called ‘Egg of the Sun’. To qualify for…

AU: Gippsland to launch new awards to promote and reward the regional agribusiness sector

The Gippsland region is looking to further strengthen itself as one of the leaders in the Australian agriculture sector, with the launch of the inaugural Excellence in Agribusiness Awards at this week's Farm World. The idea was the brainchild of Kate Gunn, who is Coordinator of Agribusiness Promotions…

Australia: Goulburn Valley farmer cuts power costs by $62,000 a year

A fruit grower in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley has cut its grid power consumption by one-third, and cuts the annual electricity bill by a whopping $62,000 a year. This was…

UK: Redevelopment Hull's Fruit Market green-lighted

The latest phase of redevelopment at Hull's Fruit Market has been given the green light. The £22 mln scheme from developer Wykeland Beal, which includes a 350 space multi-storey car park, 34 residential units and 3,000 ft 2 of retail/leisure space, was approved by Hull City Council's Planning Committee…

Beetle located in Blockhouse Bay, Kumeu, Riverhead and Titirangi

Ambrosia beetle is a concern for New Zealand avocado sector

The avocado industry is on alert to understand more about the wood-boring granulate ambrosia beetle found in Auckland, says NZ Avocados chief executive, Jen Scoular. The…

91 kg of cocaine seized by Customs Officers

Malta: €10 million cocaine found inside fruit shipment

Routine Malta Customs officials' searches conducted last Sunday at the Malta Freeport has once again resulted in a sizeable narcotics seizure. Refrigerated containers were…

Greenyard Fresh UK

Jobs at risk as fruit and vegetable company considers closing Lincolnshire site

Over 100 jobs could be lost if a Spalding-based company goes through with plans to close one of its sites in the town. Staff at Greenyard Fresh UK have been told that the firm…

Cocaine smugglers infiltrate Swedish ports

Half a ton of cocaine, with a street value of hundreds of millions of Swedish Krona, was stopped at the Swedish border last year. According to police and customs staff, the…

Egyptian authorities intercept 295kg of Khat

Two days after thwarting an attempt of smuggling more than 2 tons of drugs, worth LE 2 billion [$115,5 million] on board a ship in the Red Sea, security forces arrested two people trying to smuggle 295 kilograms of Khat. The 295 kilograms of Khat were hidden in 21 postal packages at the Cairo…

New Zealand: Zespri staff move into Mount Maunganui head office

Today, Zespri staff moved into the company's new head office in Mount Maunganui. This marked the completion of the first phase of the new office redevelopment. The new three-level office next to Zespri's former headquarters on Maunganui Rd can accommodate 340 staff. Almost 150 staff and key industry…

Ten best food hacks

Ten best food hacks

Almost 23,000 ha with biological control in Spanish province of Almeria

The territorial delegate of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Aránzazu Martín Moya, has highlighted "the huge commitment of the Government of…

PMA celebrates its member-volunteers

This year, more than 640 member-volunteers shared their knowledge, time and talents to help the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and Center for Growing Talent (CGT) achieve…

UK seasonal agricultural workers scheme opens

A seasonal agricultural workers scheme pilot aimed at bringing migrant workers to the UK for seasonal work was opened last month. The UK-wide scheme was confirmed last…

North Korean leader inspects Samjiyon County

Kim Jong Un, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has paid a visit to Samjiyon County in the northern part of the country, where he was offering his guidance on construction in the area. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, Kim visited an area with several…

London international court orders Djibouti to pay $385 mln to DP World

According to the Dubai government, the London Court of International Arbitration has ordered Djibouti to pay $385 million in compensation to UAE global ports operator DP World over a breach of contract. The international court also ordered the African nation to pay interest for unilaterally scrapping a…

South Africa: Weekly State of the Reservoirs

The South African Department of Water and Sanitation has released the Weekly State of the Reservoirs on 2019-04-01 .

Asda presents ‘avocado on toast’ jelly sweets

According to some, Asda has created the perfect sweets for millennials: avocado on toast jellies. The sweets feature cola flavour toasts, lime flavoured avocado slices and jelly eggs, so you can recreate brunch any time. The 150-g bags cost 90p each and are available now. Although they aren’t quite as…

‘Produce is already getting delayed at the border’

For decades, tons of fresh produce have passed through the McAllen Produce Terminal Market, a critical gateway connecting Mexican fruits and vegetables with US kitchens and restaurants. But that rapid flow of commerce is slowing down, as US Customs and Border Protection personnel get diverted to handle…

Key takeaways on China’s Belt and Road Initiative development

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), proposed by China in 2013, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond. After years of unremitting efforts, the BRI, which refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, has seen…

South Australian bees suffering under temperature highs

The hot and dry conditions of the past summer have caused bee colony numbers to take a dive, creating potential headaches for those requiring pollination services later in the…

British Retail Consortium:

UK: ‘Food price Inflation highest in almost six years’

Last month, UK food prices reached their highest rate of inflation in almost six years, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The extreme weather of last year - both cold and hot - hit the planting of crops, pushing up the price of such things as onions, potatoes and cabbages. But the BRC…

Kenyan greenhouses enables scholars to become self-sufficient

Dutch wholesaler, Levarht, and vegetable grower Brazander, also from the Netherlands, have joined forces with the non-profit organisation, ChildsLife. They have been working together on a number of greenhouse projects in Kenya for two years now. These projects were set up by ChildsLife to enable scholars…

Bats help pollination

Usually, when we think about pollination, bees come to mind. However, bats also plays a very important role in this large-scale process throughout the world. Some areas depend on the pollination of bats more than others, including Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Bats help pollinate many types of fruit in the world, such…

Rooftop farming to help meet demand for fresh produce

The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could help boost the production of agricultural crops and ensure the food security of cities. Urban agriculture on rooftops is an optimal and feasible solution to produce healthy, fresh and sustainable food in the face of increasing demand for…

Spain

Agricultural producers in the Balearic Islands will learn how to fight the Xylella in California

The Government of the Balearic Islands has organized a trip to the state of California for the region's agricultural sector. The goal is to learn about the techniques that…

House Judiciary Committee Labor Hearing commended

The United Fresh Produce Association commends the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship for holding a hearing on “Securing the Future of American…

Retailer-supplier matchmaking event sold out

United Fresh’s new Partner X-Change matchmaking program at the 2019 Convention & Expo has sold out. On Monday, June 10, twenty retailers/foodservice companies will match with 20 suppliers for one-on-one meetings to kick off this year’s event. “We’re excited to see such a strong turnout from retail…

AU: Farmers stress the importance of education in driving fruit and vegetable consumption

"Know where your food comes from" - that is the message from passionate Victorian vegetable farmer Dom Galati, who is not only focused on growing freshly grown produce, but also educating consumers on the importance of eating fruit and vegetables. "Locally, I just speak to people and ask do they know how…

Creator of gold kiwifruit Russell Lowe: 50 years at Plant and Food Research

Last week, Russell Lowe celebrated 50 years working for what is now Plant and Food Research. He worked all but three of them at the Te Puke research centre that he established in the early 1970s. Really, few people would have made a greater contribution to the kiwifruit industry than plant breeder…

Argentina again tries to bolster weak currency

Argentina’s Central Bank has gone on record to say it won’t allow its key interest rate to drop below 62.5 percent in April, buttressing its campaign to protect the peso. The commitment comes on top of the Central Bank’s pledge to freeze the amount of money in circulation until year-end to cool…

Indian government discusses export strategy to China

To increase exports to China in order to substantially lessen the trade imbalance, the Commerce Ministry has scheduled a brainstorming meeting this week with other line…

Apple and Pear Australia Limited

Promoting a national Australian netting program as priority

Apple and Pear Australia Limited is looking to cover all bases during the upcoming federal election campaign; they are doing this by promoting a national netting program as an election priority. Currently, APAL is proposing a 10-year grant program to cover costs of netting orchard trees across the…

South Africa: A tiny beetle is killing the trees and there is no solution

A black beetle is killing South Africa’s trees, and no one knows how to stop it. It arrived from Southeast Asia about four years ago; now, the polyphagous shot-hole borer has…

Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe:

Food security threatened by Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai has brought destruction to parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe in what could become one of the worst weather-related disasters to hit the southern hemisphere in this decade. Hundreds have died and as many as 600,000 people have been displaced, according to the World Food Programme. In…

From Saturday, March 30th 2019

Tasmania: Flinders Island declared fruit fly free

Australia’s Flinders Island has been declared free of fruit fly, with restrictions officially lifted from 12.01am Saturday, March 30. It means the regular movement of fruit…

Bidding begins for machinery and inventory of apple processor Delipom

Apple processor Delipom has decided to halt all of its activities. The machinery and inventory of the production location in Benschop will be auctioned by Industrial Auctions on 4 April. Delipom performed the process from start to finish. All machines from input bunker, dividing station, peeling and…

The Dominican Republic opens plant species and variety registration office

The Ministry of Agriculture opened the Plant Species and Varieties Registration Office (OREVADO), which seeks to guarantee the institutional framework for people who want to develop new varieties of vegetable crops, innovate in the transfer of technology or invest in production, i.e. breeders. Minister…

Bound for Belgium or the Netherlands

Ecuadorian authorities seize ton of drugs hidden in bananas

The Ecuadorian police found a ton of drugs smuggled In banana export boxes. According to the first investigations, the drug's final destination would be Belgium. However, the…

Statement from United Fresh

Proposed border shutdown will create economic uncertainty

On March 27, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan stated that CBP will be reassigning up to 750 CBP officers from ports of entry along…

Turkey: Ruling AKP party takes down discount sales points after election losses

An initiative started by Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to provide discounted vegetables and fruits amid soaring food price inflation is coming to an end in capital Ankara. In Turkey’s capital, the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) declared victory in Sunday’s municipal…

AU: Federal Budget delivers funding for horticulture producers to expand export potential

Australian horticulture growers will share in $29.4 million worth of measures that target sectors with high export growth potential. The Coalition government handed down the first Federal Budget surplus on Tuesday night in nearly a decade ($7.1billion), with many “sweeteners” for voters ahead of an…

Scientists confirm first report of African parasitoid to fight fall armyworm

A group of scientists have confirmed the first report of an egg parasitoid Telenomus remus in Africa which could prove an important biological weapon in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) . The latter is a pest that threatens the food security of more than 200 million…

Fifth annual Viva Fresh kicks off with wholesale produce market tour

The fifth annual Viva Fresh Produce Expo will kick off on Thursday, April 25th with an opportunity for growers, wholesalers and distributors to tour the San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market (SAWPM). The SAWPM is a key unified wholesale center for fresh produce and related industries. The SAWPM facility…

Baby greens a "crunchy alternative to romaine and iceberg"

On the heels of launching its Fusion blend just a few short months ago, lef Farms introduces another leafy green to the market, called Crisp. Touted as a crunchy new alternative to traditional Romaine and Iceberg lettuce, Crisp combines a robust, crispy bite with a fresh, bright flavor — making it an…

Themed meeting ‘Short Supply Chains - to the next level’

“We were a plaything of supermarkets”

How do the heads of lettuce from a grower in Zeeland end up on the plates of consumers in Zeeland? Funnily enough, this is one of the most complicated challenges, logistically. “From farmer to plate has become tricky,” says Wilfred van Elzakker, commercial manager of Agrimarkt. During the themed meeting…

33.8% buys Spanish products

Only 21% of Spanish population interested in place of origin of food

The Spanish Ministry of Agriculture has presented the results of a study on the sociological behavior of Spaniards and its connection with food buying habits and lifestyles.…

Switzerland:

Foreign Affairs Commission wants negotiations with US

The Foreign Policy Commission of the National Council (APK-N) wants to negotiate with the US, in order to come to a free trade agreement. A motion to this effect was…

"Deeper scrutiny of plant and microbe interactions key for food safety"

The complex landscape of plants and microbe interaction means that food safety specialists should consider fine detail and cannot generalise when carrying out risk assessments, new research by James Hutton Institute scientists has shown. Fresh produce is an important vehicle for transmission of…

"More companies conned into transferring money by 'fake' colleagues”

Internet fraudsters often pretend to be colleagues or friends to get money. According to security experts, the million euro scamming of a Dutch chain of movie theaters, pulled…

How to optimize the pollination

For melons and watermelons, bumblebees are better than bees

Koppert shared with producers the three reasons why greenhouse crop professionals should use bumblebees, and not just bees, for the pollination of watermelon and melon crops, especially taking into account that the Spanish southeast tends to have more windy days in spring. Firstly, bumblebees continue to…

Robotics and mechanization, the future of stone fruit cultivation in Spain

Manuel Serradilla, of the Scientific and Technological Research Center of Extremadura and cherry expert, who is training UPCT specialists in Post-harvest Technology, believes…

Certain polystyrene food containers will be banned as of 2021

Frans Timmermans: "If we don't change our ways, we will choke our oceans in plastic"

This Wednesday, the plenary session of the European Parliament has approved the regulation that will ban some of the most popular disposable plastic items as of 2021,…

Attorney General to review migrant farm worker pay

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to reconsider whether Michigan’s smallest farms can legally pay migrant farm workers less than minimum wage. A 2016 state interpretation asserted that some small farms do not have to pay it, because they are exempt from federal…

South Africa: Fruit farmers support counterparts in Karoo

The Elgin district producer-owned apple and pear packing and storage business Two-a-Day Group recently donated more than R500,000 (€30.000) to the Agri Western Cape drought…

Former NFU president Sir David Naish has passed away

Tributes have been paid to former NFU President Sir David Naish who has died at the age of 78. Born in Nottinghamshire, Sir David was President of the NFU between 1991 and…


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