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Philippines: Highland farmers send more vegetables to Taal volcano victims

More vegetables will be sent to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption as local farmers and traders continue with their relief operation. Agot Balanoy of the League of Associations in the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post said they have gathered 3,000 kilograms of assorted highland vegetables from…

Winter strikes Canada

Weather warnings in every Canadian province & territory but one

It’s been a wintry start to the new decade across Canada, and it’s beginning to look like the season's harsh conditions are only going to get worse. In fact, according to Environment Canada’s weather warnings on Thursday, there’s only one place in the whole country that’s pleasant-ish to be in right now;…

Thiacloprid ban is latest in a long line of bad news for Bayer

Entire EU bans Bayer insecticide

In October of last year, a European Union commission recommended the EU not to renew authorization for the use of thiacloprid, an insecticide made by Bayer. This week, the EU officially declined to…

DA prepares immediate assistance to farmers and fisherfolk

Philippines: Volcano damage to agriculture now at ₱577 mln

An Alert Level 4 still remains over the recent Taal volcano eruption. Formation of new fissures and cracks were observed in some areas of Batangas. According to an update damage report from DA CALABARZON now increased the damages to ₱577.59 million (€10.2 mln) ) from the previous report of ₱74.55 million…

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Small possibility of migratory locusts

South Africa: Possible Lepidoptera pest outbreak

According to an article on agriorbit.com, current weather patterns in Southern Africa may be conducive to the outbreak of certain insect pests such as Lepidoptera. Moist air…

Kronen GmbH organized technical Freshcut seminar in Colombia:

Exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience among Freshcut experts

The KRONEN Freshcut Seminar is a unique event in South America, where every two years more than 100 experts from the industry meet. It offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences between experts. For the third time now, KRONEN organised the Freshcut Technical Seminar in Bogotá together with…

Better ties between China & US to impact yuan

The inking of the phase one trade deal between China and US is set to call a truce in the two-year trade conflict between the world's two largest economies. The will set the…

Area of land burnt in Australia & smoke covered area

Quite dramatic.

Devouring onions, watermelons, tomatoes and lettuces

Locusts compound troubles of Somali farmers in flood-hit Hiran region

Farmers in central Somalia’s Hiran region, whose farms were recently submerged by floods, are now contending with swarms of locusts, devouring whatever they have planted since then. Kadiye Abdi Gadod, a farmer in Hodug, west of Beletweyne, told Radio Ergo that locust swarms have set on his farm just as…

Liu He: "Agreement is rooted in equality and mutual respect"

US and China sign deal to ease trade war

The US and China have signed an agreement aimed at easing the trade war that weighed heavy on the global economy. Speaking in Washington, US President Donald Trump said the pact would be "transformative" for the US economy. Chinese leaders meanwhile called it a "win-win" deal that would help foster…

Hidden in trailer full of fresh taro

US: $1.5 million worth of cocaine seized at Pharr International Bridge

The US Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted $1,538,500 worth of cocaine hidden within a trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh malanga (taro). “Great teamwork and resiliency is what allows our frontline…

"Babies born in 15 seconds"

Title should have been "Born every 15 seconds". Or is this about the speed of the birthing?

South African farmers to be vigilant for presence of fall armyworm moths

South African growers have been urged to remain alert to the presence of fall armyworm (FAW) during the 2019/2020 crop production season, and to regularly scout their crops…

Bridget McKenzie: "Get on with supporting in a real and tangible way"

Agri minister urges Australian supermarkets to support farmers

In recent news reports, Australians have been warned that they will have to pay more for fresh food as the industry grapples with the fallout from the bushfire crisis. The warning came on Tuesday, following a government announcement that at least AU$100 million would be made available in the form of…

Stephanie van der Walt, Agbiz Fruit Desk

South African agriculture needs to become expert at international relations

“Now is the time to think strategically and to cast the net wider,” says Stephanie van der Walt, director of the Agbiz Fruit Desk. “For me there are a number of themes this year, notably the Brexit process that is expected to initiate on 31 January, the opportunities that can be leveraged through…

New Zealand orchardist fined for breaches against Bay of Plenty migrant workers

An agri employer, based in Hawke's Bay, who was fined for breaching labour laws in 2015 has again been penalised for breaches against "young and vulnerable" migrant employees…

Extended drought forces Canal to adopt new fees and reduce reservation slots

Panama Canal officials unveil new measures to sustain water levels

The Panama Canal has decided to implement a series of new measures beginning February 15 to sustain an operational level of water and provide reliability to users while it implements a long-term solution to water. As explained, the move has been prompted by changing rainfall patterns and historic low…

The large distribution system demands less treated strawberries. A proposal from Bioplanet

Residues can be reduced by increasing the number of antagonistic insects

The large-scale distribution system in Europe is increasingly restricting maximum residue limits, and strawberries are under the spotlight. This is why the use of the predator insect Orius laevigatus can be beneficial to reduce the number of treatments against the thrips that attack strawberries. In a…

Locust swarm is threatening Kenyan food security

Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture…

India: Punjab introduces ‘Home Delivery System’ for fruit & veg

The state government of Punjab has introduced a ‘Home Delivery System’ for fruits and vegetables, ARY News reported. Going into more detail, the channel explained how the…

Clip from Zambia goes viral

Elephant clambering over a wall to find mangoes

An unusually agile elephant was caught on camera while clambering over a five-foot wall in an attempt to steal mangoes from the Mfuwe guest house in Zambia. This happened in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia on Saturday. Ian Salisbury, general manager of the lodge caught whilst the giant was finding…

App has already saved 28.6 million meals in Europe

Danish company ‘Too Good To Go’ to fight against food waste in the US

The Copenhagen-based company Too Good To Go, which connects users of its app with restaurants and shops that sell unsold food for a third of the price, is understood to be ready to expand into the US. The Danish company has been on a four-year mission to stamp out food waste in Europe, but now it wants…

Namibia prohibits import of infected fruits from Zambia

Last Monday, the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry banned the importation of mangoes suspected of carrying the oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) from…

Opening up new avenues for studying pathogen & understanding mechanisms of HLB

Citrus Greening bacterium now available in culture

A dynamic research collaboration between several labs at Washington State University (Gang, Beyenal and Omsland labs), University of Arizona (Brown lab) and University of…

Chinese companies provide over 30,000 job opportunities in Egypt

China encourages Egyptian firms to increase exports to its markets

A Chinese delegation from China International Import Expo (CIIE) has invited more Egyptian companies to join the upcoming CIIE session and seize the chance to increase their…

While Florida farmers are fuming over ‘produce dumps’

Perdue pushes USMCA ratification

With the US Senate waiting on an impeachment trial of the president, ratification of the USMCA has been placed on the back burner. Still, the nation’s agriculture secretary called for final approval…

Wildfires and their effects on Australian food producers

From the South Coast to Batlow and well beyond, the wildfires burning across south-eastern Australia have dealt a punishing blow to many of the region's primary producers. Here are the stories of four industries that have been affected by the fires - and what you can do to help them survive. "We haven't…

Non-profit to address growing financial crisis in American farms

Launch of 'American Grown Campaign'

The American Grown Campaign launched at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on January 11. The non-profit was created by growers to address the growing financial crisis in American farms. American Grown was founded with farmers and growers from Florida, Georgia, and Michigan. “America’s…

Kenya: Containers suspected to hold immature avocados intercepted

Officers from Kenya’s Agriculture Foods Authority (AFA) have intercepted three containers suspected to ferry immature avocados. The containers with 75 tons of avocados are…

E.Leclerc removes plastic forks from snack products

Some time before the ban on plastic cutlery became effective on January 1st, the E.Leclerc group had announced its intention to take it a step further by removing all plastic…

Giant 80m clear-span fruit packing shed shows possibilities

For the fruit packing industry, the ‘clear-span’ concept is a game-changing development with the ability to build a processing facility without any internal posts at unprecedented sizes.  Packing sheds are evolving rapidly with fruit and vegetable growers refitting their workspace with increasing automation…

Exporters Guide to Turkey - USDA

Turkish retail on the rise

In 2018, the Netherlands exported 11,3% of its horticultural products to Turkey. That made it the largest such exporter in Europe. Poland followed with 10,2%, then Germany with 8,2%, and Italy with 5%. Mandarins are the second most bought product in Turkey. Tomatoes are in ninth place, with dried fruit and nuts in the tenth…

Exporter Guide Indonesia - USDA

Indonesia wants to become self-sufficient, but, for now, still needs fruit imports

Indonesia's economy is growing fast. In 2018 it grew by 5,2%. In that same year, €191,3 million was spent on importing fruit and vegetables. The retail sector is also increasing…

Customers are flooding social media Coles & Woolworths with viral image

Customers are urging supermarkets to help Australia’s starving wildlife amid the bushfire crisis, by donating their ‘waste’. Social media has been inundated with a photo which urges Coles and Woolworths to donate their ‘waste’ fruit and vegetables to “our starving wildlife”. The plea is embedded on a…

Hawaiian family claims pomelo sets world record

A family from Moanalua (Honolulu) is claiming their tree produced a world record-setting fruit. The Nishimura family says their tree created a massive jabong, or pomelo. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest pomelo weighed 10 pounds 11.3 ounces. It was grown by the Kumamoto…

State University's Chile Pepper Institute to host

New Mexico will hold world's largest meeting on chili peppers

New Mexico State University is preparing to host the world's largest conference dedicated to chili peppers. The 2020 New Mexico Chile Conference will run on February 3 and 4 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The university's Chile Pepper Institute has been organizing the annual conference for about…

600 bars of a peach-scented soap

Canadian company launches impeachment soap for American market

The owner of the Potato Soap Company on Prince Edward Island has come up with a new soap he thinks will appeal to some customers from the US. Pieter IJsselstein has produced 600 bars of a peach-scented impeachment soap, intending to inject some humour into the political news coming out of Washington. The…

Portugal finds large cocaine haul stashed in banana shipment

For the second time in twelve months, Portuguese police discovered a large stash of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas from Latin America. This time the haul was 825 kilograms with a street value of more than $33 million. Last year, the seizure was 430 kilograms and worth around $17 million.…

300 tons of sand were distributed in the Steiner company halls

TomatOpen: Beach volleyball in the tomato halls

Beach volleyball in winter? Outside, this would be rather difficult, with the current temperatures. That is why in Kirchweidach, in the Altötting district of Upper Bavaria, the volleyball players have thought of something special, moving the beach to the Steiner company's tomato halls. Normally, at the Steiner…

Batlow - New South Wales

Australian government ministers visit Batlow as growers assess bushfire damage

Batlow growers are determined to rebuild after devastating bushfires. According to an APAL article, the fighting spirit is evident in Batlow growers, who vow to rebuild.…

New York - Cornell University research

The word ‘local’ affects the marketing of fresh vegetables

The word "local", whether used appropriately or opportunistically, appears to have particular power in the marketing of fresh vegetables. That's the conclusion of a study published by researchers from Cornell University in New York. According to a university news release, the Cornell researchers…

Central Food Technological Research Institute - Mysuru, India

CFTRI comes up with low-cost tech for storing tomatoes

Keeping in mind the plight of tomato farmers battling price fluctuation, the Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has come up with a low-cost…

US: Start of ‘bio engineered’ labeling

Consumers in the US will begin to see labels for genetically modified foods on their store shelves. The law implementing the labeling began Jan. 1. Any product containing…

Panama rejects a shipment of Spanish purple onions due to the presence of mites

Panama's Food Authority (Aupsa) rejected the entry into Panama of about 162,000 purple onions from Spain after a plague of live and high-risk parasites for ornamental plants,…

South Africa: Farm worker discovers ammunition in a field

While looking for prickly pears on New Year’s Day, a South African farm worker found a stockpile of ammunition in an open field. According to a police official, the ammunition appears to be of military origin. This comes just two weeks after 19 R4 rifles vanished from an SA National Defence Force base in…

More troubles for Zimbabwe - dam levels dropping

Zimbabwe's agriculture sector, that has already been hit hard by the drought, is facing another significant risk as the high temperatures are causing the dam levels to drop. The country, which is facing serious food shortages, has had a poor rainfall season and was hoping to turn to irrigated crop to…

Hort Innovation closes decade with big wins for Australian growers

The last 12 months have seen unprecedented growth across the Australian horticulture industry, with the grower-owned rural research and development corporation, Hort Innovation, kicking big goals for industry. According to an article on horticulture.com.au, in the last year, Hort Innovation managed more…

Queensland - Australia

Moreton Water Plan will give Central Lockyer farmers a new water management system

After a year of negotiations, the peak representative body for Queensland horticulture, Growcom, has welcomed the Queensland government's finalisation late last year of the Moreton Water Plan which will give Central Lockyer farmers a new water management system to help grow their businesses in 2020. The…

Real estate specialists Savills Malaysia:

Durians to drive agricultural land values in 2020

The prices of Malaysian agricultural land are expected to rise in 2020, thanks to the ongoing "durian delirium''. According to Savills Malaysia managing director Paul Khong,…

University of Idaho research

Drones as effective tools for fruit farmers

In the last few years, more and more farmers are using drones to increase efficiency. Drones help farmers improve yields and stay ahead of problems before they become too big.…

UK organic audio – Using carrots as audio couplers

When people have too much time at their hands, they might decide to take a baby carrot and simply plug audio connectors into its flesh, discovering an audio connectivity…

Iceland’s vegan steaks made from mushroom

Supermarket chain Iceland has just starting selling mushroom steaks that look like real ones - but contain zero meat. Despite being made from mostly mushroom, they truly look…

Ambassador Hashmi on China - Pakistan Economic Corridor

CPEC: Second phase starts with establishment of special economic zones

The second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has started with the establishment of special economic…

Question: Why does toothpaste makes orange juice taste terrible?

For those among us that ever drank a glass of orange juice in the morning after brushing our teeth: that was a lesson learnt. And it’s a lesson most of us learn as young kids — orange juice and toothpaste just don’t mix. But why? In fact, it is all in the taste buds. Our taste buds can detect different…

China deal offers no immediate breakthrough for US fruit exports

In mid-January, the US and China will sign what is being called a “phase one” trade deal, but fruit exporters shouldn’t expect immediate removal of Chinese tariffs on US…

South African government sees ongoing drought as priority

The South African government is working to alleviate the impact of the ongoing drought in pockets of the country. In a statement, the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation said it is working with the affected provinces, municipalities, other national departments as well as the private…

Agricultural damages in Israel reached US$77 mln in 2019

Israeli agricultural damages totalled 265 million new shekels (77 million US dollars) in 2019, according to a government report that was published last Wednesday. The average annual damage over the last five years (2015-2019) has increased by 45.5 per cent compared to 2010-2014, said the report. Thus,…

Possibility of food shortages in Perth

Australia: Bushfires cutting off Nullarbor likely to cost millions

The bushfires that have closed major highways on the Nullarbor could end up costing the economy millions of dollars and cause widespread food shortages. About 140 firefighters are battling eight fire fronts that have cut off the small WA town of Norseman, about 700 kilometres south-east of Perth, for…

Bad start of the week in Shadow Hills

Produce truck with 10 tons of lettuce toppled near LA

A SigAlert was issued Monday morning for two lanes on the westbound 210 Freeway in Shadow Hills after a produce truck overturned. According to CHP officials, the accident occurred around midnight when a tractor-trailer truck reportedly collided with another vehicle, starting a small fire. The truck,…

UK and Brexit: Morrisons denies renaming Brussels Sprouts

Supermarket chain Morrisons has denied it has renamed its range of Brussels Sprouts in a supposed bid to win over Brexit supporters. Several social media users were angered after Brexiteer MEP Lucy Harris tweeted that the chain had named its batches after the regions they were grown in, with one batch…

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Advertised prices for US specialty crops at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets

Party trays, gift baskets, floral center pieces, and chips and dip were showcased in ads this week as shoppers prepared to celebrate New Years and football games. Avocados were the most advertised fruit this week, and were often pictured along with Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, and cilantro for…

Bengaluru's first zero-waste cafe

Indians use fruit shells as cups

While the Indian city of Bengaluru produces over 5,000 tonnes of garbage every day, and the city administration has attempted to impose no-plastic and segregation-at-source rules strictly, there is no 100 per cent adherence. However, a juice cafe owner in the city is now proving that it is possible to go the zero-waste route.…

Twinkle Khanna was gifted onion earrings

Onions getting more and more valuable?

Sky-rocketing onion prices have made the vegetable, once considered basic, a luxury. Memes mocking the vegetable have been floating on social media, in addition to the debates that have surrounded the soaring prices. And now, the vegetable seems to have turned into jewellery for actress-turned-author…

Visualizing 30 years of Chinese economic growth

China’s economy has grown significantly faster than every measure on our visual. It’s grown 14.12 times in size since 1989. The Euro area and other high income countries, including the US, have grown much slower than China. The US economy is only 2.09 times bigger than it was in 1989. The value of the…

The value of a hectare is 17 times greater than the national average

Almeria has the most expensive farmland in Spain

The results of the annual Land Price Survey carried out by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture reveal that Almeria has the most expensive farmland in Spain. In 2018, the price of one hectare of land intended for intensive greenhouse cultivation in this province stood at 173,942 Euro. This is 17 times the…

Overview of EU trade with Latin America and the Caribbean

The 33 countries forming the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) taken together have remained the EU's fifth largest trading partner and constitute a region with which the EU maintains close cooperation and political dialogue on account of its historical, cultural and economic ties.…

Scale of introduction of Dutch technologies for storing fruits and vegetables in Uzbekistan expanding

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to the Benelux countries, Dilyor Khakimov, met with the Director General of Geerlofs Refrigeration (Netherlands)…

UK man sets new world sprout eating record: 33 Brussel sprouts in 1 minute

The world record for eating Brussels sprouts was set in 2008, with 31 sprouts in one minute. This record was recently broken by trucker Wayne Sherlock, who was able to consume 33 Brussel sprouts in one minute – breaking the previous record by two. He beat 14 others to snatch the trophy at The Crown Inn pub…

A very special Christmas tree

The Halls Christmas tree of avocados

Mice fed plant-rich diets less susceptible to E.coli gastrointestinal infections

The EHEC strain of E.coli is very dangerous and causing an extremely harmful inflammation in the colon which can end up being deadly. This strain of E.coli is implicated in…

Food needed to feed global population to rise by 80% by end of century

 A study conducted by researchers from the University of Gottingen in Germany found that as the average Body Mass Index of individuals increases, to do the amount of calories required…

An International Guide to Fair Trade labels

In an international collaborative effort between four joint partners -Commerce Équitable France, Fair World Project, FairNESS France and Forum Fairer Handel- and within the…

The Year Overview Wrap-Up

For the past few weeks FreshPlaza has looked at several major events that took place in 2019. In case you have missed any, here is the list of subjects we took a closer look at: Environmental Challenges Plastic-free fresh produce? U.S.-China Trade War Australia: Drought and fires South Africa: Harbour chaos Record prices for Indian…

Phosphonic acid analyses and other big retail chain requests

In 2019, Sicural increased its number of clients located all over Italy. One of the most requested analyses concerns phosphonic acid, the main degradation product of Fosethyl aluminium. The average values are 11.341 mg/kg for pears, 1.769 mg/kg for kiwifruit, 0.885 mg/kg for tomatoes, 0.765 mg/kg for…

Number of sick from Salmonella infected fresh cut fruit rises

At least 33 people at four health-care facilities in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and 26 in schools in Delaware were sickened by the Salmonella Javiana found in fresh cut fruit…

Commercial beekeeping turns to agriculture as major revenue stream

The beekeeping industry, which is integral to agriculture production, is undergoing some significant developments. Bees of course help plants reproduce thanks to their help in the pollination process. And at this time of year, many commercial beekeepers are preparing to go to California soon to help…

US president Trump impeached – What steps will follow?

US president Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in a near party-line vote Wednesday. What comes next is a trial in the Senate early next year that…

Iceland: Seven spiders found in grapes from the US since November

A spokesperson from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History has stated that seven spiders of different species -not native to Iceland- have been found in American grapes…

Victoria braces for record heat

The Bureau of Meteorology expects Victoria to experience the worst of the currents heatwave, with Swan Hill and Mildura in the state's north likely to reach 47oCelsius. Mildura could break Victoria's heat record for a December day. How hot will it get?In Melbourne, the Bureau of Meteorology says temperatures in the CBD are…

Denmark issued two alerts after detecting chlorpyrifos in Spanish clementines

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has reported two alerts issued by the Danish authorities on December 16 and 18, after having detected the presence of…

APHIS 2019 accomplishments

Supporting American producers and protecting US agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is celebrating the agency’s many successful efforts over the past year. “It’s been a challenging but productive year, with our dedicated employees working tirelessly to meet our mission of protecting American…

AirJet Vision™ for cherries is released

AirJet Vision™, GP Graders’ new vision electronics has proved its value this cherry season. With six cherry lines operating with the new software platform, AirJet Vision™ has…

Chennai - India

210 kg of marijuana found among shipment sweet potatoes

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has reported the seizure of 210 kg of marijuana  in Chennai on Tuesday. The drug was packed along with sweet potatoes and polythene covers in…

EU agri-food trade surplus - record levels in September 2019

September 2019 saw the EU record its largest ever monthly surplus in agri-food trade, coming to a total value of €3.7 billion. The surplus was recorded following a rise in both the monthly export and import values of agri-food products. The EU agri-food exports rose to €13.06 billion in September 2019,…

10 miles north of Adelaide - South Australia

Fruit fly outbreak declared in Blair Athol

Authorities have confirmed the outbreak in a backyard apricot tree on 16 December and have begun an eradication program to eliminate fruit flies from the area and nearby surrounds, ensuring the pest does not spread. Nick Secomb from Primary Industries: “I commend the resident for reporting the suspect…

Zimbabwe: Meikles Ltd. goes into power generation

Zimbabwean based company group Meikles Limited has unveiled plans to venture into power generation and intends to use part of the US$20 million proceeds from the proposed…

WP Rawl helps place over 21,000 wreaths for fallen military heroes

WP Rawl, the grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens, honored fallen military heroes this holiday season by its annual participation in Wreaths Across Americas’ Honor Fleet. Each year National Wreaths Across America Day takes place in over 1,600 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad continuing…

Town of Rosyth in an unexpected Christmassy mood

Thousands of Brussels sprouts spill all over Scottish road

As mountains of Brussels sprouts spilt all over a Rosyth roundabout, police were called to the scene.  In Admiralty Road in Rosyth, Fife, at around 10.45am on Monday, a trailer overturned, shedding its load everywhere. South West Fife police tweeted: ‘Please avoid the area if possible. Traffic and #Christmas dinners…

AU$110,000 bid at Perth Market City charity cherry auction

Well-established rivalries spurred on the bidding towards a record-breaking top price of AU$110,000 for a box of first-season cherries at the 27th annual Market City Charity Cherry Auction earlier this month. Tony Galati of Galati Group, John Ale of Tony Ale and Co and Fred Fairthorne of Farmer Jack's…

'Christmas special'

Marks & Spencer offers half-a-tonne of Brussels sprouts for 40p

Many people couldn't believe their eyes when they saw Marks & Spencer was offering half a tonne of Brussels sprouts for just 40p. That amount of vegetables  -the equivalent of 50,000 sprouts- would be enough to feed the entire British armed forces at Christmas. Of course, the incredible Christmas deal was too…

UK factories suffer worst quarter since 2009

British Pound drops amid Brexit fears

Britain’s factory sector has suffered its worst quarter since the financial crisis, as Brexit uncertainty hurts the sector. The CBI has reported that output volumes fell in the three months to December, at the fastest pace since the financial crisis, with output expanding in only six out of 17…

Biosecurity New Zealand

Fresh cucurbit species imports suspended after discovery of fruit disease

Biosecurity New Zealand has suspended fresh melon imports from Queensland after an unwanted fruit disease was detected at the border. The department says routine testing on…

"Final report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fresh avocados from Chile"

Biosecurity risks of Chilean avocado imports into Australia analyzed

The Australian Department of Agriculture has considered the biosecurity risks for Australia associated with the importation of commercially produced fresh avocado fruit for human consumption from Chile. Currently, the importation of fresh avocado fruit for human consumption is permitted into Australia…

As Shanghai Neuhof former general manager is in jail

Chinese importer seeks delay in Zespri case

The Chinese importer that is trying to sue Zespri for $25 million, wants a trial held off until 2021 because its lead witness remains in a Chinese jail. Shanghai Neuhof first…

USDA - Vietnam Retail

Vietnam’s modern retail food sector continues to evolve in 2019

Vietnam’s modern retail foods sector has grown steadily over the past three years and continues to evolve in 2019. Strong economic growth, increasing foreign investment, benefits from free trade agreements (FTAs), a growing middle class with higher disposable income, rapid urbanization, and heightened…

Samurai wasp solution identified for destructive fruit bug in Switzerland

Swiss fruit farmers are turning to the Samurai wasp to preserve their crops from a destructive pest that has caused more than CHF3 million ($3 million) of damage this year.…

USMCA will be major issue for Florida blueberry growers

Currently, every nickel counts for American blueberry growers, and that’s likely to be even more true in light of President Donald Trump’s latest trade deal. On Tuesday, House Democrats reached consensus on supporting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a modern renegotiation of the North American…

Trump signs off on tentative China trade deal agreement

US president Trump has signed off on an initial trade agreement with China that would avoid imminent US tariffs and reduce the rates of existing duties in exchange for a…

National Farmers’ Union asks for adequate funding

Farmers warn of long-term impacts from ‘unprecedented’ flood damage in UK

As reported by the NFU, the long-term effects of the flooding which has affected farmers across the country, but particularly in the East Midlands and North East, are still to be fully felt. The most recent flooding saw more than 80 hectares of land owned by Beeswax Dyson in Lincolnshire flooded after…

Strengthening direct sourcing of fresh produce

Walmart India and Flipkart announce joint investment in Bengaluru start-up 'Ninjacart'

Walmart and Flipkart have announced a joint strategic investment in Bengaluru-based fresh produce supply chain company Ninjacart. The partnership will help Walmart and Flipkart strengthen direct sourcing of fresh produce for Walmart India’s Best Price B2B cash-and-carry stores and Flipkart’s online…

Quarter of UK shoppers don't trust organic label

A new survey has found that over a quarter of UK shoppers say they are “not confident at all” that food labelled as organic has been produced under organic farming methods. While shoppers do have more ethical considerations when shopping, there is apparently a deep suspicion over the labelling of ethical…

Encourage customers to buy brand goods

Survey shows how brands can stand out from private labels to consumers

With the increasing price sensitivity of German consumers, private labels continue to gain in importance in the food industry and the question arises as to how brands can convince customers to buy their brand products. A new consumer survey* by Degusta Box shows that, in addition to taste, quality and trust,…

“As a symbol of prosperity”

Date palm listed by UNESCO

The date palm, which was recognised by UNESCO on Wednesday, has for centuries played an important role in the establishment and growth of civilisations in the hot and dry regions of the Arab world. Now date palm-related knowledge, traditions and practices have been inscribed on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of…

Brexit: Free trade deals will not offset UK leaving the EU

According to a BBC Newsnight analysis, post-Brexit trade deals will not make up for the economic damage inflicted on the UK from leaving the EU. Independent trade experts from…

Meanwhile, in Grapefruit County...

Truck spills grapefruit on turnpike ramp Orange County, California

A truck spilled its cargo of grapefruit on an interchange last Wednesday afternoon in Orange County. The incident was reported on the ramp linking Florida’s Turnpike and West Colonial Drive in Ocoee. Skywitness 9 saw crews using pushing the citrus toward the shoulder of the road. Source: wftv.com

Program will potentially severely reduce spread of the pest

Airborne release of sterile fruit flies to disrupts Australian wild pest populations

A team of Australian scientists has invested countless hours ensuring sterile fruit flies are fit and attractive to native flies, encouraging them to ‘mate’ without producing offspring, limiting the spread of wild Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) populations. The SITPlus program is a national long-term…

CeraTrap® attracts mostly female fruit flies of 4 main species and employs a 100% biological mass trapping technique

South Africa: new fruit fly trap and bait, very effective against Oriental fruit fly

CeraTrap® has just been registered in South Africa for control of four fruit fly species, including Bactrocera dorsalis (Oriental fruit fly), on table grapes, stonefruit, pomefruit and citrus. It employs a mass trapping technique with a trap filled with a hydrolysed protein attractant. The fruit flies are…

Oregon State University researchers to pit parasitic wasp against fruit fly

Oregon State University researchers have found a parasitic wasp that has shown tremendous potential for attacking and controlling spotted wing drosophila, the destructive…

UK ports preparing to host EU customs checks

The shipping industry is drawing up plans for EU border checks in Britain for trade bound for Northern Ireland. The BBC has learned that freight could be diverted through ports with space for inspections such as Liverpool and Stranraer, despite the government denying checks will be necessary. Customs…

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

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

Local distributor helping ATV Farms after a devastating fire

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

State's crisis deepens

Australia: New drought declarations across eight Queensland regions

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

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

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

For fears of another fruit fly outbreak

Australia: Tons of hail-damaged Riverland fruit mulched

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

Rwandan officals stress importance of cooperation with China on Juncao technology

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

From seed to ‘toilet plant’

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

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

p2raumdesign presents cold vapour system for fresh products at ExpoSE

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

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

Federal government grant

Australian project will explore alternative avocado pollinators

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

New leadership for Feltracon

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

Watermelon spill causes traffic chaos

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

After onion prices went through the roof

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

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

South African citrus growers dispute claims of ‘Spanish fines’

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

Many measures to tackle the brown marmorated stink bug problem

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

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

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

Record rainfall, but Costa Blanca escapes worst of storm

Spanish Mediterranean hit by heavy rain and wind

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

Pound surges to two-year high against the euro

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

Troubles ahead for Egypt as Ethiopia pushes Blue Nile dam

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


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