Miscellaneous

Food boxes including onions for north Minneapolis citizens, sent by Trump?

Earlier this week, a Reddit user posted this: “My whole neighborhood in north Minneapolis got these food boxes”. The statement was accompanied by a picture showing a gallon of milk, a bag of onions, some sour cream, and a folded letter from the White House. It seemed to be a gift sent by president Donald…

Israel-based start-up reduces South African water usage

Founded in 2012 and officially launching in 2015, SupPlant uses a hardware-software solution in order to achieve an increase in crop yield and reduce water usage. Start-up…

Blueberry breeding company Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc.

Fall Creek transitions leadership positions

A press release from blueberry breeding company Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. explains that Oscar Verges has been promoted to co-CEO of and Amelie Brazelton Aust has been…

New Zealand: Plea for Central Otago citizens to plug labour gap

Desperate employers are struggling to get New Zealand private citizens to fill jobs, with about 9000 advertised in the region this summer. People in Central Otago are also…

Senegal’s locust harvester fights locust invasion ecologically

A means to fight locust invasions ecologically has just been developed in Senegal. The prototype of the “locust harvester” was presented on October 17th, 2020 in the capital…

Research to combat Huanglongbing

​USDA-NIFA tackles harmful citrus disease with $45 million in research grants

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded 12 grants totaling over $45 million for research to combat Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as…

New price war is looming in Spanish supermarkets

Due to the deterioration of the economy as a result of the pandemic and its impact on consumption, a new price war between supermarket chains is now looming. This has been…

Netafim™ developed NetBow™

New multi-point drip-irrigation arch for berry cultivation

Netafim™  has developed NetBow™, a multi-point drip irrigation solution that is specially designed to water crops in pots and containers, minimizing the water stress of the plant…

PMA virtual town hall on diversity and inclusion in the workplace

"There is no quick fix; the real fix has to be long-term"

The topic of diversity and inclusion has been previously addressed at PMA’s virtual town hall series and to emphasize the importance and gravity of the topic, PMA readdressed it in this week’s virtual town hall. Since the first town hall discussion on the topics, PMA’s Center for Growing Talent has taken…

€39.6 million for Corona problems

Commission approves Greek scheme to support certain vegetable producers

The European Commission has approved a €39.6 million Greek scheme to support producers of certain vegetables who were troubled by the side effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.…

Destructive plant pests detected at Philadelphia ports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Wilmington recently intercepted two destructive insect pests – an Ochrostomus sp., commonly known as a seed bug,…

Australia: Ongoing development through Northern Territory agricultural land releases

The Northern Territory Labor government is intent on creating long term local jobs and diversifying the territory’s economy. Experts claim that agricultural development will…

EU ministers agree on 'starting point' for common agricultural policy

Agricultural ministers from EU member states agreed on a post-2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) early Wednesday morning. The intention is to further more environmentally friendly farming practices. Ministers were meeting in Luxembourg until early Wednesday morning in a special agricultural and…

Pacific Minister Alex Hawke: 'Labour programs are critical for agriculture'

Pacific nations restart farm labour scheme

Australia is facing an estimated farm labour shortage of 26,000 workers. Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu and East Timor…

Message from the ACP/HLB San Joaquin Valley Task Force:

‘Now is the time to act against increased Asian citrus psyllid’

The ACP/HLB San Joaquin Valley Task Force has sent out a message to the San Joaquin Valley citrus growers. "To all Citrus Growers in the San Joaquin Valley, The ACP/HLB San…

ODDBOX expansion plans bear fruit with PODFather

ODDBOX is a British food-waste-fighting fruit & veg box subscription service. It has recently selected PODFather’s fleet management and electronic proof of delivery solution to optimise plans across its rapidly expanding operation. With a fleet of 50 vehicles operating, he ODDBOX team is currently…

Del Monte Kenya Ltd

Del Monte fight for Thika land to proceed in court

A battle for thousands of acres of prime land held by American multinational firm Del Monte Kenya Ltd will continue in court after Del Monte and the Kiambu County Government…

Chile’s PTEC program develops 9 projects for blueberries, kiwis, raspberries, pests, and climate

The ‘Technological Development for the Farming of Fruit for Export that Solves Technological Challenges in the Territory Between the Maule Region and the Los Lagos Region’…

Heinie du Toit – Agri Western Cape vice-president

“We have to remain committed to dialogue to keep the door open to government”

The cool springtime, after a Cape winter with normal rainfall, has resulted in ideal flowering, long and synchronous, in the apple and pear orchards of Heinie du Toit’s farm Remhoogte outside Ceres. Flowering apple orchards; note the bee hive (photos supplied by Heinie du Toit) “A longer flowering period…

New Dubai café for avocado enthusiasts

Avocados are so popular around the world that in certain parts of South America, there are gangs dedicated to protecting them. The fruit has become an entity in itself, with memes, clothing, and even songs dedicated to it. It’s no surprise then, that Dubai has hopped on the bandwagon, announcing the…

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention postponed until 2022

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC), held annually in Niagara Falls, has announced the cancellation of next year’s event. The convention will be postponed until…

Kenya: Thika-based juice maker Del Monte to increase female workforce

Thika-based juice maker Del Monte Limited has announced plans to increase its female workforce. In the next four years, the company intends to increase the workforce to…

UK MP Michael Gove:

'The door is "still ajar" for talks with the EU'

According to British MP Michael Gove, the door is "still ajar" for talks with the EU over a post-Brexit trade deal. But only if it moves ground in key areas. Gove said the EU…

LuLu launches Amazing Asean Festival

Retailer LuLu unveiled its week-long food festival “Amazing Asean: Discover the Flavors of Asia”, which brings the diverse product offerings of Asian countries in one place.…

Jammu and Kashmir, India

Post-harvest management of apples finally being modernized

Fruit culture is an important industry in the economy of Jammu and Kashmir. The total production of apples in Jammu and Kashmir is approximately 1.9 mln tons an area of…

Canterbury, New Zealand

Asparagus grower must pay $50,000 in owed wages to workers

A Canterbury asparagus grower's been ordered to pay nearly $50,000 for underpaying staff. Christopher Gray of Motukarara Asparagus was ordered to repay 13 pickers for unlawful…

Brexit negotiations

EU leaders call for UK trade talks to continue

EU leaders have called for post-Brexit trade talks to continue beyond the end of the week. At a two-day summit in Brussels, they called on the UK to ‘make the necessary moves’…

New Zealand border:

Live fruit fly larvae found in watermelon from Tonga

Imports of watermelon from Tonga have been suspended after live fruit fly larvae were detected at the New Zealand border. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said the…

USDA

China sets new MRLs for 187 pesticides

Op 17 September 2020, China announced 1,673 Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for 187 pesticides. That was to the World Trade Organization as G/SPS/N/CHN/1172. The MRLs cover an…

Italy will allow entry to 18,000 non-EU seasonal farmhands

A decree by the Italian Interior Ministry will make it possible for 18,000 non-EU seasonal workers to enter the country. Requests for laborers can be sent online via the…

Leone Moressa Foundation study:

Immigrant labor helps Italian economy a lot

A study by the Leone Moressa Foundation has claimed that immigrants provide a net benefit to the economy of €500 million per year. Foreign workers in Italy produce 9.5 percent…

All personnel accounted for after fire at North Okanagan garlic farm

The Enderby Fire Department was called to a structure fire at a garlic farm north of the city toward Grindrod last Sunday. Upon arrival, a tarp-covered structure on the…

Swedish supermarket wants to reward shoppers who buy fruit and vegetables

The Swedish supermarket chain, Hemköp, has come up with a new idea. They want to give shoppers who buy vegetarian products more bonus points than those who buy meat. Managing…

Tasmania notes second fruit fly detection in 2020

A Queensland fruit fly larvae has been detected in a passionfruit bought from a Launceston supermarket. It is Tasmania's second detection in 2020 after a single adult male…

Zambia sprays 10,000 hectares to contain locusts

Up until this time, Zambia has sprayed about 10,000 hectares of land as part of efforts to control the African Migratory Locusts which have broken out in some provinces.…

Group of elephants destroys crops on Mozambique-South African border

A group of 15 elephants has swamped a piece of land, destroying crops in a community in southern Mozambique. The animals have been roaming around for some time through Mahele,…

Including Boeing airplanes, ketchup and citrus fruit

EU can tariff $4 billion worth of US products each year

Yesterday, the World Trade Organization said it will allow the European Union to impose tariffs on up to $4 billion worth of US goods. This is the most recent development in a…

UK and Ukraine sign post-Brexit free trade deal

On October 8, the UK and Ukraine have signed a Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the agreement as proof that Britain was Ukraine’s “most fervent supporter.” It marks a new chapter in UK-Ukraine relations and includes an ambitious free trade…

But two weeks of quarantine mandated

Australia: Second planeload of Vanuatu workers has arrived

A second contingent of mango workers from Vanuatu has arrived in Darwin, Australia. Another 160 seasonal workers will arrive on a NT Farmers' charter flight just as the…

UN predicts November swarms

Kenya braces itself for second wave of desert locusts

After already being struck by a locust swarm earlier this year, Kenya expects to face a second wave of desert locusts in November. The United Nations Food and Agriculture…

French European Affairs minister Clement Beaune:

“Brexit deal needs to be done by start of November”

Last weekend, France’s European affairs minister Clement Beaune stated that the European Union and Britain must reach an agreement on their post-Brexit ties by the start of…

Large amounts of state-owned land made available and land expropriation bill put before parliament

South African land reform goes into higher gear

Yesterday the South African government gazetted a new expropriation bill to replace the apartheid-era Expropriation Bill of 1975. The new bill opens the space for expropriation in service of land reform – up until now land was expropriated only for the purposes of transport or public works development,…

Appreciation of the food and agriculture sector increases, following years of decline

Public appreciation of the food and agriculture sector is greater in 2020 than it was two years ago. This applies to all sub-sectors, apart from pig farming, which is held in…

Pakistan exporters see 800% hike in phyto-certificate fee

Pakistan’s Federal Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) has increased the fee for issuance of phyto-certificate exorbitantly for the export consignments.…

McDonald's, ANO API and ANO ARCHK DVA

McDonald's invests half a billion rubles in development in the Far East of Russia

Last week, McDonald's, the Far East Agency for Attracting Investments and Export Support (ANO API), and the Agency for the Development of Human Capital in the Far East and the Arctic (ANO ARCHK DVA), signed agreements of intent aimed at developing public catering network enterprises in Far Eastern…

Oregon farmer baffles TikTokers who don’t know how agriculture works in the US

Owyhee Produce CEO Shay Myers has surprised TikTok users with a Q&A video on onion storage, talking about the ins and outs of North American agriculture. Myers has been sharing TikTok videos since October of last year, attracting more than 190,200 followers on the app. “Many people don’t realize where or…

Jammu & Kashmir administration urged to ensure revival of horticulture sector

CPI leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has urged the Jammu and Kashmir administration to take immediate steps to ensure the revival of horticulture sector in the region. Yousuf…

Burdekin region of Australia

North Queenslander fined $65,000 over worker death linked to heat stress

An Australian watermelon grower has been fined $65,000 in connection to the death of a backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region.…

Ethiopia faces critical shortage of spraying aircraft to combat locusts

The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture has issued a statement saying it needs more additional aircraft to spray the fields in the face of the fast spreading desert locust…

Hurricane Delta - Update on US Gulf Ports

Hurricane Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds are likely beginning today. This is particularly true for portions of the Louisiana coast. Storm Surge and Hurricane Warnings are in effect. View the latest details regarding…

Ocean Spray CEO responds to TikTok "Dreams" meme

The CEO of fruit juice company Ocean Spray has responded to a popular TikTok meme that combines the classic Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams” with goodness of cranberry juice. According to a BBC report, the meme has also boosted interest in both Ocean Spray and Fleetwood Mac, catapulting 1977’s “Dreams” to its…

Island of Corsica

France flies in Moroccan workers to pick fruit

This week, hundreds of Moroccan workers will be airlifted to Corsica as the French island races to save its clementine harvest in the face of COVID restrictions. As the EU’s…

First spring rains over South Africa disrupt veg supply, but excellent for a promising mango crop

Sweet potato prices 168% up on last year

The start of the summer rainfall season and accompanying cool weather have had an impact on the vegetable market: lower potato volumes on the wholesale markets have supported a high price of around R70 per (4.17 euros) per 10kg (the possibility of consumer resistance starts cropping up at this price…

Dry-misting in vegetable aisle

A North American fruit and vegetable trader uses dry-misting. Nate Montgomery shared a clip on social media recently. It shows an assortment of fruit and vegetables where this technique is employed. Nate says he was in an 'amusement park'. "It was raining but still beautiful. I sell large quantities of fruit and vegetables. But…

Getting creative with face masks

De Lange Puur Natuur shared images of these creative fruit and vegetable masks on Facebook. 

In a bid to enhance food safety

Thailand rolls out agricultural produce traceability system

Earlier this week, Thailand's Ministry of Commerce unveiled a new tracing system to allow buyers to inspect the source of seedlings, cultivation and manufacturing process,…

South African growers relieved by lowering fuel prices

A reduction in the prices of fuel is a relief to South African growers, who have their planting scheduled in about a week’s time; planting of summer crops will begin in the…

Spotted Lanternfly found in Mineral County, West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has confirmed that a second population of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly has been found near Ridgeley. The WVDA collected a…

New Zealand kiwifruit industry 'totally committed' to protecting migrant workers

Tauranga man faces migrant exploitation charges

A joint investigation by Immigration New Zealand, supported by New Zealand Police and the Labour Inspectorate, was launched in July after Zespri alerted authorities to…

Fresh produce knowledge club starts up

The start-up of the Dutch Fresh Produce Knowledge Club was announced on Monday 5 October. This new initiative by Nic Jooste focuses mainly on connecting the new generation of fresh produce employees with the experienced people who were instrumental in turning the Dutch fresh produce industry into a major…

Outrage at gruesome farm murders reaches crescendo

Yesterday’s protests at the bail hearings for the suspects in the murder of a young Free State farm foreman took a violent turn when some in the crowd attacked a police vehicle and stormed the police station to get to the two suspects in the holding cells.  The killing of the farm manager last Friday on the…

New Zealand government rejects calls for fruit pickers to be let into the country, for now

Growers around New Zealand are currently facing a tremendous crisis. Usually, about 14,000 workers come in to the country to work the apple season, taking part in the…

Australian melon industry releases videos to improve biosecurity

The Australian melon industry has released three videos explaining in simple terms the easy steps travellers can take to make sure they don't unwittingly take pests or…

Yarnton, Oxfordshire

UK woman finds duck shaped tomato

A woman from Yarnton has found a duck-shaped tomato in her garden. She alleged that it tasted ‘no different’ to a normal one. Juli Cohen sent photos of her find to the Oxford…

Prince Charles: ‘Pakistani mangoes are very tasty'

The Prince of Wales, described a shipment of Pakistani mangoes as “very tasty” and thanked President Arif Alvi for sending him the gift. In a letter, Prince Charles addressed…

Seasonal climate outlook for vegetable growing regions (October - December 2020)

Australia: It will be a wet end to 2020

Experts say that an already challenging 2020 will end wetter than average for most regions. This will allow regions still suffering from water shortages to start to recover. However, rainfall events may cause disruption to farm operations.  Some regions might face warmer days, increasing crop water requirements.…

Funding for horticulture exports and seasonal workforce measures announced in Federal Budget 2020-21

The Australian Federal Government will invest $328 million to grow the nation's food and fibre exports, as part of the 2020 Budget, announced on Tuesday night. Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, says it is part of the Economic Recovery Plan, aimed at driving jobs and economic growth, cementing…

Michigan cherry growers are eligible for second CFAP round

For the first time, Michigan cherry growers will be able to access direct payments from the updated Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Apple and cherry grower Isaiah Wunsch…

Osijek, Croatia

Authorities invite tenders for construction of regional fruit and veg distribution centre

The construction of a €12 million regional fruit and vegetable distribution centre near Osijek will start soon, and local authorities have announced that an advertisement…

Saudi officials have not replied yet

Maersk warns clients over Saudi embargo on Turkey

Container ship and supply vessel operator Maersk has warned its customers that goods exported to Saudi Arabia from Turkey are very likely to be barred from entry, The…

Australia: Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme gets top-up

Australia’s federal government has committed $50 million to top-up a drought rebate scheme. The scheme ran out of money 18 months early. Drought-affected farmers who invest in…

20% of Spanish fruit and vegetable companies are at high risk of default

According to data published by Insight View, Iberinform's advanced analytics service, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fruit and vegetable sector has led to an increase in the number of Spanish companies that are at risk of default. Specifically, 19% of industrial companies devoted to the…

Nottinghamshire, UK

Shelton farm grows pink pumpkins to support breast cancer research

A pumpkin patch in Shelton is sporting pink pumpkins as a statement. Jamie Jones of the Jones Family Farm likes to talk about pumpkins: “The different shapes, sizes, colors, they’re really just a very exciting crop as a farmer.” But one gourd’s color is downright gorgeous. This pink-hued pumpkin turns…

Polifilm-Ultra®

Sheet coverings popular everywhere thanks to farmers' feedback

"The Polifilm-Ultra® sheets are proving to be successful not only in Europe, but also on other continents, such as America, where orders are constantly being placed. These roofing systems are a success thanks to their innovative characteristics, but above all, thanks to the stories of the many farmers…

Chinese "fruit and vegetable" sports competition opens with festive ceremony

The No. 1 Primary School of Wuning in Dongyang City organized a festive ceremony in the school yard in the morning of September 28, 2020. The festive ceremony officially…

Food wholesalers and fruit & vegetables providores affected

Cruise Suppliers Advisory Group points out effects of Corona on business

In normal times, Select Fresh Providores would supply fruit and vegetables to all the major cruise lines in the peak season: P&O Cruises, Carnival, Princess, Norwegian Cruise…

Updates regarding EU plant protection product approvals

The European Commission (EC) has recently issued notifications of the change of plant protection product (PPPs) approval status within the European Union (UE). Of particular…

How to solve New Zealand’s seasonal labor shortage

The new season for New Zealand’s horticulture and wine growing industry has arrived. It is worth an estimated $9.5 billion to the country’s economy. Over the past decade, strong growth in export markets has led to widespread expansion of areas under planting and a shift towards more productive,…

‘We had 20 percent of our annual rainfall in five days’

Norfolk, UK: Growers concerned about rainfall

An exceptionally wet start to the autumn has thwarted farming operations across Norfolk, prompting concerns over the potato crops. Storms and heavy rain have left farmers dealing with issues including fallen trees, flooding and soil erosion. The wind, gusting up to 70mph, also caused havoc for fruit…

First-generation free trade agreement between Colombia and Israel

The long-awaited free trade agreement between Colombia and Israel has finally come into force. The negotiation process began in March 2012 and the FTA was signed in September…

Potential second drought is coming nearer

New Zealand: Northland dams become increasingly important

According to Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust, the potential for a second drought in Northland shows the vital importance of large-scale dams. The trust was formed this year to help progress water storage projects, helped along with $70 million in Provincial Growth Funding. Work is expected to start this month…

Dole NZ and MG Marketing launch the "Good Bunch" programme

MG, New Zealand’s leading wholesale grower-cooperative, and Dole, one of the world's largest producer of fruit, have joined forces to deliver a national initiative. The…

Fairtrade launches consultation on living wages for banana workers

Fairtrade International launched a public consultation on a model to enable banana plantation workers to earn a Living Wage. The organization invited all relevant…

Italian Trade Agency attempts to boost trade with Ghana

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) is an agency under the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It has rolled out a series of initiatives to boost…

Beautiful Japanese fruit carvings

While Japan's import needs may lead to high fruit prices, it is a fact that vendors throughout the country offer only the best for sale. Fruit parlour Sun Fleur has uploaded a series of videos on YouTube on how to create beautiful carvings from everyday fruit. First up, they work their sculpting magic on…

CMA CGM group cyberattack updates

On the 29th of September, the CMA CGM group, interrupted all internal access to its network and computer application in order to isolate the malware and take protective…

Despite current low dam levels

South African growers upbeat about spring rain

The average level of many public and farm dams are currently still declining across much of South Africa’s summer rainfall region. Still, agricultural players in these areas remain hopeful that forecasts for average to above-average rainfall during the 2020/2021 summer will replenish the much-needed…

New fly threatens Kenyan horti exports to the European Union

The Kenyan horticulture sector is on high alert following the discovery of a new pest that threatens the nation’s fresh produce exports. A fruit fly commonly called the…

Marilyn Monroe once wore a potato sack as a dress

Film star Marilyn Monroe once modeled a dress made from a potato sack promoting the city of Twin Falls. In 1951, she modeled in a potato sack dress, with the city of Twin Falls clearly represented across the stomach area of the dress. The rumor is that the request was made by her manager. Apparently, a comment…

Trends, figures, facts and the coronavirus in the German fruit and vegetable trade

"Have we arrived at the New Normal yet?"

The corona virus has a significant impact on one of the core elements of human social behavior: food. COVID moves all humans, world-wide: "Corona goes to our heart", says Hanni Rützler, food trend researcher at futurefoodstudio. In the area of food supplies, a lot has become clear in the last months:…

Dole Philippines Inc lays off 500 workers

Some 500 workers of Dole Philippines Inc., a fruit processing firm in Polomolok, South Cotabato, have lost their jobs. The company implemented a retrenchment program due to…

Canada: BC Tree Fruits head office in Okanagan for sale

On September 24th, the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative confirmed the historic building currently serving as the cooperative’s head office, will be sold. According to the company…

Davao del Norte

Philippines: Farmer-scientist warns against ‘fake banana control agents'

A farmer-cum-scientist from Davao del Norte province has warned banana growers on the proliferation of fake biological control agents used as a solution to combat Fusarium…

Irish Gardaí seize 50 kilos of cocaine hidden in fruit container

In Ireland, Gardaí have seized 50 kilos worth of cocaine -with an estimated street value of €3.5 million- following a major surveillance operation. The truck driver, believed…

Think tank criticizes inefficiency & inequality of Moroccan water management policies

A statement from the Moroccan institute for policy analysis (MIPA) denounces past and present water management policies in Morocco. The document, titled "Water policies for…

Australia and New Zealand taking seasonal measures against stink bug

Australia and New Zealand have revised their biosecurity requirements and seasonal measures ahead of the 2020/21 Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs risk season. The regulatory…

Hydrogen cyanamide or 'Hi-Cane'

Kiwifruit industry warns of effects if officials ban controversial chemical

New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry employs 3000 growers and 25,000 workers. It's a massive earner for New Zealand - almost $2 billion last year. But now there are concerns about…

Cannabis smuggled in vegetable bags

Papua New Guinea: K260,000 worth of drugs found in vegetable shipment

More than 17kg of marijuana with an estimated street value of K260,000 was confiscated at a private wharf at Motukea in Port Moresby last Saturday. The drugs were shipped into…

Migrant workers speak out from Spain's 'Plastic Sea'

It is the end of another day for Hassan, a migrant worker from Morocco who has spent the past 12 hours under a sweltering late summer sun harvesting vegetables in one of the…

How are plastic items made?

Plastic. We want to get rid of it, but it's not that easy yet. Everyone uses plastic items at home or in the office. But how are these made? Like this.

A peek into a traditional Syrian soap factory

This video shows how soap is traditionally made in Syria. The soap consists of olive oil, laurel oil, water, and lye. These ingredients are boiled for no less than three days. The mixture is spread out, cut, and stacked. The drying process can take up to nine months. It must smell wonderful in there.

ALDI survey provides the answers

How important is the issue of food waste to Germans?

On the occasion of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture's (BMEL) first nationwide campaign week for intensified food value estimation -running from 22 to 29 September- a survey on behalf of ALDI shows that Germans are concerned about food waste. The survey shows that practically everyone (95 per…

Pharr and Hidalgo International Bridges

CBP Field Operations seizes over $4.5 Million in hard narcotics concealed in produce truck

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility thwarted a smuggling attempt of alleged cocaine and methamphetamine worth $4,046,000 in a commercial shipment of fresh produce arriving from Mexico. CBP Field Operations also seized…

Tanzania: 80,000-ton storage project to curb post-harvest losses

Seventeen crop storage schemes with a capacity of over 80,000 tons at ten different locations in Tanzania are being built to reduce post-harvest losses estimated US$1.8…

Namibian government needs N$30 million to combat locusts

The Namibian government needs an estimated N$30 million (€1.5 mln) to contain the locust outbreak in the Zambezi region. The outbreak of the African migratory red locust was…

Problems cutting your pineapples? Watch this life hack.

Pineapples, though very tasty, can be kind of a pain to cut. But there is hope. Check out this life hack on how you can break down a pineapple ... without even getting out a…

Sustainable MacFries Fund

McDonald's issues grant to boost sustainability of UK potato growers

UK potato growers who are suppliers to McDonald's will receive £1 million in grants to help boost soil quality and optimise water management. This essentially is the launch of…

Staff Graphic / Michael Fisher

Severe threat to crops and groundwater supplies

Drought intensifies in Maine

At this point in time, parts of Maine’s York and Cumberland counties are experiencing extreme drought conditions after months of unusually warm and dry weather. The drought is threatening fall crops and causing record-low river levels and scattered reports of dry wells. Also, the drought is fueling concerns about groundwater…

Kenyan drugs squad arrests six people

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: Attempt at exporting vegetable cartons with drugs in them

Kenyan security officers seized 150 cartons that arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), ready to be exported. The boxes contained french beans and eggplants…

Total Grey nets with a zero environmental impact

The Santa Giustina lake and the Non Valley provide the scenic backdrop to the Osvaldo Seppi apple orchard in Sanzeno (Trento). The orchard covers around 1 hectare and is dedicated to the Tessa® brand part of the Fengapi variety, fruit of a crossbreed between Gala and Cripps Pink. This club variety is…

Photo report: 10th German Fruit & Vegetable Congress

"After 1,000 video conferences, we are finally seeing real people today"

The day before yesterday, the tenth edition of the German Fruit & Vegetable Congress took place in Düsseldorf - although it was somewhat different from what was planned when the date of the event was announced in September 2019. The organizing team from GS1 Germany GmbH, AMI - Agrarmarkt…

Horticulture helps New Zealand's primary sector exports and jobs rise despite challenging year

New Zealand’s primary sector exports and jobs are up again amid the COVID-19 global pandemic and US-China trade war, which supports the country's economic recovery, according…

NCA

Ton of cocaine found hidden in fruit shipment at Port of Dover

Two men have been arrested after around a ton of cocaine concealed within a load of fruit was seized Dover. The discovery was made in the early hours of yesterday morning by specialist Border Force search teams. The cocaine, with a street value of approximately £100m has been found hidden in a shipment…

South Africa: R50 million drought aid for Eastern Cape

A national water affairs department statement has made clear that a R50 million (€2.6 mln) drought intervention package will be spent on water tanks and tanker-trucks for the…

Droughtproofing and major water projects key issues for Queensland growers

The Granite Belt in southern Queensland produces around $300 million worth of fruit and vegetables each year, and is the second-largest apple growing region in the country. The region also produces half of Australia's strawberries and more than half of the eastern seaboard's tomatoes every summer.…

Danish shipping giant to transport ocean cargo between nations Maersk

Maersk to ship cargo between UAE and Israel

Earlier this month Israel and the UAE signed an historic agreement to normalise relations, marking a big development in economic collaboration and ending a ban on trade…

Market seller demonstrates how to cut a pineapple!

Seeing and smelling is selling, as this pineapple seller at the market knows. In this video he shows off his pineapple cutting skills. Put them to good use!  

South Africa

Woolworths stops doing business with fruit and veg supplier owned by controversial KwaSizabantu organisation

KwaSizabantu is a Christian mission founded in 1970.  In a series of News24 reports –supported by accounts from victims–  information surfaced that some church members suffered physical,…

"It is becoming more and more important for fruit growers to be able to grade their fruit correctly"

New fruit and vegetable grading technology headed to the Australian market

A packaging and processing company that is bringing a new fruit and vegetable grader to the Australian market says it has received a phenomenal response from local growing and packing companies. Auspouch is in partnership with Italian company Zetapack, which is supplying the machines and hopes to have…

Seasonal work visa available to more people

Visa changes will help ease New Zealand labour shortages

Changes to seasonal work visas have given New Zealand growers a lifeline for dealing with labour shortages. Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has stated that a Supplementary…

Ladbible

UK: Vegetable growing pensioner amasses 88,000 Twitter followers

Gerald Statford is a retired granddad with a passion for growing huge veg, but also a social media influencer, of sorts. The 71-year-old from Milton-under-Wychwood in the UK joined Twitter in February last year after some of his friends suggested it as a means of sharing gardening photos. But Gerald…

CNB

Singapore: $124,000 worth of drugs found in papaya shipment

About $124,000 worth of drugs was found hidden in a papaya shipment vehicle during an operation by Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) last Thursday. Eight men - five Singaporeans and three Malaysians - were arrested for suspected drug trafficking activities. Image: CNB A total of about 375g of…

Fewer damages in northern Italy

Brown marmorated stink bug offers some respite

A number of producers from Emilia Romagna as well as Michele Preti, a technician from Centro di Saggio ASTRA (Agency for technological experimentation and environmental research) reported that, although the problem has not been solved, it seems that the brown marmorated stink bug has offered some respite…

UK sees launch of first ‘medicinal’ mushroom beer

Mindful drinking consultant Zoey Henderson is due to launch a range of 0.5% AVB craft beers made with ‘medicinal’ mushrooms in the UK this month. The product is called Fungtn. It is a vegan and gluten free beer brand that includes an IPA brewed with Lion’s Mane mushrooms; a Citra Beer brewed with Reishi…

Dirk Garos and Paul O'Connor, Restrain:

"As CIPC deadline approaches, we have the best alternative available"

CIPC has been banned in the European Union since 1 January 2020. The expiry date for, among other things, the storage of potatoes with CIPC, among others, has been set for 8 October 2020. D-day is therefore fast approaching for the growers. Dirk Garos and Paul O'Connor from Restrain talk about the big…

Agri SA reorganisation ‘will address South Africa’s agri risks’

South Africa’s largest commercial farmers’ organisation, Agri SA, will be executing changes to its executive leadership. Christo van der Rheede, deputy executive director at…

South African Agricultural Research Council partakes in project

‘Southern Africa to be fruit fly free within three years’

South Africa’s Agricultural Research Council has joined forces with various institutions around the continent to eradicate fruit flies that cause major crop damage in Southern…

Alterra Ltd. raises $1.7 million for horti projects

Western Australian agribusiness developer Alterra Ltd, has raised $1.7 million in funding, following a placement to new investor, Emanuel Exports, as well as the existing…


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