Pastry chef makes an edible crate

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

Australia’s measures have remained strong against the pest

Biosecurity kicks up a stink bug

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

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

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

Oregon State University

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

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

The Netherlands

First brown marmorated stink bugs found in Limburg orchard

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

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

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

France: Emmanuel Macron meets with an Eco-responsible producer

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

Hermès presents bag collection made of real vegetables

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

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

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

HortNZ welcomes extension of SSE and Working Holiday Visas

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

Container, en route from Ecuador to Slovenia

Malta: Customs seizes 740 kg of cocaine in banana shipment

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

Magnet MED is the evolution of trapping for fruit fly biocontrol

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

Antonio Luengo, Councilor of Murcia:

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

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

Calavo Growers, Inc. announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Calavo Growers, Inc., a global avocado-industry leader and provider of value-added fresh food, today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended April 30,…

Dw.com

Working conditions often appalling

Cheap Asian workers abound on Portuguese farms

In the fields, greenhouses and vineyards near the central Portuguese town of Almeirim, migrant workers from Asia abound. Indians prune vines, Thais pick raspberries, Nepalese harvest broccoli destined for Britain and Pakistanis harvest sweet potatoes for France. According to estimates by civil rights…

CPB

From Mexico to US

$5.5 million worth of narcotics hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge and Otay Mesa cargo facilities have foiled three attempts to smuggle more than $5.5 million worth of narcotics into the US. The drugs were hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments from Mexico. A press release from U.S.…

Limoneira Company announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today…

European Commission clears Total Produce-Dole deal

Fresh produce company Total Produce said the European Commission has now granted its approval for the company's plan to combine with the Dole Food Company. In February, Total Produce announced the Dole Food Company deal and also said it would move its listings from Dublin and London to the US. In 2018,…

Morocco allows strawberry harvesters to come back from Huelva

Every year, thousands of Moroccan women travel across to Spain to help with the strawberry harvesting in the province of Huelva in southern Spain. This year, there were fears…

Bioplanet

Trissolcus basalis - useful insect against the southern green stink bug

Bioplanet has introduced to the market a new parasitoid insect that is the natural enemy of bugs - Trissolcus basalis. Over the past few years, talks have focused almost exclusively on the brown marmorated stink but and, in 2021 as well, Bioplanet has produced and released Anastatus bifasciatus on a…

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Man balancing on Swiss ball slicess 59 grapes to reclaim world record

A couple of men from Idaho, whose Guinness World Record for using a samurai sword to slice through grapes was defeated by another team, retook their record with a total 59. David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education, stood on a Swiss ball, wielding a samurai sword…

"The first two weeks of planting are the key to the success of any crop"

RS8, the revolutionary substrate of the Projar brand, has arrived on the market. It facilitates root evolution up to 50% faster, helping the development and growth of plants during transplantation. Strong and vigorous roots are the key to success behind a good growing strategy. To collect the fruits of…

Substance, banned in more than 100 countries

Federal Appeals Court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia today rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits. The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed in March by farmworker and conservation groups after the EPA…

McCain Foods commits to regenerative agricultural practices for all its potatoes by 2030

As part of today’s release of McCain’s 2020 Global Sustainability report Together, Towards Planet-Friendly Food, the company is pledging that it will be implementing…

CBP again points to prohibited items that can cause severe fruit loss if imported

CBP and CBP Agriculture Specialists working at El Paso area ports of entry have made 10 agriculture seizures this past week. Violators were fined $2,775 and their items were…

Switzerland might become first European nation to ban synthetic pesticides

Via the upcoming - June 13 – referendum, Switzerland could become the first European country to ban artificial pesticides. Supporters of the initiative hope a ‘yes’ vote will…

'Africa ready to become a global hub for Agritech'

According to research commissioned by Microsoft and compiled by Africa Practice, the African agricultural sector is set for exponential growth in the coming decade, A…

China: Growing congestion in Yantian Port due to Covid outbreak

The Chinese shipping industry is facing a fresh challenge due to a disruption at Yantian and the neighboring Shekou ports in southern China, near Hong Kong. Newly reported…

AU: Residue and crop safety trials to support registration submissions

Major Australian and New Zealand agricultural testing and research company, Staphyt, is currently involved in a number of key research and development projects in the agriculture industry and will be exhibiting at this year's Hort Connections in Brisbane. With over 40 years of experience as one of…

Fireproofing and automating are key

Batlow apple growers are modernizing orchards

As the owner of Ardrossan Orchards, Batlow apple grower Ian Cathels has invested in mobile firefighting equipment and installed new water tanks to increase his capacity in the…

Nufri will soundproof the homes affected by the noise of its anti-frost fans

The City Council of El Burgo de Osma held its ordinary plenary session on Monday and extended for 12 months the provisional suspension of the admissible noise limit values of…

International students taking up work at Australian farms eligible for A$810 bonus

International students who work on Australia’s agricultural sector could be eligible for a cash bonus payment. Job seekers who take up a seasonal harvest job on a Victorian…

Westerncape.gov.za

South Africa: New weir commissioned in Western Cape

The Western Cape provincial government has commissioned a weir that diverts water flows from the Holsloot River to 150 agricultural farms. The facility was built by the Cape…

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UK: Tomato puree spillage closes A14 in Cambridgeshire

An incident on the A14 at Godmanchester yesterday evening involved two jack-knifed lorries. One of these was loaded with tons of olive oil and tomatoes; as the cargo spilled onto the road, the scene looked like carnage. The driver of one of the two trucks was taken to hospital but has since been…

Malaysia Federation of Vegetable Farmers Association:

“Farmers having trouble getting approval letters through Covid-19 Intelligent Management System”

According to the Malaysia Federation of Vegetable Farmers Association, the nation’s growers are having trouble getting their approval letters through the Covid-19 Intelligent…

"The thing that attracted me most to this project was to gather more precise information about what we are doing"

Trials of a new banana tagging system underway at Queensland farm

A Queensland banana farm is trialling a new bunch tagging system that uses GPS and radio frequency ID that allows for more accurate mapping of banana crops and yields. Matt Abbott from Good Life Organics explained to the Australian Banana Congress in Cairns that the tag goes into the stork on the bunch…

Towards a Greener Europe: how preserved fruit and vegetables help to sustain our food supply

As climate change starts to demonstrate its profound effects on our food production systems, there is a growing urgency to move towards a more sustainable food supply. The…

British Columbia ‘moving very cautiously’ on farm workers’ minimum wages'

As British C2qolumbia’s minimum wages rise to the highest of any Canadian province – $15.20 an hour effective June 1 – the Labor Ministry is continuing to study the piece-rate…

Fruitas Holdings incurs loss due to Covid lockdown

Fruitas Holdings, Inc. registered a net loss of P16 million (€270,000) in the first quarter of 2021, in line with the fourth quarter 2020 level, but a reversal from a net…

‘Fruit picking Australians are quitting just two hours into the job’

Unemployed Australians are said to be quitting their fruit picking jobs just hours after starting, leaving growers with a dire shortage of workers. Covid measures have shut…

US growers advised to keep current with MRLs for exports

The United States and other countries set maximum residue limits on fresh produce for various chemicals, including pesticides that might be used before or after harvest. These…

Six months after region was rocked by back-to-back hurricanes

Dole and employees give to restore and rebuild devastated Central America

On November 3, 2020 Hurricane Eta made landfall in Central America as a powerful Category 4 storm. Just two weeks later Hurricane Iota, a Category 5 storm followed nearly the same path through the region, unleashing heavy rains, winds, massive flooding and severe landslides, causing widespread…

Standing fruit and vegetable crops damaged

Rain and hail hits crops in north Kashmir

Heavy rains, wind and hail have caused havoc in several parts of Handwara and Baramulla on Tuesday afternoon, resulting in damage to standing crops of vegetables and apple…

'Supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children'

WIC participants to be able to buy more fruits and vegetables

From June 1 until September 30, Wisconsin families participating in the supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children will be able to purchase more fruits…

Paolo Pari, director of the Italian company Canova, explained what lies behind the Verdèa brand

Biodynamic agriculture is not esoteric

Biodynamics is a hotly debated topic. Some consider it a form of organic farming, while others see it as a mixture of agriculture and the arcane. A few years ago, the Italian Canova proposed the Verdèa biodynamic certificate, which proves to be a sign that actions are being taken. Paolo Pari The director…

Nigeria

Fifteen arrests made over attempt to burn down Lagos Fruit Market

Lagos police officers have arrested 15 suspects for trying to burn down the Ikosi/Ketu fruit market. The suspects are members of a gang called the Aiye Confraternity; they had…

State tightens importation rules to protect $1.3 bln industry

Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak in South Australia

The state of South Australia has tightened its rules around the importation of fruit and vegetables from Victoria, after two Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks. Some larvae of…

Gilbert Orchards reports 45 COVID-19 infections

Tests at an orchard near the Wiley City section of Yakima have returned 45 positive COVID-19 test results. According to the Yakima Health District, health officials were…

But net income down almost 40% due to tough year

Prince Edward Island farms hit all-time high with cash receipts

The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture says it's not surprised at all by the province's farm income stats for 2020. Although cash receipts are at an all-time high, recent data…

Organto announces record first quarter financial results

Organto Foods Inc,.an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. All…

Santa Paula, California

Beneficial insects aid coastal avocado & lemon production

Associates Insectary from Santa Paula, California is a grower-owned cooperative that provides insects and pest control advisors to assist growers with integrated pest…

‘Australia lacks workers. But what we really need is good jobs’

Businesses across Australia are battling labor shortages as the economy lifts out of the Covid slowdown. The latest data reveals there are 288,700 unfilled positions in…

APEDA trade fair focuses on horticultural exports

The second virtual trade fair for horticultural produce, organized by APEDA, was inaugurated on yesterday. The goal is to boost export potential of India’s agricultural and…

Farmers rely on peat to grow vegetables and salad greens

UK Fenland farmers under threat by government plans to reduce peat usage

As the UK government moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions surrounding peat compost and peatland farming, peat bans might be costing farmers in Cambridgeshire dearly. Fenland farmers who produce around 80 per cent of the UK’s vegetables and salad greens, rely on imported peat - an organic matter used…

France: Rally in support of Perpignan-Rungis produce train

Nearly 150 people gathered on Tuesday, May 25th, for a demonstration called by the CGT union, in front of the Ministry of Transport in Paris and on the docks of Saint-Charles in Perpignan in order to ask for a timetable on the reactivation of the produce train, promised several times by the government.…

Control rooms set up to assist growers Tamil Nadu

Integrated control rooms have been set up in Pudukottai and Karur districts to assist farmers in transportation of produce during the lockdown. They will also respond to…

Committee criticises UK government’s ’last minute approach’ to finalising overseas workers' recruitment scheme

With the 2021 fruit and vegetable season already underway, a cross-party committee has criticised the UK government’s ’last minute approach’ to finalising of its recruitment…

Minister Al-Mashat meets with UN WFP representative Corinne Fleischer

Egypt & UN World Food Programme discuss cooperation in agricultural development

Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Rania Al-Mashat, has met with regional UN World Food Programme (WFP) representatives to discuss cooperation in agriculture (and…

South Africa

Leaf-sucking stink bug strikes Mzansi's mandarin oranges

According to Citrus Research International, mandarins all over South Africa are under threat from the leaf-sucking stink bug. In various parts of the country, mandarin growers…

Coexphal technicians and producers spot a "new invasive pest" in the framework of the IPM Works project

Beastie the Bug has arrived in Almeria in the framework of the IPM Works project, in which Coexphal is taking part as a coordinating entity at national level. This "new invasive pest" is part of the communication campaign that the Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection…

Tanzanian growers urged to grow chili peppers to keep away elephants

Earlier this week, a Tanzanian government senior official urged growers living close to wildlife protected areas to fence their farms with chili peppers; this is expected to…

Harvest completed and sheeting rolled up

Pricia apricot, high quality thanks to a thermoplastic film

"I have been using the PolyFilm-Plus cover in a Pricia (apricot) orchard since 2018. For 4 years now, I've been able to arrive on the market more than 10 days earlier than the uncovered crops and with an extraordinary fruit quality, color and brix degree. All these results were obtained in a season…

Prince Charles calls for 'global cooperative' of small farms

Writing to The Guardian, the Prince of Wales has stated his idea of small farmers collaborating with a greater focus on combatting climate change amid an increasingly…

Costa Rica's Ombudsman's Office requests reopening of investigation regarding fraudulent organic pineapple exports

The Ombudsman's Office asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) to review the actions taken by authorities regarding three complaints that the National Chamber of…

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen:

‘Northern Ireland trade problems are caused by Brexit, not the Protocol’

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has stated that the trade problems in Northern Ireland are not a result of the Protocol introduced after the UK left the EU…

Ausveg

AUSVEG and the EnviroVeg Program

Piloting digital remote monitoring to improve environmental performance

With an increasing range of real-time sensors and monitoring used in vegetable production, several real-time sensing options will be piloted in a new project to investigate whether these digital tools might be able to both support agronomic decision making as well as guide and record improved…

"Northern Australia has been seen as the last frontier for agriculture development but the opportunities in this region are immense"

Photo Report: Northern Australia Food Futures Conference 2021

The fourth biennial Association Food Futures Conference in Darwin has been labelled a success, with nearly five hundred delegates from the government and private sector converging on Darwin. Hosted by NT Farmers, the conference covers the three northern states; Northern Territory, Western Australia and…

Sicural's multiresidual can detect almost 600 active ingredients

In-depth analyses are required for imported fruit and vegetables

A recent Efsa survey showed that in Italy, in 2019, non-compliant fruit and vegetable samples tested amounted to about 2%, in line with previous years and within the European average. This was not the case for many other nations. In Laos, more than 50% of the samples analyzed were non-compliant, and…

Ship owner says Suez Canal authorities at fault over Ever Given grounding

According to a lawyer representing the owner of a container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, the Canal Authority was at fault over its grounding. The Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, became jammed across the canal in high winds on March 23, remaining grounded for six…

Ausveg

Parasitoid wasps: The focus of a new biocontrol program for Queensland fruit fly

A new national research project is underway that aims to develop a biocontrol strategy for managing Queensland fruit fly populations in Australia. The project focuses on the use of Australian parasitic wasps, or parasitoids, that specifically attack Queensland fruit fly. Project Lead Dr Paul Cunningham…

North Queensland

Cyclone-hit farmers call for grower-funded disaster assistance pool

After waiting two months for aid when his banana crop was wiped out, North Queensland farmer Ned Di Salvo is calling for a national approach to self-funded natural disaster…

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Methamphetamine hidden in shipment of watermelons

Second large meth seizure at Otay Mesa Commercial Facility in one week

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered more than 1,100 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of watermelons. This is the second significant seizure of methamphetamine packages discovered within the same week. On Tuesday, at…

Philippines

On-site processing and cold storages are key to cutting food waste

According to analysts and industry stakeholders, the government of the Philippines needs to address post-harvest losses in agriculture by encouraging investment in facilities…

Marca Claro Colombia

Colombia’s protests could lead to losses higher than USD 457 million for agricultural sector

Anti-government protests in Colombia, which started back in 2019, were resumed last 28th of April. This year, the massive demonstrations were triggered by a tax and health reforms proposed by the government of President Iván Duque which would in practice increase taxes and costs of living as poverty…

Coag Andalucia demands the end of preferential agreements with Morocco in view of the latest events at the border

"We hope that Spain and Europe come to their senses and do not succumb to Moroccan blackmail"

The agrarian organization COAG Andalucia sent a letter to the community authorities demanding the immediate stoppage of the preferential agreement that the European Union has…

"We want to drive connection to ensure that we hear where future investment should be"

Using industry engagement and research data to shape growth in Northern Australian horticulture sector

Australia's peak horticulture research and development body is expanding its presence in Northern Australia, with the recent introduction of a Regional Extension Manager, to help connect growers in dealing with specific challenges across the region. Hort Innovation's General Manager of Data & Extension,…

Western Australia declared free from Queensland fruit fly

Western Australia has been declared free of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) after a successful 15-month campaign to eradicate the destructive pest from the Perth metropolitan…

Diesel shortages threatens livelihood of Venezuelan farmers

Diesel shortages have grown acute in the once-prosperous OPEC nation of Venezuela since late last year, when the US ended an exemption to its sanctions on state oil company…

Public consultation period closes 10 June 2021

Proposed increase in export fees & charges

On 14 May 2021, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) released an Industry Advisory Notice for public consultation relating to its intention to…

A bio-pesticide made from Karanjin seed oil currently under evaluation by the EU

Recently, European retailers reported the unauthorized presence of Karanjin residues on fruit and vegetable products. Karanjin is a flavonoid obtained from the seeds of the Pongamia tree, commonly found in India. The oil extracted from the seeds of this plant is widely used in traditional Indian medicine…

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

‘Settlement for abused workers Maui pineapple plantation’

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the US government has collected more than half of a $8.1 million court judgement awarded six years ago to a group of…

Mixed reactions on UK govt proposals for phased Northern Ireland food checks

The UK government's plan for introducing checks on food products moving into Northern Ireland from Great Britain has seen a mixed reaction from industry bodies. As the UK has…

Odour problem in Tecumseh, Ontario should be resolved by weekend

A malfunction in the wastewater system at Bonduelle's food processing plant in Tecumseh, Ontario Canada is probably causing a strong, lingering odour around town. Officials…

Total Produce executives expect bonuses after Dole merger

It is said that Total Produce’s executive chairman Carl McCann, chief executive Rory Byrne and finance director Frank Davis all stand to receive special bonuses on the…

President Ramaphosa to hand over land and deeds to farmers in Tafelkop, Limpopo

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the handing over by government of land and title deeds to farmers at Tafelkop in Groblersdal, in Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality under Sekhukhune District Municipality, Limpopo Province on Saturday, 22 May 2021. The handover ceremony is the culmination of a land…

Bruno Caggia from Citrosol

How to reduce the use of fertilizers by 2030 and halve plant protection products by 2050

There is a lot of talk about the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, the ten-year plan devised by the European Commission to guide the ecological transition towards a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system. It is one of the seven policies the Green New Deal is based on to reduce the use of…

WUR

Wageningen University & Research and collaborators

New study shows decreasing effectiveness of fungicides to control Black Sigatoka banana disease

The fungus Pseudocercospora fijiensis causes black leaf streak disease or Black Sigatoka of banana, which is the most damaging leaf disease of bananas worldwide. An analysis of 592 P. fijensis isolates from seven banana-producing countries on three continents shows how P. fijensis is evolving to…

EatingWell announces Top 5 summer food trends

Meredith Corporation's EatingWell, a source for people passionate about food and wellness, announced the list of 2021 Summer Food Trends, selected by its editors. EatingWell's…

AID anti-freeze fans, Oranfresh and the experience of a farmer from Emilia Romagna

Here's how a 200 thousand euro orchard was saved from the frost

"Between mid-March and mid-April, in Agro di Faenza (RA) in Emilia Romagna, temperatures were harsh for twenty days in a row. This hasn't happened in decades and many orchards have been ruined, except ours," said Massimo Fiorentini of Firleo. Apricots in the orchard of the Firleo company "We purchased AID…

Soldanesti region suffered most

Moldovan farms experience first hail damage in 2021

Late last week, rain and hail struck northern parts of Moldova. The agricultural lands of the Soldanesti region suffered the most from the hail. Large hailstones seriously…

Seasonal workforce accommodation boost in North West

Farmers in Victoria’s north west will benefit from new accommodation for their workers, with the latest round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government providing more than…

Victoria

New support to tackle fruit fly and protect horticulture jobs

Victoria’s capacity to manage Queensland fruit fly and protect horticultural production and jobs will be reinforced with a $6.4 million investment in the Victorian Budget…

Easterdays sued for defaulting on loans on Tri-Cities onion & potato facilities

The day after the head of one of Washington State’s largest agriculture operations died in a head-on crash in December, four of his family’s commercial properties went into…

120-plus trucks stranded at Parimpora fruit mandi due to lockdown

Amid the ongoing Corona lockdown across Jammu and Kashmir, over 120 truck drivers from different parts of India are stuck at Parimpora fruit Mandi. One truck driver from…

Morocco will repatriate 170 workers stranded in Spain’s Huelva

The Moroccan government has authorized the repatriation of 170 female seasonal workers stranded in Spain’s Huelva due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The women joined Huelva…

15.000+ m2 air-conditioned commercial space with office, 27 docks, and outdoor area

For rent: 12 Spoorlaan, Barendrecht, the Netherlands

Van Vliet Bedrijfsmakelaars and JLL are offering rental premises in Barendrecht, the Netherlands. The 15.139 m² GFA includes an air-conditioned commercial space with an office and facilities. There are also 20 cooling cells, 27 docks, and a spacious outdoor area. This representative business complex was built…

South African farmers oppose Eskom's high court review application

A Free State farmers' organization has backed Nersa, Mzansi's energy regulator, in its opposition of Eskom's high court application to review its Regulatory Clearing Account…

Flashy promotion opportunity for vegetable shelf?

Imagine if we could promote the vegetable shelf this way!  

How much time do we spend eating and drinking?

As can be seen below, the differences per country are significant. French people set the record, spending 2 hours and 11 minutes on their food and drink. The Belgians come 12th with 1 hour and 32 minutes and the Dutch have gained the last position with only 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Eco-responsible Orchards: committed to pollinators with the Biodiversity Network for Bees

The arboriculturists of the French Apple and Pear Association (ANPP) as well as the French Peaches and Apricots Association, all certified as eco-responsible orchards, have…

National Fruit Fly Strategy Australia

National Fruit Fly symposium calls for national strategy commitment

Implementing the National Fruit Fly Strategy 2020-25 via a sustainable funding model was the resounding conclusion from those who devoted their time to attend the National…

Region Two, Guyana

National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Guyana conducts fruit fly surveillance exercise

The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute is currently conducting a surveillance exercise in Region Two, hoping to improve methods to combat the Carambola…

UK proposes new Irish Sea food product checks from October

In a new Brexit proposal, the UK is suggesting to phase in new Irish Sea border checks on food products in four stages from October.  All details are contained in a Northern Ireland Protocol roadmap shared with the EU. The protocol is the part of the Brexit deal which creates a trade border between Great Britain…

NORMA expands climate- and CO2-neutral vegetable assortment

Climate without Borders initiative honors another supplier

In a very short time, Nuremberg-based food retailer NORMA has succeeded in expanding its vegetable assortment yet again to include climate- and CO2-neutral items. In the future, its cocktail and cherry tomatoes as well as mini cucumbers and pointed peppers will also be supplied by a partner certified by…

British activist cleared in Thailand pineapple defamation case

Rights activist Andy Hall faced almost a decade of lawsuits after raising concerns about labor conditions at a Thai pineapple company. Yesterday, Hall received a court…

Budget supports farmers to continue to supercharge Australia’s economic recovery

Last night’s Federal Budget has delivered a shot in the arm for agriculture and regional Australia with welcomed investment in biosecurity, infrastructure, trade,…

“Waste can be reduced by 1/3”

Innovative pineapple peeling method is suitable for retail chains

Japan has long been the second-largest export market for Taiwanese pineapples just after mainland China. The General Administration Customs China (GACC) announced that the pineapple imports from Taiwan had been temporarily halted since 1st March. Taiwanese traders had to shift the volume for mainland…

Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand

400-plus workers quarantined: 115 Covid infections confirmed at pineapple factory

There have been 115 new Covid-19 infections at a pineapple factory in Thailand’s western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. A total of 402 workers are now in quarantine, with a…

UK: Pound Sterling rises against Euro and USD

The Sterling’s rise of more than 1 pc against the dollar to a two-month high was matched by a similar appreciation against the euro. This means the pound is worth more than…

Budget 2021-22

Federal Government to boost biosecurity, land management and workforce issues for agriculture industry

The Australian government has committed around $850million in funding in an attempt to drive competitiveness, growth and resilience in the agriculture sector. In the Federal Budget, handed down on Tuesday night, the government announced a Delivering Ag2030 plan, which is aimed at supporting the…

Eden Research’s Cedroz pesticide gets approval from Italian regulators

According to a spokesperson from Eden Research PLC, its commercial collaborator, Eastman Chemical Company, has received authorization from Italian regulators to sell its…

EU-banned pesticides are harming South African farmworkers

Hazardous pesticides, developed and brought to market by German agrochemical firms Bayer and BASF, are damaging the health of farmworkers and farmers in South Africa.  According…

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins

New Zealand government to allocate 500 Managed Isolation and Quarantine spots every fortnight

The government of New Zealand will allocate 500 MIQ spots every fortnight for skilled, critical workers. According to Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, the move was…

USDA

For the second time in 25 years

Annual US food spending dropped in 2020

For the past 25 years, U.S. food expenditures generally followed several predictable trends. Most notably, annual total expenditures and the share of food-away-from-home (FAFH) showed steady increases, with the highest share of FAFH spending occurring during the summer months. The coronavirus COVID-19…

Belgium: SNCB launches fruit and veg takeaway pick-up concept

Belgian travellers and local residents can order fresh, locally produced fruit and vegetables online, only to collect them from SNCB train stations once a week. By 21 May, the pilot projects will be launched at the Gent-Sint-Pieters station, in Flanders, and in the Liège-Guillemins, Ottignies and…

University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS & Northern Territory of Australia will collaborate on fruit and crop research

The UF’s Board of Trustees, on behalf of the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead have signed an agreement with the Northern Territory of Australia that…

Export Congress to explore challenges and opportunities for Queensland horticulture

Queensland horticulture growers are invited to explore current trends, key challenges, and upcoming opportunities at the Queensland Horticulture Export Congress.  Presented by peak…

Cairo tightens restrictions on water use for irrigation

The Egyptian government is unveiling a new strategy to deal with water stress; a law imposing charges on water for irrigation is also being considered, as the authorities plan…

Thies Claußen (Fruit Consulting) on quality management of the future

"Focus will shift from residue analytics to social responsibility and carbon footprint"

As we all know, the ongoing Corona crisis has shaken up the global fruit trade as well. As a result, the longer-term issues facing the fruit industry - including quality…

NZ horticulture industry welcomes government decision to bring in more workers from the Pacific

The New Zealand horticulture industry has welcomed the Government’s latest move to increase the flow of workers from the Pacific, in support of the Recognised Seasonal…

AU: Organic distributor warns national standard for sector is crucial

One of the nation’s largest organic distributors, which exports high-quality Australian products to global markets in more than 14 countries, has reiterated calls for the…

EU refuses 'flexible' approach on new rules

Brussels rejects UK Brexit compromise

Brussels has rejected the UK proposal to ease issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol. The main issue lies in the fact that the EU has refused to take a more flexible approach on animal health standards and food safety checks. UK officials had hoped to pressure the EU into agreeing a more…

Substantial increase in the first quarter

BayWa continues excellent business performance

With a substantial increase in the first quarter of 2021, BayWa AG seamlessly continued the successful business performance seen in the previous year and generated revenues of…

MEC Ivan Meyer visits local Land Reform Projects

On 3 May 2021, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and the Executive Meyer of Stellenbosch, Adv Gesie van Deventer, visited two successful  land reform projects…

Situation ‘critical’ as water sources dry up in parts of Jordan

In the region surrounding the Dead Sea in Jordan, a severe drought is hitting hard. The fertile area is home to many market gardens, but the drought has taken a heavy toll.…

Ulster Farmers’ Union welcomes support package for potato growers

The Ulster Farmers’ Union will finally receive some much needed support for its members who were impacted following the collapse of the Northern Ireland (NI) processing potato…

South Africa: Hortgro raises concerns over Produce Agents Council Amendment Bill

According to deciduous fruit industry body Hortgro, the Agricultural Produce Agents Council Amendment Bill might spell trouble for Mzansi. Hortgro has given a list of its…

High-tech is helping African and Asian countries win battle against desert locusts

For the unsuspecting farmer, the Desert Locust is a formidable enemy. These wretched pests have a voracious appetite, multiply rapidly and travel up to 150 kilometers a day with the capacity to devour vast swathes of crops and pastureland on the way. In the past year, waves of the insidious insect swept…


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