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For showing ‘complete disrespect’ for NI Water sewage rules

Northern Irish firm Mash Direct fined

Food manufacturer Mash Direct, headquartered in Comber, has pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching discharge consent to NI Water sewers. The company yesterday received a…

Yale study tests American perspectives on food & environment

Research from Yale University says more than half of Americans are willing to eat more plant-based foods, but 4 in 10 still don’t see how plant-based diets reduce…

Iran prepared to counter locust swarms

After surviving the 2019 locust plague, Iran is now gearing up to deal with the current threat. Iran is prepared to control the impending swarms of locust to the south of the…

How many other countries can we fit into India?

Every Indian State as another country with similar population numbers.

High Court of Australia ruling

Australian Fair Work Ombudsman: Appeal in piece rate case denied

This week, the High Court of Australia has refused the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) special leave to lodge an appeal in the long-running Marland Mushrooms piece rates case. The…

Loose fruit & veg: which supermarket is the best for shopping plastic-free online?

Retailers are making big claims when it comes to reducing plastic. We’ve seen reusable produce bags, unpacked stores and even reshaped Easter eggs in an effort to slash single-use plastic packaging. But when it comes to ordering online, customers who choose loose fruit & veg to do their bit for the…

Shortage of reefer containers, increased freight charges

Pakistan experts identify impediments to growth of fruit & vegetables exports

A critical shortage of reefer containers, coupled with increased freight charges is posing a serious threat to exports of fruits and vegetables, exporters said. They said that…

Sell-out attendance as Asia Pacific’s premier agrifood tech event gets underway

More than 1,300 delegates from 22 countries have converged on Melbourne for the annual two-day evokeAG. conference, which began on Tuesday. The event is Asia Pacific's largest agrifood tech event, designed by industry to encourage domestic and international delegates to connect and collaborate across…

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New Zealand again on alert for stink bug invasion

New Zealand is on high alert for an invasion of brown marmorated stink bugs, a pest that is widely regarded as the greatest biosecurity risk that nation faces. European…

But still opposes land expropriation without compensation

Agbiz welcomes Ramaphosa's plans on ports & Eskom

Agbiz has welcomed the emphasis placed by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address (Sona) on inclusive economic growth to address key…

How do storms and hurricanes get their names?

In Europe storms are named as a joint enterprise between the UK’s Met Office, Ireland’s Met Éireann and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). The list is set…

Hawaii Agriculture Department warns of new avocado pest

The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of a new pest in Hawaii: the avocado lace bug, or Pseudacysta perseae. Ag officials said the bug was first…

How did a frog end up in a pepper?

A Canadian couple got quite a shock when they wanted to enjoy a fresh green pepper they had just bought, CBC News reports. Inside, they found a frog... alive. It's not the first time live animals have ended up in food, but an amphibian growing inside a vegetable and surviving is quite a feat. If you're…

Australian seasonal worker program under scrutiny again

Tasmania: Some 70 workers living in one house

Council officials have issued an emergency order to evacuate up to 70 residents from a five-bedroom house at Shearwater, east of Devonport. The Australian Workers Union said…

Coronavirus threatens economic slowdown in African countries

Rwandan coffee, Kenyan tea, South African wine and citrus fruits, Namibian beef are part of China's daily life. Besides, wood, oil, minerals, and metals from African countries…

Two locust swarms entering Uganda

Last Tuesday, a huge swarm of locusts entered Uganda from Kenya’s Kasai region. Officials estimate it comprises more than 40 million insects. They said the locusts entered through Nakasepan Village in Amudat Sub-county, Amudat District. Two hours later, another swarm entered through Komoret in Amudat.…

State of reservoirs 14 February 2020

South Africa: Reservoirs 62% full on average

According to the South African Dept. of Water & Sanitation, Eastern Cape dam levels are at 51% of the 1.810 Nett FSC million m3 Nett Full Storage Capacity (FSC), up 2% as…

Australia-Indonesia trade deal and its effects on Aussi farmers

Australia has signed off on a historic and comprehensive deal with Indonesia, which both countries have agreed to implement within the next 100 days. Australia already exports about $2.8 billion worth of agricultural goods to Indonesia and the new agreement should see that increase by leaps and bounds.…

Chinese virus outbreak affects US trade missions

Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China have led some California farm groups to halt their trade missions. Others brace for further market impacts from China's…

Immaculate Sanfeliu of the CGC: "This would help expedite imports from third countries"

"We are asking for the 6 national plant health laboratories not to be moved to Lugo"

On January 16, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture announced unilaterally and without prior notice the regrouping and creation of a single National Reference Laboratory for Plant Health in Lugo, Galicia, at the CETAL Foundation. The decision will start to be implemented this year and as the CGC has…

GreenPatrol Project

Spanish scientists participate in the development of a pest detecting robot

The Spanish research center Tekniker, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), is taking part in the European GreenPatrol project, which is focused on the development of an autonomous mobile robot "capable of detecting pests in the plants of a greenhouse in its earliest stages,…

Scientists call for innovation in fight against locust swarms

As they are of the opinion that currently, we are too dependent on chemical pesticides, that are harmful to the environment, scientists are calling for innovation, including the use of genetic engineering, to find a sustainable, long-term solution to the plague of destructive locust pest. “Something we…

Pakistan: Premier Imran Khan pledges support for multinationals

Welcoming investment plans of various multinational companies in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday this reflects confidence of the investors in…

Circa 40 percent of crops destroyed in nation's main agricultural region

Locust swarm descended on Pakistan's Punjab province

As premier Imran Khan is having a hard time dealing with a 12-year-high inflation rate, one of Pakistan’s worst locust invasions has wreaked havoc on agricultural crops. A locust swarm has descended on the country’s Punjab province, the main agricultural region, along with cities across the…

New South Wales, Australia

Bushfire-ravaged Mid North Coast farm faces more destruction from rain and floods

In three short months, Ms Kay Bridge has seen first-hand the extremes this Australian summer has produced; her garlic farm on the New South Wales Mid North Coast has been ravaged by both fire and rain. Ms Bridge lives with her husband in the tiny community of Lower Creek, between Kempsey and Armidale. In…

‘Smashed avo on toast’ versus ‘the housing market’

As house prices continue to rise, the next generation of home buyers have been greeted with an uphill task getting themselves on the property ladder. However, ING Research Managing Director, Ian Bright, explores the situation and smashes a few myths along the way ‘Smashed avocado on toast.’ The words…

Agricultural product storage is a top priority in Morocco

Reducing wastage in the food chain is high on the Moroccan government's agenda. Food wastage is also an important theme at the upcoming SIAM - Salon International de l’Agriculture in Meknès - agricultural trade show. Tolsma-Grisnich is a company based in Emmeloord, the Netherlands. They supply storage…

Chile will donate fruits and medical supplies to the people affected by the coronavirus

The current situation of Chilean exports to China has caused concern.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodrigo Yañez, the Ministers of Finance, Economy, and Mining, and the…

Orissa, India

Elephants destroy vegetables worth Rs 1 mln in Ganjam

Crops and vegetables worth Rs 1 mln (€13,000) were destroyed under the feet of a marauding herd of elephants at Bhushunda village under Shergarh block in Ganjam district in the wee hours of Monday. According to the farmers, a herd of 14 elephants unleashed a reign of terror at Bhushunda village…

Biosecurity alert for Australian crops

Fall armyworm found in Torres Strait

A handful of fall armyworms have been caught on the Torres Strait, prompting a biosecurity alert because of their potential to cause major economic damage to the agricultural…

Effects of coronavirus on Australian agriculture

The coronavirus outbreak is already having a severe impact on China’s foodservice and on-trade channels. Also, according to leading agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank,…

Egyptian Pound at highest point for three years

Last Monday , the Egyptian pound gained to its strongest level against the dollar since the week after Egypt allowed the currency to weaken as part of an economic reform plan backed by the International Monetary Fund, more than three years ago. The pound traded as strong as 15.66 to the dollar on Monday…

PAFTA Free Trade Agreement: 96% of Peruvian products to enter Australia tariff-free

Last Tuesday, Peruvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgar Vasquez highlighted the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and Australia —an agreement that…

Thai government promises Geographical Indication for every province

Thailand has GI registration for six products in foreign countries: Thung Kula Rong Hai hom mali rice, Doi Chaang and Doi Tung coffee and Sangyod Muang Phatthalung rice in the…

Minister says government will help over weather damage

Cyprus: Frost takes toll on potato crop in Famagusta district

According to EKA agricultural association head Yiannakis Gabriel, the heavy frosts that hit the Famagusta district on Sunday evening have caused serious damage to potato…

High-tech urban farming in Paris

Paris is opening the largest cultivation company in the world. With its Parisculteurs project, France, along with other cities, is strongly committed to urban agriculture. This creates an opportunity…

Foodstuffs to be processed and distributed to the needy

Berliner Tafel collects 85 tons of food at Fruit Logistica

The Berliner Tafel -a local food bank- collected 85 tons of fruit and vegetables at the "Fruit Logistica" trade fair. "This is a strong signal for our values: sustainability…

Morocco receives sterile flies from Argentina

According to business newspaper El Economista, Morocco has placed an order for 440 million sterile Ceratitis capitata from Argentina. The aim is to combat the Mediterranean…

South Africa: Rand resurfaces after reaching 3-month low

South Africa’s rand came back up early on Monday after plunging to a three-month low last week, though concerns over the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in China limited…

Ceres Fruit Growers move towards renewable energy

Ceres Fruit Growers owns half of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing which sells fruit from Ceres and Two-a-Day in Grabouw. Pieter Graaff -the 2018 National Farmer of the Year- is Tru-Cape’s chairman. In awarding the Farmer of the Year title and also the valued OSH Reinecke Award for innovation in Agriculture,…

Hawke's Bay slavery case: High Court at Napier hears workers

In New Zealand, a Samoan chief charged with slavery and trafficking treated many of his horticultural workers "like chattels". Joseph Matamata, also known as Viliamu Samu, the…

Could “The Nazgûl” deter brown marmorated stink bugs?

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys, is a highly invasive bug from Southeast Asia which has rapidly expanded into the USA, Europe and South America and…

Alan Pollard and Carmen Vicelich speak at New Zealand-India Dialogue Series

“Partnership with patience unlocks potential in India”

Alan Pollard and Carmen Vicelich, Chief Executives of respectively NZ Apples and Pears Inc and Valocity Limited, said that while India offers immense commercial and industrial opportunities, New Zealand businesses and investors should know the ways and means of unlocking the immense potential. The two…

UN agronomy experts:

"Next East Africa locust swarms will be airborne in 3 to 4 weeks"

The locusts that are currently still baby desert locusts in Somalia will become East Africa's next plague wave, UN agronomy experts have warned. Climate change-driven rain has triggered "unprecedented" breeding, says UN chief Antonio Guterres. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned…

Some clarifications from the Court of Justice

Conflict between grape breeders and growers

On 19 December 2019, the European Court of Justice, with the judgement no. C-176/18, gave relevant clarification about the relationship between breeders and producers, with a focus on the possibility for the breeders to ask for remedies such as uprooting and/or destruction of plants utilized by the…

GlobalGAP updates Integrated Farm Assurance standard

For GlobalGAP, 2020, is a year for major revisions to its flagship Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard. A world-wide series of outreach events called the World Consultation Tour will gather input and feedback for the new version from farming communities in several countries. Simplification for…

Korla Pear supports affected areas in Hubei

Korla Pear cooperates with Pagoda to donate 10,000 pears

Wuhan is not the only city in Hubei. Other nearby cities are equally affected by the outbreak of the corona virus. The Korla Pear Association in Bayin'guolong, Xinjiang, is cooperating with Pagoda to donate more than 5,000 pears to more than 30 hospitals in Huanggang, Xiaogan, Yichang, Ezhou, and…

Exclusive distribution agreement for botanical biofungicide and "hybrid" fungicide

STK bio - ag technologies and ADAMA have announced an exclusive agreement for the distribution of the botanical-based bio-fungicide Timorex® Gold and the 'hybrid' fungicide…

Uganda confirms outbreak of Anthracnose

The Ugandan government has confirmed an outbreak of new and more deadly banana disease in the western part of their country. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and…

Aston University research

Social media users seem to copy each other's eating habits

According to research from Aston University's School of Life and Health Sciences, study participants ate an extra fifth of a portion of fruit and vegetables themselves for…

USDA - National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Strawberries abound, as Valentines Day favorites

Retailers were ready to capture shoppers hearts with excellent deals on Valentines Day favorites. Strawberries abounded, both long and short stem. Grapes, Honeycrisp apples, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, mangos, tangerines, and nectarines enticed customers pick up healthy, sweet…

Hans Sauter takes over global sustainability duties at Fresh Del Monte Produce

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. has appointed Hans Sauter as the Company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Under Sauter’s leadership, Fresh Del Monte Produce will continue…

National Institute of Agricultural Botany moves to new site in Cambridge

On February 2nd, 2020, the NIAB opened its new Cambridge headquarters following a two year, £25 million redevelopment and construction project. The new headquarters -at…

Fresh Del Monte Produce to give Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 financial results

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. announced that it will issue a press release on its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results prior to the market opening on Wednesday, February…

New Zealand

Western Bay of Plenty: Dry weather impacts growers

As the Western Bay of Plenty enters 2020’s second month with no rain -with none on the radar for at least the next 10 days- growers are starting to feel the heat of the…

Azerbaijani trade association praises state support for entrepreneurs

According to Farhad Garashov, Chairman of Azerbaijan's Pomegranate Producers and Exporters Association, the state of Azerbaijan has created all the conditions for…

Drastic bumblebee population drop shocks scientists

When scientist Peter Soroye first saw the figures showing estimated bumblebee populations in North America had fallen by nearly 50% in a single generation, he immediately…

Bulgaria seizes half ton of Colombian cocaine hidden in citrus shipment

Bulgarian authorities seized half a ton of cocaine from Colombia, hidden in two trucks carrying citrus fruits. The drugs were hidden in 6,700 boxes of fruit, with between 80…

Armenia is facing sharp rise in consumer prices

According to the Armenian Statistical Committee, almost a quarter of Armenian population live in poverty, especially those in rural areas. Its report, titled "Consumer Price…

November 2019 saw continued growth in EU agri-food trade exports

The EU once again recorded an increase in the monthly export value of agri-food products in November 2019. The value of exports rose by 7.3% from November 2018, hitting €13.43 billion. The value of imports, however, decreased to €9.78 billion (a fall of 5.7% from last year). As a result of these…

Donald Trump:

"US confronted China on trade but relations are the best ever"

United States president Trump lauded the interim US-China trade deal in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, calling it a “groundbreaking” agreement that would force China to stop its trademalpractices. The deal would “defend our workers, protect our intellectual property, bring billions of…

Citrus broker in Spain investigated for defrauding 40,000 Euro

The Guardia Civil of the Valencian municipality of Paiporta has uncovered a scam worth 40,000 Euro that was allegedly perpetrated by an orange broker. He was found to have…

Missouri peach farmer takes stand in lawsuit against Bayer & BASF

Since 1970, Bill Bader has worked on peach farms in Dunklin County, Missouri, picking peaches at age 13. In 1988, he established Bader Farms. The farm grew to become the largest peach grower in Missouri, shipping fruit to grocery stores such as IGA and Walmart, as well as others across eight states in…

Bundaberg community and politicians:

"Dry weather disease a greater threat to Queensland"

The Bundaberg community and wider Queensland horticulture industry is deeply disappointed today as the Palaszczuk Government continues to push through Parliament new powers to demolish Paradise Dam. This move comes as the Government makes offensive comparisons between the effects of the Coronavirus…

AUSVEG welcomes David Littleproud as Federal Minister for Agriculture

AUSVEG, Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed the Federal Government’s appointment of Deputy Nationals Leader David Littleproud as the…

While virus risks are growing

China to halve tariffs on some US imports

China has stated it would halve additional tariffs levied against 1,717 American goods last year, following the signing of a Phase 1 deal that brought a truce to a bruising trade war between the world’s two largest economies. While the announcement reciprocates the US commitment under the deal, it is…

Spanish agrifood sector fears consequences of Brexit

Spain’s agri-food sector fears the negative impact of Brexit, in particular for sensitive and key export products like cheese, red wines, and olive oil. Even more so as it is…

Bad for fruit packhouse and coldroom equipment while irrigation scheduling falls behind

South Africa’s power cuts: “A lot of people are losing a lot of sleep”

At South African fruit packhouses the flow of fruit hasn’t been significantly affected by the country’s electricity woes, but it is taking a tremendous amount of effort and extra capital from industry to keep the balls in the air. Since the end of January scheduled power cuts, called loadshedding, have…

Spanish exporting sector fears a fall in consumption in China due to the coronavirus

Although the biggest concern related to the coronavirus in China has to do with health, especially after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international…

Strella Biotech aims to eliminate food waste

Although most people assume that once an apple is off the tree it’s effectively dead, in fact -as Katherine Sizov understands- apples continue to be living entities, chock full of biological information. As founder and CEO of Strella Biotechnology, she has invented a device that reads that information to…

Tukituki and Waipawa rivers levels plummeting

New Zealand: Hawke's Bay growers sound alarm over water ban

Hawke's Bay fruit and vegetable growers say they'll be hit hard by a ban on taking water from two rivers, as their levels are dropping at the moment. The ban on the Tukituki…

Ethiopia faces food shortages caused by locusts

As East Africa reels from the worst locust infestation in decades, farmers dealing with crop devastation said the country could face food shortages. Pictures and video of the creatures casting huge shadows over fields and homes may look like they come from a disaster movie, but the swarms – sometimes up…

Drought south Mozambique means below-average harvest for third year

Southern Mozambique will face a below-average harvest for the third year in a row due to a prolonged drought. Meanwhile, other parts of the country suffer from severe rain and flooding, noted humanitarian surveillance network Fews.net. Southern Mozambique and parts of the southern provinces of Tete,…

Smurfit Kappa full year 2019 Results

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, commented: “2019 represents another period of strong delivery and performance for SKG. EBITDA was €1,650 million, a 7% increase on 2018 with an increased EBITDA margin of 18.2%. Our vision is to be a globally admired company, dynamically delivering secure and superior returns for…

Collaborative platform will tackle plastic waste and pollution

South African Plastics Pact - A first in Africa

Research shows that eight million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year and with a business as usual scenario, according to research done by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, by 2050 there could be more plastics than fish in the ocean by weight. The statistics are overwhelming but initiatives…

Feedback being sought on potential changes to Food Standards Code

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reassessing the need to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, to enact a primary production and processing standard to manage food safety for high-risk horticulture. FSANZ has now published a preliminary position paper and is seeking input to…

Measured over 2014-2017

Throughout most of the day, more US women prepare food than men

Using 2014-17 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual American Time Use Survey , ERS researchers determined when Americans engage in food preparation, also looking at gender differences. Over an average day in 2014-17, 54 percent of people age 15 and older engaged in food preparation with a…

Cactus leather and pineapple-leaf wool:

Eco fabrics we could soon be wearing

At a current London expo, eco fabrics of the future that use plants and natural waste instead of artificial fibres are being showcased. Cactus leather, wool made of pineapple leaves sourced from leftovers at juice bars and innovative sportswear embedded with live bacteria to neutralise body odour all…

Chlorpropham MRL only adjusted after EU decision

People in the potato sector have questions regarding chlorpropham's maximum residue limit (MRL). In the EU, it has been decided that this pesticide is no longer approved for…

First ever digital vegetable market opened in Mardan, Pakistan

The first ever digital vegetable market has been opened in Mardan: here, the customers can buy vegetables and fruits with a single phone call while sitting at their homes. The…

NZ kiwifruit growers to help pay for $18 mln Queensland fruit fly response

Kiwifruit growers will fork out around a million dollars toward a year-long operation to eradicate the Queensland fruit fly. An $18 million biosecurity response in Auckland…

Irish agri sector claims foreign workers are needed to sustain industry

Irish fruit and vegetable growers have warned of a major labour crisis on their farms if an employment permit scheme that allows hiring workers from outside Europe is not…

NASA will try and grow chillies from New Mexico in space

As part of the effort to develop crops to support deep space exploration, NASA will be growing New Mexico chile in the International Space Station in 2020. NASA Science Expert…

Special apple named EOS

British Apple renamed to commemorate Brexit Day

31st January 2020 was a momentous day for Britain and one that will go down in history. After nearly 50 years of membership and four years since the vote to Brexit was taken, Britain has left the EU. British Apples & Pears, the organisation that represents the apple growers of Great Britain, has renamed an…

Thessaloniki Port gets new fruit and vegetable inspection site

Last Friday, a new facility for the inspection of fruit and vegetables was inaugurated at the port of Thessaloniki by Agricultural Development and Foods minister Makis…

India: Union Territory Chandigarh levies 2% market fee on agri commodities

The next time citizens of the Union Territory of Chandigarh buy a pineapple, kiwi or broccoli, they will have to pay more now the UT administration decided to levy 2% market…

Luxembourg to be first EU country to completely ban glyphosate

Glyphosate will be totally banned in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg by the end of 2020. There will be an initial phase beginning on 1 February, making Luxembourg the first EU…

World’s first genetically modified moths released into nature

The diamond moth is certainly one of the many insect species that are harmful to agricultural products. The Plutella xylostella is a danger for plants such as cauliflower,…

"We are constantly improving the cost-effectiveness of preservation products"

To effectively prevent fruit and vegetables from rotting and keep their nutrition and quality unchanged, preservation products have been used by more and more growers and suppliers. Wang, the head of Shandong Aoweite Biotechnology Co. Ltd., a leader in the preservation industry, talked about the effects…

Apparently temporary suspension of flights is on the table

US officials consider ban on all flights from China over coronavirus

Reportedly, the Trump administration is considering a temporary ban on all flights from China to the US in response the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. CNBC reported late Tuesday that White House officials held a conference call with airline officials and said a suspension of all China-US flights is…

Mexico

Sonora focuses on phytosanitary control of domestic flights

In order to prevent the introduction of unknown pests in the Mexican state of Sonora, such as fruit flies, present in mangoes, apples and citrus fruits, the staff of the…

Penn State research

Pennsylvania study shows cost of spotted lanternfly if it spreads across state

The spotted lanternfly is already costing the state of Pennsylvania $50 million each year in damages, according to a first-of-its-kind study. However, the researchers warn the…

Tanzanian government ‘well prepared to avert large swarms of desert locusts’

Tanzanian government officials say there nation is well prepared to avert large swarms of desert locusts should they come over. Some 7,000 litres of pesticides, aimed at…

Evacuated Pacific Islanders return to Batlow apple orchard

Some 48 Pacific Islander workers who were forced to flee Batlow for Wagga during the recent bushfires have returned to work in the town's orchards. Montague Orchards general manager of business development, Rowan Little, said that the company had brought in electricity generators to make sure the workers…

Andhra Pradesh

India’s Tadipatri region sends banana shipment to Iran

A special train, comprising 42 air-conditioned containers, will carry 490 tonnes of bananas grown in the Tadipatri region -Anantapur district- to Mumbai. From where they will be exported to Iran by Desai Fruits Venture under the brand name ‘Happy Banana’. The firm has been working with local farmers for…

University of Florida research

Oak trees may help HLB-infected citrus trees

Old oak trees may hold an extract that citrus growers can use to protect their fruit trees from the deadliest citrus crop disease the world has known. The plant disease…

Julia Klöckner revealed hopes for farmers to access genome-editing

German minister endorses gene-editing technology

Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Julia Klöckner revealed her hopes for farmers to access genome-editing as a means of innovation in agriculture…

Luxembourg becomes the first EU country to ban glyphosate

Luxembourg will be the first EU country to ban glyphosate starting February. The veto on this pesticide suspected of causing cancer will have three stages and will be…

Rio Grande Valley - Texas

Valley farmers on alert as quarantine area for Mexican fruit fly grows

The quarantine area for on citrus trees in the Rio Grande Valley is being extended. More than 400 square miles in Cameron and Willacy counties combined are under quarantine…

Intent on supporting sustainable agriculture

Morocco: IFC provides financing to Zalar Agri

The IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing $24 million in financing -through IFC's syndication program- to Zalar Agri, one of Morocco's leading fruit producers, as part of an effort to create jobs and spur export-led economic growth in rural Morocco. The financing will help the company…

Portuguese tech institute researches advanced biofuels from tree-pruning-waste

At the BLC3 Campus of Technology and Innovation in Oliveira do Hospital, a project to use the waste from pruning vines and fruit trees to produce advanced biofuel is being developed. The BLC3 association “is developing a circular economy project in the agricultural sector, where it aims to use the waste…

New South Wales

Australian PM visits Batlow

Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Michael McCormack met with Batlow growers to discuss ways to support the industry and assist with the development of an Apple Industry Bushfire Recovery Plan for regions impacted by bushfires. Through the last few weeks, APAL has met impacted growers and visited all impacted regions, and…

Germany’s fresh food markets are expanding their trade fair strategy

It promises to be an interesting year for the fresh food market association GFI Deutsche Frischemärkte e.V and its 16 member wholesale markets - with new focus on a specific buyer segment. Next week, the Fruit Logistica opens in Berlin. For 19 years the GFI has taken part in this, the world’s leading…

Bosnia-Herzegovina authorized to export planting material to Russian Federation

Bosnia-Herzegovina has been authorized to export planting material to the Russian Federation market. Bosnian Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Stasa Kosarac,…

"The alternative to banned agrochemicals is biological control"

"Beneficial microorganisms have arrived to open ground agriculture, and they are here to stay. These microscopic beings, which are already present in nature, leave no residues either in the soil or in the fruit, so they do not need a safety term and are completely harmless to the consumer. They are 100%…

Biological beetle control with entomopathogenic nematodes

New nematode product against larvae of weevils and leaf horn beetles

The new nematode product nemamax® will be available from March 2020. It contains the useful nematode Heterorhabditis downesi. This nematode is characterised by its very good effect…

Partners focus on reducing transport-related CO₂ emissions

Swiss Logistics Award for Krumme Kerzers and Lidl

Krummen Kerzers AG received the Swiss Logistics Award for its pilot project "Goodbye Diesel - Hello LNG" together with Lidl Switzerland. The aim is to reduce transport-related CO₂ emissions. The renowned Swiss Logistics Award honours new and particularly future-oriented logistics solutions. "We are very…

Ethiopia will irrigate more than a million hectares before September

This week, Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture announced plans to irrigate 1.2 million hectares of land until September 2020. This will enable Ethiopia to harvest 12 million tons of crops and vegetables. “At present about 836,000 hectares of land are covered with various crops and vegetables in…

Pakistan stops Afghan cargo shipments to Waga port

Pakistan has stopped export shipments from Afghanistan into its port of Waga. It seems to be that Pakistan is set on ratcheting up the transit pressure. This has hit Afghan…

Fruit fly infestation threatens exports Mozambique

The Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture has expressed serious concern about the spread of the fruit fly, which is posing a serious threat to exports of Mozambican fruit and…

Indian PM Modi addresses participants

17 Dutch firms participating in Global Potato Conclave in Gandhinagar

About 17 Dutch companies that are involved in the potato value chain will be participating in the four-day Global Potato Conclave that started in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. The…

Intent on enhancing the efficiency of production-distribution supply chain

Taiwan collaboration conducts Consumer Behavior Survey

In a collaboration between the Taiwan Technical Mission, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, and local chain…

Asian retailers support Australian growers amid bush fire crisis

Across Asia, retail partners have teamed up to show support for the Australian growers that are dealing with drought and bushfires. Taste Australia, supporters from Malaysia…

Top five food trends for the UAE for 2020

Truebell, a well-known GCC importer of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) that is headquartered in the UAE, has highlighted healthy frozen foods, Asian cuisine, plant-based and…

Snowy Valleys mayor counts cost of fires

Snowy Valleys Council mayor James Hayes describes the last weeks as some of the most traumatic weeks of his life, as towns, properties and infrastructure in his local…

Swarms now heading to Uganda and South Sudan

Kenya suffers worst locust infestation in 70 years

The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the insects swarm into the east African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable…

Australian tribute to the Beaudesert Blue pumpkin

Queensland beer maker creates spiced pumpkin ale

Earlier this year, Mount Alford’s Scenic Rim Brewery collaborated with Stuart Oppermann from Oppy's Fruit & Veg to create a special spin on a traditional pale ale. Brewer Mike Webster said his seasonal beverage, the Beauy and Blue Spiced Pumpkin Ale harnessed the flavours of the Beaudesert Blue pumpkin,…

French strikes continue to disrupt Maersk’s operations

After its initial announcement about the consequences of French strikes on its operations, Maersk has updated about the ongoing blockades at several ports of France and the…

South Korean farm goods trade deficit likely to widen on FTAs

As imports of farm goods are set to expand at a faster pace than exports - on the back of the country's free trade agreement networks - South Korea's trade deficit in the…

New Zealand fruit thefts

Diane Ward is the owner of the Levin orchard. She saw 800 kilograms of plums vanish into thin air overnight last week. On Friday, a teary-eyed Ward stood in front of her 20 bare trees. "It's really…

The world’s cheapest and most expensive places to buy groceries

Globally, Switzerland sells the most expensive groceries, with prices 79.1% higher than in the U.S. Norway is the second most expensive place to buy groceries, with prices 37.4% more expensive than in the U.S., and Iceland is third most expensive, where food items are 36.6% pricier. That’s according to a…

Nearly half of fruit growers want biotech crops

US fruit growers want biotech crops but fear consumers won’t buy GMO products

There was a flood of responses to the recent American Fruit Grower’s annual State of the Industry survey that focused on man-made climate change and, to a lesser degree, the…

Falfurrias checkpoint - Texas

Nearly 40 illegal immigrants found in vegetable semi trailers

Dozens of illegal immigrants are in custody after getting caught hiding inside semi trailers, when US border agents, alerted by K-9 agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint, found…

Australia: Bushfire information Victoria

As the north east of Victoria is currently still affected by bushfires, the authorities wants to warn there are changes in water quality, and water users in and downstream of  fire-affected…

Benefiting avocado exports too

E-commerce makes China more accessible for Mexican companies

According to an industry insider, E-commerce has made China a more accessible export market for Mexican companies to have "many opportunities" to do business. Andres Diaz Bedolla, a member of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, said the company believes that online sales have boosted growth prospects…

Zimbabwe: Largest dam below 40 percent

Tugwi Mukosi, Zimbabwe’s largest inland lake, has seen its water levels drop drastically, CAJ News Africa revealed. Moreover, if significant rains are not received in the next…

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