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Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Backpackers are staying in Tasmania to ride out pandemic

The European Union has decided it will ease up on the rules when it comes to import from and export to India. The country has been hit by heavy price increases, due to transport not functioning during the lockdown. Meanwhile the question has been asked whether the United Kingdom will see a food shortage…

Zimbabwe reintroduces US dollar amid coronavirus panic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Zimbabwe's government has reintroduced the use of foreign currency as a stabilising measure. The nation's Central Bank has reintroduced the use of foreign currency for the purchase of local goods and services exactly eight months after it instituted the exclusive…

Australian horticulture reaches record high production values

The latest edition of Hort Innovation's Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook has shown that the sector has recorded its highest production value to date, in 2018/19. The Handbook features data on more than 70 horticultural products including fruit and vegetables, but also nuts, nursery, turf and…

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to house 2,910 hospital beds

Home of the New York Produce Show turned into field-hospital

Every December, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is home to the New York Produce Show. Now, the center has been transformed into a temporary field hospital to house overflow patients during the coronavirus outbreak. New York City has been hit hard by the pandemic, having over 30,000 confirmed cases…

French market Rungis goes online for home fruit and vegetable deliveries

In France, markets have been closed since the decree on Monday that tightened the conditions of France's lockdown (although local mayors can make exceptions in areas where the market is essential to daily life). There had been several fake 'Rungis online' sites set up, but now the market itself has…

Bad weather does not affect brown-marmorated stink bug

In the past few days, temperatures have dropped dramatically throughout Italy, reaching 5-6°C below zero in some areas. It was a disaster for fruit and vegetables, but what have been the effects on the Halyomorpha halys brown-marmorated stink bug ? Anti-frost irrigation in a kiwi field in Modigliana (Ravenna).…

Norwegian krone collapsed: Coop is forced to raise fruit and vegetable prices

The collapse of the Norwegian krone has led to 30 percent more expensive import products in the last month. Last week the products became even 10 percent more expensive in the course of one night, according to Coop. They fear financial loss if they do not increase the prices of fruit and vegetables,…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: IRU speaks of 'alarming gap in global response to COVID-19'

The IRU -the world’s road transport organisation- spoke about an alarming gap in global response to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Californian strawberry production allegedly seems to stay on track. In India, buses are being deployed for fruit and veg deliveries in Chandigarh and as many as 1,600 wholesale…

“No market, no fresh produce”

Kenya: Stand-off between Kongowea market traders and county officials

A stand-off between 4,000 wholesale traders at the Kongowea market and county officials has stopped the flow of fresh products from other counties. The open-air market is the largest in the Coast region and has about 6,000 retailers.  This latest dispute will affect not only Mombasa residents but also those…

Namibia inaugurates R$5.6 billion Nerckatal dam

Last week, Namibia inaugurated the Nerckatal Dam in the southern part of the country, built at an astonishing R$5.6 billion, becoming the country’s largest water reservoir expected to improve water supply security as well as boost agriculture production. Namibian Vice President, Nangolo Mbumba, described…

Gert Upton – Schoonbee Landgoed

Limpopo citrus grower-exporter started Covid-19 prep three weeks ago

As South Africa records its first coronavirus mortalities on the first day of lockdown, fruit production continues and the Southern Hemisphere’s entry into the citrus market looks more positive than last year. The strong demand in the Northern Hemisphere as well locally for citrus and particularly lemons…

"It is the first of its kind in a high-tech environment."

Australian glasshouse producer planning to diversify into the cucumber space

A major Australian glasshouse producer and marketing company, Flavorite is preparing to diversify its business, with the introduction of high wire glasshouse grown continental cucumbers. Flavorite is building another four hectares of glasshouse, ready for planting in June 2021, at its facility in…

Largest union in UK demands agricultural migrant workers' rights to be respected

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union, with members working across all sectors of the economy. On Tuesday, it made a statement saying the rights of thousands of migrant…

Food prices in Paraguayan supermarkets increase by up to 200%

The prices of some Argentine basic products, such as onions and potatoes, have increased by up to 200%. According to Pedro Villarreal, an importer of fruits and vegetables,…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

UN warns that measures against virus could cause global food shortages

As the world keeps on dealing with the COVID-19 situation, the UN has come out with a warning that the measures taken against the virus could cause global food shortages. More locally, in the US, apple retail sales get a boost and British officials ask their  citizens to help pick fruit and vegetables. In…

CoV: Vienna wholesale market delivers to your home

"Local deliveries continue on ongoing basis"

The Vienna wholesale market is Austria's most important wholesale location for food and flowers. However, due to the coronavirus an important customer segment has been lost. Instead, retailers are now focusing on home deliveries. In principle, the wholesale market still supplies fruit and vegetables. "Local…

US: Million-dollar marijuana shipment found in boxes of bananas

On Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge decided to search a truckload of bananas coming across the border from Mexico. With the help of drug dogs, the officers discovered 200 packages (4,616 pounds) of marijuana hidden in the banana boxes. The street value…

New Zealand onion exporter looking to build on a successful start in the Indian market

A New Zealand onion exporter has found that the Indian market cannot get enough of the country's produce, in the first 12-months in operation. "It's just insatiable," Founder of Numb3rs Talk, Bill Karaitiana said. "Particularly when they are refrigerated and top-quality, but I now realise that most…

Swiss wholesaler Gunterswiler AG starts Drive In fresh food market in Frauenfeld

"Due to the impairment of the catering trade, we have decided on this alternative"

Similar to what their colleagues of Munich-Fresh are doing at the Munich wholesale market, there is now also a drive-in fresh food market in Switzerland. As of this week, Swiss private customers have the opportunity to order fresh fruit and vegetables and pick them up themselves one day later at the headquarters…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: 'US & Europe already in recession'

In the US, potatoes are a hot item across the nation. Unfortunately, in other news, the US & Europe already seem to be in recession. On a lighter note, UK farming leaders have stated that surplus food supplies caused by the closure of major restaurant chains like McDonald’s will now be redirected the…

FruPro

New platform launched to fight UK food waste

In the UK, a new platform has been launched to fight food waste. The platform, called FruPro, provides users with a free, fast and easy way to buy or sell produce with its realtime ‘offer and search’ functionality. FruPro can connect potential buyers with sellers of fresh produce online and, being a…

Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay

States to approve procedures for transit of cargo trucks at borders

Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Jorge Montenegro Chavesta participated in a videoconference with his counterparts from Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina and…

KV terminals still remain open

Current situation in Austria: lower volumes of imports and exports expected

Hamburg has been the most important port for Austrian industry in containerised traffic for over 30 years. The Hanseatic city is optimally accessible for the Austrian economy by rail and connects it with markets all over the world. Driving time and rest period regulations for truck transportAlexander…

Australia: Fall armyworm reaches Bowen and the Burdekin

The fall armyworm is continuing to spread across North Queensland and has now been detected as far south as Bowen. The pest was first detected in Australia on two Torres…

Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke:

"Government needs to grasp South African farm trends"

According to statistician-general Risenga Maluleke, South African provinces such as the Free State, Gauteng and Mpumalanga are critical to the country’s food production.…

Italian company supports (Italian) community in Berlin

"It's nice to be in a position to help"

In times of crisis, more and more people are showing cohesion and solidarity with their fellow human beings. In Italy, the situation is particularly drastic at the moment, but many Italians in Germany are also in a difficult situation, says Nicoló Sparacino from BioFruit Trading. Sparacino manages the company's…

Horticulture supply chain businesses may need to register as an essential service during NZ lockdown

At 11:59pm Wednesday, New Zealand will move into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, which will see many businesses and non-essential services close, and residents…

Virginia State University blueberry program delivered via Facebook Live

The faculty of Virginia State University are offering their first online-only public program this Thursday through Facebook Live. The annual Blueberry Field Walk will be conducted by specialty crop Extension specialist Dr. Reza Rafie. Facebook Live was selected as the digital platform to conduct this…

The first patients begin to arrive

IFEMA: From hosting events like Fruit Attraction to becoming a hospital

The premises of Ifema in Madrid have gone from being a venue used for events such as Fruit Attraction, the most important trade fair for the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, to the largest makeshift hospital in Spain dedicated to serving patients with pathologies derived from COVID-19. Photo, El País In Spain, the coronavirus has hit the Community of Madrid the harde…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Asda to donate £5 million to food banks

In Idaho, potato prices jumped significantly during a recent five-day stretch, while freight carriers all over the world are struggling to deliver goods by land, sea or air and the Coronavirus seems to have increased demand for Turkish lemons. In many places, like in South Africa, retailers are now…

Panic buying at Aussie nurseries selling fruit and vegetable plants and seeds

After the panic buying of toilet rolls, rice, pasta and meat, it seems to have spread to the nursery industry. Demand for edible plants and seeds heats up due to coronavirus. Andrew Clarke runs a nursery south of Hobart and said he had never seen anything like the past few days in 30 years of selling,…

Country particularly vulnerable due to high HIV and tuberculosis prevalence

South African fresh industry supports country lockdown

South Africa has followed suit: the country's president has announced a total lockdown of 21 days, starting from midnight Thursday night during which citizens will only be allowed to leave home for emergencies and food, and international arrivals will be turned away. Many in the fresh produce industry…

NORPAC sued for $7 million by buyer National Frozen Foods

National Frozen Foods, the company that won the right to purchase some of the assets of NORPAC Foods in bankruptcy court has sued the farmer-owned cooperative for $7.1 million. National Frozen Foods is a vegetable processing company that is owned by entrepreneur Frank Tiegs. It filed suit in bankruptcy…

How one Australian company is turning mushrooms into a meat alternative

An Australian company that began turning mushrooms into meat alternative products less than three months ago says demand is already incredibly strong. Fable Food Company CEO Michael Fox explains that mushrooms are used as the base for the plant-based protein products, which he says try to be as close to…

California

Mating disruption necessary to minimize damage from Navel Orangeworm

David Haviland, an Entomologist with UCANR Kern County, the mating disruption for navel orangeworms is critical in certain agri hotspots. It’s something that's growers need to…

Europe to debate ban on mancozeb

The EU's Standing Committee on Vegetables, Animals, Food and Feed plans to meet on March 23 and 24 to decide if they continue to authorize the use of mancozeb, the seventh most widely used pesticide in Spain. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Hogar sin Toxicos, Ecologists in Action, the Alborada Foundation, and Fodesam are some…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: OECD says global economy will suffer for years to come

Experts fear that in the near future, the Spanish soft fruit sector might become the next Coronavirus casualty, and the International Air Transport Association is appealing to governments for emergency government intervention. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned that the…

Chad Wolf, acting secretary for Homeland Security:

"US-Mexico supply chains intact despite coronavirus"

Despite adding new travel restrictions to both the northern and southern borders of the United States, US officials said economic activity with Canada and Mexico would be…

EU puts challenges to Vietnamese agricultural producers

Ever since the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVTFA) was approved, experts have been analysing the opportunities for Vietnam to penetrate deeper into the…

2020 CPMA Convention and Trade Show cancelled

In light of the rapid escalation of safety precautions to decrease the transmission of COVID-19, and recommendations of municipal, provincial and federal governments regarding…

"We heard whispers that Gisborne navel oranges were one of the best-kept secrets"

The taste of New Zealand citrus becomes an iconic biscuit flavour

The flavour of New Zealand oranges has been immortalised, with the taste and flavour being used in the iconic Tim Tam biscuit. Gisborne fruit and produce supplier First Fresh supplied the fruit, which has been used directly in the biscuit - and the selection even caught the company's managing director…

Australian and New Zealand governments strengthen COVID-19 response

Australia and New Zealand have significantly stepped up measures to try and contain the rapid spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Australia has enforced new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, with the closures of non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms and libraries…

South Africa

PPECB sets up crisis management committee for Covid-19

The Perishable Products Export Control Board has confirmed that the coronavirus outbreak has at this stage not had a significant impact on their daily operations, ensuring…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: Uk farming firms in fear as workforce is in peril

While UK producers of summer fruits are worried that the current crisis could prevent produce getting from farms to the shops this picking season and small upstate New York farms are struggling, the New Zealand government is looking at letting thousands of migrant workers stay in New Zealand longer to…

Two million temporary visa holders in Australia left in limbo

Following a strict new travel ban announced by prime minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, concerns are also being raised about the ability of the agriculture sector to access…

“Now more than ever we must support each other”

There will be challenging times ahead for the fresh produce industry, according to Europe Retail Packing. They’ve been preparing for days such as these and state they will,…

Poland: Currency weakest in eleven years

Currency experts point out that the weakening of the zloty is due to the strength of the US dollar and risk aversion among emerging markets assets to which the Polish currency…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-update: US farmers working hard to meet demand

While in the US, local farmers are working hard to meet the demand for apples and onions, it is still feared that travel bans will hamper US and Australian migrant labor flows. Still, Canadian sources have declared that international labour will be allowed into the Okanagan region. Also, some jobs could…

Danish zoo runs out of fruit due to consumer hoarding

In the Danish Munkholm Zoo, in the east of Jutland, there was not enough fruit for the 400 animals on Saturday morning. Normally, the zoo buys cheap leftover fruit, but the…

Egypt to develop wholesale markets with Rungis, France

Early next week, Egypt’s Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade will sign a partnership agreement with Rungis, the largest French company specializing in the management of wholesale markets in Europe, to rehabilitate and develop Egypt’s markets. The ministry has stated that the Internal Trade Development…

Online tool shows where food crops are grown in US

CropScape is a public user interface for a national land cover geospatial data product called Cropland Data Layer. The National Agricultural Statistics Service released the latest annual CDL at 30 meters resolution on Feb. 5, 2020. The entire archive of historical CDL products are available on CropScape…

South African Department of Water and Sanitation

East Cape Kromriver reservoir at 80.5% full

The East Cape Kromrivier reservoir is at 80.5% full, against 98.9% last year. The Impofu reservoir numbers are 16.6% and 28.8%, respectively. The total capacity reservoir…

New Zealand: Water use restrictions in Bay of Plenty

Dry weather conditions are putting Bay of Plenty Regional Council waterways under unusual pressure. The council says it is putting extra preparations in place to ensure the region’s waterways are well cared for if this summer’s dry weather continues. The council’s regulatory services general manager…

South African export farmers and hunting industry under stress

“We are bracing for the impact and are putting plans in place to try to mitigate the risk and effects”

The major agricultural players in the Eastern Cape, particularly those who export to Italy and China, are watching anxiously to see how the coronavirus  pandemic will affect business.…

Kenya: Del Monte in court to extend orders in land lease case

The Thika-based fruit company Del Monte has gone back to court, seeking an extension of orders barring residents from invading its expansive farm in Kiambu and Murang’a counties. The company filed an application under certificate of urgency, stating it obtained orders barring Kandara Residents…

Truckload of bell peppers, tomatoes stuffed with 'historic' amount of meth

Nogales customs officers claim record methamphetamine seizure

Last week, US Customs and Border Protection officers seized a record amount of methamphetamine at the Nogales Commercial Facility from a Mexican national when he attempted to enter the country through the Port of Nogales. The CBP discovered more than 600 packages of drugs inside the floor compartment of…

Today's important COVID-19 news in the fresh produce sector

Corona-Update: “We’re continuing to monitor the situation closely and adopting a precautious approach"

As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate, Zespri's Europe-bound kiwifruit crop is expected to leave at the end of this week. The demand for longan (and the prices) are plummeting in Cambodia. In India, the general cargo business in the state of Maharashtra is impacted by 20 to 30 per cent.…

Australia: Vegetable Innovation Days are still go!

The East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) are on track to be another award winning event. Once the official lettuce has been cut to declare the event open, it's two days of non-stop activity, trials and presentations in Lindenow, where the vegetable industry gathers to see the latest in…

Uttar Pradesh: Untimely rains and hailstorm kill at least 28 farmers

In the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, hailstorms have caused physical harm to the crops and affected their growth, said farmers. Not only that, at least 28 people, including women and children, were killed due to the untimely rains accompanied by the hailstorm over the weekend. Newsclick.in reported that it also…

Today's important Coronavirus news

'Fresh Produce Industry Coronavirus update'

Exports of fresh produce from Bangladesh have been seriously hampered by the flight restrictions imposed by several Middle Eastern countries, intent on preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The Indonesian government needs to further simplify import procedures for basic needs like garlic, in view of…

Good export demand on apples and early citrus; panic buying boosts potato sales

Coronavirus in South Africa: fruit exports continuing as usual

In South Africa fruit and vegetable exports are for the moment continuing as planned, with the expectation that demand for fresh produce in export markets will be supported by the health crisis posed by the coronavirus. Currently there are 62 cases of patients with the coronavirus in South Africa, no…

Generational differences in shopper habits present new opportunities for retailers

While the current shopper demography shows that the majority of money in retail stores is spent by the baby boomer generation, numbers also indicate that the millennial generation is growing twice as fast as other groups in their purchases. This means that the shopping habits of millennials are very…

Samoan chief guilty of all but one human-traffic charges

New Zealand trial judgement on trafficking people and 'dealing in slaves'

In a New Zealand trial, a man accused of human trafficking and slavery charges has been found guilty of all but one charge. Facing 11 charges of trafficking people and 13 charges of dealing in slaves, Joseph Matamata, 65, was on trial before a jury in the High Court at Napier. The alleged offending…

Ontario food suppliers hit by COVID-19-related school closures

Ontario food suppliers say Thursday’s announcement to close more than 4,800 Ontario elementary and high schools for two weeks following March Break to battle the COVID-19 pandemic swirling the globe is going to be painful. “These closures mean lost sales, lost revenues and less work for my staff…

Research reveals consumers are eager to eat healthier

IGD research reveals that consumers are eager to be healthier and more sustainable in their food choices and consumers are looking for support to make positive changes.…

Singapore is growing vegetables in its supermarkets

Singapore’s aim to increase its food security has resulted in the emerge of several high-tech indoor farms: farms that grow leafy greens in a controlled environment. The efforts are already paying off, as many supermarkets in Singapore now offer locally produced vegetables. However, as these farms are…

Today's important Coronavirus news

'Fresh Produce Industry Coronavirus update'

As the Coronavirus hits Indonesian imports, some restaurants there are taking dishes off the menu after the price of onions soared ten-fold. In Iran, it has caused a decline in mushroom consumption, while in Panama, the consumer protection body is keeping a close look at the soaring fruit prices.…

Jack Vera, Royal Netherlands Embassy

South Africa bids farewell to active Dutch agricultural attaché

Jack Vera, outgoing agricultural attaché at the Embassy of the Netherlands in South Africa (right), has just returned from a trade mission to Angola, the other country in his portfolio, where the Dutch government has identified a number of commodities with commercial potential, like mangoes, citrus,…

suppliers respond

Delays in horticultural projects due to travel limitations

The suspension of all travel from Europe to the US will greatly affect the horticultural industry, especially since more and more travel limitations are expected or already in place. Suppliers and builders respond to the current situation and how to do business when you can't visit your project. The…

Parallels between the EHEC crisis and the corona virus: trade fears

"It remains to be seen whether we have learned from previous epidemics"

There is still a lot of uncertainty about what the exact impact of the corona virus will be on trade. However, this is not the first case of a pathogen having such a major…

Sri Lanka: Potato container hides over 75 kg of heroin

Yesterday, Sri Lankan police officials found at least 75 kg of heroin hidden inside a container with imported potatoes from Pakistan. The Police Narcotic Division and the…

Israeli agriculture minister attends food security meeting on COVID-19 crisis

Israeli Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi has stated that while coordination is required to ensure supply continuity and food security should the outbreak worsen, shortages in locally produced foods are unlikely. Minister Tzachi Hanegbi held an emergency meeting on Wednesday with regional council heads…

HORTGRO concerned about possible COVID-19 impact on South Africa

The Deciduous Fruit Industry body, HORTGRO, says it is concerned about the possible impact of coronavirus on the sector. Agriculture remains a key economic driver in the…

Australia: City council chooses compostable mail bags made from veg

Recently, the autumn edition of Wagga Wagga City Council’s What’s On Guide was sent out in green mail bags; these were made from vegetables. Visitor Economy and Events Officer Kimberly Parker said using the green compostable mail bags was another step to reduce the council’s environmental footprint.…

Sufficient rainfall prompts removal of Lower Darling River temporary dams

New South Wales Water Minister Melinda Pavey has stated that four so-called "block banks" along the Lower Darling river, that were built just over a year ago to ensure emergency supplies of water remained for critical stock and domestic use when the system began drying up,  will be removed in coming weeks…

British Growers comments on UK labour shortfall

Jack Ward is the CEO of British Growers; he has produced an open letter for the industry and others outlining the issues created by the UK’s proposed points-based immigration…

California growers hit by Coronavirus crippling global shipping

The Coronavirus shut down much of China’s industry earlier this year, which means far fewer cargo containers have been sailing for American ports than usual. As a result,…

New research examines consumer views on gene-edited products

The FMI Foundation in partnership with the American Seed Trade Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Farm Foundation, released a consumer research study…

Port of Lisbon: Continuing strike challenges

According to a Hapag-Lloyd announcement, the Lisbon Stevedores Union has staged a strike that includes a full stoppage in Lisbon port, which it says will continue until 8.00am 30 March 2020. The strike began on 19 February with partial work from stevedores, one shift only, but since 29 February…

Chinese importer cancels consignment due to outbreak in Nashik

A container meant for export to China has returned back from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai. The importer refused the consignment sighting coronavirus outbreak.…

Jamaican PM urges retailers to promote local produce

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling for supermarket suppliers to reduce food imports and promote more home-grown produce. “I’m not here saying that we must not…

Currencies India & Pakistan see heightened volatility

In the coming days, the currencies of India and Pakistan will continue to witness increased volatility as global economic concerns and the possibilities of a further plunge in financial and oil markets deepen, analysts have said. The Indian rupee, after breaching the 74 per dollar mark to hit a 17-month…

India: South Kashmir growers are still waiting for compensation

Orchardists in south Kashmir are worried as they have yet to receive the compensation due to last year’s lock-down, followed by the unseasonal snowfall. The Kashmir…

Spreading to 24 districts

Desert locusts continue invading Uganda

Ugandan Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja has confirmed that a swarm of desert locusts continues to invade Uganda from neighboring Kenya. The animals have come through…

Shawnee, Oklahoma

US boasts world’s largest grocery store apple display

Some 11,760 3-pound bags of Chelan Fresh apples are on currently on display in Shawnee, Oklahoma. With the goal of making healthy food accessible to parents, children and community members, the Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala apples in this impressive display are being sold at value price.

Roland Wirth from Frigotec on the Softripe maturing process:

"We are convinced that we have found the future standard of ripening"

At this year's Fruit Logistica, in addition to bananas, Frigotec presented avocados that were being ripened via the new Softripe process. The visitors to the stand were impressed and, for Managing Director Roland Wirth, it was a clear success: "My impression is that this trade fair appearance has shown the…

'Zero strikes' fruit fly community awareness campaign

South Australia still shows zero tolerance for fruit flies

The Marshall Liberal Government has launched a new 'zero strikes' fruit fly community awareness campaign to protect the state's farmers and keep South Australia fruit fly…

And some other struggling currencies

Chilean peso hits historic low amid COVID-19 worries

Last Monday, the Chilean peso closed at a historic low, dropping 1.82% to 841.50 to the dollar. The reason? Fears over a global coronavirus outbreak and widespread protests continued to rattle the South American nation. The peso has been slammed by volatility linked to the impact of the worldwide spread…

New moth threat for Texan prickly pear cactus

Texan plants our now in danger of being hit by a devastating invasive moth that is going for the state’s ubiquitous prickly pear cactus. The South American cactus moth has…

US shoppers skip fresh produce aisle due to Coronavirus

Fearful of coronavirus and potential quarantine, US shoppers are avoiding touching fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores and stocking their pantries with pretzels, powered milk, canned meat and other packaged food. Sales of celery, asparagus, chili peppers, apples and mandarins slowed in the last…

Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria wants to regulate avocado sector

Kenya: Avocado Processing and Marketing Bill rattles industry

The recent plans proposed by Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria to introduce a law regulating the avocado sub-sector, has sent shockwaves across counties where the crop is…

UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center

US researchers find viruses that might control insect that causes Citrus Greening

Citrus Greening is present in about 95 percent of the citrus trees in Florid. That is why University of Florida scientists are working toward establishing a new biological…

COVID-19 update

What is the recent status of Chinese growers?

The COVID-19 epidemic began more than a month ago and food has become a matter of fundamental importance. The growers who produce fruit and vegetables have started to play a vital role in protecting people’s lives since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Online opinions vary when it comes to such issues as…

Creative drug smugglers are hiding cocaine in avocados

Drug smugglers are becoming increasingly creative. This video shows how cocaine was found hidden in a batch of avocados. At first, everything seems normal, until the avocado is cut open. It contains an unusual green pit.   Positivo para cocaína. pic.twitter.com/CAdL0F6hMJ — 𝕸𝖊𝖒í𝖓 (@SenorCaicedo) March 4, 2020

Authorities investigate the death of four workers in a fruit company in Chile

Atacama's Investigative Police are investigating the death of four workers in a pre-cold chamber of the Atacama Fruticola company, located in the Nantoco sector in the…

Ribercamp

New second-degree cooperative created in the Spanish region of Valencia

On Wednesday, March 4, the Assemblies of the Sant Bernat Cooperative, of Carlet, and of the Guadacoop Cooperative, of Guadassuar, were held simultaneously. They approved the integration of the Fruit and Vegetable Producers' Organizations of the two cooperatives (with the support of almost all of their…

Growers on alert in Buffalo, New York

Spotted lanternfly headed westwards

In the US, the spotted lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia, has already infested southeast Pennsylvania. It is moving west. Experts worry it is only a matter of time before…

Maltese to help set up phytosanitary labs in Ghana

Yofi Grant is the Chief executive officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Authority (GIPC). He recently hinted of plans to establish phytosanitary lab in Ghana, aided by…

South African agri sector nervous about coronavirus as well

As the coronavirus outbreak in China is fast spreading across other regions, the health implications present risks for global value chains. From a macroeconomic perspective,…

Catalonia approves first anti-food waste law in Spain

On Wednesday, March 4, Catalonia approved a law that aims to reduce food waste throughout the entire value chain, from the primary sector to the final consumer. It is the…

German wholesalers are not yet feeling any major consequences of the corona virus

"Virus plays more of a role in people's minds than in reality"

The corona virus now also has a firm grip on the German food sector, especially the fresh food trade. In recent weeks, several isolated cases have been detected in northern Italy. In day-to-day business, the consequences have so far been felt in isolated cases, according to a survey of specialist…

South and southwest provinces were struck in 2018 already

China again faces fall armyworm invasion

On March 5th 2020, the Chinese government admitted at a press conference that fall armyworms have invaded the country. Originally, the fall armyworm is from the tropical and subtropical Americas. Their first invasion to China happened in 2018. South and southwest provinces were the most affected. The…

Twelve counties added to Pennsylvania 'lanternfly quarantine' zone

The Department of Agriculture has announced that 12 more counties in Pennsylvania are being added to the lantern-fly quarantine zone. The lanternfly destroys trees and vines…

Tasmania

Coronavirus, industrial action and cyber-attack troubles port of Burnie

As there have been severe delays moving freight in and out of the port of Burnie, no less than three negative developments were blamed: the Coronavirus, industrial action in…

African Agricultural Technology Foundation:

‘Technology is Africa’s remedy to food crisis’

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has been able to carve a niche for itself due to Africa’s desire to transform its agriculture since it came on board in…

Australian growers keep searching for innovations

For Australian grown produce to remain relevant in a world of increased availability, flow and a globalised vegetable marketplace, Australia’s growers may need to continuously adopt innovative, new technologies to enhance the superior quality of their vegetables. This was one of the key findings in…

SEPC makes a difference at Southern Exposure conference and trade show

The Southern Exposure 2020 trade show took place in Tampa on February 29th. The show began at 12:30, and prior to this the attendees and exhibitors enjoyed a luncheon during which multiple awards were given. The luncheon also featured a keynote speaker: Tony Dungy, who spoke on how a group of people can…

Citrus Australia to lead a major traceability pilot program

Citrus Australia will head a new traceability pilot program, encouraging better traceability in fruit supply chains. Agriculture Victoria’s Program Manager for Traceability, Caroline Barrett made the announcement of $200,000 of funding from her organisation, to partner Citrus Australia, at the industry's…

New Zealand plant

Nelson apple processing facility will relocate to Hastings

Over 100 jobs will be lost to Nelson after the closure of the Cedenco apple processing plant. The factory was bought by Cedenco Foods NZ Ltd (Cedenco) in 2018 after T&G Global was forced to sell it. Cedenco currently employs 29 permanent workers and up to 100 seasonal staff at the Nayland Rd factory,…

Jörg Broschkat combines ecological and economical conditions of plant care

"Only if we can intervene promptly, can we find a remedy"

The requirements for fruit and vegetables in the retail trade are becoming more and more demanding, especially with regard to residues of plant and soil protection substances.…

2019 was a record export year for Australian Citrus

PHOTO REPORT: Citrus Market Outlook Forum 2020

As the Citrus Market Outlook Forum wrapped up, and the attention turned to the upcoming season, there was a chance to celebrate recent achievements. 2019 was a record export year; it was the first time more than 300,000 tonnes of citrus was exported from Australia and the first time the value had broken…

Successful premiere during the InterGastra:

First Food & Concept Court was the meeting place for food service professionals

ErfaFoodService successfully breathed life into a new concept at the INTERGASTRA trade fair centre in Stuttgart. The network around Michael Möhring organised the "pitch & meet Food & Concept Court" with a lot of passion. This opened its doors for the first time in the restaurant by the water from 15 to 19…

Spain: Costa Blanca fruit fraudsters arrested

The Almoradí Guardia Civil arrested two people in connection with the illegal sale of 7 tonnes of lemons and 125 tonnes of pomegranates. An investigation was launched last…

Federal Reserve cuts interest rates to battle COVID-19: US dollar drops

Since Tuesday, the US dollar fell across the board after the Federal Reserve cut interest rates in an emergency move designed to shield the world’s largest economy from the impact of the coronavirus. The Central Bank said it was cutting rates by a half percentage point to a target range of 1.00% to…

South African farm economy to recover in 2020

Going on the agricultural GDP data released by Statistics South Africa, it becomes clear that the nation’s farming economy was not in good shape in 2019. The data show a 6.9%…

2019 - value of fresh Australian vegetable exports increased once again

According to the latest data from Global Trade Atlas, the value of fresh Australian vegetable exports increased once again in 2019. This continues the recent trend of the rising value of vegetable exports that is ensuring the vegetable industry is well-placed to meet its goal of 40 per cent growth to…

Collaborating with Macquarie University

Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly project: Area-wide fruit fly management

The Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly project has helped contribute to a 60 per cent reduction in the Queensland fruit fly. The project has brought together community,…

For growing protected blueberries without a license

Huelvan grower: One year in jail and ordered to destroy all plants

A Spanish grower has been sentenced to one year in jail by a Huelva judge for reproducing and multiplying cranberry varieties "Snowchaser" and "Ventura" without authorization.…

Australia: Bundaberg farmers call for Paradise Dam to be fixed

Protesters in Bundaberg have ramped-up their fight for water security, demanding Paradise Dam on the Burnett River be fixed, not lowered. A Commission of Inquiry into the construction of Paradise Dam, tasked with identifying the root cause of structural and stability issues with the dam wall, is…

Queensland - Australia

Fall armyworm detected in Georgetown

Georgetown has become the latest location to be impacted by the invasive fall armyworm, as the pest was detected in a trial maize crop. The agricultural pest was first…

PepsiCo takeover unsettles local firms in Zimbabwe

Currently, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) is reviewing a bid by US food and beverages corporation PepsiCo to take over South Africa's Pioneer Foods. Some sources say the proposed transactions has sent Zimbabwean firms in the sector into panic mode. Last year PepsiCo struck a…

Japanese chef hand-carves intricate patterns into fruit and vegetables

Japanese chef and food artist Takehiro Kishimoto is still a master when transforming everyday fruit and vegetables into edible masterpieces. Image: Takehiro Kishimoto  The instagrammer, with the handle @gakugakugakugakugaku1, uses an x-acto knife to carve intricate patterns into apples, courgettes, eggs and…

Hydroponic system introduced Taiwan International Cooperation Development Foundation

Taiwan ICDF assists South Pacific nations in overcoming environmental constraints

According to an article by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the South Pacific nations are often subject to many environmental…

National Agricultural Export Development Board

Rwandan packing house upgraded to ensure safety of horticulture exports

The Rwandan National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has unveiled its newly upgraded packing house that will help the quality and safety of the nation’s produce to meet international market requirements. The event was officiated by the CEO of NAEB, Amb. Willian Bill Kayonga and Ton Negenman,…

At XVIII International Blueberries Seminar - April 16, 2020

Chilean, Peruvian and Mexican blueberry industry thoroughly analysed

In April, three of the leading exponents of the Latin American blueberry industry will meet in Chile, attempting to make an in-depth analysis on each country’s situation and…

Huelva's agricultural producers blocked the road to Portugal

On February 27, Huelva's agricultural producers blocked the highway connecting Spain with Portugal, preventing access to the international bridge, in a protest called by the Union of Small Agricultural Producers (UPA) of Huelva. Five hundred people and about 200 tractors took part in it. Although at…

UK: Newent fruit farmer fears points based immigration system

Michael Bentley and his wife Chrissy have owned Castle Fruit Farm since 2002. They have employed seasonal Bulgarian workers ever since. Last Tuesday, the UK government announced its proposed post-Brexit points-based immigration system. Now, it is facing opposition from companies which employ so-called…

'Coronavirus funding needed to keep Britain safe and trade flowing'

The British ports industry is requesting further support for port health authorities to prevent COVID-19 spreading and impacting businesses. As the number of new confirmed…


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