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‘Turkey must fix agricultural sector to bring down food inflation’

Measures chosen by the Turkish government will bring food inflation down temporarily, but prices will rise again if structural issues in the agriculture sector are not solved. This was said by Turkey’s main business lobby, TUSIAD, on Wednesday. Food prices surged 31 percent year-on-year in January and have been a…

San Mateo County - California

Asian citrus psyllids detected in Foster City & Redwood City

The San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner and California Department of Food and Agriculture are beginning a survey and treatment program in response to the detection of…

Mincetur and PromPerú award the Non-Traditional Exporter prize to Camposol

Camposol has been recognized as the Non-Traditional Exporter of the year, a prize granted by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur, in Spanish) and the Peruvian Commission for the Promotion of Exports and Tourism (PromPerú, in Spanish) within the framework of the Exports 2018 event, which…

Namibia: Temporary ban on vegetable imports

Because of an abundance of local vegetables, the Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) has banned the importation of certain vegetables until the end of February 2019. In a public announcement issued on…

Company claims to have proven treatment for spotted lanternfly

Arborjet Inc., a tree and plant health care company has developed a proven and effective treatment solution to help mitigate the Spotted Lanternfly. According to the U.S.…

UAE rejects rumours about easing shipping ban aimed at Qatar

Last Thursday, the UAE issued a statement clarifying news reports regarding export and import of goods to and from Qatar at ports in the emirates. The UAE authorities stated that news reports circulating online were inaccurate. The UAE Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime has stressed in a circular that…

China & US start new round of trade talks in Washington

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin co-chair the formal opening of a fresh round of high-level economic and trade talks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb.…

Pushing the boundaries of creativity in fresh produce

These days image is everything in the fresh produce industry, as consumers become more brand conscious and aware of what they are eating and where the product comes from, not to mention how sustainable it is. Specialists agree that the brand stories and images conveyed on the packaging are of paramount…

India & Argentina sign Memorandum of Understanding

On February 18, after extensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of the Argentine Republic, Mauricio Macri, India and Argentina released a Joint Statement. President Mauricio Macri is in India at the invitation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of the celebrations of the…

World’s worst-performing major currency

Swedish Krona just can't get a break

Sweden’s krona slumped to its worst position in eight months after weaker-than-forecast inflation data stoked concern about the central bank’s ability to raise borrowing costs. The latest numbers add to investor scepticism on the outlook for the krona, which is ironically forecast to return the most among the Group-of-10…

Arizona grower raises $3 Million through Fair Trade program

Wholesum™ has reflected on the deep impact that the Fair Trade Program has had on its farms and employees. In what the company describes as a monumental achievement, the community development funds generated by the sales of Wholesum’s Fair Trade Certified produce has surpassed the $3 million mark in just…

Currency in Romania approaching all-time low

The Romanian Leu (currency code: RON) this week has returned to a depreciation path against the Euro and again approaches the all-time low registered last month. Wednesday, the exchange rate…

Pakistan – India row: Imports from India continue unabated

As Pakistan’s exports to India face suspension after Pulwama attack on February 14, the trading and import of Indian goods has so far been moving at normal pace. Some businessmen, however, want a “tit-for-tat action” from the Pakistani government in view of up to 200 per cent duty imposed by India on import of Pakistani…

Former EU ambassador: No-deal Brexit 'means hard border'

The UK's former ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, has warned there will be a hard border in Ireland if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Rogers was giving evidence to the Lords EU Committee, saying said that if a hard Irish border was to be avoided in a no-deal scenario, there would instead have to be…

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni:

More money for black farmer development in South African budget

South Africa’s national budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, tabled by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in Parliament on Wednesday, represents a financial and spending plan for…

Areas of the US vs European countries with an equal GDP

Weird, but interesting.

And more cocaine found in port of Antwerp

Cocaine in container filled with organic bananas

Two inspections carried out by the Drug Control Police led to the seizure of 294 kilos of cocaine. A coordinated operation involving Colombia, Costa Rica and Belgium was aimed at an organization dedicated to drug trafficking. It ended with the seizure of 92 kilos of cocaine that were found on a ship from…

Pome fruit industry tries to combat load shedding losses

South Africa: Power struggles

Load shedding and dispensation for loadout temperatures for apples have been a major concern for the pome fruit industry. Now, the Packhouse Action Group (PAG) load shedding workgroup met recently to…

German chain Aldi wants to cut banana prices from Ecuador

German supermarket chain Aldi wants to cut banana prices from Ecuador from €8 to €7. But Development Minister Gerd Müller has called on German companies to ensure fair pricing and production conditions. Click here for a short video.

Leadership program focused on mid-career women in the produce industry

After a pilot program in the fall, Wendy McManus of Connect 2 Potential has opened registration for the spring session of Lean in to Leadership, a coaching and development…

India strikes back at Pakistan over Pulwama attack

In protest against last week’s terrorist attack on its paramilitary soldiers, for which it blames Islamabad, New Delhi has raised duties on major Pakistani products. Around 300 trucks carrying cement, one of Pakistan’s major exports to India, were stuck at the Wagah border after duties were suddenly increased 200%. This…

Shipments required to have test certificates

Kuwait extends period of checks on Egyptian fruit imports

Eng Adel Al-Suwait, Secretary-General of the Higher Committee for Food Safety at the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition has stated that the committee has recommended the…

Mexico- US border: Strawberry truck has methamphetamine on board

Last weekend, a truck driver who claimed to be hauling strawberries aboard his tractor trailer from Mexico into the US was arrested after customs officers found nearly $13…

Secretary of State Gove:

'No guarantee that UK can export food to EU after No-Deal Brexit’

Michael Gove has shattered Brexiteer hopes of unilateral free trade by announcing Britain will impose tariffs on EU imports to protect farmers in a “difficult and damaging no-deal Brexit”. In a speech to farmers, the environment secretary also warned there was “no absolute guarantee” the UK would be able to export…

Labour, Brexit and increasing energy costs make for a hard mushroom season

Poland: Prices of mushrooms increasing

The mushroom market in Poland is dealing with some hard challenges at the moment, which has led to price increase. The cause can’t be pinned down to a single event, but is an accumulation of several problems the exporters are facing right now. And then there’s still Brexit to take into account. The Polish mushroom exporters…

Fruit is the common thread in company vitality policies

Delivering fruit to workplaces in no longer the only thing Fruitzaam does. Via Fruitzaam Events, this Dutch wholesaler also offers complete, professional vitality programs.  “It is a challenge for employers to keep their staff satisfied, healthy, and productive for as long as possible. We can contribute ideas and support",…

Summarizing Canada's recent presence at Fruit Logistica 2019

From 6-8 February, Berlin was transformed into the hotspot of the fresh fruit industry. Fruit Logistica, the leading trade fair for the global fruit trade, not only reflects the entire value chain – from producer to retailer – but offers the best platform for business, innovation and information. The…

NZ: New species of fruit fly found in Auckland

A second type of fruit fly has been found in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Otara. This fly (Bactrocera facialis - the "facialis fruit fly") is a different species to the Queensland fruit fly and the detection is not related to the current Devonport situation. The solitary male fly was formally identified earlier…

Alibaba co-founder: Trade deficit of the US will disappear as China ramps up imports

Joseph Tsai, co-founder of Alibaba, recently stated there will be a reversal in the United States structural trade gap as China increases its imports. Tsai predicts that the…

Australia’s LGIAsuper invests in changing US food tastes

Demand for fresh food is growing in America, and Superannuation Fund Australia LGIAsuper has sought to capitalise on this health trend by becoming one of the first…

Plant & Food Research scientists discover Monoglobus pectinilyticus

Gut bacteria adapting to New Zealanders' love of fruit and veg

New Zealand have discovered a gut bacterium that specialises in breaking down a hard-to-digest substance found in plants. This suggests that the human gut microbiome is evolving to accommodate our increased consumption of fibre-rich foods. Plant & Food Research scientists discovered a new human gut bacterium: Monoglobus…

South Africa: Fruit exporters concerned about Brexit

With Brexit currently being a hot topic, South African fruit exporters are watching closely to see how it might influence the value of the pound, says Roelf Pienaar, managing…

Turkish women make chemical-free vegetable-based paints

In Turkey, a group of women volunteers has been producing and distributing chemical-free paints made from fruits and vegetables to vulnerable children. The women set up a project called "Natural Paint Workshop" to protect children from the harms of paints containing chemical products. Group co-founder Binnur Temel said…

International hangover cures

How about just keep drinking?

Agricultural trade and market access

Food Security in Africa

Agri-food markets in Africa are not well integrated at the local, regional an international levels. Trade barriers are hampering both exports and imports as well as the value chain development. Trade via better market access has the potential to create income and welfare, while improving the food security situation, i.e.…

Aftermath of Pulwama attack: Madhya Pradesh tomato farmers won't export produce to Pakistan

Just days after 40 personnel from the Indian Central Reserve Police Force lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack, tomato farmers in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh have decided not to export their produce to Pakistan anymore. The decision was taken by the farming community in order to mark their protest against…

"The insurance solutions we provide are tailored to the needs of the industry"

Cherries, Avocados, Blueberries and more: Fruit Insurance Services (FIS) have been providing professional insurance solutions for the international fruit markets for more than twenty years. They cover extensive range of scenarios from temperature issues to delayed shipments, strikes in ports and…

UK to sign post-Brexit trade continuity accord with Israel

The UK and Israel are to sign an agreement, meant to ensure continuity in trade relations after Britain leaves the EU. Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox and Israel’s Economy and Industry Minister Eli Cohen will sign the accord in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy in Israel and the ministry said in…

Slidell, Louisiana

US: World record for Largest Grapefruit broken

This past weekend in Slidell, Louisiana, Doug Meyer and his family attempted to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Grapefruit... and succeeded. The enormous grapefruit weighed 3.57 kgs and was almost 72 cm in circumference. Source: facebook.com

Canada: Beet juice beats the snow

The city of Sherbrooke in Quebec has been spreading a solution made from beet juice to make roads less slippery after a snow storm. “”It is the second time this season that we've used this…

Nigeria: Perishable air cargo project scrapped

The perishable agro-cargo airport project launched in 2013 as part of efforts to diversify the Nigerian economy, grow national earnings and boost GDP contributions from the…

Australia: 'Big Cherry' farm in northern Victoria closes due to high water prices

Joseph Campanelli was operating the 'Big Cherry' farm and fruit shop in the rural hamlet of Wyuna for nearly 20 years. But now, rising water prices made it impossible for him to continue farming. Water in Victoria currently costs around $500 a megalitre, a far cry from the $120 a megalitre Campanelli…

Ghana: Fire destroys mango plantation near Dambai

A mango plantation of about 45-hectares near Dambai, in the Krachi East Municipality of the Volta region, has been consumed by wild fire. Michael Gyato, Deputy Minister for…

Chinese students sell ‘cabbage rose’ Valentine’s Day gift that’s all heart

Trying to boost the vitamin-C content of the ‘napa’ cabbage variety, a Nanjing Agricultural University professor developed the hybrid ‘yellow rose’ This highly nutritious vegetable can withstand very low temperatures. That is how the Chinese university team had a fresh offering for Valentine’s Day this year – a hybrid cabbage…

Speed limits - all over the world

And look at those Germans go.

Suspicions of sabotage

South African police deployed to Eskom power units

Eskom’s power units across south Africa will be manned by the police to prevent sabotage as part of an emergency plan by the government to keep the lights on. The Presidential Cabinet Committee on Eskom will brief president Ramaphosa on a daily basis on progress made to resolve the challenges at Eskom, which has…

Nigel Haith from the Haith Group:

‘2019 set to be another challenging year for potato growers’

Certainly, 2018 has been a challenging a year for British growers and farmers. With political uncertainty, regulatory change and extreme weather, growers got more than they…

Morocco & Spain to build railway line

Morocco and Spain are studying the possibility of a connection between the two countries through a continental railway line. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Morocco’s Secretary of State for Transport Najib Boulif said that both countries have been working on the continental railway: “We are now in…

Brand protection is key in agricultural industry

A brand is the most important intangible resource in any industry, and the agricultural industry is no different. Brand protection helps to consolidate market share in the middle of fierce competition. It is of vital importance to improve brand value. Any company that wishes to establish a strong brand…

Philippines: Peso seen weakening to 54 to for 1 dollar

The peso may slip to the 54 level against the dollar by the third quarter of this year as the US Federal Reserve may not turn out to be as dovish as expected by global markets…

Coping with power cuts and fluctuations costly & disruptive, but sharpens focus on alternatives to the country’s fossil fuel dependance

Parliament hears South Africa’s electricity provider is insolvent

“It feels like we’re in a state of emergency,” a Johannesburg caller tells talk radio, after recounting how much more fuel his car uses due to traffic jams when the power is out. South Africans feel a bit shaken after a Department of Public Enterprises official earlier this week confirmed their worst…

Chile: Delegation from Jiangnan's wholesale market meets with Asoex

A delegation of distributors and representatives of the largest fresh fruit wholesale market in China, Jiangnan, of Guangzhou, met with executives of the Association of Exporters of Frutas de Chile AG (ASOEX) and visited fruit packing facilities with the aim of deepening relations and getting to know in…

Oyster mushrooms: beneficial for the crops

A laboratory in Limoges teamed up with a producer from the Creuse to develop a natural remedy that will protect vines, cereals and orchards from diseases. The solution? A grey…

Guam: Shipping delays lead to empty shelves

On the island of Guam, Pay-Less Supermarket's Mike Benito said a week-long shipping delay led to a shortage of perishable goods and veggies: "We're just getting those containers this week so they did their best to try to air freight as much of that product as possible but its kind of difficult to make up…

New Zealand: Queensland fruit fly puts Devonport in lockdown

A suburb in New Zealand’s largest city is in a fruit and vegetable lockdown after a single male Queensland fruit fly was found in a trap. But the find in Auckland’s Devonport does not mean New Zealand has an outbreak of the species, said Biosecurity New Zealand spokesperson Catherine Duthie on Friday: “It was vital…

'New Zealand grown' labels

"New Zealand Grown" labels, indicating locally grown produce will in the next few months be rolled out on product on the supermarket shelves. The green labels, introduced by the membership-based Buy NZ Made campaign, are alternative stickers to the already existing NZ Made stickers, designed to be used by produce resellers and growers. Buy NZ Made…

Seasonal labour shortage declared in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay

The Ministry of Social Development on Friday declared a seasonal labour shortage in Hawke's Bay. This means that people on visitor visas can now apply for a variation of conditions, which will enable them to work on orchards and vineyards in the region. The shortage is for a six-week period between 25 February and 5…

Morning hail destroys Cyprus crops

Early on Thursday, a sudden hail storm devastated potatoes, onions and kohlrabi in Cyprus’ Famagusta district. After torrential rain the previous evening, hail fell from 4.00…

Turkey: 80 kg of cocaine seized in ship carrying bananas from Ecuador

This week, Turkish police officers seized around 80 kilograms of cocaine in an Istanbul port, officials said on Feb. 14. Anti-drug teams seized the drug from containers in a ship carrying bananas from the South American country of Ecuador, said the source. According to hurriyetdailynews.com ¸ the raid uncovered 70 packages…

Brit smuggled cocaine among chili peppers from Dominican Republic

Thursday, a man from Lancaster was found guilty of importing cocaine from the Dominican Republic. He tried to smuggle the cocaine into the country through Brooklyn’s Red Hook…

UK: New Covent Garden Market wins Best Wholesale Market 2019 Award

New Covent Garden Market has been named the Best Wholesale Market at the Great British Market Awards 2019. This means that New Covent Garden Market has been recognised by NABMA (the National Association of British Market Authorities) as it celebrates excellence in both wholesale and retail markets across the UK.…

Arrests in Hampshire

UK: Six people found in a lorry full of lettuce

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, six people were arrested after they were found in the back of a lorry carrying lettuce in Hampshire. As police officers were concerned that there were people in the back of the vehicle, along with hazardous material, firefighters were called to the lorry on Newbury…

Jordan back at Fruit Logistica after 5 years

This year, the Jordanian Exporters and Producers Association for Fruits and Vegetables (JEPA) returned to Fruit Logistica. They attended this world-renowned trade show, held in Berlin, after an absence of five years. They did so under the name 'The Taste of Jordan'. Five Jordanian fruit and vegetable exporters promoted their…

Trump might extend deadline for deal with China

This week, Chinese and US officials will hold high-level talks aimed at halting their trade war. US officials previously said March 1 was a hard deadline for achieving a deal to avert further tariffs. Both countries have imposed duties on billions of dollars worth of one another's goods. Deputy-level talks began this week in…

Namibia: Rain finally brings relief to farmers

There was widespread rain across the drought-hit southern parts of Namibia this weekend, bringing relief to farmers who had been struggling to cope under the prevailing dry conditions. Commercial farmer Johan Koen of Swartput farm in the Koes district said he had to transport drinking water from other farms for the…

A conversation with Angelo Benedetti, President of Unitec

Fruit: Detect the differences and make them a value

In 2018, Unitec's revenue increased by 30%. This is due both to the new innovative products that reach more and more markets, and to the loyalty of customers already established and who choose Unitec again when they have to renew the technologies for the selection of fruit. Angelo Benedetti at Fruit Logistica 2019 This…

Spain's most powerful R&D sector threatened by seed piracy

The pirates we are talking about don't wear hooks or eye patches, but they plunder about one hundred million Euro per year from the Spanish agricultural sector. In the short…

United Fresh launches 2019 produce industry compensation survey

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2019 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in an research report that…

Report on satellite crop monitoring in northern Iran

The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) has released a report on satellite crop monitoring of the subtropical area in its Northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran. The monitoring is based on the imagery received from remote sensing satellites. The detailed report is provided for provincial managers in order to…

Canada: Fruit industry hears of new challenges

The president of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association says government-enforced wage hikes combined with growing challenges related to spring flooding and summer drought have brought the Okanagan’s fruit-growing industry ‘to the tipping point’. During a speech kicking off the BCFGA’s 130th annual General Meeting,…

Strawberries washed up on Ventura beaches

Some Californians get quite poetic around Valentine's Day. Here's a Tweet from one of them: why write poetry when there are pics of strawberries washed up on ventura beaches bc of heavy rainfall circulating fb pic.twitter.com/FdeHt9HYyZ — valley girl solanas (@audreywollen) February 8, 2019

Cocaine smuggling in banana boxes: Eight people charged in Germany

German investigators say they have discovered a huge cocaine smuggling operation in which hundreds of kilograms of the drug are believed to have been brought into the country…

Brexit No-deal plan for continued Channel Tunnel operations

Under a proposed European Commission law, trains will be permitted to use the Channel Tunnel for three months if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.  The planned legislation will…

Southern Africa: Concrete measures needed to tackle droughts

Although there has been some rains in some parts of Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia over the past week, these have come too little too late and…

CMA CGM takeover offer for CEVA Logistics

The takeover of CEVA Logistics has by CMA CGM’s has moved a step closer today after the French line announced a public tender offer which is “fully aligned” with the board of CEVA. CMA CGM is offering CHF 30 per share, the same as its offer announced last November which the CEVA board recommended shareholders reject. However,…

Continuation of bilateral economic and trade relations should be guaranteed

Switzerland and the United Kingdom sign a trade agreement

Switzerland and the United Kingdom will ensure the maintenance of economic and trade relations following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union…

Australia: Hort funded Fellowships now open for application

Applications are now open for three Hort Innovation funded Churchill Fellowships that will enable recipients to travel the world for 4 to 8 weeks to access industry related…

Taiwan: COA warns fruit farmers against stink bugs

Yesterday, the Council of Agriculture alerted farmers to an increase in the breeding activity of lychee stink bugs. Now the weather is turning warmer, it advised them to use biological methods to combat the insects when fruit trees begin to blossom. Lychee stink bugs ( Tessaratoma papillosa ), which are often found…

Del Monte Kenya Ltd seeks to stop National Land Commission from hearing land dispute

Del Monte Kenya Ltd, in a suit filed at the High Court before Justice Chacha Mwita, wants to stop the National Land Commission (NLC) from hearing a petition seeking part of their 8,800-hectares fruit plantation. Through lawyer Njoroge Regeru, the company said it was not fair for Kandara Residents Association and Canneries…

Brexit: Supermarket manager admits EU migration is used to keep wages down

Free Movement of People, originally conceived as Free Movement of Labour, is one of the so-called “Four Freedoms” of the European Union, allowing migrants to travel throughout…

Argentina: Price differences between producer and consumer multiplied by 5.53 in 2018

According to the Confederation of Argentina’s Medium Enterprise (CAME), the price gap between the producer and the final consumer multiplied 5.53 times in January compared to…

Italy: Container load compliance update in combat against stink bugs

Following the discovery of stink bugs found in containers inspected in Australia last year, the Italian Fumigation Association has decided to impose more stringent loading requirements. VISA Global Logistics National Manager, Sam Curro, said all future consignments must be loaded with enough vacant space and separation…

Southampton University – funded by National Institute for Health Research

Study will test if a healthier supermarket layout improves diet

Researchers are leading a new study on the impact of product placement in supermarkets, and whether this influences the diets of families. A research team at Southampton University is working…

Australia: $400,000 support for apple, pear and cherry growers to curb energy costs

More than 20 South Australian apple, pear and cherry growers are set to benefit from a AU$400,000 government grant for new infrastructure that is aimed at reducing on-farm energy costs. The Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) is being offered up to $400,000 through the State Government’s Regional Growth…

Ecuador: Agrocalidad certifies the first shipment of organic pitahaya to the US

AGROCALIDAD, the agency in charge of Agricultural Health Service, certified the first shipment of 240 kg of organic pitahaya to the United States. The inspected cargo departed from Ecuador to Los Angeles at night, and it encourages new export alternatives to benefit the organic production that takes…

President Kovind & large Indian business delegation to visit Bolivia and Chile

India is reaching out to the ‘Lithium Triangle’ in South America; Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.  As India is keen on achieving an all-electric car fleet by 2030, this will be the…

Compared to imports from the US

Australians pay almost three times more for locally grown berries

Debate is raging over the price of Australian frozen berries compared to imports; Consumers have been forking out almost three times as much for Australian grown frozen berries compared to berries imported from overseas. A woman from Perth sparked the debate over the price of frozen berries in Australia by posting…

The slow boat to Brexit Oblivion is leaving soon

With shipping times to Asia as long as six weeks, companies are preparing to send goods without knowing exactly what will happen to them. Take Nim’s Fruit Crisps. Business is good. Pineapples are imported from Costa Rica, kiwis from Italy and oranges and lemons from Spain. They’re then turned into healthy snacks for…

Kazakhstan: National currency strengthens against US dollar

In the morning session of the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange on February 11, the weighted average US dollar rate amounted to 37561 tenge, according to the Kazakh media. Thus, the national currency…

‘Sluggish few years ahead’

Turks remain stuck in fruit & veg queues

In the absence of a policy rate cut, the Turkish lira (TRY) may well strengthen through 5.0 to the USD in the near term, Charles Robertson of London-based Renaissance Capital said on February 8 in an emailed note to investors entitled “Turkey: 2020+ uncertain, 2019 looks good”. “Next year is unpredictable,” but for…

Swiss franc slumps in mini 'flash-crash'

Today, the Swiss franc slid in a mini "flash-crash", while the dollar rose. The cause: Concerns grew that US-China talks would not heal a rift over trade between the world's largest economies. A brief 1 percent drop in the franc gave currency traders a shock during today's Asia session. A Japanese public holiday meant that markets were…

Kashmir: 700,000 growers, a 6 billion apple industry, zero insurance

The Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir witnessed an untimely heavy snowfall on November 3, 2018 which caused huge damage to apple growers with some estimates putting the losses suffered by Kashmiri apple farmers at over 5 billion rupees (€61.5 mln). Apple growers were the hardest hit as the snowfall didn’t only damage…

New Zealand minimum wage affects labour-intensive fruit exporters

For some NZ orchards, fruit may be left on trees and businesses face closure as steep rises in the minimum wage hit labour-intensive industries such as horticulture. Many exporters were facing…

UK and Switzerland sign post-Brexit trade deal

Already agreed on in December, the "continuity agreement" - based on the EU's existing free trade deal with Switzerland  - was ratified last Monday. International Trade Secretary…

'Serbia Does Apples' becomes member of WAPA

At Fruit Logistica, Serbia Does Apples formally became a member of World Apple & Pear Association (WAPA). At the WAPA annual general meeting, Philippe Binard - general secretary of WAPA - and other WAPA representatives welcomed Julka Toskić, general manager of Serbia Does Apples association and Gojko…

Zimbabwe might return some land to white farmers

The Zimbabwean government is likely to give back some land to white farmers, after a land audit is set to be completed in March. An audit seeks to flush out multiple farm owners, correcting some of the wrongs from the country’s chaotic fast-track land reform exercise. The audit is currently being carried out across…

Growth and opportunity for freshly packaged 250-gram durian pieces

Stable year-round supply of frozen durian pieces

Market competition for fruit becomes more intense in the weeks after Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. Many fruit traders go all out to attract customers during this period; how does durian, with a relatively small market share, fare in this flood of fruit? The price increased as a result of…

New theme for Center for Growing Talent's women's leadership program

Center for Growing Talent (CGT) has announced the new theme for Women’s Fresh Perspectives events for 2019: I WILL! With this, CGT launches a new year of leadership development for women. Each year, the Center for Growing Talent’s (CGT) charitable contributions from industry professionals and…

But inflation still hurts the common man

Turkish food fight: Fines & raids

Turkey has found that fighting words alone aren’t enough to deter the people it blames for runaway food inflation. After weeks of bashing those marketers they are calling price-gougers, traitors and even terrorists, president Erdogan’s AK Party is backing up threats with deeds. Fines are on the way after raids of…

Asaja Murcia, on the blockades of the "yellow vests":

"This threat to the Spanish horticultural sector needs to be stopped"

The agricultural professional organization ASAJA Murcia has expressed its deep concern about the new blockades to Spanish trucks in France by the so-called "yellow vests", faced with complete passivity on the part of the EU and Spanish authorities. According to the Secretary General of ASAJA Murcia, Alfonso Gálvez Caravaca,…

Appearances can be deceiving

In the Palazzo degli Istituti Anatomici of the University of Turin (which also houses the anatomical museum), you will find a collection that is truly surprising in its visual conflation of the synthetic and the real. At the heart of the Museo della Frutta Francesco Garnier Valletti is a display of some 1,100 pieces of artificial fruit, most…

Just a handful of crops is dominating

Globally Sustainable Agriculture?

A new study by the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) suggests that globally we’re growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale. The study, done by an international team of researchers led by U of T assistant professor Adam Martin,…

Ramaphosa government identifies land for redistribution

As part of accelerating land reform, South Africa’s government has identified land parcels owned by the state for redistribution, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on…

A "very bad option" for both British and Spanish people

Spain: Agricultural sector fears a no-deal Brexit

The Spanish agricultural sector fears a no-deal Brexit because of the catastrophic effects that it would entail, although many producers say they have already been suffering from the depreciation of the pound sterling against the Euro. "As the weeks go by, there is growing restlessness, uncertainty and concern," says…

Atlanta, Georgia

New ammonia meter showcased at International Production & Processing Expo

QA Supplies recently announced the release of the AR8500 Precision Ammonia Gas Detector which detects the presence of ammonia gas in the air to help determine the environmental quality of poultry farms, cold storage, or chemical plants. The company says that as the level of ammonia in the air can have a…

India

Jammu and Kashmir: Snowfall damages over 50% of fruit orchards in Bhadarwah

Bhadarwah, along with Kellar, Bhallesa, Dessa, Chatroo and Marmat, experienced heavy snowfall between Wednesday and Friday. About 50 percent fruit orchards were damaged due to…

Biofase pushes eco-envelope with its avocado-based cutlery and straws

Michoacán-based Biofase has come up with biodegradable cutlery and straws that are made from avocado seeds. The reason that this is so significant is that avocado seeds…

Australian company to test 'BeeDar' technology in North Dakota

North Dakota is an attractive place, because the state is a leading honey producer and has a large amount of sunflowers. Director of the UAS program, Paul Snyder: "Bee…

Relief money for Hurricane Irma finally reaching citrus growers

Finally, the long-awaited relief money to help Florida's citrus growers recover from Hurricane Irma is coming available. At a Florida Senate appropriations committee meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6, Jared Moskowitz, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said before he took charge of the division last month…

Sainsbury's-Asda merger faces crunch time

As Sainsbury's and Asda are currently waiting to hear if their proposed merger can go ahead, the reshaping of the UK's supermarket sector could be taking place quite shortly. Should the deal go through, the combined group would knock Tesco off its perch as the UK's biggest supermarket chain. But concerns over whether…

South Africa: Free State declared drought disaster area

In Free State, a province of South Africa, Free State Agriculture (FSA) has welcomed the news that the province has been declared a drought disaster area. This follows a…

InteliFresh – 2019: from the garden to the shelf

In Plovdiv (south Bulgaria), on 22 February 2019, InteliFresh will bring together Bulgarian vegetable and fruit growers, large supermarkets, processors, retailers and foreign…

Morocco announces accompanying measures for seasonal strawberry laborers in Spain

The Moroccan government has announced a series of accompanying and advisory measures for the almost 20,000 Moroccan seasonal workers who will go to Spain in stages this year…

Sudan officially lifts ban on importing Egyptian commodities

On Wednesday, the Sudanese authorities announced the official lifting of the ban on Egyptian commodities. "Any person who has a trade registry can import commodities and goods from Egypt," Abdul-Rahman Agab Ahmed, under-secretary of Sudan's Ministry of Industry and Trade, was quoted as saying. The import and export…

US: Trial set for potato broker charged with stealing $700K from farmers

An eight-day trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for the 54-year-old former Stevens Point business owner, accused of defrauding several farms and trucking companies. Thomas Lundgren, the…

Australia’s action plan to remove trade restrictions hampering its exports

Australia is a trading nation, and committed to open markets. In 2017, Australia’s two-way trade surged to a record $763 billion, with exports accounting for more than $386 billion. This nation is the world’s largest exporter of coal and iron ore, and the 12th largest agricultural exporter. In 2017, its services exports…

Washington farmers face rising costs, uncertain markets in ongoing trade war

Randy Fortenbery, an agriculture economics professor, delivered his economic forecast Wednesday at the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Farm Forum. He spoke at length about the troubling overall picture of the forces grinding against what has been a robust US economy. First of all, Washington farmers can expect a tougher…

Comments from FPAA

Disappointment around US intent to withdraw from Tomato Suspension Agreement

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) said it is disappointed to learn that the Department of Commerce intends to withdraw from the 2013 Tomato Suspension Agreement with Mexico. Commerce on Feb. 6 indicated it intends to withdraw on May 7, 2019, from the 2013 Tomato Suspension Agreement with Mexico. By…

Egypt to switch to plastic currency

Plastic currencies are produced from polymer, which was first used as currency-making material in Australia in 1988. In 1968, that nation began researching a scientific solution to combat forgeries of the new decimal currency after it issued its $10 notes in 1966. The state spent 10 years in trials to…

Blockchain for improved distribution, food safety, quality and traceability

With the passage of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) comes the final rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods. Combined with the FSMA Preventive Control rules designed to establish food safety requirements throughout the food supply chain, serious documentation…

US: Authorities find more than $14 million of meth & cocaine between fresh bell peppers

This Wednesday, authorities seized half a ton of methamphetamine and nearly 10 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of fresh bell peppers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge encountered a commercial shipment of fresh bell peppers arriving from Mexico.…

West Michigan: Rain creates ‘ghost apples’

Behold the “ghost apple.” Sparta, Kent County, resident Andrew Sietsema took these photos, depicting ice casings left behind from apples in West Michigan’s fruit producing country. He found them while pruning apple trees. The “ghost apples” likely formed when the freezing rain coated the rotting apples, creating an icy shell around the fruit. When…

USDA restricts PACA Violators in California, Florida and Georgia from operating in produce industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: JW Produce Inc., operating out of Watsonville,…

USDA Reports

Japan - Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards

The USDA has brought out two comprehensive reports for those who trade with Japan. One report lists major export certificates required by the Japanese government to export food and agricultural products to Japan. The second is the Japan Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards Report, an overview and update of Japan’s…

EU adjusts 2019 growth forecast

A more "subdued" economic momentum has prompted the European Commission to revise its growth forecasts for 2019, trimming almost one-third of the formerly predicted growth. The announcement comes off the back of a slowdown in its largest economy, Germany, and amid deadlock and a ticking clock on negotiations for the UK to leave…

South Korea ready to partner with Africa

In partnership with the African Development Bank, the Republic of South Korea is ready to step up technology transfers to Africa, officials in Seoul have stated. Speaking at a meeting on potential technology partnerships between Korea and Africa, representatives of Busan Metropolitan City, Busan Techno Park, and…

Ukraine: Currency Law comes into force

On February 7, 2019, the law on currency and currency transactions took effect. It is aimed at creating comfortable, transparent and secure conditions for doing business in Ukraine and will open the door to foreign investors. The law foresees that currency restrictions will be abolished gradually and with caution and…

But damage crops in northwest India

Heavy rains and hail delights National Capital Region Delhi

Residents rejoiced in the hailstorm that hit Delhi-NCR on Thursday. However, heavy snow and rains have thrown the normal life out of gear in parts of HP and Jammu and Kashmir While Delhi-NCR residents were quite happy with the unusual hailstorm that whitewashed parts of the national capital region, heavy rains and…


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