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South African Agricultural Research Council partakes in project

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

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

Alterra Ltd. raises $1.7 million for horti projects

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

Numerous business opportunities from eastern Europe

Buyers and operators who attended the first Macfrut Digital fair, thanks to consultant Evgeniya Kravchenko, came from Russia, Moldova, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. "I have been organizing delegations for Macfrut since 2011 and, up until 2014, only big retail buyers or local distributors looking for…

Economy is picking up pace

China currency nudges toward best quarter since 1981

China is witnessing a rapid advance in the yuan, as traders push the currency toward its largest quarterly numbers on record. The yuan has strengthened 4.4 per cent since the end of June to 6.7620 per dollar, set for the biggest ever quarterly gain since 1981. The currency is the best performer in Asia…

Erin Alexis Randolph

Spotted Lanternfly detected in Ocean County, New Jersey

Ocean County is a county located along the Jersey Shore, New Jersey. According to horticulturist Susan Emhardt-Servidio of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the spotted…

PestNet

Fruit flies could affect Fiji’s exports to New Zealand

The presence of fruit flies in any commodity exported by Fiji to New Zealand can be detrimental, also possibly affecting current bilateral quarantine agreements. Fiji’s…

'Using military aircraft to bring seasonal workers from the Pacific into New Zealand'

NZ: Some apple growers think Minister Peters' suggestion isn't a bad idea

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has suggested using military aircraft to bring seasonal workers from the Pacific into New Zealand to work. The Foreign Minister says getting…

Janusz Pieńkowski

Australia: Queensland govt could give fruit picking students discounts on their college fees

The Queensland government is considering giving students discounts on their university fees if they pick fruit and vegetables in the state. Under the proposed plan to fill a…

Australia - Victoria state

Government of Victoria sets aside $17 million to address labor shortages

The Victoria state government has announced it will provide targeted funding to attract seasonal workers to the regions. Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes says a $17 million…

Tony Bosse

Jamaica: 100 growers to benefit from $3.6-million project

According to Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, approximately 100 growers across the island will benefit from the distribution of 70,000 vegetable seedlings and…

Washington state Ag inspector seeks info on maggot-infested apples

The chief agriculture inspector for the Washington state counties of Chelan and Douglas is investigating a supply of apples, brought to central Washington, found to contain apple maggots. Will Carpenter, director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and Disease Board, has asked the public for help…

Regarding fresh figs from Mexico

USDA revises fig import requirements - combating Mediterranean black fig fly

Effective September 15th, APHIS implemented the following restrictions on all commercial consignments of fresh fig fruits imported from Mexico to prevent the introduction of…

US backs off from tomato import ban from Xinjian, China

Last week it was announced the US was preparing orders to block imports of tomato products and cotton from China’s western region of Xinjiang. The reason relate to alleged…

Olympic Fruit fire hits office, operational area spared

This morning around 5:00 a.m. a serious fire broke out in the office building of Olympic Fruit and their neighbours at the ZHZ Trade Center in Barendrecht. When the fire brigade arrived, flames were rising from the roof of the fruit and vegetable trader. Due to the size of the fire, it was scaled up to…

New app from UN Food and Agriculture Organization

South Africa: Digital solutions to help tackle fall armyworm

A new app developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will help South African growers track the fall armyworm outbreak and access resources on how to combat it. The…

Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham

'Australia should plan respectfully for trade tensions with China'

According to Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, the nation’s agricultural sector should not expect a speedy resolution of the delicate trade and geopolitical tensions…

Minister Parker takes 'hardass' approach to labor shortage

Australian MPs back proposal to give refugees residency for fruit picking

Both Australian government and opposition MPs are backing a proposal to have refugees fill vital fruit and vegetable picking jobs left behind by backpackers, who are locked…

IrriFarm smart irrigation system

IrriFarm is the new innovative system to manage and monitor irrigation remotely. "It is a complete set that enables you to remotely dose fertilizers, plan watering times and volumes and monitor the information transmitted by the sensors," explains Bernardo Grieco, owner of Pan Agri in Scanzano Jonico (Matera), a company…

Former Driscoll's executive sentenced for stealing from his employer

A former executive for one of the world’s largest berry suppliers was sentenced to federal prison Thursday. Marc Marier  from Napierville, Illinois, was sentenced in a San Jose…

Paris will house the largest urban rooftop garden in Europe

The roof terrace of Pavilion 6 at the Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris will become the largest urban garden in Europe in 2022, with a surface area of 14,000 m² where more…

Smuggled around in vegetable vans LakshmiPrasad lucky

India: Bengaluru police seizes 1,352 kgs of marijuana

In a big crackdown in Bengaluru, the police has seized 1,352 kg of marijuana in the state. Talking exclusively to Republic Media network, DCP west MN Anucheth said, “We found…

Patrik Macek/PIXSELL

Member of Parliament Ivan Vilibor Sincic

Croatian officials call MEP’s watermelon protest a ‘security threat’

As part of a protest to raise awareness about the situation of local farmers, Croatian MEP Ivan Vilibor Sincic dumped dozens of watermelons outside Government House in Zagreb. Recently, Croatian farmers complain that since the country joined the European Union local food producers have been undermined by…

In case no trade deal is reached between UK and EU

UK supermarket group Morrisons anticipates border delays

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group. On Thursday, a statement went out saying it anticipated delays at borders in the event of the UK failing to reach a…

South African dam levels Jurie Maree

Cape Town dams are over 90% full

The City of Cape Town will not be reducing its water tariffs, despite its dams being more than 90% full. A reduction in tariffs would be dependent on an increase in consumption. Mayoral committee…

Helping crops fight off smoke, rain and too much sun

As the country sees the headlines of the effects of the California wildfires—not only potentially burning crops, but the after effects of smoke and ash on the state’s crops—it raises the question: could more be done to protect agriculture from major weather events? One Las Vegas, NV-based agriculture…

Alberta, Canada Galaboliche

Researching the benefits of potato field precision irrigation

In general, farmers will keep looking for production efficiencies while maintaining or even increasing crop yields. This also goes for Alberta`s potato growers, who produced…

Viacheslav Popov

US intent on banning tomato imports from Xinjiang, China

US Customs and Border Protection officials have prepared orders to block imports of tomato products (as well as cotton) from China’s western region of Xinjiang. Although a…

Punjab province, Pakistan

Multan fruit and vegetables market faced with staff shortages

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Multan fruit and vegetables market Akram Chawan stated that the market was facing acute staff shortages. It needs new recruitment to ensure…

Possible overpayment of millions of dollars for fresh produce

USDA investigates Fresno Unified fresh produce payments

The USDA is investigating whether the Fresno Unified School District has been overpaying millions of dollars for fresh produce in recent years. An audit of the district’s…

Here's how a Tesla's batteries are replaced

Now you know how a Tesla's batteries are replaced. In one word, quickly.

Odessa: 112 kg of cocaine seized at Pivdenny seaport

A record amount of drugs was seized at the Pivdenny seaport; it was hidden in a container full of bananas. The street value of the drugs is approximately 17 million dollars.…

Peter Jurco

Mexico: Inflation hits 15-month high on fresh produce prices

Rises in the prices of fruits and vegetables -as well as other goods- pushed Mexico’s annual inflation to its highest level in 15 months in August. It came out about half a…

CEVA presence strengthened through new offices in Ecuador and Uruguay

CEVA Logistics has officially opened its own offices in Ecuador and Uruguay. These openings are part of its strategic expansion across the Latin American markets. The company…

Localaccent

Tasmania: Interstate and overseas fruit pickers may arrive in time for berry harvest

International workers who have been working on the Australian mainland picking fruit could be back in Tasmania at the end of this month. Government and growers agreed to work towards boosting the workforce for the upcoming berry harvest. Seasonal workers from Pacific Island nations have been working on…

Dennis Weisbrod supports and consults companies in agriculture and catering

"After 20 to 30 years, it is not uncommon for operational blindness to occur"

As a trained cook and production manager in agriculture for many years, Dennis Weisbrod is at home in both areas. After more than four years, he said goodbye to his former employer this year -a well-known soft fruit farm in the Aachen area- where he was responsible for growing kiwi berries, among other…

Would you open the door please?

You can no longer stumble through this door. It might be innovative, but is it practical?

Jelle Kuijper, Evers Specials

“No improved crisis management without joint public and private sector input”

There was a Food Crisis Management event on 2 September. ESSA (European Sprouted Seeds Association) and Freshfel Europe organized it. Evers Specials, a bean sprouts producer, sponsored the event. They also officially launched the company's rebranding. Officially, because the restyled website has been up…

"We are very concerned, of course"

Panic in Spanish municipality of Villaconejos due to erroneous COVID-19 data

Erroneous information published by the media with data on the number of coronavirus infections in the Spanish municipality of Villaconejos, which said that the town had 1,365…

Tahreerqau

Southern Africa scrambles against locust invasion

Authorities in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are frantically trying to control the giant swarms of migratory locusts, which have put 7 million people in the southern…

But three-week delay criticised

NFF welcomes National Agricultural Workers movement code

Australia’s National Farmers Federation (NFF) has welcomed the new national agricultural workers code. However, it still criticised the states that have not signed on. At a…

Dolce & Gabbana

Fruity fragrances from Dolce & Gabbana

Apparently, fruits have inspired three new fragrances by Dolce & Gabbana Beauty.  Each eau de toilette (EDT) is focused on a singular fruit, but it will be composed of a complex blend of rare and carefully crafted essences. Image: Dolce & Gabbana  Together, the vivid scents and vibrant colours capture the effervescent…

Farmpal: Removing middlemen and connecting growers to businesses directly

In Pune, start-ups like Farmpal have opened new collection centres to help growers deliver fresh produce easily by connecting growers to their markets and cutting off the…

Michel Witmer, Groen Agro Control:

"First step in reducing MRL exceedance is insight into the whole process"

Every fruit and vegetable trader has to deal with this issue once in a while, some more than others: exceeding the permitted MRL value on fruit and vegetables, which inevitably leads to destruction of the product. Exceeding the MRL often has various causes. Michel Witmer, food product manager at Groen…

World's smallest McDonald's

The smallest McDonald's in the world is a beehive. The whole building has been constructed with superb detail. Buzzing!

NZ horticultural industry pushes for extended worker visas

Visitors and temporary migrants -‘trapped’ in New Zealand by the travel restrictions- will now have their visas extended to give them more time to organise flights home.…

DHA

Istanbul, Turkey

Man fined for Lamborghini fruit sales stunt

A social media stunt featuring watermelons sold from the trunk of a supercar ended with a fine. Turkish authorities have issued a statement saying the creative seller had violated traffic rules. The episode took place in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district on Wednesday and featured a man selling watermelons out…

Helfei

Wild bees very critical to US agriculture

New research seems to affirm that wild bees, like bumblebees, mason bees and squash bees, are more essential to many agricultural crops in Pennsylvania than previously…

New Brunswick, Canada Designer491

Blueberry growers oppose proposal for glyphosate ban

The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick (AANB) and Bleuets NB Blueberries (BNBB), which represents and serves the province’s blueberry growers, are opposing plans by the…

Scaliger

Michigan growers react to court ruling on migrant worker COVID-19 testing

On Wednesday evening, the US Court of Appeals ruled on a very controversial case involving seasonal workers. The court denied a group of nearly 200 agricultural business…

South Texas: Nearly $1 million worth of cocaine found in bell peppers

On Tuesday, drug enforcement agents from Nueces County, the Robstown Police Department and Jim Wells County stopped an 18 wheeler truck south of Robstown. Officers asked to search the truck and the driver agreed. When a sniffer dog alerted the agents that something that was inside the trailer, they began…

Pollinators for British Columbia Chris Moncrieff

250,000 essential bees almost did not reach Canada this year

Importing bees is a challenge Rod Scarlett knows well. When most international flights stopped in March, thousands of queen bees were stranded abroad, and Scarlett, the…

Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

National Labour Hire Licensing vital amid workforce shortages

Impending labour shortages are prompting the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) to call on the Federal Government to act on its commitment to introduce a National Labour…

AUSVEG

Labour plan will help fruit and vegetable growers supply fresh produce to Australians

AUSVEG, Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, supports the labour plan submitted by the National Farmers’ Federation’s Horticulture Council that…

Decaale

UK hauliers warn British cabinet over Brexit border plans

UK road haulier organisations have written to their cabinet ministers warning of "severe" disruptions to supply chains due to the current border plans for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said they were working to ensure the "best systems are in…

Zimbabwe to return seized lands to evicted farmers

The government of Zimbabwe has offered to return land to foreign nationals whose farms were seized under a controversial government programme two decades ago. Between 2000 and…

Flight of Vanuatu labourers bound for Australia is delayed

On Wednesday, some 170 workers from the island group of Vanatu were due to travel to Darwin, heading the request for labourers for the mango harvest. The program was…

USDA

Advertised Prices for specialty crops at major retail supermarket outlets

US: Ads for berries, melons, clementines, tangerines, grapes & tree fruit featuring prominent

The first few ads for pumpkins appeared in the US this week. There was also a batch of ads for pumpkin spice foods and potted mums. Corn, berries, melons, squash, clementines, tangerines, grapes, and tree fruit were prominent. Local produce was well promoted, primarily from the Northern tier states.…

Regions hit by extreme drought

Zimbabwe opens up funding for water-wise farming

Small scale farmers in Lupane, western Zimbabwe, decided to switch away from irrigating their fields by flooding them, which wastes huge amounts of water. They chose this…

Kmitu

New Zealand: Aupōuri growers should pay for water if they use too much

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education is calling for better monitoring of groundwater levels at some Far North schools to make sure avocado irrigation does not affect them too…

"No more tulip fingers and other skin irritations, thanks to Marly Skin"

"Marly Skin forms an invisible layer on the skin within minutes of application. All the while, maintaining the skin's elasticity and sensitivity. This layer protects the skin against irritating and abrasive substances. It doesn't affect the skin's respiration and perspiration. You also still have a sense…

Western Australia: Fall armyworm insecticide resistance is becoming a concern

The fall armyworm is pushing ts way south in Western Australia and in a concerning trend for that state's agriculture sector samples have revealed some samples of the insect…

Arbikie Distillery’s ‘climate-positive’ Nàdar vodka

Scottish distillery unveils vodka made from peas

An experimental distillery in Arbroath, Angus, has created a sustainable vodka that it claims saves more than 1.5kg of carbon dioxide emissions per bottle by selecting the…

Nataliia Maksymenko

Australia adds four countries to stink bug risk list

The brown marmorated stink bug is a voracious feeder that damages vegetable, fruit and ornamental trees after hitchhiking on imported goods. This week, Australia has added…

Agribusiness from Ghana to benefit from Macfrut’s Virtual Trade Fair

Macfrut is the organizer of the world’s largest fruit and vegetable fair. The organisation has launched the Macfrut Digital Fair, that is scheduled to take place in Cesena,…

Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development of Kenya

Government to get stalled Roret pineapple processing plant moving

The Kenyan government -via the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development- has announced plans to unveil the stalled Roret pineapple processing plant in…

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Gujarat state: Growers lose 60-70% of crops to rain

Continuous rain over the past few days has almost destroyed the monsoon crops in various regions of Gujarat. The growers there have not only lost money spent on seeds,…

Lawcain

Brown marmorated stink bug has arrived in Florida

The brown marmorated stink bug is a new invasive pest in Florida. First specimens of the pest in Leon County were collected by scientists at the Center for Viticulture and…

Australian plan to allow fruit pickers from Vanuatu in jeopardy

Australia’s federal government's proffered a pilot program to allow fruit pickers from Vanuatu to travel to the Northern Territory. However, this now has been thrown into…

Katy Ayers

Nebraska student creates eco-friendly mushroom boat

Katy Ayers is a student at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. She made a canoe out of mushrooms on a school grant, and her 8-foot boat is made from “mycelium, the dense, fibrous roots of the mushroom that typically live beneath the soil. Ayers named the vessel ‘Myconoe’. Ayers said she…

Papaya fur combating hair loss John Fletcher

Turning this fruit into a mask protects the scalp

Progressive hair loss is still a problem for many men, and some women as well. Hair undergoes three cycle stages; through cyclical loss and new-hair growth however, the number…

State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development -Sri Lanka

Making Maattala Rajapaksa International Airport 'the most active airport in South Asia'

The new government of Sri Lanka intends to convert Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) from one of the world’s emptiest international airports to an most active airport in South Asia. This was said in a statement from State Minister of Aviation and Export Zones Development, D.V. Chanaka, after…

Australian Strawberry Breeding Program

New temperate strawberry varieties preparing for commercialisation in Australia

Strawberry researchers are seeking a commercial partner to hold the licence for new temperate strawberry varieties, which have come from the Australian Strawberry Breeding Program (ASBP). Hort Innovation is running an Expression of Interest process to find suitably qualified, experienced and capable…

Hortgro

Global development: Is Africa the ‘last frontier’?

Africa is a unique continent and probably ‘the last frontier’ globally. If Africa as a whole can get its act together it can become a powerhouse in terms of world economies. If and when this will happen is probably a whole other debate. At the turn of the new millennium, the Economist magazine inscribed…

China-ASEAN trade shows solid growth despite COVID-19

According to data from China's General Administration of Customs, in the first half of the year, China's trade with Vietnam jumped 18.1 percent, pushing bilateral trade to the…

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Announces 2020 Interim Results

Ports operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (“COSCO SHIPPING Ports” or “CSP” or the “Company”, today announced the interim results of the Company and its subsidiaries (the…

UC Riverside

US: New Asian Citrus Psyllid research set to start in 2021

An important research project looking at Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is set to begin early next year. Extension Specialist at UC Riverside, Monique Rivera said they were…

Guardia Civil still working on identification of the other suspect

Man in Spanish town of Almuñécar arrested for theft of 700 kilos of mangoes

The Guardia Civil of Almuñécar has arrested and prosecuted a local resident for the alleged theft of 700 kilos of mangoes from a farm in this municipality of the coast of…

Anne-Marie Roerink on Lidl’s 50-store expansion announcement:

“The everyday low pricing model is very attractive in today’s difficult economic times”

Discount retailer Lidl has announced that they plan to open 50 new stores by the end of 2021. These stores are to be located throughout the eastern seaboard, where their existing 100 locations are already thriving. Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics shares: “I’m not surprised by this announcement. Lidl…

Nation aims for self-sufficiency Sommai Sommai

Sri Lanka turmeric import ban set to continue

According to Sri Lankan officials, the import ban on turmeric is set to continue as the government aims to encourage local production of the crop. Acknowledging difficulties…

Coffs Harbour – New South Wales Coffs Harbour City Council

Australian city councillor fined for violating federal blueberry law

This week, Coffs Harbour City Councillor John Arkan has been ordered to pay more than $89,000 in court costs to blueberry company Mountain Blue Orchards. The verdict was…

Coop Denmark's customers saved 1 million meals from being wasted, via Too Good To Go

Coop has been working with the Too Good To Go since 2017. This is an anti-food wastage app. People can use it to buy bags containing perishable goods. These are then collected from their local supermarket. In Denmark, this has already saved 1 million meals from being tossed away. That's equal to about 10,926 flights…

Omnichannel strategy: one of the keys to the future of the Spanish retail

The evolution of the retail sector in Spain will be marked by the adoption of an omnichannel strategy and the coexistence between the physical and online channels, which will change the traditional concept of physical consumer spaces. This was the conclusion of various experts at the third session of the…

Gatwick Airport

UK: Millions of pounds of cocaine found in vegetable shipments

More than £4 million worth of cocaine was found on freight flights from Kingston, Jamaica. According to the Home Office, all drugs were confiscated by Border Force officials in a series of seizures in August. “Some 22kg of cocaine was seized on 11 August, estimated to be worth £1.8 million. A further…

Government orders review into treatment of farmers

Australian supermarket chains to face scrutiny

Recently, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been directed to investigate beef, lamb, pork, chicken, egg, seafood, fruit and vegetable supply…

As a result of labour shortages Martin Muránsky

Australian growers fear fruit price hikes

Richard Eckersley is a citrus grower in Harvey, in the South West of Western Australia . He is worried that the labour shortage will cause a price hike in fruit and vegetables…

Irish Sea border means chaos looms, even with Brexit deal Donfiore

EU negotiator rejects new UK plan to keep shipping routes open after Brexit

Last week, UK officials tabled a new plan to keep “roll on, roll off” ports on both sides of English Channel flowing as part of any future free-trade agreement with the EU.…

Marko Bukorovic

Solomon Islands urge seasonal workers to stay in New Zealand

The government from the Solomon Islands is urging its seasonal workers in New Zealand to stay there if they are being offered jobs. Since the start of the pandemic, around 400…

Fire destroys horticultural warehouse in Spanish province of Cadiz

A fire has destroyed the fruit and vegetable warehouse of the Cadiz-based company Mercado Rivera, located in the municipality of Chipiona, forcing the direct sale of the…

Tecnova

"To supply a quality product, you need to work from the pre to the post-harvest"

According to data published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 16% of food ends up in the garbage in Europe, with more than 20% of that being fruits and vegetables. Most of this food is discarded during transportation, storage and distribution, and processing and…

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain:

"The goal is to make US fresh produce market data more accessible"

Agronometrics is continuing with its goal of making US fresh produce market data more accessible with a major relaunch of its service that includes innovative tools like…

Fruit flies have resurfaced in Japan

Oriental fruit flies have resurfaced on Japan's main islands after being eradicated in the 1980s. Unfortunately, scores of them have been found in Tokyo and six other…

No new cases in past two weeks Innaastakhova

UK: Coronavirus outbreak at Evesham Vale Growers seems under control

After no new cases have been reported in two weeks, the COVID-19 outbreak at Evesham Vale Growers in Blackminster is deemed to be ‘under control’. On Friday, public health…

Brexit negotiations 'going backwards more than forwards'

Boris Johnson urged to accelerate negotiations with the EU

The seventh formal round of trade talks between UK and EU negotiators concluded on Friday, and the two sides are still a long way off from securing a free trade agreement by…

David Littleproud urges consistency on state borders for ‘forgotten Australians’

The Australian federal government is developing a nationally consistent approach to agri worker restrictions and reopening Pacific Island working visas. Many regions are…

South Africa: Lasizwe Dambuza on avocados

Reality television and YouTube star Lasizwe Dambuza has decided to take it upon himself to educate some people on avocados. He offers help to those who always struggle finding…

Crop damaging invasive pest trapped for first time in the UK

A shield bug responsible for decimating crops of apples, pears and soft fruit around the world, has been trapped for the first time in the UK. The invasive Brown Marmorated…

Argentinian fruit exports delayed due to a case of COVID-19 among Senasa staff

There will be a temporary stoppage of fruit exports from the Alto Valley after a worker in the pest monitoring area of the National Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) in the Customs and Phytosanitary reservation of Villa Regina tested positive for COVID-19. All of the personnel involved were placed…

Just a quarter of what they are owed

Former NORPAC offers to pay farmers $4.5 million

NORPAC was a farmer-owned company that worked to improve farming and food processing practices in the US. The company had to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in…

J.R. Simplot confirms employees tested positive for COVID-19 Akesin

Canada: Two COVID cases identified in a Portage la Prairie potato processing plant

Two employees at a potato processing in Portage la Prairie have tested positive for COVID-19. Another 14 are in self-quarantine. On Thursday evening, J.R. Simplot confirmed…

"The measure could be very damaging for the agricultural sector if it is extended until October"

Murcia once again limits the occupation of vehicles when traveling

The decision of the Government of Murcia to limit the occupation of vehicles for people who don't live together to 50% as a measure to stop the transmission of the coronavirus during travel has caused much concern in the agricultural sector, as many of its workers lack a driver's license and travel to…

Exhibition duo expoSE/expoDirekt celebrates planned anniversary until further notice

Seizing opportunities with "Corona Ordinance Trade Fairs" and infection protection concepts

With the "Corona Ordinance on Trade Fairs", which was passed on 14 July 2020 by the state government of Baden-Württemberg, the situation for trade fair duo expoSE and…

Food Agility CRC project - Curtin University Roman Shyshak

Western Australian: Study wants to put dollar value on horticultural water use

A Western Australian study is trying to put a dollar figure on the worth of water by calculating the economic returns for every megalitre used for irrigation. The new study in…

NZ’s fruit & vegetables in schools initiative for vulnerable children acknowledged globally

New Zealand’s most successful and effective school-based nutrition initiative Fruit & Vegetables in Schools (FIS) has been selected for inclusion in a report for the United…

'Trees haven't seen water in over 40 days' Ignasi Such

Egyptian farmers fear impact of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

At the moment, Egyptian horticultural growers are afraid that a dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the Nile's main tributary, could add to the severe water shortages…

The retail sector adapts to the new trends after the coronavirus

According to the 5 Retail Trends report prepared by the Spanish Association of Manufacturers and Distributors (Aecoc), distribution companies have implemented a strategic…

EU urges Boris Johnson to take ‘unique and highly attractive’ offer

Brexit uncertainties still loom over UK importers and exporters

As UK and European negotiators are meeting today for another round of Brexit trade talks, all stakeholders hope the two sides will reach a deal by October 31. That would be a…

Washington State Department of Agriculture

US: First male 'murder hornet' captured in Washington state

This past Monday, authorities announced that the first male Asian giant hornet ever detected in the US was recently captured in Washington State. The Asian giant hornet, the…

More than $6 million was found in a mango shipment

CBP Field Operations at Hidalgo Port of Entry seizes $7.7 million worth of methamphetamine

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) within the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry were busy this weekend intercepting loads of alleged methamphetamine at the three border crossings. “As these three seizures and the continual drumbeat of recent area…

Giedrius Zaleckas

Kiwifruit and cucumber peels can be used to purify drinking water

University of Otago researcher finds use for food waste

According to researcher Risha Jasmine Nathan, who recently received her doctorate from the University of Otago, kiwifruit and cucumber peels can be used to purify drinking water. There are win-win benefits in making constructive use of an agricultural waste product while improving water quality by…

Japan braces for fall armyworm

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned of significant damage to farm products unless authorities and farmers take appropriate measures to stop the advance of the voracious…

Openbaar Ministerie Rotterdam / OM

Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

More than 2 tons of cocaine found in fruit shipments

This weekend, customs officers at the port of Rotterdam discovered a total of 2,100 kilograms of cocaine hidden in two fruit shipments from Ecuador and Costa Rica. The drugs had a total street value of over 157 million euros, the Public Prosecution Service said. The first batch of 1,100 kilograms of…

NZ: Vegetable growers warn Auckland Covid checks can impact produce flow

Pukekohe vegetable growers are concerned that the COVID-19 checkpoints in their area could slow the flow of produce to supermarkets and other retailers. The large vegetable…

Ruletkka

Ecuador and Chile sign important trade agreement

Last Thursday, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed a trade agreement that will enhance commercial relations between the two…

Hailefida

Egypt, Ethiopia & Sudan resume talks over disputed dam

Last weekend, three key Nile basin countries resumed online negotiations led by the African Union to resolve a years-long dispute over a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, Egyptian and Ethiopian officials said. The dam in question is called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance…

Fyffes Coventry

UK’s biggest banana supplier sees 10 staff test positive for Covid-19

Some 200 members of staff at banana supplier Fyffes are to be tested for coronavirus after an outbreak among 10 workers. All staff at Fyffes' distribution centre in Coventry…

UK Brexit negotiator Frost heaps pressure on EU negotiator Barnier

‘Brexit deal ready in weeks’

The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator has issued Michel Barnier a tough timeline on trade talks. David Frost's warning that the UK's patience is running out will serve as a major wake-up call to Barnier,…

Destined to ensuring quality produce

Kenya’s horticulture sector gets Sh1.5 billion boost

The government has set aside Sh1.5 billion (€11.7 mln) to aid growers and exporters of fresh produce under a stimulus programme. The funding will ensure continuous production…

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences

Research into bitter rot disease helps explain source of pathogen

A two-year study conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has led to a new way of looking at the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum fioriniae as a…

Ideagro develops a project in Murcia to reduce the application of fertilizers

"Microorganisms can be a great tool to achieve more efficient agriculture"

A research project developed by Ideagro to reduce the application of fertilizers in agriculture through the contribution of microorganisms is obtaining important results in melon, tomato, broccoli, apricot, and citrus crops in an experimental farm located in the Murcian district of Yechar. The Minister…

Tanzania: Kilimo Fresh wins $50,000 equity funding at MEST Africa Challenge

Tanzanian start-up Kilimo Fresh is a digital distributor of fresh produce to hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, institutions, wholesalers and export markets. The young company…

Social media driving the popularity of a picturesque niche vegetable line in Australia

Demand for the specialised winter vegetable Romanesco has been slightly impacted due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions placed upon the foodservice industry, according to wholesale company Simon George and Sons. "Romanesco is certainly a unique line," Group Procurement, Matt George said. "It is…

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Do promotions contribute to food waste?

With global supply chains being threatened by a combination of extreme climate events and transport restrictions, it is increasingly important to tackle the global problem of…

Drugs among pineapples destined for Holland snapped up in Costa Rica

Colombia: Cocaine seized in banana shipment bound for Antwerp

Anti-drug officials in Santa Maria, Colombia, have seized 1,100 kilograms of cocaine bound for Antwerp on Sunday. According to UN Container Control Program coordinator Bob Van den Berghe, the drugs were packed in cases of bananas. In 2020, port control units with the support of the UN program have…

"There are significant gains in efficiency, accuracy and traceability"

The online farm management system reducing the manual paperwork system

The mentality of working smarter - not harder - in the fresh produce industry, is growing, according to a major New Zealand technology solutions company. ABC Software has two primary solutions; ABCgrower and ABCpacker. Co-owner Sharon Chapman says business decision-makers are looking to invest into smart…

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European Commission approves Belgian scheme to support potato and ornamental plant growers

The European Commission has approved a €35 million Belgian scheme to support companies active in the potato and floricultural primary production sectors in the Flemish region…

National Unit to Combat Narcotics Trafficking Portugal Elxeneize

Lisbon: 375 kilograms of cocaine hidden in banana container seized

Portugal’s National Unit to Combat Narcotics Trafficking has stated that “in recent days, it has launched an operation to combat international drug trafficking, aiming at the…

Gustavo Munoz

UK government admits ‘low levels’ of readiness for post-transition

The UK government has published a blueprint for mitigating a No Deal outcome in the EU trade negotiations, after admitting “low levels of trade and haulier readiness” for new customs rules and checks after the current transition period finishes on 31 December 2020. In August 4, the Department for…

New Zealand research scientist Russell Lowe to retire

Russell Lowe, who spent almost 50 years selecting, observing, propagating and tasting kiwifruit at Plant and Food Research in Te Puke, is retiring.  Forty-eight years ago, research…


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