Hungary: A new pest can cause terrible devastation to orchards

The insect species Drosophilia suzukii, commonly known as spotted wing drosophilia, is a new insect species that first popped up in Hungary in 2012. This invasive insect is…

Israeli tech company to supply irrigation systems to Ethiopia

Water Ways Technologies has won a contract worth almost $297,000 for smart irrigation and drip systems in Ethiopia. The Israeli agro-technology company will install its…

US Department of Labor announces $7 mln funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Mexico

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of $7 million in grant funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Mexico’s chilli pepper and tomato…

Bhutan: Creating pathways for sustainable food systems

Representatives from stakeholders relevant to the agricultural sector have taken a look at Bhutan’s future in agriculture. Themed “Strengthening Bhutanese Food System for…

Meeting addresses politcal support and security issues

Chinese firms in Pakistan reassured by prime minister Khan

Yesterday, a group of Chinese business leaders expressed increased confidence in their operations in Pakistan after attending a meeting with Pakistan’s premier Imran Khan. The…

Massachusetts farmers still feel aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Despite being hundreds of miles away from Hurricane Ida, Massachusetts farms also took a major hit, and the storm's aftermath is still being felt. Due to the rainy summer and…

SA Harvest: "Solving hunger at South Africa's scale boils down to logistics"

Food insecurity in South Africa: closing the gap between farm and fork

Twenty million South Africans face food insecurity, which prompted an organization to gear up its logistics network to place food where it’s most desperately needed. Right: Leonard Nkwalese of Community KidsPot, a Gugulethu-based beneficiary In almost two years, SA Harvest has moved over 2.9 million…

British government to delay introducing post-Brexit checks

Checks on goods imported from EU delayed again

The British government is to delay introducing post-Brexit checks on food and farming imports to England, Scotland and Wales. The reasons given are Covid disruptions and…

Hawaii Island police on the lookout for seven fruit thieves

Hawaii Island police officials are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying seven suspects accused of stealing 1,500 pounds of fruit along the Hamakua Coast. Official…

Creating awareness for No Kid Hungry and their efforts to end childhood hunger

Zespri is reaching out to retailers and to the produce trade industry for support in their social and influencer engagement activity as part of No Kid Hungry’s “Rebuilding”…

ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report

New data shows Australian horticulture is headed for record value, even through COVID-19 challenges

The value of horticultural production is forecast to rise by four per cent and reach a record $12.4 billion in 2021–22, according to new data released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report for the September quarter. The report found a key driver for the rise in value is that that fresh fruit and…

Labour mobility program reforms to reduce red tape for growers to access critical farm workers

AUSVEG, the industry body for vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed the latest government announcement of the first stage of reforms to Australia’s labour mobility…

European Union to allocate €5 bln for countries & companies affected by Brexit

The European Union is set to allocate €5 billion until 2025 to all countries and companies that have been affected by the UK’s withdrawal agreement. In an announcement, the…

One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers to start in October

Growers warn prices will go up as Pacific RSEs 'nowhere near enough' to meet shortage

Agriculturalists have been anxiously waiting to see if recognized seasonal employer (RSE) workers would still be allowed into New Zealand, given the current Delta outbreak.…

Glasgow man arrested in Spain over ‘importing drugs by fraudulent fruit transport companies’

A Scottish fugitive has been arrested by police officials at a Spanish shopping centre. Lloyd Cross from Glasgow was apprehended by specialist narcotics squad detectives…

NFU advises to uphold UK standards amid Canada and Mexico talks

NFU spokespeople have stated that Britain's high food and farming standards must be upheld as deepening trade relations with Mexico and Canada get underway. The union has…

East Africa needs to remove barriers that are slowing free trade

Kampala has seen a large influx of Kenyan potatoes this season. A 90kg bag of Kenyan potatoes is retailing at just under $20, compared with almost double the price for…

"Britain's multinational army of fruit-pickers"

16,000 workers from 37 countries flew in for UK’s 2021 season

Due to a shortage of British and eastern European workers, the number of fruit pickers coming into the UK from abroad has more than doubled this year. More than 16,000…

Research by Farm Retail Association & Harper Adams University

Project investigates true value of UK farm shops during pandemic

A UK-wide project, which seeks to discover the true value of the country's farm shops, has recently been launched. Its aim is to help develop the sector further. It seems…

Shandong province, China

Smart distribution center for fresh produce opened in Shouguang

On September 1st, JD.com and China’s prominent food distribution service provider Dili Group jointly have unveiled their smart distribution center for fresh produce in…

Philippines experience P270 mln of agriculture damage due to typhoon 'Jolina'

Last Friday, the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines said that agricultural damage and losses due to typhoon "Jolina" have so far reached P270.39 million (€4.6 mln).…

Pending investigations into alleged assault and sexual misconduct by employees

Tesco upholds ban on Kenyan Kakuzi avocados

UK supermarket chain Tesco is yet to reinstate avocado supplies by Murang’a-based company Kakuzi, as it presses for comprehensive human rights reforms by this firm. On October…

Laredo Port of Entry:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issues $20,000 in penalties in August 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, agriculture specialists, and agriculture canine teams at Laredo Port of Entry have had their work cut out for them over the past…

"Agri-food waste is emerging as a good substitute for other additives that would be more polluting"

A project in Alicante develops materials with vegetable waste that are used to manufacture toys

Ibi has been creating children's toys for more than 100 years. The toy industry flourished in this town from Alicante at the beginning of the 1900s. Toys became a hallmark of…

Save Foods granted a patent for its proprietary compound for natural protection of edible matter

Save Foods, an agri-food-tech company focused on developing and selling eco-friendly products specifically designed to extend the shelf life and ensure food safety of fresh…

Canadian agri sector desperate for workers as well

Canada is in need of everything from agronomists, or experts in soil management and crop production, to veterinarians. Pre-COVID-19 studies showed that primary agriculture…

Hudson Valley's Tributary Farm says storms Henri and Ida caused 30 percent crop loss

US farms continue the struggle despite floodings and storm damage

A week after two tropical depressions dumped heavy rain and caused flash flooding in parts of the Hudson Valley, regional farmers they’re trying to remain optimistic about…

Co-operative businesses NZ effectively combatting Covid-19 effects

According to data from the New Zealand Co-operative Economy Report, the country's top 30 co-operatives earned nearly $42 billion in revenue last year, roughly the same as…

Heifer International selects founders of ColdHubs and Hello Tractor as winners of AYuTe Africa Challenge

ColdHubs is a Nigerian business that provides solar-powered, walk-in coolers for smallholder vegetable farmers. Hello Tractor is a Kenyan company that has become known across…

Fourth discovery in six weeks by Albanian officials

Port of Durres: Cocaine found in exotic fruit consignment

Ten kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Albanian Port of Durres this Tuesday. The drugs were stashed inside a consignment of bananas destined for the Alba Exotic Fruit…

Mexican earthquake forces evacuation of avocado packing house

Following Tuesday night’s earthquake in southwest Mexico--but that reached as far as Mexico City--so far it seems as though the effects on Mexico's agriculture industry are minimal, if any. According to reports, the 7.0 earthquake hit 11 miles northeast of Acapulco. However, hours away in a packing house…

Regarding 2020 locust and cyclone damages

Horn of Africa pays the cost of interlinked disasters

The large swarm of locusts which hit the Horn of Africa in the Spring of 2020, and cyclone Amphan, which struck the border region of India and Bangladesh in May of that year,…

More than 1 billion Asians will join the global middle class in the next decade

A new study predicts that in 2030 more than one billion Asians will join the world middle class, i.e. those households in which per capita spending ranges between $11 and $110…

Farmworkers in the US more likely to die from extreme heat

Many people will not know that in the US, extreme heat kills more people each year than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. An average of 702 heat-related deaths takes place…

Indian 11-year-old turns vegetable waste into paper

Manya Harsha might just be 11 years old, but she is very passionate about the environment and humanity’s effect on it. Despite her young age, she has been involved in various…

USDA invests $700 million to provide relief to farm and food workers impacted by COVID-19

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that $700 million in competitive grant funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant…

Netizen covers Red Hot Chili Peppers song using actual red hot chilli peppers

TikTok user Tyzo Bloom set out to prove that it is possible to make music out of the contents of your fridge. Bloom covers songs using a variety of household objects and…

Gippsland farmers will have to wait weeks for floodwater to recede

Some farmer in East Gippsland will have to wait a month until floodwater recedes from their land; farmers around Orbost have received more than 200 millimetres of rain in the…

Former working holidaymakers seek re-entry to Australia as harvest looms

Many backpackers in New Zealand are ready to return to Australia, in what could be a major boost for growers who are desperately seeking labor for the summer harvest. Although…

Harvest worker relief for Victorian fruit growers

Victorian fruit growers are today one step closer to addressing the critical harvest worker shortfall, following the Victorian government’s announcement of a quarantine…

Australian fruit farmers urge states to stick to border re-opening plan ahead of harvest

Industries that rely on moving fruit pickers from state to state are concerned about getting borders to open. Currently, under the national plan, lockdowns and border-related…

Minister Parker states it is working through the changes

NZ government looks at curbing reliance on migrant workers

The government of New Zealand is looking at curbing the nation’s reliance on migrant workers as part of post-Covid immigration service changes. The changes include looking at…

Chinese agricultural enterprises sparkle on Macfrut Digital

Macfrut Digital (Italy Fruit & Veg Professional Show) opened in Rimini on Sept 6. 110 industry-leading Chinese companies collectively appeared, displaying more than 100 kinds…

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LuLu Hypermarket Qatar launches ‘Let's Eatalian’

Yesterday, LuLu Hypermarket Qatar launched the ‘Let’s Eatalian Festival’, in cooperation with the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Trade Promotion Section of the Italian Embassy in Qatar. Image: Twitter.com Themed ‘Let’s Eatalian -…

Chinese investment in Chile creates opportunities

The proportion of Chile’s fresh fruit exports going to Asia has grown 16.4 percent year-over-year. This has seen China surpassing the US as Chile’s top destination for fruit…

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube optimistic

Zimbabwean banks urged into funding agriculture

Zimbabwe’s government has announced a fresh plan to attract banks into funding agricultural production, with draw-downs from the recently released International Monetary Fund…

Agricover FTT, of Agralia

Fruit tree covers that protect from rain and hail and improve and advance the production

The moment you place any type of cover over the crop, whether it is netting or plastic, you drastically modify the microclimatic conditions, which consequently affects the physiological behavior of the plant. These changes can be positive or negative. Everything will depend on the technical qualities of…

Hainan's agri companies hope to boost yields with solar panels

Agricultural companies on Hainan, the smallest and southernmost province of the People's Republic of China, are planning to increase the yields of a number of vegetable crops…

NFU Scotland writes to UK Minister Kevin Foster as labor crisis worsens

NFU Scotland has written to the UK government asking for immediate action as the labor crisis affecting the agricultural, food and drink sectors is worsening. In its letter to…

Covid leaves some Australian supermarket shelves bare

Australian supermarkets are feeling the strain of the east coast Covid-19 outbreaks, as thousands of staff have been forced to isolate. Coles’ chief operations officer,…

Chair is touring to address food insecurity

SF Market hosts Chairman of House Rules Committee James McGovern

The SF Market – the Bay Area's source for fresh produce, welcomed Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, to its Bayview Hunter's Point facility on Thursday, August 19 during the Representative's national listening tour to help advance a comprehensive nationwide plan to…

France: Up to 80,000 euros in fines for trafficking pesticides from Spain

8 vegetable farms and their three intermediaries were fined this week in correctional court in Coutances (Manche) between 10,000 and 80,000 euros [11,876 to 95,012 USD] for…

Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa launch digital currency scheme

The Central Banks of Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa will conduct a cross border payments trial using different central bank digital currencies (CBDC) in a…

Pedalling drugs hidden in fruit, vegetable and pistachio shipments

Spanish drug busts target Albanian marihuana gangs

Spanish police officials have arrested 107 people and raided 51 cannabis farms during a crackdown on a drug operation run by an Albanian gang. Europol has revealed it…

Brexit Channel resumes meetings with UK officials to resolve trade problems

A new meeting of the Brexit Channel, a collaborative body between the administration and export sectors, is scheduled for next week. The aim is to identify and attempt to…

Spotted lanternfly quarantine expands to five more New Jersey counties

The spotted lanternfly has officially been sighted in five more New Jersey counties, bringing the total to 13 counties considered in the quarantine zone. The latest additions…

Korea Bizwire

Antarctica: Korean R&D team succeeds in growing tomatoes and watermelon

South Korea has succeeded in cultivating and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables such as watermelons and tomatoes in Antarctica, a first since its entry into the coldest continent on earth. The Korea Polar Research Institute said Wednesday that the indoor far with they, together with the Rural…

As of today:

No entry of commercial vehicles in Delhi without RFID tag

Starting today, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has mandated commercial vehicles to carry Radio Frequency Identification tags to enter the national capital. RFID tags…

First meeting for inclusion of the UK into CPTPP to be held in a month

The UK will enter negotiations to join a trans-Pacific trade deal that is viewed as crucial to its post-Brexit pivot away from Europe, towards geographically more distant but…

Ghana: Tariff liberalization with UK starts today

From today, September 1. 2021, Ghana will undertake a series of tariff liberalization as part of measures to meet the requirements under the Ghana-UK Interim Trade Partnership…

Cameroon officials concerned about increased flooding

Heavy rains in July and August have regularly caused devastating floods in Cameroon. The consequences are becoming more serious over the years, leading to loss farmlands,…

Monthly Fuel Prices Update - Sept 2021

South Africa: Petrol prices to increase, diesel prices to decrease

Minister Gwede Mantashe for Mineral Resources and Energy has announced the adjustment of fuel prices, with effect from September 1, with petrol prices to increase and diesel…

Spain is in search of new water resources

In Spain, conflicts over inter-basin water transfer are again setting regions against each other and the national government. Experts believe these are disputes that will…

More than 2,000 fines issued to over Brexit trucker permits

Sources say that more than 2,000 fines have been issued to lorry drivers for not having the right paperwork to enter Kent at the end of the Brexit transition period. Kent…

Bart Wehman - a man with extensive agricultural experience from “seed to ready-to-eat”.

Bart Wehman is passionate about introducing products and technologies that can make a difference. He is a true business development manager. In a nutshell, his experience ranges from “seed, to ready-to-eat”. It includes all facets of the horticultural supply chain. For almost a decade Bart has resided…

Ireland: Cannabis worth €2m found in shipment of green chillis and courgettes

Gardaí have discovered drugs worth more than €2.5m in two separate seizures across the Midlands and in Co Louth, led by a huge haul of cannabis hidden in boxes of green chillis and courgettes. Gardaí said officers responding to a report of unusual activity on a road in Emo, County Laois, searched a…

Snowfall welcomed in Western Cape

Farmers in the Western Cape are delighted by the snowfall on various mountains across the province during the 28 - 29 August weekend. According to Gerrit van der Merwe,…

Video shows how traffickers use watermelons to transport drugs

Drug traffickers and small-time smugglers work within a wide network of transport and communication. as is well-know, smugglers often come up with innovative ways of hiding…

Covid-19 Delta outbreak:

Growers south of Auckland getting ready for level 3 border to come into effect

Vegetable growers south of Auckland are getting ready for the level 3 border to come into effect from midnight tonight. The boundary south of Auckland is the same one used in…

Some groups warn it could fuel exploitation

New Australian visa should win over Asian laborers

Australia’s federal government is launching a new visa designed to increase the number of foreigners working on Australian farms. In making partnership agreements for the…

Malaysia: Sarawak Ministry gets RM87 mln allocation to drive agricultural programs

The Ministry of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development has been allocated RM87 million by the state government to continue with existing and/or to carry out new…

Export volumes for table grapes, apples, lemons, pears up

Agri employment probably stable, not increasing in South Africa

The South African Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has cautioned that the apparent increase in the number of agricultural jobs during the second quarter of this…

Podgorica.Montenegro Police

Montenegro police capture record haul of cocaine in banana shipment

A record amount of cocaine has been found in Montenegro. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of bananas from South America. Around 900 kilograms of the illegal substance was found in 1,205 packages, law enforcement said in a statement late last week. The shipment was discovered on Thursday night in…

Trellis systems could assist development of robotic harvesting

A navel trellis trial is being conducted at NSW DPI’s Dareton research centre; it is part of the national tree crop intensification in horticulture project. The experiment is…

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Dogs trained to sniff out potato crop diseases

Potato growers from the state of Maine might have a quicker way to protect their crops from dangerous diseases, thanks to a passionate dog trainer and her animals. Farmers…

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Ongoing investments needed to maintain food and grocery manufacturing in Australia

Food and grocery manufacturing is a $127bn industry in Australia and food and grocery is the biggest manufacturing sector, accounting for 32 per cent of total manufacturing output. The sector’s importance to regional Australia can’t be overstated: of the 276,000 people employed in the industry, more than…

Australia

International Freight Assistance Mechanism subsidy will continue until mid-2022

The Australian federal government will extend until June next year a subsidy that helps exporters deliver fresh food to countries around the world. According to Trade Minister…

California: O-G Packing & Cold Storage Co.

Large fire at fruit packing facility east of Stockton

The O-G Packing & Cold Storage Co. along Beyer Lane, east of Stockton, put a massive plume of black smoke into the sky Thursday night. Officials said the fire started around…

Yanko Design

Polestar-inspired aircraft mobility design features a built-in greenhouse

The Polestar Forest Air Mobility concept is an aircraft concept from Pan Ziheng that has its own greenhouse to work in an environmental solution for modern deforestation issues while bridging a human need for mobility with today’s COVID-19 health and safety concerns. Social distancing is one of the many…

Wychavon District, Worcestershire

Altered plans for mushroom farm near Worcester have not placated locals

Recently, Walsh Mushrooms submitted an amendment to Wychavon District Council planners proposing a “reduction in number of polytunnels and revised layout moving buildings away…

Herbert Knuppen

Storms, pests and more:

This is why Rhineland fruit growers protect their orchards

Surely everyone has seen them before: Scaffolds made of wood, steel or concrete, with nets and films, stretching over fruit trees, berry bushes and strawberry fields. Many a walker or hiker may also have been disturbed by the constructions in the landscape. But one thing is certain: "For us fruit…

Agricultural sector has employment gains of 69,000

South Africa sees number of unemployed increase by 584,000 to 7.8 million

According to the latest Statistics SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey, the number of employed persons dropped by 54,000 in the second quarter of 2021, ending up at 14,9 million.…

Somaliland

Waves of locusts devastate harvests in Marodi Jeh region

With just two weeks before the harvest locusts are devouring produce on farms around Aroyambo village, 30 km west of the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa. “Wherever they land…

14,333 French farms certified on January 1st, 2021

“The threshold of 15,000 HEV farms should be reached more than a year early”

According to the French Ministry of Food and Agriculture, “the number of farms certified High Environmental Value has strongly progressed in just 6 months. On January 1st, 2021, we counted 14,333 farms certified while only 8,218 farms were certified on July 1st, 2020. This represents an increase of 74%…

Tainan City Government

Southern Taiwan: Fruit and vegetable market expected to attract tourists

The Tainan City Government is expecting that a nearly completed fruit and vegetable market in Xinhua District will become not only a comfortable environment for shopping, but a tourist magnet as well. Construction of the new Xinhua Fruits and Vegetables Market is estimated to be completed in…

Volumes are about 30% lower this season

Weather has caused a reduction in the Egyptian mango harvest

There’s still a few more months left in the Egyptian mango season, but the year has brought significant challenges. The weather resulted in 30% less production this year, and the heat could be a threat to other Egyptian produce as well. Demand has been solid, but the lower harvest has resulted in a price…

USDA

US farm real estate value averaged $3,380 per acre for 2021

The United States farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $3,380 per acre for 2021, up $220 per acre (7.0 percent) from 2020. The United States cropland value averaged $4,420 per acre, an increase of $320 per acre (7.8 percent) from the previous…

VOG trials natural enemy in fight against brown marmorated stink bug

Following positive results last year, VOG is continuing trials aimed at controlling the insect through the use of Anastatus bifasciatus: this parasitoid wasp is a native…

Seven people in a fruit and veg company in Murcia arrested for exploiting undocumented workers

Agents of the Spanish National Police arrested 7 people in Murcia, 5 men and 2 women, all of Spanish nationality, for crimes against workers' rights and for facilitating…

ImmunoStrip for detection of Xanthomonas Genus

Agdia announces the commercialisation of a rapid diagnostic test for detection of several phytopathogenic members of the Xanthomonas genus on their ImmunoStrip® platform. Xanthomonas is a large genus of gram-negative bacteria containing numerous phytopathogenic species and pathovars within species.  These…

"Landing this new visa for Australian agriculture is putting in place an important piece in completing our long term labour puzzle"

A large chorus of support from Australian growers and industry bodies after news that an Ag Visa is significantly closer to reality

Australia's peak horticulture industry bodies have welcomed the announcement of an Agriculture Visa, aimed at boosting long-term workforce numbers, which have been reducing even before the government closed the international borders at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of lobbying from…

Melbourne Market Vaccine Hub opened

A Covid-19 Vaccination Hub will open at the Melbourne Market. Vaccinations will be available for all market access cardholders, contractors and transport operators. This…

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South Africa's heavy carbon footprint could become a shackle

A replay of the chaos (or 'insurrection', as many call it) that was rumoured to take place yesterday fortunately didn't materialise, but the South African Police Service took no chances, tightening security at police stations which were fearing "imminent attack" and defence force soldiers patrolling…

Qatari-owned companies active in Latin America

Tropicool Açaí and Superfruits plant 1,500 trees in the Amazon

On 25 June 2021, Tropicool Açaí and Superfruits have planted 1,500 native Amazonian fruit trees in the municipality of Mâncio Lima, state of Acre, Brazil. The planting took…

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Edd China owns a Mini shaped like an orange

Back in the ’70s, a fruit distribution company called Outspan had a few custom Minis built to represent oranges. They were called Outspan Oranges and they’re quite the sight. They’re also extremely rare. Edd China, former co-presenter of Wheeler Dealers, bought one and shows it off in this video. In the video,…

Australian government delivers on its Agriculture Visa promise

The Federal Liberal National Government have delivered an Australian Agriculture visa that will address the immediate workforce shortage facing Australia’s farmers, and…

SEPC announces 2021 Next Generation Award nominees

Every member of SEPC puts in extra time on the job because of the satisfaction that a better yield in crops, businesses and relationships brings them. But there are a select…

India:

Fruit cultivation in Tripura has increased by 286%, claims CM Biplab Deb

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb informed on August 17 initiatives to double farmer’s income by 2022, are paying rich dividends for the farmers of Tripura. Inaugurating a…

France: a medical student operates on fruit and vegetables on TikTok

In the French city of Grenoble, Robin Goncet, a 6th-year medical student performs surgeries on fruit and vegetables and posts the videos on his “Fruiturgie” TikTok account. The idea came to him during last year’s first lockdown. As he was practicing on a fruit, he decided to film himself and post the video…

Wild Elephant Valley in Yunnan: 18 elephants enjoy a 3 ton fruit banquet

The 12th of August is World Elephant Day. Wild Elephant Valley is located in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan, China. The management of this scenic area joined hands with the Xishuangbanna Elephant Protection Association for a festive activity that celebrated the elephants in the…

Brooklyn, New York

Importer sentenced for conspiring to import cocaine in chili pepper shipment

In Brooklyn federal court, Humberto Baez, a produce importer based in Pennsylvania, was sentenced by US District Judge Allyne R. Ross to 13 years’ imprisonment for conspiring…

Florida Court sanctions Costa Rican grower for continued sale of Del Monte pineapples

The Southern District of Florida has issued an order adopting portions of a previous recommendation and finding Costa Rican company Inversiones Y Procesadora Tropical Inprotsa…

Cocaine also found in Colombian banana shipment in Romania

Dunkirk, France: 400-plus kg of cocaine discovered in banana shipment from Colombia

On Tuesday, August 10, Dunkirk customs and the intervention security brigade discovered 415 kg of cocaine contained in several boxes. These were in a container from Colombia…

Western Cape Agriculture funds West Coast projects this current financial year

The Greenhands Community Food Garden project in Stompneus Bay on the West Coast and Middelpos Farm near Malmesbury has received the news that the Western Cape Government will…

Ceres Imaging will quadruple efforts in Australian agritech marketplace following another year of robust growth

Ceres Imaging, the aerial imagery company that builds irrigation management solutions to help farmers improve profitability, has selected Adelaide for its Australian…

Detection of Huanglongbing in San Diego County eastablishes new quarantine area

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has declared a quarantine in north San Diego County following the detection of the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB),…

Pacific Islands workers key to address immediate labour shortage of up to 24,000 for fruit and vegetable growers

Increasing the number of workers from the Pacific Islands and increasing Australia’s quarantine capacity are critical in ensuring Australia’s vegetable and potato growers have…

A collaboration between Advice&Consulting and Arnau Agro

Italian technologies and projects in Kazakhstan

In the last decade, Kazakhstan's fruit growing industry has been experiencing a revival, confirmed again this year with a 20% increase in apple production compared to the previous year. After a downturn in the sector, fruit growers, with the support of the government, are trying to bring Kazakhstan back…

National Ag, Water Coalition applauds Senate passage of Infrastructure Bill

With nearly two-thirds of the West experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions, and more than 90 active wildfires burning across the U.S., a national coalition…

New Zealand

Fruit growers want 'more transparency' on supermarket costs

Hort NZ chief executive Nadine Tunley has stated that a lack of competition is not working for New Zealand growers. Their costs have increased but returns have not gone up for…

Elephants in India enjoy their fruit ahead of World Elephant Day

Elephants rescued from circuses and temples in India are treated to a feast of their favorite fruits and vegetables to celebrate World Elephant Day. A large amount of watermelons, bananas, papayas and pumpkins was laid out for the Asian elephants at a sanctuary near the banks of the Yamuna River.…

Youtube

Idaho man chops 85 kiwis in minute to promote STEM education

David Rush, who breaks Guinness records to promote STEM education, has announced that slicing through kiwis while standing on a balance board marks his tenth record. He was inspired by the popular Fruit Ninja video game. Rush owns over 200 Guinness World Records. He used a samurai sword to slice through…

2021 Pacific Alliance Business Matchmaking Forum

Four largest Latin American economies to showcase agribusiness

The Pacific Alliance is the Latin American trade bloc formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, launched in 2011 as an in-depth integration process with the idea to create a…

Peru: Camposol signs collective agreements with labor unions

Representatives from Camposol S.A. and the three labor unions (SITRAPLANCSA, SITCECSA and SITECASA) have entered the collective agreements that were negotiated between May and…

South Australia

Norwood and Kent Town fruit fly red zone targeted

Some 400 properties with fruit trees across Norwood and Kent Town will be targeted by biosecurity inspectors as part of a proactive approach to ridding the city of fruit…

Wildfires also pose grave danger to agriculture southern Italy

Greece faced with inferno on island of Evia

Although fires that threatened the northern suburbs of Athens largely died down on Sunday, the situation worsened on the Greek island of Evia. The fires ripped through Evia's…

Kenyan farmers want parliament to review EU policy

A group of agriculture lobbyists want the Kenyan national  parliament to assess the impact of pesticides banned in the EU on Kenya’s agricultural production.  Last year, a petition filed…

Belgian fruit trader wins bronze in Tokyo

The Belgian showjumping team won bronze at the Olympics in Tokyo. Pieter Devos of Fruitbedrijf Devos Group is one of three riders in the team. He wasn't even selected initially. But he, and his team, ended up taking third place. "We're making history here. It was a true mental rollercoaster ride for me," he…

Financial scheme to help Australian horticulture

Last year, the Palaszczuk government made an election commitment to discount irrigation water prices for the horticulture sector by 50 per cent. This commitment amounts to an…

First find of leaf-mining fly in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade is intent on increasing plant surveillance after a confirmed single sample of American serpentine leafminer in…

Hedging against global supply chain shortages

COVID-19 has had an enduring, adverse impact on global supply chains. What started as a hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortage has evolved into a multifaceted supply chain breakdown affecting numerous manufacturing pipelines. At the heart of these disruptions is something small and unsuspected by those…

Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

'Appropriate piece rates are critical to incentivising a motivated workforce'

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) support the appropriate application of piece rates to deliver a fair and effective safety net for remuneration of workers who are…

UK growers criticize comments over horticulture and potato levy

UK growers, who led a campaign to abolish a statutory levy on horticulture and potato production, have criticized comments that suggest the industry supports it. Spalding…

New Zealand welcomes back Pacific workers

Central Otago’s horticultural sector has welcomed the news that seasonal workers from the Pacific will be able to enter New Zealand from next month onwards. It would be…

Tanzania: Non-chemical fertiliser gaining ground

Hakika Organic Fertiliser is a locally manufactured, non-chemical fertilizer. It was launched last week in Tanzania’s Njombe region, and encountered enthusiasm and eagerness…

Combination of cultivating crops and generating solar energy with solar panels

Test set-up at Thwan van Gennip for double use of soil: sun and cultivation

In the Dutch towns of Someren and Lierop grower Thwan van Gennip, cultivation system supplier Green Meteor, the researchers of the KU Leuven and Engie, have accepted the challenge to research whether or not it is possible for them to ‘harvest the power of the sun’ twice via Agri PV. Agri PV is a…

Colombia: Government announces new investments to transform the countryside

For the next ten years, the Colombian government will invest €22 billion into 16 sectorial plans through which it seeks to transform the countryside with rural education,…

"We know that we can deal with the traditional ups and downs of farming, but COVID is pushing growers to the limit."

Enduring the ongoing effects of the pandemic is taking its toll on Australian farmers

A Victorian table grape grower admits the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued for more than 16 months now, is pushing Australian farmers to the limit. State restrictions have intensified across most of Australia in the past two months, with either lockdowns or domestic border restrictions coming back…


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