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Sub-Saharan Africa

Farmer-led irrigation a major contributor to agric development

Buried deep in a long report on water and agriculture by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) — the flagship state of food and agriculture report of 2020 — there is a…

EU Parliament committees back Brexit trade deal

Yesterday, European Union Parliament committees overwhelmingly backed the new trade deal between the EU and former member Britain, pushing it to the full legislature for a…

Automation and human capital to play key role in growth primary sector NZ

New Zealand witnessed how a primary sector’s growth can be limited more by human resources than by lack of future markets. The growth potential in areas like horticulture in…

Contrary to Agriculture Minister Furner’s statements

Cyclone-hit banana farmers claim they did indeed request wage subsidies in March

A grower whose banana farm was flattened by the recent cyclone had Agriculture Minister Mark Furner visit his flattened banana farm. He had stated that the MP's claims he was…

Also: 170 ha damaged in Kothagudem, Telangana

Andhra Pradesh: Untimely gales and rains damage 1,700 ha of crops

Unseasonal rains and gales have damaged several horticulture crops on nearly 1,696 hectares in parts of Andhra Pradesh. Crops like banana, cashew nut, cocoa, papaya, oil palm,…

WayBeyond - New Zealand

Solutions for growers to not only become economically sustainable but reduce food waste

A New Zealand-based agritech solutions company says even changing an element of the way a fruit and vegetable business is run can greatly lead to the reduction in food waste and improve sustainability. Speaking at the recent MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua, WayBeyond Chief Technology Officer Jonathan…

Sonnet155

Reusable tote bags made from fruit skin and cellulose

Designers Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten and Lobke Beckfeld have produced a sustainable alternative to the paper bag – a reusable tote called Sonnet155. Using totes over single-use shopping bags can reduce your carbon footprint, as long as they’re made of sustainable materials. To ensure that each bag breaks…

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Vietnam: Homemade Ferrari 488 GT is also a melon shop on wheels

A man in Vietnam devised what can be seen as a most interesting marketing strategy: He took out a Ferrari 488 GT to sell loads of melons. Well, it's not a real Ferrari… What we see is a replica of the Ferrari 488 GT, that was built by the owner himself. Also, he showed his ingenuity in figuring out…

Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department

Maqis seizes 28 tons of red onions at Tanjung Pelepas

The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department has seized over 28 tons of red onions - worth RM250,000 - at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. According to Johor Maqis…

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Croatia: Police intercept cocaine in fruit container in port of Ploce

Croatian police have revealed they have confiscated more than half a ton of cocaine hidden in fruit containers in an Adriatic Sea port. It is said to be one of the biggest seizures ever in Croatia. With the help of sniffer dogs, police discovered the cocaine two weeks ago in the port of Ploce. State…

New Zealand experts leading global conversation for UN about Equitable Food Systems

United Fresh, Aotearoa’s pan produce industry organisation, is set to lead a United Nations Independent Dialogue as part of the UN’s global initiative the Food Systems Summit…

IPD Virtual B2B Event "Fresh Produce"

Fresh herbs, high-quality fruit and vegetables from new marketsMake contacts with reliable producers in individual online meetings Due to the cancellation of the Fruit…

New Zealand

Housing still encroaches on best fruit and veg-growing land

In New Zealand, The best areas for growing fruit and vegetables are still being gobbled up by housing and lifestyle blocks.  According to the Our Land report from Statistics NZ…

Australian horticultural workers

National Farmers' Federation implores workers to report underpayment

The National Farmers' Federation is urging horticulture workers who believe they have been underpaid to report their experiences. It has also tagged the release of Unions NSW…

After weeks of uncertainty, QLD banana growers will receive extra $50K for storm damages

Queensland banana farmers whose plantations were damage by Tropical Cyclone Niran, on March 1, have cautiously welcomed the Queensland Government's latest move to increase…

Auckland High Court jails man for smuggling methamphetamine in avocado pulp

In the Auckland High Court, a Mexican national has been sentenced to 10 years and 7 months for his part in smuggling 113 kg of methamphetamine. The drugs were concealed in a…

Pre-solicitation announcement for TEFAP Fresh Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase fresh produce (WBSCM Material Number 111427) for distribution to food banks. Pandemic Assistance…

UK growers angry over farm labour scheme ‘sabotage’

In the UK, the Home Office has been accused of sabotaging the success of a foreign workers scheme, designed to supply essential labour to pick this year’s fruit and vegetable…

Total Produce completes $1.44 bln refinancing

Total Produce plc announced today that it has entered into a credit agreement with Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., New York Branch, as administrative agent and collateral agent,…

Egypt impounds Ever Given over compensation claim after blockage Suez Canal

The containership Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week, is being held until its owners pay for the damages. The large cargo ship has not been given…

AHR’s and AUSVEG’s Strategic Partnership continues in 2021

Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) has been delivering important levy-funded projects like the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection (jointly with RM Consulting Group) and Optimising cover cropping for the Australian vegetable industry for the vegetable industry for nearly a decade. AHR’s…

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Due to eruption La Soufrière volcano

St Vincent: Deputy PM says agricultural region in northeast is destroyed

According to Deputy Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, Montgomery Daniel, the agriculture sector is now non-existent on the eastern side of the La Soufrière volcano. The volcano erupted last Friday. The PM visited the area on Sunday, reporting to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves that the…

France: CTIFL integrates “La Morinière” station

As a research and experimentation actor serving professionals of the fruit and vegetable sector, CTIFL is reinforcing its presence in the French region of Centre-Loire Valley.…

France's Agrial reports sales dip as pandemic still hurts

Agrial,  France’s largest agri-food cooperative group stated yesterday that its 2020 sales had dropped as it suffered from prolonged bar and restaurant closures due to COVID-19.…

Oahu. Hawaii

Dole fined $20,000 for safety risks posed by Wahiawa Dam

On Friday, Hawaii’s land board has fined the Dole Food Company Hawaii $20,000 for failing to safely maintain the Wahiawa dam. The more than a century-old dam – that protects…

Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Australia's first drought research hub set up for north NSW and south QLD

The first of eight national drought research and resilience hubs has been set up for northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Run by the University of Southern…

March 2021 Eurotunnel figures reveal Brexit and pandemic impacts

Cross-Channel service Eurotunnel saw passenger traffic figures drop 60% year-on-year last month as the pandemic continues to have a major impact. Its Le Shuttle Freight…

China Airlines transports bees to Vancouver

On April 8th, a China Airlines’ A350-900s arrived in Vancouver from Taipei, bringing in thousands of bees. The shipment of bees originated from Australia. The insects will be…

Ecuador reinforces prevention actions against Foc R4T due to its possible presence in a South American country

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) of Ecuador received an alert about the possible presence of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense Race 4 Tropical (Foc R4T) in a…

Kenya: Locust outbreak may be coming to an end

The Horn of Africa has been experiencing its worst locust crisis in more than 25 years. In Kenya, the swarms of insects are the worst they've been in 70 years. But things…

Fortune Agribusiness - Southbank, Victoria

Fruit grower gets largest Northern Territory water licence ever

Fortune Agribusiness is a Southbank company that plans to build a massive Central Australian fruit and vegetable farm. Last Thursday, it was handed the biggest water license…

Egyptian and Sudanese parties extremely frustrated

Ten years of Ethiopian dam negotiations unsuccessful

In the past ten years, Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia have held ongoing talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) that is being constructed by the Ethiopian side, over…

Provides update for Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2021

Lamb Weston reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 Results

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. today announced its third quarter fiscal 2021 results and provided a business update for the fourth quarter fiscal 2021. “We delivered solid sales…

Queensland strawberry industry offers $100k in cash to entice harvest workers

The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association is offering $100,000 in a bid to entice workers to get involved in the winter harvest. In an effort to solve the labor problems,…

US officials must hustle to save organic trade relationship with Mexico in time

New Mexican regulations threaten to disrupt more than $100 million in organic food trade with the US. All in all, the Biden administration has less than three months to…

France: Foreign seasonal workers stuck at borders

The strengthening of sanitary measures has complicated the visa application procedures for non-European workers. A difficulty to which producers must adapt in their search of…

Kinshasa meetings inconclusive

Three-way talks over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam fail

On Tuesday, Egypt and Sudan made clear that the latest round of talks with Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Kinshasa have ended with no results. Amid efforts to break a deadlock in talks over the project, delegations from the three countries met in the Democratic Republic of…

New South Wales govt will subsidize half of hotel quarantine cost of agricultural workers

In an attempt to remedy the state's labor shortage, the New South Wales government will subsidize half the hotel quarantine cost of agricultural workers. There is a strong…

Henri van Hemert, Oerlemans Plastics Horticulture, the Netherlands

"Sweet potatoes thrive under organic plastic"

Packaging must become more sustainable while retaining its qualitative properties. This has been one of Oerlemans Plastics Horticulture's core values since 1992. This Dutch company recently developed sustainable films that are proving successful. One of these is organic sheeting used for sweet potatoes.…

Nuclear technology for agriculture and food

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have created a joint center in order to improve…

World Apple and Pear Association elects its new presidency team during Annual General Meeting

The World Apple and Pear Association held its Annual General Meeting online on 31 March 2021. Key global apple and pear producing and exporting countries from Europe, North…

South Australia to release millions of sterile fruit flies

The South Australian government will release some 100 million sterile fruit flies from the sky in an attempt to try and eradicate the pests that are currently plaguing…

Due to concern about effects on water insects

Canada to limit use of two crop chemicals

Canada’s Health Ministry said it would limit the use of two types of crop chemicals that have been linked to deaths of certain aquatic insects. Health Canada’s multi-year…

Title deed acquisition remains seemingly intractable obstacle

Demise of the Land Bank leaves South African farmers worse off

On Tuesday Moody's withdrew all ratings from the Land Bank, a day before the deadline on which the Land Bank was supposed to have come up with a debt restructuring plan to deal with R50 billion (2.89 billion euros) in defaulted debt to the South African Reserve Bank. “Moody’s didn’t offer an exact reason…

Aljazeera

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks of severe regional consequences

Egypt, Ethiopia & Sudan set for more dam talks

This weekend, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will meet this weekend to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which broke ground in 2011. The three countries are in a longstanding dispute over the project. Foreign ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to meet in the Democratic Republic of…

May 12 to 14, 2021

Cairns to host 2021 Australian Banana Industry Congress

Pullman Cairns International Hotel from May 12 to 14. Some 400 delegates are expected to attend. This year's Australian Banana Industry Congress is to be held at the Cairns…

BBC

Egypt starts inquiry into Suez Canal cargo ship grounding

Egyptian officials have begun a formal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the blocking of the Suez Canal, that disrupted global trade for almost a week. According to Suez Canal Authority adviser Sayed Sheaysha, experts boarded the Ever Given on Wednesday to obtain data relevant to the…

The cost of the Irish sea border post-Brexit

Since the UK's separation from the EU, there has been the creation of a brand new border within the UK: the Irish Sea border. This is part of the Northern Ireland Protocol - a…

Uganda: Inflation goes up to 4.1%

The Annual Headline Inflation for the year ending March 2021 is set at 4.1 percent, compared to the 3.8 percent registered for the year ended February 2021. This increase in…

Australian growers are bracing for a terrible fruit fly season

Following the recent rains, many Australian growers are bracing for a terrible fruit fly season. An alarming rise in fruit fly activity was triggered by the lingering effects…

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Happy Easter from the FreshPlaza team

Maine tomato grower to pay back wages to migrant workers

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Labor announced has recovered $245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine. According to DOL, it…

Globalization increases the risk of CTV

The global citrus fruit industry is affected by the Citrus Tristeza Virus (CTV) and its symptoms. In March 2021, CNR researchers Vitantonio Pantaleo and Angelantonio Minafra presented a report analyzing some CTV isolates collected in Angola on the Virology Journal. Angelantonio Minafra "Checks to prevent…

Horticulture can help New Zealand reduce emissions and grow the economy

The horticulture industry is well placed to help New Zealand reduce its emissions while also enabling the economy to grow, Horticulture New Zealand says. ‘Our fruit and…

ASX Announcement Vitalharvest Freehold Trust

Binding Roc Offer received

Further to the announcements on 18 March 2021 and 22 March 2021, VTH RE received late on 31 March 2021 a proposal, which is expressed to be binding, from Roc Private Equity Pty Ltd to acquire: 100% of…

Green Giant / PEEPS

Or wait… What day is it again?

Green Giant and PEEPS to introduce cauliflower-flavored Marshmallow Bunnies

Green Giant®, the iconic brand synonymous with delicious and high-quality vegetables for families, announced today a partnership with the PEEPS® Brand, makers of the beloved Marshmallow treat, to introduce Green Giant Cauliflower-Flavored PEEPS® ahead of Easter. According to prnewswire.com¸ the Giant…

Advertising supports California avocado peak season

The California Avocado Commission is extending its consumer advertising campaign, “The best avocados have California in them,” with new creative designs playfully illustrating…

Cpb.gov

Hidden in shipment of fresh produce

CBP Field Operations seize methamphetamines worth over $8 million at Pharr International Bridge

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility threw a monkey wrench into efforts by drug-smugglers to move illicit substances this weekend by intercepting $8,421,500 worth of alleged methamphetamine in a commercial shipment of fresh…

Painted bug population in cruciferous plants reduced by using lure crops

An innovative research project, carried out by INIA La Cruz and La Platina, has served to identify the main lure crops that can be used to attract the painted bug (Bagrada hilaris) and keep it away from the main crop. Tests carried out in the fields Chile is a very important producer of horticultural…

Recycling plastic materials - an objective to be pursued

As a processer of plastic materials, Agriplast works with a material that boasts the best recyclability level, but which is nevertheless used and managed as if not recyclable at all. For this reason, the company has decided to change the management of the end of life of plastic products.  Using plastic materials…

An American growing vegetables in the Arctic Circle

Benjamin Vidmar, an American chef from Florida, has decided to take up the challenge of growing fruit and vegetables in Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitzberg, Norway, the…

Concerns about Ever Given crew - as well as legal actions

AP Moller-Maersk begins diverting back to the Suez Canal

As there are now expectations of a quick easing of congestion, AP Moller-Maersk has begun rediverting ships back to the Suez Canal. After Monday's refloating of the grounded…

Brexit: The deal is done, but what effect does it have on the fresh trade?

The transition period for Brexit ended on 31 December 2020. The United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) agreed to a trade deal. This deal is important for the supply…

Citiy of Elektrostal

New wholesale distribution center being built in Moscow region

Russian’s Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region, Sergei Voskresensky, has announced that the construction of an export-oriented wholesale distribution center…

Agriculture Sector Network ASNET welcomes UK-Kenya Free Trade Agreement

Kenya agriculture sector umbrella body, The Agriculture Sector Network, ASNET, has lauded the recently ratified Economic Partnership Agreement between Kenya and UK saying it will go a long way in boosting economic development and job creation. The trade deal allows tariff-free market access for Kenyan…

"NZ has a very good name as a market leader and agriculture innovator, so they will give companies the time and listen"

New Zealand has a huge tech opportunity in the Middle East's growing horticulture industry

An international consulting company says New Zealand has a real opportunity to be a partner of choice with the Middle East in providing "world-leading agritech solutions" to a growing agriculture sector. Alpha Kennedy, from Prime Consulting International, told delegates at the MobileTECH Ag event in…

And with Parent Company, UPL Limited

AgroFresh reaches patent infringement settlement with Decco Post-Harvest, Inc.

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global player in produce freshness solutions, has announced that the company has reached a settlement in its ongoing litigation against Decco…

"By engaging in these projects, it is possible to influence and access new funding outside the current models."

How NZ's Agritech Industry Transformation plan is trying to get the most out of research investment

New Zealand's "world-class" agriculture and scientific research are often being underutilised, according to the country's leading agritech organisation. Speaking at the annual MobileTECH Ag in Rotorua, AgriTech New Zealand highlighted the Industry Transformation Plan that was launched by the Ministry of…

Philippines: Tariff revenue losses from RCEP deal should be mild

The Filipino government is expected to forego tariff revenue of over $58 million a year from the 15-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal.…

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Heavy rainfall breaks up major roads in Cameroon

Thousands of people on the Bamenda-Babadjou road network that links the Western and Northwestern regions of Cameroon were stranded for several hours last week, after a section of the 35-kilometer dilapidated network collapsed due to heavy rainfall. Further subsiding also hampered the flow of regional…

Innovation aides in closing the gap on food inequality

Getting nutritious food to the estimated hundreds of millions facing food insecurity worldwide isn’t just about food, however. It’s a complex, interconnected process. Barbara…

Scarisbrick, West Lancashire

Controversial mushroom farm plans could be up for appeal

The parties behind the controversial plans to build an indoor mushroom farm on West Lancashire farmland are appealing the refused planning permission. In November, West…

Experts claim South African government is ‘unable’ to run land reforms

Land reform remains  a very controversial topic in South Africa. While reasonable persons claim it is necessary, the sad truth is that black farmers who get land from the government…

Attempt to halt QFF outbreak in Coolbellup

Queensland Fruit Fly detected in Yarra Ranges

The council is asking residents to be on the lookout for the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in coming months and help prevent its spread, after detections of the fly in the Yarra…

First group of Samoan workers to head to Australia

Samoa's first group of 320 Recognised Seasonal Employer workers will depart for Australia next month, since the global pandemic closed borders last year. The group is…

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Central Otago

Orchard labor shortages beginning to bite

According to an industry leader, the lack of seasonal workers from the Pacific is really beginning to bite. Apart from this, some workers sent to Central Otago’s orchards and vineyards are really not up to standard. The continuing labor shortages across both sectors have affected planning for key phases…

CNN

Ever Given container ship shifted from shoreline of Suez Canal

The stern of a huge container ship that has been wedged across the Suez Canal for almost a week has been freed from the shoreline, officials say. According to the Suez Canal Authority, the course of the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given has been corrected by 80%. Further efforts to move the boat would…

Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing

New report reveals LEAF Mar­que busi­ness­es are lead­ing the way in cli­mate pos­i­tive farming

Leading global sustainable farming organisation, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has today (26 March 2021) released its latest Global Impacts Report, showing the…

Nginyii, Laikipia County

Kenyan village unable to deter elephants

The nightly routine of residents of Nginyii village in Laikipia County has been disturbed by an invasion of elephants. At night, the animals descend from the nearby Lolldaiga…

ESSB 5172 still poses challenges for agriculture

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5172, which will phase in overtime pay in agricultural employment and protect agricultural employers from being sued for retroactive pay,…

After Identifying gaps in previous aid

USDA announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to distribute resources more equitably

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt…

The 60,000-square-foot facility will support local farmers and underserved New Yorkers

GrowNYC, State, City and Elected Officials break ground on New York State regional food hub in the Bronx

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Empire State Development Acting President and CEO Eric Gertler, New York State Department of Agriculture and…

Sir Ian Cheshire talks about ‘win-win’ plan

UK government urged to set up bank for sustainable farming

A senior UK business figure has called on the British government to set up an "agroecology bank" to support sustainable farming. Sir Ian Cheshire, the British businessman and…

The keys to the success of a sector that has known how to adapt to change, according to Rafael Bolinches, General Director of Projar

How the fruit and vegetable sector has managed to emerge stronger from the COVID crisis

For many years now, the fruit and vegetable sector has been changing, both structurally, technologically and commercially. Every year it faces new challenges related to the sophistication of demand from the end customer and from the production system, which is increasing on a technical, efficient and…

VE.BA celebrates its 50th Anniversary

VE.BA, Ferrara-based company, leader in the production of fruit and vegetables ingredients for food industry, celebrates its 50th year in the business. Established on 22 January 1971 upon initiative of local frui…

Fruit growers from the Valley, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Indian growers demand repeal of several farm laws

Yesterday, the Hill States’ Horticulture Forum, a joint collective of horticulturists from Himachal, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, together with the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha,…

Riverland: Sterile fruit flies released to eradicate pest

More than 2.5 million sterile fruit flies have been released in Australia’s Riverland, as the region is fighting off five outbreaks of  Queensland fruit fly which could cost local…

Www.gov.uk

UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement comes into force

UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Kenya, Theo Clarke and Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation, Trade and Enterprise Development, Betty Maina, today exchanged ratification documents at an official ceremony to mark the entry into force of the UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement. The event was…

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Ever Given’s owner apologises to 150 vessels stuck

Dislodging container ship blocking Suez Canal could take 'days to weeks'

According to several shipping experts, it could take days or even weeks to free the 224,000-ton, 400m vessel, that is wedged across the Suez Canal, blocking one of the world's busiest waterways since Tuesday. The Ever Given ran aground on March 23 after being caught in 40-knot winds and a sandstorm that…

The oxidizing power of ozone convinces more and more farmers

Ozone as a disinfectant agent is gaining more and more followers in agriculture. Thanks to its great oxidizing power, this substance is capable of destroying the majority of…

The “Zero Pesticide Residue” label continues to grow

The “Zero Pesticide Residue” (ZPR) label, launched by the Nouveaux Champs Collective 3 years ago, presided by Gilles Bertrandias, director of Paysans de Rougeline in Marmande,…

Ministry for Primary Industries director general Ray Smith:

‘Push for more automation in the hort sector’

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) director general Ray Smith says he's going to push hard for more automation in orchards. He has said that there is real growth in…

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Suez Canal blocked by huge container ship

A large container ship has run aground in the Suez canal after being blown off course by a 'gust of wind'. This is causing a huge traffic jam of vessels at either end of the vital international trade route. The Ever Given, registered in Panama, was bound for the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands…

NPC & other agriculture industry groups raise alarm on U.S.-Mexico Trade Relationship

The National Potato Council and 26 leading food and agriculture associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai…

Hort Innovation supports horticulture industry through Hort Connections sponsorship

Hort Innovation, the Australian horticulture industry’s research and development corporation, has demonstrated its support for the horticulture industry and its growers…

City of London

Green light to move Smithfield, Billingsgate and New Spitalfields markets to Dagenham

Last night, plans to move three historic London food markets to Dagenham were green-lighted. Councillors approved The City of London of Corporation’s proposal to uproot Smithfield meat market, Billingsgate fish market and New Spitalfields fruit and flower markets to a large site by Dagenham Dock. Image: City of…

The construction of the tunnel between Spain and Morocco could start in the 2030s or 2040s

The project to connect Spain and Morocco through a tunnel under the Straits of Gibraltar, which has been officially studied since 1979 when Morocco and Spain created state…

aHDB

Labour costs in agriculture stable in 2020

Average weekly earnings for farm workers remained stable during 2020 with minimal growth overall. As at December 2020, average weekly earnings for the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector totalled £429, according to Office of National Statistics data. This was just a £1 increase on December 2019, an…

Precious metal hidden in tomato boxes

Israeli Border Security stops gold smuggling attempt

Smugglers attempting to smuggle in gold from Gaza to the Palestinian Authority by hiding the goods in tomato boxes. They were thwarted by security forces on Tuesday. The 13 bars of gold weighed about seven kilograms, with a value of about NIS 1.3 million ($390,000). Both the produce and the gold were…

Clearing a $5-million fund

Nova Scotia works towards cleaner, efficient farm technologies

Over the next two years, Nova Scotia farmers and food processors will have access to a new $5-million program that is aimed at helping food production and making environmental…

Intent on boosting Australian exporters’ online presence

Pandemic recovery plan launched

Australian exporters will be aided by a series of government grants to increase online engagement with key overseas markets. This is intended to aid economic recovery from the pandemic. Officials in…

The hives may not be settled within 4 km of the plantations during the flowering season

The Valencian Community establishes measures to avoid cross-pollination between citrus plantations

The Plenary of the Consell has established this year's measures that affect beekeeping settlements to limit cross-pollination between citrus plantations. They established the…

US and Canadian scientists intent on battling murder hornets

Scientists in the US and Canada are exploring new ways to fight so-called murder hornets as the giant insects begin establishing nests this spring. Last Wednesday, scientists…

ACT leader Seymour blames government for NZ fruit grower's closure

ACT leader David Seymour said the government had been to slow to let in seasonal workers from Covid-19-free countries like Samoa. "Covid is facing every country but we have…

Victorian farm manager skimmed migrant workers of $300,000

A Victorian farm manager skimmed at least $300,000 from migrant workers through fake labour hire companies. His workers packed broccolini and asparagus on very low hourly…

Country Fresh may access bankruptcy loan as produce suppliers seek payment

Fruit and vegetable producer Country Fresh Holding Company has received a court-approved loan of US$13.4 million to fund operations during the bankruptcy period, even though…

Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and Tablelands regions

Australian banana growers ‘disillusioned’ with $25,000 disaster grant

Australian growers that were impacted by tropical cyclone Niran are eligible for a $25,000 government grant. However, growers say it’s not enough and not targeted towards the…

"It safeguards our market access and reputation as a supplier of world-class produce"

Experts reinforce the importance of strengthening Australia's "strong" biosecurity system to reach key ag targets

Australia's Government agency responsible for scientific research says while the country has a "fantastic" biosecurity system that protects farmers, the current system is going to struggle within a decade if it does not evolve and develop. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation…

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Hidden in a container with fruit from Ecuador

Rotterdam port: €300 million in cocaine confiscated

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) has issued a statement saying that Customs officers confiscated over 300 million euros worth of cocaine at the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday, The total of over 4,000 kilograms of cocaine were divided into 4,425 packages. These were hidden in a container of fruit…

Emmanuel Mwamba: Remove Zambian taxes on agriculture products

Chifwani Concepts is a Zambian social enterprise that promotes the farming of cassava. Chifwani Concepts promoter Emmanuel Mwamba has called on the government to remove taxes…

Australia: Labor picks fight with farm piece rates

The Australian opposition claims farm workers need to be guaranteed a minimum wage if they are paid according to a piece rate. This means that Labor has thrown its support…

New Zealand: $350k wellbeing support package for horticulture sector in the works

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced a $350,000 support package for New Zealand’s hard hit horticultural sector. The package will be used in addressing the…

California Farm Bureau presses for Senate action on agricultural immigration bill

Now that a significant agricultural immigration bill has won passage from the U.S. House of Representatives, the California Farm Bureau has called on the Senate to begin the…

Go-innoWater

How to use energy and water more efficiently in modernized irrigation of fruit trees

Researchers from the Gandia Campus of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in collaboration with the Miguel Hernandez de Elche University (UMH), carried out a study…

Riverland's backyard fruit trees in danger due to fruit flies spreading

The Riverland's fruit fly free status could be at risk following two new outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly in the region. This event has extended fruit movement restrictions…

Maharashtra growers start fresh fruit cake ‘movement’ during pandemic

Fruit growers in rural Maharashtra have started an innovative ‘movement’ to promote fresh fruit cakes as a healthier option, instead of the traditional bakery-made cakes.…

Global Women Fresh (GWF)

A global award for women involved in the fruit and vegetable sector

"Global Women Fresh, the international network for women in the AGF sector, has launched two new awards to celebrate the role of women in the sector. The Woman of Impact and…

ChileBio

Latin American researchers use gene editing to breed hardier crops

Latin American researchers are using gene editing to breed hardier varieties of staple crops and fruits, according to an Alliance for Science Live webinar.Right: Researcher…

Westfalia Fruit Group celebrates 150th birthday of founder Hans Merensky

March 16, 2021 marked the 150th birthday of Dr Hans Merensky, the founder of the Westfalia Fruit Group. Dr Merensky was a famed geologist, a humanitarian and he was known for…

Fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk

London’s Borough Market launches meal box subscription service

London’s iconic Borough Market is launching a comprehensive range of fresh produce and special occasion meal boxes available on subscription, along with three new gift hampers for food lovers across the UK. The new subscription service, available from 18th March, means that specially selected,…

Methamphetamine - hidden within spinach shipment

Over $1.3 million worth of narcotics seized at Otay Mesa

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial facility discovered over $1.3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of fresh…

Southern Australia citrus growers concerned at costs of Pacific Islander quarantine facility

Australian growers and packers are concerned about the cost burden of hiring Pacific Islander seasonal workers to help fill the labour shortage for the upcoming citrus…

NFU calls for level playing field as government announces new Border Operating Model

As the government announces its new Border Operating Model for Great Britain, the NFU is urging the UK and EU to work together to agree long-term arrangements as a matter of…

Delaware fruit and vegetable growers who pass Food Safety Audits eligible for cost-share

Delaware fruit and vegetable growers who receive a passing score on their third-party food safety audits and agricultural water tests are eligible to receive cost-share to…

Distance from farm to fork can be shorter; the retail and catering industries are willing

These are findings from the study Korteketen Producten (‘short-chain products’) in the Netherlands, carried out by Wageningen University & Research on behalf of the Ministry…

Kenya's fresh produce exporters to get coverage in Dubai for defaulted pay

Kenyan fresh produce exporters will collaborate with Dubai’s export insurance provider with the intention to get coverage for losses where buyers default on already exported…

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Woolworths shoppers puzzled by bizarre sign

Woolworths shoppers have been puzzled after they spotted a bizarre sign at a local store. Queensland shopper Ryan saw a sale sticker next to bunches of asparagus in the fresh produce section, reading that the vegetable was “Grown in Mexico or Australia”. Asparagus, ‘grown in Mexico or Australia’. Image:…

Sudanese prime minister in Cairo to discuss Nile dam dispute

Yesterday, Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok was in talks with the Egyptian president in Cairo. Both nations seek to build a united front in the ongoing dispute over the…


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