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New compliance platform for companies in fruit and vegetables launched

Customer and certifier requirements on compliance for agricultural products are increasing constantly. In order to ensure compliance with all requirements, each year…

James Mash on the launch of MarketBuy

"We're able to finance growers and buyers on our trade platform"

The online trading platform MarketBuy launched mid-November. Now, a couple of weeks after launch, the owner of the platform looks back on what went well and what still needs to be done to make the trading platform as successful as it can be. “Absolutely nerve-wrecking,” was the initial reaction of…

Frigga provides worldwide temperature tracking solutions in 12 languages

Real-time thermometer app "Frigga Track" is about to come online

Frigga presented 2G and 3G wireless, real-time thermometers during the Fruit Attraction exposition in Spain in October. The real-time thermometers sold well in the international market. Now Frigga officially have announced their new 4G wireless, real-time thermometer in response to the demand of clients…

New sourcing platform for buyers and growers in development

Since the company was launched in 2010, Daniels OFP B.V. has specialised in the daily delivery of organic vegetables to packing stations and importers in the potato, vegetable…

Digital agriculture now available thanks to Climate FieldView

On November 26th 2019, Bayer Crop Science presented digital platform Climate FieldView. It is not precision agriculture, but something more: when talking about digital agriculture, we must think about systems that are very easy to use so as to obtain data on a certain crop and make decisions to save…

Blockchain technology finds way to Australian melons

Australian watermelon traced from paddock to plate for first time

One of Queensland’s largest seedless watermelon growers, Andrew Martens of Marto Farms has unveiled the first blockchain end-to-end consumer traceability and marketing system on seedless watermelons in Australia. In partnership with specialist Australian traceability and consumer trust technology…

Microsoft launches tech project to tackle food security in South Africa

Microsoft recently launched agriculture research platform FarmBeats, aiming at making the benefits of artificial intelligence available to farmers. FarmBeats tracks soil temperature and moisture levels with the use of solar-based cloud computing models, taking the guess-work out of farming. By 2050 there…

China may soon launch virtual currency

China could launch its own digital currency within the next 6 to 12 months, according to fund manager Edith Yeung. This could become a challenge to the US dollar’s global…

Ocado uses Machine Learning to reduce food waste

Globally, food waste is a massive problem. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year. That’s believed to be enough to feed the world’s 815 million hungry people, four times over.  Now, grocery technology pioneer…

Fresh Produce Consortium

New course on artificial intelligence

The Fresh Produce Consortium is excited to announce a brand new course for members dealing with the increasingly important area of artificial intelligence in fresh produce.…

Swiss companies OpaccERP-Software and fruit specialist SA Fruits join forces

Modernization of business software for the fruit trade

SA Fruits and IT specialist Opacc both claim some similarities: They are very successful Swiss companies with many years of experience and great expertise in their field. The Swiss-developed OpaccERP software and the included update guarantee brought the two companies together in an attempt to modernize the…

Morocco’s introduction of new tariff causes crisis in Mauritania’s fruit and veg sector

A remarkable rise in the prices of vegetables and fruits in Mauritanian markets, which rely mostly on Moroccan imports, has caused resentment among Mauritanian bloggers, who…

Cross-border e-commerce provides new platform for China-Thailand trade

Cross-border e-commerce has gotten the attention of millions of Chinese consumers, who are now indeed very interested in Thailand's fresh durians. The "Monthong"  (literally "golden…

Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers

New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks

During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…

WeFarm gets $13 mln to grow its marketplace and network for independent farmers

Large networks like Facebook and LinkedIn have a huge gravitational force in the world of social media; the size of their audiences make them important platforms for…

Info on "withholding period recommendations" for fungicides and insecticides

ATGA releases app for management of chemical application

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) has developed a mobile phone app for the management of chemical application. The ATGA MRLs mobile application (App) provides withholding period (WHP) recommendations for the fungicides and insecticides registered for use in table grape production. The WHP…

Kenyan farmers take pictures of their crops to improve insurance pay-outs

In Kenya, there is a new project, aimed at training farmers to use smartphones to chart the health of their crops, so that they are more likely to receive compensation when droughts or floods hit. The new way of tracking and verifying when harvests fail, using an app on a smartphone, is intended to…

Dangshan County - Anhui Province

E-commerce functions as poverty relief in China's pear capital

More than 500,000 kg of pears and yellow peaches were snapped up within one hour of coming online Thursday, a feat unthinkable just years ago in Dangshan County, east China's Anhui Province. Dangshan, with orchards covering more than 47,000 hectares, has been cultivating pears for over 2,500 years. It…

However: political, scientific roadblocks remain

CRISPR avocados could withstand climate change

Last August, a team of scientists had announced it had mapped the DNA sequences of several types of avocados. This research will likely become the foundation for breeding…

Software developer activeIT visits Fruit Attraction in Madrid 2019

"We bring digitization to the fruit & vegetable sector"

Computer-controlled ripening chambers have long since found their way into the fast-moving fruit-ripening sector, while associated ordering, transport and maturity planning or quality management of the fruit is often done manually, i.e. via an Excel list and a physical maturity diary. In cooperation with…

Consentio, the revolutionary digital platform for the sale of fruits and vegetables

Connect directly, buy and sell; this is the simple concept of the new Consentio communication technology platform that has been launched in Spain, which could revolutionize the sale of fruit and vegetables (and of agricultural products in general) with a website and a free mobile application.Consentio is…

Free traceability suite offered to all growers and shippers

iTradeNetwork offers its newly-enhanced iTracefresh Traceability Suite software to over 2,000 growers and shippers, free-of-charge. The first 40 to sign up will receive an…

CargoX and RoadLaunch merge the worlds of public and private blockchains

Recently, CargoX, a public blockchain logistics document transaction platform which was built on a public blockchain, was integrated into RoadLaunch, a private blockchain-based digital freight management platform. According to the companies, this is the first publicly available integrated product in…

4G real-time logistics monitor to be launched this month

This month, Frigga will continue to expand its wireless real-time product line. Following their 2G and 3G wireless real-time products popular in the global markets, they will…

Turkey sends satellite into space to assist "Smart Agriculture"

Turkey will send a satellite to space next year to track agricultural fields and climate. The project which was announced in late August by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, aims to start a new era for Turkish agriculture. The microsatellite called "Lagari" will observe pilot areas that…

Barn2Door raises $3.4 mln to help farmers connect with customers

Janelle Maiocco is the CEO of Barn2Door, a Seattle start-up that makes e-commerce software for farmers. The start-up just raised a $3.4 million investment round and is now…

Salad producer joins blockchain-based platform

BrightFarms announced it is incorporating blockchain technology as a member of the IBM Food Trust network. Food Trust, a blockchain-based information-sharing platform, connects supply chain data across the ecosystem. In addition to providing provenance insights, network members such as BrightFarms, say…

Software platform seeking to reduce food waste now available

Crisp, a new "Software as a Service" platform that seeks to reduce food waste while increasing profitability, announced the availability of its software for beta-testing. This…

AI helps Kenyan farmers to plan their crop cycles

European data scientists are teaming up with Kenyan farmers to use the fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to drive the next agricultural one. Although the Green Revolution -between 1950 and the late 1960s- produced massive increases in crop yields throughout Asia and Latin America, even today,…


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