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Spanish government claims agricultural insurance will cover the damages caused by Gloria

Given the huge damages caused by storm Gloria to crops and agricultural productions of the Mediterranean coast, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) recalled that the combined agricultural insurance system will cover the storm damage. It stressed that the damages caused by hail,…

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Storm Gloria causes 62.6 million Euro worth of losses to Valencia's agriculture

According to estimates from the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA), storm Gloria has caused economic losses totaling over 62.6 million Euro to the Region of Valencia's agricultural sector. Citrus crops, agricultural infrastructure and seasonal vegetables have taken the worst part…

Cranfield University reactions

Academics comment on Committee on Climate Change report

Academics from Cranfield have responded to the recent report ‘Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK’, by the UK’s independent Committee on Climate Change. This report presents…

Miguel López, of Costa de Níjar: "We have lost 50% of the eggplant production"

1,000 hectares of greenhouses affected by hail in Almeria

"First a flood in September and now this hail storm. The truth is that this is becoming a very difficult campaign. The weather is not giving us any rest," says Miguel López, manager of the production and marketing company Costa de Níjar. The firm's producer-partners who escaped the floods have now been…

Salvador Ribes Ibáñez, of Betrex:

Storm Gloria: "Some say that about 80% of citrus in Valencia has been lost"

Road AP-7 between the Catalan towns of Figueres and La Jonquera, in the province of Girona, has reopened after being cut for 12 hours. This is also the case of the A-23 between Teruel and Zaragoza. According to the Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) and Abertis, "traffic has been restored and is back to…

150,000 tons expected to be marketed ahead of the Super Bowl

Hail in Michoacán will not harm avocado exports to the US

The unusual hailstorms recorded this Monday in the avocado producing regions of Tancítaro, Periban and Ario de Rosales, in the Mexican state of Michoacán, have not caused significant damage to the fruit. Consequently, the export program launched ahead of the Super Bowl, where avocados are the "official…

Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops

Storm Gloria causes major damage to Murcian and Valencian agriculture

Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall. Photo: Proexport The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the…

Florida growers eye overnight temperatures

Florida growers were watching last night to see just how cold the temperatures were going to get. Weather forecasts were predicting a chilly overnight—possibly one of the coldest nights so far in Florida this winter. Plant City for example was to see a minimum temperature of 33°F while Immokolee would be…

Consumers urged to continue rallying behind local growers despite possible price increases

One of Australia's leading produce markets is encouraging Australians to rally behind growers as bushfires and drought hit the industry, which will more than likely increase the cost of fresh produce. Brisbane Markets receives produce from more than 7000 growers, with the persistent drought, and…

High-tech map shows fruit, macadamia farms hit by bushfires

Amid devastating bushfire activity across Australia, scientists have released a map that shows avocado, mango, olive, banana, macadamia and citrus orchards that have been impacted, to help with response and recovery efforts. Driven by a Hort Innovation investment, in collaboration with various…

Apples at the forefront of getting people "Back to Bilpin"

An apple growing community in the New South Wales Blue Mountains is hoping that the grassroots social media campaign "Back to Bilpin", which is largely themed around the region's iconic fruit, can promote and help it recover from the devastating bushfires. Fire tore through the town of Bilpin on December…

“We expect companies failing to adapt to global warming to struggle”

Global warming is shifting the seasons in Turkey, with some produce having their window shifted by as much as 15 days. Due to rains being unpredictable, growers will have to adept, or they will start to struggle, says one Turkish exporter. The year 2019 had a lot of investments for Turkish fresh fruit exporter…

The Bushfire cost being felt by East Gippsland vegetable farmers

Vegetable farmers in Victoria's East Gippsland have not escaped the effects from the devastating bushfires that tore through southern Australia over the Christmas/New Year holidays. The most devastating was the loss of Matt and Kate Zagami's vegetable farm in Wairewa. Food & Fibre Gippsland Industry…

A hail storm devastates 500 hectares of apples and pears in Argentina

Nearly 500 hectares of apple and pear trees in the regions of Regina and Chichinales, in the Argentine province of Rio Negro, were devastated by the strong hail storm there was on Sunday, January 12. According to the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, INTA, the area was affected by a category…

First frosts of the year in Spain prevent the early flowering of fruit trees

The Region of Murcia's agricultural crops have barely been harmed by the first frosts of winter. The most severe ones were recorded between night and dawn on Monday January 6,…

Rain and snow in north China is bad for conditions in banana production areas

The conditions in banana production areas recently weakened. The supply volume from Guangxi production areas is relatively small. They are approaching the end of their season.…

High winds affected Argentina's pome fruit before the harvest

A windstorm with gusts of up to 106 km / h has hit the Argentine provinces of Rio Negro and Neuquen causing trees to fall, countless power outages, and damages to infrastructure. The winds affected apple and pear trees in the producing region of Alto Valle. It knocked down fruits and affected the…

Customers are flooding social media Coles & Woolworths with viral image

Customers are urging supermarkets to help Australia’s starving wildlife amid the bushfire crisis, by donating their ‘waste’. Social media has been inundated with a photo which urges Coles and Woolworths to donate their ‘waste’ fruit and vegetables to “our starving wildlife”. The plea is embedded on a…

2019 was New Zealand's fourth warmest year since 1909

The global trend of warming weather continued, with the final year of the decade setting record average temperatures in many parts of New Zealand. The warming trend continued in 2019, which clocked in as New Zealand’s fourth warmest since 1909 with an average temperature of 13.37°C. NIWA’s annual climate…

Strong winds in Chiapas increase the prices of Mexico's mangoes

The strong winds in the main mango production regions of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas affected the mango crops as it caused many flowers and fruits to fall. This…

Fire relief in the east is unlikely

Tropical Cyclone Blake forms off coast of Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone Blake, the first for the Australian cyclone season, has formed off Western Australia's West Kimberley coast. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) expects the system to reach Category 2 intensity, and make landfall near Wallal Downs along the Eighty Mile Beach late on Tuesday or early…

Dry start to 2020 for Pacific Northwest

It’s only early January, but washingtonagnetwork.com is already talking about drought across the Inland Northwest.  According to the USDA, over 83% of Washington is in the Abnormally Dry category.  Meanwhile, nearly 32% of the Evergreen state is in the D1, or Moderate Drought category.  Only 16% of the state is on…

Damage to Batlow apple orchards still to be assessed after devastating fire hits the town

While the full extent of last weekend's bushfire is still yet to be assessed, it appears apple growers in the New South Wales town of Batlow may have escaped major damage. The blaze destroyed at least 20 residential homes, businesses and town infrastructure, and claimed the life of a man who was helping…

Eco-conscious eating for a better climate

The climate is changing at an alarming rate. Something has to change to keep the earth habitable for the next generation. Environmentally conscious eating can make a big…

Growers preparing for worsening of bushfire conditions over the weekend

Growers and farmers in Southern Australia are on high alert, with fire conditions predicted to worsen this weekend. For the third time this year a State of Emergency has been declared in New South Wales. It comes a day after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster for six Local…

Possibility of food shortages in Perth

Australia: Bushfires cutting off Nullarbor likely to cost millions

The bushfires that have closed major highways on the Nullarbor could end up costing the economy millions of dollars and cause widespread food shortages. About 140 firefighters are battling eight fire fronts that have cut off the small WA town of Norseman, about 700 kilometres south-east of Perth, for…

Study finds climate change could reduce fruit and veg yields by a third

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have found that the yields of certain fruits, such as soft fruits, grapes, and bananas, are at risk of falling by almost a third due to the threat of climate change. Two of the most important factors are reduced rainfall and increased…

Mexico: Avocado cultivation could cause an ecological collapse in 50 years

Several specialists have warned that the environmental cost of cultivating avocados, one of the most popular fruits in the world, was so high that it could cause an ecological collapse in less than 50 years. The main environmental impacts generated by the production of this fruit include the decrease in…

Devastating bush fires continue in Australia

Exhausted firefighters worked through the night to save homes and lives as an out-of-control bushfire dubbed 'The Monster' tore through properties and land in New South Wales. Devastating photographs capture how terrible the conditions are for firefighters and residents as intense weather conditions…

Study on pollutant emissions from imports into the EU

What is the carbon footprint of importing seasonal products?

The Unio de Llauradors i Ramaders has conducted a study on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by imports of products from third countries into the European Union.…

South Africa:

Industry to take action on drought

The deciduous fruit industry body, Hortgro, has been closely monitoring the situation of producers and agricultural workers affected by the prolonged drought. Especially stone…

Strawberry orchards are recovering from adverse weather events

Most of the crops grown in the Metapontino area (Basilicata region), and more specifically in the territories of Scanzano Jonico and Policoro, were promptly restored, after being hit by a whirlwind on 12 November 2019. "Outcome monitoring showed that the strawberries are restored in almost all the…

Will rainstorms affect California strawberries?

As California stares down potentially five days of rain and with some rain totals estimating as much as between .25 to .50 inches, California strawberry production may be impacted. “With that on the horizon, it will probably signal the end of the California fall-crop season,” says Dave Akahoshi of Plan…

Rain sometimes was 'heavy and destructive'

South African drought conditions likely to persist despite recent rain

Unfortunately, the hope that the recent widespread rain across South Africa’s summer rainfall region would put an end to widespread water-constrained and drought conditions,…

Hailstone Heroes to be sold nationwide

Hawke's Bay orchardist looks to sell hail-damaged fruit

John Paynter's Yummy Fruit Company was one of the victims of the freak hail storm that hit Hawke's Bay in early October. His nectarines were among the pipfruit that was damaged, really becoming unmarketable. Now, however, the orchardist is looking to make the most out of a bad situation, selling his…

"The map of crops in Europe will change as a result of climate change"

The Center for Studies and Research for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (Ceigram) has predicted that “the map of crops in Europe will change as a result…

Clarification on NZ Government's position on plastic fruit stickers

Peak industry body, HortNZ says it has had clarification from the Ministry for the Environment that no decisions on the future of plastic fruit stickers have been made by the…

Proexport: "This DANA has not caused as much damage as the previous one"

Delays in citrus and leaf vegetable deliveries due to storms

Heavy and persistent rains and storms, accompanied by hail in some cases, have hit the southern half of Spain's Mediterranean regions: Almeria, Murcia, Alicante, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. Between Wednesday and Thursday, the storms have moved towards Castellón and Catalonia. The worst damages have again…

"The effects of this drought will reverberate through entire communities for a very long time"

Australia's long-running drought is continuing to take its toll on Queensland growers, with the 2019–20 total value for primary industry commodities forecast to be $17.8 billion, slightly down on this year's expectations. The figure is five per cent less than the April 2019 estimate, and six per cent…

Equal or slightly higher prices for the main varieties

Rains in Spain accelerate the citrus harvest

According to sources from the Lonja de Valencia, the rains have accelerated the citrus harvest in the province. With regard to prices, they have either remained stable or increased. In the case of oranges, increases have been recorded by the Navel Lane Late, reaching € 0.23-0.38 / kg. The Sanguinelli has…

Australia: Drought and fires

2019 has been another tough year for Australian farmers. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2018 was the third hottest year on record for the nation, as rainfall deficiencies spanned back to early 2017 for New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian parts of the Murray–Darling Basin. In addition, November 2019…

Murcian leaf vegetables hit once again by storms

"The rains have forced us to stop the harvest and delay the loading"

Heavy rains have again taken a toll in Murcia, Alicante, Valencia and other areas of the Spanish Levante. It has not been long since the DANA left the fields flooded in these producing areas, with leafy vegetables taking a lot of damage. At that time, in September, the planting of the winter leaf…

Grape harvesting in northern areas impacted by rain

Rain over central areas ends heatwave

Widespread rain has been falling for two days over the central and northern parts of South Africa, bringing relief after several heatwaves that saw temperatures edge past 40°C and warm winds “like an industrial hair dryer”, according to a Limpopo citrus grower. In the Lowveld an avocado farmer says that…

Colder weather may stimulate banana trade

Recently banana prices have fluctuated in Chinese production areas, and the overall market is weak. Crops in some production centers are affected by the cold weather, and some…

Year Overview 2019: Environmental Challenges

The year 2019 has passed by in the blink of an eye. While we’re heading into the last month of the year, FreshPlaza will look back at the big events of the year. From protests to trade wars to environmental challenges, let’s take a look at what happened in 2019. Spring frosts in PolandDuring the spring,…

Kenyan farmers suffer consequences of unpredictable rains

Some crops in Kenya have been washed away, while others have been submerged by floods as harvest rots on farms in some parts of the east African nation following heavy rains. The rains have been unpredictable and unusually heavy and the Kenyan farmers are feeling every pinch of it. When the short rain…

New Zealand's agriculture sectors come together to plan way forward with climate change mitigation

New Zealand horticulture, as part of that country’s primary production sector, has welcomed the New Zealand Government’s endorsement of the plan the industry developed to reduce climate change. The plan is called the Primary Sector Climate Change Commitment, or "He Waka Eke Noa, Our Future in Our Hands".…

Anél Blignaut, Confronting Climate Change/Blue North Sustainability

Lessons from 11 years of South Africa's carbon calculator on fruit & wine farms

Who would consider the impact of orchard trellising on a  carbon footprint? Yet a plum producer in the Western Cape found that through reducing planting distance, reducing tree height and planting double rows on ridges (pictured right), diesel use for spraying trips, concomitant effectiveness of spraying and…

South Africa: Heatwave warning

The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has warned that severe heatwave conditions would prevail over most of South Africa for the rest of the week and into the weekend. A heatwave is defined as…

South Korean farmers see boost in banana crop

Perhaps climate change will soon turn the South Korean mainland into a producer of bananas, mangoes and passion fruit. Bananas already grow on sub-tropical Jeju Island off the…

87% of fruit growers in Maule, Chile, believe that situation caused by drought is delicate and unsustainable

The results of Fedefruta's survey, Impact of Drought on Chilean Fruit Growing, which details the perception that producers at the national level and by region have on this…

Experts warn of another drought in Southern Africa

Farmers in southern Africa should start adapting, planting drought-resistant crops and concentrating on short season varieties as the frequency of droughts intensifies. Farmers should also be encouraged to grow traditional crops that are more drought-resistant and adaptable to climate change. Hybrid…

Flooding in the Bologna province

The torrential rain of the past few days damaged various production areas. Bologna, an area producing many vegetables, potatoes and onions, was hit particularly hard.  The Idice river burst its banks in Budrio di Bologna "There was over 20 cm of water in greenhouses and lettuce was ready to be harvested. 57 mm of rain fell in just…

Persistent drought torments Chile

Of course, citizens of central Chile are accustomed to long spells of dry weather. However, the past decade has brought an extreme drought that is remarkable even for a region with a semi-arid Mediterranean climate. Central Chile, where most Chileans live, has received 30 percent less rainfall than…

California Maria fire affected small percentage of avocado trees

Though assessments are early, it seems as though approximately only 100 acres of avocados were affected following the recent round of California wildfires. “It’s not as bad as we thought,” says Ken Melban of the California Avocado Commission based in Irvine, Ca. “If you’re a grower who was hit, then it’s…

Bad weather aftermath in Campania

In Campania, despite the weather alert issued by local authorities in some areas, in agriculture there are no major damages resulting from the storms of these days. In the upper part of Caserta there are no major critical issues, on the contrary many farmers define the situation as in line with the…

About 200 hectares of strawberries affected in a very serious way

Bad weather: the Matera and the Taranto area the most damaged

The first damage count came from the Metapontino area, after the heavy rain that last night struck the entire Ionian arc, with heavy downpours and sirocco winds of up to 100km/h. The municipalities of Policoro and Scanzano, in the province of Matera, are the areas most affected by this new meteorological…

“Farming in South Africa under threat from Climate Change”

There's an assumption in the agricultural industry that the yields and prices of crops will vary according to local conditions as well as supply and demand in local and international markets. As a result, farmers understand that not every year will be profitable but over the long run, all things being…

Drought is costing South African agriculture sector billions

The agricultural body that represents nearly 28,000 commercial farmers across the country is calling on the government for financial aid to address the debilitating drought wreaking havoc across the country, which has cost the industry billions of rand. The industry contributes 2% to the economy, which…

Minimal impact to farms from bushfire emergency but growers still on alert as threat continues

Two of Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable peak industry bodies have conveyed their thoughts to those affected by the bushfire emergency on Australia’s east coast. Blazes continue to burn in several regions across Queensland and New South Wales, with residential homes and farming properties caught up…

Fruit Growers Victoria calls for water reform overhaul

Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd (FGVL) has called for the Commonwealth and state governments to address clear failures in the past decade of water reform. FGVL has always supported…

"US apple farmers endure major crop and profit losses due to climate change"

According to an article on cnbc.com, climate change is posing an existential threat to the precarious lives of farmers across the country. More intense and frequent weather disasters are wiping out entire harvests, and warmer winters are exposing crops to severe frost damage. For apples, a warm spell in…

Drought drives up vegetable prices in Zimbabwe

The drought ravaging most parts of Matabeleland has pushed prices of vegetables and fruits up in the region’s biggest market, Bulawayo. The unfortunate development has seen…

South Africa: Water levels drop below 50% in three provinces

The current temperatures in major parts of South Africa have plunged three provinces to stress levels as their dam levels dropped to below half in the past two weeks. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation report, the dam levels in Limpopo, Eastern Cape and North West has plummeted to below…

South Africa

Drought has hit Western Cape agriculture hard

“The number of farms in South Africa has declined by more than two-thirds compared to the early 1990s,” says a 2018 GRCF-AFRICAP report. According to the draft 2019 National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, in South Africa “the observed rate of warming has been 2°C per century or even higher” which is…

Be Climate officially launched; a climate neutral brand for fruit and vegetables

The 'Be Climate' project was recently launched by Port International at the Fruit Attraction in Madrid. But the truth is that Port has been a climate neutral company since 2017 and has been offering their customers climate neutral products for three years now. With this lead in knowledge and the goal of…

Weather likely to cause drop in US potato yields

Weather issues in both the upper Midwest and Idaho mean potatoes could be in short supply this year. In the Midwest, Minnesota has experienced a number of issues that could cause its volume of potatoes to be lower this season. “We got a late planting—so Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota—and that…

Sicily grows more and more tropical fruit

New consumption trends and a growing demand for exotic fruit are changing global agriculture, which is increasingly committed to meeting the demands of a globalized market. Some areas of Sicily are suitable to grow products that were once only cultivated far away from Europe.  Mangoes, avocados, limes, finger limes,…

Lemon and avocado groves escape from California’s Maria fire

This past Friday, the Maria fire hit Santa Paula, home to Limoneira’s headquarters and the company’s thousands of acres of lemons and avocados. “The fire was on the south side of the river and fortunately, it stayed there,” says John Chamberlain with Limoneira. “Although largely dry, the riverbed is…

Start of citrus campaign in Andalusia marked by bad weather

The 2019-2020 citrus harvesting campaign has started in Andalusia, marked by weather conditions that have taken a negative toll on the flowering period and, therefore, on the production. This has been revealed in the latest report prepared by the Prices Observatory of the Council of Agriculture,…

José Illan, le Tresacois:

The first french grapes were most affected by this summer's heat

Le Tresacois is a family business of 200 hectares, handed down from father to son for more than 60 years. The company distributes its own production under the brand “Le Tresquois”. José Illan, well- respected in the sector, recently joined the family business as its commercial director. He claims that…


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