Climate

Recent rains affect potato productions in different Brazilian states

The strong storms and hail that hit several Brazilian states last week have impacted the country's potato production. The rains affected the plantations in the south of the…

Iota and Eta cause massive losses for Honduras' banana and palm crops

According to Hector Castro, a Honduran producer, independent producers have reported that the storms Eta and Iota ravaged 2,520 hectares of banana cultivation, a figure that…

Melons, rambutan and papaya

Hurricane Iota causes shipping delays for produce out of Guatemala and Honduras

This week, Central America faced another hurricane only two weeks after Hurricane Eta raged through the region. Making landfall on Monday evening in Nicaragua, Hurricane Iota moved through Honduras and eventually dissipated in El Salvador. While Iota was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after…

Nature's Pride and Berries Price CO2 reduction targets acknowledged by the Science Based Targets Initiative

Nature’s Pride and Berries Pride are the first trading companies in the fruits and vegetables sector worldwide to have their greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets…

The damage caused by Eta in Honduras boosts the price of a box of Ecuadorian bananas above $7

The impact of storm Eta on the Honduran banana production as it passed through the country in early November, where it is estimated it affected some 10,000 hectares of crops,…

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Combining Easychar with banana growing

Decarbonisation and sustainable farming are both hot topics just now and one of Sky East UK’s businesses is application of technology to reprocess organic waste to…

Just 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta landed two weeks ago

Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua

Hurricane Iota made landfall on the Atlantic side of Nicaragua on the evening of November 16th, only 15 miles south of where Hurricane Eta made landfall two weeks ago. Hurricane Iota landed at a Category 4 storm, though it has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is moving along the coastline…

Lack of water poses a threat to the expansion of the avocado in Malaga

Avocado cultivation in Malaga has grown exponentially in recent decades. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, the province has gone from having 50 avocado trees in 1943 to 1.5 million avocado trees in almost 7,000 hectares nowadays. This increase in the Andalusian…

The damage Eta caused to Honduras’ infrastructure affected the country’s citrus industry

Tropical depression Eta did not cause significant losses to Honduras' citrus production, but it generated serious problems in marketing the fruit, stated Rene Bendaña, a…

Maine's continued drought status may impact next spring

hot, dry summer that broke weather records may be just a memory, but more than half of Maine is still in moderate, severe or extreme drought, according to the map released…

Bolivian producers report drops of 50%

Drought impacts banana production in the Tropic of Cochabamba

The general advisor of Cochabamba's Agricultural Chamber (CAC), Rolando Morales, said that banana producers from the five municipalities of the Tropic of Cochabamba had…

Eta ravaged more than 22,000 hectares of crops as it passed through Guatemala

According to data from Guatemala's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA) that was gathered up to November 9, the Eta tropical depression damaged 22,155 hectares…

Weather monitoring to improve table grape disease management in Western Australia

High-tech weather stations are being installed on four table grape properties across Western Australia's Swan Valley, South West and Gascoyne, as part of a new project to evaluate the accuracy of commercial disease risk prediction tools. There has been a proliferation of decision support applications in…

Heavy rains cause 62 million Euro in losses for Spanish Region of Valencia

Heavy rains recorded a few days ago in the Spanish Region of Valencia, especially in the coastal regions, have caused more than 62 million Euro in losses, taking into account crop losses, the extra costs of treatments to save the trees and the repairs of damaged infrastructures, according to a first…

Spain

Strong winds cause huge losses on western coast of Huelva

Hurricane-like winds have caused havoc in various parts of the western coast of the Spanish province of Huelva. Even though they lasted just a few minutes, the force of the…

Storm Eta wipes out half of Honduras' banana production

Tropical storm Eta has hit a country that was already hurting from the negative economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the productive sector. During the critical…

Hurricane Eta damage causes delays in exports from Honduras and Guatemala

On Tuesday November 3rd, Hurricane Eta made landfall in Nicaragua after having brought heavy rainfall to the region. After raging through Nicaragua, the hurricane hit Honduras and Guatemala and is currently heading for Florida, though it has since weakened to a tropical depression. Along with heavy…

What will happen when the glaciers, the country's main freshwater reserve, disappear?

Climate change threatens Peruvian agriculture

The powerful development of agriculture in Peru has allowed the country to become an important player in the global export of fruits and vegetables, leading the international…

Spain

Rains, hail and wind hit the Valencian regions of Ribera Baixa and Ribera Alta

After an emergency assessment, LA UNIÓ de Llauradors reported  that the storms that have just been recorded in the Valencian regions of Ribera Baixa and Ribera Alta have caused losses estimated at about 8 million Euro, and that without taking into account the damage caused by waterlogging in the fields. It…

Pascual Prats, president of the Spanish Kaki Association:

"The rain and hailstorms will cause a shortage of kakis in the coming days"

The storms that have been hitting the Spanish provinces of Valencia and Alicante since Wednesday have flooded fields and caused damage to crops such as kakis and citrus fruits. In just over 24 hours, more than 200 liters of water per square meter were recorded on the southern coast of Valencia, where…

Rain, hail, snow and labor issues

British Columbia apple growers feel the weight of 2020

To say that British Columbia apple growers had a challenging season would be an understatement. “We’ve seen hail—lots of hail—and through the summer, we saw cloudy, rainy weather. And to top the year off, we just had an early freeze with lots of snow and it’s all putting additional challenges in front of…

Hurricane Eta threatens rambutan plantations in Honduras

An extremely powerful Hurricane Eta is battering Northeastern Nicaragua. “It is moving very slowly and as a result, the storm has already brought torrential rain to Nicaragua and Honduras,” says Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties. The catastrophic Category 4 storm made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday…

But 2020 rains might lead to bumper table grape harvest

Namibia: Agriculture industry hit by drought

The drought that plagued Namibia over the last two years has had dire consequences for the nation’s agricultural sector. However, the rains received in 2020 have restored…

Gulf states apprehensive over possible damage from Hurricane Zeta

While the US hurricane season is getting near its end, usually being cited to end on November 30th, a new hurricane has hit the US Gulf Coast: Hurricane Zeta. The hurricane made landfall Wednesday afternoon in Southeastern Louisiana, and brought heavy winds, rain and tidal surges to the Gulf Coast. By…

Driven by investment companies in desert and tropical climates

Demand for retractable roof cooling houses increasing

Retractable roofs are being used to protect fruit and vegetable crops from losses due to extreme weather conditions, providing increased quality and yield. “When we started in the retractable greenhouse segment, most of our business came from Canada, the US, Mexico,” says Richard Vollebregt, President of…

Nature's Pride take steps towards more responsible water use together with growers

Nature's Pride has taken steps regarding responsible water use, on both the cultivation and purchasing sides. This is reflected in a number of growers obtaining the SPRING water certification, as well as Nature's Pride purchasers successfully completing the training programme ‘Water in Procurement…

Be Climate looks back on its first year in the market

Fewer emissions and more health for the climate! This is the motto of Be Climate, the first climate neutral brand for fresh fruit and vegetables developed by fruit importer Port International from Hamburg. On 22nd October of last year, Be Climate was launched to the industry during Fruit Attraction.  The Belgian…

Young fruit on litchi, mango and avocado trees also at risk of fruit drop and sunburn

Extreme heat after cool week burns watermelons

The South African Weather Service has issued a heatwave warning over the interior of South Africa. It is the first heatwave of the summer; extreme temperatures are expected to abate from tomorrow. In the far north of South Africa, north of the Soutpansberg Mountains, watermelons have suffered sunburn…

Climate change could benefit Argentine garlic

According to a study carried out by scientists from the Argentine Institute of Nivology, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences (IANIGLA), dependent on the National Council for…

Costly preparations for growers

Hurricane Delta makes landfall in Louisiana

This past Friday evening Hurricane Delta made landfall in southwest Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane and sustaining 100 mph winds. While spinning north over land, Delta quickly weakened into a Post-Tropical Cyclone. Just six weeks ago, the same area was impacted by Hurricane Laura. Although the damage…

New Zealand

Climate change threatens sweet potato crops

Industry experts are afraid that climate change is threatening New Zealand’s kūmara (sweet potato) crops. Peruvian researchers tested 1973 kūmara strains, including six from…

Juan Jose Pons of Ecuador’s Banana Cluster:

“The effects from the ashes on the bananas will be felt for the coming 8-12 weeks”

The eruption of Ecuador’s Sangay volcano resulted in an enormous amount of ash being spewed into the air and being scattered by the wind across 55,000 hectares of banana farms. “The main affected territories are Guayas and Los Rios,” says Juan Jose Pons, the coordinator of Ecuador’s banana cluster. “The…

19th September disaster

The harvest is saved but the territory of the sweet onion of the Cévennes is devastated

The harvest of sweet onions of the Cévennes was good and the marketing season got off to a great start. However, the optimism was cut short on the 19th of September, a date that will remain in the memory of producers for a long time. Raging water fell over their territory, in the high Hérault valley…

New report claims food systems are damaging our health and the planet

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition is today announcing the launch of its new report, Future Food Systems: For people, our planet, and prosperity. The report, produced by an independent international team of leading experts, makes concrete recommendations on the practical next…

The drought in Peru could impact the 2020/21 mango season

According to the manager of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, the country could export more than 200,000 tons of mango in the 2020/2021 campaign, which will begin in November. This volume would be much lower than the record 234,000 tons exported…

Onion curing could be a concern for Pacific Northwest growers following fires

“It was like a campfire in your face. That’s what it made you feel like.” These are just some of the conditions growers in the Pacific Northwest have been dealing with following drifting smoke from wildfires that have been taking place throughout not only California but Washington and Oregon. “Last week,…

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Severe threat to crops and groundwater supplies

Drought intensifies in Maine

At this point in time, parts of Maine’s York and Cumberland counties are experiencing extreme drought conditions after months of unusually warm and dry weather. The drought is threatening fall crops and causing record-low river levels and scattered reports of dry wells. Also, the drought is fueling concerns about groundwater…

Dole harnesses the sun to move closer to their carbon neutral promise

Dole Asia Holdings has made a significant step forward to achieving Net Zero Carbon with the signing of a contract with Symbior Solar to expand its renewable energy sourcing to its processing facilities in the Philippines. Symbior Solar is to install over 33,000 square meters of solar panels at Dole…

Bad air quality from California fires causes labor challenges

It is fire season in California, and this season, though it has only just begun, has been a heavy one. As of September 21st, 2020, over 19,000 frontline firefighters are battling 27 major fires in the state, according to Cal Fire. So far this year, there have been over 7,900 fires total, with over 3.6…

Total Exotics targets 25% reduction in carbon footprint of its Bleiswijk CDC

Total Exotics, a marketer of premium Avocados and Mangoes to the European retail sector, has taken a significant step forward in reducing still further the environmental impact of its marketplace operations. With the installation of nearly 1,400 solar panels on its Central Distribution Centre located in Bleiswijk,…

"Teamwork and clarity are essential to moving swiftly and efficiently"

How growers prepare for hurricane season

Hurricane season is raging in the southeast of the United States. Hurricane Laura made landfall at the end of August, and currently Hurricane Sally is causing flooding in the Gulf Coast regions. Besides immediate damages from the high-speed winds and heavy rains, the aftereffects of these storms can…

Report: “Evaluation of the socio-economic impact of climate change in Belgium” Masfoto

‘Climate change in Belgium threatens beer and fries’

According to a report commissioned by the National Climate Commission, production of two of Belgium’s iconic products, beer and fries, could be severely affected by climate…

Spain

Extremadura's tomato production fell 20% due to the intense heat in July

According to Extremadura's Grouping of Agricultural Cooperatives (Acopaex), this season's tomato production will be 20% lower than the figures that were initially expected as…

More than 150 business leaders and investors have signed open letter to EU

Girteka Logistics urge EU heads of state to set higher 2030 emissions reduction targets

As the European Commission sits down to discuss proposals for a new 2030 emissions target in time for the State of the Union address on Wednesday Sept 16, more than 150 European businesses, investors and business networks, including Microsoft, IKEA, Deutsche Bank, Unilever, H&M, Google, Girteka…

Southeastern states preparing for Hurricane Sally

Louisiana sweet potato growers relieved post-Hurricane Laura

“We dodged a bullet.” So says the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission’s René Simon of Hurricane Laura that struck the Southern Louisiana region two weeks ago. While at the time the storm was predicted to cause the type of destruction inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, in the end, sweet potato growers…

Salinas growers deal with heat, ash and air quality concerns

With more than 2.1 million acres of California with active wildfires burning on them, smoky, dark orange skies hang above the state, including over the entire Salinas Valley growing region. The concern for Salinas crops remains largely around ash. “The amount of ash falling this week is maybe 10 to 20…

Maher Mezahi

Algeria: Date growers faced with climate change effects

In Algeria’s Biskra province, small-scale growers are increasingly battling to cultivate and protect their precious crops. Biskra is a gathering of oases in the north-east of…

Peruvian citrus exports increase by 40%

Peruvian citrus exports have experienced a considerable increase in 2020 when compared to the previous season. Until week 33, Peru had exported 40% more citrus than in the…

The Dominican agricultural sector lost millions of dollars to storm Laura

The Provincial Council for Agricultural Development of the Province of Azua (Coproda) stated that the damage caused by tropical storm Laura in the region as it passed through…

Argentina

Fruit growers in the Alto Valle get ready for possible frosts

Even though spring is about to start, there is still a risk of frosts in the Upper Valley of the Rio Negro and Neuquen provinces, which could affect the region's fruit…

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Produce goes to waste in Ghana’s Pusiga District

Vegetables farms in the Pusiga District of the Ghana’s Upper East Region are in trouble as roads linking the farms to market centres are washed away by the week-long…

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Downpours in Dominican Republic disrupt food prices

Some prices of food products in Dominican markets have declines, others increased in the wake of the damage caused by the floods of the two storms Isaías and Laura. Vegetables…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

"Unusual European weather conditions now affecting fruit and vegetable trade"

The worst of the heatwaves in Europe seems to be over now. But their impact on fruit and vegetable production is becoming increasingly apparent. "We need to make up shortfalls throughout Europe. Especially for full soil products. It's evident in, particularly, cauliflower and broccoli," says Leon van den…

The consequences of the windstorm in February are still being felt

Avocado prices in Tenerife skyrocket due to a shortage of production

Avocado prices have increased more than usual at this time of the year because of the decrease in avocado production in Tenerife due to the wind and harsh storm that the island experienced on February 22 and 23. In some establishments, avocados are sold for up to ten euro per kilo. The president of the…

Hurricane Nana brought more rain to already wet Guatemala papaya season

Hurricane Nana made landfall in a sparsely populated part of Belize right after midnight on Thursday morning. From there, Nana weakened to a tropical storm, pushing across Guatemala on Thursday. “The storm affected the northern part of Guatemala, the heart of our papaya growing region,” said Andres…

Tomas Griger

Japan holds its breath as two strong weather systems advance

At this time, two strong weather systems are bearing down on western Japan from different directions. Weather experts are warning people to prepare for a strong typhoon…

After the lockdown, bad weather challenges the pineapple sector

It's not only the lockdown that has led to a collapse of pineapple sales, and above all, export problems. Recently, this exotic fruit has also been hit by bad weather (hurricanes) in Central America. This was confirmed by Luca Bernardini, owner of the 2M Exotic Fruits sold under the brand Anana'. "We…

Northern China suffers severe damage from hail storm

A recent hailstorm was seen in parts of Jixian County, Shanxi, an important apple production area in China. Growers reported that the protective bags in the orchard were…


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