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Lithuania and China strengthen bilateral agricultural cooperation

Chinese Vice Minister Yu Xinrong met with Lithuanian Vice Minister of Agriculture Mr. Rolandas Taraškevičius in Vilnius, Lithuania on the morning of 14 August 2017. The two sides exchanged views on strengthening bilateral agricultural cooperation.Vice Minsiter Yu noted that in recent years, great.....

Paraguay: The frost in July destroyed 55% of the tomato crops

Producers, who expected to harvest some 4,000 tons of tomatoes this season, would only be able to harvest about 1,800 tons because of the frosts in July. This means that the severe cold of July destroyed about 55% of tomato crops, according to preliminary data by the National Plant and Seed Health and.....

Report shows strong potential for horticulture in Ukraine

Ukraine ranks fifth among European Union countries in terms of production of horticultural and berry products and has a great potential in this direction, according to a report on the business prospects of Ukraine in production, storage, processing and packaging of fruits and vegetables."The purpose of our.....

Chinese pick 700 kg per hectare:

"Growth continues for Chinese cherry tomato acreage"

"Cherry tomatoes are grown in many places in Hainan, Guangdong and Shandong. The cherry tomato production area in Qingdao, one of the main production areas, has been growing year after year," states Mr. Zheng Lilong from Qingdao Pingdu Fruit and Vegetables Co Ltd.Cherry tomato production in a greenhouse"In.....

Vietnam: Bac Giang to pour $66 million in hi-tech agriculture

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to spend VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million) to develop high-tech agriculture areas growing or rearing the locality’s key products such as vegetables, flower, mushrooms, tea, lychees, citrus, chickens and pigs.Vegetables grown with hydroponic technology at the Bac Giang.....

Vietnam: Fruit, vegetable imports hit 655 million USD in first half

Vietnam spent almost 655 million USD on importing fruits and vegetables in the first half of this year, representing a year-on-year increase of 87 percent.Of the number, import value of fruits was 507 million USD, according to the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association.Thailand was Vietnam’s largest fruit.....

Vietnam invites Dutch companies to 'come grow with us'

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assured Dutch firms that Vietnam is removing restrictions in a number of areas, particularly telecommunications, finance and banking, and increasing the cap on ownership by foreign investors.Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (middle) witnesses a cooperation deal at the.....

"Horticulture New Zealand also threatened on water tax"

Farmers in Ashburton are not the only group that has been threatened by Labour over its water tax, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.“I was not surprised when I saw the Twitter feed from @dairymanNZ about a meeting in Ashburton last night, where David Parker told them he was not.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

New Zealand: Understanding Labour’s proposed water tax

Farmers and growers need reliable water supply to feed New Zealand and grow our exports. To achieve that, farmers and growers need certain and reliable water policy. Labour announcing that it will impose a water tax, but work out the details later, causes uncertainty. by Mike Chapman, CEO Horticulture New.....

Deep summer means slow import market in Russia

With cheaper, local fruits and vegetables available on the market, trade is often slower this time of year for Russian importers."It is normal that consumption drops for imported products during July and August, what we consider to be 'deep summer'. Consumers are only really interested in local fruits and.....

Ghana: Growers enthusiastic about greenhouse tech

Participants at the ongoing week-long Economic Inclusion and Poverty Eradication Workshop, organised by the Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, University of Ghana, have called for the promotion of greenhouse farming technology in Ghana.Most participants expressed their joy over the use of.....

Dutch tomato prices out of slump

Prices of Dutch tomatoes increased somewhat in July, but continue to remain exceptionally low for the time of year, according to figures from the European Union.According to the European Union, prices were 47 euro per 100 kilograms on average in July. That’s 10 euro less than the five-year average. During.....

Is it time to "fix" your farm mortgage interest rate?

“A question that will come up during mortgage loan term negotiations is, in view of interest rates rising, whether to lock into a fixed long-term mortgage rate or stay in a variable rate,” says Rick Dehod, farm financial specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. “Not all mortgages are on a variable.....

Turkish traders eat tomatoes in protest

During a press conference in Antalya, Turkey, a grower’s association from the province protested against the Russian tomato boycott. Three spokespersons ate tomatoes in protest and to show that the quality is good and that the vegetable is free from hormones, according to Turkish media.The sector was waiting.....

"There are way too many farmers markets in Chicago"

The city of Chicago keeps adding farmers markets, but many farmers say nobody bothered to ask them whether that’s a good idea.Starting a farmers market has stopped being a good idea in broad swaths of the city, with market managers and farmers saying the city now is oversaturated with farm-fresh.....

Ghana: 700 vegetable farmers join franchise farming scheme

About 700 vegetable farmers in the Volta Region have been registered to be part of a franchise farming scheme developed by a local company, Nest Agro Foods.The registration, which was done in collaboration with the Keta Vegetable Farmers and Marketers Association, forms part of a grand initiative meant to.....

US (CA): Drought spurs interest in hydroponics

University of California Riverside alumnus Pierre Sleiman Jr. saw the writing on the wall back in 2009. A computer sciences major at the time, Sleiman started the hydroponics business Go Green Agriculture in his UCR dorm room.Now located in Encinitas, Go Green produces 100,000 heads of hydroponically grown.....

Gulf countries an important market for the Netherlands

The GCC remains an important market for the Dutch agro-food sector in 2016, with an agro-food export rising to almost € 1.4 billion. Main trade destinations in the Gulf region are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the latter showing the largest growth as export destination.The GCC.....

Ireland ag department hosts Moroccan trade delegation

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine hosted a visiting delegation from Morocco, headed by Mr Hammou Ouhelli, Secretary of State for Rural Development. The Secretary of State was accompanied by Senior Officials from ONSSA, ADA and industry representatives. This visit follows on from the Trade.....

Spain: Almeria's greenhouse growers considering new products

The greenhouse fruit and vegetable production of the province of Almeria consists of six main crops: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines and watermelons. Melons and green beans, which enjoyed a significant share in the past, have been declining for years, so analysts now refer to a "six plus.....

Chinese ag minister meets Kazakh PM

Minister Han Changfu met with Mr. Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in Astana on 11 July 2017. The two sides exchanged views on China-Kazakhstan agricultural cooperation.At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Han conveyed greetings from Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to.....

Australian workshop examines taste trends in China

Trends in the China food and beverage market have been the focus of a workshop involving Western Australian agribusiness exporters.Hosted by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Asian Market Success project, the event revealed ways to better shape and implement winning business and.....

World hunger on the rise again, reversing years of progress

The number of hungry people in the world has increased since 2015, reversing years of progress, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told member states at the opening of the agency's biennial conference. Graziano da Silva stressed that almost 60 percent of the people suffering from hunger in the world.....

US: Congress takes first step to preserve WIC FMNP

Farmers markets and recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) won a victory last week when the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations release its provisional (or “marker”) agricultural appropriations bill which preserves funding for the WIC.....

EU: Public consultation identifies challenges for future CAP

European citizens believe that agricultural policy should continue to be managed at the EU level, and that helping farmers and protecting the environment should be its two main goals.These are among the key findings of the public consultation published on modernising and simplifying the Common Agricultural.....

China, Uzbekistan deepen agriculture cooperation

Minister Han Changfu met with Mr. Zoyir Toirovich Mirzaev, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Uzbekistan, in the Prime Minister’s Office on 8 July 2017.Mr. Mirzaev extended a warm welcome to the Chinese delegation. He emphasized that the agreement on agriculture holds a.....

25% increase in area over last year

Greenhouse production on the rise in Australia

The latest protected vegetable crop statistics for Australia were released July 7, 2017. This data covers the period of 2015-2016 and includes vegetables grown “under cover”. This is officially defined as: “greenhouses, cold frames, cloth houses and lath houses.” Using other historical data, a comparison.....

potatoes much more expensive

Netherlands: Cucumbers cheaper for consumer than in 2000

At the start of this century, a Dutch consumer was still paying 81 cents for a cucumber. That's 15 cents more than they're paying this year. Potatoes, on the other hand, are at their highest level in the 21st century.Click here to enlargeStatistics NetherlandsThe figures come from the Statistics Netherlands.....

UK: Improving labour efficiencies in horticulture

A campaign has been launched to encourage the adoption of lean principles into horticultural businesses to help improve labour efficiencies in production.The new AHDB knowledge exchange programme seeks to address rising labour costs and concerns about labour availability following Brexit.As part of the first.....

Qatar: Blockade fuels demand for local organic vegetables

Qatar residents continue to patronise local fresh produce, particularly organic vegetables, offered by a number of hypermarkets in Doha.Speaking to Gulf Times, a source from a leading retail chain in the country said they have seen an increasing demand for organic tomato, cucumber, lemon and mushroom, among.....

Agro City introduces computerised auction in Russia

Russian company Agro City, which is affiliated with agricultural cluster Food City, has signed a contract with Aucxis to supply a computerized fruit and vegetable auction system including a local auction room and remote bidding facilities. The project will be implemented in the territory of Food City near.....

Singapore farms taken to task for misusing land

Amid the Government's push for farms in land-scarce Singapore to be more productive, eight farms have been penalised in the last four years for repeatedly misusing land for purposes other than agriculture, figures from the authorities show.The misuses concern the carrying out of various unauthorised.....

Iran: Government plans to increase greenhouse cultivation area

The government plans to increase the area under greenhouse cultivation in Iran to 48,000 hectares within the next 10 years, a deputy agriculture minister said.“Around 16,760 hectares of the total sum are planned to be constructed by the end of the five-year development plan (March 2022). At present,.....

Bruce Campbell, New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research:

"Innovation vital to success of horticulture"

Innovation will be key to the on-going success of the horticulture industry, says Dr Bruce Campbell, recipient of the 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award.Dr Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, was recognised with the Award at this week’s Horticulture New Zealand.....

US Customs seize 22kg of cocaine hidden among tomatoes

On July 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 22kg of cocaine hidden in a tomato shipment. During a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the.....

Spain, UK, Russia, Australia, Canada, Mexico

Overview global pepper market

The sun is the main factor determining the development of the season. In Ontario, it is cloudy, so the volumes are slightly lower. In many parts of Europe, it is sunny and bright. In the UK, for example, this resulted in a large supply. The cold slowed down the season in Russia and Poland. Prices in Belgium.....

Tomato prices decrease in China

Currently, the majority of tomatoes on the market is from production sites in Hebei, such as Raoyang county in Hengshui, Suning county in Baoding, and Gu'an county in Langfang. These are all big producers of tomatoes in the summer. Every year between June and July, 70%-80% of the sold tomatoes comes from.....

Cucumbers, Roma tomatoes and green bell peppers

Trio of veggies available year-round from Mexico

Cucumbers, green bell peppers and Roma tomatoes coming from central Mexico’s San Luis Potosí are available 12 months a year. “Supply is meeting demand for all three year-round products,” says Leonardo Tarriba, general manager for Farmer’s Best. This is the first year they’ve brought a year-round program to.....

Ukraine is boosting soft fruit exports

Berries production in Ukraine in the past three years has stabilized at some 130,000 tonnes, and exports is growing, UkrAgroConsult Director General Serhiy Feofilov said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.“The export of berries in 2014 amounted to 21,500 tonnes, while in 2016 Ukraine.....

UK peppers see good production and demand

Bell pepper production has felt the benefit of the great weather in the UK, the good light levels and warmth have resulted in increased yields and good quality. Lea Valley Grower's Association grow 60% of the UK's sweet peppers, 200 million each year, under 350 acres of glass.The association's secretary, Lee.....

CAN (ON): Bringing agri-food education to classrooms

Ontario is continuing to support agri-food literacy in elementary and high schools to educate students on topics such as local food and farm innovation, and to highlight career opportunities in the growing agri-food sector.The province is continuing its partnership with AgScape, an organization dedicated to.....

CAN (QC): Bountiful harvest expected after mild winter, rainy spring

Quebec strawberries and maple syrup were big winners after this year’s mild winter and cool, rainy spring, as were bees — at least in most regions.Grasslands, strawberries, blueberry fields and orchards faired well over the mild winter in all regions of Quebec and the maple harvest was excellent, according.....

Canada: Now is a good time to review financing strategy

Farmers and agribusiness operators should take the opportunity to review their financial strategies following this week’s modest increase in the Bank of Canada’s overnight interest rate, says FCC’s Chief Agricultural Economist J.P. Gervais.The Bank of Canada increased its overnight target rate by 25 basis.....

Hunger for tomatoes turns Canada into greenhouse superpower

The test greenhouse of Mastronardi Produce Ltd., part of the family’s 25-hectare crystal palace in this lush farm belt near Windsor, counts 500 varieties of tomato. No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of tomato species.The other day, Paul Mastronardi led a walk through the grape tomato section of the.....

US: California will use toilet water to grow vegetables

By the end of 2017, toilet water and other wastewater will be used to irrigate a large swath of Central Valley farmland near Interstate 5, an area that is known as California’s agricultural hub because it produces more than 360 products.“As long as we keep taking showers and flushing toilets, we can.....

NZ horticulture growers vote on levy reduction

A levy reduction for commercial fruit and vegetable growers will be voted on at the Horticulture New Zealand Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tauranga, says Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine.Commercial fruit and vegetable growers covered by Horticulture New Zealand are legally required under the.....

Ronald Guendel, Bayer Crop Science

Training smallholder farmers in sustainable farming practices

How can we help cocoa farmers in Africa or vegetable farmers in Guatemala to grow safe and healthy food and bring their produce to market? With its Food Chain Partnership initiative, Bayer takes several approaches to support farmers worldwide in running sustainable, profitable farms.by Ronald Guendel, Global.....

Interview with Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor, Dutch Russian Embassy

Update on Russian ban of imported Turkish tomatoes

Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, talked to FreshPlaza and offered some updates regarding the situation on importing Turkish tomatoes, as well as future developments.What is the current situation with regards to the import of.....

US: Alabama rains risks destroying tomato crops

The fields are flooded at Allman Farms & Orchards in Blount County, Alabama. Here they grow peaches and sweet corn, but mostly tomatoes. Right now some of the tomatoes are under water. "It'll kill a plant if it sits in water too long," says farmer Daniel Allman. Allman says when a tomato gets too wet it.....
Russian boycott until 2020?

Russian minister of agriculture isn't hoping for an end to the boycott

Last week Russia extended the boycott of European fruit and vegetables, among other items, until December 2018. The Russian minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev assumes the boycott will be in force until at least 2020. He said this during a press conference after a FAO meeting."We hope that the food.....

Nova Scotia strawberry growers see bumper crop

While the strawberry season began slow in Nova Scotia, that is beginning to change for growers in the region who are seeing a bumper crop this year. “It’s a good year for us so we want to make sure that everybody out there in the consumer world buys Nova Scotia berries,” said Josh Oulton of TapRoot.....

OECD and FAO see slower growth in demand keeping world food prices low

Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published today.....

China, Russia ink MoU on agricultural cooperation

Under the witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Minister Han Changfu and his Russian counterpart Alexander Tkachev signed a Memorandum of Understanding on furthering cooperation in agriculture in Moscow on 4 July 2017.The two heads of states highly recognized.....

Spain: High temperatures cause 10% drop in Extremadura's tomato production

The high temperatures recorded during the first three weeks of June will cause Extremadura's tomato production to be slightly lower this campaign than in a normal year, with forecasts pointing to a 10% drop.The president of the Association of Agrarian Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), Domingo Fernández,.....

China: Opportunities for greenhouse cultivation in Shandong

Shandong province has been a consistent leading power in China’s agriculture industry, as well as vegetable production. Since the 1990’s, the province's vegetable sown area, total output, value, commodity volume and other major indicators have ranked 1st in China.The vegetable sown area in Shandong makes up.....

US (CA): Labor costs dominate food safety expenses

The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, commonly known as the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA), went into effect in 2007, the first of a new generation of commodity-specific food safety programs to address microbial contamination in the produce industry (LGMA was developed.....

EU-Japan trade agreement enters final stages

Japan and the European Union are on the cusp of a wide-ranging free trade agreement that could help blunt the forces of protectionism sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade policies.EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said she was "quite confident" that a broad agreement can be announced at a.....

Qatar: Local farms meet 15% of demand

Agricultural production from local farms meet over 15 percent of Qatar's demand currently, up from 12 percent in 2014, helped by the support from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.The Ministry provides a lot of support to local farms to increase production and to achieve self-sufficiency of.....

US: 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill released

The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The legislation funds important agricultural and food programs and services, including food and medical product safety, animal and plant health programs, rural development and farm services, agricultural trade,.....

U.S. farm real estate values have stalled since 2014

In recent years, farm real estate (including farmland and buildings) has accounted for about 80 percent of the value of U.S. farm assets—amounting to about $2.4 trillion in 2015.Strong farm earnings and historically low interest rates have supported the increase in farmland values since 2009. Since 2014,.....

US (NM): Hatch chile season on track for August start

Hatch chiles from New Mexico return in August and Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready to turn up the heat with a new 8/2-lb. retail pouch.“These pouches help retailers reduce shrink and increase sell-through at the register,” said Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “With Hatch Chiles looking.....

CAN (ON): Strong quality, but mixed volumes in bell peppers

While reports of Ontario bell pepper production vary slightly, pepper growers agree demand remains solid.“We’re having record yields this year,” says Jordan Kniaziew of Leamington, Ont.’s Zing! Health Forward. “We’re not through the full season yet but we’re seeing a substantial increase in supply across all.....

Russia: $26.5 million investment in Ust-Katav agropark

Monotowns Development Fund intends to provide funding for an agroindustrial park in Ust-Katav, reported Governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Boris Dubrovsky. According to the Governor, the readiness of the project was confirmed by the First Deputy Director of the Fund Sergey Karpov during his visit to South.....

New trade insights to benefit AU horticulture exporters

New horticulture trade data reports released today by Hort Innovation revealed that almond exports sky-rocketed by 74 per cent from 2016 to 2017, and the volume of the nation’s apricot exports tripled, among other findings. Compiled by market researchers Euromonitor International, the Horticulture Trade.....

Hong Kong Aquagreen and Rijkzwaan joint venture:

Fresh lettuce hits the shelves in China

Chinese salad producer AquaGreen Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong, has been establishing a strong relationship with Dutch seed producer Rijk Zwaan to buy seeds for its Huidong salad production. AquaGreen Holdings Ltd. is growing different varieties of salads hydroponically in greenhouses in Southern.....

Bulgaria strengthens ag ties with Azerbaijan

The Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porodzanov met with HE Mrs. Nargiz Gurbanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Bulgaria. They discussed the deepening of trade and economic relations between the two countries in the field of.....

Poland and Spain call for stronger CAP

Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel of Poland participated in the 12th Polish-Spanish Consultations conducted under the leadership of Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. As part of the consultations, a bilateral meeting took place between Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel and the.....

EU and Japan reach agreement on trade deal

The European Union and Japan have reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of an Economic Partnership Agreement.This will be the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU and as such will for the first time include a specific commitment to the Paris climate agreement.For.....

The value of the local label at farmers markets

Consumer preferences for local and organic foods have increased sharply in recent years, and many small farms are trying to meet this rising consumer demand. Small farms dominate the New England agricultural world, making local consumption assessments and information crucial for economic viability. Samantha.....

Irradiation facility enables NZ to import AU winter tomatoes

The Bowen region is Australia’s largest winter producer of vegetables. Tomatoes are by far its biggest crop, totalling US $120 million a year. Yet, even though it could offer consumers access to fresh tomatoes in the winter, its export market has been extremely limited. The problem is the Queensland fruit.....

Israeli-Indian partnership benefits growers

Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he landed in Tel Aviv on Sunday. Coinciding with the historic visit of the PM, Business Standard looked at some of the joint initiatives of the two countries across India and their impact.Israelis have long been known for changing.....

Polish pepper growers fail to meet demand

The first green peppers started in Poland around 2-3 weeks ago. The first colours like red and yellow are expected to follow in the coming few weeks, along with sweet pointed red peppers. "We have really noticed a trend in the last 2 to 3 years, that demand is continuing to increase for the sweet pointed red.....

Up to 50% less production expected:

German strawberry growers challenged by bad weather

A sizeable majority of German strawberry producers have had 30-50% less production this season due to the bad weather at the beginning of the season.Markus Hofmann from Hegepflanzen GmbH said that demand is good, as usual, for this time of year. The same can't be said for the prices, which are higher than.....

UK: Drop in seasonal workers leaves some farms critically short

Numbers of seasonal workers coming to work on British farms have dropped 17%, leaving some businesses critically short of people to harvest fruit and veg, a new survey by the NFU shows.The survey of labour providers shows they are currently unable to recruit sufficient workers to meet growers’ needs during.....

Zimbabwe Farmers' Union seeks $200m in hort exports by 2020

The Zimbabwe Farmers' Union is targeting nearly $200 million worth of exports from the horticulture industry by 2020. The union wants the sector to be the second biggest export earner in agriculture after tobacco. This will also help Zimbabwe reclaim its position as Africa's second biggest horticulture.....

CAN (ON): Fixing the workforce's transportation problem

A new transportation and mapping project shows where job postings are located compared to where unemployed or underemployed people live. The map can be filtered by bus routes, job postings, occupations and job characteristics or requirements.“We had heard prior to this project, anecdotally, that.....