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Dutch capsicum brand settles down in China

In the first half of June, the first sample shipments of Dutch bell peppers through the exporters Global Green Team, Levarht, The Greenery and Staay Food Group, reached Chinese retailers. Earlier today, an official brand and product launch took place in Shanghai. The first Dutch Valley mission was officially.....

Hubei Xing Fu:

Chinese grower invests in organic cucumber production

To raise the people's quality of life, and because of promotion of knowledge on healthy food, the Chinese consumer more and more thinks about eating organic vegetables," says Mr. Qiu Xianxiong from Hubei Xing Fu Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.Organic cucumber greenhousesA part of the greenhouse"This.....

New research station to empower Nigerian farmers in modern agriculture

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has unveiled a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level – this as the organisation marks its fiftieth anniversary. The station, located in Ayedade Local.....

CAN (ON): Minister Leal meets with Michigan and Ohio leaders

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of Ontario, released the following statement after meeting with government and agri-food business leaders in Lansing, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio:"Ontario's trading relationship with Michigan and Ohio is strongly integrated, driving economic.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture New Zealand:

"Housing and immigration are key issues for horticulture"

"The two dominant issues leading into the New Zealand general election in September are affordable housing and immigration. Both are important to horticulture. We want there to be enough workers to enable continued export growth, contributing to New Zealand’s financial well-being. What we are opposed to is.....

Drought characterization and management in Central Asia and Turkey

The report assesses the occurrence and impacts of drought, the current policies underlying drought management as well as the mitigation measures and responses adopted in Central Asia and Turkey, with a focus on Agriculture Sector. It is part of a series of similar studies carried out in different regions and.....

CAN (ON): Fuel prices up, fertilizer down

Ontario producers were paying more for fuel, but less for fertilizer and pesticides this spring, compared to a year earlier.In the first survey for 2017, the Ontario Farm Input Monitoring Project found that fuel prices in the province as a group were up 9% from the same date last year, while fertilizer.....

China: Price of cucumbers in Shandong keep falling

This week, the market prices of cucumbers in Shandong Provincehave been falling. The factors causing this include the following:1. The production volume is increasing as the weather warms up.2. There are more varieties of fruit & veg available, which brings down the market demand for cucumbers.3. The.....

A visit to Frans de Jong - Southern Belle Orchard:

New Zealand grower combines greenhouse peppers with feijoa crops

PHOTO REPORT As winter draws near in New Zealand much of the feijoa crops has been harvested and growers are either busy packing or just finishing up.Southern Belle Orchard, situated in Mata Mata, harvested the last feijoas two weeks ago. Frans de Jong who owns the company said that normally he would expect 30kg of fruit.....

Shipping alliances form power blocs in logistic chain

For how long can shipping companies continue to build bigger ships? What are the consequences of the alliances in the maritime sector? And is shipping getting greener? Three questions around recent developments in this part of the transport sector are answered by Olaf Merk of OESO during the NT Port.....

AgriTech in India

How startups are changing the face of Indian agriculture

India holds the record for the second-largest agricultural land in the world, with around 60% of rural Indian households making their living from agriculture thus creating a huge scope for agritech startups in the country.The central and state governments are proactively pursuing policies to improve farmers’.....

European Parliament calls for EU legislation to tackle unfair trading

Copa and Cogeca welcomed in Brussels European Parliament's calls for legislation to be introduced at EU level to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food chain and outlined other key elements needed to make the food chain work better.Speaking to MEPs, Copa & Cogeca Food Chain Working Party.....

EU and Latin America explore trade deal

As trade talks between the EU and Latin American trade bloc Mercosur intensify, Copa, Cogeca and Celcaa held a high-level breakfast debate with MEPs in Brussels today to look at the impact of a potential trade deal with Mercosur.Speaking at the event which was hosted by MEP Sofia Ribeiro (EPP) from Portugal.....

Australian tomato supply to return to normal in around 10 days

According to growers, Australia's tomato shortage should end in around 10 days. The comments come as consumers complain about price hikes and poor quality produce on social media.Tomatoes are currently being sold for up to $11 a kilo, or around $1.50 each online, due to a shortage caused by Cyclone Debbie.....

"Canada and US to keep agricultural trading relationship strong and growing"

Canada and the United States enjoy one of the closest trade relationships in the world. This trade interdependence supports economic growth and millions of middle class jobs on both sides of the border. The Government of Canada is working closely with the U.S. Administration to strengthen what is already a.....

US: Producers voice support for renegotiating NAFTA

Agricultural producers’ sentiment was unchanged in May from a month earlier. The latest reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer – which is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country – was 130 (Figure 1). The producer sentiment index has hovered near 130 for.....

Gerry Mastronardi on CBC News:

"$15 minimum wage will kill my business"

Greenhouse growers are vowing to put up a fight over Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to hike the minimum wage.The operators say the province's proposal to increase the wage to $15 an hour will kill their businesses.A higher minimum wage will only add to the financial constraints already being caused by.....

New Zealand lifts temporary ban on Fiji eggplants

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) chief executive officer, Hillary Kumwenda, confirmed this during the Fiji BAF-NZMPI (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries) Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) meeting earlier this morning at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva.The fruit was slapped with a temporary suspension.....

US: Rural unemployment rates declined for all education levels

Unemployment rates for rural adults are lower for those with higher educational attainment. But during the Great Recession (shaded area of the chart), unemployment rates across all education levels roughly doubled between 2007 and 2010.Rural working-age adults (ages 25-64) without a high school diploma saw.....

Seed smuggler refused entry to New Zealand

A Korean traveller has been refused entry to New Zealand after trying to hide some tomato seeds from Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officers. The woman arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday with her husband. The seeds were found in tissue paper hidden between the flaps of a box.....

US: Food price inflation continues to outpace overall inflation

From 2012 to 2016, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food (grocery store and restaurant food) rose by 6.1 percent—a larger increase than the 4.5-percent rise in the all-items CPI. When the CPI for a specific category, such as food, rises faster than the all-items CPI, it indicates that prices for the.....

UK: Tesco launches indoor tomato plant

Tesco is introducing a productive indoor tomato plant aimed at helping people living in urban areas without gardens.The mini tomato plant has been naturally developed over the last five years by produce experts who have bred together varieties to come up with one that is small, compact and most importantly.....

Spain: Positive development of horticultural exports in first quarter

The Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables has recorded a positive development in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period of 2016, with an 11% increase in shipments to the EU, totalling 3,848 million Euro; a 14% growth in non-European third countries, totalling € 133 million, and a.....

Cambodia to launch $20m program to boost local veg production

Implementation of a previously announced three-year $20 million programme to increase local vegetable and fragrant rice production in Cambodia will begin next month to help boost domestic supply and reduce imports, an agriculture official said yesterday. The goal of the project is to increase local.....

Bulgaria: Pepper producers want increased aid for insurance

The Bulgarian Pepper Association (APB) has asked the country's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAF), Rumen Porozhanov, to increase the funding for insurances by 500,000 Lev (about 255,720 Euro).They point out that fruit and vegetable insurance funds are exhausted, and only 1.5% of producers have.....

New statistics available on Australian protected cropping acreage

Greenhouse statistics specialist Gary W. Hickman of Cuesta Roble Consulting will soon release an update on his Australian Greenhouse Vegetable Production Statistics.Hickman, who follows and tracks a lot of international greenhouse vegetable expansions, will release the 2017 version next month. In his 2016.....

Belgium makes 7.7 million available for innovative Flemish horticultural projects

Joke Schauvliege, the Flemish minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture has allocated a total budget of 7.7 million euro to support new innovative agricultural projects. A selection procedure was used to identify the 16 high-quality projects. Innovation in the agriculture and horticulture sector is.....

CAN (ON): Greenhouse farmers in disbelief over minimum wage announcement

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) announced an immediate concern for the ongoing viability of their sector. While greenhouse vegetable growers agree there is a common interest in sharing in a healthy economic well-being, the recent announcement relating to significant increased minimum wages.....

Vietnam: Organic product demand keeps rising

Demand for organic farm and other products has increased significantly both in Vietnam and globally, and this is good news for businesses investing in the field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.Deputy Minister Trần Thanh Nam said many countries had begun to adopt organic.....

Austria: Large selection of organic herbs at Spar

A colourful selection of the best organic herbs from Tyrol is now available in all Tyrolean SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR supermarkets. From cress to basil, fresh herbs are very popular in Austrian kitchens. Altogether, over 2,600 products from 128 Tyrol manufacturers can be found on the shelves at SPAR.The.....

Macedonia: Red and pink tomatoes most popular in Eastern Europe

70% of the production of these varieties of tomato are exported to countries such as Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, or Romania. However, the quantity exported to each of the destinations varies each year depending on the market, the productions, and the demand for the product.The price range of these products is.....

These white strawberries sell for $10 a piece in Japan

In Japan, some types of fruit are considered a luxury item. The fruit is delivered in ornate packaging and offered to friends and loved ones as gifts. They are so highly praised that some are sold for the price of gold.That's the case for strawberries in Japan, and especially white strawberries. While Japan.....

UK: NFU launches vision for post-Brexit trade

The NFU is calling for a razor-sharp political focus on markets at home and abroad for the UK’s £13.8bn worth of food and drink exports.In A New Outlook on International Trade, the latest in a series of reports on the NFU’s Vision for the Future of Farming, the NFU highlights the risks and opportunities for.....

Vineland featured in Manitoba Co-operator:

Canada replacing imports with home-grown eggplants and okra

Canadian-grown eggplant and okra have replaced about 800,000 kg of imports over the past several years, creating a research-to-grower-to-market success story.The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has played a central role helping with research and bringing together the parts of the industry needed to.....

US (CA): StarGreen Capital to invest $100 million in marijuana industry

StarGreen Capital announced plans to invest $100 million over the next year in California's legal medical and recreational cannabis industries. StarGreen will provide capital and business development services to qualified partners representing every segment of the industry from "seed to sale." Initial areas.....

Organic sector posts new records in U.S. sales

The American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate and used more organic products than ever before, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2017 Organic Industry Survey released at OTA’s.....

Italy: What's happening to the fresh tomato market?

After a year characterised by exceptional weather events, it's no surprise that the Italian fresh produce sector is going through a crisis. Sicily and its table tomatoes are suffering the most, as prices at origin are rather low and probably won't help producers.With the very popular cherry tomatoes from.....

Turkish tomato exports to Saudi Arabia contributed to price stability

An official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed the desire of the Kingdom's traders to promote greater and continuous cooperation with Turkish companies, pointing out that imports of Turkish vegetables and fruits in the Saudi market are increasing steadily.The head of the committee of fruit and vegetable.....

Not enough early Danish strawberries to meet demand

Domestically grown strawberries are synonymous with warm weather in Denmark and local producers are finding it hard to keep up with demand, organic strawberries pose an even greater challenge. "It is especially difficult to produce enough strawberries to meet consumer demand earlier in the season." shared.....

Philippines: Urban residents urged to produce their own food

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretaries Ariel Cayanan, Ranibai Dilangalen, Evelyn Laviña, and Bernadette Puyat, together with Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte and officials of the Local Government of Quezon City launched the Pagkain Para sa Masa urban gardening project in Barangay Bahay Toro on May 31,.....

Russian company imports first batch of Syrian tomatoes

The Adygea-based Adyg-Yurak company has imported the first batch of tomatoes from Syria via Novorossiysk, a port on the Black Sea, and plans to deliver over 6,000 tons of vegetable and fruit to Russia by the end of this year, chief executive of the company Aslan Panesh told TASS on May 31.Products will be.....

US: Organic operations concentrated in West, Northeast, Upper Midwest

Although all 50 States have some organic production and processing, the proportion of farms that are certified organic varies across commodities produced and regions. Data from USDA’s organic regulatory program show that organic farm production and food-handling operations are concentrated in California (the.....

India's hort production hits record 295mt in 2017

Indian production of horticulture crops such as fruits and vegetables touched a record high of 295 million tonnes (mt) in 2016-17, according to the second advance estimates released by the agriculture ministry on Tuesday.The latest estimates are an upward revision over the 287 mt estimated by the ministry in.....

Nigeria: Government urged to review tomato concentrate tariff

The Group Managing Director of Sonia Foods Industries Limited, Mr. Nnamdi Nnodebe has called on the federal government to consider the plight of local manufacturers and review the increase in the tariff for tomato concentrates from five to 50 per cent, and the $1,500 levy on each metric tonne of tomato.....

Cucumber crisis in France

The Market News Network (RMN) has declared cucumbers to be in crisis. Prices in January and February were a lot higher than the average but began to decrease in March. The Minister of Agriculture explains that “In April, the prices continued to decrease with the increase in all production basins as well as.....

US: Consumer interest for organic chopped salads increases

Chopped salads and organic foods. Braga Fresh Family Farms of Soledad, CA. hopes to hone in on these two food trends with its Josie’s Organics salad line. Braga recently debuted the line to the Canadian market at the 2017 CPMA Annual Convention and Trade Show. “We started the chopped salad line about one.....

US: Growers hoping for 'door' in Mexican border wall

More than 11,000 foreign guest workers such as Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce, fruit and vegetables for California’s $47 billion agricultural industry — a fivefold increase from 2011, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Labor Department data.If this year’s hiring pace.....

Ranking nations on food sustainability

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) created The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), which ranks countries on food system sustainability based on three pillars: food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges."The.....

Ghana to host first ever African Agricultural Ministers' conference

Ghana is set to host the first ever Agricultural Ministers' Conference in Africa, as part of efforts aimed at pushing the continent's agricultural transformation agenda.Ghana's Food and Agricultural Minister, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, is putting plans in place to bring together his colleagues from the.....

CAN (ON): Proposed labour changes will impact agri-food industry

The Ontario government’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could have significant impact on the province’s agri-food industry. The proposed changes were announced in response to the release of the final report from the Changing Workplaces Review.Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act.....

Honduras positions its eggplants in the US

The National Health and Food Safety Service (Senasa) stated at a meeting that, day by day, the eggplants grown in Honduras were improving their positioning in the United States market, where they are considered a star product.The meeting took place at the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), and was.....

Value up by 20%

Spain: Significant growth of Almeria's tomato sector

The figures recorded by Almeria's tomato sector, the flagship product in terms of acreage and marketed volume, have grown significantly in the current season. Specifically, the export value of tomatoes has increased by 19.68% compared to the previous season, reaching 450 million Euro, while the volume.....

Bad weather hurts veg import prices in Singapore

Bad weather in neighbouring countries have hit the import prices of some vegetables hard, said some importers in Singapore. They told The New Paper that they have seen a dramatic increase in the import prices since last week.Vegetables imports from Malaysia and Thailand now cost more. For example, the owner.....

Zimbabwe strives to grow hort exports

ZimTrade chief executive officer, Sithembile Pilime said COLEACP, which is part of the intra ACP indicative programme 2014-2020 for co-operation between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, will help address prevalent hurdles in the horticultural value chain.“The COLEACP.....

"Morocco's horticulture needs to be more productive and more sustainable"

Horticulture in Morocco must become more productive and more sustainable. Researches at the University of Wageningen have, therefore, designed a greenhouse prototype. They also want to develop a research and developmental programme with regional partners. Plant and economical researchers at Wageningenare.....

Report addresses food security challenges

The University of Guelph is part of an international commission that has developed an action plan to solve food and nutrition challenges around the world.U of G is the only Canadian institution represented in the Challenge of Changecommission, formed in 2016 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant.....

EU: Largest part of supportive measures for Russian boycott already used

Some member states have already exhausted the full scope for intervention measures related to the Russian boycott. Other countries have already claimed more than 75 per cent of available volumes. This is evidenced by the minutes of the meeting of the Expert Group and Management Committee for GMO Fruit and.....

Morocco contributes to food security in Africa

Food security has been a salient feature of Morocco’s cooperation in Africa as evidenced with the agreements signed by the Kingdom and several African countries notably in the fields of Agriculture and fertilizer production. This endeavor to boost food security on the continent has been materialized notably.....

China, Nigeria to strengthen agricultural cooperation

China and Nigeria held a strategic discussion in Abuja recently to strengthen agricultural cooperation between them.Tagged China-Nigeria Agricultural Modernization Cooperation Forum 2017, the meeting discussed ways on how China can assist Nigeria to achieve an increase in agricultural productivity, food.....

Belgium: Situation for greenhouse vegetables still dramatic

The situation in greenhouse vegetables is still below average at the moment. "When you look at the weather and the prices it's summer time. There is already an over-production of many products. The only greenhouse vegetable that has shot up in price recently is lettuce," says a Belgian trader. "It went up to.....

Australia: Northern Territory encouraging horticulture development in red centre

The Northern Territory Government has released a prospectus for potential horticultural investment in Central Australia. The document is designed to provide investors with comprehensive information to try and convince them to set up shop in the red centre.It has information about roads, telecommunications,.....

Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit:

“Belgian strawberry market recovered”

People are satisfied with the strawberry season up till now. “We’ve had a good spring. Just over a week ago, there was a serious slump of ten days, but fortunately, the market recovered. Last week was good. Prices even went towards 5 euro per kilogram for good quality. So far, we are happy about all fields,.....

2.8 hectare expansion for Van Duijn:

Dutch eggplant grower invests in new acreage to counter competition from Spain

Last year, the eggplant acreage in the Netherlands shrank slightly, resulting in some space in the eggplant market. The Dutch van Duijn brothers have space for expansion. Currently, their greenhouse in Oosterland is being expanded with 2.8 hectares. "It will be a modern greenhouse that meets all the latest.....

Greenhouse opportunities in Kenya

Greenhouses enable year-round cultivation of crops by creating a controlled environment for fertigation, pest management and climate conditions. The Netherlands Embassy sees opportunities for increasing food production by cultivating crops in greenhouses.Rik Martens from the Ministry of Economic Affairs is.....

Fate of tomatoes still clouded

Six Turkish companies receive export licence for Russia

Russia will probably allow six Turkish companies to export vegetables, according to various media based on information of the phytosanitary service. Earlier this month, the service inspected 18 companies that grow courgette, bell pepper and Chinese cabbage.Reports in media that Turkey would have imposed new.....

US: Farm Market iD database covers 1,000,000,000+ acres

Farm Market iD announced the release of its 2017 Annual Update of its farm and land database.The FMiD database now covers over one billion acres of vegetation (1,091,880,497 acres), includes more than 322 million acres of crops like corn, soy, wheat, and over 100 more, and represents 94% of the major.....

The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa

Colonialism brought large-scale farming to Africa, promising modernisation and jobs – but often dispossessing people and exploiting workers. Now, after several decades of independence, and with investor interest growing, African governments are once again promoting large plantations and estates. But the new.....

China: Production season 2016-2017 ends dismally for Hainan chilis

"Worldwide, the 2016-2017 production season of chilli peppers already appears to have ended in April because of the dismal market. 80% of Hainan's chilli farmers have now experienced severe losses, as the revenue does not cover the costs. The highest price of Hainan chilli peppers between December 2016 and.....

New Zealand horticulture now worth $8.7 billion

Produce from the New Zealand horticulture industry is worth $8.7 billion a year, including more than $5 billion of exports, a new record high.According to the new issue of industry publication Fresh Facts, New Zealand exported $5.1 billion of horticultural produce in the year to June 2016, around 10% of the.....

China: Tomato prices start to fall

According to Mr. Liu from the Xinfadi Wholesale Market in Beijing, compared to leafy vegetables, the prices of tomatoes are falling relatively slowly, with even a slight increase earlier on. The reason behind the price change was thatthe supply of tomatoes from Jinzhou (Liaoning Province)started and.....

Juan R. Alarcón, head of sales at CCL Fruits & Vegetables

Spain: "Bell pepper prices remain stable"

Bell peppers are a very popular crop in the area of ​​Almeria and Murcia; so much so, that it is one of the vegetables with the biggest production and which remains available for longer. "We, as well as other companies, practically don't sell this pepper in Spain," states Alarcón. Markets such as.....

United Fresh report highlights foodservice menu trends for fresh produce

The spring 2017 issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report, a quarterly publication from United Fresh showcasing the latest innovations in fresh produce use in foodservice, as well as the creativity of chefs and foodservice operations in incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables to create.....

Challenges for achieving global food security

Taking aim at domestic and worldwide food issues, a national commission of academic, government and business leaders from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities released a new report in Washington, D.C., defining seven challenges for solving global food and nutrition insecurity.The Challenge.....

Rwanda: Export hike expected as airlines cut freight charges

Rwanda has recently intensified efforts geared at increasing exports, particularly for the non-traditional trade products like flowers, vegetables and fruits. These efforts have, however, been met with various challenges including high fees of transporting cargo charged by airlines and other logistical.....

Cédric Bleuset, Hollyberry:

“Too much soft fruit is pushed onto the Dutch market”

Temperatures are rising and productions of various types of fruit are in full swing. “There’s too much of everything, really. Or not enough demand, that’s a possibility as well, of course,” says Cédric Bleuset of Hollyberry. “The month of May can’t be called good. We’ve had very few high points so far. It.....