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Future of CAP: Who'll provide our food?

Everybody needs food – and that means that everybody needs farmers. Farming was one of humanity's first professions, an organised way to meet the fundamental needs of each and every person on the planet. It's this fundamental need that means that farming is just as important today as it was a the dawn of.....

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Growers see strong pricing as customers seek out hot peppers

Hot pepper growers have enjoyed favorable weather conditions in Mexican growing regions this season. Additionally, they are enjoying a solid market with producers pleased with strong prices as supplies run short."We grow our hot peppers in Chiapas as well as Baja California, depending on the time of year,".....

VN shifts away from agriculture?

The economic structure in Vietnam’s rural areas has been transformed in the past five years, with fewer people working in the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors and more in construction, industry and services, according to the 2016 national census on rural areas, agriculture and fishery. The report.....

Egyptian food exports to Europe rise 21%

The Egyptian Food Export Council (FEC) said food exports to Europe have seen a 21% increase to USD 235 million in the first eight months of the year as compared to the same period last year.Executive Director of the council Manar Nasr told Al Shorouk. The EU accounts for 12.5% of food exports, with Germany.....

middle-income countries have highest rate of productivity growth:

Highest rate of agricultural growth for low-income countries

During 2001-14, low-income countries accounted for only 5 percent of global agricultural production. But these countries achieved a higher rate of agricultural output growth than middle- or high-income countries, at nearly 4 percent per year during that period. Most of that development came from increasing.....

Russian Minister of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev:

"In five years, Russia will be self-sufficient in tomatoes"

Russia will eliminate the shortage of tomatoes on its domestic markets within four to five years. This was according to what the Minister of Agriculture, Alexander Tkachev, said in an interview on Friday. Morocco says their export volumes to Russia is growing, and claims to be that country's most important.....

Romania’s food imports grow fast

The imports of food products grew at a much faster pace than exports, leading to a food trade deficit of over EUR 1 billion in the first half of 2017.Romania imported food worth almost EUR 3.5 billion in the first half of this year (H1), up 17% year-on-year.By comparison, the country’s food exports rose by.....

US: SNAP benefits play strong role in food budgets

USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to increase the food purchasing power of program participants. The program provides low-income households with monthly benefits for purchasing food from authorized food stores (referred to as “food at home”).A recent ERS study found that.....

"Almost 90% of edible tomatoes thrown away based on appearance"

Up to 87% of undamaged, edible tomatoes harvested from a commercial Queensland farm were rejected and wasted based on appearance, a study has found, highlighting the problem of food wastage.Tara McKenzie, an environmental scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, said that at every point in the.....

Second Committee considers role of AI in advancing SDGs

Governments and innovators discussed the benefits and risks associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as its impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during a joint meeting of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the Economic and Social.....

GroFin secures $10m USAID grant to back East African agribusinesses

Pan-African development financier GroFin has received a grant of US$10 million from the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub to make investments in the agribusiness sector in East Africa over a two-year period.GroFin specialises in financing and supporting small and growing businesses across Africa and.....

4th meeting of China-Russia Agricultural Cooperation Subcommittee

The 4th Meeting of Agricultural Cooperation Subcommittee of the Committee of China-Russia Prime Ministers’ Regular Meeting was held in Moscow on 11 October 2017. Vice Minister Qu Dongyu and Russian Vice Minister of Agriculture Evgeny Nepoklonov co-chaired the meeting.The two sides had in-depth discussions on.....

FAO releases The State of Food and Agriculture report

One of the greatest challenges today is to end hunger and poverty while making agriculture and food systems sustainable. The challenge is daunting because of continued population growth, profound changes in food demand, and the threat of mass migration of rural youth in search of a better life.This report.....

Peru: Lambayeque exported more than 53,000 tons of capsicum

According to Adex, Peruvian exports in 2016 amounted to US $249 million.From Lambayeque to the worldAccording to the National Association of Exporters (Adex), Lambayeque, which produced 53,861 tons of capsicum, became the most productive region at the national level, after Lima, Pasco, La Libertad, and.....

Why Pakistan has banned tomato imports from India

A ban on importing tomatoes from India has been imposed to protect the interests of Pakistan's farmers, said a spokesman for the provincial agriculture department.He said Monday that the ban will not only help in increasing the incomes of local tomato growers but also in eliminating various diseases that.....

UK: Morrisons launches £5 wonky veg box

Morrisons has launched a £5 veg box which it claims can feed a family of four for a week. Customers who don’t mind their vegetables “wonky” can buy a box for just £3, plus a delivery charge, of between £1 and £5.Buying the wonky box has the added benefit of helping the environment by saving on food waste......

Plenty of hot peppers from the Dominican Republic

People in the west don’t realize how big the spicy food market is. Excluding Mexico, gastronomic culture in America is quite conservative regarding flavors containing spicy ingredients.The Dominican Republic is no exception to this rule despite having a big production and a diverse offer of peppers, which.....

EU and FAO bring combined weight to bear on food waste

EU Commissioner of Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva agreed to ratchet up collaboration between the two organizations to address food waste, food safety, and antimicrobial resistance in supply chains.In a new letter of intent, FAO and the EU pledge to.....

US: $21 million announced for projects that connect families to healthy food

A $21 million infusion of funds through the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Program will help families in need of nutrition assistance to receive the services and outreach they need.Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, FINI is a competitive grant program that.....

Dutch companies look to Central Asian markets

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands announces the publication of the sixth edition of the brochure “Dutch Agricultural Technologies for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan”.This A5-sized brochure will contain information and contact details of Dutch suppliers to the agricultural sector active in.....

Australia: Research shows more businesses implementing ‘buy local’ policies

The majority of Australian businesses now have a policy or preference for buying Australian-made goods wherever possible, according to independent research released by the Australian Made Campaign.The report on the purchasing habits of the commercial sector reveals nearly three quarters (74.4%) of Australian.....

UK: NFU sets out vision for leaving the CAP

The NFU has set out a three-phase approach to move from the current system of farm support under the CAP to a new, bold and ambitious domestic agricultural policy.With Brexit only 18 months away, the NFU says a key question British farming needs answered by government is how the transition from the current.....

Spain: Crops pulled up in Almeria due to viral diseases

COAG Almeria warns that whole plantations are being pulled up as a result of virus diseases caused by spotted or leaf curl virus, among others. According to the technical services of the Agrarian Organization, there is a high incidence of fly and thrips pests that could be causing such issues."We advise.....

Spain: 7 out of 10 tomatoes exported to the EU come from Almeria and Granada

The Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia, Rodrigo Sánchez Haro, said Sunday that "seven out of ten Spanish tomatoes exported to the European Union come from Almeria and Granada," and highlighted that "sales of Andalusian foods in foreign markets have been growing for seven.....

US, Germany and UK buy 60% of the world's cucumbers

The total amount of cucumber that has been purchased in 2016 worldwide has been 2.5 million kilos. Of the three largest buyers of cucumber in the world, which together buy 59 percent of the total, Germany pays the highest price (1.038 € / kg), followed by the United Kingdom (1.022 € / kg) and the United.....

Greenhouse farming paying off for Afghan farmers

An Afghan businessman is harvesting up to 1,400kg of cucumbers every two days after building a massive greenhouse that covers five acres of land in Paghman district in Kabul province.The farmer, Sallahuddin, said he has made inroads into the market and is doing well but that with some government support he.....

UK: Work underway with retailers and growers to tackle food waste

Early WRAP research highlights the significant financial, environmental and efficiency benefits inherent in tackling food waste in primary production.The first indication of the scale of food waste in primary production has been measured by WRAP for two key crops: strawberries and lettuce. The details come.....

Turkish agency to boost agriculture in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) is reaching out to Bosnian farmers with a new project aimed to diversify and improve their incomes.Unveiled yesterday in Bratunats, the project seeks to help the economic recovery of eastern Bosnia, heavily affected by the Bosnian War from.....

Vietnam: Vegetable, fruit exports hoped to hit record high

Vegetable and fruit export revenue is hoped to hit a new record of US$3.6 billion in 2017, with bumper crops forecast for the rest of the year.Dragon fruitsAs of September 15, exports of the products hit US$2.49 billion, up 46.7% from the same period last year, faster growth than the country’s overall export.....

"Vietnam spends heavily on fertilizer, pesticide imports"

Fertilizer and pesticide imports, especially from China, have amounted to nearly US$1.7 billion in the year to September, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said in a report.The ministry’s data shows that Vietnam purchased 3.57 million tons of fertilizers valued at US$955 million in.....

Factsheet Agriculture in Vietnam

An indepth analysis of development in the Vietnam agriculture sector done by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, including Business opportunities and how the Embassy/CG can support.The importance of improving Vietnam's agricultural system along all parts of the value chain is growing.....

Chinese vice premier stresses integration of rural industries

China should push for the integrative development of primary, secondary and tertiary industries in rural regions to modernize agriculture and increase the income of farmers, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said Friday.China should extend rural industrial chains, encouraging rural businesses in fields.....

Grown in Sinaloa and Jalisco

Mexico: Year-round demand fuels greenhouse tomato market

Consumer demand for tasty tomatoes that are available year-round continues to fuel the growth in the greenhouse tomato market. Most varieties of common tomatoes are now able to be grown commercially in a greenhouse environment. For growers, it also gives them the flexibility to produce a variety at any time.....

Government of Canada hosts NAFTA roundtable

As Canada, the United States and Mexico continue to work towards modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Government of Canada remains committed to hearing from Canadians from across the country about trade.The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and.....

US: OTA helps advance legislation to boost global organic trade oversight

The Organic Trade Association on Thursday applauded Representative John Faso (R-NY) for introducing the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act, which would make significant strides to improve the oversight of global organic trade, create a level playing field for American organic farmers, and establish a.....

California tomato crop lighter than expected

Bringing the 2017 tomato harvest to market has been a process fraught with challenges for growers."I would say things were very mixed up from the beginning because of the wet spring," said Arbuckle farmer Darrin Williams. "A lot of growers weren't able to stay on schedule planting, and that created problems.....

China-Algeria Agricultural Enterprises Cooperation Meeting held in Beijing

The China-Algeria Agricultural Enterprises Cooperation Meeting was held in Beijing on the morning of 20 September 2017, over 60 enterprises from both sides were represented at the Meeting. Vice Minister Qu Dongyu and Mr. Abdelkader Bouazghi, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries of.....

LCCI hails Bosan for ban on tomato import from India

Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) on Monday appreciated the announcement of Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan not to import tomatoes from India and termed it a step in the right direction.LCCI President Abdul Basit stated here that Sikandar.....

US: Conservation groups united around Farm Bill recommendations

“Once every five years, Congress has the opportunity to improve the sustainability and security of our nation's farms and ranches by providing support for private lands conservation programs,” said Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.“The need for more.....

Lettuce exports earn Iran $10m in five months

More than 42,100 tons of lettuce worth over $10 million were exported from Iran during the five months leading to August 22, figures released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration show.The main export destinations for Iranian lettuce over the period were the UAE, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Armenia,.....

Warm winter sends Queensland capsicum prices plummeting

Cyclone Debbie and an unseasonably warm winter across Queensland have led to an oversupply of capsicums across Australia, causing the price of a box of the peppers to plummet.Australians were warned to expect to pay more for capsicums after Cyclone Debbie ravaged crops on Queensland’s central coast in late.....

CAN (ON): Heat delays apples, threatens to rot squash and pepper crops

While it should already be sweater weather, southern Ontario is still seeing 30 C heat. So hot, in fact, that apples at some GTA farms are taking siestas."When it gets too hot, some fruits like apples and grapes simply shut down," Matthew Passafiume, director of the Applewood Farm Winery in Stouffville, Ont.....

Imports hurting horticulture farmers in India

According to Sarampalli Malla Reddy, Vice-President of All India Kisan Sabha, “Several farmers who grew citrus fruits on purpose destroyed their plants in Nalgonda, Guntur, West Godavari and East Godavari as they were unable to secure even input costs. But, as much as 30 per cent of citrus fruits in the.....

US herb growers feel the aftermath of bad weather

Weather seems to have taken its toll on some culinary herbs, whatever the region. “Right now there are some issues with herbs such as cilantro because of the heat in California,” says Camilo Penalosa of Miami, Fl.-based Infinite Herbs. “It’s also rained in areas of Mexico where at this time of the year it.....

Peru: Impediments to the initial impetus of capsicum exports to USA

When in 2016, thanks to the Senasa, the US market opened for the Peruvian capsicum (peppers), the expectation among the agro-exporters in the sector was very great, especially with 2017 in mind. However, there were factors that slowed down that initial impetus.Renzo Gómez Moreno, president of the Association.....

Pakistan: Local government takes notice of hike in tomato prices

Multan Deputy Commissioner Nadir Chatha has sought a report from the assistant director of agriculture on the high prices of tomatoes. The DC has taken notice of the high prices of tomatoes and directed the officials concerned to take measures to stabilise prices of the vegetables.Assistant Director.....

John Melle:

"U.S. has 'very ambitious' NAFTA plans"

The chief U.S. negotiator rejected Monday suggestions that the Americans are deliberately dragging their feet in talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement — and he got backup from Canada’s lead minister on the file, Chrystia Freeland.John Melle said he sees no issue with the pace of the talks,.....

USDA announces more than $8.6 million for community food projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced more than $8.6 million in available funding to assist low-income individuals and communities in developing local and self-reliant food systems. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food.....

Pakistan won't turn to Indian tomatoes to lower prices

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) hailed the announcement made by Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan of not importing tomatoes from India, saying that the move would help local farmers and save foreign exchange for Pakistan.Currently, Pakistan is faced.....
"Participating in the QS system is an important contribution to the active protection of consumers"

High quality and safe vegetables from Lake Constance

On the island of Reichenau, vegetables have been grown for hundreds of years. This cultivation area, situated in the most southern part of Germany in the middle of Lake Constance, offers the best conditions for a good harvest. Under the motto "Daily fresh from the vegetable island", the company.....

Tomato prices skyrocket in Saudi Arabia amidst shortage

As supplies dwindle, prices of vegetables — mainly tomato and okra — have surged sharply over the last few weeks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and also other parts of the country.Tomato prices have almost doubled to SR12 per kg in retail markets and are gradually increasing. However, prices may come down slightly.....

New F&V platform for Ukrainian greenhouse veg growers

It took just over 4 months to reconstruct an old Soviet-era motor transport enterprise into the first stage of a logistics center, capable of receiving and processing up to 80 tons of vegetables a day. The facility makes it possible for small and medium greenhouse producers to bring their vegetables to be.....

US (CA): Secretary Ross welcomes delegation from Mexico

California Department of Food And Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross addressed a delegation of Cochran fellows from the United Mexican States at CDFA headquarters in Sacramento. Ross spoke on the importance of bolstering the relationship between Mexico and California and emphasized the need for.....

Samste, Bhutan to produce 152MT of chillies this winter

Twelve gewogs (groups of villages) in Samtse will grow chillies and go commercial this winter, agriculture officers in the dzongkhag said.The target, according to the officials, is to harvest 152 metric tonnes (MT) of chillies in 100 acres of land between December this year and March next year.This.....

"Why a loss for Japanese farms is a win for Brexit Britain"

The Japanese, like other nations, have long placed food and farming at the heart of their traditional culture. They have long regarded rice, especially, with a semi-mystical reverence, performing a whole series of seasonal rituals to honour and propitiate local rice deities to ensure an abundant crop.Over.....

Bengal, India looks to export vegetables to EU and US

After success with export to the Middle East, the Bengal Government has now decided to move ahead and expand the market for its vegetables, to include Europe and USA.The Food Processing and Horticulture Department had started exporting vegetables to the Middle East, which includes the Gulf countries, in.....

Irma could be costly for US growers as only 34% of vegetable crops insured

In the U.S, government-backed insurance plans help compensate farmers for losses after natural disasters. Unfortunately for the produce growers that were ravaged by recent hurricanes, a lot of the nation's vegetable and fruit crops aren't covered.Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which devastated parts of Florida,.....

Dutch Horticulture Roadshow visits China’s East Jiangsu Province

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai, supported by the Netherlands Business Support Office in Nanjing, organized a roadshow on 6-7 September. The aim was to promote Dutch technology in the field of protected horticulture in Jiangsu province.Altogether 14 Dutch companies,.....

Dutch growers still outstanding in their field

The Netherlands agricultural statistics office has produced a chart showing greenhouse vegetable production yields from 1950 to 2015. The results show the dramatic increase in yields (kg/ha) over the years, in response to technological advances in the industry. The Dutch greenhouse cucumber yields are.....

France to cut support for booming organic farming

During the first semester of 2017, the number of farmers converting to organic increased by 9.2% according to the latest report by Agence Bio.This growth is fuelled by strong demand from French consumers. “Today, there is a strong demand for organic products, much stronger than in the past”, said Jean-Michel.....

Start of Monterosa tomato campaign with an empty market

"Domestic market will be key for Spanish tomatoes in future"

The harvest of Monterosa specialty tomatoes, the summer tomato available in winter, started two weeks ago in Almeria, although volumes are still limited."We have faced many difficulties due to the high temperatures recorded since we planted the tomatoes in July, with an excessive drop of flowers. Because of.....

Global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture

For the first time ever, a complete global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture has been compiled, and tools for advocates and policy-makers are now available in the ‘Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture’. Published by IFOAM - Organics International, the toolkit can.....

US: Organic agricultural production up 23 percent

Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Results of the 2016.....

China and U.S. discuss bilateral agricultural cooperation

Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met with a delegation of the U.S.-China Working Group (USCWG) in Beijing on the morning of 20 September 2017.Vice Minister Qu noted that China highly appreciates USCWG’s contribution to enabling the U.S. House of Representatives a better understanding of China as well as strengthening.....

New Azerbaijan vegetable seed plant to boost exports to EU & Asia

Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Agriculture is building a plant for the production of vegetable seeds.The Ministry reports that the plant for the production of potato and vegetable seeds will operate at the Research Institute of Vegetable Growing."Currently, the construction of the laboratory and the administrative.....

Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output

Robust harvests in Latin America and rebounding agricultural conditions in Southern Africa are on course to improve the global food supply situation, but ongoing civil conflicts and climate-related shocks are affecting progress towards hunger reduction, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects.....

Australia: NT Farmers resumes AUSVEG membership

NT Farmers has resumed its membership of AUSVEG, with the national vegetable industry representative body eager to work with growers in the Northern Territory to capitalise on the industry’s massive potential for growth.Michael Quach, one of the territory’s leading mango, tomato and cucumber growers, is NT.....

NFUS warns migrant labour shortage a threat to Scottish crops

While the fate of migrant labour has been centre stage in Brexit discussions, a more urgent need to ensure there will be a sufficient workforce to help gather in next year’s fruit and vegetable crops has been raised.A call was also made for a UK-wide seasonal agricultural workers scheme that would provide.....

"Respecting the environment is key to succeed on Northern European markets"

"We started with organic techniques in the years when fruit cultivation was based on intensive traditional techniques, which were easier and more profitable. Our choice was the right one, as we managed to find our own share of the market," explains Elisa Lauria, quality manager of Soc. Coop......

Russia: No technical objections to lift boycott on Turkish tomatoes

The decision to lift the boycott of Turkish tomatoes lies with the Russian government, but the Ministry of Agriculture sees “no technical obstacles" to not lifting the boycott. That is the conclusion of the negotiations between Turkey and Russia last week. After concluding the negotiations, the Russian State.....

University of Guelph professor:

"Terminating NAFTA highly unlikely"

The North American free trade agreement (NAFTA) was ratified nearly 24 years ago, and is currently being renegotiated. A third round of talks is scheduled for later this month, and negotiators aim for a revised agreement by early 2018. University of Guelph economist Alan Ker believes renegotiating the.....