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Helping decision-makers understand the true cost of food

Conventional agricultural practices can adversely impact biodiversity and ecosystem health, according to a recent report published in Solutions. In fact, both corporations and eaters rarely pay for the true cost of food on the environment, public health, and social welfare and equity. But The Economics of.....

Southwestern Ontario farmland prices up modestly

Southwestern Ontario farmland values managed to tick higher in 2016, but the gains are becoming increasingly variable and much more modest compared to previous years, according to the latest agricultural land values report from Valco Consultants Inc.Authored by Valco land appraiser and partner Ryan Parker,.....

"Pakistan horticulture exports could reach $1bn"

Pakistan's horticulture exports could be worth $1 billion with governmental support, said the Federation Of Pakistan Chambers Of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Regional Standing Committee on Horticulture Exports Chairman, Ahmad Jawad.Talking to APP in Karachi on Wednesday, he said an exclusive package is.....

US (NC): Tomato growers plan referendum in March

The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. Funds generated by the assessment would support research, education and marketing to promote tomatoes grown in North Carolina.The proposed assessment term.....

WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the.....

Jack Ward, British Growers Association:

"Innovation commitment is good, but labour solution urgently required"

Jack Ward, Chief Executive of the British Growers Association, has welcomed Andrea Leadsom’s commitment to innovation and productivity, but warned that it will be a hollow promise without a matching and immediate commitment to resolving the labour shortage in the fresh produce industry.Speaking at the annual.....

"We should double food production by 2050"... a misleading claim?

"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging this assertion and suggesting a new vision for the future of.....

FAO:

World’s future food security “in jeopardy”

Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report.Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years,.....

Gaza growers switch from 'useless' flowers to vegetables

The Gaza Strip once exported around 50 million flowers, but due to the area’s political situation, this figure has dropped to zero, according to Arab 24.Blockades and restrictions in the area have made it impossible to export flowers to Europe, which the Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip cites as the.....

$16.5M to bolster Australia’s export reputation in Asia

The grower-owned research and development corporation, Horticulture Innovation Australia, today announced a $16.5M strategy to take the nation’s reputation for delivering premium produce in Asia to new heights.Being delivered in partnership with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QLD.....

Patrick van Schetsen, Purple Pride:

“Aubergine market went from extremely good to extremely bad”

The Dutch aubergine season started out as very good in January, but by now, the market has hit a major slump. “We started unusually early as a result of the favourable weather and the amount of sunshine after planting. The first three weeks of the season, up to the first week of February, were exceptionally.....

Canada ag minister sees huge potential for blueberry exports to China

Next week in Beijing officials will discuss future free trade agreements between Canada and China and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay wants the farm-to-fork sector he oversees in government to be a big focus in the deal."China wants our food and we want to sell it to them," MacAulay said in an interview.....

US: Volumes down slightly in Chinese eggplants

Chinese eggplant coming out of Guatemala are feeling slightly tight on volume. “Volumes were a bit down in January which led to strong pricing,” says Marc Holbik of Miami, Fl.-based Ecoripe Tropicals, which ships eggplant in from Guatemala November to May and also works with farms in Honduras to cover the.....

Secretary of State for Scotland highlights importance of exports

On a visit to AHDB Exports stand at the international food trade show Fruit Logistica in Berlin, David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, said that expanding Scottish and British food exports should be a key priority for the industry.He said: “I was really impressed with the AHDB presence at the.....

Consumers’ perceptions of aquaponics products in Europe

The first commercial aquaponics companies are starting up in Europe. The main focus has been on solving technology issues and optimizing production. However, increasing attention is now being paid to certification and regulations linked to aquaponics, as well as the marketing of products and services.A new.....

UK: Hadlow College launches commercial horticulture bursary initiative

At the current time, the global population exceeds 7.3 billion. The latest United Nations projections indicate that world population will reach 10 billion people in the year 2056 – six years’ earlier than originally estimated. A lot of people to feed!The availability of food is largely dependent on the.....

Pekka Pesonen, Copa & Cogeca:

"Keep the current structure of the CAP"

Reacting to the launch of the EU Commissions’ public consultation on the modernization and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Copa and Cogeca underlined the need for a strong, common and sustainable CAP to cope with current and future challenges and will actively participate in the.....

Vietnam: Giving agriculture a high-tech boost

There is a lot of room for private investors to engage in Vietnam’s diverse agriculture fields, especially those who possess new technology related to products like vegetables, flowers, and fruit. With new approaches and diversified investments, private investors have been infusing a new spirit of innovation.....

Netherlands: Prices of leafy greens through the roof

The prices of leafy vegetables are going through the roof due to shortages in Spain, but Dutch growers barely profit from it. “We don’t have much produce to offer at the moment”, according to several Dutch greenhouse growers.At the moment, Paul Leenheer can pretty much sell everything that's green in his.....

Colombia builds horticulture center in Atlantic department

The Governor's office and Grupo Grajales have begun work on structuring the financial model of a project to consolidate the creation of a Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable Center in the Malambo, in the deparment of Atlantico, which is expected to be ready in three months.Grupo Grajales, a business group from the.....

Kurdistan’s farmers turn to greenhouse growing

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Agriculture recently reported a surge in greenhouse produce cultivation in winter season due to increasing demand for fresh greens and the economic crisis which has plagued the region for more than two years now. Greenhouse farming is a recent trend in.....

Libya issues two month vegetable export ban to reduce prices

After vegetable prices on the local markets increased, Libya has banned the export of fresh vegetables for two months in order to “maintain the stability of prices” the Ministry of Economy in Tripoli has announced.Libya however is largely an importer of vegetables and does not produce enough to meet local.....

Nearly 10% of Dutch greenhouse growers has expansion plans

Dutch greenhouse growers seem more positive than in previous years because for the second year in a row the percentage of expansion plans has increased. In addition, the percentage of greenhouse growers with plans to close their business has decreased.This follows from the greenhouse survey ‘Nederlandse.....

A closer look at e-commerce in the seed industry

"Currently, the overall development of e-commerce of the seed industry can be summed up in three words: small, primitive and slow. E-commerce of the seed industry is generally in its infancy and entrepreneurship stage, without large-sized projects and high market awareness," according to Raja Vadlamani, Head.....

Apples and cherries

China: Fruity celebrities on the New Year's market

The Chinese New Year is being celebrated in China and an endless stream of people are heading to the fruit market for last-minute fruit purchases. Consumers are as always buying all kinds of fruit in large quantities, either for direct consumption or as a gift. Among all these fruits, apples and cherries are.....

Mexico: Tabasco exports cucumbers to the US and Canada

Tabasco's diversification of its economy after the oil debacle has begun to succeed.So far this year, agricultural producers from Tabasco have introduced 105 tons of cucumber of the European and Persian varieties to the United States and Canada.In an interview with Grupo Canton, businessman Victor Alberto.....

Romania: Bonus for tomato growers selling in low season

The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) will grant greenhouse tomato growers, cultivating for domestic consumption, 3,000 Euro per year, according to a decision drafted by MARD which was approved in a government meeting on Friday.To qualify for this money, producers must have a.....

Kenya food prices have risen 12.54% since 2016

Foodstuffs in Kenya have risen around 12.54 percent when compared to their prices in 2016. This rise has also led to an inflation increase of 6.99 percent, the highest it has been in nearly a year.Latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) showed food prices have risen for nine months on.....

Jose Saca, Wish Farms:

"It's been an unusual blackberry season"

Blackberries are a new program for Wish Farms, as of August 2016. Imports are currently coming in from Mexico’s Michoacán State and then they’ll switch to domestic in May/June. The domestic season runs until August/September and the cycle begins again, although Jose Saca with Wish Farms notes that many.....
2017 funding totals $289,500

US: Horticultural Research Institute announces funded research projects

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort Foundation, has announced 2017 grant funding. Thirteen projects were selected for funding based on a rigorous review system including both industry relevance and scientific merit. “HRI is pleased to support a number of excellent projects working to.....

US: Americans have fewer veg available than 10 years ago

According to ERS’s food availability data, the supply of vegetables and legumes available to eat on a per person basis grew from 328 pounds in 1970 to 424 pounds in 2004.Between 2004 and 2014, per person vegetable and legume (pulses and beans) availability fell by 39 pounds to 385 pounds. Fresh and processed.....

India: Sikkim's organic revolution under pressure

It is mid-morning, and Amrit Pradhan is repositioning the tomatoes on his market stall in Gangtok, capital of the Himalayan state of Sikkim in north-east India. “People always want the biggest, reddest fruit,” he says. “I try to tell them, the flavour is in the smaller ones, but they don’t want to.....

US (LA): Strawberry growers optimistic after difficult season

While a season of cold weather and floods have devastated some strawberry crops, some farmers are still optimistic about their farm's outlook this season.LSU AgCenter agent Whitney Wallace in Tangipahoa Parish said some growers saw extensive damage from the recent freeze, while others saw minor crop.....

Warmer US/Russian relations to lift ban?

After what can be described as tense relations over the last few years between America and Russia, relations seem to be warming, especially after a telephone conversation between Putin and Trump last Saturday. There had been speculation that there would be a discussion about the possibility of lifting the.....

Weiping Mao, Rijk Zwaan China:

"Shandong gateway to Chinese horticulture"

The Chinese province of Shangdong has an optimal climate for horticulture and is very favorably located. Reason for Dutch vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan to choose this province as its gateway to China, according to Rijk Zwaan’s business manager China, Weiping Mao.Shandong provinceShandong is located in the.....

Australia: Driving a 40% rise in vegetable exports

The future is bright for Australia’s vegetable industry, following the release of an industry strategy that aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million, or 40 per cent, by 2020.The Vegetable Industry Export Strategy 2020, being delivered by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort.....

What will happen to Plant Health and Plant Protection Product regulations after Brexit?

What the future may hold for Plant Protection Products (PPPs) in the UK is explored in the latest edition of AHDB’s Horizon reports. The new AHDB report published today looks at the various pieces of legislation impacting the use of PPPs in the UK and puts forward four broad options for post-Brexit.....

Georgian greenhouse horticulture blossoms at SIVAL

Without much doubt, Georgian fruits and vegetables are naturally delicious and the country has land soils with high agricultural potential. Strong demand for fresh, healthy fruits is observed locally and globally. And yet, even with the naked eye it is evident that many farmers still do not use available.....

UK: Willowbrook vows to keep up supplies of lettuce

Willowbrook Foods has said it will keep supply going despite the European shortage of lettuce and fresh produce. The Comber-based firm said that turnover had increased by 20% over the last year, leaving them well-placed to keep supply going. A spokeswoman for the company said: "Although a loss of sales.....

Trump's Mexican wall tax could hurt US growers

The Trump administration is considering a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to finance a border wall and that has U.S. farm groups worrying about retaliation and possibly losing a major foreign market for rice, wheat, dairy, pork and many other ag commodities.White House spokesman Sean Spicer today told.....

Trump signs order to reduce business rules

President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that will seek to dramatically reduce federal regulations, but the policy will not apply to most of the financial reform rules introduced by the Obama administration.Trump's latest executive action will require that agencies cut two existing regulations for.....

Canada and B.C. fund agri-food research programs

In the first half of 2016, the governments of Canada and Victoria, British Columbia (B.C.) invested approximately $6.9 million to support business development, innovation, food safety, sustainability, and future agriculture leaders in B.C.'s agri-food sector.The B.C. agri-food sector had record sales of more.....

Trump withdraws from TPP leaving remaining members to salvage deal

As one of Donald Trump's first acts as President he followed through on one of his leading campaign promises and has officially backed out of the previously US lead TPP deal. The decision is sending shock waves throughout the international community as countries wonder where to turn next and if they can.....

Iceberg lettuce or red wine attacked?

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is a familiar expression, but it can go wrong, according to a recently published article in Spanish media. In the picture, iceberg lettuce is tossed from a truck. At the top of the still image, a box is flying through the air. On Facebook, the message quickly became a.....

US: Growers earned more of households’ spending on fresh veg in 2015

Over the past decade, the farm share for a basket of 16 fresh vegetables—the ratio of prices received by growers (farm value) to grocery store prices (retail value)—has averaged about 25 percent.In 2015, the basket’s annual farm value rose by 11 percent to $62.12, while its annual retail value rose by 1.6.....

US (NC): Henderson County gets new Extension agent

Henderson County has another new Cooperative Extension agent, dedicated full time to home and commercial horticulture in the county, one of the largest in the state for greenhouse production.Steve Pettis, 43, a Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate, started just over a week ago with the Extension.....

Food and ag groups urge Trump to modernize NAFTA

On January 23, ASTA joined with a diverse group of more than 130 food and agriculture groups in sending a letter to President Trump urging the new Administration to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in ways that preserve and expand upon the gains achieved. Together Canada, Mexico and.....

China: The North and South poles of aubergine prices

Aubergine prices have been going up and down like a roller coaster in the past year and they have gone in two opposite directions in the north and in the south.Aubergines on the southern market mainly comes from Shandong and Hainan provinces. Because of this year's extraordinary weather conditions, there.....

US (NM): Rainy weather delays red chili harvest

While the rainy weather in Doña Ana County has some benefits to other crops, it is delaying the red chili harvest in New Mexico."It's been so wet," said Garfield-area farmer Dickie Ogaz. "We haven't been able to get through harvesting."At issue is that muddy fields keep farm workers and harvesting machinery.....

US (MI): Winter farmers' markets gaining popularity

Winter farmers' markets in Michigan have grown in size the last few years. Even with summer over and moving well into Winter some farmers are still growing hardy crops in the cold, and helping to build a growing winter farmers’ market phenomenon.One farmer, Rebecca Titus' farm contains a hoop house.....

EU law-makers urge members to cut food waste in half by 2030

While not a binding regulation, European Union countries urged members to cut food waste by half by 2030. Environmental activists voiced their disappointment at the lack of legislation to make the initiative official.The European Parliament's environment committee in Brussels voted in favor of new.....

Trump expects 'big results' from new Ag secretary

Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."Agriculture secretary was the final Cabinet post to be announced by Trump.Perdue, 70, is a farmer's.....

Czeslaw Siekierski re-elected as EU ag chairman

Copa & Cogeca have welcomed the re-election of Czeslaw Siekierski as Chairman of European Parliaments Agriculture Committee and count on him to fight for a strong EU agriculture budget in the future to ensure a viable sector.In reaction to Mr Siekierski's priorities, Copa & Cogeca Secretary-General.....

Fiji faces major vegetable shortages

Vegetable supply in Labasa market in Fiji has dropped, forcing vendors to sell vegetables at a much higher price.Areas affected include Korotari, Dreketi Lailai, Vunimoli and Vunicuicui after floods caused by Severe TC Winston and tropical depression (TD) 04F damaged farms.Vendor Kiran Lata who has been in.....

Mismatched words and images: iceberg lettuce or red wine in the streets?

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. But that it can be misinterpreted is also a possibility, as evidenced by a recently published article in Spanish media. Pictured is iceberg lettuce being thrown from a lorry. A box even flies through the air at the top of the picture. The message.....

"Healthy food is becoming a status symbol"

A recent study examining the reasons why consumers pay higher prices for certain foods — be it for fashion, social standing or to advance a healthier lifestyle — revealed food costs may be too high for some consumers.Dr. Marco Palma, Dr. David Anderson and Meghan Ness, all with the department of agricultural.....

Copa and Cogeca outline future Common Agricultural Policy

In a high-level meeting, Copa and Cogeca discussed the Maltese Presidency’s work programme and outlined key ways to ensure a sustainable EU agriculture sector in the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).The move came as the work programme was being debated by EU Farm Ministers and in the run up to the EU.....

US (CA): Public comments sought on 2018 Farm Bill

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross is holding several public forums across the state seeking input from farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders on priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill.“The farm bill is as important to San Francisco and Los Angeles as it is to the Central.....

Argentina: Hail wreaks havoc on the fruit of Rio Colorado

The town has had no respite from the weather. There's almost no quality fruit left on the plants. There was a first storm on Saturday and on Sunday it hailed again and the hail destroyed nectarines, apples, and pears. Some producers lost all their harvest.A large productive sector of Rio Colorado was.....

US (CA): CAFF and Farmers Guild merge

Two organizations supporting farmers throughout California, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild, will merge, operating under CAFF’s title and 501c3 designation. The merger combines resources, memberships and strengths to create one robust organization that gives a stronger,.....

Rabobank:

Dutch greenhouse growers dare to expand again

Greenhouse cultivation is on the rise again and Westland entrepreneurs are daring to expand again. "Remarkably most expansion plans are with respect to greenhouse vegetables, where the market balance is less stable," according to Ruud van der Vliet, director Companies at Rabobank Westland in Rabobank’s.....

NL: Fourth call Food & Business Global Challenges Programme

NWO-WOTRO has launched the fourth call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). GCP aims to generate research-based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of private sector.....

Zucchini prices through the roof

“Zucchini supplies are unusually tight,” says Alejandro Toro with Vega Produce. Domestically, zucchini is grown in Florida this time of the year. The state’s production is low due to cold weather. “Last week, it was 50 ⁰F,” mentioned Toro. Mexico, the biggest zucchini supplier to the US market, has.....

Overview global courgette market

The market situation for courgettes in Europe has been determined by the snow and frost in the south of the continent, which has caused shortages in many countries and huge losses in Spain and Italy. In the US, the cold has also taken a toll and a smaller volume is expected.Substantial price increases in.....

US: States see value in backing ‘food hubs’

As demand rises for locally produced food, some states are investing in distribution centers to help small and midsize farmers meet the need and increase sales.In New York City, where shoppers and diners can find delicacies from all over the world, there is hefty demand for food grown closer to home.The.....

Botswana continues tomato ban to battle leaf miner

Botswana’s ban on the importation of tomatoes continues, as the country battles tomato leaf miner or Tuta absoluta, which broke out at the end of last year.The highly destructive tomato pest, with its origin from South America, has invaded both greenhouse and open field tomato crops in North East, Central,.....

US vegetables flown into Europe during unprecedented shortage

Due to cold weather in Europe’s key vegetable supplying countries, the continent is dealing with an extreme vegetable shortage. “The last time Europe dealt with a vegetable shortage like this was in 2005,” says Lisa Sternlicht with California-based A.M.S. Export. “In spring 2013, we exported a little bit of.....

Canada removes tariffs on fruit & veg to support manufacturing

As the incoming Trump administration talks about piling on new tariffs to discourage imports and protect American jobs, the Canadian government is moving to eliminate tariffs in order to save Canadian manufacturing jobs.A customs tariff order published Dec. 28 in the Canada Gazette, describes how.....

Southern California farmers struggling to recover from drought

The Southern California water year, which began Oct. 1, has been below average so far, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which said southern Santa Barbara, Ventura, southern Kern and northwestern Los Angeles counties remain in a state of severe drought. “We are getting some rain,” Doty said......

Vegetables and citrus, the most affected in Valencia

Spain revising available horticultural supply

So far, and other than in some very specific areas, the snow and cold temperatures of the past few days have not caused significant damage to crops in the Region of Murcia, southern Alicante or eastern Almeria, according to Proexport, which has claimed it is still able to supply vegetables to both domestic.....

Seychelles employ temporary ban on South African Tomatoes

Seychelles has imposed a temporary ban on the importation of tomatoes from South Africa after suspicions that a caterpillar known as the ‘tomato leaf miner’ has reached the country, said officials of the Bio Security Agency on Tuesday.The Seychelles' Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Michael Benstrong.....

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere:

“It's about time that Spanish growers were fairly compensated”

The supply of Spanish fruit and vegetables always seemed so easy, but it will become increasingly difficult to receive the correct volumes in coming years. “This year is already a good example, although we are now also coping with shortages because of the bad weather. Yet is has been apparent for a while.....

A visit to the Beijing wholesale market

A wholesale market that supplies 20 million consumers cannot but be colossal. And this is especially true for the one in Beijing, China - 6 sq km, 1,799 direct employees and 36 thousand tons of produce handled every day. Produce comes not only from all over China, but from all over the world.Click here to.....

Qatar seeks vegetable self-sufficiency in next 5 years

Qatar is striving to increase vegetable production with a five year plan to increase the country's self-sufficiency, according to the Minister of Municipality and Environment in Qatar, Mohamed bin Abdullah.The plan, according to the minister, would be implemented in co-operation with farm owners and.....

Netherlands-Brazil joint legal venture to help fruit exporters

Highly experienced lawyers dedicated to supporting the international fresh produce sector have announced the start of a new joint venture between practitioners in the Netherlands and Brazil aimed at providing legal services to fruit exporters, importers and investors between Europe and Brazil.In the first.....