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Nigeria: Christmas prices of tomatoes & peppers drop by 45% in Lagos

Just before the Christmas festivities, the prices of tomatoes, pepper and onions in Lagos have been cut by about 45 percent. The drop in prices is due to a bumper harvest.A basket of tomatoes, which previously sold for 15,000 naira (35 euros)now goes for 8,000 naira (19 euros). Red peppers now go for 8,000.....

Private equity funds put the focus on the Spanish agricultural sector

The Spanish agricultural sector has aroused the appetite of venture capital funds. Private equity funds have been involved in several takeover operations of some important companies in the last months, what some financial analysts see as the beginning of a trend which will increase.F. García Ferrer, partner.....

Dutch government wants €75 million for young farmers

The Dutch government is to earmark €75 million for young farmers who are establishing their own companies. Less than 4% of all farmers in the Netherlands are aged under 35. At the same time, there is a growing number of young entrepreneurs who would like to establish farms. The newly-to-be-established fund.....

Iran-EEU trade deal comes into effect on January 21

A preferential trade agreement between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union is expected to come into effect as of January 21. Between 200 and 250 categories of products are to be included in this PTA, which will span three years.The Financial Tribune noted that negotiations on the PTA started two years ago......

Canada: Price of food expected to rise in 2018

According to a study by researchers at Dalhousie University, the price of food in Canada is expected to increase in 2018. The annual food expenditure for a family of four is expected to rise by 348 dollars to a total of 11,948 dollars in 2018, according to Canada's Food Price Report 2018.On Wednesday, the.....
Ontario Produce Marketing Association:

Case study tells how distributors can save $1.2 million, and increase sales

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) has been working with four businesses across the value chain (one retailer, one distributor and two producer/packers) to identify ways to reduce waste, improve overall.....

Belgium: BelOrta and Hoogstraten merger off the table

The merger between the Belgian companies, BelOrta Auctioneers and the Hoogstraten Cooperative, will not become a reality. Both parties informed us of this and admitted that negotiations were not completely successful in this regard, but that they will continue working together. BelOrta, as well as.....

Germany: Weather extremes could be the norm in the future

New climate simulations for Germany show that extreme events such as heat waves or heavy rainfall could occur more frequently and more violently in the future. With adaptive measures - such as heat reaction plans, or use of inner-city areas as a temporary water reservoir - we can prepare ourselves for.....

Vegetable imports Switzerland increased by 9 percent

Recently, there were heated political debates around the topics of food imports and Swiss self-sufficiency. The amount of imported food between 1990 and 2016 increased from 2 to 4 million tonnes, or 344 to 490 kg per capita. Beverages showed the biggest growth impulse here, with 40%. Despite import duties on.....

Tonnes of Icelandic strawberries thrown out since Costco opening

Strawberry farmers say the opening of Costco earlier in the year has been detrimental to the local industry, as they are unable to compete with the prices of imported berries. One farmer was quoted saying: “This has had a massive impact on us. Sales have diminished and we’ve had to lower our prices.” Another.....

Swiss food imports growing faster than population

A recent government study revealed that between 1990 and 2016, imports of food products have grown by 80% - three times faster than the Swiss population itself. Swissinfo.ch asserts that in that period of time, the quantity of imported food consumed per inhabitant went from 344 to 490 kg. The Swiss Customs.....

Growers say border policies a factor in Texas labor crisis

Labor shortages on US farms have been an ongoing issue for many years. In California, for example, the situation is impacting an increasing amount of producers every year, adding to the overall cost of produce. There is now a growing labor problem in South Texas, which traditionally has been less affected.....

Indian government to launch minimum vegetable pricing scheme

On January 1, the Haryana state government will launch Bhavantar Bharpai Yojana (Price Deficit Cover Scheme), trying to ensure farmers get fixed base prices for their vegetables, reports The Statesman.Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister O.P. Dhankar said that under the new scheme to be.....

EU farm policy rules to be further simplified

Major improvements to EU agriculture rules will come into force on 1 January 2018 following the adoption by the Council of agriculture ministers and the European Parliament of the agriculture and rural development part of the so-called Omnibus regulation. This regulation amends the financial regulation.....

Strong bell pepper season expected out of Mexico

The bell pepper season is underway in Mexico and growing conditions are looking excellent. Warm weather will bring vigorous growth along with higher quality, and growers are expecting good volume this year."We started our Sonora bell peppers season ten days ago," said Bert Chamberlain of Trufresh. "Our.....

EU seeks agricultural cooperation with Africa

The 5th African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) summit, held in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November 2017, was an opportunity to further strengthen cooperation in agriculture between the two continents, focusing on youth and a sustainable future.With an extraordinary demographic growth, Africa's population is.....

CFAES helps increase agricultural productivity in Tanzania

In Tanzania, more than three-quarters of the labour force works in agriculture, most of them farmers with five or fewer acres who weed by hand and strap pesticide tanks to their backs to stop the myriad insects from devouring their crops. Dirt roads far outnumber paved ones.In the fields of Tanzania and the.....

Vertical Farming Market Research Report - Forecast to 2022

Market reports: solid research or wild guesses?

"The vertical farming market is estimated to be valued at USD 5.80 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 24.8% between 2016 and 2022." Sound familiar? It could be because you've read this phrase, or something very similar to it, in a press release or newspaper article recently, trying to get you to buy.....

New tariff bill in Angola could boost domestic veg production

The National Assembly (AN) in Angola approved Friday the new Draft Law on the Update of Harmonised Customs Tariff that provides for the changes in rates for various products to boost the country's diversification of the economy and increase domestic production.The Draft Law is part of the Executive's.....

"Fruitful 1st edition of Dutch-Saudi Water-Energy-Food Nexus Conference"

The 1st conference between Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands on the water-energy-food nexus took place in Riyadh on the 16th of November 2017. The conference "Towards sustainable synergy between water, energy, and food" was organized by the agriculture team of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and.....

Vietnam: High demand in training of high-tech agriculture

Advanced training programmes are needed to improve human resources working in the high-tech agriculture sector in Vietnam.The national plan to develop human resources in the 2011-20 period has targeted increasing trained employees in the agriculture and forestry sectors to 50 per cent by 2020 from 15.5 per.....

US: Big opportunities and profound challenges ahead for young growers

Farmers over the age of 65 now outnumber farmers under 35 by a margin of six to one, and U.S. farmland is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of older farmers. Nearly two-thirds of farmland is currently managed by someone over 55. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that over the next.....

Peri-Urban agriculture: a solution for urbanisation in India

Indian agriculture has seen rapid growth in fruit, vegetable, dairy and fishery production, according to Union Ag and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh,reports India Infoline. He said that their unprecedented development in ag production is 'setting an example for the world'.The Ministry is.....

China: White radish market hard to recover this year

Lately, there have been many regions where the white radish price has dropped. In some places, it is even lower than the cost price, which means that many farmers are losing money. There are two reasons for this drop in price.One reason is seasonal. Currently, large quantities of white radishes have entered.....

EU-Vietnam trade deal to remove tariffs on fruits and vegetables

If all goes according to plan the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will be signed next year, says Vietnam Net. The trade deal is expected to benefit both sides, according to speakers at a workshop heard in Ho Chi Minh City on November 28th. Growers are counting on the agreement as tariffs on fresh.....
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries

Calls upon Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to implement funded projects

Regional Chairman of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI) on Horticulture Exports Ahmad Jawad has said that federal government funded three agriculture sector projects but Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government could not be implemented and a fund of Rs 103.727 million remained.....

Zimbabwe urged to seek new ways to foster growth in horticulture

Zimbabwe should invest further into finding ways to foster growth of the horticulture sector if they want it to continue being the country's second largest foreign currency earner tells Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Ringson Chitsiko.He told this.....

Malaysian veg production could drop by 25% during monsoon season

The vegetable harvest in Malaysia is expected to drop during the monsoon season, causing a spike in prices.Heavy rain inundates Malaysia from November to January, often flooding the eastern and northern states in Peninsular Malaysia, and is accompanied by strong winds at sea. Penang, Perak and Kedah states.....

Spain: Red peppers more expensive than in the previous campaign

Last season, the prices of both organic and conventional peppers grown in greenhouses of Almeria were higher than those of the previous campaign. The final analysis of the season carried out by the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development reveals that the.....
NZ growers can't compete with cheap imports

"What we're after is a level playing ground"

South Canterbury's Butler's Berry Farm claims Frozen berries are making their way into the country for a fraction of the price of fresh, locally grown berries, and local farmers are not getting enough support. With such low prices, farmers are struggling to compete.CEO of Horticulture New Zealand tells the.....

Malaysian farmers suffer losses of $6M due to floods

Malaysian farmers in Penang and Kedah suffered losses amounting to RM27.7 million (US$6 million) due to the recent floods according to current estimates, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.He said 5,278 farmers cultivating 11,463.8ha of paddy, fruits and.....

Australia attacks UK-EU Brexit plan to share quotas for cheap food imports

The UK and European Union’s plans to share out quotas for cheap food imports from countries around the world after Brexit have come under fire from Australia.Restrictions on how many products can be imported into the EU on favourable rates are set across the bloc and concerns have been raised internationally.....

"Price changes for fruit and veg could save thousands of lives per year"

Changing the prices of seven foods, including fruits, vegetables and sugar-sweetened beverages, could reduce deaths due to stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and address health disparities in the United States, finds a study led by researchers from Tufts University.In the study, published in BMC.....

Turkish tomato exports shot up 46% in October

Tomato exports in Turkey experienced strong growth in October, increasing by 46% according to Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ATSO) Chariman Davut Çetin. Speaking with news websiteDaily Sabah, he told that vegetable exports were also seeing good numbers but citrus was struggling."I give Turkey's.....

Jobs for Syrian refugees through innovation in horticulture in Lebanon

Water in Lebanon is scarce and accordingly it becomes increasingly difficult to get sufficient water of acceptable quality. This spring a project has been launched to increase water use efficiency in horticulture and to increase production levels. This project contributes to a more sustainable food supply.....

EU adopts new Common Agricultural Policy

Simpler rules and a more flexible approach will ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) delivers real results in supporting farmers and leads the sustainable development of EU agriculture.These are the cornerstone ideas of the Communication adopted by the European Commission on "The Future of Food and.....

Roses Forever:

International interest for edible mini roses

Earlier this month, the Netherlands was the center of the global floriculture. For one week, the IFTF, together with the FloraHolland Trade Fair, welcomed visitors from all corners of the world and offered a diverse attendance base to the exhibitors. The atmosphere was positive and the exhibitors were very.....

Azerbaijan export mission sends fruit and vegetable producers to UAE

An export mission of Azerbaijani entrepreneurs including those working in fruit and vegetable production will be visiting Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from December 3-7. The fruit and vegetable manufacturers are also to take part in the International Perishable Expo Middle East (WOP Dubai) during their.....

Statistics reveal Mexican tomatoes are U.S. top vegetable import

Tomatoes are the No.1 produce item exported from Mexico to the U.S., according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.During the 2016-17 season, Mexican growers exported about 1.2 billion pounds of round, roma, cherry and grape tomatoes to the U.S.Growers anticipate good quality and supplies.....

Dry weather in Fiji causes fruit & vegetable prices to increase

The cost of vegetables at the Ba Municipal Market in Fiji has increased as a result of the impact of the prolonged dry weather spell on fruit and vegetable farms across the Western Division.Ba Market Vendors Association president Nitesh Prasad said sporadic showers experienced in the division recently had.....

Kenyan farmers count losses as rain brings disease

Hundreds of farmers across Kenya are counting losses as heavy rains render roads impassable, making it difficult for them to sell their produce.The farmers are mainly those growing fresh produce like potatoes, maize, fruits like mangoes, tomatoes and vegetables.Most farming in the East African nation takes.....

Nepal's exports to China grow 27.7%, those to India grow 3.2%

Nepal’s export to China has seen a sizeable growth in the first three months of Fiscal Year 2017/18, while export growth to India remains slow.According to the Current Macroeconomic and Financial Situation of Nepal (first three months) unveiled by the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) in Kathmandu on Sunday, Nepal’s.....

Spain tightens agricultural cooperation with China

Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met Mr. Carlos Cabanas Godino, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA) of the Kingdom of Spain, in Beijing on 20 November 2017. The two sides had an in-depth discussion on strengthening bilateral agricultural cooperation.Vice.....

US (TX): Growers expect ample supplies from this year's crops

Kale is one of several crops San Juan, Texas-based Rio Farms Inc. is growing this season, says Taylor Schuster, sales manager.Growers in south Texas were gearing up for a bountiful holiday season and expected ample supplies of numerous commodities, including kale, cilantro and cabbage as well as mustard,.....

India: Vegetable prices continue dramatic increase due to heavy rain fall

South Indian families for whom a meal is incomplete without tomato rasam or a beans or carrot palya have reasons to worry. All thanks to the skyrocketing prices of tomatoes, which has touched Rs 60 (US$0.926) a kg and carrots almost Rs 90 (US$1.389) per kg.Unlike grains and egg prices that used to leave.....

Portugal wants to improve bilateral trade & mutual cooperation with Pakistan

The Embassy of Portugal Charge d’Affaires, Dr Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa, on Thursday said that his country wanted to enhance trade with Pakistan since the two countries have a good potential to improve bilateral trade in many areas.He said that Pakistan and Portugal should exchange trade delegations.....

Americans consume nearly 3 pounds of fresh mushrooms per year

Over 97 percent of the mushrooms produced in the United States fall under the genus known as Agaricus, which includes the common White Button mushrooms, often seen in grocery stores and salad bars, as well as portobello and crimini mushrooms. While some mushrooms are grown for processing uses (canned, dried,.....

Arizona has started

US: Michigan red radish season cut short due to rain

Rain at the end of October was the only down point for an otherwise good red radish season in Michigan. The harvest in Michigan has just finished, giving way to the Arizona season, which has shown a lot of promise in terms of growing conditions. Expectations for the red radish season there is positive, with.....

European farmers reimbursed with €433 million from crisis reserve

The European Commission is making €433 million available for reimbursement to farmers. This amount comes from the agricultural crisis reserve for the 2017 budget year, made up of money taken from farmers' direct payments for this year. The amounts deducted may be reimbursed to farmers by the member states as.....

Chilean horticulture inspires Californians

Chile is a perfect climate analogue to California with its own central valley and an abundance of specialty crops. Like California, it relies on snow melt to irrigate crops, it produces world-famous wines, and it supports vibrant cities like Santiago, the capital. Chile has been identified by the.....

Moroccan tomato prices proving higher than government forecasts

According to Morocco World News, shoppers in Morocco are seeing much higher vegetable prices than those published by the Ministry of Agriculture, which predicted more affordable prices. Prices for common household foods like tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots and turnips have increased. A kilo of potatoes.....

Canada expects $75B global agri-food exports by 2025 with China's help

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has wrapped up a successful 10-day visit to China.The government says the mission will help Canada reach its goal of growing global agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025.“China is a fast-growing market. More and more Chinese consumers are looking for the.....

Cheaper veg in New Zealand contributes to food prices dropping 0.1%

New Zealand food prices eased in October as fruit and vegetables came in for heavy discounting at grocery stores when they came into season.The food price index fell 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis versus the prior month, Statistics New Zealand said.Fruit and vegetables cost 1.3 percent less than.....

CAN (MB): Low veg prices help keep inflation rate in check

Manitoba, Canada's annual inflation held steady at 1.5 per cent last month as higher costs for things such as property taxes were offset by lower prices for items such as vegetables, new Statistics Canada data shows.In its latest monthly Consumer Price Index report released on Friday, the federal agency said.....
London's annual Vegetable summit 2017

UK caterer urges food industries to use imperfect veg

Contract caterer, Vacherin, joined a variety of retailers, restaurateurs, caterers, manufacturers, growers, broadcasters and government representatives at the annual Vegetable Summit in London last month, with a view to shifting the country’s food system to make it easier for everyone to eat more.....

Iran to transfer vegetable farms to greenhouses

Iran's Ministry of Agriculture announced the transfer of all vegetable farms to greenhouses within the next 10 years.The area under greenhouse cultivation in Iran presently spans 12,157 hectares, 38 percent higher compared to mid-2013 when President Hassan Rouhani took office, said Valiollah Bani-Ameri,.....

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US: Florida eggplant starts a month late

Hurricane Irma caused a complete loss for eggplant farmers in the southern part of Florida. They’re just getting started now, a month late. Volume isn’t expected until closer to the Christmas holiday.External sourcing within FloridaOrder fulfillment issues were somewhat of a concern, but Oakes Farms was able.....

Morocco to launch 110 projects worth $176M to boost agriculture

A total of 110 new projects covering the twelve regions of Morocco have been programmed for the year 2018 under the Pillar II of the "Plan Maroc Vert" (Green Morocco Plan-PMV), said, Friday, minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch.The overall budget for these.....

More young Americans are stepping into farming jobs

Liz Whitehurst dabbled in several careers before she ended up crating fistfuls of fresh-cut arugula in the early-November chill.The hours were better at her nonprofit jobs. So were the benefits. But two years ago, the 32-year-old Whitehurst — who graduated from a liberal arts college and grew up in the.....

Azerbaijan is ready to export agriculture produce to Italy

Azerbaijan is ready to export agricultural products, including hazelnuts, vegetables and fruits, to Italy, says Azerbaijani Minister of the Economy Shahin Mustafayev.Mustafayev made the remarks at a meeting with Italian ambassador to Azerbaijan, Augusto Massari, in Baku, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy.....

"More than a quarter of American jobs linked to food and agriculture"

A nationwide economic impact study has found that more than one-fifth (or 20.4%) of the U.S. economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors and that more than one-fourth of all American jobs (28%) are similarly connected. Twenty-two food and agriculture organizations.....

Canada: Minister advocates for Ontario's agri-food sector at NAFTA talks

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, issued the following statement after attending NAFTA renegotiations to meet with trade negotiators and stakeholders to advocate for Ontario's agri-food sector:"Promoting free trade and economic cooperation with the U.S. and Mexico is a priority for.....

CAN (ON): OFA focuses on rural growth potential at AGM

More than 400 agricultural representatives met in Toronto this week to discuss the issues and opportunities facing farmers and rural Ontario, and the investments and policies needed to support growth in the agri-food sector, at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s (OFA) annual general meeting.Keith.....

Mozambique will no longer import seeds to reduce local prices

Mozambique will no longer import seeds for major crops starting in this agricultural season (2017/2018), said the head of the department of basic seeds at the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM).David Mariote also told Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias that the decision is intended to.....
Leadership4Agriculture (L4Ag) Forum:

African officials plan actions to drive agricultural transformation

The African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Grow Africa is organising the first high-level convening, Leadership4Agriculture (L4Ag) Forum, on November 28 at the AfDB headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.The invitation-only L4Ag Forum, supported by.....

"Less room for free trade in coming years"

During his military service, Jan-Willem Grievink of FoodService Instituut (FSIN) worked as a ‘pilot-officer-observer.’ His job was to simply observe changes on the ground from his plane, and to report those changes to the ground troops. “I’m still doing that, but for retail,” he says during the AGF.....

Bad weather in Spain expected to benefit Israeli capsicum market

The Israeli capsicum market has not been very good over the last few years. Prices have been very low, and an increasing number of growers in Israel, have switched to other, more profitable, crops. Things are, however, about to change, according to Omer Kamp from Arava Export Growers.“We are expecting prices.....

Fiji: Heavy rain spoils veg crops causing early harvest

While rice farmers in the Northern Division are enjoying the current rainy condition, some vegetable farmers say the downpour is excessive because it is spoiling their crops.Mahendra Kumar, 51, of Bulileka in Labasa said about 1000 of his English cabbage, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes and bean plants were.....

UAE signs deals with Pakistan with strong interest in fruit & veg

United Arab Emirates and Pakistani businesses signed deals worth nearly $200 million (Dh734 million) during the Expo Pakistan 2017 which was held in Karachi on November 9-12, said a press statement.Around 75 B2B meetings were arranged during the three-day event between the UAE and Pakistan business.....

Soren Skou:

Maersk to build network of inland container depots in India

Soren Skou, the 52-year-old CEO of the Copenhagen-based AP Moller-Maersk, says the company considers India to be an investment destination.In an interview with ET’s Anirban Chowdhury and Satish John, Skou said the $35-billion shipping conglomerate could invest more in port facilities.How important is India.....