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Russia: Moscow region to add 15,000 ag and industrial jobs

As of today, 46 large-scale agricultural projects are nearing their completion or being launched in the Moscow Region: 15 of them have already been implemented, and 31 projects are underway, which means that in the near future the number of jobs in the agricultural and industrial sector will increase by more.....

Henk van Doorne about the lettuce market:

“We are looking forward to the magic potion against fusarium”

The lettuce market is ‘a bit thin’ at the moment, according to lettuce grower and trader Henk van Doorne from ’s-Gravenzande. “The supermarket actions are only so-so. Scandinavian countries and distant destinations such as the Middle East remain fairly loyal, but there is less interest closer to home......

US: Minnesota fruit and seed exports increase by 34%

Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products were valued at $5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, unchanged from the same period a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). U.S. exports were.....

US (WA): Growers troubled by Trump's impact on foreign labor

In the Yakima Valley, nestled east of the Cascades, the fruit trees are waking up. At the Doornink Fruit Ranch in Wapato, expert hands prune hundreds of acres of cherry, apricot, pear and apple trees.Phil Doornink represents the fifth generation of his dad’s family to grow tree fruit. He and his wife, Karen.....

Canadian ag minister wraps up trade mission to Vietnam and India

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, wrapped up a two-country Asian trade mission, strengthening agricultural bilateral ties and exploring market access opportunities for Canadian food and agri-food businesses.The Government of Canada is committed to strong relationships with both.....

Mexican migrants change focus from US to Canada

Shortly after crossing the Rio Grande into the gang-infested border city of Reynosa, dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump's first days in office said they would soon try to head north again - but this time to Canada.Canadian government data shows a tripling of Mexicans seeking to.....

Leadership opportunities in Australian green industry

Amid the rise and rise of Australia’s turf and nursery sectors, Horticulture Innovation Australia is offering more than 15 funded opportunities for industry workers to grow their leadership skills.Being supported through industry levies and funds from the Australian Government, the program will challenge.....

Can farming be a success story for Singapore?

It would be a shame if farms in Singapore are valued only for their economic production, because they have potential to be a success story for Singapore, says Kranji Countryside Association president Kenny Eng."I read with interest the Government’s plan to transform the farming sector in Singapore last week......

Photo Report PMA Fresh Connections: China

An insight into China’s highly competitive retail market

PHOTO REPORT Last week, the fifth Fresh Connections: China was staged in Shanghai by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). Click here for the photo reportThe three day programme started of with a series of business round table meetings that gave an opportunity to meet with Chinese retailers and importers. Prominent.....

Ukrainian cucumbers fare better than tomatoes

It's a mixed season for Ukrainian greenhouse growers. While cucumber growers are seeing exports double, domestic tomato growers are being faced with strong competition from cheaper Turkish imports."Since the beginning of this year, official statistics recorded a significant increase of tomato imports from.....

More sales channels to reach shoppers

Shoppers use new sales channels to buy their everyday groceries. The market offers an increasing amount of options to meet their individual needs. Shoppers can be guided in this changing sales context, especially in the direction of convenience products.More choice for shoppersThe number of locations and.....

Italy: Analysis of 2016 strawberry campaign

In Italy, areas destined for strawberry cultivation will increase this year compared to 2016. With little over 3,600 hectares, strawberry crops increased by 3% and reached the highest level of the past few years.Basilicata and Campania now represent 47% of the domestic strawberry production. Crops in.....

Turkish asparagus surface is increasing

The Nomad Food & Agricultural Company is preparing to become a long-season asparagus supplier for Europe with the brand “Saricakaya Asparagus Valley”. The company was the first to produce local asparagus on a large scale and only completed its introduction to the national retail and wholesale chains.....

Juan Colomina, Coexphal:

"Holland is the biggest threat for Almeria"

While acknowledging that it is better to speak when it is over, Juan Colomina is convinced that this campaign could be described as "very good."For the CEO of Coexphal, what matters most "is the money that Almeria will have earned by the end;" hence why this agricultural season, despite all the tensions and.....

Especially red increasing

Belgium; BelOrta sees bell pepper area increase with 7%

In 2016, about 2,100,000 kilograms of Flandria green bell peppers were supplied to BelOrta. On 6 March, the first ones were supplied again to the auction. “Production is increasing, as evidenced by the predicted area increase of seven per cent for this year compared to 2016. The area of yellow bell pepper.....

Organic Trade Association sees trade potential for US organic companies

Organic agriculture worldwide continues to set new records, with global sales reaching more than 80 billion U.S. dollars a year and the United States still leading as the largest organic market, attendees learned at BioFach 2017, the latest iteration of the largest organic trade fair for food in the world.....

Financing possibilities for Hungarian ag sector

It is reported that in Hungary until the end of March 2017 all of the tenders for EU financing in the 2014 – 2020 period will be announced. Other than EU financing there is a number of alternatives ways of financing available for the agricultural sector in Hungary. This article will offer you an overview of.....

Dutch investors explore opportunities in Rwanda

On March 01, 2017, a Dutch delegation led by Marjolijn Sonnema, the Director General Agro and Nature at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands ,visited the National Agricultural Export Development Board as a part of their two-day visit to Rwanda that aims at exploring potential agricultural.....

Copa & Cogeca:

EU: "Adequately financed CAP also needed in the future"

Copa and Cogeca told EU Farm Ministers in Brussels that a strong, common and adequately financed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to cope with current and future challenges is also needed in the future.The move came as the issue was being debated by Ministers and after the Commission released a public.....

UK: Greens warn against Brexit 'swamp'

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West, has said that Brexit is ‘swamping’ Defra and preventing them from drawing up plans for when Britain leaves the EU. The accusation comes in the wake of a response to a question submitted by Caroline Lucas MP seeking clarity on how many full-time equivalent civil.....

Kees Lakerveld, 2FX Treasury, on opportunities for Dutch horticulture

Iran - how realistic are the opportunities?

Iran is 'hot'. I regularly read articles in the media about the potential of the country. A country with 80 million inhabitants that has come to a standstill for years as a result of the sanctions. If you consider that Iran is surrounded by 15 countries where also the necessary (re)building should take.....

Netherlands: Growers discuss shorter chains with healthcare organizations

Creating a short direct chain from agri/food companies to healthcare organizations in their region. That is the purpose of the program Healthy Short Chains of Diverzio foundation, which started in North-Holland on February 14. At the office of Rabobank West Friesland in Zwaagdijk East about 50 regional.....

USDA kosher fruits and veg products purchase program announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase the following kosher products:A solicitation for fruit materials and a solicitation for vegetable materials listed above will be issued in the near future for Kosher materials for use in the National School Lunch Program. This purchase is.....

US: Import tax worries border-region growers

Last month White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned a 20 percent tariff, levied on Mexican goods, as a possible way Mexico could pay for the border wall which is estimated to cost around $20 billion. He later said this tariff was only one of many options to finance the wall.Jessie Gunn, a.....

US (NC): Growers struggling with temperature swings

On Kenneth Rudd Sr.’s northeast Guilford farm, his grandchildren have been eating strawberries from the field since last month.“I’ve never seen a red berry in February,” observed the fourth-generation farmer who allows visitors to pick their strawberries.Most of his berries are still green and maybe two.....

Bangladesh explores market transformation

This Market Transformation Workshop took place mid-February 2017, in the context of the MoU between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and World Bank Group on transformative change needed for agricultural growth as well as food and nutrition security.“Market transformation is triggered by technologies,.....

2.2m tons of vegetables to be produced in Iran by year-end

2.2 million tons of vegetables will be produced in Iran along with some 1.7 billion flower cuts by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2017), registering close to a 31% and 25.2% growth respectively compared with last year.This was announced by Mohammad Kiaei, an official with the Agriculture.....

India sees slump in fruit and vegetable exports

A sharp, 18 per cent slump in the exports of fruit and vegetables alone in the past two years -- largely due to a stringent green norm and heightened quality standards, particularly in Europe -- has prompted a slew of long-term remedial measures including improvement in pre-harvest conditions and cluster.....

US: Lower store prices expected for fruit and veg

ERS is forecasting grocery store (food at home) prices to rise between 0 and 1 percent in 2017, in contrast to the 1.3-percent decline in retail food prices in 2016. Poultry prices are expected to rise 1.5 to 2.5 percent, dairy prices could increase between 2 and 3 percent, and cereal and bakery product.....

First British strawberries hit Tesco shelves

Lancashire growers have pulled off a coup by getting the first UK grown strawberries of the year on supermarket shelves in February.It’s believed to be one of the earliest ever arrivals for Britain’s favourite home-grown fruit, having been helped by a mild winter and the recent warmer temperatures.The first.....

Nielsen reports on multicultural influences in produce

With the rapid growth of multicultural households in America and their unparalleled influence on the marketplace, there is a strong need for retailers to revise their in-store strategies to include a wider range of fresh food products and flavor profiles that cater to the multicultural consumer set.With this.....

Cheap labor in Mexico affecting Florida strawberry farmers

Central Florida is gearing up for one of its signature events - the Florida Strawberry Festival, but behind the scenes, growers are facing some real pressure from south of the border.Mexico has cheap labor, so American companies are growing strawberries there and shipping them here, threatening to put local.....

Hand-picked specialty crops ‘ripe’ for precision agriculture techniques

Timing the harvest and transport of highly perishable, hand-picked crops such as strawberries so these delicate products reach consumers at peak flavor and freshness is an intricate dance that partners Mother Nature with manual labor.However, many of the “smart farming” techniques and technologies that help.....

India: Strawberry farming to cut cost of fruit

In the Indian city of Ranchi strawberries are pricey and only available for a small window in the year between December and January. This may soon change however as the district Horticulture office is looking to popularize home grown strawberries, making them much more common and affordable. District.....

Texas, Florida and Central Mexico supply fairing better

US: Cilantro tight in California

Consumers either love or hate cilantro, but for those who can appreciate its ease of use in cooking, the herb has been in tight supply week in and week out in California because of the rain and flooding. Farms growing it in other states, including Texas, Florida and Central Mexico have a good supply since.....

Panama: Tomato crisis deepens in Chiriqui

The crisis faced by tomato producers in the province of Chiriqui intensified as they had to stop harvesting and throw out about 60% of their crop because they are being affected by imports and a lack of markets.Farmers have had to use wheelbarrows to throw away their tomatoes at the road-side because there.....

Poland increases cucumber imports from Ukraine

Ukrainian exporters started sending cucumbers to the EU at the beginning of February and despite high prices, European buyers have shown interest in purchasing Ukrainian cucumbers.According to Info-Shuvar, hothouse cucumber prices at the beginning of January, 2017, were around the same as February of.....

European Parliament rallies for women's rights in ag

The Copa Women's Committee welcomed in Brussels a new report adopted by MEPs calling for conditions to be improved for women in rural areas and for more equal treatment between men and women.The report on the women and their role in rural areas adopted by European Parliament's Agriculture Committee and by the.....

Mike Chapman, Horticulture NZ:

"Tairāwhiti labour force funding good news for horticulture"

Funding of $1.8 million, announced by the Government to grow the skills and capability of Tairāwhiti’s regional labour force, is good news for horticulture, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.“We are expecting significant growth in horticulture in the Gisborne area, with.....
United Fresh: 2016 Year in Review FreshFacts on Retail Report

US: Berries and packaged salads anchor market growth

Continued growth in fresh produce spending, highlighted by increased organic as well as innovative value-added products, are covered in the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2016 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report. This report examines overall retail trends in produce for the past.....

TunnelBerries and NARBA members tour Mexican berry production

Last week the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (NARBA) and the Mexican Aneberries group hosted a tour of Mexican blackberry, raspberry and blueberry production. Debby Wechsler, NARBA Executive Secretary and TunnelBerries Advisory Board member and Eric Hanson, TunnelBerries.....

"UK growers could learn a lot from European neighbours"

In Belgium and the Netherlands horticulture is big business and the facilities tend to be more high-tech than their UK counterparts. During a recent study tour, GrowSave's Ed saw some of the advanced technology and practices used by growers, such as LED lighting, diffuse glass and bio-beds for water.....

What is “very low food security”?

Household food security statistics published annually by ERS are based on responses to survey questions in the annual Food Security Supplement to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Respondents are asked about conditions and behaviors that characterize households when they are having.....

VI Dutch-Ukrainian Greenhouse Industry Forum:

Challenging times for Ukrainian greenhouse industry

On 21 February the VI Dutch-Ukrainian Greenhouse Industry Forum was held. Leading Dutch and Ukrainian experts discussed outcomes of the previous year and forecasts for 2017 for the Ukrainian greenhouse sector, prospects for the Ukrainian producers as well as the Dutch innovations and market trends at the.....

Spinneys to sell ugly veg in the United Arab Emirates

Spinneys supermarkets will launch a new line of misshapen or oddly sized fruit and vegetables within the next few weeks, Martin Jorge Aguirre, the brand’s Commercial Manager for Fresh Produce told GN Focus. “Most farmers meet our specifications about 95 per cent of the time, but there’s still a gap,” he.....

Trump ditches Waters of the U.S. rule

Describing the flawed Waters of the U.S. rule as nothing more than a federal land grab, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said President Donald Trump’s executive order to ditch the rule “is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country.” He continued, “The Environmental.....

Peru agro-exports predicted to grow 25% in 2017

Peruvian agricultural exports are expected to increase between 20% and 25% this year, totaling US$6 billion from US$5.79 billion in 2016, estimates Agricultural and Irrigation Minister Jose Hernandez.Among last year’s highlights in terms of export performance were blueberries, which went up 148%, followed by.....

A visual guide to USDA Local Food Survey results

Late last year, the USDA released their first ever Local Food Marketing Survey as a follow up to the 2012 USDA Agriculture Census. FMC worked closely with the USDA to craft questions that would allow the Coalition to gain insights on Farmers Market trends.The dashboard below presents all farms that defined.....

Dutch greenhouse veg approaching record acreage

The acreage of greenhouse vegetables will amount to 4,920 hectares in the Netherlands this year. That is only 70 hectares less than in the previous record years of 2010 and 2011. The industry’s urge to expand makes it seem as if this record will be broken within the foreseeable future.Acreage greenhouse.....

Indian growers switch to soilless cultivation

With a view of providing the city with safe and healthier vegetables, the Haryana horticulture department has commissioned a project at Panchgaon, Manesar, located 16km from the city. The initiative is aimed at growing soil-less vegetables and getting them supplied to the residential societies across the.....

EU paves way for 'Internet of Food'

The Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020), a €30-million H2020 co-funded project by the European Commission, was officially launched in Amsterdam on the 21st and the 22nd of February 2017. An inspiring start of the project enabled project partners to establish a structured collaboration and present.....

Copa & Cogeca welcome EU trade agreement study

Copa & Cogeca welcomed publication by the EU Commission of a new study which shows the benefits of balanced trade agreements between the EU and non-EU countries on the EU agriculture sector.The study by the Copenhagen Economics Institute, commissioned by the EU Commission, shows that balanced trade.....

"Trade agreements boost EU agri-food sector"

Trade agreements have helped to boost EU agricultural exports and have supported jobs in the agri-food sector and other sectors of the economy, according to a new independent study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. Trade agreements with three countries – Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland –.....

UK horticulture leaders troubled by post-Brexit labour shortage

In the latest of the round-table debates on farming after Brexit, Abi Kay spoke to growers and horticulture specialists to discuss the future of the sector when the UK leaves the EU.Import substitution, a new crop protection regime and the possibility of benefiting from any future support scheme, were all.....

New train service connects Rotterdam and Antwerp to Spain

Since January 23, intermodal operator Shuttlewise has a new train service between RSC Rotterdam and Antwerpen Mainhub. This service currently has 4 departures per week.Because of the connection with the Portshuttle in Rotterdam and the LORO Shuttle in Antwerp also the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp are now.....

Vietnam wants 15,000 cooperatives by 2020

The Department of Cooperative Economy and Rural Development under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam has set a target of having 15,000 cooperatives nationwide by 2020, with 45% of them operating efficiently.The department announced the goal at a conference held in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.....

US project looks to make strawberry industry more sustainable

A nationwide project is seeking grower input on how to achieve a sustainable strawberry industry that supports farmers, takes care of the environment and provides healthful food to consumers.The National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative (NSSI) began with a $4 million, two-year grant from the Walmart.....

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.....

UK: Andrea Leadsom outlines future vision

Andrea Leadsom set out her priorities for building world-leading food and farming industries at the National Farmers' Union Conference."As you rightly say, Meurig, food and farming faces some of the biggest changes of any sector as we leave the EU.""But with change comes great opportunities for what also is.....

Vietnam: HCM City continues focus on modern indoor ag

HCM City plans to continue restructuring its agriculture to make it modern and urban, enhancing the use of technology including bio-technology to produce safe, quality products.Nguyễn Phước Trung, director of its Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the city would strive to.....

US: Scott Pruitt confirmed to lead EPA

Scott Pruitt woke up Friday morning as Oklahoma’s attorney general, a post he had used for six years to repeatedly sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to regulate mercury, smog and other forms of pollution. By day’s end, he had been sworn in as the agency’s new leader, setting off a.....