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Jan Engelen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten

Belgium: "Beef tomatoes are gradually becoming a specialty"

"At the moment we have started with the greenhouse production of strawberries. It is going well in terms of production. However, we still are about 1.5 million kilos behind in comparison to last year", says Jan Engelen of Coöperatie Hoogstraten. "At the moment the productions are getting underway and the…

Latest report shows income increase in the EU farming sector

The latest farm economics overview, covering the years 2014 and 2015, shows that incomes in the EU farming sector grew. This increase reverses the decline seen in 2013. Particularly strong growth was seen in the horticultural and wine sectors and for permanent crops (mainly fruit and berry trees, bushes,…

USDA cites G K Produce Inc. in Pennsylvania for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited G K Produce Inc., operating out of Philadelphia, Pa., for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $548,441 to…

Jordanian traders hail reopening of borders with Syria to boost economy

According to Jordanian business representatives, the reopening of border crossings with Syria will boost economic growth and revive their businesses. Last week's reopening of the Jaber border crossing with Syria is certainly expected to lead to an increase in trade exchange between Jordan and Syria. Before the outbreak of the…

Stena Line: No-deal Brexit could hit food supplies

Ferry firm Stena Line has warned officials that a no-deal Brexit could affect food supplies and see traders bypass the UK. There is ‘very little readiness’ at the larger ports and, said Ian Hampton, a senior executive at the global ferry operator. Stena is the largest ferry operator in the Irish sea and…

Wageningen University & Research presents under the 'Wie voedt Nederland?' slogan

"Greenhouse horticulture relies on exports"

With the question, 'Wie voedt Nederland?' ('Who is feeding the Netherlands'), Wageningen University & Research presented figures about the entire chain - from farm to table. In 2017, Dutch consumers spent more than EUR58 billion on food and beverages. There is an entire production line in the run-up…

China reaches top of Global Food Safety List

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently announced the "Global Food Safety Index". It ranks the food safety level of 113 countries based on an investigation of food origin, product quality, and safety. China moved from fourth place to the top of the list. This announcement explained that this development…

But still few protections in place

US: Many legal Mexican workers coming to South Carolina

Tens of thousands of foreign workers are flooding into South Carolina and other states through a government-sponsored program to take jobs Americans don’t want. And this is going on even as the Trump administration clamps down on illegal immigration. These seasonal migrant workers mostly come from Mexico, and they’ve…

US (AK): New project supports disabled agricultural workers

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has received a four-year $679,000 grant to help Alaska farmers and other agricultural workers with disabilities. The grant is one of 14 awarded to Extension projects around the country as part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s AgrAbility program.…

Growers in Morocco and Spain moving away from tomatoes

Jean-Paul Nuijten of SpecialTom, recently returned from a visit to Morocco and Spain: "The import from Morocco and Spain started slowly this season. The reason is that, particularly in Morocco, it has not been very warm after planting. The summer in Morocco had stable temperatures, which provides a much…

Florence squeezes supplies of eggplant

Supplies of eggplant look a little tighter after Hurricane Florence. “Supplies are moderate. There’s not an overabundance of eggplant but there’s not a shortage either. Even with the hurricane damage, there seem to be enough supplies,” says Calvert Cullen of Northampton Growers Produce Sales, Inc. in Cheriton, VA. The…

Alan Manning:

No more EU fruit pickers for the UK

Britain’s farmers will no longer have privileged access to cheap low-skilled workers from the EU after Brexit, according to the chair of the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee.…

US (GA): Michael deals $480 million blow to vegetable growers

With the state’s late summer and fall vegetable crop close to harvest, Georgia vegetable farmers estimate more than $480 million in losses from Hurricane Michael. For the last few days, the University of Georgia Vegetable Team has been visiting farms to account for losses from Hurricane Michael on the vegetable crops grown…

NL: Production acreage seeds and propagation material reaches record high

The surface area agricultural land for the production of seeds and propagation material (such as young plants) rose sharply in the period 2002 up to and including 2018 in the Netherlands. The area of seeds and the like for open field vegetables rose in 2018 to a record high of 2,240 hectares. Also the…

Vegetable growers warn of possible shortages in new year

British vegetable growers have been overheard warning of possible shortages in the new year, after this year’s extreme weather conditions led to low yields. Growers of…

LTO Glaskracht:

"Strong market position for greenhouse horticulture with resilient vegetables"

LTO Glaskracht Nederland wants to increase the resilience of vegetables and cultivation systems together with LTO Netherlands, the business community and the government. To achieve this, the parties developed an ambitious program: 'Healthy Plants, Healthy Planet'. A government contribution of 12 million…

Rien Paans, Vefru Europe

"Tropical storm Leslie does not cause damage to Spanish open field cultivation"

The consequences of the tropical storm Leslie, which had instilled fear into many Spanish open field growers, did not cause much damage according to Rien Paans, Vefru Europe. "Only around Barcelona and Girona there were problems with rain, but in the end it was not really bad." Broccoli The Spanish broccoli harvest began three weeks ago,…

Turkey: Decline in agricultural production areas in Kutahya

According to data announced by the Turkish Statistical Institute, the greenhouse production area in Kutahya has shown a significant drop of 3.9 % in 2017. Kutahya is located in the western part of Turkey and with the recent decline, the greenhouse production areas went down to 57 hectares. 81% of the…

Australian dollar dropping to lowest levels in two years

The Australian dollar has plummeted to its lowest levels in two years and could be heading to the devastating lows last seen during the global financial crisis. After a week…

Qatar: How the blockade has boosted food production

In the arid desert surrounding al-Khor city, 50 kilometres north of the capital Doha, a few camels run across the landscape breaking up the silence of the rolling sand dunes.  Temperatures can soar up to 50 degrees Celsius, making the soil dry and inhospitable. Yet in this unforgiving land, the presence of huge glass structures glinting in…

US: Most agricultural commodities neutral to profitable

Northwest Farm Credit Services, the Northwest’s leading agricultural lending cooperative, has released its quarterly Market Snapshot reports, looking at the state of major…

Australia: Mother Nature knocks down Queensland fruit farmers again

The storm that annihilated the Francis family's peach and nectarine orchard came and went in 20 furious minutes. In that short time, however, the squash-ball sized hail it dumped has left the family with losses totalling $2 million. "A couple more weeks and we would have had all the fruit off the trees," said Shane…

BLE market report KW 40:

'Germany dominating cucumber market, more so than The Netherlands'

Germany was ahead of The Netherlands with regard to cucumbers. Spanish supplies overtook those from Belgium and played an increasingly important role. However, their quality…

Asian vegetable trial to determine market & production viability in Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have teamed up for a year-long trial to test the feasibility and profitability of growing…

Price of Chinese greenhouse tomatoes increases as open-field tomato production season ends

"The production season of open-field tomatoes begins annually in the last week of July, if weather conditions are regular, and concludes in October. This year, the harvesting season of open-field tomatoes already finished during the National Day holiday period in early October because of environmental…

Kees Havenaar (Frutas Luna) looks ahead to Spanish greenhouse vegetable season

"Expansion in Spanish peppers and eggplants"

The Spanish greenhouse vegetable season started well in September. “Bell peppers and cucumbers were hot, aubergines were in demand. In the Netherlands, the crops suffered a lot from the heat. We all thought: this is it, we’re going to have a great spring because the Netherlands will stop earlier,” says…

USDA - GAIN Report

Poland: Drought subsidies made available for farmers

The Polish Ministry of Agriculture announced that farmers will be eligible to receive PLN 1.5 billion ($410 million) in financial support to offset losses from the 2018 drought. Most areas experienced hot and dry conditions from April through mid-June 2018, although some areas of western Poland experienced drought conditions…

Production thins on imported calabaza

The calabaza market is taking a turn. “Right now, the market is finally on the upswing for calabaza after being really bad for a really long time,” says Alan Goldberg of A&B Tropical Produce in Miami, Florida. “There was heavy production which is usual for that time of the year. But this year we had a prolonged…

China: Peppers in abundance

In the Xinjiang region in China a massive amount of pepper is harvested around this time of year, as is apparent from a video from New China TV that shows fields full of them being harvested by machines.

The price is of 1-2 euros per kilo

Peppers: Competition is between Italy, Spain and the Netherlands

The pepper is not that different from the tomato: the consumer always wants it. The productions are Italian, but also Dutch and Spanish. The Netherlands and Spain mainly export Californian peppers – the square-shaped ones – while the Italian production is more traditional. Stock picture A wholesaler from central Italy told to…

Israeli cucumbers more expensive due to viruses

Cucumber prices have shot up in the past several days, with wholesale prices exceeding 7 shekels a kilo (€1.67), the Agricultural Ministry said. Just last week, the wholesale…

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

Defra commits to financial support for British producer organisations

A government decision to maintain the annual €40 million EU funding for producer organisations (POs) has been hailed as a huge boost for the fruit and vegetable sector. The…

Local farmers achieve high level of self-sufficiency

Swiss lamb's lettuce season picks up speed

The peak season of local, Swiss lamb's lettuce is currently witnessing a great momentum. The local harvest started in September and usually these lettuces will be on offer…

Ireland: Promising perspectives of attracting international visitors in rural areas

An Agri-tourism conference took place in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Monday, 15 October to highlight opportunities for farm families in developing an on-farm tourism business. Agri-tourism 2018, was organised by Teagasc Rural Development together with Galway Co Council and Fáilte Ireland in…

US: Demand for bell peppers on the rise

The fall production on green bell peppers is beginning to build. “We’re starting green bells this week and we’re getting some from Puebla farther south in Mexico and we’re getting some from…

First PlanetProof Tommies cherry tomatoes on the shelves at Jumbo supermarkets

The first Tommies cherry tomatoes with the PlanetProof label can be bought at Jumbo supermarkets. The label guarantees that the cherry tomatoes have been cultivated in a sustainable way. This happens at Greenco year-round in Dutch greenhouses. By doing this the company wants to contribute to Jumbo’s goal…

Agricultural Council Jean Rummenie talks about Dutch-Mexican relations

KeyVisions is a series of interviews in which individuals from horticulture in Mexico have their say. The motivation of the interviewees and the importance of their activities are central. In this Spanish-language video, agricultural council Jean Rummenie is speaking. In Mexican culture, relationships between people arise…

Current prices still alright

Dithmarschen: Cabbage yield probably below average

For six days it was celebrated, now the coal days in the Dithmarschen growing area comes to an end. Even before the farmers really get started on their harvest, it's clear that the summer's drought has also left its mark on cabbage. "The plants have really polluted the soil," says Agriculture Minister…

Peruvian agronomist Rogelio Leon:

What growers can learn from the successes and mistakes made in the flower industry

How can the success of flower producing countries help other agricultural businesses succeed? We asked Peruvian agronomist Rogelio Leon who investigated the recipe for success - "the success equation" - of the flower industry in Colombia, Kenya and China. He noticed that the agricultural industry can…

Corn and tomato crops flattened by Hurricane Michael

The Florida panhandle and southern Georgia won't be functioning normally for several weeks after Hurricane Michael caused widespread destruction to the region. The storm crossed the coast as a category 4 hurricane and has been labeled as the strongest hurricane to hit the Florida panhandle. As a result,…

Turkey: 1.1 billion USD exports from West Mediterranean region of Turkey so far in 2018

The West Mediterranean region of Turkey has exported 1.1 billion USD worth of products so far in 2018, a 6.3 % increase compared to the previous year. The West Mediterranean…

Ukraine Jan-Sep 2018: Tomato exports down 29%

In the period from January to September 2018, Ukraine exported 10,710 tons of tomatoes worth US$ 7.98 million, which is 29% less than over the corresponding period the year…

US: California Farm Academy tackles ag labor shortage

Farmers have been struggling with not only a labor shortage on one end, but long-term supervisors, farm managers and farm owners starting to age-out of the business. The Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization located in Winters, recently created the California Farm Academy (CFA)…

NZ food prices ease as lettuce prices plunge

New Zealand food prices eased in September, led by cheaper fruit and vegetables, including a 45 percent fall in lettuce prices. Food prices eased 0.1 percent in September, but…

"Russian state subsidizes about 16 thousand agro-industrial investment projects"

Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev delivered a speech during the business breakfast “Export agenda for Agribusiness: New Investment Opportunities” at the Golden Autumn 2018. The audience encompassed regional heads, top management of major businesses, government officials, foreign guests,…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL PEPPER MARKET

Whether red, green, yellow, bell or pointed, peppers are grown worldwide. Depending on the country, the product remains on the domestic market or is mostly exported to neighboring countries. In Europe, the supply is shifting. The season is coming to an end in Northern Europe, while the first shipments from Southern Europe are…

The roar of Russia’s glass bear

Greenhouses are big business in Russia right now. With the road to self-sustainability the Kremlin has been walking in recent years, the acreage of vegetables under glass has seen a huge increase. At a greenhouse forum held in Moscow in June, experts said that around 1,800 hectares would still have to be constructed in order to…

US (NY): Brighton Farmers Market gets $1M for new permanent location

The Brighton Farmers Market is getting a new home. The 10-year-old farmers market will receive $1 million in state funding to aid the development of a new, permanent home for the market near Buckland Park, Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle said Sunday. State Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit,…

Why consumers worldwide are eating ever-more snack vegetables

The snack vegetable trend is here to stay in retail. Consumers all over the world are increasingly opting for tasty and healthy snack-sized tomatoes and cucumbers. What is driving this trend, and how is the Dutch vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan responding to consumers’ needs?   Back to basics Households are…

Ireland allocates €6 million for horticulture

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, welcomed the expenditure allocations announced in Budget 2019. Expenditure next year will amount to: €103m for the Forestry Programme,  €6m in capital investment for the commercial horticulture sector, €16.8m for Bord na gCon, €11m is being provided for the Organic…

Vers+ kicks off with a special personalized dinner based on DNA analysis

Horticulture initiative focuses on nutrients: "Healthy food makes you feel better"

Not invited to the special tailor-made dinner with which the horticultural initiative vers+ (fresh+) was started? Not to worry, because if it is up to the initiators, this is the future. A future in which everyone in time will receive tailor-made nutrition based on personal dietary needs. The Dutch…

Food waste in Poland relatively high compared to other EU countries

Preventing food waste was historically a way to make ends meet. Already from 1861, the cookbooks of the famous English Mrs. Beeton mentioned food waste, such as in her 1899 cookbook, which already cautioned: “Never waste or throw away anything that can be turned to account!”. Quantities of food waste In…

China: Coriander price dropped 76% this week

The wholesale price of coriander in the Xinfadi Market is currently 2-4 yuan [0.29-0.58 USD] per 0.5 kg. The price dropped by 76% in comparison with last week. The temperature in Beijing and neighboring production areas has been suitable for the growth of vegetables, which means that production volumes…

Swiss wholesaler Küng + Steiner AG achieves great success with regional label 'Bärnbiet'

'Profit margins for root vegetables and cabbage specialties are getting bigger every year' '

The season of classic autumn and winter products is currently picking up gradually. Root and cabbage vegetables are also increasingly influencing everyday market events in Swiss wholesaling. The Bern wholesale supplier Küng + Steiner AG tries to promote the specialties from regional cultivation with the…

China: Machines will help Xinjiang farmers harvest chilli peppers faster

The latest-generation of chilli harvesters work quickly. Really quickly. In just two hours, 1.5 hectares of red chilli fields turn green. The small town of Anjihai in northwest China boasts high-quality chillies thanks to long daylight hours and a well-suited environment. For farmers like Guo, these tender, spicy fruit…

World Bank concerned about Morocco’s economic outlook

The economic and political transformations in Morocco of recent years as of yet have not been enough to change the World Bank’s mixed outlook on Morocco’s growth potential. In its latest…

Turkey: Green pepper production and export figures

85% of the population in Yenisehir, Bursa, a city located in northwestern Turkey, earn their living through agricultural production and the area is well-known for its green pepper production. The agricultural production area in Yenisehir is around 52,000 hectares and fruits and vegetables are grown in 22,000 hectares. The…

Bad weather strikes southern Italy once again

The weather in southern Italy has changed over the past few days, with violent storms and cloudbursts damaging both roads and businesses. A lot of crops in Calabria (Crotone, Lamezia and Vibo Valentia) have been compromised. "Olive groves, citrus groves and greenhouses have been damaged. In Cirò, grape harvesting has…

UK Department of Agriculture to recruit 116 border control staff

As part of Brexit preparations, the UK Department of Agriculture are preparing to hire new staff trained in sanitary and phytosanitary controls. This is in anticipation of a rise in border checks on products to and from the UK. The Department of Agriculture are to recruit 116 staff in 2019 who will be responsible for carrying…

Andhra Pradesh

India: Farmers dump tomatoes in Anantapur as price crashes

Though the central government has promised to develop the district as horticulture hub, farmers are not getting profits for their crops due to lack of marketing facilities. Tomato and chilli farmers are incurring huge losses during the season. According to a marketing department, 1 million tonnes of tomato and chilli…

Singapore recalls Malaysian iceberg lettuce over pesticide content

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has issued a recall for iceberg lettuce after it detected high levels of pesticide in the vegetable imported from a Malaysian farm. In a press release on October 4, the AVA said that the product is imported by Go Fresh Impex, and is sold at NTUC…

Australia: Social and ethical audit results from fresh produce businesses

The Fair Farms training and certification program moves into a ‘proof of concept’ pilot phase this month. Up to ten farm businesses from around Australia will participate in…

France adopts food bill, retailer says will lead to price rises

France’s parliament has given final approval to a “field-to-fork” law aimed at raising farmers’ incomes, improving food quality and fighting waste. However, opponents say it…

Farmers cannot compete with imported foodstuffs

Canada: Distribution issues plague small Alberta farmers

Small Alberta farmers are struggling to get their vegetables into the hands of potential consumers, as they contend with a short growing season and competition from outside of…

EU Parliament moves to ban unfair trading practices in the food supply chain

The EU Parliament Agriculture Committee voted with an overwhelming majority for a fair food supply chain benefiting all actors and consumers. This historic vote is welcomed by the entire European food supply chain as a key step towards ensuring fairness and certainty for all. The legislation guarantees…

Co-op farming model might strengthen America’s small farms

Across the U.S., a small but growing movement of farmers is foregoing traditional farm ownership in favor of a cooperative model. Though these farms are run by people with…

UK: Standards set to develop future farmers and growers

To develop the next generation of skilled farmers and growers, AHDB, NFU and industry employers have joined forces to set standards for three new apprenticeship schemes. The green light…

Ireland: New government report recognises labour requirement in agriculture

IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the Government report on the review of economic migration policy. The objective of the review was to consider the rationale for the employment permit system where the economy is improving and the labour market is tightening, and to make appropriate recommendations to…

New Zealand: Wet winter could result in vegetable shortages

AS Wilcox grows up to 30,000 tons of potatoes a year, similar volumes of onions and 5000 tons of carrots on farms in Northland, South Auckland, Waikato, Ohakune and…

Turkey: Grower in Antalya switches from tomato and pepper to dragon fruit

A grower in Antalya is tired of the rising production costs in tomato, pepper and other vegetable cultivation. Now he's switched to dragon fruits. The grower started receiving…

Tomato production and increasing prices in Turkish market

The harvest of tomatoes continues in Igdir, a city located in southeastern Turkey and known for its agricultural production. Tomatoes from Igdir has a unique taste and texture and are sold at 0.5 USD per kg. There are about 700 hectares of tomato production in Igdir and annual production is around 26,000…

Thailand: "Hydropower dams threaten tomato production"

Thailand’s finest tomato production areas along Mekong River in the northeastern region have suffered serious impacts from dams in the lower Mekong River Basin, causing financial distress for the local farmers and threatening their livelihoods. Local tomato producers in Bueng Kan and Nakhon Panom provinces said the…

US: Pink tomatoes & other Arkansas specialty crops receive USDA funding

Arkansas will receive $351,220 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, so nine specialty crop projects can by developed…

No-deal Brexit may negatively affect British agri exports

A no-deal Brexit scenario may cause British farming exports to be stopped for six months, warns the National Farmer's Union. It stated that a no-deal situation will be…

US Farm bill renewal to include needs of specialty crop industry

Under some pressure, the full 2018 Farm Bill conference committee has been deliberating H.R. 2, which will expire at the end of September. The Farm Bill will set the table for…

Keeping Iran in 2015 nuclear deal via barter system

EU, China and Russia to sidestep US sanctions on Iran

The European Union, Iran, China and Russia have set out a plan to sidestep the US sanctions that seem designed to cripple the Iranian economy and force the Iranians to renegotiate the nuclear deal signed in 2015. European diplomats hope the proposed measure -known as a ‘special purpose vehicle’ (SPV)- will help persuade…

Ukraine fills export quota to EU

As of September 21, Ukrainian producers have filled 100% of the volume of the tariff quota for the duty-free export of the number of the goods to the EU and almost completely filled some other quotas, according to Olga Trofimtseva, the Deputy Head of the Agricultural Policy Ministry of Ukraine. "The best confirmation of the…

Iran considers importing tomatoes from China

Mohammad Mir-Razavi, head of the wholesalers' food union, said the Iranian government is seeking to import tomatoes from China due to national shortages. "We have asked China…

China accounts for 39% of the world’s fruit and veg production

China has strengthened its position as the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer, according to the latest FAO statistics, surpassing India and the United States. According to the…

Australia: Vegetable growers see income rise by 12%

Australian vegetable-growing farms: an economic survey 2016–17 and 2017–18 shows a 12 per cent increase in cash income for Australian vegetable farms to $319,000 per farm in 2017-18. ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, said this is the highest average in real terms since ABARES began surveying vegetable-growing farms…

Boycott and new track biggest problems for fresh fruit and vegetables on the New Silk Road

Is the New Silk Road living up to expectations? This prestigious billion-dollar Chinese project has been used for several years now for transportation between China and…

Turkey: Isparta grows 7.5 million USD of tomatoes annually

A small village in Isparta, a city located in western Turkey is contributing significantly to the national economy by growing 7.5 million USD worth of tomatoes annually. These tomatoes are not only sold to local markets but also exported to Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The production area was known for its…

Tanzania: Bell pepper prices up

A decrease in the  supply of bell peppers in Dar es Salaam has pushed prices up. Market data shows that wholesale prices for an 80-kilo bag of bell peppers increased to between Sh80,000 - 85,000 (€30.00-31.90)…

"Canada and U.S. have reached a NAFTA deal"

Canada and the U.S. have announced a tentative new trilateral trade deal with Mexico that includes some key concessions on issues of import to both countries — and also a…

Plenty of fields still water-logged in North Carolina

The sun is finally out in North Carolina, but the ground is still very wet as the state slowly starts to recover from ex-Hurricane Florence. Many sweet potato fields are still underwater, and growers have not have not had a chance to formally assess fields. The general consensus is that there will be…

Iran announces tomato export ban

The Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade has banned exports of tomato as the price of fruit has sharply increased recently. As reported by the Tehran Times , the ban on tomato export has been notified to…

Report to offer guidance

Producing food products protected by a ‘geographical indication’ if there’s no Brexit deal

"A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated…

CAN (ON): Minimum wage paused at $14/hour

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) welcomes the announcement made by the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour, that the Ontario Government is keeping its promise to pause minimum wage at $14/hour. Since its introduction in 2017, Bill 148 has been a significant concern for Ontario’s fruit,…

Rising sea levels

'Waterworld'... We already knew it was terrible.
 

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In Peru, most of the fresh produce is sold in local street markets

Macfrut President Renzo Piraccini, who visited Peru to present Macfrut 2019 and Asparagus Days, referred that fresh fruit and vegetables are mainly sold in street markets. Modern distribution is only now starting to become more important, but the percentage is still much lower. Local market in Perù (photo by Renzo…

CAN (BC): Governments working to increase food exports to support communities at home

British Columbia’s food producers and processors are getting help from the governments of Canada and B.C. to help find new customers in other parts of Canada and around the globe. The $5-million BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program will help farmers, and agri-food and seafood processors, co-operatives and associations…

"EU agri-food exports continue to perform well"

The monthly value of EU agri-food trade in July 2018 held firm at €11.5 billion in exports and €9.3 billion in imports. The value of exports was 2% higher than in July 2017. Monthly import value, on the other hand, was 0.6% lower compared to July 2017. Therefore, the agri-food trade surplus increased to…

US (CA): Proposals open for 2019 specialty crop grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation…

Australia: Empowering women in horticulture through leadership scholarships

Women who are current and emerging leaders in the Australian horticulture industry can now apply for a leadership development scholarship valued up to $10,941. Funded by Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), the scholarship grants cover up to 60 per cent of the cost of the training…

Iran announces tomato export ban

The Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade has banned exports of tomato as the price of fruit has sharply increased recently. As reported by the Tehran Times , the ban on tomato export has been notified to…

Government of Canada makes $70M investment in agricultural science

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced the details of the Government of Canada's transformational $70M investment, over five years, to address significant environmental challenges and hire approximately 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of…

Alibaba founder:

Jack Ma deals blow to Trump administration

Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is withdrawing his promise of creating a million jobs in the United States. Ma is doing this to respond to the escalating trade war between China and the US, which is entering a new phase next week. When Alibaba's top executive visited Trump on January 11, 2017,…

Regarding $12 bln aid package:

WTO members demand more clarity on US farm spending

Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package, destined for US farmers…

Currency crisis unfolding – Will it catch up to the US?

A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so far this year, more than 80 percent have fallen in value. Another 11 appear to be pegged to the dollar and 13…

US: Forty-four States allowed households to apply online for SNAP benefits in 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest of USDA’s 15 food and nutrition assistance programs, providing monthly benefits for purchasing food to those who apply for the program and meet the income and other eligibility criteria. In fiscal 2017, 42.1 million Americans were enrolled in the…

CAN (AB): Province announces changes to Green Certificate Program

Changes to the Green Certificate Program will allow more students to access the agriculture program. In an announcement at the Meyer’s farm in Coaldale, Education Minister David Eggen said…

Mexico’s fruit and vegetable exports

Mexico shipped US$409.5 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2017, up by 7.8% since 2013 and up by 9.5% from 2016 to 2017. Mexico’s exported goods plus services represent 37.4% of total Mexican economic output or Gross Domestic Product. The analysis below focuses on exported products only. From a continental perspective, 82.7% of…

"Aquaponics can revitalize Connecticut’s economy"

The loss of a solid manufacturing base has left Connecticut trapped with long-term, structural economic problems. But there is an elegant solution: tap into the state’s technological pedigree, agricultural past, and unused infrastructure to manufacture something different – world-class produce and fish. by Brian…

3rd China-ASEAN Agricultural Cooperation Forum held in Nanning

On September 13, the 3rd China-ASEAN Agricultural Cooperation Forum, co-organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, was held in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. ASEAN countries including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the…

HortiFresh to stimulate fruits and vegetables sector in West Africa

Healthy and quality fruits and vegetables through new ways of doing business. That is the goal of the new HortiFresh programme in West Africa, led by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. It facilitates public-private partnerships that work on factors holding back the professionalisation and…

Overview European potato market week 37

"France and Belgium are positioning themselves on dual-use varieties"

Belgium   Fiwap/PCA market message: Early industrial varieties: Non data. End of season. Industrial conservation varieties: Bintje: €25.00 to €27.00/qt ; most common price at €25.00/qt; sustained market; Fontane: €25.00 to €27.00/qt ; higher prices have been seen for lots of exceptional quality (size and EPS) ; strong market; Challenger: €25.00…

USDA awards CLEDA $294,286 farmers market grant

Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) has won a $294,286 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). CLEDA President and CEO Jim Clinton said, “The grant to…

Who is buying the most organic groceries?

The global market for organic food has grown rapidly, already surpassing the $60 billion mark in value in 2012. While organic supermarkets have become increasingly common in developed countries, many regular supermarkets have also started offering an increasingly wide range of organic produce. For some people, the…

US (FL): Agriculture, natural resources and food industries grew 2007-2016

The latest installment of an annual report from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reveals some good news about the state’s economy – from…

$450k for agtech/foodtech companies through Radicle Global Pre-Seed Challenge

Radicle Growth announced the launch of the Radicle Global Pre-Seed (GPS) Challenge. The GPS Challenge is a competition to identify and invest in the most promising pre-seed…

Strong production leaves California lettuce market subdued

Excellent growing conditions have meant that California lettuce production is very strong right now. Quality is also very high, with very little weather and disease pressure affecting any of the lettuce varieties. The weather has been ideal in the Salinas Valley, with lows in the low - mid 50s and day…

Costa Rican government and unions willing to start a dialogue to end the strike

President Carlos Alvarado told NC Once news that the government is set to talk with unions and announced that the Minister of Labor, Steven Núñez, will appear before the Episcopal Conference on Tuesday to establish a dialogue. “This is a time for dialogue and resolution, not discord or dissent,” Alvarado…

Ian Locke - Tasmanian Fruit & Vegetable Export Facilitation Group

"We will never be the cheapest producer in the world"

The Tasmanian fruit and vegetable industry has welcomed new funding from the Australian Federal Government, saying it will help the state's fruit and vegetable growers explore…

China's annual output of peppers is 40 million tons

China's current pepper production is about 40 million tons, ranking first in the world. The 13th National Chili Industry Conference was held on the 16th in the “Hometown of Chinese Chili Peppers” in Yucheng County, Henan Province. Zhao Yumin, secretary general of the National Chili Industry Conference…

Cindy van Rijswick, Rabobank

"Vertical farming in the Netherlands not an addition"

As a senior analyst at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, Cindy van Rijswick looks at international developments in the fruit and vegetable chain daily. Also vertical farming - a much discussed topic - is part of this. "In the Netherlands we are too down-to-earth to receive every initiative with…

State receives $22.6 million in federal grant funds

US: California agriculture leads nation in funding for specialty crops

California has received $22.6 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), most in the country. More than $72 million was awarded nationwide. The SCBGP provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty…

Netherlands and Morocco up

Lower pepper exports for Spain

In 2017, Spain exported 717.57 million kilos of peppers, 2.48% less than the previous year. In the same period, the Netherlands exported 474.07 million kilos (+17.93) and Morocco 114.53 million kilos (+3.26%). Spanish peppers exports fell by 2.4% in 2017, reaching 715.57 million kilos. Of that amount, 664.39 million kilos were…

UK: LEAF welcomes launch of new Agriculture Bill

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) welcomes the launch of the new Agriculture Bill, which sets out the Government’s vision for post-Brexit farming. Caroline Drummond, CEO at LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) said: “Having been at the forefront of developing and delivering more sustainable farming for over…

Queensland strawberry industry calls for calm in wake of tampering issue

The Queensland strawberry industry is calling for calm and common sense in the aftermath of the tampering crisis as overblown media feeds a nationwide scare. Queensland Strawberry Industry Officer Jennifer Rowling said that while the industry is absolutely committed to consumer safety, mishandling of the issue by…

"Higher autumn prices won't compensate for poor eggplant season"

Over the past few weeks, eggplants in the Netherlands were selling for up to 2.5 euros per kg. While that's not unusual for the time of the year, it's high in comparison with the rest of the season, according to says Michel den Ouden from Purple Pride. "The days are getting shorter and the yield is going…

Growers in Côte d’Ivoire create own growbags

Several small farmers in the south of Côte d’Ivoire have developed their own way of ‘hors sol’. 90% of these very small farms grow tomatoes for the Abidjan market. This system is based on used fertilizer bags and other woven plastic bags filled with a mixture of soil, organic matter and fertilizer. This…

Maren Schoormans:

Dutch greenhouse suppliers unite in Dutch Greenhouse Delta

"If this doesn't work, nothing will," laughs Maren Schoormans. There is no lack of enthusiasm when he's asked about Dutch Greenhouse Delta, which was officially launched on Thursday, September 6. "Of course you have to deal with skepticism in a number of people, because there were already initiatives for…

UK Government presents Agriculture Bill

The UK Government has presented a statement setting out England’s agricultural policy for the next 10 years and how the Agriculture Bill will help achieve this. The policy statement sets out their expectations for agricultural policy for England over the next 10 years. It also outlines how the Agriculture Bill will…

Richard Palmer, HortNZ:

"Asian markets still open"

Asia Fruit Logistica 2018 took place in Hong Kong in the first week in September, and proved to be another successful event for New Zealand exhibitors. Participating New Zealand exporters were kept…

Overall food prices lower as well

New Zealand: Brisk weather brings cheaper broccoli

Statistics NZ have released the latest food price data, which shows broccoli costs 27 per cent less in August than in July, with prices down 32 per cent for the year. "Broccoli is grown…

DUPLICATE Expansion of notice-based process for importation and interstate movement of fruits and vegetables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding its use of a notice-based process for approving fruits and vegetables for…

Success of Agriculture Bill will be in the details, warns British Growers

The British Growers Association has broadly welcomed the Agriculture Bill published by the Government. The Bill is largely enabling legislation and so there is still a lot of…

Nigeria: Overcoming knowledge barriers to nutritional security, higher income

Tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed shared its long-term vision to transform Nigeria’s vegetable markets through pre-commercial Knowledge Transfer activities that will catalyze innovation at the farm level, giving farmers and business an opportunity to grow. “We have a long-term vision to…


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