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"Greenhouse vegetable market much less dramatic than in previous seasons"

The Belgian greenhouse season isn't over yet. "We are already seeing some Spanish product but most supermarkets here in Belgium continue with domestic product for as long as possible. I think that a lot of Dutch retailers switch to import more quickly, Belgians less so," says a Belgian trader. He isn't.....

NFU unveils detailed plans for a future domestic agricultural policy

"Without CAP we can better meet the expectations of the society"

The NFU's Vision paper, Delivering a bold and ambitious future for farming, outlines what it would like government to adopt as part of a new Domestic Agricultural Policy to ensure UK farming is profitable, productive and competitive in the future.It sets out the opportunities that a bespoke agricultural.....

Syngenta, USAID renew global collaboration to improve food security

Syngenta and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.This renewed collaboration, which started in 2013, aims to promote food security amongst smallholder.....

Pakistan: Punjab government begins to provide high tunnel subsidies

The Punjab government has started a programme to provide fifty percent subsidy for the installation of tunnels on three thousand acres of land under the Khadim-e-Kisan package.A spokesman of the Agriculture department said the yield of vegetables including cucumber, capsicum, bitter gourd and others can be.....

CAN (QC): Blueberry growers baffled by "inexplicable" rock bottom prices

The price of blueberries was so low in Quebec this year that some farmers didn't even bother to harvest their fields, and that has some producers confused — and concerned."It's impossible for us to sell blueberries at a lower cost than we do," said Denis Picard, president of the Quebec union of small fruit.....

Tanzanian horticultural exports up 17.8% to $642M

Tanzanian horticultural exports were valued at $642 million, up 17.8% compared to the year before ($545 million), thecitizen reported.In parallel, horticulture has contributed to 43% of export earnings, confirming its position as the sub-sector of activity with the fastest growth rate in the agricultural.....

New report models possible impact of Brexit on UK farming's bottom line

Average farm profitability could drop from £38,000 to £15,000 a year in the worst case scenario as a result of policy and performance challenges that come from Brexit, modelling work has revealed.AHDB’s latest Horizon report, Brexit scenarios: an impact assessment, for the first time quantifies the potential.....

Growing possibility that US will seek bilateral trade deals, says Jeff Rubin

In a trilateral statement following the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that Mexico and Canada are unwilling to accept unfair advantages and to rebalance trade between all three parties.According to Jeff Rubin, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for.....
November 20-24, Shanghai

Access to Chinese horticulture industry by China Green Week

European Union exports to China in 2015 totaled 22,768 tons, with a value of 36.3 million euros. Apples and pears were the main products exported, totaling 5,399 tons, with a value of 6,211 million euros, followed by citrus fruits, with 4,278 tons and a value of 4,220 million euros. Within the EU, Italy,.....

China: Price of Shandong Zibo cucumbers doubles

Since the national holiday, because of the rainy weather and drop in temperature, this season's vegetable production in Linzi District in Zibo, Shandong, is reaching its end. The vegetable supply is dropping, and the prices of many different vegetables are rising compared to the peak season in the middle of.....
The second most exportable product in the country

Mexico: Michoacan produces more than 223,000 tons of tomato

53 municipalities from Michoacan stand out for their tomato production as they produce more than 223 thousand tons of this product on nearly seven thousand hectares.According to Francisco Huergo Maurin, head of the Michoacan's Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural Food (Sedrua), even though.....

CAN (ON): Wage increase could hurt farmers

Flamborough broccoli grower Ken Forth is warning that the planned minimum wage increase in Ontario, Canada could have a huge negative impact on farmers.Forth, who is the chairman of the labour section of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers, said the increases brought on by Bill 148, which will see wages.....

Survey finds European families are struggling to afford fruit and veg

This World Food Day (16th October 2017) a new survey by YouGov, on behalf of Kelloggs, has revealed that there is a growing crisis in family nutrition across Europe.The research which went out to a sample of over 8,000 people, including over 2,500 parents of children 18 and under - across France, Germany,.....

New Zealand Hackathon looks to shape the future of food

The future of food and the alternative ways to feed a growing global population will be the focus of a plant-based innovation hackathon in Christchurch in early December.The Feed the World 2030: Power of Plants Hackathon will take place on 2-3 December in Christchurch, providing a platform for agritech food.....
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition praises bipartisan effort

US: Local FARMS Act will make farm to fork investments

A bipartisan coalition led by principal bill authors Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and Sean Maloney (D-NY), introduced the Local Food and Regional Market Supply Act (the “Local FARMS Act”) to catalyze the 2018 Farm Bill’s investment in.....

Canada’s national food strategy ‘long overdue’

In May 2017, the Government of Canada launched consultations towards the creation of a new food policy, something it says is "a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food." Find out more on the new policy from this Real Agriculture report.

Ejidomar holds traditional lunch for partners

Spain: "Almeria is a leading horticultural producer thanks to its growers"

Ejidomar SCA has celebrated its traditional lunch for partners, held yearly around this time of the year. The Ejido-based cooperative, which was founded over 4 decades ago, brought 325 partners and relatives together to celebrate the end of the campaign and the start of the new one.Before the lunch,.....

South Africans spend more on beer than fruit and vegetables combined

A recent report by Statistics South Africa has found that South Africans really love their beer, even more than their fruit and vegetables.In fact, South African households spend more on beer than they do on fruit and vegetables. To be specific, beer accounts for about 2.1% of a household’s total spending –.....

Tomatoes and Berries: discord between Mexico and the USA

Mexico increased its exports of berries to the US by an average of 59 percent and its exports of saladette and ball tomato over nine years by 9 percent, leading Florida producers to press their government to restrict the access to these products through adjustments to the North American Free Trade Agreement.....

US (NY): Growing for wholesale guidelines available

Grading and packing guidelines are now available for 16 commonly grown specialty crops in NYS: broccoli crowns, Brussels sprouts, corn, green peppers, cucumbers, green cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, jalapenos, poblanos, Hungarian hot peppers, summer squash, and.....

Nepal: Plastic tunnel farming takes off in Parbat

The practice of growing off-season vegetables using plastic tunnels has been gaining popularity in Parbat due to its higher productivity and income as compared to traditional practices of crops production outdoors. Lal Bahadur Harijan, a farmer in Modi-5, Ambot has been earning Rs220,000 (2,100 USD) monthly.....

USDA invests $48m into specialty crop research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced Fiscal Year 2018 funding for research and extension activities to enhance productivity, safety, and innovation in the specialty crop industry. Funding is made through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative.....

Mexico: Focus on hothouse mini sweet peppers, organic grape tomatoes

Despite recent earthquakes and with many operations in several states in Mexico, Group Alta has maintained steady production in its hothouses, located in Baja, Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco. “All of our employees are accounted for,” says Carlos Bon, Fruit Category Manager.High brix grape tomatoesMain.....

Basic needs come first

"The horticultural sector is not all that matters"

Many reports have been published on the damage caused by hurricanes and other natural disasters, and will continue to be published. Because we work in this sector, we prefer to keep abreast of what is happening in horticulture, but Derrick Lugo, from Imex Americas, in Puerto Rico, wanted to share with us the.....

CAN (ON): Open-field tomato growers upbeat with harvest

As wagons full of tomatoes drive along Chatham-Kent roads, local growers are upbeat about their harvest.Dresden farmer Phil Richards said the quality of the region’s tomatoes have been very good, although the recent heat wave has had some impact on local fields.“We thought we were too dry, but tomatoes like.....

Scottish aren't eating their five servings of fruit and veg a day

Scotland consumed three portions per day on average in 2016, with consumption having ranged from 3.1 to 3.3 since 2003, the Scottish Health Survey 2016 found.Only one in five (20%) of adults who responded ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day, the joint lowest percentage.....

Pakistan: Vegetable prices rise suddenly in Abbottabad

Vegetable prices including that of tomatoes and onions on Saturday pinched the pocket of the common man as the prices of both items reached their peak in Hazara.Price of tomatoes crossed Rs160 (1.52 USD) per kilogram while onion prices reached Rs80 (0.76 USD) per kg whereas the tomato price increased more.....

Canada: Trudeau proposes tax on marijuana

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue.Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would.....

Spain: Geographical distribution of horticultural exports remains stable

94.2% of Spanish fresh fruit and vegetable exports up until July 2017 went to the EU market; that is, 7.3 million tonnes. Another 170,144 tonnes, 2.3% of the total, went to European countries outside the EU, and 275,842 tonnes, 3.5%, went to non-European third countries, according to data from the Department.....

US: Just under 40 percent of low-income households food insecure

Poverty is one of the primary characteristics associated with food insecurity. While 12.3 percent of all U.S. households were food insecure in 2016, the prevalence of food insecurity among low-income households was much higher.Of the 13.9 million U.S. households with incomes below the Federal poverty line in.....

Australia: Low tomato & capsicum prices could put growers out of business

While shoppers may be enjoying the recent drop in the price of capsicums or tomatoes, they may be disappointed to learn that the reason behind it is nothing to celebrate.These cheaper vegetables are evidence of a violent blow dealt to the economy by Cyclone Debbie exactly six months ago, worsened by a series.....

Poland: Bronisze Market handles 500 mln tonnes of produce per year

The Bronisze market, located just a stone's throw from the center of Warsaw, is the largest market in Poland. Maciej Kmera said that logistically, the location is perfect, located in central Poland, which is where the most root vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli are grown, and is approximately 50.....

Greenhouse industry in Quebec is growing

The President of Quebec Greenhouse Producers, André Mousseau, says that more and more vegetable growers want to be able to offer produce earlier on in the season and they are building 10,000-15,000 square foot greenhouses to fulfil the increasing demand. He explains that organic vegetable producers that have.....

Alaska and the Netherlands: building a new partnership

Ben and Suus Vanderweele moved from the Netherlands to Alaska in the 1960s, and set up a farm in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. If you’ve ever eaten an Alaskan-grown potato, chances are it came from the 200-acre Vanderweele Farm, which sells to major supermarkets throughout the state.Fifty years later, Alaska.....

Why Pakistan has banned tomato imports from India

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

UK: Morrisons launches £5 wonky veg box

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

Plenty of hot peppers from the Dominican Republic

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

EU and FAO bring combined weight to bear on food waste

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

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

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

Dutch companies look to Central Asian markets

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

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

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

UK: NFU sets out vision for leaving the CAP

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

Spain: Crops pulled up in Almeria due to viral diseases

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

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

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

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

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

Greenhouse farming paying off for Afghan farmers

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

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

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

Turkish agency to boost agriculture in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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

Vietnam: Vegetable, fruit exports hoped to hit record high

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

"Vietnam spends heavily on fertilizer, pesticide imports"

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

Factsheet Agriculture in Vietnam

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

Chinese vice premier stresses integration of rural industries

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

Grown in Sinaloa and Jalisco

Mexico: Year-round demand fuels greenhouse tomato market

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

Government of Canada hosts NAFTA roundtable

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

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

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

California tomato crop lighter than expected

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

China-Algeria Agricultural Enterprises Cooperation Meeting held in Beijing

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

LCCI hails Bosan for ban on tomato import from India

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

US: Conservation groups united around Farm Bill recommendations

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

Lettuce exports earn Iran $10m in five months

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

Warm winter sends Queensland capsicum prices plummeting

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

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

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

Imports hurting horticulture farmers in India

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

US herb growers feel the aftermath of bad weather

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

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

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

Pakistan: Local government takes notice of hike in tomato prices

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

John Melle:

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

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

USDA announces more than $8.6 million for community food projects

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

Pakistan won't turn to Indian tomatoes to lower prices

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

High quality and safe vegetables from Lake Constance

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

Tomato prices skyrocket in Saudi Arabia amidst shortage

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

New F&V platform for Ukrainian greenhouse veg growers

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

US (CA): Secretary Ross welcomes delegation from Mexico

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