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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.....

Dutch increase their produce exports to Japan

In 2016, the Netherlands exported 402,000 kg of snack tomatoes to Japan. That is 134,000 kg more than in the previous year. For the third year in a row also strawberries were supplied. The volume increased significantly compared to 2015: from 60,000 to more than 106,000 kilograms.These figures are in the.....

India: Tomato farmers relieved at improved sales

A huge relief has come for tomato farmers who had been resorting to distress sale in parts of Keonjhar district.Their problem has partially been solved now as traders have started coming to purchase tomatoes in Mahadeijoda, Padmapur and other areas under Sadar block.A few days ago, many farmers had protested.....

Exploring the added value of the Dutch knowledge platforms

The Dutch Knowledge Platforms are said to ‘have gold in their hands’. A recently launched learning review provides insight into the achievements and added value of the five Knowledge Platforms since their kick-off three years ago.While the Knowledge Platforms are diverse in their organization and strategy,.....

US: Growers concerned over government's immigration policies

A House Agriculture subcommittee hearing March 9 on the effectiveness of the government's specialty crop programs took a turn toward the debate over immigration, an issue over which the House Agriculture Committee does not have direct jurisdiction.James Field, the director of business development for Frey.....

Greenhouse Business Management course, 31 May - 2 June:

Russian forum takes advantage of Dutch horticultural expertise

In order to help investors and agricultural entrepreneurs gain more experience on how to exploit large scale greenhouse complexes in a challenging but interesting upcoming market, Vostock Capital will be organizing a special Greenhouse Business Management short course event in The Netherlands from 31 May to.....

Hydroponics, organic farming top UAE food security strategy

UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil, and organic farming as part of the 2017-2021 food security strategy, a top official told the Federal.....

Food accounts for 12.5 percent of US household budget

With a 12.5-percent share, food ranked third behind housing (32.9 percent) and transportation (17 percent) in a typical American household’s 2015 expenditures. Breaking down food spending further, 7.2 percent of expenditures were spent at the grocery store and 5.4 percent at restaurants. Price changes for.....

EU imports of organic products from Norway and Iceland to resume

Organic products from Norway and Iceland can again be imported to the European Union and duly marketed as abiding by the EU's organic rules following the incorporation of the relevant regulations into the agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).The long-awaited decision taken by the EEA Joint Committee.....

Canada: Seasonal workers begin returning to Ontario farms

Seasonal workers from five Caribbean countries and Mexico have already begun arriving on Ontario fruit and vegetable farms as a supplement to local labour for the upcoming growing season.Approximately 2,500 men and women are already busy at greenhouses and farms across the province under the Seasonal.....

HortNZ sees risks for primary sector exports

"Many commentators are predicting a tough year for our primary sector exports, and even a decline in returns. This is an easy prediction to make, considering the global repercussions of Brexit and President Trump's policies," according to Mike Chapman, CEO of Horticulture New Zealand."New Zealand conducts.....

Russian state subsidizes Kursk greenhouse industry

In the Russian federal budget, 4.8 bln. RUB (31 million USD) will be allocated in 2017 to support the agricultural sector of the Kursk region. Furthermore, approx. 700 mio. RUB (12 million USD) is allocated for expenditure co-financing from the regional budget.The Authority of the Kursk region concluded an.....

North Korean banks kicked out of Swift

Three North Korean banks have been barred from Swift, the international transaction system, after the UN found they were using its services in defiance of sanctions.Swift, based in Brussels, said on Wednesday that Belgian regulators would not allow it to provide services to banks that are subject to UN.....

No snack tomato soup due to last year's hail damage

Kromkommer is temporarily not delivering tomato soup made from snack tomatoes. This is due to the hail damage sustained by supplier and greenhouse grower Greenco last year. "While there’s no waste, there’s no soup," Kromkommer explains on their blog.The soup is usually made from leftover Greenco snack.....

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.....

HortNZ scholarships open for applications

Every year HortNZ offer scholarships to New Zealand students and trainees undergoing significant industry training or education who show a special interest in the fruit and vegetable industry.HortNZ are currently accepting applications for the two kinds of scholarships available: undergraduate scholarships.....

Chinese retail platform starts sourcing GlobalGAP products

Tmall Fresh and GlobalGAP jointly announce their recently founded partnership. From now on, Tmall Fresh, which is operated by Alibaba Group, will source fresh produce from GlobalGAP certified producers.The online retailer will enable the products to reach China’s vast and growing consumer market. Tmall.com.....

"'No deal' Brexit would mean £6bn in extra costs for UK exporters"

Crashing out of the European Union without a trade deal would saddle British exporters with more than £6bn a year of extra costs, according to analysis that reveals the limited options facing UK negotiators just weeks before Brexit talks start.Theresa May has insisted “no deal is better than a bad deal” when.....

European Parliament: New rules on financial markets

Copa and Cogeca welcomed the European Parliament’s vote on new rules on financial markets (MiFID II) saying that it represents a victory for common sense as it will allow markets to function properly at the same time as enabling producers to hedge against the increasingly volatile agricultural markets.The.....

Ian Sheldon, Ohio State University:

"International trade plans may lead to recession"

If the Trump Administration follows through on international trade plans, the United States would see increased unemployment and a recession, according to an agricultural economist at The Ohio State University.Ian Sheldon, the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of.....

Veggie consumption trends and opportunities

Flexitarians, vegetarians, vegans, meat-free-Mondays or Veggie-Fridays, whatever it is called, veggie trends are here to stay. Consumers have become increasingly interested in experimenting with veggie inspired diets and Freshfel believes this trend is only going to continue. However, is the fruit and.....

Belgium: Aubergine prices lower than expected

While enormous shortages of Spanish aubergines were still a topic of conversation a few weeks ago, this problem seems to have been solved by now. There is uncertainty about volumes and supply from Spain. Belgian aubergines are currently also on the market. “Prices are lower than expected,” says Jurgen Franco.....

UK: NFU President talks about impact of Brexit

Continuing a programme where leading industry figures give their views on the impact of Brexit on the farming and food sectors, Harper Adams was delighted to welcome the President of the NFU, Meurig Raymond on a visit to the University.Mr Raymond began his visit by meeting a group of agriculture and.....

WFP extends food assistance in Eastern Ukraine

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will continue to support 220,000 food-insecure people in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine throughout 2017, while gradually supporting efforts for early recovery.Nearly three years after the start of the conflict, the security situation in eastern.....

University of Guelph discusses agri-food on CBC Radio

The University of Guelph’s expertise in agri-food and innovation will be featured on the popular CBC Radio political affairs program The House Saturday, Feb. 18.Prof. Evan FraserChris Hall, CBC’s national affairs editor and host of The House, visited U of G this week to discuss the final report of the.....

Canadian cherry growers optimistic over foreign market opportunities

Canadian cherry growers are looking forward to a good year for their crops if the weather allows it. Farmers are expecting an increase in foreign markets opening up, members of the BC Cherry Association heard at their annual general meeting in Kelowna.“Overall, I’m liking the position our industry.....

China: Pepper exports from Baoding still rising

In January 2017, the Inspection and Quarantine Bureau in Baoding city, Hebei province, completed the export and investigated the production of 19 batches of peppers, which weighed up to 390 tons in total, for a value of 1,450,000 USD. These have seen increases of 138%, 35% and 65% respectively.All of the.....

Policies and technology needed to ensure sustainability

ASEAN fish production to rise

A new report from WorldFish projects that fish production in ASEAN countries will reach 24% of global output by 2030. “Fish to 2050 in the ASEAN Region” says that policies to promote sustainable aquaculture expansion and law enforcement in fisheries management are critical to ensuring sustainable growth in.....