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Stakeholders back EU action to support farmers in food chain

A strong majority of stakeholders support European Union (EU) action to tackle unfair trading practices in the food chain, according to a public consultation.Some 90% of respondents agreed or partially agreed that unfair trading practices (UTPs) exist, citing for example payment periods longer than 30 days.....

Spain: Creation of Blueberry Committee to facilitate trade exchange

The blueberry-producing companies associated with Freshuelva have set up the Blueberry Committee, which will be responsible, among other issues, for the implementation of the partnership agreement signed last October with the Blueberry Committee of Chile. The goal is to facilitate trade exchange between the.....

Poland ramps up agricultural trade with Vietnam

Polish Ewa Lech, the Under Secretary of State, participated in an official visit of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.One of the aims of this visit was to enhance economic cooperation with Vietnam. Poland hopes to increase Polish export, also in terms.....

US agricultural exports hit $136 billion in 2016

Agrilife.org reports US agricultural exports totalled 135 billion dollars in 2016, and experts anticipate future growth. However, production yields, trade agreements and borrowing power have to keep working in lockstep.US agricultural imports were valued at 115 billion dollars in 2016. And both imports and.....

CAN (ON): Vineland researches cider profiles and consumer preference

Seven million litres of local craft cider flowing into the market by 2020 is a tall order and one Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's (Vineland) research team is working to ensure becomes a reality.The work is based on the cider research and innovation strategy developed in partnership with the Ontario.....

Winter storm Benji dusts southern US and Mexico with rare snow

Winter Storm Benji swept through the deep south of the United States late last week, bringing snow and freezing rain to parts of the country normally known for their subtropical climate. Areas in the deep south of Texas experienced snow while central and northern Florida saw temperatures approaching.....

Ukraine: Vegetable exports thrive

Through September 2017, Ukraine’s vegetable exports doubled, hitting 44 million dollars. Top customers are India (good for 36%), Belarus (34%), Turkey (12%) and Poland (9%). Now the Ukrainians want to start investing in European standard processing: “Vegetable ragouts, canned vegetables, and the like. We.....

Spain: Almeria's producers taking advantage of drought in Morocco

Water scarcity has undoubtedly become one of the problems raising the greatest concern among agricultural producers in Almeria; however, it is far from being an issue that is affecting only producers in this province. Other territories, such as Morocco, have been suffering it more intensely in recent.....

Belarus to share greenhouse production technologies with Egypt

There are plans to launch the production of greenhouses and agricultural equipment with the use of Belarusian technologies in Egypt. The matter was discussed during a visit of the Belarusian delegation to Cairo, BelTA learned from the Belarusian embassy in Egypt.The Belarusian delegation comprised.....

Photo report: Fresh produce in Shanghai supermarkets

Fresh produce sections are hard to find in Chinese supermarkets, or at least that's true in Shanghai, as it is not considered to be a very important purchase.Click here for the photos!Dirty carrots in poor shapeThe Italian delegation atMac Fruit Attraction China (22-24 November 2017) visited a few Shanghai.....

AU: Christmas fruit and berries ‘decimated’ by extreme storms in Victoria

Farms in Orange, New South Wales, and Yarra Valley, Victoria, were very heavily impacted following the extreme weather over the weekend. According to thenewdaily.com, about half of the crops of Christmas fruit in those regions were destroyed by the storms.The timing was awful, as many Australian farmers’.....

India: "Protected cultivation could double farmers’ incomes"

Agriculture in India is in crisis. Even in irrigated northwestern states, the dominant paddy-wheat cropping pattern is under strain due to plateauing yields and rising production costs. Some farmers have diversified into vegetable cultivation and floriculture. But their efforts have been stymied by.....

UK: Lack of EU seasonal workers may affect veg prices in Christmas week

British farmers warn that the decline in the number of seasonal workers from Europe coming to work in the UK will also affect the British Christmas table.The decline in the pound's value after the vote for Brexit is causing seasonal workers to stop working in the UK and farms are unable to find workers for.....

Russian food quality watchdog lifts export restrictions Belarusian companies

According to a belTA article, as of 4 December, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia (Rosselkhoznadzor) lifted temporary restrictions on shipments of fruits and vegetables from three Belarusian companies.The restrictions had been introduced on 10 November 2017. After.....

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

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

Portugal wants to improve bilateral trade & mutual cooperation with Pakistan

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

Americans consume nearly 3 pounds of fresh mushrooms per year

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

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US: Michigan red radish season cut short due to rain

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

European farmers reimbursed with €433 million from crisis reserve

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

Chilean horticulture inspires Californians

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

Moroccan tomato prices proving higher than government forecasts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK caterer urges food industries to use imperfect veg

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

Iran to transfer vegetable farms to greenhouses

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

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US: Florida eggplant starts a month late

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

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

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

More young Americans are stepping into farming jobs

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

Azerbaijan is ready to export agriculture produce to Italy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mozambique will no longer import seeds to reduce local prices

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

African officials plan actions to drive agricultural transformation

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

"Less room for free trade in coming years"

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

Bad weather in Spain expected to benefit Israeli capsicum market

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

Fiji: Heavy rain spoils veg crops causing early harvest

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

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

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

Soren Skou:

Maersk to build network of inland container depots in India

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

China: Shandong tomato prices falling dramatically

Since the end of October prices for tomatoes have been dropping continuously in Yi'nan county, Shandong province. The price for fresh first-class tomatoes has dropped from 4.6 RMB (0.59 EUR) to 3.2 RMB (0.41 EUR) per kilogram, and later even fell to 0.6 RMB (0.08 EUR) before rising back up to 3 RMB (0.38.....

Australia: Lesser known native veggies pass the taste test

Unique native produce could be the next buzz food with a consumer study pointing to a clear demand for Australian-grown vegetables that are not widely available through the nation’s retailers.Funded by Hort Innovation and conducted by Colmar Brunton, the research comprised the opinions of more than 1700.....

China: Vegetable prices are increasing with the arrival of cold weather

While the weather is getting colder every day, vegetable prices are going up. The latest statistics from the Beijing Xinfadi Market showed that a weighted average of vegetables' prices is 2.04 yuan per kilo, which is 7.37% higher than it was in the last cycle. Liu Tong from Xinfadi Market statistics.....

Ukrainian cucumber prices 2.5 times higher than last year

Ukrainian greenhouse growers manage to raise their cucumber prices, which are already 2.5 times as high as registered in the same period of the previous year, according to Fruit-Inform.Ukrainian cucumbers have become 20-33% more expensive over the past week. As a result, their prices have already reached.....

Fruit and vegetables make up 39% of food waste in the US

Fruits and vegetables account for 39 percent of all wasted food in the United States. They may be healthy, but they’re also the food most likely to be wasted. At the other end of the spectrum, snacks and condiments account for only 3 percent of wasted food.Overall, a study by the National Resources Defense.....

Spain & Portugal affected by extreme droughts

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops - and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which.....

California strawberry production breaks record reaching 197.3M crates

With a month to go in the year, California strawberry production in 2017 has already surpassed last year’s record total, according to an industry group.Growers and their crews had brought in 197.3 million crates statewide as of mid-November, topping the 196.8 million crates produced in all of 2016, the.....

Fresh produce contributes to inflation drop in Bangladesh

Inflation came down slightly to 6.04 percent in October riding on the decline in food prices, official figures showed.Last month, general inflation decreased 8 basis points from September's 6.12 percent, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), which released the data yesterday.One of the.....

Ukrainian tomato prices reach record high 35% increase than last year

Tomato prices have been rapidly growing in Ukraine and already reached their record high, according to Fruit-Inform.Now greenhouse growers sell their tomatoes at UAH 24-28/kg (EUR 0.77-0.90/kg), an increase of 60% since the beginning of this week.The sector experts connect a rapid rise in prices with.....

Ukrainian tomato & cucumber prices increase dramatically

Tomato prices have been rapidly growing in Ukraine and have already reached their record high, according to Fruit-Inform.Ukrainian cucumber prices increased by 2.5% over in the same period of the previous year, according to Fruit-Inform.Now greenhouse growers sell their tomatoes at UAH 24-28/kg (EUR.....

Australia: Vegetable farm profits increase, number of farms decreases

The average Australian vegetable farm is making more money and earning higher prices for its produce, but cash costs are continuing to rise across the board, with the vegetable industry’s peak body warning many smaller growers are struggling to stay competitive in an increasingly consolidated industry.As.....

China, Canada to strengthen agricultural cooperation

Minister Han Changfu met Mr. Lawrence Macaulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, in Beijing on 21 November 2017. The two sides exchanged views on furthering bilateral agricultural cooperation.Minister Han welcomed Mr. McCauley and stated that being big agricultural countries, China and Canada.....

Philippines: Ag sector grows 6.27% in Q3, farmers’ income by 3.68%

The agriculture sector grew 6.27 percent in the third quarter this year compared to the same period last year, with farmers’ income rising 3.68 percent from July to September.Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, citing an official report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), said the.....

US: Herb growers survived 'busiest time of the year'

Growers of herbs have seen a large increase in business in the lead up to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Retailers are preparing for the influx of customers looking for fresh herbs to supplement their traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and it's the traditional herb varieties that are leading the way, as well as an.....

Latvia: Parliament approves reduced VAT rate of 5% on fresh fruit & veg

The Saeima (the Latvian Parliament) today passed, in the final reading, amendments to the Law on Value Added Tax (VAT) setting a reduced 5 percent VAT rate on fresh fruit, berries and vegetables typical of Latvia.The reduced VAT rate will be charged on fruit and vegetables from January 1, 2018 to December.....

Storms in Australia keep fresh produce market prices firm

Most salad items and vegetables are firmly priced after recent storms and extreme temperature changes in Australia's growing regions but there are some great fruit bargains and plenty of choice in all fresh produce categories.You can select quality, value-for-money Asian vegetables, beans, beetroot, brussels.....

Economic & social stakeholders to strengthen African/European union cooperation

On 16-17 November 2017, the 4th meeting of African Union and European Union economic and social stakeholders took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.Organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in cooperation with the Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council (CESEC) of Côte.....

AU: Agri farmers struggling with rising costs leaving incomes stagnating

Australian vegetable farmers are battling rising labour and energy costs as they compete in a global market.AusVeg chief executive officer James Whiteside said keeping costs under control was an issue for the whole industry because Australian farmers risked losing “global competitiveness.”“It’s very.....

French farmers, retailers and producers sign fair price agreement

French farmers, food producers and retailers signed an agreement on Tuesday to improve relationships throughout the food chain, notably by ensuring that farmers be paid a fair price for their output, they said.The so-called charter of commitment is part of a wider field-to-fork review promised by President.....

Vegetable prices in Nepal's capital city keep increasing

As the price of most vegetables in the Kathmandu market is ever increasing for over two weeks now, traders have commented that the hike marked a new record.It seems there is no problem in the supply system, but the price is unexpectedly increasing daily.Deputy Director of Kalimati Vegetable and Fruit Market.....

US: Nebraskans received over $1 billion in farm subsidies in 2016

Nebraskans got more than $1 billion in farm subsidies in 2016, according to a report.The Environmental Working Group on Tuesday released the latest update to its farm subsidy database.It shows that Nebraska ranked fifth among all states with more than $1.07 billion last year in subsidies from the U.S......

AuMake, Australian Made to promote more Aussie products to China

The Australian Made Campaign has formed a strategic alliance with AuMake to promote locally made and grown products to Daigou and Chinese tourists.The Australian Made Campaign administers and promotes Australia’s country-of-origin trade mark for authentic Australian products and produce, the Australian Made,.....

"Over 500 greenhouses built in Qatar since siege"

To boost local agricultural produce, more than 500 greenhouses with a total area of 280,000sqm have been added to the existing capacity of local farms in the past five months, said an official.The new facilities will not only help increase the local produce of vegetables that assumed great importance after.....

Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements

‘We welcome the news that Australia has concluded its FTA negotiations with Peru,’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA).‘The ECA supports the principle of expanding Australia’s FTA network by entering into high quality agreements,’ Ms McAuley said. ‘While multilateral agreements.....

Pakistan sees potential to increase fruit and veg exports to the UK

UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Rehman Chishti said that he considers Pakistan as an important emerging market and that British businessmen are ready to grow further trade and economic ties with their Pakistani counterparts to avail the available opportunities.He was talking to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce.....

South Australia agricultural exports have increased due to new airlines

New airlines and more wide-body planes saw direct exports for South Australia’s agriculture and fisheries industries increase by 50 per cent in the past two years.Last month’s launch of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner wide-body service to Auckland alone saw freight capacity grow from virtually zero to up to.....

US (AZ): Agribusiness contributes more than $23 billion to economy

Researchers with the University of Arizona say agricultural businesses contribute more than $23 billion in sales to the state’s economy.A report released this week by the university’s Cooperative Extension’s Economic Impact Analysis Team also states that agribusiness supports more than 138,000 direct and.....

Australia: Vegetable industry cash income rates highest in a decade

Increased production levels per farm and higher market prices for produce led to improved income levels for vegetable growers in 2015-16, according to ABARES’ latest vegetable industry survey.Acting Assistant Secretary of ABARES’ Agricultural Productivity and Farm Analysis branch, David Galeano, said the.....

US: Report reveals consumers prefer shopping in store for groceries rather than online

More and more consumers are giving online grocery shopping a try, but a significant segment of the population still says they enjoy the in-store experience, according to some recent surveys.Among the 71% of consumers who have not placed an order online for grocery items in the past three months, almost half.....

CAN (ON): Fall economic statement brings mixed bag for agriculture

Small business tax cuts and a reaffirmation of the fast-tracked minimum wage hike were highlights of Ontario’s fall economic statement released on November 14, 2017. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) notes three elements of the economic statement that are most relevant and have the most potential.....

U.S. farm exports hit 3rd highest level on record

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an.....

Belarus agriculture output sees 2.9% increase

In January-October 2017 Belarus' agricultural output rose by 2.9%, Belarus' Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats said at a press conference at BelTA's press center.“In January-October the agricultural sector displayed positive growth dynamics. The agricultural production in all categories of farms.....

"Cooperatives: success stories to help farmers overcome challenges"

The success story of cooperatives in boosting farmers' positioning in the food chain and driving innovation to help farmers produce more efficiently using less resources was underlined by Cogeca President Thomas Magnusson in Estonia.The high-level event “International Experience and Success Stories of.....