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November 22-24, Shanghai

Shanghai gears up for first edition of Horti China

Since approximately two years, Chinese horticulture (especially the production of high-value vegetables and fruits) is clearly entering a new phase. Keywords are food safety, quality improvement, management/training and production-oriented investment.In the past 30 years, China was transformed into the.....
Southern Salads:

UK: Weakened pound pushes salad company under, losing 260 jobs

Fresh salads supplier Southern Salads has fallen into administration with the loss of around 260 jobs, with blame leveled at a spike in import prices for fresh vegetables after the Brexit vote last summer.The Tonbridge-based family-run company has ceased trading with immediate effect with "all but a handful".....

Edible fungus industry on the rise in NE China

The edible fungus industry is on the rise in the northeast of China, the country's Ministry of Agriculture reports. Below are some images illustrating this industry.A worker plucks edible fungus hericium erinaceus (hedgehog hydnum) in a cooperative in Hailin town of Hailin City, northeast China's.....

Taiwan passes proposal to promote organic agriculture

The Council of Agriculture (COA) of Taiwan stated that verified area of organic agriculture in the country has reached 7200 hectares with 3.5 times growth compared with that in 2007. Nevertheless, the current Agricultural Production and Certification Act only regulates organic agricultural products while.....

Food insecurity soars in Democratic Republic of Congo

Amid rising violence and displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 7.7 million people face acute hunger - a 30 percent increase over the last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned in a new report.According to the.....

Vietnam: High-tech farming development 'sluggish'

At a conference held by the MARD in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong’s Da Lat City, participants agreed that development of technology-based agriculture is essential for Vietnam’s agriculture sector to achieve greater value-added for export products, global competitiveness and consistent high.....

UK: Greenhouse vegetable production in full swing

Next month on September 20-21, the UK tomato industry will once again unite in Kenilworth for the 20th edition of the British Tomato Conference.The state of domestically grown produce will once again be an important topic on the conference agenda and the TGA will share some insight in how they have used.....

Iceland: "Strawberries rot in greenhouses as imports flood market "

Icelandic strawberry growers say they are facing a crisis as cheap foreign exports have flooded the market. Some local growers have stopped picking berries this summer, as the produce cannot be sold at a price which covers the cost of harvesting and getting them to the market. The arrival of retailing giant.....

November 1-2, Stratford-upon-Avon

"Equip yourself for success after Brexit"

As a grower, how will your life be affected by Brexit?The CHA’s cross-industry international conference GrowQuip will be providing some of the answers for growers across the sectors - whether they grow fruit, vegetables, salads or ornamentals.The speaker line-up comprises:Anthea McIntyre MEP, who will bring.....

Iceland prepares for vegetable export to Denmark

Gunn­laug­ur Karls­son, the CEO of Iceland’s Horticultural Association, says that preparations are under way to start selling Icelandic produce and that Danes are already showing a great deal of interest in Iceland’s greenhouse-cultivated vegetables—particularly cucumbers and tomatoes. There’s even been.....

New greenhouse facilities are launched in Kazakhstan

The greenhouse industry of the Mangistau region is developing vigorously. Cultivation of local vegetables is especially relevant for the region with 80% of products imported from the neighbouring regions and countries. A total of 300+ greenhouses are operating across the region, including the one in Akshukur.....

US (CA): USDA awards Office of Farm to Fork $3.9 million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded CDFA a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant of $3,944,573 to fund nutrition incentives at Certified Farmers’ Markets throughout the state.Along with partners at the Ecology Center, Wellington Square Farmers Market, Napa Farmers Market, and North.....

Growcom:

"Exploitation of seasonal workers completely unacceptable"

Peak horticulture organisation, Growcom, is deeply disappointed by reports that rogue operators have exploited farm workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme.The reports point to a small number of rogue labour hire companies (LHC) failing to meet their obligations within the Programme to properly treat and.....

UK: New Defra data available on UK and England agriculture industries

Defra has made new data available on the structure of the agricultural industry in England and the UK at June. These data series show land and crop areas, livestock populations and agricultural workforce estimates for England and the UK as at 1 June each year. The results come from the long-running June.....

Singapore farms taken to task for misusing land

Amid the Government's push for farms in land-scarce Singapore to be more productive, eight farms have been penalised in the last four years for repeatedly misusing land for purposes other than agriculture, figures from the authorities show.The misuses concern the carrying out of various unauthorised.....

Iran: Government plans to increase greenhouse cultivation area

The government plans to increase the area under greenhouse cultivation in Iran to 48,000 hectares within the next 10 years, a deputy agriculture minister said.“Around 16,760 hectares of the total sum are planned to be constructed by the end of the five-year development plan (March 2022). At present,.....

Bruce Campbell, New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research:

"Innovation vital to success of horticulture"

Innovation will be key to the on-going success of the horticulture industry, says Dr Bruce Campbell, recipient of the 2017 Horticulture New Zealand Industry Service Award.Dr Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, was recognised with the Award at this week’s Horticulture New Zealand.....

US Customs seize 22kg of cocaine hidden among tomatoes

On July 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 22kg of cocaine hidden in a tomato shipment. During a secondary inspection, CBP officers utilized a non-intrusive imagining (NII) system along with the help of a canine team to locate the.....

Spain, UK, Russia, Australia, Canada, Mexico

Overview global pepper market

The sun is the main factor determining the development of the season. In Ontario, it is cloudy, so the volumes are slightly lower. In many parts of Europe, it is sunny and bright. In the UK, for example, this resulted in a large supply. The cold slowed down the season in Russia and Poland. Prices in Belgium.....

Tomato prices decrease in China

Currently, the majority of tomatoes on the market is from production sites in Hebei, such as Raoyang county in Hengshui, Suning county in Baoding, and Gu'an county in Langfang. These are all big producers of tomatoes in the summer. Every year between June and July, 70%-80% of the sold tomatoes comes from.....

Cucumbers, Roma tomatoes and green bell peppers

Trio of veggies available year-round from Mexico

Cucumbers, green bell peppers and Roma tomatoes coming from central Mexico’s San Luis Potosí are available 12 months a year. “Supply is meeting demand for all three year-round products,” says Leonardo Tarriba, general manager for Farmer’s Best. This is the first year they’ve brought a year-round program to.....

Ukraine is boosting soft fruit exports

Berries production in Ukraine in the past three years has stabilized at some 130,000 tonnes, and exports is growing, UkrAgroConsult Director General Serhiy Feofilov said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.“The export of berries in 2014 amounted to 21,500 tonnes, while in 2016 Ukraine.....

UK peppers see good production and demand

Bell pepper production has felt the benefit of the great weather in the UK, the good light levels and warmth have resulted in increased yields and good quality. Lea Valley Grower's Association grow 60% of the UK's sweet peppers, 200 million each year, under 350 acres of glass.The association's secretary, Lee.....

CAN (ON): Bringing agri-food education to classrooms

Ontario is continuing to support agri-food literacy in elementary and high schools to educate students on topics such as local food and farm innovation, and to highlight career opportunities in the growing agri-food sector.The province is continuing its partnership with AgScape, an organization dedicated to.....

CAN (QC): Bountiful harvest expected after mild winter, rainy spring

Quebec strawberries and maple syrup were big winners after this year’s mild winter and cool, rainy spring, as were bees — at least in most regions.Grasslands, strawberries, blueberry fields and orchards faired well over the mild winter in all regions of Quebec and the maple harvest was excellent, according.....

Canada: Now is a good time to review financing strategy

Farmers and agribusiness operators should take the opportunity to review their financial strategies following this week’s modest increase in the Bank of Canada’s overnight interest rate, says FCC’s Chief Agricultural Economist J.P. Gervais.The Bank of Canada increased its overnight target rate by 25 basis.....

Hunger for tomatoes turns Canada into greenhouse superpower

The test greenhouse of Mastronardi Produce Ltd., part of the family’s 25-hectare crystal palace in this lush farm belt near Windsor, counts 500 varieties of tomato. No matter how you slice it, that’s a lot of tomato species.The other day, Paul Mastronardi led a walk through the grape tomato section of the.....

US: California will use toilet water to grow vegetables

By the end of 2017, toilet water and other wastewater will be used to irrigate a large swath of Central Valley farmland near Interstate 5, an area that is known as California’s agricultural hub because it produces more than 360 products.“As long as we keep taking showers and flushing toilets, we can.....

NZ horticulture growers vote on levy reduction

A levy reduction for commercial fruit and vegetable growers will be voted on at the Horticulture New Zealand Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Tauranga, says Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine.Commercial fruit and vegetable growers covered by Horticulture New Zealand are legally required under the.....

Ronald Guendel, Bayer Crop Science

Training smallholder farmers in sustainable farming practices

How can we help cocoa farmers in Africa or vegetable farmers in Guatemala to grow safe and healthy food and bring their produce to market? With its Food Chain Partnership initiative, Bayer takes several approaches to support farmers worldwide in running sustainable, profitable farms.by Ronald Guendel, Global.....

Interview with Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor, Dutch Russian Embassy

Update on Russian ban of imported Turkish tomatoes

Oleg Pugaev, Agricultural Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, talked to FreshPlaza and offered some updates regarding the situation on importing Turkish tomatoes, as well as future developments.What is the current situation with regards to the import of.....

US: Alabama rains risks destroying tomato crops

The fields are flooded at Allman Farms & Orchards in Blount County, Alabama. Here they grow peaches and sweet corn, but mostly tomatoes. Right now some of the tomatoes are under water. "It'll kill a plant if it sits in water too long," says farmer Daniel Allman. Allman says when a tomato gets too wet it.....
Russian boycott until 2020?

Russian minister of agriculture isn't hoping for an end to the boycott

Last week Russia extended the boycott of European fruit and vegetables, among other items, until December 2018. The Russian minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev assumes the boycott will be in force until at least 2020. He said this during a press conference after a FAO meeting."We hope that the food.....

Nova Scotia strawberry growers see bumper crop

While the strawberry season began slow in Nova Scotia, that is beginning to change for growers in the region who are seeing a bumper crop this year. “It’s a good year for us so we want to make sure that everybody out there in the consumer world buys Nova Scotia berries,” said Josh Oulton of TapRoot.....

OECD and FAO see slower growth in demand keeping world food prices low

Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade compared to previous peaks, as demand growth in a number of emerging economies is expected to slow down and biofuel policies have a diminished impact on markets, according to the latest 10-year agricultural outlook published today.....

China, Russia ink MoU on agricultural cooperation

Under the witness of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Minister Han Changfu and his Russian counterpart Alexander Tkachev signed a Memorandum of Understanding on furthering cooperation in agriculture in Moscow on 4 July 2017.The two heads of states highly recognized.....

Spain: High temperatures cause 10% drop in Extremadura's tomato production

The high temperatures recorded during the first three weeks of June will cause Extremadura's tomato production to be slightly lower this campaign than in a normal year, with forecasts pointing to a 10% drop.The president of the Association of Agrarian Cooperatives of Extremadura (Acopaex), Domingo Fernández,.....

China: Opportunities for greenhouse cultivation in Shandong

Shandong province has been a consistent leading power in China’s agriculture industry, as well as vegetable production. Since the 1990’s, the province's vegetable sown area, total output, value, commodity volume and other major indicators have ranked 1st in China.The vegetable sown area in Shandong makes up.....

US (CA): Labor costs dominate food safety expenses

The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, commonly known as the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA), went into effect in 2007, the first of a new generation of commodity-specific food safety programs to address microbial contamination in the produce industry (LGMA was developed.....

EU-Japan trade agreement enters final stages

Japan and the European Union are on the cusp of a wide-ranging free trade agreement that could help blunt the forces of protectionism sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade policies.EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said she was "quite confident" that a broad agreement can be announced at a.....

Qatar: Local farms meet 15% of demand

Agricultural production from local farms meet over 15 percent of Qatar's demand currently, up from 12 percent in 2014, helped by the support from the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.The Ministry provides a lot of support to local farms to increase production and to achieve self-sufficiency of.....

US: 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill released

The House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The legislation funds important agricultural and food programs and services, including food and medical product safety, animal and plant health programs, rural development and farm services, agricultural trade,.....

U.S. farm real estate values have stalled since 2014

In recent years, farm real estate (including farmland and buildings) has accounted for about 80 percent of the value of U.S. farm assets—amounting to about $2.4 trillion in 2015.Strong farm earnings and historically low interest rates have supported the increase in farmland values since 2009. Since 2014,.....

US (NM): Hatch chile season on track for August start

Hatch chiles from New Mexico return in August and Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready to turn up the heat with a new 8/2-lb. retail pouch.“These pouches help retailers reduce shrink and increase sell-through at the register,” said Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “With Hatch Chiles looking.....

CAN (ON): Strong quality, but mixed volumes in bell peppers

While reports of Ontario bell pepper production vary slightly, pepper growers agree demand remains solid.“We’re having record yields this year,” says Jordan Kniaziew of Leamington, Ont.’s Zing! Health Forward. “We’re not through the full season yet but we’re seeing a substantial increase in supply across all.....

Russia: $26.5 million investment in Ust-Katav agropark

Monotowns Development Fund intends to provide funding for an agroindustrial park in Ust-Katav, reported Governor of the Chelyabinsk region, Boris Dubrovsky. According to the Governor, the readiness of the project was confirmed by the First Deputy Director of the Fund Sergey Karpov during his visit to South.....

New trade insights to benefit AU horticulture exporters

New horticulture trade data reports released today by Hort Innovation revealed that almond exports sky-rocketed by 74 per cent from 2016 to 2017, and the volume of the nation’s apricot exports tripled, among other findings. Compiled by market researchers Euromonitor International, the Horticulture Trade.....

Hong Kong Aquagreen and Rijkzwaan joint venture:

Fresh lettuce hits the shelves in China

Chinese salad producer AquaGreen Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong, has been establishing a strong relationship with Dutch seed producer Rijk Zwaan to buy seeds for its Huidong salad production. AquaGreen Holdings Ltd. is growing different varieties of salads hydroponically in greenhouses in Southern.....

Bulgaria strengthens ag ties with Azerbaijan

The Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porodzanov met with HE Mrs. Nargiz Gurbanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Bulgaria. They discussed the deepening of trade and economic relations between the two countries in the field of.....

Poland and Spain call for stronger CAP

Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel of Poland participated in the 12th Polish-Spanish Consultations conducted under the leadership of Prime Minister Beata Szydło and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. As part of the consultations, a bilateral meeting took place between Minister Krzysztof Jurgiel and the.....

EU and Japan reach agreement on trade deal

The European Union and Japan have reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of an Economic Partnership Agreement.This will be the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU and as such will for the first time include a specific commitment to the Paris climate agreement.For.....

The value of the local label at farmers markets

Consumer preferences for local and organic foods have increased sharply in recent years, and many small farms are trying to meet this rising consumer demand. Small farms dominate the New England agricultural world, making local consumption assessments and information crucial for economic viability. Samantha.....

Irradiation facility enables NZ to import AU winter tomatoes

The Bowen region is Australia’s largest winter producer of vegetables. Tomatoes are by far its biggest crop, totalling US $120 million a year. Yet, even though it could offer consumers access to fresh tomatoes in the winter, its export market has been extremely limited. The problem is the Queensland fruit.....

Israeli-Indian partnership benefits growers

Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he landed in Tel Aviv on Sunday. Coinciding with the historic visit of the PM, Business Standard looked at some of the joint initiatives of the two countries across India and their impact.Israelis have long been known for changing.....

Polish pepper growers fail to meet demand

The first green peppers started in Poland around 2-3 weeks ago. The first colours like red and yellow are expected to follow in the coming few weeks, along with sweet pointed red peppers. "We have really noticed a trend in the last 2 to 3 years, that demand is continuing to increase for the sweet pointed red.....

Up to 50% less production expected:

German strawberry growers challenged by bad weather

A sizeable majority of German strawberry producers have had 30-50% less production this season due to the bad weather at the beginning of the season.Markus Hofmann from Hegepflanzen GmbH said that demand is good, as usual, for this time of year. The same can't be said for the prices, which are higher than.....

UK: Drop in seasonal workers leaves some farms critically short

Numbers of seasonal workers coming to work on British farms have dropped 17%, leaving some businesses critically short of people to harvest fruit and veg, a new survey by the NFU shows.The survey of labour providers shows they are currently unable to recruit sufficient workers to meet growers’ needs during.....

Zimbabwe Farmers' Union seeks $200m in hort exports by 2020

The Zimbabwe Farmers' Union is targeting nearly $200 million worth of exports from the horticulture industry by 2020. The union wants the sector to be the second biggest export earner in agriculture after tobacco. This will also help Zimbabwe reclaim its position as Africa's second biggest horticulture.....

CAN (ON): Fixing the workforce's transportation problem

A new transportation and mapping project shows where job postings are located compared to where unemployed or underemployed people live. The map can be filtered by bus routes, job postings, occupations and job characteristics or requirements.“We had heard prior to this project, anecdotally, that.....

Rabobank Report:

These three business structures will evolve greenhouse horticulture

Currently, the European greenhouse sector is extremely diverse, dominated by over 100,000 small-scale, mainly family-owned businesses, with only a few large growers with tens of hectares of greenhouses. Characteristic of the overall greenhouse sector is the volatility in revenues. For individual businesses,.....

How to take advantage of opportunities in Russia?

On June 13, a Russian-British consultancy Vostock Capital Ltd. hosted a free webinar on Industrial Greenhouses Boom in Russia, which turned out a success. The webinar featuring over 200 participants, was held in the run-up to the 2nd upcoming international forum and exhibition “AGRO Greenhouse Complexes.....

British salads well represented at Morrisons and M&S this week

Many of the Northern European greenhouse growers are in full production and enough product has come available recently. This is also reflected in the current offerings at British retailers this week.According to the latest data provided by market intelligence service ProduceView, many of the UK supermarkets.....

Indian growers: "Government's greenhouse scheme has failed"

Greenhouse Farmer Association (GFA), a registered body of more than 600 greenhouse farmers in Gujarat, alleged that the Greenhouse scheme of the Gujarat government has failed due to lack of prior planning and has left hundreds of farmers in debt. They demanded the Gujarat Government to waive off bank loans.....

EU simplifies environmental measures

New rules came into force on 3 July that will make it easier for EU farmers to comply with several obligations under the so-called 'greening' in order to receive direct financial support. The new rules also aim to further increase the environmental performance of farming.The greening rules oblige farmers to.....

Nigeria: Young tomato farmers given a boost

The State Employment and Expenditure For Results Project (SEEFOR), an intervention project of the World Bank and European Union (EU), in collaboration with Songhai Delta have empowered 250 Nigerian youths in tomato farming.The Delta Coordinator of SEEFOR, Mr Benson Ojoko, disclosed this in Asaba.Ojoko said.....

Impact of US and Iran elections

Last year, much attention has been paid to the elections in America and Iran. One of the big questions surely was whether changes to power would have an effect on the current JCPOA deal (the 'Iran deal'). Many companies have therefore planned a ‘rest break’ during this period after having oriented themselves.....

Hungary: 5 to 6% increase in vegetable production this year

A total of 1.8 million tonnes of vegetables are expected to be harvested in Hungary this year; this is about 100,000 tonnes more than last year, or a 5 to 6% increase, as reported by Ledó Ferenc, president of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Association and Product Council (FruitVeB). In 2017, greenhouse.....

Russia extends boycott till end 2018

Russia has extended the boycott of fruit and vegetables to the end of 2018. This was reported by the Agricultural Branch of the Economic Department of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow via Twitter. Russian Prime Minister Medvedev is believed to have said this one day after the EU sanctions were officially extended.....

USDA announces more than $9 million to address water resources issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 14 grants totaling more than $9 million to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. The grants are funded through the Water for Agriculture.....

Ag groups urge USDA to revamp biotech reg proposal

Proposed revisions to USDA’s biotechnology regulations take some very positive and bold steps in the right direction, but major changes are needed to ensure the new rules encourage innovation, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation and 102 other agricultural organizations.“We are supportive of.....

US: Maine adopts food sovereignty law

With a stroke of his pen, Gov. Paul LePage last week enacted landmark legislation putting Maine in the forefront of the food sovereignty movement.LePage signed LD 725, An Act to Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems, Friday legitimizing the authority of towns and communities to enact ordinances.....

Carrots and onions affected as well

Ontario potato crops see heavy flooding damage

With numerous heavy rainfalls continuing to drench Canada’s Ontario province, some potato crops in the region are buried under floods.“There are a few isolated areas of extreme flooding in potato fields specifically in Beeton region of Ontario, which is a large potato growing area, as well as Orangeville and.....

European Commission removes trade barriers for agri-food sector

Europe is one of the biggest net exporters of agri-food products, and easy access to markets worldwide is vital for the European food and drink sector and its suppliers, farmers. Yet barriers to trade still remain: in 2016 alone, European exporters saw the number of trade barriers rise by 10%, according to a.....

EU to tackle low producer profits

In March, FreshPlaza reported the commitment undertaken by the European commission to work on a law to counter unfair commercial practices and support producers. We asked lawyer Gualtiero Roveda if there are any news on this front.FreshPlaza (FP): A few months ago, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture.....

Why Zambia is a good destination for agri investment

Investing in Africa has its benefits and its challenges. The continent has a substantial amount of land and water but lacks infrastructure and the technology to produce the right quantities and quality of the product. Honourable Sebastian Kopulande, CEO, Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre.....

US: Agro-terrorism bill becomes law

President Donald Trump signed Iowa Congressman David Young’s bill, the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (H.R.1238), into law. H.R. 1238, elevates the nation’s preparedness of food, agriculture, and veterinary systems against terrorism and high-risk events through the U.S. Department of Homeland.....