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Spain: 57% of government's circular economy budget for water topics

The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared the first Spanish Circular Economy Strategy, including an Action Plan 2018-2020, which will allocate almost €834 million, of which 57% will be expend in water reuse.The Strategy defines five priority sectors: construction, agro food, industry, consumer goods and.....

Algeciras connected to Australia for the first time

On February 15, a new service that connects, directly and for the first time, TTI Algeciras with Sydney, called at the port of Algeciras.Operated by CMA CGM and Hapag Lloyd, it is the second direct scheduled containerized service to connect Australia and Spain.The transit time between Sydney and Algeciras.....

NFU President Meurig Raymond:

"Food and farming can power Britain post-Brexit"

Now is the opportunity to change and reshape agriculture policy and future-proof British food production, according to NFU President Meurig Raymond.Leading the opening address at the NFU Conference in Birmingham, Mr Raymond tells 1,500 delegates and attendees, including Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove,.....

Spanish organic products taking over the US market

Based in Barranquete de Níjar, Almería, Bioterráneo is devoted to the production and marketing of organic processed products, including gazpacho, cherry tomato juice and two unique products launched exclusively by this company: gluten-free salmorejo soup and organic watermelon juice.This firm was created by.....

US (MI): "Be on the lookout for spider mites and broad mites"

Fungal and bacterial disease pressure has been very low in southwest Michigan and it appears to be the same throughout the west central and eastern sides of the state as well. However, Michigan State University Extension greenhouse educators have seen symptoms of root rot on vegetative cuttings in several.....

EU: Policy recommendations regarding position of fruit and vegetable sector

On 23 January 2018, Freshfel Europe (the European Fresh Produce Association) and A.R.E.F.L.H. (the European Assembly of fruit, vegetable and horticulture regions) organised in coordination with the two European university and research centre networks for fruit and vegetable related research, EUFRIN and.....

Sometimes it's not so bad, feeling blue

Locations of companies in the Fortune 500 global 2017 list

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NASA satellite image shows the night lights across the globe

Can someone turn that off? We're trying to sleep here!

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Shorter travel time because of diminishing Polar ice

Container ships using the Northern Sea Route across the top of the world can cut the length of voyages by 40% compared with travelling via the Suez Canal. And sometimes, ships can now even cross the Northern Sea Route during winter. Click here for larger mapWhile the thinning ice does present opportunities.....

Jan Engelen, Coöperatie Hoogstraten: “Our focus is on expansion of bell pepper area”

“Market for illuminated tomatoes under more pressure than last year”

The greenhouse vegetable supply of Coöperatie Hoogstraten currently consists primarily of illuminated tomatoes. “The illuminated season is under more pressure than last year, particularly for vine and beefsteak tomatoes,” says commercial manager Jan Engelen. The specialities are the exception to this. Of.....

Spanish ports increase horticultural products traffic by 10%

In 2017, Spanish ports moved 545 million tons, of which 10.1 million were fruits, vegetables and pulses, representing an increase of 9.7% compared to the previous year.That is the main point of the release that Puertos del Estado issued at the recent Fruit Logistica. In addition to this, 54% of the fruit.....

World population growth 1 July 2016 - 1 July 2017

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"President’s budget proposal threatens food, farm, and nutrition programs"

"The deeply problematic proposals of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, released on Monday of this week, include devastating cuts to critical farm and food programs", the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition writes. "The budget, if enacted, would reduce the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s.....
Henan Wan Bang Market:

Spring Festival approaches, cucumber prices rise

The price of cucumbers in Wan Bang Market showed an overall rising trend this week. The main reason for this development is the reduced volume in production areas. This week the market mainly depends on supplies from the north-east. The secondary supply sources are Yunnan and Shandong. The north-east.....

New Zealand and India building stronger horticultural relationships

A new partnership has been announced between New Zealand and the State of Himachal Pradesh under the Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Development Project which targets smallholder farmers in northern India. The Himachal Pradesh Horticultural Development project aims to be the start of a much broader.....

New Covent Garden Market, London

Premier fresh produce market UK predicts 2018’s trends

While last year we saw the rise of purple vegetables from cauliflower to Brussels sprouts, in 2018 the trend will be black; everything from black radishes, black corn and dark kale. New Covent Garden Market has unveiled these hotly tipped trends as part of its annual Fruit and Vegetable Trends Report 2018,.....

Iran: Fruit & vegetable exports up in value, but down in volume

Official figures indicate that for Iran, the current fiscal (ending in March) has not been a good year regarding the export of cucumbers and apples. Cucumber exports saw a 32% and 39% decline in value and volume, reaching 82,000 tons, worth $34 million. About 154,000 tons of apples worth $65 million were.....

USDA launches MARS, delivering market data to ag producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the launch of a new electronic data platform to deliver market price information to the commodities industry. The new web-based platform, Market Analysis and Reporting Services (MARS), uses state-of-the-art technology.....
Exports 2017 not so extensive

Romania: 59,369 tonnes of tomatoes imported

According to the agri-food products trade balance, Romania imported 59,369 tonnes of tomatoes in the first nine months of 2017. Exports meanwhile were not so great, with a mere 262.2 tonnes.The value of the imports of fresh or refrigerated tomatoes in the first three quarters of 2017 exceeded € 65.46.....

60 percent of Albanian vegetables destined for EU markets

The majority of Albania's exports to foreign markets and European Union member states consists of vegetables and other agricultural products, according to a statement by Albania's State Statistical Office last Tuesday.According to the data from this institute, vegetables are giving a new impetus to the.....

Up to 40 varieties grown & delivered live in soil

Locally-grown Seattle microgreens popular for chefs

Living microgreens are a trending alternative to other salad greens and are particularly popular among chefs in the local Seattle market. Homeowners and retailers are also adopting them when made available through local delivery.Seasonal varieties for restaurant industryChefs prefer certain flavors for.....

Greenhouse tomatoes out of Mexico seeing solid production

The weather has been favorable for growers of greenhouse tomatoes. Production and quality have been good on all varieties as sunshine persists in the Mexican growing regions. Florida, too, is seeing improved weather conditions and as a result, volume and quality is increasing. Currently, all tomato varieties.....

Varying results per product

BelOrta achieves record product turnover of €439 million

In 2017, BelOrta achieved a product turnover of €439 million, the largest turnover ever achieved by a Belgian auction. This is an increase of 7 per cent compared to product turnover in 2016. The volume sold increased by 2.5 per cent, to 654 million units — 500 million kilograms — of fresh fruit and.....

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Increasing investments of the Dutch Agri-food sector in emerging economies

Sufficient and healthy food for the booming African cities is a huge challenge. Dutch agri-food companies already play a significant role in the increasing worldwide demand for (fresh) food produce. It is believed that the agri-food sector can even do better, using the opportunities offered by the growing.....

"If Mexicans can grow tomatoes year round, shouldn't we buy them?"

Florida tomato farmer Tony DiMare has a complaint about NAFTA. He says Mexican farmers are trading unfairly. How? By developing ways to produce tomatoes year-round and provide them in all seasons to consumers, at lower prices than many Florida farmers can afford to charge. But that isn’t trading unfairly;.....

CPMA releases statement on NAFTA negotiations

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said they are satisfied with the progress made during Round 6 of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which concluded today in Montreal. CPMA applauds Canadian negotiators on their efforts to ensure that the renewed NAFTA protects.....
No problems expected for export tomatoes to Russia in 2018

Azerbaijan may grant subsidies for tomato export

The Chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee, Aydin Aliyev, addressing a conference on the “The State Program on socio-economic development of the regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2014-2018” in Baku, on January 29, proclaimed he expected no problems concerning the export of tomatoes to Russia.....

Innovative Fresh trend report:

"2018 is all about quality, ethics, transparency and convenience"

In a report published by Innovative Fresh, 2018 is all about quality, ethics, transparency and convenience. The modern shopper isdemanding a more transparent view of the market and the ability to align their own values with those of the retailer. Modern consumers are on the lookout for more personalised.....

Expansion of mini-cucumber acreage

First cucumbers of 2018 sold by BelOrta

Yesterday, BelOrta sold their first cucumbers of the new season. This year, the cucumber producers of BelOrta have once again devoted themselves to produce cucumbers of the best Flandria quality for consumers throughout Europe for the coming season.More than 131 million cucumbers auctioned off in 2017The.....

Solomon Islands: NZ seasonal worker recruiters intimidated

The Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme will bring in 11,000 Pacific workers for the New Zealand horticulture and viticulture industries.But one RSE contractor, who recruits on the islands, says tensions are mounting. His work in the Solomon Islands as of late has been plagued by intimidation and extortion.....
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US: Benchmarking the industry

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is asking all businesses and nonprofits engaged in horticulture for their input in a brief, three-minute survey to help grow the industry.This short industry survey is designed to measure the types of information used to run horticultural businesses.....

Top produce items for the Year of the Dog

US imports for Chinese New Year in good supply

Chinese New Year is fast approaching: February 16th marks the Year of the Dog. Traditional staples and other items increasing in popularity are in good supply currently, shipping from Asia and Mexico.Chinese New Year is a major holiday celebrated worldwide. It’s a market that Andrea Dubak says Thomas Fresh.....

South Holland invests in high-tech horticulture

High-tech glasshouses, circular hotel and office spaces and sensor technology in industries like the floriculture: 47 SME entrepreneurs in South Holland are to collaborate on 4 projects to realise this. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Province of South Holland and the Metropole region.....

Exchange rate passes limit of 1.20 dollar

Euro-dollar exchange rate even more uneven due to parity

The European economy is doing quite well, signs aren’t just on green in the Netherlands. Various factors are combining in the EU so that the exchange rate between the euro and the dollar, of which was predicted last year that parity would be reached, increases even more. Last week, the exchange rate passed.....

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Quantitative Information on (Dutch) Greenhouse Horticulture 2016-2017

The 25th edition of Quantitative Information on Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture, has now been published in English by Wageningen University & Research Greenhouse Horticulture. This version contains a summary of the acreage of the several crops during the past few years, indicative prices for the equipment.....

Australia: Traders face compliance notices under new Hort Code

The ACCC has issued 15 compliance check notices to horticultural traders across the wholesale central markets, signalling an increased focus on enforcing the Horticulture Code of Conduct.The recently released ACCC publication Small Business in Focus also reported the ACCC had been contacted by nearly 255.....

US: Census of Agriculture response deadline one week away

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline for the 2017 Census of Agriculture is one week away. Producers should respond online at www.agcounts.usda.gov or by mail by February 5. The online questionnaire offers.....

“Greenhouse” vs. “Protected Agriculture” vegetable production

Since the release of the 2018 World Greenhouse Vegetable Statistics publication, several questions have been asked regarding the types of structures used in “Greenhouse” vs. “Protected Agriculture” statistics. The answers are related to the actual definitions used.For greenhouse vegetable production, the.....

Australia still has a problem finding fruit pickers

Australia is still facing a growing problem of finding fruit pickers during the harvesting season. Subsequently, hundreds of tonnes of fruit are going to waste. Fruit firms and growers in Australia have been unable to find sufficient pickers to help harvest ripened fruit. Local news agencies estimate that.....

John van Laethem, Bell'Aroma

Herb market: "Big holiday players now suffering"

"The supply of herbs has been somewhat disturbed by the massive demand over Christmas and New Year's." This is according to John van Laethem of herb company Bell'Aroma. "The big players over the holidays are now suffering. At the moment there are shortages for mint and basil. We normally work with set.....

Suriname to export tomatoes and peppers to the US

"Suriname is the first country in the Caribbean to sign an agreement with Agro Business. This is a significant collaboration for our country," said District Commissioner (DC), Kenya Pansa, of the Brokopondo district, in an interview with theSuriname Herald.She reached an agreement with her counterparts,.....

Super berry is ideal for Canadian weather

Haskap berries: great possibilities for Canada

Regional district Bulkley-Nechako in Canada’s British Columbia currently just has three producers growing haskap berries, but there seems to be plenty of opportunity for growth. Debbie Evans, the district’s agriculture coordinator: “There is definitely an opportunity for growth of the haskap industry within.....

US (CA): Strawberries up, raspberries & avocados down in Ventura County

Although the total value of the agriculture products of Ventura County fell slightly in 2016, the top four crops -who saw a 4.2% drop- namely strawberries, lemons, nursery stock and celery, all made some gains over the previous year.The Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner’s 2016 Crop and Livestock.....

Estimated at US$ 3.61 million

Farming losses in Taiwan after cold spell

According to statistics released by the Council of Agriculture, estimated agricultural losses resulting from a three-day cold spell that hit Taiwan had reached NT$ 100.91 million (US$ 3.61 mln) as of Jan. 19.Damaged crops made up the bulk of the losses, totalling NT$ 84.96 million over 1,382 hectares of.....

In non-oil sector

Azerbaijan: Tomatoes are the main export product

Azerbaijan’s main market in 2017 remained Russia, importing goods worth $553 million: more than a third of the total volume. However, Azerbaijan is engaged in efforts to diversify the non-oil economy and increase its exports of non-oil products. The main export product of the non-oil sector in 2017 was the.....

India: "Farmers let tomato crop rot as middlemen cheat"

Tomato farmers are not picking tomatoes from their fields because of the expense involved in transporting them to the market is more than the price they get for the produce from the middlemen.In the current system, it is not farmers but middlemen who get the benefits and the profits. Farmers who cultivated.....

Russian border opening even more for Turkish tomatoes?

Russia isn’t ready to remove all restrictions on agricultural imports from Turkey, according to vice prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich during the World Economic Forum in Davos. “We aren’t ready to lift restrictions because we’re protecting the interests of Russian companies,” the minister told Tass. Russian.....

Strong year for Honduran summer squash in the US

Summer squash grown in Honduras has seen a strong uptake this year, with growers and importers experiencing high demand for their products. One of the reasons is that produce imports from Mexico into the United States have faced a number of challenges in the last few months. Cold and wet weather have.....

World Vegetable Map 2018, Rabobank:

Controlled production on the rise

The 2018 World Vegetable Map shows essential vegetable trade flows and highlights some key global trends in the sector, such as the growing importance of production in greenhouses and vertical farms, as well as the popularity of organic vegetables.Click here to download PDFThe global vegetable market is.....

"Impressive increase of EU agri-food exports"

The value of EU agri-food exports increased by €1 billion between November 2016 and November 2017 to €12.7 billion, according to the latest monthly trade report from the European Commission. With monthly agri-food imports of around €10 billion, the monthly trade balance in agri-food products remains around.....

Nigeria: Farm implements for 100 tomato growers in Daura

Katsina Fadama III agricultural initiative says it will supply farm implements to 100 tomato farmers in Daura in a bid to boost commercial production of tomato in the state.Alhaji Bashir Zango, the state Fadama Programme Coordinator, made this known on Wednesday, at the distribution of the implements to.....

US: Households that buy directly from growers spend more on fruits and veg

ERS researchers recently used USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) data to investigate the relationship between spending for fruits and vegetables and shopping at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and other direct-to-consumer (DTC) outlets.The researchers looked at two.....

'Albania has potential to become the next Greece or Italy'

The Albanian agriculture sector is booming. In the last two years, Miron Topciu from L&B Fruits 2006, says that the production of fruit and vegetables has increased by 30%. The company is made up of fruit and vegetable growers, which gives them a combined production of 90 hectares, making them one of the.....

Picture changing for greenhouse lettuce in North America

Greenhouse greens are seeing even demand right now. “At the moment, there appears to be a pretty good match between supply and demand for our retail market,” says Trish Fournier of Lake Erie Farms Inc. in LaSalette, Ont. “There are a few products that we have an oversupply of for the food service market.”.....

‘Fruit Cultivation’ specialization shows biggest increase

Gardner is the most popular apprenticeship German ag sector

The number of trainee gardeners haven’t been as high since 2011. With an increase of 5.3 percent in new contracts compared to the previous year and the largest share of new contracts, ‘gardener’ remains the most popular profession in the agricultural sector. With just under 5,300 newly concluded training.....
Benefits are unclear

Canadian exporters comment on CPTPP agreement

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) announced that an agreement was reached on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The deal was reached yesterday, January 23. Eleven countries are set to sign as the US withdrew from TPP a year ago. According to the CPMA, the.....

US: Cucumber shipment with some 360 kgs of marijuana

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered 790 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within a commercial trailer hauling a shipment of cucumbers.“Despite the inclement weather, our officers remain resolute and determined in.....
2017 Asda sales data revealed most popular fruit & veg

Brits love bananas and berries

Bananas have remained the top-purchased produce in 2017 by Asda customers, whilst raspberries, blueberries and strawberries have seen the greatest rise in popularity and became three of the best-selling produce of the year. In 2017, Asda customers ate their way through 15,000 tonnes of strawberries, thanks.....

Fresh produce industry unaffected by US government shutdown

The United States Federal government shutdown appears to have had little effect on the fresh produce industry. Last week Friday, both parties were unable to come to an agreement on federal funding, resulting in the temporary cessation of a number of government functions.However, on Monday, suppliers and.....

US: Millennials spend less than other generations on grocery store foods

A recent ERS analysis of 2014 grocery store data found that compared to older generations, Millennial-headed households spent the least per person on food at home. However, like the other generations analyzed, Millennial households with higher incomes tended to spend more on grocery store foods than.....

CAN (ON): Province growing Northern Ontario's agri-food sector

Ontario is helping to diversify and strengthen the northern economy by growing the agriculture, aquaculture and food processing sector in the region.Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement at.....

China and Vietnam launch Joint Committee on Agriculture

Vice Minister Yu Xinrong and Mr. Le Quoc Doanh, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, co-chaired the First Meeting of China-Vietnam Joint Committee on Agriculture (JCA) in Hanoi on 21 Jan. 2018. Upon the request of the Vietnamese side, Vice Minister.....

US: Fresh red raspberries market movement and pricing

Data from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service illustrate what remarkable growth has occurred in the fresh red raspberry market. American consumers have really taken a liking to fresh red raspberries and the “off-season” has nearly disappeared due to increased volumes from Mexico.Average monthly fresh.....

Chili pepper supplies feeling the Florida weather

The Hurricane Irma effect is being felt in the supply of chili peppers in the U.S. right now. “There is good availability of chili peppers in the West at the moment. However Florida supplies are light at this time,” says Randy Bailey of Bailey Farms in Oxford, N.C. Bailey points out that the supply right now.....

Nigeria: "Still a long way to self-sufficiency in tomato production"

Nigeria is the 14th largest producer of tomatoes in the world. On the continent, the country is ranked second (after Egypt) with an annual production of about 1.8 million metric tonnes.With over 48 million tomato farmers across the country, Nigeria accounts for 65 per cent of tomatoes produced in West.....
Tampa Bay area, Hernando County

US: Florida cold keeps farmers busy

Temperatures in Hernando County took a dive Wednesday night, reaching into the low 20s (-7o C) near Brooksville, forcing some local farmers to brace for the worst. Forecasts attributed the coldest temperatures for the northern parts of the Tampa Bay area.Recent cold snaps in the area are 'not normal in any.....

Spain: Alicante's vegetable harvest down 30,000 tonnes due to drought

A report by the agricultural organization Asaja-Alicante warns that the continuing drought in the province has caused the province's vegetable production to fall by 30,000 tonnes, following the abandonment of one thousand hectares. Paradoxically, the rain storms recorded last September were lethal for table.....

Jordan working with Turkey to solve tomato oversupply crisis

During a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Amman Mourad Karaguz, Minister of Agriculture Khalid Al-Hanifat urged the Turkish side to expedite the implementation of agricultural cooperative agreements between the two countries.Minister Hanifat and the Ambassador discussed the possibility of improving the.....
For 2018 agricultural season:

Spain will hire 10,400 Moroccan seasonal workers

Spain announced it will hire a total of 10,400 Moroccan seasonal agricultural workers, mainly to work on strawberry, red fruit and citrus farms in the 2018 agricultural season.The Spanish government came with this news after a meeting held in Madrid on January 18 between representatives of agricultural firms.....

Vegetable prices up in Malaysia

Checks by The Star this week showed that consumers in Malaysia will have to fork out extra money for vegetables and fish, as prices of these items have increased due to the monsoon season.Other than red chillies (just a week ago, they were RM10 [2.54 USD] per kg), vegetables such as lady’s fingers and long.....

China: Snowfall affects chilli pepper prices

Sannong China has reported that as the weather is getting colder, the greenhouses in Shandong cities Weifang and Linyi will suspend the production of chilli peppers. The "Northern Road for Southern Veggies" is going to be expanded soon and products from such provinces as Guandong, Guanxi and Hainan will.....

"Italy is the European vegetable leader"

Italy occupies the first place in Europe as regards the value of vegetables produced at 19.3%, followed by Spain (18%), Germany (10%), France (9.2%) and the Netherlands (7.7%). But this doesn't mean it can relax, as innovative products are needed that can grasp the attention of consumers.This is what was.....

Iran: Fall in agricultural exports

News reports confirm that Iran’s agricultural exports amounted to $4 billion during the first nine months of the current fiscal year (March 20-December 21), 3.4 percent less year-on-year.The country exported 4.19 million tons of agricultural products during the period, which is 2.4 percent less compared to.....

Mr Bindraban has been exporting to the Caribbean for years

"Imports from the Dominican Republic could be the answer"

Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, has withdrawn his accusation that gold was being smuggled from Venezuela to the Antilles. As a result, the trade embargo has been somewhat relaxed. The first ships carrying fruit have docked at Willemstad again, but there are still significant shortages.Trade company,.....

US: Strawberry slowdown only temporary after Florida freeze

Florida experienced another wave of cold weather late last week, with temperatures dropping once again below freezing. In Tampa, temperatures dropped as low as 29 degrees on Thursday morning along with windy conditions. Growers in the surrounding regions are focused on strawberry production at this time of.....