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Freshfel:

"Policy makers and fruit & veg industry need to cooperate better"

Freshfel Europe – The European Fresh Association has held its Annual conference together with Profel – The European Association of Fruit and Vegetable processors at the 20th of June 2017 in Brussels. The conference has been held with the motto: “Fruit and vegetables: Healthy and sustainable solutions for.....

BRICS agriculture ministers highlight cooperation, food security

Agriculture ministers from BRICS countries underlined cooperation and the importance of food security at a meeting that ended on Saturday."Social, economic and environmental support is needed to ensure sustainable development of food security," said a joint declaration signed by the ministers during the.....

Column Frits van der Meulen, FCB

Blossom end rot encountered in Dutch peppers

In the past few weeks, the production of greenhouse products has been high. During the "summer period" in May, tomatoes were of excellent quality. Attractive, shiny and sturdy fruit that practically sold itself.Peppers were also of good quality. It is a pity that we have encountered blossom end rot in the.....

"Invest in new technology, not bigger farms, to reap ag profits"

The “get big or get out” drive for greater economies of scale in Australian agriculture is not really working for farmers any more.To be profitable today producers probably still need to get bigger, but real gains come with investing seriously in agricultural technology says the Australia and New Zealand.....

US, Canada & Mexico ag ministers:

"Our trading relationship is vital to the economies"

Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay; Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Jose Calzada; and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement at the conclusion of their first trilateral meetings in.....

US: High food insecurity in households with school-age children

Each year a portion of American households are food insecure—they struggle to afford enough food for all household members. In some of these households, children—along with adults—experience reductions in dietary quality and food intake.In 2014-15, children were food insecure in 8.6 percent of all U.S......

Emergency seed distributions to combat hunger in north-east Nigeria

Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month. It is part of efforts, led by the Government, to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food.....

Juan Marín Andreu

Spain: "Exporting plum tomatoes is not attractive"

Currently, most countries in Europe are able to produce tomatoes, which is why companies like Grupo Caicedo believe that "it does not make much sense to export them, because you'd have to compete against the local production of each country with the additional cost of transportation," explains Marín......

Spain: Rising number of Piel de Sapo melon varieties on the market

The search for a product that has the best qualities, a long shelf life, a good taste, strength for transportation, etc., is resulting in an increase in the number of Piel de Sapo melon varieties with every campaign. At the moment, there are about 15 marketable varieties, according to Christian Martínez, of.....

Zimbabwe Ag Bank offers $10m in loans to boost horticulture

The Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank) says it is offering horticulture farmers working capital as well as loans to acquire assets amounting to $10 million to promote horticulture production.Zimbabwe produces several horticultural products including flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs,.....

"New Zealand needs to prepare for changing eating trends"

The 2017 KPMG Agribusiness Agenda: The Recipe for Action, released recently, draws the conclusion that, as lifestyle accelerates, consumers are actively seeking out ways to find products that fit into their lifestyles.“Functional, nutritious, convenient food is not just sought after but it is expected as we.....

US tariff proposal: Mexican tomato prices will increase by up to 30%

In addition to the avocado, one of Mexico's most important agricultural exports to the US are its tomatoes and if US President Donald Trump increases import taxes to that country, the fruit would have to increase its cost.Raul Perez Bedolla, head of Alcano, said that a renegotiation of the North American.....

Italy: Industry tomatoes at risk due to drought

Various areas in Italy are suffering because of the drought and Parma and Piacenza declared the state of natural disaster. It hasn't rained for months and forecasts say it won't rain in the next few days as well.Industry tomatoes are suffering the most, which is rather problematic as a lot of people are.....

Mexico sends first shipment of blueberries to China

Mexico's first shipment of blueberries to China was dispatched on a flight from Guadalajara, capital of the west-central state of Jalisco, the government said on Thursday.The 630-kilo cargo comprised 420 boxes of the fruit cultivated in rural Jalisco, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement.Jalisco.....

High yields & stable prices for Romanian cucumbers

Located in Matca, Romania’s largest greenhouse area, spanning around 1500 hectares, Marius Petrache, General Manager of Marcoser, said that despite the extremely cold winter, followed by freezing temperatures in March and April, they will have high yields this season. Although many of the open field crops.....

Purdue professor provides farmers market 're-fresher' for buyers and sellers

It’s that time of year when fresh produce and specialty foods are now seasonably abundant and with rising temperatures comes the rise of food safety concerns for buyers and sellers.by Cheri D Frederick, Purdue UniversityEver notice how quickly berries mold after you wash them?“Try to avoid washing fresh.....

US (IL): Student farm allows campus to serve local food

The tasty slices of pizza students will be eating this fall in University of Illinois dining halls will be as close to “locally grown” as most restaurants can get, with many of the ingredients grown right on campus.Not only do students get to enjoy these home-grown products, but students are involved in.....

"Ethiopia is an attractive country for investors"

EHPEA, the Ethiopian association for growers and exporters, has 140 members who produce and export fruit, vegetables and flowers. Yemishrach Berhanu, responsible for the promotion of the association, indicates they are present at various fresh produce fairs to promote their members’ products. They also.....

Bo Andersson, Ewerman AB:

"Swedish consumers not willing to pay for organic strawberries"

Swedish consumers love organic strawberries, the only problem is that they are not always willing to pay the price for them, which can be more than double than conventional strawberries, shared Bo Andersson from Ewerman AB. It's not much better for growers. Andersson said that there are only 2-3 organic.....

Photo report European Tomato Forum

European tomato market: less for more money

During the last decade, the Dutch tomato had an excellent chance on the German market. That became clear during last Friday’s Tomato Forum in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dutch exporters managed to both improve absolute export and export value to Germany, in part thanks to innovations in the sector. Once again, the.....

Tomorrow, June 13 at 13.00 CET:

Webinar topics Russia's industrial greenhouse boom

If you want to learn more about the Russian potential for new greenhouse development, you are invited to join a special webinar tomorrow. The webinar is organized by Vostock Capital and will share the latest details on the growing opportunities in the Russian horticulture industry. According to Financial.....

US: Hawaii becomes first state to formally adopt climate accord pledges

Hawaii became the first state Tuesday to formally enact portions of the Paris Climate Accord pledges into law.At the state Capitol building Tuesday afternoon, Gov. David Ige signed two bills into law that seek to make Hawaii a greener place to live.The bill signing came less than two weeks after President.....

India's shift to high-value horticulture crops bears record yields

In 2016-17, small and marginal farmers in India raised bumper horticulture crops, fruits and vegetables, touching a record high of 295 million tonnes for the fifth consecutive year.This was made possible due to a better monsoon, but it also reflected the structural change underway in the agriculture sector,.....

Australia: Adelaide glasshouses struggle to meet tomato demand

Adelaide’s cold snap and the aftermath of floods in Queensland have driven up prices, ranging from $6 to $12/kg at the Adelaide Central Market compared to the usual $3.99-$4.99 at this time of year.Tomatoes were one of the “saddest items” in the fruit and veg aisles, said Margy Abbot of AMJ.....

FAO:

"Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought"

Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.Some 37 countries, 28 of which.....

France: Vine tomatoes still in the lead

According to the latest report from the Minister of Agriculture, tomato acreage will be stable in France this year with production potential reaching 600,000 tons (1,974 hectares in greenhouses and 375 hectares in fields). Despite the increasing modernity of greenhouses and a wider range of tomatoes, harvest.....

$2.2m project in Rwanda to boost horticulture exports

Rwanda's National Agriculture Export Development Board (NAEB) has signed a joint venture agreement with a local firm, ProDev Bugesera, to boost the country's export potential of horticulture products, said a statement released Friday by the Rwanda Development Board.The parties held negotiations, led by the.....

Report: Navigating food import processes in East Asia

NZTE has released a new report on food import processes in East Asia, designed to help New Zealand food and beverage (F&B) exporters understand local rules and regulations and get their products into market. East Asia has a combined population of 740 million people and a growing middle class, meaning big.....

Also Belgian horticulture is flourishing again

Dutch greenhouse horticulture continues to grow unprecedented this year. After a period of stagnation, a lot of catching up is done. In Belgium, horticulture is also developing, but there is hardly any growth.Not only Dutch greenhouse horticulture is experiencing a resurgence, also construction is ongoing in.....

22.5% increase in 5 years:

Canada: Greenhouse area expands with year-round vegetable demand

Demand for fresh vegetables year-round continued to drive growth in greenhouse vegetables in Canada. Total greenhouse area used to produce vegetables increased 22.5% from 135.1 million square feet in 2011 to 165.4 million square feet in 2016. Greenhouse, Sod and Nursery Survey data confirm the increase in.....

Encouraging agri-food exports by promoting EU safety standards abroad

The European Union (EU) has some of the most comprehensive food safety standards in the world, and a well-established system of controls to make sure that those standards are met. But the EU is also a market that is open to the world, encouraging trade with partner countries across the globe, and helping.....

South Africa's only Sweet Palermo RZ producer

South Africa: Growing demand for sweet pointed pepper

Graceland Hydroponics in the Northwest Province is the only production site in South Africa of Sweet Palermo peppers, Rijk Zwaan’s sweet pointed pepper which was launched in 2015.Under tunnels, 2 ha of Sweet Palermo peppers have been grown for the past two years and delivered to PicknPay supermarkets.....

Ghana and India partner to boost tomato production

Ghana and India are collaborating under a Pilot Research Project on TomatoProduction, which would ensure that there is abundant production and supply of the crop in the country all year through.The project which seeks to pilot tomato production technologies in three ecological zones Ada, Kumasi and Navrongo.....

Growing foods from around the world in Ontario soil

Ontario is kicking-off Local Food Week by engaging consumers, farmers and agri-food processors to find ways to make locally-grown foods as diverse as the people who call this province home.Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal was at Heydon Park Secondary School in Toronto to launch.....

"Canada and US to keep agricultural trading relationship strong and growing"

Canada and the United States enjoy one of the closest trade relationships in the world. This trade interdependence supports economic growth and millions of middle class jobs on both sides of the border. The Government of Canada is working closely with the U.S. Administration to strengthen what is already a.....

US: Producers voice support for renegotiating NAFTA

Agricultural producers’ sentiment was unchanged in May from a month earlier. The latest reading of the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer – which is based on a monthly survey of 400 agricultural producers from across the country – was 130 (Figure 1). The producer sentiment index has hovered near 130 for.....

Gerry Mastronardi on CBC News:

"$15 minimum wage will kill my business"

Greenhouse growers are vowing to put up a fight over Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's plan to hike the minimum wage.The operators say the province's proposal to increase the wage to $15 an hour will kill their businesses.A higher minimum wage will only add to the financial constraints already being caused by.....

New Zealand lifts temporary ban on Fiji eggplants

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) chief executive officer, Hillary Kumwenda, confirmed this during the Fiji BAF-NZMPI (New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries) Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) meeting earlier this morning at the Tanoa Hotel in Suva.The fruit was slapped with a temporary suspension.....

US: Rural unemployment rates declined for all education levels

Unemployment rates for rural adults are lower for those with higher educational attainment. But during the Great Recession (shaded area of the chart), unemployment rates across all education levels roughly doubled between 2007 and 2010.Rural working-age adults (ages 25-64) without a high school diploma saw.....

Seed smuggler refused entry to New Zealand

A Korean traveller has been refused entry to New Zealand after trying to hide some tomato seeds from Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity officers. The woman arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday with her husband. The seeds were found in tissue paper hidden between the flaps of a box.....

US: Food price inflation continues to outpace overall inflation

From 2012 to 2016, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food (grocery store and restaurant food) rose by 6.1 percent—a larger increase than the 4.5-percent rise in the all-items CPI. When the CPI for a specific category, such as food, rises faster than the all-items CPI, it indicates that prices for the.....

UK: Tesco launches indoor tomato plant

Tesco is introducing a productive indoor tomato plant aimed at helping people living in urban areas without gardens.The mini tomato plant has been naturally developed over the last five years by produce experts who have bred together varieties to come up with one that is small, compact and most importantly.....

Spain: Positive development of horticultural exports in first quarter

The Spanish export of fresh fruits and vegetables has recorded a positive development in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period of 2016, with an 11% increase in shipments to the EU, totalling 3,848 million Euro; a 14% growth in non-European third countries, totalling € 133 million, and a.....

Cambodia to launch $20m program to boost local veg production

Implementation of a previously announced three-year $20 million programme to increase local vegetable and fragrant rice production in Cambodia will begin next month to help boost domestic supply and reduce imports, an agriculture official said yesterday. The goal of the project is to increase local.....

Bulgaria: Pepper producers want increased aid for insurance

The Bulgarian Pepper Association (APB) has asked the country's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAF), Rumen Porozhanov, to increase the funding for insurances by 500,000 Lev (about 255,720 Euro).They point out that fruit and vegetable insurance funds are exhausted, and only 1.5% of producers have.....

New statistics available on Australian protected cropping acreage

Greenhouse statistics specialist Gary W. Hickman of Cuesta Roble Consulting will soon release an update on his Australian Greenhouse Vegetable Production Statistics.Hickman, who follows and tracks a lot of international greenhouse vegetable expansions, will release the 2017 version next month. In his 2016.....

Belgium makes 7.7 million available for innovative Flemish horticultural projects

Joke Schauvliege, the Flemish minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture has allocated a total budget of 7.7 million euro to support new innovative agricultural projects. A selection procedure was used to identify the 16 high-quality projects. Innovation in the agriculture and horticulture sector is.....

CAN (ON): Greenhouse farmers in disbelief over minimum wage announcement

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) announced an immediate concern for the ongoing viability of their sector. While greenhouse vegetable growers agree there is a common interest in sharing in a healthy economic well-being, the recent announcement relating to significant increased minimum wages.....

Vietnam: Organic product demand keeps rising

Demand for organic farm and other products has increased significantly both in Vietnam and globally, and this is good news for businesses investing in the field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.Deputy Minister Trần Thanh Nam said many countries had begun to adopt organic.....

Austria: Large selection of organic herbs at Spar

A colourful selection of the best organic herbs from Tyrol is now available in all Tyrolean SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR supermarkets. From cress to basil, fresh herbs are very popular in Austrian kitchens. Altogether, over 2,600 products from 128 Tyrol manufacturers can be found on the shelves at SPAR.The.....

Macedonia: Red and pink tomatoes most popular in Eastern Europe

70% of the production of these varieties of tomato are exported to countries such as Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, or Romania. However, the quantity exported to each of the destinations varies each year depending on the market, the productions, and the demand for the product.The price range of these products is.....

These white strawberries sell for $10 a piece in Japan

In Japan, some types of fruit are considered a luxury item. The fruit is delivered in ornate packaging and offered to friends and loved ones as gifts. They are so highly praised that some are sold for the price of gold.That's the case for strawberries in Japan, and especially white strawberries. While Japan.....

UK: NFU launches vision for post-Brexit trade

The NFU is calling for a razor-sharp political focus on markets at home and abroad for the UK’s £13.8bn worth of food and drink exports.In A New Outlook on International Trade, the latest in a series of reports on the NFU’s Vision for the Future of Farming, the NFU highlights the risks and opportunities for.....

Vineland featured in Manitoba Co-operator:

Canada replacing imports with home-grown eggplants and okra

Canadian-grown eggplant and okra have replaced about 800,000 kg of imports over the past several years, creating a research-to-grower-to-market success story.The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has played a central role helping with research and bringing together the parts of the industry needed to.....

US (CA): StarGreen Capital to invest $100 million in marijuana industry

StarGreen Capital announced plans to invest $100 million over the next year in California's legal medical and recreational cannabis industries. StarGreen will provide capital and business development services to qualified partners representing every segment of the industry from "seed to sale." Initial areas.....

Organic sector posts new records in U.S. sales

The American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate and used more organic products than ever before, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2017 Organic Industry Survey released at OTA’s.....

Italy: What's happening to the fresh tomato market?

After a year characterised by exceptional weather events, it's no surprise that the Italian fresh produce sector is going through a crisis. Sicily and its table tomatoes are suffering the most, as prices at origin are rather low and probably won't help producers.With the very popular cherry tomatoes from.....

Turkish tomato exports to Saudi Arabia contributed to price stability

An official in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stressed the desire of the Kingdom's traders to promote greater and continuous cooperation with Turkish companies, pointing out that imports of Turkish vegetables and fruits in the Saudi market are increasing steadily.The head of the committee of fruit and vegetable.....

Not enough early Danish strawberries to meet demand

Domestically grown strawberries are synonymous with warm weather in Denmark and local producers are finding it hard to keep up with demand, organic strawberries pose an even greater challenge. "It is especially difficult to produce enough strawberries to meet consumer demand earlier in the season." shared.....

Philippines: Urban residents urged to produce their own food

Department of Agriculture (DA) Undersecretaries Ariel Cayanan, Ranibai Dilangalen, Evelyn Laviña, and Bernadette Puyat, together with Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte and officials of the Local Government of Quezon City launched the Pagkain Para sa Masa urban gardening project in Barangay Bahay Toro on May 31,.....

Russian company imports first batch of Syrian tomatoes

The Adygea-based Adyg-Yurak company has imported the first batch of tomatoes from Syria via Novorossiysk, a port on the Black Sea, and plans to deliver over 6,000 tons of vegetable and fruit to Russia by the end of this year, chief executive of the company Aslan Panesh told TASS on May 31.Products will be.....

US: Organic operations concentrated in West, Northeast, Upper Midwest

Although all 50 States have some organic production and processing, the proportion of farms that are certified organic varies across commodities produced and regions. Data from USDA’s organic regulatory program show that organic farm production and food-handling operations are concentrated in California (the.....

India's hort production hits record 295mt in 2017

Indian production of horticulture crops such as fruits and vegetables touched a record high of 295 million tonnes (mt) in 2016-17, according to the second advance estimates released by the agriculture ministry on Tuesday.The latest estimates are an upward revision over the 287 mt estimated by the ministry in.....

Nigeria: Government urged to review tomato concentrate tariff

The Group Managing Director of Sonia Foods Industries Limited, Mr. Nnamdi Nnodebe has called on the federal government to consider the plight of local manufacturers and review the increase in the tariff for tomato concentrates from five to 50 per cent, and the $1,500 levy on each metric tonne of tomato.....

Cucumber crisis in France

The Market News Network (RMN) has declared cucumbers to be in crisis. Prices in January and February were a lot higher than the average but began to decrease in March. The Minister of Agriculture explains that “In April, the prices continued to decrease with the increase in all production basins as well as.....

US: Consumer interest for organic chopped salads increases

Chopped salads and organic foods. Braga Fresh Family Farms of Soledad, CA. hopes to hone in on these two food trends with its Josie’s Organics salad line. Braga recently debuted the line to the Canadian market at the 2017 CPMA Annual Convention and Trade Show. “We started the chopped salad line about one.....

US: Growers hoping for 'door' in Mexican border wall

More than 11,000 foreign guest workers such as Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce, fruit and vegetables for California’s $47 billion agricultural industry — a fivefold increase from 2011, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Labor Department data.If this year’s hiring pace.....

Ranking nations on food sustainability

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) created The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), which ranks countries on food system sustainability based on three pillars: food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges."The.....

Ghana to host first ever African Agricultural Ministers' conference

Ghana is set to host the first ever Agricultural Ministers' Conference in Africa, as part of efforts aimed at pushing the continent's agricultural transformation agenda.Ghana's Food and Agricultural Minister, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, is putting plans in place to bring together his colleagues from the.....

CAN (ON): Proposed labour changes will impact agri-food industry

The Ontario government’s proposed changes to employment and labour laws could have significant impact on the province’s agri-food industry. The proposed changes were announced in response to the release of the final report from the Changing Workplaces Review.Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act.....

Honduras positions its eggplants in the US

The National Health and Food Safety Service (Senasa) stated at a meeting that, day by day, the eggplants grown in Honduras were improving their positioning in the United States market, where they are considered a star product.The meeting took place at the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), and was.....

Value up by 20%

Spain: Significant growth of Almeria's tomato sector

The figures recorded by Almeria's tomato sector, the flagship product in terms of acreage and marketed volume, have grown significantly in the current season. Specifically, the export value of tomatoes has increased by 19.68% compared to the previous season, reaching 450 million Euro, while the volume.....

Bad weather hurts veg import prices in Singapore

Bad weather in neighbouring countries have hit the import prices of some vegetables hard, said some importers in Singapore. They told The New Paper that they have seen a dramatic increase in the import prices since last week.Vegetables imports from Malaysia and Thailand now cost more. For example, the owner.....

Zimbabwe strives to grow hort exports

ZimTrade chief executive officer, Sithembile Pilime said COLEACP, which is part of the intra ACP indicative programme 2014-2020 for co-operation between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, will help address prevalent hurdles in the horticultural value chain.“The COLEACP.....

"Morocco's horticulture needs to be more productive and more sustainable"

Horticulture in Morocco must become more productive and more sustainable. Researches at the University of Wageningen have, therefore, designed a greenhouse prototype. They also want to develop a research and developmental programme with regional partners. Plant and economical researchers at Wageningenare.....

Report addresses food security challenges

The University of Guelph is part of an international commission that has developed an action plan to solve food and nutrition challenges around the world.U of G is the only Canadian institution represented in the Challenge of Changecommission, formed in 2016 by the Association of Public and Land-Grant.....

EU: Largest part of supportive measures for Russian boycott already used

Some member states have already exhausted the full scope for intervention measures related to the Russian boycott. Other countries have already claimed more than 75 per cent of available volumes. This is evidenced by the minutes of the meeting of the Expert Group and Management Committee for GMO Fruit and.....