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Canada: Major funding for Québec agri-food sector

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) presented its strategy for Québec's agri-food sector. It also announced the creation of a $125-million fund to invest in every segment of the sector's value chain, targeting both companies seeking to accelerate their growth and farmers who operate family.....

China and EU to enhance agricultural cooperation

China's Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu held talks with Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, in Brussels on 20 April 2017. The two sides had extensive and in-depth discussions on enhancing China-EU agricultural cooperation, particularly in the areas of animal health.....

Will an inflatable greenhouse be the solution to grow food on Mars?

NASA scientists designed an inflatable cylinder greenhouse that could help astronauts grow food when arriving at other planets. Astronauts have successfully grown vegetables and plants aboard the International Space Station, but with the newest project, NASA expects to develop long-term methods to.....

Hungary: Panic over as lettuce prices start to fall

According to Mr Ledó Ferenc, chairman of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Board (FruitVeB), the first Hungarian vegetables have already hit the markets and retail stores, mainly those grown in greenhouses heated by thermal water. There are now larger quantities of.....

Heavy rain hurts supply of spinach and other greens in NZ

Wet weather which has been hammering parts of New Zealand has damaged green vegetable supply across the country which has seen prices increase.Spinach and other greens such as beans, broccoli, salads, silverbeet and lettuce are all in short supply, Foodstuffs spokesperson Antoinette Laird says."Customers may.....

Top US metropolitan areas by GDP

This map uses a 3D visualization to show which cities in the United States have the highest GDP. The New York metropolitan area, which includes Newark and Jersey City, lead the country with $1.5 trillion in GDP. The area had GDP growth of 2.4% in 2014. The New York metropolitan area provided almost 10% of.....

Study maps distributors of fruits and vegetables in Kenya

The Dutch Embassy commissioned Research Solutions Africa to conduct a study to map the distributors of a selection of fruits and vegetables in Kenya. This study aims to support businesses interested in entering or expanding in the market of avocado, French bean, mango, onion and tomato. Download the study.....

Turkish tomatoes enter Russia with Moroccan labels

Turkish tomatoes, banned for import into Russia, are allegedly reaching stores in the country under the guise of Moroccan shipments, as reported by Kommersant. The publication suggests that about half of the illegal imports of this vegetable come from Turkey.Wholesalers order their supplies via a Russian.....

US (LA): Ag official urges innovation to address food security, waste

The world is facing an “existential threat” to nutritional security, a problem that will only become worse as the global population increases, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said at a seminar at the LSU AgCenter on April 24.Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA National Institute of Food.....

Increasing pan-African influence on vegetable eating habits

South Africa: Cool weather crashes salad demand in favour of soup vegetables

Autumn has arrived in South Africa and temperatures have dropped, along with consumers’ taste for summer vegetables, while demand for soup vegetables is growing.Coupled with a long Easter weekend in the middle of the month, which has drained household spending power for the rest of the month, general demand.....

New Zealand's new immigration plan could hurt horticulture industry

The government's new immigration plan will create a high turnover of staff in the horticulture industry and dramatically cut the number of people applying for jobs, according to a Bay of Plenty kiwifruit company.The move would include a salary threshold for high-skilled migrants, while low-skilled migrants.....

Vietnam: Hi-tech ag projects to get more support

The Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment has drafted a Decree on encouraging businesses investing in agriculture and rural areas, which proposes assistance in investment in agriculture applying high technology, training human resources and developing consumption market.Vegetables production with.....

Majority of U.S. ag exports go to five key markets

The United States exported $135 billion worth of agricultural goods in 2016. This is down from a record of $150 billion in 2014. While the Nation exports agricultural goods to most countries worldwide, a significant share goes to major trading partners.In 2016, 61 percent of the value of agricultural exports.....

Spain: Agrifood exports continue to grow

According to the analysis carried out by Fundación Lafer, the Agrifood sector is consolidated as one of the main axes of the Spanish economic exports.In 2016, Agrifood exports reached a value of €44, 3 billion, 5.9% more than the previous year, accounting for 17.4% of total Spanish exports.With Agrifood.....

"UK consumers should brace themselves for price rises"

The price of food imported from the EU is likely to rise by up to 8% as Britain is forced to impose extra border controls after Brexit, making it more difficult to import foods that they cannot produce themselves.Last year, the UK imported food and agriculture products worth £47.5bn. 71% were from EU.....

US (NY): Growing interest in CSAs

CSAs—which stands for Community Supported Agriculture—are pre-paid shares of a local farm’s harvest, which supports the small agricultural businesses.Being a member of a CSA gives people a clearer image of where their food is coming from and educates all on the seasonal bounties of the area.Justin Seelaus,.....

EU: Copa & Cogeca outline views on CAP simplification

In a high-level meeting with the Maltese Presidency, Copa & Cogeca outlined views on the EU Omnibus Regulation and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) discussed by EU Farm Ministers in Luxembourg.Speaking to Mr Roderick Galdes, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries.....

US: Appropriators urged to protect conservation funding

More than 220 agriculture, wildlife, and conservation organizations from across the country sent a letter urging the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees to protect farm bill conservation funding in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The groups, which included the National Association of.....

US (CA): Rain has strawberry farmers worried about crops

Rain is expected to return this Friday in California, which is creating a troublesome harvest season for some organic strawberry farmers.Strawberries planted by Arroyo Grande farmer Jerry Rutiz of Rutiz Family Farms could be in trouble. "If the forecast is true and we get one to two inches of rain on Friday,.....

herb grower Piet van Vugt

"Growing on demand requires a tight cultivation schedule"

Van Vugt Kruiden expects peak periods again this week before Easter. “Demand for herbs has been good in recent months. We have noticed that restaurants are receiving more visitors again.” “In January and February, availability of some types of herbs was tricky, because our production in southern Europe was.....

Peru sent 83% of its lettuce shipments to the US

This year's fresh lettuce exports started at a slower pace than in the first quarter of last year. According to information from AgrodataPeru, in this period Peru exported a total of 46,409 kilos of this product at an FOB value of US $128,474. This volume is lower than the volume achieved in the same period.....

Canada: Celebrating 40 years of Foodland Ontario

For 40 years, Foodland Ontario has been making it easier for families and consumers to identify and enjoy Ontario's locally-grown and harvested foods.Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was at Longo's grocery store to mark Foodland Ontario's 40th anniversary and encourage customers to.....

US: Agriculture contributed $992 billion to economy in 2015

Agriculture and agriculture-related industries contributed $992 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, a 5.5-percent share. The output of America’s farms contributed $136.7 billion of this sum—about 1 percent of GDP.The overall contribution of the agriculture sector to GDP is larger than.....

Bulgaria: Greenhouse vegetable prices rose early in the year

Prices for greenhouse vegetables rose in early 2017, compared to late 2016, as revealed by the Bulletin of the Centre for Economic Research in Agriculture (CAPA).Tomato prices have recorded one of the most notable increases of the past 2-3 years, while the wholesale and retail prices of cucumbers are among.....

EU and Norway conclude agricultural trade agreement

The European Union and Norway came to an agreement which will facilitate bilateral trade in agricultural products, allowing EU exporters to reinforce their position on their 8th largest export market for agricultural products.Commissioner for agriculture, Phil Hogan, said: "I welcome this agreement, which.....

Record-breaking Spanish cucumber exports

In 2016, Spanish cucumber exports were record-breaking in terms of both volume and value, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and supplied by the statistical service Estacom (Icex-Agencia Tributaria), with code 0707 of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities (TARIC).The total volume of.....

Future of Britain's ag trade deals uncertain after Brexit

Brexit has created an administrative and diplomatic minefield for Britain by triggering a reworking of its relations in the most contentious area of international trade -- agriculture.To stand on its own after it leaves the European Union, Britain needs a document setting out its own commitments at the World.....

Poland: Lettuce in demand ahead of Easter

Vegetable supplies are tight at the moment, reports Pawel Rudnicki from Polish exporter Primavega. The domestic season is about to start and together with limited supply from Spain and Italy for products that are high in demand, like broccoli, prices are currently sky high.“Broccoli is always in high demand.....

China prioritizes food safety and agro food, increases focus on protected cropping

After the launch of several state of the art demo greenhouses in various Chinese provinces, China is picking up on improving its horticultural sector with the realization of large scale commercial greenhouse projects. Martin Olde Monnikhof, the Dutch Agricultural Counselor for China and Mongolia, explained.....

India's northeast aims to become global organic agriculture hub

Sikkim and Mizoram are two states in the region that have embraced organic farming in a big way by saying no to chemical fertilisers and pesticides, while Meghalaya has started discovering the benefits of green farms and is discouraging the use of chemicals. Given the low usage of chemicals in farming in the.....

US tomato growers hope for a pick up in demand

Supply looks steady from a variety of regions for tomatoes so far in 2017. “There are still plenty available. It’s been a difficult year to say the least,” says Roger Riehm of Bradenton, Fl.-based Blue Creek Produce. “There’s been plenty of supply in all areas—Florida has had record weather and last year we.....

Ireland: "Demand for organic produce outweighing supply"

Demand for organic produce in Ireland is currently outweighing supply, a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine heard recently.The meeting was organised to discuss the challenges within the organic farming sector.Demand has risen to levels well above those in recent.....

Switzerland: Apples and tomatoes top retail charts

Apples and bananas are the fruits that were most widely distributed in Swiss retail in 2016. When it comes to vegetables, consumers paid the most for tomatoes. Following tomatoes at a great distance were carrots and close behind were bell peppers.The image shows the ten fruits and vegetables that were most.....

Cold Macedonian winter makes for higher cabbage prices

Macedonian agriculture received a big boost in 2013 when the government adopted a four year National Strategy for Ag and Rural development, which runs from 2013 through 2017. The idea behind the plan is to make the country more competitive within the European market and to promote modern and sustainable.....

Turkish tomatoes suspected to be reaching Russia via Georgia

Turkish tomatoes are suspected to be reaching Russia via Georgia, as reported by the Russian newspaper Izvestia, although the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has said that they cannot prove it."We have no confirmed cases of re-exports of Georgian.....

Cherry tomatoes increasingly popular in India

Cherry tomatoes, a preferred ingredient in salads, curries and sauces, especially at star hotels and social gatherings, are finding their way to supermarket shelves and fruit and vegetable outlets in cities across India, thanks to the exertions of a Hyderbad-based company that farms them in arid.....

US (MA): Winter freeze could hurt local vegetables

Farmers in Hampshire County, Massachusetts are now preparing for another round of winter weather with sleet and freezing rain expected. Many hope this will be the season’s last storm as farmers are in desperate need of a break.William Lynch of Easthampton, who used to work on local farms, told 22News, “I am.....

New online review available on agricultural policies in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s strong agricultural sector is underpinned by the country’s political stability, robust economic growth and high levels of human development. The sector has achieved significant export success, yet raising productivity and staying competitive in world markets will require efforts to address.....

US: Mexican cucumbers displace Honduran cucumbers

Cucumber exporters from Honduras have been displaced by Mexican producers who are selling their cucumbers at half-price in major US cities. Honduran exporters claim this is a dumping practice, among other irregularities.So far this year, Honduras has lost export opportunities totalling "more than 700.....

Mexico: Tomato producers request elimination of US export quotas

Mexican producers of tomatoes have requested that the export quotas be eliminated from the export agreement between the two nations when it is renegotiated, as it has generated higher costs.In 1996 Mexico and the United States signed an agreement to establish that Mexican producers would export a 25-pound.....

AUSVEG:

"Government support must meet ‘catastrophic’ impact of Cyclone Debbie"

Industry bodies AUSVEG, Growcom and NSW Farmers are calling on the Queensland and New South Wales governments to ensure Australians affected by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie receive the highest possible level of federal government assistance as the clean-up begins.The federal government provides financial.....

CAN (NS): Oversupply continues to drive down blueberry prices

Three good growing seasons in a row may sound like a blessing but Nova Scotia blueberry growers are seeing markets flooded with product which has sent prices falling according to the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia. Peter Rideout, the association's executive director, said in 2013 growers.....

Report: Off-farm income in Alberta

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has released a new report on Off Farm Income in Alberta.“This report explores the importance of off-farm income for family farms in Alberta and makes comparisons with the other two Prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” says Ryan Furtas, market.....

Farm advocate testifies on importance of USDA financing

North Carolina farm advocate and Executive Director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) Scott Marlow delivered testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. The subcommittee hearing on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm credit programs is.....

UK retail: Spanish tomatoes more expensive than Dutch

Slowly more British greenhouse grown produce becomes available on UK retail shelves. After Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons, also Waitrose and Tesco are offering British cucumbers this week. According to the latest data provided by market intelligence service ProduceView, Spanish cucumbers are currently only.....

AUSVEG:

"Queensland growers need support to get back on their feet"

Growers hit by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie need the full support of Australians to get back on their feet as they face huge recovery costs in the wake of the storm, according to industry bodies AUSVEG and Growcom.“Growing operations in the regions hit by this storm are facing a massive clean-up bill, and.....
At the same time as blueberry

Peruvian cherries have international opportunities from September to November

The market continues to offer business opportunities for Peruvian products. In some cases, the products only have to follow the path that others have opened, as in the case of Chilean cherries, a large export line that allowed them to export more than 94,000 tons of this product last season, and with a view.....

"If Trump stands with rural America, he will expedite Farmer Fair Practices Rules"

In 1920, there was the “Big Five” of meatpackers; today, we have the “Big Four” – or the “Big Three” if you’re talking poultry. Consolidation is a problem in industry because too much control can easily lead to an abuse of power. Abuses of power in an overly consolidated meatpacking and processing industry.....

Path to the 2018 Farm Bill

US: Programs with expiring funding

Editor’s Note: As a lead up to the 2018 Farm Bill, around which discussions and debate in Congress have already begun, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is previewing some of the major programs and policies that advocates need to know in order to effectively engage. The fourth post in our.....

The Mediterranean Corridor: 5,000 trains with F&V per year

More than 500 companies from Almería, Murcia, Valencian Region and Cataluña, including many from the f&v export sector, have reminded the Spanish Government once again the need for the railway infrastructure between France and Algeciras, known as the Mediterranean Corridor.According to Anecoop, agri-food.....

Pakistan: Launching its first horticulture export policy

The Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Standing Committee on Horticulture, Agriculture Produce & Processed Food Exports held a meeting under the Chairmanship of Imtiaz Hussain and discussed the restraints faced in horticultural production, where all members have a strong emphasis for the.....

HortiTechIndia convenant signed to upgrade India's horticulture sector

The Netherlands and India will work together to develop Dutch solutions for the Indian horticultural sector. Last week a number of parties signed the new Partners for International Business (PIB) convenant HortiTechIndia.The convenant was signed by Ad Bischoff from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Davinia.....

Growing the export value of New Zealand food

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy addressed the Te Hono Summit (a one-day event aimed at sharing ideas and driving growth in the primary sector) with the question, how can New Zealand double our export value by 2025?"The Minister suggested adopting a programme similar to Origin Green Ireland. This is a.....

Spain: More consumption of healthy snacks

50% of Spanish consumers stated that they have increased their consumption of healthy snacks. According to a study made by AINIAFORWARD, consumers have increased their consumption of healthy snacks for a variety of reasons: a growing concern for their own health; easier availability; losing weight;.....

"There will be sharp variations when it comes to quality"

Spain: Almeria's delay hits Murcian pepper prices

Murcia's pepper campaign has been underway for two weeks, overlapping with the end of Almeria's campaign, which still has plenty of volumes, unlike last year, when they had practically finished by now.At the moment, the volume of Murcian peppers is not very significant and the production of green peppers.....

Damage in Debbie’s wake assessed through new science

In a glimpse into the future of Australian crop mapping capability, scientists have released a map that conveys certain tree crops affected by cyclone Debbie to help with response and recovery efforts.Produced using a range of satellite and aerial imagery, and informed by on-ground data collected by industry.....

Dutch fact-finding mission in China

A 2-day mission was jointly organized by the Netherlands Business Supporting Office in Nanjing and the Dutch Consulate in Shanghai. The aims of this mission are to get acquainted with horticulture development in Lianyungang, to stimulate collaboration and trade between Chinese and Dutch companies in the.....

European Commission reduces spending on farm support

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to reduce spending on support for farmers for the financial year 2018 in order to create a crisis reserve that can be used should the need arise. The so-called financial discipline proposal is made each year and reduces spending under the common agricultural.....

US: Ag groups reiterate call for rulemaking reform

Encouraging continued bipartisan negotiations on meaningful regulatory reform legislation, the American Farm Bureau Federation and 47 other agricultural organizations again pledged their readiness to work with lawmakers on much-needed improvements to the rulemaking process.In a letter to Senate Homeland.....

Copa & Cogeca outline key concerns of Brexit impact

In an initial reaction to the UK governments’ decision to trigger Article 50 to launch Brexit proceedings with the European Union, Copa and Cogeca outlined in Brussels today key concerns on the impact of it on EU farmers and agri-cooperatives.Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen said “We regret.....

US (CA): Strawberry farmers see earliest season in 17 years

Farmers in Pitt County are seeing an early harvest of strawberries this year and are saying it is the earliest season they have seen in 17 years.“We had a warm February and that really sped things up for us,” said Mike Skinner of Strawberries on 903. “There were a few cold nights in the past couple of weeks.....

India produces around 286 million tonnes of horticulture products

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that there is tremendous potential for development of the horticulture sector and there is need to ensure focused attention for harnessing available potential through scaling up ongoing interventions.Agriculture Minister.....

Dutch trade mission explores opportunities in Vietnam

From 19 - 23 March, Vice Minister Marjolijn Sonnema visited Vietnam with a large group of Dutch companies, entrepreneurs and knowledge institutions. The visit was very well organised and ran successfully. Below you can find brief information about the visit and photos.The Vice Minister started the first day.....

Canada: OGVG welcomes Greenhouse Competitive Initiative

Greenhouse vegetable farmers in Ontario were happy to learn of the new Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative. The new initiative will help farmers compete with neighbouring regions.“Ontario’s greenhouse vegetable farmers thank Minister Leal and Premier Wynne for announcing this initiative,”.....

EU implements electronic system for certificates of inspection

The European Union (EU) is implementing a new system of electronic certificates of inspection for imports of organic products from the United States (and other third countries) in the Trade Control & Expert System (TRACES) – the EU’s existing electronic system for tracking movements of food products.....

Australia: Tomato prices could skyrocket in cyclone aftermath

Farmers are currently tallying up the costs amidst the aftermath of cyclone Debbie which barreled through north-east Australia. The cyclone has caused widespread crop damage in Bowen, an important agriculture producer for Australia. Amidst the devastation, experts are predicting shortages and increased.....

Dutch companies help bring undercover farming to South Africa

Dutch companies were among 17 companies that made presentations and exhibitions at the Undercover Expo Conference held at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) conference centre in Pretoria, South Africa on 7 -8 March 2017.The conferenceThe conference took a tune of empowerment for black.....

US (AZ): Study shows effect of climate change on food, energy and water

With the world waiting for President Donald Trump’s executive order on climate change, an Arizona State University study on Arizona agriculture shows the potential effect of a warming planet on the state and the region by examining the food-energy-water nexus.Disruptions from temperature increases could drop.....

First British grown produce a premium for local markets

The British greenhouse growers are slowly starting to pick their first crops again. According to the latest data provided by market intelligence service ProduceView, the first British cucumbers are again on the shelves of several UK retailers. The survey of ProduceView found British cucumbers at supermarkets.....

Cautious optimism for greenhouse horticulture in Ukraine

The Dutch-Ukrainian forum on the current situation in greenhouse horticulture in Ukraine took place on February 21. During the forum the association for greenhouse horticulture in Ukraine gave an overview of the economic situation.High energy costs, lost exports to Russia and the high cost of funding while a.....

US (ME): Blueberry producers scale back due to low prices

Maine is the largest state when it comes to wild blueberry production but producers are expecting another year of low prices, which is leading some to scale back production. While a pound of berries was worth $1.09 a decade ago, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports prices paid at freezer facilities.....

CAN (ON): Tomato farmers angry over 'horrible' pricing deal

Weeks after the province made the controversial decision to take over tomato pricing negotiations, an agreement between farmers and processors has been reached for the 2017 growing season.Former minister of agriculture Elmer Buchanan, who was appointed by the Ontario government to lead negotiations for.....

Romania: 600 million euro food products trade deficit

Romania imported food products last year worth 6.8 billion euro and exported products worth 6.2 million euro, resulting in a trade deficit of 600 million euro, up 100 million against 2015, declared on Monday, Florentina Dumitru, managing director of The Economics Directorate of the National Institute of.....

First organic pavilion in a Spanish wholesale market

Mercabarna, located in Barcelona, will have the first pavilion dedicated to organic products throughout the Spanish network of wholesale markets.Works will begin later this year and it will be ready by 2018.Thus, this is a commitment to a sector that offers new business opportunities for processing and.....