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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

“Having all the stakeholders together gave us the tools to fight ToBRFV effectively”

A global virus outbreak brings a lot of stress and confusion with it. No, we are not talking about Covid-19 this time, but about another virus, feared amongst growers: Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). Although it is fair to say that the virus brought an array of chaos with it, the UK was able to…

Neta Isralls – Vegtech Netafim

South Africa: Hydroponic strawberries where sugarcane used to grow

“There has been an increase in greenhouse projects in the last few years due to efforts to tackle food and water security. Greenhouses are a large part of the solution to these global problems,” says Neta Isralls, engineering manager at Vegtech Netafim South Africa. The company undertakes around 30…

Senmatic

Warning system to warn nurseries against fungal attacks

A new development project aims to develop a warning system to warn against harmful fungal spores in nurseries, making it possible to take early action and reduce the use of pesticides.  Danish Technological Institute heads the new development project, which aims to develop a warning system that makes alarm…

Arie Jan Broere, Broere Beregening:

NL: "Irrigating more simply, quickly, and accurately while using less technology"

HortiGreen has a new set of drip irrigation manifold hoses, which can be used to irrigate larger plots more effectively and save on costs. The new hoses are 6 and 8 inch strokes, whereas previously only 3 and 4 inch hoses were available. This is particularly interesting for larger plots, as it is now…

Reflections on Organic Grower Summit 2021

"It is in fact harder to grow an organic crop in Mexico and put a consumer label on it"

Last week’s Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA, presented by Western Growers, featured a trade show of supply chain and service provider partners connecting with organic growers and educational sessions. Additionally, Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies, was recognized for his leadership and…

AU: Three new industry notices on restricted movement conditions for TYLCV tomato virus

TYLCV is a significant disease complex of tomatoes and can infect many other host species. Agriculture Victoria has released three new industry notices regarding the restricted zone movement conditions for tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV): First of all, Interim Western Australia has now more import…

New courses at Priva Academy in collaboration with HortiTech

The Priva Academy provides knowledge and training on a wide range of horticultural subjects. To enable the Priva team to expand their knowledge offer even further, they are now starting a collaboration with other organizations. "Therefore, we are delighted to announce that the first new courses in…

Increased demand for raspberries this fall

Janice Honigberg, president of Sun Belle Inc. in Schiller Park, Il. says that Sun Belle raspberries are now arriving from two regions: Central Mexico, which began in late August-early September, and Baja California, which began last week. “We have very good volumes going forward,” she says. She does note…

Two new horticultural substrates presented

Dicalite Management Group introduces the second and third products from Harvest Hero, a brand of soil amendments and growing media targeting the cannabis industry and overall horticultural market. Harvest Hero Perlite + SilicaThe latest product release comes during a time of increased demand for soilless…

Ray Wowryk receives OPMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Nature Fresh Farms' director of business development, Ray Wowryk, has been awarded this year’s Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) Lifetime Achievement Award. According to OPMA’s website, the award is given to an individual that has demonstrated over many years untiring efforts to improve the…

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Australian prices of watermelons and chilies to rise after torrential rains

Australians will probably pay a premium for popular summer produce, including watermelons and chilies, as widespread storms have destroyed crops across Queensland. The deluge…

NZ: Building engagement and social licence for vegetable growers

At the heart of the Vegetables New Zealand (VNZI) strategy is engaging with growers, external stakeholders including the government, but also a wider public audience. The VNZI…

South Africa: Tomato and potato prices skyrocket due to heavy rains

In South Africa, consumers are witnessing a spike in tomato and potato prices. This comes as a result of severe rainfall battering major producing regions over the past two…

Supply chain issues still ongoing

Florida farmers are grappling with transportation problems

While global supply chain issues are reportedly easing, Florida farmers have made clear that moving perishable items with short shelf lives from fields to markets is still a…

FDA proposes changes to Food Safety Modernization Act Rule to enhance safety of agricultural water used on produce

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule that aims to enhance the safety of produce. It proposes to require farms to conduct comprehensive…

Follow me to be Healthy with Europe:

Digital-first campaign aimed at inspiring young Europeans to eat more fruit and veg comes to successful close

Today, the "Follow me to be Healthy with Europe" digital-first campaign – launched by Freshfel Europe and Aprifel in July 2019 – has come to a successful close after three…

What's hot in 2022?

What's hot in 2022? That is what the American National Restaurant Association looked at in its 2022 Culinary Forecast. The trend report features topics like plant-based and zero-waste packaging, which are both increasingly important for consumers and thus for the entire industry. Among the most influential cuisines, those from…

Northern Ireland farming

"Growing more vegetables could help the environment and provide food security"

With climate change looming and everyone striving to reduce carbon emissions, some Northern Ireland farmers believe homegrown produce is the way to go. Since much of what the…

Taiwan holds great potential for Australian vegetable exports

A recent report from an Australian government department has found that the nation's vegetable produce has a competitive advantage in Taiwan, thanks to the reputation for safe, high-quality food and the ability to offer counter-seasonal supply. The value of Australian fresh vegetable exports to Taiwan…

Nicole Schröer, Bilacon Ltd: Laboratory e-commerce analysis

"Demands on fresh products significantly higher than with brick-and-mortar retail"

Online retailing - for example via delivery services - has experienced an extreme boom since the Covid outbreak in March 2020. Fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables, also seem to have benefited from the increased purchases online. This makes the issues of food safety, quality management, and an…

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Horticulture earnings in Kenya grow

Horticulture earnings in Kenya grew by 6.4 percent in this year. This fact is attributed to the higher demand for Kenyan produce in the world market. Directorate of Horticulture head Benjamin Tito says Kenya earned Sh145.4 billion between January and November, compared to Sh136.7 billion last year. In…


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