• NORMA expands climate- and CO2-neutral vegetable assortment

    Climate without Borders initiative honors another supplier

    In a very short time, Nuremberg-based food retailer NORMA has succeeded in expanding its vegetable assortment yet again to include climate- and CO2-neutral items. In the future, its cocktail and cherry tomatoes as well as mini cucumbers and pointed peppers will also be supplied by a partner certified by…

    British activist cleared in Thailand pineapple defamation case

    Rights activist Andy Hall faced almost a decade of lawsuits after raising concerns about labor conditions at a Thai pineapple company. Yesterday, Hall received a court…

    Budget supports farmers to continue to supercharge Australia’s economic recovery

    Last night’s Federal Budget has delivered a shot in the arm for agriculture and regional Australia with welcomed investment in biosecurity, infrastructure, trade,…

    “Waste can be reduced by 1/3”

    Innovative pineapple peeling method is suitable for retail chains

    Japan has long been the second-largest export market for Taiwanese pineapples just after mainland China. The General Administration Customs China (GACC) announced that the pineapple imports from Taiwan had been temporarily halted since 1st March. Taiwanese traders had to shift the volume for mainland…

    Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand

    400-plus workers quarantined: 115 Covid infections confirmed at pineapple factory

    There have been 115 new Covid-19 infections at a pineapple factory in Thailand’s western province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. A total of 402 workers are now in quarantine, with a…

    UK: Pound Sterling rises against Euro and USD

    The Sterling’s rise of more than 1 pc against the dollar to a two-month high was matched by a similar appreciation against the euro. This means the pound is worth more than…

    Budget 2021-22

    Federal Government to boost biosecurity, land management and workforce issues for agriculture industry

    The Australian government has committed around $850million in funding in an attempt to drive competitiveness, growth and resilience in the agriculture sector. In the Federal Budget, handed down on Tuesday night, the government announced a Delivering Ag2030 plan, which is aimed at supporting the…

    Eden Research’s Cedroz pesticide gets approval from Italian regulators

    According to a spokesperson from Eden Research PLC, its commercial collaborator, Eastman Chemical Company, has received authorization from Italian regulators to sell its…

    EU-banned pesticides are harming South African farmworkers

    Hazardous pesticides, developed and brought to market by German agrochemical firms Bayer and BASF, are damaging the health of farmworkers and farmers in South Africa. ?According…

    Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins

    New Zealand government to allocate 500 Managed Isolation and Quarantine spots every fortnight

    The government of New Zealand will allocate 500 MIQ spots every fortnight for skilled, critical workers. According to Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, the move was…

    USDA

    For the second time in 25 years

    Annual US food spending dropped in 2020

    For the past 25 years, U.S. food expenditures generally followed several predictable trends. Most notably, annual total expenditures and the share of food-away-from-home (FAFH) showed steady increases, with the highest share of FAFH spending occurring during the summer months. The coronavirus COVID-19…

    Belgium: SNCB launches fruit and veg takeaway pick-up concept

    Belgian travellers and local residents can order fresh, locally produced fruit and vegetables online, only to collect them from SNCB train stations once a week. By 21 May, the pilot projects will be launched at the Gent-Sint-Pieters station, in Flanders, and in the Liège-Guillemins, Ottignies and…

    University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

    UF/IFAS & Northern Territory of Australia will collaborate on fruit and crop research

    The UF’s Board of Trustees, on behalf of the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead have signed an agreement with the Northern Territory of Australia that…

    Export Congress to explore challenges and opportunities for Queensland horticulture

    Queensland horticulture growers are invited to explore current trends, key challenges, and upcoming opportunities at the Queensland Horticulture Export Congress.? Presented by peak…

    Thies Claußen (Fruit Consulting) on quality management of the future

    "Focus will shift from residue analytics to social responsibility and carbon footprint"

    As we all know, the ongoing Corona crisis has shaken up the global fruit trade as well. As a result, the longer-term issues facing the fruit industry - including quality…

    Cairo tightens restrictions on water use for irrigation

    The Egyptian government is unveiling a new strategy to deal with water stress; a law imposing charges on water for irrigation is also being considered, as the authorities plan…

    NZ horticulture industry welcomes government decision to bring in more workers from the Pacific

    The New Zealand horticulture industry has welcomed the Government’s latest move to increase the flow of workers from the Pacific, in support of the Recognised Seasonal…

    AU: Organic distributor warns national standard for sector is crucial

    One of the nation’s largest organic distributors, which exports high-quality Australian products to global markets in more than 14 countries, has reiterated calls for the…

    EU refuses 'flexible' approach on new rules

    Brussels rejects UK Brexit compromise

    Brussels has rejected the UK proposal to ease issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol. The main issue lies in the fact that the EU has refused to take a more flexible approach on animal health standards and food safety checks. UK officials had hoped to pressure the EU into agreeing a more…

    Substantial increase in the first quarter

    BayWa continues excellent business performance

    With a substantial increase in the first quarter of 2021, BayWa AG seamlessly continued the successful business performance seen in the previous year and generated revenues of…

    MEC Ivan Meyer visits local Land Reform Projects

    On 3 May 2021, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and the Executive Meyer of Stellenbosch, Adv Gesie van Deventer, visited two successful? land reform projects…

    Situation ‘critical’ as water sources dry up in parts of Jordan

    In the region surrounding the Dead Sea in Jordan, a severe drought is hitting hard. The fertile area is home to many market gardens, but the drought has taken a heavy toll.…

    Ulster Farmers’ Union welcomes support package for potato growers

    The Ulster Farmers’ Union will finally receive some much needed support for its members who were impacted following the collapse of the Northern Ireland (NI) processing potato…

    South Africa: Hortgro raises concerns over Produce Agents Council Amendment Bill

    According to deciduous fruit industry body Hortgro, the Agricultural Produce Agents Council Amendment Bill might spell trouble for Mzansi. Hortgro has given a list of its…

    High-tech is helping African and Asian countries win battle against desert locusts

    For the unsuspecting farmer, the Desert Locust is a formidable enemy. These wretched pests have a voracious appetite, multiply rapidly and travel up to 150 kilometers a day with the capacity to devour vast swathes of crops and pastureland on the way. In the past year, waves of the insidious insect swept…

    Flexible packaging developer Siva Shankaran Natarajan passed away

    Siva Shankaran Natarajan, the former head of business development at packaging business UFlex recently passed away due to Covid-19. He was with UFlex for over eight years,…

    Sales transaction with the State of Florida for approximately 5,734 acres

    Alico, Inc. announces financial results

    Alico, Inc. has announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2021 and the six months ended March 31, 2021. These are the highlights: Market prices per pound solids have increased in fiscal year 2021, driven by increase in not-from-concentrate orange juice consumption and tighter citrus…

    $6000 incentive might help Australian farmers fill labor shortages

    While Australia is still suffering from severe workforce shortages, the government is offering a sweetener for those that step up to the plate. Australians are being offered a…

    “Our workers can now work safely”

    One year later, Fairtrade Covid Fund continues to deliver significant impact for farmers

    More than 500,000 farmers and agricultural workers in nearly 60 countries across the globe are reaping the benefits of Fairtrade’s COVID Relief and Resilience Fund – a joint effort developed by Fairtrade International, its member organizations, and government and commercial partners, aimed at delivering…

    Mafiosi planned cocaine shipments in banana containers

    Italy: 40 arrests made in Catania anti-mafia operation

    Earlier this week, Italian police arrested 40 people in a sweep of Catania-based Cosa Nostra families that also incarcerated alleged mafiosi operating in Siracusa, Cosenza and…

    First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

    Fresh Del Monte gross profit up 53 percent

    Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. today reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2021. Financial highlights for the first quarter of 2021: Gross profit was $105.0 million for the first quarter of 2021, which represents an increase of 53%, compared with the prior year period, and gross profit…

    Spanish government urges European Commission to unblock Mercosur agreement

    Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has urged the European Commission to move forward and unfreeze progress on the Mercosur pact to send a ‘political signal’ to China about…

    Q1 2021

    Continued growth, high profit and additional share buy backs from A.P. Moller - Maersk

    A.P. Moller - Maersk had an exceptionally strong start to the year, with strong earnings and growth momentum across all our businesses in ocean, port services and logistics. The company benefitted from strong demand in a market still influenced by the pandemic and significant disruptions in global supply…

    UK food retailers threaten to boycott Brazilian suppliers over deforestation

    In an open letter sent to the Deputies and Senators of the National Congress of Brazil dated May 5, a string of big-name supermarkets, food-to-go chains, suppliers and manufacturers have threatened to boycott Brazilian products if lawmakers there do not bolster laws designed to protect the Amazon…

    New company will operate under Country Fresh moniker

    Country Fresh, Sun Rich assets acquired by Stellex Capital Management

    Country Fresh and Sun Rich USA, two divisions previously part of the Fresh Food Group, will now operate as a standalone company under the Country Fresh name following the…

    Procurant signs Merchants Distributors LLC

    Procurant, a cloud-based software company transforming the global food supply chain, today announced the signing of Merchants Distributors LLC (MDI), a North Carolina-based…

    Riverine Herald

    Australian apple and pear industry personality John Corboy passed away

    Well-known apple and pear industry personality John Corboy died on Saturday, 24 April, after a long battle with emphysema, aged 71. Remembered for his passion and fierce determination to assist others and his Goulburn Valley community, John worked tirelessly for the greater good of the horticulture…

    Potato growers Northern Ireland to receive Covid-19 financial aid

    Potato growers from Northern Ireland whose incomes have been directly impacted by the pandemic will be eligible for financial aid. The support package will contribute towards…

    APAL CEO Phil Turnbull pleased to see industry attracting capital investment

    Collaboration and investment signals bright future for Australia’s apple and pear industry

    The future of Australia’s apple and pear industry is looking bright with upgrades, investment and collaboration paving the way for some of the country’s leading businesses.…

    The importance of planning the production and marketing of fruit and vegetables

    Companies can't move forward without a strategy

    "We have been witnessing a steady decline in vegetable prices for more than two weeks now, during a time of stagnant sales of conventional products," said Vittorio Gona of the Alba Bio OP of Marina di Ragusa, in Sicily, Italy.? Vittorio Gona "In response to this scenario, Alba Bio has involved its 80 members producers…

    International Market of Rungis offers lily-of-the-valley to French president

    As they do each year, on the 1st of May, the players of the International Market of Rungis SEMMARIS offered some lily-of-the-valley to the French president. “This year again, we kept our tradition. I am honored to have been able to offer the traditional bouquet of lily-of-the-valley to Emmanuel Macron and…

    Orsero presented 2020 sustainability report

    Orsero S.p.A, a Mediterranean company for the import and distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables and listed on the Star market of Borsa Italiana, presented its 2020…

    Bonduelle Quarter 3 FY 2020-2021 Revenue

    Bonduelle Group's Q3 revenue at € 674.6 million, a year-on-year change of -11.4%

    The Bonduelle Group's revenue stands for Q3 of financial year 2020-2021 at € 674.6 million, a year-on-year change of -11.4% on reported figures and -6.-% on a like for like…

    "The risk to Australia from exotic fruit flies is real and ever-present"

    Hundreds gather for the online National Fruit Fly Symposium to help shape future policy framework

    Horticulture industry stakeholders are this week meeting online for the National Fruit Fly Symposium, to help identify solutions and improvements to continue to protect growers and producers from the pests. CEO of Plant Health Australia, Sarah Corcoran told the conference that the impacts of fruit fly in…

    Natural coatings as an ally to reduce food waste

    Food loss is a significant issue in today’s world; the food that is not consumed and is wasted constitutes a loss in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Food losses…

    Omnivore is setting up $150 million fund to boost rural Indian agritech

    Omnivore, an agritech venture capital firm, has announced it is setting up a new $150 million fund to be invested in tech-driven, predictive crop insights that can help…

    Vietnam: Development of agri-food sector needs streamlining of mechanisms

    As the pandemic still complicates situations around the world, it is necessary to take fiscal measures and policy mechanisms to promote the development of the agri-food…

    Intending to exceed the 1 mln meals contributed in 2020

    Tru-Cape joins Food Lover’s Market for its 5th consecutive Hunger Month Campaign

    Food Lover’s Market, has launched the fifth consecutive Hunger Month campaign in partnership with Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears and wholly owned by its growers along with Simpl Juice, Westfalia avocados, Crest Shelf potatoes and onions, and ZZ2 tomatoes.…

    'UK seasonal agricultural workers being recruited from dictatorial regimes'

    At this point in time, a minimum of 30,000 foreign workers is being sought from countries including Belarus and Russia to come quarantine-free to the UK. In effect, this means…

    Queensland, Australia

    Water allocation uncertainty surrounds Paradise Dam, leading to undue stress for agriculturalists

    The fact that Bundaberg irrigators have gone from having one of the most secure water sources in Australia to one of the most unreliable is said to be leading to mental health…

    South Africa

    Drought crisis intensifies in Northern and Eastern Cape

    The continuing drought in the Northern and Eastern Cape is escalating into a humanitarian crisis. The western part of the Eastern Cape and adjacent parts of the Northern Cape…

    Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

    CFVGA has a new president / More WIC funds target fruits and vegetables

    The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has a new president: Bruce Talbott, of Talbott’s Mountain Gold, Palisade peach, and grape orchards has been elected…

    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

    Authorities in Granada deactivated an explosive device from WW I found in a shipment of French vegetables

    TEDAX-NRBQ agents of the Eastern Andalusian Police in Granada have neutralized an explosive device from World War I that an employee of a food company found in one of the food…

    Bok choy at the International Space Station

    NASA Astronaut Michael Hopkins has had a successful harvest of Amara mustard and “extra dwarf” bok choy in space. The plants were grown for 64 days. Michael Hopkins “I was not surprised at all that he chose this route to make sure that the plants were fully pollinated because he’s always been very committed,”…

    Taking over pollination amid honeybee shortage

    'Worker flies' all the rage in Japan

    A growing number of Japanese farms are using flies instead of honeybees to pollinate vegetables and fruits, as the supply of bees is in decline and flies have proven to be…

    Japanese shipowner hopes Ever Given cargo owners will share Suez damage cost

    The Japanese owner of the Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week in March, halting billions of dollars in maritime commerce, is asking…

    Prickly pear increases Australian fruit fly concern

    The prickly pear is an invasive cactus plant that competes with native Australian vegetation. It can form dense impenetrable thickets in pastures, offering refuge for pests…

    UK government-funded trade development program ‘Trade Forward Southern Africa’

    TFSA provides online tools to drive Southern African exports

    Trade development program ‘Trade Forward Southern Africa’ (TFSA), which is funded by the UK government, has launched its free-to-use Trade and Information Hub tool. This tool…

    New Zealand biosecurity systems review makes 68 recommendations

    New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries commissioned consultancy firm Grant Thornton to review its cargo systems in 2019. The latter’s findings have now been released…

    Suez Canal Authority Chairman and Managing Director OsamaOsama Rabie:

    'We have provided great facilities for the success of negotiations with owners of container ship EVER GIVEN'

    The Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie has confirmed the authority's keenness to make the ongoing negations a success with the owning…

    National Agency for Reforestation and the Great Green Wall

    Dates to rehabilitate Senegal’s forest cover

    In Senegal, the National Agency for Reforestation and the Great Green Wall has just launched an operation to collect date pits to restore Senegal's forest cover, as the…

    Cameroon & UK exchange diplomatic notes on Economic Partnership Agreement

    Earlier this week, External Relations Minister, Mbella Mbella and the British High Commissioner to Cameroon, Dr. Christian Dennys-McClure exchanged diplomatic notes to extend…

    Camposol Holding PLC reports fourth quarter and audited full year 2020 financial results

    CSOL Holding's 2020 EBITDA from continuing operations amounted to USD 116.8 million and the corresponding EBITDA margin was 34.0%. Sales amounted to USD 343.2 million, up 5.1%…

    EU Green Deal - USDA update April 2021

    The USDA has released its quarterly report -covering January through March 2021- ?and providing details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the…

    Largest annual and quarterly revenues and gross profit in history

    Organto announces record fiscal 2020 and fourth quarter financial results

    Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced financial results for the year and quarter ended December…

    Industry Best Practice on Securing labor

    Working smarter, not harder

    Tasmanian grower Shane Weeks was already convinced of the value a harvest platform could add to his orchard operation in higher quality and productivity before last year’s COVID-19 border closures turned the tap off on seasonal labour. When they did, he went straight out and ordered two. For Shane, Managing Director at…

    Karachi Airport to get state-of-the-art high-capacity scanner for export goods

    Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce and the Civil Aviation Authority have agreed to install a state-of-the-art high-capacity scanner at the Karachi Airport, aimed at examining…

    New GGN Label - A Cross-Category Consumer Label to Make Responsible Farming Visible

    GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH launched its consumer-facing initiative, the GGN label, during an online event on 27 April. International stakeholders from the agriculture and…

    Citrosol

    Green New Deal and the benefits brought about by the Recovery fund

    The EU Green New Deal will lead us to the agriculture of the future - smart, agile and innovative. But what would the advantages be for European agriculture, and Italian agriculture in particular, making it able to compete with the low prices of the goods from extra-EU countries? FreshPlaza talked about…

    SPA

    Other Middle Eastern nations also increase monitoring of Lebanon produce

    Lebanese growers and traders despair as Saudi Arabia bans their goods

    Lebanese farmers are trying to find new buyers for their goods, 48 hours after a Saudi ban on fruit and vegetable imports from the country sent prices into a spin. At the fruit and vegetable market in Beirut’s Madina Al Riyadiye, the wholesale price of lemons dropped by 40 per cent in two days, while the…

    European Parliament approves post-Brexit trade deal with UK

    The European Parliament has voted in favor of the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the European Union. This will remove the last hurdle towards full ratification of the accord. EU lawmakers backed the trade and cooperation agreement by 660 votes to 5, with 32 abstentions. Parliament's consent…

    Australia: Farmers commit to halving food waste by 2030

    The National Farmers Federation is reiterating its goal to halve food waste by 2030 on this year’s Stop Food Waste Day. Stop Food Waste Day aims to bring awareness and reduce…

    World’s best food photographs served up

    A tender and subtly powerful image for our times, Taste, by Chinese photographer Li Huaifeng, has won the overall prize of Pink Lady? Food Photographer of the Year 2021, the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film.?The photograph, taken in Licheng, Shanxi, on a warm and sunny…

    Kiliavo Fresh

    Kenyan avocado farm loses case on wildlife territory

    An avocado firm located in Kenya’s biggest game park has lost a bid to have its license renewed; the Kenya National Environmental Tribunal suspended Kiliavo Fresh's license last year, ordering the firm to stop its activities in the area. The farm occupied more than 70 ha near Amboseli National Park,…

    University of Bern research and innovation project

    Digital advisory services for African and Asian smallholder families

    A University of Bern research and innovation project is intended to strengthen sustainable farming methods among smallholder families in Africa and Asia. This is to be…

    For the fresh food sector

    Manufacturing experts and IloT technology leaders join forces to deliver end-to-end traceability

    Persequor, iTrazo and Facteon have brought together a global track and trace software product, an Australasian fresh produce expert, and a New Zealand-based smart…

    Photos by Paul van Groningen, Greenfood Iberica

    Bolivia's Cochabamba wholesale market in pictures

    Paul van Groningen works at Greenfood Iberica in Span. This month he traveled to Bolivia. "It's a wonderful, beautiful country with fantastic people. I spent most of my time in Cochabamba, the third-largest city of Bolivia. It's the country's culinary capital. Naturally, I went to the local wholesale market. That's…

    Stewarts of Tayside

    Perthshire produce farm obtains six-figure HSBC UK funding

    Stewarts of Tayside - based in Perth - is one of the UK’s largest growers and packers of swede. Its new advanced vegetable handling machinery will see a 25% increase in the…

    South Carolina: High-tech farming brings in 1,500+ jobs

    An agribusiness cluster in Hampton County, South Carolina, will make use of 1,547 individuals in rising, packing and transport tomatoes, leafy greens, blueberries and other…

    Northern Territory

    License for 40 gigalitres of free irrigation water under fire

    Plans to transform an outback cattle station into one of Australia's biggest horticulture developments seem to be under fire right now. The owners have asked the Northern…

    WA government gives green light for Tongan seasonal workers

    The WA Government has given the green light for a charter flight of 150 Tongan workers to arrive in WA in late May to help ease the state's horticulture and hospitality worker…

    Freedom Day in South Africa

    South Africa marks Freedom Day, the anniversary of the first democratic elections in 1994, today, as citrus exports get underway (up to week 16, 4.6 million 15kg cartons of shipped this season, out of a predicted 163 million) and the avocado season enters its export peak. Temperatures are dropping, with light rain predicted…

    Water Minister Yasser Abbas warns Addis Abeba Twitter.com

    Sudan threatens legal action against Ethiopia over Blue Nile dam

    Sudan is threatening legal action against Ethiopia if the latter goes ahead with plans to fill a mega-dam on the Blue Nile without a deal with Khartoum and Cairo. Water…

    Dailybulletin.com

    California

    Riverside citrus packing house destroyed by fire

    A citrus packing house near downtown Riverside, that was nearly a century old, has gone up in flames Thursday morning, April 22. The Riverside Navel Growers/McDermont/Sunkist Packing House was one of a group of buildings just east of the 91 Freeway that were in the early days of the city’s citrus…

    Commission adopts new rules for CAP fruit and vegetable support scheme

    The Commission adopted?new rules?to simplify the common agricultural policy (CAP)’s fruit and vegetable support scheme, and in particular, rules related to activities and…

    Q1 2021: Kuehne+Nagel marks a strong start to 2021

    Kuehne+Nagel's start to the 2021 business year was marked by a strong demand in transport services, especially for pharma and e-commerce fulfilment. Kuehne+Nagel achieved an excellent result in this environment:?net turnover of over CHF 6.0 billion, EBIT of CHF 431 million and earnings for the period of…

    Carme Naude

    South Africa

    Economic reform: Emerging farmers reach commercial status

    Transformation and economic reform in agriculture are some of the biggest challenges that South Africa face today and that is why the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber’s commercialization programme, the Jobs Fund Project (JFP), is such a beacon of hope. The JFP recently came to an end and the trials…

    Ever Given still held up in Suez waters amid legal battle

    Although it has been several weeks since container ship ‘Ever Given’ ran aground in the Suez Canal, the troubles might just be beginning for the 26 Indian nationals on board…

    Monkey selling vegetables goes viral

    A recent video of a monkey 'selling vegetables' has gone viral, bringing a smile to many faces all over the world. In the video, that is doing the rounds on social media, a…

    European Art Of Taste confirms the potential of Italian fruit and vegetables In China, Japan and Taiwan

    The second year of The European Art of Taste, the project funded by the European Union to enhance knowledge of Italian fruit and vegetables in?China,?Japan?and?Taiwan,…

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    Pharr International Bridge, Texas

    Customs Field Operations seizes over $4 million in methamphetamine smuggled fresh produce shipment

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted a load of alleged methamphetamine worth $4,343,000 being smuggled in a commercial shipment of fresh produce. “This substantial quantity of hard narcotics will not make its…

    Post-Brexit UK-Mexico trade deal overshadowed by new EU agreement

    A £5 billion EU continuity trade deal with Mexico, which UK government officials have hailed as an “Aztec Brexit Boost”, has now become obsolete after the EU signed a more…

    Hong Kong bans produce from Fukushima

    In response to Japan’s plan of discharging radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, Hong Kong stated on the 20th that it will ban the entry…

    Proexport fully supports the maintenance of the Tajo-Segura Transfer System

    Proexport's Government Commission expressed its full support for the Tajo-Segura Transfer System, essential infrastructure for the agriculture of the Levant. The meeting held by the main fruit and vegetable companies represented in the governing body of the Murcian fruit and vegetable association at the…

    Horticulture body accuses Queensland government of industry bias

    Jane Richter is one of 398 Queensland farmers who was approved for the joint federal and state funding scheme (EWIRS). But after what she thought was a government greenlight…

    New Zealand: New report’s view of RSE workers ‘gut-wrenching’

    Recently, a report was released, named "Picking Cherries". It was carried out by The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) for the Productivity Commission. Its authors expressed doubts on the economic value of the overseas workforce to Central Otago’s horticulture and viticulture sectors.…

    Bidding war for berry and citrus farms Vitalharvest Freehold Trust

    Macquarie's new bid intensifies race for Vitalharvest

    The bidding war for berry and citrus farms landlord Vitalharvest Freehold Trust is still intensifying, following Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management’s latest offer.…

    The Netherlands supports Vietnam in post-harvest loss reduction

    Development of post-harvest technologies, processing technologies has been acknowledged as the gate to add values, to improve quality and competitiveness of agro-products contributing to the agro-restructuring course, especially in the context of Vietnam’s ambition to be in the top 10 of countries with…

    European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote

    Just eight days before the expiry of the agreement being provisionally applied, the European Parliament announced that a plenary vote on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation…

    Will antibiotics protecting apples destroy the native microbiome?

    Antibiotics are one of the 20th century's greatest scientific discoveries, but repeated use and misuse of these life-saving microbial products can disrupt the human microbiome…

    Aldicarb

    Florida officials ban citrus pesticide approved near end of Trump administration

    Yesterday, Florida agriculture officials announced that the insecticide aldicarb, that was approved by the Trump administration for use on citrus in January, will remain…

    Australia Post backs down on plans to discontinue food mail

    Australia Post has had to back down on threats to end the shipping of foods through the post. The service threatened to ban the sending of ‘perishable goods’ across the…

    Protecting Australian orchard businesses

    The apple and pear industry are currently facing very distinct but important issues. Importation of US ApplesThe Australian government is currently considering whether to allow the importation of US apples and the potential biosecurity risks associated with such a decision. The Australian Government’s…

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    Strengthening of Rand bites into export earnings

    South Africa's currency has shown a level of strengthening that hasn't been heartily welcomed by the country's fruit exporters, some of whom have told FreshPlaza that if it weren't for the weak Rand last year, their profit margin could've been negative. Photo 171655791 ? Wirestock | Dreamstime.com "Irrationality…

    Philippines: Agricultural damages from typhoon Bising reach P45.93 mln

    Typhoon Bising, wreaking havoc over the eastern regions of the Philippines, resulted in at least P45.93 million (€780,000) worth of damage to the crops sector, according to a…

    Orchard House Foods has secured £21.73 mln lending facility

    Juices and fruit-based desserts maker Orchard House Foods has secured a £21.73 mln asset-based lending facility from Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance. The deal follows…

    Australian growers wooing workers from New Zealand with relocation packages

    Like New Zealand, Australia is experiencing a huge shortfall in staff in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. That is why, in November 2020, the Australian Government…

    South Africa: Kagiso Trust’s Tyala Fund to support Limpopo growers

    Kagiso Trust’s Tyala Impact Fund (TIF) has collaborated with the Spar Mopani Rural Hub in Limpopo in an attempt to empower small-scale farmers. The three main themes revolve…

    UK throws out post-Brexit Kent permit for lorries

    The UK government has decided to throw out the post-Brexit Kent Access Permit required for lorry drivers to enter the county on their way to the EU. The government has said…

    Pixofarm is fighting lost food in agriculture with artificial intelligence and Big Data:

    "The fight against food loss goes digital"

    Governments and policymakers around the world have set lofty goals in the fight against food waste. The UN as well as the EU and the US want to significantly reduce the amount of food lost - losses between harvest and food trade - and wasted - lost in sales and at the consumer. Austrian company Pixofarm…

    UK government abandons unsuccessful Pick for Britain scheme

    The ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign - launched in April 2020- sought to provide farms with seasonal workers amid concerns about Covid-related migrant labor shortages. Now, the UK…

    Florida lychee trees endangered by lychee erinose mite

    There is a new pest in Florida, that poses a serious threat to lychee trees. This insect is the lychee erinose mite (LEM), which goes by the scientific name Aceria litchii.…

    Washington State

    Mount Adams Fruit brings automation to fresh fruit distribution

    Washington State company Mount Adams Fruit is using a mix of automation to take the fore in the apple and pear industry. The firm’s new, highly automated distribution center…

    Hort Connections 2021 program taking shape

    The program?for?Hort Connections?2021 is shaping up as one of the most exciting to date with industry leading experts set to present on the latest products, services and…

    Puerto Rican subscription-based companies growing during pandemic

    Online orders and subscription to services that send boxes with different items have become commonplace given the lockdowns imposed by the pandemic. The Wepa!box subscription…

    Indian rupee goes from best to worst performing currency in Asia

    The rupee has slumped 2.5% against the dollar so far in April after falling 0.1% in the quarter ended March. The rupee weakened past 75 per dollar for the first time in eight…

    M&S investigates human rights problems for migrant agricultural workers on Scottish farm

    UK supermarket M&S has pledged to interview migrant agricultural workers on a Scottish fruit farm following claims of unfair working practices by people coming to work in…

    Horticulture businesses: Contact DWP for help with domestic seasonal recruitment

    With seasonal worker recruitment impacted by COVID restrictions and the introduction of a points based immigration system in January 2021, the NFU and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has worked together to identify measures to support UK growers in attracting and retaining domestic workers.…

    France: Imoon signs the lighting of E.Leclerc stores

    Imoon, a leader on the international lighting market for the Food&Fashion Retail sector, is now accompanying E.Leclerc customers. For the lighting of the stores in Wattrelos, Carvin, Bailleul, Nieppe and Loison-sous-Lens, Imoon has created sales areas where lighting plays a strategic role. A result…

    EU Parliament committees back Brexit trade deal

    Yesterday, European Union Parliament committees overwhelmingly backed the new trade deal between the EU and former member Britain, pushing it to the full legislature for a…

    Automation and human capital to play key role in growth primary sector NZ

    New Zealand witnessed how a primary sector’s growth can be limited more by human resources than by lack of future markets. The growth potential in areas like horticulture in…

    Contrary to Agriculture Minister Furner’s statements

    Cyclone-hit banana farmers claim they did indeed request wage subsidies in March

    A grower whose banana farm was flattened by the recent cyclone had Agriculture Minister Mark Furner visit his flattened banana farm. He had stated that the MP's claims he was…

    Also: 170 ha damaged in Kothagudem, Telangana

    Andhra Pradesh: Untimely gales and rains damage 1,700 ha of crops

    Unseasonal rains and gales have damaged several horticulture crops on nearly 1,696 hectares in parts of Andhra Pradesh. Crops like banana, cashew nut, cocoa, papaya, oil palm,…

    WayBeyond - New Zealand

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    Sonnet155

    Reusable tote bags made from fruit skin and cellulose

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    Youtube.com

    Vietnam: Homemade Ferrari 488 GT is also a melon shop on wheels

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    Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department

    Maqis seizes 28 tons of red onions at Tanjung Pelepas

    The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department has seized over 28 tons of red onions - worth RM250,000 - at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. According to Johor Maqis…

    Thestar.com

    Croatia: Police intercept cocaine in fruit container in port of Ploce

    Croatian police have revealed they have confiscated more than half a ton of cocaine hidden in fruit containers in an Adriatic Sea port. It is said to be one of the biggest seizures ever in Croatia. With the help of sniffer dogs, police discovered the cocaine two weeks ago in the port of Ploce. State…


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