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Under the cover of a fruit business

Kerala businessman arrested in Mumbai for drug smuggling

This weekend, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence arrested a Malayali businessman in connection with a drug trafficking incident in Maharashtra. The suspect has been…

Iranian currency at record low

Iran's national currency, the rial, fell to a record low against the US dollar amid a wave of protests triggered by the death in custody of a young woman. The rial traded at 331,800 to the dollar on…

"What we've tried to do is work through what this concept actually means in terms of horticulture production"

Australian horticulture industry strengthening its approach to sustainability goals and indicators

The Australian horticulture industry is in the process of moving from its sustainability framework stage to having a more detailed report to help guide the different fruit and vegetable industries specifically measure their goals and outcomes in the future. The Australian Grown Horticulture…

“We provide clients a complete innovative solution for farming”

Agritek has various areas of expertise, such as building greenhouses and making profitable farming feasible even in the desert ecosystem, says Mr. Nehayet Rasoul, Chief Operating Officer of Agritek: “We provide complete agriculture solutions to help farms develop more sustainable agricultural practices…

English a world language?

What is the state of English proficiency by country? Statista looked into it. The Netherlands appears to score high. Asian countries perform on average. Africa shows the biggest downward deviations.

Lebanese government set to fix currency at new level

The Lebanese Finance Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the Lebanese pound's official rate, which has been set at 1.5075 per dollar since 1997, will be fixed at…

India: Rupee depreciation will increase the cost of imports

The Indian rupee has dropped to a historic low of 81.09 to the dollar. This will make it more costly to import crude oil and other goods, which would further increase…

Taiwan: Central Bank spent $8.25 bln to hold back currency depreciation in H1

Taiwan's central bank has issued a statement saying that in the first half of this year it sold a net $8.25 billion to intervene in the foreign exchange market, intent on…

Industry reaction to Sterling crash

Deals that were agreed upon months ago still have to be honored at the agreed price

The UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced a 'mini budget' on the 23rd of September, which has resulted in the Pound dropping to an all-time low against the US Dollar and hit 1.079 against the Euro on Monday. This will have a massive impact on the imports of fresh produce into the UK as contracts with…

Chinese yuan: Drop nears 14-year low

Commerce is bracing for more pushback from China’s Central Bank as the yuan is nearing its lowest level in 14 years. The onshore yuan has lost about 4% over the past month,…

Pound hits record low as markets react to the UK tax cuts plans

As markets react to the UK's biggest tax cuts in 50 years, the pound has dropped to a record low against the dollar. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has promised more tax cuts on…

"It's very much about explaining what the hoops are and how to get there."

Australian government support to help make fruit and vegetable exports easier

The Australian Government has been trying to make the process of horticulture exporting easier for producers by proving support through Regional Assurance Managers (RAM), as restrictions and regulatory policies are developed between trading countries. Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment…

Statement on the Cabinet discussions on energy of 21 September 2022

Yesterday, the Cabinet held its scheduled virtual meeting, to discuss a number of pertinent issues that will be outlined in the comprehensive Cabinet Statement to be released…

SA Harvest redirects close to 100 tonnes of citrus to food-insecure communities

Something sweet out of the bitterness of a citrus season gone awry

When SA Harvest read on FreshPlaza about citrus being dumped in the Sundays River Valley, they quickly saw how to turn that into opportunity. Right: an assortment of trucks and small pickups (bakkies) picking up citrus fruit on behalf of community organisations and soup kitchens  “We've been overwhelmed with…

Pakistani rupee nears record low as country awaits Middle Eastern aid

India's top lender asks exporters to trade with Bangladesh in rupee & taka

India’s top lender, the State Bank of India has asked exporters to avoid settling deals with Bangladesh in the dollar and other major currencies as it looks to curb exposure…

Asian currencies reach multi-year lows as yuan drags

Several Asian currencies hit multi-year lows late last week, as the yuan weakened past the important 7-per-dollar level, while bets of a big U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike…

ValenteProtect

Technical solutions for orchards

Valente Iberica was set up in 2022 as a commercial and productive point of reference for the Iberian market of Valente Srl, a company established in Italy in 1963 and a global leader in the design and manufacturing of technical solutions for orchards. The production ranges from cement poles, which represented the beginning of…

Fears that the electricity grid might be close to collapse

South Africa's electricity crisis is an existential threat to the economy and society

South Africans are incredulous that the state-controlled electricity company Eskom is asking for a 32% increase in electricity tariffs while the country is experiencing power cuts for a third of the day (reportedly even longer in some areas). It is vacillating between stage 5 and stage 6 loadshedding,…

Poor retail sales reinforce economic problems

Pound falls to 37-year low

Sterling has dropped to a 37-year low on the US dollar today after weaker-than-expected retail sales figures added to worries about the health of Britain's economy. The pound fell more than 1%…

'The peach king of the US'

Didar Singh Bains has passed away at the age of 83

Didar Singh Bains, known as the peach king of California, has passed away at the age of 83. Bains was born in 1939 in the Nangal Khurd village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district.…

Australia's first forum held to assist the fresh produce industry grow with phytosanitary irradiation

More than 150 people attended Australia's first phytosanitary irradiation forum in Melbourne today, with the aim of ensuring that the treatment continues to be developed effectively to protect and grow Australia’s horticultural industry. Phytosanitary irradiation use in Australia has grown significantly…

Italy's Bioplanet hosted the 15th edition of the IOBC - MRQA Working Group

Researchers from all over the world at the Cesena-based biofactory

Researchers from around the world who attended the 15th IOBC - MRQA Working Group, 'Delivering on the Increasing Demand for High Quality Invertebrates' in Bologna, Italy, last week also visited the Bioplanet insect factory in Cesena, Italy, as an active member of the organizing committee. Participants…

Biosecurity - 'We Can All Do Our Part' awareness campaign kicks off for school holidays

Western Australians are being urged to do their part to keep our State free from devastating pests and diseases that could affect animals, primary industries, and the…

US dollar soars to 24-year high versus Japanese yen

Yesterday, the US dollar surged to a 24-year peak against the yen and a 37-year high versus sterling. Japan's dovish monetary policy and Europe's economic problems are now…

Recycling near you

Melbourne school replaces canteen vending machine with student-run vertical farm

As part of an education program, students in Melbourne are learning how to grow their own edible plants on an urban farm that has replaced the canteen’s vending machine. The program, run by social enterprise Farmwall, is designed to teach youth about sustainable urban farming as a method of mitigating…

As energy demand will be spiking

Governor of California temporarily removes requirement for berthing vessels to connect to shore power

Governor Gavin Newsom has removed the requirement for berthing vessels to connect to shore power at Californian ports. He made the announcement on 2 September, stating that…

Euro drops to 20-year low

On Monday, the euro hit a 20-year low after Russia said it would shut off its main gas pipeline to Europe, citing ‘maintenance issues’. The European currency dropped as much as 7% to 98.8 cents,…

Tree planted in memory of Frank Costa AO

A project to commemorate Frank Costa AO and contribute to biodiversity across Costa farms has started, with trees planted at our farms in the Sunraysia region. Frank Costa…

Sterling suffered worst month since Brexit

In August, Sterling suffered its sharpest monthly fall against the US dollar post-Brexit, as political uncertainty and a historic cost-of-living crisis weigh heavily on the…

China ups currency defense as yuan nears 7 per dollar

The People’s Bank of China has set its daily reference rate for the yuan at 6.8906 per dollar. That’s after the bank set the yuan fixing at 249 pips higher than estimated on…

Biden declares emergency over Mississippi water crisis

President Joe Biden's administration approved an emergency declaration over a water crisis in the State of Mississippi, also ordering Federal assistance to supplement the…

South Africa: Limpopo dam levels have dropped slightly

A weekly report on dam levels issued by the Department of Water and Sanitation in Limpopo has shown a slight drop of the province’s dam levels from last week’s 87,2% to 86,9% this week. During a similar period last year, the province’s overall storage capacity stood at 81,9%. This marginal drop means that the available…

Ghana: Currency drops past 10 to a US dollar for the first time

As Ghanese investors await a financing deal with the International Monetary Fund, the nation’s currency dropped past 10 to a dollar for the first time. The cedi has dropped…

DataLiner

Sanctions block exports of over 8 million tons of fertilizers from Russia

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published data on the impact of Western sanctions on Russian exports. It states that more than 8 million tons of Russian fertilizers and raw products for food cultivation intended for exports remain blocked at transshipment terminals due to Western sanctions.…

Fruit growers swapping the orchards for the rally car to raise money for charity

Two brothers from a leading Australian fruit company have taken time out and swapped the farm life for the dirt roads, all to raise money for the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service. Gavin and Stephen Scurr took part in the Outback Car Trek in June and this year it was their eighth time taking part in…

Dollar sags below 20-year peak as euro lifted by European Central Bank

The dollar weakened on Tuesday, the 30th of August, after being beaten back from a two-decade high versus major peers by a reinvigorated euro. The tables turned for the two…

South African rand firms against dollar

On Monday, South Africa's rand rose after the US dollar retreated from its latest 20-year high. At 15:30 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded at 16.8350 against the dollar, 0.37%…

Russia detains Bonduelle employee on suspicion of obtaining state secret

A Moscow judge has sent a Russian employee from the Bonduelle company to a pre-trial detention centre. The Russian is suspected of unlawfully obtaining information…

Bananas or corn painted on your legs, anyone?

Do you absolutely love your product and want to go all out by having, say, bananas or corn painted on your legs? This LinkedIn video below on LinkedIn offers plenty of inspiration for that. We look forward to seeing the first photos of fruit and vegetable colleagues with these beautiful legs!

Study suggests one-third of wild bee species in PA have declined in abundance

Over a six-year period in southcentral Pennsylvania, measures of biodiversity among wild bee communities declined and one-third of species experienced decreases in abundance,…

Credit: Paul Thomas, Natural England

UK bans peat sales for amateur gardeners

All sales of peat to amateur gardeners in England will be banned by 2024, the government has announced on Saturday, 27th August. Peatlands are the UK's largest carbon store, but only approximately 13% of our peatlands are in a near-natural state. This degradation has occurred due to drainage for…

Egypt's new Central Bank governor faced with big currency challenges

The governor of Egypt's new Central Bank, Hassan Abdalla, has a long road ahead as he tries to repair an economy derailed by an overvalued currency, rampant inflation and a…

Tony Galati and brother Vincent fined $10,000 for exceeding water allocation

Farmer and businessman Tony Galati and his brother Vincent have been ordered to pay more than $10,000 for the excess use of allotted groundwater at their West Australian farm.…

Penn State research:

Flavonoids from sorghum plants kill fall armyworm pest on corn

Flavonoids produced by sorghum leaves have shown promising results in combating fall armyworm larvae. Penn State researchers have prepared a new study saying that, when…

Proposal already sparking backlash

Australia: Laborers could be part-paid with fruit and veg

In Australia, farm laborers could be part-paid with fruit, vegetables, and other produce. The National Farmers Federation (NFF) has proposed changes to take “non-monetary…

Large investment funds are buying up agri properties in Spain and Portugal

There is a growing number of investors buying up companies in the primary sector, as well as agricultural land, simply because they are profitable and have become an…

Prof. Colelli appointed as new chairman of "Postharvest and Quality Assurance" Division of ISHS

Prof. Giancarlo Colelli (University of Foggia, Italy) was appointed Chairman of the "Postharvest and Quality Assurance" Division (and member of the Executive Committee) of the International Society of Horticultural Science last week in Angers, France, during the IHC Congress. ISHS is the world largest…

Francisco García: "We are no longer concerned about volumes or calibers, but whether we are going to save the plantations"

"The salinity of the water with which we are irrigating in Almuñécar is poison for the trees"

Fresh water is a resource as limited as it is essential; that is why its correct and efficient management is fundamental. Even more so at this time, given the magnitude of the current drought. In Andalusia specifically, where a new mango campaign is about to start, there are major concerns regarding the…

Nuffield Group

The new tool helping fruit and vegetable producers prepare their businesses against risks

With the widespread impacts that natural disasters have had on the fruit and vegetable industry across Australia this year, causing significant financial and infrastructure damage, an Australian risk and safety consultancy firm is urging businesses to take the time to become more prepared. The Nuffield…

Billionaire José Luis Cutrale

Brazil’s ‘Orange King’ passes at age 75

Billionaire José Luis Cutrale, known as Brazil’s “Orange King,” who built a powerhouse orange juice exporting business and riled up some orange growers in the process, has…

GIANTS Software

Farming Simulator 22 reveals release of Grape Harvester

As the weekend begins, some news on the digital farming market. Farming Simulator 2022 is a massive popular videogame for both younger and adult gamers, and a grape harvester that is also used in real life will be coming to Farming Simulator 22 next week. Vineyard farmers will be able to upgrade their…

Egyptian currency problems increase as investors demand devaluation

Five months after Egypt devalued the pound, investors say policy makers would need to let it weaken further before they return, after pulling some $20 billion from the local…

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Ants can be used as biological crop protection, study finds

Ants can be more effective than pesticides at helping farmers produce food, according to new research. They are better at killing pests, reducing plant damage, and increasing crop yields, according to the first systematic review of ants’ contributions to crop production. Ants are generalist predators and…

Similar water crisis looms in the US

Mexico: Taps have run dry in Monterrey for months

Water taps have been running dry in a major Mexico city. In the industrial hub of Monterrey, the nation's third largest city and one of its wealthiest, officials announced in…

Drought-stricken US states must cut water use as federal deadline looms

Seven Western US states face a deadline from the federal government to come up with a plan to use substantially less Colorado River water in 2023. More than two decades of…

Protix's vertical farm breeds and grows billions of larvae daily

The Netherlands: Turning insects into fertilizer, feed and oil

With a couple of trucks at a time waste streams are brought into Protix' production facility in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands. And, many larvae are quite content with that as it feeds them entirely. With that, they're forming the basis of both new protein-rich animal feed products and organic…

From irrigation with a diesel engine to the use of clean energy

Spain, with an average of 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, is one of the countries with the most hours of daylight per day. A privilege that more and more agricultural producers are taking advantage of by installing photovoltaic panels that use solar energy to irrigate their crops. Relying on this type…

DMN sprout suppressant receives GB authorisation

1,4SIGHT (1,4-Dimethylnapthalene or DMN), a sprout suppressant for stored potatoes, is now approved for use in GB, DormFresh has announced. DMN was first discovered as a…

Felixstowe port workers to strike after pay rise talks stalemate

Workers at the UK's largest container port of Felixstowe will press on with an eight-day strike after pay talks broke down. Around 1,900 members of the Unite union will walk…

HDPE geomembranes by Agriplast Spa

Fighting drought with artificial reservoirs

The increase in average temperatures and the lack of rain in the past few months is causing a serious water crisis throughout Italy. The agricultural sector is one of the worse affected, especially where productions have dropped due to the lowering level of lakes and rivers. HDPE geomembranes The problem…

Applications close on 3 October 2022

UK: £15,000 vouchers available for horticultural, food and drink research

A voucher scheme offering food and drink businesses 75% funding towards projects worth up to £20,000 with leading research organizations has been launched by Growing Kent &…

Miller calls on Biden to waive fertilizer tariffs

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has issued the following statement: “I am joining the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, and National Corn Growers…


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