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Southern Illinois

Research into hybrid pumpkins due to rising temperatures

Professor of vegetable science and breeding at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Alan Walters knows his pumpkins. The leading pumpkin producer in the United States,…

Netherlands the worst, Croatia the best

How do European countries score in vegetable consumption?

Pictures are often worth a thousand words. Here is an overview of vegetable consumption in Europe. The Netherlands is a rather light green. People there eat a paltry 58kg of vegetables per household per year. It is the worst scoring country in Europe. Croatia takes the lead. There, each household…

FAO / AMA

AMA key vegetable figures:

Asia produced approximately three-quarters of all vegetables

Global vegetable production amounted to around 1.1 billion tons in 2019, remaining comparatively unchanged from previous years. With a 79% share, the Asian region generated more than three-quarters of the global supply, AgrarMarkt Austria (AMA) reports in its comprehensive statistics report. World production…

China: Frequent heavy rain causes prices of spinach to soar

Recently, the price of spinach has continued to soar, and some markets have even experienced severe supply shortages. At present, the price of spinach in the market is around…

US grocery store expands offering of indoor grown lettuce

Springworks Farm announced that it is now the exclusive provider of whole-head romaine lettuce to Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Springworks Farm’s certified organic lettuce travels just 34 miles from its aquaponic greenhouse facilities in Lisbon to Hannaford’s…

Joe Shepherdson talks gas prices and its effects

“UK cucumber season ends early with these gas prices”

Gas prices have risen so high that UK cucumber growers have decided to stop growing their current crops earlier and start planting the new ones later because the costs are simply too high. Joe Shepherdson, Secretary of the Cucumber Growers Association, hears how healthy crops are being pulled out and…

Youtube.com

Quebec company wants to commercialize broccoli harvesting robot

Lapalme Mechanical Design is preparing to commercialize its SAMI (for système agricole multifonctionnel intelligent or intelligent multifunctional agricultural system) machine next summer. The device consists of a farm tractor pushing a machine where robotic arms are installed on both sides, picking…

“We’ve seen an increase in volumes for grapefruit and lemons”

There are more volumes for both grapefruits and lemons, says one Polish fresh produce trader. Sizes for Star Ruby grapefruits aren’t the largest, but the upcoming Rio Red grapefruits should fill the gap for larger sizes when the season starts next week. The Polish fresh produce trader Fresh Point is in the…

Northwest pumpkins moving fast for 2021

Pie and ornamental pumpkins out of Washington are seeing strong demand this season. "Everything is selling through very quickly. We started harvesting August 2nd and we’re just about out of pie pumpkins and all of our other ornamental pumpkins and we’re just going into our organic squash production right…

Canarian tomato producers plan to start growing cannabis for therapeutic purposes

Submerged in the worst crisis in their 130 years of history, Canarian tomato producers are thinking about converting their crops to medicinal cannabis so they can mitigate the…

What's the vegetable with the best benefit-to-cost ratio?

According to Jose Luis Guil, a professor of food technology at the University of Almeria that participated in the "Sustainable agriculture and healthy eating, looking to the…

Cabbage and other winter vegetables are next for Polish exporter

Cauliflower season will run for two more weeks

The Polish cauliflower season is coming to and end in just a few weeks. There’s no time for rest, as when the season ends the cabbage season will get started in Poland, along with other winter vegetables. The cauliflower season has been very satisfying, one exporter states. Once the cauliflower ends, Polish…

MedHermes announced the new midi plum tomato Imera F1

Open day for the launch of midi plum suitable for central and southern Italy

MedHermes Vegetable Seeds hosted a successful event for the launch of the new tomato variety midi plum Imera F1 at the Italian farm La Sant'Andrea di Leonardo Capotosto (O.P. Fondana) in Fondi (Lazio).  A moment during the event The representatives from the fruit and vegetable sector, including growers, technicians and…

After essential government project shut down

Bangladesh: Over 1,000 Jashore mushroom farmers have quit

Over 1,000 mushroom growers in Jashore District in southwestern Bangladesh, have quit their farming after a government project facilitating mushroom farming was shut down. The…

Consorzio del Pomodoro di Pagino Igp

Nutritional aspects of tomatoes

The "Le proprietà nutraceutiche della Igp Pomodoro di Pachino" (The nutritional properties of PGI tomatoes from Pachino) convention addressed various topics, including the 'regulatory aspects of nutraceuticals', which were discussed by Tiziana Pecora, a specialist in Pharmacology and an expert in regulatory disciplines.  The speakers…

China: The planting of garlic will end around the Shuangjiang, and the price is predicted to weaken steadily

Recently, garlic prices have been operating in an A-shaped pattern. Generally speaking, the amount of stock in the early stage is sufficient. The new-harvested garlic in…

7,571 tons harvested in Lower Saxony in 2020 LPD

Season start coming up for the kale fields

Even though kale doesn't necessarily need the frost these days, many consumers and growers will wait out the colder days and frosty nights for the vegetable to get the best…

Gastronomy wholesaler Tiziano Marinello from Zurich:

"Both the quality and the story behind the product are becoming increasingly important"

Tiziano Marinello, gastro-wholesaler of Marinello Picobello from Zurich, speaks about beautiful wild mushrooms and splendid porcini. He offers various mushroom imports from Eastern Europe. Five to six years ago, mixtures with Swiss mushrooms were part of their inventory as well. However, given the small…

Bringing awareness, hope and cooking for a cure for breast cancer

Studies show a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of obesity, glycemic disorders, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Produce company D’Arrigo California is partnering with Candice Walker, foodie influencer of Proportional Plate, to host a virtual and…

Photo © Xzotica | Dreamstime.com

Widespread Tuta absoluta outbreaks on tomatoes as rainy season gets underway

Tomato producers across South Africa are facing outbreaks of Tuta absoluta, or tomato leaf miner, an aggressive pest of the Solanaceae family, despite a cold winter that generally depresses population numbers. Right: Tomasz Klejdysz | Dreamstime.com Some tomato producers have already seen their entire tomato…

Workshop on the nutraceutical properties of PGI Pachino tomatoes

On 12 October 2021, a high-profile scientific and cultural conference was held in Portopalo di Capo Passero (SR), Sicily, organized by the Consorzio di Tutela del Pomodoro di Pachino Igp on the theme of "The nutraceutical properties of Pachino tomato Igp". The event was held in compliance with the anti-Covid-19…

Farmers tally their losses after Kerala flooding

Hundreds of plantains and vegetables such as spinach ready for harvesting in Kalliyoor village have been submerged as Vellayani lake breached its banks in the recent heavy…

Spain: Almeria imported second most tomatoes in 2020/21 campaign

According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical service (Icex-Tax Agency), in the period between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021, Almeria was the…

Challenges for the Argentine garlic from Mendoza in the new season

China reduced its garlic acreage, but this won't have a strong effect on garlic prices

China is the world's largest producer and exporter of garlic. In fact, in 2020 it concentrated 70.3% of global exports, as such, fluctuations in its supply are decisive on the…

Looije

"Once again, we have more than enough reasons to be very satisfied with our work and the results we've obtained"

Looije, the aquiline agricultural company specialized in the production and commercialization of the Sarita cherry tomato, participated in this year's Fruit Attraction fair. The event allowed Looije to, once again, meet many of its clients in person and showcase Minerva, the premium category product line…

Only carrot exports defied the decline

Australian vegetable export value declines second year in a row

The value of Australian vegetable exports dropped for the second year in a row in 2020/21. According to last month's Rural Bank Australian agricultural trade 2020/21 report,…

"Chinese garlic exports to Brazil declined by almost 90% this year"

In the last few years, garlic has turned into an investment product. The amount of speculation in the garlic market is growing and this season, since the new harvest entered the garlic market, price fluctuations have been small. The balance between supply and demand in the domestic market has been…

Record prices drive Uzbekistan to import carrots for the first time

Over the past two months, the average wholesale prices for carrots in Uzbekistan have dropped by 38%, from 8,000 UZS/kg ($0.75) on August 12 to 5,000 UZS/kg ($0.47) on October…

Purchased volumes of 74,151 tons and 59,595 tons Dreamstime

Cauliflower and broccoli most popular cabbage varieties among consumers

No cabbage is more popular in Germany, according to Deutsches Obst und Gemüse: Cauliflower and broccoli took first and second place in the 2020 German cabbage ranking - with…

Caused by delayed monsoon & rain-damaged crops:

Vegetable prices hit the roof across Gujarat state

Wholesale vegetable prices in Gujarat are going up massively, thanks to a late monsoon and erratic rains leading to a dip in supply to the markets. Officials and traders have…

Brazilian ginger prices up more than 100 percent in three weeks

Supplies of ginger are slim currently. “Our supplies of ginger are from Brazil and the volume is significantly lower. There’s approximately 50 percent less compared to last year,” says Jim Burnette of Weston, FL-based Delina Fresh. Currently conventional ginger is coming out of Brazil while organic…

Lockdown still affecting demand

Bumper asparagus crop in South Island

Although asparagus are abundant and cheap in the South Island, Auckland’s lockdown is negatively affecting demand. A Countdown spokesperson said there was plenty of asparagus…

Frank Mosterd, GIlad Produce, NL:

"I expect the high gas prices will deter Israel from sending huge bell pepper volumes"

It is almost time for the Israeli bell pepper season at Gilad Produce in the Netherlands (which also produces in Spain, Israel, and Mexico) which starts at the end of October/beginning November. In recent years, Israel has mostly focused its bell pepper exports on Russia and North America, and Gilad…

Mainly Ukrainian produce

Belarus increased imports of carrots almost five-fold in 2021

In the first eight months of 2021, Belarus imported a record volume of carrots for this period in recent years. In total, 9,200 tons of carrots were imported; 4.7 times more…

SBMA

Subic Freeport, Luzon

PHP 15 million worth of illegally shipped vegetables confiscated

Approximately PHP15 million (€255,000) worth of fresh vegetables illegally shipped from China were confiscated at Subic Freeport last Thursday. SBMA chairman and administrator Wilma Eisma said the shipment was initially flagged on October 13 by authorities for non-compliance with the approved sanitary…

efko presents Ruck Zuck pumpkin cubes

Convenience goods, 100% Austrian-grown

Since October 2021, efko's Ruck Zuck pumpkin mix can be found on Austrian shelves. In efko's Ruck Zuck pumpkin vegetables, coarsely cut pumpkin cubes of the aromatic Hokkaido variety are mixed with leek and carrot slices. All ingredients are 100% Austrian. Ruck Zuck pumpkin parts / Image:…

Ocean Mist Farms announces new President and kicks off Cardone season

Ocean Mist Farms announces the promotion of Christopher Drew to president and chief executive officer. Drew is responsible for leading all commercial, operational, financial, and administrative aspects of Ocean Mist Farms. His role will require the analysis and evaluation of product line offerings,…

Bringing broccoli to kids for National School Lunch Week

Bayer, in collaboration with Nature’s Reward and the United Fresh Start Foundation, is promoting a kid-friendly broccoli, just in time to celebrate National School Lunch Week, October 11-15. This week, fresh from the field, broccoli, from Bayer’s High Rise™ Broccoli series, was made available to students…

Specialty mushroom company secures $25 million in Series A funding

Smallhold, a Brooklyn-based specialty mushroom company on a mission to shorten the distance between consumers and sustainably-grown food, has announced a $25 million Series A…

Chris Chamballu, France Champignon:

“Imported mushrooms could take over French mushrooms”

It is the beginning of the French mushroom season and a lot of imported mushrooms can still be found on the shelves. “In recent years, there was a shortage of French mushrooms on the market, especially around the Christmas holidays,” explains Chris Chamballu of France Champignon. “Large retailers and…

Dutch chicory packer automates its production process with robots

"This week, prices look better on an erratic chicory market"

Price formations on the chicory market have been difficult in the last four or five weeks. "At the Belgian auctions, this sold for between €0.40 and €0.80. There was also a lot of competition from packed French chicory," says Sjan van Gorsel of Reijnpack, a Dutch chicory packaging company. "Prices are,…

USDA

USDA Economic Research Service

Value of Texas pumpkin production surpassed all other states at $25.9 million in 2020

Pumpkin production is widely dispersed throughout the United States with crop conditions varying greatly by region. In 2017, about 40% of pumpkin acres were harvested in the top six pumpkin-producing states, measured by pumpkin weight (2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture, USDA, National Agricultural…

Tomato cultivation declines across Europe due to high costs and ToBRV

The situation for tomatoes is so complicated that their production seems to be declining steadily. Rising energy and raw material costs, combined with the spread of ToBRV in several production areas, are leading to a sharp decline in tomato yields in Europe. "Despite the current difficulties, the…

Italian cauliflower in full harvest

This is the season for Italian cauliflowers, which are currently in the harvesting phase. HM. CLAUSE, ever committed to the brassica sector, is closely following the progress of two of its own varietal selections: Deepti F1, already known to the specialised public in the sector, and Johny F1, this year's…

UK leek growers launch annual promotional campaign

A new promotional campaign, designed to drive purchases of British leeks is set to launch on 1st November 2021.  It intends to build on the gains seen during the pandemic, which…

India faced with tomato shortage

According to news agency ANI, wholesale prices of tomatoes have spiked to ₹40 a kilogram in Karnataka. Local media reports also suggest that tomato prices at the Ghazipur mandi, a wholesale market…

Dennis van Luijk: "Growth at Dutch retailers and exports to Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and North America

A 15% increase in graffiti eggplants volumes in a single year

The Greenery Grower, Dennis van Luijk, farms on 3 hectares in the Netherlands, growing traditional purple and white eggplants, as well as mini, round flamed, long flamed, green, and Japanese varieties. He has been focussing on graffiti eggplants, and it is now paying off. This striking product's volume…

Sugar Moon Mushrooms intends to break into gourmet mushroom industry

At Sugar Moon Mushrooms, they produce their goods in a pair of completely transformed shipping containers. Irving Reza, general manager, claims: "There is nothing that I enjoy…

Philippines: Agricultural damage in storm Maring’s aftermath estimated at P692 million

Tropical Storm Maring left the Philippines with an estimated P692 million (€11.8 mln) worth of damage to agriculture, livestock, and fisheries in Northern Luzon. The damage…

Market price is currently around 146 yuan [22.64 USD] per kg

Genome-edited tomato enters Japanese market

The 'Sicilian Rouge High GABA' is a unique tomato variety. This variety contains high levels of gamma aminobutyric acid, which is said to help people relax and can keep blood…

Miguel Gonzalez, MG Fruit:

"Spanish tomato growers smell opportunity in the winter months as gas prices explode in the Netherlands"

The Spanish greenhouse vegetable season has restarted in Almeria. The high gas price that the Dutch growers are facing is an opportunity for the Spanish growers, according to Miguel Gonzalez of MG Fruit. "There is definitely talk about that. Especially the Dutch tomato crop under light was on the rise…

Gert-Jan Slobbe, Fortuna Frutos, the Netherlands

"Sales of first Canary Island tomatoes going smoothly, but a good year is desperately needed too"

Last week, the first round and plum tomatoes of the Canary Islands season arrived at Fortuna Frutos in the Netherlands. "The crop is perfect, so we can say this is a good start. We still have plenty of imported tomatoes, and a lot of the Dutch tomatoes are already finished. Customers are looking for problem-free import…

Pakistan vegetable exports see record increase of almost 83%

During the first two months of fiscal year 2021-2022, Pakistani vegetable exports grew by 82.88% percent compared to the exports of the same period last year. During the…

Surinamese hybrid cultivation concept sparks interest from international investors

Six years ago, B4Agro&Food-Systems developed a new cultivation concept specifically aimed at a tropical climate, in order to allow Surinamese growers to achieve year-round stability in the production. The low-tech concept combines four forms of hydroponics which were not really used in Suriname until…

Past lessons helped Dutch sprout specialist weather the pandemic

For Van der Plas Sprouts, last year might not have been as crazy as 2011, when, during the EHEC crisis, the Dutch sprout specialist lost 70% of its sales within 24 hours. Unfortunately, the company was not entirely left untouched by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, 18 months into it, the worst seems to be over.…

Ellen van Kester (Horticola Guadalfeo,): "Increasingly selling to the local Spanish market"

"Few tomatoes at present"

The tomato season cannot seem to get going at Horticola Guadalfeo in Motril, Spain. "These are shortages everywhere," says Ellen van Kester. "We're transitioning from the mountain growing season to that on the coast. But there's hardly any volume available. That's for both the specialties and standard varieties. Supplies…

$14.1 mln program to support Australia’s vegetable growers

Vegetable growers across Australia will be supported by a national extension program aimed to boost productivity and deliver the latest research and development on-farm. We…

Jordan resumes exports of vegetables to Israel

Jordan has resumed vegetable exports to Israel after a five-month hiatus. In a statement, the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture said that the nation's agricultural exports to…

Penn State research claims:

'Eating mushrooms might lower risk of depression'

Over the years, mushrooms have said to be able to lower the risk of cancer and premature death. Now, new research led by Penn State College of Medicine also reveals that these…

Texas pumpkin production sees strong demand

Texas pumpkin growers have faced many challenges to produce average yields, but demand for the product remains high, say Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Most of…

Compliant to phytosanitary requirements

Bhutan: Seven agricultural commodities approved for export by Indian government

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry has notified all the Ministries/Agencies, RGoB and Farmers/Producers/Exporters/Business entities that the Indian government has…

Purple tomatoes thanks to a red beet pigment

Some researchers of the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle, Germany, have recently created purple tomatoes by using genetic engineering methods. To do this, they inserted the genes responsible for betanin biosynthesis in the plant and activated them in the ripening fruit. Betanin is…

French portobello mushrooms: a sector in crisis

Traditionally, portobello mushrooms were grown in limestone quarries, but nowadays, the production has changed a lot. “Modernism has made the profession move outside to…

Cultiva - not just another fresh-cut brand

"Something innovative is needed in order to not just be the umpteenth fresh-cut business, but innovation is impossible without investments and without research," explained Massimo Bragotto, general director at Cultiva (Rovigo) when talking about the latest introductions, which are doing well on the…

India: Increased scope of Operation Greens Scheme will act as catalyst for exports

The Ministry of Food Processing and Industries provides 50% subsidy through NAFED to its empaneled agencies for the transportation of TOPs from farm gate to its identified…

New University of Illinois research

‘Sweet corn yield gain over last 80 years still leaves room for advances’

New data from the University of Illinois has made clear that sweet corn has seen steady yield increases since the 1930s. This data underscores the importance of planting…

Grower-shipper extends commitment to breast cancer research

Breast cancer is among the leading health issues women face in the United States: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. These statistics are not only alarming, but they are also growing, which is one of the reasons D’Arrigo California began its partnership with the Breast…

2021 National Nutrition Week:

Nutrition Australia promotes vegetable consumption

Recent surveys show that only 7% of adults and 5% of children eat the recommended amount of vegetables each day. That is why Nutrition Australia encourages Australians to…

Russian Federation sees tomato prices double over past year

The limited supply of greenhouse tomatoes on the Russian market has made it possible for local growers to raise their prices. In fact, the prices for greenhouse tomatoes in…

Trendy Bimi broccoli now being grown in the Netherlands too

Long-stemmed mini broccoli - that is how you might describe Bimi® broccoli when seeing this vegetable for the first time. There is just something a little different about this broccoli. That makes it popular among foodies and meal box suppliers. Bimi® broccoli is now also being grown in the Netherlands.…

Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer: Sabine Weis

"Cabbage harvest in full swing in the Rhineland'

According to the Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer (Bonn), the cabbage harvest is currently in full swing in the Rhineland. Photo: Sabine Weis Rhinelanders…

China: Heavy rains lead to highest reduction in pepper production in recent years

Henan, the main producing area of peppers, saw heavy rainfall in June, the early transplanting stage, which resulted in the seedlings in low-lying areas being drowned. Then,…

Poland: Cabbage prices still disappoint growers

According to the latest figures, the harvest of white cabbage in Poland will amount to 0.7 million tons this year. This is 100,000 tons less than a year ago. Despite declining…

AeroFarms:

US vertical farm expands distribution of leafy greens

AeroFarms announced that, this Fall, it is expanding its distribution of leafy greens to more than 350 Stop & Shop Stores across the Northeast and New England regions including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. “Customers have fallen in love with our greens,” said David…

Chinese potato market looks promising in October

The Chinese potato supply started out slowly in early September, but quickly speeded up. Only a few production areas in north China began the new harvest season early in the…

Second annual “People Day” for carrot grower-shipper

Bolthouse Farms honored more than 100 top-performing Frontline employees during its second annual “People Day” on Friday, September 24, 2021, at the Bakersfield, CA facility. These essential employees have continued to go above and beyond in this unprecedented year to help grow the business, keep it…

Urgent bean and soy sprout voluntary recall

Fullei Fresh is voluntarily recalling Bean Sprouts and Soy Sprouts as a precaution due to possible exposure to listeria monocytogenes. Affected lots are numbered consecutively between 251 and 271. They were harvested and shipped to distributors between September 14 and October 5, 2021. Both conventional…

KÖLLA GmbH & Co. KG

KÖLLA Ltd & Co.:

More and more in focus: tomato specialties

Specialty and small tomatoes are gaining ground in Europe, Morocco, and Turkey against round and other classic tomato varieties. This trend is also unmistakable in the KÖLLA producing countries, the company reports. In Spain, high competition with Morocco is being felt for round tomatoes as well as for cherry…

Stephan van Marrewijk (Vicasol) optimistic about the Spanish greenhouse vegetable season:

"We're expecting good things from this new pink beefsteak tomato in Eastern European markets"

The Spanish greenhouse season started off somewhat roughly at Vicasol. "Prices weren't good, especially for the early cucumbers. Many supermarkets will switch to Spanish products next week. We expect more of a recovery then," says Stephan van Marrewijk. He has been working in this Spanish cooperative's…

New Zealand: Demand for Asian vegetables up by 400 percent

Company director Jay Clarke from Woodhaven Gardens has been growing Shanghai bok choi, pak choi, wombok or chinese cabbage, saigon turnip, and coriander for about 20 years…

Bugey truffles: A promising harvest this year

After more than a year at a slower pace due to the Covid pandemic, the truffle growers of Bugey are full of hope for this year’s harvest that looks very promising.  “Our union now…

Rangpur, Bangladesh

Record 494,427 tons of summer vegetables produced

Rangpur farmers produced a record quantity - that is 494,427 tons - of summer vegetables, exceeding the fixed production target by 21.45% during the just-concluded kharif-1…

Pakistan: Economic Coordination Committee considers ban on tomato & onion exports

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) with the Pakistani cabinet will consider imposing a ban on export of tomatoes and onions. This should help bring down prices, despite…

Nepal destroys seven vegetable shipments from India over pesticide toxicity

According to agricultural authorities in Kathmandu, high levels of pesticides were found in seven vegetables. The vegetables were either destroyed or quarantined in the…

"Mushrooms truly fit into all the food trends"

It is hard to imagine fruit and vegetable shelves without white, or even chestnut, mushrooms. So, the time is ripe to introduce their more exotic cousins. In the Netherlands, exotic specialist Oakfield is working hard at that. Their dream? To see every person in the Netherlands enjoying a meal that…

Tomabel:

"Chestnut mushrooms in high demand in Belgium"

"The younger generation is far more open to trying different kinds of mushrooms, especially chestnut mushrooms," begins Christine van Steenkiste. She chairs Tomabel's Mushroom Working Group. The Belgian REO Veiling Auction supplies various products under the Tomabel name. Those include tomatoes,…

VN Trading, the Netherlands:

“We respond to the market”

VN Trading is a new name in the Netherlands. Its employees, however, boast years of mushroom experience. The company has recently grown, too, says owner Mari van Namen. It took over Oké Trading. There are 13 farms within a five-kilometer radius of the company's packing plant. Every week, they produce 60 to 100 tons of white…

Virginia Artero Antolín, Sales Manager at Nationwide:

"European chains are showing great interest in starting with Almeria's tomatoes, but it is still early"

The horticultural export campaign is about to start in the greenhouses of Almeria, depending, once again, on the weather. Although autumn has already begun, the temperatures recorded in the Spanish southeast are quite high for the time of year. This is also the case in the main destination for Almeria's…

The Sicilian cauliflower season has started

Società agricola Bonavia, owned by the Attardo brothers, covers over 40 hectares in Syracuse. Twenty of these are covered in lemon groves of the most representative local varieties, another 10 are destined to lettuce cultivation, 5 are used for potatoes and another 5 are for cauliflowers. FreshPlaza talked…

India: Vegetable prices up, except potatoes and onions

Prices of select vegetables all over India have been going up for the last few weeks. According to trade and market sources, excessive late rains in September, followed by high prices of petrol and diesel have largely been the reasons behind the hike in vegetable prices. In contrast, the wholesale rates of…

Thailand: Vegetable prices up considerably ahead of vegetarian festival

Markets in Thailand are very busy as Thai people of Chinese origin prepare for the vegetarian festival that will take place from 6 to 14 October. Prices of vegetables have…

Growing South African mushrooms on Dutch substrates

Casing soil by BVB Substrates is used by many different growers all over the world. Country Mushrooms, one of their long-time customers is in South Africa. Nichol Muller has been working as the Managing Director of Country Mushrooms since 2009. They grow 2650m2 of white and brown mushrooms per week in…

US pizza chain switches to greenhouse grown lettuce

"We’ve experienced inconsistent product quality primarily from California growers"

The ongoing boom for the North-American CEA industry is boosted by more and more food service suppliers opting for indoor-grown food. Today Midwest hydroponic grower Pure Green Farms announced that they will be supplying their greens to one of them. The reason is the inconsistent product quality from…

Granada is Spain's leading producer of green asparagus

Granada accounts for 67% of the area dedicated to asparagus cultivation in Andalusia and more than half of all the green asparagus that Spain produces. According to estimates,…

Agroatlas Europa, the company from Almeria that sells the most round green beans in the United Kingdom

In 1976, Almeria had 3,440 hectares of greenhouses, a figure that skyrocketed in the following decades and reached 31,614 hectares in 2018, according to data from the…

ji/lid.ch

More imported vegetables on people's plates

A summer of bad weather has led to exceptional situations and difficult production conditions within Swiss vegetable production. At times, about half of the produce went missing, and the effects are still being felt in regard to stored vegetables, lid.ch reports. Due to the exceptional weather conditions,…

Zimbabwean horticulture exports up $30 million in six months

For the first half of 2021, Zimbabwe’s total horticulture exports have gone beyond US$30 million, as firms benefit from government incentives, bumper harvest and reopening of…

Jeanne Gautier, Gautier Semences:

“We are launching an innovative range of lettuce, red to the heart”

The start of school traditionally marks the unveiling of creations as well as new fashion and design collections. At Gautier Semences, the autumn of 2021 is taking on crimson and garnet colors with the Red Crush, an innovative brand of lettuce, red to the heart. Red color combined with good agronomic qualitiesUnique…

ISI Sementi will present its latest crop at the Madrid fair

A new mini pink oxheart tomato

Everything is ready in Madrid for Fruit Attraction, which will take place from 5 to 7 October 2021. ISI Sementi will be present in Hall 9 at stand 9H04B, with many novelties. The export sales team will be at work to present the range of varieties and welcome customers and visitors, and to introduce ISI Sementi, a company based…

Funghi Funghi, Belgium:

"There's still so much to discover"

"Worldwide, there are 100,000 known species of mushrooms. Of these, few are edible, and even fewer have gastronomic value," explains Leon van Basten of Funghi Funghi. This Belgian company focuses on diverse edible mushrooms. Its annual range has about 70 different wild and cultivated mushroom varieties.…

Grafik: IT/NRW

But less than in record year 2016

In 2020, 18,600 tons of pumpkins were harvested in NRW, more than in previous year

Düsseldorf (IT.NRW). Farmers in North Rhine-Westphalia have harvested more pumpkins in 2020 than in the previous two years. According to Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen, the state's statistical office, some 18,600 tons of edible pumpkins were harvested in 2020. That was 31.5 percent more than…

Giel Hermans: "More Belgian discovering sweetcorn too"

After a tough September, Spanish sweetcorn follows Dutch product early

"A hard-fought battle." That is how Giel Hermans describes the sweetcorn market in September. This Dutch farmer processed his last corn of the season last week. He is now switching to the new Spanish harvest. First Spanish corn "It was generally a tough season. Spring was cold and wet. On top of that, it…

Réunion: Tomato producers working at a loss

Another hard blow for Réunion growers after the sanitary crisis: tomato prices are dropping sharply, a considerable loss for producers who have invested upstream. Tomato…

All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association

PFVA opposes ban on export of onions and tomatoes

The All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has opposed the proposed ban on export of onion besides expressing surprise at the…

Philippines

Large amounts of smuggled carrots and other vegetables found in Tondo markets

Different vegetables -such as carrots, garlic, broccoli, red and yellow onions and ginger - were found at three Tondo market stalls during an inspection last Wednesday. The…

Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya provinces, Philippines

Tons of tomatoes left to rot due to lack of buyers

Tons of ripe tomatoes harvested around the town of Tinoc in Ifugao province were dumped due to a lack of buyers. Dr. Domingo Mariano, a Tinoc municipal agriculturist, said the…

USDA grant supports Penn State research on automation of mushroom industry

A large grant, awarded to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers who will investigate…

Also keen to increase competitiveness

Australian veg exporters want to double shelf life of their produce

Australian vegetable exporters are looking at new tech to double the shelf life of some of their produce. They are also scrutinizing ways to increase their competitiveness…

Nationwide food retail marketing takes place under brand name Bimi® Broccoli

Trial cultivation successfully started: First broccoli is being harvested at Pfalzmarkt eG

In a German first, Pfalzmarkt für Obst und Gemüse eG is harvesting Bimi® broccoli for the first time. Andreas Röß from Frankenthal is the first Pfalzmarkt producer who has now started harvesting the broccoli in the Vorderpfalz. In the southern Palatinate, the trialled Bimi® broccoli harvest came a few…

Westland Seeds brings 5 new varieties to the market

North American supermarkets desire more colors of snack peppers

Dutch breeding company Westland Seeds has been selling snack pepper varieties to the North American market for the past ten years. "Our varieties have shown a big advantage over competitor varieties, and in the upcoming season, we're offering five different colors," says Iwan van Vliet, managing director…

European Commissioner refutes allegations of Moroccan fraud through mislabeling tomatoes

Through European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowsk, the European Commission has refuted the allegations of “fraud in the labeling of tomatoes produced in the…

New tomato specialties from CASI

The Cooperativa Agrícola San Isidro (CASI), the leading European cooperative, will be present at the next edition of Fruit Attraction with important news that will mark the beginning of a campaign full of challenges, which they will be facing with a new board of directors. CASI is starting the campaign with its participation in…

Asaja states that the price of Almeria type cucumbers has dropped by 81%

Almeria's horticultural campaign starts with 45% lower prices compared to the previous one

The horticultural campaign has started in the province of Almeria with prices that, according to Asaja, are 45% lower than those recorded in the previous campaign. According…

Authorities in the Region of Murcia detected the first case of ToBRFV in Spain since 2019

The Plant Health Service of the Region of Murcia reported that a case of rough tomato virus (ToBRFV) was detected in isolated tomato plants in a greenhouse in Cañada de…

Philippines: Government to help transport & sell tomatoes from Cordillera

The Department of Agriculture of the Philippines will coordinate with local governments in the Cordillera Administrative Region to help transport and market the tomatoes of…

Pune tomato prices at six-month high

Just weeks after farmers dumped their tomatoes due to unfavorable pricing, the cost of the product has again increased in wholesale and retail markets in the district. In…

Mindanao Development Authority says ‘Chinese carrots flooding local markets’ is untrue

According to a government official, there is no truth to the reports circulating online that carrots from China have flooded Filipino markets. Emmanuel Piñol, Mindanao…

Colruyt Group tests, together with ECLO, the reuse of its own bread waste to grow mushrooms

Colruyt Group reuses its own bread waste to grow mushrooms. For the production of this circular product, they entered into a cooperation with ECLO, formerly known as 'Le…

Westfalia joins forces with Veg Power to increase UK's veg consumption

Veg Power announced today that its industry-first membership programme has expanded again this quarter with the addition of Westfalia Fruit Group, the leading supplier of…

Laura Lafuente from the Bundesfachgruppe Gemüsebau:

"German vegetable production faces a variety of challenges"

Cold, wet weather and increasing competitive pressure from abroad presented German vegetable growers with many problems this year. Producers from the Rhineland in particular are likely to have to deal with the consequences for a long time to come in view of the floods. We spoke to Laura Lafuente,…

Turning waste into an income stream

Whitsundays region project turns surplus tomatoes and capsicums into high value powders

In Queensland’s Whitsundays region, the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association represents farmers who produce up to 40 percent of Australia’s yearly tomato and capsicum crops. Every…

South Africa scores with GMO white maize

African countries south of the Sahara have a lot to learn from South Africa's successes in Genetically Modified (GM) plant agriculture. The latter country appears set for…

Chennai, India

Koyambedu traders dump unsold stock of vegetables & flowers on the road

With a 30% drop in demand in Koyambedu, about 10% of the vegetables and flowers at the local wholesale market was wasted. Some traders took to dumping their unsold stock on the roads inside the market, some sent the stock to the bio methanation plant. Wholesalers said sales had dropped by 20%-30% as it…

Pakistan government considers freezing tomato & onion exports

The Pakistani government is set to impose a ban on the export of tomatoes and onions for three months, in order to stop recent price hikes. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin directed Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) to impose a ban after consultation. In that…

Potato and vegetable prices hit new highs in Russia

There are currently record high prices being paid for vegetables in Russia. Most of vegetables have risen in price by 1,5 to 2 times compared to last year and have set new records for September, when, as a rule, supply of vegetables exceeds demand on the market. In June, prices for carrots and beets in…

Ramacca (Catania)

National convention to promote artichokes

The "Il carciofo. Tra storia, tradizione e innovazione" (Artichokes - history, tradition and innovation) convention that took place on September 24th in Ramacca gathered scholars and experts from the agricultural sector with the sole objective of relaunching production on the Catania plain and assess new…

Lamboseeds

New tomatoes selected from 'ancient' genetic material

Lamboseeds has introduced new tomato varieties over the past few months, developed thanks to breeding activities that lasted a decade. At Macfrut, Sandro Colombi represented the company with an exhibition that impressed operators. "We eliminated the distance between researchers and consumers. For our latest…

The largest pumpkin in the world comes from Italy and weighs over 1200 kg

High-level genetic research, careful crossbreeds, and specific agronomic techniques - this is how to obtain the largest pumpkin in the world, awarded every year during the National championship of giant pumpkins held in Pontedera (Pisa) by Associazione Lo Zuccone. The absolute winner was yet again Stefano…


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