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US block imports from two Mexican greenhouses

Effective Oct. 21, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at all U.S. ports of entry will detain fresh tomatoes produced by the tomato farm Agropecuarios Tom S.A.…

US farm labor shortage drives up wages and demand for foreign produce

US agri companies are relying more and more on imported fruits and vegetables. It is due in part to the ongoing labor shortage in agriculture. Two-thirds of the crop…

South Africa: Rising input costs a serious challenge for future food production

Rising input costs, such as direct materials, direct labour and other overheads, are posing a major challenge to food production in South Africa. “The costs of fertiliser, herbicides, packaging, diesel, electricity and labour, to name a few, are increasing rapidly, making it nearly impossible for many…

WWF

Producers in Spain illegally irrigate an area equivalent to 106,000 football fields a year

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's largest organizations dedicated to nature conservation, has investigated for a year the overexploitation and theft in the…

They demand hydraulic infrastructure works

Malaga's tropical sector united to demand an emergency solution to the lack of water

Axarquia's countryside, the largest avocado and mango producing area in Europe, is on a war footing after years of asking institutions for hydraulic infrastructure solutions.…

Uganda

National Agriculture Research Organisation points farmers to new technologies

Uganda's National Agriculture Research Organisation (Naro) has asked extension workers to increase farmers’ uptake of new technologies to boost productivity. According to Naro…

Former Indian Central Bank governor Raghuram Rajan:

‘Digital dollar might overwhelm local currencies’

The introduction of a digital US dollar might aid in democratizing banking in poorer countries, but it could also pose a risk to local currencies if it were readily…

Ecuadorian banana workers report bad wages and job security situation

Workers in the Ecuadorian banana industry have reported rapid downward pressure on wages and contractual conditions on plantations as result of the availability in the country…

Nation to allow duty-free import of fresh Afghan fruit and vegetables

Pakistan announces Rs 5 bln assistance to ease trade with Afghanistan

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the leadership of Afghanistan’s interim government, after which he announced in-kind assistance of Rs 5 billion…

NOA registration underway for 2021 Annual Convention in Puerto Rico

Registration is now underway for the National Onion Association’s 2021 Convention Dec. 1-4 at Fairmont El San Juan in gorgeous San Juan, Puerto Rico. Convention registration…

Brexit disputes jeopardizing border flow Gibraltar

The consequences of a hard Brexit are now haunting Gibraltar commuters. Instead of being eliminated, the border between the British Overseas Territory and Spain, known locally…

British government secures $13 billion of investments to overcome post-Brexit slump

As PM Boris Johnson is attempting to reverse the post-Brexit freefall in financing, the British government has secured £9.7 billion ($13.4 billion) of new foreign investments.…

Al Qaeda targets main link between Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa

Hauliers bringing goods from Morocco to sub-Saharan Africa are facing new dangers, with Al Qaeda targeting the main highway connecting the north African country with the…

Raw material increases soon to be unbearable

"Even where there are no problems caused by the market, diseases or adverse weather events, the increase in the price of raw materials is causing a lot of issues for our businesses. The continuous increases for each single good necessary to cultivate are suffocating," reported a producer. "Fuel and fertilizers…

“Waste Not, Want Not” with launch of Re-purposeful Picks range

Australian food retailer Harris Farm Markets has announced the launch of Re-purposeful Picks, a product range made from upcycling perishable food items into premium quality products with longer shelf life. Harris Farm Markets is the first Australian major grocery retailer to release a product range of…

Victorian Government - On the ground support for fruit fly management

Minister for Agriculture announces $2.9 million in Fruit Fly Strategy grants

The Victorian Government is supporting key fruit production regions across the state to protect their produce from the destructive impacts of Queensland Fruit Fly.Minister for…

Victoria, Australia

Health Minister Foley to take up calls for on-farm quarantine with relevant authorities

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley has promised to take up calls for on-farm quarantine for Pacific Islander seasonal workers with the relevant health authorities. Foley…

Egypt

Hassan Allam Holding to pump Nile water to irrigate New Valley

Egyptian authorities are choosing Hassan Allam Holding to build new facilities to pump Nile water from Mostakbal Misr. This step will allow the revival of a project aiming at…

Former owner of Florida produce business sentenced to prison for tax evasion

A Florida man was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for tax evasion, at a proceeding in federal district court in Miami. According to court documents, Alejandro Gomez…

National Potato Council announces new event: Washington Summit

U.S. potato growers and industry partners from around the country are invited to the nation’s capital for the new NPC Washington Summit, Feb. 28-March 3, 2022, to help fulfill…

Turkey: Parliament committee approves Paris deal ratification bill

The Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee accepted a bill proposal on the ratification of the Paris climate deal. Turkey was among the first signatories of the Paris…

Under federal marketing order for Tomatoes Grown in Florida

USDA reapportions membership on the Florida Tomato Committee

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a final rule that reapportions membership on the Florida Tomato Committee under the federal marketing order for…

Alberta Potato Conference cancelled

The Potato Growers of Alberta recently announced that they have had to decide to cancel the upcoming Alberta Potato Conference and Tradeshow. It was to be held on November…

Aiming to create predictive model for food freshness and remaining shelf-life

Maersk participates in food waste project with Wageningen University and customers

Every year, 13% of the global fresh produce is lost in the cold supply chain, between harvest and retailer. An accurate, real-time prediction of remaining shelf-life of a…

Promoting biosecurity and sustainable agricultural trade

DT Global signs MoU with Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DT Global. Its scope is to increase agricultural trade between…

Rising agri input prices are hurting Jamaican growers

Scores of farmers across Jamaica are feeling the effects from rising fertilizer prices, and those of crop seedlings and seeds, significantly increasing their production costs.…

NSW growers hope opening of international borders will ease labor shortages

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced that international arrivals won't have to isolate when entering NSW if they are fully vaccinated and test negative for…

Ugandan growers to access global markets through PSFU and Agricycle partnership

In excess of 9,400  young Ugandan growers are set to benefit from a new partnership between Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU), the country’s apex body for the private sector,…

NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board chairwoman, Ali Capper:

‘UK government should double seasonal workers scheme for 2022’

As worker shortages continue to frustrate fruit and vegetable growers, NFU officials are urging the UK government to immediately double its Seasonal Workers Pilot (SWP)…

Russian Federation

September inflation growth largely driven by rising fruit and vegetable prices

In September 2021, annual inflation increased to 7.40% in the Russian Federation. This growth is mainly attributed to the situation in certain food markets. According to data…

New South Wales

Public servants offered harvest leave to support farm labor shortages

More than 4,500 New South Wales public servants are being offered five days' leave in an attempt to ease a worker shortage in the lead up to a forecast bumper grains harvest.…

Flemish research project looks into possibility of creating cosmetics based on raw vegetable material

InCoCells is a project, researching the possibility of creating cosmetics based on raw vegetable material, produced and harvested in a high-tech manner. It aims to give…

Basel University: Dreamstime

Solve food fraud efficiently and cost-effectively

Counterfeit foods, especially goods with false claims of geographical origin, cause billions of dollars in economic damage every year. Botanists at the University of Basel…

WayCool Foods gets $13 million as part of largest agri-tech funding in India

Chennai-based WayCool Foods and Products Pvt. has raised $13 million in the second tranche of a Series D round. "The main uses of the funds will be towards technology…

Intello Labs launches Praman, an AI-powered agriculture produce trade exchange platform

Intello Labs, a global AI-powered quality assaying startup, formally announced the launch of their Praman business today, which has been in stealth mode over the past few months. Praman is a agriculture produce trade exchange platform, with integrated quality assessment. It currently facilitates…

More evidence of worker exploitation on Australian farms

Yesterday, the Senate's job security committee heard a lot of shocking evidence of worker exploitation on Australian farms. Take 58-year-old Xueliang Wang from China worked…

South Australia’s premier AgTech conference AdvanceAg

AdvanceAg attendees to vote on best agri tech idea next week

Next week, at South Australia’s premier AgTech conference AdvanceAg, five innovative tech developers from across Australia have the opportunity to pitch directly to an…

Johannesburg produce market official arrested for R5.5 mln grift

A senior financial controller at the Johannesburg fresh produce market in City Deep has been arrested in connection with a R5.5 mln (€320,000) scam. Apparently, her…

Typhoon Kompasu forces Pearl River Delta ports close down

Ports around China’s Pearl River Delta have been forced to stop operations again, due to Typhoon Kompasu. At midnight, Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen -…

Irrifarm's Smart-box for remote management

Irrifarm is a complete system for the remote management of irrigation thanks to which it is possible to monitor field valves and fertilization, measure field and climatic data, monitor irrigation and plan agronomic techniques. The series of professional equipment is found in a single box that is 3 meters…

Container shortage inspires work of art

Bruce Lin was born in 1960 in Taiwan. He has resided in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, since 1989. He owns Euro Pacific and imports ginger, garlic, apples, and pears from China. Bruce has another passion - painting. In 2016, he was accepted into the Prins Alexander Arts Academy. Since then, he has exhibited…

$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…

Nakuru county

Kenya signs deal on subsidized farm inputs

The Nakuru county government has inked a deal with One Acre Fund and Apollo Agriculture, intent on creating financing and providing subsidized farm inputs to over 4,000 small…

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…

Paper industry executive warns about soaring gas prices

“It’s very clear there are serious risks factories could stop all activities”

Last week, Andrew Large, director-general at the Confederation of Paper Industries, attended a meeting with the Business Secretary and other representatives of energy…

United Kingdom supply problems

PM Johnson appoints supply chain czar to 'save Christmas'

UK prime minister Johnson has appointed former Tesco CEO Sir David Lewis to help advise the government on supply chains. Lewis, who was chief executive of the supermarket…

Smaller California farms hamstrung by drought and water shortages

As the drought continues to worsen, many water-use limitations and regulations will be enforced upon all California residents and businesses. Several restrictions have already…

France: New salad recipe from Florette

Florette Food Service is offering a new recipe of meal salads in its Kit 10 range: the southwestern salad. “A mix of green salad, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, duck gizzards confit and croutons.” Developed by Florette Food Service and intended for restaurant professionals, “the Kit 10 meal salads present…

Cumbre Vieja volcano destroys banana plantations

Island of La Palma experiences new quake

Yesterday, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck in La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Islands. Volcanic eruptions have been underway there since September 19. According to data…

Minister Carmen Crespo:

'New marketing platform will allow planning agricultural productions in Andalusia'

A new marketing platform will allow planning agricultural productions in Andalusia. Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo,…

Sweden and Norway: Currencies to see multi-year highs vs euro

After a drop in rates when Covid hit last year, the currencies from Sweden and Norway have recovered to trade slightly stronger against the euro than their pre-pandemic…

First trade credit insurance policy for fresh fruit and vegetable industry

EFCIS Limited in corporation, in conjunction with one of the leading Underwriters, Coface, are very happy to announce the launch of a Trade Credit Insurance policy that is…

USDA announces more than $146 mln investment in sustainable agricultural research

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient,…

2021 JerseyFresh photo contest winner announced

Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced the winners of the 2021 #JerseyFreshisCOOLER social media photo contest are Matt and Caitlyn Macrie, proud members of the Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farm in Hammonton, the “blueberry capital of the world.” The winning photo featured a shot of nearly…

Mexico: New wastewater discharge regulations cause concern in agricultural sector

Last month, the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources announced stricter wastewater discharge regulations, releasing the first update of the so-called Official…

Rising fertilizer prices cause global concern

Rising fertilizer prices could affect the next plantings in the United States. At the same time, China's problems with energy costs could also affect the costs of…

Oriental fruit fly detections

California: Parts of South San Jose under state quarantine

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced that a portion of South San Jose is under quarantine for the oriental fruit fly. Residents in the area are…

Moroccan exporters claim visas decision in France threatens sector

Officials from Moroccan Association of Exporters ASMEX have warned that France's decision to halve the number of visas issued to Moroccans could significantly affect the…

"If you are not changing, you are not improving"

Modern technology adoption hold the keys to future-proofing fresh produce industry

If a horticultural company is not embracing change on their farms, then there is no way they can improve, and are thus becoming stagnant or risking going backwards, according to a leading agriculture entrepreneur. Jack Milbank, CEO of Lexi Tech Pte Ltd (AgPro) says that even if a business is doing well,…

Winet

Irrigation - how to save up to 40% of water

"Objective parameters are needed to obtain the best yields and eliminate waste - it is no longer possible to wing irrigation based on one's experience or that of a neighbor," explains Emanuele Tavelli, manager of Winet, a company established in 2011. Winet is currently using sensors for the monitoring…

Latino community leaders call for equal overtime rights for Colorado farm laborers

Community leaders and farmworkers are calling on governor Polis’ administration to provide equal overtime protections. Yesterday, leaders from Colorado's Latino and immigrant…

Up to 50% of transportation costs to be reimbursed to Uzbek exporters

The government of the Republic of Uzbekistan has decided to reimburse part of the transport costs to economic entities exporting their products to the countries not bordering…

Brexit minister Lord Frost:

‘British renaissance has begun’ despite shortages troubling UK

Brexit minister Lord Frost has declared that the ‘British Renaissance has begun’ as the UK struggles with staffing issues linked to the departure from the European Union. At…

Pakistan: Japan hands over locust control tools to government Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Yesterday the government of Japan, in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, handed over locust control items to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa…

Nigel Jenney, chief executive of the UK’s Fresh Produce Consortium:

‘Don’t blame the industry Boris, what we need is your support’

Last Sunday, the BBC aired an interview with Boris Johnson by Andrew Marr. According to Nigel Jenney, chief executive of the UK’s Fresh Produce Consortium, it revealed a prime…

First in the nation find

Port of Gulfport detects harmful insect in Costa Rican pineapple shipment

Specialists from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture have discovered a butterfly larvae pest, informally known as the Saunders 1850, in a container of…

Growing concerns over labor shortages

Irish horticulture businesses ‘built on sand’

Irish horticulturalists are operating businesses that some claim are 'built on sand' at the moment, as there are mounting concerns that labor shortages will unwind the sector.…

China: Power cuts may disturb US$120 billion of trade flow

Power shortages that have gripped parts of China result in the delay of US $120 billion of trade flows. Some of China’s key ports, including Ningbo, Guangzhou, Yantian, and…

"With €60 per year you can buy tarpaulins and pheromones," said a technician

Self-made traps for Asian bugs are affordable and effective

Many growers are being inventive and have been busy making a pest control system for the for the mass trapping of Asian bugs, also known as the brown marmorated sting bug. These consists only of a cloth and pheromones that can be handcrafted on the farm. A number of companies have already set up traps in…

First workers under new scheme arrive from Vanuatu in New Zealand

The first flight bringing in 154 fruit pickers and other agricultural workers from Vanuatu has arrived at Christchurch Airport today. They are part of a new program which lets…

Invasive pest infects Shopian district apple orchards

Apple growers in the Zainapora hamlet of south Kashmir’s Shopian district are troubled due to a new pest being found in their orchards. Locals from the Zainapora area told…

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…

NFU Scotland:

“Price of manufactured agricultural fertiliser has soared"

According to NFU Scotland, prices of manufactured agricultural fertiliser have ‘soared’. The rise was linked to the temporary closure of two UK fertiliser factories earlier…

Australian Agriculture Worker Visa takes a step closer to delivering for farmers after being signed into law

The Australian Agriculture Worker Visa (Ag Visa) is a step closer to fruition, after the Federal Government amended the Migration Regulations, enabling it to be operationalized with a supporting program administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Minister for Agriculture and…

'On average, three containers of fresh produce lost every week'

Kenyan exporters lose millions to rogue importers from UAE

Kenyan exporters of fresh produce are incurring massive losses at the hands of rogue buyers from the United Arab Emirates. The exporters said there are rising cases of rogue…

UK government will not issue additional visas for agri sector

The UK government will not introduce any new visa schemes for agriculture and food businesses that are facing acute staff shortages, nor will it take additional action to…

Unveils new Climate Partnership Initiative

USDA announces $3 bln investment in agriculture, animal health and nutrition

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a comprehensive set of investments to address challenges facing America’s agricultural producers. These include assistance to…

Taiwan will take Chinese fruit ban to WTO next month

In mid-October, Taiwan will take China’s import ban on three types of Taiwan fruit to the World Trade Organization for a ruling. China banned the import of Taiwanese…

The agrarian organizations of Almeria call for a strike and a mobilization on October 8

The agricultural organizations from Almeria Asaja, Coag, and UPA have called for an agricultural strike and a concentration in the port of Almeria on October 8 to demand fair…

AHDB and NFU respond to UK government future gene editing regulation

AHBD welcomes the government announcement on Gene Editing (GE). GE applications can mimic natural genetic variation, but with greater precision and speed; technologies like GE…

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…

"It forces you to think about the industry, and not just the thing that you are trying to innovate"

How embracing open innovation principles can help facilitate growth of Australian horticulture businesses

A global innovation agency believes that in modern-day trade, there has become a need for expertise that was not previously associated with horticulture and fresh fruit and vegetable production, in order to facilitate transformation and growth into the future. While the concept of open innovation, and…

As a result of PM nationalization threat against gas supplier

Peruvian currency drops against US dollar

The Peruvian sol dropped off sharply Monday against the US dollar in Lima markets. This was the result of Sunday's statements from PM Guido Bellido, who threatened that the…

UK ministers take first major step towards using gene editing techniques in British agriculture

UK ministers have taken a tentative step towards allowing the use of gene-editing techniques in British crop farming.  Environment Secretary George Eustice will remove the rules…

Niels Bessemans, Optiflux:

“This new top fruit storage system is the result of 20 years of research”

Optiflux, a spinoff, launched on Monday, September 27. That was with the introduction of a new, innovative top fruit measuring and control system. It is called DCA (Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere). "With DCA, you can store top fruit year-round, without using chemicals," says Niels Bessemans. He is the…

European Council adopts €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve

The Council today gave its final approval to a fund designed to help member states tackle the negative impact of Brexit. The fund of five billion euros (in 2018 prices) will…

Agriculture Secretary William Dar admits delay

Philippines's first border quarantine facility further delayed

Agriculture Secretary William Dar reluctantly admitted that the construction of what will be the Philippines’ first ever first-border quarantine facility for farm products is…

Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer

Project to grow Southern Queensland’s agriculture workforce

Migrants, refugees and international students will be supported to find work in South West Queensland’s agricultural sector as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Diverse…

NZ growers still fear labor shortages - despite imminent arrival of RSE workers

Next week, seasonal workers arriving from the Pacific Islands will be able to skip MIQ and go to work during their isolation period. Vaccinated workers from Vanuatu can come…

Pyrénées-Orientales: “Fruit thefts cost several thousands to farmers”

There has been an increase in thefts of fruit and vegetables, especially in the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales, which is a real disaster for producers. Several tons…

US: Black fig fly discovered on Central & South coasts

A destructive insect pest normally found halfway around the world has now shown up in California, threatening one of its crops. It’s an insect which literally turns the inside…

Constructing a 45,000 square-foot produce processing and packing facility

Governor Northam announces major new produce packing facility in Brunswick County

Governor Northam today announced Southern Virginia Vegetable Packing, LLC has partnered with Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority to construct a new, 45,000…

Epidemiologists instruct Croatian fruit pickers to combat pandemic

Instructions from epidemiologists to Croatian fruit pickers have also appeared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. The official website of Dubrovnik-Neretva County…

Singapore

Pasir Panjang wholesale centre to close for three days after Covid-19 cases detected

According to the Singapore Food Agency, Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre will be closed for three days from Monday September 27, for deep cleaning and disinfection after…

Pakistan abolishes sales tax on fresh fruit imports from Afghanistan

Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue has abolished the sales tax on fresh fruit, imported from Afghanistan. Only apples will be continued to be taxed. Business people involved…

UK probes visa change to ease trucker shortages

The British government is expected to ease visa rules for truck drivers. It is an attempt to fix supply-chain problems that have triggered long lines at gas stations. Last…

Workers win settlement in case against Wenatchee's Stemilt Ag Services

A federal judge has approved a $3 million settlement between Stemilt Ag Services and employees who were uncompensated during ‘nonprotective time’. The lawsuit alleged the…

‘Scottish soft fruit sector should be compensated by UK government’

According to claims by the Scottish government, the UK government should compensate soft fruit farmers facing financial problems as a result of labor shortages. These…

Perth, Australia

Community support to stop new exotic pest

Perth residents are being urged to inspect their trees for a new pest, Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer (PSHB), after it was confirmed in a backyard maple tree in East Fremantle.…

Inflation is looming

Fuel prices in Kenya reach new highs

Fuel prices in Kenya have reached an historic high. The price rises during the pandemic sparked protests from legislators and motorists across the country. Due to the…

Federal Council Decision:

German states call for measures against food waste

With a resolution passed on the initiative of Lower Saxony, the Bundesrat is advocating a statutory obligation to reduce food waste. This was decided by the state chamber in…

UK food supply chain urges government action to solve labor crisis

The UK’s food and farming sector has written to the PM Johnson, asking him to implement as a matter of urgency a Covid Recovery Visa to alleviate crippling labor shortages…

Farmers appeal for government to intervene

Jordan: Waleh Dam runs dry

The Waleh Dam in Madaba was built in 2003 with a storage capacity of 9 million m3. It is now dry, due to insufficient precipitation and the evaporation of water by about 9,000 m3 per day as a result…

AMK Fresh

Peterborough food company to hold open day to fill 150 jobs

AMK Fresh, which is part of AM Fresh which employs 850 people at its production facility at Peterborough Gateway is to host an open day this Saturday in a bid to fill the…

Agrocolor Caribe to certify Dominican producers willing to export to international markets

In its mission to support, promote and defend the national agricultural production, the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD) has partnered with Agrocolor, one of the leading international certification companies, to offer its services to the country's fruit and vegetable producers. Agrocolor Caribe was…

Agriculture Victoria in conjunction with Hort Innovation

Project explores market developments with phytosanitary irradiation

Victorian Government spokespeople have stated that irradiation is increasingly becoming the go-to option for fresh produce exporters. The state has talked up the benefits of…

Remembering Rupert Smith: a prominent man in Belize’s citrus Industry

In late August, Santiago Rupert Smith passed away. His contributions to Belize’s citrus industry should not be forgotten. Rupert, or “Bungu” as he was affectionately known,…

The sector, which was affected by August's heatwave, is now at risk because of the volcanic eruption

Banana producers on La Palma face millions in losses

Agriculture on the island of La Palma has been hit hard by natural phenomena in recent months. According to Agroseguro, August's heatwave caused the most damage that any…

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung:

'Taiwanese government does not have double standards regarding bans on nation’s fruit'

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-Chung has stated that the Taiwanese government does not have a double standard for China and New Zealand when responding to bans on…

Can Tomatoes Grow on the Moon?

Mankind has always been fascinated by the universe. Scientists are always trying to learn more and more about the universe. However, with a size of more than 46,000 million light-years (equivalent to…

West Bengal: Veg exporters suffer as testing lab lies unused for 3 years

The testing lab of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) set up in 2019 has not been operational since the beginning and vegetable and fruit exports are suffering…

© Stoupa

Why do we remember the location of potato chips better than apples?

An increasing number of people in the western world are overweight. Why? Scientists have been seeking an answer to this question for some time now. Researcher Rachelle de Vries sheds (quite) some light: we may be pre-programmed. That is: we remember better where to find food that is rich in calories than…

From the conference held at the Biosolutions International Congress

The biological approach is lengthy but effective against the Asian bug

There are no short-term solutions to combat the Asian bedbug. It is necessary to invest in research and adopt new strategies. This is part of what emerged at Macfrut 2021 during the conference on the Asian bedbug, organized by Agri2000 within the Biosolutions International Congress.    "We are working on a project promoted…

Hungary: A new pest can cause terrible devastation to orchards

The insect species Drosophilia suzukii, commonly known as spotted wing drosophilia, is a new insect species that first popped up in Hungary in 2012. This invasive insect is…

Israeli tech company to supply irrigation systems to Ethiopia

Water Ways Technologies has won a contract worth almost $297,000 for smart irrigation and drip systems in Ethiopia. The Israeli agro-technology company will install its…

US Department of Labor announces $7 mln funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Mexico

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of $7 million in grant funding to combat child and forced labor abuses in Mexico’s chilli pepper and tomato…

Bhutan: Creating pathways for sustainable food systems

Representatives from stakeholders relevant to the agricultural sector have taken a look at Bhutan’s future in agriculture. Themed “Strengthening Bhutanese Food System for…

Meeting addresses politcal support and security issues

Chinese firms in Pakistan reassured by prime minister Khan

Yesterday, a group of Chinese business leaders expressed increased confidence in their operations in Pakistan after attending a meeting with Pakistan’s premier Imran Khan. The…

Massachusetts farmers still feel aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Despite being hundreds of miles away from Hurricane Ida, Massachusetts farms also took a major hit, and the storm's aftermath is still being felt. Due to the rainy summer and…

SA Harvest: "Solving hunger at South Africa's scale boils down to logistics"

Food insecurity in South Africa: closing the gap between farm and fork

Twenty million South Africans face food insecurity, which prompted an organization to gear up its logistics network to place food where it’s most desperately needed. Right: Leonard Nkwalese of Community KidsPot, a Gugulethu-based beneficiary In almost two years, SA Harvest has moved over 2.9 million…

British government to delay introducing post-Brexit checks

Checks on goods imported from EU delayed again

The British government is to delay introducing post-Brexit checks on food and farming imports to England, Scotland and Wales. The reasons given are Covid disruptions and…

Hawaii Island police on the lookout for seven fruit thieves

Hawaii Island police officials are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying seven suspects accused of stealing 1,500 pounds of fruit along the Hamakua Coast. Official…

Creating awareness for No Kid Hungry and their efforts to end childhood hunger

Zespri is reaching out to retailers and to the produce trade industry for support in their social and influencer engagement activity as part of No Kid Hungry’s “Rebuilding”…

ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report

New data shows Australian horticulture is headed for record value, even through COVID-19 challenges

The value of horticultural production is forecast to rise by four per cent and reach a record $12.4 billion in 2021–22, according to new data released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report for the September quarter. The report found a key driver for the rise in value is that that fresh fruit and…

Labour mobility program reforms to reduce red tape for growers to access critical farm workers

AUSVEG, the industry body for vegetable and potato growers, has welcomed the latest government announcement of the first stage of reforms to Australia’s labour mobility…

European Union to allocate €5 bln for countries & companies affected by Brexit

The European Union is set to allocate €5 billion until 2025 to all countries and companies that have been affected by the UK’s withdrawal agreement. In an announcement, the…

One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers to start in October

Growers warn prices will go up as Pacific RSEs 'nowhere near enough' to meet shortage

Agriculturalists have been anxiously waiting to see if recognized seasonal employer (RSE) workers would still be allowed into New Zealand, given the current Delta outbreak.…

Glasgow man arrested in Spain over ‘importing drugs by fraudulent fruit transport companies’

A Scottish fugitive has been arrested by police officials at a Spanish shopping centre. Lloyd Cross from Glasgow was apprehended by specialist narcotics squad detectives…


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