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Ireland: Man grows 5ft carrot

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
The Walkinstown granddad hit the headlines in November with his five-stone marrow, but his latest serving is even more impressive - a five-foot carrot.Harry said he grew the monster root in a six-inch diameter pipe. But when it came time to harvest it at the weekend, he had to smash it free with a hammer."It.....
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Jamaica: $1.4 mn to revitalize banana industry

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
The Jamaican government announced Thursday that it has allocated 172 million Jamaican dollars (US $1.4 million) to revitalize the banana industry for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.The government said in a statement that starting April 1, one square mile of land (381 hectares) will be planted with the fruit and.....
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Disease-resistant banana accepted in Japan

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Japan has opened its door to a new type of packaged bananas developed by Philippine growers to be resistant to the dreaded Panama disease.Known to breeders as Giant Cavendish Tissue-Culture Variant (GCTCV-219), the new variety is resistant to Fusarium wilt, more commonly called Panama disease, and could thus.....
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Africa: Banana trials to begin this June

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
A five-year project that aims to improve banana farming in Tanzania and Uganda by creating high-yielding and disease-resistant banana hybrids is set to begin trials in June this year.The project, which received US$13.8 million funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in October last year, aims to.....
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India: Gale damages banana crop

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Banana trees, sugarcane and coconut trees standing on hundreds of acres of land in Edappadi and Kolathur blocks of the district were damaged in heavy gale that struck on Friday.The downpour accompanied by gale received on Friday uprooted the banana trees standing on a large area in the Edappadi and.....
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"Difference between onion prices of now and the past is far too big"

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
The onion market is currently stable. Prices should be going up, but that's not yet the case. "The growers do want to increase prices a bit, but the market isn't going along with that," says Jozef Cool of Jozef & Roger Cool from Dendermonde. "I think that's because in March, some contracts were made at.....
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Pakistan to export another 1m tons of potato

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said that Pakistan is capable of exporting up to one million tons of potato because of its bumper crop this year.Around 32,000 metric tons of local potato has already been exported to Russia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates so far, he.....
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Bhutan: Potatoes lead 2014 production

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Following good prices at the auction yard, Bhutanese farmers sold more than 26,345 metric tonnes (MT) of potatoes, worth Nu 684.10 million in 2014. This was one of the highest, both in terms of amount and income generated from the sale of potatoes. The average potato price, for a kilogram, was Nu 38.51,.....
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2014/15 campaign was one of the worst of the past few years

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
On 26th February,Cepa (Potato documentation centre) presented the data concerning the trend of potatoes in Italy and Europe.The . At a European level, there was a 3.5% increase in cultivated areas and an exceptional production (+16%, and average yields per hectare of over 50 tons) but consumption.....
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China and Japan open to Peruvian Hass avocado

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
After six years of demanding negotiations, China and Japan decided to open their markets to Peruvian Hass avocado, said the Ministry of Agriculture.The head of the sector, Juan Manuel Benites, said that although the countries had already taken the political decision to lift sanitary barriers imposed on the.....
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US (CA): Beetle battle for avocado growers

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Avocado growers are bracing for a battle with what is perhaps the most virulent pest their industry has ever faced. And they have no weapons.The polyphagous shot hole borer loves avocado trees. It also likes at least 138 other types of trees, including sycamore, acacia and oak. But among trees grown for.....
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France: Bonduelle to close their site in Thouars in 2016

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
A mushroom cannery and ready-made Bonduelle and Cassegrain factory in Thouars will close in June 2016. By then 77 of the 138 employees will have decided whether or not they will accept an offer to work in the next closest factory, 25 km away. Management justifies their decision to move them to another site.....
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France: “Terrible year” for Breton vegetable cooperative

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
France’s first vegetable cooperative, the Saint Pol-de-Léon Sica in the Finistère region registered a 15% decrease in turnover in 2014 to €185 million. This is a “terrible year” mainly due to bad weather conditions and the Russian embargo on food products. “We have rarely had such a difficult year” says.....
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Driscoll’s leads water policy charge

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Driscoll’s berry company announced its involvement in “Connect the Drops,” a campaign that combines the voices of diverse companies into a single call to action demanding bolder water management policies and solutions for California.The non-profit advocacy group, Ceres, facilitates the collaborative.....
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Del Monte completes rights offering

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Fruit grower and canner Del Monte Pacific Ltd. successfully raised P6.8 billion through a stock rights offering amid a strong demand from investors.Del Monte said in a disclosure to the stock exchange Friday it received applications for 720.645 million rights shares, or higher than the 641.935 million shares.....
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Improvement for Calavo Growers in Q1

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Calavo Growers, Inc. has reported significantly improved fiscal 2015 first quarter operating results. Double-digit revenue gains in each of the company’s three principal business segments paced top-line and gross margin growth.For the three months ended Jan. 31, 2015, net income rose to $5.3 million, equal.....
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Gourmet Trading announces interim president

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
GTC announces that Peter Lineen, current Executive Director of Gourmet International Holdings, has been named interim president of GTC.Lineen has vast experience in business advice and planning and is an experienced company director and board member having been a CPA with his own firm for over 30 years......
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Stowaways at Calais big problem for transporters on British market

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
Onions, Belgian endive, beetroot, celeriac, (seed) potatoes; the transport activities of J. de Groot are mostly seasonal. "With our twenty walk-in floor trailers and one container lorry, we transport a lot of bulk produce from around here, but also from Zeeland, Flevoland and the Nordoostpolder to various.....
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"Importers UK expect a cheap summer"

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
The strong pound compared to the weak Euro, increases export opportunities to the United Kingdom. "For importers, the European produce is now relatively cheap," says Johan Vrijland of JNV Produce Marketing. On the other hand, the exchange rates are also causing uncertainty. "People are hesitant to sign.....
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US roadmap for African trade policies

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 12:29
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs during the week released recommendations on how U.S. trade policy could advance food security in Africa and position American businesses to tap a burgeoning African agriculture and food market, which is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030.The report, Grow Markets,.....
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