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Mexican farmworkers strike, crops rot

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
More than 50,000 Mexican farmworkers are striking in Baja California, violently demonstrating against low pay, abuses and poor working conditions. As millions of dollars worth of crops rot in the fields, protest leaders are set to meet with growers.Farmworkers are burning tires and throwing rocks in Baja, an.....
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Bulgaria: Over 1 billion Euro to boost agricultural competitiveness

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
Over 1 billion Euro of EU funds, from a total of 2.3 billion, will be made available to improve the competitiveness of agricultural holdings in Bulgaria, as reported by the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Desislava Taneva. The rest of the funds will go mostly to agro-environmental payments, and.....
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Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expanded in Madera County

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
The state is expanding a quarantine in a portion of Madera County to protect against the Asian citrus psyllid after an insect was found east of Madera, in the Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos area.The quarantine expansion adds 79 square miles, bringing the total quarantine area in Madera County to 179.....
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Israel interested in expanding trade with Bulgaria

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
Bulgaria pursues to boost its exports of agricultural products to Israel, and an opportunity may arise from the meeting between the Minister of Agriculture, Desislava Taneva, and the Deputy General Director of "International trade and international relations" of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, Itzhak.....
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Defra will pay farmers on time

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
Defra will still be able to make subsidy payments to farmers on time – despite the failure of its online application system, farm minister George Eustice has insisted.“We will be able to make payments to farmers when the payment window opens in December 2015,” Mr Eustice told MPs on Tuesday (24 March).The.....
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South Africans urged to participate in Agricultural bill

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has urged South Africans to participate in the public hearings on the Agricultural Product Standards Amendment Bill.The department's first public hearings on the Bill will commence in the Stellenbosch Quarantine Station-the department's Polkadraai Avenue,.....
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ORC helping fruit fly eradication

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
Otago Regional Council environmental monitoring and operations manager Jeff Donaldson has recently been helping with eradication efforts in Auckland after the Queensland fruit fly outbreak there.ORC chief executive Peter Bodeker said the council had provided Mr Donaldson as operations manager for the.....
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Farmer water rights different in Northern and Central California

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
Farmers in portions of Northern California are selling their water rights.For some farmers, they can make more money selling back their water rights than trying to save their crops in this drought-stricken state.According to Modern Farmer, some farmers in across portions of the Sacramento Valley have been.....
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Greece: Fruit export protocol expansion China

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
An expansion of the existing protocol for Greek fruit and vegetable exports to China, meant to include cherries, plums, grapes, mandarins and oranges, is currently being negotiated, since China, which already imports kiwis, has shown interest in these products, according to a statement from the Association.....
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Man says one sniff of a carrot could kill him

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
A father of two with a severe and rare allergy said one sniff of a carrot could kill him.Andy Walters, 33, of Wrexham, suffers from a series of serious allergies – the most unusual of which is an intense sensitivity to the orange vegetables.The allergies are so severe he has been hospitalised and has sought.....
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Mexico: Strawberry losses in Baja California

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
The mayor of Ensenada, Gilberto Hirata, confirmed that they were getting rid of the strawberry that was spoiled because of the labourers' strike, which started on March 17, in the Valley of San Quintin, Baja California."Millions of dollars have been lost. I verified this personally, I went to the fields,.....
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Blueberries among dairy and beauty products

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
The supermarket and the supplier can sometimes be diametrically opposed to each other, so the big supermarkets are often under close scrutiny. Driscoll's is working together with Danish retailer Dansk Supermarked to promote soft fruit. In the United Kingdom, British Summer Fruits is investing in the.....
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Spain: Murcia's stonefruit volumes to peak in May

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
The weather conditions this year in Murcia will likely result in a satisfactory stonefruit season, with good volumes and quality. Production volumes in May will also be higher compared to other seasons."So far, we have not suffered any setbacks caused by frost or hail, so the flowering and settling of the.....
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Korea-NZ FTA more good news for Kiwi industry

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
It’s already looking like a bumper harvest for New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers and marketers, but they officially have another reason to be happy this week, as a Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and Korea was inked by both governments on Monday, promising a complete reduction of the 45% tariff.....
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Mushrooms are ‘anti-cancer’

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
A apple a day might help keep the doctor away but three mushrooms a day can go a long way to reducing the risk of breast cancer for women.This was the message state co-ordinator for the Australian Mushroom Growers Association Jane Keogh brought with her when she visited Country Farm Fresh Mushrooms earlier.....
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Biggest rise in OJ futures in 16 years

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:29
Orange juice futures officially entered a bull market yesterday after a three-day rally sent the price for May delivery surging by 21% to $1.2795 per pound (454g). That was the biggest three-day rise in price in more than 16 years, and a sign that investors believe the price of orange juice will increase.....
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Retail revenue soft fruit in US bigger than bananas or apples

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:29
Soft fruit is a growing market. In addition to strawberries, blueberries have been performing well for years, but raspberries and other berries are also becoming more popular. During the sixth Global Berry Congress, which was held in the Mainport hotel in the centre of Rotterdam yesterday, the challenges to.....
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South African oranges will still arrive in Spain, higher prices

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:29
Last week, the South African citrus sector decided not to ship to Spanish ports after a disagreement regarding the phytosanitary inspection process, given the high number of CBS interceptions in Spain compared to other European ports, such as Rotterdam.However, in a market like the EU, in which goods.....
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95% of Argentinian lemons affected by heavy rainfall

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:29
Heavy rainfall in the north of Argentina since the start of the year has complicated the harvesting procedures required for the start of the new 2015 lemon season. This area represents 95% of Argentina’s lemon production and is where ALL LEMON, the quality seal for exported lemons from Argentina, carries out.....
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EU: Dollar huge impact on import supplies and prices

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:29
It's becoming increasingly difficult to get overseas fruit in Europe. Prices are increasing, and suppliers from faraway destinations would sooner opt to service the domestic market or other markets, where they'll get good prices. Europe, and the consumer, is also not always prepared to pay the price asked.....
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