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Difficult season with numerous challenges for Chilean fruit growers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
According to Karen Brux, of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), Chile’s recent earthquake, despite being a tragic shock for the country, had fortunately no impact on the fresh produce industry. The September frosts, on the other hand, described as “the worst in 80 years,” had a particularly deep.....
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Italy: Only the "Club" guarantees a top selection of Candonga strawberries

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
A unique variety with a sugar content between 8 and 10 degrees Brix, a perfect shape and an enviable shelf-life."An exceptional cultivar alone is not enough to achieve a top quality produce, the right soil, climate, water, techniques, packaging and traceability measures are also important," explained Carmela.....
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China: Imported fruits too expensive due to bad weather

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
The price of durian was only at 11-12 yuan per half a kilo last year. This year it has increased to 18.8 yuan per half a kilo. Most of durians come from Thailand and are very expensive. Vietnamese durian will also be hitting Chinese supermarket shelves for the first time, at a promotional price of only 9.9.....
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Peru: Fruit and veg exports increased 29% first two months of 2014

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Ana María Deustua, executive director of the Agricultural Producers Guild Association of Peru (AGAP), reported that fruit and vegetable exports during the first two months of the year amounted to U.S. $366 million, 29% more than in the same period in 2013, which amounted to $284 million.She also noted that.....
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Spanish grower distinguishes himself in the market with high end production

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
When you think about Spanish greenhouses and growers, you will think about the plastic operations as they are known in Almeria; Low tech, simple greenhouse structures, with just basic or no ventilation, no substrate or manual irrigation. In 90 percent of the greenhouses in Almeria, this will be the case......
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Photos from Eveleigh Market, Sydney

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Helen Hill an achacha grower in Australia, visits many markets and farmers markets to promote the exotic fruit. She will be sending FreshPlaza a few reports for our Australia and New Zealand Special this month.Helen Hill: Eveleigh Market, Sydney is my personal favourite as it is covered, held weekly, and.....
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De Ruiter delivering for Aussie Grower

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Growers in Australia’s competitive greenhouse tomato industry across the country are continually looking for ways to improve their bottom line.With 30 years of experience in the industry, Godfrey Dol is a person any grower would want talk to about developing this competitive edge. Mr Dol is Technical Manager.....
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EastPack announces $1.5m profit following Satara merger

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
EastPack Limited, grower owned post harvest kiwifruit supplier, has announced a $1.5 million operating profit (after paying rebates) for the financial year ending 31 December 2013 – the first annual result since its merger with Satara.EastPack Chairman Ray Sharp said although the operating profit was lower.....
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Hagranop grows, refrigerates and markets carrots all over Europe

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
The company Hagranop, from Tollebeek, was founded in 1990 and started with the cultivation of 1,000 tonnes of carrots in the Netherlands; a volume which has now grown to 100,000 tonnes. In addition to its facilities in the Netherlands, the company is currently also based in Belgium and Germany, with a total.....
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Spain: Murcia to produce around 30% more bell peppers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
After a longer pepper season than usual due to Almeria's warm spring conditions and low rainfall, the end of the campaign approaches and both volumes and prices for all varieties are gradually dropping.Purchasers who were stocking up in Almeria up to this point are moving to other sources where the campaign.....
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Researchers expect lower threat from curly top virus for chilli peppers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
New Mexico State University plant and weed specialists are warning chilli pepper growers to watch for the curly top virus.Southwest Farm Press reports the disease devastated the state's chilli industry in the past.Experts say most growers won't have a major problem this year, and early and mid-season weed.....
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Scientists discover how to make lettuce leaves stay fresh for longer

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Scientists have found a way of making the leaves stay fresh for longer.Researchers discovered smaller, tougher leaves with lots of small cells packed together tend to survive the washing and packaging process.They then worked out which parts of the lettuce genome were responsible, and developed a breeding.....
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No need to go bananas about “Banana AIDS”

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Recently in China, the online community has sparked controversies and has “gone bananas” over “Banana AIDS”. The news has gone viral. People on the internet are worried that it is not safe to eat bananas anymore and that the “disease” has spread all over Southeast Asia. Some of the rumours have gone so far.....
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Queensland Government offers aid package for cyclone-hit farmers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Queensland primary producers hit by Tropical Cyclone Ita will now be able to apply for disaster recovery funding. Tropical Cyclone Ita carved a long trail of destruction along the Queensland coast, with close to 90 per cent of Queensland's cane farmers experiencing crop damage.Banana growers in the State's.....
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US (NY): Gotham Greens builds world’s first commercial high tech greenhouse on roof of Whole Foods Market

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
A stunning glimpse into our green future is underway in Brooklyn, NY where Gotham Greens has built a 20,000 sq. foot, state of the art, climate controlled farm on the roof of a local Whole Foods Market. The hydroponic greenhouse requires no soil and can grow the highest quality vegetables all year.....
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China: Greenhouse vegetables in the Gobi Desert

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
In the past few years, the Animal Husbandry and Agriculture Science and Technology Park in Subei County has been developing and improving their technology according to industry needs and market demand. Since 2010, Subei County has invested around 42.4 million yuan in the outskirts of Dangchengwan county in.....
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Demonstration greenhouse open week commencing 21st of April

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Preparations in Enza Zaden’s demonstration greenhouse started a few months ago and are now well underway. The first tomatoes have already been harvested and the crop is looking good.New locationThis year our demonstration greenhouse is to be found at a new location, i.e. at the premises of Triomaas b.v......
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Kloosterboer installs South Holland’s largest solar panel roof plant

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
At the start of April, the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Kloosterboer Delta Terminal at Maasvlakte was put in to operation. A total of 1800 solar panels have been fitted to this cold storage facility making it, in terms of capacity, the largest PV plant in the province of South Holland. The.....
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The future of growing melons and strawberries without soil

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Fruits hanging in the air, literally. This is the type of sight you will see at the 2nd Beijing Agricultural Festival. Hosted by the Beijing Changping Strawberry Park, the expo and has attracted nearly 700,000 visitors. The event showcases the latest new technology in modern agriculture. Professor Hao.....
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Italy: Analysis of 2013 fruit production

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29
Production estimates for 2013 show a domestic supply of 7.8 million tons of produce, 3% more than 2012. Ismea stated that this number was due to an increase in the production of apples, pears, kiwis, melons and cherries.Apple production in 2013 increased by 9% with respect to the previous year, although it.....
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