January 21, 2015 / Week N° 04

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‘The ball is in the West’s court’ to solve food import ban, says Russian minister

January 21st, 2015

The ruble may be on the mend and diplomats are hopeful for a Russia-EU agricultural trade resolution, but challenges still remain.

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Canada: Westmoreland enlists Ifco for packaging solutions

January 20th, 2015

A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.

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U.S.: WP Rawl to almost double leafy greens processing capacity

January 20th, 2015

WP Rawl’s new South Carolina production lines involve the latest technology and a two-step wash process.

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U.K. reacts to EU’s lifting of Indian mango ban

January 20th, 2015

“It vindicates our opinion that the ban should never have been put in place,” says Monica Bhandari.

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Indian mango ban lifted by European Union

January 20th, 2015

European plant health experts are content with India’s assurances that mango exports to the EU will be free of quarantine pests.

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Mexican berry growers prepare first China-bound shipments

January 20th, 2015

With Mexico’s first berry shipments to China just a few days away, one industry body is predicting large returns.

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Indian mango traders hold breath for outcome of EU ban vote

January 20th, 2015

“Everything points towards the easing of restrictions,” one source told www.freshfruitportal.com.

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Australia: Vietnam ‘won’t hang around for 12 months’, says Costa Group

January 20th, 2015

A major Australian exporter believes Vietnam will look to Chile and Peru if the trade ban is not resolved soon.

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Korean retailers cotton on to avocado ripening, says NZ industry rep

January 20th, 2015

Avanza director John Carroll gives the wrap on strong performances for avocados in a range of markets this season.

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Opinion: “Latin Americanizing” the banana industry

January 20th, 2015

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith urges Cutrale-Safra to focus on corporate social responsibility as the new owners of Chiquita.

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Opinion: Improving Mexican farmworker lives a shared responsibility

January 19th, 2015

Fair Trade USA’s Hannah Freeman provides an in-depth look at the good, the bad and the ugly on Mexican farms.

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U.S. court upholds ruling on two USDA grape patents

January 19th, 2015

A California judge has ruled the USDA maintains rights to grape varieties Scarlet Royal and Autumn King.

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Egyptian exporter expands grape and stonefruit supply

January 19th, 2015

Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.

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Russian-EU deals to take a dive at International Green Week Berlin

January 19th, 2015

Germany and Russia are willing to quickly boost agricultural trade if the two countries’ political problems can be solved.

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Chile: ASOEX joins Bachelet on presidential tour of U.S.

January 19th, 2015

Chilean fruit industry representatives are pleased they have been recognized to join Michelle Bachelet on a U.S. tour.

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U.S.: No strike today at Hunts Point Terminal Market

January 18th, 2015

The biggest fruit market in the U.S. has averted a strike action that could have taken place today, after a tentative wage deal was reached.

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U.S.: “Contingency plans in place” for Hunts Point Terminal Market

January 16th, 2015

The Hunts Point Produce Cooperative was just “pennies per hour apart” from the last offer proposed by unionists who are threatening to strike.

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U.S.: Hunts Point union negotiations aim to ward off strikes

January 16th, 2015

Hunts Point Terminal in the Bronx supplies 9% of the U.S. population with fruits and vegetables every day, but the operation could grind to a standstill on Sunday if a deal is not reached with the Teamsters union.

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Mexico: Lime production rebounds in Colima

January 16th, 2015

While the year began with scarcity, efforts against HLB actually led to a lime production rise in 2014 in Colima.

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Peruvian mango shipments underway

January 16th, 2015

Peru’s mango exports to date are significantly down on packed volumes during the same time last year.

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Fresh NY apple varieties hit U.S. shelves after more than a decade in the making

January 16th, 2015

The breeder behind the recently released SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples is quietly confident the varieties will be a big hit.

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Azerbaijan swoops in on Russian apple market opportunities

January 16th, 2015

A Russian official says Azerbaijan will hold a firm place in the country’s apple market even if the ban on EU fruit is lifted.

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Ecuadorian mango industry hopes for Chinese market access by October

January 16th, 2015

The Mango Ecuador Foundation is optimistic about gaining access to the Chinese market before next season.

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U.S. court denies Chiquita “aided and abetted” homicide in Colombia

January 15th, 2015

The families of U.S. missionaries murdered in Colombia by FARC forces in 1995 have sought damages against Chiquita on 24 counts, of which one was dismissed by a South Florida court last week.

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U.S.: Calavo forecasts new record earnings in 2015

January 15th, 2015

Calavo Growers CEO Lee Cole says all indicators are “pointing affirmatively” this year, after the company notched solid results for 2014.

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AHEA delighted with Australia-Japan FTA ratification

January 15th, 2015

Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.

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Malaysia steps up standards for citrus imports

January 15th, 2015

Malaysia’s latest import regulatory change shows its days as an easy, non-protocol market are on the way out.

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NZ: Zespri on recruitment drive to support gold kiwifruit volume hike

January 15th, 2015

Zespri will need more personnel to cope with a 70% uptick in gold kiwifruit volume this coming season.

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Colombian govt offers banana growers inputs for whitefly control

January 15th, 2015

ICA has taken measures to combat a pest that has caused considerable damage to bananas in Quindío and Risaralda.

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More centers of excellence promised across India in joint Israeli agri-tech project

January 15th, 2015

The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.

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Australia gains U.S. access for mangoes, litchis

January 14th, 2015

While most Australian litchi and mango growers have traditionally focused on the domestic market, they will now have a new sales outlet thanks to the official opening of the U.S. market for their crops.

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U.S.: Chiquita shuts up shop in Charlotte

January 14th, 2015

Chiquita vowed in March that it would keep its headquarters in Charlotte, but that has changed under the new ownership of Cutrale-Safra.

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State of the Market – Week 2, 2015

January 14th, 2015

An influx of South African plums hit the European market during week 2.

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EU Parliament approves state autonomy in GM crop restrictions

January 14th, 2015

The EU Health Commissioner has congratulated parliamentarians for putting their differences aside in passing GM crop legislation.

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Indian grape harvest ‘on track’ for a decent export season

January 14th, 2015

Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.

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Early campaign marks early mid-season volume spike for South African grapes

January 14th, 2015

South Africa’s table grape volume is well ahead of previous years, but the total should taper to a “normal” level.

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‘Vote to scrap the ban’, British MP urges European ministers

January 14th, 2015

Keith Vaz has urged Europe’s politicians to vote in favor of the Indian produce trade during a vote to take place in a week’s time.

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Early organic Argentine pears soon to hit the water for U.S. market

January 14th, 2015

Pacific Organic’s Greg Holzman discusses upcoming pome fruit and mango deals, as well as the strong dollar’s effect on produce trade flows.

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Mastronardi launches new U.S. pepper greenhouse venture

January 13th, 2015

Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.

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Peru: Zeit Organisch forecasts exponential fruit growth in Olmos

January 13th, 2015

A Chilean grower with a unique packing method is developing fruit exports from Olmos in northern Peru, where he now has the option to tap into Odebrecht’s mega-irrigation project.

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German and Russian ag ministers to meet in Berlin

January 13th, 2015

Hopes are high that talks between German and Russian ministers will help ease trade restrictions on food products.

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EU bumped up Colombian fruit imports in 2014

January 13th, 2015

Colombian growers were able to raise exports of a range of exotic fruit crops to the EU last year.

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Euro Watch: Dutch export character could lead to gains

January 13th, 2015

A Netherlands-based economist believes his country’s produce traders could actually benefit from a weakened euro.

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Aussie produce industry hopeful for India FTA prospects

January 12th, 2015

India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.

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Mayan Sweet onions from Peru trialed in British market

January 12th, 2015

Pacific Produce hopes to replicate the U.S. success of Peruvian sweet onions in the U.K.

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Australian grower group raises alarm over “grim” state of Chinese food safety

January 12th, 2015

Ausveg says China’s latest poor food safety determination underscores a need for clearer country of origin labels on imports.

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Mexico: INIFAP introduces new peach variety

January 12th, 2015

A new peach cultivar introduced in Mexico has greater tolerance to disease and ripens in a period with less hail risk.

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Fuel price drop sparks reefer ‘renaissance’, says Cool Carriers

January 12th, 2015

Baltic Reefers could not have chosen a more apt time to buy NYK Cool, which under a new name is steaming ahead with new produce trade contracts.

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Chile: San Antonio port strike lifted

January 9th, 2015

Fetraportces workers were threatening to block fruit-shipping terminals, but their strike action has finished after reaching a deal with Puerto Central.

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U.S.: The Fresh Market signs up to Fair Food label initiative

January 9th, 2015

A North Carolina store has partnered with the CIW to source Florida tomatoes from the Fair Food program.

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U.S.: FirstFruits Marketing pledges support for youth-driven NGOs

January 9th, 2015

The growers of Opal apples are doubling their contribution to youth-backed social causes in 2015.

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Decofrut forecasts Chilean pear export uptick in 2015

January 9th, 2015

A Chilean market intelligence consultancy expects the country’s pear shipments to return to 2013 levels this year.

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Setting fresh standards for good labor practices in Mexican farming

January 9th, 2015

Mario Robles reveals some of the possible intentions of Mexico’s Fresh Produce Social Responsibility Alliance in addressing child labor and company store practices.

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U.S.: HAB forecasts new record for Super Bowl avocado consumption

January 9th, 2015

American football fans are set to tackle 240 million avocados head on the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

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Europe to hold vote on Indian mango ban

January 8th, 2015

A Defra spokesperson has confirmed the European Commission will vote soon on whether to lift a ban on Indian mangoes.

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Chile: Strike lingers in San Antonio Port

January 8th, 2015

Strikes have not yet hit Chile’s fruit exports, but dockworkers threaten to spread their actions to terminals responsible for perishables.

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Australian table grape industry calls for quick resolution to Vietnam fruit blockade

January 8th, 2015

The Vietnamese market closure has caused particular complications for Australian black seedless grape exporters.

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Euro Watch: Exporter ‘flexibility’ needed to avoid a cease in trade

January 8th, 2015

A weak euro may push some fruit importers to abandon the trade of certain products as a last resort.

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Australian produce groups support Ombudsman’s stance on labor exploitation

January 8th, 2015

Two Australian produce industry bodies hope the Fair Work Ombudsman takes the right steps to regulate dodgy labor-hire operators.

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Ecuadorian firms aim to take the lead in Chinese market

January 8th, 2015

Ecuador is the world’s leading banana exporter but it is yet to take the number one spot in the Chinese market.

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Leadership transition for Chiquita Brands

January 7th, 2015

Brian Kocher will serve as interim CEO of the new privately-owned Chiquita Brands International.

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State of the Market – Week 1, 2015

January 7th, 2015

Peruvian Red Globes bucked the weak trend for grapes in Europe between Christmas and New Years.

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Are illegal stowaways a threat to the U.K.’s fresh produce industry?

January 7th, 2015

Truckloads of fruit are sometimes rejected in the U.K. due to the presence of illegal immigrants hiding in shipments.

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Peruvian govt program aims to raise GlobalG.A.P. certifications

January 7th, 2015

Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.

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U.K.: 2015 is the year of Cavolo Nero, says Waitrose

January 7th, 2015

Cavolo Nero, also known as Tuscan Kale and Black Cabbage, is taking British foodies by storm.

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Opinion: Perception of biotech foods boosted by consumer benefits

January 7th, 2015

Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.

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Argentine pundits forecast fruit sector slump from falling euro

January 7th, 2015

Argentine fruit exporters suffering from the effects of a weak ruble are now faced with another currency challenge – the falling euro.

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U.S.: AAPA, Port of Oakland applaud Federal Mediator action on labor talks

January 6th, 2015

The Federal Mediator’s move on U.S. West Coast port talks has been described as the “first step” in breaking an eight-month negotiating impasse.

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Cutrale-Safra completes tender offer for Chiquita

January 6th, 2015

With a tender offer now complete, the Brazilian takeover of Chiquita Brands is right around the corner.

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Chilean fruit exporters worried about San Antonio port strike

January 6th, 2015

Fedefruta hopes a port workers’ union in San Antonio will make good on a promise not to suspend the export of perishables during strikes.

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U.K.: Ugly fruit & vegetable trials to test shoppers’ bite at Asda

January 6th, 2015

Britain’s Asda has followed in the footsteps of French supermarket Intermarché with an ugly food initiative to sell ‘deformed’ produce.

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IG International aims to double Chilean cherry sales in India

January 6th, 2015

IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.

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Record export year for U.K. juice industry

January 6th, 2015

British companies are selling record amounts of fruit and vegetable juices with exports increasing by almost 40% since 2010.

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India: Mango trees could be destroyed in favor of pears

January 6th, 2015

Financial challenges mean mango cultivation could face the chop in parts of the Punjab.

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Mexico: New orchard certifications to boost Michoacán mango exports

January 6th, 2015

Mango trees in a central Mexican state had their flowers in full bloom last month.

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South African fruit firm buys Dutch exotics importer

January 6th, 2015

Halls will be expanding its presence in the European exotic fruit market.

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U.K. salad specialist launches baby kale ‘superfood’ line

January 6th, 2015

U.K. salad company Florette is targeting on-the-go health conscious foodies as part of baby leaf kale campaign.

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Opinion: why everyone should be ‘doing business naked’

January 5th, 2015

Dawn Gray says produce companies need to embrace the idea that an educated customer is the best customer.

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Initiative in Patagonia to market exotic fruits

January 5th, 2015

A project is underway in southern Chile to sell a natural juice product made from regional fruit.

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Water levels in key Chilean production region ‘critical’

January 5th, 2015

A report says the already dire situation in Chile’s Coquimbo region with water scarcity will only get worse.

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Colombia launches new project to boost papaya exports

January 5th, 2015

A project in Colombia will focus on papaya post-harvest operations so growers can reach more markets.

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Thermo King says exporters can reach new destinations with ‘active’ CA tech

January 5th, 2015

By using technology that actively controls the atmosphere in reefer containers, Thermo King says produce can be shipped much further than normal while retaining much of its original quality.

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Year 2014 in Review – Second Half

December 30th, 2014

The Chiquita takeover, Russia’s produce ban, Andy Hall’s defamation case, improved U.S.-China relations and Australian FTAs were some of the leading produce news topics of 2014.

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Year 2014 in Review – First Half

December 29th, 2014

Warning signs for a potential Russian produce embargo were at play during an eventful first half of 2014.

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State of the Market – Week 51, 2014

December 24th, 2014

The first Chilean table grapes of the season hit the U.S. market during week 51.

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Chile: fig exporters’ perpetual fight to get their produce to market

December 24th, 2014

Figs’ very short shelf life means Chilean shippers face a unique set of challenges compared to many Northern Hemisphere producers.

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Prospects lifted for Pakistani kinnow exporters

December 24th, 2014

Russia’s EU and U.S. import ban has comes as good news to Pakistan’s shippers of a certain mandarin variety.

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FAO calls for global response to deadly banana disease

December 24th, 2014

The UN’s FAO and its partners plan to launch a new program to stop the spread of Fusarium wilt disease.

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Kalettes ‘slow to take off’ in U.S. despite widespread interest

December 24th, 2014

A U.S. Kalette producer says it has been hard to work out the best growing methods for the new product.

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U.K.: Supermarkets support English apple growers through higher prices

December 24th, 2014

Although prices are still depressed, British supermarkets have helped to relieve the ‘tough times’ the English apple industry is going through as a result of the Russian ban.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA laments rough year for Valencian agriculture

December 23rd, 2014

The agricultural year of 2014 has been described as an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for Valencian growers.

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Olmos: Inside northern Peru’s gigantic precedent for large-scale irrigation

December 23rd, 2014

A grape and blueberry grower says Peru’s Olmos Irrigation Project is like an easy-access “agricultural condominium”.

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Crimson Seedless grape harvest to start in South Africa

December 23rd, 2014

Thompson Seedless harvests are wrapping up in early-growing northern parts of South Africa but red varieties are still going strong.

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Design released for US$3M South Australian sterile fruit fly facility

December 23rd, 2014

South Australia has moved one step closer to building a landmark facility designed to fight Queensland fruit fly.

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Two new peach varieties released in Argentina

December 23rd, 2014

Buenos Aires peach growers will now have access to two early season varieties with good coloring and texture.

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Former Zespri employee files charges against company

December 22nd, 2014

An ex-Zespri manager incarcerated China is sueing the marketer under the Employment Relations Authority.

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EC to claim back €102M from members for improper CAP spending

December 22nd, 2014

The European Commission will recover money from three states who ‘unduly’ spent agricultural policy funds.

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Millions of sterile fruit flies released in Croatian citrus orchards

December 22nd, 2014

A project on Croatian farms that uses barren fruit flies to reduce populations is going ‘extremely well’.

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U.S.: Gladstone set to acquire 331-acre California strawberry farm

December 22nd, 2014

A large U.S. real estate investor won the right at a public auction to buy a strawberry farm for US$17 million.

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Work to begin on controversial US$50B Nicaragua Canal

December 22nd, 2014

Work on the inter-oceanic Nicaraguan canal is expected to begin today, despite widespread protests.

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