Agriculture in India: A to-do-list by Marcos Fava Neves

India has a large proportion of arable land, 180 million hectares, almost 60% of the land existing (330 million hectares of surface) and produces the second largest crop in the world. It is a very challenging land structure, since almost 75% of the land is in properties of less than 5 ha, and as average, one to two hectares...

USDA Announces Details on New Crop Insurance Option

Details of a new risk management option– known as Whole Farm Revenue Protection – designed to offer flexible coverage options for specialty crop, organic and diversified crop producers were recently released by USDA. “Crop insurance has been the linchpin of the farm safety net for years and continues to grow as the single most important factor in protecting producers of...

Indonesia temporarily bans all Australian citrus imports except lemons

Indonesia has reportedly told Australian growers it is banning all Australian citrus imports — except lemons.Indonesia foreign affairs spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir confirmed what he called a "temporary restriction" on the import of Australian oranges and some other fruit, after "Queensland flies" were found in a shipment.He said the restriction would stay in place until the problem was resolved.Mr Nasir...

Study: Fruit and Vegetable Sector contributes to Food and Nutrition Security?

Following the initial idea of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials, an explorative study has been conducted by LEI Wageningen UR within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) on the potential of the Fruits & Vegetables Sector for Food and Nutrition Security. Although there are many initiatives and programmes to support the horticultural sector in Africa, among which...

Will online shopping change the fresh fruit business?

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --A new era in online shopping is arriving, and it will increasingly impact fresh fruit, vegetables and floriculture supply chains. Just astomorrow's shopper will buy other groceries online, he or she will also buy fresh produce online. Suppliers that want to take advantage of this development have to adapt to the specific requirements...

Zertifizierte Bananen und Ananas bei Lidl

Neckarsulm (ots) - Lidl Deutschland unterstützt den nachhaltigen Anbau von Ananas und Bananen und trägt auf diese Weise dazu bei, die Arbeitsbedingungen der Farmer vor Ort zu verbessern: Seit Anfang 2015 hat der Lebensmitteleinzelhändler damit begonnen, sein Angebot auf zertifizierte Bananen umzustellen und verkauft zum heutigen Zeitpunkt in mehr als 1.500 Filialen Bananen mit dem Siegel der Rainforest Alliance...

The ‘Kiwi fruit capital of the world’ struggles with slogans

The New Zealand Herald reports about a branding battle that has erupted in Te Puke in a bid to restore the town's old slogan of "Kiwifruit Capital of the World". Fears that the area's "Goodness Grows Here" brand was being promoted at the expense of "kiwifruit capital" has sparked a petition. Creative Te Puke Forum secretary Audrey Baldwin said "Goodness...

4.4% fresh produce imports in breach of regulations, EU report says

Today, the Commission has published the results of border checks carried out by EU countries in 2014 on imports of fruits and vegetables that are subject to an increased level of official controls. The report presents the results of controls on almost 100 000 consignments carried out at EU borders. Over 11 000 of these controls led to laboratory analyses,...

Kiwifruit growers granted right to sue Government over the vine disease PSA

The growers are claiming that Biosecurity NZ was negligent in allowing PSA to be introduced into New Zealand, costing New Zealand at least $885 million.They say it should be held accountable and pay damages for all forseeable losses. At the moment 72 growers and post-harvest operators are part of the court action; they say their losses so far total $280...
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