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  • Featured
    Bangladesh seeks to avoid long-term ban from EU side

    The government has imposed a self-ban on vegetable export to the European Union market to avert any possible ban to be imposed by the bloc from where Bangladesh has been receiving objections for the last few years over the quality of Bangladeshi vegetables and fruits. Rather the government is focusing on encouraging...

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    Bill to introduce free irrigation services to small farmers in Philippines introduced

    SEN. Cynthia A. Villar sponsored on Tuesday Senate Bill (SB) No. 1465 calling for free irrigation services to small farmers.  SB 1465, also known as the Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers bill, aims to exempt “small farmers” or farmers whose combined farm-holdings cover an area of not more than five hectares,...

  • Featured
    Moldovan agricultural exports grow 24% in first quarter of 2017

    The export volume of Moldovan agro-food products increased in the first three months of 2017. According to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics, Moldovan companies shipped fruits and vegetables to foreign destinations worth 58.996 million USD, recording an increase of 24.4% over the same period last year. At the top...

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    Agricultural drone developer has raised $1.1 million in seed funding

    Boston-based American Robotics, a commercial farming-focused drone developer specializing, has secured $1.1 million in seed funding. The investors included Brain Robotics Capital LLC. PRESS RELEASE Boston, MA – May 23, 2017 – American Robotics, a drone developer specializing in agricultural automation, today announced it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding. The...

  • Featured
    Bravo season launched in Australia

    Bravo™ apple was recently launched at an impressive event in Western Australia – showcasing the apple’s unique...

  • South Africa
    HORTGRO sounds alarm for South African fresh produce industry

    The current drought as well as the predicted long-term drying trends in the Western Cape has serious...

  • Featured
    United Fresh releases statement on NAFTA renegotiation

    Following the transmittal to Congress of a letter by the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer which...

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    Pakistan’s mango exports threatened by strikes

    KARACHI: Pakistan’s mango exports, which will start next week this season, are at increasing risk from the...

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    Italy tries to strengthen business with China with Mac Fruit Attraction China

    Rimini, 11th May 2017 – Italy has a negative import-export balance but there is room for huge...

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    APAL offers Speed Updating again for Austrialian Apples and Pears

    Speed Updating is a program run each year by APAL to capture and present the R,D&E activities of the apple and pear industry.  This year APAL are running Speed Updating as part of the Fruit Growers Tasmania Conference which will be held at the Tailrace Centre Riverside in Launceston on Thursday 25 May...

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    Smart irrigation topic of upcoming Fruit World Magazine Print Edition

    The aim of farmer is to produce “more crop per drop”, hence there is need to find...

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    Build your own smart irrigation system

    Farmers can now build their own electronic devices to save water in agriculture thanks to some engineers...

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    Australian Batlow Apples converts to company and gets cash injection by Ausfarm

    Batlow Apples has voted to secure its financial future with members unanimously voting in favour of a...

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    Kenya gets new production facility to control crop pest

    Fruit flies make Africa lose US$2 billion a year 2. A new facility in Kenya is to produce an effective bait to control the pest A farmer says that the facility could help smallholders afford the bait  A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait...

  • Logistics
    European Conference on the Latest Technology in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

    MILANO – Eng. Marco Buoni, Director of Centro Studi Galileo and Vice-President International Affairs of AREA, proudly extends an invitation to the 17th European Conference hosted by the Polytechnic University of Milan in June. #EUconfRAC – The 17th European Conference will be held in the Polytechnic University of Milan on the 9th-10th...

  • Featured
    When will robots take over the apple harvest? Now

    Roughly $4 billion worth of apples are harvested in the U.S. each year. Startup Abundant Robotics hopes to suck up some of it with a machine that vacuums ripe fruit off the tree. Today apple orchards rely on people to pick their crops. Dan Steere, cofounder and CEO of Abundant, says recent...

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    Putin and Erdogan don’t agree on tomatoes

    Russia and Turkey will lift mutual trade restrictions, including those on the supply of grain. However, the Russian embargo on Turkish tomatoes will remain in force. During talks in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan agreed to lift almost the restrictions on bilateral trade between the two countries,...

  • Featured
    New Mango variety from India

    Haji Kalimullah, a renowned horticulturist, is popular for doing experiments with what he grows. He has named the varieties of mangoes he grew, after leading personalities. He once named the king fruit after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And now he is in talks for growing new quality of mango and says that...

  • Japan
    The rare japanese Mikan mandarin orange is back

    Rare mikan (mandarin oranges or tangerines) that were on the brink of extinction are once again showing...

  • Featured
    The Annual FRUIT WORLD® Agriculture Photo AWARD starts in May

    The jury of the FRUITWORLD® is looking for the most exciting photography about the state of agriculture...

  • Featured
    NASA extends greenhouse in space

    NASA astronauts are interested in growing more edible plants in space to promote farming and to meet the food requirements of the astronauts during space missions.Veggies Found In Space Promotes The Growth Of More Edible Plants By Astronauts NASA have already taken various initiatives to promote the growth of more edible plants...

  • Featured
    ILIP appoints new Area Sales Manager & Business Development Manager

    Besides the new Salesman, the fresh produce and food service packaging company will now have a UK stock holding in order to improve its service to customers VALSAMOGGIA (26th April 2017) – Darren Percy is the new Area Sales Manager & Business Development Manager for ILIP, European leader in the thermoformed food...

  • Featured
    Who is Sonny Perdue, the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and what does he stand for?

    Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate...

  • Packaging
    Migros offers reusable Veggie Bags as eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags

    In the Migros supermarket in Zurich, the reusable Veggie Bags for fruit and vegetables have successfully passed their trial phase. So from 18 April, Veggie Bags are sold in all Migros supermarkets in Switzerland.  The transparent, reusable Veggie Bags are an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bags, when reused several times, for packing...

  • Featured
    Is the ban of plastic bags the breakthrough for bioplastics?

    In January 2017 the use of plastic bags for fruit and vegetables, in the French retail sector, as well as for cheese, meat and also fish counter was banned. However, bags made from home compostable bioplastic which contain a minimum amount of 30% renewable raw materials (and from 2025, 60% renewable raw...

  • Featured
    New Zealand consumers will soon now where their food comes from

    Horticulture New Zealand congratulated the Government on listening to the people and passing the first reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill in Parliament today. “Given our recent survey showed that more than 70 percent of New Zealanders want mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for...

  • Featured
    The Tarzan robot is here to save food production of the future

    This robot named Tarzan looks nothing like its fictional namesake. Its comical movement is actually designed after...

  • Crop Science
    Discovery of key gene in the production of seedless tomatoes

    A study led by researchers of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) on Hydra tomatoes has identified a key gene in the production of seedless tomato fruits. The results of the research have been published in the journal New Phytologist. Hydra tomatoes are 40% smaller and weigh 80% less than the classic...

  • Featured
    Alert: Pink Lady America loses court case

    Following a comprehensive decision by the High Court of Australia, Pink Lady America’s application for leave to appeal to the High Court was dismissed on April 5, 2017.  This was Pink Lady America’s final opportunity to overturn the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria decision, made in November 2016, which...

  • Featured
    American Almond has relocated

    The American Almond relocation took place recently when Ms. Fliska’s role – and those of her colleagues – moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in Pennsauken, New Jersey, USA, just down the road from her home in Philadelphia. A native of Kavala, Greece, Ms. Fliska has been on the team for six...

  • Featured
    97% of fresh pear growers favor continuation of the marketing order

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the results of an Oregon and Washington pear producer referendum to continue Federal Marketing Order 927, showing that 97% of fresh pear growers favored a continuation of the marketing order. Commenting on the results of the referendum vote, Kevin Moffitt, manager of the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing...

  • Featured
    Valencia Citrus producers lose 30% of the harvest and 131 million Euro

    This campaign, Valencian citrus producers estimate their accumulated losses at 131 million Euro, as revealed by the top representatives of Cooperatives Agro-alimentàries (Cirilo Arnandis), AVA-Asaja (Cristóbal Aguado), La Unió de Llauradors (Ramón Mampel) and Fepac de Castellón (Néstor Pascual), who defined the situation in the sector as very discouraging. The repeated setbacks...

  • Featured
    Russell Hanlin Sr., Former Sunkist President & CEO Passes

    VALENCIA, Calif., April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sunkist Growers, and the industry, mourns the death of former President...

  • Featured
    Is the agency system for fresh produce in South Africa broken?

    The agency system of sales in the South African fresh product market is “definitely not under siege”, as suggested by the recent Competition Commission raids, say Produce Marketing Association Southern Africa GM Lindie Stroebel and ZZ2 CEO Tommie van Zyl. The commission, last month, held search and seizure operations at the premises...

  • Featured
    JP Tropical Foods plans to double banana production in Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — JP Tropical Foods has announced plans to double banana production for the back-to-school season, beginning September, aimed at making more of the fresh fruit available to students. In addition, the company in a news release said it will be commissioning, by mid-May, a state-of-the art pineapple packing facility at...

  • Featured
    Scientists measure the UK’s own-grown fruit and vegetable production

    From window boxes and growbags to greenhouses and allotments, scientists need your help to measure the amount of own-grown fruit and vegetables across the UK in the first national estimate of the 21st century. MYHarvestThe MYHarvest survey, which will be the first since the famous Dig for Victory campaign during the Second...

  • Featured
    AgroPress records 48% growth in social media performance for the Fruit World and The Clipper in just 28 days

    The Fruit World is one of the oldest magazines in the global perishable business. Only last year online...

  • Featured
    New agriculture journalists wanted!

    AgroPress is looking for new correspondents for its horticulture, dried fruit and nuts magazines all over the world as it is rapidly growing in certain markets. The publishing house is looking for freelance journalists with a special knowledge of fresh fruit and vegetable and nut production, harvesting, processing, logistics, trade and retail, crop...

  • Featured
    Some crops suffer, some withstand Coastal El Niño in Peru

    El niño weather phenomenon has left many crops damaged. Further, the northern regions of Peru where Asparagus...

  • Featured
    Pakistan wants to compete in global apple market

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has opportunity to capture Russian market as importers have expressed interest in importing Pakistan’s apple.   According to a private news channel report, Pakistan, with production of 1.495 million tonnes production of apple, stands at number 10 in global rankings whereas overall trade of apple has surpassed 6.5 million tonnes. Analysts...

  • Featured
    Tomato exports from Turkey suffer big with European embargo

    Along a fertile stretch of the northeastern Mediterranean, row after row of once-plump tomatoes are rotting on the vine. The fallout from the war in Syria is creeping further into Turkey, where the sanctions Vladimir Putin imposed after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s forces downed a Russian jet 16 months ago are pushing...

  • Featured
    A bee on wheels to tackle the pollination problem

    Researchers from the Warsaw University of Technology have been working on an automated pollination system for 4 years now. First a mobile version with wheels, and now the flying B-Droid has been garnering considerable interest not only in Poland. That’s hardly surprising, as our scientists have developed software for devices that can...

  • Featured
    USDA Announces $21.8 Million in Funding for to Combat Citrus Disease

    WASHINGTON, D.C. April 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and...

  • Featured
    Fruit processors in Ghana ask for US$10m bailout

    “We need pineapple in excess of five million to 10 million metric tonnes a year, and so to be able to get the quantity of produce needed, our operations need to be mechanised to be able to produce enough to sustain the agro-processing business in the country,” An executive of the association,...

  • Featured
    United Fresh Produce Association publishes Recall Resource Guide

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– The United Fresh Produce Association has published the Recall Resource Guide to help the produce industry better prepare for potential recall events as part of the association’s Recall Ready suite of services. The new resource provides a general overview and outline, explaining why it’s critical for companies to have a...

  • Technology
    HIT Robot Group made its U.S. debut in Chicago at Automate 2017

    HIT Robot Group (HRG), one of China’s top robot manufacturing companies, made its U.S. debut in Chicago...

  • Featured
    Fruits and Vegetables Crop Protection Market Rises With Growing Need For Higher Crop Yield

    Consumption of pesticides in fruit and vegetable crop applications is likely to sustain modest CAGRs of 5.66% over the 2015-2020 analysis period. The global market value would reach USD 23185.64 million by 2020 from USD XX million in 2015. Request sample copy of this report at: http://www.orbisresearch.com/contacts/request-sample/221916 Fruits and vegetables based pesticides...

  • Featured
    End of NAFTA could end plantain production in San Rafael

    The possible cancellation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would threaten the commercialization of San Rafael’s plantain production. There would be an overproduction and it would be difficult to sell it all within the country. As a result, producers wouldn’t profit from the commercialization of the fruit, as they wouldn’t be able...

  • Featured
    A brand new way to use apple waste from the agri-food industry: 3D printers

    Nearly every day, 3D printing technology is helping to advance the medical field in leaps and bounds, from 3D printed medical implements and medical models, to 3D printed prosthetics and even 3D printed organs. But 3D printing is also having a positive effect on another area of the medical field: tissue and bone...

  • Featured
    Grower blames California legislature for making asparagus production impossible

    Bob Ferguson traces his family roots growing asparagus back to the 1930s. “I’ve had a passion for this industry and the crop,” Ferguson said, speaking from his asparagus field on Union Island southwest of Stockton. Ferguson has 162 acres of asparagus ready to harvest. However, this year he is only harvesting 25...

  • Bananas
    Indian banana grower develops a way to grow bananas without pesticides

    For a long time the banana plantations in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj have relied on pesticides. Now, eco-friendly...

  • Featured
    Is there a problem with farm labor contractors in California or not?

    While a storm of discussion rages about immigration and deportation issues, University of California researchers have found surprising stability in the state’s huge agricultural workforce, largely composed of immigrants. By recognizing that many farm workers in California work at two seasonal jobs in a year’s time the report has pegged the number of...

  • Featured
    An apple a day keeps the stupid away

    Today, the human brain is a powerhouse of logical thought — but it wasn’t always this way. Our primate ancestors spent nearly 65 million years developing our brains, and a new study suggests that fruit may have played a big role in that. First, a bit of background: Part of the reason humans are...

  • Featured
    Washington Apples are trying to regain ground on Indian Market

    Washington Apples, which had a poor year of exports to India last year, is hopeful of making a comeback this year. A brand known worldwide for its variety and origin, Washington Apples has a share of 60 per cent in US apple production. Of the 200 million cartons that the US produces...

  • Featured
    Food sorting technology firm celebrates 45th anniversary

    Since its founding on April 1, 1972, TOMRA has progressed from being a pioneer in automated recycling technology to a company today offering a diverse range of sensor-based solutions that are helping to lead a cross-industry revolution toward resource sustainability. Starting in a small shed in Asker, Norway, the brothers Petter and...

  • Featured
    Florida Worldwide Citrus expands in spite Citrus Greening and other obstacles

    Florida Worldwide Citrus’ evolution over the past 32 years from a citrus byproducts trading company to one that develops and markets organic fruit flavors around the world has not been without its challenges. But by being resourceful and nimble, company officials have found a path forward to continued growth. Some of their challenges...

  • Featured
    Could marijuana replace the Citrus Industry in Florida?

    SPRING HOPE, NC–(Marketwired – Mar 28, 2017) – Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP) reports, today, Florida legislators are looking to ease restrictions on industrial hemp research. According to the Florida State Senate, house bill 1217 that „authorizes specified universities in state to engage in industrial hemp research projects” has been „pending review of...

  • Featured
    Zespri opens new Middle East office

    Zespri officially opened its Middle East office in Dubai earlier this week to manage its growing sales...

  • Featured
    Big harvest, low prices for Pomegranates from India

    Nashik: One of the most delicious and beautiful fruits, the pomegranate has become affordable due to a bumper harvest and stoppage of European markets. Retail prices have dropped to Rs 40 per kg in producing areas like Solapur, Nashik, Sangli and other regions even as all India growers harvested around 16,00,000 tons...

  • Featured
    Global Fruit and Vegetable Processing Equipments Market Report 2017

    Global Fruit and Vegetable Processing Equipments Market 2017, presents a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Fruit and Vegetable Processing Equipments market globally, providing basic overview of Fruit and Vegetable Processing Equipments market including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure, Fruit and Vegetable Processing Equipments Market report...

  • Featured
    Peru is seeking to introduce two mandarin varieties into the Indian market

    Mandarins and blueberries are Peru’s star products. “Those fruits will be among Peru’s priorities when negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with India”, reports Sergio del Castillo, the head of the Association of Citrus Producers from Peru (ProCitrus) to Fresh Plaza . ProCitrus claims that negotiations are already ahead and phytosanitary protocols are...

  • Featured
    South Africa goes after price fixing of fresh produce

    Pretoria — The Competition Commission has conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of fresh produce market agents in Cape Town and Durban. This follows a search and seizure operation carried out at premises of nine fruit and veg agents in Pretoria and Johannesburg fresh produce markets on Thursday, 23 March. The...

  • Featured
    Eating fruit makes big brains

    Ask any biologist what makes primates special, and they’ll tell you the same thing: big brains. Those impressive noggins make it possible for primates from spider monkeys to humans to use tools, find food, and navigate the complex relationships of group living. But scientists disagree on what drove primates to evolve big...

  • Featured
    Vegetable and sugarcane crop in the path of cyclone Debbie

    SOME vegetable prices could rise in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, which is due to hit one...

  • Featured
    First Interpoma China Congress & Exhibition in June

    The international congress on the current situation and future prospects in the apple sector in China will...

  • Featured
    Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms extends greenhouse capacity

    MONTREAL – Urban agriculture pioneer Lufa Farms has just finished a third highly automated greenhouse in the Montreal borough of Anjou. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau was there to see it in full production. The new 63,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse is a milestone in polyculture efficiency and produces over 40 varieties of...

  • Featured
    Washington Sweet Cherry Growers Vote On Marketing Order

    WASHINGTON – Washington sweet cherry growers will vote from Apr. 21, 2017 through May 5, 2017, on whether to continue their Federal marketing order. Growers who have produced sweet cherries in designated counties in Washington from Apr. 1, 2016 through Mar. 31, 2017, are eligible to vote. A continuance referendum is required...

  • Featured
    Say hello to the Foodbot

    Here’s where the robots come in. Perhaps you’ll be familiar with food bots, which we’ve been covering for the last few months. But if not, here’s the deal: an Estonian startup called Starship Technologies, which manufactures autonomous food delivery bots, has recently begun a pilot operation here in the District. The bots...

  • Featured
    Florida tried to cut back essential citrus statistics program for the industry

    The state and federal agriculture departments need to trim $300,000 to $400,000 off the cost of counting the Florida citrus crop and other important statistics the state’s citrus industry has relied upon for decades. The state and federal agriculture departments need to trim $300,000 to $400,000 off the cost of counting the...

  • Featured
    First Australian nectarine variety comes from a cabinet maker turned entrepreneur

    Perth can expect more locally grown nectarines on the shelves for longer, thanks to this man. Michael Tranchita has developed the April Jewel, the first Australian nectarine variety. “All the other varieties are made in America — this is the first ever nectarine variety to be commercially developed in Australia,” the Roleystone...

  • Featured
    Confusion about new rules for citrus transportation in California causes trouble

    Earlier this year, the California Department of Food and Agriculture mailed letters to about 6,000 citrus farmers, trucking companies and others involved in shipping commercial citrus, informing them of new rules about transporting the fruit. The rule requires citrus being moved in open truck beds to be covered with a tarp to...

  • Featured
    Macfrut is strengthening its cooperation with Colombia

    Cesena, 22nd March 2017 – Macfrut is strengthening its cooperation with Colombia, one of the major fruit...

  • Featured
    Quality down for Citrus in California

    Citrus growers were anticipating lighter harvests in the Valley this year than the last couple of seasons, but the amount of fruit picked will likely be even lighter than expected due to damage from frequent, heavy rainfall over the winter. That’s what a group of industry executives told hundreds of farmers, packinghouse...

  • Featured
    Bananas from Colombia aim to restore its brand image

    Growing along with the bunches of bananas in the plantations of Uraba in northwestern Colombia are the...

  • Featured
    The technology behind bitcoin might be the next hot thing for fruit and vegetables. Why?

    Food supply chain tracking and authentication, to truly understand provenance, is critical to finding and helping to address sources of contamination in the food supply chain worldwide. In October 2016, Walmart, IBM and Tsinghua University signed an agreement to explore food supply chain traceability and authenticity using blockchain technology. The project comes as Walmart...

  • Featured
    Can Africa really stop fruit and vegetable imports?

    One of the most unsettling facts about Africa is that the continent is a huge net importer...

  • Featured
    Improving productivity for salad production with smart peeling technology

    For more than 40 years, Mrs. Gerry’s Kitchen has supplied high quality salads and side dishes, using only premium ingredients including locally grown potatoes and fresh vegetables. Based in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the business places great emphasis on the quality of its raw materials – ensuring its products are fresh – and...

  • Featured
    Volume of Turkish citrus fruit sales in KSA jump by 39% in 2016

    The Turkish Citrus Promotion Group (CPG) has announced that the sale of Turkish citrus fruit in Saudi Arabia has increased by 39 percent in 2016 compared to the volume of sales in 2015. This equates to over 101 million kilograms of citrus fruit with a total export value of $55.5 million. The...

  • apples
    Indian region Himachal Pradesh gets money to keep its apple industry alive

    o protect the British-era old apple industry in Himachal Pradesh, the state government has started a project under which old and senile apple plants are replaced with exotic high-yield varieties. About six lakh new saplings have been replanted under the apple rejuvenation scheme covering 5,917 beneficiaries during the past four years, an official...

  • Featured
    Upcoming Edition: The Future of Sorting Technology for Fresh Produce

    Sorting technology has been an essential factor for ensuring the food safety that consumers can rely on today. As production and productivity increases, new pests and damages appear and food safety requirements by retailers and governments become stricter I wanted to understand the current and upcoming solutions. The upcoming Fruit World edition will offer...

  • Crop Science
    What are biostimulants and why does it matter for our industry?

    Many people (and governments) are betting high on biostimulants as a potential alternative to the growing risks...

  • Featured
    Fresh Produce Marketing Insights: What you need to know about Inbound Marketing

    We don’t want just any traffic to our site, we want the right traffic. We want the people who are most likely to become leads, and, ultimately, happy customers. Who are the “right” people? Our ideal customers, also known as our buyer personas. Buyer personas are holistic ideals of what your customers...

  • Featured
    Avocados are the hot item in Australia

    WA’s avocado haul could more than triple within five years as growers look to cash in on the popularity of the super food — particularly among inner-city types opting for avocado smash at the expense of real estate. Manjimup’s Advance Packing and Marketing Services managing director Jennie Franceschi said based on the...

  • Featured
    Key Technology Introduces Infeed and Collection Conveyors for new sorters

    Key Technology introduces new product-specific infeed and collection conveyors for their new VERYX® digital sorters. Designed to...

  • Featured
    Citrus greening is currently the most dangerous disease for citrus

    Huanglongbing (HLB) or “citrus greening” is currently the most devastating disease of citrus worldwide. The disease was first reported in 1919 in China, and again in Brazil in 2004 and discovered in Miami, FL in 2005. Since then, the disease has affected most of Florida’s citrus-producing areas leading to a remarkable 75...

  • Featured
    University of Wageningen leads global agriculture education and research

    Wageningen University & Research tops the QS World Universities Ranking by Subject in Agriculture & Forestry. In...

  • Featured
    Can Algae be the new weapon against Yellow Dragon huanglongbing (HLB)?

    Notimex reports that a group of researchers at the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences (CICIMAR) of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico are researching the applications of algae extracts to combat the “yellow dragon” disease that attacks citrus crops. Scientists conducted an analysis of algae extracts that have bioactive materials that can...

  • Featured
    What you need to know about the Citrus Disease

    Marie A. C. Langham South Dakota State University In recent years, Florida’s $9 billion commercial citrus industry...

  • Featured
    Callery Pear: Beautiful and dangerous

    Boyle Co. Cooperative Extension Service  With the early arrival of spring, we are beginning to experience the...

  • Featured
    Warm winter has put state’s apple crop at risk, expert warns

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With less than two weeks until the official end of an unusually warm winter in Pennsylvania, the apple crop is in some jeopardy, warns a tree fruit specialist with Penn State Extension. Unseasonably warm temperatures in December and January and the warmest February on record in the state...

  • Featured
    Can robots help to reduce chemical inputs?

    Associate professor Alistair Murdoch, of Reading University, UK, says trial work there shows robotic weeding can reduce...

  • Featured
    Global Agriculture Robots Market Expected To Expand 24.1%

    Global Agriculture Robots Market Is Expected To Continue Expanding At A CAGR Of 24.1% Within A Forecast Period From 2016 To 2024 To Reach US$5.7 bn Researchmoz added Most up-to-date research on “Agriculture Robots Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024” to its huge collection...

  • Featured
    EU-funded programme breathes new life into Jamaican banana sector

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Stakeholder activities under a $677.85-million (€5-million) European Union (EU) grant-funded programme to revitalise Jamaica’s banana sector, which had been seriously impacted by the weather in recent years, are far advanced. The Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAM) Programme, being implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), aims to spur...

  • Featured
    Hamburg Süd launches innovative pilot project with Electrolux in the Chilean Port of Iquique

    Hamburg/Iquique, March 10, 2017. Hamburg Süd and its Swedish customer Electrolux have launched a joint pilot project to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions in the Port of Iquique in Chile. To operate the auxiliary engines and boilers during layovers, on March 1st and 2nd the “Santa Clara” (7,154 TEU) switched from the standard...

  • Featured
    A genius solution for fighting drought in fruit production

    South Africa is presently experiencing one of the worst droughts in 45 years, with the lowest ever rainfall since 1904. In 2015, South Africa received only an average of 403 mm, which is merely 66% of the annual average rainfall. This matter has to be urgently addressed, with food sources under severe...

  • Featured
    What can Australia do against huanglongbing?

    IT IS only a matter of time before huanglongbing, which is also known as citrus greening disease, makes its way to Australia. This was one of the key messages at the Citrus Tech Conference held in Mildura last week. HLB is a bacterial disease that was first found in southern California in...

  • Featured
    In Switzerland food basket is 93% more expensive than in Austria

    Fresh produce costs considerably more in Switzerland than in Austria In order to compare the price level of fresh produce in Switzerland and Austria, the costs of a shopping cart worth of food was analysed. This was based on the monthly requirements for different food groups for a family with two children....

  • Featured
    New fruit processing plant opened in eastern India

    Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday inaugurated a major food and fruit processing plant at Nagri near Ranchi which is the lone plant of that magnitude in the region. Built at the cost of Rs 82.77 core, the plant would consume most of the green produces grown in the massive vegetable belt...

  • Featured
    New Higher Blueberry Harvesting Standard

    Blueberry Conference held on 2-3 March 2017 in Poland is the biggest meeting of blueberry producers in Europe. Researchers, growers and sales people from all over the world – 800 participants from about 20 countries – summed up their experience and talked about the biggest challenges facing them this season and in...

  • Featured
    TOMRA SORTING FOOD APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

    Leading food sorting solutions manufacturer TOMRA Sorting Food has appointed a new technical director to oversee the global development of the company’s innovative technologies. Maciek Wasowski – who has almost 20 years’ experience in developing consumer electronics products – says he was attracted by TOMRA Sorting Food’s mission to lead the resource...

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