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DogBot an affordable solution to labour deficit?

By | November 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

These days many growers are looking for solutions to reduce labour in the fields and packhouses, robotics is one of the ways to do this, but replacing pickers of delicate fruit such as strawberries with a robotic picker is very challenging, the technology is not yet available and would not be affordable for many growers. [...]

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Zimbabwe to flush out multiple farm owners

By | November 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Zimbabwe’s government has started a land audit to cut farm sizes, flush out multiple farm owners and correct some of the mistakes from its chaotic land reform programme. The effort is an attempt by the government to redress the damage caused by its land seizures that started in 2000. Recently lands, agriculture, rural resettlement, water [...]

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Lesotho’s commercial apple industry to manage warming climate risk

By | October 27th, 2018|Global Industry News|

On 16 October the CEO of the Lesotho National Development Bank, Mohato Seleke, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Stargrow Group and the World Bank to establish a commercial fruit industry in the country. Phase one of the project will comprise 140ha of commercial orchards envisioned to extend to 1,000 ha of mostly apple, [...]

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Argentina: Increased lemon exports to Russia

By | October 12th, 2018|Global Industry News|

"The season has been similar in terms of total volumes exported compared to last season. However, the weather has made the season quite unsure. We experienced a warm fall, followed by lots of rain and then even light frost in our areas. It didn´t damage the production itself, however it, caused some delays and difficulties [...]

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Qatar to achieve self-sufficiency in fruit & veg within a year

By | October 8th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Qatar is expected to achieve 100 percent self-sufficiency in terms of the production of the most popular fruits and vegetables soon, as the country’s largest greenhouse facility is likely to be operational by next year. A consortium of Qatari and Spanish companies - AgroQatar - has been working on a war footing to develop a [...]

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Chinese & Vietnamese markets open to Murcian table grapes

By | October 8th, 2018|Global Industry News|

The table grapes of the Region of Murcia, which is one of the largest producers in Spain, may enter China and Vietnam next year, according to the forecasts of the Council of Agriculture, which has received the visit of technical delegations from both countries in recent weeks. These have toured several farms and packing centers [...]

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Smaller lemons out of California

By | October 8th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Organic lemons in California have started to transition to a new region. “We are still picking in the D2 coastal region and it’s very slim. D2 is pretty much done,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca. “Some growers have started in D3 already, the Desert region, and we’ll probably start [...]

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Spanish mandarins looking good

By | October 8th, 2018|Global Industry News|

In Valencia, there was a short heat wave at the beginning of August. Except for this, the past summer was not very hot. This weather was beneficial for the early mandarin varieties such as the Iwasaki, Okitsu, and Owari. This year, the growers in this area of Spain hope to make up for the losses [...]

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Fall Armyworm invasion could be global

By | August 22nd, 2018|Global Industry News|

A research paper, prepared by a group of scientists from non-profit The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and the University of Exeter, UK has warned that the invasion by Fall Armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) could become global. Titled “Forecasting the global extent of invasion of the cereal pest Spodoptera frugiperda, the Fall Armyworm”, the [...]

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Chile wants its citrus fruit to enter China as a group

By | August 22nd, 2018|Global Industry News|

Chilean exporters have been proposing for a long time that China consider allowing the entry of their citrus fruits as a whole and not just individually. Ronald Bown, the president of Asoex, emphasized that neither the exporters nor the agency have tried to achieve the entry approval for an individual fruit, such as clementines, for [...]

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