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GreenTech Summit deep dives into the status of ‘Autonomous Technology’

GreenTech Summit deep dives into the status of ‘Autonomous Technology’

The GreenTech Summit takes place during GreenTech on 12 June and offers decision making investors, growers, breeders and suppliers an insider view on autonomous technology in horticulture, but also the shipping industry.

Developments in autonomous technology create opportunities to reduce dependencies in horticulture and increase flexibility in the industry. Successful horticultural entrepreneurs are highly needed, but scarce. Horticulture is dependent on location, infrastructure, specialist skills, ‘green fingers’ (the green thumb), and the availability of labor.

  • –  The Summit will kick-off with an opening by Mariska Dreschler (Director Horticulture GreenTech at RAI Amsterdam).

  • –  The first speaker that will take the stage is Dr. Silke Hemming (Head scientific research team Greenhouse Technology at Wageningen University & Research). Hemming will provide an update on the latest developments in autonomous greenhouses with the title ‘Autonomous Greenhouses – Horticulture beyond the green thumb’.

  • –  Next moderator Tracy Metz will lead an interactive panel discussion: ‘Autonomous Technology – Experiences & Expectations’, about the current state of affairs, experiences and expectations on autonomous technology with young professionals and entrepreneurs in horticulture and technology.

  • –  The following speaker will be Ir. Klaas Visser (Rear Admiral (ME) assistant professor Marine Engineering at Delft University of Technology). He will discuss ‘Changing the ship building and design industry with autonomous technology’.

  • –  The Summit will be concluded by the keynote speaker Jitske Kramer with the theme ‘Building tribes with power and love. How will we, the people, change our work and behaviour in an increasingly technological environment?’.

More information and registration

Interested in the GreenTech Summit (12 June 16.00 – 19.00): please visit https://www.greentech.nl/summit-2019/ for more information and registration. Registration costs €195 excluding VAT before 1 May. After this date the registration rate will be €295 excluding VAT.
Want to visit GreenTech Amsterdam (11 – 13 June)? Registration is free of charge until 3 June on www.greentech.nl. After 3 June the online registration fee will be €40 including VAT per person, and €70 including VAT at the entrance desk.

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General rise in Spanish 2019 citrus crop

General rise in Spanish 2019 citrus crop

Spain’s 2018-19 citrus crop registered an increase in volumes across the board. According to data published by the Ministry of Agriculture, as of January 2019 estimates, satsumas saw the largest rise (+32.3%), followed by lemons (+17.6%), tangerines (+15%), clementines (+14.8%), orange (+11.2%), tangerine hybrids (+10.7%), and grapefruit (+3.9%).

 

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Fresh India Show 2019: Indian Demand of Fruits Will Be 305 MT in Upcoming Years

India’s First International Interactive Conference, Exhibition & Networking Meet in June in New Delhi

Inspired by the success of the industry leaders, India’s Fruit & Vegetable sector has continued its quest to reach the peak of the business. The country is the second largest producer of Fruits and Vegetables in the world and the biggest consumer as well. The international trade in fruits and vegetables has expanded rapidly. Worldwide, Indians boast the highest dietary share of fruits & vegetables; Greater health consciousness also buttresses demand, with the average consumer preferring fresh produce, and even shifting to organic fresh where possible.

Pawanexh Kohli, CEO National Centre for Cold-chain Development (NCCD), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare & Prof. Post-harvest logistics (Univ. of Brimingham) said, “The country is changing its perspective from traditional food security towards more holistic nutritional security. The first largely related to calorie intake, while the latter includes essential nutrients; gradually also seeing a shift from traditional foodgrains towards food items like horticulture and animal products.” He added, “With growing affluence of consumers as the country develops, they tend to prefer a diet of fruits, vegetables supplemented with dairy and animal proteins.”

As per the report, Indian production of Fruits & Vegetables produces has gone to 284 mt which reflects the steady rise in per capita availability, consumption and demand. This persistent growth has attracted corporate houses to boost their investments and inclination in this domain. The vast production base has also offered India tremendous opportunities for export. During 2017-18, India exported fruits and vegetables worth Rs. 9,410.81 crores/ 1,459.93 USD Millions which comprised of fruits worth Rs. 4,229.03 crores/ 655.90 USD Millions and vegetables worth Rs. 5181.78 crores/ 804.03 USD Millions.

Further, IG International’s partnership with Camet Trading, Peru’s leading fresh and processed fruit trader marked a major development in India’s rapidly-growing fresh fruit market by importing fresh Peruvian Avocados to India. Through the first sea shipment, IG International container carrying 4,000 boxes of delicious, creamy, and pulpy Avocados, will be made available for distribution in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Cochin markets.

“Indian fresh fruit industry is at crossroads. While our exports volumes have grow, the increase has been limited to a few products like grapes and pomegranates and the benefits of international trade is not reaching to most farmers. On the other hand, India’s imports of fresh produce have also grown many folds but the growth again has been limited to a few products like apples, oranges, pears and kiwis. It is time to take a look deep within ourselves and figure out what we need to do as a group so that the Indian fresh product industry becomes more dynamic, vibrant and rewarding for all,” said Sumit Saran, Director of SS Associates and Indian representative of Washington Apples, USA Pears and Chilean Kiwifruit.

Perishability can be mitigated through processing by way of additives and preservatives, or through better post-harvest management to deliver fresh. Concerning the same, Kohli said, “It becomes vital to develop appropriate preconditioning and delivery systems of perishables. This means more focus on promoting holistic and seamless cold-chain systems to deliver fresh, in full and in time. Cold-chain ensures that the produce under its care reaches gainful end-use, hence minimizing the negative impact of food loss on our rapidly depleting natural resources.”

“The future of human-kind requires that food supply chains are better understood, are properly deployed and continue to contribute sustainably to global nutrition, health and environment. India is well placed to be a future ready leader in this space.”

Building the business networks, Fresh India Show 2019 is an exclusive platform, collectively with its three segments, i.e., Fresh India Exhibition, International Conference and Networking Meet. The event is aimed at strengthening the F&V industry in India consequently improving the way of agri-businesses and per capita availability, consumption and demand.

S. Jafar Naqvi, Chief Coordinator, Fresh India Show 2019 said, “Our vision would be to attract more than 400+ decision makers from different nations including the producers, wholesalers, e-retailers, importers and exporters, professionals from cold chain, logistics, supply chain and supporting industries. We, thereby, are expecting participants from 15+ countries including France, Spain, Poland, Russia, Turkey, UAE, Israel, Japan, Thailand, Iran, Holland, China, UK and Malaysia.”

For delegates, this International Conference will highlight the key changes happening in market, making understand the newest trends & best practices in production, supply, marketing, technology and demands. Participating Fresh produce industry leaders will help to understand and measure the impending changes and will provide opportunities to expand the businesses. It will be a unique opportunity also for the participants, trade & industry leaders to exhibit the complete range of their products or services among the who’s who of the industry.

Some of the proposed topics for the zestful panel discussions and talk at the conference would be Fresh Produce Future – Forecasting & Projection 2025; Success Models & Planning to Reach Global Consumer; Vogue of Consumer Demand for Traditional & Exotic fruits; Modernization – Aggregators & Delivery Systems; Practices to Enhance Marketing of Fruits & Vegetables; Factors Affecting Production, Supply chain, Storage and F&V Retailing; Business Growth & Inventory vs Pricing Analysis; Potential Developing Industries Connect; Fresh Cut & Packed – Ready to Serve Business Concept & Consumer Response; Positive Nutrition Impact on F&V Business; Agri Finance to Build more Assets & Expansions and much more.

Fresh India Show enhances the outlook of the industry through an engaging programme of panel discussions, workshops, buyer-seller meetings and networking opportunities during the event. “Fresh produce’s economy is thriving at a greater pace. Therefore, with this notion, we would like to invite you to join the new launched initiative and be a part of the most refreshing industry in the country,” said Naqvi.

For more details, visit: http://www.freshindiashow.com/

Email: freshindiashow@gmail.com

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German apple market recovers during Lent

German apple market recovers during Lent

Germany’s apple market has improved since the beginning of the year. However, stocks are still high. Sales in February focused on the varieties Elstar, Gala, Braeburn and Kanzi®. There was little Golden Delicious on the market. In the middle of March, supplies of Elstar, Braeburn and Gala were significantly down, which is why the Jonagold Group and the club variety Kanzi® are increasingly being promoted. Brands such as Topaz were rather difficult to accommodate.

During carnival week, sales were lower as usual, but during Lent, higher demand has been recorded, probably due to a more conscious diet during this period. Before the planned Brexit at the end of March, more demand for Braeburn and Gala has been seen from the UK.

Source: Agrarmarkte aktuell

 

 

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Spain’s 2019 endive crop expected to rise by 11.8%

Spain’s 2019 endive crop expected to rise by 11.8%

Preliminary estimates for Spain’s 2019 vegetable campaigns indicate an increase in volumes of endive (11.8%), and aubergine (0.4%), but a fall in fava beans (-9.1%), according to data published by the Ministry of Agriculture. As for the estimates of the 2018 harvest, there were increases recorded for cauliflower (+25.8%) and broccoli (+5.4%), but a contraction in the production of lettuce (3.2%),artichoke (-2.4%) and spinach (-2%). As for fruit trees, the estimate for the 2018 kiwi crop shows a significant increase (+23.1%), while there was a slight drop in avocado (-0.9%).

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AREFLH’s General Assembly 2019 in Bordeaux

AREFLH’s General Assembly 2019 in Bordeaux

The annual meeting of AREFLH, the association of European fruit and vegetable regions and producers, was held in Bordeaux, at the headquarters of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. This year’s meeting, coinciding with the end of the mandate of the Regional Minister of the Emilia Romagna Region, which began in 2016, had the objective of renewing all mandates, from the Presidency to the Board of Directors, for a new three-year term.

The outgoing president Simona Caselli was unanimously reconfirmed as the head of the association. She will be assisted by Jean-Louis Moulon, President of the Producers’ Council, also reconfirmed, and by an Administrative Board composed of representatives of the regions and associations of producer organisations.

The meeting provided an opportunity to review the mandate of President Simona Caselli. “I am very happy to be able to renew my mandate at the head of AREFLH. This means that the work accomplished has been appreciated by both the Regions and producers – said the regional minister.

“During these three years, we have achieved the objectives we set ourselves at the beginning of the mandate: The social and geographical base of the association has been broadened, with the entry of 8 APOs and 5 new regions, the latest being the Lazio region; we have renewed the organisational structure, with a new secretariat and the opening of an office in Brussels, to bring us closer to the European institutions; we have encouraged research in this sector by establishing networks at European level with initiatives and conferences and by participating in projects that have obtained significant funding under the European Research Programme Horizon 2020; we have worked on the promotion and awareness of fruit and vegetable consumption with specific publications presented at the main fruit and vegetable fairs in Europe; but above all we have strengthened our role as the European Commission’s privileged interlocutor, achieving results that we could never have achieved alone, as regions or as APOs – she continued.”

“I am thinking, for example, of the increase in withdrawals quotas for peaches and nectarines during the 2017 price crisis. Or the measure that enabled horticultural POs to recognise, in their operational programmes, support for integrated land production and not only for crops included in the CMO.

“All this has been accompanied by constant monitoring and recognition of regulatory developments concerning the common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables, which has also resulted in the formulation of summary documents and amendment proposals, often adopted by the European legislator. This is the case with contributions to mutual funds, unfair commercial practices and, finally, the proposals for regulations for the 2021-2027 CAP, which led us to draft amendments to protect and strengthen the CMO regime for fruit and vegetables.

This year, AREFLH’s General Assembly welcomed the Deputy Director General of DG AGRI, Rudolf Moegele, who discussed the current state of CAP reform and highlighted the success of the CMO as a model regime for European agriculture after 2020. The Vice-Presidents of Agriculture of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Jean-Pierre Raynaud) and Bretagne (Olivier Allain) regions also intervened to analyze the impact of certain provisions of this reform within their respective regions. The meeting ended with presentations by Sabine Brun-Rageul, Deputy Regional Director of DRAAF New Aquitaine and Elisabeth Dirlewanger, Research Director at INRA, who discussed the main environmental and climate challenges that the fruit and vegetable sector is currently facing.

In her closing speech, Simona Caselli concluded the work of this assembly by stating that “the CAP is the only true common European policy, as its name suggests. Decisions concerning our farmers are taken at European level and that is a good thing because they put everyone on an equal footing, without distorting competition. However, we must ensure that the diversity and needs of the different territories, which are also the wealth of our country and the EU, are taken into account. My experience over the past three years shows that by networking, demonstrating competence, making well-founded proposals, you are listened to and get results. Europe is a long way away for those who do not know how to build relationships or who do not want to get closer’’.

 

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FruitVegetablesEUROPE debates trade opportunities at General Assembly & Event 2019

FruitVegetablesEUROPE debates trade opportunities at General Assembly & Event 2019

FruitVegetablesEUROPE held its general assembly on 15th March 2019 in Warsaw (Poland). The General Assembly and Event 2019 were dedicated to the future of the European fruit and vegetables sector. Political aspects like the future of the CAP and the CMO, as well as trade opportunities in China, Fruit Attraction 2019 and Innovation & Research played a key role in the debates.

During the general Assembly meeting, two new members were welcomed: +Brócoli Spain and Stowarzyszenie promocji brokuła Poland.

Among other important matters, the General Assembly also presented the Activity Report 2018 and adopted its Roadmap for 2019. In 2019, FruitVegetablesEUROPE will continue defending and promoting the fruit and vegetables produced in the EU.

Monitoring the Future of the CAP, the CMO, the Brexit, the EU Trade negotiations with 3rd countries, the implementation of the UTP directive and establishing a close relationship with the new European Parliament and European Commission would be the key priorities for this year.

The Event: ”Political debate, Trade opportunities and Innovation & Research Forum” gathered high-level speakers of the fruit and vegetables sector, the European institutions, the EU Member States and relevant agro-industry companies. Phil HOGAN (Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development) and Petre DAEA (Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Romania) participated in FruitVegetablesEUROPE’s meeting through a video message.

FruitVegetablesEurope, General Assembly, 2019

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Southern Hemisphere apple and pear production to rise 2% in 2019

Southern Hemisphere apple and pear production to rise 2% in 2019

The 2019 Southern Hemisphere apple and pear crop is projected to be up 2%, although this increase hides a story of significant increases and decreases depending on the individual countries. Speaking at its meeting during Fruit Logistica in Berlin, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) announced that total apple production in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa is expected to total 5.3 million tons, while pear volumes are set to reach 1.3 million tons. Apple exports are expected to remain be flat at 1.7 million tons. Similarly, pear export volumes are also predicted to remain stable, at 713,000 tons.

The region’s biggest apple producer, Chile, expects a 5% drop in production, to 1.7 million tons. In contrast, Brazil, the second-largest producer, projects a 5% rise in production to 1.2 million tons.

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Good start to Ciaculli late mandarin campaign in Italy

Good start to Ciaculli late mandarin campaign in Italy

Palermo’s Ciaculli tangerine has got off to a promising start. With the season running from January to March, president of the variety’s consortium Giovanni D’Agati said in ItaliaFruit News, “We are distributing between 40,000 and 60,000 kilos a day. These are both traditional and organic. The 2019 season started very well, with excellent quality and attractive sales prices. Compared to the last campaign, there are smaller sizes, but the response of our retail customers is always very positive. Italians, in particular, are rediscovering the traditional luxury of the late Ciaculli Mandarin, which offer above all its unmistakable aroma and fragrance. Moreover, the presence of seeds is an added value because it respects our tradition.”

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Table Grape Meeting, the future of table grapes lies in innovation

Table Grape Meeting, the future of table grapes lies in innovation

On the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut (8-10 May 2019), an International Congress will be held, which will be entirely dedicated to one of Italy’s finest fruit and vegetable products: the focus is on varietal innovation and marketing.

With a yearly output of approximately 1 million tonnes with a 47,000-hectare production area, Italy is the leading producer of table grapes in Europe, followed by Greece and Spain. In this context, Cesena Fiera has come up with the idea of organising an event dedicated to this product, with the aim of assessing the current situation in a constantly evolving sector with great potential.

The “Table Grape Meeting” will take place on the occasion of the 36th edition of Macfrut, on Friday 10 May 2019 at the Rimini Expo Centre, and the focus of the discussion will be on varietal innovation, starting with Italy’s development programmes, including the new international varieties that are currently produced in Italy, before moving on to outlining the new varieties that are set to reshape the market.

In Italy, for example, in the two main table grape production areas, Apulia and Sicily, which cover 75% and 25% of the cultivated surface area respectively, the production of seedless grapes has increased considerably in the last decade, so much so that in Apulia it accounts for 30-35% of total production.

The event will be divided into two sessions: during the first session, some of Italy’s leading players in the sector will discuss varietal innovation, sharing their hands-on experience and points of view on future developments; the second session, instead, will feature a round table discussion with the participation of European and international speakers from leading countries in the production and import of table grapes. To support the debate, video interviews with major Italian producers in the industry will be screened, providing opportunities for discussion and dialogue.

The Congress is intended for Italian and foreign producers, buyers, technologists and importers. Participation is free of charge and it will be simultaneously translated into English.