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Les tomates ne sont plus un sujet de discorde avec l'UE

Le Maroc et l’UE s’accordent à dire que le nouveau système mis en place est transparent et juste pour tous les opérateurs.
 
Le ministère de l'Agriculture estime que le nouveau système du prix d'entrée sur le marché de l'Union Européenne, en vigueur depuis octobre 2014, notamment le calcul de la VFI (Valeur forfaitaire d'importation) des tomates marocaines, a connu une application rigoureuse permettant un suivi efficace des prix de l'origine Maroc.
 
Le relevé quotidien des VFI durant cette campagne a d'ailleurs traduit fidèlement les prix observés sur les marchés de l'UE. Les exportations de tomates vers l'UE, à fin mars 2015 se sont situées  globalement au même niveau par rapport à la même période de la campagne précédente.
 
Les 2 partenaires se sont également accordés à affirmer que ce nouveau système n’a causé aucune perturbation sur le marché européen des fruits et légumes. Il continuera à faire l’objet d’un suivi commun et rapproché;  y compris sur la prochaine campagne d’exportation afin de s’assurer qu’il continuera à refléter la transparence des prix des produits marocains entrant sur le marché européen.
 
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Peruvian asparagus to hit Chinese market

Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified five pests Spanish cherry exporters would need to control if were to gain export access to the North American country.

The government agency released full details of the threats, and other pests it determined to have a “negligible likelihood of introduction”, in a draft pest risk analysis (PRA) that is now available to the public for comment until June 1.

In the draft PRA, APHIS said Spanish cherries carried a high risk of introduction for the cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) and the fungus Monilinia fructigena.

Additionally, the agency determined the following pests were of medium risk: Medfly, the plum fruit moth (Grapholita funebrana) and cherry leaf scorch (Apiognomonia erythrostoma).

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FreshFruitPortal.com » New plant breeders’ rights standard proposed

A group of three associations has proposed a new system that would simplify plant breeders rights (PBR) applications around the world, but still operate within the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) framework.

The International System of Cooperation (ISC) proposal was made in a joint paper presented to the UPOV consultative committee last month, with the goal of increasing accessibility to plant breeders worldwide and helping them overcome obstacles in securing intellectual property (IP) rights in UPOV member states.

The paper’s authors – the International Seed Foundation (ISF), Croplife International (CLI) and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties (CIOPORA) – found these obstacles to be deviation from national application procedures, multiple language regimes, cost and time.

“An ISC would enable breeders to file PBR applications in various markets via a simplified and unified procedure, creating advantages for breeders and maximizing the effectiveness of the UPOV system,” the authors said in a release.

“The system is not envisioned to replace PBR laws, and each jurisdiction would still maintain complete sovereignty in their application process.

“It is also expected that the ease of filing would increase the number of PBR applications in most, if not all, countries.”

The joint proposal aims to consolidate PBR registration through an electronic form, currently being developed by UPOV, that would allow breeders to apply in the language of their choice.

“The procedure foresees the payment of a processing fee to a single bank account with the appliation fees paid to national UPOV offices on filing of the ISC application in that country,” the release said.

“These measures will increase the efficiency of obtaining PBR by reducing red tape, and reducing breeders’ expenditures on document translations and money transfers to foreign banks.

Recognizing the complexity of the matter and the need for further elaboration and consideration by member states, the committee asked the UPOV office to prepare a written ISC proposal, including the cost estimation and its potential impact on business.

The proposal will be back on the agenda of a UPOV meeting in October.

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FreshFruitPortal.com » Israel: Grants to persuade pepper growers to diversify desert crops

Israeli pepper growers are being offered government grants to help them diversify under a new program designed to support farmers in the Arava region who want to convert crops and grow other produce items.

The Israeli ministries of Agriculture and Finance alongside the Israeli Farmer’s Federation have launched the initiative to encourage farmers to expand their crop categories, in an attempt to diversify and reduce the risk to farmers in peripheral areas who have become overly reliant on pepper production.

Peppers have been one of the most significant export crops in Israel over the last seven years with the majority of growing areas located in Arava, an extremely hot and arid desert region in Israel. Pepper farming accounts for a large portion of employment in the region.

However, following the crisis in the field of agricultural export to the main target markets of Western Europe and Russia, the government has set up the grants.

A draft ‘aid package’ has been organized intended for fresh pepper growers and exporters.

“As part of the program, whose budget stands at a total of 100 million NIS, farmers will be able to apply to the Ministry of Agriculture for receiving state issued grants, at a total amount of 70% of the amount invested, and for the first time will also be able to receive a down payment of 20% of the invested amount upon submitting the certificates required from farmers whose main crop is pepper, in order to convert their growing areas from pepper to other crops,” says a government statement.

There could also be the possibility of providing long-term loans guaranteed by the state for farmers exporting produce, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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FreshFruitPortal.com » U.K.: Yorkshire Fresh Fruits under fire over redundancy package

A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » USDA allows Chinese apple imports

Just a few months after Chinese authorities opened market access for all U.S.-grown apple varieties, the USDA has reciprocated.
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Le Maroc en alerte contre la Xyllela fastidiosa - Le Mag.ma

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Le royaume a peur pour sa filière oléicole, qui constitue un des pôles de développement de son secteur agro-industriel. Un danger dévastateur est apparu en Italie et menace tous les pays du pourtour méditerranéen. En effet, quelques 9 millions d’arbres s’étalant sur 90.000 hectares, dans les Pouilles, au sud de l'Italie, dans la région de Lecce, sont à arracher après avoir été contaminée par une tueuse de plantes, invincible jusqu’à aujourd’hui, la bactérie Xyllela fastidiosa. Ainsi, l’attaque foudroyante de cette bactérie qui cause des maladies mortelles et incurables pour au moins une dizaine de plantes d'intérêt commercial, a déjà décimé 10% des oliviers dans la région italienne contaminée. Selon le site Econostrum, l’Italie devenant épicentre de cette bactérie mortelle, risque de la diffuser partout en méditerranée, y menaçant de disparition, tous les oliviers et y provoquant ainsi des désastres éco-sociaux d’envergures. Parmi les pays méditerranéens se retrouvant fortement exposés à cette épidémie, le Maroc qui assoit sa stratégie de développement agro-industrielle, Le Plan Maroc Vert, sur, entre autres, la filière oléicole. Ainsi, rapporte la même source, craignant pour ses plantations d’oliviers, le Maroc a décrété une interdiction formelle des importations italiennes de plants des espèces hôtes de la bactérie Xyllela fastidiosa. C’est l'Office national marocain de sécurité sanitaire des produits alimentaires (ONSSA) qui a mis en place cette suspension d’importation. L’ONSSA assure que pour l’heure, ‘‘aucun cas n'a été recensé au Maroc’’.


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FreshFruitPortal.com » State of the Market – Week 16, 2015

Preference for national apples in the U.S. became apparent as Chilean volumes increased in week 16.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » NZ: Zespri plans SunGold kiwifruit splash in Germany

Zespri has planned promotional activities in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf to spread the word about SunGold kiwifruit.
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Lausanne récompensée pour sa vision des potagers urbains

Lausanne récompensée pour sa vision des potagers urbains | Fruits & légumes à l'international | Scoop.it
«Avec ses plantages, la ville de Lausanne fait office de pionnière en la matière au niveau suisse car elle a initié ce projet il y a presque vingt ans, explique Patrick Schoeck de Patrimoine suisse. D’autres projets existent au Tessin ou en Suisse allemande, mais ne sont qu’à leurs débuts. La diversité des plantages présents sur le territoire lausannois ainsi que leur qualité et leur biodiversité nous ont séduits.»

Doté de 25'000 francs, ce prix permettra à la ville d’investir dans des nouveaux projets du même type. A savoir des parcelles divisées en lopins de surfaces variables et mis à la disposition de particuliers afin qu’ils y cultivent fruits et légumes biologiques. «Depuis le début de la législature, nous en avons inauguré un par année, se réjouit Florence Germond, directrice des finances et du patrimoine vert. Le dernier en date, celui de l’avenue de Cour vient de sortir de terre et un plantage est à l’étude à l’avenue de la Borde. Il devrait voir le jour en 2016.»

Les douze parcelles disséminées sur le territoire lausannois ont une taille qui varie entre 2310 m2 pour la plus grande (celle du Désert) et 130 m2 pour la plus petite (celle du parc de la Solitude). Elles permettent à plus de 350 planteurs d’y cultiver herbes aromatiques, fruits et légumes. Les cultures doivent être biologiques. La ville dispense d’ailleurs une série d’ateliers pour permettre aux néophytes de se familiariser avec le purin d’orties et autres pièges à limaces.

Patrimoine suisse n’a pas uniquement été séduit par la biodiversité des plantations: «Les différents groupes sociaux, des bobos aux immigrants, se retrouvent et créent un lien», poursuit Patrick Schoeck. C’est d’ailleurs pour cela également que la ville a à cœur de créer de nouveaux plantages dans les quartiers sensibles. Yves Lachavanne, Chef du bureau d’études et projets Service des parcs et domaines d’ajouter: «Les plantages sont un véritable lieu de partage. Ils sont situés proches des immeubles et les gens qui les cultivent doivent vivre à moins de cinq minutes à pied. Cela permet à des voisins de se rencontrer parfois pour la première fois.»
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Tru-Cape’s new Johannesburg facility signals growth in African markets

A South African pome fruit distributor has bolstered storage space to cope with an upcoming spike in volume over the next five years.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » New on-the-go packaging for booming berry sector

Belgian berry importer Special Fruit says new labels, topseals and shakers reflect a 'unique market move'.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Growers claim Calbuco Volcano eruption has little impact so far on blueberries, apples

While two eruptions of the Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile have disrupted local communities as well as towns over the border in Argentina, growers and traders have said their impact on fruit crops does not appear too significant on initial observations.


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A Chinese industry insider based in Chile was in the area yesterday when the eruptions began and told www.freshfruitportal.com the region was mostly dedicated to livestock, but there were between 600-800 hectares of blueberries around the towns of Rio Bueno and Rio Negro.

Juan Pablo Zhang said these properties were traditionally focused on the domestic market, however the main medium-sized enterprises had been increasingly forging links with buyers in the U.S., China and other Asian markets.

“The blueberry harvest season has ended, but side effects from volcano eruptions such as sulfur and ash may affect the next blueberry production season,” he said, adding the volcano’s melting snow meant river levels would rise and potentially lead to some flooding.

Juan Pablo Hube said his blueberry fields in the region were already in dormancy with the harvest picked, and therefore the eruption would not affect any fruit.

A representative of Osorno-based blueberry company Momberg told www.freshfruitportal.com in a statement the drifting ash did not have much of a local effect because the eruption was so high and winds were favorable, but this could change at any moment.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Indonesia lifts trade restrictions for U.S. apples

Indonesia's three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » English heatwave brings tomato season forward

The U.K’s spring heatwave has led to English tomatoes being harvesting earlier than usual, and the local produce is now in stock at high-end retailer Waitrose. 

The home-grown tomatoes hit the supermarket chain’s shelves just a couple of weeks after the the retailer announced the early appearance of raspberries.

The traditional tomato season normally starts later in April but this year’s supply has come early because of unusually good weather in the country over the last few weeks, along with a generally mild winter.

High temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout spring have given production a boost.

A release also says a ‘bumper crop’ is expected in the coming weeks and months when the tomato season really kicks in.

The English varieties available include the large and sweet Jack Hawkins, Red Choice – described as the ‘connoisseur’s tomato with a luxurious aroma’ – and the small and juicy Baby Plum.

They are grown in greenhouses by Waitrose partners throughout the U.K. and are hand-picked to maintain quality.

“Our customers can choose from a wide variety of home-grown tomatoes and in bigger quantities than this time last year,” Waitrose vegetable buyer Peter Cooke says in the release.

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FreshFruitPortal.com » British asparagus crop may rise 20%, says Morrisons

Vegetable buyers from U.K. retailer Morrisons believe Great Britain could be in for its best crop of outdoor grown asparagus in nearly decade.

By combining intelligence on growing conditions from farmers and taking into account forecasts for a three-month heatwave, the company estimates the 2015 asparagus crop could increase by up to 20%.

“Growing conditions look like they are going to be perfect,” Morrisons asparagus buyer David Bartle says in a release.

“The good weather will not only affect the amount of asparagus grown but also the quality of the crop. We could have the most exceptional year since 2007.”

The vegetable will hit shelves on April 27, with most of the crop coming from the supermarket’s outdoor growers in the Vale of Evesham and Kent.

The retailer says that due to the exceptionally warm growing conditions, this year’s asparagus will have tender spears with tight heads which will taste sweet and fresh.

In the release, Bartle also highlighted the following 10 facts about the perrenial species.

1. Asparagus was first documented in 300BC in Egypt and is said to have arrived in Britain with the Romans in the first century CE.

2. Each crop is in the ground for 10 years and takes three years to grow to maturity before harvest.

3. The U.K. asparagus season traditionally runs from St George’s Day to the Summer Solstice.

4. Approximately one metric tons (MT) of asparagus grows per acre of land.

5. Most British asparagus is green. Morrisons sells the Mondeo, Gueleph, Millennium and Gijnlim varieties.

6. The best quality of asparagus has tight crisp tips and firm green spears.

7. For best results, the vegetable should be lightly cooked – between 3-6 minutes – and eaten ‘al dente’ with butter.

8. Asparagus contains A, B and C vitamins, fibre and folic acid, and is virtually fat-free. These nutrients can boost your immune system, maintain healthy skin, nails and hair, and are good for the heart.

9. Asparagus is said to have aphrodisiac properties, though this has never been proven.

10. Some people – but not all – experience strange smelling urine after eating asparagus. This is due to sulphur-containing amino acids in the vegetable. It’s thought the ability to detect the odor is a result of some people breaking amino acids down during digestion and others having the nasal receptors needed to pick up the smell.

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FreshFruitPortal.com » U.K. Potato Council leader criticizes Canary Islands rejections

An ongoing row with the Canary Islands has led to a frustrating and costly season for U.K. potato exporters.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Russia suspects fraudulent documents in blocked vegetable shipment

In recent weeks Russia’s food import watchdog has made a substantial number of interceptions of produce suspected to be illegal due to the embargo, mostly ranging at 19 metric tons (MT) or 20MT per lot.

But the most recent report involved more than 10 times that amount.

Several vegetable shipments weighing a total of 245MT have been blocked from entering Russia from Kazakhstan, due to either absent or suspected fake phytosanitary certificates.


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The produce was transported in numerous vehicles between April 16-19, and included a 109MT batch of carrots, cabbage and onions, a 75.6MT consignment of carrots, kale and fresh herbs, 40MT of onions, 20MT of cabbage, and 500kg of almonds.

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) said on its website the 40MT onion shipment was blocked as the accompanying Kazakh phytosanitary certificate ‘had the signs of a fake’.

The other shipments were not granted access to the former Soviet country as they either lacked the certificates altogether or the produce’s origins were unclear.

Rosselkhoznadzor did not say if there was any link between the various blocked shipments, which were being transported into the country’s Chelyabinsk region. The produce was all returned to Kazakhstan.

A report by European Fresh Produce Association, Freshfel, earlier this year showed countries suspected of ‘gray trade’ exports to Russia had been receiving substantially more produce grown in EU countries, which are not permitted to export to Russia under the trade embargo implemented last August.

The report showed EU fruit and vegetable exports to Kazakhstan between August to November 2014 had increased 108% year-on-year to reach 25,247MT. Belarus also notched a 141% increase in its EU produce imports reaching 281,234MT, while Bosnia & Herzegovina’s figures jumped 164% to 39,093MT.

Along with the blocked vegetable consignments, Russian authorities have continued to intercept Polish apple shipments from entering the country, even for transit purposes.

Two loads of apples totaling 39MT that were being transported into Russia from Belarus on April 18 and 20, reportedly with documentation saying the fruit was intended for sale in Kazakhstan, were denied entry.

Land shipments must generally pass through Russia from Belarus in order to reach the Central Asian country, and the 2010 Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) led to the removal of customs borders between the three countries.

Armenia and Kyrgyzstan also joined the EACU in January 2015.

The photos below were published on Rosselkhoznadzor’s website and are purported to show part of the two most recent shipments of blocked Polish apples and an accompanying label.
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Agroalimentaire : le Maroc en mal de compétitivité - Le 360.ma

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En matière de produits agroalimentaires, le Maroc exporte moins qu’il n’importe depuis 2008. Le royaume devra compter de plus en plus sur de nouveaux marchés comme l’Afrique. Depuis 2008, le déficit de la balance commerciale de la banche agroindustrielle ne cesse de se creuser. L’Economiste de ce jeudi 23 avril 2015 cite l’étude réalisée par l’Office des changes et dont les résultats ont été présentés au siège de la Confédération générale des entreprises du Sénégal. Les chiffres et la tendance sont inquiétants. En 2014, le Maroc a importé pour 24,3 milliards de dirhams de biens alimentaires, contre 21,9 milliards d’exportations seulement, soit un déficit de 2,4 milliards de dirhams. Le taux de couverture des importations par les exportations, qui était de 130% en 2004, n’est plus que de 90% en 2014. Cela signifie que pour 100 dirhams importés en 2004, le Maroc en exportait 130, alors qu’aujourd’hui il n’en exporte que 90.


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Le Maroc satisfait du nouveau système d’entrée des tomates sur le marché européen - Medias24.com

Le Maroc satisfait du nouveau système d’entrée des tomates sur le marché européen - Medias24.com | Fruits & légumes à l'international | Scoop.it
Le nouveau système du prix d'entrée des fruits et légumes sur le marché de l'Union Européenne, en vigueur depuis octobre 2014, notamment le calcul de la VFI (Valeur forfaitaire d'importation) des tomates marocaines, a connu une application rigoureuse permettant un suivi efficace des prix de l'origine Maroc, souligne un communiqué du ministère de l’Agriculture publié mercredi.

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FreshFruitPortal.com » Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company's pomegranate harvest did not dampen an 'extremely positive' season.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » India steps up plant surveillance after Pakistan’s TR4 outbreak

With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » U.S.: Falling orange juice consumption levels affect Florida growers

Despite some serious problems facing the industry, Florida's citrus growers are said to have had a relatively good season.
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FreshFruitPortal.com » Russian authorities block “fake” Chilean kiwifruit shipment

Russia’s food import watchdog has blocked a shipment of kiwifruit en route from Minsk to Moscow on April 15, claiming it contained a fraudulent Chilean phytosanitary certificate.


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The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) published documentation for the 19-metric ton (MT) consignment, claimed to have been from exporter David del Curto and grown in the Chilean province of Cachapoal.

The country of origin document claimed the fruit had been signed-off at the Port of Valparaiso on March 10.

At the time of writing, David del Curto had not yet responded to requests for comment.

Last week Rosselkhoznadzor blocked yet another shipment of Polish fresh apples with a volume of 38.7MT, although the fruit was marked as in transit from Belarus to Kazakhstan. Imports of Polish produce are banned in the market as part of Russia’s embargo on EU food imports.

During the week the authority also blocked 1.75MT of produce coming from Belarus – including pears, apples and tomatoes – that was bound for the Pskov region, citing a lack of certification as the cause, along with 54MT of fresh cabbage from Kazakhstan that was intercepted in Chelyabinsk.
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