Fruit prices slump on big harvest, again

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To many farmers in the Mekong Delta region, the bumper fruit harvest this year just means massive losses since prices have dropped by more than a half after foreign importers stopped buying them. In Ben Tre Province’s Cho Lach District, the Mekong Delta’s fruit basket, most farmers are unhappy with their bountiful rambutan, dragon fruit,…


Orchards at the core of fruit growing expansion

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Top fruit grower Tom Filby is planting new orchards to meet the growing demand for the family’s brand of Norfolk apple juice. And the new trees at Roughton, near Cromer, are producing twice as much fruit as the mature trees in a long-established orchard, he said. As a team of pickers start to harvest the…


India’s fruit, vegetable output rises 3.7% to over 213 mn tonnes in 2010-11

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NEW DELHI: Country has witnessed a increase of 3.7 per cent in fruit and vegetable output to over 213 million tonnes in the financial year 2010-11. The rise is boosted by the increase in the area under cultivation. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Mr Harish Rawat has…


City plans safe fruit, vegetable village

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The Ho Chi Minh City government has approved a plan to develop safe vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants from now until 2015. Accordingly, the local authorities will plant around 5 new flower species and plan a fruit and vegetable village in Cu Chi District. The project aims to develop production, distribution and apply safe technology…


Fruit, vegetable demand up by 60 pc

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MUSCAT — Shopping malls and grocery shops across the Sultanate have witnessed more than 60 per cent increase in demand for fruit and vegetables during Ramadhan. All shopping malls, including Lulu Hypermarket, Family Shopping Centre, KM Trading, Safeer Hypermarket, City Centre, Sultan Centre and Khimji Marts are supporting Ramadhan activities and have made elaborate arrangements…


Bumper fruit crops for farmers in Lincolnshire

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BUMPER crops of tasty fruit are being reported by growers across the county. Fruits such as apples, pears and plums are ripening as long as four weeks early, with some UK fruit farmers reporting the best harvest in 20 years. According to experts from the Royal Horticultural Society, the autumn is coming early for some…


Britain awash with summer fruit

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It’s time to dust off your pie dishes and jam pans-Britain is officially awash with summer fruit. Producers across the country are enjoying their best harvest for 20 years, with growers in Kent and Herefordshire bringing in 3,000 tons of cherries almost eight times as much fruit as was harvested in 2000, according to Defra.…


Crop Report (August 6)

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More than 99 percent of Texas was in one level of drought or another by the last week of July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 90 percent of the state was in an extreme drought; 75 percent in an exceptional drought, according to the monitor. Daytime high temperatures continued to challenge or…


Apple growers’ pleas fall on deaf ears

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The soaring exchange rate is on the minds of apple growers attending their annual conference in Havelock North today, but pleas to the Government to do something to ease the industry’s crippling burden have fallen on deaf ears. Pipfruit New Zealand chairman Ian Palmer says the industry is unviable with the kiwi dollar at US87c.…


Russia imports $5 billion worth of veg and spuds

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According to Fruit-Inform Project’s estimates, Russian consumers annually spend about $5 bln for imported vegetables and potatoes. Moreover, the share of imports in Russian’s consumption structure continues to grow notwithstanding solid investments in vegetable and potato production in 2005-2011. "We forecast that in the season 2011/12 Russia’s vegetable imports will be lower in comparison with…


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