Fisheries in India

Dire decision on fisheries subsidies looms at WTO talks in Abu Dhabi

The 13th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) began in Abu Dhabi on February 27 with a tough focus on non-beneficial fisheries subsidies. Though agriculture is of importance in the current locked-door session, it is fisheries that could earn the world’s trade ministers overtime. Just two months ago, the COP28 summit, also held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), went into overtime...

Outbound cargo to destination

Co-Founder of Destination Produce recounts how “every business transaction starts with a relationship”

Destination Produce may be a young UK company with the incorporation date of November 2023, but it is already changing distribution chain rapport. Its main focus is the basic relationship between the producer and the consumer. As such, the company plays a complementary role that helps consumers and traders “connect/trade.”  To discover more of this spot-on approach, Selina Wamucii contacted...

Farmers in Vietnam rush to grow spring cereals

Farmers in Vietnam rush to grow spring cereals

Soon after the Lunar New Year, farmers in the Bac Ha highlands in Vietnam took the initiative to grow spring cereals, including corn and rice. Bac Ha is a district in Lao Cai province of northern Vietnam, famous for its weekend market. Here, villagers sell livestock, fresh produce, textile and cultural products to tourists. The focus now however is in ploughing fields and sowing...

Crawfish

U.S. crawfish shortage drives app downloads to track prices

A searing hot summer in 2023 and a freezing winter have driven U.S. crawfish shortage, with a reciprocal price gain. Consequently, price-tracking apps are back in high demand. This at a time when the lobster season, which runs from March through July each year, is just about to start. Even before the season’s start, a price-tracking app known as Crawfish App saw downloads...

Tequila and margarita are popular Mexican lime drinks

A tequila or beer with lime? South African and Mexican companies reinvest to lower import costs

They may be two different products but Mexican tequila and South African beer both use a common spice, namely lime. This is why South Africa’s AB InBev, originally from Mexico, decided to grow its own limes to stem international shortage. One of the company’s key brews is Corona beer, which is served with a slice of lime. A nearly similar scenario played out...

Off-season rice paddies in northern Thailand

Rice prices in Thailand down as the baht weakens

Just when neighboring Philippines is navigating a price rise, rice prices in Thailand have dipped over a weakening baht. Consequently, both export and domestic sales in Thailand in the market week ending February 23, 2024 took a dip. The country’s export prices depend on a strong performance of the baht against the dollar to gain, and its weakening lowers prices. 1 baht...

Flowering pineapple, off mainland China

China’s ‘hometown of pineapples’ comes alive with first harvest for 2024

Xuwen, the county on the southern tip of Guangdong province in southeast China is back again with springtime pineapples. According to Yulin Evening News, the initial harvest is underway and the county has been rolling out 6 million catties (3000 tonnes) of the fruit daily. Catty is an oriental measure of fresh produce equivalent to half a kg. The above daily harvest rate underlines the...

flower bouquet

Philadelphia Flowers Show spreading love, appreciation and unity

With spring knocking in the Northern Hemisphere, an award-winning floral showcase is returning for its 195th edition this March. The theme of the 2024 Philadelphia Flowers Show, America’s oldest and most prestigious floral event is ‘United by Flowers.” It will be uniting American organic flower growers and experts with flower enthusiasts. In extension, the 2024 theme will be all about spreading love, appreciation...

Tractor protest

Tractors hijack streets in Spain, Greece over EU policies

Two weeks after farmers’ protests in France forced the European Commission to rethink its climate terms, tractor demonstrations have lately shaken Spain and Greece. On February 21, 2024, Madrid looked like a ploughing field as hundreds of farmers drove tractors to the capital. The participants are agitating for the lowering of the cost of farm inputs such as fertilizer and better farm-gate prices. In...

Navel oranges

Egypt stops gap in Europe’s juicing orange market

Egypt is covering a juicing orange gap in Europe at a time when Brazil and the Iberian Peninsula are rushing their harvests. Hoping to hit 2 million tonnes for the December 2023 to July 2024 season, Egypt is counting on the low-supplied European market. The leading citrus exporter is looking forward to topping the record 1.6 million tonnes it exported in the 2022-23 season. The...