WAPA: Southern Hemisphere forecast looks positive for apples but a bit less so for pears

South African fruit group Hortgro says exports to UK will continue as planned

The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) recently released its Southern Hemisphere apple and pear crop forecast for the upcoming season at Fruit Logistica in Berlin – with good news for one commodity and not-so-good news for the other. According to WAPA’s data revealed at its General meeting and consolidated from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, […]

Nectarines from South Africa looking good despite tough conditions for stone fruit overall

South African growers are increasing plantings of nectarines on the back of rising demand and better financial returns at grower level, although the industry is still under financial pressure. Young nectarine orchards that were planted in the last few years are now coming into production, with new higher-yielding varieties further boosting volumes and the use […]

Study: Regenerative cultivation could unlock key to soil health, preserving nutrients

Though still early, a recent study being conducted at the University of Leeds Farm is showing the steep potential and benefits of regenerative cultivation techniques over invasive ploughing. The study compares soil health, crop production, greenhouse gas emissions, and profit of different farming systems across seven 12m x 40m plots. Some of the plots were […]

Place, Purpose and People: Regional Specialties and Global Supply

I have been paid to cook food for others for more than 45 years. Because of this vocation, I am often asked, “What was your favorite meal?” “Where is your favorite restaurant?” “What’s your favorite food?” I rephrase the question and respond with my most memorable meals — like the lovely dinner I had on […]

Colombia looks to make inroads worldwide with pot-grown avocados

The cultivation of avocados in pots has been very successful in several key producing countries, such as Mexico and Chile. Now, this innovative technique has arrived in Colombia, as it  seeks to continue building  its presence in international markets.  Avocados have quickly become one of the most popular products in Colombia’s agricultural portfolio. Cartama Group […]

Sweet and colourful New Zealand apricots primed for big export season

Apricot lovers around the world – including the UK – will get their first taste of New Zealand’s specialty apricots soon when Central Otago producer Ardgour Valley Orchards officially launches its export program. Ardgour Valley Orchards’ director Sharon Kirk said three specialty varieties bred by New Zealand’s Plant & Food Research specifically for the Central […]