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Organic Mushrooms Witnessed in Illawarra

Article by: Hari Yellina The mushrooms at Illawarra’s Bulli Woolworths, like those at other supermarkets, are grown for consistency and shelf life, and may travel considerable distances – even from overseas – before reaching tables. However, across the street, behind the artist studios in the old Molloy Timbermill, there are blooms of strange and delicious […]


Nano-Sensor Recognises Pesticides in Fruits within Minutes

Article by: Hari Yellina In just a few minutes, researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have developed a small sensor for detecting pesticides on fruit. The approach, which was described as a proof-of-concept in the journal Advanced Science, uses flame-sprayed silver nanoparticles to boost chemical signals. While the research is still in its early stages, the […]


Consumers Hesitant to Eat Eggplants?

Article by: Hari Yellina In the Netherlands, Purple Pride just debuted an eggplant shawarma. Growers United, a growers’ organisation dedicated to eggplant farming, hopes to use this brand to capitalise on the growing popularity of vegan products while also marketing eggplant as a convenient food. “In 2017, one out of every five individuals in the […]


Lettuce Prices Not to Decrease Any Time Soon

Article by: Hari Yellina Consumers are being advised to expect cabbage in their burgers or to pay more than $10 for a lettuce, as there is no end in sight to the exorbitant cost of fruits and vegetables. While the price increase was swift, wholesalers believe it may take longer for prices to return to […]


The Online Fruit Market Witnesses Record Consumption Levels

Article by: Hari Yellina Summertime is nearing and watermelon consumption peaks during this time. Sales have gradually climbed since early-ripening watermelons entered the market in late March, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs monitoring data, and the online fruit market has also seen a consumption spike. According to Meituan data, since watermelons were introduced […]


Global Update: Norwegian Schools Prioritise Fruits and Vegetables for its Students

Article by: Hari Yellina Norwegian primary and secondary school students, who presently eat 42 000 pieces of fruit and vegetables per day at school, will see their daily allowance boosted to 65 000 pieces of fruit and vegetables. Tore Angelsen, project head for the Norwegian government-funded School Fruit and Vegetable programme, believes that by the […]


Major Fast-Food Chains Alter Menu to Cope with Lettuce Shortage

Article by: Hari Yellina Due to a lettuce supply shortage across the country, a number of prominent Australian fast-food restaurants have been compelled to make menu adjustments. The worldwide shortage of lettuce, and the resulting skyrocketing price, has temporarily affected the way companies fill their burgers, wraps, and sandwiches. To make up for the shortage, […]


South Australian Vegetable Producer Seeks a Reliable Partner

Article by: Hari Yellina One of Australian horticulture’s most renowned companies is searching for a partner to invest $30 million in its expansion aspirations. Since its inception in 1998, the high-tech glasshouse business on the outskirts of Adelaide has received different government subsidies. The project has expanded to encompass 12 hectares of undercover hydroponics, allowing […]


Limited Air Routes Influence Rambutan Pricing

Article by: Hari Yellina Currently, rambutans are in greater abundance. According to Andres Ocampo of HLB Specialties in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the rambutan season in Guatemala is in full swing. “We’ve had our first arrivals for a month, and Guatemala is starting to fill up with nice quality fruit,” he says. Guatemalan fruit will continue […]


Lettuce Farmers Unsure of their Future

Article by: Hari Yellina Lockyer Valley lettuce growers, who have been ravaged by a series of natural calamities, are in desperate need of a multi-million-dollar rescue plan, according to the industry’s top body. After February’s floods and months of unseasonably wet weather, Growcom acting chief executive Richard Shannon said some lettuce growers had lost their […]


Coles Aids Growers to Meet Customer Demand

Article by: Hari Yellina Coles will provide incentives to creative producers in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland to assist improve the supply of organic fresh food for customers. The donations given this week increase the Coles Nurture Fund’s overall financial support to $30 million since 2015. Coles said this week that it will provide […]


Legacy of Unique Red Pear Variant Continues to Flourish

Article by: Hari Yellina The owners of an Australian red pear variety are increasing production year after year as demand and popularity grow – but there’s a lot more to the tale behind the fruit than its beautiful colour and delicious taste. The Red Sienna Pride Pear was initially planted in 2010, and the first […]


South Australian Citrus Season Fully Operational Now

Article by: Hari Yellina The citrus season in South Africa has officially begun, with the official inauguration taking place last month. With navel oranges and new season mandarins arriving from the Riverland, the first fruit has reached produce outlets and grocery stores across the state. Citrus SA Chair Mark Doecke explained that the cold spring of […]


Citrus Australia Welcomes Labor Government’s Pledges

Article by: Hari Yellina Citrus Australia applauds Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the new Labor administration on their election victory, and looks forward to helping them meet their pre-election promises on biosecurity, water security, skills-based education, trade diversification, and labour. “We look forward to working with Senator Murray Watt, the newly appointed Agriculture Minister, Tanya […]


Retractable Roof Solutions Now a Priority for Berry Industry

Article by: Hari Yellina Hort Connections will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from June 6 to 8. Cravo has been exhibiting at this show since 2016 and is excited to be there again this year. According to Bede Miller of Cravo in Australia, “It is the premier event for the Australian and New Zealand horticulture […]


Multi-Industry Export Plan to Uplift Vegetable Exports

Article by: Hari Yellina Although onions and melons aren’t often seen together in recipes, a new scheme will bring the two industries together to boost Australian exports. The three commodities, along with the vegetable sector, will fuel a $13.7 million export development programme through Hort Innovation, a first for the horticulture industry. The goal of […]


Grocery Prices Increase Due to Supply Troubles

Article by: Hari Yellina Fresh fruit and vegetable prices are projected to rise in the coming weeks as supply chain problems continue to plague all four supermarket behemoths. Flooding in March and severe rain this month on Australia’s east coast have interrupted normal growth conditions and closed several highways, causing additional delays. Many official reports […]


Valencian Citrus Farmers to Benefit Tremendously

Article by: Hari Yellina According to the Ministry of Agriculture, a total of 24.18 million euros will be committed to citrus fruit production, benefiting 29,400 citrus producers across the Valencian Community. “The Agriculture Sectoral Conference approved the aid’s territorial distribution, totaling 128.9 million euros, to compensate for the primary sector’s challenges caused by the war […]


Do High Temperatures Affect Trees Negatively?

Article by: Hari Yellina Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a rapid body temperature test is now required before entering many businesses, hospitals, and clinics. The goal is to check for fevers, which is commonly done with a non-contact infrared thermometer. Plant body temperatures are now routinely measured in many field crops, not to screen […]


African Boxthorn Recommended to Combat Fruitfly Infestations

Article by: Hari Yellina The cooler weather has caused weeds to grow at an alarming rate, and pest weeds are also benefiting from the shift in weather, but one proclaimed weed that is acting as a safe haven for fruit fly is a major problem. According to Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board district manager Hannah […]