Awards at the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, September 5-7, spotlight the growth of fresh produce companies. One example is India’s IG International, the second-largest, cold-chain company by capacity in the subcontinent. It’s doing a big business in apples.
A Chinese-based company, Eagle Brother Co Ltd., is specializing in drones that spray crop protection products. In a demonstration, one model drone sprayed 40 acres of rice paddies in two hours with only one quadcopter and 12 batteries.
A trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is encouraged with the pending movement towards a trilateral deal.
U.S. apple growers remain united in face of policy turmoil and trade wars with key partners such as Mexico, India and China.They export $1 billion in apples, about one-third of the country’s crop.
Greenhouse giant Mastronardi Produce is expanding into the U.S. The company will operate a state-of-the-art 20-acre greenhouse facility in Wapakoneta, Ohio. This will be the company’s sixth location.
Federal ag minister Lawrence MacAulay was accompanied by Kelowna Lake Country MP Stephen Furh to make further announcements regarding funding to the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network at the Canadian Vintners Association’s AGM.