The Oregon strawberry season peaks with prices at $1.85 a pound

The Oregon strawberry season peaks with prices at $1.85 a pound

As the Oregon strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) season ends, you-pick services are intense with pickers buying the fruits from $1.85 per pound. In the spirit of the times, the Salem Statesman Journal on June 13, 2024 reported various offers for you-pickers in the strawberry-rich Willamette Valley. Most consumer self-picked and frozen strawberry offers are at the price range of between $1.85 and $4 a pound. For...

East Africa agriculture

Agricultural budgets in Kenya and Uganda down by at least 0.2%

As East Africa’s finance ministers read budgets on June 13, agricultural budgets in Kenya and Uganda decreased by differing margins. Kenya’s agricultural kitty dipped by 0.2%  to 84.9 billion shillings ($656.871 million) for the 2024-25 period. In retrospect, the budget for the 2023-24 financial year had been higher at 98.1 billion shillings ($758.999 million). This is even as Uganda’s agricultural sector’s allocation fell...

Export pork

Europe’s animal product exports on the crossroads in China after EV tariffs

China could heavily tax incoming animal products from Europe in retaliation against tough Electric Vehicle (EV) tariffs that the European Union (EU) imposed on June 12, 2024. Following the announcement of EV tariff raises from 10% to 38.1% starting July 4, focus quickly shifted on possible retaliation. China is apparently already readying to launch a probe on Europe-originating dairy and pork imports. Targeting Dairy...

Pepper from Vietnam

Vietnam’s pepper export value 20.6% up from 2023

At $493.1 million, Vietnam’s pepper export value is up year-on-year (y-o-y) in the five months of 2024, the Vietnam News Agency reports.   This increase in revenue was however ill-matched by a yearly export volume decrement of 13.2% to 114,424 tonnes.  Prices Buoy Vietnam’s Pepper Export Value  Handsome international prices of pepper however propped the fall in volume and ensured an export value...

Horseshoe crabs on U.S. shore

New York bans commercial, biomedicine harvest of horseshoe crabs 

A legislation in New York State has prohibited the fishing of horseshoe crabs for reasons other than educational studies.  Fishing quotas will only apply to scientific education purposes but not for biomedicine or commerce. This effectively means that the long-lived “vulnerable-to-extinction” species will spawn freely this summer in the state.  According to a June 7, 2024 press release, the passing of...

Cocoa powder

Ivory Coast’s ban of unprocessed cocoa bean exports rallies international prices

Ivory Coast on June 7, 2024 temporarily halted unprocessed cocoa bean exports, edging the international cocoa price to a five-week peak. National regulator Le Conseil du Café-Cacao informed export firms with no grinding facilities that they wouldn’t buy cocoa beans till end June.  At the same time, cocoa futures for July delivery in London and New York witnessed a daily price...

Food groceries

Cereals, dairy inch up global food prices in May 2024 

The world’s food prices continued to rise for three consecutive months in May 2024 following upshot cereal and dairy prices despite low-priced vegetable oils. According to the FAO Food Price Index (FPPI) report of June 7, 2024, May’s food prices edged those of April by 0.9%. At 120.4 points, May’s FPPI was 1.1 points more than April’s upward revision of 119.3 points. However,...

Bulgaria roses

Rose-picking begins early in Rose Valley, Bulgaria

The rose harvest in Kazanlak, Bulgaria has begun early June in the famous Rose Valley, the starting point of premium rose oil. For 2024, rising temperatures have propelled an early harvest as pickers worry a rainfall-heatwave combination may impact yields. But this has not prevented thousands of sightseers from coming from around the world to see the rose-picking event. According to the Associated Press, Rose Valley...

The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest to deliver over 18 million boxes

The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest to deliver over 18 million boxes

The Pacific Northwest cherry harvest in Washington, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Montana began bravely early June 2024 with high yields.  Farmers are already reporting strong volumes of high-quality cherries as a result of fair weather during the spring-growing phase. The regional harvest organizer, Northwest Cherries, predicts an output of 17 to 18 million 20-pound boxes of cherries.   Sweet Cherries’ Capital Almost all this...

Viatina-19 fetches $4 million in Brazil cattle auction

Viatina-19 fetches $4 million in Brazil cattle auction

A June 2024 cattle auction in Brazil has lately crowned Viatina-19 as the world’s most expensive cow, worth 21 million reais (4.3 million).  A hardy snow-white cow, Viatina-19 FIV Mara Movéis fetched $1.44 million for a partial share at a Sâo Paulo auction.  The 2,400-pound cow boasts triple ownership but only one entity sold its share. This means that its total worth is over $4.3...