Tholen - The apple growers in the German Bodensee region are expecting a record-high harvest. The harvest will reach about 281,000 tons, which is approximately 25% more than last year. This extremely large harvest was caused by the positive weather conditions. The early varieties such as the Graven Steiner or Summered have already been harvested. Growers have also started picking Elstars. The best performing varieties around
This exceptionally good harvest is, however, limited to the
FDA Tomato Safety Initiative seeks to prevent food poisoning
The Tomato Safety Initiative launched this summer by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is looking for ways to prevent food borne illnesses associated with fresh tomatoes. The FDA started the program in
The FDA says that since 1998, fresh and fresh-cut tomatoes have been linked to 1,840 cases of food poisoning. Most of the outbreaks were traced to tomatoes grown in
The Tomato Safety Initiative is part of the FDA’s Produce Safety Action Plan. It is a collaborative effort between the agency, and state health and agriculture departments. Several universities and members of the produce industry will take part in the program. As part of the initiative, experts will visit farms and packing facilities and evaluate irrigation water, wells, procedures for mixing chemicals, drought and flooding events, and animal proximity to growing fields. Research will take an especially hard look at both water and animals near fields. Farm animals like cattle, and even wild animals like birds or reptiles, can deposit waste on or near tomato fields. Animal waste can runoff into water supplies and the contaminated water can carry bacteria into fields.
The FDA said that the Tomato Safety Initiative investigators just completed field visits of more than 50
In addition to surveying farms and packing facilities, the FDA says other components of the initiative will include outreach and education to the industry; promoting research on tomato safety; improving communication with the public in the event of an outbreak of illness related to tomatoes; and building collaborative relationships with other state and local health officials to improve disease prevention, detection and outbreak response.
Publication date: 8/27/2007
To help elderly farmers in Yokote,
The first crop was harvested in July.
"Unlike ordinary species that have to be picked green, the Sicilian Rouge lasts a long time, even after maturing. For us, this means a very long harvest time," said an official at an experimental farm.
The farm will propose that the Italian species be processed into juice, and recipes will be published for household use.
The tomato is about seven centimeters in diameter.
Although it can be consumed raw, the Sicilian Rouge is better suited for cooking because it contains a lot of cellulose.
In fiscal 2005, the city's farmers produced 1,480 tons of ordinary tomatoes, 15.5 percent of the total output in
However, many older farmers have stopped raising tomatoes as prices remain low.
Tomato farmers in the prefecture fell from 90 in fiscal 2004 to 76 in fiscal 2006.
To reverse this trend, the experimental farm bought Sicilian Rouge tomato plants in December. A major restaurant in the city was commissioned to devise eight dishes featuring the species.
Those who tasted the dishes said the Sicilian Rouge was better when it was cooked.
In spring this year, 1,000 seedlings of Sicilian Rouge were planted by the experimental farm and farmers in Yokote.
By July, most of seedlings had borne fruit.
Nevertheless, the Sicilian Rouge has to overcome two problems--it is twice as costly as ordinary tomatoes, and most consumers think of tomatoes as something that should be consumed raw.
These factors prompted the Yokote municipal government to call on restaurants in and around
"The tomato tastes crisp when cooked. It tastes like no other tomato," a chef at a Yokote restaurant said.
In a related development, the municipality has obtained cooperation from a soft drink maker in
The Yokote city office also will invite chefs from
Publication date: 8/27/2007
The study showed that the resulting productivity is about 32 tons per hectare. In addition, these techniques reduce the incidence of viruses transmitted by insects, that according to the chief researcher, Carlos Tinoco, cause the main effect on the productivity reduction in tomatoes.
رب گوجه فرنگي در سال ۸۶ / طلاي سرخ ايران
امسال ايران با كمبود جدي گوجه فرنگي مواجه شده است. به دليل ازدياد كاشت و عدم برنامه ريز ي در سال ۸۵ ، كشاورزان گوجه كار ايران با ضرر زيادي مواجه شدند و سطح زير كشت اين محصول در سال ۸۶ كاهش چشمگيري پيدا كرد. همكنون كارخانه جات توليد رب گوجه فرنگي با كمبود محصول جهت تداوم فرآيند توليد مواجه شده اند و قيمت تمام شده اين محصول در خراسان و اروميه و شيراز و تهران به عنوان ۴ قطب بزرگ توليد اين محصول افزايش يافته است. در حاليكه در سال ۸۵ پايين ترين قيمت رب گوجه فرنگي به بريكسي ۱۷ تومان رسيد ، اما در سال ۸۶ و در اوج فراواني محصول اين قيمت از بريكسي ۲۴ تومان كمتر نشد. با شرايط موجود كارخانه جات توليد رب تمايل دارند تا فقط به صورت بسته بندي در قوطي و با بريكس ۲۸/۳۰ رب را راونه بازار نمايند تا اينكه با بريكس ۳۶/۳۸ در بسته بندي اسپتيك در پي بازار هاي جهاني باشند.
همكنون با توجه به قيمت تمام شده رب گوجه فرنگي ، چين به عنوان رقيب اصلي در منطقه اجازه رقابت در صادرات اين محصول را به ايران نميدهد و قيمت ارائه شده محصولات اين كشور بسيار پايين تر از قيمت رب ايران است.
در زمينه رب قوطي نيز فعلا بازار در اختيار برند هاي معروف و جهاني است و برند هاي نو ظهوربا توجه به اين قيمت تمام شده ، امكان تامين هزينه هاي بازار يابي را ندارند.