ISSUE 31: MAY-JUN 2017

TFNet CEO invited as guest speaker in KRI’s Brown Bag Seminar series

On 18 May 2017, guest speaker Dr. Mohd Desa Hassim, CEO of International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), presented at the second Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) Brown Bag Seminar on a topic titled “Malaysia: Current Scenario and Way Forward for the Fruit Industry”.


FEATURE: The Global Banana Ruckus – Face off with the Fusarium Wilt

The global banana industry, valued at $36 billion is facing its greatest enemy in the form of the Banana Fusarium Wilt disease, colloquially known as the ‘Panama disease’. The destructive fungus infects the roots of banana plants causing the wilting of its leaves. 


Ramadan: Spruce up your diet with tropical fruits

It’s been almost 2 weeks since Ramadan began. While dates and watermelons are highly favored for that quick burst of energy and quenching of thirst, why don’t we add more fruits to the Ramadan palate? 



MALAYSIA: Chinese snapping up durian farms, prices to rise

Companies, and individuals alike are partnering with local farmers to snap up orchards growing the world-famous Malaysia durian, Musang King. Currently, Chinese own 121 hectares of prime Malaysian durian land.


AUSTRALIA: Grower prepares for first crop of bananas since banana freckle detection

A banana farm in the Northern Territory will this week start picking its first crop since banana freckle devastated the Top End's industry.


INDIA: Banana farms are being blamed for the death of babies

The Adivasis of Attapady believe the use of pesticides in the farms is harming their children. Now a government official has asked for an investigation.


INDIA: Saplings of papaya being distributed

Two lakh drumstick saplings and an equal number of papaya saplings, both of native varieties, are to be provided to the people in rural parts of the district free of cost.


USA: Rambutans are shifting from ethnic to mainstream in North America

Two weeks ago, we received our first shipments of rambutans from Guatemala for the season,” says Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties.


UGANDA: Mangoes aplenty as jackfruit gets more expensive

The price for mangoes has recently reduced in city markets and places around. The fruit that previously was unaffordable has had a twist in the price.


PAKISTAN: Mango export likely to increase this year

Mangoes exports are likely to increase during current year as 10 varieties of this exotic fruit have been registered with Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department (FSC&RD).


COSTA RICA: First pineapple shipment to China a success

The first shipment of Costa Rica’s pineapples left the Pacific port of Caldera, in Puntarenas, for Shanghai, as part of Costa Rica’s initial efforts to explore the Chinese tropical fruit market.