Rust-like symptoms and rot on jackfruit: a combination of disease and abiotic factors?

The urban consumer preference for convenience and prepared food has prompted interest in the promotion and production of minimally processed items for fruits, roots and vegetables.   Minimal processed fruits involve separation of the edible portion of the fruits and packing them in ‘ready to eat’ packages under hygienic and refrigerated conditions.   Due to […]

AUSTRALIA: Local fruit and vegetable prices to drop

FRUIT and veggie prices are set to fall as summer nears and vegetables from Queensland become more available, AusVeg says. Peak industry body AusVeg said the price drop would come from an increase in supply. AusVeg’s public affairs manager William Churchill said consumers would see a markedly reduced price in tomatoes. “Supplies are generally plentiful […]

NIGERIA: Study finds sperm-boosting property of guava leaves

by CHUKWUMA MUANYA Can chewing the leaves of guava plant be the novel cure for infertility in men? THERE is hope in the horizon for a local cure for infertility in men. New findings by Nigerian researchers suggest that the extracts of the leaves of Psidium guajava possess beneficial effects on sperm production and quality, […]

PHILIPPINES: Postharvest technology for mango to undergo commercial testing

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), an agency attached to the Agriculture department, will conduct next year commercial testing of a mango drying system that is expected to cut costs for makers of processed mango products.   “Based on research by PhilMech, the local mango industry is constrained by limited drying capacity […]

INDONESIA: Regulations could trip U.S. fruit exports

New regulations threaten to entangle U.S. fruit exports to an important Asian market. While the Indonesia government did recently rescind its intention to close the port of Jakarta to imported produce, another regulation set to go into effect Sept. 28 could cause problems for U.S. produce exports, said Mark Powers, vice president of international trade […]

AUSTRALIA: Victorian fruit fly policy sparks SA alarm

The Tri-State Fruit Fly Committee says the South Australian Riverland’s fruit fly-free areas will be at risk if the Victorian Government scales back its fruit fly program. The Victorian Government says combating fruit fly has become a lost cause and it has declared the pest endemic across the state, except in the Sunraysia. But the […]

MALAYSIA: Duchess Kate Middleton amazed by tropical fruits

Kate Middleton was “wowed” by a tropical fruit display on day three of her Diamond Jubilee tour. The Duchess and husband William viewed the spectacular fruit selection at the Malaysian Prime Minister’s house. The couple were greeted by Najib Razak and his wife Roshmah Mansor at the entrance to their palatial residence, known as the […]

ECUADOR: Tropical fruit export decreases

Passion fruit, pineapple and plantain, which are the main non-traditional fruits in the Ecuadorian export trade, reduced shipments in the first half of this year compared with the same period of 2011.   Lower production in the agriculture sector and the fall in external demand are some of the reasons presented by the representatives of […]

Phil. Bureau of Plant Industry and TFNet to conduct a workshop on minor tropical fruits

DAVAO CITY, MINDANAO: The Philippine Bureau of Plant Institute and TFNet will hold a workshop on Value Chain Enhancements to Improve Market Access for Minor Tropical Fruits in the Philippines on 3-4 October 2012 at the Grand Regal Hotel.   Participants will include extension officers, researchers, and the private sector from the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, […]

JAPAN: Itochu trading house to acquire Dole’s fresh fruit business and packaging

TOKYO — Dole Food has said it is in advanced talks to sell its packaged foods and Asian fresh fruit businesses to the Japanese trading house Itochu. Dole, the world’s largest fruit and vegetable company, said in a news release on Wednesday that it was negotiating with Itochu over a sale that would be part […]

CHINA: Import of Chilean fruit on the rise

Food exports from Chile to China saw a strong increase of 35 percent year-on-year to $438 million in 2011, according to Chilean government figures underscore the South American country’s position as one of the major fruit suppliers to China. Chilean fruit take up a substantial share of China’s fruit imports. According to data from ProChile, […]

TFNet Joins Asia Pacific Agriculture Policy Forum in Korea

SEOUL: Bearing the theme “Rethinking New Vision for Agriculture in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Sustainable Food Security through Harmonized Public-Private Partnership (PPP),” the Asia Pacific Agriculture Policy (APAP) Forum was held on 3-4 September 2012. The forum was jointly organized by APAP Forum Organizing Committee, Korea Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) […]