Philippine minor fruit production: a quick glance

Dr. Edna Anit of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) provided an overview of the minor tropical fruit industry in the Philippines. Dr. Anit is currently the head of the minor tropical fruits research in PCAARRD. The area of minor tropical fruit production is miniscule compared to major […]

Philippine fruit experts gather to assess the value chain of minor tropical fruits

Bearing the theme Value Chain Enhancements to Improve Market Access for Minor Tropical Fruits in the Philippines, TFNet and the Philippine Bureau of Plant Institute (BPI) conducted a workshop on 3-4 October 2012 at the Grand Regal Hotel in Davao City, Philippines.   Thirty-five participants, including heads of BPI departments, growers, extension officers, and researchers […]

Jackfruit: The sweet giant

Commonly mistaken as a relative of the durian, the delicious jackfruit actually belongs to the mulberry family. It is widely grown in the tropical lowlands for food consumption but can also be used for timber, fuel and fodder, medicine, and industrial products. It is known to be the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, typically […]

UGANDA: 1000 jobs up for grabs in Nwoya fresh fruit processing plant

Over 1,000 locals including homeless young mothers are to get gainful employment following the setting up of a 5,000 acre fruit processing plant in Nwoya district. The ministry of Local Government with support from the United Nations Centre for Development and Nwoya district local government have partnered with Delight Uganda limited to set up a […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Fruit industry asks Satawu not to spread strike to ports

The South African fruit industry appealed to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) not to involve railway and port workers in the on-going freight industry strike. “Around 460 000 people are employed full-time in the fruit industry and two million people are dependent on their income,” Fruit SA chairman Justin Chadwick said in an […]

VIETNAM: Fruit imports from China yet to be controlled

Vietnam has been unable to fully control the safety and quality of fruits and vegetables, especially those imported from China due to the latter nation’s overlap of management in the sector. The information was provided at the yesterday meeting on imported food safety organized in Hanoi by the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture […]

AUSTRALIA: A golden opportunity in papaya

The Australian papaya industry is relatively small, but strong demand in markets such as Melbourne suggest the industry could expand. At a field day in the Northern Territory this week, growers were given the latest information on the tropical fruit and were lectured on the pros and cons of entering the papaya industry. Bob Williams […]

Philippines to conduct 20th National Fruit Symposium

The Philippine Fruit Association is set to hold the 20th National Fruit Symposium on 23-25 October 2012 at Central Mindanao University, Bukidnon. Bearing the theme “Opportunities and and Challenges in Fruit Production Amidst Climate Change,” the Symposium aims to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and strategies in creating opportunities and surmounting challenges confronting the […]

LEBANON: Pomegranate season begins

BEIRUT: October ushers in pomegranate season in Lebanon, bringing this healthy and delicious fruit to carts and shops across the country. Believed to have originated in what is today Iran, the fruit dates back thousands of years and has been mentioned in holy books, including the Old Testament and the Quran. Pomegranates are planted in […]

UGANDA: Farmers earn more profit in growing passion fruit

As the saying goes, behind every successful man there is a woman, such is the story of a couple in Tunyi village in Bulambuli District, who switched from growing traditional crops to growing passion fruit. For Steven Magoro, 50, and his wife Beatrice, this was the way to go since passion fruit mature in six […]

DOMINICAN REPULIC: Efforts to boost ‘gourmet’ mango exports underway

A new US$47,631 mango ripening and storage center has been launched in the Dominican Republic to improve the country’s access to European and local gourmet markets, website Lanaciondominicana.com reported. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contributed US$19,180 towards the centre, which is aimed at reducing poverty and helping economic diversification. Land for the centre […]