PHILIPPINES: Govt asked to rehab banana farms

Farm owners and workers asked the government on Sunday to rehabilitate  more than 14,000 hectares of banana plantations in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley that a powerful typhoon ruined last December, which left tens of thousands of people homeless and out of jobs. The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) asked President Aquino for […]

PHOTOS: Malaysia’s preparation of frozen durian pulp for export

China’s import of durian increased by 20.41% from 2009 to 2010, with a value of US$149.55 million. Malaysia succeeded in exporting approximately 200 metric tons of frozen durian to China, valued about 5 million USD. More details can be read here.   Here is Malaysia’s step-by-step process in preparing frozen durian pulp for export: (Photos courtesy of […]

Malaysia: Frozen durian export to China expected to grow in 2013

After two years of negotiation and compliances to the Quarantine requirements stipulated by The Chinese Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Malaysia gained market access for its frozen durian on 11 May 2011. This came into effect following the visit of Premier Wen Jiabao of the People’s Republic of China to Kuala Lumpur […]

5th IPM Symposium Participants visit Sabah Agriculture Park and local guava farm

Participants of the 5th International Symposium for the Development of Integrated Pest Management for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia and Africa went on a field trip to Sabah Agriculture Park on 20th December 2012. This park is set against a background of truly natural landscape with lush greenery of the Crocker Range, the longest in the country. It […]

5th IPM Symposium held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

The 5th International Symposium for the Development of Integrated Pest Management for Sustainable Agriculture in Asia and Africa (5th IPM Symposium) was held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on 18-20 December 2012, bearing the theme “IPM: New Frontier Towards Sustainable Agro Ecosystem.”   The symposium was jointly organised by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute […]

Spotlight: Sapodilla from the Southern Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Sapodilla or Manilkara zapota is a tropical fruit that can be found grown in South East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is believed to have been originated from the Yucatan and Southern parts of Mexico, and later spread to other countries around the Equatorial belt. There are numerous cultivars of […]

Producing melons using palm oil mill waste

With a planted oil palm area of 4.9 million hectares, Malaysia is second to Indonesia as the world’s biggest palm oil producers. About 420 oil palm mills in Malaysia grapple with the amount of waste generated in the palm oil extraction process.   On the average, a palm oil mill requires approximately 5.5 tons of […]