CHILE: Chile releases two new varieties of melon and watermelon

Source: Freshplaza Two new varieties of melon and watermelon, known for their high quality, firmness, stronger flavour and fewer seeds, were successfully introduced into Chile as part of a project conducted by the Faculty of Agronomy of the Catholic University and co-funded by the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA), the Ministry of Agriculture. The initiative […]

RWANDA: Agriculture Board to launch Banana Wilt campaign

Source: The Sunday Times   Rwanda Agriculture Board  (RAB) will be launching a campaign to fight Banana Wilt, a disease that has affected 24 districts countrywide. The week-long campaign to be launched this month in Nyagatare District in the Eastern Province aims at sensitising farmers and the public of the best farming practices to fight […]

USA: Pineapple education remains strong focus

Source: The Packer   Educating consumers on how to select and slice pineapples is still a key marketing strategy, suppliers say. “While consumer knowledge of pineapples has definitely increased, the overall level of understanding still resides at the “tip of the iceberg” stage,” said Alan Dolezal, vice president of sales for Coral Gables, Fla.-based Turbana […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango growers want new varieties

Source: ABC Rural   Mango growers say they are frustrated that new varieties have not been made available to the industry. Three new varieties, which promise to look and taste better, have been developed through the National Mango Breeding Program (NMBP), and once released, could help growers develop new export markets. Katherine mango producer Mitchell […]

GAMBIA: Mango Packaging Facility Inaugurated

Source: Daily Observer   The Methodist Mission Agricultural Programme (MMAP) Thursday inaugurated a new mango processing facility at its garden in Brikama Nyambai. The project, funded through the support of the Japanese government, is worth 58, 637 Euros equivalent to D2, 220,200 million. It is designed to include the construction of a processing facility for […]

JAMAICA: Government Invests in Banana Production

Source: Jamaica Information Service   Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government has entered into a $100 million arrangement with Jamaica Producers, the island’s largest distributors of banana chips and ripe bananas. The loan is tied to the local farmers providing bananas to Jamaica Producers for the production of chips. In […]

INDIA: Guava, fruit of labour

by Omar Rashid Source: The Hindu   Faced with the vagaries of nature, low yield and inconsistent quality, a section of guava farmers in Allahabad are shifting to banana cultivation   One of the most common myths surrounding the guava is that it triggers cold. That is why some people avoid it during winter. But […]

PERU: Dragon fruit exports decline

By: Ani Lam Lu Torres Source:   Lima, 12 February 2013 ( Peruvian exports of pitahaya or “dragon fruit” will continue to decline this year, estimated Pronatur, company and exporter of the fruit hoarder.   The fruit produced by coffee and passion fruit farmers of Chachapoyas (Amazonas), is very appreciated abroad for use in decorations […]

AUSTRALIA: Fruit fly roadblock shows ‘small number’ breaking rules

Source: ABC News     About 370 kilograms of fruit and vegetables have been seized at a random fruit fly roadblock in South Australia’s Riverland. Biosecurity SA stopped traffic at the Blanchetown heavy vehicle weighing station last weekend. It inspected more than 1,300 vehicles and found 448 carrying fruit. However, Biosecurity’s compliance officer, Mark Langman, […]

BRUNEI: Jackfruit included in ‘One Village, One Product’ initiative

Source: The Brunei Times THE Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) yesterday continued its ‘One Village, One Product’ (OVOP) initiative in Tanjong Nangka with the aim to popularise and commercialise jackfruits. Yesterday, MIPR Permanent Secretary Hajah Normah Suria Hayati Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Haji Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, who was the guest of honour at a handing over ceremony of jackfruit saplings to the village, said that the ministry decided to ask the villagers to plant the fruits […]

The Many Health Benefits of Avocado

By Dr. Mercola from   photo from You probably know that avocados are an excellent source of healthful fats, but this whole food may also have other unique health benefits. To learn more, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is supporting clinical research to investigate various health effects of avocado consumption, particularly its benefits […]

NIGERIA: Tamarind – Priceless Spice in Your Backyard

Tamarind known as Tsamiya in Hausa is used as a spice for ‘kunun stamiya’, to non-Hausas and other people who have been seeing the agriculture product, that is probably how far they know of the Tamarind. Well, Tamarind has many health benefits also unknown to people. it can be used as a mild laxative. The […]