JIRCAS, TFNet, and stakeholders discuss possible collaboration on tropical fruit development projects

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) organized a joint meeting with the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) and various local stakeholders on 18 March 2013 at the TFNet head office.     The meeting facilitated the exchange of ideas on issues facing the tropical fruit industry in Malaysia, identifying […]

Parasitic wasps use calcium pump to block fruit fly immunity

Source: Science Daily   Parasitic wasps switch off the immune systems of fruit flies by draining calcium from the flies’ blood cells, a finding that offers new insight into how pathogens break through a host’s defenses. “We believe that we have discovered an important component of cellular immunity, one that parasites have learned to take […]

USA: New documentary ‘The Fruit Hunters’ features exotic tropical fruits

Source: LA Times On the night of May 13 a documentary called “The Fruit Hunters” premiered at the Laemmle Monica 4. The fascinating (and taste-tempting) film was directed by Yung Chang and features actor Bill Pullman, who has been cultivating a vertical orchard at his home in the Hollywood Hills for nearly 20 years. Also featured is a colorful […]

PHILIPPINES: Plant trees with superior fruits

Source: Manila Bulletin   Now that the rains are just around the corner, prepare your fruit tree planting materials. In doing so, don’t just get any available seedling. Fruit trees take several years before they bear fruit so it is important that what you plant are the varieties with superior fruits. Here are a few […]

GHANA: District benefits from pineapple growing project

Source: Ghana Web   The Central Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Sarpong, has launched a GH¢1.2 million organic Sugar-Loaf Pineapple growing project at Essarkyir in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region. The project, which is jointly sponsored by Japan and the Central Regional Development Commission, (CEDECOM) is aimed at expanding and improving sugar-loaf pineapple cultivation […]

MYANMAR: Maiden mango and watermelon shipments exported to Singapore

Source: Eleven Myanmar   Myanmar exported mangoes and watermelons for the fist time to Singapore last week, according to Myanmar Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association. Myanmar has started mango export to Singapore on May 7, said Lei Lei Oo, Vice Chairperson of Myanmar Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association. “Singapore has accepted […]

USA: Philadelphian, Chilean officials honor a growing fruit trade

Source: philly.com   Philadephia Gov. Corbett and senior agricultural officials from Chile gathered at Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia on Tuesday to mark what they say is a growing Chilean and South American fruit trade to Philadelphia. On a pier behind them, the Bahia Castillo, a refrigerated cargo ship, was unloading fresh Chilean […]

PAKISTAN: Fruit, rice exporters hope new govt to formulate friendly policies

Source: Daily Times   KARACHI: Fruit and rice exporters have expressed the optimism the newly government elect would formulate policies, which would pave way for enhancing country’s export to substantial level. This step would ultimately result in sustainable economic recovery the country badly needed at this crucial juncture of its history. Waheed Ahmad President All […]

IRAN: Annual fruit imports stand at $354m

Source: Tehran Times   TEHRAN – Iran imported 481,000 tons of fruits, valued at $354 million, in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, ILNA quoted Iranian Customs Administration Director Abbas Memarnejad as saying on Sunday. The fruit imports fell by 40 percent and 36 percent in weight and value, respectively, year on […]

INDIA: Konkan Fruit Fest-2013 to be held in Margao

Source: Times of India   The annual Konkan Fruit Festtraditionally held in the capital city of Panaji will be held at the BPS club in Margao this year. Thekonkan fruit fest-2013 will be held from May 10 to May12 . The fest is a popular event that celebrates anamazing diversity of local fruits of the Konkan region. This provides […]