PHILIPPINES: P1.28 million DA project raised jackfruit or ‘langka’ yield in a poor town

A P1.28 million  Department of Agriculture (DA) project successfully raised jackfruit yield in a Leyte town by 82 percent to 15.39 metric tons (MT) per hectare, enhancing profitability for a fruit that has abundant value-adding prospects when processed. DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research’s (BAR) project in Mahaplag, Leyte has tapped a superior variety called “EVIARC Sweet, […]

INDIA: Phailin destroys over 70% banana fruit

Cyclone Phailin has ruined more than 70 per cent of banana fruit in Bihar’s Vaishali district, the hub of banana cultivation located north of the Ganga. Initial reports suggest that more than 70 per cent of the banana crop has been destroyed due to Phailin, District Agriculture Officer (DAO) Dinesh Prasad said. The DAO said […]

VIETNAM: Fruit exports to produce gains

HANOI (VNS)— Viet Nam expects to gain US$1 billion from exporting fruit and vegetables this year, according to the Viet Nam Vegetable and Fruit Association (Vinafruit). Last year, 13 markets for Vietnamese produce imported more than $10 million each, including China with an import value of $218 million, Japan with $54.6 million and the US […]

AUSTRALIA: Mystery disorder affecting more mangoes

Reports coming out of the Melbourne and Sydney markets suggest a mystery disorder, which affects mangoes, is on the rise. Known as resin canal, the defect appears in mangoes as they ripen, and although it doesn’t affect the eating quality, it causes a number of aesthetic problems for the fruit (see picture). Sydney based wholesaler, […]

PHILIPPINES: Mindanao group starts exporting organic banana variety to Japan in new scheme

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines — After successfully exporting organic rice to Hong Kong and the Middle East, the Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development (DBFSD) has started exporting banana to Japan after it launched its organic “Balangon” banana variety in Makilala, North Cotabato. Mayor Rudy Caoagdan of Makilala on Saturday said the launching and export of […]

STUDY: Pulsed light treatment can maintain quality of fresh-cut mango

Mango is one of the most important tropical fruit worldwide. In urban areas, there is an increasing demand for convenient “ready to eat” products. However, fresh-cut mangoes suffer from browning and softening. Conventional thermal treatments can reduce browning but may contribute to nutrient degradation. Alternative nonthermal postharvest technologies such as pulsed light can prevent immediate […]

Making dragonfruit mainstream for U.S. consumers

Oregon-based Dragonberry Produce aims to lift dragonfruit from its niche status in the U.S. to become more widely consumed, through improved import practices that make the product more competitive. Sales executive Amy Nguyen told her company would import 50 containers of dragonfruit from Vietnam in the 2013 fiscal year, but the company’s goal was to double […]

AUSTRALIA: National fruit fly taskforce planned

A national fruit fly strategy will be developed to reduce the impact of the pest on Australia’s fruit growing regions. Growers and industry representatives from across the country met this week to discuss new ways to tackle fruit fly. The Citrus Australia South Australia Regional Committee says the idea of a national fruit fly taskforce […]

PAKISTAN: Banana price at one-year low

The price of bananas has declined to one-year low of Rs25 to Rs30 per dozen in the wholesale market from Rs80 to Rs100 a dozen around two months ago, a market source said on Wednesday.   “The decline in the price is due to increase in the supply of the fruit from farms to markets,” […]

CAMBODIA: First mango export factory planned

Mong Reththy Group is co-investing $2 million to build a factory in Preah Sihanouk province for the packaging and export of Cambodian mangoes, the first company to formally ship the fruit overseas. Located in Koe Phos commune, the factory will cover 12 hectares of land and is a joint investment with Singaporean company King Fruit. […]

JAPAN: Is yuzu the new superfruit?

It’s been called the world’s sexiest fruit and it’s a darling of chefs, yet you may never have heard of it. So brace yourself for the taste of 2014: yuzu, a rare and costly citrus fruit from Japan, which is predicted to become as popular here as oranges.  It tastes like a cross between a […]

INDIA: Govt mulls to ban ethylene use for ripening of fruits

Recognising the health hazards caused by increasing use of chemicals, Himachal Pradesh government is now mulling to enact a legislation to ban sale and use of ethylene – a chemical used for artificial ripening of fruits.   Increase in use of chemical to artificially ripen fruits has stoked concern for the fruit industry, particularly the […]