USA: Rain-fed fruit rot hits Georgia watermelon

The summer of 2012 was marked by above-average rainfall across much of the Southeast. And with the heavy rains came increased outbreaks of Phytophthora fruit rot in watermelons, according to a news release. “Since we had more wet weather this growing season than we’ve ever had since I’ve been here, that really made (Phytophthora) a […]

ECUADOR: first banana shipments to China begins

Ecuadorian banana producers have begun sending their first fruit to China with the hope of seeing success on this bustling market. Manuel Romero, executive director of the Ecuadorian Banana Corporation (Agroban), spoke with about the recently established trade trail period. “We had contact with a few state importers that were interested in importing bananas to China. […]