AUSTRALIA: Rambutan bumper season coming to an end

Most of the big producers have wrapped up their harvest and according to grower Kerry Eupene, it was one the best seasons the industry has ever had.   “It’s been a good season as far as yields go and certainly the quality has been good,” he said.   “This year we’ve been able to adequately […]

VIDEO: Field of Dragonfruit plants bloom in timelapse

  A SunshineCoast videographer has captured the moment 30 of his dragonfruit plants flowering in an amazing timelapsed video. Shane Gehlert, of Bluedog films, said only a handful of people on the Coast were growing dragonfruit plants. It’s the largest flush of flowers he’s had to date. The dragonfruit plant, or Pittaya, was originally from […]

COSTA RICA: Banana congress discusses the challenges of the industry

More than 600 delegates from 25 countries gathered in San José, Costa Rica to attend the V International Banana Congress, organised by national banana corporation Corbana, which kicked off on Tuesday.   During his opening address, Corbana’s general manager Jorge Sauma said the aim of the three-day event was to promote the exchange of information […]

PAKISTAN: Fruit crops suffer the effects of climate change

Farmers in Sindh are suffering the worst effects of climate change on their banana, tomato, seasonal vegetable and fruit crops in the wake of an unexpected wave of extreme cold.   Growers say the cold spell has destroyed 70 per cent of banana orchards and 80 per cent of vegetable and fruit farms in six […]

PHILIPPINES: Pangasinan town produces various watermelon varieties

Black Leopard, Super Jumbo, Kaneko and Takii. To a visitor of Bani town in the western part of Pangasinan province, these words sound like names of characters in a Japanese animé film. But to farmers of Bani, these are the watermelon varieties that have earned them the reputation of producing the country’s sweetest and juiciest […]

PAKISTAN: Date export volume now 3rd largest globally

Pakistan has become the third largest dates exporter in the world and with proper attention and appropriate interventions this sector can flourish manifold. The date sector offers substantial opportunities for exports, income and employment generation in addition to economic growth of the country, said an official of Ministry of Commerce and Textile while talking to APP […]

STUDY: High cost of fruits and vegetables linked to obesity in young children

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in young children in low- and middle-income households, according to new research.   The US-based study, published in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that when the prices of fruits and vegetables go up, families may buy less of them and substitute […]

VIETNAM: Experts fear that fruit export growth might be unsustainable

In 2013, Vietnam, for the first time, earned $1 billion from fruit exports. A lot of Vietnamese fruits have become favored in the world market, including dragon fruit, mango and rambutan.   Especially, Vietnamese rambutan exporters have successfully dislodged Thailand and Malaysia, the two biggest rivals, from the US market. While Thailand and Malaysia can […]

PERU: Mango exports going strong

Peruvian mango exports will reach 140,000 tons at the end of the 2013 – 2014 season, about 40% increase, said the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (EMPA).   “At the rate we’re going, we can easily overcome our initial projection of 100,000 tons and will be producing between 130,000 and 140,000 tons,” said […]

UK: Is achacha the new ‘superfruit’ fad?

First it was blueberries, then came Himalayan goji berries. Now health freaks have a new superfruit to slice over their granola or blend into a smoothie: the Achacha.   Originating from the depths of the Bolivian rainforest, the small orange-coloured fruit is set to colonise the open-plan kitchens of Islington and Notting Hill after being hailed […]

PHILIPPINES: AgriNurture Inc. to add new fruit products for export

Home-grown multinational firm AgriNurture Inc. (ANI) is looking at expanding its export product line with pineapple as it eyes additional offerings to markets in Russia, China and the Middle East.   Larry R. Lacson, head of corporate affairs and communication at ANI, on Tuesday told reporters the conglomerate had been in talks with a possible […]

Malaysian Carambola: from a rising star to a global leader

From its humble beginnings as a backyard crop, carambola is now one of Malaysia’s leading exports. Also known as starfruit for its star-shaped appearance when sliced, the commercial cultivation of carambola started in the 1970s. By 1988, exports to Hong Kong and Singapore markets were reported to reach 13,000 tonnes, worth USD 4.9 million.   […]