FIJI: Papaya demand grows

Consistency and sustainable continuity are the biggest stumbling blocks for the pawpaw export trade in the country.   This was the view of Nature’s Way CEO Michael Brown.   He said a New Zealand market study had revealed a huge earning potential for Fiji exporters and, at the same time, exposed the inconsistency of local […]

MALAYSIA: Local tropical fruits approved for U.S. market

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the import of fresh jackfruit, pineapples, and starfruit from Malaysia under the condition that all commodities are irradiated for insect pests, inspected and imported in commercial consignments, the Federal Register reported yesterday.   With the newly granted approval, the Government of Malaysia expects to export 2,500MT of fresh pineapples, 1,500MT […]

INDIA: Erratic climate lowers mango yield by 40%

Mango growers are staring at a bitter harvest this year, due to crop damage after the recent bout of unseasonal weather. An erratic climate has damaged the crop, in various stages of maturity across the country, and some estimates suggest a fall of up to 40 % in yield from major mango-producing regions. Exporters also fear the […]

AUSTRALIA: Biosecurity regulations prevent entry of citrus disease

Australia remains free of the devastating citrus disease, called citrus greening, despite it being fairly widespread through Asia and South America.   The bacterial disease, spread by a tiny psyllid insect, causes fruit to shrivel and turn bitter, and was also found near Los Angeles in 2012.   The Australian citrus industry is worth $450 […]

SLCARP International Research Symposium to be held in August 11-12

  COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Organized by the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (SLCARP), the SLCARP International Research Symposium and the SLCARP Research Journal (2014) will be held on 11-12 August 2014 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Independence Square.   Interested participants are invited to submit abstracts on any of the following themes: crop […]

NEW ZEALAND: Banana shortage looms

A major grocery chain is unable to guarantee bananas will be available on shelves this week, as a nationwide shortage looms.   New Zealand has the highest rate of banana consumption in the world per capita, but that was expected to take a hit with supplies expected to be down 30 per cent this week. […]

ARGENTINA: Pomegranate development going strong

With 250 hectares of GlobalG.A.P.-certified pomegranate farms, Granadas Argentina has more than tripled its plantation area since it began growing the fruit in 2009.   “Every year, both in the spring and in the fall, the surface area kept increasing until it reached 250 hectares,” Granadas Argentinas director Marcelo Scarafia told last week.   […]

INDIA: Rains Spell Doom for Watermelon Farmers

Untimely rains across the district in quick succession in February followed by another spell last Sunday has left the watermelon cultivators devastated. The rain has defaced the fruit making it difficult for the cultivators to sell it.   Reports said, watermelon is grown over 580 hectares of land –  400 hectares in Tileibani, 160 hectares […]

BANGLADESH: Watermelon farming faces dearth of sweet water

Irrigation problem grips the watermelon farmers in Kuakata area in Kalapara upazila under the district as there no suitable sources of sweet water in the area. “This season I cultivated watermelon on eight bighas of land, spending Tk 55,000. But as there is no source of sweet water around, I dug three holes in my […]

AUSTRALIA: Vietnamese company to establish a pitaya megafarm

A Vietnamese company has revealed plans to grow up to 10,000 hectares of dragon fruit in the Northern Territory. If it goes ahead, it will be the biggest dragon fruit farm in Australia.   The CT Group, which has a diverse portfolio that includes retail and education, has met with members of the Northern Territory […]

INDONESIA: Residents struggle to conserve ‘salak’ and agritourism

Nyoman Sepel Diantara, a prominent figure among salak (snake fruit) farmers in Sibetan village, Karangasem, was selecting the seeds of the sweet gula pasir variety on Sunday. Sepel and all the other farmers in Sibetan produce their own seeds to conserve the germplasm, the genetic makeup of the fruit and the heritage of their ancestors. […]

THAILAND: Drought affects durian growers in the south

Fruit growers in the deep south province of Yala have been hit hard by severe drought.   Yala has been known for its quality fruit such as durian, mangosteen and longong; however, fruit orchards in Bannangstar district have lately been hit by severe drought given it has not rained at all in the past two […]