MALAYSIA: Traceability system for frozen durian exports underway

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry is developing a traceability system called ‘Mi-Trace’ for the export of frozen durian to China.   Its minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the system which would be fully implemented in June this year would put an end to the problem of frozen durians that do not meet the […]

The dabai story: experience in commercializing an underutilized fruit

Dabai (Canarium odontophyllum Miq.) is an indigenous fruit from the Burseracea family enjoyed in the communities of Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia with the potential for commercial production. The fruit is sought after for its delicious creamy taste and pleasant aroma and is rich in protein, fat, and minerals.   Despite being a local favorite, dabai cultivation […]

SURVEY: Postharvest quality and management of dragon fruits exported from Vietnam to Holland

Dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus) is one of Vietnam’s key exports. The development of production models that satisfy Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards opened Vietnam’s dragon fruit to markets such as China, USA, Southeast Asian countries, and European countries.   Although the annual fruit export shows signs of growth, the competitiveness of Vietnamese dragon fruit is […]

KENYA: Passion fruit farmers to reap big from new varieties

Passion fruit production in Kwale County is expected to shoot up threefold this harvest season after the successful introduction of high-yielding and drought resistant varieties. Stakeholders said the yields would increase from 500 metric tonnes, realised in the last harvest season, to 1,500 metric tonnes in the one coming up.   Small scale farmers’ interest […]

VIETNAM: Mekong Delta to expand fruit cultivation

Tran Huu Hiep, head of the committee’s Economic Division, said the fruit areas would be located in the provinces of Vinh Long, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Hau Giang, and Can Tho City.   The areas will grow the delta’s specialty fruits such as green-peel and pink-flesh grapefruit, Nam […]

INDIA: Rajasthan’s desert bears fruits of labour

The 3-kilometre detour off the Barmer-Munabao Road is typical desert. The driver of the SUV that we have hired to reach a farmland in the middle of Rajasthan’s scorching Thar desert struggles to keep the tyres from veering off into the sand. “When I ride my motorcycle, it gets stalled and I have to push […]

AUSTRALIA: Heat ruins WA’s southern mango crop

Western Australia’s southern mango growers have lost nearly a quarter of their crop due to sunburn. The mango plantations just north of Perth were experiencing good growing conditions until a period of 42-degree days damaged the fruit.   Southern Mango Growers Association president Tony Maddern says he has just started picking his fruit and estimates […]

BANGLADESH: ‘One year’ for mango in C’nawabganj

CHAPAINAWABGANJ, Feb 26 (BSS): Mango traders expect a good business of mangoes this year as it is the ‘on year’ for the fruit according to its alternate bearing nature.   Meanwhile, a good number of trees have borne flowers and the blooming trees show a good prospect of mangoes this year.   Deputy Director of […]

INDIA: Exotic fruits attract local newspaper

For the true connoisseur of the fruit and nut, the sky is the limit. Treats are available to them from the most unlikely of quarters in the city. Star Fruit is the common English name. Carambola and the Chinese gooseberry are the most exotic names. The fruit is called by several names in Indonesia, Philippines, […]

UK: Banana price wars come at a cost to growers

When a banana flown half-way round the world costs half the price of a locally-grown apple, many in Britain wonder whether Latin American banana producers are getting a fair deal.   The British love eating bananas. Like milk or bread, it is considered a shopping essential, a reason why consumers choose one shop over another […]

NEW ZEALAND: Indian opportunities for NZ avocados

New Zealand’s avocado industry is moving to establish foothold in the Indian market, as momentum gathers for a bilateral free trade agreement between the two countries. Trial programmes underway, helping industry uncover potential and challenges of South Asian market.   Following the opening of market access in February 2013, a New Zealand trade delegation travelled to […]