PHILIPPINES: Dole Philippines to double plantations

Dole Philippines (Dolefil) has embarked on an ambitious expansion scheme since it came under control of Japan’s Itochu Corporation, with plans to double its plantations in the next five years, website reported.   Dolefil corporate affairs division director Melquiades L. Hernandez III told the Davao Business Forum the company had the opportunity to expand […]

INDIA: Mango crop damaged in squall-pounded areas

The mango crop this year in areas hit by Sunday evening’s storm is likely to adversely affected. Kesar mango crop is likely to be just 50% of the total production last year, feel experts. Last year, Kesar mango yield was about 7 tonne per hectare. This is likely to come down to around 4 tonne […]

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Pineapple growers look to export 120 containers weekly

Dominican Republic’s export and investment agency (CEI-RD), the Agricultural Development Fund (FEDA) and the Agriculture Ministry on Sunday announced a project to help more than 100 pineapple growers export 120 containers of the fruit to Europe each week and create around 20,000 jobs.   In a statement CEI-RD director Jean Alain Rodríguez said pineapples figure […]

VIETNAM: US patents on fragrant rice, dragon fruit approved

The United States patent and trademark office has granted the Mekong Delta province of Long An two parents on its specialties, Nang Thom Cho Dao rice and Chau Thanh dragon fruit.   On Monday, the provincial Department of Science and Technology said the patents would be valid for ten years   Nang Thom Cho Dao is […]

FIJI: Nature’s Way Cooperative launches certified ‘Fiji Red’ papaya seed

by Kyle Stice*   The Fiji Papaya industry will now have access to locally produced, high quality papaya seed at a more affordable rate.  NWC in close collaboration with the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture Research Division has developed a certification scheme for the production and sale of ‘Fiji Red’ papaya seed.  This locally produced ‘Fiji […]

AUSTRALIA: Farmers count the cost of cyclone Ita

As cyclone Ita finally runs out of steam after wreaking havoc along Queensland’s coast, farmers are emerging as her biggest victim. The preliminary damage bill has been estimated at $1bn since the category four storm hit the Queensland coast near Cooktown in far north Queensland on Friday. It then hugged almost 1,000km of coastline and […]

PHILIPPINES: USDA eyes more mango shipments from PH

A unit of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to allow shipments of fresh Philippine mangoes from areas other than Guimaras. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) of the USDA has proposed to amend a list of areas in the Philippines determined to be free of mango seed weevil and mango […]

INDIA: Mangoes to pinch domestic consumers’ pocket this season

LUCKNOW: Mango lovers in the country may have to cough up more money this year due to short supply of mangoes for domestic consumption owing to significant crop damage and rising export orders pouring in especially from the UAE, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh and others. “Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar […]

URUGUAY: Uruguay citrus bound for new markets

Uruguay expects to export between 120,000 and 150,000 tonnes of citrus this season as it targets new sales in the US following the recent opening of the market. And with negotiations also underway to relax trade restrictions in China, Vietnam and the Philippines, the Latin America country’s citrus exporters could soon find they have even […]

AUSTRALIA: Aussie mandarin season begin with the fruit expected to again outsell oranges

AUSTRALIAN mandarins are back in season, with the sweet citrus fruit expected to be a winter favourite as consumers turn towards healthy, convenient foods. Citrus Australia chief executive Judith Damiani said as Australians became more health conscious, budget conscious and time poor, mandarins were emerging as a preferred snack option. Ms Damiani said it was […]

INDIA: Mango may cost more this year as production seen down by 20%

Mangoes are likely to be expensive this year as the country’s overall production is estimated to come down by upto 20 per cent because of crop damage in some states due to last month’s unseasonal rains, industry body Assocham said on Tuesday. Rising exports orders from UAE, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh and […]

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Dominican Republic encourages dragonfruit exports

In an effort to diversify agricultural production, the Dominican Republic has announced a program to bolster dragonfruit production. Minister of Agriculture Ramón Rodríguez highlighted the fruit’s export potential, especially for specialty markets that have developed a taste for the tropical product. Although of Central American origin, the fruit has gained popularity among growers and producers […]