USA: Hass avocado supply outlook for the 3rd quarter of 2014

by Avi Crane (via Fresh Fruit Portal)   When avocados from Chile first arrived in the U.S. in September 1985, the weekly demand for avocados was under 7 million pounds.  Weekly supply above that level would carry into the following week as unsold inventory and the market would react accordingly. As we start the third […]

Lychee production in Vietnam

The Lychee (Litchi chinensis) is cultivated in China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Australia, Mexico and South Africa. China is the main producer of the fruit.   In Vietnam, lychee is produced at an estimated area of 80,000 hectares. The main growing areas are in the Luc Ngan district, Bac […]

PARAGUAY: Plan to export watermelon, melon, and potato to Spain

The project to export national products abroad, especially to the European continent, was analyzed at an inter-agency meeting held at the Committee on Industry, Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives.   Spanish businessmen, representatives of the National Quality and Plant Health and Seeds (SENAVE), the National Institute for Food and Nutrition (INAN), the Investment and Exports (REDIEX) […]

INDIA: Biotechnology Dep’t allocates 1M USD for jackfruit value addition

The Centre’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has allocated Rs 4.6 crore (USD 1M) to support a national multi-institutional project titled ‘A value chain on jackfruit and its products’.   The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) has been identified as the leading centre to be roped in for the same.   The other support institutes for […]

PERU: Strong growth in mango exports

Mango exports from Peru in the period between January and April rose by 25.7 per cent to US$165.2m compared with the year-earlier period, according to figures released by Peruvian exporter association Adex.   The US was the biggest market, absorbing US$64.2m of mangoes, followed by the Netherlands (US$48.1m) and the UK (US$11.3m). South Korea was […]

THAILAND: A few simple tips that will help ensure you can enjoy the fruits of your labor

Last January, I visited a friend and took pictures of her mango tree that was covered with flowers. A few weeks later we talked on the phone and she told me the flowers had fallen without turning into fruit. She jokingly said that by taking pictures I had put a jinx on her tree.   […]