PAKISTAN: Mangoes in Japan, ‘a fruitful development’

Following the breakthrough in mango exports between private sectors in 2013, Pakistani mangoes are now being sold for the first time by the largest high-street retailer in Japan, AEON Corporation – a $57-billion entity.   The development came in the form of a soft launch at the new AEON Makuhari Mall – one of the […]

GAMBIA: Mango out growers’ total income hits over D2M in 2014

The total income of Gambia Mango out Growers has hit a staggering D2, 910, 440 in 2014, representing an increase of D221, 207.2 compared to the last year’s total income of D698, 368. This also shows an increase of the kilograms of mangoes harvested from 92, 048 kilograms last year to 332, 692 kilograms this […]

MYANMAR: Local mangoes set to crack Korean market

Myanmar is planning to export four agricultural products to South Korea’s tightly controlled agriculture market this fiscal year, a senior official from the Ministry of Commerce said.   Toe Aung Myint, director general of the department of trade promotion, told Myanmar Eleven that exports of mango, dragon fruit, mangosteen, and pomelo to Korea would start […]

Malaysia hosts the 8th TFNet Board of Trustees Session

The 8th Session of the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) Board of Trustees (BOT) was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 12-13 August 2014.     The Board of Trustees meeting was Chaired by Dr. Yi Ganjun, Vice-Chairperson of TFNet and Vice-President of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China. The Vice Chairperson for the Board […]

TFNet holds international tropical fruit symposium in Malaysia

  The International Symposium on “Developing research to enhance market demand and profitability of tropical fruits” was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 14 August 2014, organized by International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).   The Symposium aimed to present and discuss various current […]

FIJI: New Fiji Agricultural Journal released by MOA

The first issue of The Fiji Agricultural Journal (FAJ), Volume 54 was released by the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture on June 2014, featuring eight research papers.   Some papers include “Neem for Sustainable Pest Management and Environmental Conservation” by Ramesh C. Saxena and “Rethinking Concepts of Human Health, Food and Nutrition Security in the Pacific […]

Philippines to conduct 22nd National Fruit Symposium

Bearing the theme “Philippine Fruit Industry: Towards ASEAN Integration and Public-Private Partnership,”  the Philippine’s 22nd National Fruit Symposium will be held on 8-11 September 2014 at the Highlander Hotel and Resort, Maharlika Highway, Brgy. Roxas, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.   Organized by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office No. 02 in collaboration with the PhilFruits Association Inc., the symposium […]

CUBA: Locally-grown pineapples seduce European markets

Pineapples grown in the Cuban province of Ciego de Avila have gained popularity in the European market, especially in countries like Spain and Italy due to the fruit quality.   According to Reinaldo De Avila, head of the Pineapple Production Unit of the Ceballos Citrus Company in Ciego de Avila, 430 km east of Havana, […]

KENYA: Pineapple imports from Rwanda to start

By Stephen Rwembeho   Officials from Trans Nzoia County in Kenya have expressed interest in buying granite tiles and pineapples from the Eastern Province, following two days of talks. Trans Nzoia County is located in the former Rift Valley Province. The officials have been in the country to forge partnerships with the Eastern Province leadership. […]

KENYA: Cheap banana stem sanitary towels invented for women

Research by two Bachelor of Education students from Kabarak University in Nakuru, shows that the banana trunk can be used to make sanitary pads.   Paul Ntikoisa and Ivy Etemesi’s Banana Fibre Sanitary Wear innovation, aim to provide affordable sanitary towels to needy girls and women.   The students opted to conduct a research on the […]

BANGLADESH: Drastic price fall frustrates guava farmers

Good yield of guava in Nesarabad upazila under the district fails to make growers happy as prices of the popular fruit remains unusually low in the local wholesale market.   On Tuesday a maund of guava sold for Tk 80-120 at Atgar-Kuriyana, a large wholesale floating market that sees sellers from Nesarabad upazila as well […]

THAILAND: Agriculture ministry expedites help for northern longan farmers

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is planning to prevent longan prices from plunging by distributing the fruit through its network of agricultural cooperatives and the postal service.   According to Chawalit Chukhachon, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, approximately 530,000 tons of longan will be produced this year – 80,000 […]