USA: Index Fresh to host avocado irrigation seminars

by Vicky Boyd   Index Fresh will host three avocado grower seminars on irrigation management in Southern California at 9-11 a.m., on August 19-21.   Titled “Mobile Irrigation Labs Irrigation Management on the Farm,” they are the 11th in a series of educational sessions sponsored by the Riverside, Calif.-based grower-packer.   Headlining each seminar will be Ben […]

THAILAND: Phuket held Pineapple Tourism Day

On 24th July 2014 at the Pineapple Garden in Tambol Thepkasattri, Thalang, Phuket, Phuket Governor – Khun Maitree Intusut presided over an event entitled Phuket Pineapples Tourism Day. The event was also attended by Chief of Phuket Provincial Agricultural Extension Office – Khun Sanit Polpattapee, Khun Sompong Panthong from the Phuket Agriculture and Cooperative Office, […]

INDIA: Tamil Nadu plans cold storage units for bananas

Tamil Nadu plans to establish integrated cold chain infrastructure for banana in six regions to reduce wastage. The regions are Erode, Coimbatore, Tuticorin, Theni, Tiruchi and Tiruvannamalai. A detailed project report will shortly be prepared, sources said.   With an annual production of nearly 9 million tonnes, Tamil Nadu is the country’s largest producer of […]

USA: “Mangoes to Share” looks to bring tropical fruits to the less fortunate

If you’re sick of eating, seeing, hearing about, and, uh, reading about mangoes, just remember there are plenty of folks who’d love to have mango overload as their First-World problem. Actually, there are plenty of people in our own backyard who’d be grateful for a food surplus of any kind. And that’s the idea behind […]

AUSTRALIA: New roots help tropical fruits to grow longer

A Darwin horticulturalist says he’s found a way to extend the growing life of niche market tropical fruit crops in the Northern Territory. Garcinian fruits like the achacha and mangosteen grow well in the wet season, but the trees go dormant in the dry season. Horticulturalist Chris Nathanael says in the past that’s prevented farmers […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango industry ‘frustrated’ by levy challenge

The mango industry says it’s frustrated by attempts in the Senate to block a proposed increase to the mango levy. The Senate is expected to vote on a disallowance motion, from Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm, against the levy changes later this month. The increase is being considered alongside changes to the onion and […]

INDIA: Scientists develop ‘seedless’ mango – well, almost

If you hate de-seeding you favourite fruit, you might be glad to hear that scientists in India have reportedly successfully grown a “seedless” mango.   Researchers at the Bihar Agriculture University (BAU) have borne a fruit that is sweet and juicy – but without that large pesky stone in the centre. The new variety, called […]

PAKISTAN: How to avoid EU ban on mango

by Ashfak Bokhari Pakistan’s mango exports to the European Union have suddenly come under the sword of Damocles. Only one lapse could make them meet the fate India has met. Under the changed scenario, mango exports to the bloc are fast shrinking, even up to 70pc (by a latest count) over the last year’s figure, […]

VIETNAM: Bright prospect for dragon fruit exports

Vietnam now has more opportunities to ship dragon fruit, or thanh long in Vietnamese, to some choosy markets such as the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and China’s Taiwan in the coming time as local scientists have found a new way to protect the fruit from melon fly disease, a local newspaper reported. […]