SPAIN: High temperatures boost cherimoya campaign

The cherimoya season, which started in late September, is currently moving forward at a great pace in the areas of La Vega de la Palma and Motril due to the high temperatures, which have yet to drop below 25 degrees Celsius, which results in a quicker ripening.   “The fruit is maturing very quickly, forcing […]

SRI LANKA: Mango and fish ban, EU lauding it over South Asia

by Pearl Thevanayagam   First the European Union banned Indian mangoes early this year citing infestation and now Sri Lanka is forbidden to export its fish due to unethical fishing practices.    The European Union will not lift a finger when it comes to asylum seekers who land on their shores from South Asia and […]

MALAYSIA: Pre-harvest calcium chloride applications reduce post-harvest anthracnose incidence on papaya

by  Emanuela Fontana   Papaya, Carica papaya L., is a large perennial plant with rapid growth. It is an important fruit for Malaysian economy after durian and banana. The most popular cultivar in the local and export market is “Eksotika II”, however postharvest pathogens cause significant losses.    Anthracnose by Colletotrichum gloeosporioides is one of the most […]

USA: Crime-scene expert investigating DNA of mangoes

By Katie Lepri   Michael Hass wears a white lab coat as he leans over the liquid nitrogen to grind a brittle a leaf from a mango tree with mortar and pestle into fine white powder. He is attempting to break the leaf cells open in order to extract DNA, part of a larger scale […]

INDIA: Banana growers float firm

by R. Rajaram   A group of 1,000 banana farmers across the State have joined hands and floated a company with objectives of improving revenue, preventing post-harvest losses and identifying organised markets to dispatch their produce at a competitive price.   Christened Tamil Nadu Banana Producer Company Limited, the incorporated firm will have its central […]

BANGLADESH: Pineapples poisoned for quick sales

by Ashraf Uddin Sijel, Mymensingh Unscrupulous farmers in Mymensingh’s Fulbari upazila are treating Ashwini pineapples with chemicals particularly ethopen, which are harmful for human health. According to the district agriculture extension office, the juicy fruits have been grown on around 1300 hectares of land.   Farmers said they could not make profits by selling the fruits during […]

PAKISTAN: export record mangoes in fruit season 2014

Pakistan exported record mango of 91,700 metric tonnes during current fruit season 2014 as compared to 61,000 metric tonnes during 2013. Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) as well as private sector played a prominent role producing export quality mango.   Pakistan achieved success in mango export by giving attention on quality of […]

FAO, TFNet, BAPNET hold side event on Banana Fusarium Wilt TR4 in Rome

The banana wilt disease caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporium cubense (Foc) Tropical race 4, is a major problem for growers in mainly Asian countries. The disease, which affects mainly the Cavendish variety, was first observed in Taiwan in the 60’s, before spreading to farms in Indonesia, Malaysia, North Australia, China and the Philippines. FOC […]

TFNet displays fresh and processed tropical fruits during the 70th CCP Meeting in Rome, Italy

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) was invited to participate in the 70th Session of Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP) in the Food and Agriculture Organization headquarters in Rome, Italy on 7-9 October 2014.   The CCP aims to review the issues affecting production, trade, distribution, and consumption of international commodities, prepare a factual and […]

TFNet participates in workshop on increasing production and market access for tropical fruits in Vietnam

In the current agricultural scenario, there are more opportunities for tropical fruits to compete in markets that have traditionally been for temperate fruits. However, participation from tropical fruit growers are somewhat restricted by the difficulties faced in complying with international regulations and consumer trends, besides ensuring consistent supplies, logistical constraints and being competitive.   These […]

THAILAND: Guava continues to evolve

by Suthon Sukphisit   Almost 300 years after Westerners introduced the guava to Thailand, the popular ‘farang’ continues to evolve.   When we hear someone mention khanom farang (a muffin-like sweet), man farang (potato), maak farang (chewing gum) and trae farang (natural trumpet), we know that the word farang means the item in question was a […]

COLOMBIA: Taiwan seeks bilateral market access for exotic fruits

Representatives from Taiwan and the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) have met in order to speed up the establishment of phytosanitary protocols for trade of various exotic fruits both ways between the two countries.   Taiwan is hoping to export fresh litchis to Colombia, while the South American country would like market access for Dragon Fruit and […]