VIETNAM: UK firm tours longan plantations in search of suppliers

A British fruit company has recently sought Vietnamese exporters of longans by visiting plantations which grow the tropical fruit in two of the country’s southern provinces.     Mike Dodds, who represents Dorset-based AloeFruitWave, toured longan plantations in Ben Tre and Dong Thap, both located in the Mekong Delta, to look for qualified products to […]

USA: A new generation of jackfruit includes smaller varieties

by Noris Ledesma, Miami Herald   Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a tropical tree native to western India that has been cultivated in Florida for more than a century. But now, with superior varieties available and growing techniques updated, it’s time to take advantage of its potential for production.   Jackfruit makes a handsome tree with […]

NIGERIA: Guava, bitter leaf protect against diabetes complications

by Chukwuma Muanya, Nigeria Guardian   Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day! Although there is no cure yet for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, Nigerian researchers and their foreign counterparts have identified local plants such as guava, bitter leaf, Egusi melon and figs that will not only reduce blood sugar levels and improve the […]

INDIA: Techies turn horticulturists to develop model guava farm

by Aparna Iyer, Times of India   Three engineers and a textile chemist have come together to create a horticulture farm that is turning out to be a model for farmers. Striking a balance between traditional and modern farming, they have reaped a rich harvest of guavas in less than 18 months.   Besides using drip […]

MALAYSIA: MAHA show aims to net USD 600k

by Nurbaiti Hamdan, The Star   Two days after showcasing the country’s agro-based products on Nov 20, the event chalked up sales worth RM350,000.   The organisers are hoping the figures will hit RM2mil by the time the curtain closes on the Malaysia Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-tourism (MAHA) show on Sunday.   “We are optimistic […]

BRAZIL: Emergency plan carried out to eradicate fly carambola

The Ministry of Agriculture is closely monitoring the southern region of Roraima, which has registered the presence of carambola fruit fly pest. It was reported in Vila Martins Pereira, 10 kilometers from the seat of the municipality of Boa Vista. According to the national coordinator for the eradication of the carambola, the emergency plan to […]

AUSTRALIA: Bumper avocado harvest will see 60 per cent jump in national volume, which could cause quality issues

by Bridget Fitzgerald,   The summer harvest has begun for growers in Western Australia and New Zealand with bumper crops in both regions.   An influx of avocados in the past two weeks has increased Australia’s average volume by 60 per cent, from about 200,000 trays to 334,000 trays.   Jennie Franceschi, the Managing Director […]

INDIA: Kokum, the Malabar tamarind

by Vandana Shiva Maya Gobordhun, The Hindu   The Ayurvedic palate covers six different tastes: sweet, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent and sour. Each one of them needs to be included at every meal for us to avail of the goodness they have to offer. The sour taste, for example, is said to help digestion, cleanse […]

USA: South Carolina watermelon production up 64 percent over 2013

by John S. Niblock   Aided by good weather, South Carolina’s 2014 watermelon crop recorded a robust gain of 64 percent over last year’s total, according to a National Watermelon Report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As production ended in early August, the state had shipped almost 81 million pounds of seeded and seedless […]

MADAGASCAR: Lychee season set to start

by Carlos Nunez and Yzza Ibrahim   The lychee season in Madagascar has started already, and growers are confident that this year’s crop will have a good quality. They’ll look to capitalize on that good crop by maintaining traditional market and expanding their presence in one new market.   “We expect good quality because the weather is permitting […]

PERU: World’s fourth main avocado exporter

Peru is the fourth main avocado exporter in the world having close deals worth US$307.9 million in a period from January until September this year. It means a 67.4% increase, confirmed Peru’s Exporters Association (ADEX).   According to the TradeMap, Mexico ranks first; followed by the Netherlands; Chile and Peru, explained the entrepreneurial union’s agriculture […]

KENYA: USD 332k fruit processing plant to be put up in Mpeketoni

by Cheti Praxides, The Star   The Lamu government will spend Sh30 million to build a fruit processing plant in Mpeketoni.   Deputy Governor Eric Mugo said the plant will employ more than 2,000 fruit farmers.   Addressing journalists at the Kenya Ports Authority offices in Lamu on Saturday, he said many fruit farmers in […]