INDIA: Dengue pushes up price of vitamin C-rich papaya

by Vijay Singh, Times of India   The wholesale rate of papaya has risen from Rs 15-18 (USD 0.24-0.29) to Rs 18-22 (USD 0.29-0.36) per kg at the Vashi-based APMC Market as more people are opting for the fruit as a measure to prevent dengue. The retail rates of papaya are higher at Rs 27-30 (USD0.44-0.48) […]

AUSTRALIA: Growers fear for ‘exploding fruits’ from Malaysia could destroy $80 million industry

A central Queensland pineapple grower says time is running out to stop imports that have the potential to destroy 40 per cent of Australia’s crops. Malaysian fruit has been approved for the Australian market, but the first shipments have been held up by production issues.   Yeppoon grower Mick Cranny said some Asian pineapples have […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango exports set to double

by Neda Vanovac, Sydney Morning Herald   Australia is aiming to double its mango exports. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will announce a three-year plan to achieve the goal in Darwin on Friday.   Australia currently exports between 4000 and 5000 tonnes of mangoes annually worth about $20 million, and is aiming to lift that to between […]

INDIA: Japan comes calling on mango imports

by Dilip Kumar Jha, Business Standard   In a significant change in the sentiment post Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Japan, the Japanese authority has expedited procedural obligations to step up mango import from India.   Advancing the process, Japanese quarantine authorities have sought details of Vapor Heat Treatment (VHT) facilities across Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP and West […]

CAMBODIA: Online sales spur China calls for more fruit

by Chan Muyhong   Chinese officials have called on Cambodia to increase fruit exports amid an expected rise in domestic demand for fresh produce fuelled by online sales.   Feng Bo, deputy major of Ping Xiang city of Guangxi province, last week said fruit imports from ASEAN nations must increase from an estimated 1 million tonnes […]

PARAGUAY: Banana exports to Argentina to resume

The efforts of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the National Chancellery, and Banana Producers Associations have allowed the recovery of banana exports to the Argentine market.   MAG through dela Direcciónde Technical Marketing, accompanied the Banana Producers Associations Departments of Caaguazú and San Pedro, in the process of revival of exports of that product […]

PHILIPPINES: Banana needs help

by Antonio L. Colina IV   If  there’s one high-value crop that earns the country and farmers millions of dollars worth of exports, it’s bananas.   But lucky for the big companies who can fend for themselves the recovery costs whenever catastrophes hit the heavily agricultural-based Mindanao island.   Remigio Garcia, chairman of the Mindanao Banana […]

ASEAN: Integration to affect durian farming

The economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015 might threaten the local durian farming industry, a small Davao-based company said over the weekend. ”We have a lot of durian farmers, but if other ASEAN countries’ come in, their varieties will be better than ours. We’re getting varieties from them. Our […]

AUSTRALIA: Light crop to drive up Christmas lychee prices

by Carmen Brown, ABC.net.au   Consumers can expect to pay more for lychees this Christmas, as pickers start harvesting a lighter than expected crop in Far North Queensland.   The Australian lychee season usually begins during October, but the popular fruit is only just starting to trickle onto domestic markets now.   President of the […]

MEXICO: Rain damage won’t affect Mexican papaya exports

Increased plantings will help offset some of the impacts of rain on papaya volumes in the Mexican state of Colima, where one fruit company expects exports will remain in line with last year.   Coliman sales representative Alberto Peña said the wet weather in September led to fungal problems in some orchards, which would likely lead […]

PHILIPPINES: Banana growers still struggling 2 years after typhoon

by Keith Bacongco, Mindanews   Two years after supertyphoon Pablo devastated vast plantations, the banana industry is still struggling to recover, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) revealed.   PBGEA President Anthony Alexander Valoria said Wednesday that almost 14,000 hectares of banana plantations were destroyed due to strong winds and heavy flooding brought by the […]

PHILIPPINES: Banana buying price drops

by Reuel John F. Lumawag, Sunstar Davao   THE buying price for bananas exported to China has dropped in the recent months to less than P100, an industry leader said.   “The prices in China were not as good as they were two months ago,” Stephen Antig, Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association executive director, told […]