SOMALIA: After barren years, signs of growth by the bunch

by Isma’il Kushkush, The New York Times   Armed with machetes, the men push their way through the densely packed rows of trees, emerging every few minutes with large bundles of green bananas over their shoulders.         A guard, his chest crossed with bullet belts, his hands cradling a Russian-made rifle, scans […]

INDIA: Muthalamada mango orchards still a toxic hub

by K.A. Shaji, The Hindu   Mango orchards at Muthalamada remain a ‘toxic hub’ owing to indiscriminate spraying of hazardous pesticides.   The orchards, which were earlier known for widespread use of the banned pesticide endosulfan, now use other pesticides, including Cymbush, Monocrosfate, Talstar, Malathion, Azoxistobin, Omethoate, Chlorpyrifos and Thiabaeazove. Agricultural Department officials conducted a […]

INDIA: Gov’t says EU ban on Alphonso mangos to end soon

by Aditi Tandon, The Tribune   Premium Indian Alphonso mango, the king of fruits, is all set to re-enter the European markets. The government said the EU ban on Alphonso imports would be lifted shortly.   EU had on May 1 this year temporarily banned the import of Alphonso mangoes and four other vegetables from India, […]

MYANMAR: IP protection for a better mango

by Kyae Mone Win and translated by Thiri Min Htun, Myanmar Times   Trademark protection is in the works for Myanmar’s famous sein ta lone [diamond] mangos, according to Mandalay Mango Association chair Daw Than Than Swe.   The fruit has been exported since 2006, but only began catching on in foreign markets around 2011. […]

RWANDA: Rewarding refugee women through commercial farming

By Moses Opobo, New Times   AS FAR as life in a refugee camp goes, Sifa Maritine has seen it all. She fled the fighting between the Interahamwe and Mai Mai militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1997.     Her first stop was the border town of Gisenyi, before moving to Mudende. […]

KENYA: Avocado Farmers Get USD 220k Bonus

by Wangui Ngechu, Citizen News   This is the outcome of a contract farming deal that was entered into between 64 avocado farmer groups and an agricultural firm, Kakuzi limited in February 2013.   This payment will be made in two installments in an arrangement that is similar to how tea farmers are paid.   The […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Extensive promotional campaigns pay off for South African avocados

South African avocado producers are upbeat about the industry’s future after a record crop this year that saw some 60,000 metric tons (MT) exported and a growing domestic market.   The export volumes represent more or less a 50% year-on-year increase, and while the local market did not rise quite as much it still showed […]

INDIA: Shahi litchis to flood Kerala market by December 20

by Priti Nath Jha, The Times of India   The Shahi litchi, which is primarily grown in Muzaffarpur district, will soon flood the Kerala market from December 20, according to the director of Muzaffarpur-based National Litchi Research Centre (NLRC), Vishalnath.   On his return from Kerala and Karnataka, Vishalnath said on Monday that high temperature of […]

Side Event on ‘Mitigating and adaptation measures for the control of banana Fusarium Wilt TR4, including the successful development of resistant cultivars’

International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), together with FAO and support by experts from the Banana Asia Pacific Network (BAPNET ) held a side event during the 70th Session of the Committee on Commodity Problems at the Iran Room, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy on 7 October 2014. The theme of the side event was ‘Mitigating and Adaptation Measures […]