PAKISTAN: Mango exports were at USD 48.6M in 2014

by `Imran Ali, Customs Today   Pakistan has earned Rs 4.9 billion USD (48.6 million) from the export of mangoes to different regions of the world in 2014.   Provincial Parliamentary Secretary Rana Ejaz Noon said this while addressing the Executive District Officers Agriculture of the Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal and Bahawalpur. He said […]

MALAYSIA: USA implements new citrus import requirements

Starting 1 January, 2015, importers of U.S. fresh citrus (oranges and lemons) are required to obtain an import permit, and shipments will need a phytosanitary certificate with attestations related to freedom from fruit flies and citrus greening.   These new requirements will not apply to shipments that departed prior to 31 December, 2014, and that arrive before […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango and lychee farmers given green light to export to US

by Scott Sawyer, Sunshine Coast Daily   Trial batches of Sunshine Coast mangoes and lychees are set to be sent to the USA, helping growers to open up a big new market and potentially give them a higher return for their produce.     Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce was in Mooloolah today to announce […]

MYANMAR: Fruit prices falling in Muse

The prices of Myanmar fruits sold at the fruit market in 105th mile Trade Zone in Muse are decreasing because of poor quality, according an official at the trade zone.   “Last week, there were no buyers for golden musk melons. That’s why we decided to give away the melons free to schools and other […]

SAUDI ARABIA: Sandstorms destroy 40% of Eastern Province crops

Farmers in the Eastern Province say they have lost 40 percent of their crops because of the sandstorms on the 1st week of January, with fears that the cold snap would cause further losses.   Abbas Dahi, an investor, said most of the farms in the Eastern Province were affected because the dust destroyed the […]

AUSTRALIA: Central Queensland fruit pickers under the pump as mango and lychee harvests overlap

by Zara Margolis, ABC Rural   Hot weather and some rainfall has brought on a Central Queensland tropical fruit farmer’s mango harvest earlier than expected, which wouldn’t be a problem if they weren’t still picking lychees.   Ian Groves has been growing tropical fruit on his Bungundarra property since the early 1980s.     He […]

INDIA: Banana crop under pest attack

by Nagesh Prabhu   A widespread attack of the ‘banana skipper’ pest at plantations across the State has put growers in distress.   Farm scientists, who are yet to identify ways to control the insect infestation, predict fruit weight loss at 30 per cent on account of the attack.   According to experts at the […]

USA: Potential biological control for avocado disease found

by Brad Buck, University of Florida   University of Florida scientists believe they’ve found what could be the first biological control strategy against laurel wilt, a disease that threatens the state’s $54 million-a-year avocado industry.   Red ambrosia beetles bore holes into healthy avocado trees, bringing with them the pathogen that causes laurel wilt. Growers […]

INDIA: Mango trees could be destroyed in favor of pears

Indian mango orchards close to the Pakistani border could be destroyed to make way for pear cultivation.   Some politicians in the Indian state of Punjab are considering the move citing financial reasons for the proposed cull, but others are believed to be against destroying the trees.   However, permission first needs to be sought […]

USA: Snow hits California avocadoes

by Mike Hornick, The Packer   A snowstorm that hit Southern California on New Year’s Eve dumped up to 6 inches on parts of Riverside County and caused damages to avocado orchards that the industry is still assessing.   “Just when we thought we’d seen everything, it snowed in Temecula,” said Tom Bellamore, president of […]

EU: Colombian fruit imports bump in 2014

Tariff preferences and a focus on exotic crops led to a significant jump in Colombian fruit shipments to the European Union between January and October last year, according to the country’s export promotion agency.   Citing the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), Procolombia said fruit exports rose 18% year-on-year reaching US$46 million, with the […]

India’s Unique Treasure: Red Fleshed Jackfruit

‘Toobugere Jackfruit Growers Association’ of  Karnataka , India, is the only jackfruit farmers’ organisation of our country. Located in Bangalore Rural district, about an hour’s drive from Bangalore city, this association was formed by University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore.  Members of the association take part in jack festivals in different parts of Karnataka and sell […]