PHILIPPINES: Zambales province seeks USD 4.45M grant to develop mango industry

by Henry Empeño, Business Mirror   The Zambales provincial government is seeking a P200-million grant from the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the development of the local mango industry and the promotion of the popular Zambales sweet mango as a world-class product.     Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said in a meeting with stakeholders here […]

ECUADOR: Banana producers bet to become leading exporters of fruit to China

by Yurien Portelles, Andes   The chairman of the Association of Banana Exports of Ecuador, Jorge Alex Serrano, stated that Ecuadorian companies are seeking to establish themselves as the leading suppliers of the “star fruit” in the Chinese market, ahead of the Philippines, their traditional seller.     “We are looking forward to broadening horizons, […]

HONDURAS: Strong increase in European demand of rambutan

The Honduran company Frutas Exóticas is devoted to the export of rambutan. It has two packing plants, one in the Atlantic coast and another in the country’s central area, and three plantations currently certified by GlobalGAP.     The company ships 90% of its production to the U.S. market, 8% to Europe and 2% to […]

TANZANIA: Avocados are the new ‘gold’ in Kilimanjaro

by Bilham Kimati, Daily News   Good news, the avocado, that has for many years been considered worthless with some communities throwing the fruit to animals has become a ‘green gold’ bringing wealth to farmers.   Research findings have identified and improved a high yield variety of avocado, which matures and produce fruits within three […]