PHILIPPINES: Pangasinan town claims to produce the sweetest watermelon

by Gabriel Cardiñoza, Inquirer   The next time ripe watermelons grown here hit fruit stands, these will be labeled authentic Bani products or, at least, accompanied by certificates showing that these came from this western town in Pangasinan province.     The second-class town with an annual income of  P45 million-P55 million (USD 1.02 million-1.42 […]

AUSTRALIA: Papaya study reveals Aussie tastes

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   In what was the first of its kind for the papaya industry, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) surveyed 101 Australians in Brisbane to provide an insight into consumer attitudes towards the tropical fruit.   The results were unveiled in Innisfail on 11 February, covering the supply chain, […]

VIETNAM: Ministry consults about promoting agro-produce in global market

Support from overseas Vietnamese is crucial to help Vietnam’s agricultural products penetrate deeper into global markets, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said Monday in Ho Chi Minh City.     Vietnam is capable of producing rice, fruit and seafood that meet international standards but fails to find outlets for the products, […]

UGANDA: How mobile phones saved bananas from bacterial wilt

by Anna Scott, The Guardian   Bananas are a staple food in Uganda. Ugandans eat more of the fruit than any other country in the world. Each person eats on average 700g (about seven small bananas) a day, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute, and they provide up to 27% of the population’s calorie intake. […]

INDONESIA: Semarang to hold Durian Festival in March

Semarang, Central Java, will host the Durian Festival, a festival celebrating the infamous durian fruit, on March 6 to 8 at the Jatisari field in the Mijen sub-district, which will be open to the public and will host activities surrounding the durian.   Mijen sub-district head Ali Muhtar said that the durian fruit that will […]

AUSTRALIA: Hot water dips offer hope in battle against post-harvest papaya disease

by Carmen Brown, ABC   Researchers trialling hot water treatments for disease control in Fijian papaya crops say the technique could also help Australian growers reduce their post-harvest fruit losses by up to 60 per cent.     About a third of Queensland’s wet season papaya crop is lost to post-harvest diseases such as anthracnose […]

THAILAND: Task force to tackle main crop prices

By Phusadee Arunmas, Bangkok Post   The first joint task force between the Commerce and Agriculture ministries will soon be set up in a bold move aimed at tackling the issue of stabilising main crop prices.     Commerce Ministry spokeswoman Duangkamol Jiambutr said the joint task force would include high-ranking officers of both ministries and […]

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Makira to host banana festival

by Alfred Pagepitu, Solomon Star News   The Makira Ulawa Province will be hosting its annual Makira Banana Festival celebration in Kirakira, Makira Province in June.   Preparation for the event has already kicked off according to the organizing chairman of the Banana Festival Noel Mamau on Tuesday. He said, this year’s festival will be […]

PHILIPPINES: Davao banana production up by 11%

by Reuel John F. Lumawag, Sun Star   Banana production in Davao Region rose by at least 11.63 percent as of the third quarter last year, the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) regional office reported.   Production increased to 762,040.78 metric tons (MT) in 2014 as compared to 682,633.25 MT in the same period of 2013. […]

INDIA: Farmers in despair as pineapple prices dip

by K.A. Martin, The Hindu   Owners of small pineapple holdings in the State face the prospect of being priced out of business because of a spell of price-fall that has seen the price of ripe fruit plunging from Rs. 47 (USD 0.75)  a kg in late June to Rs. 13 (USD 0.20) a kg […]

PERU: Mangoes, asparagus undergo phytosanitary controls to enter Korea, China

Peru’s Agriculture Ministry (Minagri) welcomed South Korea and China delegations of phytosanitary organizations this week to discuss the entry of Peruvian mangoes and asparagus, respectively, into their markets.   A few months ago, in December 2014, the National Service of Agricultural Health-SENASA announced the South Korean market would open up to Peruvian mangoes.   This […]

JAMAICA: New agro-parks to focus on banana farming

Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, says the Government intends to explore financing for new agro-parks in Western Jamaica.   The proposed locations for the agro-parks are located in Shettlewood (Hanover); Sunderland (Trelawny); Enfield (Westmoreland) and Seven Rivers (St James).   To date over $611 million has been invested in infrastructure, irrigation, […]