USA: Pineapple industry sees shift

by Melissa Shipman, The Packer   The U.S. pineapple industry is starting to change as various large players are shifting their positions in the market.   Early in 2014, Coral Gables, Fla.-based Banacol Marketing Corp. sold some of its Costa Rican pineapple farms to Dole. In 2015, Banacol isn’t planning to ship any pineapples.   […]

KENYA: Pioneer of grafted mango now enjoying boosted income

by Vincent Mabatuk, Standard Digital News   Even after losing a lot of money in trial and error ventures, Paul Kendagor would not stop experimenting with farming. His latest passion is grafted mangoes of which he is a pioneer in his Noiwet Village, Mogotio sub-county in Baringo County.     When grafted mangoes were introduced […]

AUSTRALIA: Passionfruit prices skyrocket amid supply shortage

By Carmen Brown, ABC    Passionfruit prices are skyrocketing, following a poor summer harvest in Australia’s key production regions.   About 4,000 tonnes of the pulpy fruit is grown nationally each year, with Queensland farmers contributing 60 per cent of the $12.3 million crop.     Other major growing areas include northern New South Wales, […]

AUSTRALIA: Top lychee crop after slow start

by Rob Wright, Fraser Coast Chronicle   Lychees will hit the supermarket shelves late this season, after a slow start for northern growers.     Harvest usually begins in northern orchards in October, but this season’s crop launched in late November and delivered small- to medium-sized fruit.   But the delay has been outweighed now […]

CUBA: Guava production gives company revenues over USD 200 million

Ceballos Agro-industrial Company had the previous year revenues by more than USD 200 million, thanks to guava processing in small industries.   Such results were due to the production and sale in all provinces and frontier market of five million candy bars made with the fruit, plus juices and mini-doses, all with superior quality.   […]

CHINA: Warming up to Malaysian durian

by Ling Yuhuan, Global Times   Twenty years ago, when the Malaysian businessman Loh Wee Keng came to Beijing for the first time, he carried some special “souvenirs” from his homeland: durian. However, the spiky tropical fruit seemed not so readily welcome here as in Malaysia. The pungent smell made a hotel cleaner throw up […]

USA: Binational committee formed to open for South African avocados

Executives representing the top Hass avocado companies in the United States and South Africa announced during Fruit Logistica in Berlin the establishment of the U.S.-South Africa Avocado Committee.   The committee’s primary purpose is to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain the necessary approvals to allow for the exportation of Hass avocados […]

BURUNDI: Banana exports on the rise

by Charles Njeru, Fruitnet   Burundi, one of the world’s largest banana producers, is reportedly increasing its exports of the fruit and could potentially catch up with its more established neighbouring suppliers Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.   World Bank figures show that the East African country produced around 1.6m tonnes of bananas last year – […]

NEPAL: Banana production drops due to plant disease

by Binod Bhandari, eKantipur   Banana growers who have been earning a good income after going into commercial farming are worried after their crops were attacked by a disease that has led to reduced output.   According to the farmers, the plants have been turning pale, the stems are infested with pests and the roots have […]

INDIA: “Eating litchis is absolutely not dangerous for adults or well-nourished children,” says expert

By N. Gopal Raj, The Hindu   A compound found in litchi seeds might be responsible for a mysterious brain disease that strikes many young children in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar each summer, according to two independent groups of researchers.     “Eating litchis is absolutely not dangerous for adults or well-nourished children,” said T. […]

KENYA: Avocado sector gets USD 1 million boost from the Netherlands

Promoting the avocado sector in Kenya will generate new export revenue for the country and create employment for its young and dynamic labour force, said Mr Anders Aeroe, Director of Market Development of the International Trade Centre (ITC).   He said this at the launch of the USD 1 million project to enhance the competitiveness […]

MALAYSIA: Pineapple group to quadruple production

On a platform of social integration for indigenous groups, Malaysia’s Rompin Integrated Pineapple Industries (RIPI) is ramping up cultivation at a fast pace as demand grows throughout Asia, the Middle East and in Europe.   Rompin’s general manager Patrick Teoh says the firm currently grows the fruit on 450 hectares of land near the Endau-Rompin National […]