INDIA: Alphonso mangoes arrive at APMC with four-digit price tag

The prices of Alphonso mangoes are set to leave a bitter taste in your mouth. The first batch arrived at APMC market in Vashi at the end of January and sellers have set a price tag of Rs 1,200 (USD 19.20) to Rs 1,500 (USD 24.00) for a dozen.   According to members of fruit […]

MALAYSIA: Private company invests USD 5.8 million to produce Harum Manis mango

JPB Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, the Northen Corridor Investment Authority (NCIA) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (Unimap) are collaborating to construct greenhouses to produce Harum Manis mangoes all year round in Perlis.   Besides Harum Manis the project, with an investment of RM21 million, involves growing Indian Red mangoes in greenhouses using an automatic fertigation system […]

DOMINICA: ‘Panama blight’ can wreak havoc on bananas, Exporters warn

Dominican Exporters Association (ADOEXPO) president Sadala Khoury on Sunday warned that the “Panama blight” is wreaking havoc on banana plantations in several countries and asked the authorities to take steps to prevent damages to one of the country’s main export products.   He said income from bananas is more than US$200 million annually, and the […]

BANGLADESH: Mango growers apprehensive of big damage to buds for severe cold

Mango orchard owners and traders of Rajshahi are afraid of incurring a big loss during the coming mango season as they are apprehending damage of blossoms due to severe cold and dense fog. It is learnt, to ensure a bumper production of mango, owners of the orchards have sprayed insecticides on their trees and mango-blossoms […]

PERU: Banana and plantain production to grow 2.6%

By Hillary Ojeda, Peru This Week   Consulting firm Maximixe sees production of bananas and plantains to increase 2.6% and bring with it a sum of US$ 136.9 million in exports in 2015.   The consulting firm announced that this 2.6% increase in production is a result of planting and management efforts in the banana […]

ISRAEL: Papaya breeder wins Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

Aviv Flowers Packing House has taken one of the produce industry’s most prestigious prizes, with a seedless papaya that boasts a complex flavor, a long shelf life and a lack of any pungent aftertaste.   The ‘Aurora’ papaya was 12 years in the making for breeder Assaf Avizohar, whose production was currently low but he had […]

AUSTRALIA: Researchers work to wipe out virus crippling banana industry

Banana Freckle Virus has crippled crops across the Northern Territory and teams are working around the clock to eradicate it before it spreads further.   The disease significantly reduces the growth of leaves and bunches of fruit on trees, as well as impacting appearance.   The only way to stop the virus is to destroy […]

PERU: Organic bananas afraid of Euro situation

“Last year, we exported 92% of what we produced to Europe, but this year we are reducing our volume of shipments to European destinations to 75% because we are afraid of what might happen to the Euro,” said Aingeru García, manager of APPBOSA.   Given the significant devaluation of the Euro and discontent on the […]

BANGLADESH: Banana growers happy over production, profit

The banana growers at different upazilas in the district are overjoyed, as they are making handsome profit by cultivating the crop on their lands in recent years.   According to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), different varieties of banana are being grown abundantly in the district including Malbhog, Sagor, Sabri, and Champa.   Saiful […]

AUSTRALIA: Lychee industry sets sights firmly on U.S.

The timing of the U.S. market opening couldn’t have been better for Australian litchi growers, who have seen their bumper crop running much later than normal.   In a release, grower-owned litch supplier representative The Avolution said while the harvest normally began in Far North Queensland in October, this year’s crop got underway in November […]

INDIA: No ripening chamber, mango traders brace for another bad season

by Parthasarathi Biswas, Indian Express   Ahead of another mango season, the Pune fruit market is staring at a likely loss. Traders and farmers have not forgotten last year’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raids that destroyed lakhs of mangoes for using calcium carbide to hasten the ripening process. They said a ripening chamber approved by […]

INDIA: Effective orchard management has improved mango harvests

by Laiqh A. Kahn, The Hindu   Until a few years ago, the harvest of mangoes used to alternate between ‘on year’ – when yield is bountiful – and ‘off year’, when the yield is scarce. This is no longer the case in Mysuru, say Horticulture Department officials in Mysuru.   Ever since the area […]