INDIA: Institute develops virus-tolerant papaya

Two virus-tolerant varieties of papaya seeds promise to increase the fruit yield for farmers in western India.   The city-based regional station of Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) has developed ‘Pune Selection-3’ and ‘Pune Selection-1’ lines of papaya seeds that have shown tolerance to Papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) – globally identified as the common yet […]

COSTA RICA: First carbon-neutral banana company recognized

by Zach Dyer, Tico Times   A “green” banana never looked so good. Costa Rica’s Environment Ministry (MINAE) recognized Finca San Pablo as the country’s first carbon neutral banana farm during a ceremony Monday.   Finca San Pablo’s general manager, Geraldo Mora, told The Tico Times that the company wanted to go carbon neutral to help the environment […]

SPAIN: Winds damage avocado and banana crops

Damage to agriculture caused by strong winds last weekend have been estimated at 70% for avocado crops and at 50% for bananas in some areas of the Canary Islands. This is the general assessment carried out by technicians of the Agricultural Extension Agencies and reported by the Council this Tuesday.   According to the agricultural […]

INDIA: Mango prices to go up as EU lifts ban

by Niranjan Kaggere, Bangalore Mirror   While state-based mango-growers are going gung-ho about the European Union’s (EU) decision to lift ban on Indian mangoes, domestic consumers will end up paying a premium for the export-quality mangoes that will be sparsely available in the local markets.   EU had imposed a temporary ban on Indian fruits and […]

AUSTRALIA: Fears rain may spread banana disease

by Cleo Fraser, Yahoo Australia   Biosecurity officers fear recent downpours in north Queensland may spread a fungal banana plant disease which has the potential to wipe out the $570 million industry.   A farm near Tully, in the heart of the rich banana growing industry, was last week quarantined after initial tests came back positive […]

MOZAMBIQUE: Firm exports 3,000 tonnes of bananas to South Africa

A firm in Guija in Mozambique’s southern Gaza province has exported 3,000 tonnes of bananas to the South African market, according to state radio on Tuesday.Radio Mozambique said the fruit has earned up to US$1 million for the African Food Company based in Chongoene.   The station said the joint venture production unit, launched in […]

FIJI: Papaya export down

by Felix Chaudhary, The Fiji Times Online   The papaya export sector has been affected by pests, wet weather and increased local demand, says Nature’s Way Co-operative Ltd CEO Michael Brown.   Papaya, once the country’s premier export, has now been superseded by eggplant demand from the New Zealand market.   The head of the Nadi-based […]

VIETNAM: Toxic kumquats highlight Vietnam’s pesticide problem

At Lunar New Year, most Vietnamese families buy a kumquat tree — a symbol of prosperity — but where once its fruits were candied and enjoyed as a delicacy, now they are left uneaten as food safety scandals batter consumer confidence in local produce.   While communist Vietnam may not make as many global headlines […]

AUSTRALIA: Farmers in shock over banana disease scare

Queensland’s banana farmers always knew it was possible a devastating fungal disease could emerge in the state.   AND now it looks like it has, they’re praying it doesn’t spread.   Australian Banana Growers’ Council chairman Doug Phillips has worked his banana farm near South Johnstone for 13 years.   His 16-hectare property is about […]

JAMAICA: $1.4 mn allocated to revitalize banana industry

The Jamaican government announced Thursday that it has allocated 172 million Jamaican dollars (US $1.4 million) to revitalize the banana industry for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.   The government said in a statement that starting April 1, one square mile of land (381 hectares) will be planted with the fruit and support will be provided […]

Workshop on Market Access for Tropical Fruits held in Sudan

The workshop on ‘Enhancing Market Access for Tropical Fruits in East Africa and GCC Countries through Quality Improvement, Proper Post Harvest Handling and Pest and Disease Management’ at the Grand Holiday Villa Hotel, Khartoum, Sudan from 4-5 March 2015 was jointly organized by the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Sudan […]

INDIA: Sudden chill worries mango farmers

by Himanshu Bhatt   Mango and chikoo farmers of south Gujarat are spending anxious moments after the sudden change in climate since Saturday resulted in temperatures dropping sharply.   They fear withering of flowers and small fruits from the trees, increase in pest and other diseases if the same weather persists. While there was no […]