AUSTRALIA: Banana growers asked for pay voluntary levy

Australian banana growers are being asked to pay a voluntary levy to help reimburse North Queensland producers whose farms have been quarantined after being infected by the incurable Panama Disease Tropical Race IV (TR4).   Peak industry body, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), spoke with growers at North Queensland meetings this week about the introduction […]

USA: Record Mexican mango imports anticipated for Q2

The U.S. National Mango Board (NMB) is working with retailers to encourage promotional activities in the coming months amid anticipated larger volumes than normal coming from Mexico.   The NMB said the Mexican mango exporters’ association, EMEX, which represents the country’s export packing facilities, indicated this would be a ‘significant year’ for production.   As of […]

INDIA: Wet spells wipe out most mango orchards

by Vijaysinh Parmar & Himansshu Bhatt, Times of India   It seems mango lovers would have to be satisfied with water melons this summer.   Five spells of unseasonal rains since February have caused massive damage to the succulent kesar as well as Valsadi hafoos (alphonso); the latest wet bout being the most destructive.   […]

COLOMBIA: Rot affects avocado in coastal area

The General Management of the Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, ordered the implementation of measures to mitigate the radical rot that is affecting avocado in several municipalities in the region of Montes de Maria.     These measures were taken after the ICA implemented the 03496 resolution of October 30, 2014, which decreed the phytosanitary emergency […]

INDIA: Tamarind arrival poor in Manapparai

Poor arrival of tamarind has been affecting wholesale dealers in Manapparai who have been witnessing a serious fall in their profit margin.   Wholesale dealers say poor rainfall registered at and surrounding villages was one of the major reasons for the fall in the yield. The arrival had come down by about 25 per cent […]

NEW ZEALAND: Banana prices hit 30-year high

Bananas are the most expensive they have been in more than 30 years.   The latest food price index from Statistics New Zealand showed bananas at a record high of $3.05 per kg.   That’s the highest price recorded since 1981, which is as far back as records are available, said prices manager Chris Pike. […]

MEXICO: Big mango crop forecast

by Andy Nelson, The Packer   About 36 million boxes of Mexican mangoes are expected to be imported in the second quarter, 10% more than in the second quarter of 2014.   The Empacadoras de Mango de Exportación (EMEX) estimate also is expected to be 3% higher than in the second quarter of 2013, the […]

NICARAGUA: Mango seduces the US market

by Matilde Córdoba, El Nuevo Diario   The certification process conducted by MANGOSA before exporting fruit to the United States begins in the fields and includes a treatment that consists of submerging the mangoes in hot water.     The three Nicaraguan mango varieties that reach the shelves of supermarkets and stores in the United […]

BANGLADESH: Bumper mango production predicted

The process of mango formation has begun smoothly amid favourable climatic condition predicting bumper production of the most popular fruits in the northern districts this season.   The fruit setting stage is progressing now well and the tress started wearing eye-catching looks in the orchards, gardens and homestead areas.   According to official sources in […]

AUSTRALIA: Local markets ensure survival of cyclone-damaged farms

A Queensland fruit grower says local markets are playing a crucial role in helping farmers get back on their feet after Tropical Cyclone Marcia.     Bungundarra farmer David Groves says his family’s business, near Yeppoon, was badly damaged by the cyclone which hit the central Queensland coast in February.   But the Yeppoon markets […]

AUSTRALIA: New South Wales remains free of two major banana diseases

New South Wales remains free of two major exotic plant diseases which have rocked the banana industries in the Northern Territory and Queensland.   But plantations from the Nambucca to the Tweed will be checked for any sign of the disease Banana Freckle and Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4).     TR4 was discovered […]

USA: California drought putting avocado farmers out of business

Even though California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t mandating the agricultural sector to cut back water usage, the lack of rain is forcing some growers to put their farms up for sale.   Real estate agents with Re/Max Parkside Realtors say they’ve listed more and more farms in the past year because of the drought.   […]