PAKISTAN: Brilliant uses of banana peels

Pakistanis consume billions of bananas each year, making the fruit one of the most popular foods in our country. As compiled from, Reader’s Digest, and Prevention magazine, here are reasons to never trash banana peels again.   To grill a juicier piece of chicken You’re a grilling expert, except when it comes to skinless chicken breasts or […]

AUSTRALIA: Panama disease puts focus on banana imports

by Ashley Walmsley, Queensland Country Life   Long-term implications from the detection of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) could re-open the discussion on banana imports.   But the Federal Department of Agriculture is confident the presence of Panama disease in Australia would not have implications for fresh banana imports from other countries.   From […]

PERU: Heavy rainfall causes delay in avocado harvest, hikes up prices

by Hillary Ojeda, Peru This Week   Heavy rainfall in the Peruvian southern region of Ayacucho causes higher prices and a delayed harvest for avocado farmers.   Peru was recently declared the second highest exporter of avocados this year, therefore it is a high-performing fruit for the country. Therefore, the avocado earns a high market […]

VANUATU: Banana farmers face bleak future after Cyclone Pam

by Ed King, RTCC News   Crops and livestock that Vanuatu’s citizens rely on for their livelihoods have been almost entirely wiped out by Cyclone Pam, which hit the South Pacific island nation last weekend.   A government assessment sent to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation reports that the banana crop has been “almost […]

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Exports chief plays down impact from US agro ban

The head of Dominican Republic’s Exports and Investment Center (CEI-RD) on Thursday announced government support for producers affected by the US ban on several Dominican agro products, listed as hosts of the fruit fly.   Jean Alain Rodriguez all products that were in transit would enter US territory due to international standards, but noted that […]

BANGLADESH: Rangpur farmers expect bumper litchi production

by Sayed Mofidul Babu, The Financial Express   The farmers of Rangpur division are much delighted in witnessing the blooming litchi trees, predicting a bumper yield of the fleshy and juicy fruit this year.   Sirajul Islam, a litchi grower of Ranipukur area at Mithapukur upazila said that more than 90 per cent of litchi […]