PHILIPPINES: PhilFruits Association to hold 23rd National Fruit Symposium

PRESS RELEASE:   The PhilFruits Association Inc. will be holding the 23rd National Fruit Symposium with the theme: “Let’s Make It Fruitful All Over”, on October 19-23, 2015 at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City.   The symposium will serve as venue for our participants and stakeholders to enhance their knowledge and skills towards a globally competitive […]

BANGLADESH: Poisonous pesticides sprayed on lychees killed 8 children

by Morshedur Rahman, bdnews24.com   The government’s disease control arm has found pesticides and chemicals sprayed on litchis responsible for the death of eight children in Dinajpur in 21 days.     “We became certain after visiting houses of those children and the litchi orchards and conducting necessary tests that their deaths were caused by […]

International Symposium on the ‘King of Fruits’

  Article contributed by Yacob Ahmad   The Durian, also known as the King of Fruits, is popular among Asians. The large thorny fruit which ‘smells like hell’, however is compensated with the most unique taste, for Asians at least. Most Westerners tend to show a disdain to the smell and taste as written by […]

VIETNAM: First Hung Yen longan batch to be shipped to US

According to Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Doan Thi Chai, the province has more than 20 hectares of longan granted regional codes for export to the US.   They crop has been grown by over 170 local households in Hong Nam commune in Hung Yen city and Ham […]

THAILAND: German demand rises for Thai pomelos

The Department of Agriculture (DOA) has been trying to improve the quality of Kao Nam Pueng pomelos, due to an increase in German demand.   Kao Nam Pueng pomelos have grown in popularity in Germany, which imports a large amount from China each year.   The fruit has a color similar to honey, while having […]

USA: CDFA warns farmers against guava fruit fly in California

A portion of Los Angeles County has been placed under quarantine for the guava fruit fly (GFF) following the detection of eight adult GFF within the City of Long Beach. The quarantine area in Los Angeles County measures 80 square miles, bordered on the north by Southern Avenue; on the south by E. Stearns Street; […]

MALAYSIA: Rambutan seeds to prevent diabetes

Two undergraduates from an Indonesian varsity have developed an innovative way of preventing diabetes, by using rambutan seeds.   The two, are Feni Juita Sari and Marleni, both 18, from the Fakultas Ilmu Kesehatan, Universiti U’budiyah in Banda Acheh, who have successfully produced a drink using the rambutan seeds.   According to Feni Juita, the […]

MALAYSIA: Farmers to grow MD2 variety pineapple

Sixty farmers in Kota Marudu will be the first in Sabah to grow a pineapple variety produced through tissue culture technology under a pilot project, after receiving 20,000 seedlings of the MD2 variety, Monday.   The seedlings were symbolically handed to them by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili […]

TURKEY: Watermelon production increases by 27,000 tonnes

In Antalya’s Manavgat district in Southern Turkey, the watermelon yield has increased by 27,000 tonnes in comparison with the year before. Two years ago watermelon produce harvest, from the fields and greenhouses totalled 73,000 tonnes, whereas last year 100,000 tonnes were produced.     Manavgat Food, Agriculture and Livestock chairman, Yesim Tiravoglu Demirtas, stated that […]

VIETNAM: Unseasonal fruits bring high profit to farmers in Mekong Delta

Farmers in the Mekong delta are harvesting early fruits at high cost; hence they are so excited. Farmer Le Van Ngoan in An Phu Tan commune in the Mekong delta province of Tra Vinh’s Cau Ke District said that early harvested mangosteen from his two acres of lands of mangosteen was sold at the price […]

SUDAN: Mixed farming system for banana export to Europe

The Director of Horticultural Sector at the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Badr-Eddin Al-Sheikh revealed that a 70-acre mixed farming agroforesty system will begin development in Singa, Sennar that will cultivate mahogany with banana within the framework of the Horticultural Export Project of bananas to Europe.   Dr. Al-Sheikh said that the project sent two experts […]

AUSTRALIA: Bees are not the top mango pollinators

Native flies, not bees, have come out as one of the top pollinators of mango trees according to a new study by a University of New England researcher.   “We found that native flies visited 20 per cent more frequently than bees and they were among the top transporters of pollen,” Dr Rader said.   […]