JAMAICA: Banana industry vigilant against new threat

by Christopher Serju, Jamaica Gleaner   The Banana Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has started a sensitisation programme about Panama Tropical Race 4 (PD TR4), a disease which is posing a global threat to bananas and plantains. The programme, which began in St James targeting the technical officers in the […]

AUSTRALIA: Star fruit thrives after Tropical Cyclone Marcia hit, destroying other crops

The star fruit might be the saving grace for some cyclone-affected farmers in central Queensland.   While many fruit crops were decimated by Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February the unusual fruit, also known as the carambola, seems to be thriving.   Fruit grower Ian Groves’ mango and avocado trees experienced severe damage in the cyclone. […]

PHILIPPINES: Banana exporters want say in China talks

by Carmelito Q. Francisco, Business World   Banana growers have appealed to the government to give them a seat in ongoing trade talks between the Philippines and China as well as with other countries where the fruit is exported.   Industry representatives, in a recent dialogue with government officials, sought the help of the Mindanao Development […]

AUSTRALIA: Northern Territory banana replanting progresses

The Banana Freckle Eradication Program has officially moved into Phase Two, with the focus now on replanting in 2016.     Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe said the community can play an active role by signing up for the free Sentinel Replanting Program.   “We’re encouraging residents to register for […]

PAKISTAN: 25% increase in mango exports possible

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and Agriculture Production Chairman Ahmad Jawad said that value addition helps to widen market scope and reduce post harvest loses which gives the product a higher value.   He said that the processing and value addition is a necessary intervention in the […]

JAPAN: Man buys watermelon for $2,800

A buyer has paid more than $2,800 for a premium watermelon from northern Japan.   The broker was one of several people bidding at the wholesale market in Asahikawa City. At the year’s first auction, 84 Densuke watermelon were for sale.   Consumers prize the variety, from the town of Toma, for its extra sweet […]

SUDAN: Bit Badi and Sanusia mango varieties prove popular in festival

by Mohamed Al-Amin, Sudan Vision Daily   The Gardening Society organized the 20th Mango Festival at Coral Hotel in Khartoum on the 2nd week of June, under the comprehensive auspices of the Khartoum legislative council. The festival provided a forum for mango stakeholders such as farmers, producers, exporters, manufacturers, the experienced, and researchers, as well as […]

TFNet welcomes Dr. Mohd Desa Haji Hassim as new CEO

The International Tropical Fruits Network has appointed Dr. Mohd Desa Haji Hassim as the new Chief Executive Officer, who assumed the post starting 1 June 2015.   Dr. Desa took over upon the retirement of Yacob Ahmad, who served as CEO since August 2009.   Most recently, Dr. Desa served as the Head of Agriculture […]

USA: Low-altitude images allow early detection of avocado disease

Low-altitude aerial images can detect laurel wilt, a devastating avocado disease, giving growers an early way to identify diseased trees and perhaps help reduce losses to the $100 million-a-year economic impact avocados provide Florida.   Reza Ehsani, an associate professor in agricultural and biological engineering at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake […]

INDIA: Cultivating a crop for the future

by Anitha Pailoor, Decan Herald   The demand for jackfruit is on the rise. Traders from Hyderabad buy raw jackfruit straight from the farm, while there is a good market for fruits in Bengaluru.” Krishnamurthy, a farmer from Venkatagiri Kote situated near the Bengaluru-Hyderabad highway, is confident about the future prospects of this largest known […]

INDIA: Papaya reaps rich dividends in Kabirdham

Local farmers of villages in Kabirdham district are opting for the soil test before cultivation of suitable vegetable and fruit-bearing plants. A local farmer doubled his income by growing papaya after testing soil on his land.   Parasram of village Bundeli in Sahaspur Lohara Development Block has grown papayas on his one and half hectare […]

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

Farmers in northern Hung Yen province have reason to cheer as their first batch of longan will be dispatched to the United States shortly.   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 […]