SPAIN: Melon and watermelon mid-season with moderate prices

The melon and watermelon harvest in Almeria’s greenhouses is currently about half way through.   Melon prices have dropped slightly, with yellow melons reaching the highest levels, as they are sold for 0.30 to 0.60 Euro per kilo and Galia melons are sold for 0.30 to 0.40 Euro, while the Piel de Sapo reaches initial […]

CAMBODIA: Tycoon hopes to cash in on bananas

by May Kunmakara, Phnom Penh Post   Tokyo-based conglomerate All Nippon Airways Trading (ANA) is in talks with the Mong Reththy Group (MRG), to establish a banana plantation with plans to export to Japan, the Cambodian agriculture tycoon said on Friday.   Chairman of MRG, Mong Reththy, who is also a ruling party senator, said that […]

JAMAICA: Country to increase banana exports to UK

Jamaica is looking to increase its export of bananas to the United Kingdom one year after re-entering the market.   Jamaica resumed shipments in June 2014 after a six-year absence, due mainly to changes to the preferential agreement with the UK, as well as the effects of several hurricanes on the production of the fruit. […]

OMAN: banana can boost global farming efforts

by Sarah Macdonald, Times of Oman   A rare banana found in an oasis in Jebel Bani Jaber near Tiwi has pest-resistant characteristics that could help protect the global banana industry, said a German plant scientist.   Dr Andreas Buerkert, from the University of Kassel in Germany, together with Dr Sulaiman Al Khanjari, his former […]

CHINA: Malaysian durian ‘Musang King’ is a hit

by Rohani Mohd Ibrahim, Bernama   The ‘Musang King’ durian from Malaysia is much liked and highly demanded by the people in China and in 2013, the fruit was awarded China’s television stations’ CCTV 10 Best Agriculture Award, says Sean Lee, a Malaysian who runs a cafe chain in China.   He said the fruit became […]

INDIA: Lucrative price and bumper production make litchi traders happy

The litchi growers are happy now following a bumper production with lucrative prices of the delicious, juicy and fleshy seasonal fruit that has already appeared everywhere in the city.     The city is flooded with stocks from Gumla, Ranchi, Simdega, Khunti and Ramgarh. Orchards in Ranchi district’s Namkum, Bariatu, Morabadi and areas in around […]

INDIA: Plantain saree is the new black

by Sunish Jacob Mathew, On Manamara   Conventionally, the fibre of plantain stems has for long been considered to be of no use. But a women’s self-help group in Chennai has proved the conventional wisdom wrong.     They have proved that plantain fibre can be used to weave high-quality sarees, and leading them from […]