GUAM: Malojloj is home to popular dragonfruit farm

by Juan Aguon Charfauros, Kuam News   Many looking for their pitaya or dragonfruit fix, head over to the roadside stand in Barrigada situated in front of the National Guard Readiness Center. There you will find a longtime farmer simply known as, Mr. Liu.     Now for those of you who have yet to […]

VIETNAM: Bac Giang earns millions from lychee

The northern province of Bac Giang has earned around VND2.7 trillion (about US$123.8 million) from lychees so far this year.   Domestic consumption for the 190,000 tonnes harvested accounted for about 55 per cent, which was the first time local consumption surpassed exports, said vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Duong Van Thai.   […]

INDIA: Women make noodles from jackfruit

​Nine women from the ‘Hallisiri’ organisation have been successful in preparing jackfruit noodles. After almost a month’s hard work, these women have created different types of noodles, semia, muru-kku and chakkuli from raw jackfruit-incorporated batter.   Manjamma S Balaya, president of the nine-member organisation, said, “We have been preparing at least 90 value-added products from […]

INDIA: Mango exports to touch 45k tonnes as new markets emerge worldwide

As the mango season is coming to an end, mango exports have stopped from Maharashtra and Gujarat, but a few tonnes are being exported from Uttar Pradesh. Government statistics reveals that some 9,000 tonnes of mango have been exported from Maharashtra to Europe this season as against 7,000 tonnes the previous year.   Since Europe […]

COSTA RICA: Companies diversify exports to Chile

by L. Arias, The Tico Times   Chunky-style sauce, rambutan fruit, sugarless candy and even pet snacks are some of the new exports that Costa Rican producers will begin distributing in Chile in coming months.     During recent business trips organized by Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER), local companies signed contracts to […]

MALAYSIA: Durian charity festival will benefit terminally ill children

Durian lovers who want to enjoy the King of Fruits and at the same time chip in to help fulfil wishes of terminally ill children have slightly more than a week to buy their tickets for Jom Durian 8.   Touted as the biggest charity durian fest in the country, Jom Durian 8 is going […]

INDIA: Banana prices to be stable during August-September

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has forecast that prices of ‘poovan’ and ‘karpooravalli’ varieties of bananas will be stable during August-September and the farm gate price would hover around Rs.15 – 17 (USD 0.24 – 0.27)  per kg.   Nendran banana would fetch Rs. 28 – 30 (USD 0.44 – 0.47) per kg as it […]

CAMBODIA: Mango Exports Looking Sweeter

by Un Raksmey, Khmer Times   Mango exporters in Kampong Speu province are gaining traction in Asian markets and expect overseas deliveries to increase by 50 percent in the coming season.   In Chhay Van, president of the Kampong Speu Mango Association, projects that the association’s members will export nearly 15,000 tons of mangoes during […]

MYANMAR: Mango farmers frustrated by money changers

by Khin Su Wai, Myanmar Times   The Ministry of Commerce is working to arbitrate a Mandalay dispute between mango farmers and the Muse money changers they claim are giving them an unfair deal.   Local mango farmers and merchants generally export their produce to nearby China, and often must make use of informal currency […]

COSTA RICA: Avocado prices to increase due to high cost of Peruvian imports

Randall Benavides, president of the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of perishable products, confirmed that Costa Rica had imported 15 containers of avocado from Peru, which are priced 50% higher than the ones imported from Mexico, during the past seven weeks. Thus, he said, avocado prices could increase and a unit could cost up to […]

INDIA: Avocados flood Chennai markets but finds few takers

Avocados are here. The pear-shaped fruit, also known as butter fruit for its taste and texture, has arrived in the city markets from Kodaikanal a month earlier this year. About two tonnes of avocados have been flooding the Koyambedu market every day since the first week of July. Traders across the state say the yield […]

AUSTRALIA: Quarantined Queensland banana growers get $684,000 payment but ‘still out of pocket’

by Craig Zonca and Charlie McKillop, ABC   Two far north Queensland banana growers say they are “surprised and dismayed” to have learned in the media today payments totalling close to $700,000 were the final instalments to be made to them after being quarantined due to the devastating disease, Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4).   […]