PAKISTAN: Mango production lower this year

Urbanisation, prolonged winter, fog, intense dust storms and rains are the main causes of low yield of mangoes this year, said former Mangoes Growers Association president Muzaffar Khakwani.   “Mango production has reduced to half compared to production last year, which is why the fruit is available at higher rates in the domestic market,” he […]

USA: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden helps mango growers succeed

by Laine Doss, Miami New Times   Last weekend, tens of thousands of people braved the scorching Miami heat index to purchase baby mango trees and fruit smoothies at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s annual mango festival. Although the festival is a highlight in the garden’s yearly events calendar, Fairchild plays a much more important role […]

PHILIPPINES: DOH waiting for reports on durian candy poisoning

by Alyosha J. Robillos, CNN Philippines   Following a food poisoning outbreak caused by durian candies over the weekend, the Caraga office of the Department of Health (DOH-Caraga) sent samples of patients’ bodily fluids to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Monday (June 13).   According to DOH-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Jose Llacuna, […]

USA: Mamey — A Tropical Miami Fruit That Should Become Mainstream

by Scott Bayer, Forbes   When it comes to fruit, there is no shopping experience quite like Miami. Particularly when going deep into the Latino areas, the store produce sections will have tropical fruits that are either exclusive or non-existent elsewhere in America. Some of the fruits that would be expensive or rare in, say, […]

PERU: San Mateo de Otao to export Cherimoya directly to Canada

In late July, the Association of Producers of Cherimoya Lucumay, located in the District of San Mateo de Otao in the province of Huarochiri, Lima region, will make its first direct export of 192 boxes of cherimoya to Toronto, Canada, with the support of the Sierra Exportadora.     The representative of the Association, Jacky […]

PHILIPPINES: Del Monte Arabia investing $250M in pineapple plantation in Palawan

by Bernie Magkilat, The Manila Bulletin   Del Monte Arabia is investing $250 million to develop at least 6,000 hectares into pineapple plantation in Palawan for the exports market   Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez revealed at a press conference for the launch of Palawan’s investment forum on July 28 and tourism and trade fair […]

CHINA: Company fined for trading 6-year-old papaya products

A Zhejiang province-based enterprise has been fined 1.4 million yuan ($225 481) for trading “zombie” papaya products, Qianjiang Evening News reported on Tuesday.     In a March raid, law enforcers seized 32.86 tons of frozen papaya pieces stored at a local warehouse in Ningbo city. The fruit products had been produced five to six […]

BANGLADESH: Bumper pineapple harvest in Srimangal

by Mintu Deshwara, The Daily Star   Indigenous farmers have achieved bumper production of pineapple at 30 villages in Srimangal upazila of the district this season.     Locals said the juicy and delicious fruit has always been growing abundantly in the area, which is known as ‘pineapple village.’   Growers said they have been cultivating […]

INDIA: Theni banana goes global

by S. Annamalai, The Hindu   A first-of-its-kind venture floated by the John Pennycuick Farmers’ Trust (JPFT) at Cumbum in Theni district of Tamil Nadu has proved to be a game changer.     In less than three months’ time, Aroma Banana, the trade arm of the trust, has turned the market for Theni banana […]

MALAYSIA: Black thorn durian commands a premium price

by Arnold Loh, Star News Network   It is almost symmetrically round like a ball and unlike other durians, it has a single blackish brown to dark brown thorn at the centre of its base.     The Black Thorn durian is at once one of the easiest durians to pick out and also one […]