MEXICO: Country upgrades phytosanitary status of Chiapas mango growers

Mexican mango growers in part of the state of Chiapas are to benefit from the country improving the area’s phytosanitary status.   The Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA) declared the southeast region in the state’s municipality of Tonalá to have a low prevalence of the Anastrepha fruit fly species.   Chiapas […]

COSTA RICA: Pineapple exports to U.S. down 19% in H1

Costa Rican pineapple exports were significantly lower in the first half of 2015 over the previous year, with adverse weather and unfavorable exchange rates likely contributing to the decline.   The Central American country shipped 15% less of the tropical fruit between January and June year-on-year, to reach total volumes of 933,800 metric tons (MT), […]

MEXICO: Methyl bromide banned in banana farms

Mexican authorities claim a new norm for fighting Moko disease without methyl bromide will improve public health and disease control.   In a release, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) said the new Official Mexican Rule NOM-068-SAG/FITO-2015 aimed to update techniques for fighting the disease, modifying a rule that was implemented in 2000. […]

INDIA: Country’s first field gene bank for litchis set up in Bihar

by Imran Khan, Bilkul Online   Aiming to conserve and improve the quality of litchis, the sweet and juicy summer fruit has acquired its first field gene bank in India – and possibly in the world – in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, renowned for its ‘shahi’ (kingly) variety.   “After approval from the Indian Council of Agricultural […]

AUSTRALIA: Avocado farmer tests the effect of biochar

by Fiona Pepper and Bridget Fitzgerald,   For thousands of years charcoal or biochar has been added to soil to increase fertility and water retention.     The Denmark Biochar group in the Western Australia’s south-west is convinced of the benefits to soil, and is developing kilns to create charcoal.   Bart Lebbing, the […]

CHINA: Durians pack a nutritional punch, but they are fattening

by Sasha Gonzales, South China Morning Post   It’s durian season, and that means an abundance of the spiky green fruit with the thick and creamy, custard-like flesh. Some people can stop eating at just one or two seeds, but for diehard durian fans, there is no such thing as enough when it comes to the […]

AUSTRALIA: Panama tropical race 4 response stretches budgets and friendships in banana heartland

by Charlie McKillop,   A lot has changed in the six months since the soil disease, Panama tropical race 4 (TR4), was found in the Tully Valley in the banana production heartland of far north Queensland.     Fences have gone up, signs erected warning the public not to enter farms, and banana growers have […]

PERU: Mission Produce sends first-ever shipment of avocados to China

Mission Produce Inc. in Oxnard, CA, has exported the first-ever container of fresh avocados from Peru to China. The load was grown on Mission-owned ranches in Peru, and packed at Mission’s Avocado Packing facility in Chao, Peru.   This first shipment left the port of Paita, Peru, and will arrive at the Chinese port of […]

NEW ZEALAND: Avocados head to Mumbai as IG International expands portfolio

IG International has began its first ever import campaign shipping New Zealand-grown avocados to India.   Arriving airfreight in Mumbai, this is the inaugural avocado consignment to be marketed by IG International Pvt, Ltd, one of the country’s leading fresh fruit and vegetable import-export companies.   Imported from Delica Ltd, a New Zealand avocado grower […]

INDIA: Bananas rich in iron may come to markets soon

by Gokul Rajendran, Times of India   Taking the research on banana forward, the National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB), Trichy, is working on a project to bring out an ‘iron-rich banana’ variety. The centre is roping in farmers to adopt the latest technology to achieve profit in the cultivation of banana.   “NRCB has […]

NEW ZEALAND: Creative solutions come from banana shortage

by Katie Kenny,   One supermarket has found a creative solution to the banana shortage in fobbing off its baked goods.   Packets of banana bread were spotted beneath a sign for “loose bananas” at Countdown in Newtown, Wellington, this week.     The fruit is in short supply after a ship bringing them […]

INDIA: Farmer tops in growing Garcinia fruits

by Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau   Thirty-one-year-old Anil Balanja from Belthangady Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district who has grown over 500 varieties of fruits in his farm was felicitated by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research and Central Horticultural Experiment Station for collection and conservation of garcinia species at Madikeri recently.   On 25 acres […]