DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Government to start direct banana purchases

The Dominican Republic government plans to buy bananas directly from growers and resell in domestic markets in a bid to prevent price speculation.   Agriculture Minister Ángel Estévez made the announcement highlighting growers were about to start harvests and would have ample supply despite the impacts of drought and tropical storm Erika.   Estévez emphasized […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango production forecast down on last year

by Lara Webster, ABC   As the Queensland mango picking season looms, the industry is forecasting a drop in national production.   Pre-harvest preparations have begun in the Sunshine State, and the Australian Mango Industry Association has anticipated the national crop will be down by about one-and-a-half million trays from last year’s record crop of […]

INDIA: Farmers advised to destroy Guava trees in Dindigul

The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has identified a root-knot nematode in Guava cultivated in Dindigul region. The department of nematology has suggested farmers either to take preventive steps or destroy the affected plants.   “In Tamil Nadu, guava is cultivated on a large scale in and around Ayakudi of Dindigul district. Recently, TNAU observed […]

USA: Although It’s a Niche Market, Guava Can Be Profitable

by Brad Buck, News Wise   Asian guava orchards can bring nine times the profit as mango and avocado, all staples of South Florida’s agricultural sector, a new University of Florida study shows.   But Edward “Gilly” Evans, a UF/IFAS associate professor of food and resource economics, cautioned that guava is a niche market that […]

USA: A pesky fly threatens Florida’s fruit industry

by Alahe Izadi, The Bulletin   What’s the biggest enemy to Miami-Dade County’s $1.6 billion agriculture industry? A little fruit fly. Specifically, the Bactrocera dorsalis, or oriental fruit fly.   The flies, described by Florida’s Agriculture Department as one of the industry’s “most devastating pests,” were first spotted in the county Aug. 26. Since then, […]