COSTA RICA: Tight pineapple market expected until year-end

Adverse weather in Costa Rica has affected pineapple production in the country, and, as a result, shipments of the fruit to the United States have suffered. Because Costa Rican imports make up the bulk of pineapple supplies right now, the market has fluctuated in recent weeks.   “Volume is about 17 percent down for us,” […]

PERU: Bondholder exodus sparked by El Niño as avocado grower plummets

by  John Quigley, Bloomberg   El Nino is prompting bond investors to flee Peru’s Camposol SA.   The world’s biggest avocado exporter has seen its $125 million of notes due in 2017 tumble 11 percent in the past three months as the higher-than-normal temperatures associated with the weather pattern reduce production. That’s compared to a 0.7 percent average […]

INDIA: Jain Irrigation bags USD 113 million mango pulp supply contract from Coca-Cola

Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd has signed a 3-year contract for supply of mango pulp with Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (HCCBPL), the largest bottler of Coca-Cola in India. The contract is valued at Rs 751 crore at current year’s supply prices. This is the third consecutive 3-year contract executed with Jains.   Jain Irrigation’s food […]

USA: Scientists unlock pineapple’s genetic secrets

by Will Dunham, Reuters   The pineapple, the tropical fruit enjoyed by people worldwide in slices, chunks, juice, upside-down cakes, jam, tarts, ice cream, yogurt, stir-fry dishes, piña coladas, glazed ham and even Hawaiian pizza, is finally giving up its genetic secrets.     Scientists on Monday said they have sequenced the genome of the pineapple, […]

USA: Pineapple genome offers insight into photosynthesis in drought-tolerant plants

By sequencing its genome, scientists are homing in on the genes and genetic pathways that allow the juicy pineapple plant to thrive in water-limited environments. The new findings, reported in the journal Nature Genetics, also open a new window on the complicated evolutionary history of grasses like sorghum and rice, which share a distant ancestor with […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango quality in firing line with near-infrared scanning gun used to measure fruit quality

by Matt Brann, ABC Rural   More and more growers and mango businesses are turning to technology to make sure the quality of their fruit is spot on before sending them to market.     Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, demonstrated one of the tools on offer, known as a dry matter […]

BANGLADESH: Papaya cultivation changes farmer life at Ishwardi

Cultivation of papaya, a vegetable for all seasons, has changed the lot of a large number of farmers in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna district in recent times. Sources said, about 27,000 farmers of Awatapara under the Ishwardi upazila of Pabna district have been provided with technical support by the Regional Fisheries and Livestock Development Component […]

UK: Avocado prices set to soar as adverse weather cuts production by third

Britain’s growing army of avocado lovers are facing hefty increases in the cost of their favourite healthy salad food, according to a new report.   Prices of avocado, which is increasingly popular with health-conscious Britons, could be set for a steep hike as global demand rockets, the latest research shows.   Leading producers are warning that […]

INDIA: Rotten Year for Muzaffarpur’s Shahi Lychee, Farmers Seek Help

by Jaskirat S. Bawa, The Quint   For decades, consignments of Muzaffarpur’s famous Shahi Lychee would be sent to New Delhi marked for the President, the Prime Minister and various other dignitaries.   Not this year.   2015 saw one of the worst harvests of Lychee in years, owing to excessive rains, prolonged winters.   Farmers […]

OMAN: Village looks forward to rich pomelo harvest

by Ona, Times of Oman   Ba’ad village in the wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the Governorate of North Al Sharqiyah is one of the most important agricultural villages in Oman, thanks to the high fertility of its soil and availability of fresh water.   Despite its limited agricultural land, the farms in Ba’ad village […]

CHINA: Joyvio ventures into the banana business

On the back of Joyvio’s moves into kiwifruit and blueberries over the last couple of years, the Chinese produce giant has now launched its own line of bananas.   As of Oct. 25, Joyvio-branded bananas imported from the Philippines have been entering major cities across the country, including Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian.   “How can we be […]

GAMBIA: Project increases mango volumes

The support that the Radville Farms Outgrower Project gave to farmers, has been credited as one of the reasons for the increase in mango production in Greater Banjul Area.   The project provided farmers with D6,000 worth of harvesting trays and the mango processing machine was extended.   Food farming practices and the good mango […]