TFNet CEO participates in the ISSAAS Tokyo 2015

TFNet Chief Executive Officer Dr. Desa Hassim presented a paper on “Gac Fruit As A Potential Superfruit For Economic And Social Well Being” during the 2015 International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences (ISSAAS) International Congress and General Meeting held at Tokyo University of Agriculture on 7-9 November 2015.   A total of 400 participants […]

Fruitful All Over: a tribute to TFNet

A poem by Dr. Arturo M. Alegado, Dean, Bataan Peninsula State University   During the gathering of fruit enthusiasts With a group of minds having the same insights In the promotion of fruit all throughout To produce fruits, the best food of life.   With the Philfruit Association Symposium Various ideas were unveiled and known […]

MALAYSIA: USD 463 mil from Durian, white coffee sales to China

The Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) extended their invitation to China investors on business partnership in the state under “One Belt one Road” initiative.   SUCCC President, Datuk Seri Panglima Gan Sau Wah J.P. said Sabah not only was within the One Belt One Road initiative, but also had other advantages like political […]

NEW ZEALAND: Bright avocado season predicted

by Carmen Hall, New Zealand Herald   Avocado volumes have dropped 40 per cent this season. Carmen Hall asks NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular about the fewer numbers and the future of the industry.   Why such a drop in volumes? It’s a good question. Volumes of avocados being produced by New Zealand growers […]

USA: Tropical mango trees can easily be grown in pots

by Paul Barbano, Cape Gazette   An old saying goes, “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” The most popular fresh fruit in the United States isn’t apples or oranges but the tropical banana, probably because bananas are available year round. However the most popular fruit in the world isn’t the banana, […]

NEW ZEALAND: What to do with tamarind?

by Ginny Grant, Stuff   Despite its name (the Arabic “tamar hindi” translates as “date of India”), the tamarind tree hails originally from Africa, though its presence in Indian and South-East Asia dates back more than 2000 years.   The fruit is a bean-like pod. The immature fruit is greenish, with highly acidic flesh. As […]

CANADA: Pineapple now a leather alternative for shoes

Seven years in the making, a designer in the Philippines has found that pineapple leaves can be used an alternative to leather.     The product, named Pinatex, is a middle-ground between traditional leather and petroleum based textiles says designer Carmen Hijosa. The pineapple-based alternative has been used in prototypes for both Puma and Camper.   Pineapples […]

AUSTRALIA: Queensland farmer helps build mango industry in Vietnam

by Eliza Rogers, ABC Rural     Seth Morton doesn’t fit the mould of a typical Australian mango farmer. He has a passion for audio engineering and film, and spends most of his time tending mango orchards in Vietnam and empowering the local people. As his family-owned farm grapples with a personal loss, Mr Morton […]