TFNet attends FAO’s intersessional meeting on citrus greening disease

The Intergovernmental Group on Citrus Fruit of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with support of Chinese Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDAAS), recently organized the Intersessional Meeting on Citrus Greening Disease (Huanglongbing) on 2-4 December 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Guangzhou City.     The meeting gathered about 30 experts […]

TFNet CEO pays courtesy calls to stakeholders in Thailand

BANGKOK, THAILAND: TFNet CEO Dr. Desa Hassim paid a courtesy visit to Kanit Likhitvidhayavuth, Deputy Director General of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DOAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperative (MOAC) on the 17th December 2015.   During the visit, he encouraged the DOAE to join TFNet and represent Thailand as a country member. Thailand is an important […]

New Year Message from the CEO

I wish you members and friends of TFNet a happy new year!   In 2016, TFNet turns 16 years and will continue to play a major role in facilitating international cooperation in production, consumption, logistics, markets, and trade development in the global tropical fruit sector.  I would like to take a moment to update you […]

TFNet CEO Presents on the Global Pineapple Scenario in the National Pineapple Conference in Malaysia

TFNet CEO Dr. Desa Hassim attended the Malaysian Pineapple Conference held in Riverside Hotel, Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia on 1-2 December 2015.   The conference was organized by the Malaysia Pineapple Industrial Board (MPIB), supported by the State government of Sarawak during the celebrations of the National Farmers, Livestock Breeder and Fishermen Day. This national event […]

PHILIPPINES: Banana growers bracing for ASEAN competition

by Carmelito Q. Francisco, Business World   Banana growers and exporters in the Philippines, currently the second biggest such industry in the world, are bracing for competition from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which have started to develop banana plantations.   Among the ASEAN countries that are venturing into banana […]

USA: Banana disease continues to spread on Hawaii’s Big Island

Farmers on Hawaii’s Big Island are worried after a disease affecting banana plants was found north of Hilo despite a quarantine effort. The banana bunchy top virus, which stunts the growth of banana plants and deforms their fruit, was first found on Oahu in 1989 and arrived in Kailua-Kona the next decade, reported the Hawaii […]

INDIA: Banana, casuarina farms too wiped out

by Sruthisagar Yamunan, The Hindu   While paddy as the principal crop has been the focus in the aftermath of the floods that ravaged the northern districts, farmers who had taken to horticulture also report heavy losses. Across Cuddalore and Kancheepuram, fields of banana, papaya and watermelon have been inundated following rains earlier this month. […]

BIOVERSITY INTERNATIONAL: Farmer-friendly method controls banana Xanthomonas wilt disease

by N. Capozio, Bioversity International   Livelihoods in East and Central Africa are seriously threatened by Xanthomonas wilt, a disease that attacks bananas causing up to 100% yield loss and severely damaging the livelihoods and food security of banana farming households across the region.   Banana Xanthomonas wilt first struck East Africa in the early […]

AUSTRALIA: An interesting year for those in Western Australia’s fresh produce sector

by Tyne McConnon, ABC Rural   Those involved in Western Australia’s fresh produce sector are describing 2015 as an interesting year. It has been a year that has seen crops devastated in the north by Cyclone Olwyn but also a year that has witnessed avocado production skyrocket.     General manager of WA Farm Direct […]

TFNet CEO visits Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Science

GUANGZHOU CITY, CHINA: TFNet CEO Dr. Desa Hassim pays a courtesy visit to Dr. Yi Ganjun, Vice President of the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDAAS). Dr. Yi is also the Vice Chairperson of the TFNet Board of Trustees.   During the visit, issues and ideas on how to improve TFNet services and its sustainability […]