INDIA: Indian mango growers expand their horizons

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet   Mango growers from several districts in Karnataka, India are set to travel overseas in March to study cultivation methods, with the ultimate goal of gaining knowledge and exporting more to certain overseas markets. Karnataka State Mango Development Board chairperson Kamalakshi Rajanni announced that the region would be aiming to export some […]

SOUTH KOREA: Clamps down on CA citrus

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   South Korea has begun rejecting consignments of Californian citrus due to the presence of Fuller’s rose beetle eggs, California Ag Today has reported. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, director of the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Lindcove Research and Extension Centre, said the issue stems from a change to the Asian nation’s quarantine […]

AUSTRALIA: Lychees land record returns for growers with new, niche varieties

by David Sparkes and Charlie McKillop, ABC Rural   Record prices and export growth have helped to soften the blow of variable lychee production in many growing areas. With about four weeks remaining in the season, the industry has been buoyed by strong consumer demand for lychees which, has been partially driven by the popularity of […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Good prospects for pomegranate season

by Nichola Watson, Fresh Plaza   It is two weeks before the pomegranate harvest in South Africa and it is a very busy time in the orchards. It is also the time when the fruit is most vulnerable to pests. “Everything looks good but you can’t tell for sure until you take the fruit off the […]

SPAIN: Geothermal system to grow papayas

by Ian Crawford, Fresh Plaza   Felix Sanjuan is an industrial engineer who has worked in several countries throughout his career. When he was about to retire he decided to come up with some kind of occupation that was compatible with his retirement, included being creative, and that allowed him to continue having a physical and […]

AUSTRALIA: Katherine mango and citrus farm to expand banana plantation after successful trial

by Daniel Fitzgerald, ABC Rural     A Katherine farm will plant more bananas after a successful trial of the crop, while most of the Top End is restricted from growing bananas following the outbreak of Banana Freckle. A trial plot of 600 banana plants was planted in at Seven Fields’ mango and citrus orchard in […]

AUSTRALIA: Experiencing its longest rambutan harvest in memory

by Matt Brann, ABC Rural     The Northern Territory’s rambutan industry is experiencing one of its longest harvest periods on record. Some growers started picking the bright red tropical fruit back in October and will still be harvesting for at least another month. It is believed the drawn out harvest has been triggered by unusual […]

AUSTRALIA: Largest Dragon Fruit farm busy harvesting one of its biggest crops on record

by Matt Brann, ABC Rural   Pickers are working flat out on Australia’s largest dragon fruit farm, which is on track to produce its biggest crop on record. Located in Darwin’s rural area, the family-owned farm is supplying the colourful fruit to markets across the country. Grower Marcus Karlsson said the bumper crop came down to […]

BANGLADESH: Mixed gardening sees success

by Mirza Shakil, The Daily Star     Mixed gardening, the practice of growing different fruits and crops on the same land, sees success in Madhupur garh area of the district. The hilly lands in the region are suitable for the innovative cultivation that brings extra profit, said farmers and agricultural officials. Ainal Haque of […]

MALAYSIA: Papaya leaf juice hikes platelet count, being studied as cure to dengue

The health ministry of Malaysia is still conducting studies on the use of papaya leaf juice to cure dengue fever, said its Director-General, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Bin Abdullah. He said clinical studies by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) on the papaya leaf juice on a dengue fever patient (non-hemorrhagic dengue fever and class […]