AUSTRALIA: Renewed talks on TR4 (Tropical Race 4) farm conclude

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Arenewed round of negotiations on the proposed industry buyout of an Australian banana farm infested with the Tropical Race 4 (TR4) Panama disease has again concluded without a deal being reached.   The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) said it would now focus on other options in response to the outbreak, […]

MALAYSIA: Malaysia durian farmers demand mining clampdown

by Emily Chow, Reuters   Malaysian farmers of the famously pungent durian fruit are calling for tighter regulations on mining they say is destroying arable land and tainting the water they need to churn out their yellow, spiky-shelled crop.   Farmers in major growing state Pahang plan to spend nearly two weeks marching over 250 kilometers […]

SPAIN: “Malaga could become a leader in papaya production”

by Fresh Plaza   “As was the case with avocados ten or fifteen years ago, papayas are still fairly unknown in Europe, although things are now changing,” affirms Esperanza Rodríguez, sales manager at Tropical Millenium.   Just over a year ago, this Malaga-based company, specialised for years in the production and marketing of mango and […]

AUSTRALIA: avocado prices soar as supply goes pear-shaped

by Cecile Lefort, msn   While prices for most Australian commodities are bumping along the floor, local avocados are fetching a king’s ransom thanks to hostile weather, strict quarantine laws and a Christmas binge.   Outside South and Central America, where the fruit is native, Australia has the highest per-capita consumption in the world, at an […]

INDIA: Watermelons arrive early this year for parched throats in Cuttack

by Susant Kumar Das, I am in DNA of India     With a sudden jump in mercury in Odisha, the demand for the cool and lusciously succulent watermelons is picking up in the Millennium city as early as in February. The watermelons season, which usually starts in the month of March- April, has come at […]