EUROPEAN UNION: Extra EU support for Cyprus’ citrus sector

  EU support is set to counteract the Russian food embargo on European food products; Cyprus’ Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis is set to secure additional EU support for the local citrus trees sector and agriculture in general.   “I want to stress that so far we have succeeded in obtaining support for the citrus sector, […]

INFO: Spanish citrus shipment to China was illegal

  On Tuesday 15 March, two thousand crates of Spanish lemons and oranges were destroyed at a Chinese port. Two days later, Spanish diplomatic confirmed that the 20-ton shipment destroyed did not meet export requirements and that they approved the decision not to allow the fruit shipment into the Asian Market.   On March 11, […]

AUSTRALIA: Targeting citrus gall wasp with natural enemies

  Citrus gall wasp (CGW) has recently emerged as a major pest in southern citrus crops; in order to deal with the problem the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is leading a project with entomologist Jianhua Mo, who aims to manage the pest with its natural enemies, new generation pesticides and environmentally-friendly repellents.   […]

INFO: Florida Citrus Commission forecasts revenues

  On Wednesday 16 March, the Florida Citrus Commission advised staff to project revenues for operations on the basis of a much-smaller crop thaN in the current year. The commission is under pressure from a large group of growers which called on them to downsize in February, as the industry is facing its worst growing […]

PAKISTAN: Mango exporters expected to hit 215,000 ton target

by Yzza Ibrahim, Fresh Plaza   The mango crop in Pakistan has met expectations this year. Growers, orchard owners and exporters were expecting a plentiful harvest this season. A record flowering had already been seen in mango trees. There have been no traces of infections of fruit flies in any orchards.   In accordance with […]

INFO: Pakistan-Afghanistan fruit trade almost doubles

  The import of fresh fruit from Afghanistan to Pakistan increased by 46 percent this fiscal year in comparison to the previous fiscal year 2014-15, when around 168,000 metric tonnes of fresh fruit was imported. This year 245,000 metric tonnes were imported during the first eight months of the fiscal year.   The value of […]

NIGERIA: Nigerian state to be net exporter of banana

  The governor of Cross River state in Nigeria has announced his administration’s plans to make the state a net exporter of banana. According to governor, Prof Ben Ayade, producing and exporting bananas will help his administration diversify and reconstruct the economy of the state. He made the announcement during a visit to Mexican banana […]

COLOMBIAN: Colombian avocados; End of veto will boost exports

  Six months ago, the end of the US veto on the export of Colombian Hass avocados became a reality, thus creating many business opportunities for the South American country. “The hard work carried out in phytosanitary management and control by the state phytosanitary authority of the ICA has managed to bring the presence of […]

INDIA: High prices for start of mango season

  The mango season has opened on an expensive note for lovers of the king of fruits in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Thanks to low supply this year, mangoes come at a higher price compared to last year. While retail vendors were selling varieties such as the popular Banganapalli at Rs 80 (USD 1.21) a […]

PERU: More than 20 tons of avocado per hectare

  Producers of the district of Majes, Arequipa, have achieved producing up to 20 tons of Hass avocado per hectare, a number that surpasses the regional average, said Julio Salazar, the national head of the Offsets Program for Competitiveness (Agroideas).   He said this program under the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) was promoting […]

CHINA: Mission Produce, Lantao and Pagoda sign avocado JV

  In a bid to further tap into the Chinese avocado market, U.S.-based grower Mission Produce, importer Lantao and fruit-focused supermarket chain Pagoda have announced a strategic joint venture with the aim of establishing the leading avocado brand in the country.   The agreement was officially signed yesterday (March 17) at industry event Produce Marketing […]

CALIFORNIA: California Avocado Commission gets a jump on FSMA implementation

  With California avocado harvesting under way, hundreds of California avocado growers gathered to learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act and implications for the industry growing and harvesting practices. California Avocado Commission and avocado handler representatives summarized FSMA and described upcoming enhancements to its Good Agricultural Practices program.   Nearly 300 California avocado growers […]