AUSTRALIA: Avocados Australia flags levy change

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Peak body Avocados Australia is proposing changes to the industry’s national avocado levy to provide additional resources for biosecurity management through Plant Health Australia.   All commercial growers pay the levy, which funds research and development (R&D) projects and marketing activities.   The industry also has a number of biosecurity obligations […]

US(CA): Mexican avocado imports make for modest pricing

by Carlos Nunez Fresh Plaza   Prices for avocados from California have been modest as good supplies from Mexico have kept the market in check. Signs point to this year’s crop from California being bigger than last year’s, so growers are being careful to harvest at a deliberate pace until Mexican imports subside.   “Pricing is […]

INFO: SA encouraged to lean on Shandong

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   An academic believes the South Australian government should be leveraging Adelaide’s relationship with Chinese sister city Shandong in its bid to have the state’s fruit fly free status recognised in the People’s Republic.   Ryan Manuel, a fellow at the Australian Centre on China and the World at the Australian National […]

INFO: Florida growers highlight HLB impact

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet   Florida’s citrus growers say as much as 90 per cent of their acreage and 80 per cent of their trees are infected by the deadly greening disease (HLB), which is making a huge dent in the state’s US$10.7bn citrus industry.   That is according to a new University of Florida Institute […]

MALAYSIA: Heat hits durian exports

by Luisa Cheshire, Fruitnet   Malaysian durian exporters are bracing themselves for a slowdown in exports as an unseasonable heatwave takes it toll on production, reports The Malay Mail online.   Agnessia Best Fruits Trading (Malaysia) director Albert Tan told the paper the extreme weather, brought on by the El Nino phenomenon, had stunted tree growth. […]

MALAYSIA: First durian harvest in May

by Jolynn Francis, The Star   Durian lovers can expect to sink their teeth into the first batch of the D604 and Kunpoh Angbak from May 1 onwards.   Bao Sheng Durian Farm owner Chang Teik Seng said these would be followed by the Lipan, D600, Kapri, Little Red, D11, Horlor, Green Skin, Green Skin Ang […]

MALAYSIA: Durian exporters feel the heat in Malaysian

  Durian exporters are feeling the heat brought by El Nino phenomenon as some businesses are bracing for a slowdown in exports.   Agnessia Best Fruits Trading (Malaysia) director Albert Tan expects the company’s durian exports to decrease as he said the extreme weather had stunted the growth of the trees.   “We are expecting […]

AUSTRALIA: Online system delivers early start for Aus citrus

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   Astreamlined online application system is being viewed as the catalyst for an increase in the number of Australian citrus growers registering their blocks for export to the South Korean, Chinese, Thai and Taiwan (KCTT) markets.   Under the online system, 3221 blocks have been registered so far in 2016, representing 8181ha. […]

COLOMBIA: Colombian bananas bounce back

by Maura Maxwell, Fruitnet   Colombia’s banana production increased by 13.2 per cent in both volume and value in 2015 according to figures released by the country’s producer association Augura.   The association’s president Juan Camilo Restrepo Gómez said 94m boxes of the fruit were shipped last year compared with 83m boxes in 2014. The export […]

AFRICA: Kenyan avocados seek to improve their reputation

by Yzza Ibrahim, Fresh Plaza   The Kenyan avocado season, which lasts from March to July, kicked off recently and, according to David Mulwa of Kandia Fresh Produce Suppliers, while there have been some issues due to the excessive rains, the production is fairly good, and over the last few weeks, there has been a big […]

COSTA RICA: Ban on Mexican avocado increases prices by 90%

  As a result of the ban on Mexican Hass avocados, avocado prices in Costa Rica are 90% more expensive than in 2015 and there has been an increase in the smuggling of this fruit from Panama.   According to data from the Comprehensive Agricultural Marketing Program (PIMA) of the National Center for Food Supply […]

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s durian exports to plunge as heatwave rages on

by Hakim Hassan, The Malay Mail Online   Durian exporters are feeling the heat brought by El Nino phenomenon as some businesses are bracing for a slowdown in exports.   Agnessia Best Fruits Trading (Malaysia) director Albert Tan expects the company’s durian exports to decrease as he said the extreme weather had stunted the growth of the trees. […]