THAILAND: Chemical-Free longan farming has promising future in Chiang Rai

A longan grower in Chiang Rai Province has proved that non-chemical farming is commercially viable and is much healthier for both producers and consumers.   Mr. Chan Mudpor is a longan farmer who differs from many others like him in Phan District in that he has turned his back on chemical pesticides and fertilizers and […]

MALAYSIA: Launches high-tech…. durians

by Charlene Chin, govinsider   As part of its smart agriculture drive, Malaysia is using tech to ensure the quality of its premium grade durians, the government announced this week.   The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) has developed a new platform called MyTrace to track standards of agricultural produce, focusing first on durian exports. […]

INDIA: Mango development centre to come up at Chintamani

  CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru, has signed an MoU with the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd. (KSMD and MCL) under the Department of Horticulture, for establishing a mango development centre (MDC) at Chintamani.   According to the agreement, CFTRI will function as a technical consultant for creating infrastructure for […]

AUSTRALIA: Breakthrough technology to stop processed avocados from browning

by Jennifer Nichols, abc news     A Queensland company has developed world-first food technology it believes could revolutionise the global processed avocado market.   Naturo All Natural Technologies has patented a technique to stop avocados browning, without using chemicals or changing the flavour.   Agricultural engineer Jeff Hastings said his company’s technology offers enormous potential […]

AUSTRALIA: Infected Queensland banana farm bought to protect industry

by Amy Mitchell-Whittington, Brisbane Times     A north Queensland banana farm where a rapidly spreading-fungus was found last year has been purchased in an attempt to protect the state’s banana industry.   The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) signed a conditional sales agreement with the Tully banana farm where the first case of Panama Tropical […]

AUSTRALIA: Looks to mango treatment service

by Matthew Jones, Fruitnet   In what shapes as a significant development for Australian mango exports, the Northern Territory government are seeking proposals for the development of an export treatment service.   The government believes a local export treatment service will provide Territory mango producers with access to increased, diversified and high-value markets.   “There is apparent […]

MALAYSIA: Gov’t taking stringent steps to prevent entry of diseased produce

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, The Borneo Post   The government will reinforce its already strict quarantine measures in all the state’s 17 entry points to monitor international agriculture trade movement and to prevent entry of invasive pests and diseases.   In addition, several known entry points such as Serikin, Lachau and a remote area in Ulu […]

INDIA: UFLEX presents shelf life extension for exotic fruits

  Uflex Ltd., India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company has been working with customers in India for extending the Shelf life of Exotic Fruits. India grows exotic fruits such as Litchi, Rambutan, Mangosteen and the market demand for these products have been increasing year on year at a rapid pace.   News of successes […]

PERU: Banana production decreases each week

by Carlos P Poggio, Fresh Plaza     Winter has clearly arrived to South America and the temperature changes are affecting the Peruvian banana fields. Even though this is the period of low production, this year the reduction in the harvest has been more noticeable. Associations and cooperatives are working hard to implement soil management, training […]

AUSTRALIA: First mangoes of the year picked near Darwin and set to fetch over $100 a tray

by Matt Brann, abc news     The bulk of Australia’s mango harvest is still months away, but consumers can now expect fruit to trickle in from the Northern Territory.   In what is becoming an annual event, the first mangoes were picked from Leo Skliros’ farm near Darwin, who remains tight-lipped on how he gets […]

AUSTRALIA: Chemical training part of pineapple field days

by AshWalmsley, Queensland Country Life   Pineapple growers have taken the opportunity to get up to speed with updated diuron application requirements at this year’s Pineapple Field Days in Yeppoon.   The two-day conference, on yesterday and today, attracted more than 100 people, with suggestions that 80 per cent of Australia’s pineapple farms were represented.   Diuron […]

AUSTRALIA: Waterlogged soils reach saturation point in parts of Victoria after rain

by Nikolai Beilharz, abc news   Soil moisture probes monitored by the Department of Primary Industries in a number of places in eastern and southern Victoria have maxed out their readings because of the wet weather.   Probes at Hamilton, Gippsland, Elmore and Youanmite have all reached their maximum readings.   Soil moisture probes are placed […]