INDIA: Fertigation method proves fruitful for raising banana

by M. Balaganessin, The Hindu   Fertigation, a combination of drip irrigation and application of fertilizers, introduced at the Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University at Kumulur near here to irrigate banana crop, has started showing results.   The experiment has been taken up on ‘Elarasi’ banana variety, which is raised […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango exports to the US expected to double, with Northern Territory fruit to be sent for first time

by Daniel Fitzgerald, abc news   Around 100 tonnes of mangoes were sent to the US last season, after the trade began in early 2015.   Australian Mango Industry Association CEO, Robert Gray said he expected the extra fruit to be exported by beginning this year’s shipments earlier.   “Last year we only used Queensland fruit, which […]

AUSTRALIA: Horticultural importers fear phase out of overseas inspections will raise risk of pests arriving on fruit and vegetables

by Sarina Locke, abc news   The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has informed the importers and exporters that by 2020 it will phase out inspectors working overseas to clear fruit and vegetables and other foods that are sent to Australia.   Joseph Saina, deputy chair of the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association, and a director […]

DENMARK: Avocado market improves

by Heather Goulooze, Fresh Plaza   The avocado market in Denmark picked up in the beginning of July after  experiencing a significant decrease in June.  Peru is the main supplier this time of year and the decrease was a result of decreased supply.   Prices are slightly higher this year, around 2 Euros (USD 2.23) a box […]

U.S: Cost cutting aids Del Monte result

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet   Fresh Del Monte has turned in a positive result for the second quarter of 2016, with net income attributable to the company coming in at US$96.2m, up from US$64.5m in the same period last year.   The result was achieved despite a fall in net sales, down to US$1.09bn from […]

TFNet joins FAO/AFMA workshop on PPPs for agro-industrial development

TFNet CEO Dr. Desa Hassim participated in the Regional Training Workshop on Agribusiness Public-Private Partnerships and Territorial Investment Approaches for Agro-industrial Development organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Agricultural and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA) at the Millennium Hilton Bangkok in Thailand on 20-22 […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Citrus volumes drop further

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet     The South African citrus export crop has dropped even further than initial estimates predicted, as growers start their Valencia crop.   The country’s initial crop forecast already pegged volumes at 10m cartons down on last year’s total.   South Africa’s citrus growers’ association (CGA) now says its Valencia advisory […]

MALAYSIA: Traceability tech to drive durian exports

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   Malaysia’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has developed traceability software to track the quality of its premium durian in a bit to boost exports.   The platform, called MyTrace, allows consumers to scan QR code labels on the durian, offering information on where the fruit was grown, its packaging […]

COSTA RICA: Pineapple sector battles with pests, organic certifications

  The Costa Rican pineapple industry is facing dual challenges in its U.S. export program amid increased interceptions of scale insects and some companies that allegedly falsely labeled their fruit as organic.   La Nación reported U.S. interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples contaminated with pests increased 32% year-on-year in the first half of 2015, reaching 281.   National Chamber of Pineapple Growers […]

FIJI: Biosecurity detains pineapple and banana tissue cultures

by Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Fiji Sun Online   The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) has detained pineapple & banana tissue culture cultures at Nadi International Airport.   The consignment was for Pacific Community (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) and has been detailed due to failure to meet import requirements.   BAF […]

INDIA: Papaya cultivation gaining popularity

  Papaya cultivation is gaining popularity among a section of farmers in the district, as they get assured returns and remunerative price for the produce.   A group of farmers from Annamangalam near here have taken up papaya cultivation a year ago, taking due advantage of the growing demand for the fruit with rich medicinal […]

VIETNAM: New Zealand to import dragon fruit

  New Zealand and Viet Nam signed an agreement on the export of Vietnamese dragon fruit in Ha Noi yesterday.   New Zealand’s Ambassador to Viet Nam Haike Manning and Nguyen Xuan Hong, general director of the Plant Protection Department of Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, signed the Official Assurance Programme.   […]