SOUTH AFRICA: Close to new citrus shipping deal with China

by Fred Meintjes, Fruitnet     A South African citrus delegation has described talks in Beijing aimed at allowing break bulk shipments to China as “encouraging”.   Following the talks, it’s hoped that the introduction of this mode of shipment will be put in place ready for the 2017 season.   The visit to Beijing took place […]

COSTA RICA: Costa Rican pineapple supply a bit tight but will loosen up for the fall

    Although Golden pineapple supply from Costa Rica has been a bit tight it will begin to ramp up this fall. “Typically every year August and September are the two months of the year that have the lowest production so we’re just kind of getting out of that and heading into the fall when […]

FLORIDA, USA: Citrus Land Drop-Off Continues Across Florida

    Coming off their worst harvest in five decades, citrus growers in Florida have fewer acres to work with as they struggle to maintain the state’s signature crop against an incurable bacterial disease.   The citrus industry lost 4 percent of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year, according to a survey […]

AUSTRALIA: Nippy’s partners with Gold Anda

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   Riverland citrus producer Nippy’s Waikerie Producers has partnered with Shenzhen-based importer Gold Anda to build its Australia citrus exports to China.   The exclusive partnership will see Gold Anda handle all of Nippy’s branded fresh oranges and juice lines in China.   “We’ve traded with Gold Anda for the past […]

COLOMBIA: The surface devoted to plantains in Quindio down 40%

    Alvaro Ernesto Palacio Pelaez, the manager of the Fruit and Vegetable Association of Colombia, Asohofrucol, said the area cultivated with banana in Quindio had declined by approximately 40%.   “There was a time when this Department was a pioneer in the production of this fruit, but no longer. The reduction in crops is […]

FLORIDA, USA: New bill could bolster Florida citrus

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet   Florida Citrus Mutual has applauded the House Ways and Means Committee for passing a measure that will provide growers with an incentive to plant more trees and bolster the ailing Florida citrus industry.   Committee member US Rep Vern Buchanan is the primary sponsor of the bill called The Emergency […]

MEXICO: Yucatan expects to harvest more than 400,000 tons of citrus

    Members of the Union of Citrus Growing Ejidos from the State of Yucatan expect to harvest more than 400,000 tons of different varieties of citrus fruits before the end of this year, said the association’s president, Luis Cetina Garcia.   Cetina Garcia said that most of Yucatan’s citrus producing ejidos are located in the […]

JAPAN: Agriculture ministry to exploit ‘4th industrial revolution’ technology

  The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry intends to exploit emerging technologies of “the fourth industrial revolution” such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and robots to improve the quality of agricultural products and efficiency of farm work.   The ministry plans to make agricultural businesses more “aggressive” by utilizing these technologies to complement […]

WORLD: Overview Mango Pineapple Market

by Rudolf Mulderij, Fresh Plaza     The pineapple market is in turmoil. Due to a much lower production in Costa Rica, prices in Europe and the United States have gone through the roof. In all these markets, sharply higher prices have been reported. In some cases, they have even doubled. Nevertheless, the market remains good. […]

PERU: Europe really appreciates Peruvian mangoes

by Kelly den Herder, Fresh Plaza       The Peruvian Kent mango season will kick off next December and will run until March. This year, Peru expects a good quality, as the weather conditions have been ideal for cultivation. The low temperatures at night have been really beneficial for the flowering, and the weather is […]

KOREA: Rural Development Administration eyes tropical fruits productions

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet   South Korea is exploring new tropical fruit crops as it looks ahead to the future impact of climate change.   Korean research institute, the Rural Development Administration, is cultivating 42 tropical plants and vegetables at its greenhouse in Jejudo to determine which will be the most profitable, reports the Korea Herald. […]

AUSTRALIA: Plant & Food spreads word on Qfly

by Carl Collen, Fruitnet   To manage the threat of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly), a serious horticultural pest in Australia and one of the most important biosecurity threats to the horticultural industry in New Zealand, Plant & Food Research and Better Border Biosecurity (B3) are hosting scientists and biosecurity operatives from Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative […]