INDIA: Farmers adopt star technology for ripening fruits

  With a view to encourage organic farming along with ripening of fruits in natural ways, Chhattisgarh’s horticulture and agriculture department has come up with advanced method of organic cultivation and ripening of fruits termed ‘Star Technology’. Under ‘Star Technology’, farmers are trained on avail the new organic methods of farming.   Talking to TOI, horticulture department’s assistant […]

GERMANY: Premium quality of air-freighted pineapples

by Emanuela Fontana , Fresh Plaza     Tropical fruits are appreciated by consumers for their distinct aroma quality and exotic taste. Important amounts of tropical fruits such as pineapples are exported from their production countries to European and North American markets. Most of the pineapples destined for European fresh markets are harvested at a premature […]

PHILIPPINES: Organic solution effective against banana crown rot

by Conrad M. Carino, Manila Times   An organic solution has been proven effective against the dreaded banana “crown rot” disease that spoils up to 20 percent of banana shipments from the Philippines, and is a safer alternative than chemical treatments, the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) reported.   The finding was the […]

AUSTRALIA: Avocado growers warned to prepare for rain and prevent crop losses

by Kallee Buchanan, abc news     Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said the fruit trees were highly susceptible to drowning in wet conditions, which could lead to reduced availability of fruit.   “The real problem with rain at this time of year, you’ve got trees that are flowering and setting fruit, so they’re very […]

NEW ZEALAND: Food costs up as price of bananas hits record high

by Patrick O’Meara, Radio New Zealand       The cost of food rose 1.3 percent in August, pushed up by bananas hitting a record price high.   Bananas jumped by 22 percent to $3.51 a kilo, their highest price since records started in 1949, because of a supply shortage from Ecuador.   Over the last […]

PHILIPPINES: Tadeco targets higher banana shipments

by Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine Star     Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (Tadeco), the world’s largest contiguous banana plantations, expects to bounce back this year and next year given improved weather conditions and a new irrigation system.   Tadeco is eyeing to ship 32 million boxes or 432,000 metric tons of bananas in 2017 from […]

Philippine News Paper Features TFNet Symposium

  DAVAO, PHILIPPINES, local newspaper SunStar Davao reported in the International Symposium on Tropical Fruits organized by TFNet, BPI and PFA.   To read the full article, click link below.   SunStar      

AUSTRALIA: Queensland scientists aim to secure future of bananas with new varieties

by Jessica Hinchliffe, abc news     Queensland scientists are striving to develop new varieties to keep Australia’s most popular fruit on the menu for years to come.   More than five million bananas are eaten every day in Australia, making it the number one selling supermarket product.   The discovery of the soil-borne fungus Panama […]

PERU: Avocado industry eyes strong future in Argentina

    Chile may already be a significant avocado exporter into Argentina, but neighboring Peru has now gained market access and is hoping to take a slice of the action.   Argentina gave the green light to Peruvian avocado imports a few days ago and an industry head says the new market has strong potential for […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango industry prepares for promising season in Northern Territory

by Courtney Fowler, abc News     Nearly 100 people attended the first pre-season mango meeting in Humpty Doo last week, with growers, retailers and distributors expressing confidence in the future of the fruit as they busily prepared for the season ahead.   Northern Territory Mango Industry Association president Leo Skliros said he expected crops to […]

AUSTRALIA: Panama banana disease detected on Tully property

by Madura McCormack, The Courier-Mail     DISEASED banana plants on a Tully property will be destroyed, 17-months after the deadly Panama disease was detected.   Biosecurity Queensland will build a high-security fence around the boundary of the property, destroy the bananas, and plant ground cover to prevent the spread of the fungicide resistant plant disease. […]

INDIA: Mango processing centre inaugurated, in Chintamani taluk

    The Mango Development and Processing Centre, established at Madikere Cross in Chintamani taluk of Chickballapur district, has been opened up for the service of mango cultivators after a long wait.   Though the construction work of the centre, set up by the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC), ended around three […]