TFNet hosts a seminar on data driven agriculture in Malaysia

A one-day seminar on “Data Driven Agriculture” was held on 12th October 2016 at the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) Headquarters, organized by TFNet in cooperation with the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, PESSL Instruments, GEOSYS International, Elite Scientific Instruments, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Crops for the Future Research Centre.   The seminar discussed […]

Public lecture organized in UPM, Malaysia

The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) organized a public lecture on the “Impact of Technology Transfer, Commercialization, and Technology Adoption in Horticulture Crops” on 11th October 2016 at the Faculty of Agriculture in UPM, supported by the International Tropical Fruits Network, The International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences, and Persatuan Perkhidmatan Pegawai Pertanian.   The […]

Regional workshop on dragon fruit diseases yields promising results

Last September 4-8, a “Regional Workshop on the Control of Dragon Fruit Diseases” was conducted in Kho Kaen, Thailand. FFTC, together with its new partners, the Mekong Institute, New Zealand Plant and Food Research and the International Tropical Fruits Network.   The workshop brought together key researchers as well as dragon fruit growers from different […]

SOUTH AFRICA: First Royal Honey Murcott mandarin exports likely in 2018

    Citrogold general manager Bryan Offer says there are currently trial plantings of the RHM in Chile, the U.S., Spain and “selected Mediterranean countries”, but the furthest ahead is definitely his native South Africa.   “South Africa at this stage is the furthest advanced outside of Australia. The first experimental blocks was planted last year with further blocks […]

PERU: Set for “super production” of mangoes

    Two major Peruvian mango growers say abundant flowering this season is likely to push up year-on-year production and export figures by nearly a third.   Speaking to www.freshfruitportal.com at the Expoalimentaria trade fair held in the capital Lima last week, a representative of Piura-based Dominus said a mild winter was largely to thank for the […]

AUSTRALIA: Schizophrenia alternative treatment could be found in tropical fruit mangosteen

by Annie Guest, abc news     Mangosteen has long been used in traditional medicine in South-East Asia, and now Australian researchers hope to prove that its antioxidants could ease psychosis and other symptoms.   Present day medication for schizophrenia can have some unpleasant side effects, and researchers are hoping that if their trials prove positive, […]

COLOMBIA: Pineapple company ventures into exports, processing

    A Colombian pineapple company that has only just begun exports is expanding into the processing business, amid plans to strengthen its position in international markets and double production.   Bengala Agrícola is now adding various processed products to its mix, alongside its sales of fresh MD2 golden pineapples.   The company is also set to boost its planted […]

CHINA: Banana market still weak

    “The banana high sales period starts in September and continues until February. Speaking for the whole of China, not much has changed in the production volumes for bananas compared to last year. But the price is slightly going up again,” says Mr. Xu from Beijing Yongxin Hengchang Fruit.   Import market more receptive […]

AUSTRALIA: Forecast to produce about 8 million trays of mangoes

by Matt Brann, abc news     The national crop forecast by Australian Mangoes (AMIA) is predicting the Northern Territory to produce 3.5 million trays, Queensland to produce similar volumes, with the remaining trays coming from Western Australia, New South Wales and small volumes from Victoria.   AMIA industry development manager Trevor Dunmall said it was […]

Public lecture on tech transfer and adoption to be held in Malaysia

The Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is organizing a public lecture on the “Impact of Technology Transfer, Commercialization, and Technology Adoption in Horticulture Crops” on 11th October 2016 at the Faculty of Agriculture in UPM, supported by the International Tropical Fruits Network, The International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences, and Persatuan Perkhidmatan Pegawai Pertanian. The […]

TFNet to host seminar on data driven agriculture

A one-day seminar on “Data Driven Agriculture” will be held on 12th October 2016 at the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) Headquarters, organized by TFNet in cooperation with the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, PESSL Instruments, GEOSYS International, Elite Scientific Instruments, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Crops for the Future Research Centre.   The seminar […]

AUSTRALIA: North Queensland banana-growing family reveals ‘nightmare’ existence since Panama fungus outbreak

by Marty McCarthy, abc news     The Robsons grow bananas on 166 hectares in the Tully Valley, in far north Queensland, and invited Landline to their farm to tell their story.   Early last year, Biosecurity Queensland confirmed their farm had been infected with a fungus known as Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4), which has been […]