ECUADOR: To export first mango shipments to China this week

    With a harvest that has been running 15 days earlier than last year due to warm temperatures, Ecuador has kicked off its mango campaign.   Fundación Mango president Sergio Cedeño told the first 24 containers have already left for the markets of the U.S. and Europe, but the biggest development was the opening of China that […]

U.S: New areas of south Louisiana being quarantined for citrus plant disease

    A highly contagious bacterial disease harmful to most varieties of citrus plants has spread around Plaquemines Parish and is in two locations in St. John the Baptist Parish.   Those areas are in the process of being quarantined by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the LSU Agricultural Center said.   Currently, the entire […]

PHILIPPINES: Banana growers need more time to meet South Korea’s standards

by  Jasper Y. Arcalas, Business Mirror   Manila should negotiate with Seoul to postpone the implementation of stringent standards on fruit imports for at least a year to ensure that Philippine banana growers and exporters would not incur huge losses.   The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) warned that Seoul’s implementation of a stringent […]

INDIA: Strong winds hit banana crop

by S. Ganesan, The Hindu     Standing banana crops were partially damaged in several fields in and around Vayalur in the outskirts of the city as gusty winds accompanied with mild showers lashed the area on Thursday night.   Strong winds resulted in lodging of many banana trees in Vayalur and some neighbouring villages. […]

PHILIPPINES: China lifts import ban on Philippine bananas

by Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine Star     The Chinese government has lifted the ban on the import of bananas coming from the Philippines.   During his courtesy call at the Department of Agriculture, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said China would now accept bananas and pineapples from Philippine-based exporters.   “We very much appreciate […]

MEXICO: Avocados From Mexico plans interactive displays and brand showcase for PMA Fresh Summit booth

  Avocados From Mexico, the top-selling avocado in the United States, is planning booth displays that incorporate innovation and forward-thinking in an effort to reach a new generation of avocado lovers at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, FL.   During Fresh Summit, retailers will be able to learn about […]

COLOMBIA: Major avocado packhouse upgrade to aid ‘booming’ industry

    A Colombian company has made a multimillion dollar investment to upgrade and expand its avocado packhouse and cold storage facility, providing a much-needed service to growers in the rapidly-growing industry.   Frutales Las Lajas spent US$2.5 million improving its plant, which the owners say is necessary given the recent boom in avocado production and the […]

AFRICA: Banana farming thrives in Katsina

by  Idris Mahmud, Daily Trust     Banana farming is mainly the pre-occupation of people in the south and some parts of central Nigeria or so most people in the far north think. But for decades banana farming has been a huge earner of cash for farmers in Maibakko Sabuwa LGA of Katsina State, Daily Trust […]

AUSTRALIA: First Katherine mangoes picked and packed at Manbulloo as Northern Territory harvest expands

by Courtney Fowler, abc news     The Katherine mango harvest usually starts after the Darwin harvest begins, which is building pace now.   In a promising season, expected to be 15 per cent up on last year, 11,552 trays have so far been dispatched to market.   Manbulloo quality manager Scott Ledger said the farm’s isolated location […]

AFRICA: What the dark spots on your banana mean

by  Gardy Chacha, SDE     The last few weeks have seen health conscious online fanatics dig in on the scum that is artificially ripened bananas after it emerged that some bananas sold in Kenya are treated with calcium carbide to speed up their ripening.   Of course it is easy to understand why: quick bucks. […]

FLORIDA, US: Fruit importers brace for Hurricane Matthew

  The U.S. East Coast is set for a supply gap in fruit imports due to port and airport closures in parts of southern Florida as the state prepares for the powerful Category 3 Hurricane Matthew.   The hurricane belted Haiti and Cuba yesterday, and today is moving through the Bahamas as it makes its way toward the […]

COLOMBIA: Increasing banana production with precision agriculture in Colombia

by Phillip Tracy, RCR Wireless News       Agriculture is evolving Smart farming and precision agriculture have become important parts of modern agricultural practices. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), by 2050, food production may increase 70% to feed 9.6 billion people. Food and agricultural companies are increasing investment […]