CHINA: 20% price drop new pomelo crop

by Anouk Sijmonsma, Fresh Plaza     “Guangan City in Sichuan Province is known for its pomelo production. Pomelos from here are sweet flavoured and juicy”, says Hongxing Zou, a local fruit trader. “I grew up in Guangan. Now I am trying my best to help small, local orchards sell their products on the national market. […]

AFRICA: Stakeholders combat Banana bunchy top disease

by  ‘Yemi Oluwadare, Today     The International Institute of Agriculture (IITA) has intensified efforts aimed at preventing the further spread of Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD), that is debilitating banana production in sub-Saharan Africa.   The disease, first discovered in Nigeria, in Odologun community, in Yewa South council area in 2012 by IITA in […]

GREECE: Greek Farmers Expect Lower Yields as Harvest Nears

by Lisa Radinovsky, Olive Oil Times     Panayotis Karantonis, an International Olive Council advisory committee member and director of the Hellenic Association of Industries & Packers of Olive Oil (ESVITE), tells Olive Oil Times that recent estimates for the upcoming olive harvest in Greece call for lower yields than last year. “Due to adverse weather […]

FLORIDA: Bug continues to squeeze citrus industry

by Pam Eubanks, Your Observer   On 6 acres at Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton, a bulldozer clanks and clangs as it knocks over rows of citrus trees.   Three areas within the 50-acre grove, in particular, have become virtually unproductive because of a disease known as citrus greening.   Grove owners Dean and Janet Mixon […]

BRAZIL: Certain citrus species produce repellent against huanglongbing

  A new strategy for combating the vector of the bacterium that causes huanglongbing, also known as greening, considered the most destructive citrus disease in the world and present in 17% of orange trees in São Paulo State, Brazil, can be developed from the discovery that three citrus plants produce an essential oil that repels […]

WORLD: Overview Global Pomegranate Market

by Rudolf Mulderij, Fresh Plaza     The pomegranate market seems to be in good shape. The demand for the fruit is on the rise. Israel benefited from an empty European market, Spanish growers are investing in expanding their acreage and the Italian season recorded an earlier start. The Turkish domestic market still has room for […]

PHILIPPINES: 17% drop in crops production for 2nd quarter noted

by Pamela Jay F. Orias, Sun Star   TOTAL production of major crops in the second quarter this year dropped by 17 percent compared to the same period last year, a report from National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Northern Mindanao noted.   Industrial crops registered the major drop which recorded an average decrease of 58 percent […]

TAIWAN: Agricultural losses from Typhoon Megi hit 31.9 mln U.S. dollars

  Taiwan’s agricultural sector suffered estimated losses of 1.03 billion new Taiwanese dollars (about 31.9 million U.S. dollars) following Typhoon Megi swept across the island on Tuesday and early Wednesday, the island’s agricultural department said Wednesday.   About 20 percent of the losses were in Yunlin County in the central part of the island, the […]

SPAIN: The volume of marketable citrus will be smaller than expected

  The Citrus Management Committee (CGC) met on Tuesday to assess the official citrus production prospects recently presented by the Regions of Valencia, Andalusia and Murcia (Catalonia, the fourth most important region in terms of production, has stopped doing this due to lack of budget) and analyse their impact on the development of the current […]

PHILIPPINES: Consortium embarks on study to fight Fusarium wilt in bananas

by Antonio L. Colina IV, Manila Bulletin   The Southern Mindanao Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (Smaardec) will embark on a large-scale study in a bid to combat the dreaded Fusarium wilt, or the Panama Disease, in bananas.   In an exclusive interview, Smaardec Deputy Director Reynilo D. Garcia said the new […]

SPAIN: Mangoes fastest growing tropical fruit

  Harvest forecasts for mangoes were much higher than what has finally been obtained, although about 20,000 tonnes will be reached, which according to José Linares, president of the Spanish Association of Tropical Crops, makes it the second largest harvest ever to be achieved in Spain.   The fruit’s demand has so far been excellent […]

ECUADOR: Ecuador to airfreight mangoes to China

by Gabrielle Easter, Fruitnet     Ecuador will begin its first airfreight of fresh mangoes to China this month since gaining access earlier this year.   President of the Mango Ecuador Foundation, Sergio Cedeño, said the first airfreight shipments would begin this week, with seafreight shipments to be trialled in coming weeks.   In an […]