NEW ZEALAND: Bael or Wood Apple: Drink Up on Seasonal Goodness

New Zealand imports about 72,000 tonnes of bananas annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation.     Each New Zealander eats around 18kg of bananas a year – an estimated cost of about $88 per household, or more than $142 million a year.   New Zealand imports more bananas per capita than any other […]

R&D: Mangosteens could be the cure to TB, say NUS researchers

A natural compound found in mangosteens could be the answer to provide a new drug in the fight against tuberculosis (TB), according to a study by researchers from National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine).   Researchers found that xanthones, with its anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, could be effective at […]

INDONESIA: SMP Student Made Tea Out of Salak Skin

Normally, the salak skin would be thrown in the trash. However, under the hands of a junior high school known as Sekolah Menengah Pertama (SMP) Muhammadiyah Programme Course or Program Khusus (PK), the skin can now be made into a refreshing drink. This processing was done by 30 students who came together under Karya Ilmiah Remaja (KIR)   […]

INDONESIA: The Intricate and Sweetness of Gunungbetung Salak

Lampung Town- The Pondoh Salak comodities had initially thought to have originated from Yogyakarta identical from Yogyakarta, but had turned out not to be true. At Kabupaten Pesawaran salak were grown by Bumi Adnan and were able to produce pondoh salak which has unique characteristics.   Pondoh Salak producing district which produces sweet and crunchy […]

INDONESIA: Loads of Salak Fruit Topping 4 Meters Tall Paraded

Bojonegoro ( – Hundreds of people looked happy. Despite the long wait, their spirits were not dampened as they awaited the loads of salak that will be paraded.   The loads of approximately four meters high was made with a pile of hundreds of the fruits. This was the people’s great pride as the parade […]

INDIA: Owing to drought, mangoes arrive three months early

In the throes of a prolonged dry spell, the people of Karnataka may have something to cheer about with the early arrival of mangoes this year. Prolonged drought in the State has induced flowering in mango trees, resulting in the arrival of the fruit three months before season.   However, horticulture experts say it is […]

TFNet supports Agri Malaysia 2017

Agri Malaysia 2017 is an international exhibition organized by Expoglobe and One International Exhibition to be held on 22nd – 24th September 2017 at the Setia City Convention Center, Shah Alam, Malaysia. It is supported by the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) and its agencies, and the […]

R&D: Jackfruit seeds could help ease looming cocoa bean shortage

Chocolate lovers could soon have a harder time satisfying their sweet tooth. Worldwide demand for this mouth-watering treat is outstripping the production of cocoa beans, its primary ingredient. But in a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that compounds found in jackfruit seeds produce many of the same aromas […]