THAILAND: Delay of Durian Season in Thailand but Output Increase Expected

“Due to more rainfall this year in Thailand, the ripening of durian has been delayed for one month, but the yields of durian are expected to increase. Last year, due to the drought in east Thailand, the output decreased by 20% to 30%. However, the trees had good rest and therefore the fruit set percentage […]

INDONESIA: Indonesia, Thailand Cooperate in Fruit Post-harvest Research

TEMPO.CO, Bandung – Indonesia and Thailand is working together to develop postharvest technology for fruits. “Thai’s fruits are widely known in the world. They have a postharvest technology that makes fruits remain fresh long while being shipped,” Deputy of Agro Industry and Biotechnology at Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Eniya Listian, said here, […]

MALAYSIA: Seeking Fruitful Export, Sarawak Plants RM100m into Agro Company

KUCHING, April 17 — The Sarawak government has set up a new company with a seed fund of RM100 million in its bid to increase the state’s tropical fruit production for the export market.     Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today said Sarawak Agriculture Products Export Corporation Sdn Bhd will be […]

TFNet holds networking meeting with Landskap Malaysia

TFNet recently held a networking meeting with Landskap Malaysia and its sister organization, Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Center (TRCRC) at its headquarters in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.     Representatives from Landskap Malaysia and TRCRC were Mr. Mohamed Shah Redza Hussein (General Manager of Landskap Malaysia and TRCRC), Dr. Dzaeman Dzulkifli […]

TFNet CEO presents paper entitled “Enhancing Agricultural Exports” during the 2018 Malaysian Budget Discourse

Dr. Desa Hassim, TFNet CEO, was invited by the Malaysian Ministry of Finance on 10-12 April 2017 as a speaker during the 2018 Budget Discourse held in Putrajaya.   TFNet actively participated in the discourse that took place through a series of high-level meetings and focus group discussion. A final meeting was chaired by the […]

CHILE: Chile Aims for South Korean Avocado Market Access

A Chilean public-private delegation recently held talks with South Korean authorities in a bid to speed up market access arrangements for the South American country’s avocados.     The meeting took place during the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) in Incheon, South Korea on April 6.   Representatives from the Chilean Fruit Exporters […]

AFRICA: Drought affects avocado yield this season

The drought indirectly affected the avocado yield this season, and volumes will be lower than usual this year, reports the Letaba Herald.     “In a sequence of dry years, such as the drought we had, pollinators become limited because food sources are sparse,” said Elsje Joubert, acting technical manager from Subtrop.   According to Joubert, […]

MEXICO: Avocados demonstrate the success of NAFTA

Super Bowl Sunday is a football game and thousands of tons of God’s gift to western civilization, guacamole, AKA mashed ripe avocado, lemon juice, crushed garlic, diced tomatoes and a touch of hot jalapeño chiles — maybe America’s favorite snack.     That’s “thousands of tons” of avocados from Mexico to be savored by Americans […]

MALAYSIA: Kg Baru Sungai Perdak Villagers Dream of Agrotourism

DRIVING one-and-a-half hours to his orchard is something that 70-year-old Book Ah Tak looks forward to each time he makes the journey.     The retired senior bank officer starts his trip at 6am sharp from his Subang Jaya home to his orchard in Karak, Bentong.   He normally reaches his destination, Kampung Baru Sungai […]

SINGAPORE: Xanthones in Mangosteens could be a Potent Anti-tuberculosis Agent

A study by researchers from the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) has uncovered that xanthones in mangosteens could provide a suitable new drug in the fight against tuberculosis. The study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found that xanthones were very effective at inhibiting and killing Mycobacterium tuberculosis […]

International Tropical Fruits Symposium 2017 and 10th TFNet BOT to be held in Fiji

Following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, countries globally have increasingly made commitments towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   The rise in population and affluence translates to a rise in the demand for well-balanced diets and the need for nutritious food to be made available and accessible to all levels of society for […]

Study visit to Vietnam visit held for Malaysian government officers

Eleven officers from different government agencies in Malaysia visited the rice production areas and research centers in Mekong Delta, Vietnam on 10 March – 2 April 2017.   This technical visit aims to introduce officers from several agencies under the Malaysian Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry to rice production technologies and activities in Mekong […]