CHINA buys Myanmar’s entire mango export

China is buying up almost all of Myanmar’s mangoes produced this year, said U Nay Lin Maung Maung, chair of the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association in the Mandalay Region.     “China has bought all of our mangoes meant for export this year. And the fruit is also fetching good […]

TFNet CEO invited as guest speaker in KRI’s Brown Bag Seminar series

On 18 May 2017, guest speaker Dr. Mohd Desa Hassim, CEO of International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), presented at the second Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) Brown Bag Seminar on a topic titled “Malaysia: Current Scenario and Way Forward for the Fruit Industry”. Dr. Mohd Desa started the session by discussing the importance of tropical fruit industry […]

USA: Pink pineapples hit Instagram months after FDA approval

A popular summertime fruit has undergone a dramatic makeover thanks to genetic engineering and fresh photos are trickling through social media.   Del Monte Fresh Produce plans to produce and distribute a pink flesh pineapple after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it last December, as reported by NBC News.     The […]

INDIA: Export of mangoes set to Australia

Australians can expect to see mangoes from India popping up in the markets soon, with a number of Indian businesses working hard to export fruit this season.   Revised protocols have opened the door for Indian imports, with fruit allowed into Australia as long as it has been irradiated prior to export.     It […]

The Global Banana Ruckus – Face off with the Fusarium Wilt

by Dorothy Chandrabalan   The global banana industry, valued at $36 billion is facing its greatest enemy in the form of the Banana Fusarium Wilt disease, colloquially known as the ‘Panama disease’. The destructive fungus infects the roots of banana plants causing the wilting of its leaves. In 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

TFNet launches 1 Million Fruit Trees Planting Campaign

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched the One Million Fruit Trees Planting Campaign (1-MFT) with the aim to encourage stewardship of the environment through the planting of tropical fruit trees, while improving nutrition and livelihood. The first phase of the campaign has […]

TFNet CEO Dr. Desa to Speak in KRI’s Brown Bag Seminar Series

TFNet Chief Executive Officer Dr. Desa Hassim is invited to speak in the Khazanah Research Institute’s Brown Bag Seminar Series at the Kutub Kanah room on 18 May 2017. The presentation starts at 12:00 pm and is expected to end at 2:00 pm.   The topic of the brown bag seminar is “Malaysia: Current Scenario and […]

MALAYSIA: Durian Orchard Tours Snapped Up

PETALING JAYA: Well before the durian season, tours to orchards –popular with foreign tourists – are almost all snapped up. Durians, especially the Musang King, come into season in July.   Chang Teik Seng, 56, who runs the Bao Sheng Durian Farm in Balik Pulau, Penang, says 80% of his packages for the durian season […]

SCOTLAND: Prank Pineapple Left at Scottish Gallery included in Modern Art Show

May 13 (UPI) — A pair of Scottish college students jokingly left a common pineapple on an empty table at a modern art museum, only to find days later it had been encased in glass and had become part of the exhibit.     The prank was the work of Lloyd Jack and Ruairi Gray, both 22. […]

INDIA: Watermelon price shoots up as yield falls

Sale of watermelons has been brisk in various parts of Tiruchi district as the harsh summer continues.   Traders say that watermelon arrivals from Villupuram district – a major supplier, had got exhausted due to heavy demand for the fruit and also due to fall in yield. So, traders are now depending on farmers in […]

USA: Acadiana Home to Dragon Fruit Nursery

Never heard of Acadiana’s exotic dragon fruit nursery? You’re not alone.     Even if you knew what to look for and where to find it, you’d still probably miss it.   The fruit farm hides behind an ordinary house on La. 347 between Breaux Bridge and Parks.   But if you stumbled upon the […]

NEW ZEALAND: World avocado prices double after reduced harvests

If you’re a lover of guacamole, chocolate avocado shakes or smashed avocado on toast, get ready to pay more for your fix of the green fruit.   Avocado prices have risen to a record due to surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers Mexico, Peru and California.   A 10-kilogram box of Hass […]