BANGLADESH: Only 5% mango found in mango juices

Lab testing has found that mango drinks produced by four local companies contain only 5% mango pulp on average, which is only half of what is required in such drinks in line with Bangladesh Standard Specifications (BDS). The four drinks are Mango King of AST Limited, Frutix of Pran, Shezan mango juice of Sajeeb Group […]

USA: San Francisco gets a new vegan “Jackfruit Cafe”

A new cafe and vegan spot has opened for business in the neighborhood. The new arrival to West Adams, called Jackfruit Cafe, is located at 2959 Crenshaw Blvd.     The new cafe—located inside King’s Donuts—specializes in vegan fare made with jackfruit, a starchy, unripe fruit native to southeast Asia. Considered a good source of […]

KENYA: Bets on avocado to enhance food security

The government has marked avocado and sweet potatoes as two important crops for food security, proper nutrition and trade expansion. Other than providing essential nutrients required for good health, the two crops are expected to fetch farmers billions of shillings as the government scales up an exportation programme.     This comes as the country […]

PAKISTAN: Officials come up with plan to promote guava fruit

The provincial agriculture department has chalked out a plan to promote guava fruit cultivation in selected districts of the province. The concept of the programme was to expand cultivation of guava fruit on large scale. If successful, the programme would be replicated in other districts of the Punjab. Dried fruit unit to be installed in […]

VIETNAM: Student invents bioproduct to preserve fruit

Tran Le Anh Khoa is now a third-year student at the HCMC Food Industry University majoring in analytical chemistry. Born in Tien Giang province, one of Vietnam’s largest dragon fruit growing areas, he understands the problems of local farmers. Growing dragon fruit is the major source of income of many local families. However, as the […]

INDIA: Impetus to custard apple cultivation

Even as the production of custard apple (sitaphal) is gradually declining due to the shrinking forest cover and fast-paced industrialisation in the coal belt areas of the district, the Horticulture Department has drawn up an ambitious plan to promote custard apple cultivation in the tribal sub-plan (TSP) mandals.   The move is intended to give […]

VIETNAM: EU potential market for fruit and vegetable exports

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association has forecast that the proportions of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports will go up in the near future. In addition to large export markets such as the US, Australia and Japan, Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exporters are seeking ways to develop trade with the EU market as this market […]

International Workshop on Digital Marketing for Women Entrepreneurs held in Melaka, Malaysia

The Straits Hotel & Suites, Melaka became the venue of choice for this year’s collaborative event between the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) and the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet). This marks a second collaborative effort between NIEW and TFNet. Officiated by the CEO of TFNet, Dr. Mohd. Desa Hassim and Mdm. […]

INFOGRAPH – Friday Fruit Facts (#013) – Guava

In this week’s Friday Fruit Facts, we rave about the native of South America, the versatile and nutritious guava which is touted as a superfruit.   CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

ZAMBIA: Farmers to be trained on how to fruit dry using solar

My Zambia My African a Marketing company owned by a Zambian entrepreneur has partnered with Humanity Africa, a charity registered in the United Kingdom to train Zambians working in farm communities in Mkushi and Lusaka in Central and Lusaka provinces respectively on the art of solar fruit drying. During a meeting held with the Deputy […]