FEATURE: Fiji’s new Green Pearl guava is sweet, crisp, and nutritious

On 25 September 2017, The Fijian Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Taiwan Technical Mission introduced the Green Pearl guava variety to the local market. Minister Inia Seruiratu of the Ministry of Agriculture Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management officially launched the variety.     “Daily consumption of fruit and vegetables is important […]

VIETNAM: China makes up three-fourths of fruit exports

Vietnam exported US$240 million of vegetables and fruits last month, taking the total to US$2.86 billion in the year to end-October, up 42.6% year-on-year. Revenue from vegetable and fruit exports exceeded that of Vietnam’s key export products such as rice, crude oil and coal. Analysts said the target for some US$3 billion from vegetable and […]

Indonesia launches two new mango varieties

Two new mango varieties named Agri-Gardina 45 and Gadung 21 were launched during the Indonesian Mango Mass Propagation and Germplasm Exibition Cukur Gondang, Pasuruan, East Java on 3-5 November 2017.     Dr. Ellina Mansyah, Director of the Indonesia Tropical Fruit Research Institute (ITFRI), says that both varieties have a unique taste and texture. Head of Indonesian Center […]

COLOMBIA: Australian scientists squash banana extinction threat

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, led by Professor James Dale, have developed Panama disease-resistant bananas by adding a gene found in a wild south-east Asian banana.     The project began in 2012 to identify genes in bananas that were resistant to disease. After planting six lines of Cavendish bananas with the imported […]

NEW ZEALAND: NZ avocados to find its way to China

Avocado growers who have surrounded their orchards with deer fencing and installed night vision security cameras will be smiling when the China avocado market opens up next year.     The Ministry of Primary Industries advises New Zealand is a significant step closer to supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to […]

LAOS: Bananas topping list of agricultural export earners

Bananas are expected to be the nation’s highest revenue earner among agricultural exports this year, retaining the top spot achieved last year despite a decrease in exports by value. This year, Laos expects to earn about US$184 million from banana exports, down US$13.8 million compared to last year, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce reported. […]

BANGLADESH: Banana boon for farmers

The organic banana orchards of Bandarban are every farmer’s dreams. They yield well and churn good profits. Not to mention, these highly nutritious fruits are sweet, delectable and loved by children and adults alike. Growers in all seven upazilas on the hilly terrain cultivate different species of bananas, starting from the locally famous ‘Bangla kola’ […]

AUSTRALIA: Avocado prices stable

A Manjimup avocado export company representative has spoken out against reports predicting a drop in avocado prices, saying the price would likely stay stable throughout summer. Advanced Packing and Marketing Services managing director Jennie Franceschi said she was surprised by comments from former Avocados Australia CEO Antony Allen. Mrs Franceschi said it was likely that […]

LIFESTYLE: Healthy recipes from fruit scraps

When you’re cooking up a broccoli casserole or juicing a watermelon, you’re probably tossing the stem or the rind. But you might want to hold onto those scraps for a bit longer, because you can use them in surprising ways. It turns out that what you consider useless food scraps are actually loaded with high-quality […]

UGANDA: The money in making banana fibre products

Uganda is the second largest producer of bananas after India with about 9 million tonnes produced annually. All this production creates tonnes of waste in form of stems and stocks. These are returned back to gardens to be used as fertilisers or mulching materials.   But the stems and stocks can be turned into fiber […]

SPAIN: Canaries and Costa Rica coordinate efforts to help their banana growers

The president of the Canarian Executive, Fernando Clavijo, and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister, Alexander Mora, who was on an official visit to the Canary archipelago, stated that the Canary Islands and Costa Rica have asked the European Union to work together to create the conditions so that there is a greater certainty in […]

TFNet CEO presents keynote paper during the Food and Society International Conference 2017

Held at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur from 18th to 19th November 2017, the Food and Society International Conference 2017 was organized by the Asia-Pacific Food Studies Network, the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), and the National University of Malaysia (UKM).   With topics based on themes such as taste, culture, education, and communication; the conference […]