COSTA RICA: Exporters pin hopes on China’s pineapple intake

Costa Rican pineapple suppliers could face major oversupply if the anticipated major demand from China is less than expected.   The Chinese market opened for Costa Rican pineapples earlier this year and there are already significant volumes being sent to Asia, said Jai Thakrar, president of exporter Jalaram Fruit, with new plantings in the ground […]

ECUADOR: Weather dampens mango volumes

Ecuador’s mango production so far this season is currently close to half what it was at the same time last year, with the decline attributed to poor weather conditions.   Up until week 45 the country had a year-on-year production deficit of nearly 4 million boxes, largely resulting from low light conditions in growing areas. […]

LIFESTYLE: How to make banana deep hair conditioner

Bananas are rich in potassium that strengthens hair and minimizes breakage. The combination is very effective deep hair conditioner that can solve all your hair issues. Rich in potassium, bananas can strengthens your hair and minimizes breakage by restoring your hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitates repair of damaged hair. Bananas also moisturize your hair as […]

MALAYSIA: Govt to allocate RM1m to develop Perlis harumanis mango industry

The Perlis harumanis mango will be even sweeter in the future with the injection of RM1 million by the government to develop the industry.   Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the allocation was for drainage and planting of the trees as well as other logistics needed to increase the productivity and marketing of these mangoes.     […]

PHILIPPINES: PHL to raise concerns of banana exporters at WTO meet in Argentina

President Duterte said the government would raise before the World Trade Organization (WTO) its concerns over the subsidies extended by Latin American governments to their banana producers, which have allowed them to export bananas at a lower cost. While he vowed to also look into the request of major Filipino exporters to negotiate lower tariffs […]

AUSTRALIA: New trial to investigate if mangosteen can improve schizophrenia symptoms

Geelong researchers are calling on people with schizophrenia to take part in an innovative trial investigating whether a tropical fruit extract can improve symptoms.   The trial uses the rind of the mangosteen, consumed in a capsule form, to compliment existing conventional medications in the hope of achieving full, functional recovery.   The trail, which […]

LIFESTYLE: Lime-avocado cheesecake recipe

Avocado-Lime Cheesecake with Oatmeal Brittle Crust and Gingered Blueberry Sauce   This is a rich, creamy, smooth, no-bake cheesecake with a crust made from oatmeal brittle, oats, and walnuts. A gingered blueberry sauce, sweetened with some of the powdered brittle, adds a zesty finish. Make the brittle first. You’ll have much more than you need […]

AUSTRALIA: High tech map of avocado, macadamia and mango orchards helps disaster response

For the first time, Australia’s mango, macadamia, and avocado crops have been mapped.     It’s a move that authorities say will change the way government and industry deals with natural disaster responses and disease outbreaks.   The Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response Map is available online and is a collaborative project involving state and […]

NEW ZEALAND: Avocados to be added to list of exported fruits to China

New Zealand is a step closer towards supplying fresh avocados to China and opening up access to an untapped market for Kiwi growers.   The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Avocado announced yesterday after a series of discussions and signing of protocol to agree export requirements, negotiations had successfully wrapped up. “Securing […]

AUSTRALIA: GM banana shows promise against deadly fungus strain

A field trial in Australia has shown that genetically modified banana trees can resist the deadly fungus that causes Panama disease, which has devastated banana crops in Asia, Africa, and Australia and is a major threat for banana growers in the Americas. The transgenic plants might reach some farmers in as few as 5 years, […]

INFOGRAPH – Friday Fruit Facts (#015) – Starfruit

This fruit is a symbol of spirituality in Javanese culture. It’s five-point star shape symbolizes the five points in spirituality and is called the pancasila (panca meaning five and sila meaning attitude). This refers to the five taboos in life: Madat (smoking opium), Mabok (intoxication), Main (gambling), Maling (theft), and Madon (adultery). For this week’s […]

PERU: El Niño cuts organic banana production

Adverse weather has led to a 16 per cent fall in exports of organic bananas from Piura according to the Banana Technical Board.   President Marcia Herrera Reto said shipments were on course to reach US$112m this year compared with US$152m in 2016.   The fall is due to the higher incidence of pests brought […]