SAINT LUCIA: Taiwan assists local farmers with pineapple production

Taiwan Technical Mission and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, natural Resources and Co-operatives of Saint Lucia held the Pineapple Production Workshop in Roseau on November 14th, 2017. More than 50 farmers and extension officers attended the event to learn new agricultural know-how to increase pineapple production. Pineapple is a fruit of great economic […]

TFNet CEO guests in the 25th Philippine National Fruit Symposium

Bearing the theme “Tropical Fruit Diversification and Production for Health and Economic Benefits,” the 25th Philippine National Fruit Symposium was organized by the PhilFruits Association at the Aziza Paradise Hotel in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on 7-10 November 2017.     Thirty seven papers were presented during the symposium. The paper on “Macadamia conservation, propagation, […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango fiesta makes return

Contagious mango fever is heavy in the air as Broome residents and visitors enjoy an extra-large juicy yellow slice of the Broome Mango Festival later this month.     The November 23-26 fruit-worshipping fiesta is organised by the Lions Club of Broome, with attendees relishing the chance to attend music events, try mango products and […]

VIETNAM: Tien Giang seeks measures to boost star apple exports to US

Measures to boost star fruit exports to the US were discussed at a conference held in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on November 14.   According to Pham Anh Tuan, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, star fruit is among the locality’s seven competitive fruits and entering the US market opens big […]

AUSTRALIA: Genetic modification may save USD12bn banana industry

A multibillion-dollar banana industry at risk of a deadly disease could be saved by genetic modification that created a line of bananas resistant to Fusarium wilt tropical race 4, also known as Panama disease. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology genetically modified Cavendish bananas using a gene found in a south-east Asian banana subspecies that […]

COSTA RICA: “We don’t see a solution to the Mexican avocado conflict this year”

Costa Rica’s Hass avocado lovers could receive good news regarding the return of this Mexican product.     Costa Rican consumers, who haven’t been able to enjoy this product since May 2015, might soon enjoy this product again, as the conflict between both countries could be solved in the near future.   The State Phytosanitary […]

MALAYSIA: New preservation tech will help make durian cheaper in future

Malaysians can look forward to cheaper durian prices soon, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.   Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Malaysia now has the technology to preserve durian to ensure longer shelf life which in turn will contribute to cheaper prices.   “Using deep freeze and collagen, durian […]

ISTF2017 field trip showcases Fiji’s growing tropical fruit industry

A one-day field trip was organized by the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on October 25 for the delegates of the 2017 International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF). The itinerary includes various locations of interest that feature Fiji’s tropical fruit industry, including a nursery, a model farm, a wet market, and an export facility.   […]

PERU: ‘One Banana a Day Makes a Difference’ campaign launches

Guatemala-based One Banana launched the “One Banana a Day Makes a Difference” program in Peru. One Banana a Day Makes a Difference is a nutritional food security program in schools, according to a news release. The company also delivers bananas once a week to the schools in the program.     More than 2,000 organic […]

R&D: Sun’s role in mitigating fungal disease of mango fruit

Mango fruits play host to some economically damaging fungal diseases, especially during ripening and storage; but mango growers and suppliers have a new ray of hope…in the form of sunlight.   In a recent Phytobiomes journal article, Noam Alkan and colleagues at the Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center in Israel show some promising new research […]

AUSTRALIA: Christmas mango shortage likely for WA, but all good for New Year

An early finish to the Kimberley and Northern Territory mango seasons could see a shortage of mangoes on shelves in Western Australia (WA) this Christmas.   The mango harvest in WA’s Ord Irrigation Scheme wrapped up almost three weeks early, coinciding with an early finish for Katherine growers and some Darwin orchards as well.   […]

MEXICO: Jalisco’s mango producers make improvements

Jalisco’s mango production chain has been making advances in the certification of its orchards and its packers, to improve the exportable supply. This is a response to the demands of the global market, said the general director of Agricultural and Horticultural Development of the Seder in Jalisco, Mario Ramos Velasco.   The state official said […]