FAO: Handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector launched

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Government of Ecuador launched a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions. “The banana sector serves as an essential […]

INFOGRAPH – Friday Fruit Facts (#014) – Breadfruit

Touted by some as “the fruit with the potential to feed the world”, this fruit has seen its share of ups and downs. From the inspiration for a hit song in Jamaica to being tossed overboard during a mutiny, this week’s Friday Fruit Facts is the humble breadfruit.   CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

INDIA: Red Thai guava via Bengaluru floods Hyderabad

The “Thai” variety of guava being sold in the city has found many takers because of its juicy, red pulp. However, despite what its name suggests, the variety is grown within the country itself. Vendors say that they purchase the fruit from the wholesale market of Gaddiannaram in LB Nagar and from Mozamjahi market. Each […]

ISRAEL: First pineapple farm opens in Gaza

Pineapples are being harvested in the Gaza Strip for the first time as part of efforts to help the impoverished Palestinian territory work towards food self-sufficiency.     The fruit, for domestic sale, is grown in a 1,000 square meter greenhouse in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis as part of a project […]

ECUADOR: Ministry and banana producers establish a road map

The first Banana Technical Table, led by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ruben Flores, established a twelve-point road map to benefit the sector.   Representatives of the producers and exporters of the fruit participated in the meeting.     They agreed to work on the following points: port fees in Puerto Bolivar, reforms to […]

FAO: Tropical fruit trade set to reach new peak in 2017

Global trade in avocados, mangos, pineapple and papaya is set to reach a new peak in 2017 though climate change threatens the output of tropical fruit in many growing regions, the United Nations food agency (FAO) said on Thursday.   Exports of the four main tropical fruits have been growing faster than all other internationally […]

GHANA: Pineapple farmers need more intensive training

Simple technologies can be learned effectively through imitation, while complex methods require professional training. If Ghanaian pineapple farmers are to achieve higher yields through more sustainable agriculture, they will need to be trained in exactly these types of complex applications. This was the conclusion reached by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) […]

INDIA: Edible wild banana species discovered

Edible wild banana species discovered, the second such on the island in two years   Botanists in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have been quietly going bananas. And it is not their fault, for the islands are a biodiversity hotspot that hosts seven different species of wild banana that we know of, not to mention […]

CHINA: E-commerce giant Alibaba’s drones deliver passion fruit to islands

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TFNet holds 11th BOT meeting in Fiji

The Eleventh Board of Trustees (BOT) Session of the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) was held in Nadi, Fiji on 26 October 2017, a day after the International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF2017).     It was attended by 13 Board Members from 7 TFNet member countries, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and […]

CAMBODIA: Push to increase longan exports

With plantations yielding nearly 20,000 tonnes of the fruit per year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced its intention to expand longan exports to new countries.     According to officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, only the provinces of Pailin and Battambang, which share a border with Thailand, now export the […]

MEXICO: Avocado volume to top last year’s

Avocado volume out of Mexico should reach nearly 2 billion pounds during the current season — July 1 to June 30 — an increase from last year, despite a slow start during the summer.     Volume could be 15% more than last year, said Rob Wedin, vice president of sales and marketing for Calavo […]