USA: Deadly multistate salmonella papaya outbreak is over, says the CDC

The outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This large Salmonella Papaya outbreak was comprised of four separate outbreaks linked to four different farms in Mexico. Of the 251 people sickened in 25 states, 79 were hospitalized. One death was reported […]

PHILIPPINES: Farmers ink deal for monthly export of 8MT of papaya to South Korean firm

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said South Cotabato-based farmers have inked a trade agreement with a South Korean firm that would import at least 8 metric tons (MT)  of papayas monthly starting this month.     DA 12 Regional Executive Director Milagros Casis said farmers from Tupi province successfully shipped a ton of solo papayas […]

PERU: Chile and Bolivia, main destinations for Piura’s mango

Piura sent most of its mangoes to Chile and Bolivia in the first week of exports.   According to the exporters, so far, they have sent 176,953 six-kilogram boxes of mango to these two countries by land. Most of the fruit is sent by land to these two markets. The varieties shipped are the Haden, […]

MOROCCO: Watermelon farming main cause of water shortage

Taps are running dry in southern Morocco and resarchers have found one of the main culprits: watermelon farming. With a consumption of 7 million cubic metres of water per year, according to a study by the regional hydraulic basin agency, “the watermelon greatly contributed to the water stress in the region,” said Jamal Akchbab, president […]

KENYA: What avocado export market wants from you

As demand for avocados grows locally and internationally, there is no short cut for farmers seeking the best market and prices.   One must get it right when it comes to varieties, seedlings and fruits, especially if planning to sale in the export market.     Brian Gesimba, the agro-marketing manager at Amiran Kenya, says […]

PHILIPPINES: [Opinion] Is the banana industry sagging?

It may be playing on words, but our title is a serious question motivated by recent trends in the industry. Two years ago a newspaper bannered the report “Philippine banana export industry under threat,” while last year another broadsheet ran the article “Banana industry losing global edge.” Earlier this year “Banana industry troubles seen dampening […]

Fiji hosts International Symposium on Tropical Fruits

The 2017 International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF2017) was held in Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji on 23-25 October 2017, organized by the Fijian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), and Fiji Institute of Agricultural Sciences (FIAS), with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). (UPDATE: Powerpoint […]

CHINA: Local farm grows avocado

The first batch of home-grown avocados from a farm in southwest China’s Yunnan Province are to be harvested, the grower said.   The 500 hectares avocado farm, located in city of Pu’er, is one of the largest in China.   The total output of avocados is estimated at 200 tonnes this year, said Qi Jiazhu, […]

LIFESTYLE: Take a look at this delectable banana-cardamon upside-down cake

Gail Simmons has a new cookbook: “Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating.”   The “Top Chef” judge previewed several recipes from the book ($30, Grand Central Publishing) at a dinner at Monteverde restaurant in Chicago last week. Among the standouts: a sultry banana-cardamom cake inspired by the banana bread Simmons’ […]

AUSTRALIA: Avocado lovers set to clean up as fruit numbers smash record

Australia’s favourite breakfast smash could soon become cheaper to come by with a record harvest tipped for the industry.   And local growers look set to avoid the brunt of any price changes as global consumption continues to drive significant improvements in grower returns.     The nation’s peak avocado body is forecasting an abundant […]

CUBA: Ciego de Avila bets on increasing pineapple exports

The rains of Hurricane Irma delayed the planting of pineapple in Ciego de Avila, and its workers continue the corresponding tillage to expand marketing in tourism and export, in order to obtain foreign exchange and strengthen the national economy.     Ciego de Avila, which committed to have two thousand hectares of pineapple crops before […]

UK: What’s the Economic Cost of Brexit? Pineapples Tell a Tale

Britain is increasingly grappling with the bewildering economic consequences of its pending departure from the European Union. For one company, Nim’s Fruit Crisps, the impact is measured in the soaring cost of pineapple.     Nim’s dries fruits into snacks served up like potato chips, operating out of a former metal shop in this industrial […]