TAIWAN: Taichung govt buys stink bug larvae to protect lychee, longan crop

In an effort to ward off invading lychee stink bugs, the Taichung Agriculture Bureau announced an initiative to buy their larvae for NT$2 (US$ 0.07) each starting March 1.   The lychee stink bug, officially known as Tessaratoma papillosa, is an agricultural pest with a taste for fruit trees, like lychee and longan trees, and […]

COSTA RICA: Pineapple buyers can now guarantee they’re deforestation-free

As consumers become increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of agro-commodity production, with the click of a button, companies buying pineapples from Costa Rica – one of the world’s largest producers of the fruit – can now see if their suppliers are engaged in deforestation or not, with help from the United Nations’ Green Commodities […]

USA: Vietnamese rambutan exports to resume

“Right now there is very little rambutan in the market since Vietnam is the main supplier this time of year and they have been on Lunar New Year holidays since Feb 15,” says Paul Armstrong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based RHA Group. “But we have started getting in shipments this week and getting back to normal.” […]

AUSTRALIA: Costa Group’s not done with smashing avocado growth

Harry Debney, the chief executive of market darling Costa Group, has heard all the gags about smashed avocado and Millennials.   But Tuesday’s share price surge at Costa – up 10 per cent to a record high of $6.88, taking its 12-month gain to 79 per cent – is no joke.     Investors were […]

AUSTRALIA: Importing ‘mango madness’

Queensland mango farmers are “scratching their heads” over a trade deal that will see the first trays of mangoes arrive from Indonesia, putting them in direct competition with the local harvest.   Indonesian media are reporting the country will soon begin exporting mangoes and dragon fruit to Australia, “a decision made during the 21st meeting […]

TRENDS: Chinese jujubes could give dates some competition

London-based Abakus Foods is processing and exporting jujube fruit products to 10 countries and is bringing them to Casino supermarkets in France, according to Food Navigator. The sweet and chewy fruit, also called red dates or Chinese dates, is considered a superfood because it’s loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients.     The jujube is included […]

BANGLADESH: Jhenidah village turns jujube heartland

Thought to have been domesticated in South Asia by 9,000 BCE, jujube has been enjoyed across the region for a very long time. Today, it would be hard to find a place in Bangladesh more closely associated with the fruit than the village of Bhatpara in Mandabaria union of Jhenidah’s Moheshpur upazila.     In […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Pomegranates feel the effects of drought

Markets can expect smaller counts on South African pomegranates this season, with a concomitant drop of between 20 to 25% on export volumes.   The first Acco and Herskovitz from the Western Cape have been shipped and should arrive in Europe by week 10. The Wonderful harvest is imminent for some growers whose fruit have […]

INDIA: Hot spell puts Alphonso mangoes at sunburn risk

The sudden rise in temperature over the last few days has exposed the much-loved Alphonso mangoes to the risk of sunburn and fruit dropping.   Mango growers said that the heat spell has come a little early this year, with day temperatures soaring above 35 degrees C in Ratnagiri.     Significant fruit dropping during […]

SOUTH AFRICA: Stricter oversight of mango loving pest

The South African government is strengthening the regulatory framework to prevent and combat the spread of the Oriental fruit fly within the country.   The Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is alerting individuals‚ municipal authorities‚ traditional authorities‚ community members‚ farmers‚ fruit and vegetables industries and universities about amended Control Measures which have been […]

AUSTRALIA: Harvesting lychees for Lunar New Year on NSW mid north coast farm

People from Sydney’s Vietnamese community view picking lychees as a way for their urban-raised children to gain an understanding of farm life and food production.   For more than 20 years busloads of predominately Vietnamese and some Chinese have descended on Ted and Elizabeth Knoblock’s lychee farm just south of Coffs Harbour on the New […]

MALAYSIA: Durian tree is Sabah’s new attraction

A wild durian tree in the central Tongod district of Sabah is set to become a tourist attraction. The tree, also known as ‘red durian tree’, has been recognised for being the oldest and tallest tree in Tongod. At an acknowledgement ceremony, Kuamat assemblyman Datuk Masiung Banah said the tree, measuring 57.7m in height, is […]