MALAYSIA: After durian feast, Chinese envoy promises to promote Bentong to countrymen

China’s new envoy to Malaysia Bai Tian was delighted by his trip to Bentong, Pahang yesterday and promised to promote the district as an eco-tourism spot to his fellow countrymen.   According to The Star, Bai Tian — who discovered his love for durian some 20 years ago — was treated to a durian feast […]

MALAYSIA: LPP identifies potential area for durian cultivation

Realising the potential of durian as a new source of income, the Farmers’ Organisation Authority (LPP) has identified a 119-hectare area to be developed for durian cultivation this year, said its chairman Tan Sri Zainal Dahalan.   He said durian provided a new economic opportunity and could benefit LPP members nationwide as the fruit was […]

TAIWAN: Wax apple plantations decrease by up to half due to abnormal weather

The amount of land used in Taiwan to grow wax apples has decreased by up to half in recent years due to unusual weather such as typhoons, heavy rains, warm winters and extremely cold winters, according to the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (KDARES) on Thursday.   “In the future, the wax apple […]

INDONESIA: Dragonfruit and rambutan season begins in Central Sulawesi

Farmers in a number of villages in Parigi Moutong regency, Central Sulawesi, are currently entering the season for dragonfruit and rambutan.   Nyoman Artana, a resident of Suli Village, Sausu Sub-district, on Tuesday said the dragon fruit and rambutan fruit harvest in the area is quite good and is greeted with a cheerful price in […]

STUDY: Drying and dehydration – solutions to address global food shortage

In the University of Nottingham Malaysia, a team of chemical and food engineers from the Food and Pharmaceutical Engineering Research Group are investigating drying and dehydration of various food materials using advance dryers.     In food processing, drying plays a critical role in food preservation and safe consumption as most food products contain high […]

Mexico: Cold weather to lower future papaya volumes from Colima

Although the unusually cold, wet and windy weather that has been affecting Mexico over recent weeks has been most harshly felt in the northeast and around the Gulf, impacts on fruit production will also be seen in areas that have experienced more moderate weather.   According to a representative of Coliman, a grower-exporter based in […]

PHILIPPINES: The fruit that heals

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by explorer Christopher Columbus.   In the Philippines, papaya is one of the favorite fruits that abound all year round. “It offers not only its luscious taste and golden yellow color […]

PARAGUAY: Mangoes go from street rubbish to delicacy

From September to December, Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion, is a riot of colour, with yellow or reddish mangoes hanging from trees and lapacho trees displaying purple or white flowers. But until a few years ago, those splendid colours were also an annoyance, meaning that the streets would soon be littered with the remains of millions of […]

ISTF2017 Proceedings now available!

The Proceedings for the 2017 International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ISTF2017) is now available to download at the symposium website:   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 […]