INDIA: Low yield, but better quality mangoes expected this year

Mangoes are synonymous with hot summer months, and this season they will be as delicious as ever, but be prepared to pay more. The fruit has already made its debut in the market, but in small quantities and in very few varieties.     Mango growers have suffered crop loss owing to untimely rain and […]

STUDY: Bananas may protect against hearing loss, new research shows

In the same way that we are told to drink milk to keep our bones strong we are now being encouraged to eat bananas to protect our hearing.   Emerging research shows key nutrients — including the potassium in bananas — can protect against age and environmental hearing loss while zinc protects against tinnitus.   […]

UNITED KINGDOM: Pineapple overtakes avocado as fastest-selling fruit

Whether it’s served smashed on toast, infused into chocolate or used as a ring box for the perfect proposal, the avocado has gone above and beyond any other ingredient out there.   But despite dominating British fruit sales for some time, it seems breakfast’s most Instagrammed food could finally be on its way out.   […]

KENYA: Easy way to put money in mango farmers’ pockets

A survey carried out during the mango season last year revealed that while most traders buy mango fruits at a paltry Sh3 (USD 0.03) to Sh5 (USD 0.05) at the farm gate, the same fruits retail for as high as Sh60 (USD 0.60) in Nairobi.   Farmers are at the mercy of traders given the […]

KENYA: Youth peels wealth off his 30 acres of bananas

A muddy road stretching for about 2km from Mitunguu Town in Meru County leads us to Verdant Farm in Rwompo village. The farm can be described as a banana haven and is run by Oscar Gitonga, 28.     Gitonga, a telecommunication engineer turned farmer, grows the bananas on 30 acres, producing them huge, tasty […]

MALAYSIA: Sarawak sends maiden shipment of durian paste to China

Sarawak, through local fruits exporter Top Fruits (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, made its first-ever shipment of frozen durian paste to China today, sending 16 tonnes to what is becoming a voracious market for the king of fruits.     Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas launched the shipment at the company’s processing plant at […]

BANGLADESH: Watermelons before time

No summer afternoon without chilled watermelons. But two unlikely men in southeast Bangladesh are bending the rules and harvesting watermelons before summer heats up.     The risk-taking duo Binoy Chakma and Pravakar Chakma from Karalachari village in Mahalchhari upazila, Khagrachhari district, started to bear the fruits of hard work last month.   Paddy is […]

TIPS: Protect Watermelon Plantings From Wrath of Fusarium Wilt

Fusarium wilt of watermelon is common problem in Florida where resistant varieties are not used, but it might occur to some extent even when resistant varieties are used. Fusarium wilt is cased by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum fsp. Niveum.     Identification Typically, the first noticeable symptom is that one side of a plant wilts. […]

NEW ZEALAND: Late summer wet has tropical fruit thriving

It may have been a flop for broccoli and cabbages but the hot wet end to summer has Kiwi-grown tropical fruit flourishing.   The summer season was a flop for leafy green vegetable growers across the country, with many crops rotting, causing prices to spike.     But bananas and watermelons have soaked up the […]

PERU: Sharp rise for avocado exports in 2017

Peru’s avocado exports soared in both volume and value during the 2017 season, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).   The entity said export volumes rose 27% year-on-year to 247,000 metric tons (MT), with the value soaring 46% to US$580 million.   According to International Trade Center data, in 2016 Peru became […]

STUDY: AI Detects Papaya Ripeness

A machine learning algorithm for detecting ripeness levels in papaya fruit could help both shoppers and producers.   If you’re in the market to buy fresh papayas, it can be a challenge to figure out ripeness based on peel color without also squeezing the fruit to test for softness. A Brazilian research group could make […]

BRAZIL: Mechanical harvesting of papayas might be a reality with computational technique

Common sense says a papaya is ripe when the peel is yellow, whereas a green peel is a sign the fruit is far from sufficiently mature. This is often correct, but there are many exceptions.   “Yellow peel doesn’t always mean the fruit is ripe in the sense that its compounds have been completely converted […]