KENYA: From broker to manufacturer – the juicy story of a fruits trader

A drive from Nairobi to Chuka is refreshing, especially for a first-time visitor, as one enjoys the spectacular views of hills yonder.   Then there is the sight of women selling ripe mangoes and bananas on the roadside whetting one’s appetite for a fresh, juicy fruit.     This is the norm in Chuka and […]

INDONESIA: Local dragon fruit a tasty treat for tourists

Banyuwangi in East Java is one of the nation’s main producers of dragon fruit, growing the fruit in a variety of ways, including organically, for tourists visiting the region.   At the foot of Gunung Raung lies Tegalarum village, which is known for its organic dragon fruit that is cultivated by farmers belonging to the […]

JAPAN: Banana with edible skin has been developed

First there was the cocktail avocado from Spain, which had an edible skin. Now, meet the Mongee (pronounced “mon-gay”) banana from Japan, whose skin is also edible. Yes, you read that right: You can eat the skin of this particular banana.     The Mongee Banana is grown by D&T Farm in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture. […]

PERU: Banana exports to grow by at least 10% in three years

The Lima Chamber of Commerce’s Foreign Trade Development and Research Institute (Idexcam) has forecast significant growth for Peru’s export banana sector.   In a release, Idexcam executive director Carlos Posada highlighted forecasts for at least 10% growth over the next three years, following an increase of 4% year-on-year between January and October of 2017 to […]

UK: M&S selling stoneless avocado that could cut out risk of injuries

Retailer’s ‘cocktail avocado’ can be eaten whole and may help end problem of people slicing their hands while removing the seed.   Marks & Spencer has begun selling a stoneless avocado that could help banish the pain of “avocado hand”.     The so-called cocktail avocado is 5cm-8cm (2in-3in) in length and has a smooth, […]

CHINA/VIETNAM: Firms ink watermelon trade deals

Enterprises in Vietnam and China have signed principle contracts on watermelon trade in 2018 and the following years at a conference held in the central province of Quang Ngai on December 6.   The event was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in conjunction with Quang Ngai province and China’s Guangxi province.   […]

MALAYSIA: The fruit that smells like gym socks is skyrocketing in China

China’s love of a pungent, football-sized thorny fruit is skyrocketing, and Malaysia wants a piece of it.   The value of China’s fresh imports of durian fruit has climbed an average of 26 percent a year over the past decade, reaching $1.1 billion in 2016, according to United Nations data. Thailand dominates that market, but […]

VIETNAM: China makes up three-fourths of fruit exports

Vietnam exported US$240 million of vegetables and fruits last month, taking the total to US$2.86 billion in the year to end-October, up 42.6% year-on-year. Revenue from vegetable and fruit exports exceeded that of Vietnam’s key export products such as rice, crude oil and coal. Analysts said the target for some US$3 billion from vegetable and […]

Indonesia launches two new mango varieties

Two new mango varieties named Agri-Gardina 45 and Gadung 21 were launched during the Indonesian Mango Mass Propagation and Germplasm Exibition Cukur Gondang, Pasuruan, East Java on 3-5 November 2017.     Dr. Ellina Mansyah, Director of the Indonesia Tropical Fruit Research Institute (ITFRI), says that both varieties have a unique taste and texture. Head of Indonesian Center […]

COLOMBIA: Australian scientists squash banana extinction threat

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, led by Professor James Dale, have developed Panama disease-resistant bananas by adding a gene found in a wild south-east Asian banana.     The project began in 2012 to identify genes in bananas that were resistant to disease. After planting six lines of Cavendish bananas with the imported […]

NEW ZEALAND: NZ avocados to find its way to China

Avocado growers who have surrounded their orchards with deer fencing and installed night vision security cameras will be smiling when the China avocado market opens up next year.     The Ministry of Primary Industries advises New Zealand is a significant step closer to supplying fresh avocados to Chinese consumers and opening up access to […]

LAOS: Bananas topping list of agricultural export earners

Bananas are expected to be the nation’s highest revenue earner among agricultural exports this year, retaining the top spot achieved last year despite a decrease in exports by value. This year, Laos expects to earn about US$184 million from banana exports, down US$13.8 million compared to last year, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce reported. […]