TFNet launches 1 Million Fruit Trees Planting Campaign

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), launched the One Million Fruit Trees Planting Campaign (1-MFT) with the aim to encourage stewardship of the environment through the planting of tropical fruit trees, while improving nutrition and livelihood. The first phase of the campaign has [...]

TFNet CEO Dr. Desa to Speak in KRI’s Brown Bag Seminar Series

TFNet Chief Executive Officer Dr. Desa Hassim is invited to speak in the Khazanah Research Institute’s Brown Bag Seminar Series at the Kutub Kanah room on 18 May 2017. The presentation starts at 12:00 pm and is expected to end at 2:00 pm.   The topic of the brown bag seminar is ”Malaysia: Current Scenario and [...]

MALAYSIA: Durian Orchard Tours Snapped Up

PETALING JAYA: Well before the durian season, tours to orchards –popular with foreign tourists – are almost all snapped up. Durians, especially the Musang King, come into season in July.   Chang Teik Seng, 56, who runs the Bao Sheng Durian Farm in Balik Pulau, Penang, says 80% of his packages for the durian season [...]

SCOTLAND: Prank Pineapple Left at Scottish Gallery included in Modern Art Show

May 13 (UPI) – A pair of Scottish college students jokingly left a common pineapple on an empty table at a modern art museum, only to find days later it had been encased in glass and had become part of the exhibit.     The prank was the work of Lloyd Jack and Ruairi Gray, both 22. [...]

USA: Acadiana Home to Dragon Fruit Nursery

Never heard of Acadiana’s exotic dragon fruit nursery? You’re not alone.     Even if you knew what to look for and where to find it, you’d still probably miss it.   The fruit farm hides behind an ordinary house on La. 347 between Breaux Bridge and Parks.   But if you stumbled upon the [...]

TFNet joins CIRDAP’s 32nd Technical Committee Meeting in Bangladesh

 The Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) held its Thirty Second Technical Committee Meeting (TC-32) at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Comilla, Bangladesh on 3rd May 2017.

THAILAND: Delay of Durian Season in Thailand but Output Increase Expected

“Due to more rainfall this year in Thailand, the ripening of durian has been delayed for one month, but the yields of durian are expected to increase. Last year, due to the drought in east Thailand, the output decreased by 20% to 30%. However, the trees had good rest and therefore the fruit set percentage [...]

INDONESIA: Indonesia, Thailand Cooperate in Fruit Post-harvest Research

TEMPO.CO, Bandung - Indonesia and Thailand is working together to develop postharvest technology for fruits. “Thai’s fruits are widely known in the world. They have a postharvest technology that makes fruits remain fresh long while being shipped,” Deputy of Agro Industry and Biotechnology at Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Eniya Listian, said here, [...]

MALAYSIA: Seeking Fruitful Export, Sarawak Plants RM100m into Agro Company

KUCHING, April 17 — The Sarawak government has set up a new company with a seed fund of RM100 million in its bid to increase the state’s tropical fruit production for the export market.     Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas today said Sarawak Agriculture Products Export Corporation Sdn Bhd will be [...]

CHILE: Chile Aims for South Korean Avocado Market Access

A Chilean public-private delegation recently held talks with South Korean authorities in a bid to speed up market access arrangements for the South American country’s avocados.     The meeting took place during the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) in Incheon, South Korea on April 6.   Representatives from the Chilean Fruit Exporters [...]

AFRICA: Drought affects avocado yield this season

The drought indirectly affected the avocado yield this season, and volumes will be lower than usual this year, reports the Letaba Herald.     “In a sequence of dry years, such as the drought we had, pollinators become limited because food sources are sparse,” said Elsje Joubert, acting technical manager from Subtrop.   According to Joubert, [...]

MEXICO: Avocados demonstrate the success of NAFTA

Super Bowl Sunday is a football game and thousands of tons of God’s gift to western civilization, guacamole, AKA mashed ripe avocado, lemon juice, crushed garlic, diced tomatoes and a touch of hot jalapeño chiles — maybe America’s favorite snack.     That’s “thousands of tons” of avocados from Mexico to be savored by Americans [...]