Vacancy post: Chief Executive Officer

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) is seeking for candidates with outstanding managerial and technical expertise, for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).   TFNet was set up in July 2000, under the auspices of the FAO Intergovernmental Sub-Group on Banana and Tropical Fruits, as a global network which is both intergovernmental and inter-institutional, with members acting […]

AUSTRALIA: World’s largest achacha plantation for sale

Australia’s only commercial Achacha plantation is on the market, providing investors with an opportunity to secure a monopoly over the sweet, tangy fruit. Achacha (achachairú, Garcinia humilis) is a native of Bolivia.     Located on the Bruce Highway 45km south of Townsville at Palm Creek, the 123 hectare (304 acre) property has been organically […]

INDIA: Biplab Deb government takes steps to boost pineapple production in Tripura

The Tripura government has taken several steps to boost pineapple production in the state by planning to make infrastructure and laying emphasis on export.   Biplab Deb, Tripura government, pineapple production, pineapple production in tripura, APEDA, queen pineapple, Jumerdhepa, Sipahijala district.     The Tripura government has taken several steps to boost pineapple production in […]

KENYA: How to produce export-worthy avocados

Avocado farming has become a big-league agro-enterprise with various market forces including border control, climate and global appetite for avocado favouring Kenyan producers.     The Hass avocado, a premium product in the Middle East and Europe has especially gained popularity in the ready-to-eat segment, with consumer appetite changing gradually from the green-skinned varieties to […]

AUSTRALIA: Hundreds evacuated a college library, fearing a gas leak. It was a durian.

Add “cause for a university evacuation in Australia” to the long list of reasons that durian may be the world’s most maligned fruit.   About 3 p.m. Saturday local time, Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade sent out an alert about a chemical hazard at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.     The smell of gas […]

USA: Hawaii News Facility would grow algae from papaya for feed, fuel

Farms in Hawaii could become “zero waste” if a state-funded demonstration project proves viable.     The state’s Agribusiness Development Corp. is proposing to build a $1.5 million facility at the Shipman Business Park that would grow algae from leftover produce, in particular, papaya. The algae could then be used for animal feed or biofuel. […]

INDIA: Two tonnes of artificially ripened papaya fruit destroyed

The Food Safety department on Tuesday seized and destroyed 2.5 tonnes of artificially ripened fruits from the wholesale fruits market in Koyambedu. The fruits, including two tonnes of papaya and 500 kg of mangoes, had been ripened using calcium carbide, said sources in the department.   This time since the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s Market […]

AUSTRALIA: Summer mango fruit fly incursions lead to tougher SA import restrictions

South Australia has strengthened its import requirements, following the discovery of fruit fly larvae in four consignments of Queensland mangoes sent to South Australia during the summer harvest, which threatened its fruit fly-free status.     The reforms include a ban on fruit that has been heat-treated as well as stronger conditions for the use […]

Myanmar: Fusarium Wilt has been detected in the country

The much-feared Tropical Race 4 strain of the Fusarium oxysporum soil fungus which causes Panama disease in Cavendish bananas has now been discovered in Myanmar. This follows closely on the heels of its discovery in Vietnam and Laos. The fungus is expected to have disastrous consequences on individual banana growers and the global banana industry. […]

INDIA: Whirlwind hits banana farmers

More than 3,000 banana plants were damaged in a whirlwind at a few villages near Sathyamangalam on April 20 night. Farmers, who were expecting a good harvest in two weeks, pegged the loss at several lakh rupees. They said they had planted different varieties such as red banana, nenthiram and poovan and they were ready […]

USA: Why you aren’t Paying More for Bananas, but Retailers Are

The wholesale cost of the world’s most popular fruit went bananas in the early part of this year.   The price that stores paid for bananas hit a record high in the first quarter, pressured by limited supplies in Central and South America, which produce most bananas sold in the U.S.   Floods, cooler temperatures […]

BANGLADESH: BARI successfully develops year-round dragon fruit

Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) has recently successfully developed year-round dragon fruit in the country by using artificial lighting.   BARI held a workshop at Pahartoli of Khulshi in Chattogram on Saturday over the success of the institute where its Director General Dr Abul Kalam Azad was present as chief guest.   Normally the dragon […]