BANGLADESH: Only 5% mango found in mango juices

Lab testing has found that mango drinks produced by four local companies contain only 5% mango pulp on average, which is only half of what is required in such drinks in line with Bangladesh Standard Specifications (BDS). The four drinks are Mango King of AST Limited, Frutix of Pran, Shezan mango juice of Sajeeb Group [...]

USA: San Francisco gets a new vegan “Jackfruit Cafe”

A new cafe and vegan spot has opened for business in the neighborhood. The new arrival to West Adams, called Jackfruit Cafe, is located at 2959 Crenshaw Blvd.     The new cafe—located inside King’s Donuts—specializes in vegan fare made with jackfruit, a starchy, unripe fruit native to southeast Asia. Considered a good source of [...]

KENYA: Bets on avocado to enhance food security

The government has marked avocado and sweet potatoes as two important crops for food security, proper nutrition and trade expansion. Other than providing essential nutrients required for good health, the two crops are expected to fetch farmers billions of shillings as the government scales up an exportation programme.     This comes as the country [...]

PAKISTAN: Officials come up with plan to promote guava fruit

The provincial agriculture department has chalked out a plan to promote guava fruit cultivation in selected districts of the province. The concept of the programme was to expand cultivation of guava fruit on large scale. If successful, the programme would be replicated in other districts of the Punjab. Dried fruit unit to be installed in [...]

VIETNAM: Student invents bioproduct to preserve fruit

Tran Le Anh Khoa is now a third-year student at the HCMC Food Industry University majoring in analytical chemistry. Born in Tien Giang province, one of Vietnam’s largest dragon fruit growing areas, he understands the problems of local farmers. Growing dragon fruit is the major source of income of many local families. However, as the [...]

TFNet joins MARDI’s Green Campus Initiative

The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) organized the Green Campus Initiative on 5 October 2017 in the MARDI Headquarters in Serdang with support from  the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) and other agencies. The initiative launched by YBhg. Datuk Dr. Sharif Haron, Director-General of MARDI was developed to improve the quality of the [...]

VIETNAM: EU potential market for fruit and vegetable exports

The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association has forecast that the proportions of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports will go up in the near future. In addition to large export markets such as the US, Australia and Japan, Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exporters are seeking ways to develop trade with the EU market as this market [...]

International Workshop on Digital Marketing for Women Entrepreneurs held in Melaka, Malaysia

The Straits Hotel & Suites, Melaka became the venue of choice for this year’s collaborative event between the NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) and the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet). This marks a second collaborative effort between NIEW and TFNet. Officiated by the CEO of TFNet, Dr. Mohd. Desa Hassim and Mdm. [...]

ZAMBIA: Farmers to be trained on how to fruit dry using solar

My Zambia My African a Marketing company owned by a Zambian entrepreneur has partnered with Humanity Africa, a charity registered in the United Kingdom to train Zambians working in farm communities in Mkushi and Lusaka in Central and Lusaka provinces respectively on the art of solar fruit drying. During a meeting held with the Deputy [...]

FIJI: Breadfruit delicacies

During a successful trade mission to Australia last week, one of our Fijian-grown crops garnered plenty of attention at the Sydney Fine Food Show – breadfruit. Root crop exporter, Farmboy, had taken a few packs of frozen breadfruit to test the market and to our joyful surprise discovered this common, yet often underutilized fruit, was [...]

TFNet joins AgriMalaysia 2017

Agri Malaysia 2017 was an international exhibition organized by Expoglobe and One International Exhibition held on 22-24 September 2017 at the Setia City Convention Center, Shah Alam, Malaysia. It is supported by the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (MOA) and its agencies, and the private sector.   The [...]

PHOTOS: TFNet joins Malaysia’s “Largest Mango Tree Planting” activity

KEDAH, MALAYSIA: 4000 mango seedlings of the Harumanis variety were planted by 2000 people at the same time on Sept 19, setting the record for “Largest Mango Tree Planting” on the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR). The programme was organized by the Department of Agriculture and Malaysia Agriculture College, with support from agencies under the [...]