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 [...]

MALAYSIA: Kg Baru Sungai Perdak Villagers Dream of Agrotourism

DRIVING one-and-a-half hours to his orchard is something that 70-year-old Book Ah Tak looks forward to each time he makes the journey.     The retired senior bank officer starts his trip at 6am sharp from his Subang Jaya home to his orchard in Karak, Bentong.   He normally reaches his destination, Kampung Baru Sungai [...]

SINGAPORE: Xanthones in Mangosteens could be a Potent Anti-tuberculosis Agent

A study by researchers from the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) has uncovered that xanthones in mangosteens could provide a suitable new drug in the fight against tuberculosis. The study published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found that xanthones were very effective at inhibiting and killing Mycobacterium tuberculosis [...]

UAE: Crowds Throng Jackfruit Festival in Abu Dhabi

Now this fruit is no ordinary fruit as it has managed to be a major crowd puller (mainly Indian expats) to LuLu Hypermarket in Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, where the Jackfruit Festival is being held.     For the Indian expat population the festival is not only a celebration of taste but also the very [...]

MALAYSIA: Demand for Musang King

JOHOR BARU: The inflow of tourists from China into the country is a positive sign for the tourism sector but the trend is proving to be a double-edged sword in driving up the price of the King of Fruits, durian.     Desaru Fruit Farm director Alice Tong said the first thing Chinese tourists usually [...]

AUSTRALIA: As Cocoa Shortage Looms, is Jackfruit the Answer?

With worldwide demand for chocolate outstripping the production of cocoa beans, the hunt is on for viable alternatives.   One of the possibilities is jackfruit, a large tropical fruit found in South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that compounds found in jackfruit seeds produce [...]

HONG KONG (CHINA): In Hong Kong, People will Pay RM300 for a Durian

It might be a healthy food choice, but Hong Kong’s latest fruit fad is doing serious damage to shoppers’ wallets.     From luxury supermarkets to outdoor stalls, expensive premium produce is increasingly on show and sought after by customers.   At Hong Kong’s vibrant Yau Ma Tei fruit market, a Malaysian durian goes for HK$600 (RM342) [...]

UK: Edible Bananas Grown in Exeter for the First Time

Edible bananas have been grown for the first time in Exeter – with some musical help.   The mini versions of the popular fruit of the Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ – normally only found in tropical countries – have been cultivated at a greenhouse at the University’s Streatham campus. They are of the same Cavendish [...]