MALAYSIA: Sarawak sends maiden shipment of durian paste to China

Sarawak, through local fruits exporter Top Fruits (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, made its first-ever shipment of frozen durian paste to China today, sending 16 tonnes to what is becoming a voracious market for the king of fruits.     Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas launched the shipment at the company’s processing plant at […]

BANGLADESH: Watermelons before time

No summer afternoon without chilled watermelons. But two unlikely men in southeast Bangladesh are bending the rules and harvesting watermelons before summer heats up.     The risk-taking duo Binoy Chakma and Pravakar Chakma from Karalachari village in Mahalchhari upazila, Khagrachhari district, started to bear the fruits of hard work last month.   Paddy is […]

TIPS: Protect Watermelon Plantings From Wrath of Fusarium Wilt

Fusarium wilt of watermelon is common problem in Florida where resistant varieties are not used, but it might occur to some extent even when resistant varieties are used. Fusarium wilt is cased by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum fsp. Niveum.     Identification Typically, the first noticeable symptom is that one side of a plant wilts. […]

NEW ZEALAND: Late summer wet has tropical fruit thriving

It may have been a flop for broccoli and cabbages but the hot wet end to summer has Kiwi-grown tropical fruit flourishing.   The summer season was a flop for leafy green vegetable growers across the country, with many crops rotting, causing prices to spike.     But bananas and watermelons have soaked up the […]

PERU: Sharp rise for avocado exports in 2017

Peru’s avocado exports soared in both volume and value during the 2017 season, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).   The entity said export volumes rose 27% year-on-year to 247,000 metric tons (MT), with the value soaring 46% to US$580 million.   According to International Trade Center data, in 2016 Peru became […]

STUDY: AI Detects Papaya Ripeness

A machine learning algorithm for detecting ripeness levels in papaya fruit could help both shoppers and producers.   If you’re in the market to buy fresh papayas, it can be a challenge to figure out ripeness based on peel color without also squeezing the fruit to test for softness. A Brazilian research group could make […]

STUDY: Mechanical harvesting of papayas might be a reality with computational technique

Common sense says a papaya is ripe when the peel is yellow, whereas a green peel is a sign the fruit is far from sufficiently mature. This is often correct, but there are many exceptions.   “Yellow peel doesn’t always mean the fruit is ripe in the sense that its compounds have been completely converted […]

VIETNAM: Seminar talks fruit, veg exports

Việt Nam’s fruit and vegetable exports are expected to top US$4.5 billion by 2020, with fruits accounting for $3.6 billion, according to the Crop Production Department.   Speaking at a seminar on the potential and development orientation of horticulture and floriculture in Việt Nam, Nguyễn Hồng Sơn, director of the department, said Việt Nam’s varied […]

VIETNAM: Mekong Delta city expects to increase fruit exports

Can Tho city in the Mekong Delta has called on companies to strengthen cooperation with local farmers in boosting the export of fruits, especially the city’s three key fruits of longan, star apple and mango.   The city grows 98,000 tonnes of fruits in more than 17,120ha of orchards, with mango accounting for 2,710ha, star […]

BANGLADESH: Mango trees in full bloom

Khagrachhari gardeners are eyeing a bumper production of mango this season as trees are in full bloom in every orchard in the district.     Mango growers said favourable weather conditions have helped large scale flowering of the trees this season and they are expecting a bumper production of the delicious summer fruit.   Due […]

INDIA: Uttar Pradesh likely to have bumper mango harvest this year

With conducive weather and alternate year for mango crop, the production of the fruit may increase by 10 to 15% in Uttar Pradesh. Orchards are in full bloom and flowering has been higher than last year. The horticulture scientists said that if wind speed and climate remained favourable, the season would be profitable for mango […]

PHILIPPINES: Luzon mango production falls by 70 percent

Unless cecid flies were wiped out soon, mango production in all of Luzon would continue to plummet and the industry headed for collapse, a mango industry leader in Pangasinan province said on Friday.   Mango production this season had dropped by at least 70 percent because of widespread infestation of cecid flies, leading to huge […]