KENYA: Passion fruit farming set for better times ahead

The prospects of passion fruit farming in Kenya could change for the better if plans to upgrade the fruit into a major horticultural crop are adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture.   This is after details emerged that the country’s production of the crop has been on the decline for the past decade in which […]

MEXICO: Jackfruit Mexico switches to 100% dried product

Harvesting kicks off this week for Yucatán Peninsula-based Jackfruit Mexico in the company’s first season dedicated solely to dehydrated product, plugging into the booming trend for the fruit as a vegan alternative to meat. The campaign also fits nicely with the Tulum Veg Fest this weekend where the company will be exhibiting and hosting workshops […]

MALAYSIA: Cold spell to affect pomelo harvest

With the current cold spell and the incessant rain destroying flowers on pomelo trees, farmers fear that this may affect this year’s harvest.   With rainy days starting even before the start of 2018, consumers are told to expect fewer fruits during harvest in six months’ time.     At the Go Chin Pomelo Nature […]

INDIA: University develops fruit fly trap for different fruits

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) developed a PAU Fruit Fly Trap — an eco-friendly technology for the management of fruit flies in kinnow, guava, mango, pear, peach, and plum. Different types of fruits too were developed by the team, and some of them invented seedless fruits of mixed breed.     Entomologist Dr Navtej Bains (HOD) […]

INDIA: Guava from mango belt back in business

Guava has managed to hold its own ground in Lucknow’s mango belt. Several new varieties have been developed and the near-extinct, indigenous varieties from the region are back in business. The reason being that varieties from Lucknow are fast gaining ground in Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and west UP. Farmers in Malihabad are growing these […]

SAUDI ARABIA: Food authority bans import of Egyptian guava

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has decided to temporarily ban imports of fresh, frozen and manufactured guava from Egypt due to pesticide residues proved to be higher than the global limit, the Saudi Press Agency reported.     The temporary ban will come into effect on Thursday, Jan. 18, and will continue until […]

SINGAPORE: Durian-themed cafe smells winning combination

An eatery here centred on the tropical fruit durian has caught a whiff of success as patrons flock to the cafe in droves for a bite of its exotic offerings.   The spiky fruit long regarded as a delicacy in South-East Asia has left a divisive trail – you either love it or hate it […]

MALAYSIA: After durian feast, Chinese envoy promises to promote Bentong to countrymen

China’s new envoy to Malaysia Bai Tian was delighted by his trip to Bentong, Pahang yesterday and promised to promote the district as an eco-tourism spot to his fellow countrymen.   According to The Star, Bai Tian — who discovered his love for durian some 20 years ago — was treated to a durian feast […]

MALAYSIA: LPP identifies potential area for durian cultivation

Realising the potential of durian as a new source of income, the Farmers’ Organisation Authority (LPP) has identified a 119-hectare area to be developed for durian cultivation this year, said its chairman Tan Sri Zainal Dahalan.   He said durian provided a new economic opportunity and could benefit LPP members nationwide as the fruit was […]

TAIWAN: Wax apple plantations decrease by up to half due to abnormal weather

The amount of land used in Taiwan to grow wax apples has decreased by up to half in recent years due to unusual weather such as typhoons, heavy rains, warm winters and extremely cold winters, according to the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (KDARES) on Thursday.   “In the future, the wax apple […]

INDONESIA: Dragonfruit and rambutan season begins in Central Sulawesi

Farmers in a number of villages in Parigi Moutong regency, Central Sulawesi, are currently entering the season for dragonfruit and rambutan.   Nyoman Artana, a resident of Suli Village, Sausu Sub-district, on Tuesday said the dragon fruit and rambutan fruit harvest in the area is quite good and is greeted with a cheerful price in […]

STUDY: Drying and dehydration – solutions to address global food shortage

In the University of Nottingham Malaysia, a team of chemical and food engineers from the Food and Pharmaceutical Engineering Research Group are investigating drying and dehydration of various food materials using advance dryers.     In food processing, drying plays a critical role in food preservation and safe consumption as most food products contain high […]