MALAYSIA: Durian Orchard Tours Snapped Up

PETALING JAYA: Well before the durian season, tours to orchards –popular with foreign tourists – are almost all snapped up. Durians, especially the Musang King, come into season in July.   Chang Teik Seng, 56, who runs the Bao Sheng Durian Farm in Balik Pulau, Penang, says 80% of his packages for the durian season [...]

SCOTLAND: Prank Pineapple Left at Scottish Gallery included in Modern Art Show

May 13 (UPI) – A pair of Scottish college students jokingly left a common pineapple on an empty table at a modern art museum, only to find days later it had been encased in glass and had become part of the exhibit.     The prank was the work of Lloyd Jack and Ruairi Gray, both 22. [...]

USA: Acadiana Home to Dragon Fruit Nursery

Never heard of Acadiana’s exotic dragon fruit nursery? You’re not alone.     Even if you knew what to look for and where to find it, you’d still probably miss it.   The fruit farm hides behind an ordinary house on La. 347 between Breaux Bridge and Parks.   But if you stumbled upon the [...]

THAILAND: Delay of Durian Season in Thailand but Output Increase Expected

“Due to more rainfall this year in Thailand, the ripening of durian has been delayed for one month, but the yields of durian are expected to increase. Last year, due to the drought in east Thailand, the output decreased by 20% to 30%. However, the trees had good rest and therefore the fruit set percentage [...]

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 [...]