INDIA: Action plan on pineapple

Tripura deputy chief minister Jishnu Devvarma said the state government would soon chalk out an action plan to boost pineapple production and revive a closed pineapple-processing plant.     Addressing a gathering at the inaugural session of the Tripura Pineapple Festival and Exposition, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, Devvarma said Tripura […]

INDIA: Banana prices crash in Madhya Pradesh, distressed farmers feed produce to animals

After onion, tomato, garlic and cabbage growers, it is now the turn of banana cultivators to throw away their produce due to crashing prices in Madhya Pradesh.     Banana farmers in Badwani district – the largest producer of bananas – are feeding animals with freshly picked bananas after its price fell as low as […]

INDIA: Bad Weather Takes a Heavy Toll on Mango Output

Nature’s wrath has rendered a big blow to mango output in Uttar Pradesh this year, not only hitting the price of the ‘king of fruits’ but also its quality and the quantum of exports.   Mango production, which was estimated to be around 50 lakh (5 million) tonnes this year, is now expected to reach […]

INDIA: Rains wreck 10,000 banana plants in Gobichettipalayam

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds late on Sunday devastated over 10,000 banana plants and uprooted hundreds of coconut trees in Nagadevanpalayam panchayat area near Gobichettipalayam near here, even as downpour badly damaged over ten tiled-roof houses in the area.   Farmers of several villages in that area are virtually in tears as the heavy […]

INDIA: Customers are wary of the mango nipa virus

Reports attributing the Nipah virus outbreak to fruit bats (herbivorous bats which chiefly consume fruits) has come as a dampener for fruit vendors, especially those selling mangoes. According to a report in the BBC, fruit bats are considered to be the natural host of the virus.     Health officials in Kerala said they had […]

INDIA: How a farmers’ group is reviving the jackfruit

A farmer producer organisation (FPO) in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district is putting the humble jackfruit back on the table. Long ignored in the region, the jackfruit actually lends itself to being transformed into a value-added product or two. However, not much attention is paid to its cultivation by most farmers as it is not the […]

International Jackfest 2018 to focus on product development and marketing

The International Symposium on Technology Intervention for Effective Utilization and Marketing of Jackfruit (Jackfest 2018) will be held in Kerala Agriculture University (KAU), Kerala, India on 9-15 July 2018, organized by Department of Agriculture Development & Farmers’ Welfare and KAU.     As the official state fruit, Kerala produces 10% of the total jackfruit in India. It provides countless […]

INDIA: Jackfruit Coffee, Anyone?

The idea that Malayalis adore the humble jackfruit is clearly an understatement.   In Kerala, you don’t just love the bulbous and fleshy ‘chakka’, you are either smitten by it or obsessed with it. How else would you explain the unanimous decision to choose it as the official state fruit?     I belong to […]

INDIA: Biplab Deb government takes steps to boost pineapple production in Tripura

The Tripura government has taken several steps to boost pineapple production in the state by planning to make infrastructure and laying emphasis on export.   Biplab Deb, Tripura government, pineapple production, pineapple production in tripura, APEDA, queen pineapple, Jumerdhepa, Sipahijala district.     The Tripura government has taken several steps to boost pineapple production in […]

INDIA: Whirlwind hits banana farmers

More than 3,000 banana plants were damaged in a whirlwind at a few villages near Sathyamangalam on April 20 night. Farmers, who were expecting a good harvest in two weeks, pegged the loss at several lakh rupees. They said they had planted different varieties such as red banana, nenthiram and poovan and they were ready […]

INDIA: West Bengal plans to export mangoes to Europe

Mangoes from West Bengal will shortly find shelf space in Europe. The state government has initiated preparatory work to fill the shelves of malls in countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, France and others with the best of mangoes that are produced in Malda district.   From June onwards, mango varieties like Himsagar, Lyangra, Fazli, […]

INDIA: 18 varieties of mangoes on single tree in Andhra Pradesh

Kuppala Rama Gopala Krishna, a 24-year-old mango farmer from Vadlamanu village in Agiripalli mandal of Krishna district, has created a record by growing 18 different varieties of mangoes on a single tree in his seven-acre-farm.     His feat is not only attracting local farmers, but has also drawn the attention of government officials. Impressed […]