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 […]

INDIA: Tamil Nadu eyes market as European kids go bananas over fruit

A recent study conducted among children in Europe found they favoured the Indian Red banana and Njalipoovan or Ney Poovan (Elakki), bringing hope to farmers in Tamil Nadu. Significantly, the National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB), Tiruchy is expecting an inspection by European agencies to sanction the export of bananas to European countries.   “We […]

INDIA: Low yield, but better quality mangoes expected this year

Mangoes are synonymous with hot summer months, and this season they will be as delicious as ever, but be prepared to pay more. The fruit has already made its debut in the market, but in small quantities and in very few varieties.     Mango growers have suffered crop loss owing to untimely rain and […]

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 […]

INDIA: South Gujarat banana farmers reap profits in off season

Banana farmers of South Gujarat are reaping benefits of a good harvest this year compared to past few years thanks to the new cultivation technology adopted from Philippines. This year the fruit is selling at Rs 200 (USD 3.00) per 20kg in the wholesale market compared to Rs 125-130  (USD 1.90-2.00) per 20 kg in […]

BANGLADESH: Jhenidah village turns jujube heartland

Thought to have been domesticated in South Asia by 9,000 BCE, jujube has been enjoyed across the region for a very long time. Today, it would be hard to find a place in Bangladesh more closely associated with the fruit than the village of Bhatpara in Mandabaria union of Jhenidah’s Moheshpur upazila.     In […]

INDIA: Hot spell puts Alphonso mangoes at sunburn risk

The sudden rise in temperature over the last few days has exposed the much-loved Alphonso mangoes to the risk of sunburn and fruit dropping.   Mango growers said that the heat spell has come a little early this year, with day temperatures soaring above 35 degrees C in Ratnagiri.     Significant fruit dropping during […]

INDIA: Festival celebrates more than 150 varieties of banana

The festival is the first attempt by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) to boost banana cultivation.   Thiruvananthapuram hosted the National Banana Festival on Sunday, in which over 150 varieties of the state’s favourite fruit were displayed. From south Kerala’s own Kappapazham (red banana) to Popolou, an exotic variety from […]

INDIA: Officials devise plan to promote guava cultivation

The provincial agriculture department has chalked out a plan to promote guava fruit cultivation in selected districts of the province.     The concept of the programme was to expand cultivation of guava fruit on large scale. If successful, the programme would be replicated in other districts of the Punjab.   The agriculture officials said […]