PHILIPPINES: National mango congress focuses on fruit productivity

The island province that produces one of the world’s sweetest mango varieties is currently hosting the 20th National Mango Congress.     Ramon Marañon, chairperson of the Guimaras Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (Guimaras PAFC), said this year’s theme is focused on increasing local mango productivity through the collaborative effort of local government units (LGUs), national government […]

AUSTRALIA: Mango crop sets national record with more than 10 million trays picked for first time

The 2017/2018 Australian mango season was the biggest on record, with more than 10 million trays picked across the country for the first time.     The Northern Territory supplied the most mangoes to market, with a 48 per cent share of the national crop.   Queensland’s farmers produced 47 per cent, and the remainder […]

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: IIHR in the process of developing elite mango variety

If mango is the king of fruits, the Alphonso variety is the king among mangoes due to its taste, attractive colour and moderate size. However, horticultural scientists are in the process of developing another elite mango variety, which is said to be superior to Alphonso.   What is a matter of pride for the State […]

AUSTRALIA: Summer mango fruit fly incursions lead to tougher SA import restrictions

South Australia has strengthened its import requirements, following the discovery of fruit fly larvae in four consignments of Queensland mangoes sent to South Australia during the summer harvest, which threatened its fruit fly-free status.     The reforms include a ban on fruit that has been heat-treated as well as stronger conditions for the use […]

PHILIPPINES: Zambales’ Dinamulag festival celebrates mango

The week-long festival of Zambales province’s most popular produce – mangoes – was celebrated over from April 14-17 as provincial officials formally opened the annual Dinamulag Mango Festival.   Dinamulag Festival is an annual thanksgiving for another year of bountiful harvest, officials said.   Provincial Administrator and Festival Committee Chairperson Izelle Deloso said during the […]

AUSTRALIA: Could mango season now stretch into the cooler months too?

Mangoes are a fruit typically associated with tropical climates and summer months, but a Western Australian farmer is proving that wrong.   In the town of Harvey, two hours south of Perth and 33 degrees south of the equator, a flourishing mango plantation is still producing fruit, a month after the major producers finished up. […]

SAUDI ARABIA: Jazan recognized for its 60 mango varieties

The Jazan region will be granted a geographical indication for mangoes grown there. A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin.     Mangoes were first grown in the region in 1982 when the Argricultural Research Center started growing varieties from the US, […]

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 […]

JAPAN: Egg of the Sun mango, how can a fruit be worth USD 2,000?

In 2017, two mangos sold at a Japanese wholesale auction for a record-breaking USD 3,744. Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) is a variety of mango grown in the Miyazaki prefecture and sold throughout Japan. Although they don’t usually go for thousands of dollars, on any given day you would be hard-pressed to find […]

USA: Mango cross-merchandising can boost sales

Even as mangoes move more into the mainstream for U.S. consumers, there are ways retailers can make consumers even more comfortable with the world’s most consumed fruit.   Two big ones are point-of-sale marketing/education and cross-merchandising.     Robert Schueller, director of public relations for Los Angeles-based World Variety Produce, which markets the Melissa’s brand, […]