The International Symposium on “Developing research to enhance market demand and profitability of tropical fruits” was held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 14 August 2014, organized by International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).   The Symposium aimed toContinue Reading

The first issue of The Fiji Agricultural Journal (FAJ), Volume 54 was released by the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture on June 2014, featuring eight research papers.   Some papers include “Neem for Sustainable Pest Management and Environmental Conservation” by Ramesh C. Saxena and “Rethinking Concepts of Human Health, Food andContinue Reading

Bearing the theme “Philippine Fruit Industry: Towards ASEAN Integration and Public-Private Partnership,”  the Philippine’s 22nd National Fruit Symposium will be held on 8-11 September 2014 at the Highlander Hotel and Resort, Maharlika Highway, Brgy. Roxas, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.   Organized by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office No. 02 in collaboration with theContinue Reading

International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) organized a study tour focussing on the development of the fruit industry in Malaysia, for the  Bangladesh Department of Agriculture Extension on 18-24 June 2014.   The participants of the study tour were 12 officials from various offices of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE),Continue Reading

The International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) jointly collaborated with The Agricultural and Food Marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA) to organize a study tour on the Malaysian rice industry for officials from the Ministry of Food, Bangladesh on 22-28 June 2014. Participants of the study tour included 7Continue Reading

  The 5th iFresh Shanghai Fru & Veg Expo, to be held in Shanghai International Exhibition Center, China on 20-22 November 2014, is the only professional trade exhibition in mainland China for the producers, distributors, service providers and retailers of fresh fruit and vegetables.   Organized by the iFresh Information Ltd, China FruitContinue Reading

Date palm is the most important fruit in the Saudi Arabian culture, being a staple food with historical and religious significance. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is currently the second largest producer of date palm in the world with 23 million trees across 172,000 ha, producing 1.3 million tonnes.Continue Reading

Photos by Shree Padre.   A symposium on “Jackfruit and Breadfruit in the Tropics: Genetic Diversity, Marketing, and Value Addition” was organized by the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) on 15-16 May 2014.   The symposium focused on jackfruit and breadfruit genetic diversity and geographical spread, production technologies and innovationContinue Reading

The content of nutrients and bio-active compounds are important to know when marketing tropical fruits, or when deciding which fruits to produce. However, this information is not always readily available. Many food composition tables do include few if any of tropical fruits. It is time-consuming to collect, evaluate and compileContinue Reading

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA: Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) and Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute (HARTI) jointly organized an international workshop on ‘Reduction of Postharvest losses in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains’ on 17-20 March 2014.     The workshop was officially openedContinue Reading