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Pakistan plans to earn $75m from mango exports
According to a statement from the All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters, Importers and Merchants (PFVA), released Monday 16 May, this season Pakistan has set its mango export target at 100,000, which would mean earnings of $75 million in foreign exchange.Last season, the country exported 72,000 tons.....

Indian state expecting abundant mango, litchi harvest
This year, horticulture experts in Bihar are expecting a bumper mango and litchi harvest, with production estimated to be at least 30 to 35% more than last year. The fruit is already on market stalls, but higher quality produce is soon expected.The horticulture wing of the state agriculture department is.....

Taiwanese supermarket shipping tropical fruit to Japan, HK
A local Taiwanese upscale supermarket chain implemented a service for shipping Taiwanese fruit to customers in Hong Kong and Japan, back in 2008. The service will now allow customers to order mangoes, lychees, pineapples and dragon fruit online, said Ella Hung of city'super, a joint venture between the Far.....

Ghana's mango farmers can't meet demand
Ghanaian mango farmers are unable to provide enough fruit for fresh fruit manufacturing firms, which means they are having to import mangoes from neighbouring African countries.Speaking to Joy News, sourcing manager of HPW Fresh and Dry Limited, Daniel Komayire observed that local mango producers have failed.....

Australian Mango Industry Association announces new Chairman
Greg McMahon has been elected as AMIA’s 5th Chairman following the Annual General Meeting held in Mutchilba (Mareeba) on 10 May 2016.Greg takes over the role of AMIA Chairman from Gavin Scurr, who has held the position for four years. Greg is co-owner of family business, Seven Fields, a mango and citrus.....

AU avocado prices finally drop
The price of avocados in Australia is finally dropping, and the fruit is also increasing in quality. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas told Daily Mail Australia that prices have eased due to supply and demand.'We have better supply in the market than we had post-Christmas period and so there is plenty of.....

Zimbabwe's Best Fruits launches tomato paste for export
Best Fruit Processors launched its tomato paste line last week. The company, which is a joint venture between Schweppes Zimbabwe’s 100 percent owned Beitbridge Juicing Co and the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, started a trial in January processing mango and guava and has now gone into full.....

Popularity of organic increases in India
Reports about the use of chemicals to ripen mangoes and other unsafe methods, have reduced consumer confidence in commonly available market goods. Hence, the popularity of organically-grown fruits and vegetables has increased, and more people are taking up homestead farming to fill the growing niche for.....


Telangana releases red mango variety
On Tuesday 10 May, a red mango variety, grown by Sk. Jalaludduin, was formally released in Telangana. The variety has not yet been named, although Mr. Jalaluddin is in talks with officials of the Agriculture University there.Mr. Jalaluddin had collected different saplings from a forest area for his nursery.....


US: Rambutan imports set to arrive later this month
Shipments of rambutan are set to arrive from Guatemala later this month, and early reports point to good volumes despite a late start to the season. The tropical fruit is gaining popularity in the United States, and it's finding its place among more established tropical imports.“The 2016 season is beginning.....

Farmers benefit as Thai fruit prices soar
Thailand's Commerce Ministry reports that fruit prices are skyrocketing in the face of lower production caused by drought and high overseas demand. Chutima Bunyapraphasara, the ministry's permanent secretary, said that there had been a 20-per-cent drop in production, with the problem especially bad in the.....

Closure of Pakistani hort export company postponed
Pakistan's only body working for the development of horticulture, with a primary focus on exports, has been given a year to improve its performance.Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) had requested Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir to give a one-year extension.....


Martijn de Graaf, Yex
“Physalis, passionfruit, coconut and pomegranate real summer tropicals”
While December always used to be the pre-eminent month for tropical fruit, their sales being at a considerably lower level during the summer months, that time is far behind us now. “The joint work of Dutch tropical fruit importers is starting to bear fruit,” Martijn de Graaf of Yex observes. “Sales are.....

There will be up to 200,000 tons of product
Mexico: Sinaloa expects good prices for mango
Ramon Gamez Gastelum stated that mango producers had already initiated cuts in 35,000 hectares established in Sinaloa, where they expected to harvest up to 200,000 tons, and that the new increase in the price of the dollar against the peso would help them have a good season.PanoramaThe head of Plant Health.....

Ciego de Avila will send 1,200 tons this year
Cuba continues exporting pineapples to the European market
Cuba continues exporting pineapples to the European market, and the country plans to export some 1,200 tons of the MD-2 pineapple hybrid variety to Europe this year.Florentino Delgado, the commercial manager of the Ministry of Agriculture in Ciego de Avila, told Prensa Latina that the main shipments would be.....

Panama: Curare enano plantain to be bred in a lab
The curare enano plantain variety will be reproduced in the laboratories of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Panama (FCA), in a joint effort with the Ministry of Agricultural Development-MIDA-, Chiriqui regional, the Institute of Agricultural Research of Panama (IDIAP), and.....

The closure has only had negative effects
One year since Costa Rica banned Mexican avocadoes
A year ago, Costa Rica took the unilateral decision to stop importing Mexican Hass avocado after claiming that it had a plague that could endanger the country.Now, avocado prices have almost doubled, the smuggling of Mexican avocados from the borders with Panama continues to increase, and Costa Rican.....

Peru: 3 million soles for avocado from Apurimac
The National Fund for Job Training and Employment Promotion (Fondoempleo) will provide 3 million soles in financing for a project to improve the income of 200 avocado growers in the Ongoy district, province of Chincheros, Apurimac region.This project, which has the support of the Sierra Exportadora program,.....

Indonesia to boost fruit industry
Indonesia's Agriculture Ministry aims to increase not only the value of its fruit farming, but also floriculture, by Rp 120 trillion (US$9 billion). To do so, the country will increase promotion, revitalize plantations and bolster local fruit consumption.Indonesian fruit exports reached $37 million in 2015,.....

See Tools by Felix Instruments
Applied Food Science at PMA Australia
Brisbane-based scientific and industrial instrumentation company Pacific Data Systems will demonstrate tools by Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science at PMA Australia & New Zealand from May 17-19, 2016.The F-750 Produce Quality Meter—a near infrared spectrometer used to measure various quality.....

Fruit, veg prices up in April
NZ avocado prices hit record high
A single avocado in New Zealand can set buyers back five dollars. Since April last year, prices have doubled and are now at their highest level since July 2005, according to Statistics New Zealand.Chief executive of NZ Avocado Jen Scoular told Fairfax the demand for avocados has soared since consumers have.....

But not all bad news
US (CA): SLO County crops suffer effects of drought
In California's San Luis Obispo County drought and a chilly spring has caused a significant decline in the wine grape industry. Yet for the county's top crop of 2015, strawberries, growing conditions were favorable and the crop remains the leading crop in terms of value, for the second year in a row.Wine.....

Potential for Malaysian fruit in Finnish market
A promotion event organised by the Malaysian Agriculture Representative Office in The Hague, (PPP The Hague) the Netherlands, was held in K-Citymarket in Helsinki on May 6th and 7th. The event revealed that Malaysian exotic fruits and agro-industry products have great market potential in Finland.The event.....

Peru: Asparagus and mango lead agricultural exports
In 2015 agricultural exports increased by 3.8% and they were one of the few non-traditional sectors that maintained an upward trend, driven by shipments of asparagus and mangos, stated the Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPeru).In 2015, they stated, asparagus positioned itself as the second largest.....


Mali: Fresh mango season has started
The south of Mali is known for it pesticide and chemical free production of mangoes. Traditional farming and an ideal climate are key elements securing the phenomenal taste of these mangoes. The main varieties are Amelia and Kent.The largest operator in the region C.E.D.I.A.M. S.A. in cooperation with.....

Hawaiian farm buys 500 acres from Dole Food Co.
On Tuesday 10 May, the head of West Oahu-based Aloun Farms announced that the company had purchased nearly 500 acres of agricultural lands in Central Oahu from Dole Food Co.Terms of the deal were undisclosed. The former site of the pineapple fields operated by Dole and located near the Helemano Military.....


UK: Tesco launches own avocado spread
Tesco is the first UK supermarket to launch an avocado spread. The product is said to have a “neutral flavour”, costs £1.20 for a 260g pack and is designed to be used on bread, crackers and other savoury items instead of margarine or butter.The move comes just weeks after Marks and Spencer divided opinion by.....


Ossman Tovar Román, Aztecoco:
"A natural container for coconut water"
The Mexican brand Aztecoco has patented a very natural way to drink coconut water, which it presented recently at the fair CPMA, in Canada."We grow dates in Mexico and also fresh coconuts in Mexicali, in Baja California. We started the business about three years ago and, in the beginning, we marketed coconut.....


South Africa: Major investment in dates production
South African producer ZZ2, better known for their tomatoes and more recently avocado production, have started a joint venture with two other companies to produce Medjool dates in the Orange River region of Namibia, the company currently has planted 80 Ha. There are plans to expand this area soon, but.....


Banana, avocado slicing life hack
Youtuber DaveHax has shared a video showing how to quickly slice up a banana or avocado with two items you probably already have in your kitchen: a large bowl and a metal cooling rack.To cut your banana or avocado, place a metal cooling rack over the top of a large bowl. Then peel open one side of the banana.....

Indian researchers focusing on exotic fruit
Horticultural researchers across India are focusing on preserving, developing and promoting exotic fruit varieties with neutraceutical (functional) properties, that are currently underutilised in the country.Among these are a unique mango variety called Manoranjitam found in Chittoor of Andhra Pradesh. The.....

China: Slight recovery weak pineapple market
In Xuwen County, the main pineapple production area in China, the pineapple price had fallen to the lowest point in nearly 20 years. Recently, the prices had slightly improved, but local grower are still facing substantial losses.Currently Xuwen County accounts for a total of 18,000 hectares of pineapple.....

Peru: Exports of cape gooseberries increase by 161%
Between 2013 and 2015 exports of cape gooseberries increased by 161%, thanks to the identification of new market niches, major presentations, and the training of the entire value chain, in which small producers have a leading role, said Sierra Exportadora.Last year, Peru exported 1.8 million dollars in cape.....


Unprecedented drought conditions in papaya fields cause ongoing shortages
North America’s largest Golden Papaya importer is reporting continuous shortages in the Brazilian papaya supply, caused by extraordinary heat and El Niño-related drought in the previous months. The shortages are expected to last throughout July.HLB Specialties sources from four different Brazilian papaya.....


Edwin Fillekes, HillFresh
Super Sweet pineapple with brix level 17 unique to market
For some time HillFresh has been working with supplier Tropicales del Valle from Costa Rica, a supplier who has obtained an impressive place on the pineapple market in the past nine years. “Tropicales del Valle is a large player with a total production of 7 million cartons per year. They ship approximately.....


Roger Gay, of Cocanmex
"We managed to introduce SunGold kiwis in McDonald's"
Cocanmex is Zespri's distributor in Mexico and sells its products to almost all supermarkets in the country. It is about to receive the first Zespri SunGold kiwis, which will arrive in the third or fourth week of May. "Last year, we managed to introduce SunGold kiwis in McDonald's," says Roger Gay, director.....


Avocado market in Europe still short
Strong demand for avocados has made for a short market for the fruit in Europe. With Israel, Chile and Spain finishing up their respective seasons, supplies from South Africa and Peru haven't been enough to satisfy current demand.“Demand is growing between 20 and 25 percent every year,” said Eitan Zvi of.....

Avocados can break down belly fat
Healthy fats, found in avocados, can have a positive effects on breaking down belly fat, which can be one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone up.Researchers found that eating one source of monounsaturated fatty acids with each meal of your day assists with burning fat from your tummy. These.....

Organic mango grower reorganizes packing
As the Mexican organic mango season continues, with extremely unusual market conditions, such as fruit costs at a high not seen since 1991 and export volumes around 40 percent lower than in previous years, Crespo Organic pushes forward with the goal of building lasting sustainble programs with long time and.....

AU: Robots to boost fruit output figures
Farmers may soon be able to achieve maximum fruit outputs, with the help of two Australian-made robots which identify issues for growers such as lack of pollinationThe robots were part of a recently released study conducted by the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and commissioned.....

In spite of heatwave
Some Malaysian mango farmers prosper
Malaysian farmer Saidin Saad has an abundance of harumanis mangoes growing in his orchard in Perlis state. He is one of few farmers enjoyinga windfall from a prolonged heat wave that has swept across Peninsular Malaysia since January. Dubbed the ‘Super’ El Niño phenomenon among locals, the heat wave has.....

Mexico: Pineapple no fixed market as producers not organized
The President of the Pineapple Product System, Jose Ramirez Meza, said that 80% of the pineapple products didn't have a fixed market because there was no organization among pineapple producers, a situation that affected them economically.He said that only 20% of the more than 500 producers in Tuxtepec and.....


Seintalone mango from Myanmar starts to supply
Available to all Chinese markets
Every year between April and June, Myanmar mangos are transported around the world through a small county called Ruili in Yunan province (it belongs to the Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture of Dehong, and 3 of its borders are connected with Myanmar, it is the only Chinese cross-border trade region that.....

India: Farmers hit by heavy rains after drought
In the Warangal district in the Indian state of Telangana, the farming community has been suffering from the effects of drought on their crops; now they have also been hit by untimely rains which descended on the district for the past three days.Mango orchards, banana plantations and vegetable cultivators.....

Thailand: Durian demand and prices high
Demand for durians is high in Thailand, as are the prices. This is mostly being contributed to drought ravaging the country, as well as overseas demand for the Thai fruit. Many people are willing to pay more for durians which can cost up to 120 baht per kilogram.In Phayao Province on the weekend, people were.....

Mexico: APEAM will expand avocado area
This year the Association of Avocado Producers and Packers of Mexico (APEAM) plans to expand the area cultivated with this fruit, stated the president of the organization, Antonio Villasenor Zurita.According to estimates there are 110,000 certified hectares devoted to avocado production and 40,000 hectares.....


Smooth sales for Hainan pineapples
Last week, we focused on the pineapple sales challenges in Xuwen County in Guangdong province. How will the pineapple sales situation be in Hainan province that is close to Xuwen county? Normal 0 false false false EN-GB ZH-CN X-NONE .....

Mexico: Recent fires did not affect avocadoes
The recent forest fires in the municipality of Tancitaro, the avocado region of the state, which is the largest global producer of avocado, did not directly damage any crops, but the change in land use concerns the authorities, said Arturo Olivera Gutierrez, the mayor of the town.According to him, what could.....

Mexico: Puebla expects to produce 80% more pitahaya
After cleaning the orchards and adding fertilizer to the pitahaya plants between November and February, the producers of pitahaya are performing the first cut of this fruit, which is well known for its red an yellow colors, in May so that they can place them in the market of Acatlan, Moralillo, that belongs.....

Spain: Andalusian avocados could have a PGI or PDO
The Council of Agriculture, through the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA), is studying to carry out joint actions in research and training together with the Spanish Association of Tropical Fruit Producers.To this end, the president of IFAPA, Jerónimo Pérez, and.....

Exports to Europe
Cambodia's mango season winding up
This year, Cambodia's largest agro-industrial company, Mong Reththy Group, has sent 13 shipments of mangoes to Europe, totalling 54,000 kilograms, the owner reported May 5.According to Mong Reththy, the most recent shipment contained 4,500 kilograms of Aiwen and Keo Romeat mangoes.He said that it was the.....

Vietnamese mango farmers blighted by food safety rumors
Last month, rumors surfaced that mango farmers in several Mekong Delta provinces are afraid to eat their own fruit due to safety concerns. This springs from the news that the fruits are wrapped in unsafe Taiwanese-made bags before harvest, and is said to have caused a 50 percent slump in mango prices last.....

Worst in past five decades
Taiwanese city's mango harvest hit by adverse weather
Mango yields inTainan, a city on Taiwan’s southwest coast, are expected to fall to 20 percent of the annual average this year, as heavy rainfall and low temperatures have decimated the crop.The harvest this year is anticipated to be “the worst in five decades,” Guantian Farmers’ Association director-general.....

Indian merchants struggle to cope with mango demand
Fruit merchants in Karnataka are struggling to cope with the growing demand for mangoes cultivated in Mysuru, which are processed into beverages. But the farmers are having a field day as they can command nearly Rs. 26,000 per tonne, up from the prices last yearBabu, a major wholesale dealer who procures the.....

Kenya eyes EU market for mango exports
Measures to improve the quality of Kenyan mangoes are beginning to bear fruit, hence the African country has set its sights on the lucrative European Union market for exports.Kenya Plant Inspectorate Health Service (Kephis) Managing Director Esther Kimani said the agency introduced self-regulatory measures.....

US market opens to Indian pomegranates
This year, top officials at the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) expect to export around 50,000 tonnes of pomegranates to the US market. The first shipment organised by the MSAMB and the Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) arrived in Miami on May 1 according to.....

Increased demand for South African mangoes in Europe
The mango season came to an early end in South Africa this season. It was by no means an easy season due to hail at the end of last year and extreme temperatures during the growing season.Erwee Topham from Alliance Fruit said that "The mango harvest finished at the end of February, around a month earlier.....

Broad mix of fruit and veg can fight dementia
Dietitian Ngaire Hobbins, a lecturer with the University of Tasmania's Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, is the author of Eat to Cheat Dementia, a new book that explains how to keep your brain in peak condition.Hobbins maintains that eating foods that are as close to nature as possible and.....

Empaque Don Jorge opens for the season
Mexico: Crespo Organic Mangoes moves home for summer packout
As the Mexican organic mango season continues, with unusual market conditions, such as fruit costs at a high not seen since 1991, and export volumes around 40% lower than the previous years, Crespo Organic pushes forward with the goal of building lasting sustainable programs with long term and new coming.....