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Peru exported 97% more pomegranate in first two months
According to Sierra Exportadora, pomegranate exports increased by 25% in 2015, a trend that continues this year as the country shipped over 4.2 million dollars of pomegranates in the first two months of the year, i.e. 97% more than in the same period last year. Sierra Exportadora promotes pomegranate crops.....


Bayron Ortiz, from Organpit
Ecuador: "Demand for dragon fruit grows"
Despite the effects that the rains caused by El Nińo had on the last weeks of the dragon fruit harvest in Ecuador, the first campaign this year ended with very positive results. Since the harvest of this exotic fruit is very sensitive to abrupt climate changes, such as excess water, which can severely affect.....

Initiative to turn Panama into a re-export window
An initiative has been put forward that aims to turn Panama into a re-export window of both perishable and non-perishable food. It takes as its starting point using the isthmus to supply large consumer markets.Agricultural transformation expert, Didio Batista, said that this initiative would increase the.....

Spain: 92% of cherimoya acreage concentrates in Granada
The Spanish region of Andalusia accounts for 99% of the total cherimoya acreage nationwide, with more than 3,100 hectares; a figure that has remained virtually stable in recent years, according to data from the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development. 92% of the crops concentrate in the Costa.....


"Producers don't easily go for sustainable cultivation"
Increase in demand for organic avocados and tamarillos
Even though demand for organic avocados and tamarillos has been gradually increasing in recent years, few Peruvian companies have managed to convert 100% of their crops to organic production. For its part, Ańawi Exports, with a specialised and experienced team, has managed to establish a relationship with.....

Steve Maxwell - Worldwide Fruit
UK: "Five years ago we could not have imagined the avocado market would be so bouyant"
Avocado sales in the UK are up 30% Year on Year and and supply cannot keep up with demand. At the moment there are Spanish, Israeli and Moroccan avocados available which have been good quality through the season, according to Steve Maxwell, CEO at Worldwide Fruit. "There are also some early Peruvian avocados.....

Mango dominates the tropical fruit market
Currently most of the supermarket shelves are mainly occupied by tropical fruits such as mango, dragon fruit, banana and pineapple. In addition, citrus fruits are gradually withdrawn from the market, while apple and pears still have some places on the shelf. Certain summer season fruits also show up on the.....


A brand for Senegalese mangoes?
Professional’s in the Senegalese mango sector would like to create a Senegalese mango brand. ASEPEX (The Senegalese agency promoting exports) organised a workshop on the 13th April on promoting the Senegalese mango label.Creating a brand would give Senegalese mangoes more visibility and attract consumers to.....

Guatemala to export mangoes to Chile
The Ministry of Economy (Mineco) said on Tuesday that the Guatemalan and Chilean authorities had signed a Work Plan so that Guatemala can export mangoes treated with hot water to the Chilean market.Guatemalan and Chilean authorities signed the work plan, which will enter into force after the General.....

Taiwan finances production of healthy potatoes,avocados in Honduras
Gustavo Lu, the first secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), presented the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) two disbursements for the production of healthy potatoes and avocados.The first disbursement amounted to $87,000 to finance a project to reproduce healthy avocado.....

Mexico: Phytosanitary restrictions to export mango increase
The President of the Mango Product System, Xavier Chavez Contreras, stated that there would be more phytosanitary restrictions to export mango this season, as it is the only way to avoid exporting mangoes that don't meet the quality and ripening standards required by the export markets.In an interview,.....

Smuggling increases
Costa Rica: Ban on Mexican avocado increases prices by 90%
As a result of the ban on Mexican Hass avocados, avocado prices in Costa Rica are 90% more expensive than in 2015 and there has been an increase in the smuggling of this fruit from Panama.According to data from the Comprehensive Agricultural Marketing Program (PIMA) of the National Center for Food Supply.....

Goal is to achieve Global GAP certification
Peru: Investment to improve competitiveness of mango from Piura
According to the Sierra Exportadora program, the District Municipality of Tambogrande will invest more than 600,000 soles in the mango chain in the district of Tambogrande, in the region of Piura. The goal of the investment is to promote and improve the competitiveness of this fruit's production chain and to.....

Philippines: EU to meet mango industry stakeholders
European Union (EU) diplomats led by Ambassador Franz Jessen are set to meet stakeholders of the country’s mango industry for the first time in Guimaras this week.Jessen and his colleagues will meet with local government officials in Western Visayas and join the Sikaran bike tour on Thursday and Friday in a.....

Avocado grower levy to manage biosecurity
Avocados Australia is proposing to change the industry’s current national Avocado Levy to provide resources for biosecurity management through Plant Health Australia.Avocados Australia’s CEO John Tyas said this will not affect the cost of levies paid by growers.Australia’s commercial avocado growers pay a.....

Philippines: Growers urged to bag mangoes
Mango growers in the Philippines are being urged to put bags around their maturing mango fruits to prevent cecid fruit fly damage.Dalisay Moya, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture Office, said that considering that control measures against cecid fly are still unavailable at present,.....

Nicaragua: Pineapple cultivation squandered
One of the obstacles that the pineapple producers currently face is that they are not organized. Sebastian Calero Canda, the president of Nicaragua's Association of Dragon Fruit Producers (Appinic), who is also a producer of pineapple, said pineapple producers needed to associate because the government.....

GlobalGap certification for Colombian producers of Hass avocado
The Asociación de Productores de Aguacate tipo exportación APATEX, harvest begins its 2016 season with excellent news; receiving the highest distinction as certified producers with the GlobalGap standard, option 2 under a Quality Management System. APATEX, is an association of producers located in the.....


Christiaan van Ravenswaaij: “First crates in transit”
“Good season Ivory Coast mangos expected”
The Ivory Coast mango season is about to start again. Several crates of Amelie mangos are in transit, and they will arrive at Van Ravenswaaij in Veenendaal in week 15. Christiaan van Ravenswaaij personally went to the Ivory Coast to check on the harvest two weeks ago. “Expectations are high. The fruits had.....


S. African farmers troubled by fruit flies
Farmers in Mpumalanga, a province in eastern South Africa, are bewailing a loss of income which they contribute to Oriental Fruit flies spreading disease on their crops.Originally from Asia, the insects lay eggs on fruits causing them to rot and making them unsuitable for export.Mango, litchi, avocado and.....

1st Kaki Forum addresses development of new varieties
Spain: Kaki production to reach 650,000 tonnes in 2020
Kakis have become one of the fastest growing crops in recent years in Spain. There are now more than 6,000 producers growing this fruit. According to the Protected Designation of Origin Kaki Ribera del Xúquer, the Spanish kaki production in 2010 amounted to 12 million kilos, while in 2015 the harvest.....

Vietnam close to mango export with AU
Australian agencies are finalizing procedures to allow Vietnamese exporters to ship mangoes into the market, said a source from the Vietnam Business Association.Relevant agencies and companies have carried out market research and other activities to connect Vietnamese exporters with Australian buyers, the.....


Ron Jongejan: "Jaguacy Brazil planting 200 more hectares over next few years"
First Brazilian Hass avocados arrived
Jaguacy Brazil received the first containers of Hass avocados of the season 2016 today. The first boxes were received at Cool Control in Maasdijk and transported on to travel to various destinations. "We will receive around 23 containers per week in Europe from April to the second week in May. After this we.....


Drought no big dampener on Indian mangoes
The markets are flooded with all varieties of mangoes, even those commonly found in other states, with the fruit available at affordable rates. Traders said though mango productivity has been hit to some extent this year in Marathwada region, it has not suffered in other states. Source:.....


Hugo Vermeulen, Cool Fresh International
“We very consciously did not jump aboard the train of large volumes”
To go with scaling-up or focusing on a niche. These are all the options in the food and agriculture sector according to Hugo Vermeulen and Nic Jooste from Cool Fresh International. They bring us the uncrowned king of pineapples.Travel, that is the advise Nic Jooste, Marketing and CSR Manager of Cool Fresh.....

US: Pineapple imports light, prices strong
Light supplies of pineapples coming from Costa Rica have pumped up prices for the imported fruit in the United States. Prices are expected to come down in the coming months as more imports arrive, and traders are hoping the market can remain steady as that happens.“The entire country of Costa Rica went.....

India to increase area under hort crops
In expectation of a surge in demand for horticultural crops ahead of the Simhastha festival, the crop acreage is expected to increase by around 10 percent in the ongoing 2015-16 season.Farmers in the region have been shifting from agriculture to horticulture crops amid increased yield, better marketability.....

Pakistan: "Mango export between 100,000 to 120,000 tons."
In a statement issued by All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), "The export target of Pakistani mango for 2016 is anticipated to be in the range of 100,000 to 120,000 tons. However, a more realistic target will be announced in the first week of May 2016,".....

Michoacan
Mexico: Michoacan to produce over 70,000 tons of mangos
The Secretary for Rural Development and Agriculture, Israel Tentory Garcia, said there were no risks to export mangos this season.In an interview, the official assured that the agency had delivered the aid to start spraying crops that might have a pest in a timely manner.Tentory Garcia stated that there.....

India: High prices for start of mango season
The mango season has opened on an expensive note for lovers of the king of fruits in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Thanks to low supply this year, mangoes come at a higher price compared to last year. While retail vendors were selling varieties such as the popular Banganapalli at Rs 80 a kilo on.....


Pakistan: Mango exporters expected to hit 215,000 ton target
The mango crop in Pakistan has met expectations this year. Growers, orchard owners and exporters were expecting a plentiful harvest this season. A record flowering had already been seen in mango trees. There have been no traces of infections of fruit flies in any orchards.In accordance with the recently.....

Peruvian frozen mango for the US
The Commercial Office of Peru (OCEX) in Los Angeles confirmed that they had a recent meeting with representatives of the Wado Partners company that expressed great interest in importing fruits and vegetables from Peru, especially frozen mango.Wado Partners is a company that was founded in 1996 and that has.....

Acreage expansion is imminent now that the US is a potential market
Colombian avocados: End of veto will boost exports
Six months ago, the end of the US veto on the export of Colombian Hass avocados became a reality, thus creating many business opportunities for the South American country. "The hard work carried out in phytosanitary management and control by the state phytosanitary authority of the ICA has managed to bring.....

Rising temps could see Canada grow hybrid fruits
One of Canada's top climatologists believes that if the increasingly warm weather becomes the norm, there could be some interesting effects on agriculture, and not necessarily negative ones.“I think what we’ll see are opportunities for growing crops that will be similar crops now but maybe a different.....


Grand opening of Zespri kiwifruit Beijing flagship store
For the 2016 New Zealand kiwifruit season, Goodfarmer Group held a grand opening ceremony for its Zespri Kiwi Beijing flagship store in Xinfadi Market. As the northern regional partner of Zespri kiwifruit, Goodfarmer Group has been cooperating with them for four years. On the opening day, Mr. Liam.....

Bangladeshi pineapple and watermelon prices soar
Bangladesh has seen bumper pineapple and watermelon yields this season, but low and middle-income bracketconsumers aren't benefiting from an abundance of the fruit as prices remain beyond most of their reach.Middlemen in the supply chain are being blamed for the increase in prices of the fruits at the retail.....

Weak mango supply causes high prices in Goa
Consumers at Panaji market in Goa are unable to afford mangoes at the moment as a weak supply has seen the price of the fruit soar; the popular mancurad variety is being sold for between Rs2,000 to 2,500 a dozen.Vendors say that while the influx of unseasonal mangoes has been scarce so far, the sale of.....

US GAIN report
NZ: Kiwi production up 30% last year
2015 was a bumper year for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, with production up 30% at 475,000 metric tons (MT) and exports up 31% at 454,000MT. Export receipts were up a significant 43% at NZ$1.44bn on an FOB basis.Forecasts for 2016 indicate a period of consolidation with production and exports up 1.5%.....

Angolan town harvests 70,000 tons of ag produce
Since December 2015, at least 70,389 tons of agricultural products have been harvested in Tomboco municipality, northern Zaire province. This was reported by the local official in charge of the agriculture, rural development and fisheries division, Mateus Morais.Speaking to Angop, the official said that the.....

Derek Donkin - Subtrop
South Africa: Avocado volumes increase despite hail
As the South African avocado harvest gets underway, we can see from the table that the export volumes have not changed much since 2010, but the figures do not tell the full story. Avocados have an on-year and an off-year. 2013 for example was an off year, but the volumes were not much below those of the.....


Liquidseal for avocado, mango and papaya
New coating for longer shelf life tropical fruits
Until now, Liquidseal was only known in the flower sector. The company makes environmentally friendly post harvest products that extend shelf life. In addition to the recipes developed by the company for use on lily bulbs and cut roses, an application for fruit is now available as well.Avocado, mango and.....

First Indian mangoes headed for Europe
Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) report that the first consignment of mangoes has left India, destined for European shores. Two major exporters from Maharashtra — Ruchi Exports and Sachi Exports — have sent consignments to London.Around 1,500-2,000 tonnes of mangoes are expected to be.....


Cambodia 'perfectly positioned' for mango sales to Europe
This year Cambodia has about 60,000 hectares of mango plantation across the country. Mong Reththy, known as the king of agriculture in Cambodia for his role in running the large Mong Reththy Group, is planning on increasing the countries mango exports to Europe.Mr. Reththy told Khmer Times that Cambodia is.....

Israel opens new ''Centers for Excellence'' in India
Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced plans to more that double its agricultural Centers of Excellence in India. According to Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel, Israel currently operates 13 such centers and, in the next few years, that number will increase to 28. In a visit to.....

Lower costs and larger production
Spain: Revolution in the production of papayas
Carica papaya is the scientific name of the papaya, a fruit little known in the Spanish province of Almeria, although in recent times it has attracted more attention after being the focus of various seminars. Since 2012, the University of Almeria, together with the Cajamar Foundation, has launched an.....

Indian traders warned against artificial fruit ripening
Mangoes have started to arrive on market stalls in the city of Tamil Nadu and with their arrival, officials from the city's Food Safety and Drug Administration Department are asking traders not to use calcium carbide to artificially ripen the fruits.District Designated Officer T. Anuradha, who conducted a.....

UPDATE: AU dragon fruit farm scandal
On Saturday 26 March, the Australian government announced that CT Group, the company which was at the centre of a shares scandal that saw Willem Westra van Holthe lose his position as deputy chief minister — is still keen to open a dragon fruit farm in the Northern Territory.Primary Industries Minister Gary.....

Pune: Chamber for safe mango ripening
The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) hopes to reduce the use of calcium carbide and other harmful chemicals to ripen mangoes by setting up a ripening chamber in Market Yard to facilitate ripening of the fruit in a scientific way without using toxic chemicals.APMC authorities have already.....

Maharashtra mango season begins
Maharashtra's mango export season was set to begin Tuesday 29 March, and officials of the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) in Pune hope to double the export figures this year, even as the price of both Karnataka and Ratnagiri Alphonso mangoes in Pune markets has seen a dip due to the.....

Issues hindering Indonesia tropical fruit exports
Indonesia has the potential to export tropical fruits to various countries, according to Kafi Kurnia, Head of the Indonesian Export-Import of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association (Assibisindo). Yet there are several factors hindering this potentially lucrative business.Based on a report from Indonesia's.....

Indian mango production threatened by groundwater exhaustion
In Jadcherla, in the Indian state of Telangana, the mango crop which covers more than 3,000 acres, has been severely hit by prevailing drought conditions.Mostly depended on borewells for water, the mango crop is facing a tough time as the bores have gone dry. With the dry conditions, the mango trees started.....

Tax refund for Dole Philippines
Dole Philippine's petition to be refunded P625.28 million in input value-added taxes (VAT) paid for the export of various fruits to other countries, has been granted by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).In a 27-page decision dated March 18, the CTA Third Division allowed the fruit exporter to claim about 96% of.....

Newly elected chair of Australian Pineapples
AU's pineapple industry picks up Pace
Pace Farm in Rollingstone Australia celebrates its 80th year of producing pineapples this year. Farmer Stephen Pace's business has 200 hectares of pineapple production in various stages of growth.Stephen who was recently elected chair of Australian Pineapples said last year had been a struggle due to the.....


Panama: Lady Victoria mangoes bound for Europe
Panama Organics is a company that produces its own organic yellow mango variety: the Lady Victoria. This niche product is the result of more than 25 years of research and development, which is the reason for the fruit's exclusivity. Now the company, which distributes its products in neighbouring countries.....


Indonesia: Suitable weather for mangoes this season
The latest mango season was good for Indonesian mangoes, as the weather conditions have been good with enough rainfall. According to Raj Mohan of CV Kunayo, “We had plenty of orders from Singapore and a few also from Malaysia and about 10% of the production was of the highest possible quality. Singapore is.....

Big avocado supplier announces merger with Mexican grower
GreenFruit Avocados, a fully integrated avocado supplier, announces their merger with Mexican grower and packing house, FrutiVal. The merger between GreenFruit and FrutiVal will position the company to create direct programs from Mexico to the U.S. and other overseas markets year-round. FrutiVal also.....


Kenya: Mango exports on the rise
Kenya registered a significant increase in mango production across the 2015/2016 season compared to the previous season, witnessing an increase of 27% on season-to-season basis. Mangos From Kenya reported 30% jump in exports, largely attributed to their intense continuous training that guides farmers to.....


Cambodian mangos to France
Under its Philibon brand, Boyer S.A. has been importing mangos into France from Cambodia. That's in addition to the Kent mangos it brings in from Peru.“The variety we get from Cambodia is the Keo,” explained Claire-Marie Isnard of Boyer S.A. “The name comes from the word for mango in the local language.....

Taiwan pineapples enter eastern markets in China
The fruit industry is booming in Hangzhou. This week, a large ribbon-cutting ceremony has taken place to celebrate the import of 50 tons of pineapples by sea from Taiwan. Taiwanese Shengfa Fresh Agricultural Products participated in the ceremony. Taiwan is known as "the island of fruit" in China. The.....

Mexican state expects to harvest nearly 50,000 tons of guava
According to official data of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), via the Agricultural food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), Zacatecas has recorded an outstanding 860-hectare advance of the guava harvest.With a maximum yield of 4,555 tons per.....

India: Second mango irradiation centre for US exports
An additional mango irradiation centre in Vashi will start working on April 15, 2016, for mango exports to the US market. Previously, Maharashtra only had one irradiation centre in Lasalgoan in Nashik.Source: dnaindia.com/nyoooz.com