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Mexico: Huetamo exported over 5,000 tons of mangoes to the US
According to estimates, Huetamo, exported 5,389 tons of mangoes to the US this season that just ended, an amount that approached the record set in 2004 when Huetamo exported 6,871 tons of mangos to the US market, despite the difficulties they faced in the harvest and marketing in the area of the.....


Cultivar opens new banana ripening chambers Madrid
Cultivar, a leading importer and distributor of fruit and vegetables, has opened new ripening chambers at its warehouse in Mercamadrid.The new facilities consist of 5 degreening chambers with a capacity for 160 pallets and a 600 square metre handling room, all equipped with the latest technology.....

Vietnam: Multimillion-dollar business from dragon fruits
A businessman in Vietnam has made a big difference in his teeny business, earning around US$20 million in annual turnover and providing many jobs by tapping his hometown’s hallmark fruit.In 2000, Vo Huy Hoang, 49, who lives in Phan Thiet, the heart of the south-central province of Binh Thuan, started a small.....

India: Inspectors demonstrate danger of calciul carbide
The video below shows how a box of mangoes, meant to be exported from the Karippur Airport in Kozhikode, Kerala, explodes after food inspectors set it on fire. The explosion is caused by small packets of calcium carbide inserted amidst the mangoes to make them ripen faster.Click here to see the video.Calcium.....


Costa Rica: The avocado importers' crisis
Three companies engaged in the import and sale of Mexican avocados will have to lay off more than 120 workers in the next two weeks because of the ban on imports of avocado produced in Mexico.The order to close the border to avocados from Mexico was given by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) in early.....

India: 5,000 tonnes of mangoes to US, UK
The Karnataka State Mango Development Board is all set to export at least 5,000 tonnes of mangoes to several countries including the US and UK, said Board Chairperson Kamalakshi Rajanna on Friday.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the mango mela inaugurated at Lalbagh by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah,.....

New Chile-China agreement to promote avocado exports
On 20 May, Chilean and Chinese authorities met in Santiago de Chile to negotiate an expansion in the export of Chilean products to the Chinese market.Juan Enrique Lazo, general manager of the Hass Avocado Committee of Chile, welcomed the agreement and said that "as regards avocados, the most noteworthy.....

Canada: Quality contributes to popularity of tropicals
Though Canada doesn't have any domestic tropical fruit production, the popularity of tropical imports has increased in recent years. More exposure to tropicals and improved quality of fruit has contributed to that growth in popularity.“Mainstream consumers are becoming more exposed to tropical fruit through.....

Peru: Avocado production to double
Heavy rains put a damper on avocado production this year. However, in four years Peru will be producing double the amount of 2014’s output.The President of the Association of Producers of Hass Avocados of Peru, James Bosworth expects that with the maturation of avocado crops to culminate in about four years,.....

Mexico requests Costa Rica reopens its market to avocado
Mexico requested the Government of Costa Rica to reopen its market to their avocado, ensuring that there is no danger of transmission of the Sun Blotch disease. The issue is part of a negotiation between both parties.Costa Rica closed its market to avocado from nine markets (eight countries and the state.....

More than 117 million pounds of avocados estimated to be consumed
California Avocado Commission 4th of July marketing builds summer avocado consumption
With 117.6 million pounds of avocados to be consumed for 4th of July activities, the celebration of American independence is expected to be the second largest avocado consumption event of 2015. To encourage demand leading up to and during the holiday the California Avocado Commission (CAC) plans to build.....

2015 is a good year for Vietnamese exports
2015 is a good year for Vietnamese fruit exports- notably lychees, star apple, dragon fruit and longan to the USA, Australia, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. Over this first trimester fruit and vegetable exports reached $370 million, increasing by 33% in a yearAmongst the 20 export markets, China is.....


HillFresh starts with Chilean kiwis
Since last week, HillFresh has had kiwis from Chile available. "Up until week 20, the kiwis from Italy were available, and after that we switched to kiwis from the southern hemisphere. These kiwis also fully adhere to the special selection criteria of The Expert in Taste, so that consumers will.....

Wait continues for Vietnam litchi's into US, AU
The US and Australia have announced they are willing to import Vietnamese litchis in large quantities, but businesses must meet strict import requirements.Vietnamese litchi and longan, in order to be able to enter the US market, have to satisfy requirements on food hygiene set by the US Department of.....

Costa Rica: Will pineapple crops stop growing?
According to the 2014 VI Agricultural Census, the number of hectares planted with pineapple grew at an average rate of over 47% per year in the last 30 years, making it the permanent crop with the fastest growth.In 1984, the country had 2,474.2 hectares devoted to this fruit, three decades later the country.....

July
Peruvian Hass avocados will enter the Chinese market
The head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI), Juan Manuel Benites, announced that, starting July, the country would be able to export Hass avocado to the Chinese market. The initial projections say they will export between 10,000 and 15,000 tons."We'll sign the access protocol for this.....

Costa Rica: Banana and pineapple exports fall due to the bad weather
In the first quarter of this year, the volume of banana exports fell by 13% while pineapple exports decreased by 15% compared to the same period of 2014.According to representatives of the producers, this decline that can be seen in the data from the Foreign Trade Promoter (PROCOMER) is due to the impact.....

India: 17,000kg mangoes destroyed after govt. raid
The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Tuesday seized and destroyed about 17,000 kg mangoes from a local trader, who used the banned calcium carbide for ripening the fruit. The civic body has claimed that it was the biggest raid in Gujarat.The seizure and destruction by the civic body's health department.....

$1.1m for Pakistani mango exports since start of season
Pakistan has exported around 2,200 tonnes of mangoes, fetching $1.1 million, since the start of export season on May 20, according to local media sources.All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association’s (PFVA) Research and Development Chairman Waheed Ahmed said mango was being.....


Organic & Fair-pineapple from Uganda: High-quality, sweet and juicy
Problems with conventional farming have a positive effect on organic pineapple
For the farmers and workers in Uganda the "green economy" is an important component of the domestic economy. With it the economy develops while environmental sustainability, economic profitability and social inclusion aren’t neglected. Farmers have secured a special market position in Uganda through the.....

10th Australian Mango Conference
'Great time to be a mango grower in AU'
‘It’s a great time to be a mango grower in Australia.’ That was the message from the Federal Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce, to delegates as they attended Day One of the 10th Australian Mango Conference at Skycity Casino in Darwin. Although unable to attend in person, Minister Joyce wished.....

Mangos official fruit of National Women’s Soccer League
The National Mango Board (NMB) is proud to announce that mangos are the official superfruit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). All season long the NMB is partnering with premier teams and athletes to showcase this nutritious and delicious fruit; scoring big with soccer fans at sampling events with.....


US (CA): Avocado farmers adapting to drought
Faced with drought restrictions and the rising price of water, San Diego County’s agricultural industry is being uprooted and reinvented. It’s a transformation that’s bringing hardships but also new opportunities to the region’s farmers. But a closer look reveals a more positive outlook.Click here to view.....


Mexico: The screwworm affects the avocado in Puebla
The screwworm plague has affected 250 of the 500 hectares of avocado in the municipality of Atlixco, Puebla. According to Salomon Juarez Cruz, representative of the association El Mejor Clima, producers in this region are analyzing options to eradicate the infestation.Juarez Cruz said the total avocado.....


Dominican Republic: Expo Mango 2015 announced
The Minister of Agriculture, Angel Estevez, led a meeting with mango producers from different parts of the country in which he announced the opening of the Expo Mango 2015 fair. Last year, this tropical fruit contributed more than $17 million dollars to the Dominican Republic's economy.The fair will be held.....

Pakistan study: $80m from mango exports
Pakistan is the sixth largest mango producer in the world and can easily increase its exports up to $80 million, as compared to $60.7 million it earns now, if proper attention is given to control fruit fly disease, increase the number of hot water treatment plants, vapour heat treatment plants and.....

India: More obstacles for mango exporters
Over the past four months, three countries have opened their doors to Indian mangoes, but the higher price and increase in freight costs are proving to be hurdles for exporters. Also, the lack of availability of ‘export-quality’ fruit, due to the recent unseasonal rains, is compounding their woes.Trade.....

UAE wooden crate ban to delay Pakistani mango?
Pakistani mango lovers in the UAE may not be able to relish the king of fruits this season anytime soon, as the country’s decision to ban mango exports in wooden crates is likely to delay shipments.Importers of Pakistani mangoes, based in Dubai’s Al Aweer Fruit Market, fear that export consignments worth.....

Niue looks to pineapple to boost local industries
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is assisting Niue in preparing disease-free and hardy fruit.Technical Project Manager at Niue's Department of Agriculture, Poi Okesene, says pineapples will help increase the resilience of the island's crops while providing for the local hospitality industry.Mr.....

Industry develops education and marketing programs
Consumers urged not to squeeze avocados
The Australian avocado industry is attempting to educate consumers on the correct handling and ripening techniques for the fruit.More than 60 growers met this week at Waikerie, in South Australia, to discuss issues facing the sector which included inclement weather and brand marketing.Avocados Australia.....


Vietnamese lychee exports to China
Authorities in the Vietnamese provinces of Lao Cai and Bac Giang met with authorities from the Chinese province Yunnan last week to discuss measures to facilitate lychee exports this year. Vice President of the Bac Giang committee, Bui Van Hanh, emphasised that his province were reinforcing food safety.....

8th World Avocado Congress
Global avocado industry meeting in Peru
"Thanks to the efforts of exporting companies and their partners during the last 15 years, Peru has become the world's second largest avocado exporter with 165,000 tonnes last year," said James Bosworth, president of the International Avocado Association and the Association of Producers and Exporters of Hass.....

Cuban pineapple seeing success in European market
The pinneapple grown in central Cuba is conquering the European market, where some 550 tons of the hybrid variety MD-2 have arrived, it was known in this city today.Reinaldo De Avila, leader of the brigade that produces the fruit in Ciego de Avila, told Prensa Latina that large consignements were sent fo.....

US Visa for Pakistani mangoes
Pakistan has decided to widen its horizon, it has planned to start the exports of mangoes on Wednesday, particularly to United States.Pakistan has set to export mangoes to United States, which is the largest as well as the most profit yielding market in the world.The first slot of 2.9 tons has already been.....

UK not running out of avocados
Although there are legitimate concerns about shortfalls of the fruit, the world’s source of guacamole is safe for now.Britain’s leading supermarkets do not depend on America when sourcing their avocados, says a spokesperson for Sainsbury’s, “We don’t source our avocados from California.” Tony Baines, of Aldi.....


Mexico: Jalisco and avocado oil exports to New Zealand
Avocado producers from the south of Jalisco brought avocado oil processing technology from New Zealand. Its application, besides its use in their business plans, has allowed producers to export avocado oil to New Zealand, said the head of collection of the Mevi Company, Melesio Larios Lopez.Larios Lopez.....

Guinea-Bissau: Spanish company invests in tropical fruit
Spanish-owned company Eco Bissau, which focuses on processing and export of mangoes from Guinea-Bissau to the European market, plans to expand by adding other tropical fruits to its products, said the company’s managing director.Cristobal Jose Sanchez, who did not disclose the value of the initial.....


NZ: Avocado planting boom reflects industry
Thousands of young avocado trees being planted in Northland and the Bay of Plenty are a reflection of renewed confidence in the future of the avocado industry.Seedling nurseries are sold out of stock for the 2015-2016 season and there's increased demand for clonal varieties.New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen.....

Medellin
Mexico: Pineapple cultivation has plummeted
Pineapple production in Medellin has plummeted and producers are trying to place it in the markets of Veracruz, said Lidia Chipuli Lara, president of the Board of Improvements of La Laguna, in that municipality."You can see how things are, there have been farmers who lost this year, there was little planting.....

A very Californian avocado campaign for CAC
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has unveiled their new Distinctly Californian consumer advertising campaign, which links classic California menu items with California Avocados. The multimedia campaign focuses on Western states with national print advertising in epicurean publications.Jan DeLyser,.....

Record mango imports brings opportunities for retailers
The National Mango Board is encouraging retailers and suppliers to act quickly to move more mangos due to the higher-than-normal import volume. This year’s mango volume has already seen weekly shipments of more than 4 million boxes, an 18 percent increase compared to the largest week in 2014.Volumes are.....

India: Push for 'Noor Jahan' mango patent
The Madhya Pradesh government and Alirajpur district administration is looking to patent 'Noor Jahan' mango, a rare variety which has been imported from Afghanistan and is grown in Katthiwara area of the district. "We have approached the state government for its consent to get Noor Jahan patented as MP's.....


Switzerland lifts ban on mango imports from India
Switzerland has lifted its year-old ban on imports of mangoes from India. Confirming the development, an Apeda (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) official said, "The ban was imposed towards the end of last season and has been lifted ahead of the mango export season."The.....


Ecuador to benefit from drop in Costa Rican pineapple production
"The winter, which was marked by abundant rainfall, has been left behind and we are now entering a very good time as regards the climate conditions, and from week 26 onwards we will have more fruit," explains Ana Lizette Avilés Simpson, of the company Agroeden.The company, which produces and exports.....

Mexico: Mango prices in Michoacan plummet 60%
Mango growers of Michoacan are concerned because the fruit's price has dropped by more than 60% in the past two weeks in the international market, when compared to 2014 .Xavier Chavez Contreras, president of the State Council of Mango Producers of Michoacan (CEPROMICH) said the export quality mango was being.....

Pakistan to start mango export
With an export target of 0.1 million tones, Pakistan is going to start export of mango by May 20 this year. Applying new measures to ensure quality exports 10 percent increase in export of the fruit is expected this year with an estimated jump in revenue by 20 to 25 percent.The production of 1.8 million.....

British PM gets fresh batch of Alfonso mangoes
One of Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin MPs, Keith Vaz, kept his promise of delivering a fresh batch of Alfonso mangoes to the British Prime Minister after the ban on their import was lifted by the European Union. Vaz delivered the box at David Cameron's 10 Downing Street residence-cum-office in.....

Bangladesh mangoes enter UK for first time
Consumers in the United Kingdom will be able to buy Bangladesh-grown soft and juicy fleshed mangoes from their neighbourhood supermarkets from this Monday.Some of the best quality mangoes grown in Satkhira are set to enter the European supermarkets, for the first time, with an Emirates flight ferrying the.....

AU: Good year for feijoa
It seems for some it's the season for monster fruit.Jayne Scales says the feijoa trees in her backyard in Hamilton have produced good-sized fruit this year but she was amazed to find one that weighed 272g."My husband brought a bucketful in the other day and when I saw it I said, 'Gosh, that's a whopper',".....

NZ: Avocado exports hit record volume
New Zealand's largest avocado exporter Avoco says its strategy of not flooding the Australian market has paid dividends, with growers receiving 50 per cent more per tray in 2014-15 than in the last large volume year of 2011-12.The industry is on track to post record profits for exports. In 2013-14 it earned.....

They issue warning they will run out of supplies
Costa Rica protects avocado against Sun Blotch
According to the director of the National Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the decision to ban imports of avocados from Australia, Spain, Ghana, Guatemala, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the U.S. state of Florida, was taken.....

UAE mango crop on the rise
UAE agricultural experts say locally grown mangoes could help to fill the supply gap caused by storm damage in the Indian subcontinent.As reported last month, Pakistan and India supply the UAE with 70 per cent of its mangoes, but heavy rain has severely affected production this year.Fatma Al Kalbani,.....

India: Vendors cash in on lychee shortfall
With the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms in Bihar having affected the lychee crop and thrown supplies into disarray, the summer fruit is selling at Rs 240-400 a kg.The highly perishable fruit earlier used to be sold at only a few designated places such as Market Yard and Shivaji Market. While open.....

Cuban truce causing Florida port tensions
United Caribbean Lines CEO Bruce Nierenberg hopes to one day establish ferry travel to Cuba. He can picture ferries sailing from Port Tampa Bay. But he sees the same thing when he looks at Tampa's neighbor — and rival — across the bay: Port Manatee.Cuba is not the only potential disruption to an uneasy.....


Farming making comeback in Somalia
In Somalia, a country that went 18 years without a government, farmers are leading an astonishing recovery of Somalia’s agriculture, GeeskaAfrica reports.Before 1991, when President Mohammed Said Barre was deposed, Somalia was famous for its drought-resistant goats, camels, sheep, bananas, sorghum and corn......

Spain: Success and development of avocados in the Canary Islands
On 13 May, the Island's Fruit and Vegetable Central, in the industrial area of ​​Buenavista, Brena Alta, hosted a day devoted to the cultivation of avocados, organised by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of La Palma, led by José Basilio Pérez, and the Centre for Scientific Research.....

Bangladesh: Bumper Haribhanga mango harvest expected
The fibreless, fleshy and delicious variety of mango, Haribhanga, which has become popular at home and abroad, is likely to see bumper production this year, expects both farmers and experts.Horticulture Specialist of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said they are.....

Rwanda moves to double exports to Egypt
Rwanda's exports to Egypt could increase as the two countries move to renew efforts and commitment to boost trade relations.This follows a meeting between Francois Kanimba, the Minister for Trade and Industry and Negm Namira, the Egyptian High Commissioner to Rwanda, last Thursday in Kigali.The two discussed.....

Avocado prices to soar in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is now expected to experience an avocado shortage after that country banned imports of the fruit from several major international suppliers, including the United States. Costa Rica has also halted imports from Mexico, the world’s largest producer of avocados. Other countries that have been banned.....