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South Africa: Hailstorm causes major damage to avocado, citrus crops

A heavy hailstorm caused major damage to avocado, citrus and macadamia orchards, as well as tobacco fields in the areas west and north-west of Mbombela on Saturday evening. Farmers in Alkmaar, Schagen and Brondal had to watch helplessly as whole orchards were destroyed by hail on Saturday.Fruit was struck off.....

Global mango shipments expected to reach 2.4m in the first week of January

Mango shipments from all countries are expected to reach 2.4 million boxes in the first week of January, compared to January 2016’s peak of 1.6 million.Ecuador’s season is expected to end the second week in January with a total of 14.4 million boxes, compared to last year’s 12.4 million boxes. Ecuador is.....

US: Calavo Growers makes statement on fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara

A statement from Calavo Growers Chairman, president and chief executive officer Lee E. Cole on the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara:“Our thoughts are with those whose lives and properties have been impacted by the recent California fires, including some of Calavo’s own employees and growers.“Calavo is.....

AVOCO appoints new member to its senior management team

Steve Trickett has joined AVOCO’s senior management team to expand on market development in Asia and oversee grower communications at home.A familiar face to many New Zealand avocado growers, Steve has joined the company as Marketing and Communications Manager and is responsible for market planning and.....

Cool Carriers starts shipping bananas and pineapples to Dover

Cool Carriers announced that from January 2018 it will bring its Coolman Central America and West Indies service to the Dover Cargo Terminal for onward distribution to UK and European markets.The company, one of the world's largest reefer vessel operators, says its decision was prompted in part by the Port’s.....

Hass Avocado Board study reveals actionable opportunities for avocados

Consumers are shopping for avocados in a variety of retail channels, which provides them with more choices and greater convenience. The Hass Avocado Board’s recently published "Avocado Category Shopper Segmentation by Channel", which reveals how shopper purchase choices and habits are impacting avocado.....

Limoneira expects record revenue of $120 million for FY2017

For fiscal year 2017, the Limoneira Company, a global agribusiness with agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, Arizona and Chile expects revenue of approximately $120 million. Operating income is expected to be in the range of $11.5 million to $12.0 million and EBITDA to.....

Pakistan and CPEC:

The untapped potential of Balochistan

Balochistan, the biggest province of Pakistan, is also called ‘the fruit-basket’ of that nation, producing 90 percent of its cherries, grapes and almonds and 60 percent of pomegranates, apricots and peaches. Balochistan also produces 34 per cent of Pakistan’s apples.Furthermore, the province has remarkable.....

Australians love monster lychees

Marketer Brian Camilleri is excited that a new monster variety of lychee will hit his fruit market shelves early next week. His supplier is grower Tibby Dixon, who originally imported the variety from China. The Erdon Lee lychees grow up to about 100 grams, and they're extremely popular. (A normal size lychee.....

Costa Rica paves the way for climate-smart agriculture

While the Happy Planet Index ranks Costa Rica first in the world for environmentally-friendly practices, the country is also the world’s number one producer of fertilizer-hungry pineapples. With the help of the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Costa Rican experts are.....

First shipment of Peruvian Fairtrasa projects expected on December 27

"Organic Fairtrade mangos six months a year"

"There is a challenging mango season ahead of us," says José María Cubero of Faitrasa Holland. "The availability of organic mango from Peru is big. Especially at the start of the year. We made a tight plan with the sales department and already planned a considerable amount of offers to sell the large volume.....

Feijoa fruit debuts in Gaza

After eight years of experimenting, last month Gazan farmer Massoud al-Zane succeeded in growing feijoa, an egg-shaped fruit with a cream-colored flesh and a jelly-like centre, for the first time in Palestine, al-monitor.com reports.On the nursery north of Gaza City, Zane explains how the feijoa is the fruit.....

Malaysia: Fruit seasons disrupted by climate change

The Malaysian Nature Society claims climate change has disrupted the fruit seasons in Malaysia. Executive director I. S. Shanmugaraj told the Sun that changes were seen in fruiting seasons in both local fruit trees like durians and wild trees in the forest.Shanmugaraj: "Fruit seasons, even in the trees in the.....

Mexico: Sinaloa mangoes, among the most demanded in the world

Sinaloan mangoes are among the most demanded. Between 2010 and 2017, their exports to national and international companies, which use them for the preparation of baby food and juices, have tripled.Óscar Sumano, in charge of the supplies department at Citrofrut, pointed out that 65 percent of the fruit used for.....

China: Kiwis from Mei county sold to Canada for the first time

According to the Baoji Entry-Exit Inspection And Quarantine Bureau, 13.4 tons of kiwi fruits from Mei county have passed the examination and have been successfully exported to Canada recently. This was a breakthrough for Mei county. For the first time, Baoji kiwis were sold to Canada and became their first.....

Vietnamese experts expand cultivation of fruits for export

Experts at a conference held in the province of Tien Giang concluded more farmland should be devoted to the cultivation of fruits, especially key export fruits. The Director of the Department of Crop Production said that the focus should be on quality to ensure safety and hygiene of fruit exports. On top of.....

Paraguay: 25,200 boxes of pineapples for Argentina

Producers in Concepción, who had technical assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), exported some 25,200 boxes of pineapples to the Argentine market.These pineapple producers are based in the town of Aleman Cue, in the district of Horqueta."The 76 producers involved in the export are.....

Musang King durians: Malaysian authorities to introduce QR Codes

The Malaysian government will soon introduce the utilisation of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to identify and differentiate Musang King durians from other varieties. And todayonline.com reported that Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek has said that Musang King durians will be given QR Codes to.....

Mexican avocado growers rely on vigilantes for crop protection

The Mexican state of Michoacan is a hub for avocado production, and it is doing quite well, now demand for the crop has increased. But the state has long been a hotbed for organized-crime groups as well, and they prey on legitimate businesses, like agriculture. Global demand for avocados has grown considerably.....

Ghana: Pineapple factory without pineapples

The Manager of the Ekumfi Fruit Processing Company Ltd., Frederick Kobina Acquah, justified the reasons for the delay in the construction of the first of the government’s many factories to be built across the country.Locals started having concerns some five months after breaking ground, accusing the government.....

Taiwan: Fewer typhoons lead to great persimmon harvest

Fewer typhoons this year have resulted in an abundant harvest of persimmons and extended the period for production of dried persimmons to February, reports the Taipei Times. It is estimated that persimmon harvests for a couple of varieties are up by at least 60 to 70 percent this year (from previous years).But.....

US: Lower volume but better quality of Ecuadorian mango

Imported mangoes from Ecuador have had a good, albeit lower volume, season than 2016. “It’s the end of the season right now—it starts in October and runs until the middle of December. And there’s not much volume now,” says Vicky Cabello of Cabe Fruit Produce LLC in McAllen, Tx. “The volume is lower than last.....

Chilean avocado exports rises due to rain

The Chilean avocado export has grown explosively. Between January and September this year exports increased in volume by 43 percent and by 62 percent in value. The main reason for this is the larger yield as a result of the good rainfall this year and last year. The sales to all export markets rose. For the.....

India: Unseasonal shower damages mango production and vegetables

The Times of India report that the recent showers damaged almost 70% of the mango crop in the Konkan area. Besides that,it affected leafy greens, tomatoes and onions in this state, possibly driving up vegetables' prices. But the maximum damage was done to the mangoes, which were in their flowering stage.The.....

AU: Bondi Beach filled with mango love for "Mess-Tival"

Mango lovers flocked down to North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday 3rd December, to celebrate the peak of mango season and first weekend of summer at the annual Mess-tival.The Mess-tival marks the moment when Australia is in abundance of delicious, juicy mangoes with multiple varieties from across the.....

Officers seize over 2.3 tons in narcotics hidden among avocado pulp in Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry in Texas recently seized a significant amount of alleged marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1.3 million in two separate enforcement actions.Packages containing 4,739 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP.....

Jackfruit giant in India's Tumakuru district

A 35 year old jackfruit tree in the Tumakuru district produces a unique variety of jackfruit called "Siddu", with big red flakes that are not only tasty but also have high nutritive value. The owner of the tree can now finally capitalise on the tree.Farmer S.S. Paramesha is set earn 100.000 rupees (1.300.....

Malaysia to plant coconuts, pineapples and bananas in new cultivation project

The Malaysian Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) plans to carry out a food crop cultivation project through commercial plantations in Pulau Banggi. They are planning to plant coconuts, pineapples and bananas commercially which at the same time will help develop the island.Malaysia.....

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China: JD.com cooperates with Fengjie county farmers

On November 29, "The Best fresh products of China" promotionwas held in Fengjie, Chongqing. The meeting was dedicated to the new logistics solutions for Fengjie navel oranges. JD.com is going to cooperate with the farmers from Fengjie county that produce navel oranges. This cooperation aims to promote Fengjie.....

California bans the harvest of windfall avocados

The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule which prohibits the distribution of produce that drops to the ground before harvesting now applies to avocados as well.The Commission just received notification that effective November 21, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture.....

US importer comments

Mexico: Shortage of larger sizes sees higher avocado prices

Avocados are in short supply as a gap in seasons strengthens an already lively market. The shortage is more pronounced on the bigger sized fruit, while the smaller sizes are in sufficient supply. Prices are high thanks to the constraint, particularly on the larger fruit, and are not expected to drop in the.....

More fresh Cambodian mangoes bound for Europe

Kingdom Fruits International of the Mong Reththy Group, has exported fresh Keo Romeat mangoes to Europe. They expect to ship even larger quantities of the fruit in coming months, despite unfavourable growing conditions.According to the Khmer Times, the Mong Reththy Group, Cambodia’s largest agro-industrial.....

California wildfire scorches lemons and avocados in Ventura County

According to an agweb.com article, a fast-moving wildfire is raging through Ventura County, causing unknown damage to avocado and citrus groves. The fire, dubbed the “Thomas wildfire”, shows no signs of slowing down.The Ventura County Fire Department tweeted on December 5th that some 1,000 firefighters were.....

Kenya: Government launches competitive avocado farming in Nakuru

The State Department of Agriculture and the county government are rolling out an ambitious economic stimulus programme in Molo, Kenya. Several thousand farmers will venture into competitive avocado farming.Launched by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Dr Willy Bett, the programme seeks to empower farmers to scale.....

India: As temperatures rise, Himachal farmers turn to pomegranates and vegetables

As changing climate is affecting apple production in Himachal Pradesh, the local Indian apple farmers are taking to the cultivation of vegetables and ‘low chill’ fruits like pomegranate and kiwi, according to The Hindu.Farmers on the hilly terrains of the Kullu, Shimla and Mandi districts are steadily.....

China: Pineapple seedlings from Basuo sold to Laos for the first time

Recently, the Hainan Wanzhong Industry Company Ltd. produced 10,000 pineapple seedlings, worth 11,000 US dollars, and sold them to Laos for the first time. These seedlings have successfully passed AQSIQ's examination in Henan province and have been transported to Myanmar for further transportation to Laos.The.....

Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct: first arrival of lychees in week 51

"How will the drought affect the grape supply from the Western Cape"

The grape market is very hot at the moment. "There is a shortage of grapes and this is resulting in a price level of 4 Euro per kilo for the Peruvian and Brazilian grapes. This is an awful lot of money. The price of Red Globe is below this, but they are also still very expensive," says Randolf Aaldijk of.....

Becker & Wermelskirchen, wholesaler in Düsseldorf, Germany

“Sales of citrus fruit will pick up again in a week or two”

The trade in citrus fruit is slowly starting to dominate the trade in the Düsseldorf wholesale market. The juicy fruits are especially popular during the Christmas period. At the moment, there is a slight lull in the trade; however, the sales will pick up again in a week or two, states Christian Hoffmann,.....

Spain: Murcian papaya plantations visited by Latin American delegation

According to municipal sources, a Latin American delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture of Panama, Eduardo Enrique Carles, visited the town of Mazarrón last Wednesday to learn about the innovations introduced by the Durán company to produce papaya crops.The mayor of Mazarrón, Alicia Jiménez, accompanied.....

Chinese port intercepts East Asian palm mealybug for the first time

On November 27th, the Guangxi import and export inspection and quarantine office reported that a riverside bureau of their office examined a shipment of coconuts that came in from Thailand. Upon dissection of a coconut the inspectors discovered the harmful palm mealybug. They have confirmed that this is the.....

South Korea to begin importing mangoes from Cambodia

South Korea has voiced an interest in increasing agricultural imports from Cambodia, especially mangoes. This was discussed in a meeting between the outgoing Ambassador and the National Assembly president Heng Samrin.“Next year, Korea will begin importing agricultural products, including mangoes,” Keo Piseth,.....

An invasive pest is threatening coconut groves throughout southern India

An invasive pest is threatening coconut groves across the Indian state of Kerala, The Hindu reports. The Rugose Spiralling Whitefly (RSW) was first found in India in 2016 and causes stress on the plants by sucking sap from coconut tree leaves. It also makes the plants more vulnerable to fungus.Since 2016 it.....

Difficult market for pineapple growers in Mexico

Pineapple growers in Mexico are enjoying good growing conditions which is producing decent yields and good quality fruit. The weather has been favorable in recent months and growers are pleased with their crop. The problem for them is that they are facing a difficult market due to a lot of fruit coming out of.....

Papayas in a greenhouses in Almeria

"The papaya is not a substitute for other crops, it complements the offer"

Greenhouse agriculture in the province of Almeria has been dominated for decades by a series of crops that have provided profitability and a certain balance to the local producer.However, more and more actors in the sector are looking for product diversification in the Almeria countryside. Subtropical crops,.....

Manfred van der Vlag, Sweet Fruits:

"Market absorbing Brazilian mangoes despite large supply"

At the moment considerable volumes of Brazilian mangos are arriving on the European market. "The season is at its peak at the moment. But despite the large volumes the market is absorbing the mangos well. This goes for all of Europe, including Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom," says Manfred van der Vlag.....

Steady mango volume available in the US for the holidays

Mango is enjoying a noteworthy increase in popularity among U.S. consumers, especially during the fall and winter months. The National Mango Board (NMB) reports that mango volume during these months shows a significant uplift of approximately 50 percent in the last three years. For the tropical fruit typically.....

"Spain consuming 99% of the current and future Canary production"

Spain: "The high demand for avocados pushes prices to risky levels"

Tropical products are increasingly important for importers. The popularity of certain fruits, such as avocados, makes it increasingly difficult to compete against other importers, and prices tend to skyrocket at certain times.We spoke with Christophe Laffon, commercial director of Grupo Fernández, about.....

Spanish company wants to double its kaki sales to Canada

The company Displafruit, based in the Valencian municipality of Alginet and specialised in the wholesale of fruit and vegetables, aims to double its sales volume to Canada. In order to achieve this, its owner, Vicent Masiá, will hold a series of meetings in Toronto and Montreal in the framework of a visit of a.....