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Spain: One year wait for mango and avocado seedlings
If you own some land and you are convinced that the soil, climate and location make it ideal for mango or avocado cultivation, you will need some patience, because it cannot be arranged immediately. Even if you have the money to buy the seedlings, it will not be possible. Prepare yourself, because you won't.....

Pineapple farming in Martinique
It was a long time ago when the Morne Rouge Socomor factory processed 24 tons of fruit per year, from almost 200 producers, but luckily a few farmers still continue to grow pineapples. They have grouped together to create a cooperative in order to sell their merchandise. William Honoré remains confident.....

Ivory Coast debate over start mango season
There is debate over the launch date of the mango marketing season in the Ivory Coast. Whilst officials have chosen the 8th April, producers would prefer it to begin later, on at least the 15th April. According to the producers, the authorities have been misled by exporters who are in a hurry to completer.....

Bumper mango production predicted for Bangladesh
The process of mango formation has begun smoothly amid favourable climatic condition predicting bumper production of the most popular fruits in the northern districts this season.The fruit setting stage is progressing now well and the tress started wearing eye-catching looks in the orchards, gardens and.....


Import tariffs threaten leading position of Ecuadorian pineapples in Chile
Ecuador is a dollarized economy and the current strength of the U.S. dollar has hurt local exporters. This is making it cheaper to import fruits and vegetables from third countries, such as Chile, Peru or Colombia, who have suffered major devaluations in their currencies."A couple of weeks ago, our.....

Spanish avocados and apricots may be exported to the U.S.
FEPEX recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States (APHIS) for the export of fresh apricots and avocados, which includes an annual specific product inspection programme and a financial plan that covers all costs and incidents related to.....


Spain: Pros and cons of exporting avocados and apricots to the U.S.
Spain's tropical and stonefruit sector welcomes the opening of the U.S. market for avocados and apricots; however, there are also doubts regarding some practical issues, namely the challenges involved in exporting to such a faraway destination and in competing with other origins, not to mention the.....

India: Mango farmers given ripening training
The Department of Horticulture plans to organise a series of training programmes for farmers in the district on natural methods of ripening mango.Deputy Director of the Department of Horticulture M. Vishwanath told The Hindu that currently, farmers and vendors were using calcium carbide to ripen the mango......

Malaysian pineapples in demand
Youths are encouraged to go into pineapple farming as demand for fresh pineapples is good especially in overseas markets. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the ministry was willing to assist them including getting loans from Agrobank if they showed strong.....


Nicaragua: The mango seducing the US market
The certification process conducted by MANGOSA before exporting fruit to the United States begins in the fields and includes a treatment that consists of submerging the mangoes in hot water.The three Nicaraguan mango varieties that reach the shelves of supermarkets and stores in the United States goes.....

Bangladesh: 'Formalin not a health hazard'
A FAO international food analysis expert has advised Bangladesh not to pay much attention to formalin as he finds this naturally occurring organic compound “not a food hazard”.Sridhar Dharmapuri, at a scientific conference in Dhaka on Sunday, said instead, Bangladesh must keep eyes on the use of pesticides.....


Costa Rica: Organic pineapple acreage continues to grow
"We have bought a new farm with previously unused land where we will plant 60 hectares of organic pineapples, using a plastic coating which will help reduce the use of organic agrochemicals necessary for the control of pests," explains Joselyn Villalobos Salas, of the company VISA Agricultural Products, of.....

Avocados and apricots:
Spain signs deal to open U.S. market
U.S. and Spanish authorities have signed a cooperation agreement that will open up access to the North American country’s market for avocados and apricots. Spain’s Federation of Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Live Plant Grower Exporter Associations (FEPEX) announced yesterday the deal had been signed with the.....

'Modi mango' hits shelves in India
Celebrated mango grower Haji Kalimullah has come out with a new ‘Modi mango’ variety and wishes that it will reach Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that he can taste the fruit named after him.“I had kept the first fruits of the Modi mango variety solely for the Prime Minister but I do not have a medium to.....


Costa Rica: Banana and pineapple exports down 24 and 17%
Comparing Costa Rica's exports during the first quarter of 2015 with those of the same period in 2014, banana shipments dropped by 24%, from 146 million dollars to 111.5 million, while pineapples fell by 15% (129 million to 110 million), according to information provided by PROCOMER.Pineapples affected by.....

India: Corp. may provide compensation to mango growers
The Karnataka State Mango Development Corporation chairperson Kamalakshi has said the corporation is contemplating providing compensation to mango cultivators of Kolar and Chickballapur districts, where mango trees are withering due to shortage of water.She was participating in a workshop on using Italian.....

Pakistan: Rapid increase in exports
Kinnow exports have showed a rapid increase during the current season as about 250,000 tons of kinnow (mandarin) exported so far from the country.The export of other fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, also witnessed significant increase as about 59,000 metric tons of potatoes exported during current.....

South African supply already arriving
High avocado prices on EU market
The European avocado market is under supplied at the moment, with high prices being paid due to the growing demand ahead of the Easter celebrations.Spain is selling its final volumes, which are reaching prices of around 14 Euro per case for the scarce commercial calibres 18, 20 and 22."We barely have any.....


U.S. ban due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly
Dominican Rep: Avocado ban hits local economies
Benny Metz, Senate candidate from the province of San Cristobal, said the measure imposed by the United States will significantly hit this province, since 70% of the economic activity of the municipality of Cambita Garabitos depends on avocados.Of the 1,000 containers exported annually, about 350 come from.....


Spain: Canary Islands to modernise pineapple production
Representatives of the Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands, the Cooperative Campo Frontera, the SAT Frutas de El Hierro, the Government of El Hierro and the La Frontera City Council, agreed on the implementation of a project to regenerate and modernise the.....


Europe: Great avocado shortages and high prices
The European avocado market is under supplied at the moment, with high prices being paid due to the growing demand ahead of the Easter celebrations.Spain is selling its final volumes, which are reaching prices of around 14 Euro per case for the scarce commercial calibres 18, 20 and 22."The market is really.....


Peru: Camposol will export 20% fewer avocados this season
According to Jose Antonio Gomez Bazan, Camposol's executive director, this season, Camposol expects to export 25,200 tons of Hass avocado (1,200 containers of 21 tons each), 20% less than the 31,500 tons (1,500 containers) it shipped in the previous season.This reduction, he said, was the result of the.....


Mexico: Action against monopolistic avocado export practices
The Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) concluded the proceedings against the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados of Mexico (APEAM), in order to put an end to the relative monopolistic practice of tied selling.This involved a supplier conditioning the sale of a product.....


Mexico: Worst hailstorm in 40 years destroys avocado crop
The most severe hailstorm in 40 years has hit the Mexican state of Michoacan, destroying avocado crops in some of the country's (and the world's) most productive municipalities.The most affected Michoacan municipalities are Ziracuaretiro, San Juan Nuevo, Tancítaro and Uruapan.It is estimated that more than.....


Mexico: Michoacán produces 85.9% of avocado
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Michoacán said that Mexico produced 3 out of every 10 tons of avocados in the world, and was the number one exporter of this fruit worldwide. Mexico exports 1,316,104 tons per year, i.e. 4.4 times more than.....


Colombian pineapples: a new option for the premium sector
"We are about to start the development of a country brand for Colombian pineapples; we want the country to be recognised as an important worldwide supplier, not just of pineapples, but of fruit in general," affirms Mauricio López Noguera, of Bengala Agrícola S.A.S.Although the agricultural corporation to.....

Malaysia: Pineapple to China by end of year
Malaysia hopes to start exporting fresh pineapples to China by the end of the year.The first shipment of the fruits to China was supposed to take place early last year but it could not proceed as no approval was given by the Chinese authorities, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri.....

Pakistan: Call for VHT treatment for mangoes
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Chairman Standing Committee on Horticulture & Agri Produce, Ahmad Jawad has called on JICA Advisor Hideaki Shimizu in FPCCI office at Lahore to discuss the dry and fresh mangoes export prospects for Japanese market. Jawad said, "Japan is.....

UAE leading import market for Kenya
Kenyan fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, coffee and tea are popular in the United Arab Emirates and many supermarkets and grocery shops stock them. The UAE is among the leading import markets in the Middle East for Kenyan agricultural products with annual trade worth more than US$220 million. Advertising.....

Philippines: $430.13 million in 2014 Q4 exports
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Davao reported that Davao region posted an export value of $430.13 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Based on the preliminary data of PSA-Davao, agricultural products remain to be the main export commodity of the region.Fresh and dried bananas, including.....

AU: Honey Gold mangoes among top four
Specialty Australian mango producer, Piñata Farms, has positioned its Honey Gold mangoes among Australia's top four premium mango lines after achieving a record crop this season.Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said Honey Gold mangoes were now nudging Kensington Pride, R2E2 and Calypso mangoes for market.....


Peru: Rainfall delays avocado harvest and pushes prices up
The heavy rainfall that lasted until last weekend caused the avocado harvest in the southern Peruvian region of Ayacucho to stop."Ayacucho and other southern regions are very important at the beginning of the campaign; production starts a month earlier than at the big plantations of other regions, and with.....


Ive Lambert, Starfruit:
"Mango market in better mood again, but prices could be higher"
Following a dip in the mango market that lasted for weeks, the mood is now somewhat better again. "It's not bad, but also not extremely good," says Ive Lambert of Starfruit. "Everyone had expected the prices to be higher around this time, because the volumes aren't that high, but that isn't the case. Six.....

India: Mango prices to increase this season?
This year’s mango season was expected to be an “on-year” but turned out to be an “off-year” due to late and patchy flowering. This will result in a drop in mango production and increase in prices.Horticulture expert S.V. Hittalmani, who toured the mango-growing areas recently, told The Hindu that mango.....

Pakistan: Mango growers advised to drain rainwater
The mango growers have been advised drain out rainwater from the orchards immediately.Mango Research Institute (MRI) Multan Director Dr Hameedullah also advised them to opt for anti-fungus treatment to mango orchards for protection against diseases and pests as the mango passes through delicate flower.....


Why are Ecuadorian pineapples ideal for the fresh-cut sector?
In a global market dominated by Costa Rica's huge exports, grabbing a piece of the pie is not easy. Margins are reduced each year and it appears that only large-scale production can be profitable. How do you compete when you cannot reach these high volumes? The answer lies in differentiation, as not all.....


Mexico: Chiapas could have avocado plantations soon
The businessmen in the state's Soconusco region conducted feasibility studies to determine the lands vocation of the mountainous area of this polygon, in order to start planting Hass avocado in the second quarter of 2015, as it is one of the most profitable global agribusiness activities.According to the.....


Too long transit times
Spain: Condition of pineapples at retailers, key to consumption
Large volumes of pineapples are distributed in the Spanish market, mostly by great multinationals.Generally, the pineapples shipped from Central America to Spain must travel for an average of 25 days from the time they were harvested, having to first go to the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, and.....


Weather delays avocado export Peru
The harvest of Hass avocado in Peru is challenged by heavy rains and landslides the last month. Peru is already exporting avocados, but can't ship the volumes they would like to ship. "These delays are a real pity as the fruit is developing well and the market is quite empty," explains Diana Sajami from FCE.....

California Avocado Board goes global
What do California Avocado Bruschetta with Chile Jam, Crab & California Avocado Quesadilla and Plantain-California Avocado Rolls with Garden Cabbage Salad have in common? In each dish, Fresh California Avocados take the diner to a new culinary destination, a journey that’s right on target for 2015.When.....

AFM announces 'Cinco de Mayo' partnership
Avocados from Mexico (AFM) has announced a partnership that is sure to amp up all of your Cinco de Mayo parties this year. The company is partnering with both Dos Equis and Sauza tequila for its upcoming promotion, Ultimate Mexican Fiesta. Alvaro Luque, President, Avocados from MexicoAlvaro Luque, President,.....

Avocado Board releases retail study
The Hass Avocado Board conducted an Advertising and Promotions Study to determine which types of retail promotional offers and advertisements performed the best to help drive Hass Avocado retail sales volume. The in-depth study provides an overview of the retail advertising landscape for avocados and.....

NMB to host ripe&ready to eat mango conference
National Mango Board to Host Ripe and Ready to Eat Mango ConferenceIndustry experts shed light for mango importers, wholesalers, and retailers on the importance of mango ripeningThe National Mango Board (NMB) will host a free Ripe and Ready to Eat Mango Conference on March 26, 2015 at the Hilton Long Beach.....


Malaga
Spain: Rojo brillante kakis introduced in Antequera
Three growers from the region of Antequera, Josefa González, Tomás Navarro and Juan Mejías, decided to uproot their old olive trees and introduce a new crop, different and unique in the area: the Rojo brillante kaki. This comes after a recommendation from experienced Valencian producers, who told them that.....

Pakistan gears up for mango exports
With the mango season only a few months away, Pakistan is working towards maximising its exports to the European market, aiming to increase the number by more than 40% over the previous year.Chairman, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and.....


Sustainable pineapples for the Netherlands and the world
"I expect 2015 to be a very positive year; so far we have managed to sell everything we produce, exporting 12 to 14 containers per week. The recent rains have not affected us; we've had excellent productivity for weeks and customers are very happy, since market prices increased due to the drop in the.....


Seedless papaya Aurora
Taste above convenience
Since becoming the sole Israeli exporter of the Aurora seedless papaya, Aviv has experienced big demand for their papayas. Though the seedless aspect makes the Aurora a hit with consumers who prefer fruit with little preparation needed, the taste remains the biggest selling point.“I think that strong.....

Some Mexican packers halt shipments to USA
Low prices for mangos have prompted some Mexican producers to halt their exports to the United States in hopes that less product will boost prices. But the temporary reprieve has not done much to move the market.“There were some packing houses that shut down for a few days, but, from what I understand, they.....


Hailstorm damages Michoacan avocados
On Wednesday afternoon, a storm accompanied by heavy hail in Uruapan, Michoacan, caused considerable damage to the homes built with cardboard sheets and wood, the nurseries that produce avocado plants, and the avocado producing orchards. The damage, however, has not been quantified because the rains didn't.....


Apatzingán
Mexico: U.S. cold drops mango demand
According to Xavier Chavez Contreras, representative of the Mango Product System at the national and state level, the cold weather in the U.S. has been a determining factor for the lack of demand for mangoes and for the price of a nine-pound box to fall to $2.25; a price so low that mango exports to the.....

2nd Technical Conference on Tropical Crops
Spain: "An issue for the future"
For the second consecutive year, the Spanish Association of Tropical Fruit Growers is organising its Technical Conference on Tropical Crops, entitled "An issue for the future", with support from the Council of Malaga and the brand Sabor a Málaga (Flavour of Malaga). At the event, which will take place in the.....

Good start Vietnamese fruit exports 2015
Vietnamese fruit exports have been exceptional since the start of the year. According to the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Development, in January and February 945 tons of dragon fruit, rambutan, longan and mango were exported to Japan, the USA, South Korea and New Zealand......

Mexico: Ziracuaretiro exports 50% of avocado
According to Carlos Sandoval Portugal, mayor of Ziracuaretiro, the town exports 50% of the 40,000 tons of avocado it produces every year.United States is the town's main customer, "we have approximately 3,500 hectares cultivated with avocado in three or four primary locations, the top part of San Angelo, San.....


QLD: Decontaminate thoroughly banana farmers told
A mobile Biosecurity Queensland site office set up in Tully, where there are 20 banana plants suspected to contain the deadly Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4 or ‘Panama’) fungal pathogen, has begun dispensing invaluable advice on how farmers can protect their properties and their livelihoods. “The.....


Canary Islands
Spain: Winds damage avocado and banana crops
Damage to agriculture caused by strong winds last weekend have been estimated at 70% for avocado crops and at 50% for bananas in some areas of La Palma. This is the general assessment carried out by technicians of the Agricultural Extension Agencies and reported by the Council this Tuesday.According to.....


A new way to consume fruit
Fruit halves revolutionising the market
In early March, the Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés launched a new range of fresh fruits sliced in halves and packed in modified atmosphere conditions by PERIS.The range was presented at Fruit Logistica with great success, mostly due to the products' long shelf life, which reaches an average of ten.....


Over 18,000 hectares of avocado Hass in Peru
Currently, Peru has more than 18,000 hectares of avocado Hass and exports about 95% of its production, said Sierra Exportadora.Peru’s avocado production increases by approximately 12% per year and new land is devoted to this crop, as a result of the growing demand for this fruit in the international.....