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''Dominica's ag industry is thriving''
The Hon Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo, has said that the agriculture industry in Dominica is not dead but alive and thriving, contrary to some opinions. Hon Drigo refuted statements about the agriculture industry made by Opposition member, Senator Felix Thomas at the recent sitting of.....

Mexico: High avocado prices contribute to deforestation
Farmers in central Mexico are expanding their orchards to meet the high demand for avocados. American's love for the fruit and the rising prices of it are contributing to deforestation there, as forests are thinned to make room for avocado trees.Avocado trees flourish at about the same altitude and climate.....


India: Packing solution company presents shelf life extension for exotic fruits
Uflex Ltd., one of India’s largest global flexible packaging solution company has been working with customers in India to extend the shelf life of exotic fruits. India grows exotic fruit such as litchi, rambutan and mangosteen, and the market demand for these products has beenincreasing year on year at a.....

Oaxaca sent 32,000 tons of mango to the US
According to Lino Velasquez Morales, a delegate of SAGARPA, at the end of the export season, the state of Oaxaca recorded that it had shipped nearly 32,000 tons of mangos to the United States, Canada, and, in a much lower quantity, to Europe.Velasquez Morales spoke during a meeting with members of the State.....

AU: Topless winter pineapples hit the shelves
Aussie winter pineapples are lining the shelves without their crowns signalling the sweet variety has arrived. Whether it’s a healthy snack or a winter BBQ, pineapples are bringing an endless summer flavour to Aussie meals.The topless winter pineapple is in full swing for the peak season with growers reaping.....

Malaysia plans to boost pineapple exports
Last year, Malaysia exported pineapples valued at RM161 million, the country aims to increase this to RM254 million by 2020. According to Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali, to achieve the goal, the Government had planned to increase the pineapple plantation acreage by.....

AU: Fuerte avocado popular among chefs and consumers
The fuerte avocado season has finished for Andrew and Belinda Burnet, from Burnbar Fruit in northern New South Wales. The couple grows three varieties of avocados on their orchard at Dalwood between Lismore and Ballina, reports abc.net.au.For them it is all about the variety, the growing method and when to.....

Spain: Valencia to produce 13% more kakis
The kaki harvest in all growing regions of Valencia, which accounts for 89% of the country's total production, will be 13% higher than last season, with a forecast to reach about 290,000 tonnes, according to estimates from La Unió.The harvest will grow by 14% in the county of Ribera Alta (region which.....

China: Price of watermelon down
The demand for thirst-quenching fruits is increasing rapidly. The quantities of watermelons being brought in and sold has doubled. But the pricing in the producing regions absolutely hasn't increased accordingly. Instead the price is collapsing. The main reason is that the supply is sufficient. This forces.....


Harvest starts end of August
China: Tunisian soft seed pomegranates increase sales
Compared to apples and oranges, the proportion of pomegranates in Chinese fruit production is small. Apart from a short supply period, pomegranate scares away many consumers because it is difficult to eat. It's hard to peel, you have to spit out the seeds one by one and the fruit juice is not sweet enough......

EU treatment of Pakistani mango exports ''unjust''
The EU authorities grading system of Pakistani mangoes has been called unjust by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FPCCI) Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad. Jawad said it was an injustice that EU authorities graded Pakistani mangoes with red and yellow cards, despite the.....


Boyer expands their exotic fruit production
Having started to produce mangos in Peru over three years ago, Boyer are now working with local Cambodian producers to develop the Cambodian “Kéo” variety. Head of the group, Joel Boyer explains, “We were approached by Cambodian producers at the Berlin Trade Show, who wanted to integrate the European.....

Local price differences for water melons
According to the feedback of an investigation by YMT (yimutian), watermelons are hard to sell this year. The sales are not only restricted by the local labour and transport conditions, but they are also influenced by the northern and southern watermelon market. The common price on the southern wholesale.....

Indonesia to import dates from Iran
Indonesia and Iran are looking to increase their trade capacities. Jamal Razzaghi, a member of Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA), and Indonesian Ambassador to Tehran Octaviano Alimuddin met in Tehran to discuss potential cooperation.Jamal Razzaghi highlighted the.....

Singapore: Durian prices to drop 50%
Malaysia is Singapore's main durian supplier; heavy rainfall in the country in May and June has led to a greater supply of durian, hence prices of the fruit have been slashed by as much as 50 per cent in Singapore.Popular varieties like Mao Shan Wang (Musang King), a premium durian known for its creamy.....


Early pomegranates from Israel have started
During first weeks of August, market faces the lack of pomegranate supply. This year Israel is the first to start with early pomegranates. Hot summer and good weather conditions ensured a good quality of the fruit, according to Yoav Nakash from Galilee Export. The Israeli exporting company offers.....

Hong Kong: Woman finds live worm in durian
A Hong Kong woman says that she found a live worm "as big as a pinky" in a durian fruit purchased from a supermarket in Hong Kong.At around 6pm on Sunday 24 July, a man surnamed Ho purchased some household groceries, including three pieces of Thai Monthong durian from the Wellcome in Chun Shek Estate. Three.....


Oman: Mango tree encyclopedia to be released
On Thursday 28 July, the Mango Tree Encyclopedia is set to be released in Muscat, Oman, by Nasr bin Hamoud al Kindi, secretary general in the Royal Court Affairs. The event will be held at Al Wahat Club in Muscat in the presence of ministers and undersecretaries.Scientists and researchers who have.....


Even more ways to eat an avocado
The avocado fad shows now signs of stopping as even more ways to eat the fruit are being shared on line. The new avocado bun is certainly no exception to the craze and could help those cutting back on bread.Click here to see more avocado ideas at elitedaily.com.

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Imported pineapples small, supplies are tight
“Right now, our pineapple supplies coming in from Mexico are tighter than usual. The fruit size is also smaller than normal, probably because of the time of year and all the heat in Mexico,” said Darwin Dodd of Sunrise Produce. “It’s been pretty hot down there, which forces the pineapple to mature too early......

Sri Lanka: Geographical indication for Ceylon Pineapples
The head of the state export promotion office has said that Sri Lanka is seeking geographical indication (GI) for pineapples to certify the country of origin.Indira Malwatte, head of Sri Lanka's Export Development Board, said the fruit will be branded as the 'Ceylon Pineapple'."We believe Ceylon Pineapples.....

Borneo: Gov't strengthens quarantine measures
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas has said that Borneo's government will reinforce its already strict quarantine measures in all the state’s 17 entry points to monitor international agriculture trade movement and to prevent entry of invasive pests and diseases.The Minister of Modernisation.....

Dominican Republic province also produces mango
Bani, located in the province of Peravia, is a pioneer in the trade and export of these mangoes in the Dominican Republic and its Mango Expo Fair, which it has held for several years, confirms it as a pioneer in this sector.The provinces of Bani, Peravia, San Cristobal, Azua, San Juan, Barahona, and Neyba.....

India: Scientists invent sugar-free mangoes
The mango is India's most popular fruit, but due to its high sugar content, diabetics are unable to eat it and unfortunately, India has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. But scientists are now trying to create a new form of sugar-less mango which will be safe for everyone.The mango variety.....

Netherlands offers a market for Zimbabwe's organic fruit
According to ZimTrade, Zimbabwe's trade development and promotion organisation, the Netherlands presents a growing market for organic fruits, particularly dates, figs, mangoes, pineapples, avocados and guavas.The import bill for mangoes, mangosteens and guavas in the Netherlands has been on an upward trend,.....

AU: Mangoes become an election issue
The Northern Territory Country Liberal Party has pledged $2 million in seed capital to fund the building of the NT’s first mango treatment facility if re-elected next month, turning mangoes into a potential election issue.The establishment of a treatment facility would open up export markets in China, Japan,.....

AU: Native bees key to avocado pollination
According to oneNew South Wales avocado farmer, native bees are better pollinators than their European cousins. Michael Hogan has 80 hives of the stingless insects on his four-hectare organic orchard at Rous, east of Lismore, reports abc.net.au."I got into native bees in about 2004 and then I just bought a.....

India sets sights on more countries for mango exports
In order to boost mango exports abroad, India is negotiating with different countries including Australia and South Africa. Although some varieties of mangoes from northern India are already being exported to Australia, authorities are considering exporting other varieties as well,Commerce and Industry.....

India: Disappointing pomegranate season
A top official of the Maharashtra Pomegranate Growers Research Association (MPGRA) reports that high summer temperatures could take their toll on the size of pomegranates this season.This is the shorter season that lasts for a couple of months and since the summer temperatures were high and there was a.....

California avocado flatbreads flat out good
Versatile flatbreads have taken the appetizer menu by storm, giving operators a shareable, snackable, customizable platform for creative fillings and toppings. Now at their peak, smooth, suave and satisfying Fresh California Avocados make a perfect partner for flatbreads in their many forms.In the hot.....

Over 5 tons of marijuana found in Mexican mango shipment
Last Tuesday 19 July, border patrol agents at the Pharr International Bridge, seized more than 5 tons of marijuana stuffed inside a commercial shipment of mangoes on its way into entering Texas. According to U.S. customs and Border Protection, the marijuana has an estimated street value of more than $2.1.....

India: New fruit processing contracts for export
The city of Surat in India has entered into contracts with a number international firms for the export of mango, tomato, guava and papaya pulp tothe United Kingdom, the United States of America and Canada from December 2017. A Rs210 million plant is being set up in the city for this purpose and the stone.....

India: Papaya cultivation becomes more popular
In Tamil Nadu, more farmers are turning to papaya cultivation because of the guaranteed returns and remunerative price for the produce. A group of farmers from Annamangalam took up papaya cultivation a year ago, due the growing demand for the fruit. Traders from Chennai arrive at the village periodically to.....

New technique improves shelf life
India: Scientists make litchis available year-round
In South India, litchi has been a summer fruit up to now, but a new technique to extend the fruit's shelf life has changed this, making it available in winter too. Scientists have been able to extend the shelf-life of the fruit from a few days to two months.Thanks to a successful joint research effort by.....


Strong avocado demand partly to blame for quality issues in Kenya
Some Kenyan avocado shipments to Europe have been turned way because of quality issues with the fruit. Though rains may have had a part to play with that, another factor is the strong demand in Europe that pulled in fruit from Kenya that was not ready for picking.Some Kenyan growers pointed to the rain as a.....

AU: Pineapple growers brush up on chemical use
A two-day Pineapple Field Days in Yeppoon last week attracted more than 100 people, with suggestions that 80 per cent of Australia's pineapple farms were represented. The event was used to brush up pineapple growers knowledge on the widely-used herbicide diuron.In a break from the traditional field day.....

India: Fasting season boosts fruit sales
In the city of Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the beginning of the fasting season for Hindus has led to a sharp increase in fruit sales. Apples, pineapples, pomegranates, bananas and pears all feature on the list of 'fasting' fruits."Sale of fruits has increased by almost 60 per cent in the Indore.....

Vietnam: US may allow star apple imports
Star apple exports to the United States could begin in the fourth quarter of this year, as Vietnam’s Commercial Counsellor in the United States, Đào Trần Nhân has said that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering importing the fruit.According to the proposal from the.....

NZ: Bumper harvest causes avocado prices to drop
The avocado harvest in under way in New Zealand and a bumper crop means that prices will come tumbling down. Harvesting of the new crop started early in July and on Thursday 28 July, the Countdown website had avocados at $2.29 for one, or $4 for two. The New World Willis St Metro in downtown Wellington was.....

AU: New pawpaw varieties increase the fruit's popularity
North Queensland farmer Gerard Kath dreams of increasing the pawpaw's popularity to the levels of those of mango and avocado. Although the fruit is disliked by many Australian's for its sickly smell and vomitous aftertaste, new varieties could help Kath's dream come true.The Mareeba grower's Lecker Farm.....

Quality, pricing and selection drive avocado purchases
Understanding the primary needs of the avocado shopper is essential for sustained avocado category growth. The Hass Avocado Board’s study Shopper Purchase Decisions and Influences – Driving Hass Avocado Sales at Retail and its companion piece, Path-to-Purchase Action Guide, found that the majority of.....


Australia launches $12m agri uplift project in Pakistan
The Australian ambassador in Pakistan, Ms Margret Adamson revealed on Monday 18 July, that her country has launched a $12 million programme for the uplift of the agriculture sector in Pakistan.She was addressing the participants of a two-day mango festival organised by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of.....

Fresh owners for Calypso® Mango marketing business
Perfection Fresh Australia has purchased the exclusive sales and marketing rights to the Calypso® Mango and has plans to increase consumption of the fruit both domestically and internationally.The acquisition, from OneHarvest, will establish Perfection Fresh Australia as one of the country’s leading mango.....

Sri Lanka: EU demand for organic food presents opportunities
According to an organic products exporter from the Netherlands, Sri Lanka has tremendous potential to get into the organic product export market, because the demand for such products in the entire EU region is growing exponentially."Where the European market is concerned, the demand for organic products is.....

AU: Citrus and mango exports booming
As we previously reported here Australia's citrus exports for the first five months of 2016 were 92 per cent higher than the equivalent period last year. According to the Australian Mango Industry Association, mango export volumes have also increased, by 32 per cent over the past three seasons.Most markets.....


Pakistan introduces new mango varieties to Qatar
On Wednesday 27 July, an event was held at the Pakistani Embassy in Qatar, to introduce Pakistani food products, such as mangoes. In collaboration with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, the embassy hosted senior officials from the Qatar Chamber, ambassadors and local businessmen. The event was all.....

Maharashtra mangoes, bananas, chillies GI certified
On Saturday 16 July, Marathwada's Kesar mango, Dahanu Gholwad chikoo, Jalgaon banana, Mulshi Ambemohar rice and Bhiwapur chilli joined the list of agricultural products from the state of Maharashtra to get geographical identification (GI) certificates."It took three years and six months to get GIs for these.....

Avocado market improves in Denmark
The avocado market in Denmark picked up in the beginning of July after experiencing a significant decrease in June. Peru is the main supplier this time of year and the decrease was a result of decreased supply.Prices are slightly higher this year, around 2 Euros a box more compared to this time last.....

AU: Year's first mangoes picked near Darwin
While the bulk of Australia's mango harvest is still months away, over the weekend of 23-24 July, the first Kensington Pride mangoes of the 2016–17 season were picked and packed near Darwin. Consumers can now expect fruit to trickle in from the Northern Territory, reports news site abc.net.au.In what is.....

Taiwan: Typhoon causes banana, pineapple prices to soar
Typhoon Nepartak, which hit on July 8 with winds up to 205kph and dumped 40mm of rain in the southern counties of Taiwan, destroyed many crops, thus causing a disruption in supply. Some fruit prices have more than doubled, bringing one township that was spared the brunt of the storm enormous profits.The.....

Malaysian rambutans aim for China
This year, the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) is to begin exporting rambutans to China, with an initial export of five tonnes worth RM500,000. According to Fama's director-general, Datuk Ahmad Ishak this initial shipment is a trial, aimed at gauging the potential of the Chinese market.He.....

Pakistan: Growers need to adopt GAP to increase mango yields
Horticulture experts believe that the development of dwarf mango varieties and the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices could help increase the production and even exports of mango from Pakistan, which form only 5 percent of the total production. Pakistan is a home to more than two dozen varieties of.....


Enrique Lazo, Hass Avocado Committee:
Chile: "There will be 15% more avocado this campaign"
Under normal conditions, Chile has the ideal geographical and climatic conditions to produce fruits, such as avocado, which has transformed the country into one of the leading producers in the southern hemisphere. In recent years, however, production decreased strongly because of an extended drought......

Malaysia: Smart tech to ensure durian quality
This week the Malaysian government announced that it is using technology to ensure the quality of its premium grade durians, as partof its smart agriculture drive.The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) has developed a new platform called MyTrace to track standards of agricultural produce,.....

Zimbabwe: Tea company invests in avocado, macadamia
Zimbabwe's largest tea producer, Tanganda Tea Company has set an ambition aim of more than doubling export revenue to $22 million by 2019, through increased sales of packed tea and new crops. Tanganda has invested about $4.4 million in the development of new plantations of macadamia and avocado and the new.....

Jamaica to restart mango exports to UK
Back in 2014, Jamaica voluntarily suspended mango exports to the United Kingdom after there was a spike in pest contamination detections. However, it looks as if these exports will now resume, as according to a release from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, chief technical.....


Celso Castillo, of Promega:
Mexico: "We'll export avocados to other markets to prevent saturation"
The Mexican avocado season is now starting. Even though the harvest period had been expected to kick off on 4 July, it did so a few days earlier; a situation that has led to some dissatisfaction among producers, who have obtained relatively low prices, as these plummeted in just a week because of the sudden.....

Costa Rica: Pineapple Interceptions in the US continue to rise
In the first half of 2016 US interceptions of Costa Rican shipments of pineapple that are suspected to be contaminated with insects have increased by 32% over the same period of 2015, according to a report from the US authorities.According to the report, the amount increased from 213 shipments intercepted.....


Polish apple exporter eyes mango & citrus imports
Originally starting out as an apple producer and exporter, Polish company Mazafruits is now venturing into the import of various fruits, specifically mangoes and citrus, from other countries such as Egypt and Spain. The company plans to update their website soon to reflect the new venture and are looking for.....


Dominican Republic to export avocados to other Central American countries
"As soon as the ban to export Dominican avocados to the United States was abolished, producers and exporters began to make plans for this year's campaign. Local consumption and export estimates have doubled and they will continue to grow year after year, as producers are interested in growing more avocados.....

Vietnam: Dragon fruit to be exported to Australia, Japan
In the near future Vietnam expects to export dragon fruit to both Australia and Japan. Recently, experts from Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have been on fact-finding tours of Vietnamese provinces to evaluate their dragon fruit production, packaging and exports. According to.....


Mick Zwolle, CocoBomb:
“International retail dares to take risk on young coconut”
Last autumn, Mick Zwolle talked about the import of young, Thai coconuts on this website. Nine months later he talks about the progress of CocoBomb. “We had a good year. We now have weekly arrivals and are focused completely on the import and export of young, Thai coconuts. Our customers include wholesalers,.....

volume not impacted by El nino
Peru avocado export increases
Despite the impact of El nino, the export volume of Peru avocado remained the same compared to that of last year, reaching an estimated 180,000 tons. Based on the information from SUNAT and PAC, last year a total of 27% of exported avocados were shipped to the US, while the other 65% to Europe. In.....

Hong Kong: Fruitless attempt to smuggle cocaine in dragon fruit
98 dragon fruits arriving at Hong Kong airport from South America were found to have liquid cocaine, with an estimated street value of HK$15.7 million, concealed in their hollow centres, customs officers revealed on Wednesday 20 July.The haul came after a team of customs officers at Hong Kong International.....

Will the Philippines suffer from Beijing trade sanctions?
Scarborough Shoal, a “submersible” reef, subject to the movement of tides, was seized by China in early 2012. In January 2013, the Philippines filed a case in the PCA at The Hague, questioning Beijing’s “nine-dash” claims to practically the whole of South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea. A.....

AU: Industry hopes to double mango exports to US
Mango exports to the US from Australia began in early 2015. Last season, around 100 tonnes were sent to the country and the mango industry hopes to double the exports this year. Fruit will be sent from the Northern Territory for the first time, reports news site abc.net.au.Australian Mango Industry.....

Mangoes on the export list
Pakistan sets $35bn export target
Pakistan is planning to explore and target two key markets, UAE and Saudi Arabia in the country's bid to boost exports. The country's government has allocated Rs18 billion to multiply sales volumes up to $35 billion a year and stem the country's foreign trade, according to a report.UAE and Saudi Arabia, will.....

Thailand: Fruit prices at several year high
The prices of fruit, in the Southern region of Thailand in particular, have reached a several year high, helping farmers earn more income and compensating for the low price of rubber, the Commerce Ministry reports.Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said the lower output of fruits this year had increased.....