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China: Xiamen port is the leading importer of longans

The Xiamen Entry-Exit Inspection And Quarantine Bureau has reported that since 2017, Xiamen Port has imported 17,800 tons of longan worth 26,500,000 US dollars. That represents an annual increase of 143% in longan volume and 107% in it's value. It constitutes 36% of all national longan imports. Xiamen port.....

André Boon, Scherpenhuizen:

“Delayed Peruvian mango supply prevents clash with Brazil”

The Peruvian mango supply has been significantly delayed. “First of all, the flooding in spring had a considerable effect, perhaps not as much as in grapes, but we’re expecting 15 to 20 per cent less mangoes,” says André Boon from Scherpenhuizen. “The current ‘cold’ weather is not to the benefit of the start.....

Uphill battle for Philippine mango exporters

The Philippines has always been a strong player in Asia as a nation that exports mangoes. It is quite famous for its fresh and dried mangoes. Unfortunately, the country has been hit with some misfortunes that have raised some production issues for the country.According to Robert Chua, the owner of Robbie.....

Spain: TV program flooded with kakis

David Broncano is known for his eccentricities on Late Motiv, Andreu Buenafuente's late night program. In one of his latest appearances, kakis took centre stage. The Andalusian comedian is giving a boost to the popularity of this tropical and autumnal fruit by talking about it all the time.Such is his.....

New tech could solve seed supply issues hampering Australia's avocado industry

The Atherton Tablelands, an Australia avocado sector, home to more than 90 growers, soared from a $29 million industry in 2011 to more than $80 million in 2015.Local growers are producing around 13,000 tonnes of the fruit per year to keep up with demand.In turn, there have been mass tree plantings across the.....

Avocados causing shifts in land use in New Zealand

Climate and new market opportunities are opening the door to major land-use shifts in the upper North Island, New Zealand.But rather than the wholesale conversion to dairying witnessed over the past decade, it is the horticultural sector spurring a new wave of land use.Northland is experiencing one of the most.....

Mangoes short at Christmas in Western Australia after season ends early

An early finish to the Kimberley and Northern Territory mango seasons, could see a shortage of mangoes on shelves in Western Australia this Christmas.The mango harvest in WA's Ord Irrigation Scheme wrapped up almost three weeks early, coinciding with an early finish for Katherine growers and some Darwin.....

Mexico: Jalisco's mango producers make improvements

Jalisco's mango production chain has been making advances in the certification of its orchards and its packers, to improve the exportable supply. This is a response to the demands of the global market, said the general director of Agricultural and Horticultural Development of the Seder in Jalisco, Mario Ramos.....

Ecuador: Start of Kent mango export season to Europe

The campaign started in September, but it is only now that significant volumes begin to appear in the European markets. The most important destinations in Europe are Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. However, they are not the only places that demand Ecuadorian Kent mango, as the.....

Egypt: Cherimoyas have competitive prices again

After the Egyptian government decided to free foreign currency exchange rates in 2016, farmers and exporters have been able to continue marketing cherimoyas, which are also known as custard apples, abroad. "We could not export any significant amount of cherimoya before because of the high prices they reached -.....

China: Kiwi industry suffers heavy losses

Throughout October, it has been a hard time for kiwifruit farmers. Since mid-October, in less then a month, kiwi prices have dropped from 8 yuan per kilo to today's 2-4 yuan per kilo. The fall in prices and sales stagnation is the same all over China. The main reasons are:1. Market demand for kiwis was high.....

South Korea imported $2.4 million of Avocados in September 2017

Bad news for avocado-toast-despising millionaires: the bumpy-skinned fruit is exploding in popularity in South Korea. Koreans imported $2.4 million of it in September 2017, compared to $752,000 in September 2016, according to the Korean Customs Service. That's a shocking 19-fold increase compared to the same.....

AU: Warmer winter weather leads to "excellent" pineapple quality at Piñata Farms

While most pineapple growers were dealing with an oversupply, Piñata Farms actually welcomed the warmer winter weather.While the company does have year-round production, it does not produce much volume for the mid-year markets, as the demand is not there, so it experienced very little impact of the glut that.....

$938K project to bring locally grown bananas & mangoes to Botswana

Ngamiland, Botswana may soon have plenty of locally grown bananas and mangoes courtesy of a joint partnership between a local farmer, Lesika Molefhi and South African investor, Johann Bezuidenhout.The P10 million (USD $938,732) irrigation project in Nxaraga will boost food production in Botswana by providing.....

Global food import prices set to increase by 6%, boost in tropical fruit exports likely

According to the FAO's latest Food Outlook report, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $1.413 trillion - a 6% increase from the previous year and the second highest tally on record - driven by increased demand for international demand for most foodstuffs as well as higher freight rates.Of.....

Growing presence of tropical crops in the global market

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that tropical fruits have a growing role in world trade.This year, the export volumes of mango, pineapple, avocado and papaya may be worth over 10 billion dollars, according to forecasts. This could be a hopeful sign, since they are crops.....

Spain: New research centre for subtropical crops in 2018

The new building of the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture (IHSM), whose completion date is scheduled for next year, will house the basic research carried out in the experimental farm La Mayora, a mixed centre of the University of Málaga and the Superior Council of Scientific.....

Malaysian government look for solution to avoid fall in 'Musang King' durian prices

Kuala Lumpur's Malaysian government is formulating the best mechanism to avoid a steep fall in the price of ‘Musang King’ durian despite the dumping of the fruits, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday.Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the ministry was prepared with.....

Global tropical fruit trade due to reach new peak in 2017

Global trade in avocados, mangoes, pineapple and papaya is set to reach a new peak in 2017 though climate change threatens the output of tropical fruit in many growing regions, the United Nations food agency (FAO) said on Thursday.Exports of the four main tropical fruits have been growing faster than all other.....

Ghana's pineapple growers to receive training to help increase productivity

Simple technologies can be learned effectively through imitation, while complex methods require professional training. If Ghanaian pineapple farmers are to achieve higher yields through more sustainable agriculture, they will need to be trained in exactly these types of complex applications.This was the.....

Ecuador's first shipment of pitahayas to Miami

The Minister of Foreign Trade, Pablo Campana, stated that the first shipment of Ecuadorian Pitahaya had already entered Miami. This is good news for the producers of this exotic fruit, which is known as dragon fruit in the international market."Good news: The first marine shipment of Pitahayas from Ecuador to.....

Imported US pineapple market flooded with fruit

Supply of imported pineapples is at elevated levels right now. “At the moment it seems the volume of pineapples is extremely high,” says Maurizio Ghelfi of Carson, Ca.-based Trucconova, LLC. “From my understanding, it’s higher than the previous year.” Trucconova supplies pineapples from Costa Rica while.....

North America expects smaller mango sizes out of Ecuador

The Brazilian mango season is wrapping up shortly and production is set to begin out of Ecuador. In terms of fruit volume, Brazil had a good year, only affected by cooler temperatures which have been seen across the South American mango growing regions. This has resulted in slower fruit growth and slightly.....

Philippines: First batch of Tupi papaya enters South Korea

The popular fresh solo papaya of Tupi town in South Cotabato, Philippines has finally reached the fruit market of South Korea.Milagros Casis, Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 12 director, said Tuesday Tupi papaya producers had made their first shipment to South Korea last week through a supply deal with a.....

Chile and Bolivia, main destinations for Piura's mango in the first week

Piura sent most of its mangoes to Chile and Bolivia in the first week of exports.According to the exporters, so far, they have sent 176,953 six-kilogram boxes of mango to these two countries by land. Most of the fruit is sent by land to these two markets. The varieties shipped are the Haden, Edward, and.....

$200k in damage after "worst storm in 30 years" hits Australia

A farmer located in Alstonville, Australia said Sunday's storm was the biggest he has seen in 30 years.Tom Silver said in the time his family has owned the avocado farm in the Ballina Shire he has never seen a single event destroy crop as this one did."It takes a real toll on the avocado crop for next year.....

Cambodia looks to expand longan exports into new foreign markets

With plantations yielding nearly 20,000 tonnes of the fruit per year for Cambodia, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has announced its intention to expand longan exports to new countries.According to officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, only the provinces of Pailin and Battambang,.....

Russia agrees to lift ban on Turkish pomegranate and aubergine imports

Russia has agreed to allow imports of aubergines and pomegranates from several Turkish producers as of October 30th.The announcement to lift the ban was made by Yulia Melano, a spokesperson of the Russian agricultural agency Rosselkhoznadzor and comes shortly after a similar announcement was made to allow.....

Spain: The origin of Huelva's strawberries

What would Andalusia be without agro-food ambassadors like Huelva's strawberries or the subtropical crops grown in the region of La Axarquía? Behind the cultivation of these varieties, which are not traditional in Andalusia, is a farm of scarcely 50 hectares dependent on the CSIC and the UMA, but whose origin.....

Mexico: Avocado export company sends first production to Spain

Mexico is one of the countries that supplies the Spain's need for avocado when it is not in production. One of the markets for Mexican avocados is the US, which, thanks to its proximity, is the main importer of Mexican avocado. It is closely followed by China, thanks to its high consumption capacity, and.....

Peru: Strong growth in pomegranate exports

Sierra y Selva Exportadora reported that, up to September, national exports of pomegranate had already exceeded by 50.75 percent the total shipments of this fruit in 2016. According to Agrodata Peru, national shipments of pomegranate were worth 60,722,488 million dollars by the end of the 3rd quarter of 2017,.....

Spain: Kaki prices staying high for longer this season

Prices at the start of the campaign have been similar to those obtained last year: 1.60 Euro in the European market; however, "This year we have managed to keep prices high for longer," explains José Marco Iborra, founder of Marco Iborra. Moreover, he adds that "Although prices are not at the level we would.....

Spain: "The growth prospects for papayas are very high"

The cooperative Hortamar will receive financial aid with EU Operational Funds for the year 2016 totalling 1,.3 million Euro, as reported by the Government of Andalusia, which recalled that the amount allocated for the 2014-2018 period is 11.3 million Euro, with financial support totalling 5.8 million Euro.The.....

Malaysian Durian Festival 2017 looks to breach the Chinese market

The three-day Malaysian Durian Festival 2017 (MDF2017), which kicked off on November 3rd, gave Chinese consumers the experience of enjoying fresh durians in the ‘kampung way’, said the event’s joint-coordinator Datuk Robin Wong Hee Joo.“The way Malaysians enjoy durian in Malaysia is more like a community-based.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila bets on increasing pineapple exports

The rains of Hurricane Irma delayed the planting of pineapple in Ciego de Avila, and its workers continue the corresponding tillage to expand marketing in tourism and export, in order to obtain foreign exchange and strengthen the national economy.Ciego de Avila, which committed to have two thousand hectares of.....

Piura prepares for International Congress on Peruvian Mangoes

The Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of Mango (APEM) will hold the XVI International Congress on Peruvian Mango on November 9 and 10 at the Casa Andina Hotel in Piura.The event is expected to be attended by 450 participants including producers, packers, exporters, importers, suppliers of goods.....

Spain: Mango campaign to close with 22,000 tonnes

The high temperatures recorded in the early autumn have had a very negative impact on many Andalusian crops, but nevertheless, they have been very beneficial for the mango campaign which is about to come to a close (it will finish in early November) and have allowed growers to exceed the 20,000 tonnes produced.....

Costa Rica: Authorities end investigation of alleged export of fake organic pineapples

The authorities of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) stated that they had attended to all the consultations and concerns of the pineapple sector regarding the complaints, and the subsequent investigation, against the companies exporting organic pineapple......

Jamaica pineapple producers to expand to Cayman Islands and other markets

Jamaica Producers Group Limited (JP), said it is now making headway on plans to expand markets for pineapple.Production yields are expected to climb next year by 17 per cent, and the group is eyeing other markets as volumes grow."The export plans for this year primarily involve regional markets such as The.....

An Australian restaurant is looking for an avocado taster

If you like Australia and have experience preparing and eating sandwiches with avocado, you have the opportunity of joining the staff of a restaurant that will open in Sydney.The Good Fat restaurant will open on November 2 and offers a temporary job to a person to taste their products that include avocado, one.....

Westfalia

Colombian avocado operation packs first Hass for shipping to US market

Little more than two months after the US Department of Agriculture opened US markets to Hass avocado imports from Colombia, the first fruit has been packed in preparation for its journey via container-ship from the Port at Cartagena to California-based Long Beach Port.Staff at the state-of-the-art packhouse in.....

Bolivia: Guarayos wants to produce pineapples all year round

Pineapple producers from the municipality of Guarayos are seeking to produce this native fruit throughout the whole year, which is why they are working with the Center for Research and Promotion of Peasants (Cipca) on a project to achieve this goal and to produce pineapples in a shorter time, i.e. in 10 months.....

Spain: End of Bonbon mango campaign with more demand than supply

Given that this is a product that is largely a result of chance, no forecasts can be made, and in some years the volume of Bonbon mango available does not cover the demand of consumers."We've had a very good year for mangoes in general. The weather conditions have been stable and the trees have been loaded.....

"The expansion of kaki acreage has slowed down"

Start of kaki campaign in Huelva with plenty of medium calibres

While the Region of Valencia already started marketing Rojo Brillante kakis about three weeks ago with lower yields and an abundance of large calibres, Huelva is starting this week with the harvest of the same variety; the most common one, with plenty of medium and small calibres. The second-grade cooperative.....

First batch of Malaysian pineapples arrives in Shanghai by sea

The first 12 ton batch of Malaysian pineapples arrived in Shanghai by sea on 26 October. This was the first time that Malaysian pineapples have been imported to China in containers by sea. Earlier, China imported these pineapples through air transport, and they did very well on the market. Malaysia then.....

Peru forecasts it will produce 10% more mango next year

This year, the country's mango production and demand should increase. According to the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers (Promango), the sector will end 2017 with a one-digit advance compared to last year in fresh produce. In addition, the sector does not expects climate issues to have a major impact on.....

Malaysia plans to begin durian exports to China

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry is planning to penetrate the Chinese market by exporting fresh ‘Musang King’ durians to China in the near future.Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek said durian fruits from Malaysia currently enter China's market via third countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong.....

Senegal plans to boost cashew and mango exports with new project

The Senegalese government on Wednesday announced that the country will work with UNCTAD to boost the competitiveness of its cashew and mango exports.​The two sectors combined account for only 2% of Senegal's total goods exports but provide income for more than 100,000 families in Casamance -- the.....

Studies reveal papaya could help prevent cancer and other diseases

According to recent studies papaya may help in preventing many medical maladies."Due to its high content of nutrients, vitamins and medicinal properties, papaya helps to prevent cancer, cardiovascular diseases, skin and eyes maladies, but it has a very low consumption among the population." said Patricia.....

Ghana is assessing the mango value chain to promote quality exports

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), with support from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) is assessing the mango value chain to ensure that mango and mango-derived products meet the highest international standards for local consumption and export.The initiative is being giving technical support by the.....

Fiji government to focus on increasing pineapple production

The pineapple remains one of Fiji's best-performing commodities, says Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu.He said the focus for the ministry was on increasing pineapple production in the country."We are multiplying the planting material so that we can produce on a larger scale," he said.Mr Seruiratu said.....

Magnus Sundén:

“New products introduced weekly”

Introducing a new product every week. That is Hebes Frukt & Grönt, from the Swedish city of Göteborg’s, goal. Although the focus is on trading, these new products are necessary to distinguish themselves in the market. The ‘fruit plate’ and ‘taco plate’ were recently introduced. Besides developing new.....

China: First mango pulp production line is successfully launched

In recent years, the mango planting area in Panzhihua city of Sichuan province has been expanding constantly. To improve the production, thePanzhihua Institute and the Panzhihua Mango Health Products R&D Center havedeveloped the first Chinese quality mango pulp production line. The line can processes more.....

From the Dominican Republic

Greenskin avocados coming in to the US earlier than normal

Greenskin avocado production from the Dominican Republic started much earlier than normal; growers and importers are in for a very good season, according to Desiree Morales with WP Produce.The season started as usual in mid-October, however with much more volume due to Hurricane Irma’s destruction on the.....

Indonesian mangosteen exporters continue to urge China to lift ban

Indonesia is experiencing friction with its largest trading partner, China, over access to the Chinese market for its mangosteens.Enggartiasto Lukita, Indonesia’s Trade Minister, told Asia Times on October 13, during a trade expo in Banten, on Java island, that: “We have complained about the export to China.....

Third Quarter Report:

Camposol revenues up 37% reaching $240M

Financial Review for the Third Quarter of Year 2017Camposol saw revenues reach USD 240.6 million (175.4), up 37.2% from the same period last year, principally due to higher volumes and prices in avocados and higher volumes in seafood.Gross profit was USD 92.3 million (52.7) and the gross margin for the same.....

Australian interest rates are expected to remain at their record low

Interest rates are expected to remain at their record lows until well into 2018, after a collapse in fruit and vegetable prices offset soaring electricity bills and kept inflation below the central bank's target range.The consumer price index rose 0.6 per cent in the September quarter, missing market forecasts.....