Tropical fruit


Ron Jongejan: "Jaguacy Brazil planting 200 more hectares over next few years"
First Brazilian Hass avocados arrived
Jaguacy Brazil received the first containers of Hass avocados of the season 2016 today. The first boxes were received at Cool Control in Maasdijk and transported on to travel to various destinations. "We will receive around 23 containers per week in Europe from April to the second week in May. After this we.....


Drought no big dampener on Indian mangoes
The markets are flooded with all varieties of mangoes, even those commonly found in other states, with the fruit available at affordable rates. Traders said though mango productivity has been hit to some extent this year in Marathwada region, it has not suffered in other states. Source:.....


Hugo Vermeulen, Cool Fresh International
“We very consciously did not jump aboard the train of large volumes”
To go with scaling-up or focusing on a niche. These are all the options in the food and agriculture sector according to Hugo Vermeulen and Nic Jooste from Cool Fresh International. They bring us the uncrowned king of pineapples.Travel, that is the advise Nic Jooste, Marketing and CSR Manager of Cool Fresh.....

US: Pineapple imports light, prices strong
Light supplies of pineapples coming from Costa Rica have pumped up prices for the imported fruit in the United States. Prices are expected to come down in the coming months as more imports arrive, and traders are hoping the market can remain steady as that happens.“The entire country of Costa Rica went.....

India to increase area under hort crops
In expectation of a surge in demand for horticultural crops ahead of the Simhastha festival, the crop acreage is expected to increase by around 10 percent in the ongoing 2015-16 season.Farmers in the region have been shifting from agriculture to horticulture crops amid increased yield, better marketability.....

Pakistan: "Mango export between 100,000 to 120,000 tons."
In a statement issued by All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), "The export target of Pakistani mango for 2016 is anticipated to be in the range of 100,000 to 120,000 tons. However, a more realistic target will be announced in the first week of May 2016,".....

Michoacan
Mexico: Michoacan to produce over 70,000 tons of mangos
The Secretary for Rural Development and Agriculture, Israel Tentory Garcia, said there were no risks to export mangos this season.In an interview, the official assured that the agency had delivered the aid to start spraying crops that might have a pest in a timely manner.Tentory Garcia stated that there.....

India: High prices for start of mango season
The mango season has opened on an expensive note for lovers of the king of fruits in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Thanks to low supply this year, mangoes come at a higher price compared to last year. While retail vendors were selling varieties such as the popular Banganapalli at Rs 80 a kilo on.....


Pakistan: Mango exporters expected to hit 215,000 ton target
The mango crop in Pakistan has met expectations this year. Growers, orchard owners and exporters were expecting a plentiful harvest this season. A record flowering had already been seen in mango trees. There have been no traces of infections of fruit flies in any orchards.In accordance with the recently.....

Peruvian frozen mango for the US
The Commercial Office of Peru (OCEX) in Los Angeles confirmed that they had a recent meeting with representatives of the Wado Partners company that expressed great interest in importing fruits and vegetables from Peru, especially frozen mango.Wado Partners is a company that was founded in 1996 and that has.....

Acreage expansion is imminent now that the US is a potential market
Colombian avocados: End of veto will boost exports
Six months ago, the end of the US veto on the export of Colombian Hass avocados became a reality, thus creating many business opportunities for the South American country. "The hard work carried out in phytosanitary management and control by the state phytosanitary authority of the ICA has managed to bring.....

Rising temps could see Canada grow hybrid fruits
One of Canada's top climatologists believes that if the increasingly warm weather becomes the norm, there could be some interesting effects on agriculture, and not necessarily negative ones.“I think what we’ll see are opportunities for growing crops that will be similar crops now but maybe a different.....


Grand opening of Zespri kiwifruit Beijing flagship store
For the 2016 New Zealand kiwifruit season, Goodfarmer Group held a grand opening ceremony for its Zespri Kiwi Beijing flagship store in Xinfadi Market. As the northern regional partner of Zespri kiwifruit, Goodfarmer Group has been cooperating with them for four years. On the opening day, Mr. Liam.....

Bangladeshi pineapple and watermelon prices soar
Bangladesh has seen bumper pineapple and watermelon yields this season, but low and middle-income bracketconsumers aren't benefiting from an abundance of the fruit as prices remain beyond most of their reach.Middlemen in the supply chain are being blamed for the increase in prices of the fruits at the retail.....

Weak mango supply causes high prices in Goa
Consumers at Panaji market in Goa are unable to afford mangoes at the moment as a weak supply has seen the price of the fruit soar; the popular mancurad variety is being sold for between Rs2,000 to 2,500 a dozen.Vendors say that while the influx of unseasonal mangoes has been scarce so far, the sale of.....

US GAIN report
NZ: Kiwi production up 30% last year
2015 was a bumper year for the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, with production up 30% at 475,000 metric tons (MT) and exports up 31% at 454,000MT. Export receipts were up a significant 43% at NZ$1.44bn on an FOB basis.Forecasts for 2016 indicate a period of consolidation with production and exports up 1.5%.....

Angolan town harvests 70,000 tons of ag produce
Since December 2015, at least 70,389 tons of agricultural products have been harvested in Tomboco municipality, northern Zaire province. This was reported by the local official in charge of the agriculture, rural development and fisheries division, Mateus Morais.Speaking to Angop, the official said that the.....

Derek Donkin - Subtrop
South Africa: Avocado volumes increase despite hail
As the South African avocado harvest gets underway, we can see from the table that the export volumes have not changed much since 2010, but the figures do not tell the full story. Avocados have an on-year and an off-year. 2013 for example was an off year, but the volumes were not much below those of the.....


Liquidseal for avocado, mango and papaya
New coating for longer shelf life tropical fruits
Until now, Liquidseal was only known in the flower sector. The company makes environmentally friendly post harvest products that extend shelf life. In addition to the recipes developed by the company for use on lily bulbs and cut roses, an application for fruit is now available as well.Avocado, mango and.....

First Indian mangoes headed for Europe
Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) report that the first consignment of mangoes has left India, destined for European shores. Two major exporters from Maharashtra — Ruchi Exports and Sachi Exports — have sent consignments to London.Around 1,500-2,000 tonnes of mangoes are expected to be.....


Cambodia 'perfectly positioned' for mango sales to Europe
This year Cambodia has about 60,000 hectares of mango plantation across the country. Mong Reththy, known as the king of agriculture in Cambodia for his role in running the large Mong Reththy Group, is planning on increasing the countries mango exports to Europe.Mr. Reththy told Khmer Times that Cambodia is.....

Israel opens new ''Centers for Excellence'' in India
Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture has announced plans to more that double its agricultural Centers of Excellence in India. According to Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel, Israel currently operates 13 such centers and, in the next few years, that number will increase to 28. In a visit to.....

Lower costs and larger production
Spain: Revolution in the production of papayas
Carica papaya is the scientific name of the papaya, a fruit little known in the Spanish province of Almeria, although in recent times it has attracted more attention after being the focus of various seminars. Since 2012, the University of Almeria, together with the Cajamar Foundation, has launched an.....

Indian traders warned against artificial fruit ripening
Mangoes have started to arrive on market stalls in the city of Tamil Nadu and with their arrival, officials from the city's Food Safety and Drug Administration Department are asking traders not to use calcium carbide to artificially ripen the fruits.District Designated Officer T. Anuradha, who conducted a.....

UPDATE: AU dragon fruit farm scandal
On Saturday 26 March, the Australian government announced that CT Group, the company which was at the centre of a shares scandal that saw Willem Westra van Holthe lose his position as deputy chief minister — is still keen to open a dragon fruit farm in the Northern Territory.Primary Industries Minister Gary.....

Pune: Chamber for safe mango ripening
The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) hopes to reduce the use of calcium carbide and other harmful chemicals to ripen mangoes by setting up a ripening chamber in Market Yard to facilitate ripening of the fruit in a scientific way without using toxic chemicals.APMC authorities have already.....

Maharashtra mango season begins
Maharashtra's mango export season was set to begin Tuesday 29 March, and officials of the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) in Pune hope to double the export figures this year, even as the price of both Karnataka and Ratnagiri Alphonso mangoes in Pune markets has seen a dip due to the.....

Issues hindering Indonesia tropical fruit exports
Indonesia has the potential to export tropical fruits to various countries, according to Kafi Kurnia, Head of the Indonesian Export-Import of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association (Assibisindo). Yet there are several factors hindering this potentially lucrative business.Based on a report from Indonesia's.....

Indian mango production threatened by groundwater exhaustion
In Jadcherla, in the Indian state of Telangana, the mango crop which covers more than 3,000 acres, has been severely hit by prevailing drought conditions.Mostly depended on borewells for water, the mango crop is facing a tough time as the bores have gone dry. With the dry conditions, the mango trees started.....

Tax refund for Dole Philippines
Dole Philippine's petition to be refunded P625.28 million in input value-added taxes (VAT) paid for the export of various fruits to other countries, has been granted by the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).In a 27-page decision dated March 18, the CTA Third Division allowed the fruit exporter to claim about 96% of.....

Newly elected chair of Australian Pineapples
AU's pineapple industry picks up Pace
Pace Farm in Rollingstone Australia celebrates its 80th year of producing pineapples this year. Farmer Stephen Pace's business has 200 hectares of pineapple production in various stages of growth.Stephen who was recently elected chair of Australian Pineapples said last year had been a struggle due to the.....


Panama: Lady Victoria mangoes bound for Europe
Panama Organics is a company that produces its own organic yellow mango variety: the Lady Victoria. This niche product is the result of more than 25 years of research and development, which is the reason for the fruit's exclusivity. Now the company, which distributes its products in neighbouring countries.....


Indonesia: Suitable weather for mangoes this season
The latest mango season was good for Indonesian mangoes, as the weather conditions have been good with enough rainfall. According to Raj Mohan of CV Kunayo, “We had plenty of orders from Singapore and a few also from Malaysia and about 10% of the production was of the highest possible quality. Singapore is.....

Big avocado supplier announces merger with Mexican grower
GreenFruit Avocados, a fully integrated avocado supplier, announces their merger with Mexican grower and packing house, FrutiVal. The merger between GreenFruit and FrutiVal will position the company to create direct programs from Mexico to the U.S. and other overseas markets year-round. FrutiVal also.....


Kenya: Mango exports on the rise
Kenya registered a significant increase in mango production across the 2015/2016 season compared to the previous season, witnessing an increase of 27% on season-to-season basis. Mangos From Kenya reported 30% jump in exports, largely attributed to their intense continuous training that guides farmers to.....


Cambodian mangos to France
Under its Philibon brand, Boyer S.A. has been importing mangos into France from Cambodia. That's in addition to the Kent mangos it brings in from Peru.“The variety we get from Cambodia is the Keo,” explained Claire-Marie Isnard of Boyer S.A. “The name comes from the word for mango in the local language.....

Taiwan pineapples enter eastern markets in China
The fruit industry is booming in Hangzhou. This week, a large ribbon-cutting ceremony has taken place to celebrate the import of 50 tons of pineapples by sea from Taiwan. Taiwanese Shengfa Fresh Agricultural Products participated in the ceremony. Taiwan is known as "the island of fruit" in China. The.....

Mexican state expects to harvest nearly 50,000 tons of guava
According to official data of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), via the Agricultural food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), Zacatecas has recorded an outstanding 860-hectare advance of the guava harvest.With a maximum yield of 4,555 tons per.....

India: Second mango irradiation centre for US exports
An additional mango irradiation centre in Vashi will start working on April 15, 2016, for mango exports to the US market. Previously, Maharashtra only had one irradiation centre in Lasalgoan in Nashik.Source: dnaindia.com/nyoooz.com

World's top 8 kiwi growing countries
Surprisingly enough, New Zealand does not produce the most kiwi fruit in the world, and people from New Zealand, are not called Kiwis because of the fruit, but because of their national symbol – the kiwi bird. In fact, the kiwi fruit, which originated in Eastern and North-central China, was first known as.....

Mexico improves organic mangoes for export to US
The project manager at UABCS, Dr Alfredo Beltrán Morales, of the National Research System (SNI) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), explained that the development of the project required testing of the techniques in organic farming in La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS). The Department.....


Claudio Celso Piovesan, Rio Doce, Brazil:
"Biggest problem not economic or political situation, but weather"
Brazil's political and economic situation has brought most of the country's sectors to a halt, although in the agricultural sector, the biggest problem this year has not been the political uncertainty, but the weather, with high temperatures that have prevented the flowering of mangoes and rains that have.....

Balance of the campaign for Cirilo Arandis
Spain: Kaki production to triple in four years
"We faced a major crisis in terms of production due to the high temperatures. There were declines in the plantations in full production, but the fields that were becoming productive compensated for this decline and made it insignificant, with production actually becoming a point or two greater than last.....


US: Light mango supplies in March, could improve next month
Supplies of mangos in the United States are currently light, and that's made for high prices for fruit coming from Central America. But supplies are expected to increase next month, when both Guatemala and Mexico ramp up production.Imports from Mexico have been unseasonably low this month, and it's expected.....

India: Hot weather increases summer fruit demand
In Bengaluru, high temperatures have contributed to an increase in the prices of summer fruits over the last two weeks. More consumers are buying fruit and juice in an effort to keep cool.Coconuts from Mandya, Ramnagaram and Maddur which top the demand list have seen a price hike of Rs 5 to Rs 10 per piece,.....

Indian mango growers set sights on US market
Mango growers in India are hoping to increase the volume of exports of their produce to the United states; last year 271 metric tonnes were exported, this year, officials hope the figure will go up to 400 tonnes. The mangoes are treated at a US approved irradiation facility in Lasalgaon before they are.....

Dominican agro exports jump 22% in 3 years
According to the executive director of the Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD), Jean Alain Rodriguez, agro exports from the Dominican Republic have jumped 22% from 2012 to 2015, posting a total volume as high as US$6.04 billion. Rodriguez explained that there were considerable increases in the export of.....

NZ expects bumper season for golden kiwifruit
New Zealand's kiwifruit growers are looking forward to a bumper season. The bulk of the harvest is set to begin soon and the industry is forecasting a record year.Kiwifruit Growers chairman Doug Brown said growers were expecting to sell 20 million more trays of a gold, PSA-tolerant variety this year,.....

Port of Tauranga enters 10-year agreement with kiwi exporters
Zespri International and Tauranga Kiwifruit Logistics (TKL) will work with the Port of Tauranga under a new 10-year freight agreement to develop additional infrastructure to handle the increase in kiwifruit exports.The agreement was disclosed in the Port of Tauranga's recently released six-month results,.....


Supafresh invests in ready-to-eat ripening rooms
China: demonstration encourages love for avocado
Ready-to-eat avocados“We were one of the first companies to import avocado into China before Chinese consumers knew about this item. At the beginning, we did go through a hard time. We could only move half a container every two weeks. After that, our effort paid off. Currently, we are importing 3 to 4.....

Blueberries, kiwifruit
More Georgian produce for the EU
According to the European Commissioner for Trade Issues Cecilia Maelstrom, Georgia has real potential to increase the amount of Georgia-made products to the EU market and its 500 million consumers. The EU and Georgia are working together to grow trade relations and realise this goal.Eighteen months ago.....

Indian fruit traders still using calcium carbide
Mango traders in Telangana State say that because of the short mango trade season, and the high input costs for cold storage, they are forced to continue to use calcium carbide to ripen fruits and are still unaware of cost-effective organic methods.Officials from the Horticulture department are in talks with.....


Europe: Easter bolsters mango demand
Kent mangoes from Peru are on the European market at the moment and the quality seems to be good."Three weeks ago the quality was not so good," according to Izam Afkir, European Sales and Mango procurement at Halls International. "We now have Kent mangoes from the Casma Valley in Peru and the quality is.....


Taiwan red dragon fruit successfully grows in Hefei market
The Taiwan red dragon fruit enjoys a reputation of the "king of fruits". After four years of acclimatization, and the challenge of extreme temperature of -15℃, Taiwan red dragon fruits that grows in Hefei city has reached its harvest season, and one of its single dragon fruit weighs more than 1 kg. On.....

NZ: Containers to be filled with kiwi at packhouses
This season many containers will be filled with trays of kiwifruit for export at packhouses rather than being loaded at the Port of Tauranga. Containers will be cleaned and inspected before delivery to packhouses and once filled with pallets of fruit, returned to the Port of Tauranga for loading onto.....

India: Mango irradiation for US export starts April 15
The irradiation facility of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Barc) at Lasalgaon will start from April 15 irradiating mangoes for export to the US. Irradiation of mangoes is mandatory according to the norms related to the export to the US. The centre is eyeing to irradiate around 400 tonnes during the 2016.....

Salinization destroying Vietnam's 'fruit kingdoms'
Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces in Vietnam are both known as ‘fruit kingdoms’ because of the vast amount of fruit grown there. The most famous types of fruit grown in the two locations include grapefruit, durian, mango, rambutan, jackfruit and mangosteen. All were widely consumed domestically, as well as.....

Poland one of fastest growing mango markets
Despite being relatively new to the market, Poland has been named one of the 25 fastest growing mango importers in the world by research website worldsrichestcountries.com. Europe imported $932.6 million worth of mangoes in 2014, with Polish imports up 273.5% with $13 million.The Polish mango supply comes.....


"Many mango crops are being replaced by grapes"
Low prices do not decrease the interest for Peruvian mangoes
Despite the uncertainty that the continuous rains has caused on the current mango production, Peru expects the production and demand for fresh mangoes this campaign will increase when compared to 2014. It's worth noting that mango production in 2015 grew by 34% and amounted to 187 million dollars. Peru.....


Celso Castillo, of Promega:
"Global avocado prices will standardise"
For a few years, the consumption of avocados has been soaring worldwide, as reported by Celso Castillo, sales manager of Promega (Promotora Mexicana Gaitan), a company that exports avocados from Mexico to North America, Europe, Japan and Asia. He believes that demand in the European market in particular has.....