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China: Beijing detects 47 batches of mangoes with insect pests
The Qianlong-Fawan United Daily News reported that on January 2017 the border Inspection and Quarantine Office in Beijing detected, when inspecting carriages arriving from 20 different countries and regions, a total of 47 batches of mangoes that contained the sternochetus mangifereae, which are harmful to.....

South Korea to import Brazilian mangoes after over a decade of negotiations
After being negotiated for over a decade, South Korea will once again allow the import of Brazilian mangoes, according to an announcement made this week by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Food Supply (Mapa).The partnership between the Asian and Latin American countries comes after a.....

New Zealand group looks to expand local production of tropical fruit
New Zealand imports about 72,000 tonnes of bananas annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Each New Zealander eats around 18kg of bananas a year - at an estimated cost of about $88 per household, or more than $142 million a year. Many of these imports make use of toxic pesticides in.....


Mark Tieleman, Cool Fresh International:
“Delayed boats and production hit pineapple supplies”
Pineapple sales continue to go smoothly. “Due to delayed boats from Costa Rica and scans at customs in the ports, there continues to be some scarcity,” says Mark Tieleman from Cool Fresh International. “A result of the delays is that demand continues to increase. After they arrive, there are plenty of large.....

Cambridge University study
Avocados may not be good for everyone
Since gaining popularity in the west the Avocado has been heralded as a healthy snack and a great source of good and healthy fats. New research out of Cambridge however may prove otherwise, and states that the delicious fruit may actually increase the risk of heart disease.Previous studies indicate that the.....

Florida scientists develop scent that may help fight avocado pest
UF/IFAS scientists might have just tracked down the right scents to help deter a beetle that’s been delivering disease and devastation to Florida avocado growers.According to a recently published study, UF/IFAS researchers found when infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees (a close cousin to the.....

The US authorizes the entry of fresh Peruvian figs
The United States Department of Agriculture authorized the entry of the first load of fresh Peruvian figs, of the Black Mission variety, to the US, a market that has over 321 million consumers.The product will be exported by the Peruvian company Agricola Athos at the request of the US North Bay Produce.....


Imported avocado supply described as “erratic”
With regional supplies of avocados looking lean, the supply in the North American market is described as “erratic.” “Most of the avocados coming in right now are from Mexico and they seem to have a smaller crop than last year,” says Phil Henry of Escondido, Ca.-based Henry Avocado Corp. “And California,.....

Imports of dried dragon fruit entering via Dongdu doubles
In 2016 a total of 8,430 tons of dried dragon fruit was imported via the Dongdu trade post in Xiamen city. The goods had a total value of 14.7 million USD. There have been growths of 78% and 106% respectively, in comparison to last year.Staff at the Inspection and Quarantine Office near Dongdu explained that.....

Malaysian pineapples set to enter China in March
If the government allows it, Chinese consumers will be able to taste Malaysian pineapples this March. The director general of the commitee for Malaysian pineapples says that the two countries are currently discussing the specific details of the quarantine procedure. China and Malaysia signed an agreement.....

Mexico: State of Mexico dispatches fifth shipment of avocados to Canada
The Secretary of Agriculture, Jose Calzada, and the governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila, recently waved off the entity's fifth shipment of avocados to Canada.According to a statement of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), more than 240 tons.....

Colombian company is biggest seller of pineapples in the world
In just five years, Bengala Agricola SAS went from being a regional company to a company that is internationally recognized and a leading exporter of tropical fruits.The flagship product of this company from the Valle del Cauca is the pineapple (in fresh, pulp, and juice concentrate); a market that other.....


“Avocado prices 20 to 25% higher because of smaller supply”
Belgium currently has a good demand for avocados. “We currently offer especially Spanish avocados, and I expect the season to last for another six weeks. In any case, there is not much supply. I get the impression that there is not much product on the market in Brussels. Because of this, prices are much.....

Mozambique company to export avocados to Europe
The company Westfalia Fruto Moçambique has announced that it will export avocados to the international market and especially France.Westfalia consultant Manuel Roriz said that the first consignment of 400 tons could be ready for export to France this coming March.Westfalia Fruto Moçambique is an agricultural.....

Spain: Adaptation of kakis to Cordoba
The Cordoba-based company Ispaproyext, with headquarters in the Technological Science Park of Cordoba, has been involved in the development of a project to adapt the cultivation of kakis (diospyros kaki), grown in superintensive regimes, to the climate and soil characteristics of Cordoba. The first intensive.....

Turnover has multiplied by seven in four years
Spanish company aims to become leader in subtropicals
A young company based in Velez Malaga, Excel Trop, has managed to multiply its turnover sevenfold in just four years. Devoted to the marketing of the province's most exported subtropical fruits, mangoes and avocados, it has gone from 15 to 70 employees in fewer than 5 years and it currently has an annual.....


First container of Peruvian mangoes sold at the port
Yesterday afternoon, the first container of Peruvian mangoes arrived in China. Upon arrival the container was opened by the Shanghai Huizhan fruit market and sold at the port.Reports indicate that the container was imported by the Grand Distant Food corporation from Shanghai. As the container had been a.....

China to buy Kenya's bumper mango harvest
After experiencing a bumper crop, Kenyan mango farmers are relieved that they will soon be able to export their produce to China, which should prevent a drop in price for their fruit, a chamber of commerce official said, Saturday.Chairman of the Kenya-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Zhuo Wu, said, during.....

Fiji ministry training pineapple growers to increase exports
Fiji pineapple growers are looking to produce fruit of consistent quality in order to increase their reach into foreign markets.According to a Ministry of Agriculture statement, the farmers were trained in effective skills to improve their husbandry practices of pineapple farming last week."The 4-day.....

New Zealand MPI intercepted 12,600 biosecurity risks in January
Faced with record numbers of international visitors, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity staff have been busy protecting the country's economy and environment. Among these was the discovery of fruit fly larvae in mangos found at Auckland Airport inside a suitcase from Malaysia jammed full.....

Colombia wants Hass avocados to become the country's fourth export product
According to Julian Londoño Londoño, director of the Research Center La Selva, Corpoica, they are working on a project with 11 entities in the sector to "create a real technical change in the Hass avocado crop's production and post harvest to increase its competitiveness and to comply with the requirements.....

China: Shenzhen customs intercept papaya tree
On February 14th, St. Valentine's day, the Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau officers intercepted a passenger carrying a whole papaya plant. It was over a meter in length, with three branches, one with small green papayas on it, and the roots were covered in mud.According to the passenger, the seedling.....

Kenyan avocado farmers troubled by factory shut down
Ksii avocado farmers are worried after a factory which has been under construction for two years has ceased operations. The factory was commissioned by Governor James Ongwae, terming it as a county flagship project.The initiative had raised hopes for avocado farmers in the county, with Governor Ongwae.....

Good season for cashews in India, bad for mangoes
While cashews may be seeing a good season, climatic changes have been blamed for the bad season of the mango crop leading to erratic flowering owing to which fruits are not likely to bear abundantly."The mango crop is unlikely to meet the expectations," said director of agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.The.....


Coco Wilson, the first and only Nam-Hom green coconut imported by Spain
Bright future beckons for fresh coconut water
It is called Coco Wilson and comes directly from Thailand. It is a fresh green coconut of the "Nam-Hom" variety ("aromatic water" in Thai), and is considered the best in the world because of its sweet and floral flavour. It contains pure and raw coconut water, whose packaging is the semi peeled coconut.....

Costa Rica may end ban on Mexican avocado imports by midyear
The Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) in Costa Rica confirmed that its officials are engaged in a negotiation process to sign a bilateral agreement with Mexico to renew the import of avocados, a very popular food in Tico homes and restaurants.Officials are currently drafting technical and legal.....

Asda releases pineapple pizza capitalizing on Iceland president's comments
After joking about his hatred for pineapple on pizza by saying he would ban the practice if he could, Iceland's president Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson made headlines and sparked heated debates on social media.Taking advantage of the free marketing however, Asda has just announced a pineapple only pizza.An.....


Korea fastest growing market for NZ avocados
The world's avocado production is increasing every year but according to those within the industry demand is still far higher than supply. The Australians are renowned for their love of the avocado, this is music to the ears of both Australian and New Zealand producers.Australia continues to be the largest.....

Philippine mango to play big part at Gulfood Show
The Philippines, being a top global mango exporter, will bring a variety of mango products, including dried mangoes, purees and juices to the Gulfood Show, happening Feb. 26 to March 2 at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).Taking center stage is the Philippine mango, also known as Carabao mango. Over the.....

The US opens its doors to Mexico's manila mango
Mexico has exported 12.5 tons of manila mango from Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero, to the US for the first time ever.This is the largest producing area in Mexico because it has a low prevalence of fruit flies, said Juan Carlos Cruz, the packing manager of Integradora Costa Grande.Mexican producers managed to.....

India urges the US to ease mango import standards
The Indian government is petitioning the United States to lessen the current phytosanitary norms that have effected India’s exports of mangoes as there have been instances of Indian consignments of the fruit being returned by the US for alleged non-adherrence to the phytosanitary norms. “A US law delegation,.....

Solar refrigerators boosting profits for Kenyan mango farmers
It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu moves along rows of fruiting mango trees with a long pole in his hand, harvesting the mature fruits.The quality of the fruit is a big concern to farmers and traders hoping to sell to the lucrative export.....


Spanish papayas to be marketed in Europe through Exóticos del Sur
The creation of this Economic Interest Group, a non-profit mercantile society that aims to improve the results of its partners' activities, is the result of the experimental research carried out by Anecoop for seven years at the UAL-Anecoop Foundation and its subsequent transfer to producers.Its first papaya.....


Iceland's PM jokes he would ban pineapple on pizza if possible
There are many hotly debated issues in the world of food and one of the hottest is among pizza lovers. Ask a room and you are bound to experience a heated debate on whether pineapple belongs on pizza. Iceland's President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson made his stance known at a high school this week when asked his.....

Colombian avocado exports up 241% in 2016
Colombia exported about 18,201 tons of avocados last year, 228% more than in the previous year when the country only exported 5,543 tons.Colombia has taken advantage of the world's avocado deficit, which is currently being supplied by producers from Chile and Mexico.Julian Londoño, the director of the.....

Keeping up with demand benefits farmers in Africa
The social enterprise Olivado Group, a major supplier of avocado and other edible oils, has recently joined the Business Call to Action (BctA) with a commitment to purchase avocados and other produce from 2,000 smallholder farmers by 2018, while providing them with training and support. This initiative is.....

The first shipment to Europe departs today
Mexico: New export markets for Ataulfo Mango
The application of biological technologies has allowed producers to increase the export of ataulfo mango from the region of Soconusco, according to Alfredo Cerdio Sanchez.In an interview, the chairman of the Local Board of Plant Health of Chiapas' Ataulfo Mango Regulatory Council, said that last year they.....

China makes final inspection of Costa Rica's pineapples before making a decision
A Chinese mission visited the facilities of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday to coordinate the latest technical and logistical details of their upcoming visit to the producing and packing pineapple farms in the country.After this visit, China will issue a.....

Consumers in India can now buy mangoes online
Farmers in India are making the most of the internet these days to trade their agricultural products. Previously, farmers had no alternative but to wait for suppliers to show interest and purchase their goods, or go to a nearby market to sell them at whatever price they would be able to fetch, but as.....

Avocados From Mexico launch new contest in partnership with Yuzu Sushi
From February 15th to March 15th 2017, a contest co-sponsored by Avocados From Mexico and 69 Yuzu Sushi restaurants in the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick will give participants an opportunity to win a trip for 2 people to Mexico, valued at C$5,000. Avocados from Mexico views the Canadian foodservice.....

Peru: Mango pulp for Taiwan and fresh mangoes for Belgium
Arca Continental Lindley, an authorized bottler for The Coca-Cola Company in Peru, managed to enter the Asian and European markets by exporting mango pulp to Taiwan and fresh mangoes to Belgium.Max Alvarado, the company's international markets manager, said that they had exported three containers of.....

Losses of 2,120 million pesos in 2016
Mexico: Strikes hit avocado producers in Michoacan
Avocado producers from Michoacan lost 2,120 million pesos and a little more than 35,467 tons in production during the strikes of 2016.According to a report from the Association of Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers of Michoacan (APEAM), during the strike held from July 4 to 9 2016, producers were unable.....

Henk van der Meij, Hars & Hagebauer:
“Mango market is at a turning point”
After a period in which mangoes were sold below cost price, the market has now reached a turning point. “It is all looking much more positive,” says Henk van der Meij from Hars & Hagebauer. “Volumes from Peru are decreasing, and Brazil is also sending limited volumes, in part thanks to a strong, local.....

Pests and water management hindering Indian mango farmers
Heavy flowering of the mango is perturbing horticulture experts because the flowers are attracting a lot of pests on a scale that was more than usual. There is 80% flowering compared to the 30 to 40% last year.Mango is cultivated in 1.5 lakh acres (60,000 hectares in Krishna district; the average yield of.....

It has already replaced 80% of citrus in Marina Baixa
Spain: Avocados have become Alicante's most important emerging crop
Over the past five years, avocados have become "the most important emerging crop in the province of Alicante, mostly due to the high price per kilo paid at origin, and they have already replaced 80% of the citrus in the Marina Baixa," according to the Association of Young Agricultural Producers (Asaja) of.....

Mexico: Oaxaca sends 90% of its mangoes to the US
The mango harvest season recently began in Oaxaca and packers are sending the first truckloads of Tommy and Ataulfo mangoes to the United States and Canada.The mango harvest brings a relentless pace to everyday work in the eastern part of the isthmus region. The work begins at dawn in the orchards, amidst.....

Spain: Malaga imports tropical crops to meet European demand
Avocados are in fashion. In some European countries, such as France, which is the main destination for Malaga's production, consumption is even higher than that of Spain, despite the latter being the only producer in the European Union. The fruit's production takes place mainly in the provinces of Malaga and.....

Spain: Papayas are increasingly appreciated by consumers
Since its creation more than a decade ago, Tropical Millenium has specialised in the marketing of tropical fruits, especially avocados and mangoes, although for several years it has also decided to give papayas a shot, as they are increasingly appreciated by consumers. They have a high fibre content that.....

Philippines pushes for 0 tariff on pineapple exports to South Korea
According to a statement by Trade Secretary Secretary Ramon Lopez on Tuesday the Philippines will push for lower tariffs on agriculture products in forthcoming trade negotiations with South Korea.Lopez said he made this request to Korean Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy Joo Hyungh-wan, who made a.....

Mexico: Avocado season kicks off with exports to Canada and Spain
Mexico's Hass avocado export season started with the shipping of two 20-ton shipments of Hass avocados, produced in the State of Mexico, (one of the country's top three producers), to Spain and Canada, which shows how the fruit has diversified its markets.The secretary of Agricultural Development, Heriberto.....


Elena Rogojnikova, Hagé International:
“South African avocado harvest starts earlier”
The prices for Greenskin avocados from Israel are currently at a fairly high level. “This is being caused by the weather circumstances in Israel. Prices will remain stable for the next two weeks, but from week 9 volumes from Israel will start decreasing, which could result in further increasing prices,”.....

Ugandan scientists develop technique to allow mango production in off-season
Researchers at the state-owned National Crop Resources Research Institute, Namulonge in central Uganda, are exploring a technique called Foliar Flower which could allow farmers to produce mangoes year-round.Gabriel Ddamulira, the lead researcher, told Xinhua in an interview recently that a reagent, also.....


Daniel Bustamante, of Prohass:
Peru: "This campaign we'll have up to 40% more avocados"
"The 2017 avocado campaign will undergo a profile change due to the integration of new production zones. The fruit will be available to the world sooner than usual, from the beginning of March. In any case, the work with the exporters to guarantee the supply of avocados with the right maturity and desired.....

HAB takes avocados to heart during American Heart Month
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) has teamed up with the American Heart Association for the month of February, American Heart Month, to encourage Americans to consume the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.The collaboration is an effort to improve the health of all Americans with a reduction in.....

India: Weather and pests affecting mango production in Andhra
Continuing adverse weather this season, including severe cold and fog in the nights and high temperatures during the day, powdery mildew and anthracnose are affecting mango flowers and tender mango pods in the northern coastal districts.Mango is one of the top five crops in the region which has been badly.....


APHIS extends comment period for importation of Colombian avocados
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the comment period for a proposed rule that would allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. "We are also notifying the public of the availability of a.....

Professor calls for fruit & vegetable standards in Ghana
Professor Ayum Teye is calling on Ghana to set higher standards for fruits and vegetables in order to allow for more exports and decrease the necessity for imports. He expressed worry that locally produced fruits and vegetables such as mangoes, bananas and oranges could not be sold in supermarkets in Ghana.....

US investors aiding Dominican avocado farmers
A group of investors, led by Spartanburg’s Rick Beltram, has gone to the Dominican Republic with $70,000 to help farmers set up their own business to sell crops to the U.S.“The objective is to provide funding to initiate small family farms in a relatively poor nation,” said Beltram. “The local folks will own.....

China: Prickly pears confiscated at Nanjing Airport
When an employee of the Chinese Border Control Agency of Nanjing Airport, in Jiangsu province, made an inspection on a flight coming from Hongkong, she found one of the passengers was carrying prickly pears. This fruit came from South Africa and was brought for the passenger's relatives who had never seen.....

Oversupply causing problems for mango producers in Ghana
The seasonal nature of mango farming has left both farmers and fruit processors in Ghana in distress, as the farmers complain of a lack of markets in the harvest season. This is because most farmers in the country produce only one variety of mango, which causes an oversupply of the fruit which is beyond the.....

Australian avocado industry close to export deal with Thailand
The Australian avocado industry has reported that it is very close to securing an export deal for avocados with Thailand. Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas is hopeful exports from Western Australia will begin in time for the coming harvest in September.Mr Tyas said the main concern for both.....

China: Border patrol in Xiamen impounds tons of imported fruit
During the Spring Festival, which was held between January 27th and and February 2nd this year, the Xiamen branch of the Chinese Border Control Agency assured the safety of 78 916 passengers travelling on 528 international flights. Additionally, it seized 114 contraband items that were to be smuggled into.....

Peru is the world's second largest exporter of mangoes
In 2016, Peru produced 372,900 tons of mangoes worth 202.5 million soles, i.e. 7.8% more than in 2015, according to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Company (ComexPeru).The guild said that Peruvian mango exports in the previous year amounted to US $198.4 million (157,700 tons), i.e. 1.3% more than the 195.9.....

Pineapple supply tight from Costa Rica
A slim pineapple market is causing a slight shift in who gets the sweet fruit from where in the U.S. “Right now, pineapples are tight especially coming out of Costa Rica,” says Darwin Dodd of McAllen, Tx.-based Sunrise Produce LLC (Chula Brand), a company that also ships pineapples from Mexico. “So markets.....


Guatemala: "The goal is to introduce our rambutan to Europe"
Guatemala's rambutan harvest begins in late April and, despite the climate changes there have been, producers expect the campaign to be promising. "Fortunately the area where we are located, which is one of the main producers of this fruit, hasn't had any major problems with climate change. Furthermore, we.....

7.8% increase in 2016
Peru: Mango production recovers
Mango production, one of the most important Peruvian fruit exports, recovered after two years of decline. In 2016 production increased by 7.8%, after having fallen by 18% in 2014 and by 8% in 2015, according to the Minister of Agriculture, highlighted the Foreign Trade Federation (ComexPeru).For several.....

Israel and Germany look to increase mango production in Cameroon
Germany and Israel are cooperating in order to boost production and grow the market for mangoes in Cameroon. The two partners are currently working towards this goal in cooperation with the Cameroonian Ministry of Agriculture.Yuval Fuchs, Deputy Managing Director of Mashav, the Israeli International.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila pineapples continue to grow in Europe
Ciego de Avila exported more than 1,100 tons of pineapples to Europe during 2016, i.e. more than 200 tons more than the volume exported in the previous period.Engineer Wilver Bringas Fernandez, director of the Ceballos Agro-industrial Company, told ACN that they had exported MD-2 pineapples mainly to France,.....

Alert against Trump's measures
Spain: "If Mexico ships just 10% of its avocados to the EU, we'll get 150,000 tonnes"
Donald Trump's plan to introduce a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports to pay for the controversial wall to separate the borders of both countries has raised the concerns of the tropical sector in Malaga. The reason is that Trump's protectionist threats are already leading Mexican traders to explore.....

South African Mango Association expects a better crop
According to the South African Mango Growers Association, growers reported an all-round better harvest compared to the last harvest which was heavily affected after severe hail resulted in a 17 per cent loss of the total crop.Due to climate conditions such as the drought, high temperatures and hail, the.....

Peru expects to export up to 30% more Hass avocados
Peruvian exports of Hass avocado in the 2017 campaign are expected to increase by 20% to 30% in volume when compared to the 166,000 tons exported in the previous season, said the president of the Peruvian Association of Producers of Hass Avoado (ProHass), Daniel Bustamante Canny.He said exports would.....