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Romania: Exotic fruit exports worth 1.9 million Euro
In Romania, exotic fruits are grown only in a handful of greenhouses, but according to statistics, exports reached a value of almost two million Euro last year alone. Despite the fact that, in Romania, bananas, oranges, mandarins and kiwis are considered exotic fruits, the value of the country's exports.....

Greece becoming world’s third largest kiwi producer
"Greek kiwifruit producers and the rural economy may be danger if roads into new markets cannot be found," said the President of the producer organisation ZEUS Kiwi, Dimitris Manosis.Mr Manosis, speaker at an event held in the context of the 1st Freskon international exhibition for fresh fruit and.....

Mexico: SAGARPA wants to improve quality of avocado from Puebla
The Centre for Agricultural Research in Michoacán (CIAMICH) and the Avocado System Product Aguacate from Puebla signed an agreement to develop technical assistance in avocado orchards and training for producers of this fruit in order to improve both the quality and quantity of avocado production in the state.....

India: Prices to topple mango cart
Making the staple mango pickles and drinks would be costlier this season because not only the ripe ones but even 'kachha aam' would cost more this time. Thunderstorm on Tuesday morning hit Malihabad's mango belt even more. Not only seedless ones, even healthy fruit fell off trees. Though.....

Demand increases in Europe for Filipino goods
Demand for Philippine-made products are up in the European Union (EU) market, as a platform for Filipino exports where 11 to 12 percent of total merchandise exports find way at the EU.DTI-Western Visayas Director Senen Perlada bared this during Thursday's forum with the Iloilo business community at Hotel del.....

Chilean kiwi campaign kicks off in China
During the second half of last week (16), the first Chilean kiwifruit prices in the Guangzhou Jiangnan market were reported. While the first batch of the season arrived to southern China during week 15, this shipment represented only a small volume, of less than 30 tonnes. Over the past week, shipments of.....

India: Coconut production drops 10%
The prices of coconut and allied products may turn bullish as a survey conducted by the Coconut Development Board (CDB) indicated a drop in output in three major coconut growing states. Overall production in the country based on the estimation of production in major coconut growing states showed a 10% fall.....

Funding for Dominican avocado farmers
President Danilo Medina on Sunday visited western San Juan de la Maguana province where he ordered the reconstruction of the rice silos at Las Damas, which will benefit more than 400 rice growers and 500 families. He also announced funding for 4,000 avocado farmers at El Cercado.Medina’s tour began in El.....

India, Sri Lanka:
Reducing fruit losses using nanotechnology
India and Sri Lanka produce an abundance of vegetables and tropical fruits. Mangoes are the second largest fruit crop in terms of production in India and the third largest crop in Sri Lanka, but a lack of good storage facilities is hampering efforts to expand production.The post-harvest losses — between 35.....


World Variety Produce imports Australian mangoes for first time
World Variety Produce, Los Angeles, which markets under the Melissa’s brand, is importing mangoes from Australia for the first time this year. Clearance was granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in September 2013, and the first Australian mangoes entered the U.S. the week of Feb. 9, according to.....

Vietnam: Tropical fruit exports increase
Nguyen Huu Dat, director of the Post-Entry Plant Quarantine Center, under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that export of Vietnamese tropical fruits into difficult markets has increased.In the first quarter this year, 169 batches of dragon fruits have been exported to.....

Mexico-America mango link picking up
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge is the Rio Grande Valley’s main link for Mexican mangoes to enter the United States.More than 227 million pounds of mangoes crossed the bridge — 25 million boxes weighing 8.8 pounds each — from January 2014-15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nearly 300.....

India: Mango arrivals yet to pick up
Poor arrivals of mango this season has caused a setback in the sales of the fruit and dealers have lost their hopes of prospects of any improvement in the yield.The main problem, according to mango cultivators, is the off-season rain which had affected the growth of the crop.“The showers during the.....

Ecuadorian tropical produce shipper continues to see growth
Having been in business for over 15 years, REFIN S.A is presently one of the leading tropical produce shipping companies in Ecuador, mainly dealing with mangos, plantains, malanga, limes, ginger, among other products.Mangos and Plantains are certainly our stronger items claims Mr. Bernardo Malo, CEO of Refin.....


UK: High avocado prices due to lack of supply
The summer avocado campaign, which is expected to last until September, has recently kicked off for the British company Pacific Produce, which works with Israel in winter and markets its own fruit from Peru in summer. “We sell to a wide range of clients, including supermarkets and the wholesale. We started.....

India: Mango dealers trained to use ethylene
The rampant use of carbide stones for artificial ripening of mangoes has prompted the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration in Trichy to embark on a move to train wholesale dealers to use the harmless 'ethylene' to ripen the fruit.Being a climacteric fruit, mango can ripen naturally. But the time it.....

US not on the brink of avocado shortage
In 2015, there will be more avocados available in the US than anytime in the last ten years, according to the Hass Avocado Board. Despite California’s crippling drought, Emiliano Escobedo, the board’s executive director, tells Quartz that Americans have nothing to worry about. For 2015, his group is.....

US (CA): Freska Mangos kicks off with Disney Designs
This month Freska Produce International, LLC launches fresh mangos featuring beloved Disney characters on display-ready boxes, stickers and in a Mango Recipe and Activity eBook. Four varieties of Mexican mangos (Tommy Atkins, Kents, Keitts and Ataulfos) will be available at grocery retailers nationwide now.....

Tamaulipas
Mexico: Fruit fly affects more than 4,000 tons of mangos
The fruit fly affects more than four thousand tons of mango in the south of the state, causing the crops and their marketing to collapse and leaving producers without better alternatives to address the serious economic losses in the region.In response to this situation, agricultural technicians of the.....

Strong rainfall in Costa Rica
Pineapple prices 78% up in European market
In 2014, pineapples accounted for 23% of the global harvest of tropical fruits, which also includes mangoes, avocados and papayas. The world's largest pineapple exporters are the Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica and Indonesia.Pineapples are a perennial plant of the family of the bromeliads, native to.....

India: Mango price increase +50%
Relishing mangoes this summer will cost a lot more as prices of the fruit have shot up by 50-65 per cent as supplies have been hit following unseasonal rain that caused production loss. The study by industry body Assocham said lower-end varieties are selling at Rs 100 a kg in retail markets while the premium.....

US: Good supplies of imported mangos
With imports of mangos from Mexico ramping up, supplies of mangos should be good in the coming weeks.“Supplies of mangos from Mexico are increasing, but we're also going into the full season in Guatemala in the next couple of weeks,” said Patrick Dueire of Dayka Hackett. “So there will be a good amount of.....

Mexico: The mango harvest starting earlier, bigger volumes
According to the largest exporter of mangoes in Sinaloa, Ismael Diaz Murillo, everything suggests that the mango production from Sinaloa will break a record because the harvests started early and they will yield 40 percent more volume.Estimates are that the income generated by the mango harvest in the.....

500,000 tonnes may be reached in four or five years
Spain: Increase in kaki production requires opening of new markets
The president of the Spanish Association of Kaki Growers, Vicente Masiá, said that the 2014/2015 season has turned out to be quite difficult because the final production has reached between 200,000 and 220,000 tonnes."This volume represents an increase of between 20 and 25% compared to the previous harvest.....

Two new pineapple varieties for Bicol
After more than two years of field trials, the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) research station in Bicol region has officially introduced two new pineapple varieties, which were deemed adaptable to the region’s weather conditions and has higher yield than traditional varieties.According to the DA-operated.....

Iran: Ag exports up 27%
Iran’s agricultural exports in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, rose by 27 percent compared to its preceding year, according to the Iranian deputy agriculture minister Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh.The country exported $6.6 billion of agricultural products in Iranian calendar year 1393.....

Australians going bananas for avocados
Australians eat more avocados per head then any other English speaking country and we’re eating more of them every year as this chart shows.Source: ABS, HAL, AAL, Avolution.Ahead of Australia was of course Mexico – the home of guacamole – which consumes 9 kilograms per person a year.At 3.4 kilos a year,.....

Ag Minister, Sabri Yaakob:
Malaysia to Japan: "We want more mangoes"
Malaysia is requesting that Japan grant access for other mango varieties, other than the ‘Harum Manis’ species, which has penetrated the market there.Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he had raised the matter during his meeting with Japanese Minister of.....

Due to Euro devaluation and high Italian supply
Lower Chilean kiwi exports to Europe
In the 2013 season, Chile's kiwi production reached 220,000 tonnes. In the following campaign, severe frosts caused a collapse in production volumes, which dropped to 100,000 tonnes.As previously reported by Carlos Cruzat, president of the Kiwi Committee, "the impact of such a severe frost is not limited to.....


Fewer mangoes expected in coming weeks
"The mango market has been doing well for a while now. Since last year, the market has been rather stable with a few spikes," says Eryvan Pires of Fruitmarket. "Peru had a good season in terms of quality and price. Volumes were rather controlled, and the amount of mangoes shipped hasn't been excessive. At.....

AU: Ideal growing season for papaya, pawpaw
It's been an ideal season for papaya and pawpaw.Papaya Australia president Gerard Kath said it had been a mild wet season, with no bad weather events.Papaya and pawpaw are available all year round with increased supply during spring peak and autumn flush.There are more than 100 growers in Australia, farming.....

NZ: Healthy diets boost for growers
New Zealand's avocado orchardists might well look at their crop and see gold nuggets dangling from their trees rather than green fruit. That's because the country's avocado industry is poised to reap huge rewards from the Western world's shift towards healthy eating and clean living.Consumers are clamouring.....

India: Mangoes get their own security guards
Mangoes have become a precious commodity that needs to be well-guarded after nearly 70% of the crop was wiped away due to five wet spells since February. These Pathans are specially called from Barmer in Rajasthan along with their horses."When mango production falls, chances of theft are very high as the.....


Peru: Delays will not affect avocado volume, but extend the campaign
Peruvian avocado exports have been significantly delayed by recent rains, causing a noteworthy increase in prices."We are currently exporting about 100 containers per week, when in peak times we ship up to 300. This obviously has resulted in increased prices and there are many unscrupulous people who are.....


Two mangoes sell for over €2,000 in Japan
A pack of two mangoes were sold for ¥300,000 (€2,340) on Monday in Japan at the first auction of the season in Miyazaki, on the island of Kyushu, a record price for the second year in a row. The happy buyer, a large shop in Fukuoka, is offering the fruit at a cut price to it’s clients, at ¥210,000. These.....

India: Closure of Bangladesh market worries mango growers
Mango hotspot Malda is expecting exceptionally high level of production this year. But the delight comes riding a major worry for post harvest stage as export option to Bangladesh is practically closed now.West Bengal's Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia, all these three districts put together is considered as the.....

US (CA): Nominations sought for California Kiwifruit Committee
The California Kiwifruit Administrative Committee will conduct its annual election of kiwifruit growers to serve as members and alternates for a two-year term from August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2017. Nominations are being sought from the three districts in California, encompassing all of the production.....


Colombia: Rot affects avocado in coastal area
The General Management of the Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, ordered the implementation of measures to mitigate the radical rot that is affecting avocado in several municipalities in the region of Montes de Maria.These measures were taken after the ICA implemented the 03496 resolution of October.....

US: June is Mango Month
When June rolls around this year, be prepared to observe Mango Month with style. Fresh mango delivers both flavor and nutrition, qualities restaurant patrons appreciate, while mixing easily with savory, sweet and spicy ingredients. And Fresh mango is plentiful, especially during the summer months. “Fresh.....

Promotion to bring avocado to breakfast table
For the third year the California Avocado Commission (CAC) is promoting the use of California avocados at breakfast. Supported by public relations, online and social media outreach, the program also includes point-of-sale material for retailers.To celebrate the start of California avocado season, CAC will.....

Region of Valencia
Spain: Castellon switching from citrus to tropical crops
Castellon's agriculture is making the switch to new crops. The lack of profitability of the citrus industry has led to the replacement of many traditional orchards of traditional varieties in search of new niches. "Some are planting late varieties, such as the Nadorcott or Orri," says Guillermo Edo, manager.....

Artificial ripening of mangoes banned
The Food Safety Commissioner has issued a notification prohibiting the artificial ripening of mangoes using Calcium Carbide or other chemicals across the state.The prohibition of selling, stocking, displaying or transporting artificially ripened mangoes from other states is as per Food Safety Standard.....

Japan: Mangoes sell for Y300,000 at auction
A deep pocketed Japanese department store shelled out 300,000 yen Monday for a pair of mangoes, a record price for the second year in a row.After the hammer fell at an auction in Miyazaki, the successful bidder airlifted the fruit to its luxury store in Fukuoka, where they went on sale at a bargain 210,000.....

Rains beneficial for lychee growers
While farmers in most northern parts of the country have cursed the unseasonal rains, lychee growers of the state have expressed emotions otherwise. Intermittent rains will prove beneficial for these fruit-bearing trees."The rains have been advantageous for the lychee trees because their roots will absorb.....


Argentina: Is dried pineapple as healthy as fresh?
The research conducted by Valeria Soledad Montiglioni is aimed at providing a new healthy food option for all the year via the osmotic dehydration of pineapples and the creation of a simple method to quantify the presence of bromelain in dried pineapples and those in syrup.The report assesses the changes.....

Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on fresh coconut exports
Sri Lanka is lifting a 4-month temporary ban imposed on raw coconut exports from May 1, to maintain the country’s foreign market share, a top official of the Coconut Development Authority (CDA) told Business Times.The recent ban was enforced from January 15 to April 31. The CDA has been imposing a ban on the.....

China increases imports from Cambodia
China will increase its agricultural imports from Cambodia to include bananas, mango and soybeans, having already signed a food safety and health protocol for the import of corn last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Agriculture Minister Ouk Rabun, speaking at an annual.....


Nigerian white star apple potential
Farmers in Nigeria have asked agri-industries to develop the potential of the white star apple, a variety of African caimito (Chrysophyllum albidum), in the food and drink sector. This fruit which could be used for it's flavour is often wasted during high season. Producer, Semiu Ijadunola, explains that the.....

Zambia: New equipment to boost pineapple production
The Kitwe local government in Zambia has procured ultra-modern equipment to be installed in research institutions across the country to facilitate for advanced scientific experiments.Deputy Minister of Education Sydney Mushanga said it is important for research institutes to be equipped with modern equipment.....

National Mango Board
Webinar for mango retailers, importers
The National Mango Board (NMB) will be hosting a free Mango Quality Webinar on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 3 p.m. EDT with discussion on proper mango temperature management with Dr. Jeffrey Brecht from the University of Florida, and insights on how the mango category is growing at retail level with NMB’s Retail.....

Construction of a pineapple processing factory in Cameroon
A cooperative of young people, with support from the State thanks to the Agropole programme, have launched into industrial pineapple farming 15 kilometres outside Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. They are building a factory in which they will process their pineapple production. The vast 100 ha domain is.....

Tulare Co. crop report for week ending 4 April
Nuts, and grapes:Late stone fruit varieties are finishing blooming and setting fruit. Almond bloom is completed. Grapevines are leafing out. Mechanical and chemical weed control continues in fruit tree orchards and vineyards. Both orchards and vineyards are being irrigated. Kiwifruit continue to be shipped.....

US (CA): Avocado farms run dry
Even though California Governor Jerry Brown isn’t mandating the agricultural sector to cut back water usage, the lack of rain is forcing some growers to put their farms up for sale.Real estate agents with Re/Max Parkside Realtors say they’ve listed more and more farms in the past year because of the.....


Mario de Goede, Coolfresh:
"Low availability of pineapple resulting in good prices"
Pineapple prices have been at a good level all year. "The supply has been limited since the second week of January until now. Due to the bad weather in Costa Rica there is little pineapple available," says Mario de Goede of Coolfresh International. "I don't expect large numbers until May/June."The prices.....

US: Mango imports strong
With mango imports from Peru wrapping up last month, shipments of mangos from Mexico have continued at a steady clip.“Volumes from Mexico are a lot higher than what they were at this time last year,” said Gary Clevenger of Freska Produce International. By the end of March, Mexican mango imports had reached.....