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Sundargarh, India

Smell of jackfruits attracts elephants

An abundance of jackfruit has become something of a liability for the villagers in far-off areas of the Sundargarh district, as the aroma of the fruit is attracting elephants. "This time, mango, tamarind and mahua production has been lower; only the jackfruit witnessed a bumper harvest. You can see truckloads.....

Sindh Mango Growers and Exporters

European market gets a taste of Pakistani mangoes

Veteran mango grower Ghulam Sarwar Abro sees the introduction and implementation of modern farming techniques in mango orchards as crucial. Like-minded mango growers, after adopting modern agricultural practices, have begun exporting mangoes to countries such as Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Canada and Saudi.....

Logiztik Alliance

“First export ever from Ecuador to Iceland”

“This first export was a trial shipment for a large grocery chain in Iceland. The first export contained 23kg, which means about 50 pieces of fruit. However, we hope to start a regular export route. One of our top fruit exporters had direct contact with potential clients in Iceland, and asked us to help them.....

SCAAP

French Minister on the move in the Hayward kiwi orchards

On Friday 8 June, the French Minister of Agriculture and Food, Mr Stéphane Travert, made a visit to the south west of the country. He took advantage of the opportunity to pass by the approved organic farm of one of SCAAP's kiwi-growing members, Laurent Betbeder. The Minister highlighted the importance of the.....

Ghana: Market share for pineapples drops from 10% to 3%

The Ghana Business Development Review report 2018 has revealed that the country’s share of the International Pineapple Export Market has declined sharply from 10 percent in 2004 to 3 percent in 2014. According to the report published by the University Of Ghana Business School (UGBS), gains from pineapple.....

High demand for coconuts in the Northeast US

Summer is bringing on a hike in the demand for coconuts in the US. Consumers are demonstrating a preference for the fruit during the warmer months, when suppliers say the green, or water, coconuts are more intensely sought after for drinking the refreshing juice."Although we supply coconuts year round, there.....

Guava growers in Mexico optimistic as crops recover

Guava production in the Mexican growing regions is moving along well, as growers report generally good conditions in the growing regions. Supplies are down compared with the average, due to frost damage to trees last year. However, growers are optimistic as so far this season, there has been only positive news.....

Italy: Future prospects for tropical fruit

VIDEOCREA-OFA in Acireale have organised a seminar to discuss the future prospects for tropical and subtropical fruit in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment of the University of Catania and Acireale's Lions Club.Standing: Paolo Rapisarda, Director of CREA - OFA"We focus.....

Zespri announces new partnership with CMA CGM

PHOTO REPORTZespri kiwis will no longer be transported to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge in refrigerated vessels. From the start of this year's kiwi season in New Zealand, these fruits will be brought in by containers. Last week, Zespri celebrated this new partnership with French container transportation and shipping.....

PTT provides space for Thai farmers to sell pineapples

Thailand's state-owned PTT Public Company Limited is assisting pineapple growers who suffer from low prices by allowing farmers to sell pineapples at gas stations, free of charge. Gas station owners are encouraged to purchase pineapples from farmers and distribute them to customers. PTT has also coordinated.....

Cayman Islands: Mango season perhaps ‘worst ever’

If the fruit vendors at the Hamlin Stephenson Market in George Town are to be believed, the first wave of this year’s mango crop has been dismal due to an early heat wave. Jackson Collins: “Because of the jolt, most of the blossoms burned off.”According to the market’s owner, Hamlin Stephenson, heat was not.....

China improves conditions for the export of the Italian kiwifruit

ICE (aGovernmental Organization promoting the internationalization of Italian companies) has played a major role in coordinating negotiations between the Italian and Chinese markets. Following the approval of the Ministry of Economic Development, as part of a special loan intended to facilitate and encourage.....

China: Chengdu's kiwifruit exported to European Markets

"Last year, our citrus was affected by severe weather and pest diseases. However, thanks to the good weather this year, the trees have many fruits and the crops are growing well," said Ms. Liu Min from Sichuan Kangyuan Agricultural Products."Grapes and pears entered the market in the early June. The production.....

Portugal: Passionfruit from the Azores for local markets

“In general we offer fruit from April to September, except for bananas which we have available all year round. However, this year seems to be different. We are losing some production due to the lack of rain. We usually have rain during the spring, but we are without rainfall since March. This means less.....

USDA report

Italian Kiwifruit Overview 2017

Italy is a world leading kiwifruit producer. Lazio, Piemonte, Emilia Romagna, Calabria, and Veneto are the main kiwi-producing areas, accounting for approximately 31, 18, 15, 11 and 10 percent of national production, respectively. The Hayward is the chief green cultivar, followed by increasing yellow varieties.....

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Make all your avocado dreams come true

The avocado has really captured millennial hearts, while keeping those hearts healthy thanks to monounsaturated oleic acid. Avocados can level-up your toast, infuse your smoothies with protein and satisfying texture, and serve as the central component of the most perfect appetizer on the planet, guacamole.But.....

Coconuts can be sliced like melons, thanks to Fruttital Service

Coconuts are definitely healthy thanks to their therapeutic properties, but they are not very easy to eat by final consumers. This is why Fruttital Service has come up with an innovative solution.The project is called "Ready to Eat&Drink": it's a pre-shelled coconut with water still inside the fruit to.....

North Island Māori secure record slice of kiwifruit market

Three North Island Iwi-based entities have successfully purchased one of New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit portfolios.Te Arawa Group Holdings (Rotorua); Rotoma No 1 Incorporation (Rotorua), and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings (Whakatane) today announced they are the new owners of Matai Pacific’s vast kiwifruit.....

Rising avocado prices - spike in thefts across New Zealand

Due to rising avocado prices, there has been an increase in the amount of thefts in New Zealand. Orchardists are doing all they can to prevent people from stealing their fruit. According to the New Zealand Avocado Growers Association, harvest volumes this month were down to around half that for the previous.....

Investors eye Costa farms

Investment fund managers are anticipating horticulture’s Costa family to list its farming properties in a $285 million real estate investment trust. The farms supply the Australian Securities Exchange-listed Costa Group with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mandarins and oranges and are valued at about.....

Wanbang Market: Star fruit has small quantities and high prices

Last week, the price of carambola, or star fruit, on the Wanbang market rose. The main reasons for the increase, compared to that of last week, are: firstly, there are fewer cultivation bases. China's carambola mainly comes from Hainan, Fujian and Shandong. Now, the carambola mainly comes from Guangdong. The.....

Mekong River Delta

Vietnam: UNIDO promotes post-harvest excellence for mangoes

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People’s Committee of the Dong Thap province invited over 120 high-level participants from the public and private sector to discuss opportunities to strengthen the mango.....

Nature’s Pride launches avocado campaign ‘Yes, I Do’

They've never been so popular, so it's time to personally get to know the avocado. That was why Nature's Pride has developed the 'Yes, I do' avocado campaign for the EAT ME brand. Although avocados are popular, there are still many people who don’t eat them yet! And this fruit is just so versatile and healthy......

2018 Qifeng Kiwi Fruit Industry National Retailers Summit Meeting

The 2018 Qifeng Kiwi Fruit Industry National Retailers Summit Meeting convened in Mei County from June 22nd to June 25th. The summit meeting gathered retailers and large names in the fruit industry from more than 60 countries. They discussed the development and future of China's fruit industry. Last year's.....

China: "Stable retail conditions for Hainan dragon fruit"

"Red Heart dragon fruit is a rare kind of dragon fruit that contains a special component - anthocyanin. The red dragon fruit is also sweeter than regular dragon fruit. Hainan is particularly favored with sunshine, moist air, and fertile soil. These elements create the perfect conditions for growing Red Heart.....

China: First jujubes enter the market in Hangzhou

The first harvest of jujubes recently entered the market in Hangzhou. Based on previous years, it is safe to say that jujubes are a seasonal autumn fruit. They normally enter the market in July or August at the earliest. This year jujubes entered the market much earlier. The jujubes currently on the market.....

US sees first imports of yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador

Florida-based Freshway Produce has begun importing yellow dragon fruit from Ecuador for the US market. Yellow dragon fruit grow in the tropical regions of Ecuador and have two peak seasons throughout the year. One of them has just peaked and supplies are expected to be good for the next few weeks."We have just.....

Chilean kiwi arrivals up for US East Coast, down for the West

Overall arrivals of kiwifruit from Chile are down slightly this year. Compared with the long term average, however, there has been an increase to the East Coast, with the West Coast seeing a drop in volume. Weather has been a factor in the slight decrease in volume."We've seen decent volume arriving to the.....

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort&Koning:

"Usually a little less demand for papaya in the summer"

"The strikes in Brazil have really disrupted the supply of papaya. There are no 'plane papayas', and the papayas that came by ship sell quickly. This means the supply needs to get going again soon", Leon van den Hombergh, Dutch wholesaler, Frankort&Koning's, Commerical Director says. "The consumption of.....

Sweden grows more than 300 chilli varieties

Chillipeppershave been grown in Sweden since the 18th century.Kerstin Rosengren has been specialising in cultivating this exotic fruit for twelve years. "I saw a photo of the Black Scorpion Tongue (Capsicum Annuum) and thought - I want to grow this", she says.Kerstin began her love affair with chillies by.....

Quality keeps pace with volumes and signs for next year’s follow-on crop look positive

South Africa: Strong avocado season surpasses early estimates

“Even farmers themselves underestimated how strong the avocado season would be,” an avocado extension officer says. “They underestimated the volumes by about 30%. In fact, there is so much fruit that in some of the low-lying, colder areas where Hass can suffer cold damage it was difficult to get everything off.....

Aiding pineapple farmers

Thai governor helps sell vast quantity of fruit

Chaiyaphum pineapple farmers, who saw the price of their fruit plunge to just Bt1 (€0.03) per kilogram at canning factories, were overjoyed on Sunday as the 17 tonnes of produce they had planned to sell at Nakhon Ratchasima's Thao Suranaree Monument Plaza, sold out within an hour.Nakhon Ratchasima governor.....

India: Shahi litchi from Bihar may soon have GI tag

India’s Shahi litchi, grown extensively in many north Bihar districts, may soon be bestowed with the Geographical Indications (GI) tag. The details of the fruit have been advertised in the Geographical Indications Journal, no107 of June 5, 2018.Three other agricultural products of Bihar -Bhagalpur’s Jardalu.....

Fresh ginger price increases

"In the last 25 years the ginger price fluctuations commonly last 4-5 years. The combination of this historical pattern and the increased production volume this season means that the fresh ginger price is currently in the later stage of a period of price increases." This is according to an online analyst of.....

Andhra Pradesh

Indian mango season about to end but still no demand

A huge rush of buyers for fruit markets in the city around this time - the end of the mango season - should be a regular sight, but this year there is no such thing. The main reason is the cost of mangoes, which is double that which prevailed last year. A kilo of the ‘king of fruit’ is being sold in the city.....

Vietnam Airlines to serve fresh litchis

Fresh litchis are currently in season in northern Vietnam. As a treat, they are being served to business-class and premium-class passengers on Vietnam Airlines’ international and domestic flights departing from Hanoi.A representative from the airline said that this is part of the company’s efforts to introduce.....

The Indian gooseberry

India: Beauty benefits of Amla

While many people know the health benefits of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice, not many are aware of its use in beauty treatments. This fruit abundantly available in India, helps to tone and tighten your skin, make your hair shiny and dandruff- free. Here is how this versatile fruit can helps you to remain.....

China: Lychee prices collapse

June is the ideal time for lychees to enter the market. Since the weather in all the main cultivation areas was ideal last year, nearly all varieties of lychees have enjoyed a bumper harvest this year. The temperaturealso remained high during the lychee's flowering season and the production period in Guangxi.....

French marketer starts the season mid-August

Mini-kiwi 'Nergi' soon to return to German shelves

The mini-kiwi ‘Nergi’ is a real vitamin bomb. From mid-August, the trendy fruit in mini-format will again be present on the fruit shelves. As a vitamin-rich snack "to go", it finds its place at the berries or convenience counters, according to French exporter Sofruileg. In-between snackWith its edible, smooth.....

Protecting Australia’s beloved avocados

Researchers are working with the Australian avocado industry to safeguard one of nation’s favourite fruits for years to come.Funded by Hort Innovation – and being delivered by the University of Queensland State-Government-supported research institute, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.....

Bengal

India: Mango Utsav-event 2018

Bengal Mango Utsav 2018, held at the Newtown Mela Ground, was organized by the Department of Food Processing Industries and horticulture of the government of West Bengal, in association with the Indian Chamber of Commerce. The three-day exhibition show many varieties of mangoes from different districts of.....

Frank Ocampo, Hagé International:

"Pineapples difficult to sell on free market"

Day trading with pineapples is a matter of survival at the moment. "The volumes remain good. However, large sales outside of regular programmes are still lagging far behind. This has resulted in prices of between EUR5 and 6", says Frank Ocampo van Hagé International.It is very hard to predict how the market.....

Red dragon fruit from Nicaragua two weeks away

Grown with care in Nicaragua, the red dragon fruit is two weeks away from its high-volume launch in July, and will be available through November.“Our grower continues to focus on the best, most flavorful varieties of red dragon fruit and we are expecting excellent volume this season,” said Allen DeMo, director.....

Mexico signals interest in supplying Australasia:

AVOCO urges grower caution

Early moves by Mexico’s avocado producers to enter the Australasian market is a timely reminder about the benefits of supporting market development in Asia, says AVOCO.While success by Mexico to gain avocado market access to Australia and New Zealand is far from guaranteed, the company says it has a watchful.....

The Netherlands re-export figs to Scandinavia

While the harvesting of fioroni figs is later in Ruvo di Puglia (late June-early July), operations started a week ago in Molfetta and Giovinazzo. "It's because they are closer to the sea. We're processing around 10 tons of produce a day, 65-70% of which is destined abroad," explain Cantatore Fruit Company.....

Import ban, weather, fuel prices and Eid break make fruits dearer

The cumulative effect of rising fuel prices, the weather, the Eid holidays and a ban on imports from China on some fruits is threatening to shrink the platter during this year’s Jamai Sasthi celebrations.According to nyoooz.com, buyers are sweating over the hike in fruit prices, that have jumped by at least.....

Mexico, Peru and Chile moving in

New Zealand: Exclusive avocado access to Australia under threat

Mexico, Peru and Chile are large scale exporters of avocados. They have set their sights on selling into the Australian market, threatening New Zealand's exclusive access to this lucrative market. Australia is New Zealand's number one market for avocados, worth $88 million in sales in the 2017-18 year. Total.....

Europe should look to Croatia for sourcing exotic fruits

"When I was first contacted by a grower in Croatia, offering me kiwano and some other lesser known exotic fruits, I thought he was joking. However, once I started doing some research and found out that they were already being sold to the Netherlands, I became really excited and wanted to be a part of the.....

Lychee growers in Florida feeling effects from weather events

The short Florida lychee season is almost over for the year, as the last varieties are being picked off the trees and sent to market. Damage from Hurricane Irma last year, along with cool winter temps has meant numbers are down this year compared with previous years. Some growers had a good crop, while others.....

Malaysian Ministry optimistic of exporting Musang King to China

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry expects to receive the approval for fresh whole fruit ‘Musang King’ durian exports to China next year. The ministry’s deputy secretary-general Datuk Mohd Salehhuddin Hassan said negotiations with the Chinese government on Musang King exports was positive:.....

Taiwan

Academics and Hiwin Corp extend lychee shelf life to 30 days

Taiwanese academics and Hiwin Technologies Corp have developed a new technique to extend the shelf life of lychees to 30 days. Lychees exported to Japan and South Korea previously underwent vapor treatment to eliminate pests, but this darkened and dried the fruit’s skin and made it less attractive,.....

Review of Bell Pepper Event:

What does the future hold for bell peppers?

The second edition of the Syngenta Bell Pepper Event was held last week. Entitled "What does the future hold for Bell Peppers", it was held at the ADO The Hague Stadium, in the Netherlands. The first edition of this conference was a resounding success.Four speakers provided a varied programme. There were talks.....

Italy: Black figs appreciated on foreign markets

"The black fig campaign started over a week ago, earlier than last year. The fruit is doing well on the Dutch, British and French markets thanks to its excellent flavour, thicker peel and longer shelf-life," explains Gaetano Modugno, manager of Evergreen."Current prices hover around €2.50/kg and are rather.....

Records smashed: Avocado prices in New Zealand hit all-time high

New Zealand avocado lovers shall have to dig deeper into their pockets for their favourite brunch as the price of the fruit hit record highs last month. The average price for a 200 gr avocado reached NZ $5.06 (€3.04) last month, the highest price for avocados in the country since records began, up 37% from.....

Minister Shaw:

Jamaica looks to aquaculture and mango exports as big earners

Audley Shaw, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, says Jamaica’s aquaculture sector and the export of mangoes could both be significant foreign exchange earners. He wants both to be developed to their full economic potential.Shaw outlined his ambitious plans for both sectors while.....

Thailand may strike back at Indonesian fruit ban

Thailand is considering retaliatory measures against Indonesia after the latter banned imports of Thai longan and durian during harvest seasons. Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said authorities are studying the impact and proper retaliatory measures against Indonesia, which introduced the ban on.....

US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

APHIS Proposal: Allow imports of avocado fruit from Ecuador

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to allow imports of fresh avocado fruit from continental Ecuador into the continental United States. After a thorough review, APHIS scientists determined the fruit can be safely imported under a systems approach to.....

Turkey: Extra measures taken to improve the quality of figs in Aydin

Fig production is one of the main sources of income for Aydin, a city located in southwestern Turkey. Currently the city’s Food, Agriculture and Breeding Directorate is starting to take extra measures to maintain and improve the quality of the products.Aydin is responsible for 62 % of the fig production in.....

Dominican Republic breadfruit in the US sees even volume

Supplies of breadfruit from the Dominican Republic are strong right now. “We are getting a lot of breadfruit from the south part of the Dominican Republic and the North is about to begin its production,” says Jefferson Rodriguez of Doral, Fl.-based JK Tropicals. He adds that there are three main regions in the.....

Zespri red kiwifruit two years from commercial introduction

According to Zespri, the world is waiting for a good red kiwifruit. And surely, the national exporter hopes to deliver just that, in a couple of years. Visitors to the Zespri site can already sample the attractive red fruit, but it's taking time to fine-tune its commercial introduction, and to make the fruit.....