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Students can now apply for Zespri scholarships

Secondary school students who are heading into tertiary studies and planning to work in the kiwifruit industry have been encouraged to apply for Zespri's horticultural scholarships, which are now open.Georgia Cook and Libby Bradley (pictured) were each awarded with Zespri scholarships worth up to $15,000......

The achacha enters international market with force

The achacha, an exotic fruit of Amazonian origin produced in Guatemala, has started to be exported this year to countries around the world. It is an innovative export, as no other country had previously managed to introduce this product in the international market.The Guatemalan company Prime Tropics has been.....

"The Maluma is the only cultivar capable of competing with Hass" - Dr André Ernst, Allesbeste Boerdery

Maluma commercialisation imminent in Chile & Israel with trials in the USA

The Maluma avocado, commercially launched in 2007, is an alternative to Hass in areas where Hass struggles with its size count distribution. The Maluma, a chance selection originating in the Levubu area of Limpopo Province, thrives under hot conditions. It is currently commercially cultivated in South Africa,.....

Bernard Breman:

“Ready for start of kiwi berry season despite frost damage”

Kiwi berries and tayberries, these aren’t the most obvious cultivations chosen by Bernard Breman when he switched careers and started growing fruit in 2010. “Of course I could’ve started growing apples or pears, but there are already so many of those. I wanted to do something different. That’s why I started.....

China: Fresh winter dates hit the market with low prices

The autumn feels like it has already started, but we still have to wait about two more months for the real autumn to begin. Although watermelons, grapes and other summer season fruits are still selling well on the fruit markets, the season for winter dates has also commenced on the markets. At the moment, the.....

20 Years of BioTropic - Organic for one World

It's BioTropic's birthday: 20 years ago, the first sea container arrived in Duisburg - filled to the brim with organic bananas from the Dominican Republic.Shortly after, bio fruits and veggies from all over the world followed. Apples, avocados, mangoes, lemons and many others. The supply of organic fruits from.....

China: Price reduction for imported durian fruits

A signing ceremony was held recently at the Malaysian embassy in the Zimao experimental zone of Shuangliu in Chengdu. Several agreements were ratified to use the Shuangliu's Zengbao area to develop a centre for international market commodities. For this purpose, a Malaysian embassy will be built with a surface.....

Azerbaijan creates association to increase persimmon exports

To support and expand the persimmon production in Azerbaijan, the Association of Persimmon Producers and Exporters was created upon the initiative of local entrepreneurs.The main task of the Association, supported by the Economy Ministry, is to increase production of competitive and export-oriented products.....

Pujiang producers await cautiously

China: Mixed outlook for country's major kiwifruit production region

"From what I know, total kiwifruit production area in China has been growing in the past years, and this year has not been different. Kiwifruit production quantity and quality have been influenced by frequent extreme weather, but in general the production quantity is still growing. This is mainly because of.....

Argentina promotes yacon cultivation

Yacon is an Andean root with multiple benefits that make it a suitable food for diabetics.In Argentina, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) Salta and the cooperative El Sol are evaluating its productive potential and alternatives for its use, as it has already been included in the Codex.....

Newly emerging kiwifruit productions areas

China: "Upcoming Northern kiwifruit fills market gaps"

"The difference in climate between northern and southern China is rather large. That is why the kiwi characteristics and harvest time are also different. In the past few years, apart from kiwifruit from the five largest production areas in the south and middle of China, which are as Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hunan,.....

David Franco, of G. Paloma: "We are betting on the red varieties"

Great varietal conversion to build reputation in pomegranate market

In less than three weeks, and about ten days ahead of last year,the pomegranate campaign will start for the Murcia-based company Grupo Paloma, with good yields, quality and calibres, given that the climatic conditions have been very favourable for this crop. This family's bet on pomegranates is exponential and.....

Peruvian pomegranate exports on the rise

The Peruvian pomegranate season ended with a growth in the volume of exports, which reached about 24 thousand metric tonnes.For the vice-president of ProGranada, although this increase was not "exponential," it shows an upward trend for this crop that is still developing, while supply and demand remain at.....

Australian red limes take the European market by storm

The first Australian limes arrived at Torres Tropical Fresh a couple of weeks ago. What's special about these limes is the red colour. "It's a cross between the well known Australian finger limes and the Burmese Rangpur lime," says Marcel van Rooijen. "Customers think it's great because they really have.....

Peru: ExpoAmazonica 2017 promotes demand for exotic fruits from the Amazon

According to Luis Torres, the head of Promperu's Exports, the ExpoAmazonica 2017 fair, which was held in the San Martin region, boosted demand for exotic fruits from the Amazon, both by international and domestic buyers."ExpoAmazonica 2017 was a springboard for the exotic fruits of the Amazon region. We are.....

New Zealand First:

"National and MPI need to up their biosecurity game"

Given their recent poor record the Government and Ministry for Primary Industries need to up their game with another biosecurity threat looming, says New Zealand First.“The tree fungus Rapid Ohia Death that has devastated forests in Hawaii has now been detected in Tahiti, and it is only a matter of time before.....

The pomegranate export season has begun

The extreme heat experienced earlier in the season has meant that the Israeli exporter, Arava Export Growers, had to wait two weeks before they could start exporting their first container of pomegranates. According to Omer Kamp, they had to wait for the brix level, which was affected by the adverse weather.....

Expo Amazonica 2017 drives demand for exotic fruits in Peru

Expo Amazonica 2017 shot up exotic fruits demand from domestic and foreign buyers, Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) Manager Luis Torres affirmed. The event took place simultaneously in Tarapoto and Moyobamba cities (both in San Martin region) on August 10-13. In this sense, the fair served as.....

NZ acquifier recharge could boost regional horticulture by $27m

More kiwifruit and other high-value crops could cover the Poverty Bay Flats if a recharge of the Makauri aquifer proves successful, bringing in a bounty for the horticulture and fruit-growing sectors.Economic modelling suggests a 30 percent increase in irrigated land would boost the sector by 122 percent ($27.....

Spain: Toledo's fig production drops due to heat

The oil and fruit cooperative of Cebolla, a town in the province of Toledo close to Talavera de la Reina, is now fully involved in the fig harvest, with more than 20 tonnes of the fruit harvested every day.As explained to Efe by the manager of the cooperative, Diego Fernández, they have reached 25,000 kilos.....

China: Peruvian avocados arrive at Shenzhen port for the first time

On August 5, a batch of Peruvian avocados worth 59,000 US dollars arrived at Shenzhen port. It consisted of 5,280 boxes of avocados weighting 21.12 tons. This was the first time Peruvian avocados have been imported via the Shenzhen port. Source: Shenzhen Enter-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau

NZ green kiwifruit orchard sells for record price

A green kiwifruit orchard has fetched what is believed to be a record price of $500,000 per canopy hectare.The unpruned and untied 3.6 canopy hectare orchard at 104 Casuarina Drive in Te Puke, New Zealand sold at auction for $1.8 million after a three-way bidding war on Wednesday.The 5.7ha block of land came.....

NZ: New investment to maximise kiwifruit sales in Australia

New Zealand’s largest supplier of green kiwifruit into the Australian market is investing heavily in customer support this season and now has a dedicated sales team in almost every state. NutriKiwi, who control half of all green kiwifruit available to be shipped across the Tasman, now have people on the ground.....

Portugal: Kiwiberries, the future of fruit snacks

The concept of food for snacking has developed a lot in recent years, and in addition to mini vegetables, there are now also mini fruits; more specifically, the kiwiberries. "Although kiwiberries are related to kiwifruit, there are two fundamental differences: their size, and the possibility of eating them.....

More Peruvian avocados despite El Nino

Peru's coastal areas were plagued by floods at the beginning of the year, due to El Nino. This weather phenomenon also delayed the country's avocado harvest. An increased areal, which keeps expanding, ensured a growth in this product's volume. This meant that there was a normal production peak between April.....

China: "Guilin passion fruit crop hit by rains"

"This year, the production season of Guilin passion fruits was delayed by one month, and started at the end of July. It will end around February next year. The peak period is between the end of September and the middle of November," according to Mr. Li Xuan from Guilin Wanhea Agricultural Produce Co Ltd."This.....

Interest from across Africa in Amorentia Sweet Dragon Fruit Marketing Company cultivars

Sweet dragon fruit cultivars introduced to boost South African production

The South African dragon fruit industry is very young and has until now been based on mainly seedling cultivars that didn’t perform equally well across different climatic regions, often resulting in bland fruit and disappointment on the part of the adventurous consumer who pays a premium for this attractive.....

Tunisian date exports rise by 19%

From October 1, 2016 to August 7, 2017, Tunisia exported 103,000 tons of dates valued at 530.3 million dinars ($220 million). This was disclosed in a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, released yesterday.Proceeds of the exports over the period reviewed were 19% more than.....

Zespri takes first place at PMA’s Foodservice lunch competition

Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit took home the win at the annual Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference Strolling Lunch Competition held in Monterey, California on July 29th. Domenica Catelli, a renowned chef featured on the Food Network and owner of Catelli’s Restaurant in Sonoma County, California,.....

Mexico: Rambutan is an alternative in Tabasco

Tabasco has a new crop that is already creating profits for producers of the region of La Sierra. This crop is the rambutan, a red, sweet, medicinal fruit that, up until now, isn't affected by any pest. According to Sagarpa, this crop will be a success in the Tabasco countryside.The rambutan has become a new.....

Philippines: Ag dept to suspend 55 garlic importers

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has said he will order a temporary ban on the 55 garlic importers who were named by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as having links to the garlic cartel operating in the country.At a hearing, Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate committee on agriculture and food,.....

French figs arrive early

Figs usually go on sale in France around August 20, but this year’s heat has brought the harvest in early. August, September and October are when figs come into full bloom.France produces 4000 tonnes annually of the versatile fruit, which thrives in the Mediterranean region where 90% of global output is.....

California’s San Joaquin Valley

Giumarra partners with largest domestic persimmon grower

The Giumarra Companies is pleased to announce it will be working with MPG, Inc. to market persimmons beginning in late August. “We are very honored to be working with Giumarra to bring our persimmons to market through their extensive marketing and sales network,” says Vannak Thol, head of operations for MPG......

Zespri wins top award for US trade

Zespri won the Supreme Award as well as Exporter of the Year at the AmCham-DHL Awards in Auckland last night, recognising the investment made to grow kiwifruit sales across the United States.Zespri Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer says the company is growing strongly across North America, with most of this.....

It's not all gold for some New Zealand kiwifruit growers

Despite what people might believe, some kiwifruit growers are a long way from recovering from the 2010 Psa-V outbreak which devastated the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, Te Puke kiwifruit grower Alistair Reese said today.“It really concerns me that a lot of the commentary about the kiwifruit industry is.....

Popular in Northern provinces

China: Greenhouse dragon fruit production

"The main production sites for Chinese dragon fruit are located in the country's Southern provinces of Hainan, Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian. Dragon fruit can be divided into three kinds: red skin with white flesh, red skin with red flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Among those, the dragon fruit with red.....

Alion

Cyprus takes advantage of the growing appetite for okra

Okra has not always been a top of mind vegetable when strolling along the vegetable section of the supermarket. But demand for it has been growing around the world, and more specifically in Europe. People are learning to eat okras. According to Director Theodoros Zavou, “Alion deals with vegetables such as.....

Kiwi bacteriosis - increased virulence compared to 2010

Over the past few years, kiwi bacteriosis - caused byPseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) - generated significant economic losses for what concerns both yields and fruit quality.Pathologists from the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (Disafa) and the Centre for Agricultural and.....