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Exports of Nepalese ginger to India comes to a halt

The India Customs Office’s claims of the Nepali ginger being substandard has got the farmers of the Ilam and Panchthar districts worried. Hundreds of trucks loaded with ginger are stranded along the Nepal-India border. Some trucks have already started making their way back. Krishna Poudel of Biblyante, who is.....

Exporting avocados, walnuts and blueberries

Chilean parliamentarians visiting India

Chilean parliamentarians will be visiting India from February 5 to 9 and will be meeting several senior ministers and officials, including Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister for Women Empowerment Maneka Gandhi.Trade and investment, astronomy, women’s issues and technology will be the.....

Italy: Top Gold kiwis to become available soon

The new New Zealander golden kiwi variety called Top Gold "Always Sweeter" will become available in 2020. It will be commercialised exclusively by Top Gold srl, a business set up in 2014 by two Italian companies - Quaranta Frutta and Top Fresh - as well as by New Zealand company Y356 ltd, owner of the Top Gold.....

China: "Export price of fresh ginger to keep rising during Spring Festival"

"The export season of fresh ginger from the Anqiu area is in the middle of operations. Overall, the export market is stable, and both export volume and export prices show a slight increase in comparison with the same period last year. The Chinese Spring Festival will arrive in approximately three weeks......

Peru will strengthen the promotion of granadilla in Brazil

Peru wants to continue conquering new markets for its products. Under that premise, the country made its first shipment of granadilla to Brazil, thus formalizing the entry of this fruit to that country, stated the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).The first export of granadilla was made thanks.....

André Schaap, Farm Forte Europe:

“We’ll arrive strongly on the market with Nigerian sweet potatoes”

Nigeria has thousands of hectares of fertile agricultural land, but the West African country is unable to gain access to export markets. The country wasn’t present at global fairs such as Fruit Logistica in recent years, but that is now changing. Due to, among other things, a Dutch shareholder, the company.....

Objecting to last week's blanket avocado export ban

Kenyan avocado farmers move to court

Last week, a blanket ban was issued by the Kenyan Agriculture and Food Authority, forbidding the export of avocados due to shortages in the country. Now, two avocado farmers have filed an urgent case seeking to lift this ban.James Mwangi and Fredrick Munyua filed the case on Monday, arguing that the ban has.....

NZ temperatures continuing to rise

What are the sweltering Kiwis buying right now?

With January already gearing up to be the hottest month in New Zealand since 1908, Kiwis everywhere are doing what they can to stay cool. Supermarket chain Countdown has analysed their summer sales.And naturally, New Zealanders are reaching for bottled water to quench their thirst and stay hydrated. So far,.....

Hot jalapeños did not hide weed smell

Cannabis shipments intercepted in Texas

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who seized almost three tons of marijuana were not deceived by the spicy jalapeño peppers nor the freshness of another cargo, of cucumbers.Last week, U.S. agents performed a routine inspection of a cargo truck that transported jalapeño peppers through the World.....

Avocados smash records

Australia: Average avo price jumped 78%

Avocados and oranges are smashing records in domestic and export markets. In the vegetable industry, crops with increasing export market traction and likely price growth in the year ahead include asparagus, celery, broccoli and cauliflower, according to the research team of Rural Bank’s Ag Answers.Last year.....

Matthijs Ahsman, Frutos Tropicales Europe:

“By focusing on our export range we’re working on a broad customer range”

In March 2017, Matthijs Ahsman and Sam Gielen started FTE (Frutos Tropicales Europe) in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands. By doing so, they fulfilled a long-time wish. “In recent years, we’ve seen a change to more specialised companies on the market, and these work cost-efficiently and focus on just a few products......

Pineapple growing in New Zealand

Growing pineapples outdoors in New Zealand is limited to the winterless north and other warm, frost-free spots. However, planting in a glasshouse or growing as a houseplant is the next best thing. Pineapples are surprisingly small plants, as they are low-growing bromeliads with a spread of less than a metre in.....

South Africa: Avocado industry targeted by fruit thieves

People from the Lowveld region should not buy avocados from vendors during the period November-March, since no avocados are harvested locally during these months. Those for sale may be stolen from orchards. Crime syndicates have set their sights on the Lowveld’s avocados. The thefts are fast becoming more.....

Adam figs grown for local market

South Africa: Fig farmer in Northwest Province focuses on white figs

A dentist who decided to plant figs because they’re difficult to find, is now supplying figs to Woolworths’ inland stores and Stef Papendorf of Hillcrest Boerdery is still expanding on his 8ha of figs in the Magaliesberg Mountains, northwest of Johannesburg.Harvesting has commenced on his oldest Adam fig.....

Italy: Exporting citrus fruit and kiwis to China

The visit of the two Chinese inspectors to assess the cold treatment procedure before the shipment of kiwis and citrus fruit to facilitate exports to China has ended well.The visit was coordinated by CSO Italy with the support of ICE as part of a programme set up with the Ministry for Economic Development.....

Philippine beekeepers to boost Guimaras’ mango industry

Guimaras, an island province in the Philippines, is furthering its attempts to produce organic mangoes by increasing the number of bees as pollinators.Last Friday, Ramon P. Marañon, chairman of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council and himself a beekeeper, said that they would like to encourage mango.....

China: Spring Festival pushes up longan prices

The closer it gets to the Spring Festival, the higher are the prices of fruits and vegetables. The range of future prices also depends on the sales of different kinds of fruits. This week, the price of longan has increased compared to last week. The main reason is last week's snowy weather. Consumers preferred.....

"Frozen durian has huge potential on Chinese market"

"In recent years, imported durians have become more and more popular on the Chinese market, especially Thai durians. Because of the growth in demand, the durian production area in Thailand has been continuously increasing, and prices are rising constantly as well. Based on my observations, the Chinese price.....

Philippines: Growing Thai warty pumpkins

The popular warty pumpkins from Thailand might do well in the Philippines. They are reported to be high-yielding, resistant to diseases, and tasty. Dutch company East-West Seed developed two warty varieties called Prakaingern and Prakaithong. The Prakaithong is a prolific hybrid that produces highly uniform.....

Zespri study in the German market:

Innovative displays with kiwis enable increased sales

A study of kiwi world market leader Zespri’s position in the German market shows: The placing of kiwis in innovative displays enables significant sales increases. At the same time, it helps retailers to distinguish themselves. German consumers have become more demanding: food should not only be delicious, but.....

Spain: Cherimoya exports to the EU grow by almost 20%

Cherimoya exports to the European Union have increased by almost 20% so far this agricultural season. According to data from the Center for Technical Assistance and Inspection of Foreign Trade, a body of the Ministry of Economy, up until December 2017 - the last month of reference in the agricultural campaign,.....

Cecid flies again threaten the Philippines' mango farms

In the Philippines, the mango season is about to start again. However, the association of mango growers and the provincial government are again concerned that a Cecid fly infestation will ruin parts of this year’s crops.The Cecid fly typically attacks the mango fruit at night. When they lay their eggs, they.....

Refurbishment complete

Fijian Frespac ginger factory reopening

On Wednesday morning, Fiji’s assistant Minister for Agriculture, Viam Pillay, officially opened the refurbished factory for Frespac Ginger Fiji at Wailada.The Fiji Times quoted him saying: “Public private partnership is vital for the development of Fiji's ginger industry.” Furthermore, he said ginger was one.....

Wholesale importer Alfred Kammerer believes in the future of this product

Germany: “Ready-2-Eat Exotic fruits are up and coming”

In the exotics area, mangoes have been at the top for several years. Although on the supermarket shelves one mostly finds shipped Brazilian products, which still have to ripen. The specialized retailer prefers matured mangoes flown in from Peru. And according to Bavarian importer Alfred Kammerer of the.....

Chile: Kiwi industry prepares strategy to increase quality

The Chilean kiwi industry has been working since 2015 on various initiatives to achieve a a better fruit quality and condition to face the future changes in international markets, and in this specific industry worldwide. All this, through a consensus within the industry that will materialize into a Chilean.....

European Parliament praises Georgia’s implementation of Association Agreement reforms

Yesterday, the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade discussed the steps taken by Georgia on its reform commitments within the Association Agreement signed with the EU.The conclusion was that Georgia is successfully delivering on its commitments. The head of the Georgia-EU Association.....

Top produce items for the Year of the Dog

US imports for Chinese New Year in good supply

Chinese New Year is fast approaching: February 16th marks the Year of the Dog. Traditional staples and other items increasing in popularity are in good supply currently, shipping from Asia and Mexico.Chinese New Year is a major holiday celebrated worldwide. It’s a market that Andrea Dubak says Thomas Fresh.....

Seasonal avo gap sends prices skyhigh

Smashed avocado under strict rationing in Australian cafes

It is not uncommon for Australian cafes to ration their avocado servings. A gap in the harvest seasons caused avocado supplies to drop and prices to spike. The popular fruit is being sold for as much as $9 apiece in supermarkets.Head chef of Cairns cafe, Caffiend, Madeleine Crawford, said the cost of wholesale.....

Indian exports: Guavas could be the next big thing

Currently, guava fruit is gaining momentum in terms of cultivation in Sindh province. In Larkana, the guava hub of the province, the area under the cultivation has increased to 4,400 acres in this district alone. Cultivation of this winter fruit is also increasing in rice producing areas like Qambar, Dadu,.....

Nuzvid Banginapalli mango loses glory in India

The world famous Nuzvid Banginapalli and Chinna Rasalu mango varieties are losing their glory in India; production is declining in several areas of cultivation. The Krishna district is home to the Banginapalli variety, being the second largest mango producer in the country after Uttar Pradesh. However, it is.....

Increasing demand for organic juices in Poland

The Polish consumer has changed tremendously in the last few years. What used to be a traditional market, with a huge focus on cost, has now become a market similar to western Europe, with a focus on health and quality. Along with fruits and vegetables labelled as 'superfoods' more and more are also turning to.....

Mauricio Brotto from Brotto figs, Brazil

“Excluding Bordeaux mixture in fig production resulted in a growth in volumes”

“The fig season started in November and runs till June. We expect to have the same growth rate of last season of 25%-30%. This is the second seasons with a significant increase with good statistics. Like every season, we experience ups and downs. The export market is always very good in November and December,.....

Guido van Meggelen (JamboFresh):

"Later start of Kenyan avocado exports is a good thing"

Yesterday, it was announced that Kenya would only allow avocados to be exportedfrom February (for Fuerte) and March, for the Hass variety. Guido van Meggelen from JamboFresh, an import company based in Rotterdam, says this is a wise decision. "The avocados' oil content is often not yet up to standard in this.....

Predicting big hurricanes with mangoes and avocados?

Virgin Islands Senate President Myron Jackson and University of the Virgin Islands ecologist Olasee Davis both recently made a rather spectacular proposal. Jackson said he had suspected the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season would be particularly fierce, something he had intuiited from the abundance of.....

Investors sizing up the world's most controversial fruit

Asian durian craze starting?

Since the turn of this decade, Malaysia's durian exports to China have soared. From merely 40 tonnes in 2011, shipments of durians from Malaysia into China have skyrocketed to 368 tonnes worth US$ 4.34 million in 2016.The trade came about after China's then-premier Wen Jiabao visited Malaysia in 2011: he then.....

China: "Kiwifruit varieties become a decisive factor in progress of exports"

"China is a great country for kiwifruit. When it comes to production volumes China is among the world's leading countries, but it is far from the strongest. New Zealand has a production volume between 2 and 4 tons per 0.07 hectare, but China does not even come close, with a production volume of 1 ton per 0.07.....

Due to local shortage:

Kenya bans export of avocados

The Kenyan government has banned the export of avocados because of a severe shortage of the fruit in the country. Through the Directorate of Horticulture, Agriculture and Food Authority has now banned the export of the fruit that has become a favourite in many Kenyan dishes.The shortages have resulted in.....

Obese mothers often pass dietary impacts to offspring

Powerful antioxidant can possibly halt or prevent fatty liver disease

As obesity continues to rise in the U.S., non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a major public health issue, increasingly leading to cancer and liver transplants. Now, new research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has discovered that a powerful antioxidant found in kiwi.....

Rambutan, an exotic fruit with a growing presence in Europe

The rambutan production has increased in Guatemala, as new plantations are becoming productive. A volume of around 2,000 tonnes is expected, compared to the 1,500 tonnes that were harvested last year.The demand for exotic products is increasing both in the US and in Europe. Edilson Hernández, of the company.....

Queensland

Hort helps drive growth in ag sector Australia

By Growcom CEO Pat HannanAs the representative body for production horticulture, Growcom is thrilled that tomatoes and avocados have been identified as key drivers of agriculture sector growth in Queensland.The Queensland Government’s newly-released Queensland AgTrends report 2017-18 shows some promising.....

California kiwi fruit season turns from harvesting to packing

Kiwi fruit growers in California are finishing up the harvesting phase of their season as the focus now turns to packing and shipping. Although much of the region has experienced cold temperatures recently, growers say these did not affect the crop and they are happy with yields, which are close to.....

Cancer-fighting properties of avocado seeds

A team of researchers in South Texas have found new chemical compounds in avocados that could help treat cancer and other diseases. Dr. Debasish Bandyopadhyay and his research team at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley are collecting what is usually discarded: the outer layer of the avocado pit.Two.....

New Zealand: Pineapple invasion perplexes Papamoa

About a dozen pineapples washed up on the beach of Papamoa, a suburb of Tauranga, yesterday. Papamoa locals have been left scratching their heads. The tropical fruits were scattered along the shoreline near Karewa Parade.Local resident Chase Schiphorst told radionz.co how the pineapples spread across a 30m.....

South Africa: Prickly pear grower has big plans for the fruit

A prickly pear (cactus pear) grower north of Pretoria, whose cultivation has grown from a sideline to a strong business, has big plans for the fruit.Daan Boraine’s harvest at Prickly Business has been going well, although it has been a dry summer with some signs of water stress on younger cladodes (pads) and.....

Bangladesh jujube orchards profitable for farmers

Several varieties of jujube are proving to be a worthwhile crop in the Jessore District. Some 500 local farmers are benefiting from jujube cultivation, with their harvests being sold in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka and across the country.Popular varieties include apel, bau and the newly-developed Dhaka-90.....

NZ: Enzed Exotics sends off first sea shipment of Kiwano for 2018 season

Enzed Exotics says it will have an ample supply of high quality Kiwano this season to meet the growing demand for sustainably farmed exotic produce.The first sea container of fruit for the season departed the Enzed Exotics packhouse for the US on Jan 19th, with air freight expected to begin next week. Once in.....

"Still room for Durians on mainland Chinese market"

"The mainland Chinese market for imported fruit has been growing rapidly in recent years as a result of the higher income level of Chinese consumers and their continuously increasing demand for high-quality fruit. Year after year, the import volume shows growth. In comparison with European and American.....

Former air stewardess is now exporting durians

Malaysia's 'Musang Queen'

Former air stewardess Anna Teo nowadays is one of Malaysia's largest exporters of durians. Among her products is -of course- the popular Musang King variety with its deep yellow flesh.Apart from fresh durians, her company also exports durian puree and cakes to meet the growing demand for the king of fruits in.....

Kenya: Sasini ventures into macadamia and avocado production

Kenyan agriculture firm Sasini has started growing macadamia and avocados for export. This is part of a diversification plan meant to cushion the business from fluctuating coffee and tea earnings.Sasini, which primarily grows coffee and tea, has set aside 200 acres of its land to grow avocado in Nandi and.....

California Avocado Commission

2017 Avocado tracking study results

The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has utilized consumer tracking studies for more than 20 years to assess consumer preferences, attitudes and usage of the fruit. The 2017 Avocado Tracking Study, conducted online by Temra Wald Consulting, was completed by nearly 2,000 adult avocado purchasers. The sample.....

Afghan pomegranate trade flourishing

The pomegranate has always been an important harvest in Afghanistan, and production has revived over the last decade. In Kandahar, still a troubled province, farmers say pomegranates offer a viable alternate to opium poppies.Now, officials and farmers in Kandahar are celebrating both bumper crops and rising.....

Solar powered pumps let trees grow in Western Kenya

Since 2013, Kenyan Hakima Mohammed has sold at least 1.5 million seedling trees, mainly to local small-scale farmers, who are planting them as a way to boost their incomes from wood and fruit sales. This is particularly prudent in the face of recurring droughts that seriously damage crops.She has become a.....

Argentina: Good prospects for kiwi campaign

"The prospects for the next kiwi campaign in the south east of the province of Buenos Aires are excellent. The farms run by our company, Don Kiwi, have good volumes of fruit of a very good size compared to previous years. Although at the time of the pollination we had excessive rainfall, we didn't suffer any.....

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

"Hopefully 2018 will be a better year for avocados than 2017"

At the moment, the avocado market is reasonably good. "Prices for both Greenskins and Hass varieties are quite high and demand is stable. There is a sufficient quantity of mostly small-sized Pinkertons coming from Israel. Currently, Hass avocados are from Chile, Spain and Colombia. This year, Hass production.....

China: Walmart brings Taiwanese fruits to the mainland

Walmart China and the Taiwan's Pingtung Agricultural Association organized the 2018 Walmart Taiwanese Fruit Festival, which opened on January 12. Authentic Taiwanese fruits are being sold in more than 400 stores in mainland China and through the JD.com online platform. The first batch includes such fruits as.....