Jonathan Trusler – South African Kiwi Growers’ Association

South African kiwi industry gets organised ahead of growth

“It’s an exciting new crop in South Africa and it definitely has the ability to produce good returns, but we’re still learning a lot. It’s not an established industry, and there’s still risk that we’re learning to handle,” explains Jonathan Trusler, chair of the South African Kiwi Growers’ Association…

Drop in avo prices, but orchards in high demand

Fund manager Gunn Agri Partners is among the investors betting on a rebound in avocado prices in the coming years, after snapping up more than $15 million worth of orchards in…

"Over time South African farmers could outperform Israel"

A webinar hosted by the Israeli Trade Mission and the Israel Export Institute presented Israeli agricultural technology currently available and applicable to crop production…

“About 2,000kg of passion fruits are exported to the European market monthly"

Kenya produced horticultural crops valued at Sh13.6 billion last year, up from Sh8.6 billion the previous season, as more farmers invest in the sub-sector.Growers in Uasin…

Steadily increasing demand for Italian pomegranates

"Our pomegranates have been on the market for 10 days already, thanks to the early varieties Shany, Emek and Ako, which allow us to open the season well ahead of what is usually the case for these crops," said Dario De Lisi, commercial director of the Italian Masseria Fruttirossi in Apulia with a…

South Korean consumers' interest in expensive, unconventional fruit prompts farmers to switch crops

Expensive fruits, such as Shine Muscat grapes and apple mangos, are selling briskly in South Korea, prompting farmers to switch to these new crops. Shinsegae Department Store…

Chinese market price of kiwi fruit dropped by 40%-50% in two weeks

The overall surface areas devoted to the plantation of many different kinds of fruit have all been expanded in recent years, and their production volumes grow larger ever…

Nigerian growers attempt to grow avocados in new, water-saving and sustainable way

Although avocados are well-known for the large quantities of water they need to grow, Nigerian growers are now attempting to grow them in a new water-saving and sustainable way by using drip irrigation systems and recycling water. Click here to watch a video on the subject.

Xavier Equihua, CEO of WAO:

"The Spanish love avocados and they have become a staple food in the modern Spanish diet"

Avocado is a product with a growing presence in Andalusian fields. It has renewed the offer from the southern orchards and it's already being exported to dozens of countries…

China suspended imports of Vietnamese dragon fruit over Covid

China has suspended imports of dragon fruit from Vietnam, stating it found traces of the coronavirus. This amounts to a temporary halt to a $1 billion market, as Beijing…

Grand Mas Du Roy, Frédéric Chabert

“We want to sell the varieties with their typical colors, not just as simple pomegranates”

The season of the organic pomegranates is starting for Grand Mas du Roy, a producer from Arles specialized in organic agriculture. “This year is our first production of pomegranates. The first orchards were planted in 2018/19 with the varieties Acco, Wonderful and Mollar d’Elche. This year, the red…

Ava-Asaja and AEKAKI demand new, effective solutions against the pest

The "cotonet" has already caused 40 million Euro losses to persimmon sector in the Region of Valencia

The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (Ava-Asaja) and the Spanish Kaki Association (AEKAKI) have asked the Council of Agriculture to take measures, as "there is concern in the sector due to the uncontrolled spread of pests and diseases, especially the 'cotonet', due to the suppression of…

Australia: Northern Territory trials cyclone-proof tropical fruit

As Northern Territory traditional low-density horticulture production systems are highly susceptible to tropical cyclones, the damage inflicted by extreme weather has stopped…

Australian mango season launches early

Due to a strong flowering pre-season, the mango season is now officially underway and the popular fruit is hitting supermarket shelves across Australia. National distribution…

China: Mid-Autumn Festival stocking, ginger prices have risen for 4 consecutive days

After the price of ginger experienced a fluctuating decline last week, the Changyi production area took the lead to raise the price, followed by the Anqiu production area, and…

Big opportunities for South African kiwifruit

Agriculture has a vital role to play in SA’s economic reconstruction and recovery path after the Covid-19 shock. The government appreciates the potential of this sector, and…

John van Laethem:

"We have grown the first Belgian ginger"

"These are extraordinary times. But extraordinary times bring about new ideas. Our company is constantly researching new varieties. We want to see what we can add to our Belgian range. That includes special herbs, edible flowers, and mini vegetables," says John van Laethem from the Belgian company, Van…

Kenya: Mango exports to Pakistan expected to start in two weeks

Kenya could make its maiden mango exports to Pakistan in about a fortnight as Nairobi races to endorse a long-delayed trade deal between the two countries. Mr Theophilus…

According to a report from associatividad.org

Situation and outlook of the Peruvian ginger market

In the last five years (2016-2020), Peruvian ginger exports have increased by an average of 6% per year. In 2020, the country exported 838,000 tons of fresh ginger (which…

Patricia Romero, of Axarquía Tropical:

"Starting this week, everyone will have mangoes as a seasonal fruit on the shelves"

Based on the first few weeks of the mango campaign, prospects are good for the Spanish season, which kicked off in late August with the harvest of the first Tommy Atkins, and which will last until November in the region of Axarquia, in Malaga, and the Costa Tropical of Granada. "A good season is…

Avocado and kiwifruit orchards are being planted in numbers not seen since 1988

Avocado and kiwifruit orchards are being planted in numbers not seen since 1988 - when the devastation of Cyclone Bola forced many to convert to dairy. Dairy farmers Holly and…

Yield was affected by Egyptian weather

“We expect an increase in demand for pomegranates in the coming weeks”

The Egyptian Wonderful pomegranates are about to be harvested and according to one exporter, weather did affect the yield but also made for larger sizes. They’ll be focusing on various markets in Europe, Russia, South-East Asia and Canada this season. According to Ralph Nakhal, who works at Egyptian exporter…

China resumes imports of dragon fruit & bananas from Vietnam

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam has stated that his ministry has dispatched a working group to work out a plan alongside the Chinese…

Shipments made between January and July totaled 949 million dollars

Peruvian avocado exports reach historic figures

Avocado exports achieved a new historical record between January and July 2021, reaching 949 million dollars, according to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism…

Vietnamese durians gaining toehold in Australia

According to Australian-based Bato Ausales, it sold 7 tons of frozen Ri6 durians from Vietnam just hours after the completion of customs clearance. Phuc Truong, director of…

Current price level is similar to last year

Price of Chinese ginger exports to Europe gradually comes down

The price of Chinese ginger exports to Europe recently showed a downward trend, but the shipping costs remain high. In addition, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic adds other costs to the price of international trade. The FOB price of ginger is still not cheap. The price level is more or less the same as last…

Cambodia ratifies Free Trade Agreement with China

On September 9, the National Assembly of Cambodia ratified the bilateral free trade agreement with China, aimed to increase the trade of goods by reducing and eliminating…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports arriving through Philadelphia and NYC expected to increase

The excitement of a long Labor Day holiday weekend was tempered somewhat by lingering recovery efforts from last week’s Hurricane Ida. Parts of Louisiana and New Orleans remain without power, and fuel prices have gone up nationwide with spot shortages as a result of the hurricane’s landfall so close to…

Hawaii Island police on the lookout for seven fruit thieves

Hawaii Island police officials are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying seven suspects accused of stealing 1,500 pounds of fruit along the Hamakua Coast. Official…

"The kiwifruit is high-yield and high-quality, and the shortage of transportation capacity may hinder export"

At the beginning of the new kiwifruit production season, the weather conditions in various production areas this year are good, which means a good year for kiwifruit. The kiwi fruit season officially started in early September, and it is expected that there will be a good performance this season. Mr.…

Producers from Sullana and Piura form an agrarian cooperative to export pitahaya

The president of the Cooperativa de Productores de Pitayaha de Piura -which currently includes 17 members who own agricultural properties– Manuel Lizarraga, said the entity…

‘Package Assisting Small Exporters’

Avocados Australia uses federal government PASE grants for export assistance

Avocados Australia has used $109,176 in grants under the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) extension program to help with the completion of two projects aiding avocado…

Tanzanian government wants to aid domestic avocado growers

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Hussein Bashe, on Friday September 10, acknowledged that the price of avocado has increased from Sh1.2 million per ton in 2015 to Sh1.8 million…

Dutch company wants to broaden and deepen its scope

“You can do so much with mung beans," says Koen van Kessel of Evers Specials. "Its versatility isn't very well known in Europe yet. But we certainly hope to change that." This Dutch company says on LinkedIn that they want to become better known as a bean sprout grower. They want to deepen their knowledge…

Panamanian pineapples finding their way to China

The Central American country of Panama is well-known for producing tropical fruits like pineapple and banana. The sugar-rich, golden-colored Panamanian pineapple has a special…

Thai durians get priority fruit export status

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand wants to promote durian as the key fruit for upscaling green innovation in the agricultural sector.…

Hema publicly apologized and offers full refunds

Hema app mistakenly sells common durian as rare 'Black Thorn durian'!

Well-known science blogger Yang Xiaoyang announced on the 8th of September that the Hema app erroneously sold D13 durian packaged as the more expensive, rarer Black Thorn…

Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic, Spain

"People must become more familiar with Spanish mangoes"

This year's Spanish Osteen mango season began early. "Production is about the same, perhaps slightly larger than last year," says sales manager Kenneth Meyer. He has been working for Natural Tropic for years. This is a cultivation and export company in Malaga, Spain. "It wasn't an easy start. There are many imported…

Kenyan avocado exports depend on adherence to quality standards

Avocado production is not new to Kenya, in fact the first commercial plantings were established many decades ago. However, in the last five years, there has been a significant…

Pending investigations into alleged assault and sexual misconduct by employees

Tesco upholds ban on Kenyan Kakuzi avocados

UK supermarket chain Tesco is yet to reinstate avocado supplies by Murang’a-based company Kakuzi, as it presses for comprehensive human rights reforms by this firm. On October…

Prices moving up on slim supplies of Brazilian mangoes

Mangoes have begun shipping out of Brazil. Maria Cavazos of MC Produce based in Montreal, QC says that the mangoes started shipping week 35 and will go until the middle of October. “Brazil’s season started very late this year so the season will be short. As soon as Ecuador starts, which is around the…

Mr. Avocado: "We sell more than 180,000 avocadoes per day"

Mr. Avocado and Aldi China jointly promote ready-to-eat avocados

The avocado, well known as a "super food", gains more and more popularity with Chinese consumers every year. The market demand volume grows larger every year, and so does the number of countries with permission to export avocados to the Chinese market. Recently, Mr. Avocado and Aldi China jointly…

Domestic shipping is often delayed

Chinese export of fresh ginger encounters obstacles

The Chinese ginger market has been weak in the last few weeks. Many production areas suffered from frequent rainfall. These conditions made delivery from production areas…

ZimTrade proposes export diversification

ZimTrade, the National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, has called for diversification of export produce as interest in export…

“We're hoping for a good season again"

Greek fresh produce exporter Mitrosilis will be attending Fruit Attraction in Madrid this year. The company specializes in kiwis and is already in full preparation for the new season. The company targets various markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. According to Christos Mitrosilis, CEO of Greek…

Pomegranate grower launches cocktail contest to support local bars

Yesterday, POM Wonderful® launched a social media cocktail contest dedicated to supporting local bars impacted by pandemic closures. The competition will put bartenders’ mixology skills to the test as they create cocktails using POM Wonderful 100 percent pomegranate juice. Five winners will each…

Mexican earthquake forces evacuation of avocado packing house

Following Tuesday night’s earthquake in southwest Mexico--but that reached as far as Mexico City--so far it seems as though the effects on Mexico's agriculture industry are minimal, if any. According to reports, the 7.0 earthquake hit 11 miles northeast of Acapulco. However, hours away in a packing house…

Western Australia research focuses on six spotted mite in avocados

Researchers are helping horticulturists deal with a pest of both avocados and grapevines; data regarding this has been shared in Western Australia. The three-year research…

Island of Mauritius

Commerce Ministry announces procedure for imports under India-Mauritius Trade Agreement

The India-Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) is a kind of free trade agreement that came into effect from April 1. Some 310 export…

Chilean Kiwi Committee

"More than 90% of the fruit has already been exported"

The Chilean kiwifruit season is almost over. So far this campaign, Chile has exported more than 146,000 tons of fresh kiwifruit. Shipments to the United States (+24%), as well…

David Franco, of Grupo Paloma:

"We expect the best pomegranate harvest of the last 4 to 5 years"

The earliest pomegranate harvests kicked off in mid-August with limited volumes and good market conditions, due to the also relatively low supply available from other origins. In a few days, the campaign will start in Murcia for companies such as Grupo Paloma. "We expect the best pomegranate harvest of…

Pakistan’s mangoes to be promoted on China's e-commerce platform

Pakistan and China to sign two agreements intent on boosting agri exports

The nations of Pakistan and China have agreed to sign two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to enhance export of onions to China and to introduce revolutionary Chinese…

Limoneira Company announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 financial results

Limoneira: "Well positioned for solid lemon growth in fiscal year 2022"

Limoneira Company, a diversified citrus growing, packing, selling and marketing company with related agribusiness activities and real estate development operations, today…

Kozhikode, Kerala state

Demand of rambutan fruit plummets due to Nipah virus scare

The demand for rambutan fruit in the Malabar district has plummeted after reports that a 12-year-old boy, who died due to Nipah, had consumed rambutan contaminated by a bat.…

Logistics affect consistent movement of imported kiwis

Supplies of imported kiwi are seeing a slight imbalance currently. Nick Pacia, CEO of A.J. Trucco based in Bronx, NY says that volumes of kiwi are arriving from both New Zealand and Chile right now. “We’ll probably go with Chile for another four to five weeks and New Zealand will be probably until mid to…

Peruvian pomegranate exports achieve a record value in the 2021 campaign

Peru exported 38,000 tons of fresh pomegranate for 80,680,955 dollars in the 2021 campaign, which runs from January to June, i.e. 5.5% more volume and 28.2% more value than in…

Production will decrease due to pests issues and the abandonment of plantations, among other issues

Spain will produce 20% less persimmon than in a normal campaign

Spain expects to produce 15 to 20% less persimmon in this campaign than in a normal campaign due to serious pests issues, such as the cotonet, and the lack of profitability of the last campaigns, according to information from La Unio de Llauradors. This decrease in production, together with the fruit that…

Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson:

‘Kiwifruit faces up to challenges’

Zespri chief executive Dan Mathieson has issued a statement saying the industry is facing unprecedented challenges because of the lack of people available to work in the…

Gerry Li, Vision Fresh

"Unpredictable ginger market"

Importing ginger is presently somewhat unpredictable, says Gerri Li of Vision Fresh. "There are too many speculators on the market. Recently a lot of ginger from Brazil and Peru was sent to the Netherlands. Usually, there are times with less supply. That creates opportunities for a price rise. But there have hardly been any…

Supply volume of Chinese ginger grows, while price remains low

The Chinese ginger market experienced many fluctuations in August. The price continued to fall in comparison to July. Farmers are eager to sell their ginger, but they are…

"Low price and poor quality disturb regular market developments"

"Chinese market price of seedless pomegranates is falling"

The number of seedless pomegranate traders has quickly grown in recent years. And their large numbers disturb the regularity of the Chinese pomegranate market. Many planters harvest their pomegranates before they are completely ripe, and their poor quality disturbs the market. Pomegranates from Huili…

Decreasing kiwifruit volumes in Italy

Green kiwifruit quantities are still diminishing, while volumes in Europe seem to be more stable. A few trends have been noticeable, now that the fall season is on its way.  "The production of green kiwifruit is diminishing in Italy - there could be a 10% drop compared to 2020, which was not a good year to…

Fresh mango exports from Cambodia up 251% in first eight months 2021

The export of Cambodian fresh mangoes to international markets went up 251% to 163,828 tons during the first eight months of 2021, according to a recent report of the Ministry…

Cambodian purchasing schemes fail to help longan growers hit by low prices

In Cambodia, government campaigns to support prices of longans in the face of plummeting demand in neighboring Thailand have failed to win over farmers. The Covid-related…

“Demand for pomegranates is always higher than the supply”

For Egyptian pomegranate, two factors are always in play. Getting the right sizes as well as keeping the prices competitive is challenging every season. The season was slightly delayed to get the right color for the clients, but overall there are a lot of markets available for the Egyptian produce. According…

First Spanish Tone Wase and Maxim kakis of the season

"People are already tired of summer fruit and need a change"

The first Spanish kakis of the season have been arriving to the European markets this week. In general, volumes this season are expected to be lower than the productive potential due to the impact of pests. "We are starting the kaki campaign this week with the Tone Wase and Maxim varieties, which allow…

Vietnam to attend Macfrut for the first time

The Ambassador of Vietnam visited the Macfrut collective stand that includes various businesses. The meticulous work of the small delegation, which is taking part in the fair for the first time, has meant the stand was already set-up by mid-afternoon. Third from left: Ambassador Nguyen Thi Bich Hue  Vietnam…

Kiwi cuttings smuggler ordered to pay Zespri $12 million

A former kiwifruit grower who smuggled cuttings of Zespri’s prized gold variety to China has been ordered to pay the kiwifruit exporter more than $12 million, after his appeal…

Vietnamese dragon fruit successful in Son La province

Tran Van Dong’s family in Vietnam’s Thuan Chau district - Son La province- pioneered planting red-flesh dragon fruit locally. Three years on, his four hectares of dragon fruit…

NutryFarm International

Hong Kong firm lands large order to deliver Thai durians to China

NutryFarm International has landed an order of around 130 million yuan (€16.9 mln) from Anhui Tianhe YouXuan Import for 200 containers of fresh Thailand durians. “Reflecting…

Trinidad and Tobago: Young farmer wants to grow in agro-processing

Out of a pool of 1,800 applicants, young farmer and 2019 National Youth Awardee for Agriculture Curtis Carabai has been selected for the Young Leaders of the Americas…

Kenya: Government’s tardiness delays mango exports to Pakistan

Exports of mangoes to Pakistan have been delayed by the slow pace of the Kenyan government approving a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by the two countries. Pakistan…

Nalans Citrus extends its finger lime supply period in Europe to the whole year

"After two months of the finger lime campaign, we are already reaching pre-pandemic figures"

Spain's finger lime season has started once again and the results this exotic citrus has obtained so far forecast very good prospects. “The campaign started in July with a good reception. The pandemic is giving us a break this campaign, especially in markets like France where the Horeca sector suffered a…

Sonora, Mexico

San Carlos couple successfully grows pitahaya in the desert

Elizabeth and Greg Hovey are Sonora’s self-proclaimed “dragon fruit slayers,” growing the cactus fruit on a ranch outside San Carlos. In 2016, they began researching, running…

Egyptian pomegranate season kicks off

“Wonderful pomegranate variety starts around the 20th of September”

The start of the Egyptian pomegranate season is upon us, with three main varieties being exported from the country. The normally least popular 116-variety has actually picking up in terms of export volumes, but the real demand will come with the most popular Wonderful variety. The Egyptian pomegranate…

Macfrut 2021

Kiwi in the spotlight at Italy's biggest fruit and vegetable trade fair

Italy's biggest fruit and vegetable trade fair has opened. This year, the three-day Macfrut event is being held in person in the seaside city of Rimini, coinciding with the…

Peter Andreas Meesters from MingaBio Ltd & Co.:

"There is a higher demand for organic mangoes"

The Trübenecker family from Munich has been present at the Viktualienmarkt since 1993, where they supply their customers with fresh fruit and vegetables from the region. The online store of the same name followed in 2013. The company's product range primarily includes organically grown produce. Peter…

Pomegranate harvest also lower due to weather conditions

Lower volumes, but good quality for Turkish apples

Both the pomegranate and the apple season are in full swing in Turkey. According to one exporter, both seem to be struggling a bit with volumes, which could lead to higher prices. The company is very happy with the quality of the harvest this year and is confident in its product. According to Yahya Erdogan,…

"We want to see whether improvement can continue with the increasing volume of fruit that is expected to hit the market"

Australian project monitoring avocado quality to ensure it is meeting consumer expectations

A project monitoring avocado quality in retail stores across Australia has found that the industry has made improvements in meeting consumer expectations at the point of sale over the past year. Applied Horticultural Research (AHR) started sampling fruit in May 2020 and has since sampled more than 6,000…

Chilean growers content

Kiwi consumption on the increase in India

Chile is one of the largest exporters of kiwifruits in the world and the nation’s growers are committed to offering great quality product to the consumers. Over 80 million…

Future of new mango varieties passed to Queensland Department of Agriculture

There is quite some history regarding the three hybrid mangoes, still referred to by their plant breeding codes, NMBP 1201, 1243 and 4069. Work started on the varieties some…

Through the Agrolog and Mastercard Foundation Partnership

60,000 farmers empowered to boost ginger production in Nigeria

Agrolog General Services Limited in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation will support 60,000 smallholder farmers in vulnerable indigenous ginger farming communities in Kaduna State. The partnership will provide immediate materials, capacity, and structural support to boost ginger production and…

Darling Group welcomes investment from Booster

New Zealand based horticulture company, Darling Group is pleased to announce an investment by Booster Tahi LP, the investment arm of Booster, a New Zealand owned…

"Price rose by 35% compared to the same period last year"

"Crystal sugar jujubes from west China officially enter the market"

The 'crystal sugar jujubes from the western region' from the Yanqi basin in Xinjiang had already entered the Chinese market half a month ago. The weather conditions were excellent this year and the production volume is huge. The product quality is great as well. The price increased by nearly 35% compared…

Malaysia

XL Holdings acquires pineapple plantation for RM41 mln

XL Holdings Bhd is intent on acquiring a 100% stake in a pineapple plantation company, Ergobumi Sdn Bhd, for a total cash consideration of RM40 million (€8 mln). The group…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Fruit harvests see mixed result in Q2 2021

The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that harvests of four major fruits were mixed in the second quarter; banana and pineapple output gains shadowed by declines for…

Mango orchards to increase in Sicily

"The Sicilian mango campaign started with a small problem in December, when we had to remove unexpected blossoms. Then there were others in February that were damaged by a bad weather front. It took a lot of agronomic effort to obtain a third blossoming at the end of March, which though led to fruits of…

"Supply shortage of dragon fruit grows more severe"

"Vietnamese dragon fruit smuggling ring uncovered"

Chinese market supply of Vietnamese red heart dragon fruit severely declined, and now there is a supply shortage of red heart dragon fruit in the Chinese market, so the price is soaring. Mr. Dong, a spokesperson for Guangxi Nanning-based dragon fruit grower Long Yi Sheng Fruit Industry, recently talked…

More volumes for Bursa Black figs expected next week

The season for black figs in Turkey started one week ago, and after a somewhat slow start it’s expected volumes will start to pick up from this point on. During the start of the season, sizes have been larger than usual. One exporter will continue its presence in the German market, but will also branch…

José Antonio Alconchel, CEO of Alcoaxarquía:

"This year, the first Spanish mangoes are reaching the market with more moderate prices"

Malaga's mangoes, which the market had been expecting, have already hit the shelves. "In the earliest farms of the Axarquia we have already harvested mangoes of the Tommy Atkins variety, and this week we will start with the first Osteen of the season in some specific plots where they have already reached…

Australia: ‘Avo-cargo’ from first-time exporters set for Asian markets

Australian avocado growers are exporting by sea for the first time ahead of a bumper season. National production is forecast to increase by 60 per cent. Avocado exporters in…

Jean-Baptiste Pinel, Primland:

“We plan to harvest 5 million trays of Nergi kiwis this year”

Two weeks ago, Primland started the harvest of Nergi mini-kiwis sold in trays. “The season has just begun. We started with Portugal and continued last week with France and Spain. Next week, we will begin the harvest in Italy and end with Ukraine,” explains Jean-Baptiste Pinel, director of Primland. So…

Cooperation between Aics in Maputo and Mader

Opportunities for Italy and Mozambique

Despite the bureaucratic difficulties caused by Covid, operators from Mozambique will be in Italy on September 7-9 to take part in Macfrut, an important even for all professionals part of the fresh produce sector. Seven Mozambican companies from different regions (the provinces of Manica, Inhambane,…

Pineapple posts largest production gain for Philippines in Q2

Pineapples posted the largest production gain among the country’s major fruit crops in Q2 2021, growing by 4.6 percent. According to data from the Philippine Statistics…

Dhaka division, central Bangladesh

Pineapple demand skyrockets amid bumper crop in Tangail district

Tangail’s Madhupur county is famous for producing sweet and juicy pineapples that have a widespread demand all over the country.  As such, the two biggest wholesale markets in the…

Belgian Coöperatie Hoogstraten's kiwi berry season's start:

Good kiwi berry year, with 50% higher yields

In Belgium, kiwi berries have been rolling off Coöperatie Hoogstraten's optical grader's conveyor belt since the end of last week. The two-month season started a little later than usual. That was due to the cold. But, it is now getting well underway. Growers will soon deliver increasingly larger volumes…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Output gains for most major vegetables & root crops in Q2

The PSA has reported that cabbage production for the three months to June rose 13.1% year on year to 25,274.80 tons. Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) accounted for 81.1%…

Northland Regional Council permits use of millions of cubic metres of water

Water use for avocado crops could affect region, Northland locals fear

Avocado growers and other Far North landowners have been granted a controversial permission to take millions of cubic metres of water from an aquifer. Locals fear this…

Patrick Dueire with Mission Produce

"Selling mangos is about selling the flavor and experience"

Supplies of mangos coming into North America currently are steady. At Mission Produce, the mango program is ramping up for the start of the Brazil harvest as it transitions from Mexico’s season. “The size curve in Mexico is historically skewed towards jumbo mangos while Brazil typically has regular…

Peru produced 8,731 tons of soursop in 2020

According to data from the General Directorate of Agricultural Development and Agroecology of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, in 2020 Peru produced a total of…

A protected variety of Australian mango that will be sold exclusively at El Corte Inglés

The first mangoes grown in Alicante have just gone on sale

The first mangoes grown in Alicante have just gone on sale. Until now, Spanish mangoes came only from the producing areas of Malaga and Granada. The mango, which will be marketed under the Ibérica Fresh brand, will be sold exclusively in Spain, in the fruit shops of El Corte Inglés. "This year, we are the…

Thai government launches 5 new projects to promote longan export to China and India

The Thai newspaper Sing Sian Yi Pao recently reported a statement made by Ms. Rachada Thanadirek, a spokesperson for the Thai government. She announced that the Department of…

Cambodia hopes to conquer the Chinese fruit market with longan

Veng Sakhon, the Minister of Agriculture in Cambodia, announced on the 27th of August, that Cambodia has achieved progress in the negotiations with China for Cambodian longan…

Playful packaging attracts the attention of consumers

Disney kiwi berries enter the Chinese market

The kiwi berry is also known as the wild jujube, or the soft jujube kiwi fruit. When consumers hear about 'kiwi berries', most of them immediately think about imported fruit from New Zealand, but kiwi berries are actually grown in China. They are selected and grown in the hills of Liaoning, Jilin, and…

Kiwi Passion Consortium - a passion for excellence

The upcoming harvest of the varieties marketed by the Kiwi Passion® Consortium promises a significant increase in in terms of volumes for both red and yellow flesh kiwi. "Most of our orchards - the managers of the Consortium say - will reach their full crop this season and the first estimations made by…

Ahmedabad, Gujarat state

Five-day fest to help local popularity and exports of dragon fruit

The Gujarat government is bringing together dragon fruit growers on a single platform, hoping to help them export their produce to the European markets. The state accounts for…

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, Mindanao:

Filipino growers urged to plant new crops amid pandemic

Starting in Maguindanao province, Bangsamoro Transition Authority – BARMM Member of Parliament (MP) Suharto M. Ambolodto, in collaboration with the regional Bangsamoro Board…

Pomegranate season in India was challenging, but next harvest looks promising

The Indian pomegranate season has come to an end. The season wasn’t the greatest, as there were pre-monsoon rains, which along with other conditions resulted in smaller sizes. To protect the crops, pesticides had to be used, which reduced overall quantity of residue free pomegranates as well. Overall it’s…

USDA appoints new board members to mango board

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of six members to serve on the National Mango Board (NMB). The appointees include five new members and one…

Aimed at increasing Australia’s almond, avocado, citrus, macadamia and mango crops

Hort Innovation puts $28 million into increasing tree crop productivity

A current Hort Innovation productivity project intends to benefit Australia’s almond, avocado, citrus, macadamia and mango crops. The five-year $28 million National Tree Crop…

Harvest of promising Medjool date year has kicked off

Just in time for the annual Medjool date harvest, Bard Valley Natural Delights® shares Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) data showing a promising year for the category, and even more so for the Natural Delights brand. According to IRI data pulled on June 27, 2021, the total Medjool date category is up…

Vietnam: Dragon fruit exports still problematic due to pandemic

Dragon fruits are classified as a key export fruit product and often in the groups of commodities in Vietnam registered export sales of more than US$1 billion each. Despite…

Mexico and South America expected to continue to be main growing regions for avocados

The avocado category has been experiencing unprecedented growth and is expected to be the most commercialized fruit by 2030. According to a report from the FAO, global production is expected to reach 12 million tons by 2030, more than three times the level of 2010. World avocado production is…

Pomegranate exports season from Uzbekistan nears peak phase

There were increased volumes of pomegranate exports from Uzbekistan in the second half of August; the volume of pomegranate shipments to foreign markets increased several…

Henk van der Meij, Hars&Hagebauer:

"Mango market turning around after tough August"

In the mango market in August was nothing to write home about. "Every year is different. Last year, there were shortages in August. That was due to the Senegal season being absent. But, this year, we had ample supply from all sides. That led to a catastrophic Senegal season for growers and importers,"…

Far North Queensland:

Flowering problems prompt forecast of second poor mango season

A warmer than average winter has led to both haphazard and late flowering of mango trees in Queensland’s largest growing district of Mareeba-Dimbulah. For this sector, decent…

Australia

Three mango hybrids to enter next phase of commercial development

Three mango hybrids will soon transition to the next phase of their commercial development. Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries will be taking over role as…

Fyffes records €170 mln loss amid melon and mushroom asset charges

Tropical fruits group Fyffes was faced with a record loss of almost €170 million last year as it was forced to take large impairment charges against its melon and mushroom…

China: Dragon fruit comes to Gansu province

Tseng Chun-yi, from Taiwan, runs a dragon fruit business in Xiamen, Fujian province, on the southeastern coast of China. These weeks, he has been busy discussing with…

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

'Movement of avocados from Mexico crossings through Texas expected to decrease slightly'

Predictions that vaccines would provide a swift path back to normal life are suffering heavy setbacks this week, as the US caseload and death counts approach numbers on par with last summer’s peak. A combination of vaccine hesitancy, the emergence of super-contagious vaccine resistant strains, and…

Market strengthening on California avocados

As California avocado growers work towards winding down their season, there’s still approximately 6-7 million lbs. of the popular fruit expected this week from the state. Of the 2020-2021 California crop, that puts the crop at about 92-95 percent complete. “Weekly shipments are about 2 million pounds…

Avocado and banana have growth opportunities in Colombia

Avocado and banana are two of the crops with the highest growth projection in Colombia. The country exported 109 million 20-kilogram boxes of bananas last year, i.e. 9.3% more…

Pakistan

Sindh Agriculture University starts research on disease-free mango plants

Experts from the Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam have started research on disease-free mango plants and decided to produce 1,000 plants at the Faculty of Crop…

Agriculture Department director-general Datuk Mohd Nasir Warris:

‘Durian should be Malaysia’s national fruit’

Many online posts and websites are saying that papaya is the national fruit of Malaysia. However, that is wrong. “Malaysia has never declared any local fruit as our national…

September 20th-23rd, 2021, Virtual Event

Business Matchmaking Ecuador: Bananas and non-traditional fruits

The Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries (MPCEIP) – PRO ECUADOR, through its Commercial Offices, invites companies to participate in the Virtual…

Breadfruit might relieve Cuban flour shortages

After a year of flour shortage in Cuba, last week the government announced the launch of a project on the Isle of Youth to obtain breadfruit flour. The goal is to obtain this…

New Zealand: Avocado trees planted by the thousands in Taranaki

Taranaki is a region in the west of New Zealand's North Island. It has been dairy-dominated for some time, but the region may soon become recognized for its avocados as…

Workshop held at the Embassy and online on 8 September 2021

Brazil and Italy are moving closer together

The sun, fertile land, abundant water, modern irrigation techniques, investment in innovation and sustainable rural development are some of the factors that make Brazil the…


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