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2019/10/21

Dragonfruit: The next potential major tropical fruit?

Dragonfruit or pitaya (Hylocereus sp. and Selenicereus sp.) is gaining popularity with expanding global markets and increase in production areas as observed in Vietnam, China, India and some countries in Latin America. Adding to the diversity of mainstream tropical fruits already in the market, dragonfruit has been promoted as one which is exotic and possesses significant health benefits. For producers of the fruit, there are continuous efforts to grow cultivars which are high yielding and have acceptable tastes to boost consumer demand, besides having high productivity and profitability.
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2019/10/21

Sustainable production sought for dragon fruit as China raises import standards

Proper zoning and more investment for processing are among the measures needed to develop sustainable production of dragon fruit in the country, experts have said.
Last year, the country exported more than US$1.1 billion of dragon fruit, accounting for about 30 per cent of the country’s total fruit and vegetable export value, according to the Việt Nam Farmers Association.

 
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2019/10/15

Slim volumes of Mexican dragon fruit

Small supplies of dragon fruit continue to come in steadily from Mexico.
“There are only a few suppliers of dragon fruit in Mexico and not all of them export to the United States,” says Christian Sanchez of Plano, Tex-based Casa Magna LLC, who brings in pink dragon fruit. “The two or three who do, don’t have quantitative volume right now.” Sanchez adds that Casa Magna partnered last year with a grower in the Yucatán Peninsula and now they’re producing a single container a month from June through to October.
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2019/09/24

THE DRAGON FRUIT INDUSTRY AND IMPORT SITUATION IN JAPAN

Tropical fruits are getting more and more popular in Japan. Historically banana is the top imported product in Japan. Due to local production of tropical fruits such as mango, Japanese consumers have more chances to purchase tropical fruits. According to the government's statistics of fruits import, dragon fruit does not appear on the list as its current imported quantity is much less than that of others. In the case of vegetables, lots of varieties of tomatoes are distributed in Japan. Primary value of popular tomato is its brix, which is one of the preferences of Japanese consumers. In order to meet those demands, Japanese growers are developing new varieties to make their business profitable. Distributors are promoting those high value products as “fruit tomato.” In terms of distribution, JA, Japan Agricultural Cooperatives, has been handling fruits and vegetables in the local market in Japan. This conventional distribution system is still a major channel in Japan, however, imported materials are mainly procured by large trading companies and those products are distributed through distributors. In both cases, distribution channel takes longer to reach the consumers. Although banana is the top imported tropical fruit in Japan, avocado shows remarkable growth record in the last decade. Compounded annual growth rate of avocado import is more than 10%. Major reason for this growth is that variety of recipe is introduced to consumers and longer shelf life supports lead time of product distribution in Japan. Based on the current situation of popular fruits and vegetables, key success factor to develop dragon fruit market in Japan is to control quality, brix, shelf life, distribution channel and price.
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2019/09/24

DRAGON FRUIT PRODUCTION AND MARKETING IN INDONESIA: STANDARD QUALITY IN THE GLOBAL AND REGIONAL LEVELS

Dragon fruit, Hylocereus spp., is one of the introduced fruit crops in Indonesia. This plant became popular and cultivated since 2000. Red flesh dragon fruit variety is the most widely cultivated. Indonesia has two types of dragon fruit region based on flowering and fruiting seasons. The first type is the area near the equator, the flowering and fruiting season  occuring throughout the year. The second type of region is in the Southern Hemisphere, more than 5o S, with the flowering and fruiting season occuring from November to April. Most of Indonesian dragon fruit production are sold in the local markets and small portion for export markets. Some problems in production of dragon fruit include pests and diseases, and low productivity. Stem canker, caused by  Neoscytalidium dimidiatum, is the main disease which destroyed more than hundreds of hectares of dragon fruit orchard in Indonesia.  The enhancement of production and fruit quality are  done through  following the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Integrated Pest Management (IPM), using resistant pests and disease, variety, and organic cultivation.  Reduction application of pesticides and inorganic fertilizers and increasing organic fertilizers must be promoted to the farmers. In order to fullfill export standards the dragon fruit orhards which have been applied with good production system should be registered. The main quality standard in the local market based on fruit size which were categorized as grade A (> 400 g) , B (200 - 400 g) and C (<200 g). Meanwhile, the quality standard for export market are depend on the importer country. Besides grade,  the quality standards for global market were free from  pests and diseases, no pesticide residue and post-harvest handling is done at registrated packing houses. To enhance dragon fruit quality standard, some importer countries have collaborated with Indonesian Agricultural Quarantine Agency (IAQA).
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2019/09/24

STATUS AND CHALLENGES OF DRAGON FRUIT PRODUCTION IN MALAYSIA

Dragon fruit or pitaya is a nutritious and exotic fruit that has gained a place in Malaysian fruit industry even though it was not native to this country. Dragon fruit can be harvested all-year round and it bears fruits after one year of planting. Potential yield of dragon fruit is estimated around 10 to 12 metric tons (mt) per hectare (ha) annually. Currently, there are about 680 ha of planted areas, which produce 6,407 mt or US$ 6 million in 2017. About 36% of Malaysian dragon fruit is for export market mainly to Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong with average export value of US$ 2 million for the past 5 years. Dragon fruit production area reaches highest peak in 2008 with 2200 hectares and its production reached highest in 2009 with 15,700 mt. In 2017 Johor and Melaka dominated 48% (325.2 ha) of the total planted area, followed by Selangor (80.1 ha) and Negeri Sembilan (68.2 ha). Like many other fruit crops, dragon fruits are susceptible to diseases. In Malaysia, the plants are sensitive to fungal, bacterial and viral infections, which can lead to several complex diseases namely, anthracnose, stem necrosis, stem canker, stem and fruit rot. There were several strategies which have been applied in Malaysia to prevent and control diseases on dragon fruit.
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