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2019/11/11

Despite drought, then rain, fall tropicals show success

Despite extreme weather of combined heat, humidity and storms, tropical fruit from Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals Inc. is expected to have a successful fall season.
“Star fruit’s stellar reputation as a ‘quickly disappearing garnish’ has cooks thinking the fruit deserves to be in the dish whether salad, veggie side or grilled entrée,” Ostlund said. “Passion fruit iced tea in many restaurants is sparking trial at home.”Dragon fruit is also being added to salads, she said.
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2019/11/04

Agriculture exporters must change approach for better access to Chinese market.

Last week, nearly 500 trucks filled with Vietnamese agricultural products were held up at the Tân Thanh-Pò Chài Border Gate in the border province of Lạng Sơn. Most of them were transporting dragon fruit from the Mekong Delta. Measures must be taken by Vietnamese companies to adapt to changes in China’s import regulations for agricultural products, business leaders and Government officials have said.

 
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2019/11/04

Vietnam and South Africa strengthen trade ties

Joint trade sub-committee meets in Hanoi, Vietnam with aims to improve bilateral economic and trade partnerships. The goal from the meeting was to encourage cooperation in trading of agricultural products, with Vietnam calling on South Africa to open its market to fresh produce including dragon fruit, lychee, longan, rambutan and star apple.
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2019/11/01

Growing dragon fruits using LED lights

On a Hridoye Mati O Manush (HMOM) episode you have watched from Shin Shin village in China’s Guangdong province where farmers are growing dragon fruit under LED lights during the evening time. They were using the LED lights to make the daylight longer. You probably know that dragon fruit only grows from April to July. For the rest of the year, it is not that much profitable for a farmer to grow the fruit. However, the Chinese farmer used LED lights to produce more fruits and by doing that he could grow the fruit for at least nine months.
 
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2019/10/28

Mexican Farmers Turn To Dragon Fruit As Drought Continues to Plague the South

Drought is becoming a way of life for farmers like José Hugo Díaz López.“Before, we used to plant corn, beans,” says Díaz López, who lives in Comitán de Domingúez, the fourth-largest city in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. “But now, with the weather, it doesn’t take.”Farmers whose staple crops aren’t adapting to changing weather patterns are now looking to non-traditional crops as an alternative. One fruit in particular is keeping small farmers afloat: dragon fruit, or pitahaya as it is known locally.
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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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2019/10/15

Turkey: Dragonfruit production started in greenhouse in Antalya

An entrepreneur Kadir Cinar was exploring alternative products to grow after the increase in greenhouse production costs in many of the products grown in the Antalya area. Visiting tropical fruit greenhouses in Mersin and Gazipasa district of Antalya, the grower came up with the idea that it is also possible to grow tropical fruits in Demre district of Antalya. Starting with a 0.2-hectare greenhouse, the grower was able to harvest first products 13 months later.
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