Monthly Archives: December 2014

EU ban floods India with mangoes, prices plunge

A European Union ban on import of Indian mangoes, including the famed Alphonsos, from May 1 and a resultant glut in supply is pushing down prices in the local market much to the delight of domestic consumers.The Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) fruit market in Vashi is receiving record supplies. “After the Sunday break, there was… Read more »

Australia and India to work jointly on clean fuel production

In a time when Australia’s liquid transport fuel supplies are declining and our transport needs are growing, a research partnership between Australia and India could provide a solution to a number of energy concerns and ultimately reduce the reliance of both countries on imported fuels. The widespread introduction of a clean-burning synthetic fuel, dimethyl ether… Read more »

Delicious Aussie mandarin is back in season

The delicious Aussie mandarin is back in season, with the sweet citrus fruit expected to be a winter favourite as consumers turn towards healthy ‘convenience foods.’ CEO of Prosumer Group , Hari Yellina, said as Australians become more health conscious, budget conscious and time poor, Aussie mandarins are emerging as a preferred snack option among not only the… Read more »

Australia’s citrus and nut growers positive about Japan FTA

Citrus Australia has welcomed the new Japan Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, which will progressively remove tariffs on mandarins, oranges and grapefruit. Japan has agreed to eliminate orange and mandarin tariffs over 10 and 15 years respectively. Orange tariffs during the peak of Australia’s season (June to September) are currently 16 per cent and mandarin tariffs,… Read more »

Weather dents South American grape production by Hari Yellina

Frost this winter and inopportune rains caused complications for table grape growers throughout South America. Those complications led to a fall in production in several countries throughout the continent. “It was a complicated season for Latin American grapes,” said Jacques Joubert of Sudfruit. “Early grapes in Argentina were a total disaster because of late frost.”… Read more »

Freppe to extend freshness of fruit and veg by Hari Yellina

Freppe is a series of ethylene removal and freshness extension solutions to eliminate ethylene, pathogens etc. and thus extend shelf life of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. The product is manufactured by Indian company BeeChems who have been producing industrial chemicals for the last 42 years and produce maximum grades and varieties of adsorbents and… Read more »

Aussie Almonds reach export revenue milestone by Hari Yellina

During the 2013 calendar year, almonds became Australia’s first horticultural industry to earn more than of $300 million in annual export revenue. Final sales figures for exports of the record almond crop harvested during March and April 2013 is estimated be about $350 million as the final part of the crop is sold at the… Read more »

Indian University develops ‘pink-pulp guava’ by Hari Yellina

After 90-odd years of same flavour, guava is due to get a twist in its taste. Researchers at National Agriculture Research Project (NARP), in collaboration with Rahuri Agriculture University are developing a special ‘pink-pulp guava’. The research centre had developed the first variety of the fruit in 1926, after which they have now taken up… Read more »

China Becomes India’s Largest Trading Partner

MUMBAI – Bilateral trade between India and China has climbed to almost US$50 billion during the first nine months of the current fiscal year, higher than trade with any of India’s other trading partners, according to a study by the PHD Chamber of Commerce in India. “India’s direction of foreign trade has exhibited a structural… Read more »

Fresh troubles in the offing for India’s basmati exports

India’s basmati exports to Iran have slumped as the Islamic nation has introduced a new set of standard for basmati rice imports. Iran is the largest importer of basmati rice from India and in the current fiscal the country is expected to import 10 lakh tonne of basmati. Talking to ET, MP Jindal, president, All… Read more »