July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged India

“European cuisine” trend driving international lemon demand, says Argentine leader

June 23rd, 2015

From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.

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U.S.: Mississippi blueberries hit India and UAE

June 18th, 2015

Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.

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India: Rain-affected onions face storage issues

June 3rd, 2015

Indian onions are not anticipated to last nearly as long in storage this year due to heavy rainfall that hit the country last year.

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U.K.: Mango on the menu at No. 10 Downing Street

May 19th, 2015

A British MP has delivered a box of Alphonso mangoes to the Prime Minister in appreciation for his help in lifting the Indian import ban.

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CMA CGM Group grows presence in India

April 30th, 2015

Global transportation and shipping company the CMA CGM Group is reinforcing its position in India with a new acquisition.

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Widespread mango crop damage ruins India’s export season

April 29th, 2015

India’s Assocham has put forward a plan of action to transform mango exports but weather challenges will be a setback this year.

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Argentine apple industry back in the game for Indian market

April 23rd, 2015

After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.

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India steps up plant surveillance after Pakistan’s TR4 outbreak

April 22nd, 2015

With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.

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U.S. moves closer to easing Indian fruit import restrictions

April 15th, 2015

Following the reopening of the EU market, Indian mango exporters could reportedly soon gain broader access to the U.S. as well.

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Mauritius issues first ever phyto clearance for Indian fruit

April 9th, 2015

Kaushal Khakhar says restoring faith in Indian mangoes around the world is a ‘matter of pride’.

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Nanotech research could bring range of farmer-friendly products to market

April 3rd, 2015

An international project aims to improve the shelf life of fruit through an easily accessible nanotech formula.

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Indian vineyard offers lifeline to local farmers hit by hail

March 27th, 2015

An Indian wine producer is using the recent severe hail storms as an opportunity not only to boost its economy port production but also to help table grape growers facing major financial losses.

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New Indian banana brands slip into Gulf markets

March 26th, 2015

Pick N Serve managing director Subrata Mondal believes he can get an edge over Ecuadorian and Philippine banana suppliers to the Gulf region.

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Indo-Israeli centres of excellence going strong

March 23rd, 2015

The Indo-Israel Agriculture Project Cooperation Project (IIAP) recently held its biggest workshop yet.

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Film Review: The Starfish Throwers

March 20th, 2015

The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.

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Pipfruit NZ to help revitalize Indian apple sector

March 17th, 2015

In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.

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India: Gigantic hail stones ravage grape crops

March 17th, 2015

“Farmers have never really seen anything like the size of the hail stones,” says an Indian grape industry leader.

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Indian deal could be lifeline for Polish apple sector

March 13th, 2015

Poland’s Fruit Union president is positive about the recent visit of the country’s agriculture minister to India.

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Aussie blueberry growers need urgent protocol support

March 4th, 2015

Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.

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India: Unexpected downpours in Pune damage leafy crops

March 3rd, 2015

Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.

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Indian potato minimum export price scrapped as domestic prices stabilize

February 23rd, 2015

The Indian government has relaxed the minimum export price (MEP) on potatoes that was initially introduced last June.

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Indian mango shippers encouraged to supply Japan via APEDA concession

February 20th, 2015

New government support will make the Japanese market much more accessible for India’s mango industry.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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Indian mangoes officially back on the menu for EU consumers

February 17th, 2015

One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.

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Rupee appreciation to “definitely” cut Indian fruit exports to Europe, says Khakhar

February 12th, 2015

An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.

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India: Momentum builds for IG International’s Czech cherry venture

February 4th, 2015

An Indian company’s investment in Czech cherry orchards is set to pay dividends in the coming years.

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Nanotechnology to open doors for Asian mango exporters

February 4th, 2015

A collaborative project funded by the International Development Research Centre has shown nanotechnology could help boost Asian mango shippers’ profits by 15%.

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U.S.: CDC monitors possible link between litchis and mysterious illness in India

February 2nd, 2015

A report says there could be a connection between litchi seeds and an unknown illness in a northern Indian region.

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India: Storing an apple a day keeps farmers’ debts at bay

January 28th, 2015

A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.

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Indian eggplant growers should follow mango industry lead, says IARI

January 23rd, 2015

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s Anand Singh discusses what’s next in overcoming EU bans on produce imports.

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Indian growers act quickly on EU mango ban withdrawal

January 22nd, 2015

India’s mango farmers are jubilant at the news they will soon be able to export their fruit to Europe again.

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U.K. reacts to EU’s lifting of Indian mango ban

January 20th, 2015

“It vindicates our opinion that the ban should never have been put in place,” says Monica Bhandari.

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Indian mango ban lifted by European Union

January 20th, 2015

European plant health experts are content with India’s assurances that mango exports to the EU will be free of quarantine pests.

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Indian mango traders hold breath for outcome of EU ban vote

January 20th, 2015

“Everything points towards the easing of restrictions,” one source told www.freshfruitportal.com.

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More centers of excellence promised across India in joint Israeli agri-tech project

January 15th, 2015

The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.

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Indian grape harvest ‘on track’ for a decent export season

January 14th, 2015

Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.

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‘Vote to scrap the ban’, British MP urges European ministers

January 14th, 2015

Keith Vaz has urged Europe’s politicians to vote in favor of the Indian produce trade during a vote to take place in a week’s time.

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Aussie produce industry hopeful for India FTA prospects

January 12th, 2015

India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.

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Europe to hold vote on Indian mango ban

January 8th, 2015

A Defra spokesperson has confirmed the European Commission will vote soon on whether to lift a ban on Indian mangoes.

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IG International aims to double Chilean cherry sales in India

January 6th, 2015

IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.

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India: Mango trees could be destroyed in favor of pears

January 6th, 2015

Financial challenges mean mango cultivation could face the chop in parts of the Punjab.

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Farmers angry after severe rain and hail batter Indian grape crops

December 16th, 2014

Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.

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NZ kiwifruit scoops greater market share in India

December 11th, 2014

Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.

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Indian grape sector strengthened by 2014 export campaign

December 9th, 2014

An increasing number of Indian table grape growers are learning how best to produce their fruit to meet high international trade standards.

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EU could lift Indian mango ban ‘early next year’, say industry reps

December 4th, 2014

Although Europe’s ban on Indian mango imports was originally set to last until the end of 2015, experts from the Asian country claim trade could start up again much sooner.

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Australia to benefit from R&D agreements with India

December 4th, 2014

Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.

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Exchange rate bears well for new Belgian apple deal in India

December 3rd, 2014

BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.

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Argentine pome fruit exporters hold ‘high expectations’ for India

November 28th, 2014

Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.

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Food and water security the focus of Israeli-Indian-Australian deal

November 7th, 2014

Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.

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India: Tamil Nadu eyes international banana market

November 4th, 2014

A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.

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Chile and India agree to reduce bilateral trade tariffs

October 23rd, 2014

The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.

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Indian phyto strengths on show in bid to lift EU mango no-go

September 17th, 2014

An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.

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India: Kashmir apple growers fear significant fruit drop

September 5th, 2014

First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.

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NZ growers take action to mitigate rain risks for cherries

September 2nd, 2014

New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.

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Indian govt loosens reins on minimum onion export prices

August 29th, 2014

New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.

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Solving India’s banana waste problem

August 25th, 2014

Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.

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India: hailstorms lacerate apple and pear trees in Kashmir

August 19th, 2014

Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.

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Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.

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Russia: forget about summer blueberries or affordable pears

August 11th, 2014

Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.

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U.S. cranberry industry hopes to ignite Indian demand with govt grant

August 7th, 2014

India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.

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Inside the world’s first seedless mango

August 4th, 2014

We speak with the man behind India’s renowned “practically seedless” Sindhu mango.

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India: Bollywood star officially becomes Maharashtra fruit ambassador

July 28th, 2014

One of the most recognizable faces in Indian cinema is now officially a representative of the country’s leading fruit-growing state.

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Opinion: fast-growing Indian horticulture adds value, alleviates poverty

July 25th, 2014

An Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) expert looks at the important role of horticulture in development.

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U.K. govt sends US$31M message for ag innovation, but pledges ‘buy local’

July 23rd, 2014

Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.

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Indian breeders develop seedless mango

July 23rd, 2014

Seedless grapes are now commonplace, but what about a seedless mango? Indian researchers think it could be the next big thing.

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Israeli-Indian horticultural partnership expands with two new centers in Bihar

July 17th, 2014

We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.

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Butterflies go bananas in India

July 8th, 2014

Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.

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India puts up onion export limitations again

July 3rd, 2014

The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.

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India: Himachal Pradesh simplifies apple rejuvenation project guidelines

July 1st, 2014

Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.

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India raises minimum price for potato exports

June 30th, 2014

After a decision to limit export prices on onions, India has now applied a similar measure to potatoes.

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Pipfruit NZ diplomatic on Indian apple ban threat

June 23rd, 2014

Pipfruit NZ has said it believes it can work with India to resolve any trade issues.

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India-Afghanistan MoU brings horticultural trade possibilities

June 20th, 2014

Fresh and dried fruit companies were part of a recent Afghan delegation to visit New Delhi for trade promotion.

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India: child deaths not connected to litchis, says NCDC

June 18th, 2014

Some Indian districts have banned litchi sales, but scientists and growers say there is no link between the fruit and an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

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Modi calls for more organic India

June 12th, 2014

India’s PM hopes other parts of the country can emulate Sikkim, which is on track to becoming a fully organic state.

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India: Himachal Pradesh apple growers feel “air of change” with Modi

June 12th, 2014

A state government source says many orchardists think India’s new Prime Minister will ban apple imports.

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Calcium carbide puts stain on domestic Indian mango market

June 10th, 2014

The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.

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India: Bollywood star may become face of Maharashtra horticulture

June 6th, 2014

After acting in more than 180 films, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will likely take to the stage of Maharashtra’s fruit and vegetable industry.

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INI Farms aims to change perceptions of Indian bananas

June 3rd, 2014

With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.

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U.S. apple group pushes to establish new varieties in India

May 28th, 2014

The Washington Apple Commission has revealed its long-term plan to boost sales in India.

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U.K.: Indian mango round table talks hailed a success

May 26th, 2014

The U.K. Government has pledged closer collaboration with India to negotiate re-opening mango import access in the future.

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EU to audit Indian mango operations in September

May 23rd, 2014

Leicester MP Keith Vaz says nothing can be done to reverse the EU’s ban on Indian mangoes over the summer.

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Indian study adds value to jackfruit through processing

May 22nd, 2014

From papadums to sweets to juices, Indian researchers are aiming to improve the way jackfruits are utilized.

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India set for bountiful litchi harvest

May 21st, 2014

The last time India had a bumper litchi crop, growers were able to export the excess to Europe and the Middle East.

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U.S.: demand to drive greater Indian mango imports

May 19th, 2014

If projections come to fruition, U.S. importers can expect a lot more Indian mangoes this season.

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EU denies changes to Indian mango ban timeline

May 16th, 2014

An EU spokesperson has contradicted an Indian press report that the controversial mango ban has been lifted.

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U.K. mango importer urges ‘no more knee-jerk reactions’ to pest threats

May 15th, 2014

Ripe Now’s Lewey Hook is focusing more efforts on West African mangoes now that India-sourced trials have had to be put on hold.

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India: Punjab Government plans kinnow mandarin marketing campaign

May 13th, 2014

The government of India’s largest kinnow mandarin-growing state hopes to incentivize producers by promoting the fruit’s health benefits to the public.

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U.K. Parliament puts Indian mango ban in the spotlight

May 8th, 2014

Several U.K. MPs told Parliament the ban on Indian mangoes was “EU bureaucracy going too far”, but a DEFRA rep cited “major shortcomings” in the South Asian country’s export system.

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U.K.: Cameron to discuss mango ban with next Indian PM

May 7th, 2014

David Cameron “looks forward” to discussing the ban on Indian mangoes with the country’s next prime minister.

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U.K.: Vaz confirms Indian mango debate for Parliament

May 7th, 2014

The Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons has granted parliamentary debate on the EU mango ban for this Thursday.

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Indian mango region looks to Bangladesh for market opportunities

May 7th, 2014

With Europe cut off, Indian mango farmers are having to look to new markets to balance their sales portfolios.

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India threatens WTO action against EU over mango import ban

May 6th, 2014

Indian politicians have criticized the EU while lambasting their own authorities over a ban on mangoes.

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Pakistan’s mango exports in hot water

May 5th, 2014

Babar Durrani discusses steps for Pakistan to avoid the fate of India, which has lost access to the EU mango market.

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All eyes on Indian retail

May 5th, 2014

Retail experts give the lowdown on underlying cultural and economic factors behind India’s supermarket boom.

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Campaigner for Indian mangoes heads to U.K. Parliament

April 29th, 2014

Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.

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Indian mango ban is “Euro-nonsense”, says British politician

April 29th, 2014

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz is determined to “save the mango in Britain”.

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India: govt cold storage scheme to boost Maharashtra produce industry

April 21st, 2014

The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.

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U.S.: Washington Apples sits out of Indian cricket campaign

April 16th, 2014

Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.

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Supply shortage to drive up Indian mango prices

April 16th, 2014

India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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From Israel to India: Barhi dates in for bumper crop

April 1st, 2014

It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.

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EU bans Indian mangoes, eggplant

March 26th, 2014

EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.

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India’s Tata Group partners with Rallis for branded grapes

March 26th, 2014

India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.

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Tesco announces joint venture with Tata in India

March 24th, 2014

Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.

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India tightens rules to dodge EU produce export ban

March 18th, 2014

All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.

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“There’s a lot of room for growth” in blueberries, says USHBC

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.

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Indian govt scraps onion export restrictions

March 6th, 2014

In the face of a bumper crop and falling domestic prices, India has removed price limits on onion exports.

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India: Mahindra to raise the bar with fruit brand Saboro

March 3rd, 2014

US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.

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Cornerstone in place for India’s biggest perishables market

February 25th, 2014

Modelled after Rungis in France, the US$242 million Gaunnar perishables market is on its way in India.

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Indian grape exports running late

February 20th, 2014

An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.

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Indian mango exporter eyes European, North American markets

February 13th, 2014

New direct trade routes out of India could help Delicious Mangoes expand its focus on Europe.


Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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Indian shipper plans serious pomegranate ramp-up

February 11th, 2014

Marketing under the Kimaye brand, a dramatic rise in pomegranate production is in store for India’s INI Farms.

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Fruits, rice drive Indian ag export growth

February 10th, 2014

Growth in Indian agricultural exports was driven by products such as Basmati rice and mango pulp.

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Indian govt mulls Bangalore airport cold storage facility

February 4th, 2014

New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.

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India’s foreign investment policy may attract modern retail

January 27th, 2014

Amendments to India’s foreign direct investment could mean a boost to the modest modern retail sector.

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California walnuts ride marketing momentum in India

January 20th, 2014

California walnut exporters aim to ride a wave in India that has seen their compatriots’ almonds and pistachios soar in popularity.

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India: Syngenta aims for horticultural project rollout

January 13th, 2014

Syngenta Asia’s Prashant Belgamwar discusses seedless watermelon and grape projects in India.

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Tesco’s Indian retail tilt to deepen ties with Tata

December 20th, 2013

Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.

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U.K.: Tesco makes Indian retail pitch

December 19th, 2013

Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.

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Tough rules continue impeding Indian mango exports to Japan

December 12th, 2013

Indian authorities expect a decline in the country’s mango shipments this year in the face of difficult protocol measures in destination markets.

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India: Delhi High Court orders pesticide reassessment

November 12th, 2013

In a no-trust vote, the Delhi High Court has ordered the government to reassess produce pesticide levels.

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Indian companies form fruit export venture

November 6th, 2013

India’s IG International and Atharva International have formed a joint venture to export fruits and vegetables abroad.

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Reverse trade mission yields fruit for eastern U.S. apple industry

November 6th, 2013

The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.

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Indian car company shifts gears into banana business

October 30th, 2013

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.


Chile looks to new fruit markets, better access

October 9th, 2013

Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.

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Horticulture Australia signs deal with Indian govt

October 4th, 2013

A new partnership will help Australian and Indian researchers work together to tackle common horticultural challenges.

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GM bananas: from nutrition to disease resistance

August 23rd, 2013

Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.

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Indian organic growers prepare for European market

August 21st, 2013

Growers in India’s Karnataka state hope to send organic produce to European consumers.

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India: apple demand puts pressure on local supply

August 20th, 2013

India is expected to have an average apple crop, contrasted by growing imports and local demand.

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NZ offers India support to sweeten apple tariff cut talks

August 14th, 2013

Pipfruit NZ will take a delegation of growers to India later this month to work on an industry cooperation agreement.

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Australian authorities intercept citrus pest in curry leaves

August 13th, 2013

Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.

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India: U.S. apples struggle against a cheaper offer from Iran

July 25th, 2013

Depreciation of the rupee and a cheap supply from Iran have made U.S. apples less appealing on the Indian market.

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Indian state promotes urban farming

July 22nd, 2013

India’s Assam state is pushing rooftop farming to provide fresh vegetables in urban zones.

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U.S. walnuts accepted for import in India

July 17th, 2013

India will now accept walnuts from the United States that first undergo methyl bromide fumigation.

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India implements expansive food subsidy plan

July 5th, 2013

India’s new food security bill could provide relief to the poor, but can the nation’s infrastructure handle it?

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India-Iran fruit trade blossoms despite barriers

June 18th, 2013

U.S.-led sanctions have not prevented a fruitful trade relationship between Iran and India.

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India: panel suggests tougher import controls for pesticides

May 31st, 2013

An Indian government panel is seeking to reel in usage of restricted pesticides on imported fruits.

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Indian state experiences fruit boom despite difficulties

May 24th, 2013

India’s Uttar Pradesh state is considered the next fruit hub, but infrastructure may create problems.

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U.S. think tank: Indian policy hurting ag trade and innovation

May 20th, 2013

A U.S.-based think tank has criticized Indian trade policies that may jeopardize the agricultural supply chain.

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Indian mango exporter finds market in Germany

May 15th, 2013

Germany has provided a welcome testing ground for mangoes from India’s Rapid Import and Exporters.


India could send record mango volume to U.S.

May 14th, 2013

If production during the monsoon season goes well, India’s mango shipments to the U.S. could jump significantly.

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More Indians go online to check off grocery list

April 12th, 2013

More Indian shoppers are connecting to the internet to fill their kitchen cabinets.

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U.S.: Washington apples hit for six in India

April 10th, 2013

The Washington State Apple Commission hopes to bowl the competition over by supporting cricket.

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Asia-Pacific agriculture drives global demand for ammonia

March 11th, 2013

Growing populations in China and India are driving food security pressures and demand for ammonia-based fertilizers.

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Port strikes and congestion cause delays for Indian produce imports

February 22nd, 2013

Port strikes and general congestion have made headaches for Indian fruit importers.

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India: IG International to double cold storage capacity

February 14th, 2013

India’s leading fruit distributor has slated a US$25 million investment plan in cold storage facilities over two years.

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Indian government approves aid for mango growers

February 12th, 2013

India will give almost US$1.5 million to mango producers that experienced extensive production losses.

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India’s seed sector asks for government support

February 11th, 2013

India’s seed industry would like to return to its old income tax exempt status.

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Sharp uptick in Indian table grape exports

February 1st, 2013

Indian grape exports to the European Union were around 10 times higher year-on-year in January.

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Indian mangoes may soon enter South African market

January 17th, 2013

India expects clearance soon to export mangoes to yet another new market – South Africa.

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World’s top banana producer aims for higher export presence

January 7th, 2013

Around 30% of produce goes to waste in India’s top banana-growing region.

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Farmer complaints prompt audits for India’s produce committees

December 28th, 2012

India’s Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees may be asleep on the job, farmers claim.

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Indian scientists on path to improve fruit shelf life

December 27th, 2012

A lac-based coating has potential to elongate fruit shelf life for up to two weeks.

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Water shortage to impact Indian export grape deal

December 24th, 2012

Mahagrapes’ Sachin Korde discusses the prospects for this Indian table grape season.

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Apple exporters take on Indian tariffs, methyl bromide proposals

December 20th, 2012

We hear New Zealand, U.S. and Chilean perspectives on India’s apple market obstacles.

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Chile needs more presence and promotion, says Indian importer

December 13th, 2012

India has a large fruit market but one importer says little trade effort has been made by Chile.

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Irradiation opens U.S. for Indian mangoes

December 4th, 2012

India still holds a small U.S. mango market share, but irradiation is helping the country get a foot in.

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India’s growing fruit processing sector to spark postharvest progress

October 1st, 2012

India’s burgeoning fruit processing industry could fuel improvement in the country’s postharvest system.

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Chile urged to exploit India’s rising cherry and kiwifruit demand

September 19th, 2012

Chile needs to intensify its marketing in India to make the most of lower import tariffs.

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Australian-Indian partnership to develop iron-rich bananas

August 30th, 2012

Australian and Indian researchers aim to develop a banana that will help reduce anaemia rates.

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Next decade to prove fruitful for growers, claims economist

August 23rd, 2012

Oliver Flake told PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa about the gains to be had in developing markets.

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UN pushes for global strategy to deal with national droughts

August 23rd, 2012

The U.S. drought has prompted global organizations to discuss a worldwide water deficit management strategy.

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Kiwifruit milestone for southern India

August 21st, 2012

Researchers have successfully grown kiwifruit for the first time in southern India but yields are still low.

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Opinion: nanofilm holds key to extending South Asia’s fruit shelf life

August 17th, 2012

K.S. Subramanian discusses a joint Indian-Sri Lankan-Canadian project to improve packaging technology.

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China reluctant to renew Indian mango and grape imports

August 9th, 2012

India’s commerce ministry is concerned China won’t renew an import deal for mangoes and grapes.

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Asian Regulatory Round-up: GM labels and health claims

July 27th, 2012

Adrienna Zsakay sums up labeling law changes in China, India and Indonesia.

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Irradiation changes to help South Asian mangoes, traders claim

July 26th, 2012

Mangoes exports to the U.S. are expected to be easier under new irradiation treatment rules.

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U.S. authorities amend irradiation treatment rules for southern states

July 24th, 2012

More parts of the U.S. will be able to have irradiation treatment plants, while new rules are set for Indian and Thai fruit.

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India’s table grapes jeopardized by lack of rain

July 18th, 2012

Up to 15% of table grape growers in India’s Maharashtra state face having no yields due to rain shortages.

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Asian Regulatory Round-up: overhauls throughout the continent

July 5th, 2012

Adrienna Zsakay takes a look at the raft of food regulation changes taking place across Asia.

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New sweet plum developed in India

June 26th, 2012

India is optimistic about the export potential of a new sweet plum developed by researchers in the Punjab.

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Indian scientist pinpoints pathogens that lead to bacterial canker

June 7th, 2012

An Indian scientist has decoded a bacteria that leads to disease in mangoes, pomegranates and citrus fruits.

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Chilean walnut exporters search new markets as prices soar

June 5th, 2012

Chilean walnut producers are eyeing up new markets off the back of an excellent growth in export prices.

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International group sequences tomato genome

June 4th, 2012

Researchers from around the globe have put together a genome sequence for the common tomato.

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South Asian-Canadian project testing nano-film effects on shelf life

June 1st, 2012

Researchers from India, Sri Lanka and Canada are testing nano-film with the aim of reducing post harvest losses.

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India gives green light to Peruvian asparagus, avocados

May 31st, 2012

Peru will now have a new outlet for its avocado and asparagus production following Indian market entry approval.

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Indian mango exports to the U.S. drop from key state

May 21st, 2012

Poor weather and a pest threat have impacted mangoes in a key Indian fruit-growing state.

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India posts record European grape export figures

May 17th, 2012

India increased its grape shipments to Europe by a whopping 63% this season.

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India to adopt South African grape varieties

May 10th, 2012

An Indian grape growers’ group is looking to South African varieties.

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New Indian mango will make debut appearance this season

May 3rd, 2012

A new Indian variety of mango with a reddish skin and sweet flavor has been named after a young politician.

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Chile and India look for fruit trade opportunities

April 30th, 2012

Chilean ag minister Luis Mayol has met with Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kapur ahead of an Asian tour.

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India: hailstorm batters mangoes in Karnatka

April 27th, 2012

Hail and rain have dashed hopes for a high mango yield in parts of the Indian state of Karnatka.

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SA producers call on govt to prioritize horticulture in BRICS summits

April 20th, 2012

The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.

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Walmart pledges to get tough on sustainable goals

April 19th, 2012

Walmart CEO Mike Duke outlines green goals, including the ditching of unsustainable palm oil by 2015.

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U.S.: Walmart launches ‘Women in Factories’ empowerment program

April 16th, 2012

Retailer Walmart has started a program it claims will empower 60,000 women in developing countries.

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South African orange exports to India set for boost in 2012

April 11th, 2012

A high Australian exchange rate has shifted the attention of Indian importers to South African oranges.

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Opinion: the ‘huge potential’ for Chilean fruit in India

March 23rd, 2012

An FTA could make India “capable of consuming all of Chile’s produce”, says a leading fruit importer.

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Variable weather hits Indian mangoes

March 21st, 2012

One U.K. importer has seen mango prices double due to rough weather conditions in India.

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NZ: Avocado growers hope science will expand export markets

March 6th, 2012

New Zealand avocado growers have high hopes about technology which will allow them to export beyond the Pacific Rim.

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India and Pakistan to strenghten cross border trade links

March 2nd, 2012

The Pakistani cabinet has decided to ease its restrictions on Indian imports by the end of the year.

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India should grow port operations in line with economic standing, says APM Terminals

February 17th, 2012

APM Terminals says India needs massive investment to raise its shipping status to handle trade growth.

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Indian grape exporter considers E.U. shipment delay

February 3rd, 2012

India has great grape-growing conditions this year, but European market dynamics may force export delays.

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India aims for commercial avocado trials

January 26th, 2012

India’s avocado industry has identified several regions with strong Hass-growing potential.

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Pipfruit NZ forecasts growth in India, Australia this year

January 17th, 2012

Outgoing Pipfruit NZ CEO Peter Beaven discusses growing conditions and the market outlook in 2012.

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Chilean walnut producers look to Asia, Middle East for export promise

December 23rd, 2011

Chile’s walnut growers and exporters predict a bright future.

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Peruvian exporters urge govt to engage in India FTA talks

December 22nd, 2011

Peruvian exporters want greater access to India as developed markets continue to falter.

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Aussie almond industry to crack greater global market share

December 21st, 2011

Australia has the world’s fastest-growing almond industry, tapping into rising demand in Asia and elsewhere.

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U.S. National Mango Board rallies support for global forum proposal

December 19th, 2011

The National Mango Board’s William Watson talks plans for improved export data and new market opportunities.

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