Ecuador: Banana led exports in 2016

The banana sector is very satisfied with the signing of the multi-party agreement between Ecuador and the European Union. Eduardo Ledesma, the president of the Association of Exporters of Bananas of Ecuador (AEBE), said that the signing of this agreement generated many expectations for the banana sector. In this sense, they announced that a public-private

Vitamin E in maize could lead to more nutritious crop

Scientists from Cornell University and colleagues from other institutions have identified genes that control Vitamin E content in the maize grain. The researchers used different types of genetic association analyses to identify 14 genes across the maize genome involved in the synthesis of vitamin E. Six genes were newly discovered to encode proteins that contribute

Indonesia has reduced tariffs on Australian raw sugar 

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and Indonesian President Widodo reached agreement to each reduce tariffs on a key commodity as a mark of progress towards the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) currently under negotiation.  Indonesia will reduce tariffs on the import of Australian raw sugar and Australia will eliminate import duties on Indonesian herbicides and

China crowding Japan out of avocado market

Demand for the green smoothie mainstay has surged in Japan the past few years. In 2016, Japan imported 74,000 tons ($211m) of the fruit, up 2.5 times from a decade earlier. Mexico is the major supplier with 93 percent share followed by US, Newe Zealand, Peru and Chile. Demand has risen in other countries, too.

PH, France sign cooperation agreement on agriculture

The Philippines and France have signed a cooperation agreement on agriculture that seeks to further intensify scientific and commercial exchanges between the two countries. According to the French Embassy in Manila, the agreement was signed by Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and French Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Laurent Legodec at the conclusion of the French-Philippine Forum

China-Vietnam fruits trade: going strong

Prof. Rolando T. Dy, Ph.D Executive Director, CFA-UA&P China imports from Vietnam is thriving. In 2016, it imported $383M of dragon fruit, $143M of longan, and $28M of lychee, $13M of bananas, and $32M of watermelons. There is a large volume of dried jackfruit imports but these are not well-recorded, as shown by the quantities

Soda More Popular than Coffee among S. Koreans: Survey

Soft drinks are the most popular drink consumed by Koreans, followed by coffee, a survey showed. The survey by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs revealed 26.8 percent picked soda as their most favored drink, trailed by coffee at 17.6 percent. Beverages for water supplement came next at 17.3 percent, followed by fruit beverages at