China’s nation-wide poverty-alleviation program may benefit tree nut growers

China’s exports of walnuts are estimated to drop in MY 2018/19 as result of reduced domestic production. China has been a historical export supplier of walnuts over the last century. Over the past decade or so, China has nearly faded out as a supplier to the world market due to strong domestic demand. Nevertheless, China’s walnut exports rebounded significantly...

The future for hazelnuts is bright – in Bhutan, not in Turkey

Thirty years ago, Turkey produced 80% of world’s hazelnuts but it has hit its production limit and, as global demand for hazelnuts continues to rise, the country’s dominance is falling. Environmental problems, a difficult political environment and talk about unfair labor inspire large groups to look for other suppliers. Hazelnuts are the world’s second most valuable tree-nut crop after...

4,000 hectares of new macadamia plants in Australia

Scott Gregson-Allcott, CEO, Macadamia Farm Management (MFM), Bundaberg, North Queensland, is undoubtedly one of the industry’s most innovative operators. Prior to MFM Scott managed a large vegetable seedling nursery in Bowen, North Queensland, before  establishing a large macadamia nursery ‘MACQ’ in Bundaberg which supplied grafted macadamia trees to major stakeholders within the industry. He migrated to Australia from...

Rubber tires from almond shells

Growing almonds in California is a creative, high-tech industry with an impressive scientific approach. But the limits of increasing yields and revenue with kernels might be in sight. No, problem for the Almond Board of California: Let’s make money with hulls and shells. The Almond Board invested in some research about products from hulls and shells. An almond producer produces...

Prunes and walnuts

Interview with Felipe Valenzuela, Product Manager Dry Fruit Division and Antonio Aguirre, Commercial Director, Baika Chilean Fruits, Huechuraba/Santiago Baika does not (yet) rank among Chile’s major fruit and nut exporters. So who and what is Baika? Baika belongs to the group of San José farms, which have been active in agricultural production for more than 25 years. San José began...

Ghana bets on cashews

Recounting a commitment he made in 2016, at Suma Ahenkro, in the Jaman North constituency, the President said it was high time the agriculture sector shifted its over-reliance on the production and export of cocoa, in contrast with its neighbour Cote d’Ivoire. He noted that Cote d’Ivoire has succeeded in diversifying its agriculture, which included the production and export of other...

Ghana open to cashew sourcing pact with Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 29: Leading cashew producer Ghana has welcomed Kerala’s initiatives aimed at partnering with the African nation in production, technology transfer and direct import of cashew bypassing middlemen. This was made known after discussions between Eddison M Agbenyeagah, Charge ‘d’ Affaires, Ghana High Commission, with K. Ampady, Director, Information & Public Relations, Kerala. The Kerala government is currently hosting a...

Ghana open to cashew sourcing pact with Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JUNE 29: Leading cashew producer Ghana has welcomed Kerala’s initiatives aimed at partnering with the African nation in production, technology transfer and direct import of cashew bypassing middlemen. This was made known after discussions between Eddison M Agbenyeagah, Charge ‘d’ Affaires, Ghana High Commission, with K. Ampady, Director, Information & Public Relations, Kerala. The Kerala government is currently hosting a...

The fastest growing australian food company is from China

Australia's fastest-growing food company sells nothing here Australia's fastest-growing food company has seen its market value more than double to about $900 million in the seven months since its float. But don't expect to see any of its products on local supermarket shelves. Dongfang Modern Agriculture Holding Group was incorporated in Australia last year to own an existing agricultural business in...

Tissue culture to bring banana output revolution in India

BHAGALPUR: Aimed at augmenting banana yield in the region, the Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) has embarked on the 'plant tissue culture method' for commercial banana production, with help of the Tissue Culture Laboratory at BAU . Apart from better yield, the tissue culture method is also useful in warding fruit diseases that not only reduce production, but also cause wilting...
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