India’s pear imports to surge by 29% in 2021
Gujarat’s saffron mangoes attacked by mystery fungus
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The famed saffron variety of mangoes of India’s Gujarat State is being affected by an unknown disease that is causing mangoes to fall from trees in several orchards. Hopes were high for a good crop after orchards entered into full bloom this season, despite unseasonal rains. That was until crops were infected with a white fungus in Gir and surrounding areas. According to one horticulture official, spraying can eradicate the white fungus but it was not enough to save much of this year’s crop.
Thailand improves traceability of fruit exports to China
The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce has signed a deal with CCIC Thailand to improve the traceability of Thai fruit exported to China, following a new traceability requirement for all imported farm products into China. CCIC Thailand, which is the local office of China’s largest quality assessment and traceability services provider, will help with legal procedures, as well as requests for health and hygiene certificates for certain fruit.
Queensland’s Toowoomba distribution centre to open this year
Del Monte and Australian university research disease-resistant bananas
Del Monte has teamed up with Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia to develop sustainable disease-resistant bananas. The main focus will be on breeding varieties with resistance to Tropical Race 4, a fungus that has blighted the world’s banana crops over the past decade. Del Monte’s involvement in this research is aimed at ensuring the industry’s long-term sustainability and overcoming the main challenges.
Guaranteed traceability of all frozen imported foods in Beijing
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The Beijing Cold Chain Food Traceability Platform has expanded to include all imported foods stored below or at zero degrees Celsius. Consumers can use the WeChat social media app to scan tracking codes in stores and find product information relating to safety and traceability, entry inspection and quarantine certificates, Covid-19 test results, and disinfection certificates.
Zespri accused of intimidating behaviour toward Kiwifruit NZ to secure China deal
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Zespri has been accused of attempting to pressurise industry regulator Kiwifruit NZ into "rubber-stamping" a contentious business deal in China, according to Stuff.co.nz. The accusation relates to a phone call described as “threatening” by Kiwifruit NZ’s chairperson, Kristy McDonald, following a rejection of Zespri's proposed three-year trial at buying and branding 1.95 million trays of counterfeit SunGold kiwifruit grown in China on vines stolen from the company.
Lower citrus imports to Japan in 2020/21 as domestic crop recovers
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Japan’s citrus crop is expected to recover in 2020/21 following a poor harvest in 2019/20, according to FAS/Tokyo data. Increased household consumption of oranges due to the COVID-19 pandemic is predicted to provide a modest boost to imports of fresh oranges. Following a COVID-19-related decline in food service demand in 2019/20 and resulting high levels of stocks, 2020/21 imports of lemons and orange juice are projected to plummet. Grapefruit demand continues to steadily slip.