The Plantations International group of companies is very pleased to announce that via its fully own Malaysian subsidiary United Tropical Fruit Sdn. Bhd. (UTFSB), it has launched Malaysia's first and only commercial grade Organic Musang King Durian Plantation. The United Tropical Fruit Organic Musang King Durian Plantation is located on a 100 acre site in the Malaysian state of Pahang and has been secured by United Tropical Fruit on a 60 year leasehold basis. Malaysia's Musang King Durian also known as Mao Shan Wang or D197 is Malaysia's most popular durian export and due to extremely limited supply levels it currently [...]
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The 2021 Global Food Crises Report highlights the remarkably high severity and numbers of people in Crisis or worse in 55 countries/territories, driven by persistent conflict, pre-existing and COVID-19-related economic shocks, and weather extremes. The number identified in the 2021 edition is the highest in the report’s five-year existence. While conflict continues to displace people, disrupt livelihoods and damage economies, the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures have exacerbated pre-existing drivers of fragility, widened inequalities and exposed structural vulnerabilities of local and global food systems, hitting the most economically vulnerable households particularly hard. The shocks come amid the frequent threat of [...]
A DRAFT administrative order that may pave the way for the commercial propagation of the agarwood-producing Aquilaria tree species in the Philippines amid the pandemic is now being reviewed by a technical working group of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office. Once it passes the crucial assessment, the draft administrative order will be submitted to the Office of the Secretary of the DENR for signing, finally putting in place guidelines for the establishment of commercial or backyard tree farms for the purpose of producing agarwood. A DRAFT administrative order that may pave the way for the commercial [...]
It is currently the durian season in Thailand. Chanthaburi, a producer in eastern Thailand, set the record of receiving orders for 20 tons (approximately 10,000) of fresh durians from Chinese buyers in one day. The product will be transported to the Port of Shenzhen by chartered flights and distributed to all parts of China within 1 to 2 days. Industry insiders said ripe durians taste the best when consumed within 3 days after being harvested. Alongkorn, consultant to the Minister of Agriculture of Thailand, said Thai durian fruit export companies have increased their quality control this year, following stricter regulations on [...]
The Agroforestry Group in Malaysia has today announced that their rebranding has been fully completed with the name change of Plantations International Agarwood Sdn Bhd to AFG Agarwood Sdn Bhd . All Agroforestry Group clients with Agarwood within Malaysia now fully fall under Agroforestry Group. Also all logos to represent the new Agroforestry Group identity. Mr. Paul Martin, Managing Director Agroforestry Group stated, "I would like to highlight that operationally there has been no impact with all our offices, banking, regulatory approvals and plantations remaining in place. More importantly, all existing client Sales and Management contracts remain unchanged and are not affected [...]
Two years ago, an oversupply of Malaysian Musang King Durian Investments set mouths watering across the region. A kilogram of the highly prized Musang King Durian variety was going for about $17, nearly half the usual price, according to local reports. Hearing the news from afar, I could only enviously imagine gourmets gorging on the glut. The durian is the "king of fruits". Its first-time eaters who brave warnings about spiky Musang King Durian shells and overpowering odors are rewarded with the opulently luscious, custard-like flesh. For many of them, it is the start of a lifelong culinary addiction－but usually only [...]
According to a report from the fruit branch of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products, China’s customs statistics indicate that the value of fruit imports exceeded $10 billion for the first time in 2020, reaching a total value of $10.26 billion — an 8% increase over the previous year. In contrast, the total fruit import volume declined by 8%, reaching 6.302 million tons. The decrease in import volume was largely attributable to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on global supply chains. The top nine fruits in order of import value [...]