Mangos, tropical fruit tips focus of international conference

Maui News

“Mango Makers and Food Preservers” will be the focus of the 31st Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference held Oct. 8 to 9 at the Maui County Business Resource Center, the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers announced.

The conference will be both in person and virtual and will continue with mini-sessions and tours on Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii island Oct. 10 to 14.

Geared toward farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the conference is open to the public. Videos of the presentations will be posted at htfg.org.

Visiting researchers and agro-experts will share information and lead breakout sessions on a variety of fruit-related topics, including the Tatura trellis system, avocados, advanced dehydration and canning methods, propagation techniques and unusual fruits with future economic potential.

Steve Brady will give the keynote speech, “The World of Mangos” with Jane Tai and Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Executive Director Ken Love presenting “Processing and Utilizing Your Fruit to Develop Award-Winning, Value-Added Products.” A tour with farmer Jordan Longman at the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Repository will cover fruit fly trap making and pruning techniques used in Australia and Japan.

A retired internist, Brady has been collecting and growing tropical and exotic fruit for over six decades. He helped found the Naples Botanical Garden and was curator of its Tropical Fruit and Edible Plants Collection. A resident of the Sunshine State, Brady teaches an annual class on mangos for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Science as well as training classes for master gardeners.

Registration forms and fee schedule are available at www. HTFG.org or by contacting Love at kenlove@hawaiian tel.net or Mark Suiso at mark.suiso@gmail.com. The Maui County Business Resource Center is located at 110 Alaihi St. in Kahului.

31st Hawai‘i International Tropical Fruit Conference Coming Up in October

Big Island Now

The 31st Hawai‘i International Tropical Fruit Conference will be both virtual and in-person this year.

Titled “Mango Makers and Food Preservers,” the conference will be held Oct. 8-9 at the Maui County Business Resource Center, located at 110 Alaihi St. in Kahului. Additionally, mini sessions and tours will take place on Moloka‘i, O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Hilo and Kona Oct. 10-14.

Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the multi-day conference is presented by the statewide Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and open to the public. Videos for 2021 presentations will be posted at htfg.org.

The 2021 conference offers a lineup of visiting researchers and agro experts sharing information and leading engaging breakout sessions on a variety of fruit-related topics. Attendees will be able to log into discussions on the Tatura trellis system, avocados, advanced dehydration and canning methods, propagation techniques and unusual fruits with future economic potential.

Steve Brady will give the keynote, “The World of Mangos” with Jane Tai and HTFG Executive Director Ken Love offering a presentation on “Processing and Utilizing Your Fruit to Develop Award-Winning, Value-Added Products.” A tour with farmer Jordan Longman at the HTFG Repository will cover fruit fly trap making and pruning techniques utilized in Australia and Japan.

A retired internist, Brady has been collecting and growing all sorts of tropical and exotic fruit for over six decades. He helped found the Naples Botanical Garden and was curator of its Tropical Fruit and Edible Plants Collection. A resident of the Sunshine State, Brady teaches an annual class on mangos for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Science as well as training classes for master gardeners.

The Mango Loa Project – Improving Hawaii’s Mango Industry By Using Ultra High Density Plantation (UHDP)

Techniques And The Open Tatura Trellis System.

High Density Mango Farming for the 21st Century: Orchard Installation and Management Years One to Three

Thursday October 29, 2020 12p.m.- 1p.m.

Zoom online
Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mango-loa-projecthigh-density-mango-farming-in-the-21st-century-tickets-124657781781

We will discuss:
– Orchard layout, orientation, and management
– Pruning and training
– Pest control
– Nutrients

If you have any questions about the event or the Mango Loa project: umisfarm@gmail.com

Man Gets Prison Time for Stealing Mangos

HONOLULU (KHNL) – Tears, victim testimony, and other drama. All for the sentencing of a mango thief.

Honolulu prosecutors say the man should be sent to prison for trying to sell stolen fruit in Chinatown.

Neal Bashford sits in court, sick and tired of being victimized. The owner of Mokuleia Farms on Oahu’s North Shore says he’s losing the battle against crop thieves.

“Not only the financial loss of the fruit, which can be devastating to my farm,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s in excess of $12,000 to $20,000 a year.”

So he wants the judge to drop the hammer on a mango thief. Sinfroso Villegas stole 300 pounds of mangos from Mokuleia Farms last August.

“At some point, we have to put our foot down,” Bashford said. “Stop this. It’s been going on for a long time.”

For the first time, Honolulu prosecutors apply a new law that makes agricultural theft a felony. Bashford says the damage to his company goes beyond the loss of some fruit.

“They damage the trees. They break gates. They tear fences down,” he said. “The damage to the trees is permanent. So I get no fruit production from that part of the tree forever.”

Villegas breaks down in tears, as he asks the judge for leniency.

Mangoes from India, Pakistan now compete in US market

WASHINGTON: Three years after the Indian ” alphanso” landed in the US to the delight of diehard mango lovers, the popular ” chausa” variety from Pakistan has entered American markets this month, leading to cheers from the fruit’s fans.

Traders involved in its import concede that this brings an element of competition between the mango varieties from two countries, though both are facing the problem of high costs and are presently quite far away from the reach of the masses and are not readily available in Indian and Pakistani grocery stores.

Jaidev Sharma, president of Mangozz.com, one of the largest importers of the fruit from India and Pakistan, says that generally mangoes from India have an edge over those from Pakistan.

After the arrival of the first commercial shipment of about 800 boxes of Pakistani “chausa” early this month, a box of six “chausa” mangoes was quickly taken at an unbelievable premium price of USD 60-USD 100.

In the last few years, the Indian “alphanso” has been the costliest variety in the US, with a box (weighing about 3 kgs and containing nine to 12 mangoes) being sold this year at USD 40 to USD 80 in the retail market.

Mango Season Not Pau

By Glenn I. Teves, County Extension Agent, UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Mango is called the King of Fruits for good reason. Nothing could be better than an ice cold mango on a hot afternoon. Native to South and Southeast Asia, mango has been cultivated for over 4,000 years, and was introduced into Hawaii in the early 1800s from Mexico. Molokai has an ideal hot, dry growing climate, and the best area is a belt running from Kalamaula to Kamalo. Unfortunately, the further east you go, the windier it gets, and nothing can be more damaging to a potentially great crop of mango than wind blowing off flowers and fruits. On most islands, mango season runs from June to October with the peak in the earlier half of the season, but for Molokai if you look hard enough, you can probably find mango 9 months of the year especially around the Kaunakakai area.

Mango is not without its problems. Of the tens of thousands of flowers it bears, less than a fraction of 1 percent will actually make it to harvest. With the challenges of four to five months of growing from flower to mature fruit, they face serious diseases and other maladies along the way.

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness
How Prepared is Your Farming Operation?

Maui Extension Office
Monday, November 26, 2007
11 am ? 1:30 pm

Natural disasters, such as droughts, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, pests, and diseases, can cause excessive economic damage to agricultural production. In addition to crop damage, disasters can also affect farm buildings, machinery, animals, irrigation, family members and employees. Disasters along with marketing difficulties can lead to serious downturns in your farm income.

How prepared are you? This workshop is designed to provide you with information on:
1) preparing your operation for a natural disaster and
2) available and affordable crop insurance programs that minimize risk associated with economic losses.
Note: Now that the “Adjusted Gross Revenue” (AGR) insurance is available for 2008, in effect all Hawaii crops can be insured to some degree ? not just bananas, coffee, papayas, macnuts & nursery.

Speakers:
? USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers and oversees farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand.

? USDA Risk Management Agency Western Regional Office, Davis. USDA RMA helps producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions.

? John Nelson from the Western Center for Risk Management Education (Washington State University) on the new Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) Insurance.

? Dr. Mike Fanning, Executive Vice President, AgriLogic, is a specialist in Agri-Terroism, crop insurance, farm policy analysis, and individual farm risk management.

? Dr. Kent Fleming, an agricultural economist with the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), is an Extension Farm Management Specialist with a focus on risk management education.

The workshop is FREE and lunch (sandwiches or bentos and drinks) will be provided. For more information, visit the website http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/agrisk/ You may also contact Kent Fleming @ 989-3416 or fleming@hawaii.edu or Jan McEwen @ 244-3242 or jmcewen@hawaii.edu

Please call the Maui Extension Office at 244-3242 by November 21, 2007 to register for this seminar.