REQUIREMENTS TO DEVELOP AN EXPORT INDUSTRY BASED ON THE LESS WELL KNOWN TROPICAL FRUITS

M. A. Nichols
Many of the minor tropical fruits are completely unknown to consumers living in temperate climates. With the growing interest in exotic and unusual products in developed countries such as North America, Western Europe, and Japan, there would appear to be potential to develop an export industry based on the production of the less well known tropical fruits such as mangosteen, rambutan, langsat, lychee, longan, and possibly even durian.

Development of such an industry will require expertise in production, postharvest, and marketing of products which currently tend of be seasonal, and have a very short shelf life.

Continuity of supply will be desirable, and the development of soundly based production systems essential. This may involve the use of genetically improved (clonal rather than seedling) planting material, dwarfing rootstocks (where possible), the establishment of high density orchard plantings, improved pest and disease management, and the control of flowering and vigour, possibly by means of moisture stress.

Nichols, M. A. (1992). REQUIREMENTS TO DEVELOP AN EXPORT INDUSTRY BASED ON THE LESS WELL KNOWN TROPICAL FRUITS. Acta Hortic. 321, 831-836
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1992.321.105
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1992.321.105

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