In 2020, FFTC will also focus on passion fruit, which of late, has risen as a crop of interest in terms of market demand. The project aims to update the current status of passion fruit production and identify main constraints and opportunities for the growing industry.
* This event has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Type of activity: Workshop
Date & venue: TBD
Co-organizer: Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS)
Although it is still a “minor tropical crop” in terms of production, and number of farmers and value, passion fruit has risen as a crop of interest in the Asian and Pacific Region since world’s market demand for passion fruit has been expanding rapidly in recent years. The popularity/areas of passion fruit in Asia increase each year, like most Asian fruit types but there are still many challenges. It’s reported that two issues that are considered to be the biggest obstacle to quality control/management in passion fruit production in Asia are production of healthy/no diseases-infection varieties and viruses/virus-like diseases management/control. Furthermore, linkage along the value chain, market access and competitiveness capacity are also big concerns in passion fruit production in the region.
• To update the current status of passion fruit production and identify main constraints and opportunities for the passion fruit (PF) industry in Asia region.
• To exchange knowledge on PF breeding & selection and share experiences and technologies of diseases-free PF cultivar production.
• To exchange knowledge and share experiences on pests & diseases management/control for PF.
• To share strategies/innovative technologies that help the producer (especially small scale farmers) to enhance passion fruit quality management within the entire PF value chain, and meet technical standard on agro-product quality and safety in the region.
• To explore and develop collaborative research network/activities and strengthen the partnership between the national agricultural research system partners for sustainable PF production in the Asia region.
• Seventy expected participants (researchers, technologists, expert of research institutes, government officers…), including:
• Ten invited foreign speakers from major passion fruit producing- countries in the Asian and Pacific Region (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri-Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand etc.).
• Five invited Vietnamese speakers from research institutes, international organizations (IFC/WB…), or PF agro-business companies (NAFOOD, DOVECO).
• Fifty-five participants representing government agencies, research institutes, agro-business companies (PF producers, processors, and exporters), cooperatives, farmers, etc.