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Fifty-three technical articles on dragon fruits have recently been uploaded in the FFTC Dragon Fruit Network (DFNet) website http://df.fftc.agnet.org adding more data to its growing collection of information on one of the world’s most promising tropical fruits. These articles came from the papers written by the speakers of FFTC’s past four workshops since 2014 and fall under the following categories: new varieties, crop management, management of pests and diseases, pre and postharvest management, quarantine and marketing, and others. The authors of the said papers are dragon fruit experts in their own right who come from seven countries that grow and consume dragon fruits.

Aside from the 53 articles which have been uploaded in the DFNet website, FFTC has also provided links to other related articles and news on dragon fruits written by other dragon fruit experts from around the world. In the future, the website will be designed to be more interactive.
A culmination of three years of successive workshops on dragon fruit production and marketing among players in the dragon fruit industry, the Center has recently taken the lead and followed the experts’ recommendation to form a collaborative research network. One of its major activities is to launch a dragon fruit network website containing pertinent information on the production and marketing of dragon fruit.

Since its launch last year, the DFNet website has been attracting more dragon fruit experts and enthusiasts who are interested to learn about the various aspects of dragon fruit production and marketing, and want to be updated on the on-goings in the dragon fruit industry. To date, aside from FFTC, the following institutes and organizations have actively been a part of the growing DFNet: Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Vietnam’s Southern Horticultural Research Institute (SOFRI) and Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI) the Philippine Council for Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) and the Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños (PHTRC-UPLB).

On September 8-12, 2019, FFTC has joined hands with the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) to organize another workshop on “Dragon fruit Network: Marketing and the Whole Value Chain”

For further information please contact:
Ms. Keziah Wei
Tel : +886-2-2362-6239 #18 
E-mail : keziah@fftc.org.tw

The new DFNet logo design has recently been launched together with the uploading of new articles in the dragon fruit network website. The articles came from the papers written by the speakers of FFTC’s past four workshops since 2014 and fall under various categories related to the different facets of the dragon fruit industry.