New fruit dubbed the 'black apple' developed in WA hoped to rival other varieties
"Western Australian apple growers have developed a new variety that they hope will rival Pink Lady's popularity.
The unofficially named 'black apple', has taken 20 years of testing and breeding by the WA Department of Agriculture and Food.
The dark burgundy-skinned fruit is a cross between Royal Gala and Cripps Red varieties and is expected to hit the shelves in 2016.
WA Agriculture Minister Ken Baston said the apple was grower friendly because the tree was productive, the fruit coloured easily and the apples stood out from existing varieties on shop shelves."
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Fruit, vegetable prices rising
"The shopkeepers in Multan significantly increased the prices of fruit and vegetables as compared to the rates in the previous week in South Punjab.
Grapes are being sold at Rs 800/kg, peach, apricot, plum is available at Rs 200 to 240, lemon at Rs 120 to 146/kg.
Similarly, the prices of apple, grapes, banana, mango, melon and other fruit also rose".
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Fruit picking charity needs Auckland co-ordinators
"Community Fruit Harvesting, a charity that picks unwanted fruit to provide food for hungry families, is looking for neighbourhood co-ordinators around Auckland to manage fruit picking in their area.
The role involves managing requests to pick fruit from local gardens or orchards, organising volunteer pickers and arranging for the fresh fruit to be delivered to charities or preserved.
"The group has grown tremendously since I started it three years ago," says Di Celliers. "The existing team of co-ordinators can’t get to all the fruit we hear about, especially over the busy citrus season.
We hate fruit going to waste and would love to expand our network of co-ordinators to cover Auckland fully. We’re looking for co-ordinators that are reliable, responsible and passionate about helping others. "
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