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Banana waste's bioenergy potential
Researchers from the Agro-Energy Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have studied the potential of banana waste in the province of El Oro (Ecuador) for bioenergy applications. According to their results, the use of this waste could satisfy 55 percent of the electrical demand of the region and 10.....

Vietnam diversifies fruit export markets
Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is optimistic that the country will be able to export more fruits to choosy markets at higher prices this year. The ministry believes that the fruit export turnover in 2016 will reach over $2 billion, higher than the $1.8 billion last year.China.....

Chinese delegation visits Thai banana plantations
A delegation of Chinese traders from Guangzhou recently visited banana plantations in Paya Meng Rai district, Chiang Rai province. The plantations have over 800,000 banana trees on 2,700 rai of land with some of the bananas bound for export to China.Smith Thamchua, consul for agriculture attached to the Thai.....

Seafarers UK welcomes Fyffes support for schools campaign
Bringing a young, fun element alongside its ongoing annual Seafarers Awareness Week campaigning, the Seafarers UK charity is pleased to partner with Fyffes, the UK's leading importer and distributor of bananas, to launch a primary school educational campaign and competition.24,000 schools across the UK are.....

India: ''Madhya Pradesh needs more packhouses to boost exports''
Although Madhya Pradesh (MP) is the third largest state in terms of horticultural produce in India, exports from the state are practically non-existent. Maharashtra is the fifth largest state for horticultural produce, but tops the export chart. Hence, General Manager of Agricultural and Processed Food.....


To GROW through sales of organic bananas
Organically Grown Company announces $1m donation
Northwest-based organic distributor Organically Grown Company (OGC) recently reached an impressive milestone, announcing the donation of $1 million to the GROW program through 10 years of sales. OGC committed to purchasing its organic bananas exclusively from GROW beginning in 2005 when the brand was first.....

Man finds potentially deadly spiders in bunch of Tesco bananas
Declan King was horrified after he found a nest of hundreds of black spiders, feared to be a deadly Brazilian species, in a bunch of bananas he had recently bought from Tesco's. The 22-year-old believes the spiders are the potentially fatal Brazilian Wandering Spider, which are often found in bananas.Mr King.....

Germany:
Fairtrade bananas reached record sales in 2015
The annual report of TransFair stated that the sales of Fairtrade products increased to 978 million Euro.Bananas boomingWith an increase of 32% to 68,000 metric tons the banana sales reached record sales in 2015. All Fairtrade bananas on the German market are organic certified. The total market share of.....

Criticism over Mugabe's banana handouts
On Friday 13 May, President Robert Mugabe visited Masvingo Provice, one of the areas hardest hit by drought, where he distributed bananas, cassava, 90 tonnes of maize and clothes to the villagers. The number of Zimbabweans requiring food assistance following poor harvests caused by the El Niño-induced.....

Colombia Banana Growers' Association refutes banana cocaine bust claims
It is widely being reported that Colombian authorities have seized eight tons of cocaine in a recent raid at a banana plantation. The drugs were apparently bound for the United States by way of the Caribbean and are said to be worth $240 million, making it possibly one the largest hauls in the country in.....

Strawberry prices on the up
Drop in AU banana prices
In far-north Queensland, hot and humid weather conditions have led to an oversupply of bananas, causing the price to drop to as little as 15 cents a banana. While in South Australia the opposite situation has happened, recent storms have damaged strawberry crops causing a shortage of supply, leading to.....

Spain: Plátano de Canarias reached 72% market share in 2015
In 2015, the brand Plátano de Canarias increased its market share in Spain by 11%, reaching 72.10%, according to data provided by the Food Consumption Panel of the consultancy firm Kantar, an official source of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.The president of the Association of Canary Banana Producer.....

Chiquita may leave New Orleans
The Chiquita company returned to New Orleans two years ago, but is again considering moving its cargo business elsewhere; a move that has New Orleans port officials scrambling to try to keep the company from leaving the city that was once the country’s top banana importer, reports theadvocate.com.The.....

Ecuadorian exports drop 25.5%
Exports, one of Ecuador's most important sources of foreign exchange, have slumped by 25.5%. According to the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), from January to March last year, sales of Ecuador to the world totaled 4,870 million dollars, but in the same period this year, these revenues decreased to 3.627.....

Exporting paper from banana fibre
India: 22-year-old girl helps boost farmers' incomes
Shubhika Jan is trying to help farmers earn additional income by reusing parts of their crop which normally go to waste. The 22-year-old is making handmade paper from banana stem fibre and aromatic oils from local herbs.Talking to Times Of India, Shubhika said, "Though Chhattisgarh is rich in the green belt,.....

Does Uganda need GM crops?
New diseases threaten Uganda's major food crops, like cassava, banana and maize. The country faces numerous agricultural challenges exacerbated by climate change and other factors, and it seems as if conventional preventive measures have failed.Due to Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW), Uganda loses $299.6m worth.....

AU: Surprising success of green banana flour
Rob Watkins, a second generation farmer in North Queensland, came across green banana flour by chance; now his business, Natural Evolution, which produces the flour, is booming. When Rob drove over a cluster of lady finger bananas at the family’s plantation at Walkamin on the Atherton Tableland six years.....

AU: Banana roadshows rev up for national tour
Banana growers around Australia have the opportunity to hear the latest research in a biennial roadshow.To be held for the second time, the Banana Roadshow will profile the latest industry research, bringing growers up to date with information on biosecurity, disease research, farm production, environmental.....

Indonesia to boost fruit industry
Indonesia's Agriculture Ministry aims to increase not only the value of its fruit farming, but also floriculture, by Rp 120 trillion (US$9 billion). To do so, the country will increase promotion, revitalize plantations and bolster local fruit consumption.Indonesian fruit exports reached $37 million in 2015,.....

Research institute helping India's banana growers
The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) recently organised a meeting with stakeholders in the banana industry, including growers, processors and market players, with the aim of creating a robust food value chain, to benefit the processing industry.A model called FRIG (Farmers, Government,.....

Ecuador: Banana exports' growth rate decreases
The Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE) stated that, after this year's first quarter, there is slowdown in the growth rate of banana export.The export volume in the first quarter of 2016, when compared to the same moment of 2015, was 2.03%. This percentage is lower than the 7.42% achieved in.....

Belgium and the UK are the EU’s largest banana importers
Belgium and the United Kingdom are the largest EU importers of bananas among all Member States. In total, all 28 EU countries imported 5.246 million tonnes of the fruit, an increase of 3 percent compared to 2014 and also 3 percent more than the average of the past five years, reports FAMMU / FAPA based on:.....

Kenyan farmers urged to grow more banana
Banana farmers in Kisii county Kenya, are being urged to produce more bananas in light of increasing market demand.Speaking to farmers at Kiogoro market, One Acre Fund representative from the county, Mrs Margaret Momanyi, said demand for the produce has been growing rapidly in recent times and hence the.....


Banana, avocado slicing life hack
Youtuber DaveHax has shared a video showing how to quickly slice up a banana or avocado with two items you probably already have in your kitchen: a large bowl and a metal cooling rack.To cut your banana or avocado, place a metal cooling rack over the top of a large bowl. Then peel open one side of the banana.....

AU: Robots to boost fruit output figures
Farmers may soon be able to achieve maximum fruit outputs, with the help of two Australian-made robots which identify issues for growers such as lack of pollinationThe robots were part of a recently released study conducted by the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and commissioned.....

India: Farmers hit by heavy rains after drought
In the Warangal district in the Indian state of Telangana, the farming community has been suffering from the effects of drought on their crops; now they have also been hit by untimely rains which descended on the district for the past three days.Mango orchards, banana plantations and vegetable cultivators.....

Spain to produce 5.3% more bananas this year
Spain's banana production will grow by 5.3% in 2016, while that of extra-early potatoes will remain stable (+0.2%), according to data supplied by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.The banana harvest, which concentrates in the Canary Islands, will reach 393,000 tonnes, compared to.....

Adding value to their crop
Kenyan entrepreneur helps banana farmers
In Kislii county, Kenya, Askah Nyakwara, a young entrepreneur, is helping banana farmers by finding a market for their produce. Thanks to Nyakwara, banana crisps have become a fast selling commodity there.The east African country recently saw an increase in banana production but unfortunately, there seems to.....

Imports from South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil
EC to review emergency measures against black spot
The European Commission (EC) has announced that it will review the emergency measures to strengthen the Community's protection against the black spot phytosanitary threat because of the citrus imports from South Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil.In mid-March, the Spanish citrus sector asked Brussels to.....

Mexico: Banana crops Tabasco free of Panama disease
The plague of Panama disease, which threatens banana crops in Asia, Europe, and Africa, won't represent a danger to the plantations in Tabasco if the fungus arrives there. According to producers, the varieties grown in the area are resistant to this disease and they have dismissed the alert.Researchers have.....

Fresh Del Monte beats earning forecasts
For Fresh Del Monte Produce's first quarter, the company has beaten earning forecasts by a huge margin, this is in spite of worldwide banana pricing putting some pressure on their sales.Fresh Del Monte recorded $1.57 a share, excluding non-recurring items, handily topping forecasts of 84 cents a share, and.....

UK: Greggs to start selling Fairtrade bananas
Food on-the-go retailer Greggs is known for its pastries, but from Thursday 5 May, customers will also be able to buy Fairtrade bananas in 350 of its shops, as part of the chain’s commitment to extending its healthy snacking options.Health conscious customers can now enjoy Fairtrade bananas from Greggs as.....

UK: 100% sustainable bananas for Aldi by year end
Retailer Aldi has announced that it will buy all of its bananas from sustainable sources by the end of 2016. The range will be sourced from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.Tony Baines, Joint Managing Director – Corporate Buying said: “Aldi is built around listening to its customers.....

Dominican Republic: More than 80% of banana is organic and exported
The Dominican banana sector generates US $420 million a year and creates more than 32,000 jobs, 44% of which are permanent and 12% of which are for women.This data was revealed on Tuesday during a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Accompanying Measures for Bananas Program that was held in the.....

Indian cities to receive banana growing support
Farmers in the Indian cities of Bidar and Kalaburagi will receive help from Tamil Nadu based National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) scientists. The farmers will be trained in cultivation methods, crop protection and post-harvest technologies, as well as being provided with seedlings and other inputs.As a.....

First Vietnamese bananas reach Japanese supermarkets
On April 30, the first Vietnamese bananas appeared on the shelves of the Japanese discount chain Don Quijote. Nguyễn Trung Dũng, a representative of the Vietnamese Embassy’s Trade Office in Japan, said about 15 tonnes of bananas exported by the Huy Long An company were sold at over 10 Don Quijote.....

PH wants ag export tariffs scarpped
First review of Philippines-Japan trade deal
On Friday 6 May, the first review of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (Pjepa) will take place. At this review, the Philippines plans to seek the removal of quotas and tariffs on its key agricultural exports, such as bananas and pineapples.“We will seek additional concessions. We will push.....

The world's biggest banana exporting countries
Over 81 percent of the total bananas exported globally come from 10 countries. The banana export trade is a huge industry, with exports totaling over $14 billion in the year 2014 alone, which saw an increase of 8.1% from the previous year.Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world, and due to.....