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Largest banana producer in the state

Brazil: The municipality of Delfinópolis promotes first fruit fair

The municipality of Delfinópolis, southwest of Minas Gerais, known for being one of the state's largest banana producers, will host the 1st Banana Fair from June 20 to 24. The wide and varied program will include field day, lectures, roundtable, appointment agenda and business fair, as well as cultural.....

Steady demand for Indonesian bananas

While Ramadan used to mean diminished sales for the Indonesian banana sector, this year seems to be different. “We’ve noticed a growing trend with regards to healthy products,” says Luthfiany Azwawie. Luthfiany is head of marketing for the Indonesian company Sewu Segar Nusantara, which is part of Sunpride.....

"Next year we want to export 40 containers of organic bananas per week"

"We made a conscious decision for organic bananas, because we want to serve humanity with healthier, environmentally friendly food that is free of pesticides. Besides, we are distinctive because of the fact that we are a company with only five producers. In total, we have an area of 1,700 hectares of bananas",.....

EU banana sector meets in Paris

Spain: Banana imports from ACP countries still on the rise

The EU banana sector, represented by the European Association of Banana Producers (APEB), made up of representatives of associations of banana producer organizations in the outermost regions of Spain, France and Portugal, met in Paris last Thursday to take a new step in the sector's defence in the face of the.....

Northern Territory now free of banana freckle

The Northern Territory is now banana freckle-free despite 300 identified properties that need to be continually tested. The announcement ended a four-year ban that played havoc with the livelihoods of those in the $5 million agricultural industry.Primary Industry Minister Ken Vowles said in the next couple of.....

Panama: 21 banana farms at a standstill in Bocas due to a strike

Nearly 4,500 workers have brought 21 banana farms in the Bocas del Toro Division to a standstill since 6:00 am, which has prevented the Chiquita Panama company from packing about 50 thousand boxes of fruit to export.The reason for this strike is the Executive's delay in sanctioning Bill 145, which reduces the.....

China: Yunnan border security finds 3.2 kg of drugs in a truck carrying bananas

On the evening of the 10th of this month, the Xishuangbanna (Yunnan province) border security detachment of Xinghai checkpoint stopped a large truck containing bananas. Following inspection, they found that there were about 3.2 kg of heroin hidden in boxes between the bananas. The truck contained more than 20.....

Nigerian town of Akamkpa gets $5m banana farm contract

The Cross River Government says that it has awarded a contract of around $5,083,408 for the commencement of work on a model banana farm project in Akamkpa town of Akamkpa Local Government Area.Anthony Eneji, state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, stated this in an interview with the News.....

The big potential of the banana market in China

The China Economic Information Service, a branch of the Xinhua News Agency, and the municipality of Chengmai County of Hainan Province issued a Report on the Development of the Banana Industry (referred to as the Report in the following context) on 8th, June.According to the Report, the average consumption.....

Banana growers see future of Australian industry in new varieties

There could soon be a few new banana varieties on the market if research underway in New South Wales proves to be a success.Banana growers in that state feel they can no longer compete with the Cavendish variety from north Queensland where the majority of the fruit is grown.Researcher David Peasley said.....

ETI board gives update on Fyffes' suspension

On May 4th, ETI’s Board suspended Fyffes’ membership over what it viewed as the company’s failure to meet its membership obligations. This upheld the recommendations of a disciplinary subcommittee that met on March 30th.Importantly, the subcommittee commented on their concerns about Fyffes’ understanding of,.....

Costa Rica: Big banana producers sell their product to multinationals

Small bananaand producers from Costa Rica were left out of contract negotiations have few opportunities to sell their products. Meanwhile, the producers with large volumes sold their fruit to large multinational companies that will help them sell on to the rest of the world.In order to regulate prices and.....

33% sales increase compared to last year

Premium bananas from Mexico drive growth in sales

A market report dated June 2 from US Foods noted that banana availability is good and quality is good. Organic bananas remain a challenge, though the summer months ameliorate the issue. Le Best Banana Supply has been a “small big company” in the conventional banana business for 50 years, bringing in their own.....

Taiwan to expand disaster insurance to include bananas

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture (COA) has announced plans to expand its disaster insurance programme for the agricultural sector to include rice and bananas, suggesting a need for greater reinsurance capacity and the potential for the capital markets to play a role in the future.The COA introduced a disaster.....

China: Banana price have bounced

Around the time when The Dragon Boat Festival takes place the markets are full of cherries, melons, peaches, apricots, lychees and other fresh and juicy fruits. While city markets are flourishing, prices are gradually going down. However, attentive customers have noticed that the price of bananas went up and.....

China: Imports of baby bananas from Ecuador

"Ever since the 1990s when the bananas from Ecuador were allowed to be imported to China, the volume has been growing over the years. Among all the varieties, the Baby Bananas are the most popular ones for Chinese consumers because of the nice shape, pleasant sweetness, long shelf life and good quality," said.....

Honduras' banana export increased by 12.8% in value

According to the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), in the first quarter of 2017, Honduras exported banana for $134.6 million dollars, i.e. 12.8 percent more than in the same period last year.Despite the fall in prices, the external trade of the fruit allowed the country to increase its profits by 15.3 million.....

Gale force winds damage hundreds of acres of banana farms in India

Heavy rain accompanied by gales destroyed hundreds of acres of banana farms in and around Papanasam near Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district in India on Tuesday. Papanasam and many parts of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district received heavy rain on Monday night. Several low lying areas in the town were inundated.....

Impact of Brexit and tariff cut-offs in the EU on the banana sector

80% of the Dominican banana production is exported, and of that 80%, the majority is certified organic. The United Kingdom increased its banana consumption and became one of the main importers of this product from the Dominican Republic. The main objective of the Dominican Republic is to ensure the continuity.....

Mexican banana producers want to lower the export tariff to Europe

The National Council of Plantain Producers said that they would seek, through the Ministry of Economy (SE), to reduce the tariff on banana exports to the European Union to have the same advantages as other producing countries.The president of the organization, Adrian Prats Leal, said European importers had to.....

Banana debate: research True Price

“Hidden cost of one box of bananas - $6.70”

“Price is the final taboo in sustainability,” says Peter d’Angremond, manager Stichting Max Havelaar, in front of a packed house during the ‘Great Banana Debate’ in the Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, last week. During the debate, Adrian de Groot Ruiz, manager of True Price, presented new research into the hidden costs.....

Philippines banana industry grapples with numerous challenges

Recognised as the second-ranked Philippine agriculture exports sector, the banana industry has largely been an underrated segment. Contributing $1.14 billion to the world banana trade in 2014, the local industry, particularly the fresh banana sector, is also the world’s fifth-largest exporter of bananas.By.....

Cold spring temperatures affect volumes of organic bananas from Mexico

Organic banana supply from Mexico is ramping up for the season. “Right now, we get our supplies for year-round programs and contract business out of Mexico and supply is moderate,” says Jose M. Roggiero of Florida-based Freshway Produce LLC. “The big season should come up probably in about a month. And while.....

Spain: Canary bananas still excluded from transport aid

Following the various amendments to the General State Budget discussed so far, an increase in the budget to subsidise the transport of goods to or from the Canary Islands has been announced and will go from covering 70% to 100% of the cost of transport.In relation to this fact, the Association of Canary Banana.....

China: Yunnan bananas coming out of a slump

"After three whole years of slump in the market, local banana growers are now enjoying a big harvest. Since the Chinese new year, the price of bananas from Yunnan has been rising. Within two months, the per kilo price reached 3.7 yuan, which was an increase of 350% compared to the 0.8 yuan before the new year......

Mexico: Plantain producers want export tariffs to the EU to be lower

The National Council of Plantain Producers have said that they will seek, through the Ministry of Economy (SE), to reduce the tariff on banana exports to the European Union, in order to have the same advantages as other producing countries.The president of the organization, Adrian Prats Leal, said a European.....

Fyffes labels agri careers fair a "resounding success"

Fyffes Head of Human Resources, William Faulkner, has labelled their high-profile presence at the recent Agri Careers Fair in the RDS a ‘resounding success’.Since the event, the company has received over 1,000 applications from students seeking a place on their 2017 Graduate Management Programme, which begins.....

Woman survives for 5 days stuck in crashed car by eating bananas

A Washington woman was found alive in her vehicle five days after her vehicle went over a 40-foot embankment. Seventy year old Sharon Lee Leaming had been missing since May 23 and was finally found on Sunday. Leaming's family told KIRO-TV she survived by consuming what little water and food she had in the car,.....

Growth of banana imports from Nicaragua to EU

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Leading scientists to share their insights at Australian Banana Congress

Australian banana growers will be privy to world class scientific research at this year’s industry Congress.World leading researchers, Dr Frederic Bakry (France) and Professor Randy Ploetz (US) will present their insights into the latest findings on disease management, specifically focused on banana plant.....

Photo Frits Popma

Presenting bananas in an exclusive manner in Russia

During his trip through Russia, ‘banana professor’ Frits Popma noticed this exclusive way of presenting bananas. The bananas were served during breakfast. In a different hotel, quarters of oranges were presented. His conclusion: you’re not likely to put this in your handbag. Normal 0 21 false.....

68,806 tonnes in March

Record-breaking supply of bananas in Spain in one month

In March 2017, banana shipments from the Canary Islands and imports from Africa and Latin America reached new record highs. While the former rose to 43,467 tonnes, the latter amounted to 32,136 tonnes, and since re-exports stood at 6,797 tonnes, Spanish consumers had access to some 68,806 tonnes of bananas......

Panama: President signs contract law between the State and Del Monte

Yesterday, the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, signed the legal agreement between the State and Del Monte that will allow the transnational company to invest more than 100 million dollars in the reactivation of banana areas in the western provinces of Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro.After signing the.....

Big names set to star at the Australian Banana Industry Congress

The Australian Banana Industry Congress (ABIC) is shaping up to be a great excuse for banana growers to get off the farm and join other growers and industry representatives for a well-earned celebration of the achievements of the industry. Focusing on the themes of sustainability, resilience and innovation,.....

J N Fox and Sons to bring sustainable bananas to the London Produce Show

After the success at the London Produce Show in 2016, J N Fox and Sons will return this year to show their continued sustainable sourcing strategy to import either Rainforest Alliance Certified or Fairtrade bananas. Joining J N Fox and Sons again at the London Produce Show this year will be the General and.....

Ukraine: Sharp increase of wholesale banana prices

Wholesale bananas have become significantly more expensive in the Ukrainian markets, as reported by analysts of "APK-Inform": vegetables and fruits, citing daily monitoring data.Thus, at the "Dubovo" market, in Khmelnytsky, bananas cost 32-36 UAH/kg (1.09-1.23 Euro/kg), while a week earlier the fruit's price.....

Cameroon to launch hort development program with EU help

The Cameroonian government will soon launch a development programme for its horticultural sector, financed by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Labelled “Fit For Market” (FFM), this programme is meant to support the horticultural sectors in African-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries, whose main.....

Discrepancies in the signing of the contract law with Banapina Panama

On Thursday, the President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela, will sign the contract law with Banapiña Panama - a subsidiary of the multinational Del Monte- to revive the banana sector in Baru, Chiriqui. The group of owners of the lands that will be used for the project, which envisages an investment of $100.....

Plaintiffs' lawyer in Chiquita case goes rogue

The real story of the long-running human rights litigation against Chiquita is that it has gotten as far as it has. Thousands of Colombians are plaintiffs in the case, which is consolidated in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They claim that Chiquita aided an array of Colombian terror groups in.....

AgroAmerica named as finalist for the 2017 Responsible Business Awards

AgroAmerica from Guatemala has been named a finalist for the UK’s longest running awards programme, championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. Now in their 20th year, the Awards champion the most inspiring businesses who are making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces,.....

Leading Cameroon banana producer fears falling EU prices

Armel François, Managing Director of Société des plantations du Haut Penja, a subsidiary of Compagnie fruitière de Marseille, a large banana producer in Cameroon, is visibly very concerned about the performance of PHP in 2017. “We have no option but to note that the banana market in Europe is largely below the.....

How one Rwandan banana grower went from farmhand to millionaire

Evariste Mutibagirana, a large-scale banana farmer, is considered a 'survivor' by most of his peers. He worked his way up to the top from being a farm hand.Fondly referred to as the "Master Teacher" by the banana growing community in Rwamagana District, Mutibagirana was indeed conducting a training session on.....

Russia to import $2.5bn in fruit and fishery products from Philippines

Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Tuesday announced that the Philippines and Russia will ink in a trade link that would include Moscow's importing $2.5 billion worth of Filipino products for the next 12 months.In a post on Facebook, Piñol said that the agricultural trade link will be signed on Thursday in.....

M&S adds bananas to fruit salads with new process to slow browning

Sliced bananas are known to rapidly brown, making their appearance in fruit salads rare. This may soon change however, as now Marks and Spencer has developed an advanced method for keeping them firm and yellow, with the help of a secret housewives' trick.The discovery, which comes after years of testing, has.....

Colombia: Chiquita accused of crimes against humanity

On behalf of the Colombian peace communities, a coalition of human rights organizations - composed by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), and the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyer's Association (CAJAR) - has asked the Prosecutor of.....

GLOBALG.A.P. develops new TR4 biosecurity add-on for bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. It is a fungus but it cannot be controlled by fungicides or chemicals. This poses a serious threat to the worldwide banana production. The best way to fight the disease is to prevent its spread.Following the FAOs and GLOBALG.A.P. stakeholders' urge to step.....

Philippines’ banana industry suffers from unrest

The Philippines are one of the major suppliers of bananas in the world market. However, due to quality issues and the social unrest in the country, foreign importers are turning to other supplier countries. Companies in the Philippines banana industry are worried and are calling for government aid. The.....

Antonio Javier Luis Brito, manager of Europlátano:

"The PGI will strengthen our expansion project for Canary bananas in Europe"

Europlátano has become the first Organization of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands to obtain the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Plátano de Canarias certificate; a positive recognition of the human capital, the management of the crop and the unique characteristics that make the bananas of the.....