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Spain: Very difficult weeks for Canary bananas

Banana growers in the Canary Islands are going through some particularly difficult weeks, being forced to withdraw fruit from the market and selling for prices far below the product's real value, while consumers are paying much more for the domestic fruit.The weather, with temperatures that are still too high.....

ASBAMA Banana Forum

Challenges and opportunities for Colombia's banana sector

The ASBAMA Banana Forum, held on 29 and 30 November, was a great success. There were more than 500 participants, including leading academics and national and international researchers, producers, international marketers, technical assistants and more. The event touched on fundamental issues, such as prevention.....

Germany:

120 kilos cocaine found hidden in bananas in Leverkusen

With the help of some attentive employees of a fruit import and export company, who warned the Joint Drugs Unit (GER) of the Cologne Police and the Customs Office in Essen, 120 kilos of cocaine was confiscated.In November, logistics’ employees found several suspicious packages in boxes of bananas and called.....

Javier Sanin

Colombia: "We have increased our exports by 3%"

Colombia mainly exports the bananas it produces, only 6% of the production stays in the country. "We've had an increase in exports because we have been marketing CAT1 and CAT2 qualities for three years instead of selling them in the local market," said Javier Sanin, of CI Tropical SA. As a result, they manage.....

November peak export season for Philippine bananas

The total banana export from the Philippine port of Davao amounted to 6,432 containers in October and up to 7,008 containers in November. Prices ranged from $9,60 to $10,25 per kilo FOB in week 49. Prices are expected to increase until January due to the festivities surrounding the Chinese New Year. The.....

Gates Foundation funds Tanzania and Uganda banana production research

The two East African countries of Uganda and Tanzania have received 5.7 million dollar through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The money is intended to fund a four-year banana research project. The integrated crop management system is to run from 2016 to 2020 with the aim of scaling up banana.....

China: Limited banana supply keeps prices climbing

According to Sannong Zhongguo, at the beginning of October production areas in Guangxi and other places brought large volumes of bananas onto the market. This year, the banana prices have not been good and many banana farmers sold their product at a loss. However, one month later, and the price of bananas from.....

Ecuasabor aims at expanding all over the world

Ecuador: Baby bananas benefit from low supply of conventional product

The Cavendish banana is currently the most demanded variety. However, due to the natural disasters that have affected Central America in recent months, production in Ecuador decreased by approximately 15%. As a result the country won't have the usual levels of production to meet the product requests during.....

Abdullah Hassan Karmostaji - Farzana Trading

Unpredictable banana market in the Emirates

The banana landscape in UAE has been changing as of late. An influx of bananas from Latin America, specifically Ecuador has joined what was once a market dominated by bananas coming from the Philippines. UAE has been enjoying an increase in volume in the past two months.Right now Dubai imports bananas from the.....

Malaysia to plant coconuts, pineapples and bananas in new cultivation project

The Malaysian Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) plans to carry out a food crop cultivation project through commercial plantations in Pulau Banggi. They are planning to plant coconuts, pineapples and bananas commercially which at the same time will help develop the island.Malaysia.....

EU pumps €7.2 million into Ghana’s banana export Industry

In order to improve the competitiveness of Ghana’s banana export industry over €7.2 million has been invested into two banana farms by the European Union (EU), My Journal Online has learned.From a continent perspective, Latin American (excluding Mexico) and Caribbean countries accounted for the highest dollar.....

Bananas no longer Ecuador's top export product

Figures revealed by the National Chamber of Aquaculture place shrimps as the top Ecuadorian exportable product, worth 2.54 billion dollars (2.14 bln euros), which represents 18 per cent of total non-oil exports. The banana is now in second place.In October alone, 40,000 tons of shrimp were exported to 50.....

Droughts and a cyclone: Tamil Nadu farmers struck twice

The Indian region of south Tamil Nadu has recently been hit by droughts and a horrible cyclone.Crop farmers in the Kanyakumari district were just recovering from the worst drought last year. But then came cyclone Ockhi. It caused the worst damage the district has witnessed in a long time. The cyclone has laid.....

Spain: Canary Islands destroys another 1.3 million kilos of bananas

Canary banana growers, which contribute the most to the agrarian economy in the region, have a problem, which is the impossibility of guaranteeing the sale of all the fruit they harvest, as the Iberian Peninsula practically remains their only market outside the islands.For the second week in a row, the entity.....

More bananas to be shipped abroad from China

According to the khmertimes, Chinese firm Green Island Ecological Agriculture has announced plans to export Cambodian bananas in the near future. Currently the company is in the process of obtaining the necessary sanitary and phytosanitary certificates.Export plans are in the very early stages; the company is.....

Sales are strong

Mexican banana still reporting good yields

Banana sales remain strong heading into December. Normally at this time of year the production of bananas in the tropics begins to slow down due to shorter days and cooler evenings, Philip Cuccerre of Le Best Banana says. “Almost all of our farms production are still reporting good yields and good stem ratio.....

BioTropic GmbH: Aftermath of storm damages on banana plantations

Dominican Republic: "We have losses of up to 50 percent"

Volker Schmidt is an agricultural engineer and a tropical expert of BioTropic GmbH in the Dominican Republic. Born in 2002, he lives in the north of the country and runs the BioTropic office there. He checks all the processes on site - from growing the Milagros bananas to their transport to Europe. He also.....

Ecuador: Producers and exporters ask for a new law for bananas

Ecuador has established itself as the number one exporter of bananas in the world, thanks to the flavor, texture and quality of their bananas. International markets, such as Europe, are the main destination for this fruit.An example of this is Russia, where Ecuadorian bananas have no competition, and account.....

Italy: Good market for bananas

We've had stable prices in line with the past few years, quality is high, we've had no crises and the produce should reach its peak in spring.Francesco Galimberti (photo above) from "Frutta 10" talks about the banana market. "There has been excellent availability over the past few weeks. Prices are stable,.....

Australian Banana Growers' Council welcomes new Deputy Chair and re-elects board

The peak industry body representing Australia’s commercial banana growers has welcomed a new Deputy Chair and re-elected its board of directors.ABGC board of directors (pictured from left) - Jade Buchanan (Innisfail), Treasurer Stephen Spear (Taylors Arm), Chair Stephen Lowe (Tully), Ben Franklin (Tully), Paul.....

China: The price of bananas shoots up

This week, the price of good quality bananas in the main production areas was 1.46 yuan [0.22 USD] per 0.5kg. In comparison with last week this is a rise of 0.13 yuan [0.02 USD] or 9%.Guangxi experienced rain and lower temperatures, which put the bananas at risk. Some of the visiting merchants turned from.....

Ecuador: Banana producers ask that the contract of Puerto Bolivar with Yilport be examined

On November 27, representatives of the province of El Oro requested the General Comptroller of the State in Guayaquil to examine the public-private partnership contract between the government of former President Rafael Correa, the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar, and the Turkish company Yilport.The banana.....

Ukraine: 15% rise in banana prices

Banana prices are on the rise in the Ukrainian market. According to the daily monitoring of "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", last week these fruits became between 14 and 15% more expensive.At the moment, wholesale prices stand at 23-25 ​​UAH/kg (0.72-0.79 Euro/kg), depending on the terms of the.....

Low supplies in Europe after banana producers destroyed 'excess' harvest

According to Marek Szulc from Polish importer Citronex, Northern Europe is currently experiencing a banana shortage due to both bad weather in the tropics and a production curve."The banana harvest in Central America during September and October was so huge, that many producers there decided to destroy.....

Panama is paying landowners to reactivate banana production

Last week, the government of Panama paid 1.3 million dollars to 160 landowners in the western part of the country where it plans to reactivate banana production, thanks to a contract signed with the US transnational Del Monte, which includes an investment of 100 million dollars.It is the first disbursement of.....

Banana Forum 2017

Challenges and opportunities for the Colombian banana sector

The III version of the Banana Forum of Asbama, the Banana Association of Magdalena and the Guajira, will be held on November 29th and 30th at the Cajamac Pepe Vives Campo theater, in the city of Santa Marta. The event, which will feature lectures by researchers from the sector, seeks to update the sector's.....

Cheap imported bananas flood Nigerian markets in Abuhja

The Abuhja markets in Nigeria have been flooded with low priced bananas which has some questioning the impact it could have on local banana farmers and traders, reports Premium Times. This was found during an investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).They found the foreign bananas being sold in markets.....

"Spain consuming 99% of the current and future Canary production"

Spain: "The high demand for avocados pushes prices to risky levels"

Tropical products are increasingly important for importers. The popularity of certain fruits, such as avocados, makes it increasingly difficult to compete against other importers, and prices tend to skyrocket at certain times.We spoke with Christophe Laffon, commercial director of Grupo Fernández, about.....

Paraguay fears that Brazilian bananas arrive with pests

Argentina has already banned the entry of Brazilian bananas into its territory due to the existence of contaminating pests in the product. The fruit, however, is being smuggled into Paraguay, so authorities fear that it's circulating within the local market.The bananas in question are infected by the black.....

Spain: 1 million kilos of Canary bananas to be withdrawn and destroyed

The excessive heat in the months of September and October and the upcoming holidays in the week between 4 and 10 December have motivated Asprocan (the Canary banana producers' organization) to propose their market withdrawal and, therefore, the destruction of 10% of the banana production, which means that.....

Cameroon exports 300,000 tonnes of bananas to EU per year

Cameroon exports an average of 300,000 tons of bananas per year to the European Union (EU), the new EU ambassador and head of delegation announced on Monday.According to Hans-Peter Schadek, who is increasing contacts with the Cameroonian authorities, partnership between the EU and Cameroon must strengthen in.....

Bolivia: Banana and pineapple production grows but markets lack

The growing production of bananas and pineapples in the tropics, coupled with the lack of programming, has revealed the lack of markets to accommodate the production of alternative crops to the coca leaf."Things are not going well. There is a lot of fruit production but no program to cultivate. Everybody grows.....

Bananas to remain Laos' highest export earner despite drop in value

Bananas are expected to be Laos’ highest revenue earner among agricultural exports this year, retaining the top spot achieved last year despite a decrease in exports by value.This year, Laos expects to earn about US$184 million from banana exports, down US$13.8 million compared to last year, the Ministry of.....

There are no plantains in Puerto Rico

The Secretary of Agriculture, Carlos Flores Ortega, said that in two weeks plantains should arrive in supermarkets from countries like Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to meet local demand. Truth is, it's almost a miracle finding a plantain in the country right now.In addition, some people complain.....

AU: Banana growers’ efforts celebrated at Reef Alliance Awards

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has congratulated two Far Northern banana farming families, recognised at the Reef Alliance Awards ceremony in Townsville last night (November 22).The tireless work of Boogan banana growers Frank and Dianne Sciacca has been acknowledged with the 2017 Prince of Wales.....

Dorothy Nakaweesi:

Uganda makes fibre from bananas waste

Uganda is the second largest producer of bananas after India with about 9 million tonnes produced annually. All this production creates tonnes of waste in form of stems and stocks. These are returned back to gardens to be used as fertilisers or mulching materials.But the stems and stocks can be turned into.....

Reform of the law that regulates production and marketing

Ecuador: Banana sector to appear before the National Assembly

The representatives of the associations of producers and exporters of bananas from Ecuador will appear before the Subcommittee on Food Sovereignty on Tuesday November 21 to discuss a project to reform the Law that regulates the production and marketing of bananas, plantain and other related musaceas.The Food.....

Canaries and Costa Rica coordinate efforts to help their banana growers

The president of the Canarian Executive, Fernando Clavijo, and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister, Alexander Mora, who was on an official visit to the Canary archipelago, stated that the Canary Islands and Costa Rica have asked the European Union to work together to create the conditions so that there is a.....

China: Disappointing banana sales

The peak period for banana sales in Guangxi province is over and prices have returned from their their seasonal high of 0.6 RMB to 2 RMB per kilogram.During the busy season, bananas from the first yield from the districts Xixiangtang and Qinzhou in Nanning city did not sell well.Guangxi is the largest.....

Research reveals mechanism making banana fungus less responsive to crop protection

An international team of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research has discovered a new genetic mechanism that makes the notorious Black Sigatoka fungus less sensitive to the main chemical crop protection products used against the disease.The discovery shines light on this increasingly reduced.....