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Field test approval puts Kenya closer to GMO bananas

The National Biosafety Authority has approved field tests for genetically modified bananas, moving the country closer to accepting growing and consumption of GMO foods.The authority, in a Gazette Notice dated September 8 says the approval for controlled field tests was granted on November 7 last year, paving.....

Prashanth Gowda - Deccanfield Agro Industries

Improved protocol for Indian bananas

The government of India has updated the protocol for the export of bananas. In order to define this protocol, companies like Deccanfield Agro have been doing trials with small volumes of bananas. “We’ve exported two sample containers from southern ports in India. In order to perform a proper trial, we’ll need.....

European banana producers fear impact of reorientation of funds

"The period with the most uncertainty we've ever known"

The president of the European Association of Banana and Plantain Producers (APEB), Gérad Bally, has expressed concern about the possible reorientation of European funds devoted to agriculture, fisheries and cohesion because of Brexit and the focus on safety.This has been pointed out in a statement by sources.....

Plantain crops, the most affected

Mexico: Hurricane Katia damages 200,000 hectares of crops

The impact of Hurricane Katia affected more than 200,000 hectares of corn, pineapple, papaya, banana and pod crops in Veracruz, according to Luis Gómez Garay, the national leader of the General Workers' Union, Peasants and People's Union (UGOCP).In an interview, he said that this quantification is an initial.....

Cameroon: Climate change puts banana production at risk

Although a number of recent studies suggest that migration flows associated with the impact of climate change on agriculture are affecting both the social and economic systems, very few studies have been carried out on the matter in Africa. They would be very useful especially in Central Africa, where the.....

Philippines urges Australia to open doors to banana imports

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez wants to export Philippine bananas to Australia, reiterating a call to allow market entry after the Australian government has kept its doors barred for more than two decades.In a recent press briefing, Lopez told reporters that the bananas should first pass the import.....

Russia and Ecuador sign memorandum of understanding

Ecuadorian bananas face no competition in Russia

Ecuadorian bananas face no competition in Russia, where they have up to a 94% share of the market, and Ecuadorian exporters are, in fact, determined to further strengthen their already overwhelming leadership, as pointed out at the opening day of the Moscow World Food Fair 2017."We aim to continue.....

Exporters in Ecuador paying up to $13 per box of plantains

El Carmen is one of the main plantains producing areas for the industry and export in Ecuador. 80% of that crop goes to the United States and Europe with the rest going to the local market.In these summer months, production has been small because of lack of irrigation. This low production has some benefits for.....

7th International Banana Congress

Benefits of genetic improvement of bananas

The 7th International Banana Congress, to be held in Miami between 26 and 29 September, will analyse the benefits of a genetic improvement procedure that could correct fruit defects and make the plants more resistant, as reported by the organizers.Mr Orlando Arguello, an expert from the University of Texas,.....

Panama: The banana revival process is 40% complete

The execution of the contract with Banapiña Panama S.A. is 40% advanced regarding matters of leasing the Nation's lands, and the contractual situation of former Coosemupar employees among others; said the legal advisor of the Ministry of the Presidency, Javier Marquínez.The high ranking official spoke on the.....

Hurricane, earthquake and tsunamis threaten limes and bananas in Mexico

Mexico is being assaulted on all sides, with Hurricane Katia currently headed to the east coast and an 8.4 magnitude earthquake striking on the southern coast of Mexico, leading to mass evacuations and tsunami warnings.While it is too early to tell the scope of the threats, the news of both have led to.....

Bananas most affected by Irma

After Puerto Rico also Dominican Republic is hit by Hurrican Irma. Irma’s strong winds and torrential rains pummeled the Dominican Republic on Thursday, damaging homes and inundating streets in the beach towns on the north coast, according to local media reports.Banana suppliers in the Unites States mentioned,.....

Alliance helps spread reach of bananas

Back in January 2017 Coliman entered into an alliance with the Allfresch Group, resulting in the trading company Coliman Allfresch. Since then the combined trading company has been able to spread its reach and bring their bananas to new markets."Thanks to this union and a constant search in our way to.....

Ecuador: Is the Banana Law being implemented?

The former deputy, Fulton Serrano Batallas, urged each province's Assembly members to press Minister Vanesa Cordero to explain whether the Banana Law is actually being implemented.The execution of guarantees that must be consigned by exporters, and is equivalent to the volume of boxes to be marketed abroad, as.....

AU growers get new trap to fight banana spotting bug

After more than a quarter of a century of work, the banana spotting bug has a new reason to be afraid, with the Queensland Government releasing a pest lure and trap targeting the insect.Banana spotting bug is a major threat to the production of many crops including avocado, banana, cashews, custard apple,.....

Philippine banana growers call for peace talks to save industry

The Philippine banana industry is strongly urging the government to return to the negotiating table with the rebels to save their sector.“To me, I cannot see any solution apart from peace talks,” Ferdinand Marañon, Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) president in Davao Region, told reporters.....

Taiwan Minister visits St Lucian banana farm promoting new cooperation

Dr. Jose Mria Liu, Vice Minister at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) led a delegation to visit Saint Lucia from 29th to 30th August 2017.During his stay, Vice Minister Liu visited ‵Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) ′ office and local banana farm at Crown Land in.....

Colombia: Urabá will send 160,000 bananas to Medellín for Pope's visit

In addition to the entourage arriving Medellín to attend the public Mass of Pope Francisco in the Olaya Herrera, the dispatch of 1,500 boxes of bananas from Urabá, by the Augura Banana Association, has begun.The Pope and his entourage will be able to taste this tropical fruit, that occupies the third line of.....

Banana peel can be used if fruit's unsuitable for fresh market

Ecuador is one of the leading banana exporters worldwide, covering over 30% of the global market. Nonetheless, every year it produces around 240 thousand tons of fruit that are not exported due to defects and problems during harvesting or transport.This by-product generates a serious environmental problem due.....

AgDevCo invests $1.5M to expand Mozambican banana plantation

AgDevCo is teaming up with Nika, a group of experienced Mozambican investors, to rehabilitate a banana plantation with the intention of increasing the hectarage and yields.Production will be sold in the local market as well as exported to South Africa. The farms are currently producing various citrus fruits,.....

Snact releases snack bars made from unwanted bananas

The Snact brand has announced the launch of a new range of snack bars, which uses ‘unwanted and unloved’ bananas, following a recent successful Crowdfunding campaign.The bars have been created as part of Snact’s #deliciousprotest campaign, which aims to help reduce the amount of edible bananas being thrown.....

Eggs from most venomous spider in the world found in Tesco bananas

A mum has told how she nearly fed a banana riddled with Brazilian wandering spider eggs to her baby.Debbie Campbell says she spotted a clump of white eggs on the fruit she was about to give to 18-month-old Albie.The beauty therapist is terrified of spiders and screamed when she suddenly realised the white mark.....

Belgian university protects banana diversity by hosting 1,500 varieties

A college town just outside of Brussels is an unlikely place to find banana plants – yet the University of Leuven hosts the world’s largest banana collection, with more than 1,500 different varieties.Don’t expect banana plantations or tropical rainforests, though – the university’s greenhouse has only a few.....

Fyffes profits drop as takeover costs €32M in fees and bonuses

Fyffes’s profits dropped last year as the tropical fruits distributor booked a charge of almost €32 million for advisers’ fees, management bonuses and share option conversions relating to its recent takeover by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation.Net profit at the Dublin-based company fell by almost 60 per cent to.....

Argentina: Banana imports to be determined by quotas

After the 'bananazo' protest in Plaza de Mayo, and several solidarity activities in the Formosa province, where 60,000 kilos of fruit was given away, banana producers in Jujuy, Salta and Formosa considered carrying out demonstrations in border areas as a protest over the absence of favorable responses to the.....

St Lucia banana production could increase by 300%

St Lucia’s banana production may increase by a whopping 300 per cent if current production trends continue for this year, according to figures released here by marketing agents WINFRESH.“If the current level of production is maintained, the island could see the production of almost 20 000 tonnes for 2017,.....

Germany: Organic bananas meet the criteria of Demeter e.V.

"We are supporting direct cooperations with the producers - not only regionally in Germany," this is the motto Thorsten Heil follows. The manager of procurement for fruit and vegetables is happy to go one step further with the tegut… fairbindet bananas from the Dominican Republic. The challenge is to achieve a.....

Iran exports 1,670 tons of bananas worth $1.3m in four months

Close to 1,670 tons of fresh or dried bananas worth more than 41.82 billion rials ($1.3 million) were exported from Iran during the first four months of the current fiscal year (March 21-July 22), the Islamic Republic of Iran, Customs Administration announced.The main export destinations for Iranian bananas.....

New patent pending technology

VaporDry™ controls humidity during banana ripening process

Corrigan’s VaporDry™ dry fog humidity system controls humidity levels in banana ripening rooms using a proprietary, patent pending design with close tolerance machined nozzle technology. The system creates a high humidity environment and produces droplet sizes as small as 2 microns that evaporate rapidly.....

Polish banana boxes up to €3 cheaper than last year

The end of the summer holidays is expected to boost banana demand in Poland. However, importer Rafal Bury from Targban Sp. z o.o. said that he is concerned about the reports that there will be a surplus of production for the coming months.Historically, September marks the return of the regular demand for.....

Ciego de Ávila

Cuba: New maturation chambers help in banana demand

Less than two months after its start-up, the six maturation chambers installed in the Empresa de Cultivos Varios La Cuba company, in the municipality of Baraguá in Ciego de Ávila, continue to strengthen the advantages of this investment for the quality of a product such as bananas, whose demand grows, above.....

AU banana industry weighs in on nation’s health

Australian banana growers will soon be ‘a-peeling’ to Aussie families around a sizeable issue, as the industry gears up to launch one of its boldest marketing campaigns yet.Set to kick off on Fathers’ Day this Sunday, the inaugural Weight Check 2017 initiative aims to get dads, and all Australians, to better.....

Ecuador banana growers warn of national strike

Banana farmers from five provinces of Ecuador met on Friday in Machala to analyze the crisis that affects this sector. Although they ratified the opening to the dialogue with president Lenin Moreno and minister of Agriculture Vanessa Cordero, they did not rule out a strike to take urgent measures on the.....

EU to remove Latin American banana taxes in 2020

By 2020, European Union (EU) import rules for banana producers in Latin America will be different.This is because the EU will remove several of the taxes on this product, thus reducing the toll that the producers have to pay to enter their fruit to this region.In that year, 96% of Latin American exporters,.....

Spain: 11 million kilos of bananas withdrawn by Canary Islands up to July

Canary bananas have been suffering a problem every year, or at least in the most recent campaigns - the withdrawal figures are exorbitant.Last year, in 2016, banana producers on the islands had to throw away about 16 million kilos of the fruit (15.4 million up to week 34) due to the collapse of the Peninsular.....

AU company finds way to monetise banana waste

According to Mackay’s Bananas Cameron Mackay, the amount of ‘waste’ fruit was always a big concern within the business.Bananas not suitable for sale, including those that are discoloured or blemished, are now taken to processing sheds, ripened, peeled, and frozen for sale – mostly selling to bakeries for.....

Laos: Banana exports drop due to tightened regulations

The export value of bananas in Laos during the first six months (Q1 and Q2) of this year decreased compared to the same period last year and is expected to decline further.The drop in exports comes after the government called a halt to the establishment of large scale banana plantations in a bid to prevent.....

Ecuador: Banana farmers hope to resolve tariffs issue

The State will subsidise by 2 cents the tariffs increase in force since May 8, for the services provided by the Puerto Bolivar Port Authority towards banana exports; provided the exporter pays 15 cents per box in bulk during the period from May-December 2017, and the Turkish concessionaire, YilportEcu, will.....

Canada opens its market to Indian bananas and mangoes

Canada has opened its markets to Indian fruits and vegetables such as banana, mango, pomegranate, custard apple and okra.The Agricultural & Processed Foods Exports Development Authority (APEDA), in an advisory to exporters, conveyed Canada’s decision on opening its doors to Indian vegetables and fruits,.....

Two new banana varieties could help manage Panama disease

The development of new banana varieties by the Southern Mindanao Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (Smaarrdec) is only one of the means to “manage” Fusarium Wilt or Panama disease among bananas said a Smaarrdec official.Smaarrdec, a consortium of 25 different.....

Ecuador: "Reduction in the price of bananas is due to market cycles"

The Minister of Agriculture of Ecuador, Vanesa Cordero, said the fall in the price of a box of bananas to $ 6.26 was due to the cycles of the international market.In addition, Europeans don't consume so many bananas in summer and there's also more supply of that fruit from Central America, which affects its.....

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

“Difficult banana market in summer, despite favourable weather”

The banana market never flourishes in the summer period, but this year it’s very calm. “It hasn’t often been as bad as it was in the past few weeks,” says Hans Maagendans from Banafood. “From week 30 there has really been a low point regarding sales and prices on the free market. And the weather circumstances.....

Mexico: Plantain production on the rise

Producers from Coahuayana de Hidalgo, Michoacan, continue working diligently as they export 7,720 tons of the Chiapas and Macho plantain varieties to the United States, Serbia, Italy, England, Spain, and Berlin.The amount exported represents 50.51% of the total fruit grown in their 240 hectares, said Monica.....

Mexico: Tabasco, targeted by transnational banana producers

According to the Rural Development Coordination of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry Development and Fishing (Sedafop), transnational companies, such as Chiquita Banana, have contacted banana producers in Tabasco to purchase their product and export it to the east coast of the United States.Ovidio.....

Banana prices increase by 70% in Kerala, India

As Onam, an annual Hindu festival nears, not everyone is entering the celebratory mode. Households, particularly, are groaning under the burden of ever-rising fruit and vegetable prices.Bindu, a homemaker, said banana prices had registered a steep increase and the household budget was being stretched like.....

Peru: Nearly 45% of Piura's bananas affected by a pest

Axel Herrera Seminar, the coordinator of the Public Investment Project of Organic Bananas (PIPBO), stated that the red rust thrips affected 3,500 hectares of bananas for export in Piura, i.e. almost 45% of the 8 thousand hectares devoted to this crop.Herrera Seminar also stated that said pest had been detected.....