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Cameroon: Exporter expects over 170,000 ton production
The company Plantations du Haut Penja (PHP), a subsidiary in Cameroon of French fruit group Compagnie Fruitière in Marseille, expect to reach a 170,000 ton production in 2015. This is an over 13,000 ton increase compared to the 157,000 tons produced in 2014. PHP, market leader in banana production in.....

Fairtrade-banana sales increase around 62 percent in 2014
Last year, the sales of Fairtrade-certified products recorded the strongest absolute growth in the seal's existence. Consumers spent a total of 827 million Euro on Fairtrade products. 173 million Euro more than the year before. This means an increase of 28%. Last year, the combined sales of Fairtrade.....

Great demand for Jamaican bananas in Europe
In response to the growing demand for Jamaican bananas in the European market, the local Banana Board and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are now getting ready to invest approximately J$76 million in the cultivation of more than 50 hectares of land at Seven Rivers and Sunderland, St James."We have.....

Interview with Craig Carlson, President of ONE BANANA North America
US: Committed to a better banana
“Our mission at ONE BANANA is to be a better banana company that is transparent and connects with the consumer,” says Craig Carlson, ONE BANANA North America President. After the launch of the ONE BANANA brand in August last year, the company made three commitments in support of becoming that better banana.....

For children of Milwaukee
Turbana Bananas and Fyffes Gold Pineapples create educational experiences
Turbana bananas and Fyffes Gold pineapples are now available at the Sendik’s Food Market exhibit located in the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee. The addition of the new pretend fruits will build upon the exhibit’s current efforts being made by Sendik’s and the children’s museum to provide hands-on.....

AU: Restrictions tightened on Queensland bananas
Western Australia tightens its restrictions on bananas traded from Queensland, after two properties test positive for Panama disease.The WA Department of Agriculture and Food plans to check all Queensland banana boxes for plant material or soil, if the fruit is destined for markets within 50 kilometres of.....

Philippines: Gloomy forecast for bananas
The banana industry has been one of the top dollar earners for Davao Region.In 2014, banana production in Davao increased by 6.4 percent, to 3.36 million metric tons (MT) from the 3.16 million MT in 2013.The biggest banana exports are fresh or dried bananas, including plantains, with total value of $1.05.....

Uganda: Greenlight for superbananas
Uganda's ruling party has approved a bill that will give the green light to superbananas and other genetically modified foods. The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus has agreed on the controversial National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, signaling that Uganda will soon adopt a.....

BLE market report 18/15
Fruits, vegetables and tropical fruits on German wholesale markets
The newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BLE) in week 18/2015 showed a short overview of the activities of the most common products on German wholesale markets.ApplesWith the increased availability, the prices can rarely stay at the current level with offers from overseas; especially.....


AU: Panama disease standards, guidelines due for release soon
Far Northern banana growers will soon have national guidelines to follow as authorities move to address lax biosecurity compliance in a bid to contain Panama disease.The document was due for release last month but has been delayed to incorporate lessons learned from work being undertaken at quarantined.....


India: Banana exporters seek Govt intervention
It is a soil-borne fungus that attacks the roots of the banana plants and turns its leaves yellow. Fusarium wilt, a deadly fungus, that has been spreading in Asia and Africa affecting the $36-billion global banana production, has been detected in banana plantations in neighbouring Pakistan.Following.....

After cancellation of Frankfurt bike race
Opel-Zoo receive 3500 bananas and 2000 apples
The Opel-Zoo in Kronberg got a giant fruit delivery. After a terrorist threat led to the cancellation of the Frankfurt bicycle race the organizers donated thousands of pieces of fruit to the animals.The 3500 bananas and 2000 apples were for the hungry cyclists. But when the "Around the financial center.....

Rain damage for bananas in Goa
Goa experienced unexpected showers on Tuesday evening due to sudden cloud formations caused by increased heating of land.Agriculture officials said that though the mango crop will not be affected much as most the fruit has been harvested, they said that banana plantations could be hit due to the heavy winds.....

Overregulation worries PH banana exporters
A group of banana exporters yesterday said the industry that earned $1.1 billion in 2014 is threatened with a proposed law that overly favors farmers and which makes it harder for investors to do business.According to the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), House Bill No. 5161 adds to.....


Next three years research into more efficient cultivation
Banana business at Univeg 10% of revenue
This year, Univeg has started with a Chair for Innovative Banana Cultivation and Breeding. Goal of this chair is the research into new agricultural techniques and varieties of the export banana, with a view to more efficient, more environmentally friendly and sustainable cultivation. Titular holder is.....


UK: 70,000 bananas per week with new Fyffes facility
LB Foster Materials Handling has completed a £520,000 contract to automate Fyffes' banana ripening and distribution centre near Wakefield, West Yorkshire.Fyffes, a £720 million business which sells 44 million cases of fruit in Europe each year, has opened a new 60,000 sq ft facility to replace a smaller.....

Philippines: Stricter policy on chemical use hit
AN INDUSTRY leader said some of the major markets for Philippine banana are set to impose more stringent standards on the use of chemicals on the crop, which could pose a risk to the industry.Stephen Antig, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director, said among these markets.....

Angola:Project implementation to boost banana cultivation
The provincial secretary of Agriculture in the northern Cabinda Province, João Tati Luemba, said on Saturday, in Cabinda City, that "the solution to the re-launch of the banana crop in the region requires the implementation of the Project of Sustainable Increase in Production of Vegetative Crops.....


Fruit-spotting bug
Biocontrol pays off
When MacKay Estates decided to move into papaya production in 2007, the company was starting with a clean slate in new fields previously producing sugarcane.From the beginning, the business adopted the integrated crop management strategies they had in place in its banana business, developed over many years.....

Spain: Banana imports amounted to 16,500 tons in February
In February 2015, consumers had some 38,200 tons of plantain and bananas available for their use, 3,200 tons less than in the same month last year, which represents an 8% decrease in the available supply. If the Canary Islands forwarded 28,000 tons, imports amounted to about 16,500 tons and re-exports to.....