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1 million to benefit from banana, sweet potato project East Africa
Over one million people in East Africa should benefit from the banana and sweet potato agricultural project that aims to resolve food safety and poverty problems in Tanzania, Ouganda and Ethiopia. The 4 year project was initiated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and has been called the SeFeMaCo.....
Peru: 500 hectares of banana crops destroyed and 1,300 affected
About 500 hectares of banana plantations, of which 1,800 are in the valley of Zarumilla, in the Tumbes, were affected by strong winds last week.A thousand producers have been seriously affected due to the great number of banana plants that have been uprooted by the wind, while many of those which managed to.....
Bid to revive traditional banana varieties
In commemoration of the 105th birth anniversary of C. Subramaniam, architect of the Green Revolution and founder of the National Agro Foundation (NAF), a joint project of the Tamil Nadu Banana Producers Company Limited and NAF is to be signed on January 30 at the foundation's Centre for Rural Development at.....
Dominica looks to France for help with banana industry
As the Eastern Caribbean continues its battle against the Black Sigatoka disease harming its banana crops, Dominica is looking abroad for help. The country announced this week that it would soon be importing Black Sigatoka-resistant banana plants from the French Caribbean to help farmers in the ongoing fight.....
Italy: Stable prices and trends for wholesale bananas
The most popular banana in the world is the Cavendish, and FAO is doing everything it can to save it from the extinction that may be caused by Fusarium wilt. In Italy, wholesale prices for the variety are definitely stable.In Turin, multi-layer category 1 crates from Central America were sold at €0.83......
Spain: Upward trend banana imports November (+28%)
Spain’s banana imports continued their upward trend, with a 28% growth in volume and 26% in value in November 2014 compared to the same month of the previous year, to a total of 22,674 tonnes and 13.1 million Euro, respectively, according to data of the Directorate General of Customs of the Ministry of.....
Race to save bananas
A global plan to fight Fusarium wilt, a fungus spreading from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, is needed to prevent the world’s most popular banana variety from disappearing. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and 30 other organizations have estimated that a strategic global plan to contain.....
Iowa trial of GMO bananas is delayed
A controversial plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit.The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living in Africa produce vitamin A. Proponents say.....
India: Farmers go bananas in Byndoor, Cherkady
Byndoor and Cherkady are all set to emerge as centres of banana production in Udupi district as farmers have taken to the cultivation of ‘nendranbale’ (plantain) and ‘puttabale’ ( poovan varieties) bananas in these two villages, respectively.Though many farmers have cultivated bananas in these places.....
Hans Maagendans, Banafood:
Banana market picking up
Christmas used to be a busy time for the banana market. "Personally, I think Christmas time is one of the least important periods for bananas. It seems like people are choosing to shop later and later. Between week 51 and week 1 the banana market did not do well. There were large surpluses, and on the free.....
Uganda: Virus-resistant banana developed
Banana bacterial wilt, a disease caused by Xanthomonas bacteria, is so devastating to banana and extremely burdensome and costly to a farmer. It attacks the banana plant turning its sap into “pus” that oozes out when cut.In extreme cases, the plant wilts before fruiting and incase it gets to fruit, it ripens.....
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After 33 years Chiquita swaps Antwerp for Vlissingen
As of next Monday Chiquita will no longer unload bananas at Belgium New Fruit Wharf (BFNW) in Antwerp, but will instead unload at Kloosterboer in Vlissengen. This was confirmed by Franklin Ginus, Director of Chiquita Benelux. According to Franklin this decision is a direct result of the take-over by the.....
Winfresh suspends purchase of bananas from Dominica
Winfresh (UK) Ltd, the fruit importer and distributor, has suspended the purchase of bananas from Dominican farmers because of the quality of the fruit being shipped from the island, the President of the National Fair Trade Organization (NFTA), Charles Watty has said.Watty said that over the past few weeks,.....
Philippines: Push for banana trade R&D facility
A lawmaker has proposed the creation of a research and development facility that would enable the banana industry to cope with global standards of productivity and food safety without sacrificing people’s health and the environment.Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza of TUCP party list filed House Bill 5221.....