Bananas

Honduran banana exports increased 9.1% in revenue and 12.5% in volume
According to a report by Honduras’ Central Bank, the country's banana exports increased by 9.1% in revenue and 12.5% in volume in January when compared to the same month of 2014.In January, Honduran banana sales abroad amounted to $36.9 million dollars, 9.1% more than the $33.8 million dollars made in the.....

Spain: 19,000 tonnes of non-EU bananas imported in January
In January 2015, consumers have had access to some 44,500 tonnes of EU and non-EU bananas; 1,300 less than in the same month last year, which means a drop of about 3% in the available supply.While the Canary Islands shipped 32,800 tonnes of bananas, the import volume of non-EU bananas amounted to almost.....


Italy: banana consumption grew in 2014
In 2014, Italians apparently consumed 7% more bananas than the previous year. In fact, they went from the 7.4 kg per capita of 2000 to the 10.5 kg per capita of 2014. If we consider that a banana weighs on average 175 grams, this means that in 2014 each person ate 60 of them.Imports reached 690.8 million kg.....


QLD Bananas allowed into WA Protected Areas
Queensland banana growers have been allowed access to Western Australia protected areas, including those within 50km of the Tully farm infected with the Panama TR4 pathogen. Biosecurity Queensland on Thursday announced that it has opened a market access program to allow Queensland bananas access to Western.....

Organics Unlimited continues to support local communities
Employees from Organics Unlimited and grocer Jimbo’s… Naturally! volunteered their time to provide GROW organic bananas to runners at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The 5K race, held in Carlsbad, Calif., in San Diego County, attracts thousands of amateur and professional participants annually......

Panama disease detected in Pakistan, Lebanon
Following outbreaks in Jordan and Mozambique just over a year ago, the Tropical Race 4 strain (TR4) of Fusarium oxysporum – the cause of Panama disease in Cavendish bananas – has now spread to Pakistan and Lebanon. TR4 was also reported in Queensland, Australia, on 15 March 2015. These events underline once.....

QLD: Good news for banana growers as TR4 contained
Banana growers have started to breathe a sigh of relief, but are continuing to spend money on quarantine measures as news broke that the plants infected with Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease have been killed, and no new infectious plants have been identified from samples taken. “We’ve spent $100,000 in.....

Jamaica: Agropark to revive banana production
President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society's (JAS) St James Association of Branch Societies, Glendon Harris is upbeat over Government's plans to establish a agro- park in St James, arguing that it will revive the production of banana for the export market."The agro- parks will be a stimulant for the.....

Malaysia: Banana farmers facing losses
The income of some 200 farmers here is in jeopardy after a disease ravaged their banana plantations, turning parts of the plant black.Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhamad Farid Saad said the Moko disease, which is caused by the Raistonia Solanacearum bacteria, had so far affected almost half - 153ha out of 336ha.....


Costa Rica: Banana and pineapple exports down 24 and 17%
Comparing Costa Rica's exports during the first quarter of 2015 with those of the same period in 2014, banana shipments dropped by 24%, from 146 million dollars to 111.5 million, while pineapples fell by 15% (129 million to 110 million), according to information provided by PROCOMER.Pineapples affected by.....

Panama disease outbreak
AgForce wants in on biosecurity
Queensland's main primary industry body, AgForce, wants to help set the terms of reference for a review of the state's biosecurity after an outbreak threatening the $600 million banana industry.The review was announced on Friday afternoon by Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne after he spoke at a at a Rural.....

ABGC destroys TR4 affected banana plants
The banana industry’s peak body, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), has destroyed banana plants on part of the Tully Valley farm quarantined for Panama TR4, acting on behalf of the farm’s owner.On Saturday, an ABGC field officer and his assistant destroyed a total of 210 plants on a 10-hectare.....

Chiquita registers 62.5 million losses
36 million dollars paid to leaving management team
The annual report that Chiquita presented earlier this month to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the multinational registered losses last year. Despite higher sales, amounting to nearly $ 3.1 billion, higher than the $ 3.05 billion achieved in 2013, the company reported a loss of.....

Mozambique exports bananas to Zambia
The Macate district in the province of Manica, Mozambique in the latest season exported about 60,000 kilos of bananas to Zambia, Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias reported.Banana cultivation in Macate, still on an experimental level, is the responsibility of a partnership between the Fruta do Ouro and.....