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Uzbekistan starts growing bananas

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his working visit to Andijan region got acquainted with the opening of a banana and tomato greenhouse, the President's press service said.A Limited Liability Company organized the greenhouse using the method of hydroponics, installed equipment from the Turkish.....

Peter de Jong, Erex International:

"The dip in the banana market surprised everyone"

Two years ago, Peter de Jong founded Erex International. Bananas form the main component. This Dutch trader has since made his mark with Turkish products as well. He has a long career in the fresh produce trading sector under his belt. "Last season we sold between 60 and 70 truckloads of Turkish grapefruit......

ONE BANANA corporate social responsibility programs in step with U.N. goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a framework for addressing the most pressing issues on the planet by 2030. ONE BANANA has aligned their Corporate Social Responsibility programs with these goals, so that their efforts to promote economic development, gender equality, health,.....

Guadeloupe: More banana farmers are going green

In the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, we find that bananas are the island group's top agricultural export. However, over the last few years yields have dropped and damage from pesticide use has risen. Yields in areas where bananas are grown exclusively have certainly been on the decline. Luckily,.....

Researchers from six states brainstorming on commercial exploitation banana fibres

Researchers from various central and state institutions from six states came together for a brainstorming session at the ICAR’s National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) in Tiruchi last week. Their goal was to come up with new ways to utilize the enormous amount of biomass generated during banana cultivation.....

Uganda develops a banana that is resistant to the BBW bacterium

Bananas are an essential part of the Ugandan's diet. 70% of the population eats bananas every day. Recently, however, the production of this fruit has had an alarming drop due to the BBW bacterium. The infection has become a serious problem for Uganda, which has tackled it in a very sensible way: it has asked.....

New Dole campaign

The Dole logo hasn't always been the same. In 1972, Dole bananas adopted a label that replaced the previous Cabana®; but the sun (representing the freshness, high-quality and flavour of the fruit) was only added in 1986.And it is exactly this concept that spurredDole's new "Abbiamo il sole dentro" (We have the.....

Munich: $470 million worth of cocaine found in banana shipment

The German police seized 1 ton of cocaine found in a shipment of bananas coming from Ecuador. According to wsbtv.com, supermarket workers in several stores found the cocaine packed in shipments of bananas.The authorities arrested 12 people in connection with a European cartel. Chemical tests revealed that the.....

Canary bananas to receive 10 million Euro per year in aid for transport

There is new and important news about the state system to support the transport of goods between the islands and the Peninsula and vice versa. This Tuesday, Nueva Canarias (NC) announced that an agreement has been reached with the central government, and that the terms will come into force after the approval.....

"Yunnan banana production areas produce less every year"

"Banana leaf yellowing disease is also called banana leaf withering disease. It is a banana disease from Panama. It is the most severe and most destructive disease in banana production areas in China. The disease can be caused by a combination of high temperatures, lots of rainfall, acid soil, low fertility,.....

Donation finances ecological and social projects in Costa Rica and Panama

700,000 euros for ‘banana fund’

With €700,000, REWE is again supporting projects in the banana and pineapple cultivation areas of Central and South America this year, in order to improve social and ecological standards there. This is a commitment that was initiated back in 2007. It gained in importance in 2014 with the founding of a "REWE.....

Ecuador: Agreement to stabilize banana tariffs

The Ministry of Transport and Public Works, represented by the Port Authority of Puerto Bolivar (APPB), signed an agreement with YilportEcu to stabilize port tariffs. The company agreed to keep the banana box stowage rate at US $ 0.15 for the orders from the province of El Oro, especially from the banana.....

Cameroon: Banana exports decline in Q1 of 2018

This Monday, Cameroon’s Banana Association (ASSOBACAM) revealed that there was a drop of Cameroonian banana exports in the first quarter of 2018. Exports reached an estimated 59,149 tons compared to the 78,610 tons of last year. In relative terms, this is a decrease of 19,461 tons. It is the result of the poor.....

Bolivia: Banana producers declare an emergency

Banana growers from the Tropic of Cochabamba declared a state of emergency because the demand for their product in the Argentine market fell from 200 thousand to 100 thousand boxes in the last weeks.The manager of the Islaban SRL company, Andy Choque, said the sector was concerned because nearly five thousand.....

Walter Pott presents itself as a broad-based company

Import, ripening and packaging - all at one location

Walter Pott GmbH was once a retail store and one of the pioneers in the field of tropical fruits. This traditional company has a focus on importing, ripening, processing and not least the marketing of bananas and has over the years established itself as a modern trading and service company. There is a reason.....

Japan: Okayama researcher claims non-tropical bananas are a success

The bananas grown in Okayama Prefecture, where the temperature drops below zero in winter, are attracting attention at home and abroad. After some 40 years of research, Setsuzo Tanaka, who had no farming experience, developed a method to enable bananas to survive cold weather. His work enables the cultivation.....

Plantain shortage likely to hit Liberia

Shortages of plantains are likely to hit Liberia, due to the growing demand for plantain in the neighbouring Republic of Ivory Coast. Report say the demand for plantain in the Ivory Coast is growing daily, leaving most plantain farmers along the border to switch to the Ivorian market because of the higher.....

Tamil Nadu banana agripreneurs entering European markets

The first banana exports to Europe will start in a couple of months through separate private initiatives in Tamil Nadu. This will eventually open the doors to markets in the West for the local varieties.The Trieste Port Authority in Italy is funding a project by the Tamil Nadu Banana Growers Federation, which.....

Less Swiss consumer tourism after adjustment of exchange rate

There are no longer any border checks, and Switzerland has also integrated into the EU in other policy areas. Although this cooperation comes with a price for the Swiss, there’s no urge to integrate further. Earlier this year, the Swiss Minister of Finance said membership of the EU would be harmful for the.....

Nepal: Vandals arrested for ravaging banana farm

Nepalese police have detained three individuals, accused of destroying banana plants belonging to several farmers in the Kalika municipality of eastern Chitwan. According to Chitwan's Superintendent of Police Deepak Thapa, the three suspects were arrested on Wednesday. The mastermind behind the destruction of.....

Spain: Why controlling the supply isn't a good trade practice

With the price of a box of bananas falling steadily since week 12, which reached the unprecedented price of $18.00 spot box, producers are trying several strategies to restore the Ecuadorian fruit's nominal market value.First, there was talk of a large banana strike and the closure of the main roads in the.....

Ecuador: Banana producers support the port use agreement

Paul Gonzalez, the president of the Agricultural Center of Machala, said they didn't care who achieved the agreement, but that they were happy with the benefit that freezing the gate to ship rate at 15 cents, which is the transfer of the fruit from the trucks to the ship, will have for the banana sector.This.....

India: Assam bananas head for Dubai

The malbhog variety of banana is being exported to Dubai, under the aegis of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), an apex organisation under the ministry of commerce and industry.The total quantity of bananas which will be exported on Wednesday is 1.2 metric.....

Sumitomo launches fungicide for bananas

The Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited (SCC) Plantation Solutions team will launch its new Powmyl fungicide at the ACORBAT-CORBANA Banana Congress this week.Rapid adoption of Powmyl is expected for Black Sigatoka control programs on banana plantations throughout Latin America, Sumitomo says.Black Sigatoka is.....

Winter weather made shipping and delivery difficult

Tough year for some South American organic banana growers

In an “unusual” year for some Central American bananas, growers have had a tough time supplying their customer’s needs consistently. However, small-scale farmers in Peru have been able to supply and export 52 weeks a year to the global market.Alternative organic banana suppliers such as Equal Exchange, which.....

UK: Fyffes new banana marketing campaign: ‘Peel Different’

Fyffes, which was recently acquired by Japan’s Sumitomo in a €750 million deal, has launched a new out of home (OOH), online and TV campaign developed by Simon Betson’s Insight Marketing and Mindshare. The tagline ‘Peel Different About Bananas’ is a follow-on to ‘Fyffe Times Better’.The new theme is designed.....

Restored confidence in the industry

St. Lucia: Banana exports increasing

A little over one year since the Banana Productivity Improvement Project came into operation, banana production and exports are on the rebound. This was a statement from the Project Manager for the Banana Productivity Improvement Project, Kerde Severin.Mr Severin has described 2017, the first year of the.....

REWE and nahkauf are intensifying their commitment to more sustainable production

Supporting projects in agricultural regions by purchasing bananas

Bananas, available in Germany, generally come from growing areas in Central and South America where social and ecological standards are low. Against this backdrop, REWE is supporting a specially established Banana Fund, which finances social and ecological projects in Costa Rica and Panama and helps to improve.....

Portugese Continente chain turns end-of-shelf-life bananas into delicious product

Portuguese grocery retail chain Continente has launched 'Panana'. This is an innovative, private-label product made from bananas at the end of their shelf life. The cake-like product, which has a suggested retail price of €4, is made from bananas that have no commercial value because they are too ripe. The.....

Experts say Tanzania can do better in banana production

Tanzania and Uganda, the two top banana-producing nations in Africa, have a combined annual output of 3.5 million tons, valued at $4.3 billion. The two East African neighbours are said to be producing over half of all bananas grown on the continent. However, they have been challenged to invest more in the crop.....

Colombia: Banana producers are victims of drug trafficking

The president of the Banana Association of Colombia, Juan Camilo Restrepo Gomez, lamented and expressed his rejection against the drug traffickers continued use of banana containers to send cocaine to Europe, as demonstrated by the nine-ton stash discovered in a seaport in Spain.After having been informed.....

Dominican Republic

Improving the cold chain could increase the value of banana exports to 52 M$

The Dominican Agrobusiness Board (JAD), with the support of the European Union (EU), has presented a study with the objective of improving the cold chain of organic bananas, as doing so could help increase the value of this fruit's exports to US$ 52 million per year.The conclusions of the document were.....

Guadeloupe: Banana situation improving

Banana plantations cover hundreds of hectares of land in Guadeloupe and are one of their main economic assets. 70,000 tons are exported annually, however hurricane Maria's 260km/hour winds have destroyed all the plantations and since the 18th September 2017 no bananas have left the island.6 months on the.....

Path of Panama disease fungus established for the first time

The much-feared Tropical Race 4 strain of the Fusarium oxysporum soil fungus which causes Panama disease in Cavendish bananas has now been discovered in Myanmar. This follows closely on the heels of its discovery in Vietnam and Laos. The fungus is expected to have disastrous consequences on individual banana.....

Record volume of Canary bananas shipped in February

A record volume of bananas was shipped by the Canary Islands in February, while the volume of bananas imported from third countries fell to levels not seen for two years.In February 2018, 34,512 tonnes were shipped from the Canary Islands, while imports, mainly from Africa and Latin America, stood at 20,043.....

Honduras: Strike prevents export of 1 million boxes of bananas

The president of the Association of Banana Producers, Hector Castro, said that they had been unable to export at least one million boxes of bananas because of a 77-day long strike.To date, exports amount to four million boxes of bananas, which means the country would have exported five million boxes if there.....

Dominican Republic

Biological alternative for the control of nematodes in banana

Socorro Garcia Pantaleon, a specialist and researcher in plant protection of the Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (Idiaf), proposed using biological controls to control the nematodes that cause damage in the country's banana plantations.Garcia Pantaleon made the proposal during a.....

Nearly 9 tons of drugs

Spanish police make record cocaine bust in port of Algeciras

Spanish police officers have made a record cocaine seizure, discovering nearly 9 tons of the drug hidden among boxes of bananas in a shipping container at the southern port of Algeciras. According to a statement by the customs office on Wednesday, the container was imported by a Colombian company on a ship.....

Argentina: Formosa seeks to sell its fruits in the national markets

Local leaders of the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) met with officials and technicians of the national Agribusiness and Social Development ministries to discuss the sale of bananas from Formosa at a price that would be beneficial for producers and that would give predictability to marketing. The meeting.....

Ecuador: Agreement between banana producers and the Government

Following a request not to increase or alter the port service values or fees during the process of containerization in the Port Authority of Puerto Bolívar (APPB), made by the Government of Lenin Moreno to the Yilport company, there could be a rapprochement on the horizon between banana producers and the.....

India: Race against fusarium wilt in Cavendish bananas

Tropical Race 4 (TR4), the virulent strain of fungus Fusarium oxysporum cubense that is threatening banana crop globally with the fusarium wilt disease, has hit the plantations in India, the world’s top producer of the fruit. The devastating disease, which surfaced in the Cavendish group of bananas in parts of.....

Tanzania: Banana experts meet to discuss hybrid varieties

An international project, with the goal of boosting banana production in Tanzania and Uganda, is bringing together a team of international researchers to deliberate on the delivery of hybrid banana varieties. The ‘Breeding Better Banana Project‘ is focused on breeding varieties that farmers like, with.....

45 double ripening chambers in new Lidl Moerdijk distribution centre

For the new Lidl distribution center, Nijssen has installed an energy-efficient refrigeration and freezing system based on natural refrigerants. With this, Nijssen is making an important contribution to the sustainable character of this new Lidl distribution center in Moerdijk. The 25,000 m2 distribution.....

Correlation between nematodes and Panama disease on banana plantations

Problems caused by nematodes and Fusarium wilt (Panama disease) on banana plantations are responsible for yield losses and are limiting for cultivation. In the Brazilian state of Goias, there is little information about nematode occurrence in this crop and its relation withFusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense.....