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The banana is Japan's king of fruits
While the Japanese government has implemented a scheme to reignite inflation, consumer prices have only risen slightly. However, there is one food item that has shown a steady rise in price: bananas. Bananas are considered a cheap fruit in Japan, and although the price is increasing, it is still much lower.....

Saudi Arabia: 40% increase in banana prices
Banana prices in Saudi Arabia have increased by 40% after a halt in the supply from the Philippines and Central America (Ecuador and Nicaragua) as a result of the considerable growth of China's imports. The price per box has increased from 30 to 70 riyals (from 7.15 to 16.67 Euro).It is worth noting that the.....

Dominican agro exports jump 22% in 3 years
According to the executive director of the Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD), Jean Alain Rodriguez, agro exports from the Dominican Republic have jumped 22% from 2012 to 2015, posting a total volume as high as US$6.04 billion. Rodriguez explained that there were considerable increases in the export of.....


35 tons destroyed by China Custom authorities
Philippines not impressed by banana destruction
Chinese Customs authorities has allegedly destroyed 35 metric tons bananas from the Philippines, equal to two containers. This happened in the port of Shenzhen, in the South of the country.The bananas did not meet China's phytosanitary requirements and contained too high levels of pesticides, according to.....

Davao banana growers to get ‘Mindanao’ trademark
The Mindanao Collective Trademark (MCT) will be officially launched in June. The launch is the result of an extensive consultation process involving private sector stakeholders, officials and representatives of the European Union (EU)-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance Project 3 (TRTA 3), Department.....

Mozambique banana fungal disease concern S. African farmers
The banana fungal disease, panama disease, has been present in northern Mozambique for the past few years. There are now concerns among banana farmers in South Africa that should this soil-borne fungus spread there, it could put the whole banana industry at risk.Professor of the Department of Plant pathology.....

Pineapple prices are also high
Banana wholesale prices continue rising
Banana wholesale prices have continued to grow since the beginning of the year, reports Federico Fapanni, sales manager for Ortobergamo.The reason seems to be the lack of produce coming from Latin America due to the bad weather. Incoming volumes are not enough to meet demand, so of course prices go up......

Filipino banana companies' expansion plans thwarted
The lack of a world-class port in the Visayas is hindering the plan of some big banana companies to expand there. According to Stephen A. Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), a world port is essential as it is a major component in the banana production.....

Dominican Republic and Haiti partner to attract investment
In order to attract more foreign investment to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the two nations have partnered together. The decision came during a workshop organized by the Caribbean Export Development Agency in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo.This is good news for Haiti, which is still struggling.....


Baniwi
Banana-kiwi hybrid hoax
A viral video on Facebook, which shows a man slicing in half a kiwi and a banana, pressing the two together, planting them in soil and subsequently growing a banana with a kiwi core, is an old April Fool's joke.The above-displayed video, which was shared more than 500,000 times within the first few days of.....


Banana market has turned around completely
"Ecuador is sold out"
“Who was expecting this radical change? The year 2015 was one of the worst years in Ecuadorian history for bananas. We weren’t expecting a big change anytime soon, but the market has turned around completely since January 2016 and the demand for Ecuadorian bananas is still exceptionally high. There isn’t.....

Nigerian state to be net exporter of banana
The governor of Cross River state in Nigeria has announced his administration's plans to make the state a net exporter of banana. According to governor, Prof Ben Ayade, producing and exporting bananas will help his administration diversify and reconstruct the economy of the state.He made the announcement.....


An entrepreneur's innovation
US: Message on a banana
Davonte Wilson the founder of Bananas Gone Wild in Frisco, TX, used to doodle on bananas in class while training to become a cardiac software technician. Wilson said everyone in the class poked fun at him and the bananas on which he doodled, but they also would stop by his desk and ask about them.In this.....

Sweden: Boa found in banana box
On Tuesday 15 March, two supermarket workers in Bograngen, western Sweden, found a boa constrictor snake in a box of banana they were unpacking. The pair were shocked by the discovery and unsure whether the snake was still alive. A vet later confirmed that the snake was dead.Elinor Syversen told thelocal.se.....

Pakistan-Afghanistan fruit trade almost doubles
The import of fresh fruit from Afghanistan to Pakistan increased by 46 percent this fiscal year in comparison to the previous fiscal year 2014-15, when around 168,000 metric tonnes of fresh fruit was imported. This year 245,000 metric tonnes were imported during the first eight months of the fiscal year.The.....

GMO banana field trial approved in Malawi
Malawi farmers suffer huge losses due to banana bunchy top virus which has invaded all of the major production areas. These losses have meant that Malawi has had to import bananas from Mozambique and Tanzania to meet the country’s demand for this important food crop, which is one of the most affordable.....

UK: Fruit wholesaler cleared of drug smuggling
A UK fruit wholesaler was cleared of helping a Colombian drug cartel smuggle almost £25 million worth of cocaine in the country. David Mais pleaded not guilty to to helping the cartel bring more than 100kg of the class-a drug into the UK hidden in boxes of bananas.A jury at Southwark Crown Court took less.....

Bananas- star of Ecuadorian exports
Bananas, as well as shrimps, are considered the stars of the Ecuadorian export sector. Without these two items, the fall in the economy could have been greater than the 4.78% recorded last year.Increased demand for these two goods at ports South of Guayaquil cushioned the fall in the transportation of.....

French distributor chooses ULMA for banana packaging
SIIM, a French company specialised in the production, import, ripening and distribution of fruits and vegetables in Europe, has chosen ULMA Packaging and its latest generation wrapper, Sienna Hi Tech for the development of its banana packaging activity.The new generation wrapper, ULMA Packaging, the first in.....

Argentina: Imported bananas dominate the market
The banana is the most consumed fruit in Argentina. Per capita consumption averages more than 12 kilograms per year. Argentina produces bananas in a tropical zone in the north of the country, but the local production only serves to supply a fraction of the market. Instead, imported bananas dominate the.....

Agri Careers Fair, Dublin
Fyffes graduate management programme showcased
The banana importer Fyffes showcased their graduate management programme at the recent Agri Careers Fair held at the RDS in Dublin. The fair was attended by around 7,000 students searching for their dream job in the agricultural industry.Described as a one-stop shop for those seeking to kick-start a career.....


France : Popularity of overseas organic bananas
Over the last ten years many banana producers in Guadeloupe have stopped using pesticides in order to produce organic bananas, lizards and hummingbirds can now be seen on the plantations.560,000 tons of bananas are consumed per yer in France, of which a large part is from Guadeloupe and Martinique. A red,.....

Indian police go bananas
A dispute over a banana ended in a brawl for two Indian policemen on patrol in Tamil on Wednesday 9 March. Special sub-inspector Radha and driver Saravanan both ended up in hospital after an argument over one of them eating the other's banana.When the fight began to get out of hand, other policemen in the.....


Collaboration with Peace Islands/VECO and APROVAG
Senegal wants to export more bananas
Peace Islands/VECO started a project with APROVAG banana growers, the Dutch importer Agrofair and the supermarket chain Colruyt Group to get more Senegalese bananas on the shelves of Dakar and Colruyt Group. Jo Vermeersch, of thePeace Island website, interviewed Leo Gyhsels on the banana market in.....

AU: Tully Valley banana farm tests positive for Panama again
Almost one year to the day sincePanama disease Tropical Race 4was first detected at the Tully Valley farm, the farm has again tested positive for the fourth time.About 12ha of banana plants on Mr Bevan Robson’s 160ha Dingo Pocket property have been destroyed and fenced off in a bid to contain the disease,.....

Mexico: Rains and cold may affect Colima's plantain
According to the forecast of the National Weather Service, it might rain in Colima this week; something that the leader of the National Peasant Confederation (CNC) in Colima, Jorge Armando Gaytan Sanchez, deems could affect plantain producers the most."Hopefully it won't rain so the flowers set well. The.....


Cameroon: Slight decrease in banana exports in January
According to ASSOBACAM, exportations of dessert bananas from Cameroon have plummeted by 341 tons in January 2016, compared to the same period the year before (when they reached 26,366 tons).The decrease is expected to continue throughout the year as the Cameroon Development Cooperation (CDC), one of the 3.....

Filipino banana growers urge govt to review tariffs
On Wednesday 9 March, Stephen Antig, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director, reported that major banana growers had sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture, concerning the tariffs imposed on banana products shipped to Japan under the Philippine-Japan Economic.....


Uganda goes bananas for the M-9 variety
Just over five years ago theNational Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) Kawanda released the M-9 banana variety; since then it has seen an unprecedented rate of adoption, due to its popularity among farmers and consumers. M-9 or Kabana 6H, is resistant to Black Sigatoka (BS) disease and tolerant to.....


Banana import prices have doubled
China: "No alternative to bananas from Philippines"
“The price of import bananas has been steadily going up in these last weeks. Currently, prices are as high as RMB110.00 per carton at the port of Dalian, coming from RMB60.00 per carton three months ago. Prices are increasing because both domestic banana production and supply from the Philippines have gone.....


Iceland home to N. Europe's largest banana plantation
Around 1950,Garðyrkjuskóli ríkisins in Iceland planted their first banana plants as an experiment. Only 177 miles from the Arctic Circle, the plantation at the Icelandic National Gardening School, is the biggest banana plantation in Northern Europe; fed by an abundance of volcanic hot springs, the heat from.....

Minor drop in Cameroon banana exports
Cameroon's banana association (ASSOBACAM) reported that in comparison with January 2015, when 26,366 tons of bananas were exported, January 2016 recorded a drop in dessert banana exports by 341 tons.The downward trend is expected to continue throughout 2016, according to the Cameroonian Development.....

Recovering from Cyclone Olwyn
W. Australian banana growers bounce back
Growers in Carnarvon, West Australia, have been making a steady recovery after a severe cyclone, dubbed Cyclone Olwyn, destroyed their plantations back in March 2015. Local bananas will again be available on supermarket shelves in six weeks' time.Twelve months on, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston.....


"Despite the prospects, production and exports have had a good start"
Ecuadorian banana producers surprised by high demand
The impact of the weather phenomenon El Niño and the market growth of Central American countries led to uncertainty in Ecuador's banana sector, but "to the surprise of the export market, the situation has been much better than expected and the demand for Ecuadorian bananas gave an unexpected turn, exceeding.....


China: Banana price surge
The extreme cold wave weather is the severest condition that banana growers have experienced. As cold and low temperature are the enemies for banana plantation. Their growth period requires high temperature and humidity, when the temperature drops to 5 degree, banana leaves will turn yellow. If this.....


What happens when you eat a spotty banana?
Although not everyone enjoys eating over-ripe, spotted bananas, research shows that they could help cure skin cancer and fight a number of health problems, such as heartburn, blood pressure, anemia, ulcers, depression and constipation, to name a few.The more spots a banana has, the higher the amount of.....

Africa's staple food crops vulnerable
A timeline has been produced by researchers on projected climate change and how it is set to alter the face of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. If no action is taken, climate change can have a significant adverse affect on food security; in their study, the team of researchers provides timings of the.....


"Despite preventive measures, the impact of rainfall was unexpected"
Peruvian organic banana exports on a halt due to floods
Northern Peru has been severely hit by heavy rains in recent days, which have caused many floods throughout the region. 5,000 hectares of crops have been seriously affected after the overflowing of the river Tumbes, with organic bananas, rice, lemon, cocoa and fruit trees as the most affected crops."A.....


Icelandic market knows no seasons
It is a country of sharp contrasts; those of fire and ice, midnight sun and northern lights. Iceland has over 329,000 inhabitants and three large importers of fruit and vegetables. Bananar is the largest of the three. And although the country is thinly populated, Icelanders have high demands for the products.....


Fair Trade
Story of small farmers striving to change the banana industry as we know it
This is the story of a group of small farmers—and the activists and visionaries behind them—striving to change the banana industry as we know it. Through a model of business called Fair Trade, these producers are building more than just supply chain, one that prioritizes their health, their families and.....