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Global Focus — Bananas
An inconvenient truth, the banana industry in Asia and the Philippines
A catastrophic dilemma is now lurking in the midst of Asia’s banana industry.The deadly Fusarium wilt (Panama wilt) Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease has long emerged in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. But of late, aggressive spread has been reported specifically in the Philippines and.....
Crop conversion is increasingly attractive
Ecuador: Banana producers feel pressured
According to Paul Gonzales, President of Machala's Agricultural Centre, banana producers are feeling suffocated; an indication that the conversion of crops is becoming an increasingly attractive option for small producers."This is terrible because the banana industry is the largest employer in the country.....
Ecuador exported 253 million boxes of bananas in 2013
Ecuador exported 253 million boxes of bananas, 5 million more than in 2012. This amount, however, didn’t meet the producers’ expectations, as they thought there would be a higher increase in sales during 2013.Last year’s banana exports are still lower than the peak reached in 2011, when exports amounted to.....
Peru: Coca crops to be replaced by banana crops
Over 180 former producers of coca, in nine communities of Supte, located in the region of Huanuco, will benefit from the delivery of 94,339 banana suckers that will be planted and used as temporary shade for cocoa and coffee crops.The National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs explained, in.....
Panama: New plantain varieties
Researchers at Panama's Agricultural Research Institute work on the propagation of healthy plants, germplasm conservation and various modern biotechnological techniques in order to improve the characteristics of food crops.The researchers are implementing a micro-propagation concept on Hawaiian Plantain.....
Larger volumes destined for Europe at all time
Brazilian banana sector expects good season
The year 2013 ended with strong growth and a diversified turnover for Brazilian bananas. This is thanks to favourable market conditions. If the predictions for 2014 remain on schedule then it looks good for the banana sector.Seces, the bureau of foreign trade, mentioned in statistics, that the export grew by.....
Italy: No dramatic changes expected in banana prices in the next few weeks
The decision of German retailer Aldi, who alone influences the price of bananas all over Europe, to lower the price to €14.21 in January-March 2014, together with the prospect of Del Monte replacing fruit from Ecuador with produce from Honduras, are worrying the Ecuadorian banana sector.FreshPlaza talked to.....
Vanhuyse concentrates on new customers via bananas
"Banana prices would normally increase this week"
Wholesaler Vanhuyse from Roeselare is part of group A.de Witte and is known for its bananas. Vanhuyse has its own banana ripening plant, where each week about 9,500 boxes of 18 kg are ripened. The company serves a mixed circle of clients. We supply other wholesalers, market vendors, retailers and also in.....
Ecuador: Aldi lowers banana box price
The banana sector is concerned by Aldi's decision to lower the box's price a dollar between January and March this year, and by the possibility that Del Monte replaces the Ecuadorian fruit, which is less competitive, with that from Honduras.German retailer Aldi (the largest European retailer and a reference.....
February 24 to 27
Banana sector experts gathering in Costa Rica for 5th annual convention
International experts will discuss the situation in Costa Rica and the challenges of the banana industry in the Fifth International Congress of Bananas, which will be held from February 24 to 27.The event, organized by the (corbona) National Banana Corporation, will bring together some 600 participants from.....
AU: Banana disease eradication budget doubles
The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry's banana freckle eradication budget has increased from $2.8 million to $4.4 million, with another eradication zone set up around Virginia.A property has tested positive in the area and a one-kilometre banana plant-free zone will be established like those.....
Researchers finding success in development of banana clones
The research and development section of Du Roi Laboratory, in Letsitele, South Africa, has been involved since 2000 in the identification, evaluation, multiplication and commercial distribution of new single clone selections of Cavendish banana. Using the natural process of somaclonal variation, six new.....