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Colombian growers strive to restore banana industry in Uraba

The Banana Growers Association of Colombia (Augura) is applying a strategy to restore Uraba, the country's principal producer of the fruit and a region stigmatized by violence.Growing along with the bunches of bananas in the plantations of Uraba in northwestern Colombia are the hopes of a region that is.....

Peru: Plantain exports up 89.1% in the last five years

Peru's External Trade Federation (ComexPeru) stated that, in the past five years, Peruvian exports of Cavendish Valery plantains increased by 89.1%, as they went from US $80 million in 2012 to US $152 million in 2016.According to Comexperu, the average annual growth rate in that period of time stood at.....

Colombia to export 96 million boxes of bananas

The banana is one of Colombia's flagship products in the international market and it continues to consolidate itself as one of the export products that generates the most income. In 2016, the country exported 93.4 million boxes of bananas and generated profits of nearly $811 million dollars.The Banana.....

Australian Banana Growers' Council shoots for banana split world record

Volunteers are being sought to take part in an exciting Guinness World Records attempt for the Longest Banana Split, at Innisfail this Saturday (March 25). The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has thrown its support behind the massive feat which will be attempted during the annual Feast of the Senses.....

They seek to stop shipping 95% of production to Argentina

Bolivian banana producers meet requirements to export to Russia

A new project will be allowing banana growers in the tropics to stop shipping 95 percent of their production to Argentina.Guzmán explained that the pilot test to export the product lasted from 9 December to 20 January. In that time, the fruit was kept in a cold chamber in the tropics at 14 degrees Celsius,.....

Colombian growers strive to restore banana industry in Uraba

The Banana Growers Association of Colombia (Augura) is applying a strategy to restore Uraba, the country's principal producer of the fruit and a region stigmatized by violence.Growing along with the bunches of bananas in the plantations of Uraba in northwestern Colombia are the hopes of a region that is.....

Phillipine President looks to increase trade with Russia

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte aims to get out of US custody and is trying hard to reinforce economic ties with China and Russia.The country is looking for new markets and wants to export its goods to Russia, in particular, bananas, pears, mangoes, sugar and coconuts. For the moment Russia's share in.....

Podcast discusses the importance of fair trade for farmers

This week, on the syndicated podcast An Organic Conversation, host Helge Hellberg goes beyond what the organic label guarantees by asking Nicole Vitello of Equal Exchange about “the areas that Organic doesn’t cover: working conditions, true social justice and fair trade.” This podcast was released in the.....

Ivory Coast looks to double banana production in two years

Ivory Coast's banana output is expected to nearly double within two years thanks to the recent arrival of two large producers and initiatives to promote local farmers and regional trade, an industry official said on Thursday.Though Ivory Coast is better known as the world's top cocoa producer, it is also one.....

Podcast discusses the importance of fair trade for farmers

This week on syndicated podcast An Organic Conversation, host Helge Hellberg goes beyond what the organic label guarantees by asking Nicole Vitello of Equal Exchange about “the areas that Organic doesn’t cover: working conditions, true social justice and fair trade.” This podcast was released in the midst of.....

Man finds two bananas under one peel

One lucky man in the UK got a little more than expected when he opened one of his newly bought bananas from Asda. When he unpeeled the banana he found two in one peel. 'It was just in a bunch of ordinary bananas so it was a bit of a shock. When Sam opened it up none of us could quite believe it. I never even.....

Man finds two bananas under one peel

One lucky man in the UK got a little more than expected when he opened one of his newly bought bananas from Asda. When he unpeeled the banana he found two in one peel. 'It was just in a bunch of ordinary bananas so it was a bit of a shock. When Sam opened it up none of us could quite believe it. I never even.....

Guadeloupe and Martinique bananas to sponsor Tour de France Sailing Race

The team “Fondation FDJ - Des Pieds et Des Mains” has announced that Guadeloupe and Martinique bananas will be their co-sponsor for their third time participating in the Tour de France Sailing Race. The French banana logo will be visually present on the Diam 24’s large sail, on the hull and on the crews.....

Spain: Canary Islands wants to export surplus bananas to third countries

The Regional Councillor of Agriculture, Narvay Quintero, has asked the banana sector "to continue working together" in the face of the recent resignation of Henry Sicilia as president of the Association of Canary Banana Producer Organizations (Asprocan). In a speech to the Parliament's Committee on.....

India funds banana research centre to increase production in Bihar

The Union government has gifted Bihar a banana research centre that will be constructed, at a cost of USD $2,418,416, in Goraul in Vaishali and will help revive the cultivation of the fruit, which was once an important cash crop for state farmers.It will function under the Rajendra Prasad Central.....

China: Mealybugs intercepted at Nanjing trading post

On the 13th of March, after tests had been carried out by the Office for Quarantine and Evaluation, the trading post in Nanjing (Jiangsu province) intercepted mealybugs (Dysmicoccu neobrevipes) and placed them in quarantine.On February 17th, while the Office for Inspection and Quarantine in Nanjing was.....

Weekly losses amount to $868,000 dollars

Peru: Piura exports 60 fewer boxes of organic bananas due to rain

The heavy and constant rainfall in the region of Piura, which has affected bananas and rice products the most, has alarmed the agricultural sector.Agraria.pe spoke with the president of the National Banana Board (JNB), Valentin Ruiz Delgado, who said that the rains had affected the banana sector in various.....

Weekly losses amount to $868,000 dollars

Peru: Piura exports 60 fewer boxes of organic bananas due to rain

The heavy and constant rainfall in the region of Piura, which has affected bananas and rice products the most, has alarmed the agricultural sector.Agraria.pe spoke with the president of the National Banana Board (JNB), Valentin Ruiz Delgado, who said that the rains had affected the banana sector in various.....

Dominican Republic: Plantain contribution vital to the GDP

The Dominican Republic's plantain sector contributes more than RD $14.000 million per year to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and it is one of the products that promotes the economy's development the most, stated the chief executive of the Dominican Agribusiness Board, Osmar Benitez.Benitez said.....

Mexico: Complex scenario for Veracruz plantain

The situation faced by plantain producers is complex. The high temperatures in recent weeks have forced them to water their crops, which undermines their economy, said Sergio Eduardo Graillet Contreras, president of the Plantain Product System in the state of Veracruz.He said: "We are seeing this year's.....

Mexico: Complex scenario for Veracruz plantain

The situation faced by plantain producers is complex. The high temperatures in recent weeks have forced them to water their crops, which undermines their economy, said Sergio Eduardo Graillet Contreras, president of the Plantain Product System in the state of Veracruz.He said: "We are seeing this year's.....

Dominican Republic: Plantain contribution vital to the GDP

The Dominican Republic's plantain sector contributes more than RD $14.000 million per year to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and it is one of the products that promotes the economy's development the most, stated the chief executive of the Dominican Agribusiness Board, Osmar Benitez.Benitez said.....

China to buy $1.5m of Philippine goods, including bananas

Manila and Beijing will sign an agreement involving China’s purchase of $1.5 billion worth of Philippine goods, including agricultural products, on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce.Dr. Francis Chua, chairman of the Philippine chapter of the Silk Road.....

Bolivia increased banana and plantain production and export

According to preliminary data from the National Institute of Statistics and the Ministry of Rural Development and Land, Bolivia devoted 60,298 hectares to the production of bananas and plantains for cooking in the 2015-2016 agricultural year. The country had 19,837 hectares of bananas and 40,461 hectares of.....

$509 million dollars

Honduras: Banana exports increased value by 0.79% in 2016

According to Honduras' Central Bank, in 2016, Honduras exported 509 million dollars in bananas, i.e. 0.79% more than in 2015, even though the export volume decreased.According to a report from the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), banana sales increased by $4 million (0.79%) over the $505 million exported in.....

Due to increase in banana shipment tarrifs

Ecuador: Cargo from Bolivar to be sent to Guayaquil

The new concessionaire of the port of Puerto Bolivar, Yilport Ecu SA, plans to increase port service tariffs for the banana sector in Ecuador by more than 160%.One of the most questioned rates is the stowage of a box, which would rise from 13 to 34 cents in April.Eduardo Ledesma, the president of the.....

Bolivia increased banana and plantain production and export

According to preliminary data from the National Institute of Statistics and the Ministry of Rural Development and Land, Bolivia devoted 60,298 hectares to the production of bananas and plantains for cooking in the 2015-2016 agricultural year. The country had 19,837 hectares of bananas and 40,461 hectares of.....

$509 million dollars

Honduras: Banana exports increased value by 0.79% in 2016

According to Honduras' Central Bank, in 2016, Honduras exported 509 million dollars in bananas, i.e. 0.79% more than in 2015, even though the export volume decreased.According to a report from the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH), banana sales increased by $4 million (0.79%) over the $505 million exported in.....

Registration open for Australian Banana Industry Congress 2017

An inspirational cast of speakers will join the program for the Australian Banana Industry Congress (ABIC) in Sydney this June.Registration opened last week, and the biennial event is again shaping up to be a strong drawcard for growers and industry supporters.International speakers will join Australian.....

Algerian quota for banana imports opens

The quantitative quota for banana imports in Algeria has opened from 11 to 14 March for the first half of 2017, the ministry of Trade told APS.This quota of 90,000 tons is divided into two sections of 45,000 tons each, covering the first two quarters of 2017, said the source.In this regard, the minister.....

Spain produces over 60% of European bananas

Spain was Europe's largest banana producer in 2016, with a total of 417,176 tonnes, according to data provided by the Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Union.Of the total banana volume marketed in Europe, which amounted to 6,122,898 tonnes, 11.3% is of EU origin, with.....

Costa Rica: Banana exports reach record levels

The value of Costa Rican banana exports reached an all-time high of $986 million, with productivity rising from 2,339 to 2,800 boxes per hectare per year.Banana growing is centred on the cantons of Sarapiquí, Pococí Siquirres, Guácimo, Matina, Limón and Talamanca on the Carribean coast, and in Parrita,.....

EU funded program helping revitalise Jamaica's banana industry

Stakeholder activities under a €5 million European Union (EU) grant-funded programme to revitalise Jamaica’s banana sector, which had been seriously impacted by the weather in recent years, are advancing.The Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAM) Programme, being implemented by the Rural Agricultural.....

Barnana unveils new organic banana brittle

Banana-fueled brand Barnana have released a new product that banana lovers may find interesting. The product is called organic Banana Brittle, which is a snack made from 'upcycled' bananas that would otherwise have gone to waste.The snacks are planned to retail around $4.99 for a 3.5ox bag and will.....

Japan wants to import 20m boxes of bananas from the Philippines

The government of Japan is interested in importing Cavendish bananas from the Philippines, provided that it comes from the acknowledged areas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). This was revealed by Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel Piñol, who visited the camp late Wednesday. Piñol revealed the.....

Barnana unveils new organic banana brittle

Banana-fueled brand Barnana have released a new product that banana lovers may find interesting. The product is called organic Banana Brittle, which is a snack made from 'upcycled' bananas that would otherwise have gone to waste.The snacks are planned to retail around $4.99 for a 3.5ox bag and will.....

EU funded program helping revitalise Jamaica's banana industry

Stakeholder activities under a €5 million European Union (EU) grant-funded programme to revitalise Jamaica’s banana sector, which had been seriously impacted by the weather in recent years, are advancing.The Jamaica Banana Accompanying Measures (JBAM) Programme, being implemented by the Rural Agricultural.....

Fair trade banana company highlights the people behind its bananas

Every year Equal Exchange dedicates the month of March to raising awareness about the fair trade banana supply chain. All month long Equal Exchange invites retailers and consumers to explore how their alternative trade model is creating a seat at the trading table for small scale farmers around the.....

China agrees to buy $1b in ag crops from Philippines

China is set to sign an agreement to buy $1 billion worth of agricultural crops from the Philippines starting this year, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday.China expressed interest to import durian, avocado, banana, pineapple, coconut, mango, dragon fruit, mangosteen, marang, cacao among.....

Mexico: Good export opportunities for the plantain from Colima

Domestic production: According to data from the Agricultural food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), during the period from 2005 to 2015, domestic production of plantain increased by 1.5%; going from 2,103,000 tons in 2005, to 2,262,000 tons in 2015; however, production in Colima recorded a growth.....

Philippine food firms report $28m in sales at FoodEx

A delegation of 17 Philippine food firms were showcased at FoodEx Japan this week and have reported record sales totalling US $28m from the four-day conference. Some of the major players among products shown were bananas, coconuts, mangoes and pineapples.According to Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the.....

Ecuador: Banana producers reject Yilport's port rate

This week, the Turkish company, Yilport Holdings, began operating the port of Puerto Bolivar Port Authority (APPB) in the province of El Oro. Since then, the concessionaire has announced a possible rate increase for the stowage of the banana boxes, from the trucks to the boats, and for other services. The.....

Fair trade banana company highlights the people behind its bananas

Every year Equal Exchange dedicates the month of March to raising awareness about the fair trade banana supply chain. All month long Equal Exchange invites retailers and consumers to explore how their alternative trade model is creating a seat at the trading table for small scale farmers around the.....

Ecuador: Banana producers reject Yilport's port rate

This week, the Turkish company, Yilport Holdings, began operating the port of Puerto Bolivar Port Authority (APPB) in the province of El Oro. Since then, the concessionaire has announced a possible rate increase for the stowage of the banana boxes, from the trucks to the boats, and for other services. The.....

Mexico: Good export opportunities for the plantain from Colima

Domestic production: According to data from the Agricultural food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), during the period from 2005 to 2015, domestic production of plantain increased by 1.5%; going from 2,103,000 tons in 2005, to 2,262,000 tons in 2015; however, production in Colima recorded a growth.....

Peru: More than a million boxes of bananas a year from Sullana

The Association of Small Producers of Organic Bananas, Saman and Annexes, (Appbosa) in the province of Sullana, exports an average of one million 16 thousand boxes of organic bananas to the United States, Canada, and Belgium.This was announced by its president, Jose Santos Palomino, who also said that the.....

Panama resistant banana research continues in the Philippines

Research on identifying a Panama disease-resistant banana variety is still ongoing by the Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), President Stephen Antig said on Friday. Based on the latest data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), around 15,000 hectares of banana plantations are.....

Peru: More than a million boxes of bananas a year from Sullana

The Association of Small Producers of Organic Bananas, Saman and Annexes, (Appbosa) in the province of Sullana, exports an average of one million 16 thousand boxes of organic bananas to the United States, Canada, and Belgium.This was announced by its president, Jose Santos Palomino, who also said that the.....

Panama resistant banana research continues in the Philippines

Research on identifying a Panama disease-resistant banana variety is still ongoing by the Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), President Stephen Antig said on Friday. Based on the latest data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), around 15,000 hectares of banana plantations are.....

Man attempts to rob fish and chip shop with a banana

Police in the UK are looking for a man who tried to rob a fish and chip shop using what looks like a banana in a plastic bag. The robber entered the shop and pointed the plastic wrapped banana in the faces of the workers demanding they open the register. His act didn't fool anyone however and he ended up.....

The perfect yellow hue is the key to selling more bananas

The aesthetics of fresh produce is one of the key factors at the point of sale. It is also one of the main causes of food waste, as much food ends up in the trash because it isn't pretty enough to attract customers. This may sound absurd, but tons of fruits and vegetables that are in perfect condition are.....

Greece: Lack of supply leads to higher banana prices

South American bananas have been quite expensive. Prices continue to rise to levels that border on the limits for what the European market can sustain. “This makes the current European market quite challenging,” says Konstantinos Koutantzis of the Greek trading company Planet Fruits. “A lot of this has to.....

The perfect yellow hue is the key to selling more bananas

The aesthetics of fresh produce is one of the key factors at the point of sale. It is also one of the main causes of food waste, as much food ends up in the trash because it isn't pretty enough to attract customers. This may sound absurd, but tons of fruits and vegetables that are in perfect condition are.....

Mike Port:

“Higher standards in supermarkets offers space for fairtrade bananas”

The market for organic and Fairtrade bananas is developing very quickly. Since Port International started with the import of this category, the company’s volume of organic Fairtrade bananas has surpassed that of conventional bananas. Mike Port states that demand for Fairtrade bananas is on the rise across.....

Colombia exports 73% of its bananas to the EU

The Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) stated that Colombia exports 73% of the bananas it produces to the European Union and that the EU had become the main market for this agricultural product, which is grown in the Northwest of the country.Colombia exports an estimated 120,000 boxes of.....

Mexico: Chiapas exports plantain to the US and Guatemala

The plantain from Chiapas, which previously only covered the regional and domestic demand, has entered new international markets; hundreds of tons are shipped to the United States and Guatemala each week.The community of Suchiate is completely dedicated to the cultivation of this fruit and has managed to.....

Angola to ship 200 tons of bananas to Portugal

More than 200 tons of bananas produced in the Caxito irrigated perimeter will be exported to Portugal following an initial shipment of 27 tons, the head of Caxito Rega announced, cited by the newspaper Jornal de Angola.João Mpilamosi said that bananas produced at that plantation “have good quality.....

Colombia exports 73% of its bananas to the EU

The Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) stated that Colombia exports 73% of the bananas it produces to the European Union and that the EU had become the main market for this agricultural product, which is grown in the Northwest of the country.Colombia exports an estimated 120,000 boxes of.....