Bananas

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.....

Potential benefits of biotechnology in Uganda
In Uganda, genetic modification technology research is being carried out on key crops such as banana (for bacterial wilt, nematodes resistance and nutritional value), sweet potato (for weevil resistance) and Irish potato (for late blight disease resistance).Drs Anton Bua and Vincent Ekiyar undertook a study.....

Rebel attack on Filipino banana, pineapple growers
Over the past two months, the New People's Army (NPA) has been stepping up attacks on banana and pineapple farmers, mainly agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who are contract growers for exporters.Eduardo Maningo, a spokesman for the ARBs, said in a statement that about a dozen burnings were carried out by.....

Argentina increasingly imports more bananas than it produces
The banana is the Argentineans favorite and most consumed fruit: per capita consumption stands at more than 12 kilograms per year. Argentina produces bananas in a tropical area in the north of the country but local production only supplies a fraction of what is consumed in the country. Instead, banana.....

Documentary showcases fair trade movement
March is Equal Exchange Banana Month. Equal Exchange dedicates this month to raising awareness about their fair trade banana supply chain and how this chain transforms communities on both ends of the world.This March is even more special as it marks Equal Exchange’s 10th year in the banana trade and 30th.....

Indian farmers dump bananas over low prices
Banana growers in Tiruchi who cultivated the Poovan and Karpooravalli banana varieties are suffering extensive losses. The growers have been delaying their harvest in the hope of receiving better prices, but this has not materialised.Since the Tiruchi market offers very low prices, one farmer, Mr. Ramalingam.....

Corbana and Acorbat organize the VI International Conference on Bananas
Costa Rica's National Banana Corporation (Corbana) and the Association for Research and Integrated Management of Banana and Plantain (Acorbat) are organizing the Sixth International Conference on Banana.The goal of the event is for experts to exchange their knowledge and to discuss the challenges that the.....

Banana prices up in the world market
Since January, the price of bananas in the world market have been increasing and this is expected to continue over the next six months. However, low production, which is the result of El Nino, and the entry of other countries like Ecuador, into the Philippine banana export market, could hamper the so called.....

125 kilos of cocaine hidden in bananas
Last week customs officers in Hamburg seized 125 kilos of cocaine in Bremerhaven. The drugs were hidden in crates of bananas. Employees of a company at the Bremerhaven noticed something suspicious when they moved the bananas and warned the police. The bananas came from Ecuador.The customs officers retrieved.....

ONE Banana certified Fairtrade
ONE Banana, The Better Banana Company, recentlyannounced that it will be selling and sourcingFairtrade bananas. The company now officiallyjoins the ranks of the world’s most sustainable,progressive and responsible food growers.ONE’s certification was issued by FLO-CERT, a global certification and.....