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Iran to offer reduced banana import tariff if traders also export oranges

As per a regulation ratified by the government on Nov. 8, bananas can be imported into Iran at a low tariff of 5% if oranges are exported in return.If traders want only to import bananas without any orange exports, they are required to pay a 20% tariff.Before the new regulation, banana import tariff stood at.....

Ecuador's banana employment manual can be adapted to other countries

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Ecuador's new manual to improve the health and safety of banana workers can be adapted to other countries.Victor Prada, an economist from that agency, said that Ecuador's manual, which had been presented at a meeting of the World Banana Forum in.....

$938K project to bring locally grown bananas & mangoes to Botswana

Ngamiland, Botswana may soon have plenty of locally grown bananas and mangoes courtesy of a joint partnership between a local farmer, Lesika Molefhi and South African investor, Johann Bezuidenhout.The P10 million (USD $938,732) irrigation project in Nxaraga will boost food production in Botswana by providing.....

China: Price rise for Nanning's bananas

The harvest in the Nanning banana production region is nearing its end. In combination with the increased demand in the last period, the banana price appears to be on the rise again. Ever since mid-September, the hot weather has been accelerating the ripening process and banana farmers were forced to dump.....

World Banana Forum discusses threats from TR4

Last week, Geneva was the banana capital of the world. Although not a single banana is grown in Switzerland, this city was home to the third World Banana Forum. The FAO's consultative body discussed current topics, including labour rights and social responsibility, the effects of climate change, and the threat.....

Ecuador: Ministry and banana producers establish a road map

The first Banana Technical Table, led by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ruben Flores, established a twelve-point road map to benefit the sector. Representatives of the producers and exporters of the fruit participated in the meeting. They agreed to work on the following points: port fees in Puerto.....

Mechanism discovered that makes Black Sigatoka fungus less sensitive to pesticides

An international team of researchers, led by Wageningen University and Research, has discovered a new genetic mechanism that makes the infamous Black Sigatoka fungus less sensitive to the most important pesticides used against the disease. The discovery is an explanation for the trend of the ever-decreasing.....

Colombian police seize 12-tonnes of cocaine hidden under banana farms

President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday announced Colombia’s police had seized 12 tons of cocaine, which he said was the largest single drug seizure in the history of the country.The drugs were discovered stored underground when around 400 anti-narcotics police stormed four farms in a banana-growing area in.....

Ecuador: Banana producers don't always get paid the set price

"The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (Magap), through Ministerial Agreement 265, set the minimum support price of a 22XU box of bananas, weighing 41.5 to 43-pounds, at $6.26. This price is valid between January 1 and December 31, 2017. However, it is not the price that Ecuadorian.....

Spain: Compensations against unfair competition requested for Canary bananas

The spokesperson for Coalición Canaria (CC) in the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Ana Oramas, has sent an urgent appeal to the Government in which she has urged for compensations to be granted for the transport of Canary bananas given the "unfair competition" of Latin American and African bananas.Oramas.....

New smart-phone compatible device identifies the ripeness of bananas

Spectral images, which contain more colour information than is obtainable with a typical camera, reveal characteristics of tissue and other biological samples that can't be seen by the naked eye.A new smartphone-compatible device that is held like a pencil could make it practical to acquire spectral images of.....

Philippine's Anflo plans to penetrate China's banana market with new partnership

Philippine company Anflo Banana Corp. (ABC), has partnered with a global agricultural firm to penetrate what is touted as the biggest and most flourishing China market for premium bananas.The Davao-based banana firm is apparently taking advantage of the growing Philippine-China trade relation as espoused by.....

Mariem Baki, Bonita Europe

"The standard banana boxes are becoming less common"

Bananas are Leon Van Parys' most important fresh product. This company is a subsidiary of Bonita Europe. Although this variety of fruit from South America is inextricably linked to the business, Bonita Europe wants to shift its focus more towards exotic fruit.Mariem Baki and Omar Salame of Bonita. In front of.....

Ecuador: Banana producers call for peaceful march on November 15

Banana producers and exporters that ship bananas through Puerto Bolivar announced they would conduct a peaceful march on November 15. That day producers won't be cutting any fruit and exporters will make no shipments.The productive guilds that met yesterday at the Oro Hotel decided to take this measure to.....

Chiquita chosen as American parents' most beloved banana brand

Chiquita Brands International debuted in 2017 its new campaign ‘We Are Bananas’.The campaign is changing the conversation around its brand and the banana category by being present in culture, and establishing an emotional, playful conversation among its consumers.The new brand campaign coincided with the.....

GMB warning:

Bananas could soon disappear from UK supermarkets

The GMB is joining other unions and small producers arguing that production based on low-paid, large-scale monoculture is destroying worker health, the natural environment and local communities.The union took the opportunity of the third World Banana Forum in Geneva today (November 8) to issue a warning to.....

Bananas are examples of 'hyper-optimised food products'

Bananas are the most consumed fruit in the world. They have had this distinction for decades now. In a three-part article written by Daniel Stone in National Geographic, he describes the route that brought bananas to the top of consumer lists. He also delves into the threats facing this sector.Bananas are the.....

Costa Rica's banana sector has 140 years of experience

The VII International Banana Congress was held in Miami a few days ago. The National Banana Corporation, Corbana, under whose leadership the Congress has positioned itself as the most important in the world for the sector, organized the event.The event has been successful because it includes participants from.....

Philippine authorities in pursuit after banana plantation torched

Authorities are now in pursuit of several armed men alleged to have torched a banana plantation in Barangay Casisang, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, on Friday.According to a military report, the incident happened around 12: 20 a.m. with the yet-to-be-identified individuals seemingly coming out of nowhere burning.....

China: 65 kilograms of drugs hidden in bananas

Recently, the Public Security Bureau of Chuxiong uncovered an incredibly large transport of drugs. Based on a previous incident, the drug prohibition police force seized two suspects, Guo and Liu, and found a truck with drugs. The truck contained 5,000 boxes of bananas with a total weight of 56 tons. In these.....

Costa Rica intensifies prevention efforts against the Fusarium R4T

The staff of public and private institutions working on aspects of phytosanitary surveillance, research and agricultural extension, strengthened their knowledge in wilting by Fusarium tropical race 4 in the production of musaceas, through a workshop that took place in the Agricultural Research Center of.....

Belize banana farms to benefit from EU and BEL Electrification Project

According to a representative from the Belize Electricity Limited(BEL), Vonetta Burrell, Public Relations Manager, the current coverage of BEL in the country is at 92% and is expected to reach 98% by 2020.With the initiative, over 200 communities and a total of 5,000 households in both new and existing.....

Honduras: Floods cause serious damage to bananas

The African palm and banana sector has had losses of approximately 240 million lempiras due to floods in the productive sectors of the Sula Valley, according to the president of the Industrial Corporation in that area, Hector Castro.The banana sector alone has lost some 45 hectares, which translates into an.....

Ecuador: Banana farmers reject the rate adjustment in Puerto Bolívar

The Association of Exporters of Bananas of Ecuador (AEBE) rejected the increase in rates, which will go from $ 0.12 to $ 0.24 per load in bulk and $0.28 per palletized load of banana, proposed by Yilportecu, the concessionaire of the seaport of Puerto Bolivar (El Oro).The union assured that the increase would.....

Banana Forum 2017

Challenges and opportunities of the Colombian banana sector

The Banana Association of Magdalena and La Guajira, ASBAMA, is getting ready to hold the Banana Forum 2017 "Sustainable Production: Challenges and Opportunities of the Colombian Banana Sector", an event that includes the participation of recognized national and international experts and with which it intends.....

World banana forum to discuss sustainability, labour rights and diversity

The World Banana Forum (WBF) will be holding its Third Global Conference next week, from 8 to 9 November 2017 in Geneva at CICG (Geneva International Conference Centre). Side events will also take place on 7 and 10 November.The conference will benefit those interested in the banana sector - from producer and.....

Australian developed GMO Banana to be tested in Philippines

Australian researchers are planning to conduct field trials in Mindanao, Philippines for a genetically engineered Cavendish banana that was developed to resist the highly destructive Fusarium wilt or Panama disease.Colin Melvin, commercial services director of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in.....

Dole Japan recall 9,000 bunches of Philippine bananas after wire found inside

Dole Japan said Wednesday it will recall approximately 9,000 bunches of packaged Philippine bananas due to concerns they have been tampered with.The company found an approximately 3cm long wire in a banana during a voluntary inspection at its facility in the city of Kawasaki on Friday.The company reported the.....

China: Banana market stabilizes

According to an article in a newspaper which reports on rural villages in China, October is the month in which bananas arrive on the market in high concentrations. In the wake of the market entry of the many bananas from producers in Guangxi province, prices will always be a little lower at this time of the.....

Canadian banana importer pushes to increase Fairtrade awareness

The banana may be the most inexpensive fruit in the produce section in Canada, but it shouldn’t be, says Jennie Coleman.“It comes from far away, it’s extremely sensitive, and if the temperature goes up or down, it damages the fruit very quickly, and yet, it’s such a cheap fruit.” says Ms. Coleman, who is.....

Global program to fight fungus that threatens bananas

A fungus is threatening to decimate the world's banana production, causing huge commercial losses and enormous damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who depend on the most commercialised fruit in the world, both as a staple food and as a source of income.The FAO and its partners - Bioversity.....

Expansion of Cavendish banana production spreads very aggressive fungal disease

Fears around containment of Fusarium TR4 in Africa and Asia

Tropical Race 4 of Panama disease (TR4 of Fusarium wilt) is spreading to new localities in Asia and the Middle East. It is feared to be just a matter of time before it spreads from northern Mozambique, where it is currently present, into other African countries. The first global campaign to address the banana.....

Latest steps in the plastic reduction strategy of this retail company

Germany: REWE now only sells unpackaged bananas

Soon there will be no more bananas wrapped in plastic film available in the more than 3.300 REWE stores nationwide. Product information will then be found on adhesive labels or banderoles. As REWE supplies bananas from various brand companies, private label producers and suppliers - in line with the different.....

Philippine banana exporters hope for reduced tariffs with Japan

The executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) hopes Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be able to encourage the Japanese government to relax if not lift the imposition of hefty taxes on Philippine bananas during his two-day working visit in Japan.Duterte and his.....

New network launched to support women in the Australian banana industry

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has launched a new network recognising the important role women play within the banana industry.The Banana Women’s Network held its inaugural meeting in Innisfail, Australia on Friday night (October 27).ABGC Extension Officer Dale Bennett said the group aims to.....

Internal market fruit update

Brazil: Lower prices for Nanica bananas

Last week all the producing regions of the Nanica banana registered a decline in quotations. Producers from Bom Jesus da Lapa (BA), Vale do Riberia (SP) and Northern Minas Gerais experienced a similar average selling price of around R$ 0.70 per kg. However, for example the state Santa Catarina traded this.....

Bananas may be on the verge of extinction

A Russian "News Report" published on October 25th, claimed that a kind of critical fungus may be destroying all the bananas on the globe. This news caused even the United Nations to feel a little worried. The newspaper article reports that the UN has already pulled out 980 thousand USD to deal with the.....

Dole adopt new technology to increase efficiency in agriculture

While many sectors of the business world are embracing digital transformation, much of the agricultural sector in many areas is still in the very early stages of using next-generation technology.Adoption of new technology may be crucial to increasing the food supply and efficiency in the agricultural sector......

Mexico: Producers want Tabasco's plantain to enter the EU without tariffs

Tabasco is one of the Mexico's main producers of plantains and it is seeking to eliminate tariffs that apply to this fruit to enter the European Union (EU), as it is its market par excellence, even before the United States.The producers of that State find it important that their request be taken into account.....

14 tonnes of cocaine found hidden amongst bananas in Holland and Belgium

14 tonnes of cocaine has been found in boxes of bananas seized in Holland and Belgium.All of it originates from Colombia, 11 tonnes coming from Turbo, a port town in Antioquia.A news report from local radio station Caracol, said that despite the practice being already quite common, there has been an increase.....

North American consumer makes organic banana market thrive

The organic banana market continues to experience growth as consumers look for greater clarity in the origins of their fresh produce. Reports continue to show a regular increase in market share occupied by the organic sector. While a number of companies run both conventional and organic lines, Organics.....

Oranges and apples are America’s top fruit and fruit juice choices

Americans consumed an average of 115.4 pounds of fresh and processed fruit per person in 2015, according to ERS’s loss-adjusted food availability data.This data series takes per capita supplies of food available for human consumption and adjusts for some of the spoilage, plate waste, and other losses in eating.....

Spain: Canary banana shipments to the Peninsula up 46% in August

A few days ago, the Customs and Special Taxes Administration of the Spanish Tax Agency published the data on foreign trade in Spain for the month of August 2017, the most recent data available. In that month, the Canary Islands shipped 30,702 tonnes to the Spanish peninsular and Balearic market, which is the.....

Iran: Banana imports increase 40% hitting $267 million

A round 347,000 tons of fresh green or dried bananas worth $267 million were imported into Iran during the first half of the current Iranian year (March 21-Sept. 22).This marks a 40% rise in both volume and value compared with the corresponding period of last year, figures released by the Islamic Republic of.....

Chiquita's latest campaign brought "Bananamania" to New Orleans

After Chiquita's Banana Sun campaign of celestial proportions garnered coverage in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Food & Wine Magazine, CNNMoney, and CBS News. Now, the produce brand has brought things back down to earth with their latest campaign, Big Easy Bananamania.Clickhereto.....

China: Too many bananas from Nanning affecting sales

Bananas are one of the characteristic fruits of Nanning. Recently Nanning has had a peak period for the harvest of bananas. Because all the bananas were ripe and harvested at the same time, and because labor costs have risen, bananas from Nanning have been selling poorly and have been running at low prices.The.....

Philippine banana exporter loses bid for $2.3m tax refund

Banana exporter Tagum Agricultural Development Corp. (Tadeco), which is entangled in a graft case, has lost its bid for a tax refund of around US $2,330,000.In a decision dated Oct. 13, the Third Division of the Court of Tax Appeals denied Tadeco’s petition for the $2.3 million refund on creditable input value.....

Colombia: Banana growers in Urabá victims of narcos

Two aspects are of concern to the banana sector of Urabá after the discovery in Europe of cargoes of the fruit containing cocaine: the criminal methods implemented by the drug traffickers and the stigma that this can create for the industry and the region.The revelation of the governor of Antioquia, Luis.....

5,300 kilos of cocaine in bananas intercepted at Antwerp

In collaboration with the Belgian police, Dutch police have confiscated a consignment of 5,300 kilos of cocaine in the port of Antwerp. The drugs were hidden in a container of bananas from Colombia. This took place on Friday October 13, no suspects have been arrested yet.bron: PolitieThe collaboration between.....

Taiwan bananas selling poorly

According to a news report from the Taiwanese 'Joint News Agency', the Taiwan Legislative institution has invited the Chairperson of the Agricultural Assembly, Lin Congze, to make a report of the situation. Many assembly members are concerned about the price of the bananas. Based on the current statistics of.....

First Taiwanese bananas sold in Dubai

The production price of bananas in Taiwan is very low, only 7 NT (New Taiwan dollar) per kilogram. However, theTaiwan Agricultural Development Company is planning to sell them in Dubai for 50 NT per kilogram, which is very expensive. It requires 16 day for a ship to reach Dubai. If it is successful, Taiwanese.....

Cambodia plans to begin exporting 'chicken egg' bananas

In a bid to promote local agricultural products, the government has unveiled plans to begin exporting chicken egg bananas to overseas markets.The announcement comes only two months after the country exported its first international shipment of yellow bananas, which was sent to China.The chicken egg banana,.....

US: New system brings fresher bananas to Key Food Stores

AgroFresh Solutions, a provider of produce freshness solutions, announced today that its RipeLock Quality System will soon be utilized in Key Food Stores Co-Operative locations. The RipeLock technology offers Key Food a new way to handle the fruit quality management for bananas.“RipeLock is being rolled out to.....

US supporting fight against breast cancer: 'Chiquita' goes pink

Chiquita wants to bring awareness to women about breast cancer early detection, supporting well being and active lifestyle for disease prevention.In the month of October 100 million Chiquita bananas will be wearing Pink across the world. Additionally, Chiquita North America is taking part in the American.....

Philippine banana exporters call for militiamen to protect plantations

A group of banana exporters in the Philippines have appealed to expedite the deployment of Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) members to protect their plantations from the New People’s Army (NPA) because “time is of the essence”.Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive.....

A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production

A fungus poses major risks to the world's banana production and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world's most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income.FAO and its partners Bioversity International, the International.....

ALDI Nord and ALDI SÜD

Aldi joins World Banana Forum

The business groups ALDI Nord andALDI SÜDboth have joined the World Banana Forum (WBF). The WBF is a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote fair working conditions and sustainable standards for banana production.“We are the largest banana traders in the international market. So, we found it important to make.....

Philippine banana industry could perish if problems left unresolved, says expert

The banana industry in the Philippines, one of the major economic drivers of the country, will perish in two to three years if threats remain unresolved, a banana expert warned.The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director Stephen Antig, said in press conference Tuesday.....

Banana farmers listen to complaints from workers in Ecuador

After the complaints made at the First International Meeting of Banana Workers, organised by the Association of Agricultural and Farm Workers (Astac) in Guayaquil, Ecuador several employers´unions rejected the statements made and showed their openness to the dialogue to hear the complaints of the.....