Bananas

False alarm for banana spider eggs
Eggs discovered in a bunch of bananas that were feared to belong to the world's deadliest spider have been found to belong to a harmless species.Keith Hobbs and wife Laura fled with their four children - who were in the pyjamas - when they found the cocoon at their home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on.....

EC refuses to fund promotion of European bananas
The Association of European Banana Producers (APEB) has criticised the European Commission's refusal (as reported in a statement) to co-fund the next programme to promote the RUP logo, which is used to identify European bananas.This programme (2015-2018), like the three previous ones (2005-2008, 2008-2011.....

Philippines: Banana exporters grant scholarships
The Banana Exports Industry Foundation Inc. (BEIF) awarded scholarships to selected children of banana workers in Davao Region.BEIF is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Pilipino Banana Growers Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA), which is a non-stock corporation that serves as the central.....

Plans for banana processing plant in Rwanda
Gisagara will soon install a modern banana processing plant, the first of its kind in the district. And banana farmers are already upbeat, saying this presents a major market for their produce.The facility will be co-owned by Gisagara District and Mountain Natural Food Ltd. Léandre Karekezi, Gisagara.....

Omani banana discovery could protect industry
A rare banana found in an oasis in Jebel Bani Jaber near Tiwi has pest-resistant characteristics that could help protect the global banana industry, said a German plant scientist. Dr Andreas Buerkert, from the University of Kassel in Germany, together with Dr Sulaiman Al Khanjari, his former Omani PhD.....

Chiquita to keep ripening facilities at Gulfport
The Chiquita company has announced it would keep its banana ripening business at the state Port at Gulfport, Mississippi, rather than New Orleans.New Orleans port president and CEO Gary LaGrange told the New Orleans CityBusiness that Chiquita's new owners have told the port they are more interested in cargo.....