Bananas


DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops
An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide leads for increasing the sustainability of.....

Jamaica: Tropical fruit supplier upgrading facilities
JP Tropical Foods Limited will be spending approximately US$1.4 million over the next two years to upgrade its facilities. Addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on August 10, General Manager for the Commercial Division of JP Tropical Foods, which is responsible for JP Farms and St. Mary’s snacks, Neil Crum-Ewing,.....

Filipino banana grower, exporter expands operations
Unifrutti Philippines, a banana grower and exporter, has announced plans to expand its banana plantation operations in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (Armm).Chiquita-Unifrutti Senior Vice President Edgar Bullecer said they consider Armm is the best area for expansion.“We prefer to invest in.....

Philippines: 400 lose jobs as banana firm closes
A huge banana company in Surigao del Sur, the Philippines, has closed down due to persistent security threats. The company's closure has led to at least 400 employees losing their jobs.The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), provincial government of Surigao del Sur and local government units (LGU) in.....

India: Banana prices soar
While vegetable prices have remained steady in Kerala, banana prices have been on the rise for some time now, due to crop loss. The price of the rasakadali variety which used to be around Rs 50 per kilo a few months back, has now reached Rs 80. Some retail shops even charge Rs 86 a kilo. Even the Chalai.....

Organic banana grower, importer unveils new packaging
Organics Unlimited, an organic banana grower and importer with headquarters in south San Diego County, is pleased to announce it will unveil a fresh, new look to its branding throughout the coming months, including new banana stickers, revised packaging and an updated look and messaging. The elements will.....


Robert Wells, CEO - SH Pratt Group
Moving logistics on to the next level, bananas remain priority
The banana market is fairly stable, but it does have some big issues to contend with such as the Panama disease, which some reckon will eventually wipe out the Cavendish variety, there is also unpredictable climate changes to deal with not to mention currency and competition.Changes in the banana.....

Philippines: Reviving the banana fibre industry
Banana fibre processing is a potentially lucrative business, as the demand for handcrafted items made from natural raw materials rises on the global market. In a bid to revive the banana fibre industry in the municipality of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, the Department of Trade and Industry – Davao del Norte.....

Honduras exports up to 25% less bananas
According to Hector Castro, a member of the Association of Banana and Plantain Producers of the north of the country, so far this year banana exports have decreased between 20 and 25 percent.The fall in projections is due to climate change last year and this year, said the producer.Estimates are that banana.....

Puerto Rico: Dominican plantain threatens local production
Puerto Rico's Farmers Association said that the entry of vacuum packed peeled plantain from the Dominican Republic jeopardized the local plantain industry.The President of the Association, Hector Ivan Cordero, stated in a press release that most producers of plantains and bananas on the island were upset by.....

'Banana republics' hope for Brexit benefits
Bananas have long been the major export of a number of Caribbean and Latin American microstates, leading them to be dubbed “banana republics”. For the many St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)citizens who rely on bananas for their livelihoods life has been hard lately, but there are hopes that Britain's exit.....

Philippines: Small banana growers push for council
Small banana growers in the Philippines are pushing for the founding of a Banana Industry Council. According to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Federation of Cooperatives (Fedco) in Mindanao, Ireneo Dalayon, it is now high time to push for support for the small banana farmers.He said that compared to.....


Fyffes unveils new truck livery
As part of what Fyffes' marketing manager Emma Hunt-Duffy calls ‘an international brand enhancement programme,’ Dundalk-based banana importer Fyffes has unveiled its new truck livery, currently being rolled out across its fleet of heavy goods vehicles and soon to be seen on roads throughout Ireland.Amongst.....

Ecuador: Slow growth in banana sales
The growth in banana sales of 18.14 kilo boxes from Ecuador over the last six months amounted to 0.70 percent, which is not very encouraging in comparison with earlier figures. In 2014, growth in sales was 17.89 percent and in 2015, 7.89%.Bananas represent 20% (data until May) of Ecuador's exports, just $.....

AU: Banana ballot deadline nears
Banana growers across Australia are being urged to cast their votes in the current levy poll. The industry is currently being asked whether the current Plant Health Australia (PHA) levy can be increased from the rate of 0.0103 cents per kilogram, to 0.5 cents per kilogram to partially fund the purchase of.....

Hurricane Earl causes huge losses to Belize ag
Hurricane Earl has caused losses of over $100 million to Belize's agriculture, according to Jose Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture.“What we have right now indicates $100 million worth of damage, because when we factor in the main affected subsectors – bananas, corn, and.....

21 tons import bananas buried in Qingdao
The inspection and quarantine bureau of Qingdao in Shandong buried a batch of Philippine import bananas that didn't meet the import standards. The batch counted 1556 cases, with a total weight of 21,006 tons. The value of the batch was 21683 USD. During the inspection of the bananas by the inspection and.....


Vietnam: Chinese tourists may be expelled over banana vendor abuse
A video of a few Chinese tourists behaving rudely towards a Vietnamese banana vendor has made its way online and sparked outrage. The incident happened earlier this month in Da Nang, and now Chinese tourists are facing possible expulsion, as the Vietnamese government says it will not tolerate unruly.....

Nigeria: Banana growing will boost the economy
If bananas and plantains are planted in commercial quantities and exported, they have the potential to revive Nigeria's economy, reports the Chairman of the National Banana and Plantain Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria Dr. Okezie Abarikwu.He said that if given the necessary attention,.....


Chinese netizens enraged by Japanese YouTuber eating 137 bananas
Chinese netizens attacked Japanese YouTuber Yuka Kinoshita, who is known for consuming large quantities of various food items on camera, after she posted a video of herself eating 137 bananas on Saturday 16 July.The internet users from China's rage stems from the question over whether Kinoshita was eating.....

India: Banana supply drops, prices soar
In Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, wholesalers are attributing a shortage in supplies to the soaring cost of bananas. Usually, about 40 to 50 loads, each load containing 80 to 100 bunches, if the bananas are of good quality and size, and 120 bunches per load if the fruits are small, are brought to the.....

Croatia: Bananas growing for the first time
Bananas are growing for the first time in the northern Croatian region of Zagorje. Not renowned for its tropical conditions, the first banana plantation in Zagorje, which is located north of Zagreb, is attracting a lot of attention. The Groš family from the village of Poznanovec have surprised locals this.....

Jamaica: New banana processing factory to be built
By March 2015, Trinity, St Mary, Jamaica, will have a new banana factory.General Manager of the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA), Donald Elvey, made the announcement while addressing stakeholders at a ceremony held recently at the Trinity Farm Supply Outlet, in the parish.Elvey noted that some.....

Ecuador: Banana sales up in the first half
In the first half of 2016, 165 million boxes of bananas were sent abroad from Ecuador. This means an increase of 0.5% compared with the same period of 2015, according to Eduardo Ledesma, president of the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE for its Spanish acronym).According to the AEBE, so far.....

Ivory Coast banana production up and running again after 2014 floods
The Ivory Coast has been producing bananas for over fifty years. Two years after serious flooding threatened the Ivory Coast’s banana sector, production has restarted and professionals are ready to increase yield and find new markets. Before undergoing the worst agricultural catastrophe that Ivory Coast.....

AU: Scholarships to entice young minds into banana industry
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is encouraging science students at the University of Queensland to apply for $5000 scholarships being offered to entice more young minds to the banana industry.The Mort Johnston Professional Development Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students in.....

UK: Nest of baby spiders found in Aldi banana
A mother from North Wales found a nest of baby spiders in a 'funsize' pack of bananas she bought from Aldi. Keely Pritchard, 22, from Prestatyn, North Wales, noticed a 'strange growth' on one of the fruit she gave to her son, aged three. But when she sliced into it to check, the mother was shocked to see.....

Mexican collaboration for banana growing in Nigeria
The Cross River State government in Nigeria is collaborating with the San Carlos Group, a Mexican company, to establish 3,000 hectares of a banana plantation in the state.According to officials of the state ministry of agriculture, the proposed investment aims at placing the cultivation of banana in proper.....

Malawi: Gov't introduces improved banana variety
Banana bunchy top disease wiped out bananas in several districts of Malawi. In an effort to restart banana production, the Malawi government is introducing a new improved banana variety.''The World Bank through the Agricultural Sector Wide Approach (ASWAP) program has assisted government to reintroduce an.....

India: Fasting season boosts fruit sales
In the city of Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the beginning of the fasting season for Hindus has led to a sharp increase in fruit sales. Apples, pineapples, pomegranates, bananas and pears all feature on the list of 'fasting' fruits."Sale of fruits has increased by almost 60 per cent in the Indore.....

Philippines: Banana exporters call for transparency
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI)-Quarantine Service Office at Sasa Port in Davao City is being called on by small banana exporters to improve its services through transparency and efficiency.On July 22, a group of small banana exporters, who refused to be named, reiterated their plea to investigate the.....

Concern about the lack of controls
Fusarium threatens bananas from Latin America
The banana crops of Colombia and other Latin American producers faces the risk of being affected by the arrival of a harmful fungus due to the increase in illegal migration from Asia and Africa, as well as the low health controls in Venezuela, said an official from the agricultural sector.The Fusarium.....

India: Banana fertigation bears fruit
The Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University at Kumulur introduced fertigation,a combination of drip irrigation and application of fertilizers, to irrigate banana crops, and their work has started showing results.The experiment has been taken up on the.....

New York banana importer stole from employees retirement plan
The owner of the now-bankrupt Long Island Banana Corp is to serve another 5-1/2 years in custody for stealing from his employees' retirement plan. The banana importer is currently serving prison terms for engaging in a cocaine distribution scheme and beating his girlfriend.Thomas Hoey was sentenced by U.S......

Maharashtra mangoes, bananas, chillies GI certified
On Saturday 16 July, Marathwada's Kesar mango, Dahanu Gholwad chikoo, Jalgaon banana, Mulshi Ambemohar rice and Bhiwapur chilli joined the list of agricultural products from the state of Maharashtra to get geographical identification (GI) certificates."It took three years and six months to get GIs for these.....

India: Farmers plan hunger strike
Farmers in Tamil Nadu are facing huge losses due to withering crops on thousands of acres. If water is not released immediately into the Kalingarayan Canal to manage the situation, the Kalingarayan Pasana Sabai has threatened to organise an indefinite fast.At the monthly meeting of Kalingarayan Pasana Sabai.....

Taiwan: Typhoon causes banana, pineapple prices to soar
Typhoon Nepartak, which hit on July 8 with winds up to 205kph and dumped 40mm of rain in the southern counties of Taiwan, destroyed many crops, thus causing a disruption in supply. Some fruit prices have more than doubled, bringing one township that was spared the brunt of the storm enormous profits.The.....