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Dominica: Revitalizing banana sector
The Ministry of Agriculture with support from regional and international organisations has embarked on a programme to revitalise the banana and plantain sectors.Last week, the first shipment of plantlets from France arrived in Dominica and was transplanted at the agricultural station in Portsmouth.Head of.....

AU: Push to reopen disease-hit banana farms
The banana industry is working with biosecurity officials in the hope of partially reopening two Queensland farms hit by Panama disease.The farms, at Tully and Mareeba in Queensland’s Far North, remain under quarantine after they tested positive for the soil-borne Panama TR4 fungus.It’s the same disease that.....

ABGC meets with Queensland government
AU: Calls for immediate assistance on TR4
Australia’s banana industry has called for immediate actions to support growers and protect the North Queensland industry from the plant fungus Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4).Peak industry body, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), said assistance was needed for the two affected North Queensland.....

China increases imports from Cambodia
China will increase its agricultural imports from Cambodia to include bananas, mango and soybeans, having already signed a food safety and health protocol for the import of corn last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Agriculture Minister Ouk Rabun, speaking at an annual.....

Philippines: Banana growers protest wage cuts
Banana growers and workers of Japanese fruit giant SUMIFRU (Sumitomo Fruit) in Compostela, Compostela Valley are up in arms this week against the recently-implemented piece rate system scheme which they blame for the diminution of their wages, in violation of the Labor Code. The piece-rate scheme was.....

45% jump for Indian banana exports
Consumers in West Asia appear to have taken a liking for bananas from India. Though India recorded a 45 per cent jump in banana exports in 2013-14, and Qatar, Saudi Arab, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait were among the top export destinations, exporters insist much more needs to be done to jump-start.....


UK: Spider nest on Aldi banana
A customer of the Aldi in Thurles got a nasty surprise on Sunday when he got home and noticed a strange substance on one of the bananas he bought at the supermarket.The customer said he had a suspicion it might be a spiders’ nest and he contacted the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary which confirmed, from a.....

TR4 detected on second Queensland banana farm
A detection of the banana plant fungus Panama tropical race 4 (TR4) on a second North Queensland banana farm has further emphasised the need for every assistance to be provided to the banana industry to help contain the disease.The banana industry’s peak body, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC),.....

Turbana wins internet advertising competition
Turbana and THR33FOLD are excited to announce that the social media campaign “Win $25K For Your Cause” won the 2015 Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award for Best Social Network Social Media Campaign. Even more exciting, Turbana is the first brand within the food industry.....

Rise in Ecuadorian exports
According to the Ecuadorean Exporters Federation (Fedexpor), five products accounted for 85 percent of growth in 2014, which include shrimp, banana, gold, cacao, as well as metals and minerals. Vice President of Fedexpor Daniel Legarda has said, "Today non-petroleum exports represent about half of all the.....


Banana producing countries concerned about Panama disease
Latin American banana producing and exporting countries are concerned about a new strain of the Panama disease. This new strain of the fungus has not yet appeared in the region, which, according to the FAO, provides 90% of the bananas consumed in the world.This concern was expressed on Tuesday March 31,.....

Honduran banana exports increased 9.1% in revenue and 12.5% in volume
According to a report by Honduras’ Central Bank, the country's banana exports increased by 9.1% in revenue and 12.5% in volume in January when compared to the same month of 2014.In January, Honduran banana sales abroad amounted to $36.9 million dollars, 9.1% more than the $33.8 million dollars made in the.....

Spain: 19,000 tonnes of non-EU bananas imported in January
In January 2015, consumers have had access to some 44,500 tonnes of EU and non-EU bananas; 1,300 less than in the same month last year, which means a drop of about 3% in the available supply.While the Canary Islands shipped 32,800 tonnes of bananas, the import volume of non-EU bananas amounted to almost.....


Italy: banana consumption grew in 2014
In 2014, Italians apparently consumed 7% more bananas than the previous year. In fact, they went from the 7.4 kg per capita of 2000 to the 10.5 kg per capita of 2014. If we consider that a banana weighs on average 175 grams, this means that in 2014 each person ate 60 of them.Imports reached 690.8 million kg.....


QLD Bananas allowed into WA Protected Areas
Queensland banana growers have been allowed access to Western Australia protected areas, including those within 50km of the Tully farm infected with the Panama TR4 pathogen. Biosecurity Queensland on Thursday announced that it has opened a market access program to allow Queensland bananas access to Western.....

Organics Unlimited continues to support local communities
Employees from Organics Unlimited and grocer Jimbo’s… Naturally! volunteered their time to provide GROW organic bananas to runners at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The 5K race, held in Carlsbad, Calif., in San Diego County, attracts thousands of amateur and professional participants annually......

Panama disease detected in Pakistan, Lebanon
Following outbreaks in Jordan and Mozambique just over a year ago, the Tropical Race 4 strain (TR4) of Fusarium oxysporum – the cause of Panama disease in Cavendish bananas – has now spread to Pakistan and Lebanon. TR4 was also reported in Queensland, Australia, on 15 March 2015. These events underline once.....

QLD: Good news for banana growers as TR4 contained
Banana growers have started to breathe a sigh of relief, but are continuing to spend money on quarantine measures as news broke that the plants infected with Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) disease have been killed, and no new infectious plants have been identified from samples taken. “We’ve spent $100,000 in.....