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Up 64%
Kerala becomes more self-sufficient in veg production
Kerala has increased its domestic vegetable production by 64%. Previously the state relied on neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for its fruit and vegetables to the tune of about R15 billion per year, but now the arrival of vegetable loads from neighbouring states has reduced from over 750 trucks per day,.....

French ports target Cameroon's business community
A French economic interest group from the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris, HAROPA, has arrived in Cameroon to demonstrate to the country’s business community that they offer adequate solutions to meet their foreign trade operations.To better take advantage of the traffic of fruit, bananas, cocoa and other.....

Banana sector meeting in Costa Rica to handle crisis
With the goal of overcoming the crisis in the world's banana production, growers and traders from 34 countries have been meeting up until 22 April in Miami to discuss the challenges the sector is facing.On the first day, discussions focused on the importance of protecting the banana production, as given the.....


Bayer's innovations in banana production sustainability
There are a number of threats challenging the daily farm operations of banana producers in Asia and Latin America. At the 6th International Banana Congress, which took place from April 19 to 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida, USA, Bayer showcased its portfolio of products and solutions that support the success and.....

Ecuador is the world's largest exporter
Bananas are most popular fruit in the world
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 130 countries in the world currently produce bananas, the most popular fruit and one of the largest crops in the world.In 2014 global banana exports amounted to nearly $11 billion dollars, more than half of which corresponded.....

Spain: New markets sought for Canary bananas to prevent discards
The throwing away of banana surpluses to avoid excessive price falls is a legal practice, but "socially unacceptable." The Councillor of Agriculture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narvay Quintero, has insisted on the need to address this problem; he announced the search for "markets outside the.....

Concerns over Panama disease spread
Latin America moves International Banana Congress
Latin America's all-important banana export industry is so concerned by the spread of Panama disease, that it moved this week's International Banana Congress from Costa Rica to Miami at the last minute, so that attendees wouldn't transport the disease to the region with the contaminated dirt on their shoes......

Panama: Del Monte may be solution to banana crisis
The Del Monte agricultural transnational company might be the only solution to the crisis in the Panamanian banana production. Meanwhile, the unemployed in the sector demand state intervention.According to Carlos Motta, member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party for the region of Baru, Del Monte's proposal.....

McCafé goes bananas in Japan
This spring, the Golden Arches might look just a bit like yellow bananas.McDonald’s Japan recently launched its McCafé by Barista sub-brand of mini coffee houses located on the same premises as select branches of the fast food chain. Along with fancier coffee than what’s available at a standard McDonald’s,.....

Plátano de Canarias reaches 75.5% market share in first quarter
The share of Canary bananas in terms of volume in the Spanish market in March reached 75.7% and the average for the first quarter of 2016 stood at 75.5%, according to data supplied by Kantar Worldpanel to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Association of Banana Producer Organizations.....

Ecuador: "Banana growers have not been affected by the earthquake"
While the number of victims continues to rise and the most affected areas by this natural event are Manabi, Pedernales and Esmeralda, the current state of the agricultural crops remains uncertain. It is worth noting that these provinces are mainly producers of coffee, corn, shrimp and passion fruit and other.....

Rain damages Indian banana crops
Heavy rainfall damaged hundreds of banana trees that were ready for harvest in Nidaghatta and Hottegowdana Doddi, in Maddur taluk, of the district, on Saturday night.Several parts of Maddur experienced heavy showers late on Saturday that left many banana trees damaged, sources at the Department of.....


China destroys more Philippines bananas
Quarantine officials in Shanghai, China have destroyed two batches of imported bananas from the Philippines on April 15, 2016.The Shanghai inspection officials have burned the bananas, a total of 60.3 tons. Total loss for the Philippines has been estimated to be 37,000 USD, equal to 4,640 cartons.It added.....

Profits rise for UK family-owned banana supplier
Pre-tax profits have almost doubled at an independent family-owned banana ripener and supplier in Bedfordshire despite a marginal decline in turnover.S H Pratt & Co, based in Luton, was established in 1960 and currently ripens an average of 21.6 million bananas a week.The company describes itself as one.....

Nicaragua: 70% of bananas lost to the drought
Roger Portobanco, the treasurer of the Association of Banana Producers from Rivas (Aplari) and producer of bananas from Tolesmayda, in the municipality of Buenos Aires, asked the government to support producers from this department that are affected by drought.70 percent of the 10,000 banana blocks planted.....

Buying bananas, helping people
REWE sustainability weeks: fundraiser for REWE Group’s banana fund
One of REWE’s sustainability projects is the banana fund. The fund is an initiative of REWE and is it used to improve the environmental and social conditions in South and Central America. And now REWE linked the sustainability weeks to a fundraiser: Customers who buy "REWE Best choice" or "Chiquita” bananas.....

Ugandan turns banana stalks into paper bags
Thirty-five-year-old entrepreneur, Sharon Ninsiima hopes to make bananas even more valuable, by turning their stalks into paper bags. At her workshop in the capital, Kampala, Sharon feeds banana stalks into a machine that extracts the fibre, which will be boiled and mixed with waste paper then converted into.....


Uganda: High post harvest losses in cooking bananas
Cooking banana is the main staple crop in Uganda produced mostly by smallholders for food and income. However, the cooking banana value chain players face risks of high postharvest losses due to the short green life of bananas and damage arising from poor handling of the produce after it is harvested,.....


Chiquita's fresh produce division locates HQ in Windermere
Chiquita’s fresh produce and salad division, Fresh Express, relocated to Central Florida last year. The company has now located its headquarters in the Windermere shopping center called The Grove.The Sentinel broke the news of Chiquita’s move to Florida in July last year; Fresh Express brought about 100 jobs.....


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Israeli scientists extend bananas' shelf life
Israeli scientists have found a way to extend the shelf life of bananas, with research which was initially based on previously-known findings in tomatoes. The scientists have significantly slowed down decomposition by altering the fruit's genetic make-up.In fact, the researchers say their GM fruit can stay.....


Sustainable banana range at Lidl
Excellent "Rainforest Alliance" and "Fairtrade" bananas
Lidl customers contribute to the environment and better working conditions in the countries of origin by buying certified "Rainforest Alliance" and "Fairtrade" bananas. As early as May 2015 Lidl changed the range of pineapples to certified "Rainforest Alliance" pineapples. And now they are changing the range.....


Chiquita declares lowest CIF price, under real cost
EU banana imports 1th quarter 2016

Australian Banana Growers’ Council:
'Detail needed in Queensland Biosecurity Review'
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has tentatively welcomed the Queensland Biosecurity Capability Review, but has called for more detail on implementation.The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries today released the official Review, flagging significant changes in capacity, culture and internal.....

ABGC welcomes assessment of Banana BMP
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has welcomed today’s Queensland Government announcement of a project that will assess the economics of the Banana Best Management Practice (BMP) Guidelines.ABGC CEO Jim Pekin said upon completion, the project would give more information to growers on which to.....

Dominica prepares for mass banana exports
Dominica’s banana sector is getting back on its feet says the Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo. Drigo stated that Government’s rapid response at a time of impeding factors, especially Black Sigatoka, has paid off.He listed Government’s Black Sigatoka Management Programme which tackled the disease from.....


Cork Port ripe for increased trade as 6m bananas arrive
The largest container ship ever to dock in Ireland will arrive at the deepwater quay in Ringaskiddy today carrying a massive consignment of fruit.The ship, MV Northern Dedication, will have 75 containers onboard, basically carrying what is being dubbed as ‘Ireland’s fruit intake for a week’.At 230m long and.....

China: First Vietnam bananas shipped to Tianjin
Recently, the staff from the Tianjin Inspection and Quarantine Bureau carried out the inspection and quarantine for the first batch of bananas imported from Vietnam. Tianjin is a port city just South of Beijing.The total cargo consists of 20 tons, with an estimated value of 10,000 USD. The staff at Tianjin.....

New "The Jungle Book" movie
Plátano de Canarias, Disney's most vital flavour
Disney and Plátano de Canarias have confirmed a deal to promote the new Disney film: "The Jungle Book".This new version will premiere on 15 April and will feature a spectacular performance, using the latest technology and storytelling techniques to immerse the audience in a fascinating world. By telling the.....

Filipino exporters try to resolve banana issue with China
Chinese authorities have recently destroyed about 35 tons of bananas that were shipped from the Philippines, and the Filipino banana industry is trying to resolve the issue so that a similar thing doesn't happen in the future. The incident is bringing up tensions that have been in place since China placed.....

Rising temps could see Canada grow hybrid fruits
One of Canada's top climatologists believes that if the increasingly warm weather becomes the norm, there could be some interesting effects on agriculture, and not necessarily negative ones.“I think what we’ll see are opportunities for growing crops that will be similar crops now but maybe a different.....

Fyffes exec chairman’s pay unchanged at €1.25m
Fyffes annual report shows that last year executive chairman David McCann’s pay was left unchanged at €1.25 million.The fruit importer’s annual report shows that in 2015 Mr McCann was paid €702,000 in basic salary, a performance bonus of €527,000 and €21,000 in other benefits, for a total €1.25 million, the.....

Fyffes to increase banana prices
Due to the strength of the US dollar against the Euro and sterling, Fyffes has decided to look for low to mid single-digit increases (in cent terms) in the banana price charged to its customers. Retailers will ultimately determine whether the price increase is passed on to the consumer.Fyffes sources its.....

Good yield of ‘elarasi’ banana in Tamil Nadu
This year has seen a good yield of the 'elarasi' banana variety grown in and around the Tiruchi district in the state of Tamil Nadu. The main reasons for this are adequate rain during the North East monsoon last year, good agricultural practices by farmers and above all the absence of strong winds through.....


Moscow cats eat entire banana crop
Moscow's Apothecary Garden recently harvested their first banana crop which was intended for the park's visitors. However, the resident cats beat the visitors to it, and gobbled up the whole crop themselves, reported the press service of the botanical garden.“Recently, we gathered a harvest of velvet bananas.....

Effort to regain trust in industry
New phyto measures for Philippine banana export
The Department of Agriculture in the Philippines will write a comprehensive road map for the banana industry, to address longstanding concerns and ensure the export product’s survival in the global market.The road map plan comes after a shipment of about 2,700 boxes to China was recently intercepted after.....

Angolan town harvests 70,000 tons of ag produce
Since December 2015, at least 70,389 tons of agricultural products have been harvested in Tomboco municipality, northern Zaire province. This was reported by the local official in charge of the agriculture, rural development and fisheries division, Mateus Morais.Speaking to Angop, the official said that the.....

Mozambique's banana industry could be 20 times larger
'Good ports are critical for Africa’s growth'
Nearly 90% of international trade from Africa happens by sea, yet alack of infrastructure and long ship waiting times continue to hamper productivity for the African maritime sector. A wave of new investments is set to change this and drive growth over the medium term, according to a new report from research.....

Ugandan smallholders farmers could revive traditional crops
Ugandan farmers focus on producing more financially profitable crops like maize, beans, bananas and potatoes, as well as others. However, this means that so called 'orphan' or traditional food crops are disappearing, and for some smallholder farmers they could in fact be better positioned to grow these.....