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Spain: Upward trend banana imports November (+28%)
Spain’s banana imports continued their upward trend, with a 28% growth in volume and 26% in value in November 2014 compared to the same month of the previous year, to a total of 22,674 tonnes and 13.1 million Euro, respectively, according to data of the Directorate General of Customs of the Ministry of.....
Race to save bananas
A global plan to fight Fusarium wilt, a fungus spreading from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, is needed to prevent the world’s most popular banana variety from disappearing. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and 30 other organizations have estimated that a strategic global plan to contain.....
Iowa trial of GMO bananas is delayed
A controversial plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit.The bananas, created by an Australian scientist, contain a gene that is supposed to help people living in Africa produce vitamin A. Proponents say.....
India: Farmers go bananas in Byndoor, Cherkady
Byndoor and Cherkady are all set to emerge as centres of banana production in Udupi district as farmers have taken to the cultivation of ‘nendranbale’ (plantain) and ‘puttabale’ ( poovan varieties) bananas in these two villages, respectively.Though many farmers have cultivated bananas in these places.....
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Banana market picking up
Christmas used to be a busy time for the banana market. "Personally, I think Christmas time is one of the least important periods for bananas. It seems like people are choosing to shop later and later. Between week 51 and week 1 the banana market did not do well. There were large surpluses, and on the free.....
Uganda: Virus-resistant banana developed
Banana bacterial wilt, a disease caused by Xanthomonas bacteria, is so devastating to banana and extremely burdensome and costly to a farmer. It attacks the banana plant turning its sap into “pus” that oozes out when cut.In extreme cases, the plant wilts before fruiting and incase it gets to fruit, it ripens.....
direct result of Cutrale takeover
After 33 years Chiquita swaps Antwerp for Vlissingen
As of next Monday Chiquita will no longer unload bananas at Belgium New Fruit Wharf (BFNW) in Antwerp, but will instead unload at Kloosterboer in Vlissengen. This was confirmed by Franklin Ginus, Director of Chiquita Benelux. According to Franklin this decision is a direct result of the take-over by the.....
Winfresh suspends purchase of bananas from Dominica
Winfresh (UK) Ltd, the fruit importer and distributor, has suspended the purchase of bananas from Dominican farmers because of the quality of the fruit being shipped from the island, the President of the National Fair Trade Organization (NFTA), Charles Watty has said.Watty said that over the past few weeks,.....
Philippines: Push for banana trade R&D facility
A lawmaker has proposed the creation of a research and development facility that would enable the banana industry to cope with global standards of productivity and food safety without sacrificing people’s health and the environment.Rep. Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza of TUCP party list filed House Bill 5221.....
Spain: Three bananas for the Magi
The brand Plátano de Canarias has once again taken part in the Christmas tradition of the Magi with a campaign encouraging consumers to leave three bananas for them on the night of January 5 to help them regain their strength and vitality and "also allow them to enjoy the taste of our own products," pointed.....
Global efforts needed to protect banana industry
Without global efforts to respond to a fungal disease affecting banana production, the $36 billion global industry, which provides a source of income or food to some 400 million people around the world, is under threat, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The agency and.....
Giant bananas available in Saigon
As the largest banana variety in Vietnam, with a length of more than 30 cm, and weight of 0.5 kg, a specialty fruit shop in HCM City can sell one banana for VND20,000 ($1).A specialty fruit shop on Ngo Tat To Street, Binh Thanh District, has just offered this species, which has an odd name “ta qua”. The shop.....
Chiquita settles lawsuit over green marketing
Chiquita has reached a settlement in a lawsuit over its claims of environmentally friendly production, which a Seattle nonprofit alleges amounts to deceptive marketing. Now the group – Water and Sanitation Health, or Wash – has filed an additional lawsuit against the Rainforest Alliance, claiming that the.....
Workers receive compensation fourteen years on
After fourteen years 14,000 sick banana workers from Costa Rica have finally received compensation for physical and psychological damage that they suffered after being exposed to the banned crop protection agent Nemagon during the years 1967 to 1979, reports the German website Fruchtnews.de.It has been.....