Bananas

Spanish banana requests more support for the outermost regions
The EC maintains preferential tariff for Guatemalan bananas
Last Friday the European Commission decided to maintain the preferential tariff that favors the import of Guatemalan bananas, even though imports of this product to the EU surpassed the 65,000 ton annual limit, established by the Commission in September.The Association of producers of Plátano de Canarias.....

Philippines: Major players push for banana law
Big banana players in Mindanao are pushing for the passage of the Comprehensive Development Act for Bananas, by asking Davao del Norte Rep. and House Speaker, Pantaleon Alvarez, to sponsor the bill.The Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport) president, Ferdinand Marañon, told MindaNews that they are.....

Tanzania bans banana plant imports from Mozambique
Following the outbreak of Panama Disease, which is taking a toll on banana plants in the southern parts of the continent, Tanzania has banned the importation of banana plants from Mozambique.According to the statement by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishery, Dr Florence.....


Colombia: Banana harvest hit by floods
Constant rains in the area of Urabá, in the Colombian province of Antioquia, are causing persistent floods and overflows of the Atrato River. These floods have affected both urban and rural areas, as well as surrounding lands devoted to agricultural production. This province produces mainly bananas,.....

UK: Current exchange rate may cause increase in banana cost price
The fruit and vegetable sector in the UK is facing a period of uncertainty with the drop in the pound and Brexit looming on the horizon. The banana is a staple in shopping trolleys throughout the UK and is often said to be used by supermarkets to get people in the stores. Are consumers still going to be able.....

Dominican Republic: Banana producers focus on quality to increase market share
The challenges for Dominican farmers, such as the upcoming DR-CAFTA, the EPA (a treaty with Europe) and the emerging agricultural powers, have alerted the private food production sector, which is grouped in the Dominican Agribusiness Board (JAD), of the need to strengthen the quality of their production.One.....

Filipino president to sign banana supply deal in Japan
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Tokyo this week, where he is set to sign a supply deal which will see Filipino farmers in conflict-wracked Maguindanao supplying bananas to a Japanese supermarket chain, his agriculture minister said Tuesday 25 Oct.A 50,000-hectare banana plantation, which can.....

Tropical Storm Matthew : Emergency fund for farmers in Martinique
The Overseas Minister, Ericka Bareigts, has announced that the “agricultural calamities” emergency fund has been opened for farmers in Martinique that were effected by Tropical Storm Matthew in September. The Minister said she wanted farmers, notably banana and vegetable producers, to be compensated.....

Filipino banana industry exploring opportunities in Russia
Edwin Sotto, executive director of the Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport), has revealed that some of the big banana players in the Philippines have been sending trial shipments to Russia for the last three to four years.He said they are currently verifying the volume Russia could take but said.....

Consumers welcome price drop as Turkish bananas hit local markets
In local markets, the banana price falls to 4 Turkish Lira/kg as the Turkish Anamur banana replaces its imported counterpart.“This season, there is an abundance of fruit in general, especially of bananas, apples and mandarins. This, in itself, reduces retail prices in markets but as the Anamur banana reaches.....


'Sarika' destroys banana plantation
Due to the tropical storm Sarika, on October 18, coastal wind speeds of 9 to 11 beaufort were recorded. In the West of Canton, waves of 4 to 6 meters high were reported. The photo shows the devastation in Yuwen county in Zhanjiang near Canton. Banana trees and corn were blown to the ground over large.....

India: Banana prices nose dive
In the state of Tamil Nadu, low banana consumption is causing the prices to plummet. The steep fall in the price of banana bunches has forced the farmers of Thammampatti town and surrounding villages to transport the stock to the temple town of Palani for making the traditional dessert ‘panchamirtham’.The.....

Following negative test results
AU: Infested banana farm settlement to proceed
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) will proceed with the settlement of the TR4 infested farm at Tully, following confirmation a suspect plant from another Queensland property does not contain Panama Tropical race 4.The planned buyout of the TR4 farm, owned by the Robson family, was temporarily.....

Itochu to overhaul Asian banana farming for bigger yields
Japanese general trading house Itochu will spend about 6 billion yen ($57.7 million) through fiscal 2018 to lift Asian production capacity around 60% for bananas in its Dole business by 2020.The Philippines is a key supplier of the fruits to Japan. The Southeast Asian country accounted for nearly 90% of.....


Quality and ripening stage of bananas correlated to optical qualities
Consumers consider ripening stages essential when purchasing fruit, as they generally affect eating quality and market prices.In early October, a study was published which considered the possibility of using the optical properties of Cavendish bananas, such as absorption, reduced scattering and effective.....

Philippines: "Bananas never really banned from entering the Chinese market"
China is once again allowing the import of Philippine bananas. According to Stephen Antig of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), the bananas were never really banned from entering the Chinese market, but there were some issues regarding phytosanitary regulations. “The residue.....


Fairtrade bananas to hit Polish shelves in 2017
Although organic bananas and other fruits are available in Polish supermarkets, finding fresh fruits with a Fairtrade mark is nearly impossible. Fairtrade Polska would like to change this, and have said that they are actively seeking to make Fairtrade bananas widely available by next year. "We have.....

Banana prices have been falling for a month.
In Hubei province, banana prices have been falling for 4 weeks. In Wuhan local markets, domestic bananas are sold at less than 6 Yuan per kilo. It is expected that the fall will continue as the banana peak season arrives. According to some fruit sellers, the cold weather makes banana storage easier and.....

Will Iran become Philippines' biggest banana export market?
The Islamic Republic of Iran's Department of Finance announced on Wednesday 20 Oct., that it is keen to import more bananas from the Philippines, as well as explore areas of investment and cooperation in the country.In a statement, the DOF said Iran wants to foster better economic relations with the.....

AU: Banana industry rates high in best practice
A new report card on the health of the Great Barrier Reef has revealed that the banana industry has held its ground in maintaining sound, on-farm environmental best practice.According to the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), the 2015 Reef Report Card - conducted by the Federal and Queensland.....

Philippines: Banana growers want Duterte to intervene on agri ventures
In the Philippines, Agribusiness Ventures Arrangements (AVA) are currently being reviewed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). Local banana growers and stakeholders are worried that government interference with live contracts will provide a disincentive to local and foreign investors, and are hence.....

Philippines hope for better banana prices after lifting of suspension
Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) executive director, Stephen Antig, told Philippine newspaper, SunStar Davao, in a.....

Filipino banana industry losing its competitiveness
The Philippines billion-dollar banana industry is said to be losing its competitive edge as it slips in rank among the largest banana exporting countries globally. According to stakeholders, rebel attacks and a lack of government support is damaging the industry.The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters.....

Nepal: Farmers protest banana imports from India
In Nepal's Kanchanpur and Kailali districts banana farmers protested the free importation of Indian bananas on October 17. The farmers staged a demonstration in front of the main entrance to the Gaddachauki Customs Office, Kanchanpur.They argued that bananas being imported from India, without going through.....

Bananas key topic of Duterte's visit to China
President Rodrigo R. Duterte's official three-day visit to China, starts today October 18, and will tackle multiple trade, economic, and political issues. The improvement of the current volumes and quality standards of bananas exported from the island of Mindanao is one of the key topics. This trade benefits.....

Costa Rica: Banana sector aims for carbon neutrality
Costa Rica's private and public institutions in the banana sector are working together towards production systems noted for more efficient use of natural resources and for the mitigation of greenhouse gases.Their efforts fall within the national goal of making Costa Rica a carbon neutral country by.....

Duterte's visit to China will be 'fruitful'
Philippines to increase fruit exports to China
Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Jianhua, told members of the media on Friday 14 Oct., that they expect President Duterte’s four-day state visit to China to be “fruitful.”He said at least a dozen Memoranda of Understanding are being worked out to be signed during the Oct. 18 to 21 visit and one of them will be on.....

Ecuador: Banana producers looking to cut costs to be more competitive
How to be more competitive in the international markets? That, among other issues, is one of the concerns that the national banana sector discussed in the 13th International Banana Forum, which comes to an end today at the Hilton Colon hotel.Nearly ten national and international exhibitors are participating.....

Price of Dominican bananas to increase due to hurricane Matthew
The president of the Dominican Agrobusiness Board (JAD), Osmar Benítez, reported that the floods recorded in the municipality of Vicente Noble, in the Barahona province, caused damage to more than 17,000 tareas (1,068.96 hectares) of bananas, which may lead to a decline and a subsequent rise in the prices.....

India doubled its fruit exports
A sharp increase in banana shipments helped to double India's fresh fruit exports in the first five months of the current financial year. Demand for bananas rose in Gulf countries due to crop failure in the Philippines and Ecuador, the two major alternative suppliers.Data from the Agricultural and Processed.....

Banana workers continue to push for justice
Lawsuits, filed by hundreds of plantation workers, targeting major corporations like Chiquita, Dow Chemicals and Dole Foods, have been upheld despite being dismissed by a number of other courts. The workers allege that they were exposed to dibromochloropropane (DBCP) on the job and were not given any.....

Ecuador: Banana producers want to regain 12% of the market
Banana producers expect to recover 12% of the market share that they lost in recent years due to the lack of a trade agreement with the European Union.The announcement made by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Juan Carlos Cassinelli, regarding the signing of the agreement with the EU on November 11, raised the.....


Hugo Castro, Ginafruit:
Ecuador: "Fewer bananas now, but production will normalise"
Ecuadorian banana exports have decreased significantly in recent months, mainly because of the effects that climate changes have had on the production. Currently, the low temperatures in Ecuador continue to be a problem.Hugo Castro, from Ginafruit, spoke about the situation: "Even though the forecasts were.....


RipeLock™ bananas can help drive produce sales
While it’s important for retailers to stay up on consumer demands for new fruit varieties and packaging options, the quality of flagship items, such as bananas, remain a key indicator for overall consumer perception of the produce department. An innovation from AgroFresh is bringing new life to this category.....


Mexico: Organic banana grower to double production
Coliman Organics is currently the largest producer of organic bananas in Mexico, focused on production, development and marketing in the state of Colima. Coliman Organics are in addition to being organically certified, also FairTrade certified and were recently certified by Rainforest Alliance.Coliman’s.....

Ireland: Fyffes sets consumers a creative challenge
Children in Offaly, Ireland and beyond are being challenged by banana importer Fyffes to show their creativity. Fyffes has linked with Dunnes Stores, SuperValu and other leading food retailers for the initiative.Until December, families purchasing ready-packed bags of Freddy Fyffes bananas are being invited.....

Ecuador could double banana sales
Ecuadorian bananas dominate markets such as Russia, and much of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe market. However, Ecuador can still grow its banana sales. In the words of Eduardo Ledesma, president of the AEBE, it is possible to increase productivity by an average of 100 to 200 boxes more per year from.....


Switzerland:
Migros promises: "all our bananas will be sustainable"
At the end of 2017 all bananas in the Migros will be sustainably cultivated. Therefore Migros has adjusted its standards for the conventional range of bananas. The new “Generation M promise” includes all Migros bananas, regardless of their price.Photo: MigrosBananas, perfectly packed in their peel, healthy.....

Panama will strengthen surveillance to prevent smuggling of plantain
According to an official source, Panama will strengthen surveillance at its border with Costa Rica to prevent the smuggling of plantain and other products entering the country.The head of the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (Aupsa), Roberto Rios, highlighted Guabito and Admiral in the province of Bocas.....


AU: Banana plants found growing in freckle eradication zone
For six months, two banana plants grew undetected in a Darwin nature reserve, until they were stumbled upon by ABC staff on a weekend bushwalk and reported to the Banana Freckle Hotline.The Holmes Jungle Nature Park, managed by the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, is inside what is known as.....

7% more income
Honduran banana exports grew by 2.7% in volume
Honduran banana export revenues increased by 7%, due to an increase in prices and a 2.8% increase in the export volume within the first seven months of 2016, stated the Central Bank of the country.Honduras exported a total of 19,342 eighteen-kilo boxes of bananas between January and July, 2.8% more than.....


More and more Dominican banana cultivators do their own exporting
The export of bananas from the Dominican Republic has increased significantly in recent years, by more than 20 per cent between 2012 and 2015. An increasing number of cultivators also do their own exporting. BanaLasa is one of those companies that has both its own production and various member cultivators.....

Philippines: President supports creation of banana agency
In the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has applauded the strong support displayed by President Rodrigo Duterte for the creation of an agency that will concentrate on the development of the banana industry.Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, in his Facebook post on Saturday 8 Oct., said the.....

Colombia: Banana producers must up productivity to compete
The Colombian banana sector has promoted the development of Colombia and its regions for decades by generating employment and foreign exchange, as 70% of the country's banana production is destined for export, stated the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Aurelio Iragorri Valencia, in a meeting.....

AU: Consumers puzzled by banana price differences
Consumers across south-east Queensland are confused by the huge difference in banana prices between suburbs. The cost of Cavendish bananas can differ by up to $2 a kilo reports abc.net.au.More than five million bananas are eaten every day in Australia, making it the number one selling supermarket.....

Spain: Research on benefits of Canary bananas against colon cancer
In the coming weeks, the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University of Madrid will start research to find out the positive effects of the intake of Canary bananas in the fight against colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases.This research, which will last for one year, is directed by Doctor in.....


Prices slowly recovering
China: Banana market still weak
"The banana high sales period starts in September and continues until February. Speaking for the whole of China, not much has changed in the production volumes for bananas compared to last year. But the price is slightly going up again," says Mr. Xu from Beijing Yongxin Hengchang Fruit.Import market more.....

India: Strong winds hit banana crop
Standing banana crops were partially damaged in several fields in and around Vayalur, in the outskirts of the city, as gusty winds accompanied with mild showers lashed the area on Thursday night.Strong winds resulted in lodging of many banana trees in Vayalur and some neighbouring villages. The nendran.....

China lifts ban on Philippine's bananas
The Chinese government has lifted the ban on the import of bananas coming from the Philippines.During his courtesy call to the Department of Agriculture, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said, China would now accept bananas and pineapples from Philippine-based exporters.“We very much appreciate the action of.....

Australia: Ongoing testing required for banana plant samples
Banana plant samples taken from a North Queensland grower last week, are to continue through to more extensive testing. Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) has advised that the full suite of tests required is now being conducted on those samples, to eliminate the possibility of them containing Panama TR4. ABGC.....

Peru: Banana crops in Piura have low productivity
The regional director of Agriculture in Piura, engineer Mario Laberry Saavedra, is concerned about the low productivity of banana crops - between 1,200 and 1,400 boxes per hectare a year.That is why he has set up demonstration plots and Farmer's Field Schools (FFS) to teach producers how to boost.....

Philippines: Modest growth in pineapple and banana production
The total production of major crops in the Philippines in the second quarter of this year dropped by 17 percent, compared to the same period last year, a report from National Economic Development Authority (Neda) Northern Mindanao noted.Industrial crops registered the major drop which recorded an average.....

Cable cars used to harvest bananas
It is harvest season for bananas in Gazipaşa, a district in Antalya, southern Turkey, where growers have no choice but to use cable cars to transport their produce, due to very rugged and steep terrains.Gazipaşa, Anamur and Alanya, the three banana growing regions in the country, average a yield of.....

Philipino banana growers need more time to meet Korean standards
The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has warned that Seoul’s implementation of a stringent maximum residue limit (MRL) on fruit imports next year, could cause exporters to lose a huge share of the South Korean banana market.“Once the zero MRL is implemented on January 1, 2017, there.....