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UK: Mum finds spider nest in Asda bananas
Tiffany Stephens, a mother in Lancashire found a sac of spiders’ eggs on a banana, after putting it in her daughter’s lunchbox. Miss Stephensbought from the bananas from an Asda store. At first she though the “white fluff-like” substance was mould. But after searching on the internet she discovered it was a.....


Heatwave sees bananas grow in Britain
In the north of England, the National Trust said two of its 12ft tall banana plants have come into fruit in gardens near Leeds. Bananas normally grow under glass in Britain, but the Trust said two of four banana plants out in the open at Nostell Priory six miles south of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, are.....


Walter Manina, CBE:
Ecuador: "Transnational companies complicating business for banana producers"
Less fruit, more demandBanana production in Ecuador has declined significantly because of climate change, but this is not the only obstacle that small producers and exporters have to face every day to market their fruit. Walter Manina, from Ecuador's Banana Company (CBE), spoke about the sector's current.....

Fyffes down on Irish stock exchange
In early Friday trading, the Irish Stock Exchange Overall Index's (ISEQ) largest member, CRH, the Irish building materials group, raised its first-half earnings forecast, meaning the Iseq stood out as a bright spot in a weaker overall European equities markets.Shares in CRH, which account for nearly 27 per.....

Spain: Canary bananas have new ambassadors
The Spanish swimmer, world champion, double European champion and Olympic silver medallist, Mireia Belmonte, and the double world champion and European badminton champion, Carolina Marín, have become ambassadors for the flavour and healthful properties of Canary bananas.To that end, the two athletes have.....

Sainsbury's making banana bread
Britain wastes 160m bananas a year
UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's has found that one in three people bin bananas if there is a single bruise or mark on the skin and all the wasted bananas in Britain would stretch from the UK to New Zealand if laid out on the floor.Sainsbury’s head of sustainability Paul Crewe said: “We want to encourage.....

Somalia: Drought causes huge losses for banana farmers
In southern Somalia’s Afgoye district, banana farmers have suffered huge losses as drought earlier in the year damaged their banana plantations. Afgoye is one of the richest agricultural districts in Somalia.The river Shabelle in the Lower Shabelle region dried up in March due to a lack of rain, causing the.....

New Zealand’s favourite fruit now available in the freezer
Local fruit company OOB Organic has claimed a New Zealand first with the launch of the only frozen banana product. In a busier-than-ever society where convenience foods that don’t compromise on taste and nutritional value are at the top of the shopping list, new OOB Organic Sliced Bananas give shoppers the.....

Will the Philippines suffer from Beijing trade sanctions?
Scarborough Shoal, a “submersible” reef, subject to the movement of tides, was seized by China in early 2012. In January 2013, the Philippines filed a case in the PCA at The Hague, questioning Beijing’s “nine-dash” claims to practically the whole of South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea. A.....


The ugly story behind New Zealand’s most popular fruit
New Zealanders eat more bananas per capita than any other developed country, and are the second-largest consumers globally. But it comes at a terrible human cost: Filipino workers forced to work 18 hour days, paid as little as 30 cents per hour, constantly exposed to toxic chemicals, and threatened with.....

Nicaragua expects to increase its plantain production
Plantain producers from Rivas have good expectations for next summer. If the winter rains continue, they say, there won't be a shortage of plantain, a very coveted product in the diet of Nicaraguans, next summer. This coincides with the sharp increase in production expected by the Government, according to.....

Ecuador: Traditional exports hit by crisis
Traditional exports from Ecuador, representing 56.7% of the total external private sales, declined by $74 million between January and May 2016.The poor performance of bananas, cocoa, coffee beans, processed coffee and fish was evident.Bananas (including plantains) are in large part a victim of a reduction of.....

Angolan company to start banana exports to Europe
From October, Angolan company Novagrolider plans to start exporting 200 tonnes of bananas a week to Portugal, Spain and France, the company’s chief executive João Macedo said in Luanda.Novagrolider produces 150,000 tons of various products annually and on a monthly basis exports about 70 tonnes of bananas to.....

Philippines: Inquiry into banana exporter extortion
A Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) quarantine officer at Sasa Port in the Philippines has been relieved of his position by theAgriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñolfor allegedly demanding grease money from banana exporters.Piñol said he received complaints from small exporters that Andres Alemania and his men.....


UK: Banana tree bears fruit for first time in 20 years
In Gloucester in Britain, a couple were astonished as their banana tree produced fruit for the first time in 20 years. Nida Mordaunt, 60, brought a tiny root from a banana plant back from the Philippines in her suitcase more than two decades ago.And while it sprouted up to more than six foot tall in the.....

Switzerland:
Organic fruit increasingly popular
In 2015 38,382 tons of organic fruit was sold in the Swiss supermarkets. This is an increase of 5,494 tons (16.7%) compared to the previous year. The increase of organic bananas was 1,530 tons.Source: Bundesamt für Landwirtschaft (Federal Office for Agriculture) BLWBananas and apples are sales leadersIn 2015.....


Chinese tensions threaten Philippines banana export
Tensions have risen between the Philippines and China. In May, a batch of bananas that was imported from the Philippines was destroyed upon arrival in China, due to the alleged presence of residue. More recently, an international court issued a ruling with regards to a territorial dispute in the South China.....

Produce from the Amazon heads to Europe, Asia
Producers from various regions along the Peruvian rainforest plan to ship their flagship products to Europe and Asia, Madre de Dios Governor Luis Otsuka Salazar informed.Foreign entrepreneurs are interested in importing cocoa, aguaje, copoazu, carambola, aguaymanto, papaya, cocona, bananas, pineapples,.....

Panama: Chiriqui wants to revive the banana industry
At least 1,760 hectares of land belonging to workers who decided to acquire them individually will be put into production by the National Banana Cooperative Bocas del Toro (Coobana), in order to reactivate this activity and stimulate the economy of Baru, in the province of Chiriqui.The directors of the.....

Ireland: Prankster uses drone to send sister a banana
Patrick Mungovan's sister asked him to drop over some fruit. Instead of carrying some round to her house down the road, the Clare man decided to use his drone to drop off a banana."My sister Jennifer lives two houses down the road and she had run out of fruit. I told her I'll fly over a banana to her. She.....

St Lucia: ''Banana farmers fooled''
St Lucia's former agriculture minister Moses Jn Baptiste has said thatthe idea of the banana industry returning to the days of its former glory in the late 1970’s and 1980’s is absurd, although this is what the United Workers Party (UWP) is promising farmers.Jn Baptiste said they have used bananas as a main.....

Taiwan to provide bananas for Japanese school lunches
A deal has been signed between Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture and Japan's city of Gotemba, which aims to strengthen ties between the two sides, namely with a cooperation on the city’s school lunch program. Taiwan's Council of Agriculture will provide Gotemba’s six elementary schools and four junior high.....


Ronald Garrido, of APPBOSA:
Peru: "Banana production decreases each week"
Winter has clearly arrived to South America and the temperature changes are affecting the Peruvian banana fields. Even though this is the period of low production, this year the reduction in the harvest has been more noticeable. Associations and cooperatives are working hard to implement soil management,.....

Spain: Canary Islands has sold 9 million fewer bananas
Things are going from bad to worse. According to data from Asprocan, a non-profit organization that brings together the six banana producers organizations (OPP) that currently exist in the Canary Islands, the Canary banana sector has been unable to solve the tough marketing problems it has had since last.....

Taiwan: Ag losses from typhoon surpass NT$1 billion
As of Monday 11 July, the agricultural losses in Taiwan from Typhoon Nepartak rose to an estimated NT$1.07 billion (US$33.4 million), announced the Council of Agriculture (COA).The most heavily damaged crop was custard apples, with 4,198 hectares ravaged, amounting to losses of NT$467.17 million, the COA.....

Mexican cooperation
Nigerian gov't committed to developing agriculture
Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated that the present administration will adopt agricultural policies to make the diversification of the economy a success.He was speaking during a meeting with a group of Nigerian and Mexican agro-business interests at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.President.....

Zimbabwe import ban risks future of South African town Musina
Zimbabwe's food ban has put the future of South Africa's border town Musina in jeopardy. Zimbabwe has been flooded with protests, violence and chaos at the border post separating the country with South Africa over the recently imposed food bans between the two countries.This led to the closure of the Beit.....

Antimicrobial properties and antioxidants to preserve food
Mexico: Biodegradable polymers from plantain
University of Papaloapan (UNPA) Tuxtepec campus, in coordination with the "Sustainable use of natural resources and generation of high value-added products" academic network, developed biodegradable films with antimicrobial properties and antioxidants that can be used to preserve foods from the plantain.....

Huge losses for fruit farmers
Crop protection failing in Uganda
In Kasese, a town in the Western Region of Uganda, failure to control pests and diseases, means that farmers are suffering huge losses in mango, banana, pineapple, maize and coffee production.Many of the affected farmers are beneficiaries of "Operation Wealth Creation", the army-led programme to provide.....

Mexico: Eco-friendly paper out of plantain residues
Students of the High Technology Institute of Tierra Blanca (ITSTB), in Veracruz, created a process to manufacture eco-friendly paper based on non-timber fibers from the residues of the plantain plants.The project sought to add value to the residues by using the fibers and cellulose pseudostem of the plantain.....

Honduran banana varieties a hit for Jamaican growers
Banana varieties developed by the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation (FHIA) are proving a hit with Jamaican industry stakeholders.The varieties, ‘Goldfinger’ (FHIA-01), ‘Sweetheart’ (FHIA-3) and ‘Dwarf Hybrid’ (FHIA-25), are renowned for being disease-resistant and more suitable for cooking and.....

NSW banana farmers asked to support Panama disease farm buyout
New South Wales banana growers are being ask to contribute to the $3 million buyout of a farm in far north Queensland infected by Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4). They are more than 1,600km from the frontline of the fight against the devastating banana disease, but they are being asked to chip in to.....

London-based Winfresh launches banana products
Winfresh Group describes itself as the Caribbean's premier supplier of bananas to the United Kingdom market. The group says it is executing "progressive and innovative changes" to its business in the Windward Islands and will begin to provide value-added banana products.Winfresh said a few years ago, it took.....

Taiwan banana price drops nearly 70%
Two continuous hurricanes last year destroyed around 80% of the banana plantations in Taiwan. As a consequence, banana growers all replanted at the same time meaning that they have also all become ripe at the same time. With such high production volumes, banana growers have promoting their bananas. According.....

Ecuador assists banana producers from Paraguay
On July 4, four Ecuadorian experts started to assist banana producers in Paraguay to improve the different chains of production of this product, announced the Paraguayan Foreign Minister, Eladio Loizaga.The Ecuadorian technicians are in Paraguay in response to a request made by the Ministry of Foreign.....

Angolan city celebrates anniversary with banana exhibition
As part of the celebrations marking Uige's anniversary of becoming a city, the first provincial banana fair was held there. At least 1.7 million tons of bananas were exhibited at the fair.Speaking to Angop on Monday 4 July, the acting provincial director for agriculture and rural development, Eduardo Gomes,.....

Ugandan women benefit from banana wine
Uganda has the highest alcohol consumption on the continent. The economic and social costs of alcohol in the country may be worse than those of HIV and malaria, Time reported. However, the high consumption of alcohol has benefited some female farmers who are making their living producing banana wine.In.....

UK: Deadly Brazilian spider found in supermarket bananas
A shopper had an unpleasant surprise when she found Brazilian wandering spiders in a pack of supermarket bananas, purchased from the supermarket she works for. The deadly spiders were found in a bunch of bananas purchased in Cliftonville, Margate.The infamous so-called 'banana spiders' are known to wander.....

Banana, pineapple companies to jump ship in Costa Rica?
As producing in Costa Rica has become more expensive in relation to other countries, banana and pineapple plantations companies are considering leaving the country and moving to cheaper destinations, such as Colombia, according to their statements in a forum on competitiveness conducted by the Chamber of.....

Chiquita will return to Port of Gulfport
It's official- Chiquita is returning to Gulfport. On Tuesday 5 July, the Mississippi State Port Commission met and approved a lease to bring Chiquita cargo ships back to the Port of Gulfport. Chiquita called Gulfport home until two years ago before it left for New Orleans. The vote means more work for.....


Turkey’s ‘strawberry land’ increases banana cultivation
In Turkey's major strawberry growing center, Silifke in Mersin, banana growing in greenhouses is replacing tomato production and has reached 6,000 acres.In the district, greenhouse tomato growers starting to develop banana production on the back of positive results from trials; last year bananas were grown.....

India: Turning banana waste into wealth
Banana cultivation produces a huge amount of waste: approximately 30 tonnes of waste is generated per acre in one crop season from a banana stem alone. For farmers in Mysuru, a city in India, how to dispose of such large amounts of waste was presenting problems. Students of the Academy of Scientific.....


Bad weather leads to banana shortage in South America
Adverse climate conditions have caused banana production to stall in a couple of key banana-producing countries in South America. As a result of light supplies, prices for bananas on the open market are higher than normal for this time of year. Importers, however, are not feeling too much of a pinch at the.....


Good year for Costa Rican bananas
This year, Costa Rica has had quite a good banana production thanks to the weather conditions, which have been better than in the previous year, but also due to increased demand, according to Grettel Zahner, of the company Sura Green.Sura Green is a 100% Costa Rican company that has been producing bananas.....

CA: Police use bananas to lure escaped monkey
On Sunday 3 July, a monkey was spotted on the loose in a small central Ontario town. Luckily, the police officers called to capture the spider monkey — named Mango — had some bananas in their lunchboxes, which they used to keep Mango from running away until officials arrive to take him into captivity.Police.....


Simon Trewin - SH Pratt
UK: No problem with banana supply on programs
Recent banana shortages from Ecuador and other regions has not reduced imports for UK banana importer and ripener Pratt's Bananas. The company sources from a number of the usual central and south American countries and the Caribbean. "We got 100% of what we needed from Ecuador, even after the earthquake,".....

No interest in spot trade
Take it or leave it for banana supplies in Russia
The demand for bananas in Russia is low due to quality issues with the boxes of yellow bananas they are receiving from Ecuador. There are a lot of stone fruits in the local market and consumers are most interested in cherries, apricots and other seasonal fruits. A Russian importer said that they are feeling.....

Costa Rica: Proposal for a Banana worker's day
Deputy Gerardo Vargas Varela of the Frente Amplio Party submitted a proposal to establish a banana worker's day in the country.The project, which was ruled last week in the Committee on Agriculture of Congress, seeks to establish the fourth of August as a day to commemorate these workers.The aim of the.....

Farmers in Indian city suffer from lack of rain
Farmers in the city of Erode are unsure whether to prepare for the Kharif season, as the water situation is precarious. A crisis is looming in Kalingarayan canal area where banana is grown on about 2,000 acres. But, with the current availability, the water will not last even for 10 days.Water requirement.....

Containing Panama disease
Historic banana farm buyout in Queensland
The Australian Banana Grower’s Council (ABGC) has made a landmark purchase of a property in Tully, in a bid to control the spread of Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4.)The ABGC has signed a conditional sales agreement that will enable the eventual close of operations on the only known TR4 affected property in.....

Jamaica ups its banana exports
Although banana export volumes from Jamaica remain small, overseas sales of the fruit are on the up. Exports were up 32 per cent last year, from 199 tonnes, valued at US$179,000 to 263 tonnes valued at US$242,000. Comparatively, overall banana production is just under 55,000 tonnes.Cayman Islands remains the.....


Hugo Castro, of GinaFruit:
"The demand for bananas is more stable than in previous years"
The mishaps caused by natural phenomena in Ecuador in recent months have resulted in a banana campaign with unclear results. Hugo Castro, owner of GinaFruit, explains to us what the current situation is like. "Production times have been affected by climate changes, so the harvest has kicked off weeks late......


Promising year for producers
Supply issues keep Polish banana prices up
2016 has been an extraordinary year for the banana market in Poland. The lack of production in Central America has made the banana prices very regular, throughout both the winter and summer seasons. Prices typically fall after Easter, but this has not happened this year with the.....


Five ways to ignite banana sales
With bananas at the top of most supermarkets’ register rings, it pays for distributors and produce managers to keep their banana inventories and displays in top-notch form.“The banana category is historically the largest retail produce category. Since bananas are available year-round, an effective and.....