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Jamaican ministry seeks to revive banana industry
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be working to ensure that the local banana industry returns to more prosperous days.Chief Technical Director (CTD) in charge of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dermon Spence, says the Ministry will be collaborating with The Banana Board to achieve.....


Lower price increases popularity of Prata banana
Once upon a time a Prata banana cost double what the Cavendish banana cost. “But now, prices are down almost matching at the local markets in Brazil. In general the Prata banana is of a medium price. They are sold for about 1.30 compared to 0.91 Reais for the Cavendish bananas. This benefits the market share.....


Horticulture sector offers many job opportunities
Unlimited optimism brought banana growing to Iceland
The revelations of the Panama Papers have kept the headlines rolling in Iceland, but the dreaded Panama Disease ignored the Icelandic banana plants sixty years ago. The Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI) runs the last Icelandic greenhouse devoted to banana cultivation at the small campus by Hveragerdi,.....

French retail price of American bananas decrease
According to Relaxnews, the price of bulk American bananas has decreased by 32%. French varieties of apricots (45-50mm in bulk) and yellow nectarines from outside France (A-AA) have also seen a decrease in prices (21% and 20% respectively).French artichoke prices have increased by +11% from €1.31 to €1.46/a.....


Francisco Riera Romero, Banabio SA
"Difficult to change conventional banana market towards organic"
“The UK is a potential and interesting market for us, but for now it's only just starting. We notice that there is interest for Ecuadorian organic and fair trade bananas, however, it's difficult to get it all going. We aren't just looking for customers, but looking for customers that want to establish a.....

Costa Rica: Baby banana can boost exports
Demand for baby bananas is growing in the international market, which opens an opportunity so that domestic exporters increase the marketing of this fruit and profit more.To date, the country has about 200 hectares cultivated with baby bananas, which are also called Lady Finger bananas, which are well liked.....

EU campaign asking Lidl to play fair with tropical fruit growers
The Europe-wide Make Fruit Fair! campaign is asking the discount supermarket giant Lidl to Play Fair with the small-scale farmers and workers that plant, pick and pack it’s bananas and pineapples. The price Lidl and other supermarkets pay for tropical fruit does not cover the real costs of production. Paying.....

Hainan banana price drop 35%
Recently the purchase price of bananas in Hainan province started to decline. For example, the price dropped from 4.6 Yuan/kilo during the beginning of June to 3 Yuan/kilo on June 13th in Chengmai County.Earlier this year, the banana prices went up, and a lot of banana growers have benefited from this, so.....

Turkey increases banana and avocado production
The production of tropical fruits, such as bananas and avocados is constantly increasing in Turkey. According to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute, banana production amounted to 270,500 tons in 2015. In 2014, this figure was 251,994 tons, in 2013- 215,472 tons, in 2012- 207,727 tons, in 2011-.....

New plantain banana processing unit in Cameroon
On the 10th June 2016 Sapisacam ( Integrated Agricultural Development Priority Actions Company in Cameroon-Société d’actions prioritaires intégrées de développement agricole au Cameroun), and the agro-industrial Spanish company, Tomsa Destil, signed a partnership agreement in Yaoundé for the construction of.....

Chiquita bananas taps into interactive marketing
Chiquita Bananas has taken advantage of the popularity for quick-fix snacks, with a recent campaign that served interactive recipes and enabled recipients to check off ingredients needed from a grocery store, resulting in 52 percent of email engagement stemming from mobile.The food marketer introduced a.....

Africa's ag funding model inhibits growth
Prof. Henry Bwisa from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has called for an overhaul of the funding structure of agriculture across Africa. According to the professor, the sector had sufficient funding but the model adapted to spread the money is wrong and does not promote growth.“The.....

Myths about EU regulations
Brussels, Brexit and the bent banana
The EU debate has left many British citizens believing some bizarre myths about Brussels, one of the most popular being that bent bananas will be banned. With just two weeks to go until the June 23 vote, a survey shows howsome misrepresentations have been taken as truth by British voters. The UK newspaper.....

Honduras: Rains cause millions in losses for banana sector
The strong winds caused by the rains last week caused millions in losses for the banana production of La Lima.Among the 19 members of the National Association of Banana Producers (Aprobana), the Agricultural Cooperative Farm, El Triunfo Limitada, was the most affected.There were damages in 14,689 plants,.....

Italy's Fairtrade sales boosted by bananas
Sales of Fairtrade certified products grew by 10 per cent in Italy last year, reaching €99 million, reported Fairtrade Italia. Bananas alone accounted for more than 50 per cent of the overall volume of products, exceeding 10,000 tons.Sugar is second (+30% compared to 2014), followed by coffee (+10%) and.....


UK banana firm into third generation
Founded by James Neville Fox, J N Fox and Sons UK Ltd is a family owned business that has been importing, ripening and distributing bananas for over 34 years.Starting out in their first premises based in Woking, Surrey in 1982, they purchased approximately 1000 cartons of green fruit per week as opposed to.....

Angola's banana industry potential
The Angolan banana industry hopes to improve its position in both the local and international markets; to do so, investments need to be made in quality and boosting the quantity of production.This conclusion emerged from the 5th edition of the National Production Banana Fair (FdB) held from May 26-29 this.....


Raúl Villa, of Consorcio Agrícola del Norte
Peru: "Demand for organic bananas falls"
After a few months of continuous rainfall and higher temperatures than usual, the crop fields, as could be expected, have been severely affected, but the production of organic bananas in the Peruvian jungle has been recovering gradually. "We had a lot of rain, and due to the moisture, we face the appearance.....

Ghanain professors applauded for ag efforts
Academicians and former civil servants in the Upper West Region of Ghana are engaging their rural communities in large scale banana and groundnut production, according to Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Lemuna, Minister of Food and Agriculture. Lemuna commended the professors and senior civil servants for embarking.....

Spain: Eurobanan continues to lead the ripening of bananas
The General Meeting of shareholders of the Coplaca Investment SL company, where shareholders received a report about the society's development and functioning during the year, was held on May 31 at Cajasiete.The accounts for the year 2015 were presented and approved in the meeting. Similarly, the Board.....

S. India: High production keeps banana prices low
High production and competition from other tropical fruits mean that banana prices in South India are likely to stay low. India is the largest producer of bananas with 30 million tonnes a year and accounts for 30% of the global output. Most of India’s banana production is for domestic consumption with.....

AU: Bananas destroyed by storm winds
Coffs Harbour, Australia has been hit by the worst storm damage in more than 40 years. Banana growers there are already suffering as they face tough competition from Queensland.Damaging winds and more than 450 millimetres of rain combined to rip mature trees laden with fruit out of the ground just weeks from.....


Research and production experiences in Asia
Panama disease will not destroy the banana industry
Western media is fixated with reporting that Panama Disease caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (Foc TR4) will lead to the disappearance of Cavendish bananas from supermarkets. This is in reaction to certain researchers predicting the unavoidable incursion of the fungus into Latin American banana.....

China: weak position for Hainan banana growers
Hainan Province, in the South of China, is famous for its fruit production. However, due to poorly developed cold chain systems, export or sales in the rest of China has been limited.In 2014, the total output of bananas in China reached 9.08 million ton. China's total demand for bananas reached 13 million tons.....


Tropical Organic Growers:
“There are only few places where organic bananas can be grown”
Unlike conventional bananas, which are relatively easy to grow in many tropical areas, organic bananas must be cultivated in very specific conditions, and this is only possible in a few regions. Colima, Mexico, is one of those regions with the right microclimate, and Tropical Organic Growers is a company.....

Spain: Canary Council of Tourism and Asprocan promote the islands
The Canary Council of Tourism, Culture and Sports and the Association of Banana Producer Organisations of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) have launched a joint promotional campaign aimed at strengthening the Spanish market and pursuing the objectives of both organizations in the family segment.Under the slogan.....

Oxfam Germany reaction to the Rainforest Alliance statement
The environmental organization Rainforest Alliance has published a statement in response to the report of Oxfam Germany: "Sweet fruit, bitter truth." Oxfam Germany reacts on this response with a new statement.We are glad that Rainforest Alliance has made a detailed statement in reaction to our findings......

New highway could increase Malaysian agri-exports
Sabah, Malaysia could become a major exporter of certain agricultural products, thanks to the ongoing upgrading of the Pan-Borneo Highway project. The upgrading of the 2,330km Pan-Borneo Highway connecting Sabah and Sarawak was officially launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on April.....

Banana exporter conserves 1,001ha of forest
Ecuadorian banana exporter Tropical Fruit has received the 'Carbono Neutral' certification from the Consultora Ambiental SAMBITO, after a one year process.The measurement of the Huella de Carbono was made with the objective of finding out the impact of this business on the environment. The sustainability of.....

Chiquita execs to face claims over Colombia torture in US
In 2007, executives at Chiquita Brands International Inc., pleaded guilty to making payments to Colombian paramilitary groups. These executives have now been ordered to face U.S. lawsuits claiming they played a role in the torture or killings of thousands of Colombians.According to bloomberg.com, relatives.....

China: Hainan banana price inspected to increase
Two years ago, the plantation areas of Hainan bananas decreased significantly due to diseases. The overall growing area dropped to 20,000 hectares.This year, a cold wave hit the Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, which severely impacted the banana production volume in these two regions. Therefore, it is.....


Japanese banana prices surge as supply falls
Drought and disease has caused banana yields in the Philippines to drop, setting off a chain reaction which sees banana wholesale prices in Japan soar, as importers are having to compete with buyers elsewhere for access to less-familiar sources.The fruit is now selling for 2,850 yen ($26) per 13kg carton on.....

Encouraging Angolan banana production
Banana is a staple food in the diet of the Angolan people, hence Joaquim Carneiro da Silva, the communal administrator of Quicombo in Sumbe, has spoke of the need to increase cultivation of the crop.Speaking to journalists on banana cultivation in the region, Joaquim Carneiro da Silva said that the commune.....

China: Banana wholesale prices increase
Due to a continuation of tight bananas supplies, banana wholesale prices in China keep increasing. Hainan province is one of the country's main banana producing regions, and here prices have been steadily rising. In Yunnan province the banana harvest season is coming to an end. It is also hard to find.....

Banana cocaine bust leads to arrests in Rotterdam
900 kilos of cocaine concealed in a banana shipment from Ecuador, were discovered by a scanner at the Rotterdam city docks recently. The drugs have a street value of €30 million. Police tracked the consignment to a storage facility in Hoogvliet where they arrested three men as they unloaded the cargo. The.....

Kenya mobilises against Panama disease
Dr Lusike Wasilwa, the director of crop systems at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) in Nairobi says luckily, the new strain (TR4) of panama disease that is obliterating bananas elsewhere, has not been observed in Kenya.The only strains confirmed in Kenya are the old Races 1.....


Per capita consumption Fair Trade products increased by 11% 2015
Swiss buy 520 million CHF of fair trade products
In 2015 the Swiss bought 520 million CHF (522 million USD) of fair trade products with the Max Havelaar label. Flowers and bananas are the largest share according to the Fairtrade organization. Compared to the previous year the sales of fair trade products increased by 11.4%. “Fair trade products are.....

Azerbaijan cuts banana imports
In the first quarter of this year Azerbaijan imported 4,371 tons of bananas from Ecuador. This is 35 per cent less than in the same period in the year before. Although an official reason for the reduction has not been disclosed, experts are putting it down to a decline in weddings. In January- March 2015,.....

“French Banana” concept already in 1,000 shops
In just under a year of being put to the test, the French Banana concept has reached the 1,000 store mark. Since the end of April 2016, 1,1013 supermarkets and hypermarkets have taken on the concept which sees bananas tied together by a red, white and blue ribbon. The bananas are no longer sold by the kilo,.....

Filipino banana growers want research institute
THE Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) are hoping that the new government to be led by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will make the banana industry one of the priority industries for development and support.“We are hoping that a banana research institute will be established to develop.....

India: Tissue culture method to boost banana production
The Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) is aiming to increase banana production in the region through the implementation of the 'plant tissue culture method' for commercial banana production.The tissue culture method not only increases yield, but also wards off fruit diseases which cause banana flowers to.....

Six times the normal level of vitamin A
Uganda developing GM bananas
Uganda's research center is developing a new, genetically modified banana with six times the normal level of vitamin C. Their research aims to both improve the nutritional value of the fruit, as well as boost production.National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) acting director, Andrew Kigundu, has.....

Later to other Central Africa countries
Angola to increase banana exports to DRC
In 2015, the Caxito-Rega company exported 200 tons of bananas from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CEO of the Board of Directors of Caxito-Rega company, João Mpilamosi estimated that the figure could rise to 1,200 tons, this year stating that the export of banana could be extended in the.....

Chiquita still considering port move
As we previously reported here, Chiquita international is considering whether it will remain at the Port of New Orleans, a fact the company confirmed in an email on Tuesday 24 May.Speculation has been rampant in recent weeks, without previous confirmation, about the matter, raising the possibility that the.....

Mainland Spain and Balearic Islands
Spain: Plátano de Canarias reaches 76% market share
The consumption of Canary bananas in Spanish households in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands exceeded 34,800 tonnes in April, representing 76.3 percent of the total consumption recorded in the banana market, which amounted to 45,700 tonnes.This development of consumption in April meant an increase of.....

Spain: 65,364 tonnes of bananas available in March
In March 2016, the Canary Islands shipped 42,134 tonnes of bananas to mainland Spain, while imports from Africa and Latin America amounted to 26,905 tonnes and re-exports reached 3,675 tonnes, so Spanish consumers had access to about 65,364 tonnes of bananas. This is around 13,617 tonnes more than in the.....