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Figuring out how potassium lowers blood pressure

International team researches bananas

High blood pressure kills an estimated 7.5 million people worldwide each year. But doctors have known since early in the 20th century that potassium lowers blood pressure. Now a team of six international doctors and researchers, including a team at Oregon Health & Science University, have five years and a.....

China: Banana price set to reach 4 yuan per kilogram

From November 2017, the banana price has been gradually rising. This is unlike last year, when the banana prices dropped 0.60 to 0.80 yuan as soon as they hit the market, and bananas were sold for 1.40 to 1.50 yuan per kilogram. Up until now, the price has increased to 3.60 or 3.80 yuan, and it is still.....

North Queensland

Australia: Next cyclone could spread Panama disease

Banana growers in North Queensland fear the next cyclone to hit the area could spread a disastrous crop disease that has taken a foothold in the region. A big cyclone could have disastrous long-term consequences for Australia's biggest banana-producing region, potentially spreading a devastating crop.....

Weak currency & low supplies, bring high banana prices in Ukraine

Bananas have become 16% more expensive in Ukraine over the last week and are currently twice as expensive as they were at the same time last year. The consensus amongst experts is that the price increase is a direct result of the decrease in the gross banana production by 18-20% in major producing countries,.....

AU: Banana growers urged to be cyclone ready

As tropical weather activity increases over northern Australia, the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is urging growers to ensure they are cyclone prepared this season.Most growers in the tropical north are very well rehearsed in cyclone planning, having lived through severe tropical weather events.....

Essential thyme oil reduces post-harvest anthracnose in organic bananas

Anthracnose in organic bananas is an aggressive post-harvest disease, which is difficult to control."Essential oils have been studied to incorporate them into integrated pest management and reduce the use of synthetic fungicides during the post-harvest period. In vitro analyses showed that thyme oil is the.....

Christophe Vandenbroeck, Van Damme Bananas:

"We're heading for a peak period"

Everyone is feeling the shortage on the banana market, says Christophe Vandenbroeck, Manager at Van Damme in Belgium: "There is minimal production in the countries of origin. This is due to severe climate problems such as storms and floods. Although there are still bananas available, shortages are developing.....

Players at Australian Open go bananas

If you're the type of tennis fan that is more interested in on-court shenanigans than the pure art of the game, the Australian Open did not let you down.First there was Coco Vandeweghe, who went bananas during her match against Timea Babos, going down 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Having lost the first set, Vandeweghe had a.....

Queensland, Australia

Banana treat has fruit bats head over heels

Bat carer Denise Wade from Brisbane, Queensland, knows how to have fruit bats go bananas. In this video uploaded to ctpost.com on January 15, Wade showed how the bats - also known as flying foxes - in her care respond to a special treat known as a ‘banana ball’.Wade stated she had been busy after a week of.....

“The banana market is expecting a perfect storm”

“It’s a complex situation in the banana market all over the world. Whereas, at this moment prices are extremely high. Many producing countries have only low volumes of banana available, which pushes the prices to the extreme. However, the statistics of production estimates in all producing countries are going.....

José Rafael Madriz, coordinator of Banana de CLAC, Costa Rica

"It is true that fair trade sales have not been severely affected"

"We believe it is very important to be open and share the correct information about the weather conditions in Latin America over the past year, and how these may have affected the production. If importers receive misleading information, they may look for alternative volumes elsewhere and that will hurt our.....

Pakistan authorities stop banana trade via Line of Control-zone

Authorities in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) have asked their counterparts on the Indian side of the Line of Control (the military controlled zone between Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir) to stop sending bananas via LoC trade, saying the fruit is “infected with ‘some’ disease”.In a.....

Nicolás Leger, of CLAC Perú

Popularity of Fair Trade bananas on the rise

"The fair trade banana market has grown significantly in the last decade, particularly in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. More recently, it has gained popularity in Germany, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Austria. In the Fair Trade industry, bananas have become the best sold product. For some other.....

Defence of agricultural funds

Creation of European banana mixed committee to put pressure on Brussels

Neither the Canary Islands nor the other eight Ultraperipheral Regions (OR's) will be alone in the struggle to convince Brussels that neither bananas nor the rest of their agricultural sectors can afford to lose even a single Euro of EU funds. Spain, France and Portugal, that is to say, the European banana.....

Philippines seeks more banana export opportunities

The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry announced it has initiated negotiations with Japan, Korea and Australia for lower tariffs and higher volume of exports of bananas, a key produce of southern Philippines.Ramon Lopez, secretary of the Department, said that President Duterte had had the opportunity.....

2017 Asda sales data revealed most popular fruit & veg

Brits love bananas and berries

Bananas have remained the top-purchased produce in 2017 by Asda customers, whilst raspberries, blueberries and strawberries have seen the greatest rise in popularity and became three of the best-selling produce of the year. In 2017, Asda customers ate their way through 15,000 tonnes of strawberries, thanks to.....

Australia ready to help Filipino banana exporters

“The Philippines is the only country in the world for which Australia has agreed that bananas could be exported. But for that to happen, the Philippines need to meet some risk-management measures, because Australia has its own banana industry and we have some issues around disease control,” Australian.....

Anaco Greeve starts expansion of banana ripening chambers with 15,000 boxes

Considerable shortages on banana market

While many banana ripeners have gone out of business over the years, Anaco & Greeve from Poeldijk, the Netherlands, has been continuously active with its banana ripening plant since 1976. The twenty ripening chambers each have the capacity to ripen 30,000 boxes of bananas every week. “Demand still.....

Ecuadorian banana ripener in Sweden

Agroban Nordic is the first banana ripener with Ecuadorian capital abroad. It started operating in Helsingborg, Sweden, at the end of 2017 and will allow the production of the Ecuadorian Banana Regional Corporation (Agroban) to reach that market under its own brand.The ripener has already received a first.....

Thap Maeo bananas resistant to Sigatoka but sensitive to ethylene

Brazil is a major producer and consumer of various types of bananas. Thap Maeo is a promising cultivar thanks to its resistance to Black and Yellow Sigatoka. However, the lack of information and post-harvesting technologies regarding its physiology limit its expansion on the market.For this reason, researchers.....

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Nigerian Cross River state to commence banana export soon

During a visit to the 105-hectare banana plantation being cultivated in the Odukpani region of the Cross River state, its governor Prof. Ben Ayade said the state would soon commence export of its ‘Grand Nain’ banana cultivar to Europe. This is a crucial part of the strategies aimed at turning the state’s.....

Australia:

Support for Queensland banana growers against Panama disease

The fight to save Queensland’s $600 million banana industry from the threat of the Panama disease has been boosted by a further $3.5 million. More than $24 million has already been spent to contain the spread of the disease. The TR4 strain was first identified in March 2015, and a second detection was.....

Bishan, Singapore:

Fruit bat flies into 11th floor window to feast on bananas

Brice Li lives on the 11th storey of a flat near Bishan Park. For the past year or so, he was confronted with a mystery: fruit was constantly disappearing from his kitchen.So Li set up his camera one night to find out. To his surprise, the intruder was a brown fruit bat. Li suspects it’s likely this little guy.....

India: Artificial fruit ripening centre to be set up soon

Green bananas that turn bright yellow in a few hours. The same bananas, having black blotches on the peel later in the day. A taste that is not too fresh. These are indications of chemical ripening, which is becoming a real problem in the Indian state of Assam. It is also posing severe health hazards to.....

Polish fruit market report

Average prices offered for apples in November 2017, in comparison with November 2016 increased by 104% in export companies, by 98% in horticultural cooperatives, and by 94% in wholesale markets. Pear prices increased by 47% on wholesale markets, by 24% in horticultural cooperatives, and by 23% in export.....

Spain: Sector unity under threat in Canary banana sector

Last Friday, the professional organization COAG-Canarias was said to be very concerned about the situation currently affecting the banana sector in the islands, which is the most important agricultural activity in the archipelago. At the moment, they are facing difficulties to sell the fruit in the Peninsula.....

China: The price of bananas is going up

Due to the large volumes entering the market, the price of bananas has been low this year, causing many banana farmers to sell at a loss. However, from mid to late November, their price has risen sharply, from the initial 1.02 yuan per kilo to the current 3.04 yuan per kilo, which is a rise of 200%.The main.....

Spanish bananas lost ground to imported bananas in the Peninsula in October

Canary bananas are still doing badly or very badly in what is practically their only overseas destination: the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, as revealed in the most recent data on foreign trade published by the Customs and Special Taxes Administration of the Spanish Tax Agency.According to those.....

Spain: Banana sector working together to guarantee survival

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, met last month with representatives of the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan) in order to learn about the sector's needs ahead of the objectives set for 2020.The president wished to.....

Peru exported 4.73% fewer bananas up until November

According to the Agrodata Peru website, Peruvian banana exports between January and November 2017 amounted to US $133,198,390, i.e. 4.73% less than the US $ 139,804,013 achieved in the same period of 2016.The website also stated that in the first eleven months of 2017 Peru shipped 181,123,663 tons of bananas,.....

China: First shipment of imported fruit arrives at Tongling

On the morning of December 28th, 20 tons of green bananas from the Philippines reached the Yangzi foreign trade wharf at Tongling. This was the first shipment of imported fruit for the Tongling port since it opened on November 21st, 2017. This shipment formally opened trade in imported fruit at.....

Freskita Bananas

Spot price overtook the contract price

The Ecuadorian spot market in 2017 is closing well above expectations to reach an edge over the official price ($6.26). The average yearly price will end up around 12% to 15% higher than the minimum level suggested by local authorities.This year high season for Ecuadorian banana prices lasted until week 25 and.....

Lebanon builds a banana Christmas tree

On December 19, on a street in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, citizens built a huge Christmas tree out of bananas. Source: Visual China Group

Costa Rica to close 2017 with banana export record

Costa Rica will close this year with a record in banana exports, both in volume and in revenues. Jorge Sauma, the general manager of the National Banana Corporation, expects total exports by the end of 2017 to have reached about 125 million boxes [of 18.14 kilograms each].It is also estimated that -for the.....