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Refrigeration decreases the aroma of bananas

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. However, storing them before their arrival on market shelves can negatively affect their taste and smell. According to a study that appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry of the ACS, the cold temperatures suppress the activity of the.....

But is close to extinction

Madagascan wild banana may be resistant to Panama Disease

A wild banana, found only on Madagascar, may hold the key to protecting the world's edible banana crop., However, the plant has just been put on the extinction list; on the island of Madagascar, there are just five mature trees left in the wild. Scientists say the plant needs to be conserved, as it may hold.....

Argentina: Hail causes significant damage to the banana sector

Panfilo Ayala, of Argentina's Agrarian Federation, spoke about the damage that the hail caused to the banana sector and about the low prices that the market offers producers.Last Friday a strong storm followed by an intense hail affected six of the 17 colonies located in Laguna Naineck, specifically in the.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila recovers its plantain crop

Several Cuban provinces benefit from the plantain deliveries of the companies of Ciego de Avila, which aspires to collect more than 40,000 tons of this food this year.The increasing productions will allow a stable commercialization of this fruit in the state agricultural markets, which are being affected by.....

Brexit, a threat to Costa Rican bananas

Bananas are one of the most sought after Costa Rican products in the British market. In recent years, the fruit has not only left a deep impression on the palate of Europeans, but has become a symbol of the complex processes that the United Kingdom will have to face after Brexit.The issue is relevant for Costa.....

China: Analysis of banana import data from January to May 2018

According to the Big Data from the China Business Research Institute, the import volume of Chinese bananas (including plantains) in May 2018 was 172,429 tons, which was a year-on-year increase of 73.8%. Imports of Chinese bananas (including plantains) from January to May 2018 were 590,000 tons, an increase of.....

Dominican Republic: "It is time for the government to come to the aid of our banana workers"

Presidential candidate, Luis Abinader, demanded the government pay special attention to the claims of banana producers so that the Creole banana is used massively in social programs and other official entities.After stating that banana producers were a dynamic sector of the economy, Abinader said that prices.....

Philippines: Training GCTCV 218 banana farmers

The Philippine Department of Agriculture of the Davao Region will continue training banana farmers who received GCTCV 218 banana seedlings in good agricultural practices. This is particularly important because this variety has different production protocols compared to traditional Cavendish bananas.In an.....

(And which one would YOU pick?)

How ripe should a banana be?

A new snap that has gone viral on Instagram shows a bunch of bananas, all at different levels of ripeness. They are all labelled from numbers one through 15, with 1 being the most under-ripe and 15 being the most over-ripe.The image, which has more than 4,700 likes, asks people to pick your 'perfect' banana.....

Banana farming generates income for Bangladeshi farmers

Famers of different upazilas (sub-districts) in the district of Rajshahi have gained a solid income from commercial banana farming. The cultivation of bananas has recently gained in popularity across the region.This year, a total of 1,496 hectares of land were brought under banana cultivation. Last year, most.....

This year there is 4% more banana production

Ecuador: Products made with bananas account for 5% of sales

Ecuador has been the world's leading banana exporter for 67 years. Behind the exports are plantations that require scientific research to maintain production and add value. "It is an intangible knowledge," said Daynet Sosa del Castillo, the general director of the Center for Biotechnological Research of.....

Réunion banana shortage

Bananas from Réunion are smaller, rarer and more expensive this year due to disease and the effects of Tropical Storm Fakir. Freckle disease has effected plantations for over a year and Storm Fakir has further devastated the plantations.Producers are now faced with a shortage. A 5,000m2 terrain has been empty.....

Colombian bananas could lose European and US markets due to drug trafficking

Colombia is at risk of losing access to the banana market in Europe and the United States because of drug trafficking. The contamination of cocaine in banana boxes is a threat to the economy of the Urabá region. That is why Europe and the United States may stop buying from Colombia if drugs continue to arrive.....

Ecuador: Lower temperatures reduce banana production

Paul Gonzalez, the president of the Machala Agricultural Center, said producers were prepared to face the cold season that has been affecting banana production in El Oro for a few days.The banana production has been affected by the light rains and the intense cold that surround Machala and other cantons of the.....

Colombia: Uniban plans to export 41 million boxes of bananas this year

Uniban SA is the main Colombian banana trader in the country. It accounts for 40% of the export market and generates 3,600 jobs. In 2017, the company exported 40.4 million boxes of bananas, plantain and exotic fruits, worth US$348 million, i.e. 2.8% more than in the previous year. The goal for 2018 is to.....

Bringing millions of bananas

Largest ever container ship to berth in Cork

Yesterday, the largest container ship to ever berth in the Port of Cork's deepwater terminal, unloaded a mega cargo of fruit. The MV Polar Costa Rica eased past Roche's Point after its 10-day transatlantic voyage and tied up just after 4pm at the port facility in Ringaskiddy.A huge logistics operation kicked.....

Spain: Banana imports almost equal volume of Canary shipments

In the month of April, American and African bananas returned to the Spanish market. Imports almost equalled the volume of the shipments from the Canary Islands, with some 33,000 tonnes. The market share of imported bananas oscillated between 41% and 58%.In April 2018, 33,735 tonnes were shipped from the Canary.....

China: Banana price hit by oversupply

The overall banana price showed a downward trend last week. The main reason for this development is as follows: production areas brought their harvest to the market at the same time in bulk. The banana volume in the market therefore suddenly increased. The main banana supply currently comes from Myanmar, Laos,.....

Research suggests why refrigeration changes banana aromas

Bananas are one of the world's most popular fruits. But how they're stored prior to reaching grocery shelves can adversely affect their flavour and smell. Now in a study appearing in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report that cold temperatures suppress the activity of proteins that.....

Peru: Interesting growth of banana exports

During the first five months of this year, Peru exported 105,397,934 kilos of banana for an FOB value of US $ 76,132,012. These figures reveal an interesting growth over the same period of 2017, when the country shipped 86,864,993 kilos for US $ 64,710,051.According to the Agrodata Peru portal, the largest.....

Banana trade going well

Ecuador: The ports of Guayaquil

2017 was a good year for the three main private ports of Guayaquil as a whole, but spectacular for TPG (Inarpi, Saam group of Chile). It grew a little more than 179% (containers trade), and is now the second most important the city.Meanwhile, the most important concessionaire of the Port Authority (APG),.....

Taiwan's Agriculture Commission urged the media to stop publishing fake news

Taiwan: Banana and pineapple prices stabilize

The Taiwan Agricultural Committee said yesterday that the prices of bananas and pineapples have stabilized. At the same time, the organization urged the local media to stop publishing fake or misleading reports because it could have a negative impact on the livelihood of farmers.The committee said that due to.....

Taiwan: Tariffs and quality issues plague banana exports

The heyday of Taiwan’s banana monopoly in Japan has been and gone and the Japanese market has become dominated by produce from the Philippines and Central and South American countries. Kuo Tai-cheng, Distribution manager at the Chishan Association of Fruits and Vegetables and third-generation banana farmer,.....

Succes of ethylene absorber sachets in the Philippine banana industry

"Soon ethylene removal will be a standard part of the supply chain"

Philippine bananas are very sweet and prized by many, so there is high demand all over the world. China is obviously a big market along with other Asian countries, but shipments reach as far as New Zealand and Middle East, sometimes beyond. Transit times fluctuate depending on the distance, local sanitary.....

Fusarium TR4 still contained in northern Mozambique

Two banana diseases pose a risk to southern African production

The South African banana industry is currently facing a disease threat from two sides: the first is the dreaded Fusarium TR4 that was identified in Nampula Province in northern Mozambique in 2013, where it is still contained. One of the two affected farms has asked to be declared insolvent and it is hoped that.....

New Zealand

'Gisborne set to secede and form banana republic'

According to the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, the government is engaged in literal banana republicanism as it uses taxpayer money to start a banana industry in Gisborne.“We know this sounds bananas, but it’s true,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “MBIE is spending $93,000 of taxpayers’ money.....

Tanzania: Boost in production lowers prices of bananas in Ngara

Consumers in Tanzania are paying less to obtain green bananas in the Ngara District (Kagera Region) following the fall in both wholesale and retail prices. This drop in prices is due to bumper harvests in different parts of the district, which started two months ago. The farm gate wholesale price for a bunch.....

Dominican Republic:

New organic biostimulants to improve the development and production of bananas

ADOBANANO, the Grena products, and the BAM project report were officially presented on June 14. These innovations represent an important improvement in the banana sector and aim to place the bananas of the Dominican Republic at the forefront of world exports.The organic biostimulants presented were Grena Ultra.....

Spain: "There are days when there are no Canary bananas, prices are sky-high"

For more than a month, there has been a great shortage of bananas from the Canary Islands and prices have reached very high levels. "We are writing a new chapter in the history of this sector. There are days when there are no Canary bananas available and this had never happened to us before. Due to the weather.....

Seasonal demand for bananas into the US starting to drop

Bananas imported into the U.S. are coming in at a steady rate from Mexico. “Our supply of Thai bananas is strong but the only problem is it’s really hot down there in Mexico so they always come in with 50-60 percent full color,” says Dennis Sever with Exotic Growers, Inc. in Homestead, Fl. “It makes it hard to.....

Panama: 350 hectares of Guatemalan bananas in Baru

The long-waited reactivation of the banana sector, which is expected to generate thousands of jobs, started yesterday in the district of Baru, in the province of Chiriqui, with the planting of seedlings brought from Guatemala on 350 hectares.Franklin Valdes, the mayor of the district of Baru, said this was a.....

Nicaraguan banana exports exceed EU limit

EU keeps import tariffs for Nicaragua

Nicaragua can, for now, continue to export bananas to the EU at the currently favourable import tariffs. This, despite exports from this country exceeding the set 14.000 tonnes threshold in April. According to European authorities, the larger volume of bananas from Nicaragua are not disrupting the.....

For commitment to fairtrade practices banana sector

Fyffes receives CLAC Award

Fyffes, the Dublin-based produce company, was recognized by the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fairtrade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC) for its commitment to buying bananas from many of the region's small producers and its role as the largest Fairtrade banana buyer. The award was presented at the.....

Angola: Bengo exporting over 100 tons of bananas weekly

At least 120 tons of banana have been exported to Portugal weekly by the Novagrolider company, said João Mpilamosi on Saturday in Caxito, in the northern province of Bengo. Speaking to the press, the manager said the number of exports recorded this year has increased significantly compared to 2017. That year,.....

Canarian bananas close the first quarter with 11% more shipments

The Administration of Customs and Special Taxes has just published information regarding Spain's foreign trade in March 2018, which has the latest data available on the evolution of the banana and plantain market in the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands.In that month, the Canary Islands sent 41,750 tons of.....

Honduras wants to export more banana containers than in 2017

In 2018, Honduras expects to surpass the 30 thousand containers of bananas worth 523 million dollars that it exported in 2017.The projections remain, despite the 7.2 million dollars decrease in banana sales abroad in the first quarter. Between January and March shipments of this fruit totaled 127.3 million.....

'Tropic Biosciences'

UK scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

A British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country’s favourite fruit, or even kill it off altogether. The UK alone consumes more than 5 billion bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple food in.....

Minister for Agriculture Saint Lucia

‘Banana industry is still alive’

Saint Lucia Agriculture Minister, Ezechiel Joseph, has asserted that the local Saint Lucia banana industry is still alive, although his predecessor, Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste, left an Agriculture Department that was in a mess. Joseph declared that since the UWP came into office, over 600 farmers have gone back.....