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AU company finds way to monetise banana waste

According to Mackay’s Bananas Cameron Mackay, the amount of ‘waste’ fruit was always a big concern within the business.Bananas not suitable for sale, including those that are discoloured or blemished, are now taken to processing sheds, ripened, peeled, and frozen for sale – mostly selling to bakeries for.....

Laos: Banana exports drop due to tightened regulations

The export value of bananas in Laos during the first six months (Q1 and Q2) of this year decreased compared to the same period last year and is expected to decline further.The drop in exports comes after the government called a halt to the establishment of large scale banana plantations in a bid to prevent.....

Ecuador: Banana farmers hope to resolve tariffs issue

The State will subsidise by 2 cents the tariffs increase in force since May 8, for the services provided by the Puerto Bolivar Port Authority towards banana exports; provided the exporter pays 15 cents per box in bulk during the period from May-December 2017, and the Turkish concessionaire, YilportEcu, will.....

Canada opens its market to Indian bananas and mangoes

Canada has opened its markets to Indian fruits and vegetables such as banana, mango, pomegranate, custard apple and okra.The Agricultural & Processed Foods Exports Development Authority (APEDA), in an advisory to exporters, conveyed Canada’s decision on opening its doors to Indian vegetables and fruits,.....

Two new banana varieties could help manage Panama disease

The development of new banana varieties by the Southern Mindanao Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development Consortium (Smaarrdec) is only one of the means to “manage” Fusarium Wilt or Panama disease among bananas said a Smaarrdec official.Smaarrdec, a consortium of 25 different.....

Ecuador: "Reduction in the price of bananas is due to market cycles"

The Minister of Agriculture of Ecuador, Vanesa Cordero, said the fall in the price of a box of bananas to $ 6.26 was due to the cycles of the international market.In addition, Europeans don't consume so many bananas in summer and there's also more supply of that fruit from Central America, which affects its.....

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

“Difficult banana market in summer, despite favourable weather”

The banana market never flourishes in the summer period, but this year it’s very calm. “It hasn’t often been as bad as it was in the past few weeks,” says Hans Maagendans from Banafood. “From week 30 there has really been a low point regarding sales and prices on the free market. And the weather circumstances.....

Mexico: Plantain production on the rise

Producers from Coahuayana de Hidalgo, Michoacan, continue working diligently as they export 7,720 tons of the Chiapas and Macho plantain varieties to the United States, Serbia, Italy, England, Spain, and Berlin.The amount exported represents 50.51% of the total fruit grown in their 240 hectares, said Monica.....

Mexico: Tabasco, targeted by transnational banana producers

According to the Rural Development Coordination of the Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry Development and Fishing (Sedafop), transnational companies, such as Chiquita Banana, have contacted banana producers in Tabasco to purchase their product and export it to the east coast of the United States.Ovidio.....

Banana prices increase by 70% in Kerala, India

As Onam, an annual Hindu festival nears, not everyone is entering the celebratory mode. Households, particularly, are groaning under the burden of ever-rising fruit and vegetable prices.Bindu, a homemaker, said banana prices had registered a steep increase and the household budget was being stretched like.....

Peru: Nearly 45% of Piura's bananas affected by a pest

Axel Herrera Seminar, the coordinator of the Public Investment Project of Organic Bananas (PIPBO), stated that the red rust thrips affected 3,500 hectares of bananas for export in Piura, i.e. almost 45% of the 8 thousand hectares devoted to this crop.Herrera Seminar also stated that said pest had been detected.....

Fyffes and Feeding America fight hunger on National Banana Lovers Day

This month, Fyffes — one of the world’s largest fruit companies and Europe’s No. 1 banana supplier — is partnering up with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, part of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—to solve hunger while celebrating “National Banana Lovers Day.”From Aug. 16 to Aug. 27,.....

World Banana Summit

"There is a great demand for knowledge on the part of the producers"

This week, Guayaquil hosted the eighth edition of the World Banana Summit, organised by the Association of Zamoranos del Litoral, the Association of Graduates of the Agriculture School of the Tropical Humid Region (Agearth-Ecuador) and Expoplaza.The event, held at the Simón Bolívar Convention Centre, not only.....

Man finds scorpion in banana bag

Weather Network reporter Nathan Coleman was shocked to find a live scorpion in a banana bag he had purchased from a local Costco in Halifax Friday.Coleman and his wife went to the Bayers Lake Costco in Halifax to pick up their weekly groceries. When they got home their 11-year-old daughter was helping to put.....

Dominican Republic: Banana exports to Europe increase

"In the Dominican Republic, the banana sector's organic production for the European Union and the United States has been growing in the last 5 years. This increase has been significant for our company as we have been increasing our export volumes to the aforementioned markets. We are focusing on obtaining new.....

Honduras: Bananas are the country's second export product

"The banana has become Honduras' second most important agricultural export, after the problems that Ecuador, which is the main producer of this fruit in the world, has faced," stated producer Hector Castro.The boom in Honduran exports is partly due to the decrease in Ecuador's production and also because of.....

Mexico: Coliman Group hosts the first meeting of Fair Trade Committees

In order to increase knowledge and solve questions on Fair Trade criteria in farming and create a space for dialogue for the different agents involved in Fairtrade, the "Conference of Workers’ Premium Committees and Fairtrade Officials” was held in the city of Tecomán, Colima, Mexico.The event was attended by.....

Rewe: Improving living conditions and supporting the environment by buying bananas

A large proportion of the bananas sold in Germany are being shipped from Central and South America. The social and ecological standards are often low. REWE wants to change this: The REWE Group Banana-Fund is supporting social and ecological projects in Costa Rica and Panama, to improve the conditions of life,.....

Peru: The value of banana exports decreased by 5.46%

According to the Agrodata Peru website, in the first half of the year, Peruvian banana exports totaled US $76,558,272, i.e. 5.46% less than the to US $80,723,092 achieved in the same period of 2016.According to the website, in the first six months of 2017 Peru shipped 107,217,706 kilos of banana, 3.76% less.....

AU: Banana industry better prepared for TR4 this time around

The Australian Banana Growers Council says the industry is better equipped in its biosecurity measures than two years ago, following the confirmation of Fusarium Wilt (Panama disease) Tropical Race 4 on a Tully farm.Tests last month confirmed samples from a block on the North Queensland property returned a.....

Auction banana ripening rooms for sale at N Smyth & Co

A unique opportunity to purchase used Interko fruit ripening rooms.N Smyth & Co are selling their warehouse in Ballycoolin Dublin, therefore their banana ripening rooms are surplus to requirements and are being offered for sale.The rooms are being offered for sale in two lots or a combination of both:Lot.....

Jeronimo Poggio, Fyffes:

"Data is important, as we want to know how the product arrives"

The time between a container of bananas being closed in Ecuador and the European importer only discovering upon arrival how the bananas made it through the journey are in the past. Data plays an important role in this. Fyffes has been using this data stream on their own conventional ships for a while, and now.....

Colombia: Magdalena exports 12,040 boxes of bananas per hectare planted

The numbers are looking good for the banana sector in Magdalena. According to the annual report of the Colombian Banana Association, Augura, this Department exported more than 27 million boxes of bananas last year, i.e. an average of 12,040 boxes per hectare planted.The manager of Augura in Magdalena, Elkin.....

Colombian exports saw 18% decline in June

Colombian (GXG) exports stood at $2.8 billion in June 2017, an 0.8% increase year-over-year and an 18% decline on a month-over-month basis. However, exports in the first half of 2017 jumped by about 20.4% as compared to the corresponding period last year.The external sector has been a major contributor to the.....

Bananas banned in Scottish primary school

A Campie Primary School in Musselburgh is understood to have introduced the ban after a pupil was identified as having “a serious banana allergy”, East Lothian Council said.Parents were informed at the end of last term and the ban comes into force when the pupils return to school on Wednesday.The decision will.....

US: Chiquita takes credit for upcoming solar eclipse

The Great American Solar Eclipse will be visible to North Americans from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21 on a stretch of land about 70 miles wide. During this time, the moon will appear to completely cover the sun, darkening the daytime sky for a few breathless moments. Their alignment is an event that.....

Freskita Bananas:

'International banana prices have dropped dramatically'

International banana prices have dropped dramatically in recent weeks. From peaks that reached $12 for fruit only between weeks 13-17, through more competitive prices that remained until week 25 (above $6,50 for fruit only), all the way to suffering its lowest hours currently. However this is not news for.....

Bananas used to smuggle money into South African prison

Three men were arrested after they allegedly tried to smuggle R600 into the Barberton Maximum Correctional Centre using bananas, the Department of Correctional Services said on Monday.The three brothers were visiting a relative inside the facility on Saturday when a fruit basket filled with bananas and apples.....

Fyffes given more time to fix Honduras dispute

Fyffes, the Dublin-based tropical fruits company taken over in February by a Japanese group, has been given until next month to resolve a dispute over alleged worker exploitation in its Central American operations or face being expelled from an influential ethical body.The British government-sponsored Ethical.....

International Banana Congress to analyse new market rules

The change in the rules of the association agreements that 96% of Latin American banana-producing countries maintain with the European Union (EU) will be discussed during the 7th International Banana Congress, which will be held from 26 to 29 September in Miami.The congress is organised by the National Banana.....

Mexico: Coliman Group promotes Fairtrade

Concerned about the well-being of its collaborators, the Coliman Group has taken on the task of finding the necessary tools and platforms for the improvement of working conditions that are 100% safe and are focused on health, education and housing.Coliman Group obtained in December of 2014 the FAIRTRADE.....

Turkish banana production meets 50% of country's demand

The cultivation of bananas in Turkey is becoming increasingly relevant, with the volume produced covering half of the total domestic consumption. To achieve this, Turkish companies have had to make large investments in Mersin, the city where most of the crops are located, as well as the largest commercial port.....

AU: New technology really app-peeling to banana growers

The new Better Bunch app is a time-saving tool helping banana growers across North Queensland better manage their crops.It saves growers time by allowing them to record their on-farm practices while out on the farm and access their records, either by their mobile device or computer.So far the Better Bunch app.....

Bill Byrne, Australian Ag Minister:

"Banana disease can't be eradicated"

The devastating Panama disease found on a north Queensland banana farm cannot be eradicated, state Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says.Speaking during a budget estimates hearing about the Government’s response to the disease after it was discovered on a Tully Valley farm this month, Mr Byrne said the disease.....