Bananas

Fyffes donates thousands of bananas to cancer fundraiser participants

On Saturday, April 13, Fyffes supported thousands who walked to end pancreatic cancer, the world’s toughest cancer, by donating more than 2,500 bananas to participants of PurpleStride New York City at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Hosted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) New York City…

The quest to save the banana from extinction

Panama disease is an infection that ravages banana plants, and unfortunately it has swept across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating.…

Following Thai & Vietnamese examples

Philippine supermarkets changing from plastic to banana leaves

Only recently Rimping supermarket in Chiangmai, Thailand implemented a very crafty alternative to single-use plastic by u sing banana leaves instead. Supermarkets all over…

Dutch supermarket Plus will use blockchain technology to map banana supply chain

The first Dutch supermarket to exclusively sell Fairtrade bananas announced their next important steps during the World Banana Day. The supermarket organisation will use blockchain technology to show consumers exactly where the bananas come from, and the route they have taken. They will immediately take…

AU: Inaugural National Banana Day to champion industry

Australians love bananas. We eat them at breakfast, drink them in smoothies, pack them in lunchboxes, and we even sing jingles about how they make our bodies sing. So it is fitting that an entire calendar day has been dedicated to celebrate the much loved Aussie favourite. Wednesday, May 1, has been…

Expecting bananas to contribute 73.3 percent of revenues this year

Vietnam: Hoang Anh Gia Lai Agrico profits from bananas

Agriculture giant Hoang Anh Gia Lai Agrico has forecast that revenues from banana sales will be around VND10 billion ($430,900) a day this year. The company that it expects…

Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Great Giant Pineapple Company celebrate together

Indonesia exports bananas and canned pineapple to China and Spain

The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Great Giant Pineapple Co., Ltd. organized a festive ceremony to celebrate the export of bananas and canned pineapple to China and…

Philippines: Unusual weather damages Kidapawan banana plantations

The unusual weather condition in the past three days has damaged more than PHP5-million (€85,500) worth of banana plants in at least 15 of 40 villages there. Marisa Aton,…

Javier Aguirre, Corporate Director of One Banana

"We have reduced water use by 33% and increased banana production by 7%"

Water in Guatemala, as in much of the world, is a scarce resource during the summer months, while in winter, rains often cause flooding. That's why One Banana, a large banana producer and marketer, has decided to implement strategies to help alleviate this situation, investing in the creation of 18 water…

Banana supply declines during Thai New Year

The price of bananas in production areas first increased and then declined last week. The fluctuation was not great. The market and the production areas are quite well…

Turkey expands banana exports to the Maldives

The Agriculture and Forestry Directorate in Antalya has announced that banana imports have declined due to the increase in local production. Mustafa Ozen, head of the directorate said: "While we import fewer bananas, we have an export volume of 25 thousand tons. Last year we exported bananas to the…

Philippines: Banana coop to supply Eastern Europe

Small banana farmers cooperatives and associations from the Philippines have been tapped by the government to supply Cavendish bananas in Eastern European (EEU) countries, and…

Philippines: Fruit production up in 4th quarter of 2018

Philippine pineapple and mango production saw growth during the period of October-December 2018, say the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Pineapple production during the…

China: Sudden hailstorm hits banana production in Xishuangbanna

Mengla County in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, suffered from a sudden hailstorm in the afternoon of April 8th, 2019. The hailstorm affected more than 53 hectares of banana…

Bananatex: New fabric to replace polyester

The sleek backpacks, now available in stores in Copenhagen and Zurich, started their life in a forest in the Philippines, where banana plant fibres are harvested to turn into…

Philippines: Sumifru workers vow to carry on the fight

Hundreds of banana workers remained on strike against Japanese banana firm Sumifru Philippines Corporation for its unfair labor practices and the company’s push for government’s immediate intervention on different attacks against the striking workers. The Sumifru Philippines Corporation (Sumifru), a…

Mainly due to a lack of State policies

Ecuadorian banana exports to Europe fell by 11%

As of February 2019, Ecuadorean banana exports to the European Union (EU) decreased by 11.5% over the same period of 2018, according to information provided by the Commercial…

China allows import of Cambodian bananas

As part of an increased Belt and Road cooperation between the two countries, China is now paving the way for Cambodian bananas to enter its market. Last Tuesday, the General…

US banana prices in Jan-Feb 2019 match those of last year

#banana US prices Jan.-Feb.'19 similar last year pic.twitter.com/97DYeIFS6C — Luc Hellebuyck (@Bananas4All) April 11, 2019

AU: '#eatqld' campaign encourages support for North Queensland growers after flooding

A social media campaign is encouraging consumers to support North Queensland farmers and food producers by buying local produce, after many faced challenges throughout the summer. It is hoped that the campaign would be a shot in the arm for local producers who were recovering from the recent flood…

China: Tongren police seize drug shipment concealed in banana truck

Chinese police have seized a haul of methamphetamine and heroin concealed in a truckload of bananas. Thursday, state media reported that the drug shipment weighing 144.5 kilograms was seized in the city of Tongren in the southern province of Guizhou after a tip-off. The shipment was believed to have…

Ice cream made from overripe bananas

The ice cream store, Banana, was founded in 2017 by Christian Cordius-Hansen and Jacques Nørbo in Copenhagen, Denmark. While on holiday in Hawaii, they got the idea to make ice cream from bananas, water, lemon juice, vanilla, and dates. This ice cream has no sugar or dairy. The overripe bananas they use…

Transparency in banana purchases:

REWE focuses on highest standards and sustainable cultivation

Knowing the origins REWE is the first major grocery retailer in Germany to provide traceability for bananas from its own brands right through to the producer. As a further…

KU Leuven & Bioversity International Agreement:

"The world needs smart bananas"

Millions of people depend on bananas. However, their cultivation is very vulnerable to diseases and the effects of climate change. There is a pressing need for a new more resistant banana variety. To this end, on Monday, 8 April the Belgian University, KU Leuven, and Bioversity International signed an agreement. This was done…

European banana producers ask for equal treatment against imports

The European banana producers based in the outermost regions (ORs) of the European Union have asked the European Commission to be treated in the same way as imports from other markets. This has been one of the messages conveyed by the manager of the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the…

Cameroon: Banana exports up 3,817t in Q1 2019

Over the first three months this year, banana exports in Cameroon reached 62,961 tons, up 3,817 compared to the 59,144 tons in the same period last year. This became clear…

Australia: Queensland government backs banana disease program

The government of the state of Queensland has backed the fight against the banana disease ‘Panama Tropical Race 4’ via funds of almost $12.1 million over a period of five years. A recent independent review of the Panama TR4 Program confirmed the importance of tackling the disease in partnership between…

China: Police seize over 144.5 kg drugs in banana transport

Chinese authorities have stated that police officers seized 144.5 kg of drugs including heroin and methylamphetamines on a truck transporting bananas in the city of Tongren,…

Banana growers want Philippine & Japanese officials to resolve protocol issues

The Mindanao banana industry wants the Philippine government and Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to meet and resolve protocol issues surrounding the…

Canary bananas to be promoted as sustainable crop at Salón Gourmets

European banana producers, grouped in the APEB, are attending the Salón Gourmets in Madrid (held from April 8 to 11) in order to showcase their sustainable cultivation…

Colombia has measures in place for its bananas after Brexit

Colombia's agriculture could face a series of inconveniences after the Brexit, as the sector would have to renegotiate trade agreements that they've had with the Eurozone for…

14 million kg per year

Lidl now only sells fairtrade bananas in Belgium too

The supermarket chain, Lidl, has since very recently started offering only bananas that originate from fair trade in its Belgian stores. Lidl is the first chain store on the…

Australia reviews Philippines’ banana safety standards

Canberra is now reviewing the documents submitted by Manila to resolve the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) concerns of Australia in importing Philippines’ Cavendish bananas.…

Philippine banana growers & exporters suffer due to Fusarium Wilt

Cavendish banana exporters and growers in Mindanao have voiced concerns over rising production losses as fusarium wilt disease continues to affect the industry. And apart from…

Colombia: Banana exports increased by 3.52% in 2018

The producers and marketers affiliated to the Banana Association of Colombia (Augura) produced 101.4 million boxes of bananas worth US $ 868.7 million, a volume and value that…

Hainan expects first peak in April-May

Hainan bananas enter Chinese market

Some banana producing areas in the south of Hainan, in Sanya, Ledong, and Lingshui, have already begun to supply the market. The overall supply volume is still quite small and…

France: "Dynamic demand for bananas with a sustained quality”

There is currently good demand, as is generally the case on the banana market during the first half of the year. But “if banana consumption has been going up for a few years, it is primarily thanks to the quality of the fruits and a segmentation that gives more options to the consumer,” explains Vincent…

8th International Banana Congress - CORBANA 2019

The National Banana Corporation (CORBANA) and the Costa Rican banana industry invite you to participate in the VIII International Banana Congress, from April 28 to May 31, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Miami - Downtown Hotel. The theme will be: "Mega Trends of the banana industry: Is your company ready to…

Indonesia ends anti-dumping duties on Philippine bananas

This Tuesday, Indonesia’s Trade Minister stated that his nation will no longer impose anti-dumping duties on banana imports from the Philippines. Following bilateral trade…

Record-breaking numbers

Mexico’s banana exports up 7.9% last year

According to the federal Secretariat of Economy, Mexico’s banana exports broke a record last year after shipments rose 7.9% over 2017. Close to 570,000 tonnes of bananas worth…

92% of Ecuadorian exports to Sweden are bananas

Sweden hopes to increase commercial relationship with Ecuador

The Swedish Ambassador to Ecuador, Tommy Strömberg, held a working meeting with the Undersecretary of North America and Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Saa.…

Chiquita Brands lay off 178 workers in Costa Rica

After Chiquita Brands and the employees held meetings to conciliate for 11 working days and reached no agreement, the company informed 178 workers on Thursday, March 28, via a…

A statement by the Australian Banana Growers' Council

Future funding of TR4 management

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has welcomed today’s $12.1 million Queensland Government funding announcement to continue to fund the control and containment of Panama disease tropical…

Lidl Luxembourg to sell Fairtrade Bananas only

Lidl Luxembourg has announced its decision to sell only Fairtrade bananas in its shops. By offering only Fairtrade bananas, the supermarket chain will have 658,000 kilograms…

Kenya: Taita Taveta county plans to boost banana farming

According to Agriculture Executive Davis Mwangoma, construction of a Sh116 million banana processing plant is set to start this month. The factory will be built on three acres…

Bound for Belgium or the Netherlands

Ecuadorian authorities seize ton of drugs hidden in bananas

The Ecuadorian police found a ton of drugs smuggled In banana export boxes. According to the first investigations, the drug's final destination would be Belgium. However, the…

Congestion at Sino-Myanmar and Sino-Laos borders causes fall in banana prices

People in the Chinese banana industry say that the price of bananas will likely increase again since market demand began to grow in the middle of March. More and more visiting…

Transport costs reach new heights

China: Banana prices unlikely to rise during Tomb-Sweeping Day

Banana prices have recently been quite stable. There was a slight price increase in production areas in southwest China, but that was barely noticeable. Tomb-Sweeping Day…

Costa Rica, on high alert to prevent entry of banana pest

The Costa Rican phytosanitary authorities are determined to avoid the introduction of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4, which is not present in the American…

Chinese banana prices see gradual decline after rapid rise

The main suppliers of bananas to the Wanbang Market are production areas in Yunnan, Laos, and Myanmar. The volume of bananas in the Wanbang Market recently declined. There are…

Chiquita teams up with Snapchat ahead of World Banana Day

Chiquita Brands International has announced a new partnership with Snapchat, which the company says will allow consumers to have fun with Chiquita in honor of World Banana Day…

Statistical Institute of Belize

“Imports up by double digits in February”

According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), in the month of February, Belize’s export revenue went up by some 13.4 percent, a dollar value of over $3 million. The…

Fyffes disagrees with ETI decision

Fyffes' membership of an international organisation that promotes respect for workers rights around the globe has been terminated. It follows failed attempts to resolve…

Christophe Vandenbroeck:

“Fairtrade and organic are the future of the banana market”

Despite the restless banana market, caused by Panama Disease, unhappy growers and low prices from retailers, banana ripening plant Vandamme from Belgium is doing well. Due to an annual growth of 15 per cent on average, the ripening plant increased its capacity by building new ripening cells in the past…

China: Banana prices tail off, but will festival period see another rise?

The banana prices in China's southwestern production areas recently moved towards stability after a long period of growth, even slightly falling. Recent price fluctuations saw…

Volume of banana imports in Spain exceeds Canary supply

For the second time since 1993, the banana supply available in the Spanish market in January exceeded 55,000 tons. Furthermore, the volume imported was 2,000 tons greater than…

Push for fair trade bananas on the rise

Demand for fair trade organic bananas is strong right now. “Our best-selling months are April and May but the high demand has started early. March has been a very good month,” says Jennie Coleman of Montreal, Quebec based Equifruit. “This is just generally a good season for bananas—we’re well out of…

APL CHX Service develops as part of business system In Vietnam

On 25 March, the APL Chu Lai Express (CHX) service will depart for China with the first reefer shipment of bananas from the Chu Lai Tam Hiep Port in Quang Nam. This marks the…

Increased production of bananas in Turkey

Bananas are the most important tropical fruit grown in Turkey and their production increases every other year. Antalya is the leading producer of bananas in the country. In…

Honduran banana forges its way in Europe, Ukraine, and Russia

The president of the Association of Independent Banana Growers of Honduras, Hector Castro, stated that banana exports were forging their way in northern European markets, such…

Remote sensors to revolutionize banana crops

According to a source from the banana sector, remote sensors, drones, and software are being used to revolutionize banana crops worldwide, promote greater productivity and…

Vietnam: THACO sends first bananas to China

Agriculture production and processing company THADI yesterday sent off thirty containers of bananas weighing 20 tonnes to Qingdao in China from Chu Lai port in Quang Nam…

Luud Clercx, Agrofair:

“Retail, don’t look away from TR4”

Fusarium oxysporum f. sp cubense Tropical Race 4, TR4 in short, also known as Panama disease, is starting to show up on the radar of major banana growers. Not a banana conference goes by without presentations on TR4, the mould that has plagued the sector for two decades now. It’s now time to also…

Productivity of Rwandan commercial banana farmers held back by mindset

Banana farmers of Musenyi Sector in Rwanda’s Bugesera district have yet to embrace change. They should start moving from non-yielding indigenous breeds of banana (‘indaya’), authorities say. The indigenous breed is only good for extracting juice to make local brew. According to the Executive Secretary…

Sales in the Swiss retail trade are showing a clear trend

More bananas, less top fruit

The Swiss retail trade sold six percent less table fruit in 2018 than in the previous year. On average, one kilo of fruit costs 5 percent more. Almost all product groups reported significant sales declines in 2017 compared to 2017, according to the latest Market Report Fruits and Vegetables of the BLW Market Analysis Department…

High transport cost puts pressure on banana price in production areas

Large banana supply from Myanmar to China

The banana price in Myanmar production areas has been stable in the last few weeks. There has been a slight decrease in some areas. People in the industry point out that the…

Organic banana production in Piura, Peru, sees economic growth

Engineer Víctor Sandoval Cruz, a specialist in agricultural production and professor of the Faculty of Agronomy of the National University of Piura, said that in order to…

Chiquita shares its water reduction efforts on World Water Day

With World Water Day today March 22, Chiquita Brands International said it is proud to announce its efforts to minimize water waste and promote global sustainability. Chiquita’s farm rejuvenation programs and water recycling systems are helping the company to reduce its water use by over 1.7 billion…

"Unconventional" theme for company's banana month

March is Equal Exchange Banana Month. Every year, Equal Exchange dedicates this month to highlighting its fair trade, small farmer banana supply chain with new educational resources, videos, point-of-sales materials, and interactive projects. (Image: Carson Ingley and Brendan Pate) The theme for the 2019…

Course for ripeners to improve quality

A modern ripening plant doesn’t necessarily make a good banana

“There’s a run on it,” says Frits. The independent banana expert recently drew up a declaration of intent with VDH Products BV. The cooperation was presented during the last Fruit Logistica, and it immediately got a lot of interest. Ralf Smit (VDH), Frits Popma (Popma Fruit Expertise), Jacco Smid (VDH)…

Banana production areas in Yunnan and Laos suffer from hailstorms

Jinping County in Yunnan was surprised by hailstorms on the morning of March 19th, 2019. The hailstorms formed in the high-altitude region of Jinping County and their impact…

Fyffes implements water recycling system in Costa Rica

Fyffes have announced its banana farm Finca Esmeralda is one of the first in Costa Rica to implement a closed-water recycling system, which has successfully reduced water consumption from 200 to 40 litres per box of bananas. This World Water Day (tomorrow, March 22), Fyffes is pleased to share the…

Food service a growth market for bananas

In the past ten years, the banana market had never been as bad before as in 2018. In the first months of the new year, the market recovered somewhat, but Robert Greeve of…

Green-ripe banana

A lot of bananas are sold at the lowest possible price, yet more and more bananas are also arriving in supermarkets with a quality mark: organic, rainforest friendly or fairtrade. For some years, however, there’s been a banana on the market that meets all of these qualifications: the Uurú banana. It was recently spotted in the…

Chinese banana prices readjust as supply speed grows

The banana supply from production areas in Guangdong and Guangxi has been small, so the market influence in this area is limited, and price fluctuations were not big. However,…

“Getting the right supply chain information is crucial”

The flavour of bananas has a lot to do with the ripening process. During the often long trajectory from tree to mouth, ripening is a core task within the logistical supply chain. “Generally, the slower the ripening process, the better the quality. However, bananas are a proper commodity, it’s all about…

China: Banana prices rise in production areas, but not in fruit markets

Many kinds of fruit became more expensive around the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] because consumer demand greatly increased. This was particularly true for…

Sainsbury’s to include the flower in its ready meals

Banana blossom: Vegan dish with the texture of fish

We already had beetroot burgers and jackfruit curries. Now, the next star of the vegan “meat” world comes from the gardens of south-east Asia and looks somewhat like an…

Plantain producers must protect crops

Diseases in Ecuadorian crops increase due to misuse of agrochemicals

Farmers have had to fight against diseases that affect different crops, such as Palm and Cogollo rot. Plantain, another of the products harvested in the province, has also been affected. Juan Carlos Robles, an Innovation Technician of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in the province, said they…

The beginning of a new trend, or short-lived fluctuation

Chinese banana price rapidly increased in March

Data from ncw365.com shows that the banana price in production areas rapidly increased in early March. In the brief period of 10 days, the average banana price went from 3.15…

"High banana price almost more than the Chinese market can handle"

"The banana price has greatly increased over the last few weeks. The price of bananas varies based on product quality, from 4.2-4.5 yuan [0.63-0.67 USD] per 0.5 kg for top-quality bananas, 3.7 yuan [0.55 USD] per 0.5 kg for medium-quality bananas, and almost 3 yuan [0.45 USD] for slightly damaged…

Ecuadorian banana shipments dropped by 3.32% in January

Banana exporters are concerned due to the drop in fruit shipments in the first month of this year. According to the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE), banana…

The government alleged phytosanitary reasons to restrict imports

The President of Brazil denies favoritism with the restriction on Ecuadorian banana

Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil, denied on Thursday, March 14, that the measures his government is studying to restrict the import of bananas from Ecuador seeks to…

Myanmar increases banana supplies to China

The price of bananas recently showed an overall increase in banana production areas in southwest China. The sudden and rapid increase was at its strongest in the first week of…

Bolivia more than doubled banana sales to Chile in 2018

Given the fall in sales in Argentina, the banana growers of the Cochabamba tropics are now looking to new markets, such as Peru and Chile. In fact, exports to the latter country doubled in 2018, awakening expectations in Bolivia. In contrast, the trans-Andean country applies very stringent conditions for…

New challenges to Peruvian bananas coming from neighboring countries

The fact that new countries are competing in the organic banana market creates new challenges for the producers of Piura, who are affected by the price reduction per box,…

The first harvest of the first two hectares

Colombia: Former Farc guerrillas now grow bananas

Carlos Alberto Garcia, who used to be known as Arnulfo when he was a member of the now extinct FARC guerrilla group, swapped his rifle for a hoe to work in the fields. "Now we sow life," says the ex-combatant from front 41 who is part of a productive project cultivating plantain in the Serrania del…

Guadeloupe: A target of 100,000 tons of bananas to Europe

Regional councillor, Jean-Philippe Courtois, called on parliamentarians to reevaluate the banana quota. He mentioned the importance of agriculture in Guadeloupe, which…

Cameroon sold 22,000 tons of bananas in Feb 2019

Cameroonian exporters shipped a total of 21,497 tons of bananas in February 2019, says fruit association Assobacam. Figures are also up 2,745 tons compared to the 18,752 tons exported in the same period in 2018. Of the volume, the local unit of Compagnie Fruitière de Marseille -Plantations du haut Penja…

Nigeria: Federal govt still to start planting 20 million bananas

Almost four years after the federal government promised to plant over 20 million bananas expected to last 12 months, the project has remain a fantasy. Minister of Agriculture…

Canary bananas are present in 93.5% of Spanish households

When analyzing the banana market in Spain, it should be borne in mind that inter-regional movements are marked by a high level of uncertainty; therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food resorts to the Household Consumption Panel as the main source of data. At the end of the day,…

Waitrose - Go Bananas!

Waitrose & Partners is introducing an innovative home compostable bag for its Waitrose Duchy Organic bananas, the first of the retailer’s fresh produce to be sold in a home compostable bag. The move to the bag, made with non-GM corn, will save an estimated 18 tonnes of plastic per year. The bag can be home composted, or…

The French Minister of Agriculture supports the quota increase for bananas from Guadeloupe

Didier Guillaume, Minister of Agriculture, supports the demand from the banana producers of Guadeloupe to increase the quotas allowing them to benefit from European aid. LREM…

Grown in Malaga and the Canary Islands

Red bananas are not well known in Spain

The red banana has been grown in the Canary Islands and Malaga for several years. However, producers still aren't cultivating them in big volumes. Despite not being coveted in…

Taiwanese technical mission helps St Lucia’s banana farmers

In collaboration with the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) of the ministry of agriculture, fisheries, physical planning, natural resources and co-operatives in Saint Lucia, the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) is helping to stabilize the income of banana farmers impacted by tropical storm…

Climate change could threaten Cavendish banana

Ecological changes are creeping upon us because of climate change, say many experts. Our food supply, so dependent on a narrow range of factors –including temperature, rain…

Mexico achieved a banana export record in 2018

In 2018 Mexico's banana exports amounted to a record 259 million dollars, i.e. 7.9% more than in the previous year, according to data from the Ministry of Economy. Bananas can…

Falling prices for Chinese bananas

"There are about 3,667 hectares of banana plantations in Chengmai and Lin'gao awaiting harvest, which is an estimated 150 million kg of bananas, based on a production volume…

Colombia sends bananas to China for the first time

Juan Camilo Restrepo Gomez, the President of the Colombian Banana Association (AUGURA), stated that Colombia was shipping bananas to the Asian continent for the first time. Restrepo Gomez said on a radio show that "Colombian bananas are reaching the Chinese market, a market of more than 1,300 million…

Chinese banana market in March:

Limited supply in the first half, bulk supply from Myanmar in the second half

Supply from banana production areas has recently been stable and smooth. The influence of Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is growing less significant every day. The…

Despite questions regarding Biosafety Bill

Uganda: GMO banana research progresses

Ugandan researchers -who have been working since 2005 to breed more nutritious bananas- have stated that their progress won’t be hindered by a strict liability clause in the nation’s latest Biosafety Bill. The scientists are using genetic engineering to develop bananas rich in such nutrients as vitamin…

Paraguay can't include bananas in its school snacks because of logistical issues

The Paraguayan Industrial Union (UIP) ruled pointed out the apparent inconsistencies of the law that requires including a minimum of bananas in school snacks throughout the…

The Dominican Republic will be part of a cooperation agreement to improve organic banana production

The Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (Idiaf) will be part of a regional technical cooperation agreement for the development of technologies for the…

Argentina: "Only 40% of Formosa's banana production flowered"

The Laguna Naineck branch of the Argentine Agrarian Federation (FAA) highlighted the effort made by the producers from Formosa to achieve the harvest, and blamed the…

Ecuadorian banana producers fear the effects of the closure of Brazil

The Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Trade recognized that Brazil could close its doors to Ecuadorian banana exports. The National Confederation of Banana…

Panama disease tropical race 4 still contained after four years

With only three Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) infested farms in Far North Queensland in the past four years, the containment response has so far been a very…

Istanbul: 185 kg of cocaine hidden in Ecuadorian bananas

Last Monday, Turkish police officers have seized 185 kilograms of cocaine in an anti-narcotics operation in Istanbul. Istanbul Security Directorate's narcotics units seized a huge load of cocaine hidden inside a shipping container carrying bananas from Ecuador. The market value of that quantity of the…

Cold temperatures limiting banana supplies

The spells of cold weather have impacted supplies of imported bananas into North America. “Right now, bananas are a little tight. The importers tell me they’re tight on fruit,” says Craig Amsden of Chelsea, Ma.-based New England Banana Co. “It just tightened up within the last couple of weeks. Other than…

Lidl Switzerland goes to 100% Fairtrade bananas

Starting this month, all bananas offered by Lidl Switzerland will have the Fairtrade Max Havelaar accreditation, which guarantees that all products are fairly sourced. Lidl…

Banana plantations could be affected by rising of the Chira River

Peru: Rainfall to determine the harvest

Given the forecasts of heavy rains for March, the banana producers, mainly based in the Chira valley, fear for their production, so they are asking the authorities to protect the sustainability of the economic activities. The vice president of the Banana Technical Board, Marcia Herrera, pointed out that…

Good expectations for 2019

Colombian banana exports from Magdalena and La Guajira grew by 13% in 2018

In 2018, banana exports from Magdalena and La Guajira increased by13% over 2017, going from 601,206 to 681,187 tons, according to information from the Dane and the Dian. This…

"Philippine produce dominates banana import market in China"

The banana market is an important market in China, where the annual production volume of bananas is huge. Imported bananas further add to the trade volume. Despite large…

Chinese import of bananas from Myanmar will peak next month

The price of bananas has been stable in banana production areas in recent days. This is the result of stronger demand. The overall temperature in banana production areas was…

Producers request a center of technological innovation

Bolivia resumes banana exports to Argentina

After the heavy rains and floods, banana growers have returned to the Argentine market, which is demanding quality products. The sector is resuming export of 2,800 tons a week to Argentina, but now it must compete against the banana of Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Ecuador, which has a higher quality…

More than 20 million dollars in losses

8,000 hectares of bananas in Bolivia affected by floods

Rolando Morales, the coordinator of the departmental agricultural chamber of Cochabamba, reported on Wednesday that, to date, there were 8,000 hectares of bananas affected by the floods in the tropical sector. "8,000 of the approximately 14,000 hectares that are grown in the tropics for domestic…

Banana price increase

Vietnamese banana traders are optimistic about the Chinese market

The price of bananas in the Chinese market is currently on an upward trend. This is not only the case for Chinese bananas, but also for many bananas from Vietnam or the Philippines. "We produce bananas in bulk on our farm in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition, we also cooperate with other farmers. We have 100…

Caribbean banana producers are counting on segmentation

Faced with the competition from Latin America, banana producers of Guadeloupe and Martinique are diversifying their offer with two new products this year, the “organic French…

Patrick Struebi:

“Goal is to get one million farmers out of poverty”

Fairtrasa was the first organisation with organic and fairtrade avocados and has continually grown since the company was founded in 2005. In those years Fairtrasa impacted over 40,000 farmers and their families and now plans on increasing such impact significantly. The company just embarked on a new…

Average prices but good prospects for bananas

Alessandro Dal Bello from Sife, a ripening and distribution company from Padua, reports that banana prices are average and quality is good and will improve over the next few weeks. The produce comes mainly from Costa Rica and Ecuador. Piero, Paolo and Alessandro Dal Bello at Fruit Logistica "The average…

Spanish banana shipments fell below imports for eight consecutive months

In December, the volume of bananas shipped from the Canary Islands stood below imports for the eighth consecutive month. In 2018, the accumulated market share of imported…

Direct Fresh GmbH delivers Demeter bananas from Ecuador for the first time

"We want to share our knowledge with the local producers"

Direct Fresh GmbH, based in Hamburg, has recently moved into Demeter bananas from a growing business in Ecuador. This sets the company new standards for the range of biodynamic products and especially overseas goods in the German market. FreshPlaza met both the producer and the importer at the Demeter…

Philippines may export regional specialty Lacatan bananas to China

There are two main banana varieties outside of China, the Cavendish and the Lacatan. The global production volume of Cavendish bananas is around 55 million tons, which is…

India – Tamil Nadu

Harvest of ‘nendran’ banana begins on a positive note

In India’s Tiruchi district, the harvest of the ‘nendran’ variety of banana has begun. As many as 7,000 hectares of land are under this banana cultivation during the current…

Banana price in Chinese production areas begins to rise again

The price of bananas in production areas in Yunnan, Myanmar, and Laos was quite weak in the first half of last week, and the price is still slightly falling in some areas, but…

New Zealand banana project could soon bear fruit

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in New Zealand, but most of them come from overseas. Some 18 kilograms per person are imported each year from Ecuador, the Philippines, Mexico, Panama and the US. But lately bananas have been grown in Northland and Gisborne. Now, AgResearch scientists from…

France: new banana-ripening plant with cutting-edge technology

The collaboration between Fruidor, Cold Energy and VDH led to the development of a banana-ripening plant in October 2018, equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology. The project was born from an ambition to create a site in compliance with the requirements of the French norms in terms of the…

New South Wales banana crop smashed by ex-tropical cyclone 'Oma'

The former tropical cyclone called ‘Oma’ has wreaked havoc on at least two separate banana plantations in the Tweed Valley on the New South Wales north coast. Cudgen banana…

Philippines: Plane crashes on banana farm

Last Saturday, a pilot of a chemical sprayer plane was injured after his plane crashed into a banana plantation in Ampatuan town. Flyer Dennis Pandi was rushed to a hospital by employees of the Amardi Banana Plantation. Pandi works for the Davao Airworks, a company engaged in providing aerial spraying…


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