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Publication of the call for aid for the transport of Canary bananas

This Monday, the Spanish Ministry of Development has published the call for aid for the transport of bananas from the Canary Islands, which will make it possible to grant…

Saint Lucia: Trial shipment of bananas to French market

A three-week trial shipment of bananas from Saint Lucia to the French market began last week. Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet made the announcement on his official Facebook…

The limit established for imports of this fruit has been exceeded since March

EU fails to implement stabilization agreement on banana imports from Nicaragua

The European Commission has agreed not to apply the stabilization mechanism on banana imports from Nicaragua, extending the preferential customs tariff permit, despite the fact that imports have exceeded the limit established by the EU for the whole year since March. The tariff reduction granted to third…

Prices of bananas from various production areas remain stable

Last week, prices of bananas from various production areas at home and abroad generally remained stable. Prices of products from local production areas including Hainan,…

The history of New York City's banana docks

If you’ve ever grabbed a bushel of bananas at your corner bodega, then you’ve nabbed a few of the 20 million bananas distributed around NYC every week. Today, our bananas dock at small piers in Red Hook, or, more often, make the journey by truck from Delaware. But, from the late 19th century until well…

China: Consumers buying more bananas from abroad than ever before

Chinese consumers are buying more bananas from abroad than ever before as an increasingly health-consciousness middle class is propelling the fruit’s popularity to new…

Climate change might bring bananas to New Zealand

According to the CEO of Horticulture New Zealand, Mike Chapman, bananas might one day be a staple crop grown in this country. He added that meeting climate and environmental change was the number one challenge facing growers and farmers, not seeing it as a problem, but as an opportunity. Chapman was…

Memias West Sub-county

Kenyan farmers to benefit from banana project

Kenyan farmers in the Memias West Sub-county will receive 1,000 tissue culture banana plantlets from the Kakamega county government to boost the production of the crop in the…

Fruit company affiliated with Japanese Sumitomo Corp

Sumifru Philippines Corp under fire over labor dispute

This week, two representatives from a Philippines labor union protested what they claim are unfair labor practices and human rights abuses. These allegedly are taking place at a banana plantation run by a fruit company affiliated with Japan's Sumitomo Corp. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Paul…

Cameroon’s banana exports still declining

Banana exports from the nation of Cameroon have continued to fall, to reach 16,135 tons in May, against 19,037 tons in April, APA reports, citing statistics from the Cameroon Banana Association. Estimated at nearly 3,000 tons of bananas within a month, this decrease in exports is the highest registered…

Thailand: Outbreak of 'Panama disease' reported

The Department of Agriculture has dispatched officials to inspect a large banana plantation in Chiang Rai province after a report of an outbreak of Panama disease. This…

Banana, the leading crop in Uraba, Colombia

Source: caracol.com.co

Peruvian organic banana exports are expected to grow by 5%

Europe is the main export destination, with 70% of shipments According to a report from the Chamber of Commerce of Lima (IDEXCAM-CCL), organic banana exports could increase by…

Saint Lucia banana farmers encouraged to maintain consistent exports

Saint Lucia banana farmers have been encouraged to maintain consistency in the supply and quality of their export crop. This encouragement came from Operations Manager of the…

Banana farming creates jobs for 60,000 Nepalese

Banana farming and marketing have given employment to as many as 60,000 people in Nepal. According to Tek Bahadur Singh, a banana expert of the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Nepal, banana farming is being done in the area of 22,000 hectares of land spreading from Jhapa in the east to Kanchanpur in the…

Peru: Cold chamber for organic bananas inaugurated in Piura

The 202 members of the Association of Organic Banana Producers Valle del Chira (APROBOVCHIRA) already have the necessary infrastructure and technology required by the export market. APROBROVCHIRA inaugurated a cold chamber for organic banana, which was co-financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and…

Costa del Sol, southern Spain

Quarter tonne of cocaine between bananas - Six arrested

Estepona is a town and municipality in the comarca of the Costa del Sol, southern Spain. It is located in the province of Málaga. As reported on englishradionews.com , officials from the Policia Nacional have detained six people there, in connection with a drug trafficking operation, which brought…

Chinese banana plantation workers deported from Myanmar

Ten Chinese nationals were deported from Myanmar last month after having been discovered illegally staying in the country in connection with their work on banana plantations in Kachin state. An immigration official in Kachin said the 10 were handed over to Chinese officials on May 31, after paying a fine…

Interview with Jose Francisco Zuñiga, president of Asbama

Colombia: "The cultivation of bananas generates 50,000 jobs in the region"

In an interview with Agronegocios, the president of Asbama, Jose Francisco Zuñiga, highlighted the huge potential of the banana sector and pointed out that it currently generates around 50,000 direct and indirect jobs. "There has been an increase in production in Magdalena and La Guajira, which…

13% less than in 2018

Peru's banana exports in 2019 amount to 53 million dollars

According to the Agrodata Peru website, Peruvian banana exports between January and April 2019 amounted to 53,854,076 dollars, i.e. nearly 13% less than the 61,866,836 dollars…

Despite political troubles

Dole reaffirms commitment to Honduras

Some 10 days ago, over 60 banana containers belonging to the Dole Food Company’s Honduran subsidiary were blocked from accessing the port and over half of them burned near the town of Colon. The incident came in the midst of rising protests across the country over Presidential decrees by Juan Orlando…

Plan to detoxify the land and replant new trees

Ecuador needs to urgently renew its plantain plantations

The National Federation of Plantain Producers in Ecuador has proposed a plan to improve the country's plantain production, as its quality has decreased so much that they have even lost Miami as an export market. According to Luis Gongora, the president of the Federation, the current crop is cultivated…

Significant increase in the price of bananas in Michoacan, Mexico

On Monday, June 10, the price paid to producers of the giant dwarf banana variety, packed in a wooden box, surpassed the 6 pesos per kilo barrier. This price increase is due…

Colombian authorities arrest three people for stealing bananas in the Banana Zone

Members of the National Model of Community Surveillance by Quadrants in the Banana Zone detained three men in the townships of Seville and Orihueca when they were trying to steal bunches of bananas from farms. The Civic Participation Network raised the alarm that a man had entered the premises of a…

The rains and the winds have devastated the harvest

Dominican Republic: Damage to plantain and cassava plantations in El Cibao

The recent heavy rain and gusts of wind registered in El Cibao have affected plantain and cassava plantations in the region. According to data provided by the Northcentral…

Trade swap proposal

Tariff cuts on Philippines fruits and South Korea industrial goods

Seoul has responded positively to Manila’s long-standing request to eliminate tariffs on agricultural products, particularly banana, in exchange for reduced import duties on…

Fyffes announces support for new sulfur regulations

Fyffes has announced its support for new global regulations that will limit the sulfur content in all marine fuels to 0.5 percent beginning January 1, 2020. Since the company’s inception in 1888, Fyffes said it has been committed to bringing the world high quality products, while striving to maintain the…

Banana price forecast for June

Chinese banana price fluctuates more frequently as source of supply shifts

The price of Chinese bananas fluctuated in most production areas last week, but the fluctuation was small. The main changes occurred in several major production areas in…

The quality has been affected by the lack of water

Mexico: Drought in Oaxaca impedes the export of bananas to US

The drought in the Mexican state of Oaxaca has affected the production of bananas, decreasing their quality to the point that they are not suitable for export to the United…

Exceptional measure against the Fusarium

Costa Rica prohibits the entry of any product made with bananas

Costa Rica's State Phytosanitary Service has prohibited the entry of any craft or object made with raw materials extracted from bananas or plantains to prevent an outbreak of…

Australian banana growers are looking forward to investments in future growth

After a few tough years, major Australian marketing company MacKays says the banana industry is now in a good position to start looking to the future. "There's been three years of tough banana pricing and I think it is has been very easy to get into a mindset of being a bit too focused on the short…

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India: New technology to revive banana cultivation in Bihar state

Several thousands of farmers in five districts of the state of Bihar finally have something to look forward to. Those who are engaged in cultivating G-9 variety of banana have often been facing premature wilting of the standing plants for the last three years, putting them into huge losses. The Indian…

Philippines: Piñol to discuss agri exports with Japanese counterpart

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will meet his Japanese counterpart, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshikawa Takamori, on June 5 to discuss possible…

Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua have increased their production for export

Ecuador: Excess supply of bananas leads to prices falling in the EU

Even though European banana imports have experienced an extraordinary growth of more than 20% in the last decade, the banana sector is concerned with the fall in prices. According to the executive director of the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Corbana), Richard Salazar Veloz, who attended the…

Exports have increased by 2.08% over 2018

Russia is the largest buyer of Ecuadorian bananas

Russia is the largest buyer of Ecuadorian bananas, as 95.2 million cartons were shipped to that destination in the first three months of the year, i.e. 2.08% more than in the same period of 2018, according to the Banana Exporters Association (AEBE). The main destinations of Ecuadorian bananas are Russia,…

Source of Chinese banana supply shifts and price difference grows

The price of bananas from some production areas, particularly in Hainan and Laos, recently showed a downward trend. The fluctuations in Yunnan and Guangdong were relatively…

The United Kingdom is the eighth largest market for bananas

Uncertainty for Costa Rica's banana export sector due to Brexit

The United Kingdom is the eighth largest market for bananas and the fourth biggest one in the European Union, so the producing countries are concerned about the possible…

AU: Nutrano sees opportunities to be bigger and more relevant across the banana sector

Nutrano Produce Group says while it is proud of the solid position it has built in the banana industry, it still has aspirations to grow. The company is comprised of four core operating activities; bananas, citrus, tropical fruits and blueberries. Chief Executive Officer George Haggar says that bananas…

India: Modi 2.0 brings new hope for Garo banana farmers

Tribal Garo farmers of Adokgre in the North Garo Hills of Meghalaya are one of the largest producers of organic bananas in South Asia. More than 15,000 tribal farmers are…

Spanish banana imports in March

The increase in shipments from the Canary Islands saturated the Spanish market in March, as banana imports remained stable at around 32,000 tons. The supply available in the Peninsula and the…

The harvest will be 30% lower

Colombia: Plantain production in Quindio hit by rain and cold

The 30% decrease in plantain production due to the rains and low temperatures in the department of Quindio has led to a rise in prices. According to Asohofrucol, there are…

VIII International Banana Congress

Investing in innovation and not lowering prices essential for banana sector

The VIII International Banana Congress, which began this Wednesday in Miami, has set a prime objective for the banana producing sector: investing in innovation and not letting…

5th of June - Let bananas go further

New insights during the banana industry forum in Shanghai

Bananas are one of the world's most exported fresh fruits ($10 billion a year). According to data of China Customs, China's banana imports reached 1,390,341 tons in January-November 2018, compared with 1,039,142 tons in 2017. China's demand for banana imports is increasing year by year. At present, the…

700 hectares of organic mango and bananas certified in Piura, Peru

The Peruvian region of Piura has taken a giant step towards its sustainability by obtaining the Global GAP certification for more than 700 hectares of mango and banana…

BLE Market Report KW 21/19:

'Banana offers were more or less balanced with predominantly flat demand'

In general, enough goods flowed onto the markets from the banana ripeners. The offer was roughly in line with the predominantly flat demand. As a result, most prices remained at a fairly constant level. Sometimes the cheaper second and third brands were popular, but there were no real price increases.…

"Unless we embrace it, change will happen to our businesses without us"

Fresh produce businesses need to be aware of change and embrace it, or it will happen without them with devastating consequences, according to one of Australia's leading produce company managers. Austchilli's Innovation, Marketing and Sales General Manager Rob Pafumi spoke at the Australian Banana…

100 tons of Cambodian bananas arrive in Shanghai

The Cambodian container ship Jaku Bhum reached the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone on May 24th, 2019. The ship carried 5 containers with a total of 100 tons of Cambodian…

China: Bananas prices show a downward trend in many production areas

The price of bananas in production areas inside and outside of China recently showed a downward trend. As the banana price began to decline, visiting traders became more…

Bangladesh: Bananas bring hope to farmers in Narail

In recent years, banana cultivation in Bangladesh has created a buzz among farmers drawn by the lure of the higher profits. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)…

“Government compensation on the way”

Kurnool district, India: Rain and gales uproot banana plantations

Unseasonal gales and rain in April and May had destroyed plantations worth ₹107,500,000 (€1.38 mln) on 431 hectares. Banana plantations worth ₹94,100,000 (€1.21) on 375 hectares were destroyed, said Project Director of Horticulture P. Feroz Khan. As farmers plant 1,000 banana trees per acre in the…

Saint Lucia: NWU enthusiastic about search for new banana markets

Saint Lucia’s National Workers Union is applauding the delegation of Public Servants and Government Officials who travelled to London and Paris in search of new markets for the nation’s bananas. The announcement that France is now willing to do business with Saint Lucia by accepting a first consignment…

They will ship 100 to 150 containers a week

Mexico to start exporting bananas to China in a month

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), Victor Villalobos Arambula, stated that Mexico would make its first shipments of bananas to China in a month. He also said the country would ship 100 to 150 containers to that destination per week. After the presentation of the Protocol of…

"The dry season is already coming to an end"

China: "Dry weather affects banana production in Yunnan"

"The Chinese banana market has been depressed for years, but this year the conditions finally improved. The price of bananas in production areas across China began to soar in the beginning of this year. Recently, however, the price returned to regular levels. Xishuang-banna, Yunnan, is one of the major…

Australian Banana Industry Congress photo report

Australian Banana Growers Council Chair Stephen Lowe says there were seven key messages to come of the biennial Congress that wrapped up on the Gold Coast last week. "Firstly, success is about hard work and passion," he told the Banana Ball awards dinner. "If you want to design a packhouse see Jacko…

Slight decrease in Peruvian organic banana exports

Organic banana exports in March reported $42,259,359 in profits, i.e. 2% less than in the same period of 2018. The figures were published by the Agrodata Peru website in its…

Bananas might be the next big thing in packaged foods

Bananas, are well-liked around the world and they are produced in more than 100 countries. Although they’re already naturally packaged and a convenient snack, the yellow fruit…

Banana industry recognises some of its best Australian growers as congress wraps up

The Australian Banana Industry Congress 2019 wrapped up on the Gold Coast with the Banana Ball and Awards of Honour evening. FreshPlaza attended as the industry recognised some of its brightest stars, with five people receiving an award, which are to those who have made a significant contribution to the…

This fungus' global threat is the main concern of the sector

The International Banana Congress will revolve around Fusarium

The Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Race 4 Tropical fungus constitutes a global threat in the cultivation of bananas. It develops in the ground, where it remains for a long time and spreads very easily. So far there is no chemical or biological method to eliminate the race 4 fungus, which is currently…

How will the Chinese banana market develop after recent fluctuations?

The price of Chinese bananas in several production areas experienced significant fluctuations last week. The price rapidly increased early in the week especially in Hainan,…

Australian Banana Congress begins on the Gold Coast

This year's Australian Banana Industry Congress is aiming to put the focus back on the growers, and celebrate their achievements in the industry. FreshPlaza is attending the biennial event, which began on the Gold Coast today. Congress Chair and Australian Banana Growers’ Council Director, Paul…

'Duterte should work on reduction or elimination of the hefty tariff rates"

Philippines’ growers want lower tariff on banana exports to Japan

The Philipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) called on President Duterte to work for the reduction or elimination of the hefty tariff rates on Cavendish bananas to Japan during his visit to that country later this month. Duterte is set to leave for Japan to attend the two-day 25th…

Kenya: Kisii banana farmers want factory expedited

Farmers in Kisii have urged the county government to expedite construction of an EU-funded Sh110 million (€975,000) banana processing factory. The farmers said they have been selling their produce at throwaway prices to middlemen and the factory will cushion them from that. The county received a Sh110…

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British banana man ripped off his employer for £25,000

David McGivena had his employer’s complete trust when he carried out a nine year banana scam. Over that time, McGivena ripped off his employer to the tune of £25,000 in a…

Fairtrade plans around bananas at Lidl have failed:

"We did not succeed in convincing the customers of our commitment"

The discounter Lidl has given up its plans to sell in future only Fairtrade bananas. Lidl will offer from the summer nationwide again bananas at the starting price without…

Former Chiquita manager wants to start a revolution on the banana market

For 24 years, Franklin Ginus worked as manager for Chiquita in the Benelux, France, Central and Eastern Europe. Last summer, he quit a good job to start BeFrank with his friend Randy van Dinter. A new banana brand with as its aim making the world fair and liveable. “In spite of all the sustainability…

Paraguay: Producers threaten roadblocks unless bananas included in school snacks

The legislation that included bananas in the school snacks generated great expectations among producers who hope this will allow them to increase sales. "We have enough…

India: Heavy gusts damage plantain trees at Gudiyatham

Over a thousand plantain trees were destroyed in the gusty winds in Gudiyatham and neighbouring places. Throughout the Vellore district people are experiencing hot weather during daytime, but the evenings are cooler in some regions due to sudden spell of showers and sometimes gusty winds. For the past…

Colombia looks to export bananas to China

The Minister of Agriculture, Andres Valencia, stated during the celebration of a forum organized by the banana association of Magdalena and La Guajira, Asbama, in Santa Marta, that Colombia was looking to promoting the export of bananas to China. The minister said that they were currently adjusting the…

New Zealand: More banana cultivation in Northland?

Bananas, more often associated with warm tropical climates on the equator, are proving popular with enterprising horticulturalists from Northland to Gisborne. It could even…

Lidl withdraws plans to only sell Fair Trade bananas

Discounter Lidl has abandoned its plans to in the future only sell Fairtrade bananas. Starting this summer, Lidl will once again offer bananas nationwide without Fairtrade certification, announced the discounter. "We have not been able to convince the customer of our commitment," said Lidl manager Jan…

Fyffes introduces new recyclable paper Banana band

Signifying it as a ‘significant step’ towards reducing its packaging imprint, banana importer Fyffes has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its Organic Fairtrade bananas in selected markets. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month long period…

8,000 banana plants that were in full production have burned

Unsupervised fires burn organic banana production in Peru

The uncontrolled burning of cane brush has caused a fire that has destroyed 8 thousand trees in a plantation of organic bananas in full production in Buenaventura, northern Peru. The fire was initiated by workers of the company Agrícola del Chira, popularly known as Caña Brava, who burned dry plants…

Panama: Banana strike threatened unless salary agreement is reached with Chiquita

The banana industry in the province of Bocas del Toro, specifically the district of Changuinola, is on the verge of an indefinite strike. The Trade Union of Banana,…

Brexit could damage Cameroon's banana trade with the United Kingdom

The newspaper L'Anecdote highlighted the problems the banana industry could face following Brexit. The sector will be heavily penalised in exports because of the erosion of…

The Tunisian Trade Office resumes banana imports

In Tunisia, the Trade Office has decided to resume banana imports after 19 years of absence. The board's base union has announced that it will offer "reasonable prices". Thus,…

Nottingham Lidl:

Costa Rica tree frog found among bananas

In a box of bananas at a Lidl in Nottingham, a tree frog from Costa Rica has been found. It was discovered more than 8,500 km away from its rainforest home by staff at the Netherfield branch on Sunday. Workers, who named it Lloyd, told the RSPCA it was sitting on top of the bananas as they unloaded the…

June 5-8

Brazil: 3rd edition of Delfinópolis Banana Fair

The Banana Fair is organized by the Association of Banana Producers of Delfinópolis - ADELBA, Emater-MG and SEBRAE,. The program includes lectures, field day, round tables and exhibition of machines, equipment and supplies. At the fair, the Banana Collective Brand of the region will also be launched,…

After the drought, tornadoes

Dominican Republic: A tornado damages Montecristi's banana plantations

Banana plantations in the Dominican province of Montecristi were affected by the passage of a tornado accompanied by hail on Sunday afternoon. The weather event also affected various homes and the health center of the town of Guayubin, where the much of the region was left without power. The damage in…

Bananas: New trade agreement between Mexico and China

The agreement to export Mexican bananas to China and its phytosanitary protocol was signed during the visit that the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Victor…

Guatemala is its biggest competitor

Ecuadorian banana exports to the EU decrease

Banana sales from Ecuador to the European Union are decreasing due to competition of other South American countries, especially Guatemala. This trend is clear in the exports…

In container ship from Suriname

French find 500 kgs of cocaine in bananas at Dunkirk

French authorities seized half a tonne of cocaine worth around €40 million ($44.9 million) in the northern port of Dunkirk last month, Budget Minister Gerald Darmanin said in…

Banana supply from southwest China declines

The banana price in production areas in Southwest China was mostly stable last week, but increased in some areas. The price of good-quality bananas from Yunnan production…

Cambodia: Banana investments have large potential

Hun Lak, the director of Longmate Agriculture, is very optimistic about the banana investment prospects in Cambodia following his company’s recently-launched packaging…

Cameroon banana exports lowest since January 2019

Cameroon exported a total of 13,381 tons of banana in April this year, the lowest volume since the year began, the fruit’s association (Assobacam) said. In detail and compared…

As well as mangoes, pineapples, avocados and papayas

Latin America and Caribbean are most important exporting region for bananas

In a tweet, Luc Hellebuyck referred to the new FAO Biannual report on Global Food Markets, where it says that Latin America and the Caribbean constitute the world’s most important exporting region for bananas and the four major tropical fruits –mangoes, pineapples, avocados and papayas– thereby playing a…

Two thousand Dole Gokusen Bananas® used to create massive display

In advance of the tenth anniversary of the development of Gokusen Bananas®, specifically for Japan, Dole Japan, Inc. today launched a Dole Gokusen Banana® Tenth Anniversary Event. The event’s Gokusen Day (May 9) is a special day, coming immediately after the arrival of Japan’s new imperial era, Reiwa. To…

Colombia: 60% of plantain crops in Cordoba lost to the drought

The extreme drought in the Colombian province of Cordoba has had devastating effects on plantain crops, damaging 60% of the plantations. In fact, 15,000 hectares have been affected by the lack of water, compared to the 25,000 planted this year, according to sources in Cordoba's plantain productive chain.…

Hans Maagendans, Banafood:

"Free market banana prices much higher than last year"

The banana market has been developing well in recent weeks. "Free market prices are much higher than they were last year. Then, we had to deal with warm weather. Now, it is still quite cold. This makes for a lot of room for good banana sales," says Hans Maagendans. He is from the independent banana…

Ecuador demands the WTO withdraw restrictions on its bananas

Ecuadorian banana exports to Brazil were suspended by a judicial decision in February 26, 2019, after Brazil opened its market to these exports in December 2017. Yesterday, Wednesday, May 8, Ecuador demanded the World Trade Organization, WTO, withdraw the restriction measures imposed by Brazil on…

"Peru has unique environmental conditions for organic bananas"

Bananas have been prominent in the export markets in recent years, especially in high-value markets such as North America, Europe, and Asia, thanks to their high content of vitamins, proteins, and potassium. Carlos Orellana, a specialist in this crop, highlighted the business value of organic bananas,…

Strategy for expansion of plantain cultivation in the southeast of Mexico

Mexico is privileged to have suitable climates for banana production, which makes the nation competitive with exporting countries such as India, China, Indonesia, Brazil.…

First Cambodian banana shipment to China on the way

Yesterday, Cambodia began the process of sending its first shipment of bananas to the Chinese market, after five local companies were greenlighted by the Chinese government last month. During a ceremony attended by Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon, 100 tonnes of bananas were stored at a warehouse in…

"There is no shortage of plantains in Puerto Rico"

Despite the recent inclement weather that has affected Puerto Rico, the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Carlos Flores Ortega, has assured that there were no…

Wresting away Japan's 30-year record

China is largest foreign buyer of Philippine bananas

China has overtaken Japan as the biggest foreign market of Philippine bananas, buying more than 1.1 million tons in 2018. In an interview with Xinhua , PSA Assistant Secretary and Officer-in-Charge Josie Perez said China has bought a total of 1.165 million tons of bananas from the Philippines in 2018, or…

South Africa’s tissue-cultured bananas: uniform and high-yielding

Establishing a healthy orchard starts with choosing the correct plant material. In South Africa’s only laboratory of its type, banana plants are cultivated from tissue culture…

Bananas drive supply of refrigerated containers in Dutch ports

In 2018, nearly ten million tonnes of cooled and frozen goods were supplied via seaborne cargo to the Netherlands. This is 39 per cent more than in 2016. The supply of goods in other containers amounts to about 55 million tonnes, 16 per cent more than in 2016, according to new figures of Statistics…

Laos: Bananas are top agricultural export

Bananas are expected to be Laos' leading agricultural export in 2019 despite the Lao government banning the expansion of plantations around the country. In 2017, Laos earned 167.9 million US dollars from banana exports, The figure dipped to 112 million US dollars in 2018, but, according to the Ministry…

A new blow to drug trafficking

Argentinian authorities find 250 kg of cocaine in a shipment of bananas

Argentinian authorities seized 250 kg of cocaine hidden in thermal transport trucks loaded with boxes of bananas at the border control of Salvador Mazza, near the border with Bolivia. The scanners of the customs agents detected suspicious bulks in the internal walls of the refrigeration equipment chamber…

Supply of bananas in the EU

 

Interko’s design to ripen large volumes of bananas

The II-tier Ultimo fruit ripening room

The current Ultimo fruit ripening room by Interko is a result of 50 years of innovation. The Ultimo is designed to ripen large volumes of bananas. By constantly reducing the energy-use of the Ultimo, it currently runs at maximum efficiency. These innovations vary from small changes like implementing LED…

Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh, India

Kadapa: Unseasonal rains and hailstorms ruin crops

Unseasonal rains accompanied by hail caused damage to the horticulture farmers in the Kadapa district. Almost Rs2.5 billion (€32 mln) worth of banana and mango orchards, as well as other crops, were damaged. When checking their properties later, farmers from Rajampeta, Railway Kodur, Pulivendula and…

China: Banana prices holding up at the growers end, even as the retail prices fall

The prices of many fruits began to drop in March after the effect of the festive season wore off. Extensive surveillance of fruit markets throughout China shows that the…

University of Exeter:

“Black Sigatoka banana disease boosted by climate change”

According to new research, climate change has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops. Specifically, Black Sigatoka disease emerged from Asia in the late…

"Chinese banana price is running out of room for growth"

The Chinese banana industry finally welcomed the arrival of spring after a year of cold market conditions. Not only is the price of bananas higher than in previous years, but retail is extremely smooth. Mr. Hu, a banana farmer and retailer, recently shared his view on the Chinese banana market. Bananas…

China: Xinfadi Market opens new climate-controlled banana warehouse

Adding gas to speed up the ripening process of bananas is gaining popularity as a green, safe food practice all over the world. The Beijing Xinfadi Market recently built a…

Fairtrade bananas more and more popular in France

In 2018, sales of Fairtrade labelled bananas in France grew by 36%, reaching a total volume of 64,000 tonnes. This figure represents 10% of the national market and nearly 10% of total sales of Fairtrade bananas worldwide. This growth has mainly taken place since 2014 when volumes more than doubled in one…

Mexico enters peak organic banana production period

While organic bananas are readily available year-round, peak production in the Mexican growing regions has just started and will continue through the summer and into early fall. Producers say supplies are currently very good as weather conditions continue to be favorable. "Peak production for our organic…

China: Banana prices fell before stabilizing

The banana price in production areas in Yunnan, Laos, Myanmar, and Hainan dropped last week but then stabilized. The temperature in production areas is relatively high, which…

Cambodian banana firms receive green light for direct China exports

Five Cambodian companies have been given the green light to export bananas directly to China, the Ministry of Agriculture announced earlier this week. The announcement follows the signing of a protocol on the exportation of bananas in August between China and Cambodia, an agreement that effectively…

Why is Nigeria not among top banana exporting countries?

A lack of attention from policy makers and the absence of improved seedlings have been identified as the major obstacles to large scale cultivation, as well as the successful export of bananas from Nigeria. Bananas are largely produced in the southern states as well as Plateau, Benue and Kogi in the…

Ugandan Ag ministry releases pest and disease resistant bananas

The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries through its variety release committee has released the pest and disease resistant innovative banana variety that includes “Naroban5” and “hybrid” types. The crops were released during a meeting that took place at the ministry’s department of…

Ecuador: Red bananas launched for European market

Freskita Bananas has just launched its latest product for the European market: red bananas. The Musa Acuminata, as it is scientifically denominated, is a tropical herb of the Musaceae family, (the same as the yellow banana), but with some marked differences. A reddish-purple color, a smaller size, a…

“We’re putting banana growers front and centre at this year’s Congress”

Banana growers from across Australia will descend on the Gold Coast in less than a month for the industry’s premier biennial event. The 2019 Australian Banana Industry…

Canary bananas lose market share in Spain once again

Bad news once again for the Canary banana sector, as the volume of bananas imported from third countries in February surpassed that of Canary bananas by 3,000 tons.…

Carlos Lopez Flores, Chiquita

"The Dutch prefer yellow bananas, southern Europeans want them greener"

Of course, bananas do not grow there, but on the shores of Lake Geneva, in Etoy in the canton of Vaud, is the seat of the world market leader in the trade in this fruit. The…

Packing robot SmartPackr will provide a breakthrough in technology

The SmartPackr packing robot picks and places the apples with the help of a gentle robot arm, using a special technology that prevents possible damage to the fragile apple…

China becomes largest importer of Philippine bananas

The economic development and population growth in China benefit banana farmers in the Philippines. China replaced Japan as the largest importer of bananas from the…

Peruvian plantain exports had a moderate decline in the first quarter

During the first quarter of this year, Peru exported 61,087,315 kilos of bananas for an FOB value of US $ 42,259,359. These figures reveal a moderate decrease from the…

The plague poses a high risk for bananas

Costa Rica: Measures taken to protect the banana sector from Fusarim R4T

The State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) announced the application of special measures for the importation of certain banana plants due to the global threat of the Fusarim R4T pest. In a press release, the SFE stated that Costa Rica had updated the phytosanitary measures of mandatory compliance for the…

TV program to show Chiquita's operations in Guatemala and Panama

Season Two of Tomorrow’s World Today will be featuring a visit to Chiquita headquarters in Guatemala and Panama. The first episode of season two, which airs on Saturday, May 4, introduces sustainability across the banana harvesting process. Tamara Krinsky, the field reporter for Tomorrow’s World Today,…

CRISPR could save banana from deadly disease & climate change

CRISPR/Cas9‐based genome editing is giving new hope to those who want to protect a critical food security crop by developing climate-smart banana varieties. Research to identify the genes associated with stress‐tolerant traits and other uses of gene editing and genetic engineering to help banana…

Sustainable banana leaf travel kit

Some of the primary ingredients in these three sustainably-stylish travel accessories are, surprisingly, banana leaves, corn silk and pond plants. The items were designed in collaboration by aishwarya nair and studio tjeerd veenhoven. The travel kit -a face mask, eye mask and ear muffs- will cover your…

China: End of banana production in Yunnan as supply from Hainan increases

The market conditions for bananas changed last week. The main change occurred in Yunnan where most banana production areas are nearing the end of the production season. The…

China and Cambodia organize conference for the first export of Cambodian bananas to China

The Cambodian and Chinese Chambers of Commerce joined the China Certification and Inspection Company (CCIC) in the organization of a conference on April 19th, 2019. The…

Life Baqua project

A second life for plant waste generated by Canary bananas

Paper money, tea bags, thread and even vehicle parts are some of the products that the Life Baqua project has developed by recycling banana fibers at the Integrated…

Philippines: Basilan to set up 1,000-hectare banana farm

Local organisations are very happy with the setting up of the first ever 1,000-hectare Cavendish banana farm near Lamitan City, in the province of Basilan. Things have gotten underway with the help of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Lamitan City Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay and…

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.…


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