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Paraguay broke its banana export record in 2019

The Central Bank of Paraguay's data on banana exports show the positive evolution that the marketing of this fruit has experienced in the last two decades. The country went from exporting 66 tons of bananas in 2000, which were destined for the Argentine market, to 32,694 tons at an average price of $ 254…

Attempting to boost exports

Indonesia: Cavendish banana plantations developed in Blitar

The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister has initiated the establishment of Cavendish banana plantations for exports in Blitar, East Java, to help curb the nation’s…

Yunan still shipping small volumes

Many banana plantations closed for Chinese New Year holiday

In the last couple of weeks, certain remote markets in China were busy stocking up bananas for the Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year), leading to a high demand…

The banana is the king of fruits in Mexico

Banana is one of the most important fruits in Mexico, where annual per capita consumption stands at 14.2 kg. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader), it is the most cultivated tropical fruit in the country with an annual production of more than 2 million tons. It…

IICA, Bayer, and the fruit industry team up to fight the Fusarium worldwide

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bayer, and the fruit industry have teamed up to implement a global strategy of actions to address the…

Mexico makes its first shipment of bananas to China

On Tuesday, January 21, the first shipment of Mexican bananas bound for the Chinese market was loaded in the Mexican Port of Manzanillo. The shipment consists of 49 tons of bananas produced in the state of Colima. The secretary of Agriculture, Victor Villalobos Arámbula, who was present at the event,…

University of New South Wales, Australia

Turning banana waste into food packaging

Researchers at the University of New South Wales, Australia, have developed a process to turn banana plantation waste into a nanocellulose film that could have applications in food packaging. Jayashree Arcot, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Martina Stenzel, Co-director of the Centre for…

Rural schools in Guatemala benefit from program

Banana company aims to improve nutrition and food security

ONE Banana The better banana company presents the preliminary results of its CSR actions during 2019, year in which the company has benefited more than 8,000 children with the execution of social development programs in rural areas of the countries where it operates. Regarding the CSR programs, Robert Adams,…

Paraguay exports bananas to Chile for the first time

On January 20, Paraguay shipped out its first shipment of bananas to Chile. The shipment consisted of 1,248 boxes of bananas produced in Tembiaporã, in the department of…

Franklin Ginus, BeFrank Bananas:

"A sustainable banana sector is about more than a 75% living wage in 2025"

All around him, Franklin Ginus of BeFrank Bananas, see various parties taking the initiative to achieve viable living wages. These are from companies in the banana sector for people in that sector. The former Chiquita director, nevertheless, has his doubts about the way in which this is happening. "There…

Fyffes partners with FOX to promote new season of The Masked Singer

Banana costume to be featured on Fyffes stickers

As the premiere of the new season of The Masked Singer quickly approaches, U.S. shoppers will notice an unfamiliar character from the viral singing competition show on Fyffes bananas. A promotional sticker featuring ‘The Banana’ – the first new costume from the upcoming season – will exclusively appear…

Banana imports by countrie:

Overall banana imports for all importing countries rose 2.5% since 2014

Overall, the value of bananas imports for all importing countries rose by an average 2.5% since 2014 when international purchases of bananas were valued at $15.2 billion. From…

Saint Lucia wants to brand banana as premium agricultural product

As part of strategic efforts as it related to the island’s banana industry, the nation of Saint Lucia will be branding its bananas as a premium agricultural product. Last…

Cameroon: Despite CDC’s activity shutdown, banana exports were more dynamic in 2019 than in 2018

In 2019, banana exporters operating in Cameroon shipped 204,320 tons of banana to international markets. Compared with the 203,721 tons exported by the same exporters by…

Coliman partners with Golden Aurora to open new markets

Mexican bananas to be exported to China for first time

Coliman is set to be one of the first producers to export Mexican bananas into China as part of a new strategic alliance with Golden Aurora Fresh Fruit Trading. The first shipment is due to arrive in Shanghai mid-February, marking the beginning of what is hoped to be a long-term relationship. As part of…

New banana marketing initiatives begin in 2020

Supplies of bananas from Central America continue to be steady. “There are no major differences between supplies last year and this year,” says Jamie Postell, Chiquita Brands Director of Sales, North America based in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. “The challenges faced by the industry are mainly weather related.…

Jose Antonio Hidalgo, the new executive director of Ecuador's Association of Banana Exporters

Jose Antonio Hidalgo was appointed as the executive director of Ecuador's Association of Banana Exporters (AEBE), replacing Eduardo Ledesma in this position. Hidalgo, who also…

Ecuador still hasn't authorized the importation of banana varieties that are resistant to the Fusarium

Almost two and a half months ago, the Ecuadorian banana cluster, formed by the Banana Exporters Association (AEBE), the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), and Agroban, asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to authorize the importation of banana varieties that are tolerant or…

ONE Banana’s President, Robert Adams:

“Our aim is to make a difference, one banana at a time”

AgroAmerica was founded in 1958 in Guatemala and at the outset of the operation the company encompassed one small banana plantation. Now, the company has plantations not just in Guatemala, but also in Ecuador and Peru which cover more than 18,000 acres in total. Year-round fruit supplied to retail partnersThroughout…

Delhaize the first retailer to introduce CO² neutral bananas

As of yesterday, Delhaize has Be-climate bananas on offer. These are 100% CO² neutral. This forms part of the company's mission to become carbon-neutral. Delhaize wants to…

Banana killing fungal disease TR4: the day after tomorrow

With Latin America frenetic over the arrival of the banana killing fungal disease TR4, FruiTrop explains how we can finally see a sign, or even an opportunity, to put an end…

Bananas Exports by Country

Latin America plus the Caribbean account for highest dollar value 2018 banana exports

According to data from worldstopexports.com, worldwide banana exports by country totaled an estimated US$13.6 billion in 2018, up by an average 22.5% for all banana shippers…

Snow and rainfall in north led prices to fall

Banana prices stablizing before Chinese New Year

Recently, production areas in China have seen fluctuating prices. Affected by the rainy and snowy weather in the north, freight rates have risen, and the consumer market is…

Partnership announced with focus on accelerating banana breeding

Because of its unique history and biology, the banana has lagged behind most other crops with regards to genetic improvement. As a consequence, bananas are at a higher risk to…

Carlos Salazar and Raul Esquinca of Bioaplicaciones:

“Our organic products fight TR4, reducing it up to 90%”

The susceptibility of bananas to disease has been plaguing the industry for a long time – and the fungi TR4 and Black Sigatoka have affected crops all over the world. Recently, TR4 was discovered in Colombia and authorities have since put a lot of time and effort into preventing the spread into other…

Chiquita Bananas works to meet increased demand for organics

Thirty-one percent of respondents in a recent survey said that one-quarter to one-half of their annual produce purchases are organic. With demand for organic produce on the rise, Chiquita has put forth the resources to meet this newer consumer need. The steady increase in demand is primarily led by young…

Guatemala and Nicaragua go over their banana import trigger quota

Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO tweeted this on Jan. 10 2020:  EU #banana import 2019, Guatemala and Nicaragua go over their trigger quota, respectively 169% and 393%

"In bananas and tropical fruit, good ripening is essential"

"Good ripening is an essential step for various horticultural products, such as bananas and tropical fruits," says Fran Sierra, managing partner of Frío Vizcaya. This Basque company, leader in the design, installation and maintenance of industrial refrigeration facilities, is making the jump to the…

First volumes exported to China

Vietnamese real estate giant investing in banana growing

On December 30, the Khmer Times, a Cambodian new paper, reported that the building of Agrico banana packing factory, a subsidiary of HAGL Group, was complete, and it has…

Ukraine imported record volume of bananas in 2019

In 2019, Ukraine imported a record volume of bananas, with a 8-9% increase compared to 2018, reaching 270,000-275,000 tons. This was reported in a statement issued by the…

Cameroon's banana exports up 1,036 tons year-on-year in December 2019

According to figures published by the Banana producers’ association ASSOBACAM, the volume of banana exported reached 16,641 tons in December 2019. In December 2018, these…

Rain and snow in north China is bad for conditions in banana production areas

The conditions in banana production areas recently weakened. The supply volume from Guangxi production areas is relatively small. They are approaching the end of their season.…

Banana workers in Panama fear companies won't pay salary increase ordered by government

The workers of the Panamanian banana industry remain alert to the possibility that the companies in the sector try to block the 8% wage increase that was approved by the…

Latin American banana growers join against EU pesticide restrictions

In mid-December, Latin American banana producers met at the facilities of the National Banana Corporation of Costa Rica (Corbana) to analyze the possible consequences that the new EU regulation on maximum pesticide residue limits in imported agricultural products could have on Latin American exports and…

Portugal finds large cocaine haul stashed in banana shipment

For the second time in twelve months, Portuguese police discovered a large stash of cocaine concealed in a shipment of bananas from Latin America. This time the haul was 825 kilograms with a street value of more than $33 million. Last year, the seizure was 430 kilograms and worth around $17 million.…

Malaysian Cavendish bananas on the upswing

With the rising global demand for bananas, Malaysia is hoping to be able to bank on Cavendish banana exports to China, the Middle East, South Korea and Japan, among others.…

Ecuador now on equal terms regarding banana exports to EU

Since 2020, Ecuador is competing with Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica on equal terms regarding the export of bananas to the EU. Through the Commercial Agreement with that block, which is in force since 2017, the tariff has been decreasing over the years. That meant it was €0.97 per ton in 2017, €0.90 in…

INIA La Cruz undertakes a project on Easter Island

Chile studies the use of pheromone traps against the banana's black weevil

In 1980, the presence of the most important pest insect of the banana crop in the world was reported for the first time: the black banana weevil or black weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus (Germar), a species of beetle that penetrates the succulent base of the pseudostem and excavates tunnels inside the…

Chiquita Bananas works to tackle food waste

Chiquita is helping to reduce food waste by offering useful tips on how to make sure that no Chiquita banana ever goes unused. Tons of unused fruits, vegetables and other edibles end up in the garbage, and ultimately in landfill. Here, they rot and become a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.…

Cambodia exports 157,000 tonnes of bananas

Cambodia’s export of yellow bananas to international markets last year reached 157,812 tonnes, most of which was exported to China and the rest to Vietnam and Japan. There is no data on 2018 banana exports to international markets as it mostly comprised of informal exports to Vietnam. However, the…

C. Laffon, of Hnos Fernández López: “Growth of imported bananas without harm to Canary bananas”

"Our growth has gone hand in hand with our investment in the large retail sector"

For the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector, the period that goes from pre-Christmas to Three Kings' Day is not good for sales. "Generally, Spain has a high per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Spanish consumers tend to eat fruit and vegetables motivated by health reasons,…

EU tariffs on Ecuadorian bananas decrease

Starting in 2020, Ecuador will compete on equal terms with Colombia, Peru, and Costa Rica in the export of bananas to the European Union, thanks to the progressive tariff…

Highest price exceeds 5 yuan [0.72 USD] per kg

Price differences between premium and mediocre bananas continues to grow in China

The number of visiting traders grew in the period leading up to New Year's Eve. Market supply also increased speed. However, the overall banana supply volume declined because…

Costa Rica is interested in a new variety of banana that is resistant to Fusarium

A novel variety of Cavendish banana resistant to the Fusarium Tropical Race 4 virus is under study in the Philippines. The new banana variety, which was developed by the agrobiotechnology company Rahan Meristem, was obtained through the mutation induction method. According to Jorge Sandoval, the research…

Vietnamese firm gets go-ahead to ship Cambodian bananas to Chinese markets

The Honng Anh Gia Lai Agrico company (HAGL Agrico), a Vietnam conglomerate firm, on Saturday officially launched its packing house facility and began shipping fresh bananas to China in response to the rapidly rising demand in the market. HAGL was once a leading property developer in Vietnam, but the…

After violent dip

Recent banana market in China experienced "retaliative increases"

“Prices in the winter, which is off-season for bananas, usually don’t increase. However, over recent weeks, prices have been changing rapidly, from ‘freezing point’ to ‘retaliative increases’ at one point,” Xia Zuxiang, director of Shanghai Suofeiya International Trade Co., Ltd. said. “Earlier, when the season…

Ecuadorian ports determine banana export prices

According to banana exporters, Ecuador's main export product, the price of shipments depends on the terminal from which they are shipped. As reported by the Ecuadorian digital media Express, exporting from the Guayaquil port would cost $200 less per container than shipping through the port of Posorja. A…

Their market share in the Peninsula and Balearic Islands ranged between 53% and 69%

Imported bananas flooded the Spanish markets in October

In October 2019, 30,550 tons of bananas were shipped from the Canary Islands to the markets of the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands, while banana imports, mainly from Africa…

FreshPlaza Bananas Global Focus

Our January Global Focus is all about bananas. We see more and more countries joining the fight against TR4, while the Latin American countries also fight for fair prices for their growers. The strikes in this area could have an effect on the export of bananas. During the month January you will read all about it in FreshPlaza. ContributionIf…

Maas Fruit Quality Inspection

How do you measure curved bananas?

Crooked bananas? How does one go about measuring these? You can soon see the answer to this and similar questions on Maas Fruit Quality Inspection (MFQI) ‘hoe-doe-je-dat-vrijdag’ ('How-do-you-do-that-Friday'). MFQI is a Dutch independent quality control company. They inspect fruit and vegetables,…

Hugo Castro of Ginafruit:

“Ecuadorian banana exports to Europe decreased 12-14% in 2019”

Ecuador produces and exports bananas year-round. While there is a high season and a low season, the volumes during the low season are only about 30% lower than those during the high season, says GinaFruit’s general manager, Hugo Castro. GinaFruit produces and exports bananas in Ecuador and is wrapping up…

How to peel dozens of bananas in seconds

The video of a young man peeling dozens of bananas in seconds with an ingenious trick has become hugely popular on YouTube and other social media. In fact, it trended in…

Peruvian banana exports exceed $137 million dollars in 2019

According to a report published by the National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat), Peruvian banana exports between January and November 2019 exceeded…

Imported bananas selling well

Price of bananas damaged by cold weather in China

Recently, banana prices in some production areas have gradually stabilized, while slight declines can still be seen in others. Prices have gradually stabilized in Guangdong,…

Banana prices falling back after significantly rises in China

Due to large volumes of cold-damaged bananas flooding into the market, overall prices in production areas have recently fallen. In general, the quality of bananas declines…

Imported fruits most loved by Americans

Bananas -excluding plantains- avocados and grapes, are the US’ three most popular imported fruits. Collectively they represent 44.6% of the value of all fresh or dried fruits imported into the United States during 2018. Overall US demand totaled US$15.2 billion worth of non-frozen fruits imported during…

Panama's banana growers strike to demand an adjustment of the minimum wage

On December 19, the Independent Banana Producers Workers' Industrial Union (Sitrapbi) of the Panamanian province of Bocas del Toro, and the Union of Workers of the Banana…

Latin American banana growers reject the EU's reduction of MRLs

Latin American banana producers and exporters have rejected the European Union's unilateral decision to reduce the maximum residue limits (MRLs) allowed in the production and export of fruits. At a meeting held on December 18, 2019, in San Jose, Costa Rica, representatives of the associations of banana…

Ecuador ready to cooperate with Russia to prevent restrictions on banana exports

On December 17, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador announced its full readiness to work on addressing the problems discovered with the supply of bananas to…

Ecuadorian banana farmers hope for agreements with Asian and Middle Eastern countries

The banana sector in Ecuador estimates to close 2019 with a total export of 360 million boxes of bananas; 10 million more than in 2018 ($ 3,000 million). Also, banana farmers…

Canary Islands - Spain

Plátano de Canarias is first agricultural sector to certify carbon footprint

The Association of Canary Islands Banana’s POs (Asprocan) has reported that their fruit has become the first Spanish primary subsector to certify its carbon footprint, from production to distribution and sale all over the country. The low environmental impact of this crop has been demonstrated with a…

Costa Rica sets the price for a box of bananas at $8.36

The Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce (MEIC) stated via a press release on December 17 that starting January 1, 2020, that the starting price of the Costa Rican banana will increase by 0.67 dollars. As a result, the price of an 18.14 kilo-box will go from 7.69 dollars to 8.36 dollars. Each…

Humpback flies in a cargo of imported Ecuadorian bananas

Russia warns Ecuador that it will impose temporary restrictions on its imports

The Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control Service of Russia stated that on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, it had, once again, detected polyphagous humpback flies in a batch of…

China, the new target market

Colombia's banana sector is recovering from the crisis caused by the Fusarium

The Colombian banana sector is starting to overcome the crisis caused by the detection of the Fusarium pest in one of the country's plantations in the summer of 2019, leaving behind the fear that international markets will close their doors to Colombia's banana and plantain exports. In the last four…

European banana harvest will stand at 622,000 tonnes for 2019

The European banana harvest this year will be 622,000 tonnes. The average price per kilo will be 82 eurocents. Figures from the European Commission show that the import of Latin American bananas into Europe in August amounted to a volume of 350,000 tons. From the ACP countries, Europe imported more than…

Ecuadorian banana exports to the EU decrease

The new phytosanitary requirements and the Ecuadorian banana prices, which are less competitive than those of other banana producing countries, have affected sales of this…

Ecuador will strengthen phytosanitary controls for sending bananas to Russia

Ecuador's Animal and Plant Health Control and Regulation Agency (Agrocalidad) will send Russian authorities a report on the phytosanitary and traceability controls that are carried out throughout the banana production chain to demonstrate its reliability. The Ecuadorian authorities are taking this…

As cold weather causes damage

Differences in banana prices growing bigger

Recently, banana prices in production areas have been higher in general. Mainly due to colder weather, bananas are ripping slower and volumes are small, and good supplies are…

Myanmar MPs vote to regulate & tax the Chinese-backed banana trade

On Monday, the Upper House of Myanmar’s Parliament approved a proposal to regulate China-backed banana plantations and levy a tax on the industry. Earlier this month, Kachin…

Ecuadorian banana exports slow down

Ecuadorian banana exports experienced a slowdown during the first ten months of 2019. According to data provided by the Banana Marketing and Export Association (Acorbanec), in…

Turkey: "Don't buy imported bananas," calls Antalya Governor

Antalya Governor Munir Karaloglu has urged the tourism sector to prefer local bananas over imported bananas. Turkey consumes 850.000 tons of bananas of which 250.000 tons come from Antalya. Governor Karaloglu says that maybe one day banana cultivation would become a bigger sector than tourism in Antalya.…

Banana prices to increase before Christmas

Alessandro Del Bello, whose company will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020, reports that banana prices are progressively increasing due to a series of circumstances. "The produce is lacking as it is hard to find in producer countries as well. As we are nearing Christmas, those who organize loads are…

New aid for Canary banana producers made official

On December 9, the Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands (BOC) published the order by which new aid is assigned to banana producers for the biennium 2019-2020, in accordance…

Ecuador to implement a phytosanitary software to prevent the entry of Fusarium disease

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Ecuador (MAG), together with the Animal Plant Health Regulation and Control Agency (Agrocalidad), will implement a software that…

Mexican bananas officially open the Chinese market

The Chinese General Administration of Customs (GAC) posted the "Announcement regarding the Quarantine Requirements for Imported Bananas from Mexico" on December 9th, 2019.…

Industry still lobbying to lower tariffs South Korea

Philippines banana exports up 41%

According to numbers from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the nation’s banana exports totaled 3.593 million tons in the first 10 months of 2019, up nearly 41% from…

As long as apples will be exported in return

Iran will allow banana, mango, pineapple imports

As per the new regulations, bananas, mangos and pineapples could be imported into Iran, provided apples are exported in return. The regulation, effective as of December 8,…

Price of top-quality bananas is rising and pulling away from the price of medium-quality bananas

Conditions in the Chinese banana market look good. Prices are rising with the largest increase taking place in banana production areas in Myanmar. Many production areas report…

Tamil Nadu - India

Banana growers suffer cascading effect of Cyclone Gaja

The cascading effect of Cyclone Gaja and the crash in price banana has hit banana growers in the Cauvery-irrigated areas of the Thanjavur district as they have been forced to leave the banana bunches on the trees to ripe and rot as the price of the fruit oscillated between just ₹10-20 (€0.13-0.26) a…

Banana taped to wall which sold for $120,000 was eaten

"It's very delicious," performance artist David Datuna wrote on Instagram after eating one edition of the now famous banana art. The piece sold for $120,000 just last week - but the artwork of a banana duct-taped to a wall has now been scoffed. Performance artist David Datuna posted videos online showing…

Australia: Drought and fires

2019 has been another tough year for Australian farmers. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2018 was the third hottest year on record for the nation, as rainfall deficiencies spanned back to early 2017 for New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian parts of the Murray–Darling Basin. In addition, November 2019…

Group has ripening capacity of approx. 200,000 cartons in Germany

vanWylick takes over banana ripening operations with a total capacity of approx. 46,000 cartons per week

Effective December 16, 2019, Fruchtimport vanWylick LLC will take over the ripening facilities of Andretta Fruchtimport Lcc in Stuttgart and Pratteln, Switzerland, with a total capacity of approx. 46,000 cartons per week. With the takeover of the ripening plants at the strategically well located…

"Winter" for banana industry in China has come early

“The local banana market in China has been deplorable over the last month, and it seems that the ‘winter’ for the banana industry has come early,” Xia Zuxiang, Director of Shanghai Suofeiya International Trade Co., Ltd. said. "There are two main reasons for the downturn in the industry. First, although…

Macfrut mission in Ethiopia and Angola completed,

Bananas to be exported thanks to Italian processes

"Somalia and Djibouti are the main countries in which we export our bananas. But we want expand to Europe and the Arab countries as well". So said Andualem Mara (see second video) of Omotic Trading Group, an Ethiopian company with 40 hectares of banana and papaya production. "We produce organic bananas -…

Introducing new slashing equipment on banana plantation has proved to be a real time-saver

A North Queensland banana grower has improved his productivity and saved time, since the introduction of an under-tree slasher at his farm. Matt Abbott, from Rabbits Organics, explained to fellow growers that mowing the grass was a pretty big job for his staff, so they applied for a grant to attach an…

Kachin State - Myanmar

Chinese-backed banana plantations prompt fear of environmental damage

In late October, the banana plantations in Waingmaw Township were almost ready to harvest. The final destination of the fruit is the shelves of supermarkets in neighboring…

Artsy. Duct-taped banana selling for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami

A banana, duct-taped to a wall, went on a sale at Art Basel Miami Beach this week. The price was $120,000. And, according to art market website Artnet, two of the three editions have already sold, with the last now going for $150,000. The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was presented Wednesday by Perrotin, a…

Colder weather may stimulate banana trade

Recently banana prices have fluctuated in Chinese production areas, and the overall market is weak. Crops in some production centers are affected by the cold weather, and some…

Strategies to combat banana diseases discussed by researchers and scientists

On November 21 and 22, 2019, more than 120 stakeholders gathered at an international conference in Maputo, Mozambique to discuss the current status and future of the banana industry in Mozambique, which has been threatened by the outbreak of two diseases, Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (Foc TR4) and…

Philippine Statistics Authority:

Banana exports Davao up in first half of 2019

Banana exports from the Davao Region have significantly increased in the first half of 2019, as  compared to the same period in 2018. Based on the data from the Philippine Statistics…

New South Wales - Australia

Nambucca banana growers determined to bounce back

Banana growers in the Nambucca Valley are struggling to recover after suffering severe losses from the catastrophic Kian Rd fire. Guardian News previously reported on various growers losing multiple hectares of banana plants. Returning to full production could take up to 18 months for most of these…

The surprising history of the banana

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world. How they attained this status is a story that spans seven millennia, three continents, and an ocean.Watch and enjoy!  

Danish supermarkets to sell only organic bananas

From next year, the Danish Salling Group wants only organic bananas in its stores. This is a result of the phasing out of controversial chlorpyriphos. The use of this…

Pingtung banana sales to Japan double

According to Taiwan Agriculture and Food Agency Director-General Hu Jong-I, Sales of bananas from Pingtung County to Japan are expected to double by the end of this year.…

Russia facing banana shortage due to import ban for Ecuador

Last Wednesday, Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor) said it could temporarily suspend imports of bananas from Ecuador,…

Deputy minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo:

"Banana exports from Myanmar to China set to increase"

During the sitting of the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) this Monday, Deputy minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo, stated that Myanmar and China are planning to sign an agreement…

Artist Ricardo Cavolo to design limited-edition Chiquita stickers

Bringing a splash of cheerful sunshine and color to the grey days of winter, Chiquita has chosen famous Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo to develop a special edition of its iconic Blue Stickers. These are being printed at the end of 2019 to celebrate the Year End holidays. Born in Salamanca in 1982,…

India: FSSAI seizes artificially ripened bananas

On Sunday, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) seized one ton of artificially ripened bananas and plantains from a market in Tiruppur. According to…

Australia: ABGC supports bush fire-affected banana growers campaign

Banana growers affected by bush fires in New south Wales and Queensland could get support through a Go Fund Me appeal. The Australian Banana Growers' Council has thrown its support behind the campaign which aims to assist banana growers affected by the East Coast bush fires over the past month. While…

Bananas more expensive on Bermuda due to increased inspections

According to wholesaler Butterfield & Vallis, ”importers are charged $10/case inspection fee on hundreds of cases per month locally plus fees charged by the USDA,” leading to…

India

Research centre to evolve protocol for Kerala banana maritime export

The ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) in Tiruchi will soon evolve a standard protocol for the export of nendran bananas by sea from Kerala to Europe to cater to the ethnic Indian population there. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to establish the sea protocol was signed between the NRCB and…

Southeast Asia and China might replace Ecuador as Russia's banana supplier

The Russian agricultural control agency, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor), stated on Wednesday, November 27 that it could…

Somalia resumes banana export - First shipment to Saudi Arabia

Somalia has announced the resumption of its banana export for the first time in decades. According to a source from the Ministry of Agriculture, the first shipment of the…

‘Ethiopian banana’ might aid in food security

'Banana on steroids'

Described as “a banana on steroids”, the enset (Ensete ventricosum) also known as Ethiopian banana, Abyssinian banana or false banana, is a species of flowering plant in the banana family. It just might become a superfood, as scientists say it could be a life saver for a warming world. The plant, which grows up to 10 meters, is…

Overtaking Belgium

Netherlands took first place as EU banana destination

Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, today tweeted the following: #Banana @Trade_EU Import Sep.'19: Netherlands became first place banana destination,…

Gatsibo district initiative will help residents get a stable income

Rwanda: Over 7,000 vulnerable people to engage in banana farming

Some 7,200 people from Gatsibo district, classified under the first and second class of Ubudehe category of the social stratification programme, will benefit from the district initiated banana farming project. The district says that it has started distributing banana suckers to the residents in the 14…

Peru: Lambayaque to start exporting organic bananas in December

An organization of small producers from Annape, in the Morrope district (Lambayeque), will market about 80 tons of organic bananas next month thanks to an initiative financed…

Tamil Nadu banana farmers face losses as prices drop

Banana farmers in the district are facing a huge loss as prices for their goods nose-dived. Unable to find buyers, farmers have left banana bunches to ripen and rot on the…

September and October 2019

High prices for Canaries bananas

In September and October 2019, green Canaries bananas reached high prices in the Peninsula, as local farmers have even been paid more than 1.2 euro per kilo, just as in the weeks of last October. In addition to this income, from which production costs have not been discounted, producers also obtain Posei aid (in semiannual…

The market share of imported bananas in the Peninsula and Balearic Islands ranged between 47% and 61%

Spain's banana imports grew in September

In September 2019, 24,690 tons of bananas were shipped from the Canary Islands, while banana imports, mainly from Africa and Latin America, amounted to 28,055 tons. Since…

Banana exports Andhra Pradesh grown 75 fold in two years

The banana exports from the Indian state Andhra Pradesh of have seen an exponential growth in two years, registering a 75-fold gain. From mere 246  tons in 2016-17, the exports…

South American banana producers want to create a common front to fight the Fusarium

Costa Rica's National Banana Corporation (Corbana) urged all the parties involved in Latin America's banana sector to create a common front against the Fusarium Race 4 Tropical fungus, detected in Colombia, to prevent it from spreading throughout the region. The call was made on an event held by Corbana…

Social unrest in Bolivia leads to an increase in banana and papaya prices

The conflicts that are taking place in the department of Cochabamba, a region in Bolivia that produces bananas and papayas, have led to an increase in these products' prices…

South Korean farmers see boost in banana crop

Perhaps climate change will soon turn the South Korean mainland into a producer of bananas, mangoes and passion fruit. Bananas already grow on sub-tropical Jeju Island off the…

Pilipino banana growers urge Duterte to break tariff stalemate with South Korea

Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association PBGEA is urging president Duterte to break the stalemate in talks between Manila and Seoul for the reduction of South Korea’s tariffs on Philippine cavendish ahead of a bilateral meeting this week. PBGEA said Manila and Seoul should work on a “speedy end…

Ecuador implements a vehicle disinfection system against the Fusarium

Carlos Luis Morales, the prefect of the province of Guayas, announced within the framework of the three-year celebration of the Banana Marketing and Export Association…

Tree nursery in Arizona - USA

Blue bananas that taste like vanilla ice cream

The blue java banana is a banana species from Central America that has the unique flavor of ice cream and blue tinted skin. Alas, this fruit is not something we can already…

Australian Banana Growers' Council supports Go Fund Me campaign for bushfire effects

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council has thrown its support behind a Go Fund Me campaign aiming to assist banana growers affected by the devastating East Coast bushfires.…

Catalytic Generators and Exp. Group LLC on their 10-year cooperation:

"We work to produce a uniformly ripened and ready-to-eat product"

Catalytic Generators and Exp. Group LLC have worked together for over 10 years to provide customers with quality, evenly ripe, fresh produce. Exp. Group guarantees the quality and safety of their products, with a commitment to achieve and surpass market requirements. The multinational group committed to working…

Queensland, Australia

Banana nutrient trial - first harvest to start

A banana nutrient trial to determine the best use of nitrogen fertiliser has begun its first harvest in Far North Queensland. The three year trial is being run by the…

Costa Rica: Banana production experiences two key threats

Bananas are an important crop in Costa Rica. Accounting for some 15% of the world’s total exports, the nation exported the fruit to more than 38 countries in a global market worth, in 2018, some US$ 8 billion. Reportedly producing “the Best Banana in the World”, because the industry maintains a…

Philippines becomes China's largest banana supplier

The improved relationship between China and the Philippines means that China has overtaken Japan as the largest importer of bananas from the Philippines. Exports of Philippine…

Cambodia: Increasing direct sales of yellow bananas to China

Exports of yellow bananas to China have been growing since April when the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that the fruit was to be exported directly, without relying on Vietnam as an intermediary. This was said in a statement by Longmate Agriculture Co Ltd director Hun Lak said…

Chiquita Brands International begins to feel the increase in ocean shipping fuel prices

The sulfur content in the fuel used for maritime transport, which currently is limited at 3.5%, will be limited to 0.5% starting January 1, 2020. This new regulation of the…

TR4 resistant variety to be commercialized

Du Roi Laboratory and Taiwan banana research go for TR4 resistant variety

Du Roi Laboratory, a banana tissue culture facility in South Africa, has ascertained the rights for the field evaluation and eventual commercialization of the Formosana variety, a Panama disease (FOC TR4) resistant variety. This strain of Panama Disease is devastating to banana growers across the world…

Steady growth for Cambodian banana exports to China

Cambodia obtained permission for the direct export of bananas to China in May this year. Since then, the export volume of Cambodian bananas has seen steady growth. Mr. Li Chengliang, CEO of Happy Land Agricultural Plantation, recently talked about the current conditions of Cambodian bananas in the…

The EU proposed to reduce the POSEI budget by 3.9% in 2021

European banana growers ask for sector in the OR's to be defended in the POSEI budget

The European banana sector, represented by the Association of European Banana Producers (APEB), to which Asprocan belongs, has asked the national governments of Spain, France and Portugal, as well as the regional governments of the outermost regions (OR's), to respect the commitments made and to keep a…

Maharashtra, India

Palghar farmers say 30% of banana crop damaged since August

Unseasonal rain has wreaked havoc on the crops in Palghar, as they have in other parts of Maharashtra. Growers spread around Vasai taluka produce banana and its related…


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