Bananas

Mexico: Colima and Nayarit may start exporting bananas to China

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) announced that banana producers from the states of Colima and Nayarit will be able to export their product to China,…

Weather again thwarts Samoan banana exports

Unpredictable weather over Samoa has negatively affected the exports of bananas to New Zealand. The country's largest commercial banana operation, Ah Liki Farms, had 30…

Bulgarian police discover cocaine in banana shipment

According to a police statement last Saturday, a Bulgarian warehouse worker discovered 75 kilograms of cocaine hidden among bananas shipped from Ecuador to Bulgaria's Black…

Stop your bananas from going brown with this money-saving hack

Nobody likes wasting food - it's bad for our purses and the planet - but we are all guilty of getting over-excited at the shop. Freezer food is perfect for this but it doesn't take long until fruit and vegetables start to go off - quicker than we can find a healthy recipe to use them in. Bananas are…

real is spared from banana disease so far

Robust organic bananas defy TR 4

Since February 2019, real has only offered certified organic bananas. This means real is the only large-scale supplier in food retail that no longer offers conventional bananas not only in Germany, but also in Europe as a whole. Since 2015, real has consistently pursued this strategy of replacing conventional bananas with…

The Philippines and Australia are in a joint fight against Panama Disease

Australia and the Philippines are battling an enemy that lies beneath our feet. If this fight is lost, it could destroy one of the most important farming products for the…

Supply and demand for bananas about to pick up

Both production of bananas and demand for the fruit is poised to increase in North America. “The supplies of bananas have been good. It’s been steady,” says Mary Carmen Stivalet-Thomas Carmelita of Kadivac Produce Carmelita. “However, now that the season of vacation is over, we know that the demand for…

Philippines losing banana experts

The Philippines is losing its banana experts to its Southeast Asian neighbors after being pirated by other players in the region who have sought to become a significant force…

Cambodian bananas arrive at Tianjin Port for the first time

A few days ago, 320 tons of Cambodian bananas were cleared by Tianjin Customs after inspection and quarantine. These were the first Cambodian bananas to arrive at the Tianjin…

Ecuador: Aprobanec proposes the creation of the National Banana Institute

Faced with the alarm generated by the spread of the fungus Fusarium Race 4, the Association of Banana Producers of Ecuador (Aprobanec) presented on Monday August 12 in…

Ecuadorian banana exports increased by 4% in the first half of 2019

Ecuadorian banana exports increased by 4% in the first half of this year when compared to the same period of 2018, reporting benefits for 1.706 billion dollars. The fruit was exported to 43 markets, mainly to Russia, the US, China, and the European Union, although in the first semester it lost ground in…

Typhoon "Lekima" lands near Shanghai, lower temperatures could increase banana consumption

The price of bananas in Chinese production areas has recently been quite stable. The overall price differences between production areas are not that great. The price showed a…

Increasing organic banana production doesn’t mean equal shift to fair-trade

Growing conditions for bananas in Latin America are very good and the industry anticipates consistent production throughout the remainder of the year for Mexico as well as Peru, Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador. Organic production requires drier climate From a demand perspective, there is significantly…

Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world's favorite fruit

Using artificial intelligence, scientists have created an easy-to-use tool to detect banana diseases and pests. With an average 90 percent success rate in detecting a pest or a disease, the tool can help farmers avoid millions of dollars in losses. Credit: CIAT Artificial intelligence-powered tools are…

Philippines:

Dry spell and typhoons cut banana production by 2.83%

The Philippine's banana output shrank by an annualized rate of 2.83 percent to 4.375 million metric tons (MMT), as growers harvested smaller and poorer-quality fruits due to…

China: Banana prices in various production regions rose in early August

Recently, banana prices in various production regions in China and abroad have been steadily rising, most notably in Guangxi and Laos. Affected by the dry weather over the…

Banana: “a market strongly disturbed by an insufficient supply”

The demand for bananas on the European market is currently insufficient. “We must keep in mind that it is a product available all year round. There is no particular season per origin but truly a constant supply from each exporting country. This is a peculiarity of the banana market because it is rare for…

First quarter of 2019

Bananas from the Canary Islands recover production and marketing levels

Bananas are by far the most important food and consumer product produced in the Canary Islands, with the largest presence in the Peninsula, where they are regularly consumed in more than 16 million homes and are recognized as a product of differentiated quality, highly valued by consumers. This…

Fyffes release statement on TR4 situation in Latin America

Fyffes released a statement in the form of a Q&A session on its website. In the statement, Fyffes addressed the TR4 situation in Latin America, claiming none of their…

Banana smallholders to start using drones for aerial spraying

Two agricultural companies in Davao have purchased 30 drones for renting out to small banana farms to spray fungicide. Federation of Cooperatives in Mindanao (FEDCO) Chief Executive Officer Ireneo D. Dalayon said Sagrex Foods, Inc., controlled by Ferdinand Y. Marañon and Dolphin Agri Ventures run by…

Nicaragua announces the second congress for the improvement of plantain

The Nicaraguan Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), announced on Tuesday the Second Congress of Technology for the Genetic and Productive Improvement of Plantain…

Colombia: 430 acres of banana plants infected with fungus

A 175-hectare (430-acre) section of Colombian banana plants has been contaminated with the fusarium R4T fungus, the national agricultural institute has stated, calling for a countrywide effort to increase sanitary controls to contain the malady. The fungus, popularly known as Panama disease, can remain…

Foreign bananas accounted for 36-50% of the supply available in Spain in May

May was a record-breaking month in Spain for both the import of bananas from third countries and the supply volume available in the peninsular and Balearic market. We must go…

Price is higher than last year, but top-quality fruit is limited

Climatic conditions reduce Chinese production of Satsumas

The surface area devoted to Satsuma mandarin plantation in Nanfeng County is close to 47 thousand hectares. The annual production volume is around 1.3 billion kg with an…

Bananas from Hainan finishing at high prices

China’s main banana producer Hainan Province is currently wrapping up their season. The quality of bananas has been high thanks to favorable weather conditions, and they were…

Ecuador increasing its market share in banana export to EU

Ecuador increasing its market share from 29% in 2018 to 33% in July 2019, lowering the CIF price to €0.57 kg. This was tweeted today by Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former…

Banana-producing countries team up against Fusarium R4T

This Monday, August 5th, agriculture ministers from banana-producing countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador, as well as representatives from the Dominican Republic, Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and others, have signed a joint declaration to fight the Fusarium R4T…

Colombia: 75 ha of banana eradicated due to the possible presence of "Fusarium" R4T

On suspicion of the presence of the Fusarium fungus race 4 in Colombia, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), the Association of Banana Growers of Magdalena and La Guajira (Asbama) and the Association of Banana Growers of Colomia (Augura), have strengthened biosecurity measures and developed…

Colombia will export 4 million boxes of bananas a year to China

The Government of Colombia and China signed an agreement so that the South American country exports four million boxes of bananas a year to the Asian giant, which represents sales of 40 million dollars, official sources stated on Tuesday. "We have made an agreement so that Colombia sells four million…

Keeping Britain’s bananas moving

The leaders behind SH Pratt Group’s strategy, recruitment and logistics made a statement as the £175m business, responsible for ripening over a third of the UK’s bananas while saving 1.5 million kilos of CO2 to benefit the environment, goes from strength-to-strength. SH Pratt Group work in the food produce and distribution…

Asprocan reports that the EC has not activated any stabilizing mechanisms

Guatemala has exceeded its banana export quota to the EU

According to a statement issued by the Association of Organizations of Banana Producers of the Canary Islands (Asprocan), last May Guatemala exceeded its banana export quota to the European Union (EU); however, "the European Commission decided not to apply the penalty foreseen by this mechanism while in…

Chiquita shares efforts to preserve biodiversity

Chiquita has shared its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, saying it aims to preserve and enhance biodiversity while growing and delivering its bananas to customers worldwide. The company said it ceased forest clearing for agricultural expansion in 2005 to focus on rejuvenating and…

Chiquita faces Ecuadoran farm workers' pesticide poisoning lawsuit

A Delaware federal magistrate judge has denied produce company Chiquita's request to be let out of litigation concerning Ecuadorian farm workers' claims that they were poisoned from exposure to pesticides used on bananas. US magistrate judge Sherry R. Fallon of the District of Delaware denied Chiquita’s…

"Bananas become most popular import fruit in Shanghai"

Chinese banana imports grow following international free trade agreement

The volume of bananas imported to China grows faster as import bananas become more popular with Chinese consumers. The value of bananas imported to China in 2018 reached 897 million USD, which is 3 times the import value of bananas in 2012. Manager Yu of Shanghai Wu Long Fruit Co., Ltd. recently provided…

India: Kerala banana farmers form association

As a follow-up to the National Banana Festival hosted last year by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (Cissa), Banana farmers in Kerala have formed a…

Devastating banana disease may have reached Latin America

An extremely harmful banana disease has apparently reached Latin America. Late last week, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) in Bogotá confirmed that four plantations…

Cameroon H1 2019 banana exports drop by 61% year-on-year

In the first half of 2019 (H1), Cameroonian banana producers exported only 43,721 tons of the product. Compared with the 113,600 tons exported a year earlier, this represents…

First report of black Sigatoka on Reunion Island

Pseudocercospora fijiensis , the causal agent of black Sigatoka, a disease of bananas (BLSD). It is considered to be the major economic threat for bananas cultivated for export all over the world. The disease has a worldwide distribution throughout the humid tropical regions and has been previously…

EU banana prices trending downward

Today Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted on the EU #Banana Prices May'19 in a downward trend . Click here for a larger picture

China: Increasing demand drives banana prices up slightly

The price of bananas from various producing areas is at a good level. Bananas produced in areas such as Hainan, Guangdong, and Guangxi continues to show a slight increase,…

AU: Banana growers urge Queensland Government to reconsider regulation

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has warned the Queensland Government that proposed additional reef regulations for land already owned by growers could have…

Colombia: Some banana crops in quarantine over fungus concerns

Colombia has put a patch of banana crops in the north of the country under quarantine, as there are suspicions they are infested with a fungus that is seen as potentially devastating to the country’s banana exports. The fusarium R4T fungus causes a plant disease popularly known as ‘Panama disease, and…

Colombia: Black Sigatoka detected in two farms in La Guajira

Banana and plantain crops are some of the most important crops in Colombia. Some 20,000 farmers cultivate almost 300,000 hectares in 17 of the 19 provinces of the country, according to data from 2018 provided by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC). Due to the enormous economic impact…

Kenya: 83-year-old arrested for disguising marijuana as bananas

The Kenyan Police have busted an 83-year-old woman in Nyeri County in possession of bhang which they suspect was intended to be sold to the local public. The woman was caught by detectives and local administrators while posing as a banana vendor along the streets of Nyeri town. Rolls of bhang were found…

BLE Market Report KW 27/19:

Bananas: Sales were predominantly slow

Sales were mostly quiet. Effects of the first vacation days noticeably slowed down the turnover of goods. As a precaution, the traders had throttled back their shipments accordingly, so supply correlated sufficiently with a decelerated demand. This meant they in most cases could maintain the prices at…

Chinese banana price could rapidly rise this year

Banana farmers are aware of regular fluctuations in the banana industry. Each cycle generally lasts around 3-5 years. In addition to normal price fluctuations, the overall…

Chiquita shares ways in which it helps children and women

Chiquita said that as a global corporate citizen, it is responsible for understanding and addressing its impacts, either direct or indirect, upon people and the planet. This responsibility does not stop at its farm boundary or factory gate: Chiquita has identified women and children as two of its most…

'Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador losing share'

Banana imports into US Jan-May 2019 - down 2.4%

Today Luc Hellebuyck [@Bananas4All], former Eucofel Aisbl CEO, tweeted "Banana imports USA Jan-May'19 vs '18. Minus 2,4% Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador losing share."

Asprocan claims agreement with Mercosur will increase risk of banana oversupply

The Association of Organizations of Producers of Platanos de Canarias (Asprocan) has warned that the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur will increase the risk…

China: July banana prices higher year on year

Recently, banana prices in production areas such as Hainan, Guangdong, and Guangxi have become unstable, and prices in some regions have dropped. Apart from Laos, the price of…

It’s Fresh! signs agreement with Ecuadorian banana association

On the 9th of July, UK food technology company It’s Fresh! signed a deal to help transform the Ecuadorian banana trade. ACORBANEC, the Association of Marketing &…

Continuing protest against labour rights abuses

Sumitomo sells stake in Sumifru Philippines

Japanese Corporation Sumitomo recently announced its intention to sell its 49 percent stake in Philippines banana producer Sumifru, to its partner in the joint venture,…

Philippines: Davao export up by 83% in first quarter

Exports from the Philippines’ Davao Region amounted to US$ 756.2 million in the first quarter of 2019; an 82.9 percent increase from the US$ 413.4 million the same period of…

Panamanian exports grow thanks to the banana

According to data published by the Comptroller General of Panama, between January and April 2019, the country's export volume increased by 1.8% over the previous year, mainly…

Fourth year at OPS for Organic banana specialist

Organics Unlimited specializes in organic bananas, and says it does so in a manner that is sustainable and cares about the local communities. It is with this spirit that they are exhibiting at the Organic Produce Summit on July 10 and 11 in Monterey California. This will be the fourth year that Organics…

EU banana supply 2018 reaches 6.5 million ton

The EU banana supply of 2018 reached 6.5 million ton (6500 truck loads per week). The import prices increased by 8% over 9 years. This was tweeted by Luc Hellbuyck. Click here for larger image. He also said the following: "EU #banana CIF import prices increase with 8% over 9 years, halve of EU annual…

Banana market unusually active in China

Recent statistics released by the China Customs Administration show that in May 2019, China's total banana imports reached 227,200 tons, an increase of 31.8%. Currently, fresh…

Xavier Lazo - Minister of Agriculture

"Ecuador is free of Fusarium Race 4"

The Ministry of Agriculture and Economy reported that Ecuador is free of the Fusarium Race 4 plague that affects bananas and plantains on the continent, before alarm is generated in the sector. The Minister of Agriculture, Xavier Lazo, assured that Ecuador is informed, prepared, and actively working to…

BLE Market Report KW 26/19:

'Summer weather slowed demand for bananas'

The hot weather clearly slowed down the demand for bananas. However, most distributors had adjusted the ripeners supply to a limited extent to the reduced sales opportunities. Therefore, prices often remained at the previous level. Owing to slight inventories building up, speedy sales became more…

Cameroon: Exports of 14,205 tons of bananas in June 2019

According to banana association Assobacam, in June 2019, Cameroon exported 14,205 tons of bananas. Compared with the 16,979 tons exported in June 2018, this represents a drop…

"Prices of imported bananas rise in China"

Currently, the Chinese banana market is very active. The local banana season is underway, and large volumes of bananas from other countries, such as the Philippines and…

"We offer both organic and organic Fairtrade bananas from Dominican Republic"

In week 25, the Fairtrasa group held an international summit with representatives of each of their supply offices and the European sales office in the Dominican Republic. The event took place to reinforce the group spirit, mutual cooperation and develop/strengthen a common vision for the future. "Early…

Preparing to grow bananas in Tajikistan greenhouses

Members of the “Dustobod 2” farm in the Spitamen district of the Republic of Tajikistan intend to build four innovative hectares of hydroponics on 4 hectares by 2021. There,…

It is the starting point for the negotiation of a new collective agreement

Colombia's Banana Association proposes a 12% salary increase

The National Trade Union of the Agricultural Industry Workers (Sintrainagro) presented before the Colombian Banana Association (Augura) a list of requests from producers to entrepreneurs in the Uraba region for the signing of a new collective labor agreement. The starting point for negotiations will be a…

Hot weather brings slow banana sales

Recently, prices of bananas from all regions of China and abroad have fluctuated and declined in various banana growing regions. China has entered midsummer, and the…

Fitness themed stickers displayed on Chiquita bananas

Chiquita is ‘bananas’ about fitness this summer, it said. Starting from yesterday, more than 200 million Chiquita bananas will be sporting a collection of 10 fitness stickers with simple and quick exercise challenges to help promote a healthy diet and lifestyle. This new sticker series is a reminder that…

Philippines banana sector needs P3.65 billion to raise output

The Philippines must spend at least P3.65 billion (€63.2 mln) over the next three years to improve the competitiveness of the banana industry and maintain its stature as the world’s second-top producer of the tropical fruit, according to an industry road map. Under the Philippine Banana Industry Roadmap…

Chief Minister of Kerala, India:

“One day someone will claim patent for the nendran banana”

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his fear that someone will come forward and claim patent for the ‘nendran’ banana variety, preventing the cultivation of the fruit further in the state. Speaking at a meeting organised by state committee of Kerala Karshaka Sangam for young farmers in Thrissur,…

Saint Lucia: Banana farmers call for change of harmful Winfresh quota system

Banana farmers in Saint Lucia, at this time the only island producing bananas among the four Windward Islands, are complaining bitterly that the recent implementation of a…

China: Banana prices continue to rise

Banana prices have been rising continuously this year, and an important factor is the decline in banana supplies compared with last year. Take Guangxi, one of the main growing…

La Compagnie Fruitière: towards a more sustainable banana production

After nearly three years of partnership with WWF France, the company presents the progress of its commitments for a more sustainable agriculture. The road towards 20% of organic banana plantations for 2025 For La Compagnie Fruitière and WWF France, it is essential to promote a more responsible…

China: Import volume of bananas reaches record level

Thanks to health awareness and a growing middle class, the popularity of bananas in China is growing, and Chinese consumers are buying more imported bananas than ever before,…

Shelf-life and quality of Black Sigatoka resistant bananas

Black Leaf Streak Disease (BLSD), better known as Black Sigatoka, is considered the most serious banana leaf disease worldwide, because it reduces both yield (-38%) and postharvest banana green-life (-40%). The control of this disease needs of weekly applications with fungicides, which increase the…

China is still top buyer of Philippine bananas

In the second quarter of 2019, China’s fondness for Philippine bananas seems to have intensified as it doubled its orders for the fruit, driving total shipments up by 80…

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,…

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…

ICAR-FUSICONT

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…


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