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THE MONITORING OF CREDIT EXTENSION IN THE MANGO WORLD

The credit conundrum As political events and natural disasters threaten to undermine the confidence of the financial sector, Michael Barker asks whether it will become even more difficult for the fresh produce industry to gain trade credit in futureIn the months following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008, businesses used to a certain way of operating financially suddenly found their world had become a great deal more complicated. As banks struggled and the finance sector re-evaluated what sort of companies they should be lending to, fresh produce businesses found themselves on the wrong end of often blanket trade credit bans.  As the dust cleared, things started to improve, but with the impact of natural disasters in Japan and New Zealand against the backdrop of major political instability in North Africa and the Middle East, to what extent will notoriously skittish financial traders look to rein in credit once again and add a further headache for growers to deal with?

ORGANIC ALLIANCE FORMED IN EUROPE

New organic alliance forgedEight organic organisations across Europe have joined forces to form the Leading Organic Alliance to help promote organic farming in the continent, develop and protect organic standards and to exchange best practice in production, certification and advocacy.
 The eight, including the Soil Association in the UK, have signed a memorandum of understanding. The other seven organisations hail from Austria, Belgium, Spain, Norway, Italy, Sweden and Germany.
SOURCE: FPJ

GROWCOM: BANANA WASTE TO ENERGY (BW2E) AN ALTERNATIVE FOR MANGO INDUSTRY

IMO NOTE: THE MANGO INDUSTRY MUST VERTICALLY INTEGRATE.
Here is a good example from Australia with Bananas:
Banana Waste to Energy (BW2E) Growcom was awarded a $200 000 grant in 2006 by the Sustainable Industries Division for the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to build a pilot biofuel plant on the plantation of Bush Holdings in Tully.

The plant was to test the commercial viability of using waste bananas to produce a natural gas to run tractors, farm machinery and vehicles.
Researchers from the University of Queensland suggested that natural gas could be produced from bananas using a ‘continuous digestion’ process involving natural microbial organisms.
Around 10 per cent of bananas are currently discarded in the Queensland banana industry every year due to imperfections which make them unsuitable for sale. This waste product can be used in an anaerobic digester to produce fuel.

GROWCOM: AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER HORTICULTURAL GROUP

Growcom Growcom is an independent commercially focused not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of relevant services to help members, clients and partners achieve greater success in the Queensland horticulture industry.  Growcom is widely considered the “voice” of horticulture on issues common to all commodities and works to engender support for the horticulture industry in the community. Growcom embraces and promotes innovative, responsible farming and business practices.  We are a progressive organisation with a strong track record and 80 year history.

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL AFFECT SOIL NUTRIENTS: ULTIMATELY AFFECTING COLOR & FLAVOR

From floods to droughts to cyclones, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America region have taken a battering from weather events in 2011, following the warmest year on record globally in 2010.  While opinions differ on whether the phenomena are a result of human activity, one thing is clear – temperatures are rising and so is the incidence of extreme weather activity. 

CHIQUITA BRANDS SETS SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY EXAMPLE

Chiquita & Cooperative For Ed. Partner To Break Poverty Cycle In Guatemalaby Chiquita Brands International, Inc.Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12:28PM EDT
Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati-based nonprofit Cooperative for Education (CoEd) recently received international support in the form of a prestigious grant from Chiquita Brands.


The $10,000 grant will support the organization’s Guatemala Textbook Program, bringing first-ever textbooks to more than 1,200 youths in rural Guatemala. 


Residents of the Cincinnati area and beyond have the opportunity to see the program in action and meet the youths who will benefit from the grant through service trips conducted by CoEd every February and August.





“The Cooperative for Education has an impressive track-record enhancing the quality of education in rural Guatemala,” said Manuel Rodriguez, Chiquita senior vice president, government and international affairs and corporate responsibility officer. “Chiquita is proud to support these efforts, as w…

ANUGA TRADE SHOW: THE WORLDS LARGEST FOOD & BEVERAGE EVENT

Dates & opening timesAnuga FoodTec takes place from Tuesday, March 27th to Friday, March 30th, 2012. Anuga FoodTec opening timesFor visitors, daily from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
For exhibitors, daily from 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Fortune favours the brave, the future favours the innovative In 2012, the 6th Anuga FoodTec will become the world’s most important trade fair for the food and drink industry.  And consequently also a valuable marketplace for all those who want to present their solutions and products to a global audience of trade visitors. 

For exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, the Anuga FoodTec 2012 provides the best opportunity to present and experience the latest trends and exciting innovations, whether it be in processing, packaging or distribution.

GS1 US : THE CORE OF THE PTI

GS1 US Contacts:Jon Mellor Director, External Affairs GS1 US 1009 Lenox Drive, Suite 202 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 Tel:+1 609-620-4656 Email: jmellor@gs1us.org

PRODUCE TRACEABILITY INITIATIVE SEEKS INDUSTRY INPUT

Produce Traceability Initiative Seeks InputBY MICHELLE GREENHALGH | AUG 26, 2010 The Produce Traceability Initiative is currently in the process of forming industry-led working groups to guide its future activities.
  The initiative was designed in order to help the produce industry maximize and improve traceback procedures and standardize industry-wide traceability practices.
Working groups are open to industry members from across the fresh produce supply chain, and interested parties are invited to volunteer their time and expertise to one or more of the new working groups.

ISOTOPE TRACKING : THE MISSING LINK IN THE PRODUCE TRACEABILITY INITIATIVE

Isotopes Aid in Traceability
BY SARVESH JAGANNIVAS | SEP 03, 2010 Did you or someone in your family buy Lucerne eggs?
  Could you easily discern from that package exactly where those eggs came from?
 When they were harvested?

 Where they were washed, shipped, transshipped, and sold?
  What if you could answer all of those questions on the Internet by punching in a code number found on the egg carton?
 Sounds implausible?

Consumers already are demanding this type of transparency in their food supply.
After a series of massive recalls covering peanut butter, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and now eggs, momentum is building to create a far more extensive food origin tracking system.

CONCERN GROWS IN PAKISTAN AS MANGO SEASON APPROACHES

Pakistan: Mango exports to US - delay in documentation hinders process

Government departments have yet to finish the documentation process required for the export of mangoes to the United States, which, exporters fear, may delay the scheduled first-ever export of the fruit to the US, The Express Tribune has learnt. 


According to details, several legal requirements have to be fulfilled to meet the criteria set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


 Once these necessities are met, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an offshoot of USDA, will issue compliance agreements and permits to the importers of Pakistani mangoes.

SERVING A CAUSE GREATER THAN SELF

"At a young age I discovered how liberating it is to sacrifice with others for a cause greater than self-interest.


 I run for President because I want the next generation of Americans to know the sense of pride and purpose of serving a cause greater than themselves. "  (1999)




' I learned long ago that serving only one's self interest is a petty and unsatisfying ambition.
 But to serve a cause greater than self- interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime than the fleeting pleasure of fame and fortune."  (2008)
`AMERICAN ICON  U.S. Senator John McCain and 2 time Presidential candidate
For the IMO, "that cause greater than self",  has been the Global Mango Community, which I have served imperfectly for many years, but have loved doing without any reservation, and will continue to do every day of my life.
~ Will Cavan, Executive Director, International Mango Organization (IMO)