Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from April 8, 2011

INDIA : SCIENTISTS & GROWERS JOIN FORCES TO STEM LOSSES TO MANGO CROP

SOURCE : INDIAN EXPRESS . COM


Ever since mango trees began flowering in both western and eastern Uttar Pradesh this season, farmers as well as scientists at the Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), Lucknow, are working overtime to save the crop. In the districts of Sandila, Barabanki, Malihabad in Lucknow, Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar, scientists are helping farmers in pest management. Starting March, CISH launched a special series of weekly visits and “Expert se baat kareen” telephonic sessions where farmers can call up the institute’s special helpline numbers every Friday. Scientists are also giving information on management of powdery mildew, a fungal disease that commonly hits the crop during its flowering season of March and April. The frenetic activities are not without reason. CISH assesments have revealed that this year’s mango crop would be about 40 per cent less than last year’s.

ZIMBABWE : DEATH OF A MANGO LEGEND

Mike CampbellMike Campbell, who died on April 6 aged 78, of injuries sustained during torture by Zanu-PF militants in 2008, was a white Zimbabwean farmer who dared to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s “land redistribution” policy in the courts — and won.
SOURCE : THE TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER A documentary film about the case and its tragic aftermath, Mugabe and the White African (2010), made by the British film-makers Lucy Bailey and Andrew Thompson during clandestine visits to Zimbabwe, brought the plight of white Zimbabwean farmers and their farm workers to world attention, winning numerous awards.
Mike Campbell (in the beige cardigan) and Ben Freeth (in green) with some of their workers Michael Campbell was born on a farm at Klerksdorp, South Africa, in 1932 into a family which had farmed in Africa since 1713.  After leaving school he served in the South African Army and was involved in the early 1970s in the bush war between Rhodesia’s white rulers and black independence fighters. He decid…

VIRGIN AMERICA ADDS MANGO TO FIRST CLASS CABIN MENU

Noted for its own Award-Winning In-flight Menu, Virgin America Welcomes Delicious, Sustainable and Local Food Concessions at its San Francisco Home SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the California-based airline known for its fresh, award-winning in-flight cuisine, today launches its spring in-flight menu and joins with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to celebrate the food at its new home at San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2 (T2).

FRESH EXPERTS: JOHN SHELFORD BOARD GOVERNANCE SERIES

IMO NOTE:  Recommended reading for anyone who has ever sat or intends to sit on a Board:

April / 2011




BOARD GOVERNANCE SERIES
By John Shelford, Shelford Associates, Member of FreshXperts


The Board's Primary Categories of Responsibility

How shall a Board organize its work?

Organize with a view that all actions and policies fall in four categories:

VIEWER COMMENTS: COMPANIA INTERNACIONAL FRUTIFERA (CIF), BARCELONA, SPAIN

Hola Will;
Recibe un caluroso saludo de Barcelona España.

EURO MARKET REPORT: ANDRE van der Wiel (tacler) (April 8, 2011)

IMO NOTE:
Our friend Andre van der Wiel at tacler (part of Fresh Plaza group) has kindly forwarded market information from Europe.
Here is the update:
Mango prices from Europe:
Quotes are FOT (Rotterdam)
Prices are euros: (trading as of 4/8/2011) 
1.00 EUR=1.44391 USD
Prices have gone up further

IMO IASQ PRESS RELEASE PICKED UP BY FRUIT NET

Source: Fruitnet.com
America Fruit Magazine Gill McShane

BioShield Services LLC, to offer IASQ certification with support of International Mango Organization


The US-based International Mango Organization (IMO) and BioShield Services have entered into a partnership to develop an Indoor Air and Surface Quality (IASQ) protocol for the fresh produce industry.


In a press release, IMO said it has recognised a win-win-win situation for grower-exporter, the transportation industry, importer-distributors, and ultimately the retailer-restaurant sector.

STOP : THE MOST VOCAL ADVOCATE FOR FOOD SAFETY (OUR CHILDREN)

IMO NOTE: The tide is rising. The movement for FOOD SAFETY is being driven by "Grass roots" organizations.
Here is a very important interview from Food Safety News (A link on our Blog)
Discussing the safety of the food we eat with Nancy Donley, president of STOP.
Let me take a heavy and a ragged but deep breath here. This is not an easy subject to write about. Talking about it is even harder. This interview is about the needless death of children and I can think of nothing in life that's worse than watching your baby die.  
From those supremely tragic events came an organization known as STOP. The letters stand for Safe Tables Our Priority. Numbered too heavily among its founders are people who have lost children to food borne illnesses.  
Nancy Donley is one of them. She was a protective mother of young Alex, her only child.  Some might have even called her 'over-protective.'  But it didn't matter.  In the end, she lost her six-year old son to hemolytic uremic sy…

LOOMING GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN MAY AFFECT MANGO TRADE

As high-level budget negotiations stalled Thursday, leaving government shutdown at midnight a real possibility, federal food safety agencies began releasing details on their contingency plans.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which maintains a constant presence in meat and poultry plants across the country, will continue inspections in a shutdown scenario. 


The plan to classify FSIS inspectors as "essential personnel" would keep approximately 8,000 inspectors in 6,200 processing facilities. Management and non-inspection personnel would likely be furloughed, along with much of the rest of USDA. 

MEXICO : NUEVA EVALUACION EN LAS ZONAS DE MANGO

8 de Abril de 2011 Pese a que las autoridades acordaron apoyar a los productores de mango afectados por las bajas temperaturas ocurridas en febrero pasado, el Gobierno del Estado realizará una nueva valoración mediante un comité técnico con la intención de apoyar con un poco más a quien más daños tuvo en sus huertas. Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez Sánchez, coordinador de la Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca del Estado, manifestó que el dictamen no es para contraponer el acuerdo tomado anteriormente por las autoridades estatales, federales, diputados y productores, sino que es con la intención de valorar lo que se afectó y tener con ello una estadística del problema. “Se está tramitando un apoyo especial para los productores de mango que fueron afectados por las heladas, principalmente para la tecnificación y en un principio se mandó unos técnicos para la valoración de la flor y hoy será para que valoren el mango y ver hasta dónde afectó”, dijo.

PERU : EL MANGO LIDERO CRECIMIENTO EN LAS EXPORTACIONES

8 de Abril de 2011 Durante el primer bimestre la fruta registró los mayores embarques, representando  el 17% del valor FOB total En un 32.3% crecieron las exportaciones agrarias de Perú durante el primer bimestre de 2011, alcanzando US$547,7 millones de valor FOB, informó el Ministerio de Agricultura de Perú (Minagri). Fotografía: Minag Esta cifra es superior a la obtenida durante el mismo periodo en 2010, cuando se llegó a los US$133.6 millones. La Oficina de Estudios Económicos y Estadísticos (OEEE) de la entidad gubernamental, indicó que este crecimiento fue liderado por los embarques de mangos – en fresco, congelados, preparados y en jugo -  el que representó  el 17% del valor total.

PETERSON INSTITUTE : CRECIMIENTO DE LA ECONOMIA MUNDIAL DE 4.3% EN EL 2011

El crecimiento de Estados Unidos sería de 3.3 por ciento
Instituto prevé economía crecerá 4.3% en este año

Los recientes acontecimientos políticos en Oriente Medio y el terremoto y posterior tsunami en Japón apenas afectarán a la economía mundial, que crecerá un 4,3 % en 2011 y un 4,5 % en 2012, según las previsiones del Peterson Institute for International Economics.


 “La explicación de esta estabilidad es que antes de estos sucesos, las perspectivas económicas apuntaban a una ligera revisión al alza del crecimiento, por lo que se mantienen igual que en septiembre de 2010”, explicó  Michael Mussa, investigador de este centro estadounidense y ex director de Investigación del FMI (1991-2001).

Mussa agregó durante la presentación de las “Perspectivas Globales Económicas” del Peterson Institute, que seguirán siendo las economías emergentes las que lideren la recuperación mundial.

BRASIL: VENDAS DO POLO DA MANGA CRESCEM 24% NA ULTIMA SAFRA

Brasil: Vendas do Polo de Manga crescem 24% na última safra

Os municípios que compõem o Polo de Manga do Noroeste do Estado encerraram a safra 2010/2011 com crescimento de 24% na comercialização da manga ubá para a indústria de polpa de frutas.


 O engenheiro do Incaper José Carlos Grobério disse que o crescimento é significativo. "O volume chegou a 2.641 toneladas do total processado pela indústria, o maior volume comercializado de todas as safras", afirmou.

No início do polo, em 2007/2008, a contribuição para a indústria foi de apenas 1% do volume total processado. Mantenópolis teve o melhor resultado, com 480.782 ton processadas.


Fonte: A Gazeta 

Fecha de publicación: 08/04/2011