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ORIGINS OF THE MANGO : VAISHALI, AMRAPALI ,BUDDHA & THE MANGO GROVE

IMO NOTE: In an ongoing research project for the "MANGO & THE GALLEON TRADE" series, research has taken the author to Vaishali, in eastern India. The suspicion is that somehow there is a link back to the origin in Modeern day Pakistan. (This linkage will come later in the series) The importance of Vaishali is that it is the spring board for the mango from India to the humid environment of modern day Sri-Lanka and on through the malay peninsula to the Philippines, before the Spaniards bring it on to Acapulco. (There is a 2,000 year swing between this last two events)
Source: Wikipedia
The Buddha and his Sangha then traveled to Vaishali, the capital of the Licchavis, a tribe that was part of the Vriji Federation that King Ajatashatru was so intent on conquering.
There the Buddha stayed in the mango grove belonging to the famed and beautiful courtesan Amrapali.  Amrapali was no ordinary courtesan. She was in fact thenagarvadhuor “bride of the city.” The story is that a gardene…

MANGONIA, FLORIDA: EPICENTER OF MANGO CULTIVATION ON USA MAINLAND

IMO NOTE: MANGONIA, FLORIDA: MODERN DAY PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Source: Palm Beach, Florida Historical society
Elbridge Gale and his daughter Hattie: Mangos and the Little Red Schoolhouse We know this year marks the centennial of Palm Beach County. But the region’s modern history goes back further. It’s been 125 years since the Rev. Elbridge Gale, a minister, educator and professor of horticulture retired to the area from Kansas in November 1884. He became one of the first to build a cabin on the west side of Lake Worth, then the name for the Intracoastal Waterway. The Gale house, at 401 29th St. in Northwood, is the site of the nation’s first fruit-bearing, grafted West Indian mango tree. It’s believed the existing structure wraps around some or all of the original cabin. Gale called his home Mangonia because of his success in raising imported mangos. By 1894, a small community, also known as Mangonia, had sprouted north and east of his property and eventually became part of the city.

HISTORY OF THE HAYDEN (HADEN) MANGO AND ITS OFF SPRING

Source: WikipediaHistory
A display In 1902, Captain John J. Haden, a retired U.S. army officer living in Coconut Grove, Florida, planted four dozen seedlings of 'Mulgoba' mangoes he had purchased from Professor Elbridge Gale in Mangonia, near Lake Worth Lagoon in the area of present-day West Palm Beach.  Haden would die the following year, but his wife Florence cared for the trees at their property in Coconut Grove, which first fruited in 1910.[3]  One tree in particular produced superior quality fruit, with brilliant color and good flavor. This cultivar was selected and given the family name. Both historical and pedigree analysis indicates that 'Haden' was likely the result of a cross between 'Mulgoba' and a 'Turpentine' mango.

CAPTAIN HAYDEN & MANGOES ARRIVAL IN SOUTH FLORIDA (From 1925)

IMO NOTE:  Here is an article published in 1925, debunking the myth propagated that Captain Hayden was a sea Captain. He was in fact a retired U.S. Army Captain and doscovered the mango in Florida rather than the caribbean as is fallaciously believed by many mango historians!MangosSuniland Magazine1925In the realm of mythological romance is found the story of the golden apples of the Hesperides.


 Mortals have, all these ages, been wishing for just one bite of those famous apples, reserved for the gods, and guarded by four beautiful sisters.


 At last, either there has been a lapse on the part of the guards, or else the gods have decided that since the gift came originally from the goddess of Earth, the apples of the Hesperides should be returned to the children of Earth. 


We are inclined to the latter opinion.


 We believe that they had lost a bit of their luster and were sent to the studio of Mother Nature to be restored to their original beauty and brilliance. 


She, catching the spirit of …

IMO 2012 WORLD TOUR: "MANGO & THE GALLEON TRADE" DVD/BOOK RELEASE

IMO NOTE: This is part of the research archive from the IMO PROJECT: MANGO & THE GALLEON TRADE (A DVD and Book format) to be released by the IMO in Spring of 2012.




The IMO intends to launch the finished product in conjunction with a world tour that will include IMO Global Mango Conferences in: Acapulco, Mexico, Manilia, Philippines & Goa, India and two potential stops at Recife, Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago in an attempt to recreate the route of the mango from Hindustan to the "new world".







Source: http://mango-trees.blogspot.com/2008/10/history-of-mango-in-india-and-southeast.html






FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008




History of Mango in India and Southeast Asia



History of Mango in India and Southeast Asia



Domestication of mango probably occurred at different times and in different –places on the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.




Mango cultivated in Eastern India can be dated to 4000 BC.






Today the mango tree and it fruit remain important Indian religious and cu…

VIEWERS COMMENTS: BACKGROUND ON THE FMSL OPERATION (GHANA)

Thank-you once again for the quick response. 
I started farming in the year 1998 with Teak then switched to Mangoes in the year 2003 through to 2006. 
Meaning plantation is between eight and  five years old with varieties being Keitt  80% and Kent 20%. 
The farm is globalgap certified. 
We have two seasons a year :
(Major which starts from April/May to July and Minor season which starts from December to February/March). 
I will send you detailed pictures by tomorrow. 
The radio website is still under construction since we've decided to change the face of our website but you can still log on to:  www.ritefmonline.net
I'm a member of the Yilo Krobo Mango farmers Association, a member of Zone 1 farmer base organization, member of the university council- faculty of agriculture and consumer science Legion.
The farm is situated and lying at Somanya in the Eastern Region of the Republic of Ghana. Regards
Regards,
Davies Korboe MANGO PLANTATION FMSL (GH) LTD. GHANA, AFRICA

NMB SETS DATES FOR MANGO COOK-OFF USA TOUR

National Mango Board Goes On Tour to Celebrate Mangos All Over the U.S. ORLANDO, Fla., April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Mango Board (NMB) is celebrating regional cuisines with an inspirational ingredient – mangos. The world's most popular fruit will be featured in the Mango Hometown Tour, a program that enlists the help of top local chefs who will be incorporating the naturally sweet flavor of mangos into a regional dish. Two chefs in each of six cities will be challenged to create a recipe that reflects the best of their region. The chefs will participate in a taste-off to see whose mango dish truly highlights mango goodness and captures the regional flair. At each stop along the way, local retailers will be part of the action as well. Besides showcasing seasonal mango varieties, they will provide consumers with resources like recipes, tips for selecting and cutting a mango, as well as fresh ingredients that complement the fruit's bright flavor.

FMSL (GH) LTD: PREMIER MANGO OPERATION IN GHANA

FARM MANAGEMENT SERVICED LIMITED (FMSL Gh. Ltd) is an integrated agricultural based entity that began its operations 5years ago with its head office in Somanya in the Yilo Krobo District in the Eastern region of Ghana. 


The company aims to promote agriculture and social development within the communities it operates.


 The company seeks to promote the youth to engage in commercial agriculture ventures as a means of sustainable livelihood.


 At the moment FMSL, a company established to manage a mango sharing plantation scheme is engaged predominantly in the cultivation and marketing of exotic mangoes for the local and export market.


 FMSL GH Ltd is also the owner of FMSL Multimedia and operates through its official radio station (Rite FM) transmitting on 90.1Fm. 


The coverage of the station extends to the north eastern parts of Greater Accra, parts of Eastern and Volta regions.


 It broadcasts mainly in English, Twi and Krobo. 

CONGRESSMAN DARRELL ISSA: DEFENDER OF USA FARMER'S RIGHTS

U.S.A. Congressman Darrell Issa (49th Congretssonal District (which includes IMO base, Vista, California)


(Far Left) poses with members of the California Agricultural Community in Salinas, California.


 (On the Far Right) President of Western Growers Association (WGA) based in Newport Beach, California.

VIEWER COMMENTS: DAVIES KORBOE, PREMIER MANGO OPERATION (GHANA)

Hi, Many thanks for the mail with detailed information about the Global Mango Industry. 
I am truly a mango fan!
I am owner of a 448 hectares mango plantation.
Our operation here in Ghana has been recognized and awarded :
The Best District farmer 2007, 
National Best mango farmer 2008 
and National Overall best farmer 2009.
 I also own and operate the only agric oriented certified radio station in Ghana (Rite 90.1fm) which operates in the main mango enclave here in Ghana. 
Hope your information will make great impact. 
Regards,
Davies Korboe
Ghana, Africa

SHIPPING PROJECTIONS TO USA MARKET FROM THE NMB (for April 21, 2011)

Mexico


 Mexico sent approximately 1.9 million boxes last week representing 17% more than the 
previous week. Estimated volume for this week is 1.4 million boxes because of Easter 
week.  Estimated volume for next week is 1.9 million boxes. 
 Approximately 33 packing houses have been certified as of 04/16/2011     
 Ataulfo weekly average price per box at the Texas entry port, on the week ending 
4/16/2011, decreased 9.19% in respect to the previous week. Prices at the Nogales entry 
port increased slightly.  
 Haden and Tommy Atkins weekly average price per box at the Texas and Nogales entry 
ports, on the week ending on 4/16/2011, increased at least 5% compared to the previous 
week. 
 The Mexican mango season began the early part of February 
 Volume is expected to be at least 50 million boxes (8.8 lb/box) 
 Mexico’s projections do not include Northern Sinaloa.  According to  the EMEX estimation, North 
Sinaloa volume should be around 11 million boxes (same as last year).  
 Based…

EPA ENGAGING IN DISTURBING PRACTICE OF "SUE & SETTLE" WITH ACTIVIST GROUPS

DARRELL ISSA: EPA USING “SUE AND SETTLE” TO REGULATE AGRICULTURAL JOB CREATORS SALINAS, CA- The Environmental Protection Agency is "engaging in a disturbing 'sue and settle' strategy" according to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who held an oversight forum today in Salinas, California assessing the impact EPA actions have had on farmers and growers in his home state.   "Our witnesses offered a powerful rebuke of the agency for their lack of outreach to the regulated community - which has resulted in significant regulatory threats to farmers and growers," said Issa who held the forum in his capacity as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating regulatory impediments to job creation in various sectors since December.  "Sue and settle," a term coined by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Colin Peterson, refers to the EPA's decisions to settle lawsuits from environmentalist organizations, by-passing the proper …

ANOTHER MANGO MIAMI BACKYARD TREE

SOMEBODY IN MIAMI CAN'T WAIT TO PICK THEIR MANGOS! THEY EVEN OFFERED TO FEDEX ONE TO EACH OF THEIR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK!!


MEXICO - PERU FTA : GOOD FOR ALL

Mexico: Risks in trade agreement with Peru ruled out

The 13 agricultural products negotiated within the trade agreement with Peru do not represent financial risk to the national production, said the Ministry of Economy, highlighting that Mexico is the world's leading exporter of some of those products such as avocados, onions and mango in addition to fresh asparagus and citrus.

He also rejected a phytosanitary risk because agro products that do not comply with sanitary and phytosanitary norms in force will not enter Mexico.

By: Beatriz García Alonso

Publication date: 4/21/2011
Author: Paola Andrea Gutierrez Corredor
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com

MAERSK CONTINUES GLOBAL EXPANSION

Maersk unit buys 80 pct share of Georgian port

APM Terminals, a unit of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it had bought an 80 percent share in the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti from the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) RAKIA.


 It also said it planned to invest $100 million usd., over five years in the port development. 


Georgia's senior government officials told Reuters about a deal early this month, although there had been no confirmation from APM Terminals or RAKIA. 


"The port ... is ideally located to become a future hub for Central Asia trade," APM said in a statement on Tuesday. "We expect to invest $100 million over the next five years." 

FOCUS ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: U.N. MOVES FORWARD WITH NEW STANDARD

Behavioural guidelines for companies for approval to the UN Human Rights Council20-04-2011 John Ruggie, the special UN representative for human rights and business, presented the definitive Guiding Principles.  Organisations such as SOMO can use these to hold businesses accountable when they disregard their human rights policy.  There is a large basis of support for these guidelines among various stakeholders, but the principles are not enforceable.
 In June, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations is expected to approve the recommendations of Ruggie. This approval would bring to an end a five-year mandate during which the UN representative worked on his Guiding Principles for the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework. "Ruggie has initiated a debate on the role of business in respecting human rights, which has received broad-based support by governments, businesses, trade unions and social organisations," says SOMO researcher Mariëtte van Huijstee.

ECUADOR: BERNARDO MALO (REFIN S.A.) OPINA SOBRE FUTURO DE EXPORTACIONES

Ecuador: Exportadores creen que medidas para enfrentar posible ausencia de Atpdea son oportunas
20 de Abril de 2011 Las medidas aprobadas por el Gobierno ante una posible no renovación de las preferencias arancelarias (Atpdea) tiene una buena aceptación en el sector exportador. Bernardo Malo, de la empresa Refin S.A, señaló que la propuesta sobre el Certificado de Abono Tributario es buena pero consideró que aún resta por conocer  detalles específicos sobre cómo se materializará. Dijo que  el sector del mango es uno de los más perjudicados porque está gravado con un arancel de 6,6 centavos por kilo y el 70% de la producción se exporta a Estados Unidos. “La piña es un producto similar y tiene un arancel de 1 centavo por kilo, el mango tiene 6 veces más. Por cada millón de cajas se exporta 264 mil dólares en arancel”. Con respecto a la logística, Malo indicó que el producto se demora 20 días en llegar a Europa (un mercado que es atractivo para la exportación), por lo que el envío de la fruta…

PERU'S FAVORITE MANGO VARIETY GROWING AS AN EXPORT OPTION

Pronatur plans to export 40% more in the next season
Peru: Increases shipments of Edward mango by 20%

Following the 2010-2011 export season of exotic fruits from the jungle, Pronatur, the leading exporter company in the industry, registered an increase in exports of Edward mango by 20%, compared to what was exported last season.

Miguel Reyes, chief financial officer of Pronatur, confirmed the increase and noted that the reason for this increase was, basically, because of the increased demand on the German market.

"We have projected for the upcoming 2011-2012 season that the growth of our exports will be sustained; we believe that the implementation of new certifications of quality will ensure our image is considered as a synonym of confidence in our current and potential customers", he said.

ANOTHER MANGO MIAMI BACKYARD TREE

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