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INDIA: THE USE OF ENDOSULFAN ON MANGOES IS QUESTIONED

Source: http://www.commodityonline.com/news/Ban-endosulfan-or-its-wrong-use-38509-3-1.html

by Sreekumar Raghavan 

The seven-hour fast by V S Achuthanandan, Chief Minister of the south Indian state of Kerala, for a nation-wide ban on endosulfan has gained global media attention. 


The use of endosulfan has created congenital ailments and severe birth deformities in Kasargod in North Kerala where more than 5000 people have been affected as well as in some districts of Karnataka.


 Both states have banned the use of the pesticide while the Central Government is yet to take a firm decision on the issue.

Environmentalists argue that the Union Government is unable to ban endosulfan to protect the interests of the industry. 


According to Pradip Dave, President of the Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India, Endosulfan is being used by farmers in India, China and Latin American countries and India controls 80% of the global market for endosulfan. 


The European Union is behind th…

SLATE MAGAZINE QUESTIONS MANGO'S ROYAL PEDIGREE

The Usurper Mango's Bogus Claim to Be "King of Fruits"

Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:51 PM | By Tom Scocca



The "Recipes for Health" feature in the New York Times is focusing this week on one particular tropical fruit.


 "The 'King of Fruits' Commands Respect," the headline declares. 


Hooray! The durian is finally making inroads in America.


Wait, excuse me, Martha Rose Shulman? Why don’t Americans eat more mangoes?I don't know. 


Why don't Americans eat more turnips? 


What does this have to do with the King of Fruits, the 


noble and potent-smelling durian? 
Often called the “king of fruits” elsewhere in the world, the mango is not high in calories, and it is an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamin A and potassium. Often—what? 


The mango? 


The mango is the King of Fruits like Jerry Lee Lewis is 


the King of Rock and Roll.

That doesn't mean the mango isn't a fabulous thing to 


eat.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA WANTS TO KNOW HOW TO EAT A MANGO

Source: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=303911


Editor's note: This column is prepared by Joan D. Cook, Penn State Family Living Program, answering questions concerning food that Berks Countians have asked the extension office. The telephone number is 610-378-1327.
Mangoes are piled high at the grocery store, but I'm not sure how to choose one or prepare it. 

At $1 per mango, that is expensive if I lose some of it in the peeling and cutting process.

Mangoes are one of the most consumed fruits in the world. They originated in India 4,000 years ago, but have only recently reached our grocery stores. 

That is why we don't know much about this succulent fruit. Several kinds of mangoes grow in tropical and subtropical climates and now even in Florida. They are very popular in Indian and Asian recipes. The mango is packed with health-protective nutrients: beta carotene, vitamin C, fiber, lutein and potassium.

GUAM: MANGO IS ON THE MENU!

Mango frenzy: One of Guam's favorite fruits is
in season


9:00 PM, Apr. 27, 2011 | Comments






Jamaican Grill's mango cake, photographed at the Chamorro Village branch of the restaurant, Tuesday. / Masako Watanabe/Pacific Daily News/mwatanabe@guampost.com


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Jamaican Grill's Ja-mango shake, above, and Ja-mango ribs, photographed at the Chamorro Village restaurant, Tuesday. / Masako Watanabe/Pacific Daily News/mwatanabe@guamp







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Jamaican Grill's Ja-mango ribs, photographed at their Chamorro Village restaurant Tuesday. / Masako Watanabe/Pacific Daily News/mwatanabe@guamp







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Jamaican Grill Kitchen Manager Jesse Nebres shows the restaurant's Ja-mango shake, mango cake, and Ja-mango ribs at their Chamorro Village restaurant Tuesday. / Masako Watanabe/Pacific Daily News


IF YOU GO

•5th Annual Mango Festival is May 28 to 29 at the Agat Sagan Bisita.


•Agat Sagan Bisita is located along Agat Bay next to the…

1200 PARTICIPANTS SIT DOWN FOR WORLD'S LARGEST MANGO PIE

Largest mango pie shared by 1,200 people English.news.cn   2011-04-27 13:20:17




A chef tries to work with the largest mango pie in the city of San Carlos, Pangasinan province, Northern Philippines, on April 26, 2011.  A total of 400 pieces of mango pie, each weighing 10 kilos with a total cost of 400,000 Philippine Peso (about 60463 RMB) were displayed in a 100-square-meter table and shared by more than 1,200 residents in the city of San Carlos. (Xinhua/Roel Zaragoza)

ACREAGE PLANTED & IN PRODUCTION: MEXICO BY CULTIVAR

By Will Cavan Executive Director International mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California

This is an "in house" assessment of acreage planted in Mexico by cultivar based on IMO sources and FAO data.
The work is based on FAO Statistical data from 2008 (Most currrent provided by Mexican government)
Keep in mind that the data from FAO is three years old.
However the breakdown by cultivar is 2 days old! 

MEXICO BREAKDOWN BY VARIETY
IMO STATISTICAL DATA CULTIVAR HECTARES % ORO / MANILA    106,384.80 60% ATAULFO      17,730.80 10% TOMMY      26,596.20

IT'S OFFICIAL: PHILIPPINES BUILDS WORLDS LARGEST MANGO PIE!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Largest Mango Pie: Philippines sets world record

SAN CARLOS CITY, Philippines -- Residents of 86 villages in San Carlos City, Pangasinan took part in making a 100-square-meter mango pie, big enough to fill a gymnasium - which sets the world record for the Largest Mango Pie.






Photo: A chef tries to work with the largest mango pie in the city of San Carlos, Pangasinan province, Northern Philippines.


A total of 400 pieces of mango pie, each weighing 10 kilos with a total cost of 400,000 Philippine Peso (about 60463 RMB) were displayed in a 100-square-meter table and shared by more than 1,200 residents in the city of San Carlos. Photo: Xinhua/Roel Zaragoza (enlarge photo)

The Guinness world record for the largest pumpkin pie weighed 916.25 kg (2,020 lb) and measured 3.7 m (12 ft 1 in) long.

It was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, USA.

Guinness World Records also recognized the largest cheese pie, which weighed 862 kg (1,900 lbs 6 oz) and was mad…

VIEWER COMMENTS: Gary Clevenger (FRESKA PRODUCE)

IMO NOTE: IMO QUOTES ARE FOB at major ports of entry. (Texas & Nogales for Mexico) 
A $3.00 market, could be anywhere in the $3-4.00 range (Most quotes for the week referenced were in the $3.25 -$3.75 range) We do appreciate Mr. Clevenger's input. 

Will:
As for the US mango market, as of last Friday you mentioned the Market at $3. 
 I have not sold a mango at $3 all year from any origin.  
Today selling 4.50 to 5 and supplies are very tight with us selling out daily.  
This will continue into next week with Volume picking up next Monday. 
 Most avail is Ataulfos selling 7.50 (12’s) to 4.25 (24’s)
Just don’t know who is feeding you that info but from my eye’s is pretty far from the truth here on the West Coast. 
 Mangos are very strong right now and I could use 12 loads of 12’s at $3 if you can find them.
Gary
Gary Clevenger
Minor Share holder, FRESKA PRODUCE
About Freska Produce International, LLCWith over 55 years combined industry experience Freska Produce International, LLC was establish…

FOODSOURCE PARENT COMPANY REPORTS 16% PROFIT INCREASE

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/27/2011 10:34:48 AM C.H. Robinson reports 16% profit increase









Minneapolis-based logistics company C.H. Robinson Worldwide said it had first quarter net profit of $97 million, a 15.5 percent increase over the comparable 2010 period.

   Revenue in the first quarter ending March 31 was $2.37 million.


 14 percent higher than the same 2010 period.

MEXICO PROMUEVE EXPORTACIONES HACIA EUROPA

ProMéxico apoya las exportaciones de productos hortofrutícolas a los Países Bajos




Eduardo Islas, director de ProMéxico en los Países Bajos, afirma que los cítricos, en especial la variedad Lima Persa, es el principal producto que demanda este país de México en la categoría de productos hortofrutícolas.
Dado la gran aceptación de los cítricos mexicanos en el mercado neerlandés, ya se empieza a diversificar la oferta incluyendo productos tales como la toronja y los cítricos orgánicos.
 En el 2010, las importaciones de productos agrícolas mexicanos de mayor importancia para el mercado de los Países Bajos fueron en su orden de importancia los Cítricos (Lima Persa), Mango Kent y Keith y Aguacates. Lima Persa ProMéxico tiene la misión de impulsar la exportación de productos mexicanos y apoyar la internacionalización de empresas mexicanas para que haya un desarrollo económico y social de México.

USAID AND WALMART JOIN FORCES TO HELP CENTRAL AMERICAN FARMERS

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 3/29/2011 11:14:49 AM USAID, Wal-Mart work with Central American farmers
   USAID and Wal-Mart recently signed an agreement to support small rural farmers in Central America and connect them to the retail giant’s regional and international supply chains.

   The new partnership links Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative, with Wal-Mart's Global Sustainable Agriculture Goals program.

   “Small rural farmers in Central America will earn more from their fresh fruit and vegetable production, which will help them climb out of poverty,” USAID said. “Consumers will benefit from greater access to locally-grown produce.”

CROWLEY SEEKS COURT APPROVAL ON SETTLEMENT WITH SHIPPERS

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/26/2011 11:25:07 AM Crowley, Sea Star ask court to O.K. settlement   Crowley Maritime and Sea Star told a U.S. District Court they want to move forward with a settlement with shippers that used their Puerto Rico container liner services between 2002-2008 and claimed they were overcharged.

   In separate motions filed last week, the two carriers said they would move forward with a class action settlement agreement first laid out last fall.

   The shippers had said they were injured by paying more for moving freight between the mainland and Puerto Rico because liner companies and some executives "violated federal antitrust laws by entering into a combination, conspiracy or agreement to fix, maintain, raise, or stabilize the prices."

   Under the agreement, Crowley will contribute $13.75 million into a settlement fund and Sea Star $18.5 million. 


Horizon Lines has until Friday to decide whether to move forward with the agreement, under…

ZIM ANNOUNCES RATE HIKE ON INDIA - EUROPE SHIPPING ROUTE

Zim Announces Third India-Europe Rate Hike
JOC Staff | Apr 27, 2011 2:40PM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story  |   |   |   |   |   |  General rate increase of $250 per TEU starts May 15 Zim Integrated Shipping Services announced a general rate increase on the westbound trades from India to Europe and the Mediterranean, the second GRI in one-and-a-half months and the third this year. Starting May 15, the increase will be $250 per 20-foot equivalent unit. The GRI will apply to all cargo moving from India to ports in North Europe, the Mediterranean, Israel and the Black Sea region. The Israel-based carrier earlier boosted rates on the route with a GRI of $250 per TEU that came into effect Jan. 1, followed by

THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINE: BRAZIL'S ECONOMY TOO MUCH TO HANDLE ?

Brazil's economy
Wild horses A soaring currency is complicating the battle against inflation
Apr 20th 2011 | SÃO PAULO | from the print edition INFLATION is at 6.3% and is poised to break through the ceiling of the Central Bank’s target of 2.5-6.5% for the first time since it was adopted in 2006.

COSTA RICA: GRAVES INDICADORES DE DECADENCIA EN EL AGRO

27 de Abril de 2011
Golpeados por el clima, la lenta modernización, la falta de incentivos locales y la creciente competencia internacional, los sectores agroexportadores presentan graves síntomas de debilitamiento. Los problemas son visibles. El valor de las exportaciones de melón, flores, follajes, plantas ornamentales y chayote bajó a niveles de hace cinco años, y se acabó la venta al exterior de minivegetales. Mientras, las raíces y tubérculos sobreviven con grandes altibajos, como la yuca, que aún mantiene más del 90% del mercado para esa raíz, en Estados Unidos. Dos estudios advirtieron de la situación, tiempo atrás. Uno hecho por holandeses, publicado por La Nación, en marzo del 2008, donde se indicó que el sector estaba en su fase de madurez, pero al borde de su fase de decadencia.

INDIA: ALPHONSO CROP 10% OF NORMAL (IMPORTS FILL THE GAP)

India: Alphonso delay forces stocking of other mangoes, imported fruits

While mango lovers await the arrival of Alphonsos, retailers are showcasing imported fruits and other mango varieties to weather a not-so-sweet start to the summer season. 


Mango production this year has taken a hit due to untimely rains in October-November and the cold wave that followed. 


However, arrivals of the prime mango variety, Alphonso, may firm up by the month end as weather conditions improve in the Konkan region, the main area of its cultivation in India. 


The shortage of Alphonsos, which has the pride of place on retailers' shelves, has prompted organised retailers such as the Future Group, HyperCity Retail and Aditya Birla Retail to promote other mango varieties, melons or exotic fruits from Thailand. 

THE STUDY OF THE MANGO FLOWER AND THE QUALITY OF POLLINATORS

"The evidence is quite strong that concentration of colonies of honey   bees within the mango grove would result in increased floral visitation and possibly more stabilized set of fruit, particularly in some years. "


ISHS Acta Horticulturae 820:VIII International Mango Symposium
REMOVAL OF MANGO INFLORESCENCE INCREASES FRUIT SET AND DOES NOT AFFECT YIELD (MANGIFERA INDICA CV. COGSHALL)

Authors: M. Jannoyer, P.-E. Lauri Keywords: flowering, source/sink relationships, orchard management, yield, fruit quality Abstract:
Mango is the fifth fruit in the world in regards to production volume.
 Although this has increased strongly in the past 15 years, yields are still low and irregular.
The most frequent hypothesis found in the literature to explain this is that the availability of carbohydrate can limit the formation of reproductive organs and growth and that high carbon mobilization during flowering can limit sugar availability for fruit growth.

UNDERSTANDING THE MANGO FLOWER AND THE EFFECT ON PRODUCTIVITY

By Will Cavan

THE FUTURE OF FARMING?: ROBOTIC POLLINATORS

Robotic Bees - Pollinators of the Future
Jul 21, 2010 Mindy McIntosh-Shetter




RoboBees could be the future pollinators that save humanity from the complete collapse of the food supply without the fear of disease or disorders.