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STOP THE MADNESS: THE HOT WATER TREATMENT DISASTER AND THE NMB PROMOTION THERE OF

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


May 04, 2011




The biggest hurdle the NMB faces in promoting mangoes in the USA market is itself.


Under current Phyto sanitary protocols, until we have a better alternative, the only course of action the NMB can take, is to invest every penny they collect into establishing fruit fly free zones around the mango producing world.


The current system of promoting HWT fruit is a disaster.


Not only is it a disservice to the USA consumer to continue forcing fruit that doesn't taste like a true mango, it is more than likely that said mangoes a mere shadows of their natural selves.


The IMO is becoming more and more convinced that a before HWT mango and an after are not the same pieces of fruit nutritionally. ( Imagine the legal ramifications if this can be proven!)


The Hot Water treatment (HWT) process forces shippers to pick fruit so "green" as in immature, that it will never fully develop the flavor t…

MYANMAR MANGO EXPORTERS LOSE CUSTOMER"S TRUST WITH ADULTERATED FRUIT

Improper chemical use has blighted early season mango exports to China, a Myanmar Fruit and Vegetable Producer and Exporters Association spokesperson in Mandalay said last week.


 U Kyaw Soe Naing, an association spokesperson, said mango exports to China which commenced on April 17 have fetched lower prices because farmers picked fruit too early and artificially ripened the skins using chemicals. 


“There were strong winds after Thingyan and many farmers opted to pick their fruit early rather than see them fall off in the wind. The first mangos of the season always earn high prices, so the farmers were trying to make sure they earned as much as possible,” he said.


 However, in order to make the fruit look ripe, some farmers sprayed ethylene on the skins.


 “These mangoes looked ripe but had a sour taste. As a result, prices for all exports since April 17 have been lower than expected,” he said.


 “We have lost the trust of our customers and we need to deal with this issue seriously,” he said.




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INVITATION TO THE FTBG ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL ( MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA )

Dear Mango Friends:

The mango world continues to evolve and we are facing a number of important challenges in order to remain profitable in the mango business.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will hold its 19th Annual International Mango Festival on Friday July 8, 2011 - Sunday, July 10, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  in South Florida. 


The theme of the festival for 2011 is, “The Mangos of Hawaii”. 


The Fairchild International Mango Festival provides for the grower, exporter, importer, researcher and enthusiast a unique opportunity to learn about the mango, mango products and to network with other growers.
On Friday 8 July, 2011 of the Int. Mango Festival we will conduct a Grower’s Summit to address specific issues that face the modern mango grower for the achievement of success through quality. 


The Grower’s Summit 2011 will focus on the production of quality mangos. 


Held at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in the Coral Gables, this 1-day event allows for the opportunity to network …

GFSI SUMMIT ON THE WEB SPONSORED BY PROGRESSIVE GROCER

With global food safety standards top of mind for industry executives across the supply chain,Progressive Grocer invites readers to join executives from Publix, U.S. Foodservice, Tyson and NSF International for a free webcast during which they’ll share their global food safety implementation experiences, challenges and how GFSI has impacted its segment of the food supply chain.




http://www.progressivegrocer.com/top-stories/headlines/industry-intelligence/id32656/global-food-safety-standards-for-the-supply-chain/





CINCO DE MAYO: CHRISTMAS IN MAY FOR THE RESTUARANT INDUSTRY! ( COULD YOU ADD MANGOES TO THAT ORDER ? )

"Fred Kirvan, president of the eight-unit fast-casual chain Desert Moon Fresh Mexican Grille, equates Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday celebrating the country’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, with another American day of retail and restaurant excess. “Cinco de Mayo is our Black Friday,” he said of May 5, which he called “the only day all year when all people are thinking about Mexican food.” Desert Moon said sales on Cinco de Mayo are double a typical day’s revenues every year."

Read more: http://www.nrn.com/article/restaurants-gear-cinco-de-mayo?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#ixzz1LQJ4ovar





ON LINE: THE FUTURE IS CLOUDY ! ( AND THAT IS A GOOD THING ! )

Online 24/7: "Life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing



Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the Internet



By Larry Greenemeier | May 4, 2011

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=cloud-computing-pioneer-bell

IMO BLOG ON THE GO: OPEN UP A TWITTER ACCOUNT

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


May 04, 2011


Of all the social media out there (Believe me IMO has tried them all), there are two leaders that really work.

TWITTER:

If you don't have a Twitter account, you are DEAD in todays fast paced information exchange environment.

Twitter is an amazing tool. It is the most practical of all. No wonder they say that Twitter is behind the revolutions around the world.

The cool thing about twitter is that you can read as much or as little asyou want and it doesn't clutter up your mail box.

All of the major news organizations are following people on twitter. it is the way the world gets its news and shares important announcements. Twitter is replacing the old media.

LINKEDIN:

Around for years, but barely understood by it's members, LINKEDIN is a powerful network tool that is indistry specific.

LINKEDIN keeps people on the radar that used to fall off of it!

As a sales tool it is amazin…

POST 9-11 ANALYSIS OF PORT SECURITY: A REVIEW OF THE PAST 10 YEARS

Q&A: US Port Security Before and After 9/11 May 4, 2011 8:07PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story  |   |   |   |  An Editor-to-Editor Podcast for JOC.com What did port security mean to the maritime industry before the September 11 attacks?  Are enough measures in place today to keep U.S. ports safe?  Listen as Peter Tirschwell, senior VP of strategy for UBM Global Trade, as well as a weekly columnist for The Journal of Commerce, discusses the topic of port security and the changes it has undergone over the last 10 years with JOC editor Dana L. Brundage.
http://www.joc.com/portsterminals/qa-us-port-security-and-after-911

FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS SET TO GO TO THE HILL

Obama moves forward on trade By Vicki Needham - 05/04/11 02:25 PM ET U.S. trade officials on Wednesday cleared the way for Congress to vote on trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The Obama administration will send all three pending trade deals to Capitol Hill as early as Thursday to begin technical discussions, the first step in the process of ratifying the pacts.
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1005-trade/159263-obama-moves-forward-on-trade





THE CARABAO MANGO: "MANILA SUPER MANILA"

The Philippines is known for its excellent fruit products.


 The carabao mango, better known as Manila Super Mango, makes the country competitive in the world market.


 The major importers of mango are Japan, Singapore, and Hongkong.


The Manila Super Mango is one of the world's best varieties. 


Other popular varieties are Pico and Katchamita.


Our mango industry supports some 2.5 million farmers and farm family members.


Tagged as "sure export winner", there is a projected export increase at 13% annually.


 It is exported in its fresh or processed form. 


Mango is known for its versatility as all stages of fruit development is suitable for processing. 


The unripe or immature fruits can be processed into hot or sweet pickles while the ripe ones can be prepared as slices in syrup or in brine, mango juice, concentrate and puree, jam, chutneys, pulp fruit bar, mango wafer, mango powder, dehydrated mango slices, mango milk powder, and vermicelli.




Leading areas producing mangoes are Western V…

FROM THE FIRST EVER INTERNATIONAL MANGO SYMPOSIUM: UNDERSTANDING GENETICS AND GENEAOLOGY OF MANGO

ISHS Acta Horticulturae 24:Symposium on Mango and Mango CulturePERFORMANCE STUDIES ON POLYEMBRYONIC VARIETIES OF MANGIFERA INDICA L.Authors:A. Prasad, A. Prasad
Abstract:

As early as in 1719 Van Leeuwenhoek (1) discovered more than one embryo in orange seeds (Maheshwari).

 In Mango, Leroy (2) reports that adventive embryony has probably been developed by the effect of one or more recessive genes and according to him the centre of origin of Mangifera indica, the Eastern India, contains monoembryonic varieties having dominant genes, while Cochin, China, the Philippines and the Sunda Islands, the secondary centres, have the varieties which have recessive genes and polyembryony.

Webber (8) has reported that seeds of the polyembryonic varieties may be useful for rootstock purpose.

 Adventive embryos produce genetically uniform seedlings which reproduce the seed parent genotype without the variation caused by segregation in sporogenesis or by recombination in fertilization (4).

The nucella…

STUDY ANALYZES OF 10 DIFFERENT CULTIVARS USING KENSINGTON ROOTSTOCK

ISHS Acta Horticulturae 291:III International Mango SymposiumINTERPRETATION OF GROWTH RESPONSES OF SOME MANGO CULTIVARS GROWN UNDER CONTROLLED TEMPERATURES.Authors:A.W. Whiley, T.S. Rasmussen, B.N. Wolstenholme, J.B. Saranah, B.W. Cull
Abstract:

Ten mango cvs of tropical and subtropical origin ('Carabao', 'Kensington', 'Nam Dok Mai', 'Alphonso', 'Dashehari', 'Florigon', 'Glenn', 'Haden', 'Irwin' and 'Sensation') were grafted into cv Kensington seedling rootstock and held at four day/night temperatures (15/10°C, 20/15°C, 25/20°C and 30/25°C) in sublit growth rooms for 20 weeks.

 This paper reports on the growth responses of the polyembryonic cvs Carabao and Kensington and the monoembryonic cvs Glenn, Haden and Irwin.

Vegetative growth, measured by flushing activity and dry matter production, increased with temperature.


 All cvs grew vegetatively at 25/20°C and 30/25°C. Cultivars which did not grow at 20/15°C w…

FLOWERING EXPERIMENTS ON CARABAO MANGO IN PHILIPPINES

ISHS Acta Horticulturae 455:V International Mango SymposiumTHE INFLUENCE OF MULTI NPK 12-2-44 ON THE FLOWERING CAPACITY O ‘CARABAO’ MANGOAuthors:H.G. Golez, N.F. ZamoraKeywords:Mangifera indica, Philippine Mango, ‘Carabao’, flower induction, mango induction, potassium nitrate
Abstract:

Percent flowering in ‘Carabao’ mango increased with increasing concentration of Multi NPK up to 2.0 percent level.

 Flowering response was high at 14 days after induction and continued to increase 7 days later with the highest flowering (80.75%) recorded on trees sprayed with 2.0 percent Multi NPK and lowest (50.59%) on trees sprayed with 3.0 percent Multi NPK.

Control trees did not flower.
The different treatments did not significantly affect the final size of the panicles (length and width) and number of flowers per panicle.


 However, trees sprayed with Multi NPK have greater number of axillary and multiple panicles and more hermaphrodite flowers.


Fruit setting increased as the concentration of Multi NPK…

PRESERVING THE CARABAO MANGO (TRUE TO TYPE PRPOGATION)

ISHS Acta Horticulturae 455:V International Mango SymposiumTRUE-TO-TYPE PROPAGATION AND NURSERY MANAGEMENT OF ‘CARABAO’ MANGOAuthor:F. B. JavierKeywords:production/clonal orchard, quality scion collection, minimum effective requirment, organic matter enhanced soil, sustainability
Abstract:

The demand for quality planting materials of ‘Carabao’ mango which is true-to-type and precocious is high in the last five years.

Hence, this study focused on refinements to improve the asexual propagation of mango in large scale resulting to true-to-type plants.

 An effective and efficient method in terms of resources and sustainability will contribute to the technology on mango propagation.

 It highlighted phases and processes in the management of the nursery for quality planting materials.
True-to-type propagation and nursery practices of ‘Carabao’ mango for large scale production of quality planting materials were conducted. 


Sourcing for quality seeds during the season, proper handling of seeds a…

FROM SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER: 21 CREATIVE WAYS TO INCREASE FACEBOOK FAN BASE

21 Creative Ways To Increase Your Facebook FanbaseBy Mari Smith
Published April 27, 2010  If you build a Facebook Page, will fans come? This is the great hope for many businesses. However, fans do not magically appear from the Facebook mist. People must be lured to your fan page. And there are some good and bad ways to go about doing this. In this article, I’ll share a big myth and 21 ways to drive more fans to your Facebook fan page. (Though Facebook recently changed the “Become A Fan” button to the new, omnipresent “Like” button – and a fan page is called a “Business Page” or “Facebook Page” – we can still call them fan pages and people who join are fans!)

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/21-creative-ways-to-increase-your-facebook-fanbase/

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