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TWO DAY STATE LEVEL MANGO FESTIVAL GETS UNDER WAY IN BHUBANESWAR

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the two-day State level Mango Festival at Ekamra Kanan Farm here on Friday.


Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister said mango farming has been taken up in one lakh hectares of land in last six years. 


The total area coming under farming of this royal fruit in the State is five lakh hectares. 


Mango farming is taken up in a wide range in districts like Dhenkanal, Angul, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balangir and Koraput which also export their produce to other States. 


Patnaik said the climate in Odisha being conducive for mango farming, people should take it up in wide scale as it is profit yielding. 


A total of 2,826 varieties of mango are in display in the festival.


Among others, Agriculture Minister Pradip Maharathy, MP Prasanna Patsani, Agriculture Principal Secretary Rangalal Jamuda and Horticulture Director Sanjeev Kumar Chadha ware present on the occasion.




http://www.orissadiary.com/ShowEvents.asp?id=26783






IMF ADDS FINAL PIECE TO PORTUGAL BAIL OUT

The International Monetary Fund approved a 26 billion-euro ($36.8 billion) loan to Portugal as part of a joint bailout with the European Union in the latest effort to stem the region’s sovereign debt crisis. The Washington-based institution will make 6.1 billion euros available immediately, the fund said in an e-mailed statement today. 
The IMF followed European officials, who on May 16 endorsed the 78-billion ($110 billion) joint package.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-20/imf-board-approves-36-8-billion-loan-to-portugal.html

PORTUGAL BAILOUT COMPLETE: EU & IMF PUT FINAL PIECES TOGETHER

European Union finance ministers cleared the way for Portugal to receive 78 billion euros ($110.8 billion) in aid, making it the third euro-area country to fall back on official loans. The EU’s two bailout funds, the European Financial Stability Facility and European Financial Stabilization Mechanism, will each provide one-third of the assistance, while the International Monetary Fund will contribute the rest, the EU said in a statement after a unanimous vote in Brussels today. Finance ministers called Portugal’s planned budget cuts “ambitious but credible,” according to the statement. The aid program will run for three years.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-16/eu-finance-ministers-approve-78-billion-euro-bailout-package-for-portugal.html

MIAMI LANDMARK FOR MANGO IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS TURNS 20 !

If you've ever entertained someone visiting Miami Beach, chances are you've been to Mango's Tropical Cafe -- the ultra-cheesy, neon-colored nightclub where girls in fishnets and leopard-print costumes shake their butts for tourists sipping on piña coladas and mojitos in souvenir hurricane glasses.


Long before the Charro wannabes started shakin' it for SoBe tourism, Mango's Tropical Cafe started out as adult living community Eastern Sun in the '70s by then-and-still owner David Wallack.

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/05/break_out_the_mojitos_mangos_t.php



MANGO PRICES FALLING TO MORE HUMAN LEVELS AS PRODUCTION PEAKS IN PARTS OF INDIA

PANAJI: Mango prices have dropped significantly and the 
popular Mancurad mangoes that were selling for 200 a piece, 
now sells at 200 a dozen.

 Irregular weather, a variety of mangoes and increased stock 
across retail vendors at the SPDGA market Margao and New 
Panaji market has led to the reduced prices of these perishable 
items.

Other varieties of mangoes that include Alphonso, Musarad, 
Apus, Pirie, Ilario are selling at reasonably cheap prices ranging 
from 75 to 250 per dozen. Retail vendors say that in most cases, 
due to excess of smaller sized mangoes, they can't afford to 
raise the price. 

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/Mango-prices-plummet-due-to-excess-availability/articleshow/8475068.cms





VIEWER COMMENTS: MUHAMAD ZEESHAN (ARK GLOBALEX) PAKISTAN

Hi Will, 

Thank you for your message. 
Our company was listed with the Horticulture Board to develop exports to USA. 
Although we haven't followed up with the Horticulture board for a long time now. 
I will get back to you with a confirmation on Monday if we are capable of making prompt shipments. 
Meanwhile exports of mangoes have started. 
I think you will be happy to note that our company has executed first shipments of 100 Tons to The UAE. 

Also find attached of our product pictures with this message. 
I will get back to you on Monday to confirm regarding shipments to USA. 
Best Regards, 
Muhammad.


TIME TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT WTO OBJECTIVES

Kirk Calls for Re-evaluation of Doha Round Goals





U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk told a gathering of trade ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum member countries May 19 that participants in the Doha Round negotiations “need to begin a hard-nosed discussion of what can be done” to bring the talks to some sort of successful conclusion. 




Kirk’s remarks are the some of the bleakest to date concerning the round, which has floundered for years due to entrenched disagreements on improving market access for industrial and agricultural goods. 




http://www.strtrade.com/wti/wti.asp?pub=0&story=37083&date=5%2F23%2F2011&company=

ON THE AGENDA: U.S. CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

RECENTLY ANNOUNCED CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:> Hearings Repository


Date/Time            CommitteeSubject5/26/2011
10:00am
     Senate Committee on Finance




United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement




5/25/2011
10:00am
     Senate Committee on Finance


United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement


5/24/2011
2:00pm












House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade

Legislative proposals on securing American jobs through exports: Export-Import Bank reauthorization


5/24/2011
9:00am














House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources







Strategic and critical minerals policy: Domestic minerals supplies and demands in a time of foreign supply disruptions


















THE IMPORTANCE OF GENETIC RESEARCH IN THE GLOBAL MANGO INDUSTRY

Biotechnology And The Mango Industry
Dr. Haffez Ur Rehman says that genetic engineering can help in revolutionising the mango production to attain greater economic targets.

Mango (Manifera indica L) is grown all over the Pakistan, the Punjab and Sindh leading in produce.

 It stands second from amongst fruit crops for total area, production and export.

Among other horticultural crops it has a great export potential and it is easy to create a demand in the global market for fresh mangoes and its products.

South East and central Asia and the Middle East countries are emerging as big markets for mango exports.

 Moreover, the European market has become an excellent target for many mango exporting countries.

Pakistan's Average national yield of mango is 9.2 tonnes per hecter.

There are various causes for this low production, which include unavailability of disease-free quality nursery plants in standard/dwarf size rootstock, about a dozen insects and ailments affecting the crop, lack of …

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA , DAVIS: PENETROMETER GUIDELINES FOR MANGOES

http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/datastorefiles/234-49.pdf




http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu/datastorefiles/234-1276.pdf


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NEXT TIME IN BELGIUM: TRY THIS WONDERFUL RESTAURANT ( 't Zilte )

't Zilte Restaurant, Antwerp, Belgium




Back when the world was flat, the spice trade was the peak of culinary adventure.
 So it seems fitting that Belgium's Michelin-starred powerhouse 't Zilte restaurant—where classic cuisine is given a modern twist—has made a new maritime, ethnographic, and folklore institution, Antwerp's Museum Aan de Stroom, its second home.
Occupying the entire ninth floor of the hulking rust-colored stone-and-glass sentinel, the restaurant overlooks the city and river Schelde through floor-to-ceiling windows.
 't Zilte may be sitting on top of some noteworthy exhibitions, but we're guessing chef Viki Geunes' creations, including five inventive variations on foie gras, are likely to be the most enticing of all.
5 Hanzestedenplaats

Antwerp, Belgium

Tel: 32 1432 2433




http://www.tzilte.be/













FRUIT FLY OUTBREAKS IN AUSTRALIA BEYOND THE NORM: KEEPING RESPONSE TEAMS WORKING OVERTIME

The DPI is now implementing an eradication program and plans to visit 3,000 homes in the coming weeks. It says the number of fruit flies detected this year is well above historic records and there are 70 suspension zones across the Goulburn Valley and north-east Victoria. DPI senior fruit fly officer Bill Ashcroft says the new outbreak was found on a residential property south of Shepparton's city centre. "While it's getting quite late in the season and the weather's getting cooler, we are still finding some flies and larvae in our activities in the field," he said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/19/3220901.htm





FOCUS ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: HELP OXFAM RAISE MONEY FOR SCHOOL GIRLS IN AFGHANISTAN

Dear Will, Women are the future of Afghanistan. But instability and poverty threaten their progress. Donate before May 26 to help ensure access to education for poor women and girls. If you can read this email, you're luckier than most women in Afghanistan. Under the Taliban, education for women was outlawed – and even now 88% of Afghan women can't read maps, newspapers or election materials. An education can change everything. In Afghanistan and in other developing countries, Oxfam and our partners are building schools, advocating for girls' education and teaching women new farming techniques. There's been remarkable progress for women, but with food prices at record levels, instability and poverty threaten everything they've worked for. Donate to the Oxfam America Advocacy Fund before May 26 to help women in countries like Afghanistan, Haiti and Sudan get the education and training they need to lift themselves out of poverty. When times are hard, women and girls are the f…

VIEWER COMMENTS: DANNY FRANK (CANADAWIDE) MONTREAL CANADA

IMO NOTE: As an Internationalist, the IMO meant NO harm. The mistake however has been duly noted and will never happen again. Our sincere apologies to any viewer who may have been offended ! Thank you for pointing out our mistake.



Good Morning Will In Canada the use of the word Paki is a huge no no and is deemed derogatory remark , as a friend I know that this is not what you intended but it may cause a stir !


Regards Sincères Salutations Saludos Cordiales Danny Frank CANADAWIDE Fruit Wholesalers inc. Off. 514 382 3232 Cell 514 246 5385 www.canadawidefruits.com BE GREEN - KEEP IT ON THE SCREEN P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail

VIEWER COMMENTS: Pierre Junior Landry (Fruits International)

Dear Will, Thank you for the update it is very apreciated. Best regards Pierre Junior Landry
Import & Sales Manager Fruits International9630, blvd du Golf, Anjou Montréal
Québec, Canada H1J 2Y7
Tel. Office : 514-352-0055 ext. 103
Tel. Mobile : 514-618-9356
Tel. Fax : 514-352-0955
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PAKISTANI MANGOES FOR USA BURIED UNDER A MOUNTAIN OF PAPERWORK

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




May 20, 2011




As with all new protocols, it takes a while before all parties understand how things work.


Unfortunately for those wishing to import Pakistan's delicious mangoes, this is the case as well.


The IMO has reviewed the application process to treat (irradiate) mangoes at the SADEX facility in Iowa and quite frankly was overwhelmed by all of the variables and information required to irradiate fruit.


The irradiation process is a cold process and fruit is kept in refrigeration at the SADEX facilities which are state of the art.


Perhaps it is overkill on the part of APHIS and SADEX, put every facet of the mango process from what type of carton to what the carton and packing materials is being reviewed and must be stated before product will qualify for treatment.


The cost per unit will be in the $1.60 - $2.20 range for a 10 pound carton of fruit.


The process is much more extensive and gives guarantees…