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THOUGHTS FROM THE FIRST EVER PMA IN PERU...WHERE DOES PERU GO FROM HERE ???...

The promise and priorities of Peruvian horticulture



September 1st, 2011



Peru’s success in its fresh produce staples like asparagus, avocadoes and grapes are well-known, but their potential is still untapped and there are inroads yet to be made with blueberries. 
Meanwhile, the mango industry needs to change tack.

 On an overcast day in Lima yesterday, key industry players and experts discussed the South American country’s bright future at the inaugural Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections Peru 2011 event.


Peru has had its fair share of milestones this year, from free trade agreements coming into effect with Japan and Korea to the approval of its avocadoes for access in the U.S. without cold treatment. 

The country is currently the largest exporter of asparagus to the U.S., hopes to become the leader in both capsicums and avocadoes, while the government is pushing for a clean green image by banning GM seeds; whether scientists agree this last part is necessary is anothe…

INTERNATIONAL IRRADIATION ASSOCIATION (iiA) HOLDS MOST SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE YET...EDUCATING THE IGNORANT ON THE BENEFITS OF IRRADIATION...

iiA Newsletter Your Global Voice for Radiation Processing
July/ August 2011









IMRP Montreal, Connecting with our Future

It was inspiring to be part of IMRP Montreal and I would like to share a few of the conference highlights.The program covered a wide range of topics, new ideas, discoveries, and sharing in the results of on-going research, regulatory updates and business developments. 


Our theme, "Where science and business connect." 




Over three days we zeroed in on key areas: healthcare, materials, food, and what we have called 'evolving' applications.



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Thought-provoking opening plenary
Healthcare Highlights
Food Irradiation Highlights
Evolving Applications Highlights
Advance Materials Highlights
Technology Highlights
Connecting with the next generation
Award winners
Dr. Olgun Güven, IMRP Laureate
Dr. John B. Kowalski, IMRP Laureate
Dr. Wang Chuanzhen, IMRP Laureate
Thank-you to our sponsors
Welcome Reception - Hockey Night in Canada
Gala Farewell Event - Celebrating Space…

GT NEXUS SHIPPING COUNCIL TAKES MAERSK UP ON OFFER TO INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE RELIABILITY..

Big Shippers Respond to Maersk’s Call for Change

Peter T. Leach 
| Aug 31, 2011 6:32PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story







GT Nexus Shipper Council aim to use technology to improve reliablity

The GT Nexus Shipper Council, a group of the world’s biggest importers and exporters, is responding to Maersk Line’s call to change the way carriers and shippers conduct their business.

The group said Wednesday its members have already established dialogue with Maersk and executives from several other leading ocean carriers.

The group, whose members share a common supply chain technology platform, aim to work collectively towards leveraging technology to improve business processes and relationships with industry partners.

While announcing the manifesto initiative at a recent shipping industry event, Maersk Line CEO Elvind Kolding stated that “reliability is not good enough, the industry is too complicated for customers and transparency of its environmental performance and record needs to…

PUNJAB, INDIA: BIODIVERSITY SITE TO INCLUDE 100 YEAR OLD MANGO TREES...

Punjab biodiversity board for acquisition and conservation of Inami Bagh

Vijay C Roy

/ New Delhi/ Chandigarh


September 01, 2011, 0:44 IST





The Punjab biodiversity board has submitted its proposal to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is also the chairman of the board, regarding the conservation and acquisition of Inami Bagh, a more than 100-year-old mango orchard spread over 10 acres in a Hoshiarpur village, owned by NRI brothers with 37 rare native varieties of the king of fruits.


The proposed site would be declared as a biodiversity heritage site. It will thus be the first national biodiversity heritage site of Punjab.






Last year, Union minister for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh announced that the proposed site with over 165 trees and about 37 rare native varieties would be declared as biodiversity heritage site.



The board has projected that Rs 1.75 crore would be incurred in preservation and acquisition of land of the heritage site. The poject would involve land acquisition …

IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF COLD WEATHER PRODUCES MORE FLOWERS THAT ACTUALLY TURN INTO MANGOES...OR JUST MORE FLOWERS THAT NEVER AMOUNT TO MORE FRUIT...AUSTRALIA IS HOPEFUL THAT THIS YEAR WILL RESULT IN A BUMPER CROP...TIME WILL TELL...

Mango season set to be a bumper

CONOR BYRNE 
 | September 1st, 2011





It is looming as a bumper mango harvest this year. Haig and wife Anne Arthur under the banyan tree that led to them buying the property. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON


TERRITORY mango growers have started picking fruits in what is said to be the NT's biggest harvest in years.

Kensington pride mangoes are already in the shops while the wait for the calypso variety will be a little longer.

Acacia Hills farm owner Haig Arthur said the Calypso production in the Top End would be bigger this year.

Calypso are a redder fruit and will be in the shelves of the big supermarkets in October. They make up between 25 to 30 per cent of the national market share.

Mr Arthur is preparing for a bumper harvest of about 1.3 million kilograms.

A heavy flowering in the Dry is part of the reason.



But producers hold their cards close to their chest because too many mangoes can affect the price and Mr Arthur is no exception.

"There's no rea…

NEW SURVEY RATES THE WORLD'S SAFEST AIRLINES...NOT BEST SERVICE ON BOARD...BUT SAFEST FLEET...

Airline safety


Safe havens

Aug 31st 2011, 16:14 

by A.B.





THE Air Transport Rating Agency (ATRA) has named what it considers to be the ten safest airlines in the world. 

These are mainly American and European carriers, which makes the ranking quite different from those focusing on customer service and usually dominated by Asian and Middle Eastern airlines.

 Indeed, the Sydney Morning Herald points out that no airline is in both the ATRA top ten and the top ten in the Skytrax awards, which recognise “front-line product and service standards”.

ATRA came into being earlier this year, and this is the first rating in what it intends to be an annual series. 

It compiled its list not only from historic accident rates, but by assessing airlines on 15 criteria such as net financial result, average fleet age, in-house maintenance capability and dedicated full-flight simulators. 

It trumpets a similarity between its technique and that used by the World Health Organisation. 

Gulliver is no statistician; …

OWNED BY INDIA'S TATA MOTORS...LAND ROVER FOCUSING ON A CHEAPER MORE RUGGED MODEL..FOR THE EMERGING ECONOMIES OF THE WORLD...

Land Rover confirms new version of its Defender model


The new version of the Defender will be based on the DC100 concept vehicle

Land Rover will release an all-new version of its Defender model in 2015, it has confirmed.

The carmaker has also released the first images of the concept car upon which the new Defender will be based, the DC100.

This is set to make its public debut at next month's Frankfurt motor show.

The first Land Rover was introduced in 1948 and its basic design has changed little over the past six decades. More than two million have now been sold.

The Defender name was first used in the early 1990s, shortly after the launch of the Discovery.

Analysis
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Land Rover insists its…

PERUVIAN MANGO EXPORTERS AND ADEX IN GENERAL NEED TO GET THEIR "ACT" TOGETHER...OVERSUPPLY IS THE ISSUE...MUST LEARN TO RESPECT MARKETS...RATHER THAN "DUMP" FOR DRAWBACK...

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


www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com




August 31, 2011










IMO NOTE: UNTIL PERU DEVELOPS INTERNAL DEMAND FOR MANGOES, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO "CHASE THEIR TAIL".
A MORE LOGICAL OPTION THAN SHIPPING TO THE FURTHEST CORNER ON THE PLANET, ADDING COST AND REDUCING SHELF LIFE, WOULD BE TO CONCENTRATE ON DEVELOPING SOUTH AMERICAN MARKETS AND PRODUCT LINES SUCH AS IQF, PULP AND DEHYDRATED LINES THAT MITIGATE THE PERISHABILITY OF THE COMMODITY.
PERU IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT OFFERS A SUBSIDY IN THE FORM OF A REBATE OF 8% OF "DUMMY" COMMERCIAL INVOICES.
THIS IS A GREAT MECHANISM FOR MONEY LAUNDERERS AND CREATES A FALSE DEPICTION OF THE ACTUAL DEMAND FOR AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES FROM PERU. 
IT IS TIME FOR PERU TO START ACTING LIKE A RESPONSIBLE EXPORTER AND NOT SOME PONZI SCHEME.


Press release from APEM:
Peru: Mango exporters redirect sendings to Asia




Europe concentrates 46% of mango exports, while US acquire…

FRAUDULENT USE OF "ORGANIC" CERTIFICATION TARGET OF USDA INVESTIGATION...

USDA alerts organic industry of fraudulent national organic program certificate





The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is warning organic distributors and processors to be aware of the circulation of a fraudulent organic certificate produced by an uncertified operation.

The certificate falsely represents agricultural products as certified organic under National Organic Program (NOP) regulations and constitutes a violation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Further investigation did not produce evidence that any product was sold in the United States using the fraudulent certificate.

The NOP was alerted of the certificate by the accredited organic certifier whose name is falsely attributed as the issuer.

“It’s important the organic industry is aware of these sorts of attempts to deceive the organic system,” said Ruihong Guo, associate deputy administrator of the National Organic Program. “We’re continuing to remain vigilant to these attempts so organic standards are protected.”

DEBUNKING THE MYTH OF "ORGANIC" PRODUCE...STUDY PROVES NO TRUTH TO THE "HYPE"...

Unfounded pesticide concerns adversely affect the health of low-income populations

by Staff Writers

Denver CO (SPX) Aug 31, 2011




At very low doses, many of these substances are not of concern to humans, he said. For example, a single cup of coffee contains 15-20 of these natural pesticides and chemicals from roasting that test positive in animal cancer tests, but they are present in very low amounts. 

Human pesticide consumption from fresh food is even less of a concern, according to Ames - the amount of pesticide residues that an average person ingests throughout an entire year is even less than the amount of those "harmful" substances in one cup of coffee. In fact, evidence suggests coffee is protective against cancer in humans.


The increasingly prevalent notion that expensive organic fruits and vegetables are safer because pesticides - used to protect traditional crops from insects, thus ensuring high crop yields and making them less expensive - are a risk for causing cancer …

EXPORTADORES DE MANGO PERUANO BUSCAN EVITAR OTRO FRACASO...SIMILAR AL AñO PASADO...

Envíos de mango peruano se reorientarán a Asia



31 de Agosto de 2011


El producto se exporta a más de 25 países en el mundo



Los exportadores de mango peruano están trabajando en reorientar sus envíos a Asia con el objetivo de mitigar los efectos de la crisis en 
Europa y EE.UU, informó la agencia peruana de noticias Andina.                              


El presidente de la Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Mango (APEM), Mario Salazar, señaló al medio que para ello se ha creado un auto gravamen en el organismo, lo que les permitirá tener un presupuesto enfocado en la promoción del mango de Perú en esos mercados.

Agregó que China es uno de los mercados prioritarios ya que a la fecha la exportación del producto al gigante asiático es baja debido a que los envíos llegan después del Año Nuevo chino.

“La mayor demanda de mangos se concentra antes del Año Nuevo pero nuestra producción nunca llega para esa fecha. Este contexto ha hecho que elaboremos una estrategia de penetración diferen…

ONCE COURT DECIDES...AGREXCO WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF... TO LIQUIDATE COMPANY...LONG HISTORY OF A PREMIER EXPORT COMPANY ABOUT TO WRITE FINAL CHAPTER...

Efforts to sell Agrexco

5 August 2011




The Tel Aviv court of justice approved a time extension of freezing proceedings until August 10 to Shlomo Nass. Nass is a lawyer who was chosen as trustworthy for Agrexco, until it will be sold and pay her depts. Agrexco has a scope of obligations estimated 106 million euro, mainly to banks and to Zim, a shipping company.

At the courthouse, Nass informed that he managed to collect 15 million euro from customers abroad. This will allow the operation of the company in near future. In previous discussion, Nass informed that seven groups are interested in Agrexco; five in purchasing it, and two companies are interested in buying certain assets of Agrexco. In the last discussion, the number of interested groups increased to 15. Nass added that among those there is a very serious buyer. Agrexco's value is estimated to be US$ 120-160 million.
In the last few months, Agrexco is undergoing the most difficult financial crisis in its history, and …

PERU IS LOOKING FAR AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL MARKETS FOR NEW OUTLETS FOR OVERPRODUCTION...HOPING THAT CHINA WILL HOLD THE KEY...AT A TIME THAT ASIA FACES ECONOMIC DOWNTURN...

Peru to redirect mango exports to Asia


Gill McShane

| 31 August 2011 |


The nation’s leading mango organisation is budgeting for new promotions in Asia, particularly China where Peru’s participation is low

Peru’s Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (Apem) is reportedly planning to redirect its mango exports to Asia this season due to the economic situation in Europe and the US.

“For that purpose we have created a self-tax in Apem that allows us to have a budget focused on the promotion of Peruvian mango in these markets,” said Apem president Mario Salazar and reported Andina.

The target market will be China given that Peru’s mango exports to the mainland are currently low because sendings arrive after the Chinese New Year celebration – a festival in which people give red fruit as a sign of esteem and friendship.

According to Salazar, a delegation of suppliers from Apem will also attend Asia’s biggest trade show for fresh fruits and vegetables – Asia Fruit Logistica – on 7-9 Sept…