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PUNJAB GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST IN MANGO INDUSTRY AS AN EXPORT PRIORITY...


Punjab government focusing on 15 products' export to European market

OCTOBER 15, 2011


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                                                                                                                              The Punjab government has allocated Rs 22 billion for water productivity on farm gate and Rs 2 billion for entire value chain in a bid to develop agriculture sector, said Provincial Agricultural Secretary Arif Nadeem.



Addressing as chief guest the first national workshop entitled 'Mango Sea-freight Technology', arranged by the Institute of Horticultural Sciences, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) Video Conference Room, he said the Punjab government is touching European markets by focusing on 15 products comprising poultry, meat, cereals, vegetables and fruit by ensuring international standards.



He said that Star Farms Pvt Ltd in collocation with Punjab government is establishing global GAP-certified outlets in the country, which has a chain of 2000 branches across the globe, while its 45 customers points would be set up in the province. Quoting the example of Gujarat, India, he said that its agricultural growth is standing at 9.1 percent which is much better than Pakistan's. He said to capture the international markets, "we have to develop state-of-the-art mechanism" to meet the standards of the world by focusing on technology, water and sales.



The UAF vice chancellor called for promoting mango sea-freight (controlled atmosphere) technology to generate heavy revenue by exporting it as despite a large production, Pakistan's mango exports remain limited. The vice chancellor said Pakistan can enhance the shelf life of mango and can preserve it for more than one month with the fresh taste and characteristics by using the technology.



He said the mango is predominantly air-freighted to distant export markets. However, a significant proportion, exported to Middle East, especially Dubai is via sea. He said the mango is the second major fruit crop (approximately 1.7 million tons) of the country, providing livelihood to millions nation-wide along with annual foreign exchange.



He said that during 2009-10, Pakistan exported about 73,400 tons mango worth 23 million dollars while top mango export markets were UAE, UK, Saudi Arabia and Iran. He said that with the ever-growing international mango trade, sea freighted mangoes have become a commercial interest for the exporters and importers since it is the most economical means of bulk transportation and making mango available at the import market.



Dr Amanullah Malik, of Post-harvest Research & Training Centre (PRTC), Institute of Horticultural Sciences, UAF, said that the workshop is aimed at taking stock of the current status of mango sea-freight supply chain and developing a roadmap for promoting sea-freight for substantially increasing export volumes in the next 5 years.




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FARMERS ARE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE WORLD'S FOOD SUPPLY...

Feeding the world while protecting the planet


by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 14, 2011


By combining information gathered from crop records and satellite images from around the World, researchers have been able to create new models of agricultural systems and their environmental impacts that are truly global in scope.


The problem is stark: One billion people on earth don't have enough food right now. It's estimated that by 2050 there will be more than nine billion people living on the planet.

Meanwhile, current agricultural practices are amongst the biggest threats to the global environment. This means that if we don't develop more sustainable practices, the planet will become even less able to feed its growing population than it is today.

But now a team of researchers from Canada, the U.S., Sweden and Germany has come up with a plan to double the world's food production while reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture. Their findings were recently published in the journal Nature.

By combining information gathered from crop records and satellite images from around the world, they have been able to create new models of agricultural systems and their environmental impacts that are truly global in scope.

McGill geography professor Navin Ramankutty, one of the team leaders on the study, credits the collaboration between researchers for achieving such important results.

"Lots of other scholars and thinkers have proposed solutions to global food and environmental problems. But they were often fragmented, only looking at one aspect of the problem at one time. And they often lacked the specifics and numbers to back them up.

"This is the first time that such a wide range of data has been brought together under one common framework, and it has allowed us to see some clear patterns. This makes it easier to develop some concrete solutions for the problems facing us."







A five-point plan for feeding the world while protecting the planet




The researchers recommend:

1.Halting farmland expansion and land clearing for agricultural purposes, particularly in the tropical rainforest. 

This can be achieved using incentives such as payment for ecosystem services, certification and ecotourism. This change will yield huge environmental benefits without dramatically cutting into agricultural production or economic well-being.


2.Improving agricultural yields. 

Many farming regions in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe are not living up to their potential for producing crops - something known as "yield gaps". Improved use of existing crop varieties, better management and improved genetics could increase current food production nearly by 60 per cent.


3.Supplementing the land more strategically. 

Current use of water, nutrients and agricultural chemicals suffers from what the research team calls "Goldilocks' Problem": too much in some places, too little in others, rarely just right. Strategic reallocation could substantially boost the benefit we get from precious inputs.


4.Shifting diets. 

Growing animal feed or biofuels on prime croplands, no matter how efficiently, is a drain on human food supply. Dedicating croplands to direct human food production could boost calories produced per person by nearly 50 per cent. Even shifting nonfood uses such as animal feed or biofuel production away from prime cropland could make a big difference.


5.Reducing waste. 

One-third of the food produced by farms ends up discarded, spoiled or eaten by pests. Eliminating waste in the path that food takes from farm to mouth could boost food available for consumption another 50 per cent.




The study also outlines approaches to the problem that would help policy-makers reach informed decisions about the agricultural choices facing them. "For the first time, we have shown that it is possible to both feed a hungry world and protect a threatened planet," said lead author Jonathan Foley, head of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. "It will take serious work. But we can do it."

The research was funded by NSERC, NASA, NSF

The study Solutions for a Cultivated Planet was published in Nature.




MANGO'S DOCKSIDE BISTRO TO OPEN ON MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA ...





Feinman family hopes to open new Mango's Dockside Bistro next week


1:02 PM, Oct. 14, 2011 



Written by

DON MANLEY
FILED UNDER
Marco Island News





The Feinman family, former owners of the popular Chefs Express restaurant, is set to open Mango’s Dockside Bistro, a new eatery in The Esplanade.



The owners hope for a partial opening late next week in the upscale waterfront mall off North Collier Boulevard.



Mango's will be located in the spot once occupied by Guy Harvey’s Island Grill.



Chef’s Express closed its doors at the The Shops of Olde Marco in July and the Feinmans had been searching for a new location.



Annie Feinman said Friday the initial opening will be a “soft” one, designed to serve a limited number of customers rather than the general public.



Feinman said she and her family are now engaged in securing zoning and occupancy permits before they can open.



For more on this story, please check out the Oct. 20 issue of the Marco Island Sun Times.


WOW !!! ...HERE IS AN EXCITING WAY TO ENJOY CEVICHE...




Tropical Ceviche with Shrimp, Scallop, Mango and Pineapple




Published by thefoodaddicts at 11:00 am under Cooking at Home, appetizers


Lately we’ve been preparing a lot of colorful meals that not only play with your taste buds, but also your eyes. This dish is no different! 

We had some extra ingredients lying around and decided to whip up ceviche to snack on. Well, one thing lead to another and we ended up with this gorgeous plate of shrimp, scallop, mango, pineapple, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro – all bathed in some lime juice, salt, and pepper. It’s fun to get creative with our ingredients, and this turned out to be a really easy ceviche to put together. 

If you don’t have shrimp or scallops, you can also use raw fish. Additionally, lemon juice can be used in place of lime juice.

For those who are not familiar with ceviche (also spelled seviche), it’s a name given to this dish that involves citrus-marinated seafood. 


It’s origins came either from Peru or Ecuador, and nowadays, you can find ceviche in many South American restaurants. However, we think it’s a lot more fun to make your own at home! Just grab a bag of tortilla chips and you’ve got a refreshing snack to enjoy for a couple of days!




We combined the following ingredients into our large mixing bowl: 8 oz. chopped shrimp, 8 oz. chopped bay scallops (we actually poached the seafood for a couple of minutes to speed up the cooking process, but you can keep it raw if you'd like), 1/2 small red onion diced, 2 jalapeño seeded and diced, 2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes, 1/3 cup rough chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup chopped mango, and 1/4 cup chopped pineapple.


 The addition of the fruit gives this ceviche a nice sweetness to balance out the tang, saltiness, and heat.




To this rainbow medley, add 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice along with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Let this marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors develop. It's actually best if you can leave it in the fridge overnight.





When the ceviche was ready to dig in, we also added 1/2 cup of chopped avocado to add a rich creamy texture to the dish. As you can see, instead of going to the tropics, we brought it into our kitchen! 

This is a healthy and flavorful appetizer that is great for parties and get-togethers. Who wouldn't enjoy seafood with fresh ingredients like this? All you have to do is chop-chop-chop and you've got yourself a delightful Tropical Ceviche to impress your family and friends!







SECOND CONTAINER OF ECUADORIAN MANGOES IMPORTED TO USA MARKET...





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


www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com




October 14, 2011










Ecuador's first mango exports are starting to arrive in the USA.


Last weel David Oppenheimer imported the first container via the port of New York.


The second container was imported earlier this week.


Import data reveals that MAERSK vessel WALVIS BAY discharged one container with 4,800 (4kg) cartons of mango at the port of Miami, Florida on Tuesday the 11th of October 2011.


The shipper in Ecuador was Pigmalian S.A. and the importer of record was WORLD'S BEST TROPICALS LLC of Doral, Florida.


World's Best Tropicals & Oriental, LLC. has a location in Miami, FL. Active officers include Marcos Rodas Woo and Eddy Jose L Martinez. World's Best Tropicals & Oriental, LLC. filed as a Florida Limited Liability on Monday, March 28, 2011 in the state of Florida and is currently active. Jorge Gaviria serves as the registered agent for this organization.



Expect to see volume out of Ecuador pick up in the coming weeks.



MANGO IMPORTER TO FOCUS ON CARBON FOOTPRINT...


Oppenheimer focuses on carbon footprint

10/14/2011 11:24:32 AM
Melissa Schupman




                                                                                                     

The Oppenheimer Group, Vancouver, British Columbia, has enlisted the help of the Vancouver-based company Offsetters to calculate its carbon footprint using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.


As a result, Oppenheimer offset its greenhouse gas emissions at the 2011 Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Atlanta.

“We measured the greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel and accommodations, transportation of our booth, fruit, and materials, exhibit activity and entertainment related to the show,” John Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Oppenheimer, said in a news release. “We reduced our emissions as much as possible, then offset the difference by contributing to projects that prevent the equivalent amount of emissions from entering the atmosphere.”

Oppenheimer is also partnering with growers and retailers to review areas where energy can be conserved and sustainable measures can be implemented. The company has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 5% by 2013, according to the release.




THE WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD TRADE SHOW...ANUGA IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR MANGO EXPORTERS...





The place to be
(From Food News Editorial Staff)


Friday October 14 2011


It is hard to over-emphasise the size and importance of ANUGA. 


Even by the marathon standards of German trade exhibitions, ANUGA is a colossus. More than a dozen halls. Representation by just about every country on the planet. A press and publicity machine that is superbly slick and effective.


But what makes a trade show is not just its organisation. It is the split between the exhibitors and the showgoers. If there was not an effective presence by exhibitors, there would not be anything like the attendance that ANUGA gets. If there was not such a large attendance, exhibitors would scale back their presence. 

ANUGA is a self-perpetuating giant.

It enjoys an advantage, of course, in that it takes place at the start of the northern hemisphere autumn, when the crops are being harvested, processing is in full swing, and large buyers need to conclude their contracts for big bulk items. Belgium is starting to process its vegetable crops. China has its massive apple harvest. Brazil is offering its new season orange juice. Little wonder that many big industries hold back on announcing their new season prices until ANUGA.

SIAL, in Paris, which alternates with its German counterpart, also takes place at the same time of year. SIAL is hampered slightly by the fact that the exhibition space is not as expansive as one finds at ANUGA, but the exhibition centre has added new halls in recent years and has had no trouble in filling them. Where SIAL falls behind, by near-universal agreement (at least among FOODNEWS contacts) is in the organisation and infrastructure, which is simply not as good. ANUGA is a city centre venue: the delights of Cologne as a city are fifteen minutes’ walk away. SIAL is on an industrial estate, outside Paris, next to Charles de Gaulle airport, and the delights of Paris can take a couple of hours to reach. There is little that SIAL can do about this, and to be fair, it is not the only exhibition venue that has this problem: the UK’s own National Exhibition Centre is not exactly strolling distance from the centre of its host city, Birmingham.

For all its hustle and bustle, for all its heat and crowds, and for all the sheer fatigue in walking around it (why is it that when one has to visit two companies, they are always at opposite ends of the site), ANUGA is still a delight. And still the place to do business. 

www.foodnews.com


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COLOMBIA ANNOUNCES NEW BANANA PORT WHICH SHOULD SPUR MANGO EXPORTS...










Colombia: Urabá will have a banana Port




The signing of the constitution act of the Promoting Society for Port Development of Urabá is the first step to turn into reality the port of this department sub-region.

The society has, as partners, the Institute for Development of Antioquia, Augura, Uniban, Banacol, the Chamber of Commerce of Medellín for Antioquia and the Chamber of Commerce of Urabá, and will have a strategic location, close to Bogotá and the center of the country.

"It's the first stage. We made a commitment with the private sector, the banana producers guild, and all of them have an interest for Urabá to be developed", affirmed the governor, Luis Alfredo Ramos.

He added that this is going to be another mega-project, that connected to the double road Medellín-Turbo, will convert this area in a development hub. "Idea" will put the initial amount of 1,500,000,000 Pesos for studies, drawings and updates. A sum that, if needed, could reach the 3,000,000,000 Pesos.

This stage will take about 2.5 years to be concluded, adding to the diligence with the National Government to obtain concessions.

Herminio Valoyes, manager of the Urabá Government, manifested that the port will create possibilities to generate jobs and will motivate businessmen to settle in the area, to make it easy for them to commercialize their products.

"Urabá with the sea potential is the option for us to generate jobs, and is centered in the banana tree sector".

A Development plan

It's fundamental, as commented by Roberto Hoyos, president of Augura, "to sell the port as a need for the country and not only for the region", specially if we count on the add-on for the commerce looking for FTAs with the US.

IMO NOTE:

Colombia's mango industry should surely benefit from a port dedicated to fruit exports with the proper infrastructure for handling perishable commodities.


Source: Elcolombiano



Publication date: 10/14/2011

MEXICO'S MICHOACAN STATE RANKS 4TH OVERALL IN MANGO PRODUCTION





Translated from Spanish by IMO...


Source: Mimorelia.com


October 14, 2011


121,980 metric tons of mango were produced last year in Michoacan according to a Mexican Government source.


SIAP Mexicos Information System for Agriculture & Fisheries compile the data.


Michoacan is one of Mexico's top fruit producers, yet mango production has lagged in previous years. This latest data shows a move up from 8th place in 2010 to 4th palce in 2011.


This figure places Michoacan behind Guererro, Chiapas and Nayarit in overal mango production. These fugures include all varieties of mango, some that are not exported.


While Michoacan is one of the largest mango exporting states (Tied with Sinaloa) this is due to the fact that Hot Water treatment facilities are located in the state and fresh mangoes are transported from surrounding states to be processed for export to the USA market in Michoacan.


Mango is produced in 28 municipalities in the state of Michoacan. Gabriel Zamorra was the largest producer within the state with  16,170 metric tonnes last season.


In addition, the municipalities of: Lázaro Cárdenas, Múgica, Nuevo Urecho, Coahuayana, La Huacana, Tepalcatepec, Aquila, Parácuaro y San Lucas, ranked among the largest producers of mango within the state of Michoacan.

ARGENTINE MARKET OPENS UP FOR PERU MANGO EXPORTERS...



Translated by IMO
from ANDINA.COM


October 14, 2011


Peruvian mango exporters will soon have a new market to export to.

Peru's Ministry of Trade announced that Argentina and Peru have signed a trade agreement that will benefit agricultural exporters.

SENASA, (Peru's equivalent to USDA/APHIS) has formalized a protocol with the Argentine counterpart making the trade agreement signed between the two Governments a reality.

Peru overall exports to Argentina represent 151 million USD, an 80% increase over the previous year.

The Peruvian mango season would compliment the limited mango production in Argentina which runs until the end of December.




PERU PODRA EXPORTAR MANGO A ARGENTINA ESTE AñO...


Perú: Senasa firmará convenio con Argentina para facilitar exportación de productos frescos a ese país

13 de Octubre de 2011




El Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (Senasa) firmará un convenio con el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (Senasa) de Argentina para facilitar la exportación de productos frescos peruanos a dicho mercado, informó el ministro de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, José Luis Silva.

“Toda la exportación de productos frescos podría beneficiarse con este tipo de acuerdos y eso significaría hacer que nuestras exportaciones crezcan de manera significativa”, declaró a la agencia Andina.

Precisó que el convenio permitirá que los mecanismos de control de productos frescos del Senasa sean reconocidos por las autoridades sanitarias de Argentina, con lo que se garantizará que ninguna plaga cuarentenaria en Perú pueda ingresar al mercado argentino.

“En la actualidad no existe un convenio bilateral entre Perú y Argentina que permita facilitar la obtención de las licencias de Autorización Fitosanitaria de Importación (Afidis) que permita la exportación de productos frescos”, mencionó.

Dijo que la firma del convenio permitirá beneficiar a productos como el plátano, mango y palta producidos en Perú, y que no compiten con la producción argentina.

“Sólo en banano Argentina importa un millón de cajas al año y el 70 por ciento proviene de Ecuador, ese es un mercado que podría aprovechar”, acotó.

En el 2010 las exportaciones peruanas a Argentina alcanzaron los 151 millones de dólares, lo que significó un aumento de 80 por ciento con relación al año anterior, y 68 millones correspondieron a productos tradicionales.

Por su parte, los productos no tradicionales totalizaron 84 millones de dólares, lo que significó un aumento de 31 por ciento.

En dicho período las exportaciones agropecuarias tradicionales a Argentina sumaron unos 500 mil dólares, lo que implicó un descenso de 20.7 por ciento, mientras que los envíos no tradicionales de ese sector aumentaron 34.2 por ciento al sumar 9.2 millones.

Fuente: Andina




EXPORTACIONES DE MANGO ECUATORIANO GOZAN DE TRATO PRFERENCIAL HASTA 2013...




EE.UU. renovó el Atpdea para Ecuador hasta el 2013



Las exportaciones de mango serán uno de los primeras beneficiadas del Atpdea, una vez que la temporada de ventas del producto comienza a fines de año.

La Ley de Preferencias Arancelarias Andinas y Erradicación de la Droga (Atpdea), para Ecuador, fue renovada anoche. La normativa que exonera de gravámenes a ciertos productos nacionales estará vigente hasta julio del 2013 y con efecto retroactivo al 12 de febrero de este año.

La ministra coordinadora de la Producción, Nathalie Cely, manifestó que el problema con el Atpdea no era un problema con Ecuador y que precisaban del momento adecuado para las negociaciones. "Manifestamos que esto pasaba por un tema de negociación para que los TLC (Tratado de Libre Comercio) de Corea del Sur, Colombia y Panamá, se aprueben, como efectivamente sucedió”, expresó la ministra.

Las Preferencias Arancelaraias benefician a las exportaciones nacionales de brocoli, flores, mangos, camarón, atún, espárragos, entre otros productos no tradicionales que se venden en Estados Unidos.

Asimismo, la funcionaria sostuvo que la probación delas preferencias arancelarias es el resultado de un trabajo conjunto, entre el sector privado y la Cancillería. Explicó que así se dio a conocer a los congresistas y senadores estadounidenses que el país, por decisión propia, ha cumplido su trabajo en cuanto a la lucha permanente contra el narcotráfico.

“Hemos invertido importantísimos recursos de nuestro presupuesto en esta lucha (…) Yo creo que se demuestra que el Gobierno ecuatoriano siempre ha estado preocupado por este tema y que jamás ha afectado en lo absoluto ningún tipo de otra consideración política y esto ratifica totalmente lo dicho por nosotros”, indicó la Secretaria de Estado.

La ministra Cely señaló además que con la renovación de las preferencias arancelarias se echa al piso los comentarios de ciertos sectores que trataron de hacer daño al Gobierno al sostener que la suspensión –el pasado 12 de febrero- del Atpdea para Ecuador, se debió al impase diplomático tras la expulsión de la exembajadora de Estados Unidos, Heather Hodges.

“Nosotros dijimos con claridad que este es un tema que no tiene nada que ver con el impase diplomático sufrido, recuerde usted que estábamos en plena Consulta Popular y esto se utilizó de una manera equivocada, poco patriótica y esto comprueba una vez mas que no hemos mentido”, puntualizó Cely.

Sobre el efecto retroactivo de la renovación del Atpdea, la ministra Cely dijo que esto significará que le sea devuelto “hasta el último centavo” todos los aranceles que fueron pagados por los exportadores ecuatorianos desde el 12 de febrero a la actualidad, al ingresar sus productos a los Estados Unidos.

Fuente: Telegrafo


Fecha de publicación: 14/10/2011




MICHOACAN EN CUARTO LUGAR COMO PRODUCTOR DE MANGOS...



Michoacán se convierte en el 4° mayor productor de mango en México








Con una producción de 121 mil 980 toneladas del fruto, Michoacán se coloca en los primeros lugares del país.

En Michoacán, el cultivo del mango avanzó del octavo al cuarto lugar a nivel nacional según el valor de su producción, que en el último ciclo agrícola se estimó en 397 millones 316 mil 450 pesos, de acuerdo las estadísticas agrícolas que ofrece el Sistema de Información Agroalimentaria y Pesquera (SIAP).

Con una producción de 121 mil 980 toneladas del fruto, nuestro estado se coloca en los primeros lugares del país, sólo detrás de: Guerrero, Chiapas y Nayarit.

En la entidad, el mango se produce en 28 municipios encabezados por Gabriel Zamora, que es el principal productor, ya que genera alrededor de 16 mil 170 toneladas, las cuales podrían alcanzar un valor en el mercado de 59 millones 358 mil 680 pesos.

De igual forma, los municipios de: Lázaro Cárdenas, Múgica, Nuevo Urecho, Coahuayana, La Huacana, Tepalcatepec, Aquila, Parácuaro y San Lucas, también son grandes productores de este fruto.

Es importante recordar que el mango aporta una gran cantidad de nutrientes; en una porción de 100 gramos contiene 65 kilocalorías y 81.71 gramos de agua, así como Proteínas, Carbohidratos, Azúcares, Calcio, Cobre, Hierro, Magnesio, Fósforo, Potasio, Selenio, Sodio, Zinc; y las Vitaminas: A, C, B-6, E, K; entre otras.


Fuente: Mimorelia



Fecha de publicación: 14/10/2011




ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE FRESH (RAW) MANGOES...HWT MANGOES CANNOT MAKE THIS CLAIM...



Among all fruits, guava and mango are richest in antioxidants: NIN study

Friday, October 14, 2011 08:00 IST
Archana Aroor, Mumbai

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, recently conducted a study on 14 fresh fruits and 120-130 foods so as to compile a database on the antioxidant activity on most commonly consumed foods in India.

The study was conducted on most commonly consumed fresh fruits in India such as guava, pine-apple, Indian plum, mango (ripe), apple, chiku, watermelon, custard apple, grapes (green), orange, papaya (ripe), pomegranate, sweet lime and banana.

"This was the first-of-its kind research carried and interestingly, out of 14 fresh fruits, we found that mango and guava were rich in antioxidants," Dr Sreeramulu, scientist, endocrinology and metabolism division, NIN, Hyderabad, informed FnB News in a telephonic talk.


Ramulu said that the data available on most commonly consumed foods and fresh fruits were scanty on antioxidant activity (AOA) that had also received less attention so far in the country, hence it was pertinent to determine the AOA in such foods.


He said that the findings were quite interesting as the research indicated that fruits which were rich sources of nutrition and that were rich in antioxidants helped scavenge the free radicals that destroy tissues.


In the study, guava came in at the top with antioxidant activity ranging from as high as 496 mg/100 gm to as low as 22 mg/100 gm in pineapple. He further said that antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing cellular damage which was the most common reason for ageing, cancer and other degenerative diseases.


Initially for the study, three samples of each variety of fresh fruit were purchased from each of the three local markets, pooled and considered as a single sample of that market. Total quantity of each pooled sample was 250-300 gm. Adequate care was then taken to avoid unripe, damaged and overripe fruits.

Fruits purchased from the market were cleaned and edible portions were cut into small pieces and extracted with acidified aqueous methanol. Briefly, edible portions of total sample were powdered in a domestic blender where fresh fruits were directly taken into polytron homogeniser and extracted. Extraction and analysis of antioxidant activity and total phenolic content was done separately in three market samples.

Ramulu mentioned that epidemiological studies suggest that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables was associated with a lower risk of degenerative diseases and that the current lifestyle caused overproduction of free radicals and reactive oxygen species.

Therefore, natural antioxidants protect from oxidative stress and associated diseases and play an important role in healthcare whereby, plant foods were the primary source of natural antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are important dietary sources of antioxidant polyphenols to humans.

"As compared to fresh fruits, polyphenolic content and AOA of dryfruits are expected to be high due to their low moisture content with increased shelf life. In recent times, natural antioxidants have attracted considerable interest among nutritionists, food manufacturers and consumers because of their presumed safety and potential therapeutic value," he pointed out.