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HAVE AUSTRALIAN MANGO CROP PROJECTIONS LIVED UP TO HYPE ??? ...

IMO NOTE: What follows is a string of Australian news reports forcasting a "bumper" crop dating back to July 19, 2011. 




The Northern Territory harvest has been in progress for two months now. 




The IMO is curious to learn if the projections actually materialized this season.....Could the AMIA bring IMO BLOG and our readers up to speed ??? ... (   We can be reached at: imango.org@gmail.com   )


Thanks....






Calypso set to begin harvest



By Carl Curtain
Tuesday, 27 September 2011





One Harvest managing director Robert Gray. (Carl Curtain)



The Calypso crop in Darwin, Katherine and Mataranka will match other Territory orchards with an above-average harvest.

The company grows a variety called B-74 and quality across the board appears to be holding firm.

Managing director Robert Gray says the main harvest will begin in the first week of October.

"We're looking to be 50 per cent up on last year and that's across all of those productions regions mainly due to the trees being another ye…

SHORTAGE OF MIGRANT WORKERS COMPOUNDED BY QUANTAS STRIKE IN AUSTRALIA ...

Qantas industrial dispute causing problems, say Katherine mango growers

By Steven Schubert
Friday, 28 October 2011






Mangoes ready for packing outside of Katherine. (Steven Schubert)


Labour shortages are causing problems for mango producers near Katherine in the Northern Territory.

And a national industrial dispute is part of the problem, says one grower.

Ballongilly Farms owner Peter Marks says he had seasonal workers keen to travel north to pick and pack mangoes who were caught out by Qantas cancelling flights.

The airline is in a protracted dispute with transport unions over pay, conditions and plans to take some of its operations offshore.

Marks says the people who were trying to head north decided to look elsewhere for work, leaving him short staffed.

"There's been a lot of strange stuff this year in the labour market. We had some people who were coming and all these strikes that are going on, they actually couldn't end up getting flights and they gave up and went and found a…

FRUIT HUNTERS WINDS UP FILMING ON BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII ...

Click on link to view video....


http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2011/10/28/south-kona-fruit-hunters-avocado-fest-update/







SOUTH KONA: Fruit Hunters, Avocado Fest update
October 28, 2011 South Kona



By David Corrigan, Lynn Beittel and Stephanie Salazar

[photos by Lynn Beittel, file video from 2009]







KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii: The Fruit Hunters have come and gone, and now Kona waits to see the finished cut of award-winning Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang’s new documentary.




Lynn Beitell of Visionary Video, who often provides video for the Big Island Video News casts, assisted the five person Canadian crew from Eye Steel Productions in Montreal. She provided these photographs of the behind-the-scenes.

Island residents may notice Ken Love – Kona’s resident fruit advocate and Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers President – acting as guide… and they may also notice actor and so called fruit activist Bill Pullman. Both played a big role in the local taping… which took place at the Culinary School in Kealakek…

CHRISTIAN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL STATION IS THE PEARL OF THE SOUTH AND HOME TO OVER 25 MANGO VARIETIES ON ANTIGUA...

CHRISTIAN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL STATION+ myan CHRISTIAN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL STATION - THE PEARL OF THE SOUTH

Christian Valley is Antigua’s premiere collection of mature fruit trees. 


Located in the forested folds of the Sherkerley Mountain Range of southern Antigua. 


Here you find a wide variety of fruits such as; orchard of mango, citrus fruits, avocado, guava, Malay apple, cashew, breadfruit, soursop, and many curious tropical fruits.



HISTORY


Christian Valley is also a national historical landmark for Antigua. 


Along the road leading into Christian Valley, one encounters the ruin of the colonial, sugar estate house of Blubber Valley, now surrounded by a chicken farm. 


The Christian Valley estate house lies at the end of the road, within the station. 


During the 17th and 18th centuries, the surrounding hills served as a refuge for a society of escaped African slaves, known to history as maroons. Maroon trails are still used today by foresters and farmers.



OVERVIEW

Date Started: 1973
Intial Name-…

CORTHWRIGHT DAVID HONORED BY FAO FOR HIS 38 YEARS OF INNOVATION & 25 MANGO VARIETIES INTRODUCED AT CHRISTIAN VALLEY AGRICULTURAL STATION ...

Farmers Honours by FAO

SATURDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2011 02:29 


CARIBARENA NEWS 

ANTIGUA NEWS - LATEST







Outstanding-FarmersAntigua St John's - In recognition of the role that farmers play in the country’s food security thrust, eight farmers were honoured on Friday morning during a ceremony at the Point Wharf Fisheries Complex.




The ceremony was a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing & the Environment and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which highlights success in the agriculture industry and the people who have worked tirelessly over the years.

Minister of State Chanlah Codrington, Permanent Secretary Sharon Peters, and Director of Agriculture Jedidiah Maxime awarded the medals –three silver and five bronze - to the recipients in three categories - Stalwarts, Women, and Youth in Agriculture.


Receiving the silver medals were Corthwright David of Bolans, Alison Warner of Bendals, and Beryl Knight of All Saints. The bronze medals …

BRAZIL, CALIFORNIA & ECUADOR MANGOES ALL ON DISPLAY AT ONE STORE IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA....

PHOTO COURTESY OF JUAN PABLO LOZANO, OF J.P. IMPORTS,INC., BOCA RATON, FLORIDA....




IMAGE SHOWS THREE TYPES OF MANGOES FROM NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA...




EARLY (ATAULFO)....MID SEASON (TOMMY ATKINS) ....AND LATE SEASON (KEITT)....AVAILABILITY SURE HAS CHANGED IN 20 YEARS !!! ...

ATAULFO MANGOES FROM ECUADOR ON SALE IN SOUTH FLORIDA ...

Photo courtesy of Juan Pablo Lozano of J.P. IMPORTS, INC., BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
PICTURES TAKEN AT FRESH MARKET, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA




BRAZIL MANGOES ON SALE IN SOUTH FLORIDA ...

CALIFORNIA "ORGANIC" KEITTS ON SALE IN BOCA RATON, FLORIDA...

Photo courtesy of Juan Pablo Lozano of J.P. IMPORTS, INC, Boca Raton, Florida
FRESH MARKET, BOCA RATON, FLORIDA








NEW YORK IS "THE BIG APPLE" & BANGKOK IS "THE BIG MANGO"... BEING THE BOSS IS NO FUN WHEN THE CITY IS FLOODED ...

No fun being boss of the Big Mango



Published: 30/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News





Judging from the increasingly weary looking faces of the prime minister and the Bangkok governor, it looks like they are beginning to wonder if they have made the right career choice. One suspects wading around in floods, answering impossible questions and grabbing just a few hours sleep every night was not exactly what they had in mind for their October activities.

It does raise the question why anybody would aspire to be governor of Bangkok, let alone prime minister?

This is not as frivolous a question as it may seem. Every day as private citizens we have to make crucial decisions _ whether we can get away with wearing socks with holes in them, or or whether to deprive the dog of his bone allowance as a punishment for chewing up the TV remote. This can be quite stressful.

But who in their right mind would want to have the responsibility of making decisions for more than 10 million Bangkok citizens…