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AUSTRALIA'S OUTBACK TOWN CELEBRATES "MANGO MANIA" IN STYLE ...

31 October, 2011 9:20AM ACST

Mango madness sweeps Berry Springs

By Clare Rawlinson



Mango madness swept through Berry Springs yesterday as the annual mango festival drew hundreds to the small township for eating competitions, mango cricket, mango lawn bowls and mango pinata.






This year's winner ate seven mangoes in three minutes (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Adults' mango remains after their eating competition (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Rainee Barnes wins the best mango dress competition (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Kids smash the mango pinata (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Festival organiser Little Flower Hill (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Dan Breen plays knock-em-down with the mangoes (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Berry Springs reserve was the setting for the annual mango festival (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




The adults mango eating comeptition kicks off (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




The kids level of the mango eating competition in full flight (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Mango remains after the eating competition (ABC: Clare Rawlinson)




Finnis H…

GERMANY VIEWS EU DEBT CRISIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR WEAKER COUNTRIES TO BECOME COMPETITIVE IN THE NEW "FISCAL UNION" ...

Last updated: October 30, 2011 10:59 pm


Crisis provides opportunity for ‘fiscal union’

By Quentin Peel and Gerrit Wiesmann in Berlin



For Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s hugely experienced and passionately pro-European finance minister, the financial crisis in the eurozone is not just a threat, but an opportunity.


He believes that the pressure of the financial markets will force the most debt-laden members of the 17-nation currency union to curb their budget deficits and increase their competitiveness. It will also drive them to take the next big steps towards a “fiscal union” to underpin their monetary union.

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Last week’s EU and eurozone summits saw agreement on setting up continuous surveillance of Greece’s austerity programme by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the…

FIJI HAS WORDS OF ADVICE FOR PERU, ECUADOR, AND OTHER MANGO PRODUCERS THAT ARE NET EXPORTERS...

Time to think ahead...

Fay Volatabu
Monday, October 31, 2011


LAST week was Diwali celebration time and like everything else done in Fiji, it is not particular to a race or cultural group but a national affair where everyone gets to participate.

There was a public holiday and a mad scramble for firecrackers on Tuesday afternoon. Rups Big Bear was indeed giving bear hugs to people in the form of sale prices for firecrackers. Even on Wednesday morning, late shoppers flocked to supermarkets and stores to purchase firecrackers.

As far back as I can remember, Diwali has been a part of our calendar and with it the eating of Indian sweets and delicacies. For those who are fortunate enough to have Hindu neighbours, it is usually a day of enjoying assorted savouries. Personally, I love the puri or roti dipped in dhal soup and having it with curry, tomato chutney and tamarind sauce, enough to whet anyone's appetite.

In Fiji, this can be cooked by any novice cook and even the art of making chutneys…

PAKISTAN'S MANGO FARMERS URGED TO PRUNE AND PREPARE GROVES FOR NEXT SEASON ...

Growers to start mango branches triming

SUNDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2011 17:43








LAHORE: The Punjab Agriculture Department has advised mango growers to start triming of branches of mango trees besides carrying out spray to eliminate weeds in gardens.

It also asked the growers to continue grafting of plants and grow new plants.

Examine the growing of buds on stems and ensure their timely cutting and irrigate gardens as and when needed, it added.



Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2010

http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/business-a-economy/33685-growers-to-start-mango-branches-triming.html


ONE MONTH LATER: WHAT CONCRETE PLANS DO THE PHILIPPINES HAVE TO EXECUTE THE PROMISES OF SUPPORT MADE AT ANNUAL MANGO CONGRES ??? ...

IMO NOTE: Much was made of a bold plan to compete globally at the 13th National Mango Congress one month ago in the Philippines.
 Other than "standard political promises, how do the Philippine mango growers and exporters plan to achieve their valiant goal ?

Here is what was promised a month ago...The IMO would like to see a plan....




Philippine mango industry gets backing


By NONOY E. LACSON
October 4, 2011, 2:35pm


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala guaranteed growers of Philippine mango with his department’s support as he graced the 13th National Mango Congress at Isla Jardin del Mar resort in Gumasa.

“Rest assured that the DA (Department of Agriculture) will continue with support programs including the establishment and rehabilitation of nurseries and foundation scion grove, household and village processing assistance and crop
improvement especially for climate change adaptability,” Alcala told 322 registered delegates on Friday at the closing of…

USA IMPORTS OF MANGO HAVE MATCHED 2010 TOTALS WITH OVER 8 WEEKS OF DATA TO REPORT FOR 2011...

U.S. Import Volume
Per Month
Monthly report for range: January 2010 through December 2010Export to Excel
Commodity NameOrigin NameDatePoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSBRAZIL01/2010836,72495,082MANGOSBRAZIL02/2010219,54224,948MANGOSBRAZIL03/20101,516,372172,315MANGOSBRAZIL04/2010378,67143,031MANGOSBRAZIL08/20104,081,392463,795MANGOSBRAZIL09/201024,253,4332,756,072MANGOSBRAZIL10/201017,929,4862,037,442MANGOSBRAZIL11/201012,980,4141,475,047MANGOSBRAZIL12/2010270,36230,723Total

62,466,3967,098,455MANGOSCOLOMBIA05/20102,673304Total

2,673304MANGOSCOSTA RICA02/201010,8241,230MANGOSCOSTA RICA03/20101,259,437143,118

WITH OVER 8 WEEKS LEFT...USDA MANGO IMPORT DATA REVEALS THAT USA IS ON TRACK FOR A 90 + MILLION CARTON YEAR IN 2011 ...

U.S. Import Volume
Per Month
Monthly report for range: January 2011 through November 2011Export to Excel
Commodity NameOrigin NameDatePoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSBRAZIL01/2011101,10511,489MANGOSBRAZIL02/2011658,62774,844MANGOSBRAZIL03/2011878,17099,792MANGOSBRAZIL08/2011796,40490,500MANGOSBRAZIL09/201120,256,8322,301,913MANGOSBRAZIL10/20115,556,052631,370Total

28,247,1903,209,908MANGOSCOSTA RICA02/201132,5273,696MANGOSCOSTA RICA03/20111,208,904137,375MANGOSCOSTA RICA04/2011922,671104,849MANGOSCOSTA RICA05/201143,9084,990MANGOSCOSTA RICA06/201130,7163,490Total

2,238,726254,400MANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC04/201173,9208,400