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CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION; INDIA HAS EFFICIENT AND SUCCESFUL EXPORT PROGRAM TO USA MARKET ...

Given the current restraints Indian mango exports face to the USA market, SAVANI FARMS has come up with an internet based mango program in conjunction with FEDEX that is very efficient.


The program is focused on quality and timeliness rather than volume, and reaps a reward for all concerned.




























http://www.savanifarms.com/



NO NEW PLANS: INDIA FOCUSED ON STRENGHTENING EXISTING FOOD SUPPLY PROJECTS ...

Interview
“Mega food parks, cold chains and modernisation of abattoirs would drive major investments”
Monday, January 02, 2012


End of a Plan period is usually a challenging time for bureaucrats as their work comes under scanner for gauging progress made in five years.

With the 11th Five Year Plan soon coming to an end and the next Plan dominating parliamentary proceedings, the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) is gearing up to face fresh challenges.

Rakesh Kacker, secretary, MoFPI, in a conversation with Irum Khan lends an insight into how the ministry is going about the job

What is the proposed outlay for the 12th Plan….Which will be the focus areas?



We have proposed a sum of Rs 15,000 crore for the entire Plan period. Infrastructure development would be a major thrust area and mega food parks, cold chains and modernisation of abattoirs would drive major investments.



What is the change that the 12th Five Year Plan will highlight?



It would precisely relate to the working strategy …

STAGE THREE DAKAR RALLY 2012: SAN RAFAEL - SAN JUAN ( 3 legs left in argentina) ...

DAY TWO UPDATE FROM DAKAR RALLY 2012 ...

Defending Dakar Rally motorcycling champion Marc Coma claims 17th career stage win to claim lead



From corrrespondents in San Rafael, Argentina
AAP
January 03, 2012 7:40AM






Qatar's defending Dakar Rally car champion Nasser Al-Attiyah rebounded from losing 10 minutes on the first stage by taking Monday's second stage in Argentina.



Ultimate Guide to the Dakar Rally




Tough: Ultimate Guide to the Dakar Rally + 1



The 31-year-old - who had an engine problem with his Hummer in Sunday's opener - beat Mini's Stephane Peterhansel of France by 54 seconds in the 290km drive from Santa Rosa de la Pampa.


Dakar Standings


Motos (after day two)

SOUTH KOREA CHRISTMAS PROJECT WILL SEND MANGO TREES TO AFRICA ...

JYJ Starts New Year With Sending 2,000 Trees To Africa




by KpopStarz Reporter
Updated: January 2, 2012 5:06 PM EST



JYJ is starting a new year with kind charity.



'Tree Planting Project', C-Jes Entertainment stars started, ended on Dec. 2 with $25,000 raised. 


C-Jes Entertainment commented "'Tree Planting Project' with Kim Jae Joong, Park Yoo Chun, Kim Joon Soo and other stars raised $25,000, As a result, 2,000 mango trees and apple trees wil be send to Sudan in Africa".


Park Yoo Chun and Kim Jae Joong, who won the Rookie of the Year awards on MBC and SBS, said "This is very meaningful for us, and I believe fans will be delighted the most. I will do the best to satisfy the high expectation around us. With no mistakes in preparing Musical Elizabeth starting in Feb, tour in South America, I promise you to show all that I improved much as JYJ and also Actors".


Photo: C-Jes Entertainment




http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/2030/20120102/jyj-tree-project-africa.htm







FOOTAGE FROM FIRST STAGE OF 2012 DAKAR RALLY ....

OTRA TRAGEDIA EN EL RALLY DAKAR 2012 EN EL PRIMER DIA ...

Mueren dos espectadores del Dakar en caída de avioneta
Un adulto y un niño que seguían el rally Dakar 2012 desde una avioneta particular murieron cuando la nave se precipitó a tierra.


El Dakar arrancó ayer en Argentina (Efe)
EL UNIVERSAL
lunes 2 de enero de 2012 11:56 AM




Buenos Aires.- Dos espectadores que este domingo seguían la primera etapa del rally Dakar 2012 desde una avioneta particular murieron cuando el ultraliviano sufrió un desperfecto y se precipitó a tierra, según asegura hoy la prensa local.



El accidente ocurrió este domingo al mediodía en la zona de Tres Arroyos, en la provincia de Buenos Aires, cerca de donde pasaban los vehículos de la competencia automovilística, destacó DPA.



Las víctimas fueron identificadas como Luis Marcelo Soldavini, de 37 años, y su hijo Tomás, de 12.



El Dakar 2012 ya había tenido un primer capítulo trágico cuando, también este domingo, murió el piloto argentino Jorge Martínez Boero luego de que perdiera el control de su moto en medio de una extensa …

SOUTH KOREA PROJECTS A BETTER SECOND HALF IN 2012 FOR GLOBAL ECONOMY ....

World in New Era of Low Growth: South Korea President


Published: Sunday, 1 Jan 2012 | 10:16 PM ET

By: Reuters









South Korea's president said on Monday the global economy was not simply in a temporary slump but had entered a new era of low growth and pledged to bring down inflation, which spiked to a three-year high last year.




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President Lee Myung-bak reaffirmed in a televised new year address that the government would put the policy priority on bringing inflation down to close to 3 percent this year. Annual average inflation hit 4 percent in 2011.



"The waves (of economic difficulty) will likely be much higher this year. The global economy is not in a temporary slump but has entered a new era of low growth," Lee said.



Separately, Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan said in his new year statement the euro zone's fiscal crisis would probably reach its worst point during the first half.


President Lee's pledge to focus on fighting inflation came even as Asia's fourth-…

NUEVAS ZONAS "LIBRE DE MOSCA DE FRUTA" RECONOCIDOS POR USDA/APHIS EN ARGENTINA ....

Zona libre de mosca de los frutos


Argentina: USDA reconoce la producción frutícola de Mendoza



El Departamento de Agricultura de los EEUU anunció oficialmente que reconocerá a los oasis del Centro y Sur de Mendoza como áreas libres de mosca de los frutos.

La medida fue tomada luego del trabajo realizado por los organismos técnicos de ambos países con el apoyo de la Cancillería argentina y el Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación.



Este reconocimiento mejorará las condiciones de acceso de las frutas y hortalizas argentinas al mercado de los Estados Unidos.

La medida adoptada por el USDA elimina el tratamiento exigido en la actualidad, reduciendo los costos de exportación y facilitando la logística en la comercialización, particularmente de duraznos, ciruelas, peras y damascos.

Beneficiará también el comercio de cerezas, que a partir de ahora se podrán exportar vía aérea sin tener que someterse al tratamiento de frío que reducía su calidad comercial.

La Argentina es el tercer…

CHINESE NEW YEAR OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST MANGO SALES ...

Produce shippers ready for early Chinese New Year

12/29/2011 4:07:06 PM
Mike Hornick







Pamela Riemenschneider



Chinese New Year’s early arrival this year – Jan. 23 – has limited opportunities for some produce shippers, but brands like Frieda’s and Melissa’s will have had retail marketing efforts in place for weeks.



It’s the year of the dragon — a symbol of power and prosperity – on the Chinese calendar. The holiday fell on Feb. 3 and Feb 14 in 2011 and 2010, respectively.


“We needed some more time to get fruit packed and sent,” said Loren Queen, marketing and communications manager at Domex Superfresh Growers, Yakima, Wash. “We would have preferred February. It was a good Chinese New Year, but the timing is a killer when we’re two to three weeks late on the apple harvest and the holiday is two to three weeks early.”


Fuji apples filled in some of the demand that couldn’t be met with red delicious – down 8% this year in Washington – or gala. The deep-red strains of gala required for the Chinese N…