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FOB Los Angeles on Mexican Ataulfos quoting $5.00 per carton on 18 count ...

Bat colonies in Australia could wipe out a mango farm in one night ....

ABC Rural Report

Rural and Resources Report for ABC Capricornia and ABC Southern Queensland: March 2, 2012.

By Amy McCosker,

Flying fox colony threatens Kabra mango farm

The arrival of a colony of flying-foxes to the community of Kabra outside Rockhampton has concerned residents and famers alike.

Mango and avocado producer Michael McDouall says if the infestation moves six km north it would decimate his mango farm.

He says farmers need the right to move them on if they pose a risk to their crops however as the numbers have gotten so large he believes the situation may have progressed too far for action.

"If this number of bats decided to come to my farm which is six kilometres from here they would wipe me out in one night," he says.

"This could have been stopped in December when there was just a few here.

"Now that it has got to this stage I don't know, I think we have to wait and see and hope that DERM are right and that when they run out of food they will move on.&quo…

Urban map depicts population shift to urban centers over 100 year time line ....


This graphic depicts countries and territories with 2050 urban populations exceeding 100,000. 

Circles are scaled in proportion to urban population size. 
Hover over a country to see how urban it is (percentage of people living in cities and towns) and the size of its urban population (in millions).

Click on link to view......

David Murdock advocates eating RAW mangoes (not HWT) ...lists them as one of his 33 super foods...

IMO NOTE: You wont catch David Murdock eating a HWT mango, he knows better. Why does the National mango Board (NMB) insist on covering up the truth about the defective mangoes that they promote?

33 Of The Healthiest  Foods On Earth By David H Murdock Chairman-Owner Of Dole Foods 5-22-9 

Is it possible to live to 125 or maybe 150? 
It's certainly a possibility, as discussed on Oprah Winfrey's recent show on longevity. 
She visited me at my farm to learn how, at 86, I am enjoying the robust health, energy, and mental creativity of someone many decades younger. 
My secret: large quantities of fruit and vegetables, plus an hour of daily exercise. 
No pills, not even aspirin, and certainly no supplements ever enter my mouth -- everything I need comes from my fish-vegetarian diet, which incorporates 30-40 different kinds of fruit and vegetables every week. 

Even though I am Chairman and Owner of Dole Food Company, I do most of my own grocery shopping, and even took Oprah on an impromptu trip t…

Dole Nutrition website refuses to answer HWT mango question ...

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

March 01, 2012

Recently, the IMO sent a request to the newly formed DOLE Nutrition website asking for a scientific explanation between a Hot water Treated Mango (void of enzymes) and a natural, RAW, tree ripened mango.

David Murdock, a nutrition fanatic and owner of DOLE brags about eating mangoes, just not HWT mangoes.

Murdock advocates eating RAW, untreated (HWT) mangoes and has listed them as one of 33 critical fruits and veggies for long life:

Apparently DOLE does not market mangoes,(Perhaps because they know the truth about HWT mangoes)  thus the answer that follows: 2:12 PM (2 hours ago)

Dear Mr. Cavan, Thank you for contacting Dole Food Company. We appreciate you...

2:12 PM (2 hours ago)

to me

Dear Mr. Cavan,

Thank you for contacting Dole Food Company.

We appreciate y…

Hadi Laghari and a word to the wise ....

Uptick in IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) viewership ...

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

March 01, 2012

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Will March 2012 be a 50,000 pageview month or more ???
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Trinidad & Tobago is where India and the new world meet ...

Indies, Indians, Trinidad, Spain By Bridget BreretonStory Created: Mar 1, 2012 at 1:24 AM ECT Story Updated: Mar 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM ECT 

Ron Ramdin is a Trinidad-born writer, based since the early 1960s in London, who has published a remarkable range of books: biographies of Paul Robeson and Mary Seacole; historical studies of labour in Trinidad and Tobago, the black British working class and the Indo-Caribbean people (among other topics); and two novels on local themes, Rama’s Voyage and The Griot’s Tale.

His latest book, Isabella’s Legacy My Discovery of Spain (2011), tells the story of his visits to Spain in 1989, 1991 and 1992. It’s part travel book, part a highly personal memoir, and part a meditation on what the idea of Spain meant to him when he was growing up in southern Trinidad in the 1940s and 1950s. And it’s this last dimension that I found especially interesting.

Ramdin grew up in Trinidad and has lived in Britain since 1962; he can’t speak Spanish and his first visit to …

Cracking down on Guyana drug corridor ....puts Chavez & cronies on notice....

U.S., Guyana Militaries Begin Large Joint Exercise

Mar. 1, 2012 - 03:31AM | By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE |

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The U.S. military and Guyana’s Defense Force (GDF) on March 1 began a nine-day joint security exercise codenamed Fused Response 2012, intended to help combat organized crime and illicit trafficking.

Col. Brewster Lovell, the GDF’s deputy chief of staff, said heavy airlift aircraft began moving at least 300 American troops and helicopters in Guyana for the March 1-9 exercise.

“There will be a lot of troop movement and from our perspective we are all prepared, and the U.S. special forces have been training with us and it is the first time we are having such a major exercise with the U.S.,” Lovell said.

He said the exercise would be confined to GDF bases near the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and the Jungle and Amphibious Training School on the Essequibo River. At least 125 Guyanese soldiers, police and other security agents would be participating. No exercises …

Latin America, Testing Ground for Chinese Yuan

By Fabiana Frayssinet *

China is expanding loans to Latin America using the yuan instead of the dollar. 
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) - China is looking to Latin America to experiment with the yuan, or renminbi, to replace the dollar, taking advantage of the growth in Chinese trade and investment in this region. But because the volume is still insignificant, it is not yet clear what impact the currency will have on economies in the region.

The 2008 outbreak of the financial crisis in the United States prompted China to push for the use of its currency in transactions with its leading partners, Brazilian economist Rodrigo Branco explained to IPS.

"This change was mainly due to the need to guarantee steady supplies of commodities, and also because of the instability of the industrialised economies," which have been hit hardest by the crisis, added Branco, with the Foreign Trade Studies Centre Foundation (FUNCEX).

China, which joined the In…

Pakistan's National Assembly vote to fund export activities ...

NA body for enhancing member of parliamentarian in EDF board

ISLAMABAD, Mar 1 (APP): The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Commerce here on Thursday recommended that representation of parliamentarians in the Board of Export Development Fund (EDF) should be enhanced from existing one member in order to make the decisions of the board more productive.

The meeting of committee was held under the chairmanship of MNA, Engineer Khurram Dastigar Khan and attended by Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur, Chaudry Iftikhar Nazir, Tahira Aurangzeb, Yasmeen Rehman, Haji Muhamad Akram Ansari, Hamid Yar Hiraj, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, Jamila Gilani, Rana Mohammad Farooq Saeed Khan, Shahnaz Saleem and Qudsia Arshad.

The committee was informed that the board of EDF was comprised private sector, government officials and one parliamentarian.

It was also informed that the funds released under EDF to various approved projects in 2010-2011 were Rs 1380.419 million and upto February 20, 2012 were Rs 806.968 mil…

United Nations meets to honor Rural Women Producers through March 9th in New York City ...

Rural institutions, tools for social and economic progress FAO-IFAD publication shares success stories, benefits to small producers A women's cooperative in the Dominican Republic. 1 March 2012, Rome - Strong rural organizations like producer groups and cooperatives are crucial to hunger and poverty reduction. They allow small producers to play a greater role in meeting growing food demand on local, national and international markets, while improving their own economic, social and political opportunities.

This thinking connects a series of case studies found in a new publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The publication, Good practices in building innovative rural institutions to increase food security, released during the International Year of Cooperatives, presents thirty-five cases of successful institutional innovations that have empowered small-scale producers, and contrib…

China calls for rural women to be recognized ....

Rural women's contribution should be acknowledged
Updated: 2012-02-29 08:59

UNITED NAITONS - The role and contribution of rural women in development should beappreciated and acknowledged, a Chinese official on women issue said here on Tuesday.

Meng Xiaosi, vice-chairwoman of the All-China Women's Federation, made the remarks at thegeneral debate of the 56th Commission on the Status of Women.

She said that everywhere in the world, rural women are the driving force for agriculturalproduction, food security and rural development. They contribute greatly to their countries,societies and families. It is therefore the common responsibility of all countries and theinternational community to safeguard the welfare of rural women and promote their legitimaterights, interests and development.

Meng briefed the delegates about effective measures adopted by the Chinese government toadvance the development of rural women. "Financial support to rural and urban women isprovided through…

All eyes at the NYSE will be on Peru on March 9, 2012 ....

Peru Day was instituted by the Peruvian Business Council on March 11, 2011 to promote the Peruvian capital market at the global level.

Peru Day helps disseminating investment conditions, experiences and opportunities in the Peruvian capital market; exposing Peruvian players to strategic investors across the most important markets in the world; reaching out to global media to deliver key corporate messages; networking with leaders from international corporations; and marketing corporate brands.

Peru Day in New York includes the traditional New York Stock Exchange Bell Ringing Ceremony, and events throughout Wall Street and New York City.

Malaysia a natural market for Pakistan ...

Malaysia urges to import more Pakistani rice & mangoes

ISLAMABAD, Mar 1 (APP) - Pakistan and Malaysia have agreed to increase bilateral trade and work together to narrow down the trade gap currently heavily tilted in favour of Malaysia.

According to reports from Malaysia, the understanding to work progressively towards balancing the trade gap and increasing import of better quality Pakistani products, especially rice and food products, by Malaysia was reached during a series of meetings held between the Malaysian officials and the Pakistani delegation headed by Tariq Iqbal Puri, Chairman of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).

Market drops on Ataulfos ...

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

March 01, 2012

Beware the ides of March.

Mexico's early jump on the mango deal is putting downward pressure on the Ataulfo market.

With prices in the $8.00 range a week ago, today the FOB market for Mexican Ataulfos openned up in the $4.00 to 5.00 range as volume is picking up out of Mexico.

This drop is affecting redskin fruit which has been relatively short in the past few weeks and Mexico is still about two weeks away from shipping any volume.

The pricing on Kents out of Peru have gradually come down from the $8.00 range down to a $6.00 to 7.00 market.

With pricing so high in Peru for fruit, importers are getting near break even as the market dips below $7.00.

Nicaragua has been steadily shipping a container a week and that will pick up now.

Guatemala expects the first Ataulfos to hit the east coast the early part of next week as well.

Traditional importers saw the wr…

Kroger gross sales are up ...

Kroger Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 ResultsPublished on Thursday, 01 March 2012 08:45 Written by TradersHuddle Staff -Webcast and Conference Call scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET-
CINCINNATI, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported total sales, including fuel, increased 7.7% to $21.4 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared with $19.9 billion for the same period last year. In the fourth quarter, which ended on January 28, 2012, total sales, excluding fuel, increased 5.0% over the same period last year. Identical supermarket sales, without fuel, increased 4.9% in the fourth quarter over the same period last year. Excluding the effect of the UFCW pension plan consolidation announced in December, adjusted earnings for the quarter were