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British Virgin Islands to focus on Fruit Fly erradication ...

Mango pest identification workshop aimed at educating public- 
Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Participants attending the first workshop ‘Identification of Fruit Flies of Economic Importance’ held for the year in January. (Photo Credit /Mr. Reynold Corum)

Friday, March 30 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour and the Department of Agriculture will be hosting a one-day workshop titled, “Economic Pests of Importance to the Mango Sector”, in preparation for the upcoming Mango Array and Tropical Fruit Festival scheduled for July 13th.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the University of the West Indies, Paraquita Bay Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Deputy Chief Agricultural Officer and event coordinator, Mrs. Arona Fahie-Forbes said, “We need to work together to protect our environment especially as it relates to sustainable agriculture development and it is of importance for us not to just have a Mango Array and Tropical Fruit Festival to be successful but it i…

APRIL - SEPTEMBER: A guide to India's mango season ...

Your Seasonal Guide To Mangoes
MARCH 30, 2012 2:53 PM 

A fruit seller on Grant Road displays various mango varieties. Photo: Sheena Dabholkar.

Last September, a friend lamented that she hadn’t eaten any mangoes and it was already the end of the season. 
I told her that I’d seen mangoes in the markets just a few days ago—and not just shriveled ones pushed through from a warehouse, to make the most of what was left of them. 
There were some long, saffron-fleshed Kesar mangoes, and many of the tiny, yellow Neelam variety, which each fit neatly in an adult’s fist. These mangoes were plump, had unwrinkled skin and were still juicy when you cut into them. 

Around the same time, I’d had my first Gaunti mango of 2011 (Rs15 a kilo in September). Gaunti is the kind of mango that you roll around in your palm until it gets all mushy inside (but the green skin stays intact); then you pop open the part where the stem attaches itself and then tip over the juice into your mouth.

Of al…

Letter to the Ministry of Tourism regarding IMO 4th Global mango Conference in Trinidad & Tobago ...

Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and Tobago
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO MANGO FESTIVAL                                                                           ==============================================================

March 29, 2012

Ms. Shamilla Betancourt                                                               Marketing and Student Requisition Assistant Events Managements Department Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business Max Richards Drive, Uriah Butler Highway North West Mt Hope

Dear Ms. Betancourt

Following your conversation with our Board Member Ms. Colleen Malwah Aqui, we take the opportunity to formally request assistance from your Events Management Students for credits during the hosting of the 4th International Mango Conference and 4th Mango Festival 2012.

4th International Mango Conference and 4th Trinidad and Tobago MangoFestival, from June 28th - July 1st 2012, The Festival will be at the Field Station on the University of the West Indies (UWI), while the …

Message from Trinidad & Tobago's High Commissioner to India ...

PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her spouse, Dr Gregory Bissessar with T&T's High Commissioner to India, Chandradath Singh and his wife, Anita

“We are the next”

It is a great honour for me to welcome The Honourable 
Mrs Kamla Persad Bissessar, Prime Minister of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and her very impressive trade and Investment Delegation visiting India from January 4 to 14, 2012. This visit
has come at a very exciting time in the economic relations between Trinidad and Tobago and India.

India has of course developed into an economic giant by virtue of its highly talented population, creativity and good management of its economy.

 Trinidad and Tobago's economy is small compared to the Indian
economy, but we are the main industrial and financial centre of the Caribbean and we present tremendous investment opportunities for Indian entrepreneurs.

Trinidad and Tobago is strategically located as thegateway to North and South America and we have been given high investo…

LINKEDIN Conversation on Standards for mango sizing ...

Group: GLOBALG.A.P. : food safety and sustainability

Discussion: Does GlobalGAP have standards for mango sizing?

Good day Will,

As foodsafety inspector for several supermarket chains, I have been asked similar questions and browsing I ran into the UNECE. 
Possibly the link will be able to get you some more info.

Also I have contacted UC Davis some time ago, please check , and asked them for the full documentation on produce quality. 

Mangoes are covered, yet the doc does not detail any sizes. 

However, they may be right persons to talk to.

I hope to have been of a bit of help,

Take care,

Posted by Leen Klaassen

La NMB busca minimizar el aporte de Pakistan y la India en el mercado USA ...

México, Perú, Ecuador, Brasil, Guatemala y Haití representan el 99% de importaciones de mango en EU

Según estadísticas de la USDA, los países que representan el 99% de las importaciones de mango hacia Estados Unidos en su orden de importancia son México, Perú, Ecuador, Brasil, Guatemala y Haití. 

Según estadísticas de la USDA, las importaciones de mango mexicano son altamente mayores en comparación a las de los mangos procedentes de el resto de países. Mientras que México exportó en promedio (de los últimos 3 años) hacia Estados Unidos el 65% del total de mangos importado a dicho mercado, Perú logró el 9.70% de las importaciones totales de mangos hacia dicha nación. 
 Le sigue Ecuador con 9.36%, Brasil con 7.41%, Guatemala con 4.64% y Haití con 2.53%.

Si se comparan los valores exportados durante el 2011 en relación a los del 2010, México sigue incrementando cada año su exportación de mango hacia Estados Unidos. 

De todas formas cabe resaltar que aunque se exportó una mayor cantidad de ma…

PHILANTHROPER: Keep up the great work!!!..."just one little dollar can change a life!"

Friday, March 30th Philanthroper is for sale. Inquire here. $1 Helps Buy Pajamas and a Book
for a Children in Orphanages
When something happens to a child's parents, whether they pass away, are imprisoned or deemed unfit, it's the child who's left to sort out a new life alone.  "They're usually removed in the middle lof the night by a stranger, a policeman or social worker. The children basically have been through trauma."  Today's group has a very simple goal: make the first nights these kids spend away from home just a bit better.  So they provide a new pair of pajamas and a book for children in transitional facilities.  Give $1 Connect with us:Follow us on TwitterBecome a fan You're receiving this newsletter because you are subscribed to Contact us at
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With addition of RICARDO HERNANDEZ of RH-Shipping; LOGISTICS component of IMO 4th Global mango Conference lining up ...

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

March 30, 2012

One of Mexico's leading logistics firms will be present at the IMO 4th Global mango conference in trinidad & Tobago.

Ricardo Hernadez of RH-Shipping & Chartering will address the conference on his company's experience in the mango industry.

In a response to the IMO Mr. Hernandez added:

Dear Will;

I will be delighted to speak on my experience in logistics at the upcoming IMO 4th Global mango Conference.

I will need to do some homework and prepare something special.

I say yes in advance.

Best regards,

Ricardo Hernández Bezares

Reefer & Perishables Manager at RH-Shipping & Chartering

Fields of study

MBA Global food sourcing & supply chain.

8 years experience in perishables shipments from mexico and latinamerica to Europe and Japan.

Mauro Suazo, Logistics expert to address IMO 4th Global mango conference in Trinidad & Tobago ....

via email: March 29, 2012:


 It will be my pleasure to speak at the IMO 4th Global Mango conference in trinidad & Tobago.

I'm in NYC rest of the week. 

So.... Let's talk next week to coordinate my participation!


Mauro Suazo

About Mauro Suazo: With its hiring of Mauro Suazo as head of reefer logistics business development for North America, Damco believes it’s signaling its strong ambitions toward moving into the U.S. and surrounding markets. Suazo, an agricultural economist by training who brings 35 years experience as a grower, business owner, packer and shipper of fresh produce, will be charged with driving Damco’s solution design for the company’s refrigerated supply chain customers throughout North America, in addition to being a leader in supporting Damco’s produce customers, according to a release from the company. Suazo initially will be focused on working with customers within fresh produce markets, but will collaborate with business leaders, port authorities…

UN / ECE: International standards for Mangoes ...

Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards

The commercial quality standards developed by the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) help facilitate international trade, encourage highquality production, improve profitability and protect consumer interests. 

UNECE standards are used by governments, producers, traders, importers and exporters, and other international organizations. 

They cover a wide range of agricultural products, including fresh fruit and vegetables, dry and dried produce, seed potatoes, meat, cut flowers, eggs and egg products.
Any member of the United Nations can participate, on an equal footing, in the activities of the Working Party.
For more information on agricultural standards, please visit our website <>.

The present Standard for Mangoes is based on document ECE/TRADE/C/WP.7/GE.1/2010/2, reviewed and adopted by the Working Party at its sixty-sixth session.

Here …

USA PORTS: NY-NJ Port Authority to Create Single Security Department ...

Peter T. Leach, Senior Editor | Mar 30, 2012 2:42PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Agency plans several changes, including appointment of chief security officer

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will consolidate all its security functions into a new department as part of several reforms announced Thursday aimed at modernizing the agency and cutting costs.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff recommended creating the new department after his consulting firm conducted a study and found that the current situation suffered from lack of coordination and clear lines of responsibility.

Chertoff said the changes, which will include the appointment a chief security officer, would bring the Port Authority “into the 21st century.”

Port Authority officials did not provide a timeline for the creation of the new department or the naming of its new security chief.

The new security department was one of three initiatives announced by the agency Thursday in what offi…

HOW TO CUT & PEEL A MANGO: Everything you ever wanted to know from youtube ...