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EARTHQUAKE in MEXICO: This time its MICHOACAN...the heart of mango country ...

Strong quake hits Mexico, no major damage seen                                                 

By Cyntia Barrera | Reuters – 51 minutes ago


People talk on their mobile phones after being evacuated from their buildings following …

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets, though there were no early reports of major damage.

Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on his twitter account there were no initial signs of serious damage and that key services in the capital, including its subway system and the international airport, were operating normally.

"There was a nasty crunching sound in my bathroom and everything moved," said Adela Arceo, who was looking after two young children in the central Roma neighborhood of Mexico City.

There were no initial reports of casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake struck in the western sta…

U.C. DAVIS expert on Irradiated produce answers FAQs ...

Frequently Asked Questions about Food Irradiation

Christine Bruhn, Director, Center for Consumer Research, University of California, Davis

University of California • Agriculture and Natural Resources

Publication 7255


Irradiation improves food safety and quality.

Even though the U. S. food supply has achieved a high level
of safety, hazards exist. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention has estimated that 76 million illnesses,
325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths occur each
year due to foodborne illness. All are at risk, but children,
people over age 55, diabetics, and those with a
compromised immune system are especially vulnerable.

Irradiation provides protection against foodborne illness
that is unavailable by any other means. Even when
meat, poultry, and eggs are prepared with the most
advanced sanitation measures, harmful bacteria may be

Irradiation provides an additional safeguard for the consumer, destroying 99.9 percent or more…

KESAR mango from GIR region of Gujarat has GI registry ...

Kesar mango from Gir all set to rub shoulders with Darjeeling tea

Hiral Dave : Rajkot, Mon Mar 22 2010, 01:52 hrs

Is the only agri product from Gujarat to get registered with Geographical Indication Registry

Alike Darjeeling tea or Solapar chaddar, kesar mango from Gir will soon have its own identity. The luscious fruit is all set for registration with the Geographical Indication Registry (GIR) of India, which conveys assurance of quality and distinctiveness — essentially attributed to the place of its origin in a defined geographical locality.

Kesar mango will be the first agricultural produce from Gujarat and the second mango variety in India (Dussheri from Uttar Pradesh being the first), to get this registration.

Post-registration, villagers in a total of eight talukas across Junagadh and Amreli districts in the periphery of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary will be able to reap the benefits of added value attached to their produce. Talala, Keshod, Vanthali, Una, Kodinar and Mangrol talukas ar…

INDIA: GIR region Kesar crop affected by the weather ...

Unfavorable weather hits Kesar mango crop
Vimukt Dave / Mumbai/ Rajkot Apr 12, 2012, 00:07 IST

The list of crops being a victim to unfavorable weather in Gujarat seems to be growing day-by-day. Now fluctuating temperatures coupled with foggy and cloudy weather since last couple of days in Saurashtra and Kutch regions has damaged the Kesar mango crop.

Along with foggy weather in early morning and heat waves during the day, Kesar mango crop has delayed from mid April to end of May or in June this year.

"Fog works as acid for mango plant and forces the tree to shed the small fruit. Since last one week, mango fruit have been shed from trees in several parts of Saurashtra and Kutch," said Batuksinh Jadeja of Ashapura Farm and Nursery from Kutch.

The phenomena has also been seen in Junagadh district. "An extended period of cold season and now foggy and unstable weather has taken a toll on the Kesar mango crop. Since last one week trees have shed the fruit prematurely in Gir area,&…

Irradiated mangoes are good for the consumer as Tree ripened program will prove ....

Should food irradiation return to the table? Some experts say the process could be a solution to deadly infections such as the recent E. coli outbreak in Europe. But others say consumers will always turn it down. June 19, 2011|By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times In the wake of Europe's recent E. coli outbreak, in which sprouts contaminated with a particularly vicious strain killed 36 people and sickened thousands, food safety officials are asking once again what more can be done to curb the spread of food-borne illnesses. Food-borne infections in the U.S. have declined 20% over the last 10 years, thanks to tighter regulations and steps taken by the food and agricultural industries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But they still cause more than 48 million cases of illness and about 3,000 deaths each year. Some experts say part of the solution lies with food irradiation — an effective, underused method of prevention that's been around fo…

TANZANIA: Lime firm initiates programme to save mango trees ...

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:36

By George Sembony


A Tanga-based lime producing firm, Neelkanth, has initiated a special project to save mango trees from haphazard felling at Kiomoni Village. The firm’s managing director Rashid Hamoud said recently that the goal is to preserve mango trees as well as reduce dust pollution from the factory.

Mr Hamoud said that under the project the company would buy mango trees from locals and hand them back to original owners on the condition that they will not be felled. “Villagers are not allowed to throw objects while harvesting mangoes but are required to wait until they fall down from trees on their own,” said Mr Hamoud who in 2008 teamed up with Mr Kumar Pujara to form the firm.

Mango trees have fallen victim to haphazard harvesting not only in the city but also in the region as a whole. Mango trees are being felled for timber production and charcoal making. 

The company, which in the past was accused of causing dust pollution, has now been coop…

THE RIPENING DEBATE: World’s Most Accurate Ethylene Sensors Available Now ...

World’s Most Accurate Ethylene Sensors Available Now

Posted onDecember 19, 2010byBanana Jim Accurate and affordable ethylene sensors can control ripening and de-greening to precise levels of ethylene gas.  The sensors eliminate the guesswork of ethylene gassing, with a typical setpoint of 20 parts per million (ppm) for ripening, and 4 to 5 ppm for de-greening. “Our ethylene sensors are accurate to within 2% of full scale,” explained Jim Still of Global Cooling, Inc., the company that offers the patented sensors.  “That’s better than 1 ppm accuracy for our 0 to 20 ppm sensor.” Global has field-tested the sensors, and is confident in their performance.  “We have a ripening client, who has been gassing bananas to 20 ppm, for more than a year, and it works every time, extremely reliable.”  The ethylene sensors and controllers are designed to work well with both Catalytic Generators® and cylinder gas. “We are not particularly fond of using pure ethylene gas from cylinders for de-greening o…

THE RIPENING DEBATE: All about Ethylene Gassing ...

Controlled Atmosphere Ripening – Part 3 – All about Ethylene Gassing

Posted on September 6, 2010 by Banana Jim

All about Ethylene…

How much ethylene gas is enough? Can you use too much ethylene? For how long do you gas? Can you / should you use fresh air ventilation while gassing?

If you ask five different people, you might get 10 different answers <g>.

We have a number of installations, where the ripening rooms are equipped with ethylene sensor gassing control. These rooms also have carbon dioxide sensors, to control fresh air ventilation automatically to a chosen setpoint.

Through working in partnership with our ripeners, we have been able to learn some interesting things about ethylene gas control.

First, when a room starts to gas, if the gas is working, the carbon dioxide (CO2) level in the room will rise. This is a natural result of the increased respiration of the fruit, as it begins to ripen. Higher CO2 levels, create a “modified atmosphere”, displacing oxygen, and can slo…

THE RIPENING DEBATE: Jet Precooler Provides Affordable Forced-Air Cooling to Preserve Freshness ...

Posted on October 26, 2011 by Banana Jim

(Media, PA USA)

If you are a farmer or packhouse looking to rapidly cool your fresh fruit, vegetables, or floral, the Jet Precooler might be exactly what you are looking for.

The Jet Precooler, offered by Global Cooling Inc. of the USA, is provided in a kit, and is special engineered for rapid cooling for fresh produce and floral.

“We introduced the product line early in 2011,” explained Jim Still of Global Cooling, “in response to a near void of effective and affordable precooling equipment in the market. Thus far, demand has been quite brisk.”                                                                          

The Jet Precooler kit includes (2) high volume high pressure suction fans, with premium efficiency motors. “We also include our tarps and foam pads, as well as a motor speed controller (variable frequency drive) and air pressure gage,” so that the operator can rest assured of a complete system that works well together.

Upon delivery, …

EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: Indonesia port open after quake, India's Chennai closes ...

SINGAPORE, April 11 | Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:46am EDT

(Reuters) - Indonesia's port in Banda Aceh remained open after an 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck on Wednesday, while India's Chennai port shut due to a tsunami watch issued for the whole Indian Ocean, two port authority officials said.

The quake struck 308 miles (500 km) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles, the U.S. Geological survey said. (Reporting by Randy Fabi and Luke Pachymuthu; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

UPDATE: (April 11, 2012) IMO 4th Global Mango Conference (Trinidad & Tobago) ...June 29th, 2012 ...

By Will Cavan

Executive Director

International Mango Organization (IMO)

Vista, California

April 11, 2012

With approximately two weeks left until the early registration deadline (April 27, 2012), I just wanted to remind everyone that the registration fee will increase on May 01, 2012 to $500.00 per person, so Please take advantage of the earlybird discount!

Register Here:

Here is who we have confirmed so far:

Supply Side:

Dr. Victor Galan
Chairman, Mango woking Group
International Society of Horticultural Scientists (ISHS)

Dr. Avvaru Sujatha,Msc.Ag;Ph.D

Dr. Bruce Lauckner
Caribbean Agriculture Reseach & Development Institute
Trinidad & Tobago

Francis Adieu Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Trinidad & Tobago

Demand side:

Welcome message from Karen Caplan, President of Friedas, Inc.

Will Cavan, Executive director, IMO will open t…

PEPSI SLICE T.V. commercial set to hit the airwaves ...

MUMBAI: PepsiCo’s mango drink, Slice, is all set to unveil its campaign featuring brand ambassador Katrina Kaif. The campaign will adopt the tagline ‘Ab Ras Barsega’ (‘Now the juice will flow’).

The campaign has been created by JWT Delhi and the TVC has been produced by Nirvana Films. It centres around the insight that mango the fruit has a special place in the quintessential Indian household.

The fruit is related to many things like indulgence and auspiciousness. Slice has captured the emotions and the passion Indians have for the fruit in its new ad film in a uniquely Indian way to welcome the onset of the mango season.

The latest commercial is a new chapter in the ‘Aamsutra’ series and it communicates the fact that there is an abundance of mangoes in every bottle of Slice. The commercial is set in a haveli (palatial mansion) with Kaif who has her rasiya (beloved) in mind. She is seen running through the corridors and the courtyard towards the fruit-laden mango tree by the river. The l…