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El Niño could drive down Peruvian fruit production in late 2012 ....

June 26th, 2012

The Peruvian National Meteorology and Water Service (Senamhi) has forecast the magnitude of weather phenomenon El Niño will rise from weak to moderate this Southern Hemisphere summer.

A Senamhi release said if current weather trends on the Pacific coast continued it would lead to heavy rains in the country’s north and drought in the south.

The prediction has raised alarm for growers, with the Peruvian Agricultural Growers’ Unions Association (AGAP) claiming it would lead to a significant reductions in asparagus, grape and mango production.

“Currently there is a decline in asparagus production of 20%. However, if the heat continues and with El Niño, we could have a decrease of 40%,” AGAP vice president José Luis Gómez told website

“We are worried there will be rain in November and December that could have an impact on grape production”

Gómez added mangos would also be affected with a production cut of between 20-30%.

Ministry of Agriculture chief of staff César…

Perú: El Niño afectará a cultivos de mango y espárragos

Los agricultores son los principales afectados por los cambios climáticos que aquejan al país, y el fenómeno 'El Niño' tendría un impacto mayor en este sector.

La producción de espárragos, mangos y uvas se vería afectada entre 20% y 30% este año, estimó el vicepresidente de la Asociación de Gremios Productores Agrarios del Perú (AGAP), José Luis Gómez.

"Actualmente hay una disminución de la producción de espárragos en un 20%. No obstante, si continúa el calor tendríamos una disminución del 40%", estimó.

El mango también se vería afectado y se estima que tendría una reducción en su producción, de entre el 20y el 30%.

Mientras tanto, el cultivo de alcachofa ya tiene un impacto por estos cambios climáticos, y es que las altas temperaturas no permiten la formación completa de este producto.

"En cuanto a las uvas, también nos preocupa que haya lluvia entre noviembre y diciembre", señaló. También la producción de paltas y de cítricos se vería perjudicada si las temper…

Food security and climate change ...

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 26, 2012

Food security will be one of the main issues to be discussed at both the Group of 20 (G20) and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) meetings in mid-June.

On a planet with sufficient food for all, today almost half a billion women and children under 5 in the developing world are undernourished -a consequence of persistently limited nutritious food intake.

This number could increase by 20 percent, reaching one in five within a decade, compared to one in seven today, due to the impacts of climate change on global food production, according to a detailed analysis by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), 1,000 Days, World Vision International and partners.

"Food security is under threat by climate change. The linkages between its impacts on global food production, price volatility, population gr…

GREAT CAUSES: $1 Refurbishes Free Computers for At-Risk Students ...

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Container Ship Fleet Hits 16 Million TEUs, But Growth Slows

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | 

Jun 26, 2012 12:26PM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Scrapping of older tonnage has increased but is expected to slow in the second half of 2012

The world container ship fleet has topped 16 million 20-foot equivalent units, but the rate of capacity growth is slowing, according to Alphaliner.

Deliveries of new container ships will hit 802,000 TEUs in the first half of 2012 with 772,000 TEUs already handed over to their owners and a further 30,000 TEUs due to leave shipyards this week, the container market analyst said.

The cellular container fleet as of June 26 totals 4,952 vessels with an aggregate capacity of 16,017,550 TEUs.

Deliveries in the first half represented 5 percent of the global fleet at the beginning of the year.

But the rate of growth is slowing, Alphaliner said. It took 12 months for the fleet to increase from 15 million TEUs to 16 million TEUs while it took only 10 months to grow from 14 million TEUs to 15 million TEUs an…

THE PROSTITUTION OF THE MANGO: Crunch Pak to roll out peach and mango flavored sliced apple ...

IMO NOTE: There is something inherently wrong with this project. 

Stop infringing on Mango's unique flavor...This should bother the mango industry ...

The IMO has believed for a long time that the Mango Industry must defend our Intellectual Property Rights...


06/26/2012 11:54:53 AM
Andy Nelson

Courtesy Crunch PakCashmere, Wash.-based Crunch Pak's new peach and mango flavored sliced apples are perfect for salads, said Tony Freytag, the company's senior vice president of sales and marketing.Sliced apple specialist Crunch Pak will roll out a peach and mango flavored sliced apple.

The company plans to introduce the product at the Produce Marketing Association foodservice conference in Monterey, Calif., July 20-22, according to a news release from Cashmere, Wash.-based Crunch Pak.

To create the product, Crunch Pak dips sliced apples in a solution that infuses the apples with the smell and taste of peaches and mangoes.

Slices will be packed in a one-pound …

Looking Anew at the Business of Sherry ...

June 26, 2012, 6:05 PM


The depressed sherry industry needs to do a lot of things to help itself, as I’ve reported in my columns this week and last.

It’s one very difficult thing to transform a business that has focused on making a great volume of cheap wine into one that makes less but better wine. But what do you do with all those extra grapes?

Jésus Barquín, a partner in the excellent sherry négociant Equipo
, believes that making more white wine will be an integral part of the solution. Not just any white wine, though. Barbadillo, a very good sherry producer, has been making white wine from the sherry region for more than 30 years. In fact, it’s the best selling white wine in Spain. But it’s not a particularly interesting wine, nor is it expressive of the sherry triangle, bounded by Jerez de la Frontera to the east, Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the northwest and El Puerto de Santa María to the south. It’s not what Mr. Barquín envisions.

No, Mr. Barquín, who is also a wi…


Mango Purin KitKat Mini

If I were an incredibly huge narcissist, I might start thinking that Nestlé Japan keeps releasing new KitKats to make it harder and harder for me to come up with things to say about them in reviews. While I suffer from the same self-centeredness as most other humans, my ego isn't quite that big, so I have to assume the company is just mining one of the longer running food fads in Japan for a new flavor.

Mango has been pretty hot in Japan for quite some time now. The boom in sales of things like dried mango and mango-flavored foods may be almost two years old by now. I think it has been fueled in part by the idea that mango is healthy for you. I'm guessing some news report or celebrity probably touted its benefits some time ago and the fad hasn't reached a saturation point where everyone is just so tired of mango that they won't eat it no matter how good it is supposed to be fore you.

This bar is only sold in mini form at the moment. It can be bough…

PAKISTAN: 20pc reduction in mango exports feared ...

By: APP | June 26, 2012 |

MULTAN - The Mango Growers Association feared a 20 per cent reduction in mango export this year due to loadshedding and political issues. 

Mango Growers Association President Maj (R) Tariq told APP here on Monday that mango export remained 1,25,000 tonnes in 2011 which was likely to reduce to one lakh tonne during the current year year. 

Last month's windstorm, high cost of inputs on mango orchards, recent political issues and electricity shortage posed immense problems for local mango growers, he added. 

He said political situation of country was also affecting mango exports as exporters were not ready to invest. 

Tariq also expressed concern that Multan airport also lacked cold storage and cargo facilities which was a hurdle for export. He demanded the government to ensure early provision of cold storage and cargo facilities at airport because the local business community had to rush to Lahore or Karachi which increased the cost and deprived mango growers…

INDIA: Mango exhibition offers treat to fruit lovers in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri District ...

Krishnagiri, Tue, 26 Jun 2012ANI

Krishnagiri District (Tamil Nadu), June 26 (ANI): An All India Mango Exhibition is offering fruit lovers a treat here.

Agriculture Minister S. Damodaran and Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy inaugurated the 21-day event in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district.

Around 24 varieties of mouth-watering mangoes were displayed at 120 stalls at the exhibition that began on Monday.

Periyasamy, a joint director of the state horticulture department, praised the efforts of the state government, saying the exhibition would boost mango production in the state.

"To improve the mango production we are having central funded schemes. We are having area expansion to improve the quality and production. We are receiving lot of funds from the central and government of Tamil Nadu. We are utilizing 20 percent of the funds to improve the quality and production of mango. Not only in fruits and all other items such as vegetables and flowe…