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Nutritional value will be sacrificed as Pakistani mango exporters comply

Fountain of youth: Technological progress boosts demand for mangoes

By Farooq Baloch

Published: August 23, 2012

Hot water treatment facility opens up new export markets for Pakistan۔ ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID


The establishment of Karachi’s hot water treatment (HWT) plant – a facility for post-harvest treatment and processing of fruits and vegetables – is a very good example of how the country’s agriculture sector can benefit by investing in technological advancements. 

It is because of this technology that Pakistan has been able to venture into some of the world’s largest markets for its mango over the past couple of months.

In order to expand mango exports, Durrani Associates, one of Pakistan’s largest mango exporters, in partnership with the government, set up the Rs220 million HWT plant, which is officially known as Pakistan Horti Fresh Processing (Pvt) Limited. 

This investment, according to Durrani Assoc…

Isaac Is Strengthening & Will Impact Much Of The Northeastern Caribbean Before It Sets Its Eyes On Florida ...

Written by Rob Lightbown

ON AUGUST 22ND, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac:

Isaac is clearly intensifying this morning based on satellite imagery and reconnaissance reports. 

Very deep thunderstorm activity has been firing in all quadrants of the storm for better than six hours now. 

Reconnaissance aircraft have found that the central pressure has fallen to 1003 millibars. 

Further intensification is expected today and residents and vacationers across all of the islands of the Leeward Islands need to be prepared for 50 to 60 mph sustained winds with gusts to hurricane force from late this morning through this afternoon and into tonight.

Isaac is tracking nearly due west at a forward speed of 16 to 17 mph this morning. This westward track is expected to continue right into Friday and Saturday. After that, a trough of low pressure over the central United States is forecast to strengthen causing the strong ridge of high pressure to Issac’s north to weaken and decay on its western side. This, in turn, w…

Climate vs. weather: Extreme events narrow the doubts ...

by Staff Writers

Paris (AFP) Aug 22, 2012

Philippines sets up climate change fund

Manila (AFP) Aug 21, 2012 - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed a law creating a one billion peso (about $24 million) "survival fund" to combat the effects of climate change, a government official said Tuesday.

The law is meant to fund climate adaptation projects in a country battered by about 20 typhoons a year that cause large-scale deaths and damage, said Climate Change Commission deputy head Mary Anne Lucille Sering.

Philippine officials as well as international experts have said the growing intensity of the annual typhoons are a result of climate change.

"Now, we have the means to make our communities safer against the intensifying effects of climate change," Sering said in a statement.

The law, signed Friday, would use the survival fund to bankroll projects in water resource management and boost forecasting and early warning systems for climate-related hazards, Sering said.


GHANA: Boost for mango in five regions ...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:03

The Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) have signed an agreement to implement a mango project in five regions in the country.

ADRA will provide technical support to farmers involved in the project in the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Brong-Ahafo and the northern part of the Volta Region.

The project, an initiative of EDAIF is aimed at providing financial resources to the agro-processing industry.

The Chief Executive Officer of EDAIF, Dr. Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, said the project would involve the establishment of mango belts in the regions to provide raw mango for exports.

He said the fund would provide financial resources for the development of the export sector and to the agro-processing industry.

Dr. Issahaku noted that EDAIF partnered with ADRA because of its experience and expertise the technical aspect of similar projects previously.

‘’ADRA would assess the resources needed…

Maersk pulls back from reefer sector due to high investment, low return ...

Tuesday, 21.Aug.2012, 23:54 (GMT+3)

DANISH shipping giant Maersk Line is to reduce investment in reefer containers due to disappointing returns and high costs until 2013, despite growing demand from its dry container customers for perishable services.

DANISH shipping giant Maersk Line is to reduce investment in reefer containers due to disappointing returns and high costs until 2013, despite growing demand from its dry container customers for perishable services.

"While customer demand for refrigerated service remains high, the rates on these shipments aren't high enough to justify further investment next year," said North American reefer vice president William Duggage.

"Reefers cost about four times as much as dry containers, and we just don't see a fair return," he said, according to London's Containerisation International.

The carrier has struggled with an older specialised reefer fleet leading to tonnage mothballing and a knock-on shortage of capacity.