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PHILIPPINES: Clustering to boost mango production ...

October 31, 2012, 4:27pm







The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) is set to implement clustering of mango growers in Guimaras in Region VI and in five other identified provinces in five regions to encourage mango farmers to produce enough quality mangoes for export.








PCAARRD said the clustering of mango growers is one of the sub-components of the P32-million DOST-funded project called “Advancing the Philippine Mango Industry: Production of Export-Quality Mangoes” which will be implemented in Regions I, II, III, IV, VI and XII starting this year up to 2015 by state universities and colleges and institutions where mango was identified as a focal commodity.




According to Dr. Edna Anit, assistant director of PCAARRD’s Crop Research Division during the Farms Industry Encounter through Science and Technology Agenda (FIESTA) Techno Forum held in Jordan, Guimaras last April 17, s…

Empty containers cost Maersk Line USD 1 billion a year ...

http://shippingwatch.dk/English_Version/article4891909.ece#ixzz2AuNFA3sG






ENGLISH VERSION:  The imbalance between the global markets forces Maersk Line to sail around with 4 million empty containers a year, and there is no immediate solution to the problem, says the shipping company to ShippingWatch.














BY TOMAS KRISTIANSEN
Offentliggjort 31.10.12 kl. 13:52






Every year, Maersk Line has to spend around USD 1 billion on shipping empty containers full of nothing from point A to point B. The imbalance in the trade between Europe and Asia is one major reason so many containers are returned empty, to be filled with computers, shoes, or exotic fruits for European consumers.






“It’s a huge expense, and one billion is a good estimate. We are talking about more than two million containers to Asia alone, which have to be moved and handled by the ports, so it’s a significant expense,” says Niels Schermer, Head of Maersk Line’s Equipment Flow, to ShippingWatch.






Grey boxes

Maersk Line has 15-16 percent of the g…

AFTER MONTHS OF FALSE STARTS, NMB BEGINS TO LISTEN TO IMO ...

(IMO COMMENTS IN RED)





Greetings Mango industry,


Although FDA has completed their final update on the recent salmonella outbreak, there is still a lot of work to do. 
( STILL NO REPORT TO PUBLIC. THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE & WHY STILL HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED. PUBLIC & INDUSTRY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW THE FULL STORY )

A risk assessment of the industry’s food safety protocol vulnerabilities is scheduled to begin this month. 



Food safety expert, Sergio Nieto-Montenegro, Ph.D. of Hispanic Workforce Management will visit facilities in the producing countries as well as receiving warehouses here in the U.S. to identify opportunities for improvement. 


(What was the selection process?)


He will work with each of the FMOs in the producing countries, as well as government officials, to get the most complete input. 




This report along with industry input will be used as a guide to determine the next steps for the best food safety protocol for mangos. Your input along the way will be critical. 



( The IMO is an…

NATIONAL MANGO BOARD MANAGES TO SHOT ITSELF IN THE FOOT ONCE AGAIN !!!! ...

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Publisher
Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)




October 31, 2012





Winter Park, Florida









The National Mango Board (NMB) has managed to flush over $30,000,000.00 usd (YES; Thirty million USD) down the proverbial toilet since it's inception in 2005 all due to PISS POOR PLANNING by the USDA Sanctioned Marketing Board.




The recent Daniella mango recall has high lighted how very little was done by the NMB to put FOOD SAFETY at the top of their Priority list.




Year after year Grower funds have been wasted by the NMB against the better wishes of mango farmers in Mexico and South America.





While a select few have benefited from a GRAVY TRAIN of Salaries, Retirement Benefits (That many farmers do not enjoy) and unlimited waste of Travel and Cocktail Parties and High Life around the Hemisphere, farmers see negligible return on the forced impound that the NMB takes from them each and every year.





The NMB has managed to get the Mango place…

NYT: SUPER STORM CAME AS NO SURPRISE TO SOME ...

For Years, Warnings That It Could Happen Here




Damon Winter/The New York Times

The flooded entrance to the tunnel leading to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in Lower Manhattan after the storm on






 Tuesday.More Photos »



By DAVID W. CHEN and MIREYA NAVARRO



Published: October 30, 2012



The warnings came, again and again.








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NY/NJ PORTS TO OPEN TODAY ON A LIMITED BASIS ...

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday night that Newark and John F. Kennedy airports would reopen Wednesday for limited service, while LaGuardia, where runways remained flooded, would remain closed.




U.S. NEWS
Updated October 30, 2012, 9:59 p.m. ET


Sandy Cuts Wide Swath of Damage

IANOVSKI, ALISON FOX,and JENNIFER LEVITZ


Natalie Keyssar for TheWall Street Journal

A statue of the Virgin Mary sits amid rubble in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Tuesday. Fire destroyed at least 80 homes there as Sandy hit the beachfront community.









Megastorm Sandy's march of destruction claimed at least 43 lives and left more than eight million people without electricity by late Tuesday, in one of the largest storms ever to strike the East Coast.









Compare New York's usual skyline with its blackout skyline






Sandy's Swath
New Jersey Sorts Through Wreckage
Power Outages May Last Over a Week
Millions Without Power After Storm
Travelers Face Nightmare
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CAMPOSOL BLAMES SETBACK ON "MILD EL NIñO" ..

Peru: big sales drop for Camposol in Q3







October 31st, 2012









Peru’s leading agroindustrial company Camposol reported a 22.5% year-on-year sales drop in the third quarter of 2012, mainly due to lower avocado volumes and higher production from the U.S. and Mexico.




A company report highlighted the fruit is the most profitable in Camposol’s portfolio with a gross margin of 53.6%, which is why volume setbacks can impact so negatively on results.





Mango volumes were also down 28.1% to 7,480MT but this was partially offset by a 10.3% price rise.





A mild “El Niño” effect brought a warm winter in 2012, stunting production this season. Adverse weather conditions could also bring down asparagus production in the third and fourth quarters of the year.








Reported sales for the quarter came in at US$38.3 million. EBITDA, as of September, 30, was $21.1 million for the past 12 months, compared to $26.3 million in the prior period. The company maintains a cash balance of US$25.8 million.







Volume sold in the third q…

Mozambique promotes mango production in Southern Africa ...

2012-10-31 10:31









MAPUTO, Oct. 30 -- The Mozambican government through its Agricultural Development Fund (FDA) is promoting a program of a new variety of mango of high commercial value.



The program is to involve among small and medium farmers in the southern provinces of Maputo and Inhambane.




According to the Mozambican Television on Tuesday, the project is budgeted at 172,000 U.S. dollars in local currency the Matical.











Farmers in the seven districts of Maputo province are to get 30, 000 seedlings of the Tommy Atkins, a variety of mango, known in Southern Africa.








This year, according to the TVM, the project has also covered Inhambane, and in the future it will expand to other parts of the country.








The ministry of agriculture said that the FDA is distributing seedlings to farmers at prices that are 40 percent subsidized. Dania Falcao, head of the Forests Department of the FDA, was quoted as saying that in Boane district, about 30 kilometers west of the Mozambican capital.






The seedlings are imp…

AUSTRALIA: Mango growers crying 'fowl' over bird damage ...

Magpie geese flying over mango plantation | Photographer: | Han Shiong Siah















By Matt Brann
Wednesday, 31 October 2012




Mango grower Han Shiong Siah, inspecting his crop which has been badly damaged by magpie geese. (Matt Brann)










Mango growers near Darwin in the Northern Territory, say they're losing record amounts of fruit to magpie geese.



Han Shiong Siah from Lambells Lagoon, estimates about 30 per cent of his crop has been damaged by geese this year.



He says the geese arrived in their thousands as soon as the NT waterfowl hunting season started on September 19.



"The geese come here straight away, right after the start of the shooting season," he said.
















Hundreds of magpie geese enjoying a day out in a Northern Territory mango plantation | Photographer: | Matt Brann









"They fly here and pester us, and the shooters in the reserves are complaining there's nothing to shoot, and that's because they're here and on our neighbouring farms... not just mangoes, (they're i…

Western Australia's biggest mango and red grapefruit plantations sold ...

By Tyne McConnon

Wednesday, 31/10/2012









Western Australia's largest mango plantation and the biggest red grapefruit plantation in Australia have been sold after two years of being in receivership.



The owner of Perth's Spud Shed Supermarkets, Tony Galati, has purchased both farms for an unknown sum.






The farms in Kununurra run 120,000 mango trees and 80,000 red grapefruit trees and were owned by the managed investment company Rewards Group, until it went into administration in 2010.





Mr Galati says he plans to ramp up operations by next year.







"There isn't much more to expand," he said.






"All we need to do is get the (mango) trees up and running and get them producing. At the moment, their potential yield is about 10 per cent of what it can yield. They have still got a long way to go."







The sale of the property includes a packing shed which can handle 1.2 million trays and was built for $6 million.




Mr Galati says his company is looking to invest in more processing equi…

After Salmonella Outbreaks, FDA Names Mango a “High Risk” Fruit ...

BY DAN FLYNN | OCTOBER 31, 2012




This past summer’s Salmonella outbreak linked to mangoes and subsequent investigation have ended, but not before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared the fruit to be “high risk,” promising increased inspections at U.S. ports of entry.



FDA has not shared the new high-risk status of mangoes with American consumers, but the USDA-sanctioned National Mango Board is getting the word out to mango growers around the world.






“As a result, look for longer hold time on fruit going through the process,” William Watson, Executive Director for the National Mango Board, said in a letter to the industry. “Unfortunately, these additional inspections are most likely going to be the new norm.”





Watson encouraged mango growers to “double check your protocols and address any shortcomings immediately.”





In late August, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and then FDA discovered Daniella brand mangoes grown in Mexico were likely contaminated with Salmonella.






Wh…