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INDIA: Mango, cashew growers feel time ripe for bumper crop ...

TNN | Jan 25, 2013, 04.52 AM IST

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VISAKHAPATNAM: After a washout last year,mango and cashew growers are upbeat about their prospects this season thanks to the good monsoons last year and the timely onset of warmer temperatures ahead of the flowering season. And wholesale traders too seem to be strengthening this sentiment by paying twice as much as they did per unit last year. 

According to estimates, traders incurred huge losses last year mainly due to the late and way below par yield of these crops. Mixed plantations of mango and cashew are most common in the district and are the chief horticultural plantations in a majority of the 28 plain mandals of the district, amounting to more than 1.9 lakh acresof plantation land (together) in the plains alone.

According to estimates provided by sources at the Horticultural Department, the district is responsible for over 1.4 lakh tonnes to 1.6 lakh tonnes of mango alone and close to 24,000 tonnes of fin…

U.S. homeland chief: cyber 9/11 could happen "imminently" ...

Reuters – 2 hours 57 minutes ago

The U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano attends a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War Two Battle of the Coral Sea in Canberra May 3, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Taylor (AUSTRALIA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned on Thursday that a major cyber attack is a looming threat and could have the same sort of impact as last year's Superstorm Sandy, which knocked out electricity in a large swathe of the Northeast.

Napolitano said a "cyber 9/11" could happen "imminently" and that critical infrastructure - including water, electricity and gas - was very vulnerable to such a strike.

"We shouldn't wait until there is a 9/11 in the cyber world. There are things we can and should be doing right now that, if not prevent, would mitigate the extent of damage," said Napolitano, speaking at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington and re…

¿Dolarización en Costa Rica sí o no?

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 07:21 AM PST

Por Carlos Vilchez Navamuel

La dolarización es el proceso por el cual un país acoge una moneda extranjera para su uso en transacciones económicas domésticas en todas sus funciones, reserva de valor, unidad de cuenta, medio de pago. Hasta el momento la moneda más utilizada para llevar a cabo este proceso es el dólar de los Estados Unidos, de allí el origen del término.

En Costa Rica salta de nuevo a la palestra pública el tema de la dolarización, y esto sucede porque aparecen de pronto y con gran fuerza los llamados “capitales golondrina” dineros que entran y salen tan rápido como les conviene.

El periódico el Financiero nos revela que “La cifra exacta de dólares han entrado al país con ese propósito es desconocida y las autoridades económicas del país (Poder Ejecutivo y Banco Central) también carecen de un número. 

La información añade que los cálculos estimados se acercan a los $600 millones de dólares que transitaron desde el último trimestre del 2012 ha…



The IMO has been a major proponent of QR codes in the Traceability process.

This should be implemented at the fruit sticker level so that consumers can interact and that confidence can be established.

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Editorial by Björn Weber, Research Director Retail Technology

In our fortnightly editorial, we have often emphasised the need for traceability and tracking systems in the grocery industry to ensure food safety. 

In the European Union and the US, for example, traceability of food is required by law. But even in these regions, not all companies manufacturing or trading food products put much effort into implementing solutions that accomplish more than the minimum standards required by law. 

But what if these systems could be used for marketing purposes?

It seems to be a genuine game changer for manufacturers and retailers if they can build trust with consumers by letting them access detailed data regarding the origins of a specific product. 

And again, the mobile internet i…



Another example of what a successful promotion board looks like, and the exact opposite of what the National Mango Board (NMB) does for the poor farmers that are taxed unjustly.

Since it's inception, the National Mango Board (NMB) has poured nearly $40 million dollars down the drain with nothing to show for it.

Perhaps someday the mango industry will get a marketing board that promotes something other than themselves at the expense of the mango industry....

Nicaragua: Mangos con destino a Europa ...

Las exportaciones de mango nicaragüense a EE.UU y Europa generaron el año pasado ingresos por US$ 3.6 millones, según cifras oficiales.

La empresa Mangos S.A., Mangosa, pretende incrementar en US$30,000 sus ventas de esa fruta fresca o cortada (preparada para comer) al mercado europeo, anunció Luis Campollo, gerente de Ventas de esa empresa.

Representantes de Mangosa participarán del 6 al 8 de febrero en la feria Fruit Logística, en Alemania, para promover el producto, agregó.

Las exportaciones de mango nicaragüense a Estados Unidos y Europa generaron el año pasado ingresos por US$3.6 millones, según cifras oficiales.

Mangosa participará en Fruit Logística gracias a una financiación del proyecto Al Invest IV, de la Unión Europea en Nicaragua y ejecutado por la Asociación de Productores y Exportadores de Nicaragua, APEN.

“Las variedades de mangos exportadas por Mangosa son Keitt y Tomas Atkins, y en esta misión nos centraremos en explorar oportunidades de mercado en Holanda e Inglaterra, po…

Venezuela oil deals: Poor nations worry about future ...

By Pablo UchoaBBC Brasil, Washington Chavez health crisisContinuity or crisis?Conflicting viewsPost-Chavez scenariosTricky succession As Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez continues to receive medical care in Cuba after a fourth cancer operation, many small countries across the region have their own reasons for carefully monitoring his health.

From Jamaica to Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic to Uruguay, and not least in Cuba itself, dozens of vulnerable nations that benefit from favourable oil deals with Venezuela fear for a future without the leader who fostered the idea of "economic solidarity" among neighbours.

Most susceptible to the winds of change in Caracas are the 15 or so Caribbean nations that signed up to Petrocaribe, an alliance founded in 2005, which allows oil-rich Venezuela to sell oil to poorer countries in the region.

Through Petrocaribe, they are able to buy Venezuelan oil by paying between 5% and 50% of the bill upfro…

TIME TO MOVE TO New Jersey: New York market improvement talks stall ...

01/23/2013 2:20:06 PM

Doug Ohlemeier

NEW YORK — Efforts to relocate wholesalers on the Hunts Point Terminal Market into new and updated operations remain at a standstill.

Market co-chairman Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., said negotiations with the city of New York have stalled.

He said talks between the market and the city likely won’t resume in earnest until early 2014, after a new mayor enters office.

“Talks about the market rebuilt with the city are on the back burner. There’s been no progress and we have had very little success convincing the administration that our concerns are valid,” D’Arrigo said. “We are no longer in an exclusive arrangement with them.

“We will see what happens either during the rest of the Bloomberg administration or look forward to talking with a new administration,” he said.


That “exclusive arrangement” involves discussions preventing the relocation of the market to neighboring New Jersey. That state has previous…