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Covert Flour Deals Show Venezuela Woe ...

CARACAS—On any given day at the Quinta Crespo wholesale market, dozens of people lurk in the back alleys trying to get their hands on a white powder. Dealers sell it on the sly at inflated prices, careful to avoid patrolling National Guardsmen who can arrest them.

But this is no illicit substance trading hands in this grimy downtown bazaar: It is corn flour, used to make Venezuela's staple food, the pancake arepa.

In oil-rich Venezuela, the worst food and consumer-goods shortages in nearly four years are making buying flour and other goods such as meat, sugar, cooking oil and toilet paper into a harrowing ordeal. Even medicines, like asthma inhalers, are hard to come by.

Business leaders say the explanation is simple: Currency controls adopted in 2003 to prevent capital flight also complicate the purchase of imports, while price caps, expanded in late 2011, don't cover production costs. 

Economists say the shortages those factors created were exacerbated by President Hugo Chávez&#…

OCEAN CARGO: EU Allocates Funds for Gijon, Antwerp Port Projects ...

JOC Staff | Feb 04, 2013 11:13AM EST

The European Union has allocated funding from the TEN-T Programme, under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, for two maritime infrastructure projects in Europe.

The EU has allotted $6.8 million for the construction of a sea lock in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, to ensure that one of the bottlenecks currently restricting capacity is removed. 

The lock will create a connection between the tidal Deurganckdock and the non-tidal docks of Waaslandhaven. It will be 68 meters (about 223 feet) wide with a depth of 58 feet. 

EU support will continue until December 2014, and the new lock basin is expected to enter into service by March 2016.

The EU will also provide more than $1.4 million for a series of studies that will assess the feasibility and necessary infrastructure adaptations for the use of liquefied natural gas as a shipping fuel in the Port of Gijon, Spain. 

The studies will specifically focus on standards, regulations and legal issues; technical designs; impact…


Desertification and land degradation have strong negative impacts on food security in Africa’s drylands, home to the world’s poorest populations. 

Find out how the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative tackles the effects of land degradation and desertification in the region:

A special thanks to
Manuel Caballero Ruano


Canary Islands

For sharing this story.


Venezolanos en Miami piden a compatriotas recordar a las víctimas del 4 de febrero de 1992

Publicado el 04 de feb de 2013 4:16 pm |

(Miami – EE UU, 4 de febrero – EFE).- Una organización de venezolanos en Miami (EE UU) pidió hoy a sus compatriotas en Venezuela recordar a las personas que fallecieron durante el intento de golpe militar que el presidente Hugo Chávez lideró el 4 de febrero de 1992 antes de llegar al poder mediante elecciones.

“La Junta Patriótica en el exterior denuncia una vez más al régimen de facto y le pide a la colectividad en general guardar luto y recato el 4 de febrero en nombre de los venezolanos asesinados hace 21 años”, dijo el grupo.

La organización solicitó en un comunicado pedir por la paz eterna de los “compatriotas asesinados el 4 de febrero de 1992. No permitamos que la historia sea tergiversada con intenciones políticas y actitudes bastardas”.

Rechazó cualquier intento del Gobierno venezolano de celebrar el 4 de febrero como una “jornada histórica a favor de…


Various stages of stem-end rot. The pressure is on Darwin mango growers to send quality fruit to markets. (NTDPI)

Darwin mango producers under pressure when 'opening the batting'

By Matt Brann

Monday, 04/02/2013

The president of the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) says it's crucial that mango growers from Darwin don't send immature fruit to markets when chasing higher prices.

Speaking at a growers' meeting in the Northern Territory, AMIA's Gavin Scurr said Darwin started the Australian mango season and set the tone for the year to come.

Using the analogy of the "opening batsmen for a cricket team", Mr Scurr says Darwin growers who send down poor quality or immature fruit are making it very difficult for other growers in Australia.

"If Darwin gets us away to a good start it sets up the game for the rest of the industry, but if you lose a few early wickets it puts pressure on the rest of the batters," he said.

"Our research shows tha…


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

Monday 04 February 2013

Winter Park, Florida

As if the 2013 Peruvian mango season did not have enough challenges, IMO sources are reporting that Peruvian mangoes are being rejected due to internal discoloration.

"The problem is not in all the fruit but it is not isolated to just a few shippers either." said one source last week.

It is enough of a problem that USA distributors are getting product kicked by chain store buyers.

A few pallets on almost every load as of last week are cutting black. 

Distributors are unsure of the cause.

Some trace the problem back to the week that shippers were forced to leave fruit on the tree in Peru. Others say that this may be a refrigeration issue or post harvest problem.

As soon as the IMO has more information, we will share.