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AUSTRALIA: Victoria could produce unique April mango yield

A Queensland fruit supplier is turning to Victoria to fill a gap in mango production.

Pinata farms with a group of growers from Mildura and Robinvale to produce Honey Gold mangoes. 

The Victoria grown fruit is harvested in April, a window when no other Australian mangoes are on the market.

Grower Barry Avery has been ripping out his grape vines in favour of mangoes, which he has been cultivating for two years now.
"It's a long term project and you're looking at maybe one to two trays," he said.

"After five years, you're looking at about three to five and then it increases progressively as you go.

"So at this stage we don't know what the end result is.

"Is it going to be 18, 20 or 15 trays per tree? We really don't know."


Publication date: 2/14/2013


FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: The top 10 emerging technologies for 2013



By: David King
Feb 14th 2013

New challenges need new technologies to tackle them. Here, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies the top 10 most promising technology trends that can help to deliver sustainable growth in decades to come as global population and material demands on the environment continue to grow rapidly.

 These are technologies that the Council considers have made development breakthroughs and are nearing large-scale deployment.

OnLine Electric Vehicles (OLEV)

Wireless technology can now deliver electric power to moving vehicles. In next-generation electric cars, pick-up coil sets under the vehicle floor receive power remotely via an electromagnetic field broadcast from cables installed under the road. The current also charges an onboard battery used to power the vehicle when it is out of range. As electricity is supplied externally, these vehicles need only a fifth of the battery capacity of a standard electric car, …



Mango Growers in Guatemala were dealt a serious blow when the direct sail to the North East USA that Great White Fleet had offered for years was eliminated this year.

This will add additional costs to a carton of mangoes distributed in the North Eastern USA.

The once direct route to the Port of Wilmington, Delaware will now take a much longer route via Panama for those who choose to ship by sea to the North East USA.

To understand the current predicament that Guatemala mango growers will face this season as the Great White Fleet eliminates access to vessels, it helps to know the history of this once powerful company...

The history of banana growing in Central America is closely tied to the history of politics in the same area from the 1880's through the 1970's. Prior to 1870, bananas were unknown in the United States. 

The first bananas were imported to the U.S. in 1870 and just 28 years later, Americans in the U.S. were consuming over 16 million bunches a year. 

The story …


Big Fruit


Published: March 2, 2008

When the Banana Company arrives in Macondo, the jungle town in Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” it brings with it first modernity and then doom. 

“Endowed with means that had been reserved for Divine Providence in former times,” García Márquez writes, the company “changed the pattern of the rains, accelerated the cycle of harvests and moved the river from where it had always been.” 

It imported “dictatorial foreigners” and “hired assassins with machetes” to run the town; it unleashed a “wave of bullets” on striking workers in the plaza. When the Banana Company leaves, Macondo is “in ruins.”


How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World.

By Peter Chapman.

224 pp. Canongate. $24.

If Macondo is meant to represent Latin America, it is fitting that “the Banana Company” plays so central a role in its development and decline. 

For much of the 20th century, the American banana company United Fruit dominated po…