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At least eight dead in Ecuador floods: officials

by Staff Writers
Guayaquil, Ecuador (AFP) March 3, 2013







At least eight people were killed by flooding in southwestern Ecuador following several hours of torrential rains, officials said Sunday.






"Unfortunately, there have been eight victims so far as a result of the flooding," said Viviana Bonilla, governor of the coastal province of Guayas where the flooding occurred.




Bonilla told reporters that six people died by electrocution and one by drowning. The eighth victims was a child who was washed away by the floods and presumed dead.





Officials said more heavy precipitation was expected in the region, and they were bracing for the possibility of additional casualties.






http://www.terradaily.com/reports/At_least_eight_dead_in_Ecuador_floods_officials_999.html

Mango World Magazine (IMO BLOG) RANKS AMONG ICONIC WEBSITES IN THE PRODUCE INDUSTRY ...

In less than two years, The IMO BLOG (Mango World Magazine) has swept the internet and charged up the rankings to a very respectable ranking among the leading Produce Industry websites.



Here are some leaders in the real world for perspective and then leaders from the Produce Industry ...











Drudgereport.com is 16 Years, 15 Days old. 

DRUDGEREPORT.COM has #483 rank on the internet. This rank shows site's popularity. Lower rank means more visitors that site gets. This website is estimated to get 223 200 unique visitors per day. These unique visitors make 225 432 pageviews. We estimate that this website earns at least $645 USD per day with advertising revenues so it can be valued at least $523 525 USD. We detected that the average page load time of this website is5.53 seconds. This site has a 7/10 PageRank, it's IP address is 98.158.27.203. Server of this website is located at Santa Cruz, CA, United States. We give this domain a SEO score of 99/100. Last update:Wednesday 16th of Januar…

AFRICA: Exporting Organic Cocoa & Mangoes Can Create Wealth In Rural Ghana ...

March 3, 2013 

 Posted by: VibeGhana

By Kofi Thompson





If the bulk of Ghana’s agricultural produce was organically produced, we would be a far healthier people – as we would ingest less of the cancer-causing synthetic fertilisers and pesticides applied by smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of the food we eat.




Our agricultural sector would also earn more from export markets – helping to improve our balance of trade and contributing to an increase in Ghana’s GDP in the process.







Ghanaian farmers, such as those producing cocoa and mangoes for export, would also be better off – as the global demand for organically produced cocoa and mangoes – which command a premium price – far outstrips supply.







Currently, there are many organic agricultural inputs such as natural pesticides made from neem seed oil and organic soil-improving agents that lessen or obviate the need for synthetic fertilisers, available on the world market.






Yet, vested interests work hard to keep them from entering Ghana. They also…

U.S. approves value-added Colombian mangoes ...

February 28th, 2013




The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has authorized Colombian mangoes to enter the United States market, according to Colombia’s Department of Agriculture.








For fresh mangoes to enter the U.S., they must meet certain specifications. The fruit must be sent peeled, without seeds and in slices no thicker than 1.5 centimeters.




The fruit must also be marketed through the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA).




ICA general manager Teresita Beltrán Ospina welcomed the new market option for Colombian producers.






“This opportunity represents an interesting alternative for Colombian mango producers, who can already begin or increase exports by diversifying their offer with fresh, value-added products that have low technological demand,” Beltrán said.






This opportunity also requires exporters to investigate markets, technological production, packing and how to maximize the fruit’s shelf life.”






She also commented on the strengthened national program against fruit …

MEXICAN MANGO MAFIA: STRIKE ORDERED EFFECTIVE 3/4/2013 ....

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




Sunday, March 03, 2013



Winter Park, Florida









The Knights Templar are at it again!


On the heels of last mango season, The Mexican Mango Mafia has ordered a work stoppage effective Monday, March 04, 2013.







This complete control of the early Mexican mango deal (Michoacan Mango Packing Sheds) is so effective that last season the early deal saw FOB returns that averaged $6.00 per carton.


Returns the likes of which and organization that Mexican shippers had never experienced.







While organizations such as EMEX and the National Mango Board have stumbled for years, The Knights Templar have been able to extort mango shippers in Mexico and at the same time generate historically unheard of returns which are hopefully being distributed among the small farmers that make up the Mexican mango deal.









Part of the success is cultivar related. Mexican farmers have extended the Ataulfo mango season from…

FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: SOIL RESTORATION ...

Every Year less products are available for the disinfection of soil and growing media. 




In soil we see mineral deposits and organic materials which accumulate during the growing season. Growing media, Coco peat, soilless mix and rock wool are no different. The buildup of minerals and organic material in open field agriculture or greenhouse production is part of the growing process.




In the high-tech greenhouse industry the growing media has changed. Many of the new grow bags are filled with materials which tend to decompose in one or two growing cycles. The decomposition of the growing media causes the growth of organic material and allows for insect activity. For this reason the growing media is often changed between each growing cycle. Changing the growing media between every cycle is very costly and does not prevent reintroduction of prior disease pressure.


In the low-tech greenhouse industry we often still grow in soil. Growing indoors in soil does not allow for mother nature's n…

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA : ESCOJIDA LA CIUDAD MAS INNOVADORA DEL MUNDO ...

se puede ser la más innovadora!


PORTADA




Al ser elegida la ciudad más innovadora del mundo, Medellín se vuelve un modelo que inspira a Colombia.



Autor: Raúl Arboleda / AFP




La forma como Medellín logró innovar para solucionar sus problemas y darle nuevo uso a la tecnología impresionó a los organizadores del premio.





Dentro de los muchos listados que se hacen en el mundo cada año para escoger las mejores ciudades para vivir, hacer negocios, trabajar o con la mejor calidad de vida, las europeas, las asiáticas y las estadounidenses siempre están en los primeros lugares.


 Difícilmente una latinoamericana se logra colar y las colombianas nunca aparecen en primera fila, salvo que se trate de algo negativo.







Por eso, la designación de Medellín como la ciudad más innovadora del planeta, por encima de Nueva York, que es la capital del mundo, o de la moderna Tel Aviv, causó sorpresa y felicidad no solo entre los paisas, sino en todo el país, que sintió como propio este triunfo.





 El hecho de que The Wall S…