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POST HARVEST: Vision software grades mangoes ...

March 7, 2013










A researcher at the Symbiosis International University (Lavale, Pune, India) has compared the effectiveness of using a feed forward neural network and a support vector machine to grade the size of mangoes.




To do so, Suchitra Khoje first captured images of mangoes of different varieties and sizes that were collected at random from orchards using a 12.1 Mpixel Sony DSC-W290 camera. The images were then converted into binary form and the edge of each mango was detected by applying appropriate filters.





The extracted contour was then analyzed using various techniques for size estimation, and the size metrics -- such as area, diameter and perimeter -- that were obtained served as the basic input parameters to train the feed forward neural network and support vector machine.



The most effective feed forward neural network was shown to be one with a hidden layer of 12 neurons which was able to classify the fruit with an accuracy of 97 per cent. Being a binary classifier, the support …

ROBOLUCION: Fortuna personal de Chavez estimada en USD $2 Billones ...

por DolarToday - Marzo 6, 2013 en Noticias










(Fuente: Intereconomia/J.C. RODRÍGUEZ).- El difunto caudillo socialista deja una herencia política y social muy compleja, pero una herencia personal muy saneada.




Jerry Brewer, director de la compañía de inteligencia económica Criminal Justice International Associates, con sede en Miami y Virginia del Norte, afirma desde hace tres años que la fortuna de Hugo Chavez Frias alcanza los 2.000 millones de dólares. El estudio de CJIA, compañía que tiene una sede en Caracas y en otras capitales iberoamericanas, fue recogido en un artículo publicado el 26 de julio de 2010.




Brewer recoge que Cuba ha recibido “aproximadamente unos 5.000 millones de dólares anualmente de Venezuela en petróleo, efectivo y servicios”. Asimismo señala que “se cree que varios grupos criminales bolivarianos, entroncados en el gobierno de Hugo Chavez”, habrían “esquilmado en torno a 100.000 millones del casi un billón de dólares de ingresos procedentes del petróleo de PDVSA, gen…

Retailers Partner With United Fresh To Explore Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Impact ....

by United Fresh Produce Association
Posted: 2013-03-07 08:59:09 EST







WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh and the California Grocers Association Education Foundation are proud to present a webinar outlining the potential impact of the proposed Produce Safety Rule on retailers’ procurement and store operations as well as fresh produce suppliers.


 United’s Dr. David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology, and Jeff Oberman, vice president of trade relations, will lead the webinar.









“Retailers will definitely feel the effects of the Produce Rule, especially if the small farm amendment remains in the final version,” explained Dr. Gombas. “The industry is counting on retailers to hold suppliers to strict standards of implementing the rules to ensure safe, quality products are delivered to the consumers regardless of from what size operation they originate.”









The March 20 session will also provide an update on the work being done by United’s Produce Rule and Preventive Control Rule wor…

LOGISTICS: How Do I Know if I Have a Profitable Supply Chain? ...

March 4, 2013 - Supply chain finance teams are evolving. The role of corporate finance in the supply chain is transitioning from one of control (the overseer or landlord) to one of active collaboration. The reason is simple. More and more supply chain decisions are being driven by financial opportunities, and there is a need for active management of the supply chain by corporate finance teams.





The more mature the corporate finance team is in the processes of sales and operations planning, the more mature that this important horizontal process will be. Gaining a clear understanding with the financial team on the role of the budget in S&OP is one of the top three change management hurdles to S&OP maturity.








Despite the fact that more than 80 percent of manufacturers, distributors and retailers have an enterprise resource planning system, only 23 percent of supply chain leaders can easily model total supply chain costs to understand the trade-offs of supply chain costs. Cost prof…

PAKAISTAN: Sindhri Mango "bud busted open" after last week of January 2013 ...

~ Images courtesy of Hadi Laghari, Tecnical Manager, Assim Agricultural Farm, Sindh, Pakistan




































And today on March 7th, 2013 ...








"Sindhri mango trees: their bud busted open on 2nd Dec, 2012........and today it is 7th March, 2013..............."







"Sindhri mango trees: their bud busted open on 23rd Dec, 2012........and today it is 7th March, 2013..............."