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Mexico: Improvement expected on quality of Escuinapa mango

Despite the bad mango season there's been, local producers maintain the hope that the rains will normalize and the quality of the last variety being cultivated will increase and, as a result, they will be able to recover some of the losses they've had because of the commercial failure of the early varieties. 

Lauro Barron Lopez said the municipality still had to harvest the Keith (KEITT ??) variety, which is predominant, and that producers expected to recover the losses they had with the Manila, Tommy, Haden and Kent varieties, which continues to be harvested today.

"We think that we could start harvesting the Keith variety in 15 days. It is the last variety and we hope we can recover from a season that has been bad and brought many losses for producers, as early varieties didn't have good prices and much of the fruit was left in the fields,"
he said.

He stated that the rains were essential to improve the quality of mango, as the current lack of humidity has caused…

UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS : 19th Annual Mango Melee Set for July 12 at Botanical Garden

The theme this year is Mango Melee 2015: The Drought Edition — dedicated to the Farmers of St. Croix who have provided the organization with fresh fruit and other produce, even under the adverse conditions of this growing season.

 Workshops will include Conservation Practices for Addressing Climate Change,”and other informative discussions.


The 19th annual Mango Melee will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, at St. George Village Botanical Garden. 

This will be a fun-filled day for the whole family, which will include food vendors offering all sorts of delicious mango treats and other local food; craft vendors presenting beautiful artwork, jewelry, clothes and more; the kids’ and adults’ mango eating contests; and fun and educational activities for the children.

This year’s entertainment will include performances by King Derby & Calypso Inc. and the We Deh Yah Cultural Dancers, a special appearance by visiting African dance and music troupe t…


July 2015 El Niño update: Bruce Lee?

Emily Becker
Thursday, July 9, 2015

El Niño continued to build during June, despite some shorter-term fluctuations in the climate system (here’s looking at you, MJO). CPC/IRI forecasters are still very confident that this event will persist through the winter, and they continue to favor a strong event, with the three-month average sea surface temperature in the Niño3.4 region expected to peak at more than 1.5°C above normal.

Nearly all the computer models are in agreement, and the atmosphere and ocean continued to behave in a very El Niño-like manner. So what is there to talk about this month? Well, a few interesting things happened over the past few weeks.

First, a quick rundown of where we find ourselves in the beginning of July

Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) all across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific were more than 1°C above normal, including a June average of 1.0-1.3°C (depending on SST dataset) above normal in the Niño3.4 region,…


What is the TPP? If You Don’t Know, It’s Time to Find Out

by 3p Contributor on Friday, Jul 3rd, 2015

From The Sierra Club Right now, a trade deal is being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries called the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that would be the biggest trade deal in history. The agreement was brought to the next level this week, when President Barack Obama signed legislation giving him the authority to “fast-track” the deal. The TPP covers more than just traditional trade issues, like tariffs. According to analysis of draft copies released by WikileaksRan Ban Sunglasses it impacts jobs, access to affordable medicine, food safety, environmental standards, and so much more. To top it all off, it’s being negotiated in secret. The text is unavailable to the public. Worse still, many say those that do have most influence in shaping the pact are giant corporations and big polluters who can manipulate the language to benefit only themselves, not the American…

USA EXPORTS AT RISK : Fruit fly outbreak in east Kimberley puts Western Australia (WA) mango industry at risk

WA Country Hour By Tom Edwards

Updated about 8 hours ago

PHOTO: An outbreak of Medfly in the East Kimberley could potentially jeopardise WA's mango trade to interstate and overseas markets. (DAFWA)

MAP: Kununurra 6743

Western Australia's mango trade is at risk after Mediterranean fruit flies were discovered at three east Kimberley caravan parks.

Six male fruit flies were detected in traps at three Kununurra caravan parks, triggering a 15-kilometre restriction zone around farms in the Ord River Irrigation Area.

00:00 AUDIO: East Kimberley fruit fly outbreak puts WA mango trade at risk. (ABC Rural)

If the fruit flies are not eradicated by late September, it could seriously affect the export of mangoes overseas and interstate, although the Perth market would be unaffected, as the fruit flies are already endemic in southern Westen Australia.

Department of Agriculture and Food plant biosecurity director John van Schagen said the fruit fly outbreak could potentially impact WA's mango tr…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : Why China's Stock Markets Matter


JULY 6, 2015 | 09:30 GMT 

"Why China's Stock Markets Matter is republished with permission of Stratfor."

An investor passes a share prices board at a security firm in Hangzhou province, eastern China.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)


Beijing will continue to intervene where possible to prop up markets and market sentiment.

A collapse of the stock market would likely increase deposits in ordinary bank accounts.
This would compel Beijing to rely more heavily on banks to fuel growth and pressure China to accelerate financial liberalization efforts as a way to cultivate household consumption.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 6 percent on July 3, rounding out a 28 percent decline since June 12, when the country's stock markets peaked. The deterioration occurred despite intensive government efforts to stabilize prices and revive investor sentiment. 

Overt attempts by Beijing included cutting benchmark interest rates and reserve requirement ratios and loosening restrictions …