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INDIA : Mango capital hit by unseasonal rain

PALAKKAD, January 4, 2016
Updated: January 4, 2016 05:43 IST



K.A. SHAJI












A view of the mango orchards at Muthalamada near Palakkad.-Photo: K.K. Mustafah











It seems climate change is taking a toll on Kerala’s mango capital Muthalamada with unseasonal rain delaying the flowering process apart from adversely affecting the yield.





This is the third consecutive year in which flowering is getting delayed because of unseasonal rain during October, November and December. Now, the mangoes can be ripened only by March and as a result Muthalamada mangoes are reaching the market late.






Being one of the biggest centres of mango production in the country, this grama panchayat sharing border with Pollachi in Tamil Nadu has mango orchards spread in 45,000 hectares of land. Till three years ago, Muthalamada’s mango varieties were the first to reach global markets much before the mangoes mature in the gardens of the competitors, chiefly Peru and Venezuela.






Mango export alone was worth Rs.200 crore a season in thi…

Report: Mafia responsible for fraudulent exports of Italian food

Criminal syndicates are adulterating olive oil and other products, putting consumers at risk, according to reports from the CBS News magazine “60 Minutes.”














BY ERIC KULISCH |MONDAY, JANUARY 04, 2016














If you think food imports from China are the only ones in the United States adulterated by scam artists to make a buck, guess again.
Over the years, there have been numerous findings of unsafe products in Chinese food products, including baby melamine-tainted infant formula, cadmium-laced rice, tainted dog food, vinegar contaminated with anti-freeze and bean sprouts treated with a banned plant hormone to make them more attractive to consumers. Many of the food safety problems have been isolated to the Chinese domestic market, but the products often make their way to the U.S. and other markets.





Taking short cuts in food sanitation, or using cheap fillers to dupe consumers into paying more for brand-name product, however, is a global concern for regulators and public health officials.




On Sunday, t…

VENEZUELA : Regimen ordena destrucción de instalaciones de ANTV

¡ASÍ PAGA EL DIABLO A QUIEN BIEN LE SIRVE! 





Los empleados de la televisora de la Asamblea Nacional, se llevaron una sorpresa cuando acudieron a su lugar de trabajo esta mañana, ya que las instalaciones estaban cerradas y los equipos habían sido vandalizados. Las antenas de transmisión y hasta los cables utilizados se encontraban destruidos y cortados, para evitar que mañana se pudiera transmitir el evento de instalación de la nueva asamblea.



La denuncia fue hecha por los propios empleados de ANTV que además aseguran que están siendo despedidos de uno en uno, debido al cambio de nombre de razón social ordenado por Maduro y Diosdado. Con esto, quedan decenas de personas en la calle, que hasta ahora ganaban poco menos del sueldo mínimo.






La intención clara del régimen es que nadie conozca lo que ocurrirá durante la instalación de la nueva Asamblea Nacional presidida por Henry Ramos Allup, este 5 de enero, día señalado por medios de comunicación del régimen como un día de confrontamientos fís…