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2016 INDIA MANGO SEASON : Officials keep sharp eye on artificially ripened mangoes

Pratiksha Ramkumar | TNN | Apr 28, 2016, 09.39 AM IST

Coimbatore: With the mango season arriving in the district, the food safety department has begun tightening their noose over sale of artificially ripened mangoes. While use of ethylene is allowed to ripen the mangoes, using calcium carbide to do the same is banned.

The chemical is often used by wholesalers who want to offload large stocks before the arrival of the main season, so they capitalize on the initial demand.

The food safety department last week seized two tonnes of artificially ripened mangoes from a wholesaler in Pollachi. The seized mangoes included the popular Banganapalli and Alphonso varieties.

"The mangoes were found to have been artificially ripened with calcium carbide which is banned according to the food safety laws,"said a senior food safety officer based in Coimbatore West. "We only allow artificial ripening through ethylene,"he said.

Calcium carbide stones are usually placed inside the mango bo…

2016 MYANMAR MANGO SEASON : Heavy rain destroys mango farms

By Myat Noe Oo | Thursday, 28 April 2016

Unseasonal storms last week that killed at least eight and destroyed thousands of houses have dashed the hopes of mango farmers by destroying swathes of farmland just as the export season begins for Myanmar’s most sought-after fruit.

A Yangon mango seller oversees a market stall.  Photo: Staff

Some farmers had started selling their mangos to the local market and overseas while others are still harvesting when the storms hit central Myanmar. The export season typically runs from late April to mid-July, yet many farmers are now left counting their losses, traders said.

Traders who sell mangos to China said the weather is the worst it has been in a century, adding that fruit has been destroyed and the market is unstable. Damaged fruits will not fetch good prices, they said.

Sai Minthu Naung, a fruit dealer and owner of Khwar Nyo in Muse township on the Myanmar-China border, said, “This is a terrible situation. We faced weather disasters in the past, but…

IN CASE YOU WONDERED : World Naked Gardening Day is first Sunday in May

For more information:

May 4, 2015

World Naked Gardening Day

People across the globe are encouraged, on the first Saturday of May, to tend their portion of the world’s garden unclothed as nature intended.

Gardening has a timeless quality, and anyone can do it: young and old, singles or groups, the fit and infirm, urban and rural. An elderly lady in a Manhattan apartment can plant new annuals in her window box. Families can rake leaves in their back yard. Freehikers can pull invasive weeds along their favorite stretch of trail. More daring groups can make rapid clothes-free sorties into public parks to do community-friendly stealth cleanups.

Why garden naked?

First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. Gardening naked is not onl…


Using political influence : Mango orchards in Sindh being raided, PFVA raises alarm

By: Staff Report

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim ...

KARACHI: In an unfortunate move, the armed gangs of Sindh, apparently enjoying political supports, have started occupying mango orchards, already booked by the country's leading exporters.

This surprising development is forcing the exporters to go pillar to post to seek help for saving their business.

Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA), which is the only body representing leading exporters of fruit and vegetables, has approached the federal government to immediately take notice of the development.

Through an urgent letter sent to Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) Chief Executive S M Munir, PFVA Chairman Waheed Ahmed has requested the federal government to take notice of harassment of exporters by armed militants and vacate the orchard from the illegal occupants. He said the development in in…

10 destinos de México que debes conocer antes de ir a Europa

Por Alejandro López abril 12, 2016

Sabemos que el cliché de conocer Europa es un deseo latente en el imaginario colectivo latinoamericano, que además de alimentarse constantemente por la sociedad occidental a través de la idealización e idolatría desmedida por todo lo proveniente de ultramar, suele poner por encima de los pueblos americanos a las capitales europeas en todos los aspectos, aún cuando se trata de sitios con historia y procesos completamente distintos.

Estos son 10 destinos de México que guardan una riqueza cultural, histórica, artística y natural sin comparación que deberías conocer antes de ir a Europa, para los cuales no necesitas hacer una inversión tan grande ni obtener un pasaporte.

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca

La Sierra Madre del Sur resguarda una de las ciudades más coloridas de México: la capital de Oaxaca es un punto de encuentro de distintas culturas concentradas a lo largo y ancho de sus ocho regiones, donde el folclor de la artesanía tradicional se mezcla con las re…

Fermac Cargo y Aifrance KLM Martinair Cargo invierten en mangos

Fermac Cargo España y Airfrance KLM Martinair Cargo inician trabajos de colaboración en la nueva ruta carguera con origen la ciudad de Abiyán, Costa de Marfil, y destino Madrid, España. 

El martes 19 de abril de 2016 aterrizó el primer avión carguero, el cual transportó aproximadamente 90.000 (?) kilos de mango de una de las variedades más apreciadas en Europa, la variedad Kent. 

Al menos 8 vuelos ya están confirmados, según la prestigiosa aerolínea.

La puesta en marcha de los vuelos, operados por aviones cargueros 777­-300, sirve para atender la creciente demanda de esta fruta tropical en Europa. 

Además, estos cargueros incrementan la oferta de bodega desde Costa de Marfil a Europa, lo cual potencia las exportaciones y el desarrollo de esta región del mundo tan desfavorecida.

 Fermac Cargo presta servicio a Air France KLM Martinair Cargo para estos vuelos cargueros, realizando tareas tales como:

Inspección del mango junto a los organismos oficiales: Agricultura, Sanidad y Comercio;

Korea will resolve Indian mango import issue

Cho Hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea plans to resolve the mango import issue with India during the negotiations on the upgrading of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

“All else can wait but not Indian mangoes,”
said the South Korean envoy.

“The national fruit of India, mango, how much I enjoy that, are not imported into Korea after attempts some seven years ago,”said Mr. Hyun, speaking at the Observer Research Foundation on Tuesday 26 April.

“I am going to resolve this issue at the time of the negotiations for upgrading CEPA,”
he said.

Terming the CEPA between the two countries “not a solid ground for take-off”,Mr. Hyun said that the countries were going to launch negotiations for upgrading it in June.


Publication date: 4/27/2016


César Morocho, of Frutas Piuranas:
"The mango market is becoming increasingly demanding"

The Peruvian mango campaign finished in late March with almost the same volume as that achieved in the previous season, despite the fact that the weather phenomenon El Niño has taken a toll on the mango production and affected the quality. 

César Morocho, of Frutas Piuranas, explains the situation:"The darkening of the pulp at the point when the fruit ripens has been more common, thus affecting the quality of our mangoes, but fortunately, we have not suffered any cases of anthracnose, a fungus that appears when there is rain and spreads in wet conditions during the product's transit to its destination. Preventive measures and adequate protection have fortunately helped keep the fruit free from it."

The key to growth in exports is the continuous monitoring of the demand. The markets are becoming increasingly demanding and the fruit's quality is one of the main factors determ…

Mexico 2016 : Mango production in Cuicatlan OAXACA falls by 50%

Mango producers of Cuicatlan are really concerned because they won’t be able to supply the Jumex international company this year due to the decrease in the harvest.

Climate change, which brought rains and atypical winds caused the decline in production. According to producers, there was a run of strong winds and a hail storm in late March that mainly affected some areas like the Rinconada and the Sabana.

These weather events damaged the young fruits and many trees lost their flowers, so there won’t be a harvest in the coming months.

Nearly 2,000 hectares of land have lush trees that bloom year after year and that support hundreds of families. A box of manila mango, the most expensive mango because of its taste and texture, cost 150 pesos until last weekend.

Regarding this topic, Efrain Añas Alvarez, the head of the office of the Municipal Palace of San Juan Bautista Cuicatlán, said that, unlike 2015, this year they would only achieve 50 percent of the production.

Añas Alavez said that they…

Panama Canal to Hold Draw to Select the First Vessel to Transit the Expanded Canal

By: AJOT | Apr 26 2016 at 09:00 AM | Ports & Terminals

Panama City, Panama - The Panama Canal will hold a draw on Friday, April 29, to select the first vessel which will transit through the Expanded Canal when it is inaugurated on Sunday, June 26. The draw will take place at the Panama Canal Administration Building and a Notary Public to serve as a witness.

The Panama Canal invited its top 15 customers to participate in the draw for the inaugural transit. Of the invited customers, those interested in participating were required to indicate the Neopanamax vessel’s name, type and dimensions that it plans to deploy on the inauguration day of the Expanded Canal. The Executive Vice Presidency for Operations will verify that each vessel complies with the Panama Canal’s requirements.

The proposed vessel is required to not surpass a maximum beam of 49 meters and a maximum overall length of 366 meters. In addition, the maximum draft or point of immersion for the inaugural transit will be 12.5…


Solar Powered Tent

The Concept Tent (also known as the kaleidoscope or solar powered tents) was thought up because of festivals and the fact that partygoers always need to keep in touch with mates while they’re camping and roaming around the festival site.

The resulting concept makes for a seriously cool tent with some awesome camping gadgets, which could help inspire a carefree nomadic lifestyle in full-on glam camping style!

Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication designed it in partnership to celebrate Glastonbury Festival. For us the best bit about it is the revolutionary new way it collects direct sunlight, and what this design might mean for luxe glamping and eco-camping in the future… particularly if you want to have a nomadic lifestyle. So if you’re wondering, “when’s this solar tent for sale?” well we’ve got news for you there too.

Solar Energy Collection

The idea is that specially coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric so designers wouldn’t have to use fixed solar …

NEWS FLASH: El Faro 'black box' found

NEWS FLASH: El Faro 'black box' found

The National Transportation Safety Board hopes to recover the voyage data recorder and use it in the agency's investigation into why the TOTE Maritime general cargo vessel sank last fall, claiming the lives of 33 crew members on board.

By Chris Dupin |Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has located the voyage data recorder (VDR) or "black box" of the sunken cargo ship El Faro , which sank last fall resulting in the death of all 33 crew members, according to a statement from the agency Tuesday. 

 The next step in the ongoing investigation is to determine how the VDR can be retrieved.

 NTSB is hoping that information from the device will help them understand why the TOTE Maritime general cargo vessel sank. 

 The VDR was located early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles (36 nautical miles) northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, by a team of investigators and scient…

2016 MANGO SEASON : India’s first batch of season’s mango exports reaches US, European shores

Monday, 25 April, 2016, 08 : 00 AM [IST]

Our Bureau, Mumbai

India has commenced mango exports to the United States and Europe with MSAMB's Export Facilitation Centre shipping out the first batch on April 14 following approvals from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and European Union (EU).

D M Sable, additional general manager, Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB), informs, “Till date, we have exported around 40 metric tonne of mangoes to EU, 12 metric tonne to New Zealand and around 14 metric tonne to USA.”

He adds, “We received all the necessary clearances on April 1. On April 14, we sent our first batch of exports to USA, the EU and others. The demand for our mangoes is very high, so we have started exporting two batches of the fruit daily.”

Safe Exports

In tune with the norms set up by US and EU authorities for ensuring that consignments are free of pests and insects and do not have any other issues, MSAMB has come up with a hot water treatment…