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Biotech Firm Invests $28.5m to Find Bananas Resistant to TR4

12.6.2020
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Tropic Biosciences, based at the Norwich Research Park, has raised $28.5m of investment to push forward its work to save the world's banana plants from a devastating disease. Picture: Tropic Biosciences Tropic Biosciences, based at the Norwich Research Park, uses cutting-edge plant breeding and gene editing technologies to improve commercial varieties of banana and coffee plants. Since 2018 the company has been leading the international drive to create a new type of banana which is resistant to Panama Disease (also known as TR4), which experts describe as an “existential threat to the banana industry”.

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Canary Islands: The Banana Sector in Search of Alternatives to Anticipate the Crisis as Much as Possible

12.6.2020
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The Covid-19 outbreak in Spain has generated a dichotomy among producers of Plátano de Canarias. On the one hand, it has highlighted the strategic importance of the primary sector in the islands, but on the other it has placed them in a difficult situation due to the closing of markets. For this reason, the Organizations of Producers of Plátano de Canarias, together with Asprocan, have joined forces to find alternatives anticipating the crisis and guaranteeing the viability of exports. The decrease in the volume of bananas marketed in the archipelago during the state of alarm has been 700 tonnes relative to the average of the last decade, a setback to which is added the high production of 2020 which has already reached 38,000 tonnes.

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Covid-19 Spreads Across Agricultural Plantations in Northern Costa Rica

12.6.2020
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The second pandemic wave has hit farm workers in the northern zone, accustomed to constantly moving in search of work through border towns. The actions of various state institutions are concentrated in that area of the national territory, where the orange alert which seeks to contain the advance of covid-19 among those populations (considered among the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus) was expanded on June 7th. Dr. Guiselle Guzmán Saborío, head of the Collective Health Area, of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), has been coordinating field work in the northern area since last week.

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Ecuador Requires Another US$ 4,000m for its Reactivation after Covid-19

12.6.2020
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After 77 days of an almost complete stoppage caused by COVID-19, more than 150,000 people have been made unemployed and another four million informal workers are without any kind of sustenance, according to the Minister of Productivity and Commerce, Iván Ontaneda, because of this the Andean country requires another US$ 4,000 million to reactivate its economy which is aimed at the productive and economic reactivation of the country, Ontaneda said in an interview. So far, and with international aid, US$ 1.15 billion has been injected into an assistance fund for small and medium-sized companies that according to the minister "is not enough to cover all of the country’s needs."

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Macfrut Digital - The Fruit & Vegetable World on your PC

12.5.2020
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Cesena - Macfrut 2020 goes Digital. From 8 to 10 September 2020, Italy’s international showcase for the fruit and vegetable sector will offer business opportunities through a digital platform (Natlive) that will bring together buyers from all over the world, opening up new international markets for the sector. This innovative project makes Macfrut the first digital trade fair for the fruit and vegetable industry.

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Australia: Turning Banana Waste into Food Packaging

29.5.2020
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International Day of Biodiversity — the UNSW Sydney celebrated some of its recent research that is inspiring positive change in how we tackle global problems, whether it be managing climate change, bushfires, or plastic waste. One of the research projects celebrated on the day was an ‘a-peeling’ packaging solution made from banana plants, which could be suitable for the food industry. Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and Professor Martina Stenzel were searching for ways to convert agricultural waste into something that could value-add to the industry it came from, while potentially solving problems for another.

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Philippines Poised to be Second-Largest Banana Exporter in Next 9 Years

29.5.2020
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Hillside banana farmers keep a sustainable supply of the upland crop delivered to local markets in neighboring provinces up north. The rest go to Metro Manila. The Philippines is poised to cement its position as the world’s second-largest exporter of bananas in the next nine years on the back of better supply management and high demand from key Asian markets, a United Nations’s agency said. The projection was disclosed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its recent global banana market review report.

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Ecuador: Banana Exports During The Coronavirus

29.5.2020
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The interannual exports grew by 9.51% compared to 2019. The sector increased its production due to the investments made; several countries reduced their purchases. Thanks to the increase in investments made by the banana sector during 2019, production and exports increased in 2020. The sector planted around 4,000 new hectares and replanted 4,000 more that began to produce in 2020. The result was reflected in the first quarter. When comparing with 2019 there was an increase of 9.51%, that is, 104.3 million boxes were exported versus 95.2 million boxes exported last year.

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Dole and Boragen Team up to Fight Black Sigatoka

29.5.2020
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Dole Fresh Fruit Co. has teamed up with boron-based discovery platform startup Boragen to develop a treatment to protect bananas against Black Sigatoka, one of the most prevalent and damaging diseases plaguing bananas. “As pressure to reduce chemical load increases, and the number available crop protection products reduces, the need for alternatives to control this disease is more important than ever,” Patricio Gutiérrez, research and innovation director for Dole Fresh Fruit, said in a statement about the partnership.

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Ports of Ecuador Maintain Normal Operations During Covid-19

15.5.2020
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The Guayaquil Port Authority (APG) reported that the ports under its administrative supervision; that is, that of the Liberator Simón Bolívar and Posorja continue to provide prompt and timely service at all levels. According to the APG, concessionaires Contecon and Andipuerto and delegate DP World Posorja have implemented various measures for the health of workers and officials who have direct contact with carriers and port operators. Actions include hand disinfection, temperature control and fumigation of the different areas owned by the companies, with the aim of preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the port.

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Peru Increases Exports of Organic Bananas to Europe

15.5.2020
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With the execution of the innovation project on agronomic management promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri), farmers from the Association of Productores de Oro Verde del Chira, Piura region, improved the export levels of organic bananas with genetic quality, placing more than 1,400 tons in the markets of the Netherlands and Germany. The innovation project, which received financing of more than 230 thousand soles through the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA), also allowed the commercialization of this crop to increase to more than 2430 tons in the national market.

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Hapag-Lloyd gets 2020 off to a Decent Start Despite Coronavirus Pandemic, but Uncertainties Remain for the Year

15.5.2020
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For the first quarter of 2020, Hapag-Lloyd recorded earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of USD 176 million (EUR 160 million), which is below the corresponding prior-year figure of USD 243 million (EUR 214 million). The Group net result declined to approximately USD 27 million (EUR 25 million). Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) decreased slightly to USD 517 million (EUR 469 million).

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Ecuador Stopped Exporting 5 Million Boxes of Bananas in the First Quarter

15.5.2020
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The cluster that groups Acorbanec, Aebe, Agroban and the Chamber of Agriculture of the Second Zone informed that from January to March the banana sector lost $ 50 million when it stopped selling 5 million boxes of the fruit, not including the April figures. Juan José Pons, coordinator of the union, explains the situation of this productive segment in times of the COVID-19. What is the current situation of banana production and exports with the affectation of the coronavirus pandemic?

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Banana Exports from the Philippines May Drop 40% Amid Coronavirus

17.4.2020
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Banana exports from the Philippines may drop 40% from 4 million tons to 2.5 million tons this year because of pandemic lockdowns and social distancing measures that have curbed cultivation and transport, As the second largest exporter of bananas, the Philippines accounted for 20% of global banana production and 90% of total exports to Asia, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Ecuador is the biggest banana exporter. To avoid shortages and price hikes, Philippines Agriculture Secretary William Dar urged local governments to allow employees from agriculture and food processing facilities to return to work. If the lockdown is eased, it could result in boosting banana exports to 3 million tons this year.

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MSC Unveils New Flexible Cargo Service to Meet Demand from Asia

17.4.2020
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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company’s new “Suspension of Transit” (SOT) programme is a flexible cargo service that will help to fulfil the imminent resumption of demand from Asia and ensure service continuity. It includes container yard storage in six transshipment hubs across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, ensuring that goods can be shipped close to their destinations as soon as possible and providing easier cargo flow for customers. MSC notes that China has shown signs of recovery with factories restarting production. The new SOT programme will help avoid high storage costs at ports of discharge.

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Maersk Container Industry Signs First Star Cool Milestone Contract with Evergreen

17.4.2020
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Following a comprehensive series of trials that lasted for most of 2019, leading Taiwanese international shipping company, Evergreen Marine Corp. Evergreen has selected Star Cool as the approved reefer machine for their growing reefer operations. Evergreen’s initial order is for 1,800 Star Cool reefers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI), scheduled for delivery during the 2nd quarter of 2020, the company said in its release. Prior to placing the order, Evergreen spent most of 2019 running live trials across their global network involving all relevant reefer machines, including Star Cool.

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Australia: Panama TR4 Program Develops to Help Manage Soil-Borne Disease

17.4.2020
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The State of Queensland issued text of the following ministerial statement: A new management board to oversee the Panama TR4 Program in Queensland until 2023 has met for the first time, heralding the start of a unique government-industry partnership to help protect the future of Australia's $600 million banana industry. Queensland Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said the Panama TR4 Program Management Board (the Board) would oversee the continued delivery and governance of the Panama TR4 Program, which was developed to help manage the soil-borne disease after it was first detected in the Tully Valley in 2015.

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Mexico: Banana Exports to China Increase

3.4.2020
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The Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of Mexico, Víctor Villalobos Arámbula, stressed that the new market in China is the result of the preventive phytosanitary work of the producers, so the Government of Mexico will continue supporting them to incorporate more and more farmers, especially the small ones. He indicated that Mexico through the National Service of Health, Safety and Agro-Food Quality (Senasica) will monitor exact and punctual compliance, so that the volume of exports increases. He specified that in this first export shipment 39 tonnes of bananas, 20 tonnes came from a packing plant in Tabasco with a Teapa product, while another packing plant from Colima sent19 tons of fruit from Mazatán, Chiapas.

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MSC Prepares for Post-COVID-19 Recovery

3.4.2020
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As part of its ongoing response to the impact of COVID-19, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has developed a Suspension of Transit (SOT) container shipping programme to prepare for a recovery in demand for freight services once the impact of the pandemic eases. The programme builds on MSC’s ongoing efforts to ensure business continuity and the maintenance of vital container carriage services, such as the movement of food, fresh produce, medical equipment and other essential goods. The new SOT initiative is focused in particular on a resumption of demand of a wide variety of goods from Asia.

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Colombia: 25 More ICUs in Urabá to Serve COVID-19 Patients

3.4.2020
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A public-private alliance including Proantioquia and the Antioquia Government and financed by Bancolombia, the Association of Banana Growers of Colombia (Augura) and the Pan-American Clinic has contributed to the expansion of the capacity of intensive care units (ICU) in the clinic necessary for a timely response to the epidemic of COVID-19. The project, which will cost 3.1 billion pesos was made possible by the Bancolombia Foundation, which contributed 1 billion, Augura which contributed a further 1 billion pesos through its affiliates (Uniban, Banacol, Banafrut and Tropical) and the Clinic which with the support of its partners will contribute the remaining 1.1 billion pesos.

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Bolivia: Truck Drivers Prefer Not to Work and Banana Exports Fall By 60%

3.4.2020
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Due to the presence of the Covid-19, the restrictions in Argentina and the lack of return cargo, Bolivian carriers prefer not to work and protect their health resulting in banana exports falling by more than 60% reported the producers’ representative Agustín Conde. Before the pandemic, more than 80 loaded trucks left the tropics daily, but lately only 20 to 30 trucks with bananas have been exported. Drivers reported that is getting more difficult for them to drive in Argentina because there are no places to buy food, the pumps no longer allow the use of toilets and there is no return cargo to Bolivia.

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Ecuador: Banana Sector Does Not Stop Shipments

3.4.2020
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The Ecuadorian banana industry continues despite the logistics problems caused by some truck drivers who have decided not to work which has created delays both by preventing the distribution of cardboard in the exporters’ warehouses and farms as well as in the movement of containers. In some cases, such as in the province of El Oro, there were mayors who suggested stopping banana shipments through the ports of Ecuador. On the other hand, some banana leaders in the same province described the request as "an irresponsible act", because this would mean the loss of more than US$6 million dollars a week, according to local media reports.

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Covid-19: African Banana Producers Ensure Continuous Supply

27.3.2020
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In the context of the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, African banana companies have mobilized and are rigorously implementing all the health directives issued by the governments of producing countries. For the sector, the priority is to ensure a continuous supply of quality bananas to distribution centers and to guarantee the health safety of workers. To date, despite strengthened control measures, no case of the disease has been identified. In the banana plantations and the various African port sites, the technical teams of the sector ensure scrupulous compliance with the hygiene instructions by their employees and have made available hydro-alcoholic gel in the necessary quantity.

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Asprocan Detects a "Paralysis" of Fruit Sales Through Traditional Channels

27.3.2020
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The Canary Islands Banana Producers Organization, Asprocan warned on March 20 that the loss of traditional channels in the Peninsula is causing a paralysis in the sale of fruit and vegetables, in one day 50% of the Canary Islands banana was sold and next day sales totally stopped. Asprocan affirms in a statement that the current situation of the fruit market in Spain is of great confusion due to the health crisis in the country and currently the uncertainty and inactivity is seriously affecting more traditional sale channels.

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Colombia: Banana Production Guaranteed During Health Emergency

27.3.2020
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Banana growers from the departments of Magdalena and La Guajira strengthen the production of the fruit in 15 thousand hectares of planting, to maintain national supply during the coronavirus health emergency. Likewise, the banana businessmen of the region have donated more than 50 tons of the fruit to the food banks destined to mitigate the negative impacts of the emergency. “This situation we are going through invites us to work as a team and be more supportive, in addition, to show the fundamental role that agricultural industries have in the country.

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Organic Banana Market 2020-2024 | Health Benefits of Organic Banana to Boost Growth | Technavio

12.3.2020
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Technavio has announced its latest research report titled Global Organic Banana Market 2020-2024. LONDON--Technavio has been monitoring the organic banana market and it is poised to grow by USD 277.2 mn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 11% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. The health benefits of organic banana will offer immense growth opportunities, will challenge the growth of the market participants.

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Hutchison BEST adds Reefer offer at Barcelona Port

3.3.2020
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Hutchison Ports' Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) has announced that the local port authority has approved a whole range of value-added services to reefer containers in the terminal. Following approval, BEST’s customers have the option of pre-inspection services for refrigerated containers (PTIs) and container repair within the terminal’s facilities. The terminal now offers an integral and complete service for reefer containers, from connection and disconnection, monitoring, personalized attention to super reefers, to all kinds of additional services, such as PTI, cleaning, tuning, repair and maintenance.

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Impact Of The Coronavirus Outbreak On International Trade Involving China

5.3.2020
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Coronavirus With the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV, the "") spreads globally at alarming speed some countries have responded to the crisis by taking measures such as restricting or denying importation from China and requiring additional risk assessment for vessels travelled to China. For instance, Jordan announced a halt to the Chinese animal and vegetable products and Indonesia will temporarily stop food and beverage imports from China. In the shipping sphere, we have seen massive cancellation of flights to or from China, and many world's top container lines including Maersk, Cosco, MSC and Hapag-Lloyda all reducing or suspending calls to China. All of this comes even when the WHO does not recommend any trade restrictions on Chinese goods based on the current information available.

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Coronavirus Container Impact to Spread far Beyond Blank Sailings

25.2.2020
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As the container shipping industry entered 2020, all eyes were on the potential disruptive effects of IMO 2020 and the phasing-in of low-sulfur fuel. The concerns were plentiful, and questions abounded. Would the carriers be successful in passing on the additional costs? Would there be sufficient amounts of low-sulfur fuel available? Could the fuel quality be trusted? Would the rules even be enforced? Is scrubber installation more economically viable for carriers? Is liquefied natural gas (LNG)? But before the industry could even begin to answer any of these questions, a new virus emerged in China and in a scant few weeks, managed to take front and center stage in terms of disruption.

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The global smart reefer container market accounted for US$ 823.8 Mn in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% over the forecast period 20192027, to account for US$ 1,665.4 Mn in 2027

14.2.2020
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Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Smart Reefer Container Market to 2027 - Global Analysis and Forecast by Offering ; Technology ; Reefer ; Industry Vertical" However, the high cost of smart reefer and inadequate cold chain logistics infrastructure in emerging economies may restrain the future growth of the smart reefer container market. Despite these limitations, the rising adoption of smart reefer containers in the F&B and pharmaceutical industries is anticipated to offer ample growth opportunities for the players operating in the smart reefer container market during the forecast period. Technological developments have undermined huge barriers in the international trade of cold chain products. The smart reefer solutions are overcoming the crucial challenges in the shipping of perishables over long distances.

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Ecuadorian Bananas Enjoy the Same Tariffs as Colombia and Costa Rica

3.1.2020
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From 2020 Ecuador will compete on equal terms with Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica, in the export of bananas to the European Union (EU). With the Commercial Agreement with that block, which has been in force since 2017, the tariff has been decreasing over the years. Thus, in 2017 it was 97 Euros per metric ton; in 2018, 90; in 2019, 83; and in this year, 75 Euros. According to Eduardo Ledesma, banana exporter the reduction will benefit the sector, since historically it has paid more than the fruit from other countries. Xavier Rosero, technical manager of the Ecuadorian Federation of Exporters (Fedexpor), said that this is the first year in which Ecuadorian bananas haven’t had to pay a higher tariff.

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Fruit Expo & World Fruit Industry Conference 2020 China Import & Export Fair Complex / July 16th-18th, 2020

6.12.2019
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Preview of Fruit Expo 2020 Supported by China Fruit Marketing Association (CFMA), Guangzhou-located foreign embassies and consulates, it is expected that Fruit Expo 2020 is going to be staged on a show floor of 30,000 sq.m, hosting 500+ exhibitors and 30,000 visitors. Hosted in Guangzhou, one of the biggest fruit trade hubs in Southeast Asia, Fruit Expo 2020 will be able to put its hands on the best industry resources for its attendees to share! The concurrent World Fruit Industry Conference 2020 will gather C-suite leaders from brand enterprises at home and aboard to explore New Market Opportunities for worldwide fruits exporting to China, and quality Chinese fruits exporting to the World!

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Ecuador: Minimum Set the Price of the Banana Box at US$ 6.40 for 2020

15.11.2019
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) set the minimum support price for the banana box at US$ 6.40 for the 2020 season. That equates to 10 cents more than the official value that has been in force this year, which is of US$ 6.30. The MAG also suggested four reference prices according to the week, which can be applied depending on the time of the year or according to the seasons in the international market (high and low). Prices range from US$ 5.30 to US$ 7.50. But these can be applied as long as there is a private agreement signed between producers and exporters and that the minimum support price is respected as an annual average.

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