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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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Chiquita Announces New Updated Sustainability Report

10.3.2020
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Chiquita, the leading banana company, honors its global responsibility by continuing its sustainability practices that have led the industry for nearly three decades. Building on the foundation of the brand’s “Behind the Blue Sticker” approach, Chiquita is releasing its updated sustainability report, highlighting its efforts to maintain sustainability from farm to table. Chiquita’s commitment to promote sustainability is not new, making this report an update on previous efforts rather than a radical departure from previous reports.

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U.K. Startup Races to Save Bananas from Extinction; Scientists and Researchers working to edit genes of Fruit to Protect them Against Diseases

9.3.2020
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When it comes to tropical fruits, Norwich, U.K., probably isn't the first place that springs to mind. But here, in a drab research park at the edge of the East Anglian city, a team of banana experts led by a former Israeli naval commander is working feverishly to save the fruit from extinction. "Bananas are the fourth most-important food crop globally. It's the most consumed and produced food," says Gilad Gershon, chief executive of Tropic Biosciences.

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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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Employment Minister lauds Banana Producers Association for OSH measures

1.3.2020
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Mr Ignatius Baffour Awuah, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, has commended the Banana Producers Association of Ghana for introducing an Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) manual to safeguard workers on their farmlands. He made the commendation when he launched the OSH Initiative Manual in Accra, a statement from the Ministry to the Ghana News Agency said. According to the statement, the Minister said, the manual, which comes in three parts aimed at reducing occupational injury and accidents on farms to save lives and properties.

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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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China looks to Jump Start Post-Coronavirus Reefer Shipments

24.2.2020
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The ongoing impact of African swine fever caused Chinese pork production to fall 21 percent year over year in 2019, spurring demand for additional imports from the United States. Blanked sailings out of China expected to create considerable shortages of containers for export cargo in the United States [https://www.joc.com/maritime-news/trade-lanes/trans-pacific/us-exporters-warned-pending-shortages-empty-containers_20200218.html] and elsewhere, but US exporters of refrigerated (reefer) cargoes may be getting some supply chain relief from the Chinese government.

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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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Dole Food Company: Tasty, Kid-Friendly Recipes At The Heart Of New Partnership Designed To Create Healthier Homes And Schools

11.2.2020
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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Feb. 11 -- Dole Food Company issued the following news release: - Dole Food Company and Action for Healthy Kids bring healthy and tasty ideas to cafeteria and dinner tables nationwide through interactive nutrition tool kit for schools and parents - Students give produce-based breakfast recipes a "thumbs up" during taste test and celebration at Stoney Creek Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. An innovative new partnership is providing school nutrition staff, educators and parents with new recipes and resources to create and serve healthy breakfasts and lunches that kids will love, both at school and at home.

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Chiquita Launches New Business to Business Website for Customers

3.1.2020
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What would the world be without bananas? The yellow fruit can be used for a two-ingredient pancake or the base of nutty banana bread. Chiquita Brands International, one of the world’s leading banana companies, understands the popularity and demand, so what better way to provide more b-a-n-a-n-a-s news than with a new business-to-business website? “With this new website, we are aiming to ensure that the user experience is consistently improved and optimized to enable our customers to meet constantly changing consumer needs,” said Jamie Postell, Director of Sales North America.

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Government of Panama Will Increase Salary for Banana Growers

3.1.2020
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Banana workers in Changuinola, in the north-western area of Panama, suspended an indefinite strike after negotiating a 28% staggered wage adjustment. The demand was for an increase of 25%, but during the negotiation the workers agreed to receive an 8% increase from January 15th, 13% in 2021 and a further 7% by 2023 said Liberto Becker of the Industrial Workers Union of Independent Banana Producers (Sitrapbi). They also agreed that the company would not deduct from the workers payment for the days not worked, while the government committed to the delivery of school and Christmas bonds, and scholarships for the workers' children, he added.

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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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Costa Rica Expects Results on Novel Banana TR4 Fungus

3.1.2020
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Costa Rica remains on alert for the high risk posed by Fusarium Raza 4 Tropical, a deadly fungus that threatens cavendish bananas and 80% of musaceae families, such as bananas or guineo. That's why national authorities await the results of a new strain that could be resistant to the disease. This is the case of the technique developed by Dr. Eli Khayat, scientific director of the company Rahan Meristem, who managed to activate a recessive gene of banana that is resistant to the disease, explained Jorge Sandoval research director of the Corporation National Banana (Corbana) to La Nación. This novel variety of cavendish banana scan is under study in the Philippines - a country suffering from the impact of the pathogen - and the results of the research will be completed in February 2020, Khayat said.

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Trade Tensions and Fuel Costs Challenge Reefer Trade

3.1.2020
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The latest figures from Dynamar's 2019 Reefer Analysis show that the international perishables trade reached a record 163 million tons in 2018 with 119 million tons carried by sea. Yet trade tensions continue to cause concern amongst shippers and carriers, both containerized and conventional, and the slowing output in key economies has led to an erratic end to the year in terms of trade flows. With demand for fresh produce remaining resolute, the focus is on the fleets, the fortunes and the futures of the conventional and containerized carriers.

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Major Cargo Terminal Is Now Open

13.12.2019
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The Port of Dover opened its Dover Cargo Terminal West after five years of building and preparation. It is the second main feature of the phased opening of the Dover Western Docks Revival. The overall £250 million project is expected to be completed at least by the middle of next year. The terminal’s first day saw goods from the Seatrade fresh produce reefer Lady Rosebay being processed. Port of Dover Cargo is the company involved in the day to day work there. General manager Nik Scott-Gray said: “This heralds an exciting new chapter for Port of Dover Cargo.

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Banana Market Trends in China

13.12.2019
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The dramatic expansions of the manufacturing capabilities and rising consumer consumptions in China have transformed China’s society and economy. China is one of the world’s major producers for industrial and consumer products. Far outpacing other economies in the world, China is the world’s fastest growing market for the consumptions of goods and services. The Chinese economy maintains a high speed growth which has been stimulated by the consecutive increases of industrial output, imports & exports, consumer consumption and capital investment for over two decades.

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Vado Gateway Container Terminal Opened

13.12.2019
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The international container terminal operating company APM Terminals (APMT) said it has opened a new container terminal in Vado Ligure, on the Italian Riviera, which will be capable of handling 900,000 TEUs of containerized cargo. APMT has a 50.1% share in the “Vado Gateway,” while Cosco Shipping Ports has a 40% share and Qingdao Port International has a 9.9% share. APMT said the project is part of the “New Silk Road.” Chinese firms have invested in more than a dozen European ports in recent years. Vado Gateway is the most important port infrastructure development in Italy over the last decades and the result of a 450-million-euro investment.

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Bananas from the Canary Islands Reach the Swiss Market

13.12.2019
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Representatives of ASPROCAN, together with the Canary Islands Economic Development Society PROEXCA, have made a visit to Switzerland this week, on the occasion of a three-week promotion in more than 250 establishments throughout the country belonging to one of the distribution chains in which Plátano de Canarias is currently marketed. The aim of this commercial mission is to ascertain the first impressions of the operators and ripeners of the Canarian fruit, as well as its acceptance in the Swiss market, coinciding with this promotional period.

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Extended Concession Includes Works in Seaport of Guayaquil

13.12.2019
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The reinforcement of the docks, the increase in the height of the cranes and dredging of the areas around the docks and manoeuvring areas will seek to provide facilities for greater draft vessels and with more cargoes that arrive at the seaport of Guayaquil. These works are the first investments offered by Contecon, a company that, on Friday 6th, signed a new addendum to its concession contract that now extends for 27 more years until 2046. The first contract in 2007 was awarded for 20 years. José Contreras, Contecon manager, said that after several months of negotiations, an agreement was reached to adapt the port to the new needs of the bigger ships that will arrive, after the Municipality of Guayaquil, through the private company, comply with the dredging of the access channels.

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Ecuador: Software Will Allow Cross Checking of Phytosanitary Data to Prevent TR4

13.12.2019
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The implementation of software called SaniBanano is one of the strategies that the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), together with the Agency for Regulation and Phytosanitary Control (Agrocality), proposes applying from 2020 to prevent the Fusarium pest breed 4 from arriving in Ecuador. About SaniBanano, Xavier Lazo, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, explained that the platform will allow information on farm control to be cross checked against phytosanitary alerts for the disease, as well as other services for farmers.

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Panama: Canal Authority Calls to Save Water

13.12.2019
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"Water is a challenge to remain a reliable route for our customers," said Ilya de Marotta, vice president of Traffic Business for the Panama Canal. According to the Vice President of Traffic Business of the Panama Canal, within the Canal operation they are being creative and saving water, recycling the water in the locks without affecting shipping activities. "We have problems with water, it has not reached 83 feet, this is a challenge that we face this summer, so the State has to focus on raising awareness of saving water. We are doing an analysis to see an order of projects", she added.

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Ecuador: The EU, the Southern Cone and Russia Buy Fewer Bananas from Ecuador

13.12.2019
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From January to October 2019, Ecuadorian banana exports reached 293.82 million boxes, 1.51% higher than exported in 2018 in the same period. However, this increase is not as positive as it initially appears. If compared to other years, the rise is much smaller. In 2018 it was 5.73% and in 2017 3.42%. According to Acorbanec, this slow down stems from lower purchases by important markets such as the European Union, Southern Cone and Russia as well as climatic factors.

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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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