Bananas

EU saw 4.228.169 tons of bananas being supplied in 2021

The total supply of bananas in the EU 2013-2021 has roughly been on upward trend, ending in 4.228.169 tons of the fruit being supplied in 2021. The forecast January to April 2023 production currently stands at 192.053 tons Ecuador remained the largest Latin American supplier in 2021, shipping out 1.599.818…

Ghana: Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project sets up banana plantation

Golden Exotics Limited (GEL), a prominent Ghanaian banana producer has invested in a new plantation under the completed and modernised Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project…

Philippines

Politician files Bill intent on revitalizing and strengthening banana industry

In Manila, representative Wilbert Lee of AGRI party-list group has filed House Bill 6300 - or the Banana Research and Export Act of 2022 - amid the massive decline in the…

EastFruit

Banana consumption in Uzbekistan is increasing fast

In January-October 2022, Uzbekistan imported almost 2 times more bananas compared to the same period last year. Moreover, the volume of banana imports in the period under review shows a two-fold increase for the second year in a row, EastFruit analysts say. According to the State Statistics Committee,…

Taita Taveta County, Kenya

Growers are focusing on boosting banana production

Members of the Taita Taveta Banana (TATABA) Cooperative Society have called upon the county government to prioritize partnership with the national government through the Taita…

Russia-Latin America shipping negotiations focus on banana supplies

Fesco FESH.MM, one of Russia’s largest transportation companies, is in negotiations to establish a shipping route between Russia and Latin America, hoping to import bananas…

Researchers discover a repellent compound against the banana black weevil

The phytopathology group of the University of Alicante (UA), led by Professor Luis Vicente Lopez Llorca, has discovered volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in fungi biological…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Belize sold for £0.88 in UK

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.88 for bananas…

The supply of domestic production areas in China is gradually rising

China's October banana imports are down 13.91% month-on-month

With the intensive entry of Yunnan bananas into the market, the supply in domestic production areas is gradually rising. In October 2022, China's banana imports were 105,000…

A major challenge in the fight against the scarcity of labor

Banana of Guadeloupe & Martinique: new collective packing stations

Faced with a lack of labor on the farms, banana professionals in Martinique want to equip themselves with collective packing stations. These structures already exist in Guadeloupe but they need to be adapted to the new challenges of the sector. This project, launched by LPG in Guadeloupe, is now…

Uzbekistan extends zero rates on banana and citrus imports

Uzbekistan has extended customs privileges for the import of 22 types of food products, including bananas and citrus fruits (fresh or dried), for another six months. On…

Fabián Peñate, general director of SAT Costa Caleta: "Part of the production lost due to the volcano won't be recovered until the end of next year"

"Recovering the market share lost to imported bananas will only be possible with lower prices"

After a very challenging period due to the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, which only stopped less than a year ago (around this time in 2021, the IGN reported more than 200 earthquakes per day in the island, while pyroclastic emissions exceeded 10 million cubic meters), the supply of…

Robert Greeve, Anaco & Greeve:

"Far fewer bananas to arrive in Europe"

Banana prices are usually a little lower in the fall. But, these are remarkably good this year, observes Robert Greeve of the Dutch company Anaco & Greeve. "After the war in Ukraine broke out, April and May were difficult, but the market recovered nicely in the summer," he says. "La Niña and the dark weather…

Tanzanian banana farmers receive higher market prices

Banana farmers in Tanzania's Rombo district, Kilimanjaro Region, are benefitting from a new collection centre to receive the product allowing them to benefit more from higher…

St Lucia begins shipping bananas to Trinidad after UK suspends trade

St Lucia’s Agriculture Minister Alfred Prospere announced on Monday that St. Lucia now exports bananas to Trinidad and Tobago, following the suspension of commerce with the…

St Lucia growers react to suspension of banana exports to the UK

The announcement by Minister of Agriculture, Alfred Prospere a few weeks ago, that the UK had suspended the importation of bananas from St Lucia, has further convinced growers…

Kenya: Banana growers left in limbo after processing plant delays

The completion of a Sh116 million banana value addition and processing plant in Taveta, Kenya, remains in limbo after construction stalled. The European Union-funded project…

Average wholesale prices of bananas in Europe

EU weighted average price of bananas produced within Europe at €143 per 100 kgs in week 43

In week 43, average wholesale prices of bananas from Latin America were at €105/100 kgs in the Netherlands. Prices in Belgium stood at €140/100 kgs, while Italians paid €129/100 kgs and the French paid €110 per 100 kgs. The EU weighted average price of bananas produced within Europe (UK price excluded) stood…

Updated, 14 November 2022

UK average banana prices week 45

The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for imported bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London.  The average price for Costa Rica is £1.00 and for Guatemala £0.91.…

Germany seizes cocaine valued at $44.3M in Ecuadorian banana shipment

A total of 635 kg of cocaine worth $44.3 million was seized by German customs officials after it was found among a container of bananas shipped from Ecuador.  The wrapped packages…

Lebanese fruit and vegetable producers approach the Arab Gulf market

Traditionally less competitive than their North African peers when it comes to achieving economies of scale, Lebanese fresh fruit and vegetable producers have long focused on niche markets and high-end products. Today, they want to take full benefit of their competitive advantages and do more business in…

Cameroon's banana exports increased by 2.25% in October 2022

Cameroon saw an improvement of 2.25% in banana exports for October 2022 compared to the same time last year. A total of 17 930 tons of bananas was exported compared to last…

Strong partnerships, deep customer understanding, and challenging the status quo builds great solutions

In their story “Bananas from Ecuador to the World” Maersk showcase their partnership in the cold chain logistics operations with their Ecuadorian customer, Donatella Fruit. Donatella, an Ecuadorian exporter to more than 7 countries worldwide, has worked with Maersk for over 18 years to bring fresh…

China is the biggest buyer of Laos bananas

In the first six months of 2022, the leading agricultural products exported by Laos included three categories, with a value of up to US$522 million. Among them, cassava was…

Port of Piraeus

Banana shipment from Costa Rica contains 16 kilos of cocaine

In the Port of Piraeus, the customs auditors of the Independent Public Revenue Authority found a huge stash of cocaine hidden in a banana shipment from Costa Rica. Using the special risk analysis algorithm, they selected a container from Costa Rica – its final destination being Croatia - that declared a…

Northern Territory’s plant biosecurity team continues banana freckle eradication plan

The Northern Territory’s plant biosecurity team will continue with a plan to eradicate banana freckle following its detection on a second commercial property. Members of the…

Southern Mozambique

Maputo province exports over 220,000 tons of bananas

In 2021, exports of bananas from the southern Mozambican province of Maputo have reached 223.603 tons. This is 80 percent of the total of 279,504 tons produced that year.…

St. Lucia Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development reacts

UK suspends banana trade with island of St Lucia

In a recent statement on the UK banana trade suspension, St. Lucia Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development, Alfred P. Prospere, said: “In July…

Fairtrade unveils first-ever ‘non-fungible banana’ amid rising climate threats

Fairtrade International, the prominent certification for social justice and sustainability, is set to launch the world’s first Non-Fungible Banana, or NFB, in an effort to…

Vietnam sees new opportunities for banana exports to China

The Protocol that was signed recently by the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) will bring…

Aerial Application UAS approved to spray banana plantations in Costa Rica at night

Pyka receives world's first approval to fly agricultural spray missions at night

Pyka, maker of the Pelican Spray, a fully autonomous and 100% electric agricultural aerial application aircraft, secured the first ever regulatory approval to fly unmanned…

Banana volume down 20 percent in Mexico and Central America

Banana supplies are down by an estimated 20 percent. “There’s a huge drop in banana supplies that’s all across the Americas--Central America, Colombia, Mexico. Everyone is down on supplies pretty significantly,” says Andy Thomas-Stivalet of Kadivac Produce. There are a few factors behind the drop,…

Taiwan banana exports decline and prices collapse

Banana exports on the island of Taiwan have declined this year, and Cai Zonghao, a candidate for the Kuomintang Tainan City Central and Western and North District Councillors,…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Cameroon sell for £0.95

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.98 for bananas…

Ecuadorian goods were en route to Batumi, Georgia

Malta Customs detects 610 kgs of cocaine in banana shipment

Last weekend, Maltese Customs officials discovered 610kg of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas at the Malta Freeport.  The cocaine was packed in 610 packets weighing 1kg each. The container they were in was singled out by the Customs Monitoring Unit following a meticulous risk assessment. Officials at…

Northern Territory banana freckle update November 2022

Banana freckle has been detected at a commercial property in Marrakai

Banana freckle has been detected at a commercial property in Marrakai following routine surveillance undertaken by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. Symptoms were…

Import banana market is tepid

Banana imports increased by about 8% month-on-month in September

China's domestic banana production areas are gradually loosening, and the market for imported bananas is tepid, with 122,000 tons imported in September 2022, an increase of…

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Vietnam: MARD targets over 5 billion USD in fruit export turnover by 2025

Vietnam’s fruit export turnover is expected to top 5 billion USD by 2025 and about 6.5 billion USD by 2030. According to a Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development plan,…

Davao del Norte banana farmers shift to corn due to Panama disease

A local executive from Davao del Norte has called on the Filipino national government to help small-scale banana farmers address the onslaught of Fusarium wilt or Panama…

XIX International Banana Convention 2022

More than 80 companies in the banana industry seek to strengthen relations with Europe and other markets

The XIX International Banana Convention 2022, which is being held in Guayaquil, will end on October 28. The event, organized by the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador…

Philippines' share of banana exports in Asia falls to 60%

According to the Philippine Business Mirror, the Philippines, the world's second-largest banana exporter, continued to shrink its export share in Asia. The Philippines' share of banana exports in Asia has fallen to 60 percent from 90 percent last year, amid fierce competition from other Asian countries.…

Ecuadorian banana exports fell by 8.09%, from January to September of this year

Acorbanec's most recent report states that Ecuador exported 256.59 million boxes of bananas between January and September 2022, an 8.09% decrease over the same period of the…

Kenya: Farmers enraged by theft of bananas in Murang’a County

Too many farmers in Murang’a County are faced with losses due to increased theft of bananas from their farms. Due to a period of dry weather conditions, banana production has…

Bananas are reliable, also in times of an economic downturn

Organic banana supply is plentiful from Organics Unlimited’s farms and network of small growers in Colima, Mexico as well as Ecuador. “We have robust, reliable volumes of Cavendish bananas year-round but peak production is right now,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, President & CEO of Organics Unlimited.…

1.5 tons hidden in banana shipment

Portsmouth dock workers attempted to smuggle £118 mln worth of cocaine into UK

A group of Portsmouth dock workers tried to import a large amount of cocaine into the UK. Three Portsmouth dock workers and a lorry driver are now accused of conspiring to…

Philippines: Representative Salceda wants zero tariffs for bananas in Japan

This weekend, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda asked President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who also holds the post of Agriculture Secretary, to push for zero tariffs for bananas…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £1.01: 2% rise compared to last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £1.01: a 2% rise…

Fresh produce exports from Panama on the increase

The small Central American country known for the Panama Canal, has seen a steady increase in exports of exotic and tropical fruits such as pineapples and melons over the past 5 years. According to the Export and Investment Promotion Authority of Panama (PROPANAMA), their second involvement in Fruit…

University of Exeter

Scientists have provided hope in the fight to control Panama disease in bananas

Bananas are amongst the most popular fruits eaten world-wide. They are grown and eaten locally, so providing food for almost half a billion people, and banana exports generate…

Filipino Cavendish banana export still faced with devastating plant disease and growing competition

In the Philippines, Cavendish banana growers have trouble to keep their heads above water. The main causes are growing competition from Latin American growers and a still…

Jorge Sauma, Corbana: "Higher prices needed to support banana industry worldwide"

Costa Rican banana industry optimistic about EU and US retailer industries support for higher prices

The National Banana Corporation of Costa Rica (CORBANA) believes their over 20 years of leadership on growing a sustainable product will help to convince the retail industry in their main markets of Europe, and the US, to support them with better prices. Jorge Sauma, General manager of Corbana, says they…

Now offering IQF organic bananas in addition to fresh bananas

Best known for growing and marketing bananas, Coliman is looking forward to IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show later this month. “We’ve been exhibiting at the event for the past 15 years,” says Audee Ríos Canobbio with the company. “North America has always been one of the main export markets for us, so…

BaFru AG

Zurich fruit importer Bananen+Frucht AG relies on compostable banana labels

"We want to counteract the fact that the labels ultimately end up as environmentally harmful microplastics"

Zurich-based fruit trading company Bananen+Frucht AG has recently started using compostable labels for its entire range of Ecuadorian bananas. "Conventional stickers on bananas usually end up in the compost and ultimately end up in the soil as environmentally harmful microplastics. We want to counteract…

Compound is derived from banana fruit

Therapy derived from a banana protein might work against SARS-CoV-2

A paper in Cell Reports Medicine details the efficacy of H84T-BanLec against all known human-infecting coronaviruses. This includes MERS (the original SARS) and SARS-CoV2,…

22,000 new banana seedlings planted in Israel's Ein Gev kibbutz

The team of the Kibbutz Ein Gev, close to the Sea of Galilee in Israel, planted 22,000 new banana seedlings of the Grand-Nan Adi variety. Every year, two plantings are carried…

Interim statement of the SIPEF group as per 30 September 2022

Toward a record year for the SIPEF group

For the third quarter, the Group's palm oil production grew by 11.7% against last year's third quarter. This fully absorbed the production decline of the first three months of…

The XIX International Banana Convention in Ecuador will focus on the reactivation of the sector

The XIX International Banana Convention, the most important meeting of the national and international banana sector, will be held in Guayaquil from October 25 to 28. This…

Puerto Rico struggles to recover from effects Hurricane Fiona

One month ago, Hurricane Fiona destroyed $159 million worth of crops in Puerto Rico. It decimated fields of plantains, bananas and other crops. The US territory’s fragile…

Fairtrade banana company ready to talk US expansion

To support its U.S. market expansion, Equifruit will exhibit at the IFPA Global Produce & Floral Show in Orlando from October 27-29 at booth 4579. As a first-time exhibitor, it aims to showcase its innovative approach to branding Fairtrade-certified bananas. Equifruit is a Fairtrade-certified banana…

Average wholesale prices of bananas in Europe

EU weighted average price of bananas produced within Europe at €144 per 100 kgs in week 40

In week 40, average wholesale prices of bananas from Latin America were at €110/100 kgs in the Netherlands. Prices in Belgium stood at €96/100 kgs, while Italians paid €128/100 kgs and the French paid €111 per 100 kgs. Average wholesale prices of bananas produced within Europe stood at €181/100 kgs in Spain. Prices in…

do not compensate for growing freight and labor costs

Cambodian growers do not profit much from rise in export prices

In Cambodia, the world's main producer of bananas, the cultivation of bananas is dominated by Cavendish. Since it was approved to export to China in July 2019, the total annual output has increased by leaps and bounds. Among them, the output in 2019 is 17,500 tons; the output in 2020 is 240,000 tons; the…

Banana bunchy top virus hits plantations in Uganda

Banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) disease has been discovered in  districts of Uganda and neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Tanzania and Congo.  According to Ugandan Department of Crop…

Import price of Guatemalan bananas increases by 9% this week

The price of imported bananas at Birmingham and London wholesale markets has remained fairly stable this week. The biggest price increase is on Guatemalan bananas which saw a…

Strong dollar not positive for banana exporters Mindanao

Filipino banana exporters focus on Japan market

Filipino banana exporters have concentrated their efforts in ensuring that the Japanese market will continue to be its main buyer. This is increasingly important as the…

Banana Statistical Compendium 2021

World banana trade expanded to unprecedented heights in recent years

Bananas are among the most produced, traded and consumed fruits globally. More than 1,000 varieties of bananas exist in the world, which provide vital nutrients to populations in producing and importing countries alike. The most traded variety is the Cavendish banana, which accounts for just under half…

Demand for plantains keeps growing in the US

Plantains continue to see growing demand in the U.S. “We’re seeing nine to 10 percent growth annually so the outlook on plantains is looking really good. We see that level of growth continuing,” says Robert Schueller, director of public relations for Melissa’s/World Variety Produce. Melissa’s/World…

Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu

Banana auction centre with cold storage facility to come up near Kalakkad

Yesterday, at Padalaiyaarkulam near Kalakkad, the foundation stone was laid for a banana auction centre with cold storage and value-addition centre. For a while now, farmers…

FTA between Philippines and South Korea will hopefully enter into force in 2023

The Philippines are eager to activate the free trade agreement (FTA) with the Republic of Korea next year, as the bilateral pact will benefiting its banana and processed…

Ron Diner, CEO of Rahan Meristem: "We are working with partners to salvage the Cavendish banana"

New Cavendish banana variety with complete TR4 Panama disease resistance commercially available from early 2024

A new Cavendish banana variety with complete TR4 Panama disease resistance is set to be made commercially available from early 2024. The Israel based company Rahan Meristem, with the aid of their Colombian partner Luis Alberto Restrepo, President of Banarica Colombia, have developed Cavendish banana…

New banana virus hits Western Uganda

Hebert Musiimenta, the Principal Agricultural Inspector in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries has stated that Ugandan growers should stop getting banana…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Costa Rica at £1.01: up 4% compared to last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £1.01 for bananas…

Rio Grande do Norte receives authorization to export bananas to Egypt

Last week, the state of Rio Grande do Norte received authorization from Egypt to export bananas there. Documents to that effect, issued by the Arab Republic of Egypt, were…

Creating access to international markets for smaller farmers

USAID and TAHA distribute 60,000 seedlings of culture tissue banana

Anthony Chamanga, the chief development manager for the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) said the association has embarked on transforming the banana crop from…

Some banana exporters from Ecuador increased exports to Russia

As the Russian war rages on in Ukraine and the effects are felt across the world, a few Ecuadorian banana producers and exporters have managed to increase shipments to Russia after an initial slump following trade disruptions and bans earlier this year. Karla Asqui and Jorge Ernesto from Fanalba Ecuador,…

Puerto Rico looks to U.S. for more food imports in the short-term

Following Hurricane Fiona sweeping through Puerto Rico in mid-September, there’s no doubt that the island now will rely more heavily on imported product. Martex Farms in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico is a tropical fruit grower in the Southern part of the island growing mangoes, a largely exported product,…

Cameroon banana exports in September 2022 down 21.3% YoY

Banana exporters in Cameroon sold 16,109 tons of fruits in September 2022. Compared to the 20,471 tons sold in September 2021, this makes a decrease of 21.3% YoY. According to…

Kerala startup for banana farmers launched

Kerala-based agri-business startup Greenikk has launched country’s first full-stack supply chain which connects banana cultivators, traders and exporters on a single platform.…

Montreal importer ups the price of bananas to get fairer wages for farmers and workers in Central and South America

Bananas just might be the cheapest food at the supermarket. Now, a Montreal startup is asking buyers to think about why that might be, and to consider paying a little more to…

Key stakeholders of the global banana value chain show a united front in Madrid

Gathered at a conference held during the international flagship fruit industry event, Fruit Attraction in Madrid, prominent political and economic stakeholders including Latin American Ambassadors, representatives of the banana industry, European retailers, and a member of the European Commission’s…

Banana price announcement from Fairtrade International Standards & Pricing

Gudrun Schloepker, Director Standards and Pricing at Fairtrade International, yesterday issued a press release, stating: On 28th September 2022, the Standards Committee of…

Bahia: Value of fruit culture reaches r$ 4.5 billion

The value of fruit culture from Bahia has reached r$ 4.5 billion. The encompasses 21 products that are important for the economy of Bahia and that, in 2021, saw their value…

Chiquita stickers go pink for breast cancer awareness campaign

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Chiquita is giving its blue sticker a pink makeover to match the Pink Ribbon - an international symbol for breast cancer awareness. For the sixth consecutive year, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS), Chiquita’s…

Exporters lose over $12,000 for every container of bananas contaminated with drugs in Ecuador

As of September 29, 2022, Ecuadorian authorities have already seized 151 tons of illegal drugs, i.e. 20 more than in the same period of 2021. The latest seizure took place…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.96, up 7% compared to last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas from Colombia stood at…

GROW scholars receive education and chase their professional dreams

As September has come to a close, Organics Unlimited is busy wrapping up GROW Month, a month when retailers celebrate how the GROW program positively impacts underserved communities in banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador through the sale of Organics Unlimited GROW label organic bananas.Recent…

Northern Territory banana freckle response plan approved

Following the detection of banana freckle in the Top End, a response plan to eradicate the disease from the Northern Territory has been approved. Since May, banana freckle has…

There is a large potential for Pakistan to increase its exports to Russia

Pakistan had a trade surplus of $6.421 million with Russia in July-August 2022. Data from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) shows that the bilateral trade volume was worth…

Banana production costs in Peru increased by 91% and exports up to August declined by 16%

From January to August 2022, Peruvian banana exports fell by 16%, amounting to 123,790 tons worth 87 million dollars, following a downward trend that has been recorded since…

Brazilians research fungus that combats two of the worst threats to banana cultivation

A soil-borne fungus that has not yet been studied in depth in Brazil or elsewhere, and that might be used to mitigate the harmful effects of the banana borer (Cosmopolites…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.90: No change from last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.96 for bananas…

Octavio Sotomayor, Earthfructifera, Ecuador:

“Meeting in Madrid a point of reference for Latam banana producers and EU supermarkets”

“The meeting between Latin American banana producers and European supermarkets in Madrid is going to be a point of reference. Everybody has extra costs, but no one wants to cover them. At the end of the day neither shipping lines nor supermarkets assume the losses of the value chain but the farmers do,”…

Taiwan's banana market is bleak

As the weather begins to cool down, apples, pears, grapefruit, and citrus produced in the autumn started to be listed. Bananas have also entered their harvest period. The main domestic banana-producing areas include Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Guizhou, and other regions, but Taiwan was still the best market in previous…

Pierre Monteux, Solveg:

“The Banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique has a unique agroecological production”

The Banana of Guadeloupe and Martinique continues to occupy a special place on the French market. It is the only French banana and has a unique agroecological production which prioritizes alternative methods (fallow land, weevil traps, ground cover, sanitary leaf removal) and biocontrol products. "These…

Bananas are still affordable as prices for other products are up

Even though Canadian grocery prices are quickly going up, bananas are still cheap. According to Statistics Canada, average retail prices for bananas in July 2022 stayed relatively stable. At $1.68 per kilogram, bananas are one of the few fruits that are still affordable for many households. How can this…

Appealing new variety banana splits taste/TR4 problem

Ground-breaking research is bearing fruit in the quest to develop tasty bananas resistant to Panama TR4 disease, helping to protect good jobs in Queensland’s nation-leading…

Police in Ecuador seize 3.5 tons of cocaine hidden in banana container

Some 3.5 tons of cocaine has been seized at the seaport of Guayaquil in a police operation, Ecuadoran police reported late last week. The drugs were packed in 88 suitcases,…

Bunchy top disease threatens East African bananas

East Africa’s banana production region is threatened by the invasive spread of the banana bunchy top virus. The virus occurrence in East African countries was recorded in…

Hoping to keep their exports competitive

Filipino banana exporters wants government to ease customs penalties

Filipino banana exporters are seeking presidential intervention to unburden them from customs fees that are making their products less competitive internationally. According…

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine implements risk-based sampling for bananas and plantains at US ports of entry

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin risk-based sampling (RBS) on banana and…

Jose Antonio Hidalgo assumes the inter-gremial coordination of Ecuador's Banana and Plantain Cluster

Jose Antonio Hidalgo, executive director of the Association of Ecuadorian Banana Exporters (AEBE), has been appointed as inter-gremial coordinator of the Ecuadorian Banana and…

Posing a threat to Africa's food security

New banana fungus is rapidly spreading across the globe

A new banana fungus is rapidly spreading across the world. The fungus hit Africa ten years ago, but it is now spreading, according to a genetic study conducted by Wageningen…

Sufficient supply in domestic production areas

Banana imports were down by around 9% in August

According to customs data, China imported 113,000 tons of bananas (113,010,927 kilograms) in August 2022, with an import value of US$69,172,503. The import volume decreased by…

Governor of Negros Oriental bans plant and soil transport due to Fusarium wilt

Pryde Henry Teves, the governor of Negros Oriental, has ordered a temporary suspension on the gathering and transport of garden soil and plants from two wards in Valencia town…

Inoculating Cavendish bananas with an avirulent Fusarium strain might protect them against Panama disease

Inoculating Cavendish bananas with an avirulent Fusarium strain might protect them against devastation by Panama disease The WUR-Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund…

Sales of Ecuador bananas dropped by 14% in Italy between January and July 2022

Bananas from Ecuador have had to tackle a series of issues lately: lower temperatures that affected production and grades, increase in production costs, logistic difficulties and a weaker Euro compared to the Dollar. Between January and July 2022,the sale of bananas from Ecuador dropped by 14% in Italy…

Ecuador increases the minimum price of a box of bananas to 6.50 dollars

The Ministry of Agriculture stated that banana producers and exporters had reached an agreement on the minimum support price for the box of bananas for 2023. The price will…

Seeing an increase in production of bananas and cocoa beans

Agricultural sector Cameroon is most dynamic sector nationally

According to the 2021 national accounts report recently released by the National Institute of Statistics (INS), primary activities in Cameroon improved by 2.9% in 2021. The…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

Bananas from Colombia at £0.90, unchanged from last week

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.87 for bananas from Belize.…

Concerns over Dominican Republic banana operations post-Fiona

Now that growers and shippers are a little further out from Hurricane Fiona making its way from Puerto Rico--where it knocked out power and caused sizable damage--to the Dominican Republic (DR), a clearer picture of the damage done within the country is emerging. The storm moved through the DR on Monday…

Filipino Department of Agriculture boosts Apayao banana production

The Filipino Department of Agriculture expects a boost in the production of quality bananas in Apayao with government support for the industry. According to Eleanor Camut,…

Crisp deliberately opts to reduce banana margins

Dutch online-only supermarket takes control of own banana chain

For retailers, bananas are one of their most important fruit and vegetable items. Yet, it is also a high-risk product group regarding abuses in the chain and environmental impact. Dutch online-only supermarket Crisp wants to move away from that. It has taken full control of its banana purchasing. That…

A year after the volcanic eruption in La Palma, the banana sector demands the recovery of its crop

In 2021, Plátano de Canarias marketed more than 400 million kilos of bananas. 32% of this volume came from the island of La Palma, which was affected by the 85-day eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano that started on September 19 of last year and destroyed almost 600 hectares of banana cultivation. Since…

Joel Pascual (Cartama Europe): "We do not believe in the so called Green gold seeking but rather on the long term delivering of consistently better avocado”

Dutch sales office proving successful for largest Colombian avocado grower

Cartama opened a sales office in the U.K in 2017. Following that, two years ago, this, the largest avocado growing and exporting company in Colombia launched an office in the Netherlands too. According to general manager Joel Pascual, that was a perfect choice. "That gives us control over the entire…

Elnio Durán, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland:

"We hope the world will understand that it is impossible to keep banana prices at the same level in this situation of rising costs"

Inflation has become a major global concern. The supply chain has been under pressure due to the successive exceptional events of the last two and a half years, and this has resulted in prices increasing to concerning record highs. The rise in all costs has had a strong impact on agriculture, and more…

St Lucia government approves 30% subsidy on inputs to maintain banana production

The government of St Lucia has approved a 30% subsidy for banana farmers in light of the rising production costs and the productivity challenges faced by stakeholders in the…

The demand for plantain in Chile has been growing by up to 30% a year

Ecuadorian plantains gain more and more ground in the Chilean market. Maria Auxiliadora Rodriguez, president of the Association of Plantain Exporters (Asoexpla), stated during…

Leap in banana leaf disease control with new Bayer fungicide

A completely new concept in the control of banana leaf diseases is now available to growers with the introduction of Routine 200 SC Fungicide from Bayer. Routine is a new plant…

Average weekly wholesale prices of fruit and veg & bananas

UK national average price for bananas from Costa Rica at £0.94

This series gives the average wholesale prices of bananas by country of origin. The prices are national averages of the most usual prices charged for bananas at wholesale markets in Birmingham and London. This publication is updated weekly. The current average week prices of bananas were at £0.94 for bananas…

Ecuador to conduct crucial 2023 banana pricing talks in Europe

Ecuador will conduct crucial banana pricing negotiations with European buyers at this year’s Fruit Attraction 2022. This follows after face to face talks were halted over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, says Richard Salazar, executive director of Ecuador’s Banana…

Filippino share in Asian banana exports drops from 90% to 60%

The share in Asian banana exports of the Philippines, the world’s second-largest banana exporter, dropped from 90 percent to just 60 percent last year amid growing competition…

Ecuador's banana sectors fail to reach an agreement on the price of a box of bananas for 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) convened the first meeting to try to reach a consensus between the different parts of the banana sector on the price that will…

Danish brand Ganni introduces synthetic fibers made from bananas

Offering an alternative to synthetic fibers typically used for athleisure, Danish brand Ganni has crafted a three-piece tracksuit set made from banana waste. While still not…

Cameroon’s banana exports up 24.4% in first 8 months of 2022

By September 1, Cameroon had exported 15,733 tons of bananas, against 12,651 tons for the same period in 2021 According to data published by the Cameroon Banana Association,…

Banana production in La Palma could recover by 90% in at least two years

Domingo Martin, the president of the Association of Organizations of Producers of Bananas of the Canary Islands (Asprocan), said La Palma could recover ninety percent of its…

Banana production begins to wrap up in Hainan, and Guangdong becomes a mainstream production area

The off-season of banana consumption has basically ended. With the stocking season during mid-autumn festival stocking and the impact of school opening, the wholesale market…

The sector has been affected by the devaluation of the Argentine peso and low prices in the domestic market

Paraguayan banana producers are concerned about the economic losses they've had this year

Paraguay's banana sector used to generate more than 19 million dollars in income a year for the country, nearly 15 million of which were destined directly to the district of…

Australian Banana Growers’ Council appoints new CEO

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Leanne Erakovic as its new Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Jim…

Ecuador to feel impacts of euro devaluation

Earlier this week, the euro fell to its lowest value for almost 20 years against the dollar, closing at USD 0.99. The revaluation of the dollar against the euro is driven by…


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