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PINE ISLAND FLORIDA MANGO FESTIVAL LOOKING TO ELECT A QUEEN

Searching the kingdoms of Pine Island and Matlacha far and wide for the next woman to be crowned at Mango Queen are the members of the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce. One special woman will have the honor of representing the communities of Pine Island and Matlacha as well as holding court over the upcoming 15th annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival scheduled to take place on July 30 and 31.

MEXICO CONFERENCE: PROMOTING CROSS OVER TO ORGANICS

Mexico: Implementing technology to produce organic mango

In the framework of the XIV National Congress of the Mexican Society of Horticultural Science, A.C., supported by Produce Sinaloa Fundation (FPS), A.C., in coordination with the Center for Food Research and Development (CIAD), Jesús Valero Garza of the Santiago Ixcuintla Experimental Camp of the National Institute of Research of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock, will present the results of his project- Transfer of Technology for Organic Mango Production- in the state of Nayarit.

PAKISTANI MANGO PROJECT DELAYED DUE TO PERMIT SNAG

Mango exports : Delay in documentation hinders processBy Faryal Najeeb Published: March 30, 2011 The United States Department of Agriculture cannot move ahead unless the government meets the requirements. PHOTO: FILE KARACHI: Government departments have yet to finish the documentation process required for the export of mangoes to the United States, which, exporters fear, may delay the scheduled first-ever export of the fruit to the USThe Express Tribune has learnt. According to details, several legal requirements have to be fulfilled to meet the crit

IMO COOPERATION WITH ITF NETWORK TO BEGIN IN MAY 2011

March 29, 2011:



The IMO has established preliminary date to begin discussions in earnest on the data exchange component for the proposed Global Mango Crop Reporting Agency (GMCRA).
Executive Director of ITF Network, Mr. yacob Ahmed has agreed to set the discussion in motion with the IMO after the upcoming work shop in Africa is concluded at the end of April 2011.
The IMO & ITFNetwork will analyze mango production specifically. Breaking the commodity out of the Mangosteen sub group. In addition, the tremendous country by country resource that the ITFNetwork represents will enable coordinated data collection from countries such as the Philippines, China, Indonesia where data collection has been historically lacking.
The purpose of the GMCRA project is to catagorize the mango crop by variety, region, country as well as aging of crop and GPS location as well as grading condition of the groves. Creating a data base that will include soil samples and historical humidity levels in order to b…

INDIA: "MANGO CITY" SAYS NO TO PESTICIDES AND GOES ORGANIC

Source: Hindu Times of India (Dec 2010)

MUTHALAMADA (PALAKKAD): 
The Mango Farmers and Merchants' Association has decided to go for organic cultivation at Muthalamada, known as the ‘mango city' of the State.
Leaders of the association say that large-scale use of pesticides in orchards will affect the high demand of Muthalamada mango in the international market.

SNAPSHOT OF IMO BLOG VIEWERSHIP

Total Viewership for IMO Blog (Since 14 March 2011) Pageviews by Countries United States 983 Hungary 182 Pakistan 129

VIEWERSHIP SETS NEW RECORD AT IMO BLOG

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California




March 29, 2011





view·er·ship Noun/ˈvyo͞oərˌSHip/ viewerships plural The audience for a particular television program or channel or IMO Blog




The first day the revamped IMO Blog went live, there were 38 viewers or "hits" as they are known by people much more technology savvy than the author.


The third day there were 96 viewers and by the first week viewership had crossed the 500 threshold.


The second week, viewership crashed through the 1, 200 viewer level, with an all time high set on March 25, 2011 with 214 viewers.


Yesterday, the 28th, officially ended our mid month, and the IMO Blog had reached steady viewership in the 150-200 range. Now a slow day (on the weekend) has at least 100 viewers.

HAITI: MANGO INDUSTRY A CORNERSTONE TO RECOVERY

Source: Newsone First published August 11, 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Former President George W. Bush ambled into a steamy, fragrant mango warehouse in Haiti on Tuesday and surveyed several long tables neatly packed with the luscious fruit. He clapped Ralph Perry, the warehouse owner, on the shoulder. He shook hands with farmers, dressed in button-down shirts and ties for the occasion. Then Bush – who is co-leading a fund to help Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake, along with former President Bill Clinton – talked of rebuilding. He confidently said that mangoes will help the country “grow into prosperity” and spoke of a half-million dollar grant to help 25,000 mango farmers. In Haiti, the mango is a symbol of both the country’s potential, and its dysfunction. There are 10 million mango trees in Haiti, and tens of thousands of mango farmers scattered about the country. Mangoes are the Caribbean nation’s second-biggest export, behind coffee, and are a $10 million a year industry. Fruit indu…

IMO USA MARKET FORECAST : MARCH IMPORT VOLUME OVERVIEW

By Will Cavan
IMO


March 29, 2011


For USDA reporting purposes March data is in.


March can be broken down by total imports over 7,455,170 (4kg) cartons from:


Peru: .........................................2,668,764


Mexico: .....................................4,017,521


Guatemala: ...................................461,559


Nicaragua: ....................................236,046


Costa Rica: .....................................71,280

PROYECTO AGRICOLA EN OLMOS, PERU ADJUDICARA 38,000 HECTARIAS

El 24 de junio
Perú: Consorcio H2Olmos adjudicará 38,000 hectáreas de terrenos agrícolas

El consorcio H2Olmos adjudicará 38,000 hectáreas de terrenos agrícolas del proyecto de irrigación Olmos, ubicados al noroeste de la ciudad de Chiclayo (Lambayeque), el 24 de junio próximo.

De acuerdo con las bases del concurso, publicadas por el consorcio y el Gobierno Regional de Lambayeque, la dimensión de los lotes a ser adjudicados varía entre 1,000, 500 y 250 hectáreas.

LA LEY PACA: "CONSEJOS DE ZORRO VIEJO"

La Ley Paca: Una garantía para los exportadores de frutas y verduras.
En la pasada Agritrade en Guatemala, Craig Stokes, abogado reconocido estadounidense dio una conferencia. La mayoría de la conferencia, refiriéndose a la importancia de la Ley Paca para los exportadores y la forma reduce los riesgos comerciales en las exportaciones.

SOMO REPORT: THE STORY THAT WILL NOT GO AWAY

BY Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California
imango.org@gmail.com




March 29, 2011


Three months after it's initial release, the SOMO / AAI report on worker abuse in the Peruvian mango industry in particular and several countries in the Fruit sector in General, the ripple effect is being felt.


In a press release, major Peruvian agricultural conglomerate, CAMPOSOL , traded on the Norway stock exchange as CAMPOSOL HOLDING, PLC., announced the resignation of Michael Horney, CCO.


The story will not go away more for the back story than the age old issue of worker rights in oppressive Lessser Developed Countries (LDCs).


First of all. There is a presumption that GLOBAL GAP certification was involved.

SHAKE UP AT CAMPOSOL

Source: Camposol Holding Plc. Communication


Michael Horney resigns from Camposol Holding Plc

Mr. Michael Horney, Chief Commercial Officer of Camposol Holding Plc, has resigned from his position and communicated he is resigning to pursue personal projects.

Mr. Horney expresses gratitude to his colleagues and to the shareholders for the trust deposited in him.

"Camposol thanks Mr. Horney for his contribution to the company during his tenure as CCO, and wishes him success in his future endeavours," says Fabio Matarazzo di Licosa, CEO of Camposol Holding Plc.

His resignation is effective as of 31 March 2011.

In the upcoming months Camposol will look for a suitable replacement for the position.

Meanwhile, Fabio Matarazzo di Licosa, CEO of Camposol , will oversee the commercial activities of the Company.

Contact:
Jorge Ramirez
CAMPOSOL
Phone: +511 621-0804
mailto: jramirez@camposol.com.pe

CAN MANGOGAP BE NEXT?

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
IMO


March 29, 2011


MANGO G.A.P.


Is the Global Mango Community prepared to take on a commodity specific set of standards?


The IMO believes that the time is long overdue.


However, it must be mandatory.


Like it or not, compulsory participation is critical.


This must be on the Agenda at all mango meetings and the sooner the industry adopts a harmonized set of standards, the better.

LIST OF FOOD SAFETY AUDITORS PUBLISHED BY MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (MSU)

March 29, 2011


All the debate over efficacy and compliance has sparked an interest in Food Safety Auditing companies.


The USA and European markets have a similar attitude with respect to Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) as far as Farming , Packhouse and Warehousing is concerned.


What separates the two is the Social Responsibility component. 


Europe has addressed this issue, while the USA is still resisting embracing this component of the Agenda.


Here is a link to a web site that hosts a consolidated list published by MSU in 2009:


http://www.miffs.org/tools/GAPcertifiers.pdf

VIEWER COMMENTS: COMPANIA INTERNACIONAL FRUTIFERA (CIF), BARCELONA, SPAIN

Hi Will

Receiveagreatgreetingandmymostheartfelt congratulations on theinitiativeyou’ve hadcreatingthisblog.Besides being acompatriotof yours forbeing borninVenezuela, I contactyouinrelationto theMangoBlog.