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UNDP (BARBADOS) & IAFD AWARD FIVE NOMINEES.....FOR MOST INNOVATIVE PROJECTS IN THE CARRIBBEAN...

23 Jun 2011
UNDP Barbados and IFAD award five innovative rural projects

The Caribbean Regional Unit for Technical Assistance (CARUTA), a joint programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a contest for rural innovative projects in October 2010.

The Innovative Project contest is a regional competition aimed at the identification of projects that promote rural enterprise and innovation at the community level with the potential for regional replication and expansion.

Vilma DeSilva and Rosamund Benn, members of the PWAPA, describing the winning Pomeroon project

The contest was opened to rural groups and associations based in any of the ten countries covered by CARUTA (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts-Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago). Great emphasis was given to the support of rural youth and women’s initiatives.

The theme o…

UNDP (UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AWARDS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO MANGO FESTIVAL FOR INNOVATIVE PROJECT...

Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and Tobago Mango Festival Project among the five Winners who will work together in the Caribbean. 

The others are :

* The Pomaroon Women Agro Processors Association, Virgin Coconut Oil

* Barbados Youth Action Plan

* University of the West Indies Trinidad and Tobago Analysis of Sea Weed in Trinidad and Tobago Project

* Jamaica; Buff Bay Valley Agro-Tourism Project



Winners of the Contest for Rural Innovation Projects at a recent Workshop held at UNDP House in Barbados.





There is growing appreciation for the fruit across the globe due to its medicinal and nutraceutical properties since pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin-A, polyphenols, carotenoids, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Fruits contain certain phenolic compounds with powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties

Lupeol, a compound found in mango is highly potent in preventing cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancers and even ageing. "

Being a perennial crop, mango pr…

WALMART SUBSIDIARY IN UNITED KINGDOM (ASDA) TO CARRY PAKISTANI MANGOES

Asda scores a first with Pakistani mangoes deal


Richard Ford, The Grocer

18 June 2011

In: Fresh produce

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Asda is to become the first major retailer to offer highly coveted Pakistani mangoes to shoppers.

In a major coup for its direct sourcing arm, IPL, the retailer will be selling the mangoes in 20 to 30 of its best-performing ethnic stores. The mangoes differ from the majority of those on sale in the UK in having a perfume-like bouquet and a superior ­eating quality.

Although some Pakistani mangoes are available in the UK, to date sales have been restricted to Asian cash & carry stores. If sales go well at Asda, it would look to roll them out to further stores this year, said a spokeswoman.

The retailer had previously been unable to sell any Pakistani fruit or vegetables because it could not ensure they were grown in line with its fresh produce specifications, which cover pesticide regulations and ethical practices.

"Asda and IPL have worked together with Minor, Weir & Willi…

MANGO EXPO (JUNE 23-25) HELPS TO PROMOTE MANGO VARIETIES...

Expo helps introduce mango varieties                                                                             By: Hafeez Shaikh | Published: June 27, 2011





HYDERABAD - Sindh Agriculture Minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah has emphasised the need of declaring international level status to Hyderabad Airport with launching of Boeing and cargo services.

Speaking as chief guest at opening ceremony of Mango Expo 2011, jointly organised by Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Trade Development Authority Pakistan, Agriculture Department and District Government Hyderabad, the minister assured that he would approach to the federal government with plea to declare international status to Hyderabad Airport that would not only ease the heavy burden at Karachi but also facilitate the traders and agriculturists of Hyderabad and other parts of interior Sindh to export their products without any delay or wastage.
He said that agriculture is the backbone of the economy of the country and if Hyderabad A…

PAKISTANI OFFICIALS VISIT POST HARVEST FACILITIES AS COUNTRY TAKES MAJOR STEPS IN JOINING GLOBAL MARKETS

Tuesday, June 28, 2011







Amin Fahim visits HortiFresh mango processing unit

ISLAMABAD: Federal Min-ister for Commerce, Makhdoom Amin Faheem Monday visited HortiFresh Pakistan Processing, a project aimed at increasing shelf life of mangos.

The project is under Public Private Partnership mode between Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC), Ministry of Commerce Government of Pakistan and Durrani Associates Karachi.

According to Ministry of Commerce the federal minister appreciated the efforts of PHDEC and Durrani Associates for initiating the project and emphasised similar facilities should be developed in mango production areas, especially in Hyderabad.

He highlighted the importance of improving production system in line with the international Good Agriculture Practices (GAP).

Makhdoom also underlined the importance of improving the production system in line with the international GAP.

The project is a Common Facility Centre (CFC) for Hot Water Treatment of mangoes for me…

RAIN OR SHINE....MANGO MELEE GOES ON....IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS...

Rain threatens - but does not stop - Mango Melee

BY CRISTIAN SIMESCU (DAILY NEWS STAFF)

Published: June 27, 2011











Dancers do the electric slide at the 15th annual Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival on Sunday at St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix.

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ST. CROIX - Families, residents and visitors crowded the grounds Sunday at St. George Village Botanical Garden celebrating the abundance of mangoes and other tropical fruits.

The 15th annual Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival, which benefits the botanical garden, featured mango eating contests, educational workshops, culinary competitions, tastings of mangoes and other tropical fruits, a mega-mini mango contest, food, craft vendors, garden tours, children's activities and a silent fruit auction.

Botanical garden executive director David Hamada said the event went well this year, despite a slight challenge with the weather early on. "It rained early o…

"MICKY DEES" (MCDONALDS) PUTS MANGOES ON THE MENU.....

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McDonald's expands smoothie line with mango pineapple




By Emily YorkTribune staff reporter

6:12 a.m. CDT, June 27, 2011



Expanding on its line of Real Fruit McCafe Smoothies, Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. is launching a mango pineapple flavor with advertising, coupons and bus tour eaimed at getting customers to try them.

Sofia Therios, director of marketing, beverage category for McDonald’s USA, said McDonald’s will continue to add smoothie flavors, and some may be rotated in or out of the lineup depending on the season, just as the chain sells a minty, green “shamrock” shake around St. Patrick’s Day.

McDonald’s launched wild berry and the best-selling strawberry banana smoothies last July.

McDonald’s will began airing a TV ad from advertising agency DDB Chicago in some markets Sunday night, with the major play beginning Monday.
 The chain is also launching its first ads for iPad, from Tribal DDB, also of Chicago, which lets consume…

THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET STORY........

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Who are we? Well, we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun we bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what we’re all about. Oh yeah, we’re a mission-driven company too. If you are interested in learning about our business practices and what makes us tick, check out our Core Values, Quality Standards, Declaration of Interdependence, and more.

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RELIVE THE "MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON"....YOUTUBE RECREATES USAIR FLIGHT THAT LANDED IN THE HEART OF NYC....

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Tycoon Says North Dakota Oil Field Will Yield 24 Billion Barrels, Among World’s Biggest

Jun. 27 2011 - 3:52 


Drilling in the Bakken. Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife

Billionaire  Harold Hamm  is convinced thereʼs 24 billion barrels of oil to be coaxed from the Bakken field of North Dakota and Montana. No one has more acres there than he does.

The last time we profiled Harold Hamm, the billionaire founder of Continental Resources, it was early 2009 and oil prices had slumped to $40 a barrel. This was bad news for Hammʼs big push into the Bakken oil play of North Dakota and Montana, where tight rocks and tricky drilling necessitate $50 crude to break even. 


With oil back at $100, Hamm is sitting pretty with the biggest holding in the Bakken and set to invest $1 billion there this year in his quest to prove that it is not just one of the biggest oil fields in the United States, but in the whole world. “Out of all the oil plays in the U.S., thereʼs …

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME NAMES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO NRWP MANGO FESTIVAL "ONE OF FIVE TOP INNOVATIVE PROJECTS"

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


June 27, 2011




Ms. Gia Taylor, fresh from a working conference in Barcelona, Spain, informs the IMO that the upcoming mango festival has been given a special honor by the United Nations Development Programme. (UNDP)


With days until the Network of Rural women Producers (NWRWP) annual event, this coming 3rd of July, 2011.


http://www.nrwptt.net/


2012 is the year that the IMO will participate with the annual event as part of the world tour to launch the book and DVd "Mango & the Galleon Trade: From the mouth of the Ganges river to the mouths of American consumers", a collaborative effort with Dr. Victor Galan, Chair of the mango working Group of the ISHS and Will Cavan, Executive director, IMO.


Currently rains have been battering the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, which will hopefully be cleared up by Sunday's festival.


Best wishes to our friends for a smashing event!


http://www.nrwptt.…

HOPE IN FIGHT AGAINST E. COLI OUTBREAKS.....

Living antibiotic effective against Salmonella






June 27, 2011



Scientists have tested a predatory bacterium – Bdellovibrio – against Salmonella in the guts of live chickens. They found that it significantly reduced the numbers of Salmonella bacteria and, importantly, showed that Bdellovibrio are safe when ingested.



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The research was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, carried out by Professor Liz Sockett's team at The University of Nottingham, with Dr Robert Atterbury and Professor Paul Barrow at the University of Nottingham Vet School; and published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Researcher Dr Laura Hobley said "Bdellovibrio has the potential to be used as a living antibiotic against some major human and animal pathogens, such as E. coliand other so-called Gram-negative bacteria."

Previous studies have shown that Bd…

2035 MANGO GLEN, VISTA, CALIFORNIA 92084....PART OF WHAT WAS PAUL THOMSON'S EDGEHILL RANCH....EPICENTER FOR MANGO CULTIVATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA....

A.P. MOLLER EN UN CRECIMIENTO MASSIVO...SIN LIMITES...

La operadora ha puesto en marcha un plan de expansión.
APM Terminals le apuesta a puertos de Suramérica

APM Terminals, uno de los cuatro operadores de puertos más grandes del mundo, dijo el jueves pasado que seguirá apostando por Suramérica, donde el ritmo de expansión en el negocio de contenedores es solo superado por China.

La firma comenzará a operar a partir de julio dos importantes proyectos de terminales en Perú y Costa Rica, donde planea invertir en conjunto hasta unos $1,700 millones, dijo el jueves uno de sus ejecutivos.

APM Terminals recibirá la próxima semana la concesión para modernizar la parte norte del principal puerto de Perú, el Callao, con una inversión de $750 millones.

A fines de julio o inicios de agosto prevé firmar un contrato con el Gobierno de Costa Rica para construir un muelle de contenedores en el puerto Limón, en el que invertiría $940 millones, una de las mayores inversiones en ese país.

 El gerente general de inversiones y nuevos terminales de Centro y Suramér…

BAYER CROP SCIENCE GLOBAL ALLIANCE WITH MANGO FARMERS OPEN FOR COOPERATION...

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 This approach allows to establish partnerships within the stakeholders of all the value chain for producing high quality crops in a sustainable way.

In this extend, together with our partners, we are working for offering the best solutions for the crops with an optimized spraying program and adapted services focusing on best agricultural practices. 
 We strive for the improvement of yield and quality of the crops. 
Each project assessment is jointly performed with the partners according to the parameters previously defined. 
Awareness and close relationships with the farmers are essential for the success of the projects and that's the reason why training program regarding the safe-use of crop protection products, worker exposure mitigation, food safety (residues, MRL for international trade), I…

FUTURE OF SHIPPING LINES QUESTIONED AT CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY....

Source: American Shipper
+ Date Posted: 6/23/2011 10:31:50 AM
Concerns expressed about liner profitability





While container shipping has outperformed other industry segments in the past couple of years, concerns of another downturn were expressed Wednesday at a panel discussion at the Marine Money Week 2011 conference in New York.


"While folks are forecasting reasonable EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) levels, it is questionable whether all the liners will generate a positive net income," said Loli Wu, managing director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Following a strong performance in 2010, Wu noted companies have raised significant amounts of money, both through debt and equity offerings, repositioning them for growth, and that this has given the sector a lot of confidence, and asset values have risen. But he said freight rates in Asia have come under pressure and the order book for new ships have been building. While the stocks of bo…