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END OF EXPORT SUBSIDIES FOR PERUVIAN MANGO SHIPPERS ....

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




www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com






December 27, 2010






















As if Peruvian mango exporters did not have enough to worry about, the 2011-2012 season has another bit of bad news that may take a little longer to sink in.




The recently signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the USA and Peru will bring an end to a much enjoyed subsidy to Peruvian exporters.




Historically there has been a 5-8% kick back (Drawback) to Peruvian exporters of the Commercial Invoice valuation.




In addition, the Peruvian Government has "incentivated" exporters by rebating the 20% local sales tax on all export related costs of doing business. Boxes, stickers, labels, field crates, etc as well as daily cost of operations such as gasoline, vehicle maintenance, among other expenses. 




One can quickly see how being an exporter would have it's advantages on a purely day to day existence.




This will make exports to the USA all the more …

HOW GLOBAL RETAILER IMPLIMENTS LOCAL STRATEGY IN HAWAII ...

Whole Foods Has a Significant Strategy in 'Buying Local'




"Buying local" is all the rage these days.




We are encouraged to buy local foods because they’re fresher, more nutritious and taste better, and because by doing so we contribute to the local economy, preserve rural landscapes, support our neighbors, and reduce our carbon footprints. Growing and consuming locally is particularly critical in Hawaii, where we hope it will help us address our island community’s economic vulnerability, protect our fragile environment, and perpetuate our cultural wealth.


However, local food production in Hawaii remains anemic. In a study released last week, the Ulupono Initiative highlighted a sobering USDA statistic; only about 8 percent of the food purchased in Hawaii is produced here.

Whole Foods Market is committed to supporting local suppliers in the communities that host our stores. In Hawaii we are especially sensitive to our potential impact and have built a particularly vigorous …

TWO NEW MEMBERS JOIN LINKEDIN IMO DISCUSSION GROUP....

GROUP GROWS TO 187 MEMBERS.....







New Members: Last 7 Days






GROUP

Cholil Wawan

Director Cv.Lily Amelia Putri

Denpasar Area, Bali, Indonesia




GROUP

ade suprihati

Head of production at Selektani

Indonesia



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LA NIñA BRINGS FLOODING TO AUSTRALIA ...

Wild Christmas weather hits Australia


by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Dec 25, 2011









Wild weather battered Australia Sunday, with a tropical cyclone closing in on the north as tornadoes and thunderstorms brought hail in the south and huge swells forced the closure of popular beaches.


Tropical Cyclone Grant intensified to a category two storm off the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin, packing destructive winds of 130 kilometres (80 miles) and forcing Christmas revellers into lockdown.


The weather bureau said Grant was "slowly intensifying" and advised residents in the cyclone's path to take shelter, with gales and heavy weather closing in as the storm inched toward the mainland.



It came as ex-tropical cyclone Fina whipped up huge four-metre (13 foot) waves on the popular northeast coast, creating dangerous surf conditions which forced tourist beaches to close.



Planes were diverted and delayed at Melbourne after thunderstorms, hail and a tornado swept through the southern city, Australia&…

STANFORD UNIVERSITY & CARNEGIE MELLON DEVELOP "ROOT CHIP" TO STUDY PLANT GROWTH ...

New tool offers unprecedented access for root studies

by Staff Writers
Stanford CA (SPX) Dec 27, 2011




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Plant roots are fascinating plant organs - they not only anchor the plant, but are also the world's most efficient mining companies.

 Roots live in darkness and direct the activities of the other organs, as well as interact with the surrounding environment. 

Charles Darwin posited in The Power of Movement of Plants that the root system acts as a plant's brain.



Due to the difficulty of accessing root tissue in intact live plants, research of these hidden parts has always lagged behind research on the more visible parts of plants.




But now: a new technology--developed jointly by Carnegie and Stanford University--could revolutionize root research. The findings will be published in the large-scale biology section of the December issue of The Plant Cell.


Understanding roots is crucial to the study of plant physiology because they serve as the interface between a plant and the soi…

ESPAñA MARCA EL AñO MAS CALIDO EN DECADAS ...

2011, el año más cálido











Aunque en los últimos días ya nadie se quita el gorro y la bufanda, este otoño el frío ha tardado mucho en llegar. 

A menos de una semana de terminar el año, los datos provisionales de la Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) confirman lo que ya se intuía: 2011 ha sido el año más cálido de las últimas décadas. 



A fecha de 30 de noviembre, la temperatura media del año 2011 ha sido de 16,7 grados, una cifra que bate el récord de la serie histórica el periodo 1961-2011. Según la AEMET, "el año está resultando de muy cálido a extremadamente cálido en prácticamente toda España". 

En los primeros meses del año se registraron temperaturas más altas de lo normal, seguidas de un verano extremadamente caluroso, alcanzando su máximo en Morón de la Frontera (Sevilla), donde el termómetro llegó a marcar los 42,5 grados en el mes de agosto.


 La ola de calor que se vivió en España a finales de junio dejó temperaturas de 41 grados en Bilbao, un área donde no es frecuent…

PHILIPPINES MANGO EXPORTERS URGED TO FOCUS ON JAPANESE MARKET ...

Economy


Posted on December 27, 2011 11:19:30 PM

Mango exporters urged to cater to Japan



DAVAO CITY -- Inexpensive, agrochemical-free and easy to eat. These are the basic elements mango exporters should focus on if they want to capture the lucrative Japanese market, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.





“The Japanese are not that familiar with the mango. We Filipinos, on the other hand. know if a mango is sweet or sour by its smell,” provincial director of the DTI-Davao del Sur Edwin O. Banquerigo said, citing a study that revealed that four in 10 Japanese are more likely to buy mangoes if they are easy to eat.




The study also showed that six in 10 Japanese will buy mangoes if they’re not expensive while another 60% said they prefer mangoes that are free from agro-chemicals.


Mr. Banquerigo said quick-freeze (pre-peeled) mangoes should have a big market in Japan.


“Maybe we also need to look into how to improve our export grade,” he added.



Mindanao has the biggest area p…

A VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA (JANUARY 2010) ....

For The Love of mangos - Africa Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 03:47:09 PM

I had long dreamed of visiting southern Africa and the opportunity came to "seize the moment" and travel half-way around the world to observe another country's horticultural production. I was game to go and full of enthusiasm to learn about mango production in this part of the world. Thanks to our relationship with Westfalia and their kind invite I was now going to see their operations.  My flight started from Miami to Johannesburg, stopping in Madrid for transit. In Madrid I was stuck for 2 days because the airport was closed for the bad weather. Global warming is making it impossible to pass through Europe without getting snowed in. It took me almost 4 days to get to my final destination. I arrived in Johannesburg at 8:00 AM. 

My first assignment was the genetic material declaration and the inspection for post-entry quarantine. It was quite simple. I was a little concerned about it, because of all of the…