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BACK TO BACK LA NIñAS LEAVES AUSTRALIA UNDER WATER ...

Australia endures third-wettest year on record

by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Jan 4, 2012









Australia endured its third-wettest year on record in 2011 as the disruptive La Nina weather pattern brought epic floods to the country, the Bureau of Meteorology said Wednesday.


The bureau said Australia experienced one of its strongest La Nina effects, a phenomenon linked to both flooding and drought, on record in 2010-11 and then a second La Niña developed in late 2011.



"Back-to-back La Niña events led to a two-year rainfall total of 1,402 millimetres which is the second-highest total on record behind 1,407 millimetres in 1973-74," the bureau said in its annual climate report.


Total mean rainfall in 2011 was 699 millimetres -- well above the long-term average of 465 millimetres, it said.



Much of eastern Australia was flooded in early 2011, with torrential rains pounding parts of Queensland and Victoria, causing more than 30 deaths as they swept away homes and brought Brisbane, the country…

PREDATOR WASP BROUGHT IN TO FIGHT FRUIT FLIES IN AFRICA ....

POLITICS AND POLICY


Icipe steps up fight against fruit fly to boost mango exports







JENNIFER MUIRURI | NATION  Mr Ahmed Hassan in a mango plantation on the banks of Daua River in Mandera. 





By GITHUA KIHARA (email the author)

Posted Wednesday, January 4 2012 at 20:31





International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) has imported a wasp from Hawaii to help mango farmers at the Coast fight fruit flies.




The biggest threat to mango production in Africa is the pest, also known as Fopius Arisanus, Icipe Africa fruit fly programme leader Dr Sunday Ekesi said.




Kenya’s mango exports have been locked out of lucrative global markets such as South Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Japan and US after being infested by the fly.




Yield loss on mangoes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to the fruit fly ranges between 30 and 70 per cent depending on the locality, season, and variety of the fruit, he said.




A recent study funded by Agricultural Business Development indicated that more than 80,000 hous…

IMAGINE IF EVERY SCHOOL IN THE WORLD HAD ATLEAST ONE MANGO TREE ??? ...

Guest blog: Berkeley Schools, A Sustainable Food ModelJANUARY 4, 2012at7:00 AMinGUEST BLOGS



PERU ABOUT TO FLOOD USA MARKET AGAIN ...

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






www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com


















January 04, 2012














Peruvian mango exporters are cranking out the volume as we write/read this post.




Currently the six USDA Hot Water treatment facilities in Peru are receiving 10,000 (20kg) field crates per day.


This translates into 1,200,000 kilos per day of mangoes being processed for the USA market.


Put into cartons, that would be 300,000 (4kg) cartons or approximately 54 containers per day.




On a weekly basis, that would be 2,100,000 (4kg) cartons bound for the USA market.




Within two weeks this volume will be felt in the USA market.




Keep in mind that only 12% of the (APEM projected) Peruvian mangoes have been exported . That means that there are approximately 13,860,000 cartons left in reserve (tank) to ship.


Now lets go to the proverbial "bell shaped" curve.


At this juncture, it would appear that the "Bell shape" is going to look more like a "SPIKE…

UNA HISTORIA SOBRE LOS CAUSANTES DE NUESTROS DOLORES ECONOMICOS ...

Análisis & Opinión Los cuatro hombres que arruinaron al mundo


Ibsen Martínez Ibsen Martínez es escritor y ensayista venezolano. Su trabajo puede leerse regularmente en publicaciones locales tales como los diarios “El Nacional”, “Tal Cual” , “El Mundo, economía y negocios”, y el semanario “Zeta”, todos de Caracas (Venezuela). Ha sido colaborador de medios extranjeros como “El País”, “ABC/abcd” (suplemento cultura del diario “ABC”) y “El  Mundo”, de Madrid (España). También de “El Espectador” de Bogotá (Colombia), así como de las revistas literarias y de ideas “Letras Libres” de España, y El Malpensante, de Bogotá (Colombia). Desde 2005 he escrito  ocasionalmente en inglés para “Foreign Policy”, “The Washington Post” y durante cinco años para la página estadounidense “Econlib.org”, especializada en temas económicos.


Mié, 01/04/2012 - 11:470 Comentarios

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