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HEAVY RAINS PUSH EXPORTABLE FRESH MANGO TO PROCESSORS ...

Heavy rains set to cut back Peruvian mango exports




February 13th, 2012





The Association of Peruvian Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM) has forecast total season exports could fall by up to 10% due to heavy rains in key growing areas.



In a release, the association said the previously estimated export total of 63,000 metric tons (MT) could be reduced down to 56,700MT.




“The industry has activated its plans to prevent the eclosion of diseases, fungi and insects that could affect the quality of our export fruits,” the release said.



However, APEM manager Juan Carlos Rivera told website  Gestion.pe the rain had put between 10,000-15,000MT of export mangoes at risk. (IMO NOTE: THE FRUIT WILL BE EXPORTED BY PROCESSORS RATHER THAN FRESH PACK)


“In Piura rains are hampering the collection and shipment of mangoes to the packing plants, because road access in growing areas has been damaged, jeopardizing both quality and meeting deliveries with clients abroad,” he was quoted as saying.




“Several hectares o…

IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW VENEZUELA ??? ...

Venezuela’s presidential campaign
Mano a mano
The opposition has got its act together at last. Will that be enough to topple a convalescent and vulnerable Hugo Chávez?

Feb 11th 2012 | CARACAS | from the print edition










FOR the moment, Henrique Capriles has reason to be confident. The governor of Miranda state is the front-runner in the Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition’s primary, due on February 12th. According to Datanálisis, a pollster, he leads Pablo Pérez, his closest rival, by 62% to 16%, though the margin of error is high and turnout could have a big effect on the results.




Assuming Mr Capriles (pictured) wins, however, he will not get such an easy run from his next rival, Hugo Chávez, seeking a third six-year term as Venezuela’s president. Mr Chávez underwent surgery for cancer last June. But he says he is “cured” and has already nominated himself as the candidate of his United Socialist Party (PSUV). “I wish him a long life,” Mr Capriles said recently, “because I want him to see the ch…

MEGA LOGISTICS HUB FOR SOUTH KOREA ...

Korean's Busan Port to Build Mega Logistics Park Mike King, Special Correspondent | Feb 7, 2012 1:33PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story
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The 22 million-square-foot facility is part of an effort to make port a global top hub The port of Busan is building a 22 million-square-foot distribution park to meet the demand for manufacturing, packaging, and assembly at the South Korean hub. Located within Busan New Port and due to be fully completed by 2020, the facility, along with further investments in rail access, will help the port become of the world’s top five container hubs, said the Busan Port Authority. “This distripark will also help Busan’s status as a hub port, as it offers much logistical activity beyond the simple handling of cargo,” said a spokesman. “The distripark is part of the Busan Jinhae Free Trade Zone, meaning that a variety of tax-free…

KOREAN AIR INCREASES AIR CARGO CAPACITY...

Korean Air Adds Freighters to Trans-Pacific, Europe Services Mike King, Special Correspondent | Feb 7, 2012 2:09PM GMT The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story  |   |   |   |   |  Carrier said new freighters will boost key routes, generate fuel savings Korean Air said it will strengthen its cargo operations on a trans-Pacific and a North Europe service by adding a new freighter to each. The company will deploy a 47-8 freighter on its route serving Osaka and Narita, Japan, Los Angeles and San Francisco, while another 777 freighter will be deployed on service to London, Vienna and Frankfurt. The carrier, which expects the new planes to generate fuel savings, saw sluggish cargo demand drag down profits last year. The world’s second largest international cargo carrier after Cathay Pacific said traffic slumped 6.7 percent year-on-year in the last three months of 2011. For the year Korean Air posted a $87 million l…

THE FULL DOCUMENTARY: MUGABE & THE WHITE AFRICAN ...

Voted one of the top 15 Documentary Films in 2010.....







MUGABE & THE WHITE AFRICAN FILM CLIP ....

MIKE CAMPBELL (RIP) ... ZIMBABWE'S GREATEST MANGO FARMER LIVES ON AT HARVEST TIME ...

IMO NOTE: Mango season in Zimbabwe reminds the IMO of the upcoming anniverssary this April of the death of Mike Campbell. 




Here is a tribute to a man who helped build the mango industry in Zimbabwe that today is fallow....




YOU MAY BE GONE....BUT NOT FORGOTTEN MIKE CAMPBELL







Mike Campbell dies at 78; white Zimbabwean challenged seizure of lands

Campbell fought President Robert Mugabe's taking of white-owned farms in the region's highest court, which found the actions illegal and racist. In 2008, Campbell was savagely beaten by Mugabe loyalists.


Mike Campbell, right, was driven from his farm in 2009. He had refused to… (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, For The Times)
April 08, 2011|By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times





Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — Mike Campbell, the white Zimbabwean farmer who won a landmark case in southern Africa's highest court challenging the seizure of his farm by President Robert Mugabe's government, died Wednesday. He was 78.



Campbell, whose family said he…

THE LAST OF THE WHITE FARMERS IN ZIMBABWE ...

The end of an era for Zimbabwe's last white farmers?


Despite the introduction of a power-sharing government two years ago, state-backed farm seizures have continued. Colin Freeman meets one of the last white farmers still at work in Zimbabwe.




Mr Cloete has spent tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills fighting the land reform programme Photo: GREGG ROBINSON







By Colin Freeman, Chegutu

7:00AM BST 26 Jun 2011



Driving through land his family have tended for half a century, Colin Cloete stops to inspect a harvested tobacco field, rows of green stumps sprouting from a terracotta soil.

As a seasoned professional farmer, he knows the field needs to be reploughed before pests infest the weedy growths left behind. As a tired political campaigner, however, he knows it is no longer worth his while.


"We should be replanting these fields now, but I don't know who is going to benefit from the next harvest," he says, shaking his head. "I will probably do it anyway, but I do wonder …

EATING STOLEN FRUIT IN ZIMBABWE: THE LAST OF THE WHITE FARMER'S EFFORTS ...

LETTERS FROM ZIMBABWE

Author: Cathy Buckle|

13 February 2012 02:39

Eating stolen fruit






Supermarkets bear a graphic demonstration of the national shame we carry around, writes Cathy Buckle.


It’s mango time in Zimbabwe.

 Small, sweet, sticky orange mangoes whose string gets caught in your teeth; these are the mangoes we used to play with as kids, washing them when the pulp was finished, combing the string into hair and then drawing a face on the hard oval pip. 

Then there are the big kidney shaped mangoes which you really need to eat outside or sitting in a bath because it’s impossible not to end up with juice running down your chin and dripping all over your shirt. In recent years the big red ball mangoes have been added to the juicy tropical extravaganza. Weighing almost a kilogram each they are stringless with very sweet, firm, orange flesh. 

The problem is you know they are stolen.




Buying these huge ball mangoes on the side of the road at one US dollar apiece, it’s hard to put out of your mi…

DEATH TOLL MOUNTS AMONG FARM WORKERS IN CENTRAL AMERICA ...

Feb 12, 12:00 AM EST


Mystery disease kills thousands in Central America

By FILADELFO ALEMAN and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
Associated Press




AP Photo/Estbean Felix






CHICHIGALPA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Jesus Ignacio Flores started working when he was 16, laboring long hours on construction sites and in the fields of his country's biggest sugar plantation.

Three years ago his kidneys started to fail and flooded his body with toxins. He became too weak to work, wracked by cramps, headaches and vomiting.

On Jan. 19 he died on the porch of his house. He was 51. His withered body was dressed by his weeping wife, embraced a final time, then carried in the bed of a pickup truck to a grave on the edge of Chichigalpa, a town in Nicaragua's sugar-growing heartland, where studies have found more than one in four men showing symptoms of chronic kidney disease.



A mysterious epidemic is devastating the Pacific coast of Central America, killing more than 24,000 people in El Salvador and Nicaragua since 2000 and …

FORMER PARAGUAY POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING ...

Friday, 10 February 2012 11:56
Former Paraguay Police Chief Arrested for Drug Smuggling



Written by Jake Harper






A former police chief in Paraguay is accused of trafficking after being captured moving cocaine, an arrest which highlights the vulnerability to corruption among security forces and the country's growing role in regional organized crime.


As Digital ABC reported, Commissioner Hermes Enrique Argaña, ex-Chief of Investigation for Ciudad del Este, is accused of possession of drugs, working with two men, allegedly drug traffickers with links to a kidnapping ring, who accompanied him at the time of the arrest. Argaña’s apparent role was to use his status to provide cover to the men transporting the drugs. However Argaña said he knew nothing of the cocaine in the vehicle.



The former police chief was arrested in Ciudad de Este, long known as a smuggling center thanks to its presence along the borders with both Brazil and Argentina. He had also been convicted in 1990 of murder, but so…

FROST DAMAGES EARLY FLOWERING IN PAKISTAN MANGO CROP ...

CABEFRUIT LEADS ALL IMPORTS FROM MEXICO ...

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