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KENYA: New mango wine billed to go down well ...

By GATONYE GATHURA gathura@ke.nationmedia.com


Posted Thursday, November 29 2012 at 18:12


IN SUMMARY


About the mango:
Reached Kenya in the 10th Century from India
Grown commercially in more than 90 countries.
In Kenya, it is the third most important fruit in terms of area and production after banana and pine apple.
Post-harvest loss estimated at 45 per cent during peak seasons.






Local mango farmers can now profit from alcohol loving Kenyans by turning the juicy fruit into a high quality wine through a new technology developed by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural and Technology.





A team of researchers, led by Mr Samson Musyimi of the food department, have developed a process of making mango wine with unique aroma, taste, high acceptability and potentially as popular as grape wines imported mainly from South Africa.









Research indicates that the Kenyan wine market has a potential of 6.2 million litres annually, with an average revenue of about Sh67 billion.







“We have developed a mango wine mak…

Maduro exigió respeto por la vida de Chávez ....

diciembre 2, 2012 3:20 pm






Foto: google.com






Nicolás Maduro miembro de la dirección nacional del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (Psuv) exigió en nombre del pueblo venezolano, respeto a la vida del presidente de la República, Hugo Chávez, quien se encuentra en Cuba realizándose un tratamiento médico.




Expresó que dirigentes de la derecha venezolana utilizan el tema de la salud del Presidente Chávez para crear matrices y desmoralizar al pueblo.







“Cuando escuchamos la miseria humana de esta derecha, metiéndose con la vida de un ser humano lo que uno siente es indignación”, apuntó la tarde de este domingo durante su participación en un acto en apoyo al candidato a la Gobernación de Miranda, Elías Jaua, en Petare, municipio Sucre.






Resaltó que el Jefe de Estado se encuentra en Cuba mejorando su salud para gobernar fortalecido en los próximos seis años.







“El comandante está con su equipo médico de hombres y mujeres, cubanos y venezolanos, quienes lo han llevado con un plan exacto y perfecto para…

USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces National Mango Board Appointments ...

AMS No. 260-12



Gwen Sparks, (202) 260-8210

gwen.sparks@ams.usda.gov






WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2012 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed five members to serve on the National Mango Board. Each representative will complete a three-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2013.






Newly appointed board members include first handler Mariana Gonzalez of Edinburg, Texas; 



importer Daniel Pollak of Wall, N.J.; 


and 


foreign producers Tomas Paulin Quezada of Armeria Colima, Mexico 


and Eddy Martinez of Guatemala City, Guatemala. 



Importer Ronald Cohen, of Fort Lee, N.J., was reappointed to the board.





USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight of the board in accordance with the Commodity Promotion Research, and Information Act of 1996 and the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order. Under the order, first handlers and importers pay an assessment at the rate of three quarters of a cent per pound on all mangos. The Board administers a national promotion, res…

INDIA: Pest control helps increase mango yield in south Gujarat ...

By Rajeev Khanna, TNN 


| Dec 2, 2012, 11.11 PM IST







GANDHINAGAR: Vagaries of climate may have resulted in mango production, especially in south Gujarat, dropping in the last few years. 


But, farmers have been substantially able to rein in the menace of fruit flies, thanks a to special eco-friendly trap developed by Navsari Agriculture University.






In fact, union agriculture ministry's latest document "Incentivizing Agriculture - Rashtriya Krishi Vigyan Yojana (RKVY) Initiatives", reveals that horticulturists in Surat, Valsad and Navsari have achieved 85% control over the pests and seen an increase of 27.27 per cent in the mango yield in the last four years.



The belt in these three districts, which also produce vegetables in large quantity, was taken up to developed as Pest Free Area (PFA) under RKVY. In all, 209 villages of six talukas of Gandevi, Chikhli, Valsad, Pardi, Dharampur and Kaprada were selected for initial implementation in 2009 and 2010.




In all 1, 10,640 traps, know…

Organic Industry Needs a Check-off Program ...

Nov. 26, 2012
by Robert Vosburgh in Viewpoints








Two recent studies by reputable researchers both concluded that organic produce is no more nutritious than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.






The findings stirred passionate debate about the entire category: What is organic all about? It’s a question that lingers, even as organic food sales continue to grow at 10% a year, bringing in nearly $30 billion in 2011.




Despite those impressive numbers, organic faces significant hurdles: It still has only a 4% market share of retail food sales. 



Advocates have criticized the studies for focusing too much on nutrition instead of sustainability. 



The 2012 Farm Bill, which promised at least some funding for organic research and promotion, remains stalled in Congress, with only a slight chance of passing in its present form by the end of this year.





It’s time for organic farmers, producers and manufacturers to start thinking like a brand, and to chart their own course.




The Organic Trade Association ha…

Powerful storm nearing Philippines: forecasters ....

by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) Dec 2, 2012






Philippine authorities warned the public Sunday to take precautions for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the country this year.



Packing gusts of up to 220 kilometres (136 miles) per hour, Typhoon Bopha was 1,000 kilometres southeast of the Philippines as of Sunday morning and forecast to make landfall between Tuesday and Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.





Heavy rain from the advancing storm was expected to hit the central Visayas region and the main southern island of Mindanao from Sunday night, it said.



"This is a powerful storm, perhaps the strongest this year, and we enjoin everyone to take precautionary measures," the head of the country's civil defence office, Benito Ramos, told AFP.



He said local governments in the areas likely to be soaked by heavy rains had been advised to undertake precautionary evacuations if needed, though none has been ordered so far.




The Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons a year…