Bananas

Banana growers needs more support to bounce back from 47% export drop in Jan

Published by rudy Date posted on March 27, 2021

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NCoV fallout: Chinese buyers halt orders for PHL bananas

Published by rudy Date posted on February 7, 2020

By Jasper Y. Arcalas, BusinessMirror, 7 Feb 2020 BANANA exporters may soon feel the pinch of the slowdown in China’s economic activity due to the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), as Chinese buyers have stopped ordering Philippine bananas.

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Published by rudy Date posted on May 22, 2017

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Mindanao banana farmers seek more government protection from NPA

Published by rudy Date posted on April 3, 2017

By Jasper Y. Arcalas, Businessmirror, Apr 3, 2017 Banana farmers on Monday asked the government to step up its campaign against members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who have been attacking banana plantations in Mindanao for not paying “revolutionary taxes”.

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Banana industry losing global edge

Published by rudy Date posted on October 17, 2016

By Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star), Oct. 17, 2016 The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) said the comparative advantage and competitiveness of the Philippines in banana production are slowly eroding.

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Disease threatens world’s bananas—UN

Published by rudy Date posted on April 15, 2014

ROME—The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential “massive destruction” of the world’s $5.0-billion (3.6-billion euro) a year banana crop as a plant disease spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

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Dole begins payments to Central American banana workers

Published by rudy Date posted on September 12, 2012

Banana workers who say they were injured from harmful pesticides while working for the company signed a release agreeing not to sue Dole again for their injuries.

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PHL bananas break into US market

Published by rudy Date posted on June 25, 2012

Dole Philippines will send its first ever shipment of Cavendish to the United States, the Department of Agriculture said Monday. The company is prepared to ship the bananas as soon as the US releases the paper work covering the deal, according to a Dole official who asked not to be named, as he is not…

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Banana growers seek government assistance

Published by rudy Date posted on June 18, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Banana growers are seeking assistance in the form of subsidies from the government amid the imposition of strict requirements of Chinese authorities on the entry of Philippine bananas as well as talks between the Chinese government and Ecuador for the supply of Cavendish bananas in China.

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Banana companies back moves for wage increase

Published by rudy Date posted on December 7, 2011

EMPLOYERS belonging to the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc. (PBGEA) are requesting the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) to defer any increase in the minimum wages, insisting that their people are already properly compensated under collective management agreements (CBAs).

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Panama disease shuts down part of Davao banana farm

Published by rudy Date posted on November 22, 2011

Davao City — The operation of some 40 hectares of cavendish banana farms in Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province of the Dizon Farms Inc. will be shut down as the area has been infected with Fusarium Wilt, or the Panama disease.

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Disease with no cure killing Mindanao’s top export

Published by rudy Date posted on November 20, 2011

DAVAO CITY—Marino Lactao woke up one morning in October to find dozens of his banana plants wilted.

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Plague wiping out Southern banana plantations

Published by rudy Date posted on September 20, 2011

A GROUP of local banana growers on Monday expressed alarm over the resurgence of a fungal disease that can wipe out banana plantations in Mindanao.

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Banana exporters hurt by strong exchange rate

Published by rudy Date posted on August 24, 2011

Banana exporters in Mindanao are worried over the rising value of the peso against the US dollar, saying it is making them less competitive in the world market.

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Research for banana industry pushed

Published by rudy Date posted on July 28, 2011

THE MINDANAO Development Authority (MinDA) has taken a step towards the establishment of a body that will conduct scientific research to improve banana growing on the island, an official statement released on Thursday said.

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Banana growers lobby for tariff reduction in FTAs

Published by rudy Date posted on July 20, 2011

A GROUP of banana growers on Tuesday said the government should lobby for lower tariffs on locally grown Cavendish banana among the country’s trading partners. In a statement, the Pilipino Banana Growers & Exporters Association Inc. warned that it may lose market share if the government fails to negotiate for tariff cuts in traditional exports…

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Why bananas should be handled with care

Published by rudy Date posted on June 6, 2011

To the ordinary consumer, bananas are considered commonplace and cheap. It is an everyday fruit, available year round. But in the eyes of an external auditor, bananas are a delicate commodity, a highly perishable fruit in an industry fraught with social, economic and political implications.

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Japanese going bananas, also for okra

Published by rudy Date posted on April 17, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—With most of their crops already contaminated with radiation, Japan has opted to import more fruit and vegetables from abroad such as bananas from the Philippines.

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Banana growers urged to work with Congress in crafting new laws

Published by rudy Date posted on February 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is urging banana growers to work closely with Congress in drawing up new laws for the banana industry.

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Banana stakeholders act to strengthen industry

Published by rudy Date posted on January 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has asked to strengthen the sector by adopting a code of good practices to make the industry fully compliant with local and international labor standards.

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Chemrez, Dole interested in organic solution versus banana disease developed by gov’t

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2010

LISTED Chemrez Technologies, Inc. and Dole Asia Ltd. have expressed interest in a newly developed organic control for crown rot, a disease found in bananas.

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Banana industry launches own voluntary code

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2010

DAVAO CITY, Dec. 21 (PIA) — After the pilot voluntary code of good practices on decent work in the Business Process Outsourcing industry, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE XI) launched yesterday a voluntary code in the banana industry as well.

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DA to commercialize organic pesticide for banana

Published by rudy Date posted on December 22, 2010

THE Department of Agriculture plans to commercialize an organic pesticide for bananas to help prolong the shelf-life of the fruits during transit to overseas markets.

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Pangilinan pushes measures to strengthen banana export industry

Published by rudy Date posted on December 12, 2010

MANILA, Philippines –  Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, said he will push for the immediate implementation of several measures to strengthen the Philippine export banana industry which is now encountering problems with Iran.

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No ban on Phl bananas to Iran, says DFA

Published by rudy Date posted on December 3, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – There is no decision to ban or place obstacles to the importation of Philippine bananas into the Iranian market, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

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NPAs raid banana plantation in Surigao del Sur

Published by rudy Date posted on November 28, 2010

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – Leftist rebels destroyed a banana plantation in the southern Philippines Friday afternoon, local officials said.

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Banana growers ask Senate to explore alternatives after Iran import snafu

Published by rudy Date posted on November 12, 2010

DAVAO CITY—The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) asked the Senate to still consider the options that the industry has presented to government despite its assurance that the Iran market, the single biggest importer of Philippine Cavendish bananas, has resumed normal buying.

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Philippines eyes China, Malaysia, Middle East as new export market for bananas

Published by rudy Date posted on November 10, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is eyeing China, Malaysia and Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar as new market for its banana exports, Agriculture Undersecretary for special concerns Berna Romulo-Puyat said yesterday.

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‘Source’ denies remark on wage hike exemption

Published by rudy Date posted on October 28, 2010

WE WISH to call attention to Judy Quiros’ news report titled “Iran embargo used as excuse to exempt firms from wage hikes.” (Inquirer, 10/28/10) The report inaccurately attributed to me this statement: “She said for the banana industry, giving wage increase to workers at this time was simply not possible.” (Paragraph 8)

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Church backs banana aerial spraying

Published by rudy Date posted on March 21, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Banana growers in Davao have gained the support of the Church in their appeal to the government not to ban aerial spraying for banana plants in the region.

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