GUADALOUPE: Going green means going bananas

Yellow is the new green in the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe.   Bananas are the island group’s top agricultural export, and there is growing awareness that farming practices need to change as yields drop and damage from pesticide use rises.     Mindful of the biodiversity in his banana grove at Capesterre-Belle-Eau on the […]

INDIA: Whirlwind hits banana farmers

More than 3,000 banana plants were damaged in a whirlwind at a few villages near Sathyamangalam on April 20 night. Farmers, who were expecting a good harvest in two weeks, pegged the loss at several lakh rupees. They said they had planted different varieties such as red banana, nenthiram and poovan and they were ready […]

STUDY: Bananas vs. Sports Drinks? Bananas win

A banana might reasonably replace sports drinks for those of us who rely on carbohydrates to fuel exercise and speed recovery, according to a new study comparing the cellular effects of carbohydrates consumed during sports.     It found that a banana, with its all-natural package, provides comparable or greater anti-inflammatory and other benefits for […]

INDIA: Tamil Nadu eyes market as European kids go bananas over fruit

A recent study conducted among children in Europe found they favoured the Indian Red banana and Njalipoovan or Ney Poovan (Elakki), bringing hope to farmers in Tamil Nadu. Significantly, the National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB), Tiruchy is expecting an inspection by European agencies to sanction the export of bananas to European countries.   “We […]

STUDY: Banana plant extract could be key to creamier, longer lasting ice cream

No doubt about it, ice cream is a great treat on a hot day. That is, until it drips down the sides of a cone or turns into soup in a bowl. Now scientists say they are closing in on a cool solution to this sticky problem. They’ve found that adding tiny cellulose fibers extracted […]

STUDY: Bananas may protect against hearing loss, new research shows

In the same way that we are told to drink milk to keep our bones strong we are now being encouraged to eat bananas to protect our hearing.   Emerging research shows key nutrients — including the potassium in bananas — can protect against age and environmental hearing loss while zinc protects against tinnitus.   […]

KENYA: Youth peels wealth off his 30 acres of bananas

A muddy road stretching for about 2km from Mitunguu Town in Meru County leads us to Verdant Farm in Rwompo village. The farm can be described as a banana haven and is run by Oscar Gitonga, 28.     Gitonga, a telecommunication engineer turned farmer, grows the bananas on 30 acres, producing them huge, tasty […]

AUSTRALIA: Banana prices expected to rise following north Queensland floods

Flood damage on banana farms in north Queensland — Australia’s largest growing area — is expected to lead to reduced supply and a rise in prices.   The full extent of crop losses will not be known until later this week, but farmers who have been able to inspect their plantations estimate tens of thousands […]

INDIA: South Gujarat banana farmers reap profits in off season

Banana farmers of South Gujarat are reaping benefits of a good harvest this year compared to past few years thanks to the new cultivation technology adopted from Philippines. This year the fruit is selling at Rs 200 (USD 3.00) per 20kg in the wholesale market compared to Rs 125-130  (USD 1.90-2.00) per 20 kg in […]

PHILIPPINES: Tadeco launches lab services for banana farmers, exporters

In a bid to help improve the banana industry in Davao Region, the Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (Tadeco), a subsidiary of the Anflo Group of Companies, launched its Agro-Technology Outreach Program Monday, March 12.     Alexander Valoria, Anflo president and chief executive officer, said during the launching of the program that the program […]

PHILIPPINES: P290-M banana investment project okayed in ARMM

A multi-million investment is coming to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), particularly in Maguindanao, this year, an investment official announced Saturday.   Lawyer Ishak Mastura, Regional Board of Investments in ARMM (RBOI-ARMM) chair, said the Board on Friday approved the PHP290-million investment application for the Cavendish banana plantation project of EKASALAM AgriVentures Corp. […]

RWANDA: Banana Pads? Why Your Favorite Fruit Could Give Girls a Dignified Period

In Rwanda, schoolgirls can now buy locally produced, cheaper sanitary towels.   Banana plantations stretch as far as the eye can see, covering the rolling hills. At the end of a red dirt track sits a rectangular building with walls painted an eye-wateringly bright shade of blue.     It is an hour’s drive from […]