COLOMBIA: Australian scientists squash banana extinction threat

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, led by Professor James Dale, have developed Panama disease-resistant bananas by adding a gene found in a wild south-east Asian banana.     The project began in 2012 to identify genes in bananas that were resistant to disease. After planting six lines of Cavendish bananas with the imported […]

LAOS: Bananas topping list of agricultural export earners

Bananas are expected to be the nation’s highest revenue earner among agricultural exports this year, retaining the top spot achieved last year despite a decrease in exports by value. This year, Laos expects to earn about US$184 million from banana exports, down US$13.8 million compared to last year, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce reported. […]

BANGLADESH: Banana boon for farmers

The organic banana orchards of Bandarban are every farmer’s dreams. They yield well and churn good profits. Not to mention, these highly nutritious fruits are sweet, delectable and loved by children and adults alike. Growers in all seven upazilas on the hilly terrain cultivate different species of bananas, starting from the locally famous ‘Bangla kola’ […]

UGANDA: The money in making banana fibre products

Uganda is the second largest producer of bananas after India with about 9 million tonnes produced annually. All this production creates tonnes of waste in form of stems and stocks. These are returned back to gardens to be used as fertilisers or mulching materials.   But the stems and stocks can be turned into fiber […]

SPAIN: Canaries and Costa Rica coordinate efforts to help their banana growers

The president of the Canarian Executive, Fernando Clavijo, and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister, Alexander Mora, who was on an official visit to the Canary archipelago, stated that the Canary Islands and Costa Rica have asked the European Union to work together to create the conditions so that there is a greater certainty in […]

LIFESTYLE: How to make banana deep hair conditioner

Bananas are rich in potassium that strengthens hair and minimizes breakage. The combination is very effective deep hair conditioner that can solve all your hair issues. Rich in potassium, bananas can strengthens your hair and minimizes breakage by restoring your hair’s natural elasticity, and facilitates repair of damaged hair. Bananas also moisturize your hair as […]

PHILIPPINES: PHL to raise concerns of banana exporters at WTO meet in Argentina

President Duterte said the government would raise before the World Trade Organization (WTO) its concerns over the subsidies extended by Latin American governments to their banana producers, which have allowed them to export bananas at a lower cost. While he vowed to also look into the request of major Filipino exporters to negotiate lower tariffs […]

AUSTRALIA: GM banana shows promise against deadly fungus strain

A field trial in Australia has shown that genetically modified banana trees can resist the deadly fungus that causes Panama disease, which has devastated banana crops in Asia, Africa, and Australia and is a major threat for banana growers in the Americas. The transgenic plants might reach some farmers in as few as 5 years, […]

PERU: El Niño cuts organic banana production

Adverse weather has led to a 16 per cent fall in exports of organic bananas from Piura according to the Banana Technical Board.   President Marcia Herrera Reto said shipments were on course to reach US$112m this year compared with US$152m in 2016.   The fall is due to the higher incidence of pests brought […]

AUSTRALIA: Genetic modification may save USD12bn banana industry

A multibillion-dollar banana industry at risk of a deadly disease could be saved by genetic modification that created a line of bananas resistant to Fusarium wilt tropical race 4, also known as Panama disease. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology genetically modified Cavendish bananas using a gene found in a south-east Asian banana subspecies that […]

PERU: ‘One Banana a Day Makes a Difference’ campaign launches

Guatemala-based One Banana launched the “One Banana a Day Makes a Difference” program in Peru. One Banana a Day Makes a Difference is a nutritional food security program in schools, according to a news release. The company also delivers bananas once a week to the schools in the program.     More than 2,000 organic […]

ECUADOR: Ministry and banana producers establish a road map

The first Banana Technical Table, led by the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ruben Flores, established a twelve-point road map to benefit the sector.   Representatives of the producers and exporters of the fruit participated in the meeting.     They agreed to work on the following points: port fees in Puerto Bolivar, reforms to […]