April 25, 2014 / Week N° 17

Posts Tagged Colombia

Colombian fruit growers ‘hope to continue work’ during upcoming strikes

April 24th, 2014

Asohofrucol hopes Colombia’s strikes do not cause road blockages, and expects minimal disruptions to harvests.

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Colombia prepares for renewed farm strikes

April 22nd, 2014

Colombian farmers say the government has failed to fulfill its promises from last year’s strikes.

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Valencia oranges perform well under hydric stress

April 11th, 2014

Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.

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U.S.: Florida port deepens trade ties with Colombia

April 9th, 2014

The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.

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Colombia promotes “más” Hass

April 3rd, 2014

A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.

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Competitiveness is key in Chiquita-Fyffes deal, says Colombian banana rep

March 20th, 2014

A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.

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Colombia: Banacol undergoes restructuring amid debt woes

March 17th, 2014

Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.

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Colombian authorities intercept citrus pest in U.S., Spanish shipments

March 13th, 2014

Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.

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U.K.: Fairtrade Foundation aims for ‘game-changer’ campaign

February 25th, 2014

We speak with the face of a campaign aimed at teaching British consumers about the realities of banana-growing in Colombia.

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Peru: Camposol aims for year-round supply in avocados, blueberries

February 17th, 2014

From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.

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Colombia reports progress in fruit fly eradication

February 10th, 2014

Colombia hopes progress in fruit fly eradication could help open the U.S. market for uchuvas.

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Opinion: the battle for banana livelihoods

February 7th, 2014

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.

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Public-private partnership to raise export profile of seven Colombian crops

January 27th, 2014

Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.

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Colombian regional govt slates US$6M for avocado development

January 24th, 2014

Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.

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Cocaine found in Berlin banana boxes

January 8th, 2014

Aldi supermarket staff in Berlin were given a surprise this week when they found cocaine in banana boxes.

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Colombian papayas make a splash in Canada

December 18th, 2013

Colombian growers have successfully shipped papayas to Canada and are working on certifications to open new markets.

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Colombia works to strengthen passiflora industry

December 17th, 2013

Colombia aims to add the U.S. and Russia to its export portfolio for fruits like passionfruit and granadilla.

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Colombia enjoys strong growth in pineapple sector

December 9th, 2013

Colombia’s pineapple sector has far surpassed the crop’s global growth rate in recent years.

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Colombia implements expansive fruit fly control program

November 11th, 2013

Through a trap system, Colombia hopes to improve fruit fly control and plant health.

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Dole brings major horticultural investment to Colombia

October 31st, 2013

Dole Food Company will be launching the largest ag investment Colombia has seen in five years.

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U.S.: HLB Specialties upbeat on goldenberry import changes

October 28th, 2013

HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.

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Colombian province begins first ever papaya exports

October 22nd, 2013

Colombia’s Valencia province sent its first papaya exports for Canada Friday.

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Antioxidant benefits found in mango peels

October 22nd, 2013

Colombian and Brazilian scientists have found value added potential in mango peels due to beneficial bioactive compounds.

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Colombia kicks off Hass harvest with national focus

October 15th, 2013

Colombia will produce around 40,000MT of Hass avocados this season, mostly for national consumption.

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Fairtrasa expands organic fruit program to Colombia

October 8th, 2013

With a new office in Colombia, Fairtrasa will be expanding its Latin American fruit program.

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Colombia announces ag import restrictions

October 7th, 2013

Pears, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the products now restricted for import in Colombia.

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Colombia: tropical fruit powder maintains nutritional value

September 27th, 2013

Colombian researchers are finding new ways to utilize tropical fruits like acai and camu camu.

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Colombia: Caldas growers sign avocado export deal

September 12th, 2013

A new Colombian department is ready to jump on the country’s fast-moving Hass avocado export bandwagon.

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Bag color can affect banana ripening

September 11th, 2013

A Colombian researcher has analyzed a simple metric that can affect the speed of banana ripening.

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Colombian govt proposes norms to end ag protests

August 30th, 2013

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the government will focus on pesticide and fertilizer prices.

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Clashes continue in Colombia’s ag strikes

August 29th, 2013

Free trade and human rights concerns continue to fuel debate in Colombia’s agricultural sector.

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Colombian experts aim to bridge blackberry “technological divide”

August 19th, 2013

The blackberry is a “champion” crop for Colombian consumption but producers still have room for improving growing practices for the fruit.

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Colombia aims to raise Tahitian lime export presence

July 17th, 2013

The Colombian lime industry is undertaking measures to gain a competitive edge in export markets.

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Eastern Colombia welcomes Hass avocado plant

July 4th, 2013

With a new avocado packaging plant, Colombia’s Cauca Valley looks to the export market.

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Colombian agreement averts banana strike

June 21st, 2013

Colombia’s banana industry initially planned to cut wages, but strike threats have led to a splash out on worker benefits.

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Storms take toll on Colombian plantains

June 6th, 2013

An important Colombian plantain region is facing flooding difficulties again this year.

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Colombian banana workers ratify labor strike

June 5th, 2013

A potential Colombian banana worker strike could threaten hundreds of thousands of boxes in exports per day.

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Opinion: the potential of Colombia’s changing Orinoquia region

May 30th, 2013

Enrique Villegas explains how producers can keep up with changes in Colombia’s Orinoquia region.

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Colombian government and FARC come to ag agreement

May 28th, 2013

A “critical step” has been taken by FARC and the Colombian government toward agriculture reform.

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Colombian banana workers threaten wage strike

May 23rd, 2013

Possible wage cuts could provoke an extensive strike in Colombia’s banana industry.

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Colombia a “paradise” for avocados, says Antioquia leader

May 14th, 2013

The Colombian avocado industry is ramping up production, GlobalG.A.P. certifications and market access talks.

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Opinion: the mountains and valleys that define Colombian agriculture

May 10th, 2013

Enrique Villegas gives a background lesson on Colombia, a growing country with significant agricultural opportunities.

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Colombia’s growing avocado model

April 22nd, 2013

Colombia may be one of the world’s biggest avocado producers but it still has a way to go in developing an export market.

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Hass avocado group formed in Colombia

April 17th, 2013

Colombia’s avocado industry has stepped up its game in the push for U.S. market access.

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Spain: banana shipment arrives with 100 kilos of cocaine

April 9th, 2013

Banana shipments continue to serve as a key mode of illegal drug transport to Europe.

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U.S. considers fruits from Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand

March 22nd, 2013

After two years of consideration, Colombian watermelons may soon enter the U.S. market.

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U.S. approves value-added Colombian mangoes

February 28th, 2013

Fresh Colombian mangoes are ready to enter the U.S. market but with strict delivery requirements.

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Colombia looks abroad for new mangosteen markets

February 18th, 2013

Mangosteen exporters from Colombia hope to gain U.S. market access.

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Moko disease a threat to Colombian banana costs

January 28th, 2013

Colombia’s top banana exporters can control Moko disease but bear higher production costs if other growers are lax.

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Fruit Fanatic: an exotic fruit collector’s Ecuadorian dream

January 8th, 2013

Rolf Blancke describes a pristine Ecuadorian rare fruit paradise under threat from a thermoelectric dam project.

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Colombia reopens Chiquita paramilitary case

December 10th, 2012

The Colombian Attorney General has decided to revisit Chiquita’s payments to paramilitary AUC.

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Colombian banana growers support tax reform

December 3rd, 2012

Colombian banana growers support a tax reform bill they believe will help better formalize the economy.

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Fair trade transition picks up speed in the U.S.

November 14th, 2012

Fair Trade USA’s Alexandria Coari discusses the real impact of community development funds on farmers.

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E.U. and Latin America come to historic banana agreement

November 9th, 2012

The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.

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Colombia awakens to agricultural potential

September 25th, 2012

Enrique Villegas talks about Colombia’s potential to overcome its obstacles and export exotic fruit worldwide.

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Colombia starts citrus grower workshops to combat HLB

September 6th, 2012

Colombia has enlisted citrus growers to help them prevent citrus greening from gaining a foothold.

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Fyffes’ pre-tax profits jump by nearly 30% in H1

September 4th, 2012

Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.

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El Niño to drive up Latin America’s temperatures in H2

August 17th, 2012

We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.

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Colombia capitalizes on mango export entry in Japan

August 14th, 2012

Colombia has started exporting mangoes to Japan after gaining access late last month.

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Importer bets on West African pineapple sweetness opening new doors

August 3rd, 2012

West African pineapples still have a bright export future in Europe despite shrinking volumes.

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Colombia gets Chilean thumbs up for dragon fruit exports

July 31st, 2012

Colombia has fulfilled Chilean treatment requirements for dragonfruit exports.

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U.S. banana imports from Latin America rose slightly in 2011

July 5th, 2012

Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.

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More than 20 Colombian fruits meet U.S. admissibility standards

July 3rd, 2012

Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.

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Chile-Colombian frozen fruit plant launched

July 2nd, 2012

A Chilean-Colombian processing plant partnership has gone live and will be exporting frozen tropical fruits.

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Peruvian grape production to more than double in 2013

June 18th, 2012

Peru’s grape industry has witnessed impressive growth over a short period of time, according to a USDA report.

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Colombian lawsuit against Dole dismissed with prejudice

June 11th, 2012

A lawsuit alleging Dole paid Colombian paramilitary groups has been dismissed by a Los Angeles court.

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U.S. to import Colombian celery, arugula and spinach

May 22nd, 2012

U.S. inspectors have given Colombia’s celery, arugula and spinach the green light for imports.

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Peru predicts 15% export growth this year

May 18th, 2012

Peru’s agricultural exports look set to rise by 15% this year, thanks to key fruits like avocados and grapes.

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Colombian group looks to diversify crop base

May 16th, 2012

Agrofuturo Colombia project developer Camilo Perez highlights opportunities in pineapples, cocoa and palm oil.

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Maersk culls Andean-Europe service

May 9th, 2012

Danish shipping line Maersk will finish up direct services from Peru and Chile to Northwest Europe.

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Colombian drought hits avocado crop

April 10th, 2012

Farmers in a Colombian region have lost up to 40% of their crops due to a hot summer and lack of water.

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Opinion: fair trade produce goes from strength to strength

April 10th, 2012

Fair Trade USA talks up growing demand and valuable projects in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.

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‘illegitimate’ food safety measurement cases on the rise, exporters tell WTO

April 3rd, 2012

Indonesia’s proposed Jakarta port closure was among the new concerns raised to the WTO.

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Colombia’s agriculture minister calls for stricter mining laws

February 29th, 2012

The Columbian agriculture ministry is campaigning for tighter control over mining licenses to protect farmers.

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Colombian banana production hit unlikely to impact exports, says Augura

February 22nd, 2012

The Colombian Banana Growers Association says banana exports are on track despite flooding in the Magdalena region.

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Colombian govt offers exchange rate insurance to ag exporters

January 31st, 2012

The Colombian Ministry of Agriculture has vowed to protect exporters with exchange rate insurance.

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Colombian-Dutch partnership to invest US$4.8M in sustainable bananas

January 30th, 2012

The Dutch government is providing assistance in a new sustainable banana production program in Colombia.

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Colombia’s banana producers hit by ‘deadly’ Moko bacteria

January 4th, 2012

Colombia’s banana production is down due to a lethal bacterium caused by heavy rains and high humidity.

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Colombia launches sustainable agriculture scheme

December 23rd, 2011

The Colombian Government aims to consolidate the country’s organic agriculture industry.

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Fair trade audits aren’t costly and improve lives, says Nature’s Pride CEO

December 22nd, 2011

Nature’s Pride CEO Shawn Harris says fair trade goes beyond ‘greenwashing’ and needs strong checks to ensure its credibility.

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Asian taste for Chilean cherries grows while U.S. imports decrease

December 15th, 2011

China and other Latin American countries are becoming increasingly important markets for Chilean cherries.

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Two detained in Peruvian asparagus cocaine seizure

December 12th, 2011

Peruvian police have arrested two Colombians for plans to send cocaine to Spain in cans of asparagus.

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Colombia’s banana imports soar

October 13th, 2011

Colombia’s banana imports showed a more than two-fold increase this year.

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U.S. accelerates multiple FTAs

October 5th, 2011

Colombian fruit exporters will be pleased at Barack Obama’s decision to push ahead an FTA.

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Dutch govt offers social scheme for Colombian banana growers

September 21st, 2011

Colombian banana growers have welcomed a Dutch Government scheme to promote sustainable production for small growers.

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Colombia and India in line for avocado growth

September 7th, 2011

Colombia and India took center stage on the opening day of the VII World Avocado Congress in Australia.

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Colombia: Huila aims to market new fruit to Europe

September 2nd, 2011

The Colombian department of Huila aims to export blackberries, avocadoes, peaches, sweet granadillas and cholupas to Europe.

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Chile-Colombia partnership to build frozen fruit plant

August 16th, 2011

Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.

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Cocaine seized in Colombian banana package

August 3rd, 2011

Colombian authorities have seized US$10 million worth of cocaine hidden in a package of bananas.

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GM Special: fighting like cats and dogs in South America

June 21st, 2011

For the first part of Fresh Fruit Portal’s GM Special we look at the situation in South America.

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Ecuador could export to U.S. and E.U. via neighbors

June 16th, 2011

Ecuador may need to export primary products through Peru and Colombia due to a lack of FTAs with key markets.

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Colombia and E.U. expect FTA in 2012

June 15th, 2011

Free trade talks between Colombian and European Union officials in Brussels have been ‘very positive’.

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Colombia’s ag institute to launch damage mitigation projects

June 10th, 2011

The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) plans to deliver damage mitigation projects amidst a difficult flooding season

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Colombia rains cut banana exports 25%

May 23rd, 2011

Floods in Colombia look unlikely to ease, with banana exports seriously affected.

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U.S. tariffs cost Colombia US$48M since February

May 11th, 2011

Colombian exporters are paying tariffs of US$16 million per month in the absence of the ATPDEA, but some are still banking on a retrospective renewal.

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Colombia eyes organic food market

May 10th, 2011

Colombia’s organic industry is just emerging, but increased global demand has led to fresh opportunities.

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Pacific Agreement forms new Latin American trade bloc

May 2nd, 2011

The presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru have met in Lima to sign the Pacific Agreement, which could rival Mercosur

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Colombia could be an ‘agricultural power’

April 20th, 2011

Colombia could play an ‘important role’ in the global food market but it needs to synchronize scientific and technological innovation, investment, credit availability and market studies.

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US$30M worth of marijuana found in Colombian banana cases

April 15th, 2011

Shortly after 1.3MT of cocaine was found in pineapple and banana shipments in Ecuador, more fruit with hidden drugs has been discovered in Colombia.

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Peru’s onion exports shoot up 75% in January

March 28th, 2011

Peru’s onion Freight On Board (FOB) export values grew 75% in January, with Colombia, the U.S. and Spain as its main markets.

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