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DA chief to lobby for eased import tariffs on bananas

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. FILE PHOTO

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has told banana exporters he will personally lobby for the lowering of tariff for Cavendish banana in Korea and Japan.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Mindanao group starts exporting organic banana variety to Japan in new scheme

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Cavendish bananas from Mindanao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

After successfully exporting organic rice to Hong Kong and the Middle East, the Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development (DBFSD) has started exporting banana to Japan after it launched its organic “Balangon” banana variety in Makilala, North Cotabato.

Posted: October 20th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

PH seeking new export markets for sugar, bananas

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Cavendish bananas from Mindanao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippines is seeking new markets for sugar and bananas to boost agro-based exports, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said.

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Rehab of banana plantations set

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International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector funding arm of the World Bank, is working with partners to design new insurance products that aim to protect Filipino farmers against costly typhoon-related losses.  AP/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Japanese firm Sumifru Banana Corp., Land Bank of the Philippines and banana growers in areas hard-hit by Typhoon “Pablo” are set to sign a tripartite agreement to rehabilitate affected banana plantations in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

‘Pablo’ farm damage at P11.23B; bananas hit hardest

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International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector funding arm of the World Bank, is working with partners to design new insurance products that aim to protect Filipino farmers against costly typhoon-related losses.  AP/BULLIT MARQUEZ

Damage to agriculture due to Typhoon “Pablo” has reached P11.23 billion as of Dec. 10, 2012, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported Tuesday.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DA certifies 312 banana packing plants in Mindanao

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Freshly harvested bananas from the Philippines’ biggest banana producer Tagum Agricultural Development Co. in Tagum in Davao del Norte province located at Mindanao are ready for packing. The Philippines is China’s major supplier of bananas to China, among other countries. The government intends to tweak the country’s export strategy by pushing for a further penetration of the Chinese market and focusing less on electronics.  AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

The Plant Quarantine Service of the Department of Agriculture has certified that 312 packing plants belonging to two major banana exporter groups have passed the quality standards set by the Chinese government.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Traders blame government for banana fiasco with China

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VICENTE LAO: We want to be assured our investments will be upheld PHOTO FROM MINBC.ORG

Business leaders in Mindanao and government agriculture officials exchanged barbs on Sunday over who was to blame for the recent quarantine problems encountered by Philippine banana exports to China.

Posted: May 28th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Zubiri: Other PH fruits may suffer same fate as bananas over Shoal row

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Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. File photo

Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri has warned that Philippine tropical fruits being sent to China could also suffer the fate of Cavendish bananas.

Posted: May 26th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Banana exporters rethink 40% growth target

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The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) may not meet its target growth in exports this year due to restrictions by China, an industry leader said.

Posted: May 20th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Mindanao exporters maintain China holding 1,500 banana containers

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Freshly harvested bananas from the Philippines’ biggest banana producer Tagum Agricultural Development Co. in Tagum in Davao del Norte province located at Mindanao are ready for packing. The Philippines is China’s major supplier of bananas to China, among other countries. The government intends to tweak the country’s export strategy by pushing for a further penetration of the Chinese market and focusing less on electronics.  AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD

Mindanao fruit exporters said the foreign office got it all wrong when it announced that only 150 container vans filled with bananas, and not 1,500 as the Inquirer had originally reported, were being held for quarantine inspection by authorities in various ports in China.

Posted: May 18th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

DA team to go to China to check on stranded banana shipment

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Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. FILE PHOTO

Officials of the Department of Agriculture will go to China this week to check on stranded banana shipments in response to China’s claim that Philippine bananas have been attacked by pests, according to agriculture officials.

Posted: May 15th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Aquino urges banana exporters to diversify market

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Arakan, North Cotabato women wash Cavendish bananas ready for export as this  mountainous town has become a center for agribusiness in Central Mindanao area. With GSP privileges, the Philippines will be able to export bananas, among others, to the US without having to pay corresponding tariffs.  PHOTO BY PINOY GONZALES/PDI CONTRIBUTOR

President Benigno Aquino on Monday told banana exporters reeling from the stringent rules imposed on their product by China not to put all their eggs in one basket and to diversify their market.

Posted: May 15th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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