Cav Banana, et al

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You can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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This business walk an extra mile for its clients.  It literally exist to assist.

Interested importers can email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.

 

Peculiar Christmas gift


I can’t forget when one of my less fortunate co-employee told me how he wanted his daughter to have a guitar and Christian songs. Surprisingly, he passed away days later. While others brought flowers and money to his wake, I came with a guitar and a few Christian songs recorded. I have not uttered encouraging words or Bible verses but action truly speaks louder than words. It may not happen to most of us but I realized that the best Christmas gift is not wrapped items or money to well-off peers and family member. The best gift is help and hope to someone who could not even repay us out of desperation and poverty.

Hope this Christmas I could be a blessing to a cancer patients.

Philippines Can Fight Hunger with Bananas

I am in the business of Cavendish Bananas trade and export of and other fruits, including rice and other commodities.  Since I already mention in my past blog the opportunities in this business, there is still this I call the other side of the coin.  Allow me now to flip the coin by letting me ask you a question.  If importers only prefers Class A 456 hands and the other good part, what do you think happen to the left over bananas?  Image is excerpt from google images

Fyi. Class A (whether 456 hands or 789 hands) or Class B or Cluster are the categories and specifications of offered bananas in the commodity trading world.  Same with same specs but with defects of any sort (e.g. spots, blemish, etc.) Below are the actual photos of harvested bananas from farms in the Philippines.  This type of banana is undoubtedly bigger than common bananas we see in the market.   Nonetheless, you can see for yourself that not all are the same in sizes so every part are categorized and classified according to specification.. Farmers harvest most age of banana fruit between 9-11 days so it will prolong its freshness until it reaches the country of destination up to the stores and markets that sells them.  Majority of our importer-buyers are from Middle East, mostly from Iran.  Sad to say, only a few are shipped to Manila and known markets in the Philippines as only a few could afford them compared to latundan and lakatan variety.

Let me repeat my question…. “If importers only prefers Class A 456 hands and the other good part, what do you think happen to the left over bananas?”  I will show you where the left are over are going…

Sadly, the not chosen ones are just thrown as garbage or farmers just gave them to the pigs or used as fertilizers.  The first time I saw, I immediately thought of the poor families and street children in Manila and many provinces of the Philippines.  I always say to myself, if I could just be given support by the government or by United Nations or any willing NGO, I will help ask of these bananas to be given to DSWD and other concerned NGO, for their distribution to many agencies facilitating feeding program.  I believe the churches can also participate in both pick and distribution.  Below is the requirement to this task:

  • Government laws or intervention to legalize pick and formalize farmers-government cooperation
  • Ready supply of boxes and other packing materials (to withstand transport)
  • Military assistance from driver, crew from pick-up to transport from farm to loading port
  • Free use of 20ft or 40ft container cube
  • Government facilitated shipping or government ship to transport the containers with bananas and other fruits from Sasa Davao port to Manila or to other port of destination within the Philippines
  • DSWD and LGU cooperation
  • Cooperation of Churches and other NGO
  • Others (depending on the scope of requirement)

These are just for the bananas and fruits from Mindanao.  The government can also coordinate and cooperate with traders of vegetables in Baguio, rice and corn producers, etc.

Come to think of it.

Christmas Videos

Merry Christmas to all!  Below are my Christmas videos:

 

New Star Studded “We Are the World” Single

A new power house cast version of “We Are the World” was recorded for the benefit of earthquake victims in Haiti.  The previous was 25 years ago to Aid Africa (the late Michael Jackson compose the song with Lionel Richie).  

The lates version will feature musical stars such as Akon, Jason Mraz, Bono, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Toni Braxton and Lady Gaga.   The new group will used the same studio as where the former cast recorded the original song (A&M complex in Hollywood).  Quincy Jones will also be there.  Incidentally, he was the original producer. 

Some of the big names then were Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper.  Other type celebrities then also support the cause (not limited to singers).

 

The trend was actually set by Band Aid/Live Aid (Do they know it’s Christmas – Feed the World).  USA for Africa (We are the World)  then followed by various singers/musicians in many countries (either for the benefit of Africa then or a different cause they were supporting).