Cav Banana, et al

We export all-in pack

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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.

Purpose Driven Christmas Gift

Merry Christmas!

I went to Davao Philippines last October 19 til December 1, 2011 per request of a foreign client to facilitate and monitor a Cavedish Banana export deal.  The region is so rich in fruits, sea foods, mining mineral and other natural resources.  I stayed for more than a month hoping that I could brought income to my wife enough to finance her breast cancer treatment and give her a happy Christmas celebration.  Sadly, I got home bitter bankrupt because my chosen supplier got obsessed with the down payment and cheated me and my client by loading reject bananas instead of Class A export quality.  To make the story short, I went home broke with tons of debts because my client stop the sending of support.
I am still into Cavendish Banana Export but I now partner with new reliable cooperative-supplier.  But I could not believed that part of the region where I came was destroyed and devastated by a typhoon that passed through after I leave the place.  I was very  thankful because I am no longer in the island when the storm devastated the region.  In the contrary, I and my wife felt pity and sympathetic as large part of the region was unimaginably destroyed in a matter of hours.  You may have seen it on the news… hundreds have died helplessly and the residential and commercial areas have been wiped away by flash flood.

For Christmas sake… pls donate whatever support you can give.   Definitely I am going back but this time I hope I could bring donations with your support, to reach out to the affected .  As always, I will partner with local a church and non-governmental organization as I won’t pretend that I can make it on my own.  My skills in business plan and feasibility study, and my more than 15 years experience in the corporate sector including my voluntary experience in community service and rebuilding since 1986 will be very useful.   I could also design cheap convenient housing structure and my Civil Engineer and contractor brothers can assist (Photos and details of my community service and helping the less fortunate experience are available upon request).  Rest assured that I will provide accounting and reports with photos.

Pls click to link below if you want to help through reliable trustworthy Foundations…
http://www.adlsu.com/2011/12/18/15-ways-to-help-sendongs-victims-in-cdo-iligan/
or through me through direct support to communities with my skills in rebuilding through creation of jobs and community service…

Before the recent typhoon named, “Sendong”

(The author of this post does not claim ownership to the photos)

in a matter of hours and a day after the storm…

Police use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from flooded regions
Rescuers paddle their boat to search for survivors after Typhoon Washi
Thousands of people have been homeless by the severe storm which leaves 625 people dead and hundreds missing
Philippine Red Cross said most victims of the disaster are women and children
 Images are excerpt from Google images
I no longer desire extravagant Christmas celebration.  But if I receive donations, I will be delighted to be a channel through rebuilding the devastated communities within my reach.
You won’t believe how a simple kind of kindness would change lives and God will bless you for reaching out.
For more details, you may email me directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

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.