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.

 

Wreath Ideas

Below are some of the known creative ways to make Christmas Wreath.


Most of the photos are excerpt from Google images.

 

Moringa Business Outlook, Business Plan et al in Video and Powerpoint

Below are the cover image for Power Point Presentation version (also available in PDF format)

Actual presentation are with my original works, including other business lines as Hardware and Software Development Business Plan, Cavendish Banana plantation and export, etc.  I could be reach through my direct email:  denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Business Concierge

Many wishes to have their own business but in reality, only few succeeded as it is not as easy as other thought of it.  Thanks to internet, one can found a lot of stories and information.

A feasibility study is basically an analysis of the viability of an idea.   In short, it is one form of risk management to whatever one intends to establish.  Business is easier said than done.  Without feasibility study is a risky business.  With it is passing through the right direction because it help answer the essential question of “should we proceed with the proposed project idea?”

Feasibility studies has its different uses, format and purpose but goal of most who are utilizing it agrees to  main goal – determine the viability of their idea before proceeding with the development of a business.    For you to not fall into common traps in business, I am willing to provide my sincere support and can serve as your personal Concierge or someone who can provide the business necessities you and your company needs:

  • Start-up Business Tips

  • Feasibility Study/Business Plan
  • Research
  • List of Small Business Ideas
  • Getting Started
  • Marketing Plan
  • Branding
  • Business Registration Procedure and Requirement
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Clips/Power Point Presentation
  • Office/Home Office Lay-out
  • Risk Management
  • Import-Export Online Monitoring and Files archiving
  • Product/Service Sourcing
  • Forms
  • Letters
  • Free Website
  • Blogging
  • Order Monitoring
  • Other Requirement

No one is an island in the field of business as education, experience and money are not enough and is 

not a guarantee for success.   Believe or not, many end in losses of their hard earned money and wasted a lot of time.  Sad to say, there is no “UNDO” command button to regain what you own.  One common reason for the mistake is that most Entrepreneur invested in their desired business but did not put a dime to produce Feasibility Study Study or Business Plan.  Without it is like entrusting your money to the wind or building a building without structural design and computation.

Please take note that a Feasibility Study and other form of preparation is not just for Seller, but also crucial to Buyers and Importers.  One clear proof to this is one of client’s experience as stated in my other document

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/critical-areas-in-loss-prevention-cavendish-banana-import-export/

Cavendish Banana Importer/Exporter first need a Feasibility Study

An importer/exporter/investor needs a Feasibility Study first to manage risk and avoid waste of time and losses of money.

I can quote right away to requesting importer/buyer, through the company I represent (I represent a trading company).  But to educate importers and buyers for them to manage risk and avoid disappointments, I am willing to offer my sincere services .  I can provide a credible feasibility study based on actual survey and direct visit to farms and farm owners.  I already help a number of importers from Middle East and Europe.  I am also offering my services to other importers as well.  Otherwise, importer who just inquire and order may result to head ache as they do not know whom they trade with and the systems involve in it.  This is risking large amount of money and in the end the trial and error commonly lead to waste of time and money. 

I can lead importers and investors to farm owners and/or direct exporters to get low price, at the same time do a feasibility study for a systematic approach and system.  I had clients who availed of these services but I need budget for the following:
1. Plane fare round trip to Davao from Manila (farm locations are very far and risky for first time visiting foreigner importers)
2. Accommodations for a week or two of stay in Davao
3. Food allowance
4. Land transportation allowance.
5. Miscellaneous expense
Below is the actual video taken in the heart of Cavendish Farms in Davao for my client in Europe:
Feasibility Study is very important to be very sure of more profit, reliability of whom the importer will cooperate with, risk management, etc.

Most Grower’s and Trader’s offer:
Class A    456 hands per 13.5kg box
FOB Davao – to be given upon request
Class A/B    789 hands per 13.5kg box
FOB Davao – to be given upon request
Option in buying:

1. FOB (bananas are packed in a 13.5kg box with registered brand – ready for packing).   We just need a container as the bananas are packed and is ready for loading.  We need a customs broker/forwarder to assist from booking to sailing, once the container reaches destination port until the consignee receives the bananas.
2. C&F (just add the shipping cost and other fees related to it)
3. Fruit Cost / Fruit Buying only –  I will help you buy the fruit directly from my grower contacts.   This means that I will coordinate with box manufacturer and supplier of other packing materials.  You need to rent a packing house and people to  pack the bananas.  If we do this, we may cut on cost and expenses. But  you need to pay my contact for the use of box with their brand and export license.
I can facilitate FOB or C&F (throgh the company I represent), or I can lead an importer/investor to the farm grower and provide feasibility study.  This is not as simple as it sound and if I will be entrusted, I will spare the importer/investor the hard work and risk involve.  But this won’t be as simple as setting a meeting or telling the location and contact details.  The reason I need support is I need to go first to the risky yet heart of Cavendish Farms in Davao Philippines.   It is my sincere service offer as I noticed that many importers and buyers suffered losses by doing trial and error and losing a lot of money along the way.
Below is the actual copy of the feasibility study I submitted to a particular importer base in Europe.  It turned-out very useful and profitable.
Below is the actual table of contents to answer all issues involve and gathered necessary information an importer/importer should know.  Such is also beneficial to concerned organizations and government agencies. The proponent chose what is used by a particular US government agency for feasibility study format and content.
Note:   I am also willing to make a video or power point presentation format, image bank, free website, etc.
If anyone is interested, I can be reach through my direct email:  denissalvatierra@yahoo.com
I am not limited to Philippines.  I can also go to India, China, Equador and/or other countries an importer is aspiring to import Cavendish Banana.  If given the support and assistance, I can do an actual survey for an importer or investor to spare them to dirty work and other hassles.  In return, I will do all the necessary survey from direct visit, pinpointing of direct farms and coming-up for a credible Feasibility Study.
I can also be entrusted to do a feasibility study for other agricultural products as Moringa propagation, Rice Trading, etc.


Digital Window Museum Philippines

Pls view my proposal from below YouTube video link

I am in need of sponsor and/or investor for the prototype sample and mass production.  This art will simplify museum will make it cost effective.  I am willing to partner with Tourism Industry if given the support grand and funding.

I could be reach through my direct e-mail denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Sea Cucumber Means Money

To tell you honestly, I am not an expert on sea cucumbers. I first heard it through a Christian radio program. Since then I got curious until I attended a session and discovered so many things.  One is I found out that this aquatic resource is common in the Philippines yet only a few knew its high income potentials if cultivated and process properly. I could not believe how high the demand for this aquatic resource  in the international market.  This could mean livelihood to many to aleviate poverty or entrepreneurial pursuits or investment opportunity. I need not be a business guru to understand that this matter.  So are you.

Sea cucumbers are actually not new to Philippines as our country is surrounded by bodies of waters. Harvesting of sea cucumbers has been a source of income to many families in the Philippines, especially to those living near the sea shores.  It’s just that many of us still need to be educated on its proper cultivation and processing for a more profitable business and long term source of income.

Let me quote a portion from an article written by an expert on this field…                                                                                       excerpt from http://www.bar.gov.ph/bardigest/2004/aprjun04_brightpotential.asp

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Sea cucumbers may be weird marine creatures but to some people, they are delectable.  Across Asia, they have long been a staple in peoples’ diets, mainly in soups, stews and stir-fries. They are highly nutritious — described as “an ideal tonic food” — as they provide more protein and less fat than most foods. “Like tofu, it is flavorless but absorbs the flavors of its surrounding seasonings and foods,” wrote a food maven and epicure.

Generally, sea cucumbers are sold as trepang, which is easier to store and handle than the fresh product. They are valued as an exotic delicacy and a flavorful condiment for soups, noodles and other dishes.

In some parts of Europe, whole beche-de-mer can be stuffed with a filling of pork, cornstarch and chopped fried fish. Cooked fresh and quickly on a hot griddle, espardenyes are served with olive, sea salt and a squeeze of lemon in Spain.

Like their terrestrial cousins, sea cucumbers can — unsurprisingly, perhaps — also be pickled. In some instances, they are prepared as salads and eaten fresh minus the internal organs. In other parts of the world, the internal organs of some species like Stichopus variegatus are also fermented for food.

To some people, sea cucumbers are more than just food. In fact, there are people who believe sea animals possess some aphrodisiac powers. The reason for this belief is the peculiar reaction of the creature on being kneaded or disturbed slightly with fingers. It swells and stiffens and a jet of water is released from one end. This behavior is similar to the erection and subsequent ejaculation of the male sexual organ.

By the way, people in Palau use the sea cucumber to protect their feet when walking in the reef. They squeeze the sea cucumber until it squirts out sticky threads, which they put on their feet. Even though this practice may sound harsh, the sea cucumber returns to the reef unharmed.

In the Philippines, sea cucumbers are found in burrows, seagrass beds or sandy areas with large amounts of coral rubbles. Some are found in waters of up to 20 meters deep. These can be found off the coastal waters of Zamboanga City; Zamboanga del Sur; Zamboanga del Norte; Basilan Province; Jolo, Sulu; South Cotabato; Surigao del Norte; Villas eal and Catbalogan, Samar; Negros Occidental; Cebu; Calatagan, Bangas; Polilio Island, Quezon; Masinloc, Zambales; San Vicente, Cagayan; San Fernando, La Union; Bolinao, Bani and Alaminos, Pangasinan.

For almost a century, the harvesting and processing of sea cucumbers has been a source of income for many Filipino families. As Naga, the publication of the World Fish Center, reported in 1987: “The steady demand for sea cucumbers from other countries has made sea cucumber harvesting an attractive source of income for many Filipinos. In many islands and coastal villages, the income derived from it constitutes a significant portion of a family’s livelihood.”

Today, sea cucumber is a multi-million dollar industry.  In the United States, price rate of dried sea cucumber is pegged at US$180 to US$250 per kilogram. The Philippines is home to 100 species of sea cucumbers, of which 31 are commercially important. “There is a big export market for sea cucumbers particularly for Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan,” says Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III, former executive director of the Laguna-based Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development (PCAMRD). Aside from food, there’s also an emerging market for the use of sea cucumbers in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Common medicinal uses of sea cucumber in China include treating: weakness, impotence, debility of the aged, constipation due to intestinal dryness, and frequent urination. As demand continues to escalate, the supply dwindles – to the extent that their population is now in jeopardy.

Sea cucumber stocks are under intense fishing pressure throughout the world, according to a recent report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Most high value commercial species have been depleted. In Asia and the Pacific, the most sought-after species are largely depleted. The region generates some 20,000 to 40,000 tons per year, which are exported to China and other Asian markets. Most of them come from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

“The fast pace of development of sea cucumber fisheries to supply growing international demand is placing most fisheries and many sea cucumber species at risk,” pointed out the FAO report, Sea Cucumbers: A Global Review of Fisheries and Trade. Sea cucumbers are utilized almost exclusively as an export commodity. This huge export makes the population of sea cucumbers in the country to decline significantly. “Yes, we used to have a lot of sea cucumbers in our coastal areas,” admits Dr. Guerrero. “They have been depleted because of over-harvesting.”

But the good news is: There are now on-going projects for the artificial breeding and culture of sea cucumbers being conducted by the Marine Science Institute (MST) of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Bolinao, Pangasinan. In Mindanao, the UP is also conducting pond culture of sea cucumber in Davao City, in cooperation with a private entity, the Alson Aquaculture.

In addition, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has recently established the country’s first-ever commercial hatchery for sea cucumber to enhance massive raising of the commodity nationwide. The hatchery produces 60,000 “juvenile” sea cucumbers every month, which can be distributed to farmers who are interested in culturing them in fish ponds, or for sea ranching (stocking them in a designated space in the sea for gathering later).

“Sea cucumber is a good material for sea ranching because, based on its behavior, it can travel just one to two meters a day and about one kilometer a year,” the BFAR said in a statement.

The mortality rate of cultured juveniles is high. But once they weigh 20 grams and placed in the seafloor or in ponds, the survival rate is almost 100%, according to Dr. Westly Rosario, executive director of the BFAR’s National Fisheries Research Development Institute.

In a recent report, Northern Luzon news reporter Yolanda Fuertes wrote: “Aside from the initial cost of the juvenile sea cucumbers (Php5 each), they are not fed commercial food, depending only on organic matter in the culture pond for nourishment (salinity should be at least 20 parts per thousand) or the sea tidal flats which are their natural habitats.”

Dr. Guerrero said that sea farming of sea cucumbers “can be a profitable and environmentally-friendly livelihood industry for coastal communities.” The PCAMRD, a line agency of the Department of Science and Technology, is supporting such kind of projects.

A study conducted at BFAR showed that it takes six months for the sea cucumber to reach 250 grams, the desired weight in the export market. One hectare of fishpond can accommodate 10,000 sea cucumbers.  This means that after six months, a farmer can harvest at least 2.5 tons. But before they can be exported, they have to be dried first – shrunk to about 10% of their live weight. So, the marketable harvest would only be 250 kilograms. At P4,000 per kilogram, the farmer earns a whooping Phpi million from his one-hectare pond in six months.

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As I have said earlier, we just excerpt above article from http://www.bar.gov.ph/bardigest/2004/aprjun04_brightpotential.asp

For more specific details about sea cucumber, you may click to link below for more info.

Link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_cucumber

http://www.spc.int/coastfish/news/bdm/13/03.Schoppe.html

http://www.fao.org/docrep/007/y5501e/y5501e0c.htm

http://www.bar.gov.ph/bardigest/2004/aprjun04_brightpotential.asp

 ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/011/i0375e/i0375e04.pdf

For interested investors, entrepreneurs and those who would want to enter into the sea cucumber business, I can refer you to someone who is sincerely promoting it. Not to mention other agriculture and aqua culture potentials he help promote and develops in the past. His details are available upon request.

Photos are excerpt from Google Images, credits to below link: http://www.diytrade.com/china/4/manufacturers/820682/main/Denma_Trading_Company.html

 http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=high-demand-in-china-threatens-phil-2009-06-25

http://endoftheline.com/blog/archives/date/2009/04

How to establish your business in Singapore?

Answer first the question, “Why in Singapore?” 

Among the industrialzied countries, many new and growing businesses nowadays chose Singapore primarily because of its reputation and stability in terms of economic and facility.  Other needs to reposition their office in a competitive trading nation for added sales and reliability.”  These are credible based on facts and figures.  As per our own study, I was able to get some reasons and statistical reports:   

  • Singapore is strategically located near ASEAN manufacturing countries and are considered the center of commodity trading in the world
  • Singapore bridge the gap in commodity trading
  • Efficient Facility
  • Better Air and Sea ports.
  • SMRT complements workforce and business establishments
  • Comfortable living
  • Nice recreation for our guest is awesome
  • And a lot more which is enough reason to get the respect of both partners and investors, in and out of Singapore

 According to World Bank, “Singapore is the cheapest place to start a business in Asia.”

  “The 2nd most profitable place for investors,” according to Global 2003, BERI

As for start-up firms or aspiring foreign entrepreneurs, he/she must first formulate a viable business plan to pass the approval of concerned Singapore government agency to obtain the licesence and permits needed. In relation to the requirement, work permit/working Visa for himself and his immediate family is one of the initial most important requirements. 

Funds are granted by a number of concerned government agencies but proponents have to qualify to their standards and criteria.  Most of them has standard format on business plan, you just have to download their template through their websites.  Nonetheless, below is the basic outline in your business plan: 

I.  Executive Summary

 II.  The Business

 The Business Model and Value Proposition

  • Definition
  • Business Name
  • Ojective
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Goal

 The Products/Services

 Market Structure and Analysis

  • Target market and customer base
  • Market size and potential
  • Competitor analysis
  • Competitive analysis

 Marketing and Distribution

  • Marketing and communication
  • Distribution
  • Sales

 Production process and development

  1. The supplier and raw materials
  2. Company structure and management
  3. Planning and strategy
  4. S.W.O.T. Analysis
  5. Price breakdown of products/services
  6. Investment Plan
  7. Source of Plan

 III. The Financial Plan

 IV.  The Development Impact

Others:  You may also need to include the expansion plan and Risk management plan.  To be on tract of what Singapore wants, please study further what has been provided in its web sites.

This business can expand in the near future, depending on how effective management in administering the business.  Having the right invesment/investors and partners is one of the key components. 

To avoid waste of time and money, I recommend two crucial partners for the effective registration and setting-up of standards:

 1. Rikvin Consultancy Singapore (permits and documentation processing, including initial setting up related to office, business plan polishing, etc.)

2. SAP International/Singapore (setting up of effective and globally competitive systems and procedure)

Most of the tips and outline are also adoptable if you wish to do business in other countries.