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.

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.

 

Mossad on Hot Seat

The assasination of one of Hamas military wing Mahmuh al-Mabhuh that recently happened in Dubai was unexpectedly not that explosive in the news world.  If this happened in the 70’s, Israel will again be in the world headlines in days or weeks as its inteligence agency Mossad are being pinpointed by Dubai Police.   Mahmuh al-Mabhuh was found dead in a Dubai hotel room last month.  It was told that there were five Irish passports that were used by the assasins. There were also six British passports, three French and one German passport used, according to the Dubai police.  This reminds me of the “Bourne Identity” movie series 1, 2 and 3.    To the spectators, such is an action packed thriller story to follow.  But it ain’t a movie and the killings are a reality in this situation.  Furthermore, the issue is too sensitive as the wounds to both Israel and Arab world are deeper and more complex than anyone could imagine.  

Interpol has already issued arrest warrents for 11 people who are accused of killing the Hamas commander that was found to use British, Irish, French and German passports.  As per gathered report, Dubai is pressuring Israel for the Arest of Mossad Chief.   Israel rejected the request as Dubai they say did not provide incriminating proof. 

I could not blame the media why only few wrote stories on such sensitive issues as this. Israel and Dubai surely do its damage control.  It’s just that the recent assination is far damaging from what Israel has been through in the past.  It is because the political and diplomatic context has changed in the last decade.  Furthermore, this may escalate into bigger conflicts and wider persfective. 

To know more about the Mossad, Hamas and the Middle East conflict, kindly click to link below:

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Mahmoud_al-Mabhouh

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab%E2%80%93Israeli_conflict

photos are excerpts from Google Images

Lent for Dummies

Lent is an annual religious tradition within Roman Catholic religion.  It is described as the period of liturgical year starting from Ash Wednesday to end of Holy Week, which is Resurrection Sunday (or Easter as many are calling it).  

As per records, the purpose is to prepare the believers through prayer, penitence, alms giving and self denial in remembrance of the passion of Christ until His death and resurrection.  Historically, the practice was largely observed until the Protestant Reformation in the time of Martin Luther (a former Catholic Bishop).  

Many modern Protestant denominations these days observed the Lent in a refined and simplified manner.  Their teaching foundation is somehow different as they directly read the Bible for the story (mostly quoting from the four Gospel: Matthey, Mark, Luke and John).   Their observance has its  difference as its purpose is focus on remembrance to Christ sacrifices for the salvation of mankind, without inflicting pain or sacrifice on ones self (or penitence).  As they say, “salvation is a free gift from God when you sincerely accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior.  Salvation is by God’s grace through our faith, not gain through good works or sacrifices.”  This they believed from (John 3:16), “ For God so loved the world (or you), that He gave his only begoten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  

Lent was also traditionally the term used to describe the period leading up to Christmas before the Advent officially recognized.  As there are differences in the observance within Catholic religion, there are also differences in many aspects in different countries.

The title of the painting is “Forgiven” by Thomas Blackshear.  Excerpt from Google Images. 

To better understand the Lent is to view the movie “Passion of Christ” by acclaimed Direct, Mel Gibson.  To me, this movie is the most honest Jesus movie ever made. 

Philippines’ Role in Modern Israel

Before 1948, Jews have no country of their own and Israel did not exist since the Romans invaded the land in 70AD were the Jews finally expelled in their own land.  Jews take refuge in various countries across the globe.  Philippine was one of the chosen few countries to accept Jewish refugee and provided area to continue with their lives.  With their unique bond and religious ties, the Jews continue with their communication with the remains of their race no matter where they are. 

When the world start to recognized Israel’s existence on 1948 through

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United Nation, Philippine President then (Manuel Roxas) played a crucial role by instructing Carlos P. Romulo (Philippine Representative to the U.N.) to vote in favor of the independence of Israel inspite of pressures from many nations as many were against it during that time.   This I believed was written in Israel’s historical books.  That vote encourages other voting countries to not be afraid and use their concience for a fair vote.  It resulted to a

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majority vote in favor of Israel and it became the start of what Israel has become and accomplished till to this day.  

Israel has advance in many aspects since 1948.  Hope someday, Philippines will attain even some of the development Israel has accomplished.  Filipinos look forward to what God has promised Abraham… 

 

“…I will bless those who will bless you

and I will curse those who will curse you.“

(hope I said it right)