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.

 

OLD KANO – FROM FARM ANIMALS TO ORGANIC FARMING

One thing I like about National Geographic and Discovery Channel is their highly informative exploration in almost all aspects of human lives and the environment.  But still, they could not tell it all as this world alone is too big for a show as theirs.  Hope with this site of mine, I was able to relay some of the not so famous places I visited.   Thus, in my own way I could pay tribute as well to some pioneers in their own fields.

At this point, allow me to uncover an organic farm in Silang, Cavite Philippines (near Tagaytay City) named, “Old Kano.”

Google map link: hhttp://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=SILANG+CAVITE+PHILIPPINES&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=25.565517,56.513672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Silang,+CALABARZON,+Philippines&t=h&z=11

The word “Kano” is a colloquial term for American.  I would like to show some of the pictures I’ve taken before I proceed…

Allow me to tell you the story.  Old Kano farm has a total lot area of 12,747 square meters along the province of Silang Cavite Philippines.  The couple Mrs. Julieta and the late Mr. Fred Ammann owned this farm.

The couple actually started in Caloocan City (Metro Manila) where their actual business is selling of rabbits, turkey and other farm animals to some restaurant businesses in Manila.  If I were not mistaken, the couple acquired the farm lot to expand their business they started in Caloocan.  By that time, the Old Kano farm was not yet as known today. As days goes by, Fred Ammann started to sow some plot of “Dill” (exotic herbs) out of plain hobby.  As this farm is along the way to the famous tourist destination Taal volcano view at Tagaytay City, an unexpected visitor one day came and he simply could not ignore the bed of “Dill.”   He is Mr. Werner Berger.  He bought some and asked how many he could grow.  Mr. Berger came back but this time he brought with him the head chef then of Manila Peninsula, Mr. Alfred Moser.  The man did not just order 30 kgs of dill every week but ask what else he grow.  Mr. Fred handed a seed catalog to Chef Moser.  The rest is history.

Out of a Mr. Fred’s plain hobby turned into a chance of a life time.  Although not that big as what others have made, Mr. Fred sow more that a seed of dill but a legacy of practical organic farming in the Philippines that could sprout into more bigger and high modern organic farms in this land.

Now, Old Kano farm has abandoned farm animal selling and only produces a lot of salad crops, edible flowers and some exotic vegetables produced exclusively at the farm.  They supply to many hotels and restaurants mostly in Metro Manila.

Old Kano was the pioneer on organic farming.   Some of their offer are as follows: green ice, romain, lolo rosa, red lettuces, tatsoi, mizuna, cucumber, new zealand spinach, baby carrots, endive, french beans, kohlrabi, red raddish, cherry tomatoes , turnips tokyo, and stripped egg plants.   Among the 18 varieties of herbs they produce are purple basil, sweet basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, Italian oregano, Italain parsley, arugula, rosemary, sage, sorrel, mexican tarragon, thyme, thai pepper, the habanero pepper, the cayenne.  Their also produce tatsoi fine leaves, mizuna fine leaves, rocketa fin leaves, fennel fine leaves, kohlrabi fine leaves, sorrel fine leaves, mesclun leaves mix with lettuce leaves, mustard and radish sprout.

I was able to talk to one of the worker.  I admire how they continue what Mr. Fred’s legacy under Mrs. Julieta (Mr. Fred’s wife).  I fell in love with this farm though you could see how time has dilapidated many of the facilities.  How I wish I could acquire this Old Kano farm to continue the vision of Mr. Fred and elevate it into the next level.  I am more than willing to joint venture with an foreign partner with knowledge in farm technology advancement to put up both a farming school and modern farm as what Kim Yong Ki has done to Canaan Farm-School in South Korea without forgetting the vision of Mr. Fred.  I know I could improve its façade to make it also friendly for visitors and tourist as it is also done in Thailand and in other known agri farms.  Global commodity trading is now pointing to organic so this and other farms is sure winner if given the right investment and improvements.

Julie & Julia is an Inspiring Movie

It was only yesterday that I was able to view the film, “Julie and Julia” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. It was such a nice movie and truly inspiring.  Somehow I could relate to the character portrayed by Ms. Amy Adams as it is not that easy to be a blogger due to various reasons and obstacles.   Both of them are exceptional on their acting especially Ms. Streep.  On the contrary, I find Ms. Amy Adams as very natural on her role as if I knew her.  She is so charming especially with her short hair and simple looks – natural beauty.  I’ve seen many movies already but this is different and unique.

“bon appetit”

movie poster image is excerpt from Google images

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES is an EXTRAORDINARY MOVIE

This movie is trully remarkable and extra ordinary one.    I could compare this to 90’s movie “The Awakening”  starring Robbin Williams and De Niro.  More than the active and entertainment value, this movie is a reminder that business and innovation exist not just for profit and power, but it has its duty to humanity and the less fortunate.  

I applaude Mr. Harrison Ford as the Executive Producer.   Such kind of film may not be as money making as to his other blockbuster films (Starwars, Indiana Jones, The Patriot Games, The Fugitive, etc.) .   But film as this will make investors and visionaries to think again of their duty to society and the world, above selfish ambision and profiteering.  Beyond entertainment value, this film exhale hope and conscience to viewing public.

More than two thumbs up for the cast and crew!!!

Poster is excerpt from Google Images.