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.

 

Wow Factor in Philippine Tourism

I was able to attend 18th Travel Tour Expo 2011 which was held at SMX Halls 1, 2, 3 & 4 Seashell Drive Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines  http://tte.ptaa.org.ph/

Unfortunately, today is the last day (19 February 2011).  Kindly just inquire to the organizers for upcoming schedules or wait for further announcements.

Seeing how the event was handled, in my own personal opinion the totality of the event was somehow ok.  I can even compare it to what I saw in Singapore the last time I’ve been there (somehow similar to what I saw in Suntec).  I guess, other countries with same same standard as Singapore has similar type of handling.  I just noticed that the event is not free to visitors, although the entrance  fee is only minimal and very affordable.  Nonetheless, below are some of my observations:

  • SMX Convension Center is perfect for this kind of event due to its globally competitive facility  http://www.smxconventioncenter.com/smx/?p=1395
  • SMX Convension Near and within the compound of same globally competitive Mall of Asia (tourist friendly and accessible to other facilities, restaurants and stores)
  • Relaxing as the Mall is near the sea with lots of amenities to enjoy after visiting the exhibit halls.  It is even near to affordable hotels.
  • Highly accessible and near Philippine main airport

At the exhibit area…

Guam’s place is one of crowd’s favorite because they don’t just rely on their backdrop to present.  They brought with them some of their young ones that showcased one of their folk dance.  They even invited viewers to dance with them so there is a feeling of connections between them and the prospects and the crowd loved it.    This add flavors to their way of inviting tourist to go to their country.

Above photo is part of Thailand’s booth. They adapt a type cultural presentation by way of showing to passers by the way Thai’s paint their beautiful umbrellas.  I believe they gave some small painted umbrellas to patrons.  Another is by way of showing how they intricately curve selected fruits as shown below…

I also noticed that Thailand’s booth offer massage… something they are famously known for, aside from agriculture and medical tourism.

China Booth (above and below)

Malaysia’s booth is eye catchy as their backdrops is a clear large image of their country’s modern symbol… the Petronas Twin tower.  Another attraction is their free cup of delicious Malaysia coffee… simple yet a sort of a shadow of how tourist are welcome in their country.   Now I know why are there so many tourist that visits Malaysia every year.

India’s Booth.  Simple but truly a glimpse India as the backdrop speaks for itself.  They even give magazines and booklets aside from brochures.


Kenya… truly Safari Africa

There’s more and I could not post all the photos as they are too many (e.g. Singapore, Japan, European Countries, etc.)

Let me now focus on Philippines…

My apology but Philippines’ presentation is not as enticing and attractive as the others.    Philippines is definitely WOW as a tourist destination but the WOW factor seems lacking… clear presentation of Filipino culture, breath taking natural view, awesome beaches, one of a kind culture, delicious cuisines, festive events, and many more.   This nation is considered the center of the center in terms of marine bio diversity and globally renowned personality whom can surely attracts tourist if ask to endorse Philippine Tourism  (e.g. Many Pacquio, Cory Aquino, Lea Salonga, Charice Pempengco, Batista, etc.).   This requires more than props.  It requires art with a heart and eye moving presentation that entice not just the eyes but also their appetite, the tourist imagination, excitement and most especially what Filipinos are known all over the world… hospitality.    We need to put more of our heart into this business to be more competitive.  If I may, I am willing to help like what I created (still in its concept stage)…

Hope you like it.

What’s Your Top Beaches?

I saw a site wherein Top 10 Beaches are named as the best in the world.  

  1. Clifton Beach, Capetown, South Africa
  2. Pink Sands Beach, Harbor Island, the Bahamas
  3. Larvotto Beach, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  4. Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  5. South Beach, Miami, Florida
  6. Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
  7. Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  8. Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
  9. Maroma Beach, Yucatan, Mexico
  10. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles 

As I read and view the photos, the beaches seem nice.  I just wonder why not even one beach from South East Asia was chosen.  

Philippines is now considered by renowned marine scientist as the “Center of the Center” for marine biodiversity.  How in a world Philippines became the center of the center yet not one of its beaches is not included even on the least of the top 10?  I ask because the beaches are the main issue here.  Isn’t it that the word “beach” pertains primarily to the body of water and the natural formations and living organism underneath?  Isn’t it the second focus is the natural formation of land and sand above sea level?   

Let me show you some of Philippines’ beaches.  Better if you visit them yourself to experience real paradise. 

Check and compare yourself…

You ain’t seen nothin yet!

Visit the Philippines  beaches and you won’t believe what you will see!            To see is to believe!

You may be disappointed with Philippines’s infrustructure upon your arrival as it is not as developed compared to other countries.  But the experience is worth the trip.  Philippine world class beaches are truly awesome beyond words to express.    They are literally paradise.