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  • I noticed you have quit including links as often on your posts. I do look at the links and where they lead. If it is not too inconvenient, could you include them again, at least when you think they are relevant. If you do, it will keep me from posting too many stupid questions on the board. Thanks.

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    • Las compa��as exportadoras pagan un valor mayor al que determin� el Ministerio de Agricultura
      El precio del banano sube por el cambio de clima

      Los productores de la fruta tienen una mayor utilidad.

      La reducci�n de la oferta de l guineo en los principales pa�ses proveedores permiti� una recuperaci�n de los precios.

      Seg�n la Asociaci�n de Exportadores de Banano, la caja de 43 libras se cotiza entre 3 y 3,20 d�lares, cuando el valor oficial es de USD 2,95.

      Los reportes del gremio indican que una reducci�n en la cosecha de Costa Rica y una huelga de los trabajadores de la zona de Urab�, en Colombia, son las causas de este fen�meno.

      �Adicionalmente, el cambio de clima hizo que tambi�n Ecuador reduzca la oferta de fruta, algo que ha permitido un repunte de las cotizaciones�, se�al� Sim�n Ca�arte, vicepresidente de la Asociaci�n Nacional de Bananeros.

      Las menores temperaturas que se registran en la Costa del pa�s hacen que la productividad se reduzca y el proceso de crecimiento del racimo sea largo.

      De acuerdo con la Corporaci�n de Promoci�n de Exportaciones e Inversiones (Corpei), durante la semana 22 (la �ltima de mayo), en Estados Unidos, el cart�n de las marcas ecuatorianas subi� 114%, al pasar a USD 7,50 en la costa Oeste.

      En la Uni�n Europea, durante la semana 23, se pag� por el producto 16,44 d�lares un 4% m�s que la anterior.

      En Rusia, los precios tuvieron un comportamiento similar. En Argelia, Libia, Turqu�a y Siria el cart�n cay� a USD 8,90.

      El guineo que va en tr�nsito, por Hamburgo, hacia Europa del Este se mantuvo estable, de acuerdo con la Corpei.

      http://www.diario-expreso.com/html/economia9.asp 09.06.04

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      • Thanks for the documentation. Don't you think you went a little heavy on the negative spin?

      • Interview of Eric de Lucy by Irmelin Egelhoff "Fruchthandel" of 29 May 2004, special Bananas
        "Proud of our social policy"
        Since the introduction of the Common Organization of the Markets in 1993, the sector of banana of the French West Indies undergoes a major crisis. With the paddle of the modifications of the customs tariffing system, Fruchthandel Magazin interviews Eric de Lucy, the recent President of the Union of the Producer groups of Banana, and requests it to give its opinion on the current situation.
        FH-Magazin: End of last year, you created the Union Producer Group of Banana. Could you subject a first assessment already to me? Did single creation of the commercial office have the hoped effect?
        E of Lucy: The 1st assessment at the end of 5 months of activity is very positive. The concentration of the offer of banana of Martinique, a better quality control, a more global solution of the various European markets, the reinforcement of our links with our best customers ripeners, allowed to better control the marketing of our Martinique origin.
        FH-Magazin: Can you describe us the current situation in the banana sector in the Antilles?
        E of Lucy: For 3 years and particularly since the end 2002, very bad in financial term, the producers inhabitants of Martinique have made since 1993, date of the installation of the OCMB, the considerable efforts in term of improvement of the productivity, of the control of the use of the pesticides in the fields, of the development of the irrigation, the quality of their fruits... For this same period, Brussels has past various agreements with the Americans, all favorable to their multinationals which produce bananas dollars in Ecuador and elsewhere at costs of scandalously low cost. The wages in Ecuador are 50 times less low than in Martinique or Guadeloupe: �2 per day in Ecuador �60 per day in Martinique for which it is necessary to add �40 social contributions i.e.�100 per day. The American multinationals practise economic colonialism like 100 years ago. The producers inhabitant of Martinique are European producers. They feel very badly defended by the European Commission. It is against engagements of social solidarity of the European Community.
        FH-Magazin: Which is the implication of the French Government in the crisis of banana?
        E of Lucy: The French government, our government, took much time to carry out the very difficult situation of the die of West-Indian production. Our government is now conscious of the crisis and the need for engaging with the Commission a dynamic and firm dialogue. In Paris, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Agriculture now know the social and political consequences dramatic of the collapse of the production of the West-Indian banana which employs 20 000 people on a total working population of less than 300 000 people. It is considerable! We, the producers, have our share of responsibility, we were completely divided with 6 producer groups who had competition stupidly.
        FH-Magazin: Which is the current position of Brussels?
        E of Lucy: The position of Brussels seems to us too still much marked by the permanent desire of the police chief Pascal Lamy to always give pleasure with its American counterparts. Recently still within the framework of the agreements of Mercosur - Europe, they proposed to the Mexicans a quota bananas without customs duties. Lamy does not defend the European producers. It is neither honest with respect to the European producers nor acceptable by our governments. Brussels must imperatively show responsibility live with screw of its European producers who they are the French West Indies, of the Canaries, of Madeira or of Cyprus

 
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