Press Releases

• August 17, 2010 - Novelle Consulting Launches New Website
• August 16, 2010 - Erich Hinrichs and John Musser Join Novelle Consulting
• August 1, 2006 - Novelle Principal Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award
• December 20, 2005- Sonora State, Mexico Completes Phase I of Development Plan
• April 26, 2005 - PMA Addresses Consumption, Industry Trends with Retailers, Growers in Mexico
• April 18, 2005 - Novelle Assists State of Sonora in Five Year Plan
• June 3, 2004 - BC Hot House Chairman Al Vangelos Elected Russian Farm Project's Chairman of the Board

Novelle in the media

• April 22, 2009, The Packer - Vangelos named Produce Man for All Seasons
• April 10, 2006, The Produce News - Novelle Takes on Winogrond and Obregon as Two Senior Principals
• April 6, 2006, FreshPlaza - Novelle Adds Two New Senior Principals; Obregon and Winogrond
• July, 2005, Productores de Hortalizas - Agronegocios en Sonora
• May 1, 2005, The Produce News - Symposium Shines Spotlight on Sonora Agriculture

on the move

Novelle and Food Safety in Southeast Asia
Novelle and the Gates Foundation
Novelle and the World Bank in Malaysia
Novelle in Southern Sudan
Novelle in Georgia
Novelle in Indonesia
Novelle in Egypt
Novelle in Guatemala
Novelle in Central America
Novelle Consulting in Zambia
Novelle Consulting in the Balkans
Novelle's Indonesian Assignment
Novelle in Southern Africa
Novelle in former Soviet Union
Novelle and Work in Colombia
Bananas in Bangladesh
Vegetables in Moldova
Packing Plant in Moldova
Quality Control in Moldova

white papers

Novelle Consulting and EUREPGAP
Moscow Supermarket Industry
The 5-Year Agricultural Business Development Plan for Sonora, Mexico
Marketing of Horticultural Produce in Asia-From Sonora Symposium


Bananas in Bangladesh

Though bananas represent the most important product in the international fruit and vegetable business, for many non-exporting countries in the world bananas also represent one of the most important sources of nutrition.

In Bangladesh, a country of 144,000,000 people in a very small area, bananas are now almost 45% of the entire fruit production of the country. With more than 40,000 hectares in production now, bananas have come to be perhaps the second most important food crop (after rice) for the Bengali people. 

However, though the total production represents a great deal of food, the average holdings are small (less than one hectare per farmer), and the yields are quite low when compared to world standards, and particularly those of the major banana exporting countries.

Average yields are 15-16 tons per hectare per year, compared to yields in excess of 50 tons per hectare in many of the commercial farms in Latin America and the Philippines. In addition, rudimentary transportation and ripening systems cause losses of 30-40% of the fruit before it reaches the final customer.

In order to address this problem, Bangladesh is now actively using international banana experts who have been working various farming organizations in order to improve all facets of the banana production and delivery chain.

Improvements in some areas of the country are already being seen in variety selection, population control, pruning practices, pest control, harvesting procedures, and transportation infrastructure. 

Bangladesh is a long way from becoming an international exporter of bananas, but it is making steady progress in delivering a lower cost and higher quality product to its own population.