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PTI Coimbatore
Updated: 31-10-2018 20:26 IST

The first consignment of 21

tonnes of Grand Nine variety of bananas from Tamil Nadu, will

be shipped from Cochin Port Thursday to Trieste in Italy.

State Agriculture minister R Doraikannu, agriculture

secretary Gagandeep Singh Bedi and Deputy Director General of

the Indian Council of Agriculture, A K Singh flagged off the

first container of bananas, grown in Gudalur in Theni

district, from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University campus.

"TNAU and the National Research Centre for Banana has put

in a lot of effort into exploring market opportunities for

bananas abroad.

This will further increase our banana farmers' income,"

Duraikannu, who spoke through video conference from Chennai,


Bedi said 36 lakh tonnes of banana are cultivated in

about 90,600 hectares and export of the fruit would increase

farmers' income and opportunities.

Horticulture department dean N Kumar said a sample pack

of 400 kg of these bananas was sent to the University of

Udine in Italy. The results showed superior shelf life of upto

40 days, he said.

The National Research Centre for Banana had come up with

a shipping protocol for the fruit, keeping in mind European

guidelines for export and the fruit was stored in 18 kg boxes,

he said.

Banana Growers Federation President A Karuppaiah said

that depending on the success of the shipment, growers

cultivating different types of this fruit in Tamil Nadu could

expect to receive regular orders with Rs three to Rs five per

kg more than the local market rate.

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