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
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,
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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