If too many tons of bananas are produced, there will not be a large enough market for the fruit. As cultivation now has passed 800,000 hectares of acreage, with almost 30 million tons of production, prices for bananas are dipping. And many farmers do not know where the appropriate markets are.
While praising Tamil Nadu for its significant contribution to Indian banana cultivation, Chabilendra Roul, special secretary of the Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) and secretary of Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), asked the farmers to produce bananas to suit the needs of the market.
On Friday, he said: “Earlier, we produced without seeing who the consumer was, only for the sake of production. That means nearly 200% enhancements in area and production have been witnessed which has coincided with the inception of the institute.“ In order to encourage venture capitalists and exporters to boost the banana export -which would help the growers to get a good price for their produce- this year the focus will be on ‘Banana Exports Prospects’, Chabilendra Roul said.