South Gujarat

West-India: Banana farmers reap profits in off season

Banana farmers in South Gujarat are reaping the benefits of a new cultivation technology, adopted from the Philippines. Now, the farmers are able to harvest bananas in the off season, when there is no import from other states. Also, there is more and more demand at this point of the season, resulting in higher prices. reports on bananas being cultivated on 12,500 hectares in south Gujarat (mainly in the Bharuch and Surat districts). This year the fruit is selling at ₹ 200 (€ 2.50) per 20kg in the wholesale market compared to ₹ 125-130 (€ 1.55-1.60) per 20 kg in the last five years. Annual production in the region is about 600,000 tonnes, of which Bharuch accounts for more than 70%.

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