The banana exports from the Indian state Andhra Pradesh of have seen an exponential growth in two years, registering a 75-fold gain. From mere 246 tons in 2016-17, the exports touched 18,500 tons in 2018-19 and the State government is expecting it to reach 35,000 tons this year.
The Green Cavendish premium is regularly being exported to the Middle East market. The exports are on the rise to countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran.
The Grand Naine banana variety is in great demand abroad. It is being grown by the farmers in the Anantapur district. The Dwarf Cavendish is being cultivated in the district as well.
Vizianagaram, West Godavari, Krishna, Chittoor, Kadapa, and Kurnool are the other districts cultivating these varieties and are identified as potential clusters for export. These varieties are being cultivated on 54,505 hectares.
According to information, the government has been giving the highest priority to banana cultivation, a major part of which is happening in Rayalaseema areas. Ever since the tissue culture was started, a large number of farmers have opted for banana cultivation.