Kerala’s famed ‘Nendran’ bananas are all set to be shipped to London in March next year. The trial export to London is in accordance with the sea-shipment protocol of the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council, Keralam (VFPCK), a company established to bring about overall development of the fruit and vegetable sector in the State.
The plan is to deliver the Nendran bananas to London in 20-25 days through an export agency in the State. In the first phase, a container with 10 tonnes of Nendran bananas will be shipped. If successful, the venture will open foreign markets for Kerala’s products in the sector.
The Nendran bananas required for export will be procured from 10 farmers in Thrissur. The bananas from saplings planted in July this year will be harvested in February 2021 and exported. It is the VFPCK’s responsibility to procure, store, and make provisions for the export of the crop.
The fruits will be harvested at 80 to 85% maturity (before ripening). The bunches will be sliced at the farm itself before being delivered to the packing house. After the pre-cooling and cleaning processes, they will be stored.