Andhra Pradesh has left Maharashtra and Gujarat behind, becoming India's top banana exporting state. Andhra Pradesh exported over 45,000 tons of banana in the last fiscal year. The state is set to export over 75,000 tons in the current fiscal to retain the top place in export of the Green Cavendish.
Andhra Pradesh also stands first in the area and production of bananas in the country. The area under banana cultivation has increased from 79,360 hectares during 2014-15, to 104,000 hectares by 2019-20.
The productivity too has increased to 60 tons per hectare. Andhra Pradesh is famous for producing Karpura Chakkerakeli, Tella Chakkerakeli, Budida Chakkerakeli, Amruthapani, Red-Banana, Sugandhalu (Karpura), Karpuravali (Budida Arti) and Rasthalu varieties of the bananas.
In 2018, the horticulture department started Fruit-Care Activities with banana exporting companies to promote marketing and exports of the produce. The produce has high demand in the Middle East countries including UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iran. Beginning with a modest quantity of 246 tons in 2016-17, Andhra Pradesh was able to scale up the export to 40,000 tons during 2020 despite the Covid-19 Pandemic.
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