The ICAR-National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) -based in Tiruchirappalli- is hopeful that the shipment of 10 ton of Nendran banana sent by sea from Kerala reaches the UK safely soon and exporters start the sea route.
S. Uma, the NRCB Director, said: "We had developed special protocol for sending bananas by sea. One consignment of bananas reached Dubai. Then the Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council - Keralam had requested us to develop the protocol for Nendran banana variety for shipment to the UK."
She added that freight costs of banana can be brought down drastically if the export consignment is sent by a ship instead of air lifting the same. Uma also said that the protocol followed for the sea shipment includes scientific preharvest bunch care management like micronutrients, growth regulators, male flower removal, covering the bunch and others.