Tamil Nadu growers more and more interested in banana farming

Bananas are becoming a popular crop among Tamil Nadu farmers. For the past two fiscal years, the state has reported production of around 4 mln tons. India is the world's largest banana producer, accounting for more than a quarter of the global production.

With a 6% rise in area under cultivation between 2019-20 and 2020-21, banana is swiftly becoming a sought-after crop in Tamil Nadu. For the past two financial years, the state has reported production of around 40 lakh tons.

The fruit is mostly exported from the Theni district of Tamil Nadu, which is noted for producing the finest quality bananas in the state, to South Korea, Europe, and South Africa. Even though the cultivation area in Tamil Nadu has expanded from 92,413 to 97,644 hectares, the yield per hectare has declined from 43.1 to 40 tons, causing concern among farmers and the horticultural department.


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