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Tirunelveli district:

Banana farmers content about increases in price and acreage

Banana farmers in Tirunelveli district have reportedly made profit this year after three years on the trot of making losses. This year, bananas were was cultivated on 5,728 hectares of land in the district, and a good harvest and price rise at the right time has made many farmers happy.

Perungal Pasana Vivasayigal Nala Sangam president S Papanasam said: "In the last three years, banana was sold at Rs 10 - Rs 20, leaving many farmers with losses. This year, however, people had hopes for a good harvest. So, I planted the crop on 4 acres compared to last year when I cultivated it on 1.5 acres. This has given me profit. At present, banana is sold at Rs 40-45 per kilogram in Tirunelveli district, which is twice the price compared to previous years." This season's harvest is coming to an end, he added.

Officials at the State Horticulture department said that the area of cultivation of the crop had been increased by 400 hectares this year, compared to previous years. They pointed out that the additional income from selling banana fibres for making crafts has also helped the farmers this year, as they used to sell the fibres free of cost previously.

[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]


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