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Banana

Banana is a high herbaceous plant of the genus Musa. Banana (Musa sp.), which can grow up to 15 meters, and evolved in the humid tropical regions of S.E.Asia, with India as one of its centers of origin. Bananas are high in potassium and pectin fiber, which help lower blood pressure and are a good source of magnesium, vitamin C and B6.

 

Bananas are one of the most consumed and cheapest fruits worldwide: they are the most traded fruit and the fifth most traded agricultural product, grown in more than 150 countries that produce around 105 million tons of fruit each year having over 1000 varieties.

 

Modern edible varieties have evolved from the two species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana and their natural hybrids, originally found in the rain forests of S.E.Asia. The Cavendish variety is the most common (47% of global production). Panama disease (Fusarium Oxysporum f. sp) used to be a major threat on banana farming. Nowadays sustainable varieties are becoming more available for farmers, decreasing the threat of Panama disease.

 
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Farmers Pain Points

Soil: Plants are very sensitive to high EC in the root zone, although the plants have a high demand for Nitrogen and Potassium.

Climate: In recent years banana's are grown in a wider range of climate conditions with some adaptions. such as chilling the stem.

 

Pests and diseases: It is crucial to avoid Panama disease and maintain source of the plants clean.

Water: Water demand is high. Net house may reduce water consumption.

 

Crop rotation: It is important to know the plots’ history before planting.

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Growing Smart
support package

  • Identifying the challenges/requirements for growing bananas in your area.
     

  • Identifying the best varieties for growing conditions and growers’ needs.
     

  • Plot design – planting density, irrigation system and its’ relevant pressure.
     

  • Fertilizing program to achieve maximum yield.
     

  • Pesticiding protocol and guidelines.
     

  • Post-harvest guidance.
     

  • Ongoing technical support to ensure best results and customers’ satisfaction.