Guj ships 1,430 tonne banana to Middle East

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 26 2009, 06:04am hrs
Gujarat, one the major banana growing states, has shipped 1,430 tonne of the fruit to the Middle East in the first three months of this fiscal, becoming only the second state to export banana after Kerala.

"Till now 143 containers have been exported. Each container has about 10 tonne of G9 banana variety," a Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation said.

For several years attempts had been made to export banana and only 1-2 containers were transported on trial basis, but this year the endevour finally became successful, he added. The export of banana was successfully started by Desai Cold Storage with support from the state government, he added. Gujarat produces about 31.5 lakh tonne of banana annually. To encourage horticultural production and its exports, the state government is setting up infrastructural projects like the Centre for Perishable Cargo worth Rs 4.59 crore. The centre can handle 40 tonne of cargo per day. A banana pack house at Jaghadia with two collection centres, built at a cost of Rs 6.41 crore, will help farmers in grading, packing and storing of the fruit.