Andhra Pradesh was India’s number 1 banana-producing state last year with an output of 68.85 lakh million tones. Andhra Pradesh has been number one since 2016-17. Not just production, but the productivity and quality of bananas has also been improving fast in Andhra. In the current financial year 2020-21, it estimates to exports 75,000 metric tones of Bananas, 66.67 percent than the actual 2019-20 export figure of 45,000 MT.
The Interventions by Andhra Pradesh Government;
Andhra has introduced Public-private agricultural model under the Integrated Agriculture Development plan. Under this model, the state government has helped farmers financially while private firms have provided technological aid. The state government partnered with exporters such as INI Farms, Desai Fruits and Vegetables, and Mahindra Agrisolutions.
The Andhra government reached out to these private firms, which evaluated weather and soil parameters to set up agriclusters of bananas and provide technical assistance such as crop care and harvesting safeguards.
Now we see, where is India to produce and export Banana;
India is the largest producer of bananas in the world, with a production of 297 lakh MT on 8.4 lakh hectares of land. According to an estimate, 290 lakh MT is consumed, while another 5 lakh MT of so is lost due to banana’s perishability. The majority of banana exports from India are to West Asian and North African countries like USE, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran.
Written by Priyanshu kashyap