National Banana Festival 2018
Bananas have been grown in India from Vedic mes. India is considered as one of the centres of origin and diversity of Banana is referred as “Kalpatharu” (The Divine Tree of Life or Wish Fulfilling Tree) due to its mulfaceted uses in food and medicine and the fruit is well referred and reflected in our culture. Auspicious occasions in India always witness the use of banana as offerings to God or as a sacred food.
Bananas and plantains are grown in more than 130 countries across the world and the fourth most important staple crop, crical for food security in many tropical countries. Banana is popular on global scale not only for its nutrional value but also because of its economic importance especially to smallholding farmers in the developing countries.
India ranks first in global banana producon with 18% of global producon and accounts for 36.6% of the total fruit producon in the country. Banana and plantain are widely grown in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Bihar, eastern U.P., West Bengal and North eastern states.
The banana industry provides employment for thousands of people. There is no part of the banana that is not used. Banana fibre is one of the strongest natural fibres used to make fabrics, handicras and fashion goods. The commercial value of the fibre has increased over the years. The banana leaf plate is the answer to plascs and Styrofoam.