Banana cultivation

According to available figures ( 2008-09) there were 0.54 lakh hectares under different varieties of bananas in the State. In 1970-71 only 0.48 lakh hectares were under banana cultivation. The acreage under the crop gradually moving up to 0.99 lakh hectares during 2000-2001. In 2004-05 when area under banana cultivation rose to 1.13 lakh hectares. Kerala produced an estimated 4.35 lakh tonnes of bananas during 2008-09 at the productivity rate of 7,965 kgs per hectare.. .: .. The different varieties of banana are njalipoovan, nendran, poovan, robosta. special variety chengalikodan For suckers contact: Banana Nursery, Peringamala, Palode, Trivandrum. Phone 0472-2846622 Banana Research Station, Kannara Thrissur phone 0487-2699087. DAF, Neriyamangalam, Phone 0485 2554416. OR VFPCK, Kakkanad phone 0484 2427544. Bio Technology and Model Floriculture Centre, Kazhakuttom, Thiruvananthapuram -695587 ( Tel: 0471-2413739) Vegetable and Fruit Promotion Council, Keralam (VFPCK), Mythri Bhavan, Kakkanad, Kochi-682037 (Tel: 0484-2427544, 2427455) Banana Research Station, Kannara (Tel: 0487-2699087).. .

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