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
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)..