India is a leading producer of banana and out of the total production Maharashtra's share is of 25%. Even though there is heardly any export of bananas due to non-ideal post harvest practices and transport procedures, lack of storage facilities, out dated banana handling practices, etc. This produce is being wasted upto to 25 to 40% due to bad handling. Domestic marketing and transport system is also not standardized. After taking all these facts into consideration the Directorate of Agriculture Marketing and the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board have initiated the efforts for co-ordination and established "Mahabanana" organisation on 1st January, 2002. The head of Mahabanana is located at Jalgaon. There are many constaints in export of Banana from India. Considering area & production under banana, in our country there us wide scope for exports. Due to this, MSAMB has proposed to establish two Modern Packhouses in banana growing belt, which is Jalgaon and Hingoli respectively. Modern pack house includes automatic banana conveyor system, pre-cooling, cold storage & ripening chamber. This organisation carries specific goals as follows.

  • To plan a strategy of banana export and work accordingly.
  • Provide information to various interested organisation on new varieties having export potential.
  • Supply of Tissue Culture plants along with guidance for plantation.
  • Organise seminars / workshops / training programs to boost production having export standards.
  • Visits to the farms alongwith experts for suggestion to farmers on diseases and pest control measures.
  • Mahabanana has planned to work for Domestic and International Marketing.
  • With the help of MSAMB, Mahabanana takes trial export of Banana to Dubai from last 2 yrs.
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