National Banana Festival, First Such In A Rural Setting
Organised by CISSA from February 17 to 21 | By Yentha
On Jan 25, 2018

Trivandrum: A five-day National Banana Festival 2018, is to begin on February 17 at the Vellayani temple grounds. Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat will have the unique distinction of hosting a national level event organized at a rural village. 

NBF 2018 is expected to be a large event since research organizations, academic institutions and renowned scientists have confirmed participation according to a press release. It will bring together a large number of banana farmers, business men, academicians, machinery manufacturers, agro biotech companies and researchers from around the country.

According to Suresh Gopi, MP, and organising committee chairman, NBF 2018, “The purpose is to bring developments and research information closer to the farming community, who have already made a name for themselves by strictly adhering to organic farming and have been harvesting pesticide-free vegetables and fruits at Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat.” 

The Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, which has been adopted by Suresh Gopi, under the Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), has already carved a niche in the agriculture scenario for its intensive farming of diversified varieties of banana.
According to Dr. C S Ravindran, Secretary General, NBF 2018, “the focal theme of the National Banana Festival 2018 would be Conserving Diversity, Preserving Identity, and Promoting Value Addition. Participants will be able to engage in the building of networking and productive collaborations, apart from updating themselves with the latest knowledge and trends in the banana sector.”
India ranks first in global banana production with 18% of global production. 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.
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