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The National Banana Festival (NBF-2018) was held at Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from February 17 to 21. The festival was organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social action (CISSA) in partnership with Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat and a host of National and State organisations.

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  • Help farmers get exposure to new technologies and new species in banana cultivation.
  • The festival provided first-hand information to the farmers and general public about its multifaceted uses of banana.

What Did the Banana Festival Have?

  • Over 200 Exhibitors from all over India

  • Stalls by Central and State Government Departments, Institutions and Universities

  • Stalls by NGOs, Self-help groups and farmer groups

  • Showcased and displayed traditional varieties of the banana and plantain from all over India

  • Displayed value added products from banana fruit, pseudo stem and leaves

  • Organic banana market, organic fertilizers and pesticides

  • The exhibition highlighted the need for organic production, the range of organic fertilizers and plant protection inputs available.

  • Suppliers, wholesalers and retailers of machinery and products for Harvesting, Packing, Packaging, Grading, and Gassing, Cold Chain Management and Storing banana participated in the exhibition.

Who Are the Participants in the Festival?

  • National & State Research Centers for Banana

  • National Agri-horti-food Technology Institutes

  • National Horticulture Organisations

  • Agricultural Universities

  • State Government Agencies, Institutes and Organisations

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendras

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Departments across India

  • NGOs and Self Help Groups

  • Nurseries and Gardens

  • Progressive Farmers

  • Banana Traders

  • Producers of value added products

  • Machinery manufacturers

  • Agro Biotech companies

R&D of Banana

  • Institutions and organizations from all over India who are working on new varieties with increased pest and disease resistance, the desirable qualities and increased yieldsparticipated in this exhibition.

  • Agro Biotech companies in production of tissue culture bananas and those with latest technologies for banana cultivation and processing will also be participating.

  • The exhibition showcased technologies and products made utilizing underutilized parts of banana such as peels, leaves, pseudo-stem, stalk and inflorescence in various food and non-food applications.

  • The products served as thickening agents, coloring and flavor, alternative source for macro and micronutrients, neutraceuticals, livestock feed, natural fibres, sources of natural bioactive compounds, bio-fertilizers and a source of biogas.

What Were the Highlights of the Festival?

  • Banana diversity of Kerala

  • Banana fibre – the next new sensation in textile industry

What is Banana?

  • The banana fruit is widely eaten raw, but many varieties are fried, roasted, juiced, dried or chipped to make healthy and affordable snacks.

  • There are a variety of value added food products from not only banana fruit but also from by-products like peels, stalk and inflorescence.

  • The fruit is variable in size, color, and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind, which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe.

  • The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant.

What Are the Advantages of Banana?

  • It helps with weight loss, reducing obesity, curing intestinal disorders, relieving constipation, and curing conditions like dysentery, anemia, tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, kidney and urinary disorders.

  • It is good for reducing blood pressure protecting heart health, boosting metabolism and immunity, reducing the severity of ulcers, ensuring healthy eyes, building strong bones, and detoxifying the body.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 15, 2018

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