October 28, 2021

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Uttar Pradesh: Why Lakhimpur Kheri ought to be pleased with its ‘Banana Republic’ tag | Lucknow Information

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LUCKNOW: Amid the cloud of recent infamy in the light of the Tikonia incident in which eight people were killed, here comes a silver lining for Lakhmipur Kheri.
On Thursday, UP’s largest district sent 20 metric tonnes of bananas to Iran. Kheri is one of the largest banana producing districts of the state. Others are Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Allahabad and Kaushambi.
The product was directly procured from farmers of Palia Kalan in Lakhimpur and brought to Lucknow where it was packed at a mango packhouse in Malihabad. After a send-off ceremony held there, two 40-foot containers were sent on a trial basis to Iranian market.
So far, the bananas produced in the state were sold in the domestic market and transported to other states via road. Thursday saw the first ever trial shipment export of the fruit from Lucknow to Iran. The shipment was flagged off from Malihabad to Iran by sea route via Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Navi Mumbai by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) registered exporter.
It will take about 15 days for the shipment to reach the market, which is just as much as it takes for the bananas to ripe.
It was because of the concerted effort of the APEDA, under the union Ministry of Commerce and Industry that the farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri could produce high quality bananas with a long shelf life for export. The total area of banana cultivation is more than 1500 acres in Palia Kalan area of the district.
CB Singh, AGM, APEDA said, “We worked at several levels. Farmers were first trained in producing bananas using advanced technology.”
The training was provided by M/s Desai Agro Foods, the biggest banana exporter in the country.
“It is a cash crop and most families here grow it,” said farmer Gurab Singh, whose family owns around 70acres of land in Palia.
In the last few months farmers have received a lot of inputs on growing better quality bananas.
It’s the G-9 (Grand Nain) variety that is mainly grown in Lakhimpur Kheri and the same variety was exported to Iran. New markets like USA, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Japan etc. may be explored for lifting more consignments from UP.
“State government will facilitate export from other banana exporting districts as well,” said AGM, APEDA. Farmers in Barabanki, Gorakhpur and Varanasi may also be trained in producing export quality fruit.
India was not producing export quality bananas before 2005 as the country did not have the technology. Banana is the fifth most traded agricultural product in the world.



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