Traditional banana varieties to get a boost

The National Agro Foundation (NAF) and the Tamilnadu Banana Producers Company Limited (TBCL), along with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, signed an agreement on Friday to utilise the lab facilities and expertise of the NAF for producing several tissue culture varieties of native bananas such as poovan and rasthali.

Many of these varieties are not freely available and their market potential is huge across the country and abroad.

The TBCL has ambitious plans to arrange and distribute quality tissue culture seedlings of these varieties grown in various parts of Tamil Nadu

At the programme held at the Centre for Rural Development at Illedu village in Kancheepuram district, Managing Trustee of NAF S.S. Rajsekar, in the welcome address, outlined the NAF’s history and how in the last 13 years it has touched the lives of nearly 25,000 farmers..........Read more


Source web page:THE HINDU

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