Banana Production in Pakistan


Pakistan has produced 154,825 ton banana from 34,830
hectares per annum with major contribution coming from Sindh and the rest
shared by other provinces notably Punjab.
The tradition of banana sowing in the sub-continent was
centuries old and according to an assessment it originated from Bangladesh,
said Agriculture Information Assistant Director Naveed Asmat Kahlon.
Well over 90 per cent of banana cultivation is done in Sindh
i.e. 32,236 hectares out of total 34,830 hectares in Pakistan. Its cultivation
in Punjab was far less than Sindh as it covers only 1,389 hectares due to
unsuitable weather conditions but it was more than rest of the provinces.
However, trend of banana cultivation was now growing in
Ahmedpur East tahsil of district Bahawalpur and Alipur tahsil of district
Muzaffargarh. Banana production in Sindh was recorded at 127,426-ton and in
Punjab 9,373-ton.
Banana can be divided into two groups botanically called
Musa Cavandeshii and Musa Paradisica. Musa Cavandeshii is smaller height plant
and its fruit can be eaten fresh. However, second group, Musa Paradisica has
taller plants and its fruit is cooked as vegetable.

Source: Pakistan Today

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