Targeting the next Onam season 5000 ha are already under cultivation. Mapping of the present status of banana growing would be undertaken to assess the needs in view of the fact that during previous season there was high scope for value added products.

To market the produce during festive season financial assistance would be provided to district JEVA team as revolving fund. 1200 JLGs would be identified and trained for value addition and 600 units (4 units/block) would be established across the state supporting them with 10,000 Rs. for procurement and marketing activity. In order to sustain and scale up the programme and value chain units 2000 more new JLGs would brought up into banana cultivation.

 

 

 
Area under cultivation and expected production for 2018 Onam
District Area under banana cultivation (in acres) No. of JLGs engaged Avg. expected production (in tonnes)
Thiruvananthapuram 583.5 506 4668
Kollam 273 185 2184
Pathanamthitta 566.3 461 4530.4
Alappuzha  456 347 3648
Kottayam  1119.3 632 8954.4
Idukki  1133 1372 9064
Ernakulam  2180 1828 17440
Thrissur  2091 1157 16728
Palakkad  1874 744 14992
Malappuram  1256.5 1139 10052
Kozhikode  568 278 4544
Wayanad  675 339 5400
Kannur  518.5 354 4148
Kasaragod  135 91 1080
Total  13429.1 9433 107432.8