About 22 tonne Geographical Indication (GI) certified Jalgaon bananas were procured from progressive farmers of Tandalwadi village in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, which is a banana cluster recognized under Agri Export Policy. The bananas were shipped to Dubai recently, as per the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

In 2016, Jalgaon Bananas which was registered with Nisargraja Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Jalgaon, got GI certification,

The ministry of commerce and industry, in a statement, declared that India’s banana exports grew both in terms of volume as well as value from 1.34 lakh metric tonne valued at Rs 413 crore in fiscal year 19 to 1.95 lakh metric tonne valued at Rs 660 crore in fiscal year 20. During 2020-21 (April-February), the country has exported banana worth 1.91 lakh tonne priced at Rs. 619 crore.

India’s banana exports have been spiking up sharply because of adoption of farm practices in accordance with the global benchmarks. Regarding this issue, first commercial consignment of GI certified Jardalu Mangoes’ was also shipped from Bihar to the UK.

India is the world’s major producer of bananas with a share of about 25% in total output.

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh contribute more than 70% of the nation’s banana production.

In addition to this, the Department of Commerce also props up exports through several schemes such as Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme, Market Access Initiative, etc.

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