Introduction of Nonwoven Banana Bunch covers
In the late 1990’s, Banana Bunch covers were introduced in PE film materials and it has to punctured to have breathability and unable control the pest menace due to the holes created in the film. Covers were torn by wind force and storm even a single use of those covers were not possible.
Based on our suggestion they introduced UV stabilized Non Woven Banana Bunch Protection covers which solved many of the farmer’s problems. It gives microclimate for the growth, Increase the quality and Size of the fruit , reduce the use of pesticides , Increase the productivity of the Crop by 25%, protect from sunburn and black spots on fruits, protects from Birds and Pest, protect from leaf minor and viral infection and it allows water and air flow. Because of this the fruit quality is improved, the fruit is now in uniform in sizes without any spots with more aesthetic appeal, and suitable for exports.
We first introduced such Bunch covers in Theni District of Tamil Nadu for G9 variety of Banana and then introduced in all over India. Non woven covers can be used for 2 to 3 seasons depending on the Banana variety. The yield of the bunch is in 105 days instead of 120 days. Today, Banana being exported to UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and other Gulf countries.
We also exported Non woven Banana Bunch covers to Philippines, Australia and Sri Lanka and Thailand. Today Nonwoven Banana Protection covers have a market of 400 to 500 MT per year.
- Banana bunches / Fruits (pomegranates / Dates / Grapes / Mango) are covered with sleeves after removal of flower or three months before the harvest
- Its tied at the top and bottom with help of a thread
- If it is handled properly, sleeves/cover usage can be extended to two harvests (cost saving)