Is it time to go bananas for banana exporters in Pollachi? What does the new year have in store for banana exporters? Will the situation following the outbreak of the pandemic since last year ever improve? Lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation brought the curtains down, for most businesses ceased to operate, but banana exports, according to industry experts, skyrocketed during the same the period. Experts forecast that the numbers are slated to further grow, though there can be a few stumbling blocks that impede the growth rate. Now let’s further get into the details.
It comes as no surprise that the pandemic killed almost every business since the government imposed draconian lockdown and quarantine measures to contain the ongoing pandemic. The general public generally stayed indoors most part of the time last year. Banana exports in India, however, increased by a good 35 percent. This is also due to the fact that as the domestic demand for fresh fruits increase, so did the global exports requirement. Though there were initial hiccups in the logistics process, things changed dramatically at the start of the year, as export of banana grew between 25 and 35 percent, according to top exporters in the country.
As a welcome development, Banana farmers of Anantapur and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh have exported their produce to the Middle East. Though the new year started positively for farmers and export manufacturers in Pollachi, exporters expect more facilities and infrastructure in the region that will help boost the export opportunities from the region.
Farmers had to suffer heavy losses last year as they had to sell the produce for a much lesser price, and this dented their confidence at large, with most farmers looking for facilities that will bring down the losses incurred earlier due to the pandemic.