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.
Narrator: Sajida Naeem
Writer: Shabbir Ahmad Tabish
Dr IIslam uddin Majeedano (Agriculture Research centre Tando Jam)
Muhammad Khan jarwar (Ex- DIrector Agriculture department Govt of Sindh)
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