Going bananas with drip

The annual world production of bananas is more than 100 billion fruits equivalent to an estimated 86 million tons, making bananas of the most popular fruit around. Take some time to go bananas with a few fast facts from The BananaPolice.com:

  • India grows more bananas than any other country on the planet, about 28% of world production.
  • Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol.
    They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6. Research shows that eating bananas may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • The highest average per capita consumption of bananas in the world is in Uganda at 500 pounds per person every year.
  • More songs have been written about bananas than about any other fruit.

With advanced and innovative drip irrigation technologies, Netafim helps farmers grow more and better quality produce with fewer resources. This is also true for all tropical crops, including bananas.

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On Mindanao Island, South Philippines, for example, Netafim supports the major banana growers. The optimal climate and the quality soils on Mindanao attract international and local fresh fruit producers, making the Philippines the world’s 4th largest banana producer and a key banana producing center with largest banana plantation in the world. The growth of the banana market has been impressive, but there have also been challenges. For example, a reappearance of Panama disease (which wiped out the former leading cultivar of bananas) caused growers to change from using surface water (which was often contaminated) to using ground-water, which is more scarce. This, together with climactic changes, led to renewed demand for advanced irrigation technology solutions. Understanding the challenges these growers faced, we have been working for the past three years to adapt our technologies to deliver optimal solutions.

Netafim’s local team’s long term familiarity with banana farm management and operational practices enabled us to design a customized block-based irrigation system supported by affordable automation and modular Nutrigation™ solutions. A simple Plug&Play solution for Crop Management Control (CMT), enables farmers to get the best out of their crop with minimum personal intervention. Our solution also takes into consideration local climatic conditions, providing different technical features for the rainy and dry seasons. Together with technical and agronomic seminars and training for various customers, we help Mindanao farmers get the best bananas from their investment, in all seasons and conditions.

Producing bananas sustainably, with less water, less energy, fewer losses due to disease and higher yields is another example of how Netafim’s irrigation solutions contribute to sustainable development. In fact, we have gone bananas about sustainable development.

Contact us for more information about our Nutrigation™ solutions.

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