Pseduo stems of banana after harvesting of fruits is often a problem for disposing as it gets accumulated in huge stock.
Fruitful utilization of these stems, which are otherwise wasted, is therefore an important issue related to banana cultivation.
With the advancement of new technologies, a method is now available for extraction of the banana fibres. Thus, with the objective of transferring this new technology through training and demonstrations, a “Banana fibre extraction unit” was installed at KVK Mokokchung and officially inaugurated on February 17 by N Tekatushi Ao, joint director SARS and project director ATMA Mokokchung.
In his speech, Tekatushi emphasized the objectives of Vision 2020 ‘Food for All’. He mentioned that judicious adoption of new technologies like banana fibre extraction for generating more income should find a place with farmers of the district.
S. Sosang Jamir, programme coordinator and Renbomo, subject matter specialist (Horti) also spoke on the occasion.
The establishment of the unit was partially sponsored by ATMA Mokokchung under REFL programme.
Representatives of state Agricultural Research Station Yisemyong, district agriculture office, district horticulture office Mokokchung and adhoc town committee Yisemyong also participated in the programme.
Initially, KVK will conduct an On Farm Trail (OFT) to review the cost benefit ratio of the fibre extractor. After OFT findings, training programmes would be taken up to transfer new technologies to target groups like SHGs, rural youths, banana growers, entrepreneurs etc.
With the installation of this machine, it is expected to generate more employment opportunities and uplift the farmer’s economy by converting the banana waste into wealth.