CIC Agri Businesses commences exporting banana
EXPORT: CIC Agri Businesses, exported its first consignment of
Banana to the Middle East recently.
The Company has tied-up with Dole Food Company,the worldâ€™s largest
producer of pineapple and banana, and its growing a range of tropical
fruits for the export market.
Packing: Banana is packed for exports at the CIC Seed Farm,
Already over 80 acres of banana have been cultivated in the CIC seed
farms at Hingurakgoda and Dambulla. The company expects to export over
650 mt., of banana before the end of the year. Currently the company
exports 20-25 mt., a week.
The variety of banana exported is the cavendish variety which is the
most popular banana variety of the world. The taste of cavendish is
similar to the popular local variety - Anamalu.
Cultivation practices for cavendish are different to the local
varieties. Post harvest practices like, cutting, cleaning, grading,
packing etc., are carried out under strict hygienic conditions and in
accordance with the requirement of the buyer Dole Food Products.
The mother plant of cavendish was imported from the Philippines. The
Company used these mother plants for the propagation of further plants.
In addition to Banana, CIC Agri Businesses is also cultivating pineapple
and melon in their farms for exports.