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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 world’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, Hingurakgoda

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.

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