Canada allows market access to Indian banana and baby corn 

India will soon start exporting banana and baby corn to Canada, after market access has been approved by the Canadian government. According to a statement by the ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare, market access for Indian banana and baby corn has been provided to Canada, following the negotiations between National Plant Protection Organisations of both countries.

“Based on the technical information provided for fresh banana by India, Canada has approved banana for entry into Canada with immediate effect,” an official statement said.

In a meeting held between the two representatives of India and Canada, It was decided that the export of fresh baby corn could commence this month after updation of relevant directive on plant protection import and domestic movement requirements for corn. The statement noted that a decision by Canada would immensely benefit the Indian farmers growing these crops and would also enhance India’s agricultural export earnings.

Last year, for the first time a consignment of fibre and mineral rich and Geographical Indication (GI)-certified ‘Jalgaon banana’ was exported to Dubai. The bananas were sourced from progressive farmers of Tandalwadi village, part of Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, a banana cluster identified under Agri Export Policy.

India exported bananas worth more than Rs 616 crore in 2020-21. India majorly exports bananas to Iran, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The banana exports from India have grown from 35,000 tonnes in 2016-17 to 1.91 lakh tonnes in 2020-21. Of these, Maharashtra’s share is around 70%.

India is the world’s leading producer of bananas with a share of around 25% in total output. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh contribute more than 70% of the country’s banana production. According to the second advance estimates of horticultural crops (2021-22), banana production in the current crop year grew by around 2% to 32.45 million tonnes (mt) compared to 2020-21 and the total acreage of banana production in the country is 0.23 million hectare.

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