Banana production increases on Sao Nicolau island, Cape Verde

23 June 2011

Praia, Cape Verde, 23 June– Banana production on the Cape Verdean island of Sao Nicolau is increasing due to rainfall in the last two years and the introduction of organic banana plants, which has a fast rate of reproduction, Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress said.

Speaking to the state news agency, farmers from the Fajã area said that, after almost four years that had been less than positive, banana production on the island had been increasing for the last two years.

The rains in 2009 and 2010 provided a good amount of water, which is needed for the banana trees to develop, one farmer said whilst another mentioned that the introduction of organic bananas, the previous year, had given producers new hope.

As this is a species that reproduces in a relatively short time – around nine months – the farmers expect to achieve balanced production, which is already making it possible to export to other markets, such as to Sao Vicente island. (macauhub)