Thiruvananthapuram’s Vinod Sahadevan Nair, also referred to as ‘Banana Man’, shut down his internet designing agency in Kochi to return house and construct a novel farm. As we speak, he grows over 500 sorts of bananas.
Do you know that there are over 1,000 totally different sorts of bananas worldwide? Whereas solely 10 to fifteen varieties of bananas are grown commercially in India, a farmer in Kerala has cultivated a formidable assortment of 500 varieties!
Fondly referred to as the ‘Banana Man’, Vinod Sahadevan Nair (63) from Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram, was not a farmer when he began his profession.
After finishing his BSc in Physics, Vinod labored for some time and later began an online designing agency in Kochi. It was after his mom’s demise that he determined to come back again house and change into a farmer to develop his household farms.
Vinod needed to create a novel farm and began gathering sorts of bananas, not generally seen in Kerala.
He travelled to totally different states — comparable to Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Manipur — to supply unusual sorts of plantains. He even approached numerous horticulture departments, analysis institutes and universities to pay money for as many types as he may.
“Each form of banana has a sure cultural factor connected to it as properly. For instance, ‘Manoranjitham’, a wide range of Kanyakumari emanates a good looking perfume. So within the olden days, individuals would cling them of their houses throughout auspicious events, marriages and festivals,” Vinod explains.
Presently, his farms have 500 sorts of bananas — together with worldwide varieties like the woman’s finger banana, pink banana and blue java. He journeyed to international locations like Malaysia, Africa, Australia, Hawaii, and Honduras, returning with quite a few uncommon coastal local weather plantains.
Vinod sells his produce on the wholesale market and earns as much as Rs 1 lakh monthly. And to unfold consciousness about totally different sorts of bananas, he has began a Fb group the place he presents these varieties freed from cost.
(Edited by Pranita Bhat)