Slideshow | Organic cultivation of banana varieties with medicinal properties by Kani community – Tamil Nadu

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Varieties seen in the slideshow

  • Red banana: medicinal properties to heal stomach ulcer, cools the physique, rich in Vitamin C
  • Nenthran: used for banana chips due to its hard composition
  • Rasa-kathali: a sweet tasting variety, about the size of the thumb finger.

All the 3 varieties are rich in minerals and vitamins.

This project contributes to the livelihood and nutrition of the Kani community living in the Kanyakumari region (Cape Comorin). It ensures that they benefit from land allotted to them.

As plants are producing buds and fruits, it has been demonstrated that with hard work, organic banana cultivation is viable in this region. Only organic manure and natural insecticides like neem cake and a herbal medicinal plant leaf are being used. Avoiding man-animal conflicts calls for constant vigilance and appropriate measures.

Photos and information: courtesy S S Davidson © 2013 Tribal Foundation (Nagercoil)

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