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India roughly produced 30% of the world's banana production but exports are around 1%. Hence there is potential to capture the market. Currently, few companies are doing it, IG international, Pick N Serve is one company based in Pune, Maharashtra are a couple
If you are planning an export oriented startup, it is useful to remember the following
1.there are many established countries exporting bananas, hence try to study the model used by Philipines and Brazil as they are supplying much larger volumes and a cost-effective price.
2.focus should be on quality and by arranging farms for procuring good harvest regularly.
3.Attention has to be paid to cold chain and post-harvest support right from the farm to the seller countries via the regular transit routes.
4.an excellent speedy supply chain has to be established and followed religiously so that minimum time is lost between harvest to the shelf.
5.The supply chain includes harvest, modern packaging, inland transport, channeling into the port cities for loading into containers to the respective destinations.
6.Some units have benefitted from packaging on site at the farm itself to reduced spoilage of this perishable goods. Some companies use ethylene absorbers to maintain quality
7.Check on some suppliers listed here as to how they market and book orders
8.Check on apeda.gov.in wesbite. This lists the Agricultural and processed food product exports from India and it is a government site/
9.This pdf(http://apeda.gov.in/apedawebsite/six_head_product/Brochure_06_Banana_&_Orange.pdf) file describes the packaging specifications for banana export from India.
10.APEDA also provides assistance by having centers for perishable cargo and integrated post-harvest handling infrastructure.
11.The government also provides financial and technical assistance to promote the export of fresh fruits and vegetables.
12.Fresh banana exports from India has been 63,274 metric tonnes in 2014-15,95,222MT in 15-16 and 1,10,750 MT in 16-17 and it is a growing industry.
13. Apart from Gulf countries, India also exports to UK and France.
14. Focus on branded ones highlighting unique quality - type of banana, organic or sustainable frams and taste.