A release of compilation of research achievements over the last two decades and an exhibition on latest technologies used in banana production will mark banana kisan mela to be organised by National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) on its premises near the city on August 21.

The mela will be on the theme ‘banana fruit care’. There is an acute need to improve stakeholders’ awareness on fruit care, which includes better production technology, post-harvest handling, storage, value chain management, and consumer satisfaction. It is these endeavours that underpin the mela, a press release from M.M.Mustaffa, Director of NRCB, issued here on Monday said.

The exhibition will showcase technologies for banana fruit care, banana production, quality tissue culture plants, value-added products , inputs for banana cultivation, and management of pests and diseases. The scientists would deliver talks on banana fruit care that includes pre and post harvest practices for better shelf life of banana fruit, marketability, and profitability.

They would also demonstrate in-house technologies for fruit care developed at the processing lab by NRCB.