The National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) would conduct training programmes on value added products from banana, banana fibre extraction and handicrafts making and post-harvest handling and ripening techniques in banana for export and local markets in July and August.

The programme on value added products from banana would be held from July 11 to 16, while the second training programme on banana fibre extraction and handicrafts making would be held between July 26 and 28 July. Third programme on post-harvest handling and ripening techniques in banana for export would be conducted between August 9 and 12.

Apart from farmers, stakeholders engaged in banana and banana related activities could benefit from the programmes to be conducted on payment of a fee.

In the first training programme, preparation of value added products such as fig, juice, jam and sweet chutney from ripe-banana; chips, sauce, flour, baby good, health drink and soup-mix from unripe (raw) banana; pickle from flower of banana; candy from centre core stem and fibre from pseudostem sheath of banana will be demonstrated. Extraction of banana fibre manually and by machine, dyeing, plaiting and roping and preparation of handicrafts (for making table mat, mobile cover and pen holders) using fine fibre will be taught in the second programme.

The third programme would cover pre-harvest, maturity standards, harvesting, post-harvest handling, packing, storage and ripening techniques, according to M.M. Mustaffa, Director, NRCB. For more details, contact 0431-2618106 or login to www.nrcb.res.in