Banana plantations are known as “walking” plantations, as the mother plant, once having born fruit is cut down and the new shoot appears at the side of the plant. When fully developed it bears a bunch of fruit, is cut down and the next shoot appears. These shoots will develop in the same direction, eventually causing havoc with the irrigation system, when on average after 15 years the plantation is cleared and re-planted. The first harvest is approximately 18 months from establishing the plant. From when the flower is formed until the bunch is harvested takes approximately 6 weeks in summer and 4 months in winter with the average weight of a bunch weighing in at 60 kg.
Though we do not produce wholesome quantities of bananas in our farms, we depend on supplies from our partner farmers to complete our supplies.