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60 varieties of banana on a platter! Kerala farmer brings varieties of fruit to Mysuru

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Mysuru: Banana is one fruit that rarely finds no takers. If one feels hungry and wants to check the pangs, it’s the pachchbale (G-9 variety) that’s the pick of many.

How about if you are offered 60 varieties of banana on a platter? Mouth waters, isn’t it? For record, the varieties of banana we speak about is for display and is directly from Kerala popularly known as the ‘Gods Own Country’.

Vinod Sahadevan Nair a banana grower from Tiruvananthapuram in Kerala has brought 60 varieties of banana, from local to exotic on display, that surely leaves one spellbound, at the ongoing Kisan Swaraj Sammelan, organised at Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) campus on Hunsur road in the city.

Vinod who is popularly known as Vazha Chettan (Banana brother) backhome claims to have over 500 varieties of banana in his collection. However due to various reasons, he could bring only 60 for the sammelan.

The names of some of the varieties are as follows- Gothya from Assam, ladies finger, Zanzibar from Tanzania, Pagher from North Eastern India, Blue Jawa or Icecream Banana from South East Asia, Ardhapuri from Maharashtra to name a few.

Kadali banana believed to be the favourite of Lord Krishna, Matti variety which is used to prepare payasam and enjoyed royal patronage for being the favourite of erstwhile Travancore royal family, Red Banana, Poongali considered as good for babies health and several others are on display.

According to Vinod aged 62 years now, he started cultivating Banana at the age of 12, at his four acres of land at Parassala 30 km away from Tiruvananthapuram, which naturally kindled interest towards trying his hands on procuring different varieties of the fruit.

It’s been more than five decades his interest in banana farming still remains intact as he grows local Nendran variety of banana in large numbers at his farm in Kerala, for a living. While the rest of the land is for cultivating rare varieties of banana that has made him a popular name in that part of Kerala.

Ask him what prompted him to come to Mysuru, he pat takes the name of Krishna Prasad of Sahaja Samrudha, at whose initiation he came down to Mysuru.

Even as Mysoorunews.com engaged Vinod for a freewheeling chat, there was no dearth of interruptions as the curious many including farmers were coming out with posers frequently. Such was the demand for his expertise in growing banana with sustained interest.

The Sammelan concludes on Sunday and the entry is free.

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