Mysuru: If all goes according to the plan famous ‘Nanjangud Rasabale’ a variety of banana will be available aplenty.
The department of horticulture has embarked upon the task of increasing the area of cultivation that will ensure a cornucopia of supply at the market in the future.
The temple town Nanjangud is famous for the eponymous fruit that had once enjoyed the patronage of all. Taking into cognisance, the unique variety of the fruit, it was also awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tag 15 years ago in 2005.
Unlike other varieties of banana, the ‘Rasabale’ has unique taste and aroma. It is cultivated in black alluvial saline soil that makes it distinctly apart.
However, the on ground reality is not so fruity as barely four farmers are involved in the cultivation of particular variety of banana on a total of five acres of land.
Horticulture Department Deputy Director Rudresh told Mysoorunews.com
“There is a high shortage of Nanjangud Rasabale. In this wake we have taken the support of Mysuru Organic a private firm to raise 5000 saplings. They will be distributed to farmers in a few months”.
Nanjangud Rasabale fetches high revenue as it will be sold at not less than Rs 100 per kg in the market. However the shortage of saplings was the main reason in the dwindling area of plantation.
The department has also announced a subsidy of Rs 25,000 per acre to encourage farmers to take up the cultivation of Nanjangud Rasabale, he added.
The issue came to the fore when Chamundeshwari MLA GT Devegowda sought the details regarding Nanjangud Rasabale at the KDP meeting chaired by District incharge minister S T Somashekarat ZP on Tuesday.
He also questioned why cant the Horticulture department take up the onus of raising the saplings than relying on a private firm.