Thiruvananthapuram’s Vinod Sahadevan Nair, also referred to as ‘Banana Man’, shut down his net designing agency in Kochi to return dwelling and construct a singular farm. Immediately, he grows over 500 types of bananas.
Do you know that there are over 1,000 totally different types of bananas worldwide? Whereas solely 10 to fifteen varieties of bananas are grown commercially in India, a farmer in Kerala has cultivated a formidable assortment of 500 varieties!
Fondly known as the ‘Banana Man’, Vinod Sahadevan Nair (63) from Parassala, Thiruvananthapuram, was not a farmer when he began his profession.
After finishing his BSc in Physics, Vinod labored for some time and later began an internet designing agency in Kochi. It was after his mom’s loss of life that he determined to return again dwelling and grow to be a farmer to develop his household farms.
Vinod needed to create a singular farm and began gathering types of bananas, not generally seen in Kerala.
He travelled to totally different states — similar to Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Odisha, Assam and Manipur — to supply unusual types of plantains. He even approached numerous horticulture departments, analysis institutes and universities to pay money for as many types as he might.
“Each sort of banana has a sure cultural ingredient connected to it as effectively. For instance, ‘Manoranjitham’, a wide range of Kanyakumari emanates a stupendous perfume. So within the olden days, folks would cling them of their houses throughout auspicious events, marriages and festivals,” Vinod explains.
Presently, his farms have 500 types of bananas — together with worldwide varieties like the girl’s finger banana, crimson banana and blue java. He journeyed to international locations like Malaysia, Africa, Australia, Hawaii, and Honduras, returning with quite a few uncommon coastal local weather plantains.
Vinod sells his produce on the wholesale market and earns as much as Rs 1 lakh monthly. And to unfold consciousness about totally different types of bananas, he has began a Fb group the place he gives these varieties freed from cost.
(Edited by Pranita Bhat)