There has been increasing demand in both domestic and foreign markets for dried products. Especially the domestic market and neighbouring countries are increasingly demanding high quality dried banana fruits which has well been capitalised by Thailand farming community with their Government aid which could be considered as bench mark in promoting drying concepts in India.
TBPG’S Madhur Fruits wish to emerge and be the forerunner in implementing state of art drying concepts to transform Thottiyum Banana growers to link it with value chains. However, the horticultural industry is constrained by lack of awareness on drying technology, resources and skills to correctly install and operate the drying equipment.
Banana dried products based value chains have been able to get the shares in the national and international markets The traditional drying systems have not been able to supply the products with better quality. Especially the techniques being used are un-hygienic, un-safe, and non-productive; they produce low quality and have very low efficiency. The dependency on weather especially creates problems. Open drying process incurs more wastage, re-wetting and loss of quality and quantity. The drying technology proposed will improve the drying efficiency; improve product quality, consistency and better price parity. The exporters and importers including both national and international are considering to offer reasonable prices for dried banana.