COVID-19 pandemic hits Daranggiri banana market in Goalpara district of Assam

Last Modified: Wed Apr 22 2020 08:12:49 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 3,700 hectares
    Spread of the Assam’s Daranggiri banana market in Goalpara district, located nearly 99 km from Guwahati city along National Highway 17. It is considered as Asia’s largest banana market.
  • 40,000 metric tonnes
    Banana production recorded on an average each year at Daranggiri. The 2 local varieties of bananas — Malbhog and Chenichampa — are supplied from here to states like Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and parts of Uttar Pradesh.
  • 7,000
    Estimated number of farmers in the area that cultivate the fruit.
  • Rs 4 crore
    Average monthly revenue recorded during the months of Sep - Oct each year from exports to Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. In 2019, with the initiative of the Assam agriculture department, it was even exported to Dubai.
  • Rs. 1 lakh
    Estimated loss incurred on an average by farmers during the first phase of the COVID-19 lockdown as their produce ended up rotting in the farms.
  • Rs 50 to Rs 80
    Sale price for a bunch of bananas during the second phase of COVID-19 lockdown as compared to the normal price of Rs. 300 to Rs. 400. With much difficulty, farmers are able to supply the produce to the markets of Hojai and Mangaldoi through the permitted essential goods trucks. Some districts have refused to accept the agricultural produce. The Goalpara district administration is attempting to take as many steps possible to help the farmers such as contacting markets like Azad market of New Delhi and permitting several buyers from Bihar, Jharkhand to camp at the market. Goods trains are also being arranged.