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Banana Variety Karpuravalli (ABB)

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10 December 2023, New Delhi: It is a popular variety grown for table purposes in medium-rich soils. Its commercial cultivation is spread over in Central and Southern districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In Bihar, cultivation is in patches under the name ‘Kanthali’.

Karpuravalli is a tall, robust plant well suited to marginal lands and soils, produced under low input conditions. It is also the sweetest among Indian bananas. Karpuravalli is occasionally seeded depending on the seasonal variability. Its ash-coated golden yellow and sweet fruits have good keeping quality.

Karpuravalli is highly susceptible to wilt disease, tolerant to leaf spot disease, and well suited for drought, salt-affected areas, and low input conditions.

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