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Maersk to promote banana exports from India
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Date of posting: 02-08-07
       Maersk India Pvt Ltd, the Indian subsidary of the Dutch container giant, has plans to export banana from India, which produces 23% of the global banana production but which has negligible exports.

      The steps being undertaken include facilitating research in banana production, harvesting, warehousing, packaging and providing end-to-end logistics support, in addition to arranging for training to local exporters in cold chain management and marketing support in foreign countries, a business newspaper said quoting Maersk India sources.

      India produces about 23 per cent of the world’s production of 48.9 million tonnes but is hardly present in the global banana trade of about 14 MT,worth about $4.7 billion. In comparison, Ecuador accounts for 30 per cent of the world banana trade. Maersk’s refrigerated container initiative, that started in India six months ago, has helped banana exporters in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu undertake trial shipments to the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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