4th Banana Fair will be held in Delfinópolis, Brazil
The Banana Fair is organized by the Association of Banana Producers – ADELBA and SICOOB SAROMCREDI, the program includes lectures, a field day, round tables and an exhibition of machinery, equipment and supplies.
As always, grower caravans are expected from several banana growing regions of Brazil and research companies, including Embrapa, Epamig and Unesp.
On this occasion, new genotypes of bananas and plantains developed by Embrapa will be presented, as well as a new variety: BRS Terra Anã. Also, a new research program to be conducted by Epamig, aimed at establishing adequate foliar nutrient levels for banana
the cultures of the region will be announced. Technical publications will be available.
This will be an opportunity for producers to exchange experiences, listen to experts and discover new equipment, processes and inputs. There will also be an artistic program, exhibitions of crafts and typical products and a competition for the largest bunch of bananas.
Delfinópolis is today the second largest banana producer in Minas Gerais, 150 farmers cultivate an area of 3,700 hectares. The estimated production for this year (2022) is 85,000 tons with a production value of around R$153,000,000.00.
About 1,300 people work directly in the fields, not counting indirect jobs:
office workers, workshops that provide services in the construction of sheds, repair of tractors and tools, buses and other vehicles that transport employees, resale of inputs (fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides), boxes, plastic bags, masons, locksmiths, suppliers of uniforms for employees, assembly and maintenance companies of
irrigation, fuel suppliers.
The history of banana cultivation in Delfinópolis (MG) began in 1993 as an alternative to coffee cultivation which suffered from very low prices. On the initiative of nine producers, Emater and the town hall, around 20 hectares (50 acres) were planted at the end of this year. Certain characteristics of the municipality have favored the activity:
climate, soil, availability of water for irrigation and proximity to consumer markets.
Thus, from a modest beginning, cultivation has become the main component of municipal agriculture, which is also a major producer of soybeans (the largest in the south of the state of Minas Gerais), corn, sugar cane, dairy and beef cattle.
In the years 2020 and 2021, the Fair was suspended due to the covid 19 pandemic.