The banana needs
plenty of water,
It dislikes wind.
It likes soils rich in organic matter.
It likes soils that drain quickly.
Once picked, bananas
should not be left long in the plantation.
Banana plants are planted along roads, tracks,
railway lines or lagoons
so that the fruits can be quickly moved away.
In the world as a whole,
Central and South America produce most bananas - nearly
20 million tons a year.
Asia produces 10.2 million tons
and Africa 4.2 million tons.
In Africa, the chief producers of bananas are:
|Angola||320 000 tons|
|Madagascar||280 000 tons|
|Ivory Coast||230 000 tons|
|Central African Empire||170 000 tons|
|Somalia||140 000 tons|
|Cameroon||90 000 tons|
|Guinea||90 000 tons|
The above figures (for 1974) are from
the FAO Production yearbook 1974.
The production of plantains
is often not counted.