National Banana Festival 2018

We are glad to announce the National Banana Festival (NBF) 2018 from 17 to 21 February at Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The festival is organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social action (CISSA) in partnership with Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat and a host of National and State organisations.

Banana is the one of the oldest fruits known to mankind and is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. Availability, affordability, varietal range, taste, nutritive and medicinal value make it the favourite fruit among all classes of people. Our country stands first in banana production in the world. In fact, bananas we have today are the products of thousands of years of careful selection for specific traits by our farmers. This precious diversity has to be protected in the contest of dominating market driven mono cultures.

The festival is planned in such a way that it will benefit all who have an interest in the banana sector  Producers, Consumers, Retailers, Traders, Government Organisations, NGOs and Research Institutions.

The five day festival includes National Seminar, Exhibition, Training Programmes, farmers meet and a host of other activities. This will privilege the participants in building of networking, productive collaborations apart from updating with latest knowledge and trends.

We look forward to welcoming you to this inspiring, educational and enjoyable event.

Banana Festival exhibition will showcase everything about banana. This will  provide first -hand information to the farmers and general public  about its multifaceted uses.

  • Over 200 Exhibitors from all over India
  • Stalls by Central and State Government Departments, Institutions and Universities
  • Stalls by NGOs, Self-help groups and farmer groups
  • Showcasing and display of traditional varieties of the banana and plantain from all over
  • India
  • Display of value added products from banana fruit, pseudo stem and leaves
  • Organic banana market, organic fertilizers and pesticides
  • Food Court Celebrating Local Cuisine and lots of Banana Cuisine


All over the country people grow a wide range of banana. But the pressure to produce nice-looking marketable varieties is having worrying affects on the diversity. The exhibition will highlight the importance of keeping diversity in banana crops by underlining the many uses of the different cultivators and  varieties.

Food source

The banana fruit is widely eaten raw, but many varieties are fried, roasted, juiced, dried or chipped to make healthy and affordable snacks. Variety of value added food products from not only banana fruit but also from by-products like peels, stalk and inflorescence will be exhibited.

Innovation & Research

Institutions and organizations from all over India who are working on new varieties with increased pest and disease resistance, the desirable qualities  and increased yields will be participating in this exhibition. Agro Biotech companies in production of tissue culture bananas and those with latest technologies for banana cultivation and processing will also be participating.

Versatile fibre
Banana fibre extracted from the stem is used in the production of ropes, clothes, wall hangings, baskets and hundreds of artistic endeavors. Banana leaves are also used to wrap anything and everything, especially food items. Companies, organizations, self help groups and NGOs working in this area will be exhibiting their products and technologies.

Small Farm, Big Ideas
Although banana is grown in large monocultures and appears in super markets all around the world, the majority of banana are grown in home steads and small gardens and form the backbone of food and income security of rural people in  India. The exhibition will showcase success stories of such small scale farmers identified from across the country.

Waste to Wealth
The exhibition will showcase technologies and products  made utilizing under utilized parts of banana such as peels, leaves, pseudostem, stalk and inflorescence in various food and non-food applications serving as thickening agents, coloring and flavor, alternative source for macro and micronutrients, neutraceuticals, livestock feed, natural fibres, sources of natural bioactive compounds , bio-fertilizers and a source of biogas.

Pick to pack
Suppliers, wholesalers and retailers of machinery and products for Harvesting, Packing, Packaging, Grading, and Gassing, Cold Chain Management and Storing banana will be participating in the exhibition.

Pest and disease
Growing concern about use of pesticides by banana growers and its impact on the environment and health, not to mention economic considerations have been driving efforts to reduce their use and adopt more sustainable crop protection practices. The exhibition will highlight the need for organic production, the range of organic fertilizers and plant protection inputs available.


  • Banana diversity of Kerala
  • Banana fibre – the next new sensation in textile industry


Celebrating Local Cuisine & Lots of Banana Cuisine

Theme based pavilions by college and school students. Awards will be given to best pavilions.


  • National & State Research Centres for Banana
  • National Agri-horti-food Technology Institutes
  • National Horticulture Organisations
  • Agricultural Universities
  • State Government Agencies, Institutes and Organisations
  • Krishi Vigyan Kendras
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Departments across India
  • NGOs and Self Help Groups
  • Nurseries and Gardens
  • Progressive Farmers
  • Banana Traders
  • Producers of value added products
  • Machinery manufacturers
  • Agro Biotech companies


Event Name: National Banana Festival 2018

Date: 17-21 Feb- 2018

Venue: Kalliyoor Thiruvananthapuram Kerala


Office Address: National Banana Festival

Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA)
T.C.15/510, USRA-55, Udarasiromani Road,
Vellayambalam, Thiruvananthapuram -695010, Kerala
Telephone:0471 2722151, +91 9447205913


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