This unique method is quite viable for farmers, especially in regions with acute water shortage, saving them from the trouble of shelling out vast amounts of money for various irrigation methods.
One of the most common and lucrative crops across the world, the banana plant is a vital aspect of India’s gastronomic history. While seasonal fruits may come and go, the one fruit which is constant in every Indian household, irrespective of demographics, is the humble banana.
Everyone is well aware about the fruit’s ‘heavyweight’ nutritional content.
Bananas are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6, which together contribute to the good health and proper functioning of our bodies.
The benefits don’t just stop at the fruit. The eco-friendly tradition of eating food from banana leaves is as ancient as the Indian civilisation and is quite a common sight in Kerala during festive occasions.
But one of the most overlooked parts of the plant is its stem that often goes to waste after the culmination of production. While in many parts of India, the tender core of the stem is a part of local cuisines, the utilisation of the banana stem has found little scope in India, which is strange because the country leads the world in banana production.
In Indonesia, the banana stem refuse is used as a planter for growing short-root plants; and if adopted in India, this simple yet ingenious implementation can surely have a positive effect on the agrarian scenario of the country and reduce tonnes of banana plant wastage that occurs on a regular basis.
By digging appropriate holes (according to your crop or garden plant’s features) in the stem with a knife, you can fill these with soil and plant the seeds or saplings into the pits.
The method need not be limited to only farmers and agricultural institutions. Anyone can try it in their backyard or garden as banana stems are readily available in the markets, and there is no requirement of any form of technical know-how for it. Additionally, space and resource constraints generally associated with urban agriculture can quickly be reduced through banana stems.