Promising and Profitable Venture for Agri-Entrepreneurs – Saba banana is now being tissue-cultured for commercial planting. This is called Mama Sita banana. This kind of banana was introduced from Thailand through Mama Sita Foundation.
Mama Sita banana has a good commercial potential. It can be cooked like Saba in banana cue. It can be eaten raw like a latundan. It is also excellent for making banana chips.
Advantages of Mama Sita banana over the local Saba:
1. It is dwarf compared to Saba so that it is not easily toppled by typhoons.
2. It also has much shorter growing period. It will bear fruit in 12 months from planting compared to 14 to 16 months for Saba.
There are usually two ways of multiplying bananas. One is to separate the suckers from the mature banana plants and plant them. The other way is through tissue culture. What’s good about tissue culture is that the plant can be propagated in big numbers all at the same time. The resulting seedlings are uniform and are supposed to be disease-free.
The tissue-cultured seedlings are also easier to transport to the planting site because they are small. Also the plantlets can be easily transported even by airplane.
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