Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Banana Wine Enters World Market

Banana wine is one of the latest processed products of banana to enter the market. Like any new product, finding a niche market for banana wine is a challenge—but not in Malawi, where the large Catholic community has proven to be a very lucrative market.

“After we processed the banana wine, we were thinking who would buy it, and then we observed that the wine is used during Catholic mass, and so we thought, why not sell it to the church people?” Victor Mshani, a banana researcher in Malawi shared during the First Global Banana Uses Enterprise Workshop and Technology Fair held recently in the Philippines.

Malawi is not alone, nor is it unique. Elsewhere in Africa and in some parts of Asia and Latin America, 30% of the harvested banana fruits are squeezed to produce juice that can be taken fresh or fermented with sorghum flour to make banana beer and wine.

In Tanzania, banana beer can be further distilled into a liquor called ‘gongo’. ‘Gongo’ has a high demand, unfortunately though, the government declared it illegal as it is perceived to contain poisonous ingredients.

“The illegality of ‘gongo’ production needs to be revised. The livelihood of many small-scale rural farmers depends on this wine,” Mgenzi Byabachewezi, one of the participants in the workshop and technology fair addressed this concern during his presentation of the status of banana processing business and its support environment in Tanzania.

Case studies, initiated by the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP), with funding from the Common Fund for Commodities and Rockefeller Foundation, were conducted in nine countries - Malawi, Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Philippines, Malaysia and India – with each country presenting the strengths and challenges of the different types of businesses that process bananas and of the service providers that support the processing businesses.

India exhibited the widest range of products out of banana—banana paper, clothes, slippers, bags, baby food, puree, juice, wine, chips, banana halva, bajji, figs—name it, and the product development unit of the National Research Centre for Banana has tried producing it.

“I was very impressed with the innovative products from India”, commented one observer at the First Banana Techno-fair held at the Cavite State University in the Philippines. Brazil also brought a lot of interesting products, including pasta made from banana flour.”

The techno-fair showcased the unique products of each country and promoted information exchange among the countries.

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AGRI-INFO/FEBRUARY 21, 2006



TITLE: BANANA WINE ENTERS WORLD MARKET


ALAM BA NINYO NA LALU PANG PINAG-IBAYO NGAYON ANG KAMPANYA PARA TANGKILIKIN ANG BANANA WINE AT ISA ITO SA PINAKAHULING PRODUKTO NG SAGING NA NAKAPASOK NA SA MERKADO.

BAGAMAN, ANG IBA AY NANGANGAMBA NA POSIBLENG WALANG MAGIGING HATAK ANG BANANA WINE SA MGA MAMIMILI, NGUNIT IBA ANG APPROACH NA GINAWA NG MAMAMAYAN NG MALAWI, KUNG SAAN MALAKING BAHAGI NG POPULASYON NITO AY TUMATANGGKILIK SA BANANA WINE.

AYON KAY MALAWI BANANA RESEARCHER VICTOR MSHANI, KAPAG NA-PROSESO NA NILA ANG BANANA WINE, MAG-IISIP NA SILA KUNG SINO ANG POSIBLENG BUMILI NITO AT NAISIP NGA NILA NA MAAARI ITONG GAMITIN NG MGA PARI PARA SA KANILANG SEREMONYA SA BANAL NA MISA.

HINDI LAMANG NAG-IISA TUNGKOL DITO ANG PILIPINAS AT MALAWIK, KUNDI MAGING SA IBA PANG BAHAGI NG REHIYON NG AFRICA, ILANG BAHAGI NG ASYA AT LATIN AMERICA.

30 PORSIYENTO NG INANING BANANA FRUITS AY PINIPIGA NG TODO PARA ANG SABAW O KATAS NITO AY ISAILALIM SA FERMENTATION PROCESS KAAKIBAT ANG SORGHUM PARA MAGING BEER O ALAK O WINE.

SA BANSANG TANZANIA, ANG BANANA BEER AY MAAARI PANG ISALALIM SA DISTILLATION PARA MAGING ALAK NA TINATAWAG DOON NA “GONGO”.

MATAAS ANG DEMAND SA GONGO, GAYUNMAN, IDINEKLARA NG GOBYERNO NA ITO AY ILEGAL SA PANINIWALANG MERON ITONG TAGLAY NA LASON.

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