The table is led by India, which produces about 29.7 million tons annually, followed by China, Indonesia, Brazil and Ecuador. Angola is also in the top 10 worldwide for fruit producers, occupying the seventh position on the list.
Also according to the FAO, bananas remain the most produced and consumed fruit in the world. In Angola, which has long since declared itself self-sufficient - production in the Bengo and Benguela provinces stands out. Private companies export the fruit to countries like Portugal, Zambia and DRCongo.
The next step in national banana production projects could be to export to the United States of America, the world's largest consumer of the fruit.
Also according to the data in the report, cited by Jornal de Angola, approximately 25 percent of world production of bananas and tropical fruits originates in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Reacting to the publication of the table by FAO, José Macedo, responsible for Nova Agrolíder, considered the gains still small, taking into account the high production costs. However, he highlighted the advantage of allowing the collection of some foreign exchange earnings.
Promoter of the well-known ‘Feira da Banana’, Nova Agrolíder annually produces around 70 thousand tons of fruit. In addition to serving the domestic market, it currently exports 1200 tonnes to Portugal and Spain and 160 tonnes to South Africa.