BANANA INDUSTRY

Challenges include lack of irrigation and storage infrastructure. While most of Somalia’s current crop goes to local markets, exports have begun to other countries. Currently, Somalia has about 4,000 acres in cultivation, producing about 40,000 tons annually, according to Fruitsom, a company formed by about 100 growers to market Somali bananas abroad. The current planting is less than 14% of the 30,000 acres that were in cultivation when the industry was at its peak. Banana exports accounted for about $96 million (1980’s) and produced Somalia’s leading source of outside income. Development of the Sea Port will give added potentials to exporters in shipping their products worldwide markets.