Have you ever thought about the fate of banana trees after the harvesting of fruits from them? Lot of banana stems get wasted. A software engineer gave it a thought and churning out something excellent from them. Want to know more? Spare a few minutes and read the full article…..
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Software engineer by profession
Naveen Gv who lives in Bengaluru is a software engineer by profession. He has a long experience of over 18 years and has worked with several renowned corporate honchos like Tata Group and others. He was perturbed to see the wastage of banana stems after the extraction of banana fruit.
Rich properties of banana stem
Naveen knew that banana stem is not only rich in vitamins but also has many medicinal properties, “The consumption of banana stem is good for the body but it is difficult to make recipes due to the rich fibre especially in the commercial kitchens to cook for several hundreds of people. We decided to make it easy available for home and commercial kitchens,” he told Chalgenius.
Fresh start in Agro food industry
After working for 18 years in software industry, Naveen decided to call it quits and take a fresh plunge in agro food processing industry, “I thought that banana stems can be made eatable through processing. After working with various institutions and experts, I came up with a solution to use banana stem as value added products,” he told Chalgenius.
Eventually, nGV Natural Industry Private Limited started in March 2019 and was incorporated in June 2020.
Naveen’s wife, Pavithra is a co-founder in the start-up, “Presently banana trees are wasted in the banana forms after harvesting fruits. We are completely using banana trees and supporting farmers and consumers. Unlike other vegetables, ready to cook banana stems have the same price across the year. We are selling healthy products at a reasonable price and easy to cook,” said Pavithra who looks into the marketing of the company.
Naveen says that the company has been doing well since inception, “We have established a very good customer base in Karnataka and south India. Most popular restaurants, IT Company cafes are using Ready to Cook Banana stem once in a week to make various recipes.”
Besides, the start-up has been also honoured by various hotel associations and government organization as most Innovative food processing company.
No banana tree should go waste
“Our vision is to double farmer’s (banana growers) income and by 2024 even a single banana tree shouldn’t go waste in India. Also, enormous opportunities are there for natural products. So we would like to position ourselves as ‘Ready to Cook Natural Product
company by processing various natural vegetables,” said Pavithra to Chalgenius.
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