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Unformatted text preview: income security. India, the world’s largest producer, grows as many bananas annually as the rest of the world produces for export. An all-purpose plant An Products made from the different parts of the plant are Products made from the different parts of the plant are also a much needed source of income. Banana fiber extracted from the stem appears in paper, bank notes, ropes, clothes, wall hangings, baskets and hundreds of artistic endeavors. Banana leaves are also used to wrap anything and everything, but especially food. The growers The majority of bananas are grown in home gardens or farms of one hectare (2.5 acres) or less. In many places caring for the subsistence crop is often the responsibility of women while men attend to the cash crop. Why so many different bananas? Why so many different bananas ? Scientists believe that bananas were among the first plants to be domesticated some 10,000 years ago, giving farmers plenty of time to work with nature and come up with more than 1000 varieties. Domesticated banana plants produce microscopic stones, phytoliths, which are used by archaeologists to...
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