Above Photos show Somali Banana farmers in Lower Shabelle region of Somalia 1981, courtesy of burningmax.
Prior to 1991, Somalia was renowned for its thriving banana industry and was the largest exporter in East Africa. Somali banana production reached 12,000 hectares, employing over 120,000 people. The banana business flourished: with more than two-thirds of production being of export quality, it supplied markets in Europe, especially Italy, and the Persian Gulf. Banana production is concentrated in the south of Somalia, where an ingenious system of barrages and dams provides over 130,000 ha with access to ‘gravity irrigation’ from river water from the Ethiopian highlands. Unlike bananas grown elsewhere in East Africa, Somali bananas suffer from no major pests or diseases and the riverine soil is rich in nutrients.
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