Talk about banana tree, I notice that banana trunk able to reach up to 2-4 meters height. The banana suckers used as planting material in the traditional planting for small scale farmers. Today technology with the tissue culture technic, most of the new planting material prefer to use Tissue Culture Seedling. This new seedling provide uniform quality , plant height, maturity period and easy to practice farm activity. Cost for new tissue culture planting material was affordable and considered as cheap about RM 1.20 to RM 2.00 in Malaysia and there was many registered suppliers availabble. The tissue culture seedling for selected varieties such as Pisang Berangan, Pisang Rastali, Pisang Nipah and Pisang Mas easily available but not for Pisang Tanduk, Pisang Lang and Pisang Cavendish.
Banana able to grow in poor soil condition but will less productive without deep well drained soil, forest loam, rocky sand or even in heavy clay. In Malaysia area like ex-mining area, peat soil even a Bris soil are potential area to grow banana with proper technology and adequate knowledge. Banana grow well in good drainage and poor result at flood prone area. Latest occurrence on Banana Moko Disease (Ralstonia spp) seriously affect the banana industry in Malaysia since 2006. The activity to control this disease was carried out with IPM approach and after 5 years the control measure shown a significant results.
(23 Jun 2012)