Going bananas in a Chinese town

June 27th, 2011 - 5:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 27 (IANS) Officials in a Chinese town are attempting to increase banana sales after the demand for the fruit fell sharply.

A free door-to-door delivery service of bananas is being offered in Sanya town in south China’s Hainan province.

The exercise is being carried out after sales fell, leaving some famers facing bankruptcy, China Daily cited Nanguo City News as reporting.

Around 70,000 tonnes of bananas was produced this year, but only 40,000 tonnes have been sold due to rumours about the use of the plant hormone ethephon.

The Sanya municipal government is now taking action to save the stock.

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