Tropical rewilding in Brazil - Atlantic Forest - Serra da Beleza.

Agro-Reforestation Project in partnership with EMATER - Rio - official environmental agency for the state of Rio de Janeiro


Preparing the marsh area prior to planting the Silver Bananas - Banana Prata (Musa SP)
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The Bananeiral with flowering Quaresmeiras
Introduction

Small Rural Property
Cristina Carneiro de Mendonca
Municipality of Valenca - Rio de Janeiro
District of Santa Isabel do Rio Preto
Professional technician forest Engeneer :Felipe Conceicao Elias Fernandes
Regeneration of the Original Atlantic Forest Mata Atlantica

The Portuguese started banana plantations in Brazil in the 15th and 16th century.

A member of the family : musaceae , Genus: musa, the banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. Bananas are one of the most popular fruit worldwide and is the favourite and most commercially viable dessert banana in Brazil. We have planted a bananeiral in the marsh area and diversified by adding Açai palm and palmito pupunha, a heart of palm species native of the Amazon region.

Adhering to our Agro Reforestation concept we have planted a selection of pumpkins amidst the native taioba.

We started harvesting our first crop of bananas at the the end of 2020.

Our banana plants were sourced by Embrapa for EMATER - Rio.

Prior to planting our two year old banana plants major drainage and clearing of the marshes took place. Alair, our farm manager and his team worked very hard to prepare the land.
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The images here depict the marshy areas with the forest Engeneer Felipe Conceicao the farm manager Alair and a member of his team Marcos Henrique.
Agro and Forest Engineer professionals Felipe Conceicao and Nelson Pentagna visited the property in order to evaluate the areas available for the project and skills and availability of labour in order to implement the project .

A second visit took place after an exchange of ideas . The areas selected where divided in three a reforestation system was chosen for one area , the second an agroreforestation orchard behind the corral and a third Bananeiral in the marshy area . Silver Bananas - Banana Prata (Musa SP).
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Banana Prata sapling supplied by Embrapa for EMATER-Rio planted in 2019.
The banana plants where supplied to us from Embrapa to EMATER - Rio.

In one years time we will have our first harvest of organic bananas I will start the process of securing an organic seal when I go to Brazil.

Bananas thrive in marshy moist areas.

The planting was done in the dry season.
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Additional worker Botafogo - with his yellow boots!
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Bananeiral - measuring - digging planting holes by hand - width and depth are quite specific.
2020 Update

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Alair our farm hand under one of our bananeiras.
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The original Banana saplings were two years old on arrival, they are now three years old. In two years time we will be able to start harvesting the bananas .
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The banana plantation
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Bananas in the marshes
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Alair tendering the banana plantation.
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Guinho tendering the banana plantation; a sapling of Açai palm in the foreground.
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A variety of pumpkins
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Our first banana crop in 2020.
Updated March 2021