Thirty Punjabi woman gathered at Coffs Harbour City Council's Morgans Road banana farm yesterday to learn how to pack bananas to suit supermarket buyers.
Jan Trueman, from Tropikist, had an attentive audience as he explained the finer points of selecting and packing banana clusters to achieve the correct weight of top-quality fruit.
Many of the women were experienced packers bananas, but discovered there were new things to learn about packing for supermarkets. Mr Trueman said a single banana which ripened early could spoil a whole room full of bananas.
One woman said they also had to make sure their men cut the fruit at the right time, because they were often tempted to leave cutting for a week or two until prices rose higher, but then the bananas became too ripe, leading to the problems Mr Trueman is trying to overcome.
Today Jan True man will again be demonstrating packing and grading, but on the other side of town. He is one of the speaker and dem- onstrators at the annual Southern Banana Field Day at the Knoblocks' property at 169 South Boambee Road from 9.30am.