A protective cover for protection of banana bunch comprises a fibrous Nonwoven fabric exhibitingsufficient vapor permeability to alter or control the ripening of the banana so ensconced while retarding passage of dust and insects. The protective cover is positioned generally about associated agricultural products, with the cover being particularly suited for use on products prior to harvest. The Nonwoven is formed with protection-enhancing UV-protective agents. The Nonwoven fabric may be pigmented as desired.
The transmittance of light to an agricultural product is known to significantly affect the way that product develops and ripens. Banana that are mass grown in plantation exhibit pronounced variation in the rate of ripening depending upon whether the banana plant is located within immediate proximity to a shade Source, or are exposed to continuous daylight, such as along the periphery of the plantation.