Tripura Horticulture Corporation Limited (THCL) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Spicejet Merchandise Pvt. Ltd to boost the export of pineapples to other states and also to the international market.
The memorandum is targeted towards providing pineapples to major cities of the country. The ‘Queen’ variety of pineapples is considered as the pride of Tripura. Soon, this variety is expected to be exported not only to other Indian states but also to different parts of the world including the Middle East countries.
Government along with the respective department has jointly taken this initiative to provide the pineapple farmers a market that produces more than 1.3 lakh MT of the fruit.
Approximately, more than 1 lakh metric of ‘Queen’ and ‘Kue’ pineapple is produced in Tripura annually. Pineapple is one of the major fruit crops in terms of area and as per the statistics in Tripura.
However, farmers in absence of any canning center and export said that they would not be able to continue to bear the loss as local demands and the prices are not up to the mark. Another reason behind the decreasing production of pineapple in Tripura has been because many farmers are shifting from pineapple to rubber which seems to be more profitable.