Tripura pineapple growers facing crisis

Tripura pineapple growers facing crisis

Agency News

Sonamura (West Tripura), June 10: The delicious queen variety pineapples that introduced Tripura in global market last year has faced crisis this time and distressed hundreds of pineapple growers in Western bordering villages of the state.

The production of pineapple was increased substantially following sale of the produce in Middle East but this time the global traders did not show much interest. Because of huge production, pineapple is not being sold in the local markets at the expected rate.

“A few traders who introduced themselves as pineapple exporters to Dubai promised us to buy our pineapples but they are out of sight till now,” said Abdul Malek, a traditional pineapple cultivator of Moinama under Boxa Nagar Block of Sepahijala district.

The queen variety pineapple of Tripura was declared as the state fruit by President Ram Nath Kovind last year with the enthusiastic effort of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb who wished that the queen variety pineapple will find good acceptance among neighbouring countries including Bangladesh.

Having flagged off a consignment of Queen Pineapple from Nagicherra Horticulture Complex for exporting to Dubai, Chief Minister had expressed that his government shall attain the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi doubling farmers' income by giving topmost priority to farmers' interests. But practically it is seen that the delicious pineapples of queen variety are being decomposed in many orchards at Moinama, Mati Nagar, Kulubari, Aralia, Mohanbhog, Kamranga tali, Khaschowmohani, Durlav Narayan, Shibnagar, Taxa Para and Jhumerdepa in Sonamura, he added.

The farmers are not getting the opportunity of international exporting. The traditional markets along Indo-Bangla border are closed for last several years. Some of the farmers are trying to sell the pineapples in the local retail markets but failed. Since monsoon rain started pineapple will lose its pleasant aroma and flavor and soon be rotten. More than 10,000 pieces of pineapple are being decomposed in orchard at Daudarani as no trader came to buy, said another Malek Mia of Bandrabari, one of the largest pineapple producing families of Tripura having several hundred acres of pineapple cultivating land.

More than 500 farmers have cultivated pineapple in Sonamura this year and facing investment loss of about Rs 50 lakh, which would have an adverse impact on their livelihood and the economy of the villages. However, the state government has sent a small consignment from a village of Kamalpur in Dhalai district to Bangladesh but due to price constraint the traders across the border refused to buy it from Tripura. (UNI)