Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel:

‘New pineapple growing effort could slash prices’

Pineapples are expensive in Israel, but Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel, wants the price of this exotic fruit to go way down. Currently, a pineapple can cost between NIS 30 and 80 (€7.23-19.28), but Ariel is proposing to allow a greater imports of pineapples, as well as increasing local harvests, with the objective of bringing the price down to NIS 10 (€2.41) per pineapple.



Currently, pineapples can be imported from just two places – Kenya and the Dominican Republic. In addition, they have to be stripped of their crowns before they are allowed to enter the country, in case insects in the crown harm local produce, like avocados and bananas. This, however, reduces their shelf life. Ariel wants to expand the list of countries from where pineapples can be imported. Israeli-grown pineapples are sold with their crowns intact.

Source: hamodia.com

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