The Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) Tripura Center has developed a scientific method of cultivating a variety of relatively large and long-lasting pineapples. It has been named as ‘Climate Resilient Pineapple Production Technology’.
Mr Biswajit Das, the principal scientist horticulture, said that this method of cultivation was developed keeping two issues in mind: “Pineapples are being cultivated in the traditional way in the state. As a result, the amount of pineapple production is comparatively less, even the size of the pineapple is also relatively small.”
He also said that the queen pineapple of Tripura has got the geographical identification (GI) tag. As a result, the demand for queen pineapples produced in the state is increasing gradually from across the world.
“Issues like deterioration is one of the major obstacles for these pineapples to export to distant lands. In order to ensure that these pineapples don't not spoil quickly, such concept is being conceptualized," Das added.
“The queen pineapple weighs around 600 gm and Kew pineapples weigh around 700 gram to 1 kg. If the cultivation is done in a resilient method, queen pineapple weighs from 1 kg to 1,200 gram and Kew pineapple weighs 1.5 kg to 2 kg. This method will benefit the farmers and the income of the farmers will be doubled as compared to the traditional method," Das said.
The climate resilient pineapple production technology allows farmers to cultivate both organically and conventionally. Tripura grows an estimated 128,000 tons of pineapples every year, across 8,800-hectare orchards in different districts. Some of these orchards are run by the government, but most are privately owned.