The Executive Director, National Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan, Dr Abayomi Olaniyan has described pineapple as an economic crop with huge potential for foreign exchange earnings and job creation.
Olaniyan said pineapple production could help to ensure food security, job creation and launch the country on the path of self- sufficiency thereby improving the lives of the populace reports theeagleonline.com.ng
He said pineapples were used mainly for fresh consumption and fruit juice, while in some parts of the world the fermented juice is used to make vinegar and alcoholic spirit.
“The leaves can be used in three forms, fresh, dried and in silage, the fibres in some countries are exploited for paper production,’’ he said.
Olaniyan stressed the need for awareness and advocacy as well as the importance of adopting good nursery practices in the production lines of pineapple.
According to him, this will address the pitfalls associated with production practices in terms of pests and export competitiveness. he also called for adequate knowledge on post harvest handling practice and processing technologies. He said that the knowledge would go a long way in reducing post-harvest losses in the commodity value chain.
He called on the stakeholders, especially participants, to enhance the potential of the crop for sustainable livelihood and national economic development.