The hostile weather and the price drop have created tough times for pineapple growers in Kerala state. Although the government declared a minimum price for pineapple, some sources say the growers do not get any benefit from this. They get only Rs 10-12 per kilogram while the minimum price is Rs 15.
Usually, at this time of year, about 100 tonnes of pineapple per day are sent to Delhi. However, this was stopped due to the road blockade and protests. Meanwhile, seasonal fruits like apple and orange conquered the market and this affected the demand for pineapple. The growers said that the price is not even half of the amount they used to get last year. According to an article on mathrubhumi.com¸ they hesitate to harvest as the expense cannot be balanced from selling the fruits.
Minimum support price
The state government has come up with a minimum support price of Rs. 15 per kg for A-grade green varieties. V.S.Sunil Kumar, Minister of State for Agriculture, instructed the Vazhakulam Agro Processing Centre to procure the fruit at the earliest.
There was, however, no clarity on the support price for B&C grades from the authorities, the growers said. Although growers are not pleased with the prices reported, they maintain that "something is better than nothing."
[ Rs100 = €1.10 ]
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