Yesterday, Tripura exported nearly 9,900 tons of pineapples worth Rs 140 mln (€1.7 mln) to Dubai, Qatar and Bangladesh. Tripura's Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Pranajit Singha Roy said besides pineapples, Tripura also exported various other fruits and horticultural products to the UK.
Every year, the state annually produces 128,000 tons of two major varieties -- Kew and Queen -- of pineapples, from 8,800 hectares. Former President Ram Nath Kovind, at a function in Agartala in 2018, announced the "Queen" variety of pineapple as Tripura's state fruit. The minister said that the Kishan Rail and Kishan Udaan schemes is immensely benefiting the producers and farmers, especially of the northeast region of India by connecting them to the national and international markets.