Agartala, June 17: Despite high demand of the queen variety of pineapples in the foreign markets, the Tripura government has decided to export only 24 tons of pineapples to foreign country to avoid crisis in the local markets.
Agriculture Minister Pranajit Singha Roy said that already 6 tons of queen variety pineapples had been exported to Dubai and the remaining would be exported shortly. He said the government has kept the higher limit so that there is no shortage in the local markets.
Roy said a price of Rs 20 for per kg of pineapple was paid to the growers and they are very much happy to earn profit. “We expect that more farmers will be interested to grow pineapple by next year and the government is also ready to provide all kind of help,” he added.
He also mentioned about the elaborate programme of the State government regarding marketing of the queen variety of pineapples in major cities of the country.
For the same, the government is already exploring the possibility of opening an outlet at Salt Lake areas in Kolkata. He said the main target of the government is to improve the economic condition of the farmers through proper marketing of the queen variety of pineapple.
Talking about some farmer-friendly programmes of the government, the agriculture minister said: “The trend where the farmers used to come to the office to meet the government experts is over. Now, the farmer will be in the field and the experts will go to the fields to meet them.”
He said the agriculture department will be the department of the farmers and the government has decided to open 36 krishak bandhu clubs in agriculture dominated areas of the State, six of which are already in operation.
He said the farmers will visit clubs, discuss with the experts about their problems and all agricultural equipment, fertilizer, pesticides will be made available from these clubs.