Vazhakulam Pineapple, the GI-tagged fruit, which catapulted to world-wide fame the if not diminishing agricultural dominance of Kerala, is experiencing the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis.
Farmers, who carry out farming on leased lands with financial institution financial loans, are experiencing the greatest crisis with provide chains shut and crops going squander. They have sought emergency aid packages from both the central and point out governments to tide in excess of the crisis.
James George, President, All Kerala Pineapple Farmers Association, said that farmers on an ordinary commit ₹6.25 lakh per hectare each individual calendar year, harvesting all-around five lakh tonns of pineapple. Most of the significant timers are farming on leased land, primarily amidst rubber plantations. When the charges ended up hovering all-around ₹39-45 per kg during March-April 2019, farmers took far more land on lease for farming.
Even so, the charges tanked to all-around ₹10 per kg on