Increasing prices of pineapple have brought the hopes of stable returns for the farming group this harvest year immediately after two consecutive years of distress.
“Since January, we are receiving improved prices with farm gate rate of GI-tagged Vazhakulam pineapple unique grade fetching ₹29 per kg and the normal green selection ₹26. Ripe fruits command ₹30. Retail prices have also doubled from the farm gate level,” Infant John, president, Pineapple Growers Association Keralam, informed BusinessLine.
He attributed the northward rate movement to a fifteen per cent fall in output from previous year’s figure of four lakh tonnes. Numerous little and medium farmers have stayed absent from pineapple cultivation immediately after suffering losses due to floods in the previous two years.
The 12 months 2018 was distressing for the sector due to the fact of floods, glut in the market place and extraordinary climatic conditions. Local climate transform had produced