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Pineapple farmers upbeat over rising prices

Increasing prices of pineapple have brought the hopes of stable returns for the farming neighborhood this harvest year after two consecutive decades of distress.

“Since January, we are acquiring better prices with farm gate value of GI-tagged Vazhakulam pineapple special quality fetching ₹29 for every kg and the usual environmentally friendly selection ₹26. Ripe fruits command ₹30. Retail prices have also doubled from the farm gate amount,” Child John, president, Pineapple Growers Association Keralam, told BusinessLine.

He attributed the northward value motion to a 15 for every cent drop in creation from past year’s figure of 4 lakh tonnes. Quite a few compact and medium farmers have stayed absent from pineapple cultivation after suffering losses owing to floods in the past two decades.

The 12 months 2018 was distressing for the sector because of floods, glut in the industry and excessive climatic conditions. Climate modify experienced developed a boring

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