AGARTALA, April 18 - Tripura is all set to export its high-quality pineapples to Gulf countries, which promises to boost the production of the fruit across the State. Pineapple has always been a profitable horticultural produce in Tripura, specially the sweet and flavoursome �queen variety� grown in north Tripura.
A high-level team from Dubai is already in the State to finalise a deal whereby pineapples produced in the State will be exported to Dubai and other Gulf destinations.
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Barman has already instructed the Horticulture Department to boost the production of pineapples for export.
Meanwhile, the State Government has also set a target to revive �Purbasha,� the sales outlet of Tripura�s handloom and handicraft industry. Most sales outlets of Purbasha were closed down by the erstwhile State Government due to corruption and non-performance. Barman has asked the Purbasha staff to revive the PSU or close it down altogether. �These sales outlets as well as the handloom and handicraft corporation became dens of politics during the Left regime, but we will not allow that to continue,� maintained Barman, adding that the PSUs have to be self-sufficient as it is difficult to keep on funding them.
While meeting officials of the Planning and Coordination Department, the Deputy Chief Minister on Monday said that the State Government needs to widen the revenue base. �In this respect, the tourism sector can help generate revenue. During the Left rule, tourism suffered irreparable losses due to obsolete policies and apathy. But we will revive this sector and a series of measures will be taken for this purpose,� added Barman.