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Tripura Govt to boost pineapple production

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, April 29 - Tripura Government has taken several steps to boost pineapple production in the State by planning to make infrastructure and laying emphasis on export.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has recently said �we have to make more infrastructure like creation of food park, laboratory for testing food products, cold storage chains and training programmes for staggered pineapple cultivation to make it available round the year.�

�The famous �Queen� variety which has a GI tag is the best quality of pineapple in the world. The fruit will be exported for the first time to Dubai next month,� Deb said.

Officials from APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), an apex organisation under Ministry of Commerce and Industry, exporters, importers, logistics providers, scientists from Assam Agriculture University, Railways, Customs, and other government bodies met at Agartala recently to decide on ensuring production of the fruits round the year and export them to foreign countries.

Official sources said the government had also decided to buy pineapple from growers with good support price to encourage them for growing the fruit round the year.

Tripura is one of the largest pineapple growing States in the country and there are more than 100 commercial scale pineapple plantations in the State, they said. � PTI

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