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Manipur sets organic pineapple export target at 250 MT this year

Photo: DIPR, Manipur

The first consignment of 1.2 metric tonnes to Gurgaon and Jaipur was flagged off by additional chief secretary P Vaiphei from Bir Tikendrajit International Airport on Sunday.

TFM Desk

As in past years, airlifting of fresh organic pineapples grown in different parts of Manipur has begun for this year as well from Sunday. The first consignment of 1.2 metric tonnes to Gurgaon and Jaipur was flagged off by additional chief secretary P Vaiphei from Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.

Krooshi Karma Naturals Private Limited, Imphal in collaboration with Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) has set a target to export at least 250 metric tonnes of pineapple to Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Jaipur. It will benefit around 900 farmers, according to DIPR.

From 2018 to 2020, airlifting and marketing of pineapples outside the state had benefited more than Rs. 78 lakhs to organic farmers of the state. The efforts of the firm and MOMA shall boost the confidence of farmers during COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, around 220 metric tonnes were exported, it added.

Apart from pineapples, the company has also been marketing Kiwi fruit and avocado outside the state since 2018. It has made huge strides in facilitating and enabling a business ecosystem for pineapple marketing by increasing linkage between organic pineapple growers and buyers every year. The support of MOMA in terms of assistance towards local transportation, connecting organic farmers and provision of corrugated boxes to the firm has been pivotal in the success of this venture. The pineapple being marketed is mainly the Queen variety, cultivated in Thayong, Andro, Chiru-Waithou areas, it added.

Fresh queen pineapples of the state have good demands in different markets of the country. Various firms have marketed more than 800 metric tonnes of fresh fruits and spices outside the state this year with institutional support from MOMA benefitting a large number of farmers of the state, the DIPR release stated.

CM Biren took to Twitter to share the initiative. With the government’s support, the marketing firms have been able to scale up exports and the farmers have benefited to the tune of several crores of Rupees, he wrote.

Speaking at the occasion, P Vaiphei said that there is nothing to worry by the farmers about the market now. Under a market intervention scheme, he said, the state government had created a corpus fund of Rs. 3 crore to buy all the horticulture produces from farmers and store it in cold storages for supply to different markets.

He further said that it is a matter of satisfaction that with dedicated efforts from MOMA, Manipur had been able to export organic pineapples to different cities for the fourth consecutive year despite facing COVID-19 pandemic. The additional chief secretary also urged the farmers to contact MOMA to sell their produces.

MOMA project director K Devdutta Sharma and Imphal Airport director Alok Nath were also seated on the dais as dignitaries.

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