Reasons for being in news
President recently announced that the “queen” variety of pineapple would be Tripura’s state fruit.
About Queen Pineapple
1 . Fruits are Spiny, golden yellow in color and emits pleasant aroma and flavor at the ripen stage.
2 . The fruits are harvested when eyes turns yellow during mid-May to mid-July when the fruit is available.
3 . Average weight of fruit varies from 600 Grams to 800 Grams.
4 . It possesses all the good Organoleptic qualities.
5 . Juice bright yellow color.
6 . pH of juice 4 to 4.5.
7 . Water content 80% to 90%.
8 . Sweetness and unique aroma differentiates it with pineapple of other region of North East India.
Pineapple cultivation in Tripura
Farmers in Tripura have pioneered pineapple cultivation . In their traditional lore too, they have carefully preserved a belief. That “pineapple would never betray them”. That, any crop may fail in an unfavourable circumstance, but pineapple is just a viable crop of survival, providing substantial income year after year.
This popular belief of the Darlongs, a sub tribe of Mizos, residing in North Tripura district is still instrumental in ensuring bumper pineapple crops in their hamlet.
Productivity of pineapple per hectare in Tripura is 18.73 tonnes, which is higher than the national average of 15.80 tonnes. The Dhalai district, another buffer zone of pineapple cultivation records the highest yield per hectare production in the state with 21.88 tonnes .
Pineapples harvested at half ripe stage can be kept fresh for 1 to 3 weeks at 12° c to 13° c. This offers enormous potential for their exports.