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Pineapple has $10m income potential

Pineapple has $10m income potential
The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Jitendra Singh while officiating at the graduation in Seaqaqa on the 16th of June 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago
June 18
11:46 2017

Pineapple farming can bring in as much as $10 million annually if farmers are taught proper husbandry measures, says the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Jitendra Singh, while officiating on Friday at the Master Class Training on pineapple cropping graduation in Seaqaqa, said there was great potential in the cultivation of pineapples in the country.

“Pineapples are one of the highest earning crops owing to its taste,” Mr Singh said.

“This industry has in the past managed to rake in $2.4 million annually. I am sure that this could increase to $10 million quickly if farmers are taught proper pineapple farming practices.”

These sentiments were shared by the course facilitator, Aad van Santen, a consultant with Kokosiga Pacific (Fiji) Limited.

“Here in the Pacific islands the quantity of pineapples and the quality is quite low so what we are working on now is to try and get the farmers trained in producing pineapples,” Mr van Santen said.

“This is something which farmers lack. Pineapple season is from November to mid January when it could be produced all year round with the right farming practices.”

Twenty agricultural extension officers from all over the country took part in a week-long training which ended yesterday.

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