Manipur exports organic pineapples to Delhi

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 29: | Publish Date: 7/31/2018 11:38:37 PM IST

Manipur Horticulture & Soil Conservation Department Sunday achieved a major milestone as one MT (metric tonne) of organic pineapples pineapples grown in Manipur was airlifted to Delhi from the Imphal International Airport.

“This is the first ever airlift of locally grown organic pineapples from the state outside the state,” officials of the department said.

The department tied up with NE Agro Products, a Gurgaon based company for selling fresh organic and chemical free pineapples (850 grams to 1.5 kilograms) for ‘queen’ and ‘kew’ varieties. The pineapples were produced by the Organic Pineapple Growers of Thayong, Andro, Waithou Chiru (Imphal East district), where queen variety is cultivated in Bunglon and Khousabung and kew variety cultivated under the Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North East Region (MOVCD-NER) implemented by the Mission Organic Mission Agency (MOMA) in the state.

At present, 600 organic growers/farmers are cultivating organic pineapples covering 600 hectares of land under phase-1 and another 1,000 growers/farmers are taking up cultivation at 1,000 hectares of land under phase-II of the mission.  Talking to reporters, state horticulture and soil conservation minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar termed it as a new dawn for the department and for the organic farmers of the state. 



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