Covid disrupts pineapple supply chain in upcountry markets

Lavern Vogel

Vazhakulam Pineapple, the GI-tagged fruit, which catapulted to world fame the otherwise diminishing agricultural dominance of Kerala, is struggling with the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis.

Farmers, who carry out farming on leased lands with lender financial loans, are struggling with the largest crisis with supply chains closed and crops heading waste. They have sought crisis relief packages from each the central and condition governments to tide about the crisis.

James George, President, All Kerala Pineapple Farmers Affiliation, reported that farmers on an ordinary invest ₹6.25 lakh for each hectare each individual yr, harvesting close to five lakh tonns of pineapple. Most of the huge timers are farming on leased land, generally amidst rubber plantations. When the costs had been hovering close to ₹39-forty five for each kg in the course of March-April 2019, farmers took more land on lease for farming.

Nevertheless, the costs tanked to close to ₹10

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