Agartala: After successfully exporting pineapples and lemons to Middle-east countries, Tripura on Thursday successfully sent the first consignment of jackfruit to be exported to the United Kingdom, officials from the state’s horticulture department said.
Speaking with EastMojo, Dr Phani Bhusan Jamatia, director of horticulture, said that the consignment of 350 jackfruit were sent to Guwahati in a train on Thursday, which will then be exported to the United Kingdom via Delhi on Friday.
“We received a proposal from the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to export the jackfruit of Tripura. Accordingly, a Guwahati-based company –Kiega Exims Pvt Ltd — was approached which coordinated with another organisation — Krishi Sanyoga Agro Producer Co Ltd — from Melaghar under Sepahijala district, to connect with the farmers in Tripura,” Jamatia said.
He also said that in the trial run, around 350 jackfruit weighing between 3 and 4 kg were sent, for which the farmers got Rs 30 per piece from the company. “The jackfruit of Tripura have a special taste and therefore the company showed interest in procuring them from our farmers,” Jamatia said.
“The APEDA under the ministry of commerce and industry will officially flag off the consignment from New Delhi virtually on Friday, where Tripura horticulture secretary CK Jamatia will also remain present,” Jamatia said.
Meanwhile, Tripura agriculture minister Pranajit Singha Roy said England will get the taste of Tripura’s sweet jackfruit as for the first time the state is exporting them.
“England to get taste of Tripura’s sweet jackfruits. First time Tripura is exporting jackfruit that has huge potential. First consignment already shipped. After state’s queen pineapples now jackfruits also in export list. Kudos to our Farmers, Agriculture & Horticulture Dept.,” Singha Roy wrote on Twitter.
Earlier in 2019, Tripura successfully exported pineapples to Dubai and other parts of the Middle-east.
The state produces three varieties of pineapples – Kew, Queen and Bombay. Queen pineapples are considered the most exotic and are in great demand.
As per the latest statistics of the horticulture department, pineapples are cultivated in 8,800 hectares of land in Tripura. Around 4,000 farmers are directly involved with growing the fruit.